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Old 07-14-2009, 07:38 AM   #11
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"Compared to a '70's HD, your Brit bike was probably an icon of reliability."

Damn! I'm riding a 72 Sporty rat bike as we speak. It hasn't been too bad so far once I actually got it running. Back to right side shifting for me!
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:10 AM   #12
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1984 Honda Magna. The Black Hole of Utah. Accept no substitute.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:10 AM   #13
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Compared to a '70's HD, your Brit bike was probably an icon of reliability. The AMF bikes, including mine, were unrideable as delivered from the factory. The first owner of my '77 FXS told me the bike spent two months in the shop at delivery being rebuilt. Even then it shed parts and needed constant upkeep to stay on the road. I completely rebuilt it in 1990 (with a lot of help). After a few years, an S&S, and an electronic ignition, it finally settled into a fairly reliable bike. But it still did tricks like tossing an exhaust off on I-95.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:49 AM   #14
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A dude at work pulled up on an M109R yesterday. That thing's a freaking barge.
Have you ever rode one, they corner pretty dam good actually.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:50 AM   #15
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So Wired.com picked 5 cars that should be thrown in a black hole:

5 Auto Atrocities To Throw Down a Black Hole | Autopia | Wired.com

Made me wonder which 5 bikes should go in as well. I'd start with a list of my own but I've owned a grand total of 2 motorcycles, ridden maybe a dozen, and I've been alive less than 30 years. I'll leave it to the older gents (and Barbara).

Whaddaya say folks? Maybe we can narrow the list down to a Bizarro Holy Trinity.
I can think of one,....? hehehehe
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:51 AM   #16
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I dunno Ken, my '76 XLCH was reliable, (bought new in '77) when I could start it that is. That's why I also had a '72 RT2 360 Yamaha. Another miserable bike to start. And Longride, Nortons were an exception to that Brit bike rule, didja know the same guy who designed the isolastic motor mounts on Nortons also designed the motor mounts on the later Buells? As someone who's owned lots of Brit bikes, they were miserable. Anything with a "sludge trap" is something to stay away from. 'specially an A-10.

Another entry into the black hole:

1968 Bultaco El Bandito (blew up like a trick cigar, should have been called the "El Explodo")
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:54 AM   #17
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Have you ever rode one, they corner pretty dam good actually.

No I haven't, but I would love to take one for a spin.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:29 AM   #18
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My AMF bikes were pretty reliable as well, guess i was just lucky...

You want 5 for the deep six though eh?

1. Honda Shadow Aero
2. Yamaha Virago
3. Norton Hi-Rider (I mean c'mon.......)
4. Suzuki Intruder
5. Honda Magna V65
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:53 AM   #19
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My AMF bikes were pretty reliable as well, guess i was just lucky...

You want 5 for the deep six though eh?

1. Honda Shadow Aero
2. Yamaha Virago
3. Norton Hi-Rider (I mean c'mon.......)
4. Suzuki Intruder
5. Honda Magna V65

The 750 Aero or that 1100 thing?
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:42 AM   #20
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Oh, you want 5, eh? hokay.

1. 1984 Honda Magna
2. 1964 Gilera 202
3. 1984 Honda Magna
4. 1964 Parilla 125
5. 1984 Honda Magna
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