What's your "Love Goggles" Bike?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Tanshanomi, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle

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    In another thread yesterday, I reminisced about the BSA B50SS I once owned. It was a crude, outdated, stupidly designed, poorly built, slow, unreliable, vibrating mess. It's probably the only bike I can't pay a single, objectively good complement (other than perhaps being borderline pretty despite its many awkward details). And yet, after thinking about it, I found myself cruising BSA unit single ads on Ebay and Craigslist last night. There was something deeply satisfying about a few certain, stray moments on that bike that almost — almost — overshadow it's horribleness, even though I don't think I could ever rationally justify my attraction.

    What bike was/is like that for you? What motorcycle that you KNOW is inexcusably wretched do you sorta-kinda love anyway?
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  2. mysery1

    mysery1 Adventurer

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    2000 Triumph Thunderbird Sport. Nut crushing seat but loved everything else about that bike.
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  3. appliance57

    appliance57 Long timer

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    This would be a good question to ponder on a windy rainy day while you're dicing with tractor trailers on the highway. The answer for me would be none.

    BTW: I had the same BSA, and I have no longing for it. The only safety feature this POS had, was that it only ran 2 days out of the month.
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  4. 2tallnwide

    2tallnwide Long timer

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    Go big or go home... :D


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  5. O.C. Mike

    O.C. Mike Sons of Arthritus M/C

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    Most 60's / 70's Brit bike would fit that.
    The weird attraction and satisfaction is going for a ride, making it back without issues and everything works.
    Those are rare.

    My wretched one.........any Norton....................
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  6. O.C. Mike

    O.C. Mike Sons of Arthritus M/C

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    Nice looking bike.
    T-160 retro look.
    Nice........
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  7. ddavidv

    ddavidv So money, but doesn't know it.

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    Norton Commando.
    Spent a weekend riding a rented one. Glorious sounds. Slick gearbox. Decent disc brake and handling. Have thought many times of buying one.

    And every single person I talk to who owned one tells me to stay away.
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  8. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle

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    I think I like the IDEA of owning a BSA a great deal more than the actual reality of it.
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  9. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Ducati 900SS with pumper carbs. What a pile of crap. About once a month I surf the ads and reconnoiter the various auctions for them.
    Descriptions like "just needs..." or "could use..." precede the usual busted stuff or non-functional bits caused by ham fists or impatience or impatient ham fists.
    But if I were to walk up on one for a bargain it would be tough to pass it up because when they do work they are lovely.
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  10. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Same here.
    I love to look at them. Our local big bike events in the spring are brimming with them, and they're gorgeous old machines. But I'm always glad they are going home with someone else.
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  11. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    If you mean bike I owned, it would be my 68 Honda CD175. Hadn't ridden it in over 20 years. Took it to a show and sorta accidentally sold it. Kinda wish I wouldn't have done that. But, I probably never was going to get it into riding shape again.

    If you mean bike at large, pretty much any brass era bike. I love their look and I'd love to ride one. But I'm also well aware of how bad they really are. Same with cars, I'd love a brass era car too, and they're no better.
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  12. drhach

    drhach We can't stop here, this is bat country!!

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    I sometimes miss my old Panhead. Not enough to buy another one of course.
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  13. liberpolly

    liberpolly Nu, shoyn, nudnick!

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    Triumph Legend TT. Not even as fast as T-Sport, but it was JUST RIGHT. Totaled mine, poor thing...
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  14. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    This one:

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    I had two of these - one purchased brand spanking new in 1975, another bought used in 1984, having not learned my lesson. Nothing but trouble, you name it, but I absolutely LOVED those bikes. I still struggle every once in a while, in a weak state of mind (> 3 0r 4 shots of Kilbeggins Irish Whiskey) pine for one once again.
    Granted though - you COULD buy one now and totally re-machine it with modern machine tools, and upgrade gaskets, electrical, ignition, etc. and result in a great, reliable bike as many have done. Back then, I didn't have the money nor the wherewithal to do such things.
    I am serious about possibly buying a new, 2018 Norton, but it seems like they haven't totally gotten their act together yet. I'll keep watching them.
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    O.C. Mike Sons of Arthritus M/C

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    I have had several........
    They are like a seductive, unforgiving mistress that keep calling you back to inflict more pain, and yet I can't resist.
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  16. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    Ural sidecar. It's all of those negative things the OP mentioned and more. (Yeah, yeah, some guys love 'em. Go tell it in that thread in Hacks.) Additionally, I've ridden several different hacks and have yet to walk away thinking I need to own one. And yet I fear it's one of those itches that won't go away until I scratch it.
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  17. Xcelite

    Xcelite Adventurer

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    Owned: Of the three, i'd love to have my '76 Yamaha DT125 back.
    Never owned, but would love to have, despite any reputations: '73 Harley Sportster XLCH. Because I have a really old picture of my dad on one.
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  18. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I have had 4 of these, and keep selling them because they are crap! But I still love them!

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    30 years apart.
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  19. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    "Please Sir.... may I have another?!" :lol3
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  20. rauchman

    rauchman Been here awhile

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    Very cool bike. One of my fav' Triumphs
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