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Old 08-03-2013, 07:20 PM   #61
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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...
Great list. My additions:

Jawa ISDT, highly effective tool for the job
Moto Guzzi LeMans, best sound in all of motor sports
Bultaco Pursang,
XR 750, as has been mentioned, but not because EK rode one
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:36 PM   #62
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Suzuki's Madura has got to be at the very top of this list.



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Old 08-03-2013, 07:46 PM   #63
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Suzuki's Madura has got to be at the very top of this list.



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Significant in sheer, unrelenting ugliness, maybe.
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:18 PM   #64
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:35 PM   #65
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The one bike I wish I had never sold!!!

1975 Bultaco MK8 360 Pursang. The one motocross bike that you could buy that was capable of winning a 500 GP race in stock form. In fact, at 206 pounds, it was actually illegal to race without adding some weight. It could start in third gear and in the hands of a very skilled rider could get the hole-shot without shifting all the way to the first corner.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:15 PM   #66
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Signifacant for me, 1959 Triumph TR6 1968 Hodaka Ace 100,1969 Kawasaki H1 triple,1972 BMW R75/5. I wish I had them all lined up and ready to ride.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:23 PM   #67
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Suzuki's Madura has got to be at the very top of this list.



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Significant in that it probably slammed into the most branches as it fell out of the ugly tree.
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:23 AM   #68
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I've also seen the 1998 YZ400F mentioned as a game changer. I disagree. Not trying to take away the glory of this bike (I had a '99 400F and an '01 426F), but this bike was more of the end result and not the one that changed everything. That would go back a year before to the 1997 YZM400F. Yamaha used a little known loophole in the production based rule that AMA had imposed back in the mid-1980's and produced a real, honest to goodness factory works bike. I used to drool over these bikes back in the day since it was engineering/R&D in it's purest form. These bikes were not the clean, polished so-called factory bikes we see today with all their new plastic, anodized billet bling... these had sand-cast unpainted parts and were not really what you call "pretty". The were pure function and a test bed for the manufacturers. It was also a portal into the future since a lot of these trick parts would trickle down to the production machines a year or two down the road (if they worked). The YZM was no exception and it worked. It was also probably one of the most influential machines ever produced. It single-handedly changed the face of MX. Before it, four strokes were a novelty, yet today, the two stroke has assumed that role.
The original proof of concept for two-stroke-beating-four-stroke was the 1977 Yamaha HL 500.

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Old 08-04-2013, 03:36 AM   #69
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1999 Hayabusa. In a league of its own.


but the 1200 laverda had the top speed for a while in the 70's

but is not remembered like the jota/sfc

maybe the busa will be the same.

I wonder which bike was the fastest for the longest time?
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:10 AM   #70
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Another vote for Lawrence's Brough Superior. Hell of a bike and story and one of the best ones I've seen in the flesh.

Vincent Black Shadow - It was the 'Busa of its day.

Ducati 916 - It's a cliche, but it is a timeless design and no other single bike comes close to typifying the "sexy Italian superbike".

BMW 1150GS - Yes, as purists, we all know the 1150 was just "one of many" and that it should be all about the original R80GS, but it is the 1150 that catapaulted ADV riding into the public conciousness.
No, it was Ewan and Charlie that did that, if they were on their original choice would you have said the same thing? The R80GS was significant, whatever followed were just updates.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:33 AM   #71
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I see at least two others beat me to representing the KLR faction of moto-metal.
I will offer one of my own file-photographs to represent the nomination then.






That being said, I will perhaps be the first to nominate the infamous initially mis-understood

Honda Pacific Coast 800. Which I will refer to as "moto-plastic".

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Old 08-04-2013, 08:46 AM   #72
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Would you rejects quit posting pics of those lame BMW's, sure they have some of the best made bikes in the world, But they have the development history of Harley. Lots of great Ideas and the same Engine configuration for 80 years. The S1000RR is the only significantly new bike they have developed since 1923. Good lord you are so infatuated with the overweight Boxer tractors that one of you dumbies claimed they had the 1st full fairing bike. Here is a good list, and yes the BMW is # 3 on this list.
http://www.complex.com/rides/2011/03...l-time/bmw-r32

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/To...100/?id=121281
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:10 AM   #73
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put me in the KLR 650 group.
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:05 PM   #74
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:36 PM   #75
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Great list. My additions:

Jawa ISDT, highly effective tool for the job
Moto Guzzi LeMans, best sound in all of motor sports
Bultaco Pursang,
XR 750, as has been mentioned, but not because EK rode one
How could I have forgotten the Pursang?!!! The Astro too!

If you lived in the Bay Area during their era, Pursangs and Astro's owned. There was a little shop in Palo Alto that fielded them. I'll think of the name and post it when I do.
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