The most unresponsive motorcycle I ever had was a ...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Vanquish, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Vanquish

    Vanquish Adventurer

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    I thought this would be a great thread for those with a good sense of humour. We here so often of how fast some bikes are, how modified others are & how capable yet others are but we seldom here of the dark horses of the motorcycling world - the slo jos !

    In my experience the most unresponsive bike I ever had was a Kawasaki LTD 250 - bought on a whim one fine Sunday afternoon from a bloke who was selling it in the smalls. I did the mandatory test ride around the block (big mistake - should have done a much longer ride) & everything was just groovy - well it would be on dead level ground. Thinking that this would be an ideal 2nd bike to my GSX @ the time the deal was done !

    Well, a cruiser style, small diameter tyres & an asthmatic single cylinder did not make for exciting riding. The best part was an aftermarket pipe but this in no way harmonised with the performance.

    Travelling anywhere other than down my driveway was a hazardous, exhausting exercise. Given it's exteremely low seat & really dull performance one spent much time looking @ the wheel nuts of cagers & completely & utterly lacking the power to get away from them (even my Chinese 200cc dual purpose flight of fantasy was a bullet next to this one). Thus one completed a journey in something akin to a Scandanavian Sauna (never been on a bike this hot), sweating like anything, overpowered by diesel & petrol fumes from the cars & trucks around you & basically collapsed @ your destination with a comprehensive pain in your back from the lousy seating position.

    It was not long before I did the right thing: took a knock @ flogged it to a dealer & continued with just one bike - the GSX !
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  2. DAKEZ

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    Worst ride EVER. M109R :1drink
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  3. Offcamber

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    It wasn't mine I was fixing it up for a friend..1980 Honda CX500 Custom. I liked the engine design but it had very little power for a 500....it may have been do to its age and condition.....it was pretty beat up but ran.
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  4. Gizzaride

    Gizzaride Banned

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    My worst ride (but it's prolly worth a few $$$'s now!) was a British AJS 350 single when 3 or 4 of us co-owned it after one of their fathers gave it to us when we were about 14yrs old!!!
    The fkin thing would never start (prolly why he gave it to us!) & we knew completely nothing about engines or how to repair them, & worst of all.....
    .......it was a kickstart!!!!:cry






    PS, "Hello" tp my bitch followers from the basement, you are easier to catch than trout from the hatchery!!!
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  5. Steve G.

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    1966 BSA 250 Starfire. Absolute POS. Couldn't pull the skin off a pudding.
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  6. luckychucky

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    I thought it was a good looking boat; but it sounded gutless, pinging, and stuttering off the line. I felt it was under-powered for the weight.[​IMG]
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  7. chazbird

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    '78 Yamaha XS750. I suppose there are worse unresponsive bikes but that was mine. Of course I kept it for 70,000+ miles - so I know how unresponsive it was.
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  8. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Centaur Suitcase Scooter. 40 mph my ass!

    It did fold into a nice little bench that would fit in the trunk of a car. We sold it to a guy who did just that, because he didn't have a spare tire. :lol3


    [​IMG]
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  9. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    The first bmw f650, it was red back in 94.....what a dog. I crashed on it .....in my driveway!:rofl
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  10. echo15

    echo15 Been here awhile

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    1966 BSA Lightning. My friend's dad was going to race her, got the engine done up (did the cam, high compression pistons, etc) then lost interest & sold it to me for $200 (1972 dollars). Well, she ran like a scalded dog (way too fast for a first bike), but was totally unreliable; I carried at least 6 sparkplugs with me everywhere I went just to be sure of making it home. The electrics made the stock Lucas bits seem first rate.
    Took great pains to always park her on a hill so I could bump-start her, but never worried about anyone else riding her off, 'cause with all that compression, she could break your leg or throw you over the bars if you didn't know exactly how to kick her over.:eek1
    I know it's insane, but I wish I had her now.
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  11. TigerMike

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    Had the Triumph equivalent - TR25W. Slower than a boat on a frozen lake.
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  12. tkent02

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  13. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I was on a test ride and rode a Buell 500cc (can't remember the name). I was 2nd from the lead rider and we entered a highway going 120kmph (speed limit 120). I had the thing totally pinned and couldn't get 110. I waved the other riders past as I was reaching with my left hand and slapping the rear of the seat like a jockey would on a horse.

    What a weak pos that was..
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  14. Jim Moore

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    98 Ninja 250. it was uncrashable. You could roll the throttle to the stop at full lean and all it would do is make more noise.
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  15. Jim Moore

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    That was the Blast. I rode one once. It affected me so deeply that I wrote a poem about it. I'll share it with you guys.

    "The Blast" by Jim Moore

    The Blast,
    Sucks ass.
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  16. Tmaximusv

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    Test rode this same bike and vintage recently. Rear shocks toast, can't get any part of my feet onto/under the shifter or rear brake without looking, clutch does weird things in first. :puke.:puke1
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  17. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I test rode a Buell once at a the MotoGP races as part of a promotion. I think it was the X1 Lightning. The motor had gobs of torque, but had to be kept between 4K and 6K rpms. Below that the valves pinged, above that the power curve fell flat. In the range it was a wheelie machine.
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  18. pinocono

    pinocono Fucking Pirate

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    Absolutely true, considering it's a 750. What a dog, 250 singles would walk away from mine.

    But what the XS750 lacked in power, it made up for with lousy ergonomics, questionable styling, and vague handling that ventured into scary at highway speeds. When you eventually got to highway speeds anyways.
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  19. SilkMoneyLove

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    Honda PC800. Super vague feeling and gutless for an 800.
    I wanted to like it, but it had no "feel" for me.
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  20. PJay

    PJay Any bike, anywhere

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    OK, here're a few contenders, from my shed right now:

    1961 Honda C102

    1965 Honda CB77 (wouldn't be in the list if it had a 6-speed gearbox)

    1973 Honda XL250

    1988 MZ ETZ250 (breaking the Honda mode)

    I love them all and would actually defend them to the death, but by present-day standards they're all far from ideal.
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