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Old 07-10-2009, 02:43 PM   #1
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Default Black Hole Bikes

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.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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#1: Jawa Trail 90
#2: BSA 441 Victim
#3: Suzuki 400 Cyclone
#4: Yamaha SC500 Scrambler
#5: BSA A-10 Super Rocket
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Old 07-10-2009, 07:29 PM   #3
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http://www.motorcycle.com/events/fir...jawa-3941.html like that one?
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:35 PM   #4
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Suzuki Madura (any displacement)

Yamaha TX750

BMW G450X (Ask Knighter)

1981-2 Yamaha YZ125 and YZ250 (idiots mounted the radiators on the triple clamp)

Any pre-1989 British motorcycle < I'm ducking for cover >
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Hey, i really like those nortons...
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Suzuki Madura (any displacement)

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Ewww, he's got madura on his shoe...
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:05 AM   #7
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Hey, i really like those nortons...
Everybody likes old British bikes now that they aren't actually trying to get somewhere on them.
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:31 AM   #8
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Everybody likes old British bikes now that they aren't actually trying to get somewhere on them.
They aren't that bad if you know how to maintain them. My 72 Norton was my daily rider for 5 years in the late 80's. I rode it to the Springfield race twice a year, which was a 400 mle round trip. I was never on the side of the road, and didn't have many issues with that bike. You do have to have some knowledge of what problems may creep up, and what to maintain on them. If you don't, they will bite you in the ass. Those bikes are not for the 'modern' rider that can't change their spark plugs.
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A dude at work pulled up on an M109R yesterday. That thing's a freaking barge.
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They aren't that bad if you know how to maintain them. My 72 Norton was my daily rider for 5 years in the late 80's. I rode it to the Springfield race twice a year, which was a 400 mle round trip. I was never on the side of the road, and didn't have many issues with that bike. You do have to have some knowledge of what problems may creep up, and what to maintain on them. If you don't, they will bite you in the ass. Those bikes are not for the 'modern' rider that can't change their spark plugs.
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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