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. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Back when I was club racing, I built a KZ1000 into a 1205cc firebreather. Big cams, Mikuni 33mm smoothbores, upgraded ignition, exhaust, suspension, welded gussets onto the frame, blahblahblah. Thing was scary fast, this was in the Eddie Lawson era, and when one of the bike rags did a two-article series on his bike and a build they did to copy his factory specs, we were pretty much tied.
    Anyway, even with frame and suspension upgrades, it was a handful especially in tight turns when you accelerated hard out of the corner. I bought the CalFab/ATK swingarm, a big beefy welded aluminum piece with the ATK device on it.
    Made quite a difference. Dunno why it never caught on.


    1911fan
  2. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    ok, probably not as rare as some bikes out there, but apparently everyone either hates it or has never heard of it before:


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  3. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    1982 Sachs G3 Moped

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    This thing was pretty awesome, but I traded it towards my first dirt bike.
  4. old fart bob

    old fart bob Armchair adventurer

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    Back in the early 1960's I had a DMW. That's DMW, like in Dawson Motors, Wolverhampton, England. Large tool tray under the saddle, leading link front suspension like BMW. It also had an eccentric chain adjuster mounted on the swing arm just behind the swing arm pivot. The whole swing arm moved to adjust the chain. I also had a 250 DOT trials, a James 175 road bike, an Allstate 250 Enduro, wonderful bike. A Matchless 750 scrambler. It looked like, what is it, a P11 Norton 750 scrambler with different tank labeling? The one thing I remember most about that Matchless is it had killer torque for enduros but got miserable gas milage. If anyone finds a 750 Matchless Scrambler with and oil tank in the normal place plus oil running through the frame, I built the bike. Put your hand on the frame while it was running and it was warm, not hot. I forgot to mention, I still have a year unknown Tote Goat model 706 long wheelbase off road scooter. This bike has WIDE tires for use in sand. Think Piper Cub airplane tires. It was used by the Forestry Service before ATV's were even invented. Also a ton of literature for that bike. Sure would like to have the DMW or the Allstate back. Oh well, I do have six Triumphs, '05 Sportster, '64 BMW R60/2, '80 Honda XL250s, '65 BSA Spitfire Hornet, a Chinese 50cc scooter of some unknown make and a "few" others. Still love British bikes after 50+ years.
  5. Chris618

    Chris618 Been here awhile

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  6. Redclayrider

    Redclayrider Long time gone

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    Digg'en the 'burg. :clap
  7. B50Paul

    B50Paul Been here awhile

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    08 Buell 1125r 1 of 9000 , 03 KTM Duke 2 how many in N America? 88 Honda Hawk nt650. 88 Yamaha TZ 250R street, 86 Yamaha SRX600, 72 BSA B50 SS, and MX , 2 of 9000 made ,
    Had 2 of 81 yam. XV920 rh , chain drive Viragos .
  8. dwoodward

    dwoodward Long timer

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    Always loved those, even though I've never actually ridden one. There are some suspension bits that are unobtanium, and may have to be modified / made from scratch should they wear out.

    Mine was also not so rare or unusual- a '65 Ducati 250 Scrambler, and theoretically enough parts to build three more.
  9. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

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    Tell me about it, i had one, christ i used to climb some hill's on the 500, it would go up a straight wall, well, some the hill's were like wall's, that thing had some serious go in it, amazing torque for a stroker!
  10. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    Owned 3 different Yamaha Visions. kinda rare, and finicky. But when working correctly was a wonderful machine

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  11. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

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    Never seen one of them before. What size is the motor, and what year is the bike?
  12. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    My wife's first bike was a '83 Yamaha Vision.

    I keep threatening to find one and restore it for her as a gift.

    Of course.... I'd do it so I could have the "relationship credits" to buy and restore my own first bike, a '72 DT125. :deal
  13. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    The rarest was a 1963 Douglas scooter, essentially a Vespa made in England. My ex sister in law still owns it.
  14. riderjohn

    riderjohn Tag Sniper

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    It was a 550 V-Twin.Early 80s.
  15. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    My local riding buddy has one of those. I hope it's not yours:lol3

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  16. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    THey were only sold in the US in 82 and 83. The 83 had a larger fairing, air assist forks, improved carbs, dual f discs, and a few other tweaks. My last one (the red one pictured above) was an 82 but with lots of mods from an 83, clipons, gusseted frame and a final drive gear from a Euro bie with taller ratio.

    It was a 70 deg counterbalanced V, DOHC, 8V, shaft drive, way ahead of it's time and if not for a shitty stator design (fried them like eggs) it would have sold better (that, and it was way overpriced, a common gaff of Yamaha with new model intros).

    The motor was designed by the same dude as the Vmax/Venture V-four, and is basically half of a V-max.
    It could really be made to scream, was comfortable and had good range. It was Yamaha's first street bike with a monoshock rearend.
  17. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    rarest?

    GRC Lazer :lol3 (only a handful in the US)

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    and for a full size bike it's prolly my Morini:

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  18. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Love those Morini 500s, but for a cool name, the 350cc "3 1/2" gets my vote.
  19. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    yes indeed.... I wish mine had the "sport seat"
  20. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    The more I think of it, the more it seems very do-able to make a Morini tribute bike out of a first-year XV920....


    Yeah, I'll get right on that with all my free time...