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Old 11-09-2012, 01:24 PM   #91
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02' 998 r

My 02 998 R is the bike I wanted since I was a kid. Picked her up a few years ago and don't plan on letting her get away!

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Old 11-09-2012, 02:51 PM   #92
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I owned this bike, in this color, when I was stationed in Hawaii while in the Navy. I crashed it and lived, jumping a curb at about 70mph. Cracked the block so it sat on the front porch for a year while I tried to figure out how to repair it. Eventually sold it just before being discharged. Never had a picture...thanks for the memories.
You're welcome. I don't have a single picture of my first one either.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:06 PM   #93
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A 66' STOCK UNMODIFIED 650 BSA. might not be rare but it is unusual.
A 7?' HD Rapido.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:15 PM   #94
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My first new bike. A 1973 Ducati 750GT. I never saw another one like it.

How in the heck did you get Robert Plant to sit on it for a picture?

Must have between tours.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:19 PM   #95
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Keep in mind it is a single cylinder 600 that is kick start only! This thing has almost sent me over the handle bars more than once trying to start it! It also has a certain "routine" you have to follow to get it start.
It sure looks similar to my Honda XL600R. It sounds like the starting procedure is similar too.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:09 PM   #96
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A Yamaha YCS which is not terribly rare, and two Montgomery Wards motorcycles which are rarer, mostly because they were junk. All three were from the 60s and while I rode the YCS regularly I never got the Monkey Wards bikes running.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:03 PM   #97
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I had one like this:



I never got my head around the paint job, but a nice bike to ride - actually very comfortable. Deep down I really wanted a DB2. Not too many of them around though and people seem to like to hang on to them.

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:19 PM   #98
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My 1959 Lambretta 150 LD. These are becoming really hard to find:




And, as Jim VonBaden says, there are not many ST's in the U.S. (or Canada, for that matter):


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Old 11-09-2012, 08:10 PM   #99
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Maico MD 250 roadster.

Not sure how many they made. Rotary-valve six-speed premix two-stroke. Great to ride, surfed along on the torque at about 70mph.

Now a restoration job for "one day". (When I'll probably be appalled by how slow it is.)
Sweet!

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Old 11-09-2012, 09:03 PM   #100
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Maico MD 250 roadster.

Not sure how many they made. Rotary-valve six-speed premix two-stroke. Great to ride, surfed along on the torque at about 70mph.

Now a restoration job for "one day". (When I'll probably be appalled by how slow it is.)
I think you have a VERY unique bike there. It's obviously built on the rotary valve crankcase of the 125 cc scramblers and roadracers. I was involved with the first of the rotary valve models back in the 1960s. I've never seen one of those.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:54 PM   #101
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Bultaco Matador 250

For the 70's decade I rode one of these - I think it was a '68, but memory fails .
I don't have/can't find any old snapshots, but if looked exactly like this beautiful restoration.



It had some very unique features: enclosed sprocket and chain; snorkel air intake; exhaust designed to allow submersion; clip on handlebars, etc. It was very cool and capable, and, I don't know how rare they were in North America, but I have never seen another one in the flesh.
I often think of trying to find one and restoring it, but I'd probably rather just ride.

(my clearest memory of the bike is that my new wife at the time nearly left me when I bought it - she didn't like bikes back then and "thought I was over it" - yeah, right )
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:05 PM   #102
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1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt that I sold back to its original owner. 1399 built.



1995 Bimota db2 that I sold last year. Just over 400 built.



1971 Norton Production Racer. 119 built for homologation.



1949 Triumph TR5 Trophy. Less than 400 built.



1982 KZ1000R. 900 built.

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Old 11-10-2012, 06:28 PM   #103
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German Trick, you've owned some great stuff.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:57 PM   #104
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1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt that I sold back to its original owner. 1399 built.



1995 Bimota db2 that I sold last year. Just over 400 built.



1971 Norton Production Racer. 119 built for homologation.



1949 Triumph TR5 Trophy. Less than 400 built.



1982 KZ1000R. 900 built.


Thankyou. Some truly great machines. I didn't realize the ELR's were so rare. No wonder I cannot find a real one.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:09 PM   #105
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Not super rare, but rare enough. 6000 total, 3000 imported to the US. I had 4, one that survived.

Jim
I had an '82 just like that, with the '83 wastegate spring upgrade. Awesome bike!
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