Worst motorcycle ever!

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by wpbarlow, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. Ray of Sunshine

    Ray of Sunshine Meat Donut 2 Some

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    Everyone knows the ineffable cool of Indiana, the alpine heights, the breath taking vistas, the beauty of Gary Indiana, the cools eucalyptus groves where the lotus eaters gather. The vibrant Amish and Amana communities,
    the fantastic cultural life.
    So the Italians give a shout-out to the great state that gave us Bobby Knight and the movie Hoosiers. With the worst Ducati ever, so it is written.
    Bongo :evil
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  2. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    Well, enough of the "worst motorcycle ever" it is now time to talk about "the best motorcycle ever" so I am starting a new thread. Let's hear your opinions on the flip side!

    Rick
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  3. BARB

    BARB Long timer

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    Best motorcycle ever is easy- the one that puts a smile on your face. Barb
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  4. snowrider

    snowrider Long timer

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    Rasberry. Wrong. No.



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  5. Oilhed

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    Yes it does! The poor Manure-a. Copies the V65 Magna which wasn't that popular, either. The V65 Sabre with touring fairing and saddle bags would be a hit today!
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  6. Ray of Sunshine

    Ray of Sunshine Meat Donut 2 Some

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    I love the paint (decals?) on that madura. Kind of like stiletto heels on a pig. :rofl
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  7. RT jim

    RT jim Long timer

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    One of my odd bikes I wish I keep BSA500mx all it had for wheel travel 2" max .Boy did it like deep deep mud It could please any crowd with rooster tail of mud sky high. It retired as ice race machine. No suspension and shifter on right side great for the job. Had couple rz350 yamaha's . Wanted to get a rz500 from canada and swap decals(since you couldn't have they on street in us).
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  8. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    Don't know about worst, but ugliest to my eye has to be the BMW R1200 CL Montauk. Every time I see one (not often, thank the benevolent diety) I am reminded of the face of a jumping spider upon its approach, and it doesn't get much prettier as it passes. :eek1 To think that the very same factory produced the R100RS, what I consider to be one of the best-looking bikes ever.
    - Chris
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  9. Gerg

    Gerg Cupcake

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    You might be right. I know that had a bike with balancers that would get out of wack and kill the bike in short order. I thought it was the 850:dunno But it was unremarkable to be sure.

    Gerg
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  10. Ray of Sunshine

    Ray of Sunshine Meat Donut 2 Some

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    Well, don't tell the boyz at the Marcus Dairy that in the mid 80's before it got way too popular, there would always be 3 or four RZ 500s, a coupla RG500 'zookis, sometimes even a Rothman Honda V3 . Then one weekend some guys from NHTSA and the EPA came round, taking liense plate numbers. Dang, always wanted a RG 500, too.
    BTW, while there maay be some dumbass bikes being built, let's remember that the worst bike is still better than most cages. But you can haul a HD in a pickup truck.
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  11. WR_guy

    WR_guy Been here awhile

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    Walter, getting back to the TX500, it lasted about 4-5 years being renamed the XS500 in '75. It was the TX750 that had the counterbalancer issues SOHC head and only lasted 2 years.

    I owned a TX500 and it was an okay mid sized bike, very pretty blue/purple color. Bought if from a rich kid for $125 after he dropped it. I rode it from 78 in college thru to 86. The only problem I had was a starter clutch that went south which required kick starting all the time. Took about 100 kicks in the spring after a winter sleep. I never changed the oil filter on that bike and could only drain 1/4 the oil out per change because one of the drain plugs was replaced w/o a washer and siezed in place. Ran like a top w/ very little vibration. Flat power curve, no hit at all.

    Anyway, it was a bit of a disapointment in that it was really hi-tech with electric start and DOHC 4 valve head, but it was rather slow. My friends old SOHC Honda 450 was faster and the Honda 750 would eat it up. I rode with a guy on a new CB900f so just I couldn't keep up.
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  12. gfspencer

    gfspencer Been here awhile

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    "I gotta tell ya" anything made by Orange County Choppers. Have you watched how they make that stuff? If a part doesn't fit bring out the hammer or cutting torch.
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  13. ezekiel

    ezekiel Lost again

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    i got rid of my Yamaha 1977 xs7502d which i bought new in 1977. sold it 2002 after a trip in 2001 from chicago to california. replaced it with a concours. love my connie but am very sorry i sold the triple. if i ever find the guy who bought it i'm buying it back to put in my living room.
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  14. Rick G

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    I have to admit, that I do watch "American Chopper" when ever I get the chance. Kind of a guilty pleasure. I don't think I want one, but I do enjoy watching the Teutals going at it. Mikey is a hoot!

    I do agree, that their bikes are more for show than go. Some of the theme bikes are kind of neat. But I would not want to ride one for more than a couple of miles for fear of breakdown or accident due to the inherrant instability of choppers. What would you do if you had to do an emergency manuever? I can't imagine what it would be like to have to swerve one of those choppers to miss an object in the road.

    Has anyone out there ever ridden a custom chopper? If so, tell us about it.

    Rick
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  15. WR_guy

    WR_guy Been here awhile

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    Rick G,

    My HS friend has a chopper that was on the front page of Iron Horse Magazine.
    He put like $80k into it. It has a huge springer front end like 4 feet long, hardtail frame, like 1600 S&S motor with everything but Nitrous or a supercharger. It had NO FRONT BRAKe. Tiny little seat narrow little bars etc.

    He pulls up one night in front of my brothers house and says, take it for a ride...

    Well first of all the transmission was all down because of the linkage so I started off in top gear, slipped the hell out of the clutch to get going. It did pull real strong becaseu of the big motor. The suspension was an undamped chassis flex...up and down ...up and down. didn't feel too stiff really because of all the flex. Would not stop worth a damn though, couldn't turn it either, u-turns were out of the question. Vibration is not the word for it. but what a beautiful bike. My friend actually rode it from NY to Daytona one year for bike week.....Man he must have been hurtin'.
    Not for me even if it does draw a crowd.
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  16. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    at least the indian had a cool engine.

    my attempt at a list,
    - back in the late 70's a friend had one of those 500 2 cyl yamaha, DOHC, dog turd brown, should of been a good bike, odd handling, gear snatch big time, really bland and a real turd.

    -TM400 suzuki, looked good, that was it, evil bike, would bitch slap anyone, then blow up.

    -70's 500 yamaha MX, lasted about 30min on a rebuild. real turd.

    -worse gear box of all, any thing bultaco made.
    -worse clutch, anything Maico made.
    -worse handeling, any chopper ever made.
    -runner up for worse handling my 71' 125MX yamaha, i did the yamaha hop all to often, results were either, flying W or pile driven in to the ground .

    -turd hall of fame, royal enfields from india. although i have heard they have improved

    that BMW 650 for metrosexuals is really ugly, the goony one, I cant look at it w/o laughing or blowing chips but it has a hell of a motor
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  17. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Chili - That is a VERY accurate list in my book. But I'd add another contender for the tranny pig of all time; the Sachs 125 with that goofy shifting rod. On other hand, two of the sweetest motors I experienced in those days were the CZ Falta and the Bultaco Pursang 250's. But I never had the chance to wear out either. Just courtesy rides...
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  18. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    I'd love to have one of those CZ or Bul's ,rolling art ,same with alloy tank maicos, the 125 pursangs were my nemisis way back, I should of bought one, the sherpa s still gives me wood :1drink
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  19. akrider

    akrider mild adventurer

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    I vote for the Bultaco Alpina.

    It did nothing well and died on the sales floor
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  20. summerinmaine

    summerinmaine Hells Atheists MC

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    Not sure if this counts, but one of the worst I've ever seen:

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    Bwwwaaaahhahahahaha! :poser
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