Worst motorcycle ever!

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

  1. gmcsierra

    gmcsierra STROM DOG

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    I heard someone mention hondamatic. My dad bought a hondamatic 450 for cheap and it's in mint condition. The funny thing is this he enters it in vintage motorcycle shows and makes sure it is next to a harley. The little honda pos gets more pictures taken then harley it is next to every time. You can see the little 450 at vintage days in midohio this summer.
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  2. kdxkawboy

    kdxkawboy Mr. NVKLRGirl

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    For the most part I've avoided the real bad mounts, but I did fall for a BSA 441 Victor. It had the GP tuned engine. I could kick start the beast but was glad I lived in the mountains so bump starting was never a problem. While the exhaust note was too sweet, it was one of the foulest handling bikes to ever be produced.

    The only thing good about that bikie was I managed to trade it straight across for a 1958 International 4x4 Crummy.
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  3. DMZ

    DMZ Castor Bean Addict

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    Norton Wankel, a bloody, ugly disaster:

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  4. DMZ

    DMZ Castor Bean Addict

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    Suzuki TM400. Extremely narrow powerband and weak chassis made this monster nearly impossible to ride except in a straight line.

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  5. Superannuated

    Superannuated Been here awhile

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    Well, this falls out of the post-1965 range, but in the early 70's I made the mistake of buying a 1955 Triumph 500 vertical twin. Ran OK when it ran, but I could never get used to the right side shifter. It would inexplicably stop running or would not start at frequent intervals and inconvienent moments. Curse the Lucas zener diode, curse Brit bikes. I re-commenced buying Japanese bikes.

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  6. Jacob Mayer

    Jacob Mayer Knee Dragger

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    Here's my list...

    :puke1 AMF Harleys (bowling ball good, motorcycle bad)

    :puke1 Other Harleys (had to say it)

    :poser Honda Hawk Automatic (had one sorry to say)

    :lol2 BMW Cruisers (like, why?)

    :flush OCC Ape Hanger Bikes (like, why?)

    :hack Did Someone Say Indian? ('nuff said)

    :splat Suzuki Water Buffalo 2-Strokers

    But that's just my opinion...
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  7. DMZ

    DMZ Castor Bean Addict

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    Harley Sprint. Ugly, underpowered, expensive, unrefined, poor handling, junk brakes, and vibrated like a paint shaker. H-D Italian experimental disaster.


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  8. RLK

    RLK 4,949

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    Please tell me that's not a two-stroke. Please! I'm begging you.
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  9. iillyyaa

    iillyyaa Adwrenchurer!

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    Looks like a 2-smoke to me. That's its only redeeming factor.
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  10. EZ OUT

    EZ OUT Sneaky Slow

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    This one gets my vote..

    1975 HONDA MT 125 "Elsinore" aka "Elsi - snore"

    Honda's early attempt a two stroke street/trail

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    This was my first full sized motorcycle in high school.
    The bike was so underpowered it could not get out of its own way.
    Handled good and had nice QD lighting. I still managed to have fun with it but always wished it had about 10 more HP.
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  11. DMZ

    DMZ Castor Bean Addict

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    Honda Twinstar: 60's engineering and hideous styling. Considered this to be some sort of cruel joke when I saw one. One of the few bikes I wouldn't be caught dead on! :lol3


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  12. Leu

    Leu Been here awhile

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    Originally posted by Summerinmaine, I believe I recognize the "Fanticmotor" chopper engine as a 2 stroke Austrian Puch. I had a late '60s Sears 125cc street bike with similar engine that was one of the worst ever. It had been sitting for months, maybe years at local small town Sears catalog store so we bought it for cheap. You are off to a bad start when it takes several hours at local lawn mower repair shop to clean the carb and get a new motorcycle running. Another bad sign is when they include a full service manual with the bike. It spent a lot of time in the shop. Just one indication of the quality: I was riding down the highway on a hot day when the glued-on Sears tank emblem fell off. I would include a picture of it but we never took any. Didn't want any proof we owned it.
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  13. DMZ

    DMZ Castor Bean Addict

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    You can't ride these "things" anywhere but your driveway, but the people who import them from China are making $$$$$$'s.

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    Sidebar: A 14 YO kid was recently killed, out my way, while riding one on the street at night. A automobile ran over him and drug him a ways, pinned underneath. Driver never saw the kid.
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  14. iillyyaa

    iillyyaa Adwrenchurer!

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    ATGATT if you ride one of these. Even if you never fall off, the abrasiveness of peoples' remarks will skin you alive as you ride past!!!
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  15. Ray of Sunshine

    Ray of Sunshine Meat Donut 2 Some

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    Don't tell that to the asshats in my neighborhood. Sidewalks, streets, lawns, its all good. I WISH I could get one on the street when I'm in my cage. :evil
    After all, I've been hit by cars five times, all on foot, but still. Thin out the herd a bit.
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  16. HooterView

    HooterView Long timer

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    I have never owned a bad bike, I always insist on riding before buying. The worst that I have ridden were:

    Water Buffalo.. Didn't run right, helped get me fired.
    Sportster 1200... After a day riding my R100GS it felt like a total POS.
    CR500 (85 heavily modded)... Truly Spooky. A bad crash in the process of happening.

    The worst review I ever saw was for the Harley Night Train. The magazine called it the "Fright Train".
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  17. Tinfish

    Tinfish Long timer

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    Wasn't the kid who was killed riding a four-wheeled device?

    Up the street from me there are two fully-grown men who seem to be proud about riding around the neighborhood on matching mini-bike choppers.
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  18. motojoe

    motojoe Arrest Cheney and Bush

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    Are you saying you want to ride one on the street or hit one in a cage? if its the first one, uh okay. If you want to hit one, stop driving until you figure out whats wrong in your life that you are so fucked up.
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  19. Owlseye

    Owlseye Been here awhile

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    Intersting how somebody mentioned that they never Bought a bad bike; I've never been that restrained... but the years seem to blur some of the frustrations, and I don't seem to remember ever Selling a bad bike. Some of the noteables... A mid 50's Cotton-- British trials bike with an Earles style front suspension, and no appreciable rear suspension that I recall. It had a 2 stroke Villiers motor and how it ran depended on... something that I never figured out. Phases of the moon maybe, but I remember buying it for $35 and selling it a year later for $50. Thought I was a genius, but if I had it now, how much would it be worth? Shortly after that I bought a brand new 1970 Moto Beta motocrosser. It was a gnarley looking 100 cc -much better than my Honda 90 of the time. It had the first 6 speed transmission that I've ever had, and a power band of maybe 100 RPM. The first half hour of shifting up and down was prety cool, but made for a long day. I've never seen another one-- I traded it for a BSA 441. Somebody else wrote a chapter on those heart breakers.
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  20. Ray of Sunshine

    Ray of Sunshine Meat Donut 2 Some

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    Oh, I know why my life is fucked up, my question to you is why are you so judgemental as to call my life fucked up? Do you know anything about my life? Do you have ny idea of who I am or how I live my life? Nope, I don't think so, I make a joking comment about these clowns and their mini motos operating anywhere they want in any manner they want, and wishing to administer a little fender correction to their misdeeds and I get this judgement from you that my life is "fucked up".
    In response :stfu :asshat
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