The rarest, most unusual bike you've ever OWNED

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Al Goodwin, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. SlipChip

    SlipChip Adventure Commuter

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    Not so much "owned" as, my dad bought it, but it was mine to use, back when I was fourteen~fifteen.:ricky

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    I think we had the "Trail 125" model.

    more info
    http://pacificsites.com/~bobkarol/holder/


    Thanks Bob, I thought this stuff was lost forever...

    My dad had been friends with the owners of the company back when they were running the streets.
  2. James Adams

    James Adams ɹǝsn uʍop ǝpᴉsdn Administrator

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    Now its this one:

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    I have an illness. :evil
  3. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    While I didn't own it, technically my parents did. They had a multi line dealership in the seventies, & somehow a Hercules Wankel found its way in. I rode it a few times, & have it on good authority that it would put an RD350 to shame. Wish I could find one today.

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  4. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    Cool bike. I always have one eye open for finding one. There was a barn-find in New York last year but, the guy wanted top dollar and he had no title (bill of sale only). Too much hassle to deal with from across the country.
  5. zeerx

    zeerx Been here awhile

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    A 1965 Honda CL72............that I wish I had back.
  6. jbar28

    jbar28 Been here awhile

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    A Honda SL70. What I didn't know at the time is that mine was the one-year only color of Summer Yellow, just like this one I saw at Mid-Ohio a few years ago for $5000!

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    I was 14 and over dinner one night told my parents I wanted to buy a little motorcycle a friend had for sale for $125. They looked at each other and didn't say much. I brought it home the next day. My dad asked "Did we say you could buy that?" I replied "You didn't say no, so I did." My best friend had a 3 1/2 HP minibike, and I wooped up on him with my Honda. Until I ran it through a puddle so deep it flooded the crankcase, it shot a big jet of water out the pipe when I kicked it over, but it eventually started. I didn't know enough to change the oil, and 2 weeks later the thing seized up and broke a transmission shaft. It got junked, and my parents were none too sad. Some day I'm going to get an XR600 and paint it that color.
  7. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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    Yes, in fact you do! Cool bike, but you can have the maintenance...
  8. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    Wow, I thought I was going to be able to post about the Taka and be the only one.....Had one of these as my first bike in the early 80's. I was a happy 12 year old!

    Had a family reunion and a cousin rode it and broke the rear hub. Impossible to find a replacement so it sat for years until a collector saw it. Took it for $50 and I hope it ended up like this example.

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  9. achtung3

    achtung3 Long timer

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    Not rare, but original in many aspects, precise and an explosive throttle.

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  10. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I know exactly where you took that picture. Lovely stretch there.
  11. Kafn8td

    Kafn8td Been here awhile

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    1974 Harley Davidson 90. Also my first bike.
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  12. rebake

    rebake Long timer

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    Harley 350 sx,Honda gt650,Honda Pacific Coast.Wish i still had the pc.Ed
  13. i_isntreal

    i_isntreal Been here awhile

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    I love seeing the CX500 turbo's. Stilll (and always will) have my first bike, a GL500. It still drives great but needs a bit of a restore once I acquire a garage.

    I'm a little disappointed that nobody has posted any pictures of a Can Am. I was so close to buying one. Still kind of regret it. But then that money went to putting me through school which now allows me to own my dream bike now.
  14. pikl

    pikl n00b

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    Not my picture, but this is probably the most unusual bike I ever owned.
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    MZ 250 Trophy nicknamed "television"
    I have owned many rare Morinis, pre-war BMWs... But whoever designed the MZ had a really bad day.
  15. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    Odd to me, CZ 175 ,but was a good little bike.

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  16. AndyT

    AndyT Been here awhile

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    1964-ish Sears/Puch Sabre. 50cc, bought with money from my paper route in 1973. Had an unusual fan cooled shrouded 2 stroke engine.

    Not my bike or picture, but identical:

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  17. Tirefriar

    Tirefriar Adventurer

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    Rockster is not really a rare bike, and even this Edition 80 had a production of 2004 units worldwide. I loved the Alpineweiss color complemented with white wheels. Sold it to make room for the Boxer Cup...

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  18. Tirefriar

    Tirefriar Adventurer

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    My current stable - Boxer Cup and a GS100, both keepers. The 2002 Gixer with 10 miles is rare but is on the chopping block to make room for a Bimota. I like it medium rare, please...

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  19. craigincali

    craigincali Just hanging around

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    Moriwaki MD80. Cant find a pic though. Whats funny is Moriwaki sent me Xmas cards from Japan for 8 years after I bought it.
  20. ADV8

    ADV8 Taumarunui..Darwin..

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    The one that might be thought of as unusual is a 1949 Sunbeam S7 Deluxe, they built thousands of them but had never seen one until getting this one.
    Rarest, based on productions numbers might be the two 1968 Husqvarna's (250#26) and 360#9) two 1974 Triumph TR5T's (929 built) or 1957 Triumph Trophy (1691 built).
    The Amal carburetor, INOX fender 73 GT, who knows.

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