The rarest, most unusual bike you've ever OWNED

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Al Goodwin, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    Someone in the flea market has a CX500 turbo for sale
  2. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    Pretty sweet bikes.

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  3. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    2009 Harley XRCR (1978 XLCR Replica )

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    Less then a handful of these in the US. Based on the XR1200 platform. A beautiful bike and a lot of fun to ride in canyons or to bike shows.

    2004 KTM 950 Adventure Red Bull Dakar Rally Replica

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    An amazing adventure dual sport bike. As light as a stock 950 SER with better handling and rear shock, windscreen, fuel range, lower COG, dual front brakes. Incredible for long range off road travel.

    2002 Aprilia Futura

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    Very low production and US distribution numbers. A modern Italian classic. Upgrade lead wire from battery to VRR and it's Honda reliable. Very fast GP inspired V-Twin Rotax motor stolen later by KTM for LC8. Well documented as most comfortable stock seat ever on a sport bike. A terrific touring bike way ahead of it's time.

    Super clean 1988 Transalp v-twin 600cc... the original US Africa Twin lite.

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    Rare US model that I purchased with 3000 miles in mid '90's. Now has 26k. Recently rode backwoods of Oregon to see the super moon. A highly dependable off road tourer that I've ridden remotely extensively throughout my life.
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  4. PaydayGabe

    PaydayGabe It's never a DAMN tail wind !

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    My TDM. 92 w/ 52k+ miles.
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  5. manybike

    manybike Omnipresent Supporter

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    Nice example...not a big seller probably because they were ahead of their time.
  6. L84dinr

    L84dinr Timing is Everything Supporter

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    Not sure if any of these are rare, But they are damn sure few and far between!

    A 198X Moto Guzzi V50 Monza Great Little bike. One of two bikes that i regret selling. (the other being my RZ350, my first race bike.)

    I Also owned a 1974 Ducati GT that the engine was locked up. I wasnt going to work on it; and needed money for racing, so I sold it.

    I still own a 1976 Ducati 500 GTL. its in boxes waiting for me to do something with it. I purchased a complete gasket kit for it waaay back when, the gaskets are probably brittle by now. There always been something else to work on.

    I owned a 1984 BMW R100RS. Good looking bike but i just didnt like it... so i sent it on down the road for a BMW K75LT a fucking luxobarge. But me and the spousal unit covered some miles with that LT in comfort.

    Take it easy
  7. Trialsguy

    Trialsguy Been here awhile

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    Not my bikes, but web shots of two that have passed through my garage over the years.....

    1969 Bultaco 250 Metralla..... should have kept it.
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    1982 Italjet 350 Piuma BR ..... a true 'ride for 1 hour, wrench for 4' bike. Was glad to see it leave.
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  8. TNWillie

    TNWillie Been here awhile

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    I've owned a Suzuki XN85 and a Yamaha GTS1000. Both very interesting bikes but I can't say that I really miss either one.
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  9. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short guy

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    Really rare 2014 Honda Forza 300 maxi-scooter. I have only ever seen one on the highway. Our closing speed was about 200 kmph, I did not get a good look.:rofl
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    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    How about a 67' Greeves challenger with a 350 honda twin in it.A great Baja bike in its day.
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    O'Hooligan Ken Dodd's dads dogs dead

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    A one-off Triumph Bonneville desert sled, custom frame, handbuilt gas tank. The only Triumph Parts on it, the motor and the swing arm and even that was modified to a single shock.
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    PaydayGabe It's never a DAMN tail wind !

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    Yeah, ya know, in hindsight we should have kept all of them.
    And it's a shame we couldn't for whatever reason. Been there.
    Sadly, the memories take up less space and are easier to maintain.
    The Taco is a beauty :raabia.
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  13. mung

    mung Long timer

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    95 MZ Replica number 13 of 13 made that year. 97.5 KTM Jackpiner 100 made of those.
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    Got any pics of them ?
  15. OSJ

    OSJ Formally DunkinDuck

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  16. peoples1234

    peoples1234 Adventurer

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    2004 Moto Guzzi Cafe Sport

    It was beautiful and had lots of character. Unfortunately, I only owned it about 3 months before I had a terrible accident and the bike was a total loss. I probably should have bought it back from the insurance company and rebuilt it, but I was worried about parts availability since it was a limited model.

    Supposedly, there were only 50 brought to the USA. They weren’t numbered, so who knows.

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  17. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer Supporter

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    I owned a 2001 V11 Sport, and did some research on these spine frame series of bikes, all based on the 6 speed V11 Sport of 1999 first issued in Europe. Their production numbers were typically Moto Guzzi small, around 1400 worldwide, distributed and divided up amongst the other models. 50 of your model into the USA certainly seems a solid number, I found total numbers around 350 green tanked red framed V11 Sports for 2001, after a visit to the factory in 2008. I miss that bike, mostly miss that engine.
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  18. jethrocephus

    jethrocephus His Honorable Right Minister of Flying Monkeys Supporter

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    That's funny, I've owned both of those, too, wouldn't mind having the XN back, the GTS1000 was a big, heavy pig.
  19. jethrocephus

    jethrocephus His Honorable Right Minister of Flying Monkeys Supporter

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    Have owned a lot of low production Japanese bikes, they seem to call my name. Oh, how I wish I'd kept this one, probably never get another: Image-1.jpg



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  20. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    My wife misses her Hyosung Comet 250.