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. whitham_wannabe

    whitham_wannabe Long timer

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    ItalJet180 Dragster. Not so rare in Europe, but like rocking horse manure over here. One of the best bikes I've ever ridden. Sold it a few months ago.

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  2. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    1973 Indian 70cc 2-stroke. Top speed = 25 mph.

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    This picture isn't mine, because I couldn't upload my photo. I restored it myself, then sold it to a collector. Fun project, useless bike. It was made in Italy (Ital-Jet), and the motor was Minarelli/Ducati.
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  3. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    1941 Indian 841 shaft drive military. 45 CI twin mounted transversely. Think of a flathead Guzzi.

    1959 Horex 350 Resident.

    1936 Sunbeam 350.

    1956 Velocette scrambler
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  4. MANXMAN

    MANXMAN Overlander

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    Had one of these. Rare in North America but not in the rest of the world.

    Enclosed front disc brakes were ok on the street but would overheat and fade in about 3 laps of racing. Installed a complete front end off a CX650E to get normal front brakes. With a Wolf header and some jetting it was plenty fast to run in the 550 Cafe class against modified GPZ550.

    What a fun bike this was.
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  5. guitarin

    guitarin Been here awhile

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  6. spezjag

    spezjag Long timer

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  7. motorat

    motorat TBD

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    oh yeah!!!! i know you are all jelous now. #65492 of 203465
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  8. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    My first bike was a 50cc Ronchino, I'd love to find another one like it.
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  9. aftCG

    aftCG Been here awhile

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  10. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Two of my favorites that I wish I could have owned.

    Rarest I've owned was a 1972 Honda CL200 (not the far more prevalent CB200). Hey, it's rare now.

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  11. RedShark

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    outlaws justice - that is a heck of a collection, nice time-warp you have there. I think I'da kept the Nighthawk S, I liked those - except for the funny front wheel size.

    I owned an Aprilia RST 1000 'Futurama' for 4 years - pretty unusual to most folks "What IS that ?" all the TIME.

    I DO miss it a little. I know some day it will appear on a "Cool bikes the we Covet" list next to a Black Shadow or something and I'll curse my stupidity, but it did have some issues.

    Never selling the HawkGT though.

    Super-Sweet Duc, Spezjag - I'd love to have a chance to ride one of those some day.
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  12. reddirtjoe

    reddirtjoe motorcycle addict

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    A Ducati 350 Sebring !!
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  13. stussels

    stussels chupacabra!

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    ive always liked the oddballs. in the past my most odd bikes were an '86 honda NS400R and '88 NX650.

    currently ive got a '90 honda CB-1. only imported two years. that wasnt odd enough so i revised it a bit:

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    and even more odd is my '85 suzuki SP600. only sold one year in the US only. rest of the world got a DR600 version.

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  14. Tenni126

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    My V11 LeMans Tenni... #128 of 170 made world wide. Also own a '69 BMW R69US, which is totally stripped down and in no way dressed for photos yet.
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  15. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    No pics but I owned a RG 500 Walter Wolfe limited edition,right up until the night it was stolen and numpty took it on a police chase......after 25 years or so, it still pains me greatly and makes me feel all wooshy inside....
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  16. mattness

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    ok i normally dont post much on here but, outlaw justice, you have some taste in bikes.

    thats all i had to say.

    peace
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  17. outlaws justice

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    Thanks, I will get another Nighthawk-S (I have owned 6 of them over the years including the new one I bought in 1984) Those are just the semi rare bikes. I have a 2005 KTM950 Adv. 2002 BMW K1200RS, 2005 Yamaha Vmax, 2006 Yamaha FZ1, 1991 Honda VFR750, 2005 Suzuki SV650S and the list goes on!
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  18. MotoMarkus

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    I think the rarest would be my current bike, a Yamaha TRX850. Sold in europe between 1996-1998, pretty rare where I live, I haven't met another TRX yet. Italian-influenced design with the tubular frame and a 270-degr crank, sounds nice :D
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    I also had a Suzuki GSX400 FWS for a while, a liquid cooled 4-cyl with IIRC 55-ish hp. Rare?
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  19. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    Dave, is this my VTR or another one you had?

    That said, I guess I've owned a few oddballs;

    1986 Honda Reflex (TLR200) - not rare but not common either
    1989 Honda NX125 - I know of only a couple of other people, thru this forum site, that have one.
    1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor (as above but without the Barbie-ceptor paint job) - again, not rare but not very common.
    1963 Vespa GS160 (as seen on the cover of the Who's Quadrophenia album cover sans all the lights & bars) - pretty rare and difficult to find parts.

    Of those mentioned above, I only have the VTR now.
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  20. Dave.0

    Dave.0 Been here awhile

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    aprilia RS125 2 stroke track bike in spains no.1 livery -- imported to the us in 2009 as a track only offering (you could make it street legal, but it would truly suck) on the track its a blast, just pin it and lean
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