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. outlaws justice

    outlaws justice Long timer

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    This is the first one I owned, had only 3,000 original miles when I sold it, yours was the second one. Not fond of the paint on this one either, but was factory original, and that is something I always look for when I do not know the history of the bike personally.
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  2. Schnickelfritz

    Schnickelfritz pick, grin, repeat

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    Not all that rare, but the rarest I've ever had: #034 of 175 built.

    1994 900SS/SP, in yellow track outfit:

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    and red street trim:

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    Also had a '79 Guzzi LeMans. I don't have a pic anywhere, but here's one ripped from teh interwebz:

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  3. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    Rarest- in terms of production numbers, is probably my road racer- a 1995 Honda RS250R

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    Most unusual, and reasonably rare but not amazingly so, is my Kawasaki kt250, presently undergoing restoration.

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  4. car94

    car94 What's this Box for?

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    The 1987 YSR 80 was the most unusual and the first bike I ever High sided! The 69 Triumph Trident 750 is probably the rarest. I did have a Barn Find 68 Ducati Scrambler, but I never had time to restore it and sold it before I ever rode it!

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  5. SloCalSpode

    SloCalSpode Been here awhile

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    Guess I kan't resist playing this game.
    1989 SDR200 Japanese Domestic Market only. As far as I know there are (3) in the USA.
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    1998 GasGas EC250SM
    The only thing that makes it rare is the SuperMoto conversion and the California street plate.
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    And a couple of unusual 50cc SuperMotards. A 2002 GasGas EC50sm and a 2002 Derbi Senda SuperMoto.
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    I think they got BIG BIRD's attention, if not the tourists taking pictures in front of the Las Vegas sign.
    I have a few more to share if this game continues.
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  6. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Owned this one, one of the first off the boat in the US

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    Still own these 2
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    Ride this 1 of 300

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  7. Ranxerox

    Ranxerox n00b

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    Don't have a pic of my old girl but this will give you an idea. 2WD Rokon Scout. New to forum not yet sure about photos.

    RANX
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  8. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    It does not seem rare on this site, but I think they only sold a few hundred a year in the US.

    Had an 01
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    And an 07
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    I dont think that many 2010's ever made it from the factory before it closed up.
    I think only 13 of these made it out.

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    There are very few Concours 1000/sidecar rigs.
    I think this may be the only Hannigan one.

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    I dont know how many of these there are in the US.
    Even less with a 70cc kit.

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  9. shakeybone

    shakeybone Been here awhile

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    Not that rare but uncommon
    I had a 77 Kawasaki KZ750 twin
    82 Yamaha 650 Seca , not turbo, only imported to the US 1 year
    58 Harley XLCH, 2nd year for the Sportster 1st year for XLCH, project bike sold unfinished
    I now have a 82 Suzuki GS650E, only imported to US 2 years
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  10. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    What I was wheelying around on when I was 16... This is not the same one, but I got this one at an auction and restored it. Only produced for 1973 and part of 1974.
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  11. RedShark

    RedShark Long timer

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    A 1982 Suzuki GS 650 E (black with red & orange pinstripes) was my college bike ! (1987,'88) - bought it crashed from my roomate Calamity Steve for a 12-pack and had it operational again in about a week for fifty bucks.

    Love to see a picture of one again - nothing spectacular, but a decent UJM if ever there was one.
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  12. lamastrom

    lamastrom 2 wheel addiction

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    1985 Yamaha FZ 750 silver and red, had 3 crashed # 1 sold # 2 just bought # 3 a month ago, also had a 1989 Honda hawk nt 650 gt
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  13. bones_708

    bones_708 Been here awhile

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    Rare? Well I did just pick up a yamaha XZ550. Not unknown but certainly not common either. I think my rarest dike would have to be my 83 Ossa 250 TE. Only 1050 produced over 3 years and I can't believe many made it across to the US.
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  14. Kikemon

    Kikemon Poseur

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    I had one like this and, of course, am very sad I sold it (so it goes). The good news is that the guy bought it to take to Bonneville for a run at setting a speed record which I much prefer to having him polish it in his garage. Not sure if he ever got the record, but it doesn't really matter as long as he took his shot.
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  15. lilsmokey

    lilsmokey Been here awhile

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    For me its gotta be a 1984 M-star(maico) 500 2 stroke or a 1992 honda nx 250... Ill have to get some pictures.
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  16. crudmop

    crudmop eTard

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    I'll follow that Biaggi Chesterfield -'98 rs250, 17 digit & titled. It'll end up hung on a wall before I ever part with it.

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  17. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    I had a 2000 cup RS250 that I used for a few seasons as a track bike, and I now have my Late Brother's 1998 machine.... what are they like on the street? They are fun and nimble on the track, but fall a bit short of my '95 RS250 honda- which is not terribly surprising given the Aprilia is a street derived "Race replica" and spots the GP2 machine a good 60 pounds and probably 20 HP.

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    What is most surprising is how GOOD the RS Aprilia is when compared to the real race machinery- I still have my best ever lap on old #64, although I expect to drop that by a bit next season on the little Honda.
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  18. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    there were load of the rs250 in the uk as they stopped selling them in 2004
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  19. crudmop

    crudmop eTard

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    A load in the UK, few in the US :)

    On the street it's as fun as anything else - small, light, feels like you are doing 150 when you are doing 80 :)
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  20. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    Wow, that is rare; never seen or even heard of one of them. So it's a 750 4stroke twin? And totally different from a stroked/bored out XS650.
    I do recall Kawasaki make'in one in the late '70s.
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