Worst motorcycle ever!

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

  1. jkm

    jkm Been here awhile

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    Honda 65. Handlebars were rubber mounted and the rubber bushings lasted about 15 minutes then the hanblebars just wobbled around. People actually rode them on the highway. I remember liking the bike, but it was still junk.
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  2. DMZ

    DMZ Castor Bean Addict

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    Is this the bike in question?

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  3. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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  4. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    The worst bike ever had to be,without any doubt, the MUNCH MAMMOTH(not sure on how to spell it):puke2 :yikes :eek2 I had the exterme displeasure of getting to ride one in 1988 and it was the biggest,most vile,steaming pile-of-poo,that I've ever had the misfortune to throw a leg over.This thing had not one redeaming quality to it,it did have alot of power(for it's day anyhow) but on something that handled(?)that bad it surely was'nt a plus.I think the only two-wheeled thing ever made that was uglier was that "ROAD DAWG" or whatever the name of that old thing with the drunk dude sitting on it was.The MUNCH made a SUZUKI RE-5 look great.I think the second worst,at least IMHO,would have to be either of the KAWASAKI triples.Take your pick,500 or 750,handling to die from,very fast motor(both for acceleration and exploding itself),it could shake the fillings out of your teeth,and shitty brakes.Well,at least it looked good.I must admit that I never rode one because I figured that it did'nt need my official seal-of-disapproval!
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  5. Harpeaux

    Harpeaux Mega Psycho Scooter Tramp

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    I had a new 74 Yamaha TX-500 that saw me through my first few years of collage. I never had any major problems with it that weren't self inflicted, but it wasn't a very awe inspiring ride. I ended up selling it to buy a 62 XLCH chopper..safest bike I ever owned... sum bitch never would start.
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  6. RT jim

    RT jim Long timer

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    [​IMG]good leg work out
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  7. Swillmongrel

    Swillmongrel Been here awhile

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    I know the Yamaha TX500 is often regarded as one of the worst. In the late 80s my friend bought one at a garage sale for $35 and then took it on a trip with me from Minnesota to the east coast and back through Canada. Other than soaking his right leg in oil at random times, it gave him less trouble on the trip than my 1982 GPZ550 gave me.

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Rokon 340 Automatic in this hall of shame. They had pull ropes to start like a lawn-mower, the throttle would stick and then there was no way to slow down until you crashed into something. There's a team that vintage motocrosses them. Everyone else is afraid of them. One got loose in the pits (sans rider) and didn't stop until it crashed into a motorhome and got under it, spinning round and round in circles and tearing up the undercarriage.
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  8. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    Was the Mammoth the Brazilian bike with the VW engine?
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  9. not2fast

    not2fast Been here awhile

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    The Rokon 340 was also available in an Enduro form. Here the rope start was a negative as most East Coast enduros were 4 wide and dead engine start. There was not much room on the line to pull the rope without slugging the rider next to you. Most riders knew to give the Rokon boys lots of room but the newbies found out the hard way....

    Many Rokons were done-in at deep water crossings. The drive belt would slip when it was soaked so getting out of a stream was difficult at best. I did not ride a Rokon but had my bike work done by a shop near Hamburg PA that sold them. They carried Rokon, Yankee, and Ossa.

    The owner was a nice guy but wound up getting arrested for drug dealing. I'm sure there is a tie-in to the brand of bikes he sold and messing with pot.

    Terry
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  10. Ray of Sunshine

    Ray of Sunshine Meat Donut 2 Some

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    Nope, the Brazilian bike (home of shitty bikes and hot women) was the Amazonas. Amazingly, this turd was only built to order. Powered by a very easy to get VW flat four.
    The Munch Mammut was powered by an air cooled NSU engine, part of the Auto Union combine. NSU later went bust making RO 80 autos, a Wankel powered turd. BTW Wankel=turd. It is a corollary.
    In the 60's and for a short while after, there was a hot setup to put a VW (good) or Porsche (same idea, warmed over) in a /2 frame. Not a bad fit, I saw one a long while back at a BMWOA rally. Looked like the factory meant it.
    I also saw a pre Big One Zundapp with a factory flat four. Built in low numbers, because the Germans got all distracted with trying to take over Europe.
    Ed the anorak
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  11. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    this is so bad/turd like its cool!

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  12. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    these made my yamaha 250MX '72, seem like a handling machine ( like a turd shot out of a gun) , I saw some horrible crashes on these, truely friggin evil, some gimp ex-riders walkin round with bad memories of this turd. the factory suzukis were the trickest on the planet thou'

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  13. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    Earles were supposed to be trick, ala Sachs... Motobeta , my brother had one, light, fast, he could jump it way freakin high ( roslyn coal piles) beautiful bike, they would stomp a Hodaka 100, too bad it didnt take off. I wanted the 50 road racer BAD...

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  14. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    god this thread is killing me, the hand pull start! :rofl
    now the honda 65, this was a big bore version of my trail 55, serious bump in CC ! engines were built to withstand anything an idiot 11 yr old could dish out :1drink i never could break it

    honda still uses rubber mount bars, i guess they got the bushing thing squared away. come on gotta be more crap out there :freaky

    hhmmm.... '60s alum alloy on any suzuki, you could crumple it by looking at it hard.....
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  15. -r0b h.-

    -r0b h.- Been here awhile

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    I have a friend here in TN who has one of those right now~!
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  16. rdcyclist

    rdcyclist Long timer

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    A member of this board rode (actually attempted to) in the 01 IronButt Rally. I believe the motor was incorrectly assembled and blew up about half way through. He said prior to blowing the crappy gas mileage was killin' him.

    On a side note, a nearly complete stranger loaned him his nearly new BMW K1200LT to complete the rally. That's trust!
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  17. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    The poor gas mileage should have been a tip off, the GT always got decent (+35 mpg iirc) mileage; mostly comparable to the I4 4 strokes of the day. Normally, it would have been a pretty good choice (for the time period) for something like the Ironbutt.
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  18. Ray of Sunshine

    Ray of Sunshine Meat Donut 2 Some

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    My first bike was a GT750. Dual leading shoe front brake, big, wide comfy seat. Great touring bike, of course I tried to turn it into a cafe racer, and made it into a sow's ear. It did lead me to BMWs, so that wasn't a bad thing.
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  19. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    someone mentioned about the suzuki being first watercooled bike. not sure, if this is the first but, go to
    http://www.scottownersclub.org/Index.htm

    home of the "flying Squirrel" pretty cool stuff, way ahead of there time
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  20. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    No,that particular steaming pile of poo was called the"AMOZONAS"or some such bullshit.The MUNCH had an NSU car engine powering its lard-ass. Seems that the REAL shit-heaps all have car engines:puke2 :yikes :dunno :confused
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