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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Waco, Nov 14, 2009.
1985 CR 500
It just looks right.
Read my mind. If I close my eyes and think "dirt bike", it's what I see....not a specialized rally horse, or a vintage road bike with knobbies.
IMO, if Yamaha re-introduced these they would sell heaps! The XTZ600 Tenere was a good'un as well. I had one back in 1986-87... excellent motorcycle.
Sooper dooper Tenere!
Not going to bother posting a picture, but without a doubt, the best looking dirt bike off all time was also the first REAL dirt bike you could actually buy and ride everywhere:
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=600 border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD class=commontext width=50 height=97>1968
</TD><TD class=commontext width=550 height=97>The Yamaha DT-1 Enduro was introduced. The world's first dual purpose motorcycle which had on & off-road capability. Its impact on Motorcycling in the USA was enormous.
Second pick would have to be the BSA Gold Star. A classis beauty. Non of these new bikes are even close IMO.
All these new Dakar style bikes look a little goofy to me with all the plastic hanging all over them, and the weird vertical flat front fairings.........?
I like the rally bikes.
Best LOOKING "dirt" bike is NOT synonymous with BEST "dirt" bike. For looks I like the Rally bikes and classics with knobbies.
You have done an excellent job with your Scrambler, NICE BIKE!
I had an 06 Scrambler and only kept it for a short time. Stock it is not worthy of dirt or street. That being said it's look keeps calling me but after the money spent on suspension and performance mods it would be in the same price range as the F800GS I am considering.
F800GS is my choice
I'm kind of partial to anything with one of these tanks.
I don't think Steve is rolling around in any grave because as soon as the Husky 400 became popular he parked those Triumph desert sleds. That Black Scrambler is a beautiful ( dirt bike ) though . I don't know if that's yours Griz but, that thing is cherry. I' know I can't forget off road history it all started with those Triumphs in the desert years ago for us California guys & I was wrong this thread isn't best dirt bike.
I started thinking this was the coolest dirtbike 30 + years ago and haven't really changed that opinion.
You mean 40 + years ago, my friend!
This is the first radical departure in enduro/adventure aesthetics and design, this is indeed the true precursor of the rallye bike where form marries with function with utter grace, the Ossa Enduro.
This bike populated my dreams when I was a kid after I watched a movie where the principal character performed great stunts on it "Summertime Killer", that when I started dreaming of open spaces and virgin landscapes.
Some minutes of the movie "Summertime Killer" principal actor, Ossa Enduro , supporting actor Christopher Mitchum
here, the picture of a near to original 1981 Triumph Tiger Trail should appear. But I'm a bit suspicious about that appearance ...
Why I rate it better than Grizzly Bear's Scrambler (without talking his bike down in any aspect, I'm a dedicated follower of the Scrambler's thread in this forum!): the old yellow bike looks very good, it's got less than 180 kgs with a full petrol tank and all oil on board and so 42 bhp is enough! It's drawbacks? You have to limit your cruising-speed to 100 km/h or you start loosing bits and pieces of the bike ...
In case, that the picture's not appearing - what I fear, will happen - I ask anybody with a pic of this bike on her's/his computer to mend my failure.
Thanks a lot and kind regards, Bambi
PS: As I feared: no picture. A bit more of the story: I own one of these from new in 1981 and I fell in love with it much faster than with my wife (she accepts this term and laughs about it).
I think this is pretty darn pretty
Two noteworthy mistakes in my motorcycling lifetime ...... painting one of those tanks (It was quite attractive in Blue Metalflake) and selling the bike. I can't fix the first but am working on the second.