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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by jehu, Oct 7, 2007.
Same genre, but much more common:
And sad to say because I'm a BMW fan:
Gonna have to try harder...
Thanks for taking us to your post - you really hit things spot-on, and a lot of these bikes (thankfully) were so short lived that I had forgotten about them. I am assuming the new Victory Vision would make your new list!
My kinda ugly.
It's all context. I focused on bikes beginning when I first noticed motorcycles- which was in the mid-late 60s'. There were a lot of (to my mind) funky looking bikes like that DKW (i.e., Vincent Black Prince, an Ariel, some other Brit bikes and Japanese bikes, etc.) in the 50's but I stayed with bikes "from my time". What can I say- it's a boomer's birthright (as the most self-centered generation. Yet) to always put things in our context
Top 3, easy!
Multiple outlet exhaust bling never goes out of style:
so many to choose from, but the one that sprang to mind was the 1927 Bohmerland
Or anything by Arlen Ness
But for weird my vote goes for the Megola range of bikes.
This is the 1923 640 cc racer.
Note the engine IN the front wheel!!
how (not) to hide a beautiful bike:
Brand new never been ridden BSA rocket 3 ... Nice bike.
Just about as poorly. The problem was that the triples were about $350 more than a Honda 750; which was a 25% premium. BSA and Triumph issued what they called "beauty kits" in an effort to get them to look more traditional; but the lid was closing on the coffin- though the wake would last a few more years.
Is there a low seat option?
Sad but true. But I do agree with the sentiment ... they should of invested a bit more on the silencer design (along with tooling, marketing, development etc etc).
Maybe one day someone back over the pond will bring back BSA or Norton (although Norton has been all but trashed now )
If I remember reading it correctly ... the Black Prince was the last bike to roll off the produciton line in Stevenage.
I agree. While squirrely styling in general didn't help, the problems with the British motorcycle industry in 1969, exemplified with the terribly flawed triples, were running very deep. Even the very best styling would have only prolonged the agony for a year or three. The CB750 was just so much better in ever respect: smoothness, reliability, disc front brake, styling, fit/finish, price, bling, etc. It wasn't a contest. And about the time that Triumph fixed the most glaring problems, along comes the Z1!
I thought for sure the Harley bashers would be all over this one, the '71 HD Super Glide...
The Confederate B91 Wraith...
The Brasil made Amazonas...
The Victory Vision...
D'OH!!! Copied the wrong pic (but, damn, those Sporties were ugly, too). Here's the '71 Super Glide...
I've driven BMW's for 15+ years, so I'm allowed. When anyone say's what's the ugliest motorcycle ever, I envision THIS. (sorry if I offend anyone!)
Designed that one during Octobeerfest