ICONIC / GOOD TIMES BIKES FROM THE 80's-90's

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by goodcat8, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    A buddy of mine just picked up a mid 80's Honda VF700S that looks just like this....

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    After we were done making fun of him we ripped it apart. Cut the tail, lost plastics, swapped bars, lights etc. And somehow, it's looking pretty awesome :huh
    And weighing a lot less. Its has bits that are ahead of it's time. Mono shock, shaft drive, gear display etc. Surprised the hell out of me. Not a fan of the drum rear though.....:puke1

    Which got me thinking. I've owned 18 motorcycles. KTM, Buell, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha..... I went threw a few 70's honda CB's during the "cafe" frenzy and had a good time w/ them. Everything else was 2000 and up. I completely skipped the 80's and 90's. Always thinking nothing attractive came from those 2 moto decades. But as tastes often do, change, I'm finding an odd appeal in them lately. And love the ballpark $1000-$1500 pricetag I see on many of them on craigslist.:deal

    Started looking and found rides like these...
    Honda Nighthawk 700S
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    Honda CB100 Super 4
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    What am I missing? I want to expand my bike knowledge and maybe put a new project in the garage.
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  2. mudgepondexpress

    mudgepondexpress Long timer

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    1983-86 GS550E or GS550ES
    1983-85 GS700/750E or ES
    1983-85 GS1150E (the ES had and ugly fairing)

    1980-8? GPZ Kawasaki's
    Eliminator 900

    1985/86 FZ750
    Yamaha Fazer (85/87), not Phazer (snowmobile)
    Yamaha VMax

    These are a few from the 80's that I thought looked pretty nice...depends if you like sport, cruiser or muscle. For your tastes...I would say the Fazer is quite cool. It is also bullet fast for the decade (FZ750 in an upright, muscle bike frame). The GS series is tried and true but the mid 80's were the top of the heap in power per size and handling. Monoshocks on streetbikes was fairly common by the early/mid 80s (Kawasaki GPZ came first, then Honda (82), Suzuki GS (83), and finally in 84 Yamaha (FJ1100 and the first mass production perimeter frame).

    PS: The Nighthawk S is very attractive...the CB1100, not so much (excessive, looks like a cheap showgirl)

    Kenny
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  3. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    Exactly what I'm talking about, now I have more models I've never heard of to google image :freaky

    Found this last night. As standard, I like a bike that's only made for 2 years and then *poof*.

    83'-84' Honda VT500 Ascot
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  4. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    A monument to late '70s / early '80s excess. Who gives a shit about handling and brakes when you have POWER!
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  5. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    I snapped this baby up three weeks ago.....................
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    I was never a fan of these, but for the price I got it for I'd be a fucking idiot if I didn't grab it. After putting over 700 miles on it already.................I like it! :D
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  6. DeutschMark

    DeutschMark Full Tilt Boogie

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    So f'n 80's. I love it. How much was it?
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  7. don-vee

    don-vee Adventurer

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    I always loved Radians
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  8. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    Iconic? Head up to the airheads forum.

    Any version of R100. What's great about those is that they all had the same chassis up to the late 80's, same engine and wheels with different plastic parts and handlebars attached.

    And they're infinitely rebuildable using brand new factory made parts, or endless options for aftermarket upgrades.

    Sorry, prolly not really what you had in mind, but they are iconic 80's motorcycles.
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  9. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    Any upright 80's bike is on my scope. I'm eyeballing many a street tracker conversions......


    such as.......

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  10. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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  11. EetsOK

    EetsOK Been here awhile

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    Mk I Speed Triple.[​IMG]
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  12. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    Aaahh, the '80s!
    Heaps of grunt, awful suspension, terrible handling, and NO brakes.
    Gotta luv 'em, here's mine......
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    As you can see, fun for all the family. :D
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  13. mightymanx

    mightymanx Cheap-ass KLR rider.

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    I second the Vmax

    I would also look at Shadows and Magnas
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  14. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    The old trump triples are slick, and that max looks pretty sweet too.
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  15. Harry Backer

    Harry Backer Ran when parked!

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  16. codyh

    codyh Adventurer

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    Our house was often the meeting spot for rides when I was growing up, and I think I learned to read by looking at the bike mags in the mid-late 80's, so bikes from that time are still some of my favorites. My dad rode one of these at the time.
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    But my personal favorite, and I think the most iconic bike of the 80's was the gsx-r.
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    I like the sporty bikes the best, but one of the great things about the 80's is that the manufactures made tons of different bikes and they all had their own look. To me, every modern sportbike looks like a 916 spinoff and the majority of other streetbikes look like a Harley. The 80's also had lots of odd displacement bikes, cylinder arrangements, turbo bikes, and two strokes. Here is another of my 80's favorites:
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  17. mudgepondexpress

    mudgepondexpress Long timer

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    My FJ1100 is in the work parking lot right now. I still love the old beast. I also like the first slab sided GSXR series in Red/Black.

    The Hawk is really cool, would love one for the wife.

    Don't overlook the RZ350's or for a cruiser the V65 magna (I hated them but they were quick).

    SR500's have a rabid following as do the XT/TT series (seen some neet Supermotos made out of them).
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  18. 625SXC

    625SXC Been here awhile

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    1986... Man I wish I had that bike back... And the hair:rofl

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    And here is my Wifes bike 1981 175Enduro 100% unmolested original!

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  19. EetsOK

    EetsOK Been here awhile

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    1980 Jota.
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  20. Nick in PRC.

    Nick in PRC. Been here awhile

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    Definitely got that "eye of the beholder" thing going on.
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