“You guys never say anything bad about the bikes you test.”

It’s a comment the MO staff occasionally hears, but to be honest, practically every motorcycle you can currently buy in the United States (we don’t have much experience with the small-displacement scoots sold in Asia) is pretty darn good. However, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some bad apples in the bunch, and for this week’s Top 10 list we MOrons are going to satisfy your curiosity with 10 motorcycles that left us feeling a little disappointed after testing them. The main crew of Kevin, Tom, Evans, John, and Yours Truly have scanned our memory banks for motorcycles we were really excited to ride, but were instead left with a sour taste in our mouths. Here they are, in no particular order.

  • 12er

    Ah the 600 Katana, or as I called them, “The Shmoo.”

    • sgray44444

      known as the can-o-tuna around here.

    • sheikyerboutie

      Or “can o’ tuna”

      • Tinwoods

        When the Katana finally and mercifully went away I prayed so too would this once-clever and way-overused nickname.

        • XRayHound

          It describes them so well, though.

  • john phyyt

    Really scratching to find even mildly disappointing bikes. Shows how good things really are. Early efi fueling issues ( triumph 600, MV Augusta ) blighted what were good overall bikes. This may be a question all of itself. But can. these older “jerky” bikes be re-flashed with modern knowledge and ECUs etc and be made to function well.

  • Born to Ride

    I’m glad that the multi 1100s only got berated on her looks. While she is indeed a butterface, she is also one of the one of the most fun “practical” bikes you will ever find. I chuck wheelies and chase down liter bikes on Palomar all the time on mine, then commute 4-500 miles a week. Also, from what I am told, while the streetfighter 1098 could be vastly improved by professional suspension set up and a high mount exhaust to unclutter your footing. 140 rwhp plus a mountain of torque, and rock solid old school Ducati handling. Obviously you chuck those Ducati trademark lubricated footpegs too.

    • Goose

      As a former due ‘Strada owner I’d add I found the bike to be a truly weird dichotomy. Everything Ducati was great, everything that moron touched was crap. Frame, engine, suspension, great. What kind of idiot mounts the (rock hard) seat to the gas tank then makes the gas tank an all day project to remove? How poor is your understanding of mechanical engineering to mount the instrument cluster and the top of the fairing on two skinny pieces of aluminum with no triangulation, guaranteeing they’d shake like Yamaha’s tuning fork at the slightest provocation?

      Yup, the bike is a hoot on a twisty road, that is why I bought the ugly thing. Putting up with Terblanche’s incompetence made me sell it.

      • Vrooom

        To be fair, Ducati never really prioritized convenient access on any of it’s bikes. It takes me an hour to get my ST’s battery removed. It’s not as bas that Multi was though.

        • Goose

          I’m not a Ducati expert. All I have to compare is my mid-nineties Monster and the Multi. Working on the Monster was a piece of cake compared to the Multi.

          • MyName

            The pre-Terblanche SuperSports are also very easy to work on.

        • Born to Ride

          Idk,not all designs are made equal on that front. My S2R1000 takes all of 5 minutes to strip down to bare engine and frame. Tank is held on by a latch and one pin, and the whole saddle comes off with the key, exposing the whole vertical cylinder head, airbox, battery, and wiring for the lights and engine. The multi however, yeah…. Not so much.

      • Speedwayrn@yahoo.com

        I could get my tank off in ~30 minutes. Sure the first time you do it takes more time. But it wasn’t all that bad.

        • Goose

          Was that before or after you had sex with (fill in the name of your favorite sex symbol) and made million in the stock market? Your fantasy life is interesting but off topic.

  • Mahatma

    I was sure the pacific coast would beat them all.

    • Gruf Rude

      . . . and they didn’t even mention the awful vacuum effect of the windshield that moved your helmet like a rowboat in heavy seas.

      • Mahatma

        They were so ugly that I once thought I’d own one so I could have bragging rights both ways estethically;)

    • John Ferguson

      I would love a PC…wish I could find a nice one. Good for a long tour, comfortable, not much service required (self-adjusting valves and cam chains, shaft drive), and bulletproof even by Honda standards.

  • DickRuble

    I find the Multistrada 1100s the most intriguing, desirable bike of the past twenty years. The only thing that keeps me from getting one is fear of maintenance and dealing with Ducati dealers.

    • Speedwayrn@yahoo.com

      The only thing that stops me is the ballooning gas tanks from ethanol…..

    • Tinwoods

      “… fear of… dealing with Ducati dealers.”

      Amen to that, brother. I’ve owned a Superduke 990 now for a couple of years, and have had to go to the only KTM dealership near me for the major stuff. Beverly Hills Ducati/BMW is a Ducati dealership that only recently starting selling KTMs, too. And having had to pay $124 for an hour of them not figuring out an over-idling problem makes me wholeheartedly agree with your assessment.

      • Tinwoods

        And the SD was sold! A blast to ride, a bummer to wrench.

  • DickRuble

    “within the first 50 kilometers of riding it.” Those Cleveland things have odometers in kilometers? Or were you riding them in Spain?

  • Oren Danger Ovadia

    actually here in israel people like the heist it looks good and with our 90-110kph speed limits its a fine ride ive seen some with over 20k miles on em! id like to see it with a 500 cc engine even a 450 it well styled and custamizable

    • Craig Hoffman

      Seems to me the Heist has no mechanical problems that an afternoon and a tube of Loctite can’t fix.

  • Gruf Rude

    What, no mention of the horrible VTEC successor to the original gear driven cam Honda VFR800? Or the piggy VFR 1200? Two of the biggest disappointments in motorcycling.

    • Mahatma

      From the lack of love going hondas way here,when I clicked on this article I feared 2/3 would be hondas.Guess there are bigger let downs out there.

      Good article boys.One question:Why those ebay addicles you sometimes have here.Purely money,or does somebody on this site think those are actually a good idea?It detracts very much to this site IMHO.

      • Born to Ride

        They are gags? Burns posts them and generally they have some sort of irony to them. I don’t see any sort of paid advertising by Ebay on this site. I suppose the craiglist articles must be for profit too eh?

        • Mahatma

          Click on ‘Five tools every rider needs’ article and on my machine it directs it to http://www.ebay.com domain.Not many of them,but I find them annoying.

          Guess you adhere to the conform or die group;)

  • Vrooom

    The multistrada (air cooled version) was weird looking with that split fairing, but unlike most of these bikes handled beautifully and that engine is sweet. The PC800, while looking like it belonged in some film about a blasé yet dystopian future, did have a weirdly smooth engine, it felt like an electric bike. It wasn’t quick by any standard, but would cruise at 100 all day (once rode one across Montana). The maxi scooter comparison is a good one. No Buell B-last? That thing was a dog.

    • DickRuble

      The MS 1100s was also about 100lbs lighter than the new MSs. Go Xcountry on a scooter, be it BMW, then compare to the PC800.

      • Vrooom

        I was thinking terms of looks re the maxi-scooter. I don’t think there are a lot of those that can cruise at 100 for hours at a time, but the closest I’ve gotten to riding a maxi-scooter is a Burgman 400.

        • bigjames

          try a 650, they fly. Had a friend with a sidecar on one, it could cruise 80 all day long. Without the hack, 100 easy, scary, but easy.

    • Speedwayrn@yahoo.com

      I agree the Multi was not much to look at but it grew on you if you owned one. So…I thought this was about disappointing motorcycles not an ugly contest?

  • Douglas

    VRod (except the Porsche motor) for the godawful seating position (unless you’re over 6’3″)

    • 12er

      Im over 6’3 and foot forwards are just wrong, puts my knees in the sky…

    • Point of contention: The V-Rod motor was originally derived from the VR-1000 race bike and was in development by Erik Buell to be used in his next-gen bike. It was hijacked by H-D for their anniversary bike. When H-D added on unnecessary “cooling” fins, Erik distanced himself from it and eventually worked with Rotax to build an entirely new engine of his own design. H-D continued to screw it up and Porsche had to help them fix the problems they caused.


      I’m 6’2″ and I owned a 2007 H-D V-Rod VRSCAW. I found it quite uncomfortable to ride for more than 1 hour. It did, however, sound INCREDIBLE with the aftermarket Toxic Choppers V-LUX pipes.

      I also owned a 2007 Buell XB12R, which was a good bike, just under-powered for my tastes. I upgraded to a 2008 Buell 1125R, which I still have after over 63,000 miles. It is the best bike I’ve ever owned/ridden including the V-Rod & XB12R, my 2005 Yamaha FJR1300ATC & 2010 Yamaha FZ6-R, and many different friends’ bikes and demo rides from brands including: BMW, Aprilia, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki. Absolutely nothing tops the 1125R for the full package of price, performance, handling, and all-day comfort. I’ve taken many road-trips on the 1125R: 4,000 miles in 10-days was easy on this bike.

      My Motorcycles (past & present):

      • J Carne

        I rode Harleys for 35 years before discovering Buell 1125s 2 1/2 years ago. First ride was like a wet dream come true…
        I started with a CR, then added an R.
        Unfortunately, I got a little overconfident, thought I knew the R better than I did, and got spit off the back while it stood on it’s tail. Still dealing with complications of that.

    • Joel Bohm

      Love my VRSCA. Hate the seat and 3.5(3.2 usable) gallon fuel tank under the seat. The seat pushes your tailbone up into your back, and the tank placement makes it impossible for any other seat options. Hey, Willie G., the tank doesn’t go there.

  • DickRuble

    What’s missing here is the biggest disappointment of the XXI century, after mucho ballyhoo and PR BS, Victory birthed the octane to everyone’s horror, crushing Brasfield’s faith in humanity.

    • Old MOron

      Hey, after I upvote you, you go and add that bit about Brassfixtures’ faith in Humanity. I’m not sure anything could shake his faith in humanity.

      • DickRuble

        I hadn’t finished editing my comment. You can take your upvote back if you disagree.. The beauty of Disqus.

        • Old MOron

          Naw, I just wanted to call him Brassfixtures.
          Besides, that POS Octane crushed my faith in humanity.

    • Speedwayrn@yahoo.com

      This and the BMW spider eyed freaky cruiser thing they tried…

  • Old MOron

    “Here they are, in no particular order.”

    I see a very particular order, which is that the bikes must be long out of production. Oh well, no one expects you to step on your dick just to amuse your readers.

    • Don Silvernail

      I had to click on this thinking they were going to dish the dirt on something that might actually still be for sale in showrooms. My bad!

  • JMDonald

    I always looked at the 1100S as the A10 Warthog of motorcycles. Anyone who flew one loved them. I would think anyone lucky enough to have ridden an 1100S felt the same. The Pacific Coast was way too wussy hipster for me regardless of its utility. My favorite Monster will always be the the 1100 EVO. All you need to know is what you like.

    • Tinwoods

      There was no such thing as a hipster when the Pacific Coast was alive, but it is amusing that “PC” is its go-to nickname.

      • JMDGT

        The weren’t called hipsters then. They were called pussies.

  • Craig Hoffman

    Most disappointing bike I ever was exposed to was my ’74 Honda MT250 as a kid. Two strokes and breaker points ignitions do not mix. On a good day the bike ran, not well, but it ran, turning gasoline into raggedly combusted forward motion, sort of. It is amazing I stayed in the sport. The ’79 RM125 (with CDI) changed all that, and here we are today!

    Recently rode a friends Triumph Thruxton R and was disappointed by it’s narrow power range (4K to 7K). I am more jaded than Mr. Ruble it seems 😉

  • schizuki

    I remember the print rags ball-washing Pierre Terblanche and lapping up his design philosophy bulls*** like cats on cream. Must have been his accent that made them gaga – the bikes were naked-emporer hideous to anyone with eyeballs and a cerebellum. What a con job he pulled off on Ducati and the bike press.

    And I don’t want to hear about the Supermono or whatever it was. Doesn’ make up for the rest.

    • DickRuble
      • Goose

        Except its little more than a copy of the 916 with a cylinder removed.

        • Kevin Duke

          Actually, it’d be more accurate to say the 916 is a copy of the Supermono…

          • Goose

            You’re right the mono came out a year sooner but, given the resemblance I find it hard to believe they weren’t developed together. Given it takes much longer to develop a street bike than a track bike I don’t think the mono coming out first shows it was the original.
            Or, let me put it another way, if this is truly Terblanche’s work why is everything else he he designed from interesting to fugly? OTOH, Tamburini has a long history of gorgeous bikes. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe Terblanche had one great design in him and this is that bike, too bad everything else he has done hasn’t shown nearly this much talent.

  • halfkidding

    The most disappointing motorcycle has to be the new Harley Sportster. That is the non existent new Sportster to replace the 59 year old current model. Try to get your mind around this. 59 years. It’s like packing up the family and going down to the local motor mile because you said to yourself, I need a new car that’s like a Sportster. So up and down the boulevard you go, looking for the Packard dealer.

    • Kevin Duke

      You realize that’s not even close to true, right…?

      • ADB

        Maybe not true…., but maybe true true…..

    • John Ferguson

      You do realize that the current Sporty is drastically different from even the 2002 Sporty…right?

  • Gary

    I am familiar with the Pacific Coast. Wretched, pathetic bike. The only thing it did well was serve as a torpedo. I was riding with someone who crashed one once at 60 mph, and it behaved exactly how you would expect 600 pounds of tupperware to behave, having been set loose at 60 mph. It skimmed the tarmac without friction, and torpedoed a car parked some 200 meters away, exacting revenge against the four-wheeled universe. “With my last breath I spit at thee ….”

    • Born to Ride

      Never seen or ridden a pacific coast. But this comment made me nearly choke to death on an ice cube. You have a way with words sir. lol

    • bigjames

      When one of my Beemers broke years ago was at Blue Moon Cycle in Atlanta. The dealer, John, was looking for something I cold borrow to ride home. He came up with a set of keys and immediately started apologizing. I’m thinking WTF, it’s a loaner how bad could it be. Well, there was NOTHING wrong with the bike and as far as the riding experience went, nothing right… Comfy but boring as all get out, all that storage capacity, shaped weird. Could have been a great bike, but Honda blew that one. As for the rest, different strokes for different folks…

    • Phil W

      As someone who owned a PC 800 for 3 years, I thought it was darn good, reliable machine. Mine was all black, which looked better than your red one. It was great for long trips. It sure carried a lot and protected from the weather.

      • John Ferguson

        They have a couple of problems, though…offhand, the head gaskets tend to seep oil when they pass 100,000 miles. Yes, I said 100,000 miles. Seriously: how many motorcycles have a well-known issue that shows up around 100K?

        Only other issue I can think of is that early models (only) had reg/rec problems-probably all long since fixed.

  • Donald Silvernail

    Wow, I started this list with great anticipation. Silly me, I thought I would find out what **currently sold** bikes didn’t impress.

  • Infadel Macgee

    All the adventure bikes are ugly . The Duc should be compared to the other adventure bikes . I think the vstrom should win the ugliest trophy . The Duc is beautiful in comparison .

  • Infadel Macgee

    And you guys are just being tards about the streetfighter. It’s an awesome bike and yes I have ridden one a few times .

    • Kevin Duke

      If it was truly awesome, it would still be in Ducati’s lineup.

      • MyName

        I think it is gone more because of the overlap with the monsters. That said, I have only ridden the 848 variant.

    • Tinwoods

      Any adult who calls another adult a “tard” isn’t really worth listening to–especially when their comment is so incorrect.

  • ddraper32309

    Even with it being under powered, and always being confused as a moped, I loved the PC. In Florida during the fall and spring it can get real cold riding in the morning, but the afternoon’s can be hot as hell. When going to FSU, I could carry all my books and stash all my jackets in the back bucket. Great bike.

  • Speedwayrn@yahoo.com

    As the years go by I find myself liking the Multi 1000/1100/620 series more and more. I used to own one. Like the 999 as the years go by I am liking PT designs more and more. Maybe he was just too far ahead of time. After all the Kawasaki Versys was just a rip off of the air cooled Multistradas so somebody at Kawasaki liked them.
    In the not so distant future my Motus should be showing up on this list….

  • Flubbly

    Royal Enfield Continental GT would be on my list. Lipstick on a pig.

    As for Terblanche’s Ducatis: I appreciate his designs, and believe the 999 doesn’t get the respect it deserves. I for one think that the aircooled Multistrada looks much more purposeful than the current Angry Bird.

  • novemberjulius

    I personally don’t think online reviews are too nice, but rather too harsh. They all seem to draw attention to the cons off each bike. After reading a review I feel less inclined to buy the bike because of the potential drawbacks (poor braking, buzzy motor, handling feel, etc.).
    Furthermore, most of my future bike buying will probably be used bikes. I can’t afford the new stuff, but it’s hard to find a user review out there.
    I did enjoy this list though, and I wouldn’t mind owning a PCH if it were in good condition. 🙂

    • Kevin Duke

      We wouldn’t really be doing our job if we didn’t point out flaws in bikes, would we? We’re trying to assist riders in making an informed decision about which bike would suit them best, so we recognize all things both good and bad, and each individual rider can decide how it balances out for them.

      • novemberjulius

        Thanks for the reply Kevin. I guess I just see comments after reviews (not just here, but other publications too) that claim the review was too positive, or was a paid advertisement. The folks at MO do a good job at keeping it balanced, and I appreciate that.
        Keep up the good work. You and your team have been very helpful for me as a shopper, a rider, and as an enthusiast during the winters when there’s too much snow and ice to ride.

  • Novatoan

    What, no hate for the R1200C? Completely outside BMW’s wheelhouse.

    • OMG!
      Ugliest turd ever.
      Except for one other.
      The Ruler of the Ugly Universe, the R1200C Montauk. Truly a steaming pile of poo!

  • Patrick Trammell

    It is apparent when you rode the Katana that you either didn’t know how to ride or just simply afraid of it. Yes it is heavy in the front end and with that you loose straight line speed but if you grow a pair she will corner with the best of them having the weight in the front is a beating flicking it thru corners but the feel it gives you and added grip on front tyre compensates for that. I take my Katana on track and she does not park in the corners to take naps additionally long trips are great it is the most comfortable sportbike you can ride being its a sport touring. So having this bike on the list I firmly disagree with

  • Ron Austin

    This Suzuki Marauder is claimed to be an 800, but it sure looks a lot like the 1600 Kawasaki Mean Streak clone that Suzuki used. Those rocker boxes are unmistakable.

  • Scott

    Pacific Coast? I used to see them around. It had a cool trunk, but that’s about it. For this to be on your “most disappointing” list means that you really had high expectations for it? Really?

  • The Goat

    I’m surprised one of my past bikes made this list, the 2006 ZX10R, that thing was a beast, handled great, and was super fun, of the 31 motorcycles I’ve owned it was one of my favorite bikes.

    • Kevin Duke

      You might’ve felt different if you had owned the 2005 version. 🙂

  • frank

    I had all the Multistrada models already. Please add the New Multistrada 2015. The worst bike Ducati ever sold in my opinion. It spends more time in services for warranty repairs than any other model. My bike has only 128 HP, where it should produce 160! Lousy fittings, china lowest quality parts are also used. And Ducati does not care even a bit about such disaster bike! Dissappointing

  • Paul Costello

    Not one Harley on the list ? The worst bike I ever owned after 40 yrs riding was a Harley1100 sportster. Around 100 miles before fill up, vibration so bad that I couldn’t see in the mirriors at 40mph.
    This bike was in the Harley shop 4 times to try and fix the vibration problem, no fix, told me that’s is how Harley is. This was a 2009 top of the line Special Edition with the rubber mounted engine to reduce vibration. It had special matching Harley bags that cost $2300 and were flimsy pieces of crap.
    Never again.

    • John Ferguson

      No, it wasn’t. The 1100 was dropped in Reagan’s second term! If you bought a bike with a peanut tank, that’s your own fault!

      $2300 for bags? Did you walk in with “SUCKER” tattooed on your forehead? (Just checked: they are $700 for soft bags, $850 for hard panniers.)

  • duanek

    How can there not be a (n expensive) harley on this list?

    • Douglas

      VRods ain’t inexpensive, for what yr gettin’. And the new Breakdowns seem to have just as silly a seating position……

      • Tinwoods

        “VRods aren’t inexpensive for what yer gettin’.” Funny!

  • Joseph A. Laurance

    My garage houses a Hayabusa (Gen1), a Blackbird, a Deuce, and a Pacific Coast (PC800). Each one is a fine motorcycle for its intended purpose. The PC handles astonishingly well provided the front forks are dropped 10mm, has a very large cargo capacity that is absolutely weather proof, and is a “Torque Monster”, as are all V-Twins I’ve known. It is laughed at by both my Harley and Sport-Bike buddies. In fact, it seems to appeal only to my passengers, who value comfort, and the truly knowledgeable motorcycle enthusiast who tends to rely less on gossip (bullshit) and more on experience.

    • Geoffrey Jay

      I love my pc, the only thing I have found that can carry more is my Ural. Yes she is not the sexiest bike and servicing can take awhile, but I have had plenty of ppl pull up to me at a light and go what is that.
      Also, the design gives pretty good protection in wet weather making a bible around yoy.

    • Joseph A. Laurance

      A postscript to this note: My wife and I rode the PC800 on a transcontinental adventure of 8000 miles this summer. The bike was magnificent with never a hiccup and offered real comfort to both passengers on 6 weeks of 300 mile days. I’ve since added a Honda CB1100DLX to the fleet. Another bike devoid of character (problems) that I absolutely love.

  • TheRandyGuy

    Jamie James (raced one of the 600 Katanas for Suzuki factory team) said “You couldn’t make that thing fast if you dropped it off a cliff.”

  • MyName

    Ignoring the unfortunate front fairing, the 1100 Multistrada is a brilliant motorcycle. I can’t ignore it though. I want my Ducatis to be fast, fun AND beautiful.

  • cg

    What! No Royal Enfield made the list…. I would place any version at number 1.

  • boaters_pal

    Wow, I always got respect to a reporter that has Knowledge and knows motorcycles, All of them. I can really agree with your rating of the Confederate America GT as a parts Bike. There were parts from everywhere when the Factory was in the learning stage. All the parts were Top Notch, Primo parts, but the handling was the Suckky thing with this Model. If you look at the Company now These early priced faiely confederates would not even be a 10% Deposit on the new Models.

  • boaters_pal

    I have never heard of the ” Clevland Heist”. I think the Company was conceived out of Depression. LeBron James left Ohio that year and went to Miami. The BOTTOM LINE “Chine Crap”. I get pissed when I see People putting their Life in the Hands of this Dangerous Garbage

  • Bubba Blue

    Phew, my 1992 Sportster wasn’t on the list.

    There was a 2008 or 9 BMW K1200S I rode once that was the worst thing I ever threw my leg over.

  • Ron Austin

    This Suzuki Marauder is not the ’97 800cc bike mentioned. The photo is the Suzuki joint effort with Kawasaki and is literally the Kawasaki Mean Streak with some Suzuki touches added to it to make it look a little different. That bike is based on the 1600 Mean Streak motor.

  • Gary Watkins

    The Multistrada is the Ugliest Ducati ever? Not Hardly. Tom Roderick, Don’t know your age, but you might not be old enough to remember the 860GT (1975-76, I think), possibly the ugliest motorcycle ever produced.

  • schizuki

    If Honda had called the PC800 the “Silverwing” they’d have sold a ton of them.

  • Fabian

    Multistrada; I think that Terreblanche design ages very well.

  • Phil W

    The PC 800 was a good, practical, reliable bike and still is for many. A picture of it in black would look better than the two-tone red.

    • John Ferguson

      I think the last ones (maroon with black lower plastic, open front fender) looked much better.

  • FriendofaFriend

    the difference between a Pacific Coast and a Goldwing F6, the F6 got it right.

  • fidelcatstro

    why didnt they include the bandit 1200 s?

  • Scott Evers

    I would have guessed if you were going to pick on a Katana, it would have been the 1100. I don’t recall ever riding another bike that felt so ungodly heavy.
    You forgot the Honda NM4 btw.😁

  • The Suzuki Katana 600 was also a lousy knock-off/cheap imitation of the Triumph 955 Sprint ST.

  • George Bones Small

    The PC800 Pacific Coast truly is the Station Wagon of bikes. I got my Police PC800 20 years ago, from the Anahiem PD who put it in service in 1990. I liked it so much as a daily ride, that I bought a matching 1995 for my GF to ride around Florida beside me. It holds much more than my Electra-Glide Police Special, and yes I can put a complete weeks worth of groceries in her with no problem whatsoever. She is silent and deadly though, as no after markets parts have ever been offered, and she’s most comfortable cruising in the 95 to 105 range. Great for day rides, and in inclement weather conditions with the original Dunlop tires. Best thing is, she’s basically maintenance free, like a car. Check the oil and tire pressure now and then, but that’s it. And it’s an ease in cleaning. You only need to wipe it down, unlike other bikes requiring some elbow grease, wax, and chrome polish. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e078b55f0065726cf5201bff648f8cb2f45bb74a53705745e5f1881bc9db65d.jpg

    • John Ferguson

      Wow-I thought police PC800s only existed in movies.

  • JerryD

    That Ducati Multistrada 1100 is actually a pretty badass looking bike, in my opinion. I’d definitely ride one!

  • JerryD

    That Honda Pacific Coast? When I was finance manager at South Seas Cycle Exchange, we took one in on trade and I actually chose to use it as my demo. haha! Definitely meant for practicality, with very little excitement tho.

  • Jim Quinn

    I’ve owned my 1998 Pacific Coast since 2003, and I still love it. I don’t roadrace or drag race, and I don’t do wheelies. I just ride, calmly, in comfort, with enough torque to suit me and plenty of storage space if I need it. If you don’t like it, fine; lots of people didn’t, which is why it was a retail failure. As for its looks, I’ve always found it
    beautiful in a French Art Deco sort of way; definitely not “masculine,” for whatever that’s worth, but elegant and understated. It suits me.

  • Don Hall

    What menial morons say they hat a bike for its looks but then say if you’re look I ng for performance and handling it’s the best. Remind me the never read another word these mellinial snowflakes write taking looks over performance. Their tight shrts and tight jeans have already suffocated the balls and brains and they have forgotten what a motorcycle is about.

  • Geoffrey Jay

    Well as an owner of a PC800 for years, I love it. It rides smooth for something 22 years old. And can carry plenty of gear for a road trip.

  • Steven Green

    Ride up to a big bike night on a PC800 and get some weird looks. Open the trunk full of ice and 12 6 packs of beer=72 bottles give the bike a whole new cool factor. Yes boring but it’s indeed is the SUV of motorcycles.

    • John Ferguson

      And that’s before anyone sees the 100,000 miles on the odometer.

  • Roger Johnson

    you missed the Harley Dyna line is gone as of this year

  • Pat Kittle

    No Harleys?

    And we’re supposed to take this seriously?

  • Penn542

    I’ve learned how to ride a motorcycle on the Katana. Let me tell you that I was satisfied, because as a sport tourer, the 73hp was good enough and probably saved some lives. If you want better performance and want to hit 300Km/h every ride, yeah, don’t buy a 600cc sport touring motorcycle.

  • jeff benson

    Harley isnt on the list because everyone expects the underperformance. It’s a feature, not a disappointment.

    Though I would nominate Honda’s entire V4 line from the 80s. Overpriced poorly engineered monstrosities. You had to remove the rear wheel to replace the fuel filter on a Magna. You also had to remove the engine to remove the rear headpipes. Oh yeah and the watercooling was inadequate. Exploding trannies and cam gear. I lost any respect I had for Honda when they foisted that crap on the public.

  • XRayHound

    Oh dear, the Katana. I can’t say for sure if the Kan’a’tuna is just that bad, or if it just attracted unskilled riders, but in my weekend group that I rode with for the best part of ten years, every time someone showed up on a Teapot, they crashed. Every. Single. Time. Every Teapot I’ve ever seen at a track day has also crashed. There is one exception: there was this old guy at the Dragon who could school anyone on anything with his scratched up, dented frame, spit-and-literal-chicken-wire Katana. That man was a superhypermegabadass and has my lifelong admiration.

    I like fully enclosed bodywork. I like the Pacific Coast. I’ll leave that at that.

  • CrashFroelich

    The PC, ironic no, was the motorcycle that your motorcycle hating GF could stand. Looked non-mechanical, artistic (in a goofy sort of way). However, performance is everything. And those who bought it for prosaic reasons still sing its praises to this day.

  • David Legan

    Surprised not finding a Suzuki B-King on this list. 175 hp, no fairing. Neither fish nor fowl…
    As for the GSX600F, I bought a three year old for my son, and rode it 5000 miles before he got it. He rode it on an 8000 mile tour of the U.S, west. In it’s entire life, now over 50,000 miles, it has needed tires, chains and sprockets. Not even spark plugs, and it’s carbureted. I rode it from the Dragon to Dallas in one rainy day, and when challenged by a couple of Harleys at 105, I downshifted, twice, and left them for dead. I don’t know how you could ask much more from a 600. That FZR600 comment…I raced the FZR400 back in the day, and LOVED it, as I’m sure I would love the 600…for a track day or ride around the lake. But, for an 800 mile day? I’ll take the Katana every time.