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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Al Goodwin, Nov 5, 2012.
I wonder what it feels like to kick start a rotary?
Can you feel the compression stroke like you can a recipricating engine?
Not particularly rare, but compared to the GL1100 I used to have....
You wouldn't think they're that rare by how many on this site have them but my 1999 KTM 640 Adventure R was one of a couple hundered in the US from what I've heard. Funny that while on some back trail in the middle of nowhere Northern WI we ran into a guy on a cherry 07 640 Adv that you'd have swore was just off the showroom and he was drooling over my well used 99.
I've always gravitated toward the interesting and rare. My two keepers are my '98 Ducati 900SS Final Edition, and My '09 BMW HP2 Sport. The Ducati is #116/300, and the last of the classic bodied carbed Supersports. The HP2 Sport is pretty rare, with approximately 230 of the them total imported to the U.S., and maybe five hundred more in the rest of the world. It's fun to ride, fast enough, and put together like a jewel. I'd love to add a Bimota DB2 or DB4 at some point.
Not old, sort of rare in the U.S., a 2010 Harley Davidson XR1200. I do not have the numbers for 2012 but total number made up until 2011, 11,349. Total for the U.S. market 3287 (no numbers for 2012). Harley stopped production for 2013.
From the XROG (XR Owners Group) meetup in Waynesville N.C.this past spring.
1975 is even uglier.
Nope, feels like it is always against compression (which it is for the most part).
When I was getting gas once a Harley guy with a chopper (a real one in the 70's, not a RUB) struck up a conversation and I let him try to kick mine, he jumped on the lever and pushed it about 1/3 of the way through the stroke, and said holy crap, why do they even put a kick starter on it? He first thought it was still in gear, which it was not.
Basically you jump up and come down with all your weight and a locked knee, if your knee is bent, it will just bend more, as most peoples quads are not strong enough to follow through.
Not original color, 76 was black only.
I can see how it would feel like constant compression without defined strokes.
My 02 998 R is the bike I wanted since I was a kid. Picked her up a few years ago and don't plan on letting her get away!
#101 / 700
You're welcome. I don't have a single picture of my first one either.
A 66' STOCK UNMODIFIED 650 BSA. might not be rare but it is unusual.
A 7?' HD Rapido.
How in the heck did you get Robert Plant to sit on it for a picture?
Must have between tours.
It sure looks similar to my Honda XL600R. It sounds like the starting procedure is similar too.
A Yamaha YCS which is not terribly rare, and two Montgomery Wards motorcycles which are rarer, mostly because they were junk. All three were from the 60s and while I rode the YCS regularly I never got the Monkey Wards bikes running.
I had one like this:
I never got my head around the paint job, but a nice bike to ride - actually very comfortable. Deep down I really wanted a DB2. Not too many of them around though and people seem to like to hang on to them.
My 1959 Lambretta 150 LD. These are becoming really hard to find:
And, as Jim VonBaden says, there are not many ST's in the U.S. (or Canada, for that matter):
I think you have a VERY unique bike there. It's obviously built on the rotary valve crankcase of the 125 cc scramblers and roadracers. I was involved with the first of the rotary valve models back in the 1960s. I've never seen one of those.