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You asked about favorite motorcycles that got away.
Mine was a 1982 Yamaha XZ550 (European version of the Vision sold here in the States.)
I bought it from an Army pilot who brought it home from Germany. It had a 3/4 fairing and full saddlebags, and was a blast to ride. It was my primary transportation for about 6 years, and carried me faithfully all over the SouthEast, from Georgia to Alabama, Florida, as far as Kentucky even. This watercooled, shaft driven, 4 valve overhead, V-twin had enough power to haul my wife and I on sporty long distance rides with the saddle bags full, and to endulge my hooliganism when I was solo, by doing power burnouts or extended wheelies (dispelling the myth that you can't do wheelies on a shaft drive motorcycle.)
Unfortunately, my abuse eventually wore out the main bearings, and I spent enough money on the overhaul to decide to sell it while it was still running good. I have regretted that decision ever since, even though I have replaced it with some other wonderful bikes over the years.
I still miss it.