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Old 04-28-2005, 02:45 AM   #61
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I heard someone mention hondamatic. My dad bought a hondamatic 450 for cheap and it's in mint condition. The funny thing is this he enters it in vintage motorcycle shows and makes sure it is next to a harley. The little honda pos gets more pictures taken then harley it is next to every time. You can see the little 450 at vintage days in midohio this summer.
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Old 04-28-2005, 09:31 PM   #62
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For the most part I've avoided the real bad mounts, but I did fall for a BSA 441 Victor. It had the GP tuned engine. I could kick start the beast but was glad I lived in the mountains so bump starting was never a problem. While the exhaust note was too sweet, it was one of the foulest handling bikes to ever be produced.

The only thing good about that bikie was I managed to trade it straight across for a 1958 International 4x4 Crummy.
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Old 04-29-2005, 07:14 AM   #63
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Norton Wankel, a bloody, ugly disaster:


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Old 04-29-2005, 09:29 AM   #64
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Suzuki TM400. Extremely narrow powerband and weak chassis made this monster nearly impossible to ride except in a straight line.

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Old 04-29-2005, 01:53 PM   #65
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Well, this falls out of the post-1965 range, but in the early 70's I made the mistake of buying a 1955 Triumph 500 vertical twin. Ran OK when it ran, but I could never get used to the right side shifter. It would inexplicably stop running or would not start at frequent intervals and inconvienent moments. Curse the Lucas zener diode, curse Brit bikes. I re-commenced buying Japanese bikes.

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Old 04-29-2005, 02:37 PM   #66
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Laugh Worst Motorcycle Ever

Here's my list...

AMF Harleys (bowling ball good, motorcycle bad)

Other Harleys (had to say it)

Honda Hawk Automatic (had one sorry to say)

BMW Cruisers (like, why?)

OCC Ape Hanger Bikes (like, why?)

Did Someone Say Indian? ('nuff said)

Suzuki Water Buffalo 2-Strokers

But that's just my opinion...
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Old 04-30-2005, 06:50 AM   #67
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Harley Sprint. Ugly, underpowered, expensive, unrefined, poor handling, junk brakes, and vibrated like a paint shaker. H-D Italian experimental disaster.


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Old 05-01-2005, 11:09 AM   #68
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Not sure if this counts, but one of the worst I've ever seen:




Bwwwaaaahhahahahaha!
Please tell me that's not a two-stroke. Please! I'm begging you.
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Old 05-02-2005, 04:48 AM   #69
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Please tell me that's not a two-stroke. Please! I'm begging you.
Looks like a 2-smoke to me. That's its only redeeming factor.
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Old 05-02-2005, 05:34 AM   #70
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This one gets my vote..

1975 HONDA MT 125 "Elsinore" aka "Elsi - snore"

Honda's early attempt a two stroke street/trail



This was my first full sized motorcycle in high school.
The bike was so underpowered it could not get out of its own way.
Handled good and had nice QD lighting. I still managed to have fun with it but always wished it had about 10 more HP.
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Old 05-02-2005, 06:24 AM   #71
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Honda Twinstar: 60's engineering and hideous styling. Considered this to be some sort of cruel joke when I saw one. One of the few bikes I wouldn't be caught dead on!


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Old 05-02-2005, 07:15 AM   #72
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Fanticmotor

Originally posted by Summerinmaine, I believe I recognize the "Fanticmotor" chopper engine as a 2 stroke Austrian Puch. I had a late '60s Sears 125cc street bike with similar engine that was one of the worst ever. It had been sitting for months, maybe years at local small town Sears catalog store so we bought it for cheap. You are off to a bad start when it takes several hours at local lawn mower repair shop to clean the carb and get a new motorcycle running. Another bad sign is when they include a full service manual with the bike. It spent a lot of time in the shop. Just one indication of the quality: I was riding down the highway on a hot day when the glued-on Sears tank emblem fell off. I would include a picture of it but we never took any. Didn't want any proof we owned it.
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Old 05-02-2005, 07:29 AM   #73
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A very distrubing trend

You can't ride these "things" anywhere but your driveway, but the people who import them from China are making $$$$$$'s.



Sidebar: A 14 YO kid was recently killed, out my way, while riding one on the street at night. A automobile ran over him and drug him a ways, pinned underneath. Driver never saw the kid.
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Old 05-02-2005, 07:47 AM   #74
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You can't ride these "things" anywhere but your driveway, but the people who import them from China are making $$$$$$'s.
ATGATT if you ride one of these. Even if you never fall off, the abrasiveness of peoples' remarks will skin you alive as you ride past!!!
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Old 05-02-2005, 07:57 AM   #75
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You can't ride these "things" anywhere but your driveway, but the people who import them from China are making $$$$$$'s.



Sidebar: A 14 YO kid was recently killed, out my way, while riding one on the street at night. A automobile ran over him and drug him a ways, pinned underneath. Driver never saw the kid.
Don't tell that to the asshats in my neighborhood. Sidewalks, streets, lawns, its all good. I WISH I could get one on the street when I'm in my cage.
After all, I've been hit by cars five times, all on foot, but still. Thin out the herd a bit.
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