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Old 08-01-2013, 11:50 AM   #16
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From the modern era, I'd pick these nine:

1938 Triumph Speed Twin
1948 Vincent Black Shadow
1957 Harley Sportster
1958 Honda Super Cub
1968 Yamaha DT1
1969 Honda CB750
1975 Honda Gold Wing
1980 BMW R80G/S
1986 Suzuki GSX-R750

I'd pick three more from prior to 1938, but I'm not enough of an antique bike guy to be knowledgeable.

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Old 08-01-2013, 11:55 AM   #17
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1981 BMW R80G/S .. first dual sport motorcycle .. spawned a new genre of bikes
There were no dual sport motorcycles before 1981???
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:01 PM   #18
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1974 BMW R90S .. first of the superbikes, first factory bike to come with fairing. spawned a new genre of bikes
The Z1 Kawasaki beat it to the Superbike label and the Ducati 750SS was fully faired.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:03 PM   #19
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1-12 Honda "Cub" C50 C70 AKA "Passport". Gavel sounds X3. Case closed.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:04 PM   #20
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There were no dual sport motorcycles before 1981???
Ok .. perhaps I should have stated dual sport Adventure bike instead. before dual sports bikes were enduro bikes like Yamaha DT series.

belongs on this list because BMW R80G/S spawned a complete new genre of Adventure bikes that could go round the world. capable on the road or off.

Gaston Rahier wins the Paris Dakar with R80G/S

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Old 08-01-2013, 12:24 PM   #21
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The Z1 Kawasaki beat it to the Superbike label and the Ducati 750SS was fully faired.
OK.. perhaps I should have stated R90S was first production Superbike bike to come with a fairing.... only 401 Ducati 750SS were ever made, probably to meet homologation rules. 750SS were closer to a full blown race bike made street legal

helps that R90S won the first AMA Superbike Championships. there were lots of fast bikes before R90S .. Vincent Black Lightning comes to mind ...

belongs on this list because BMW R90S was the first production bike to put it all together and spawned a new genre of bikes ...

Reg Predmore R90S racer that won the first AMA Superbike championship.


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Old 08-01-2013, 12:30 PM   #22
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I would have to say that the '69 Honda CB750 deserves to be on the list. First of the big UJMs and a pretty innovative bike for the time.
Definitely the 1969 CB750, it brought unprecedented reliability, was the first production super bike and began the demise of the European bikes stranglehold on the market. It was a game changer
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:35 PM   #23
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Honda XR 50 ( it all starts somewhere )
Yamaha PW 50 ( ditto )
The whole Honda XR line up.
Goldwing
Honda CR 500
any lawn mower engine powered mini bike. ( often a person first bike )
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:53 PM   #24
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How about the tractor

I know it's not sexy like street bikes and the super bikes, but how about the old reliable, do it all well and nothing great KLR? Does it deserve a consideration? Some would think so.

Gives a lot of folks the ability to do most anything with it, even carried some of our finest fighting men around on foreign soil.

I think it is significant in that it has not really changed that much due to its reliability and appeal to those that appreciate it. Has almost a cult like following.

I do agree with the 69 CB750 for sure.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:27 PM   #25
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:32 PM   #26
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The YZ400F.
Once upon a time, two strokes were relevant in Motocross and Supercross. Then the YZ400F came along, and now they're not.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:38 PM   #27
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Well for me it was one of these:

RM 125 from the mid 70's. As a young teen this was the go to machine.



And then my first real street bike. An '81 Midnight Maxim 650:



Without either one I might never have spent the last 3 decades riding. So pretty darn significant for me any way.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:48 PM   #28
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1909 Harley -Harley's first production v twin.

1923 BMW R32- BMW's first boxer powered motorcycle.

1938 triumph speed twin, variations of this engine was used in Triumphs until the 70s.

1957 Harley Sportster

Honda super cub 1958-? The most produced motor vehicle in history with what was probably the most iconic motorsports advertising campaign of all time.

1969 Honda cb 750-the first inline 4 Sportbike.

1973 Yamaha monoshock, started the long travel mx revolution.

1980 BMW gs- the first big adventure touring bike?

1984-2000 Harley big twins- The evolution powered bikes changed Harley into the giant that it is today and may be the most iconic bikes ever.

1985 gsxr 750- The first modern sport bike.

1994 Ducati 916- Every Sportbike designed since is just trying to look as nice as the 916.

1998 Yz 400. The bike that started the 4 stroke mx revolution.
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:25 PM   #29
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I'd say at the top of the list for all, is the 69 Honda CB750. Because it changed SO many facets of motorcycling:
High performance
Reasonable cost
Reliability
Serviceability
Adaptability
Features (disc brakes, electric starting, etc).

But I feel it is the bike, because it brought all these aspects together in a package SO many riders could afford, modify and really enjoy.
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:46 PM   #30
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I am an early baby boomer. But through it all I have loved the motorcycles I could ride, own or dream about. They are:

1957 H-D Sportster - The beginning of bad for everyman
1965 Honda 250 Scrambler - Woa, what is that? The sound!
1965 BSA 441 Victor with its beautiful aluminum tank - Never another so special
1969 Honda CB 750 - The very first sportbike, and it featured four pipes just like the GP racers!
1970 Penton Six Days 125 - Even a chump could win with that thing.
1974 Honda 125 Elsinore - This is the bike us chumps went to. It owned!

I think a CZ 250 Falta should be in here, but probably not 'landmark' enough. But it had the very best motor of its time and class. Easy to go fast. Smooth hitting.

1979 Yamaha 125F - A package of motor and suspension that changed MX
1984 BMW R80 Dakar racer - Mother of a new segment of motorcycling
1988 Ducati 851 Superbike - Changed motorcycle road racing forever
1994 Ducati 916 - Generated motorcycle museums, it was so beautiful
2003 KTM 950 Dakar racer - Jeepers! Who knew a big twin could fly!
2008 Yamaha WR250R - More versatile than any production motorcycle ever made.

Special mentions:
The Suzuki 600 GSXR series - Paid more contingency money to club racers ever
The 2008 to present Yamaha R6 - Unmatched on the track. That is a long time to be unmatched...
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