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Old 08-01-2013, 03:10 PM   #31
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Well, I don't know if there is a correct answer, but The Guggenheim took a swag at this question, with the controversial "The Art of The Motorcycle" display. I saw it in Chicago and Vegas and it included a pretty good selection of candidates from the near 2 hp 1900 Thomas to the near 200mph 1999 Hayabusa.

I've been to a few MC museums and I think the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa has also done a credible job, particularly with its display of historical, race and celebrity pieces. I was more engaged by the Anamosa displays than with my recent visit to the AMA Museum in Pickerington OH.

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FWIW, my list would inc the Honda 750, Benelli Six, a Bonneville, a Vespa, a Rickman, a Hayabusa, a Ninja, some early & later HDs/Indians and a KLR.







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Old 08-01-2013, 03:37 PM   #32
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OK.. perhaps I should have stated R90S was first production bike to come with a fairing.... only 401 Ducati 750SS were ever made, probably to meet homologation rules. 750SS were closer to a full blown race bike made street legal
Wasn't it Reg Pridmore who won the championship? I know one of the guys that worked with Udo Geitl to build his bike.

The 750SS was a production model. I have a friend who bought one new in 1974 and still has it with over 100,000 miles. So far as faired bikes, your mention of Vincent reminded me of the Black Prince, a production model.
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Old 08-01-2013, 03:47 PM   #33
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Wasn't it Reg Pridmore who won the championship? I know one of the guys that worked with Udo Geitl to build his bike.
It was a production model. I have a friend who bought one new in 1974 and still has it with over 100,000 miles. So far as faired bikes, your mention of Vincent reminded me of the Black Prince, a production model.
opsss ...I stand corrected ... it was Reg Predmore that won the first AMA Superbike Championships and looks like Vincent Black Prince was a production bike with full fairing.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:01 PM   #34
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In no order other than what comes out of my scrambled brain.

1979 Honda CBX, the ultimate expression of a air cooled motorcycle.

BSA Goldstar, what other motorcycle could you ride a trial, motocross, flat track, or road race on the same bike?

Honda CB750, Game changer!

I'll leave it at that for now.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:05 PM   #35
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The Roper Steam Velocipede. Significant in that it was (arguably) the very first motorcycle.

Produced 1867-1869



The Honda Z-50. Significant in that it was the first motorcycle that I ever rode.

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Old 08-01-2013, 05:46 PM   #36
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Water cooled two stroke first produced in 1926.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:01 PM   #37
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1909 Harley -Harley's first production v twin.

1923 BMW R32- BMW's first boxer powered motorcycle.

1938 triumph speed twin, variations of this engine was used in Triumphs until the 70s.

1957 Harley Sportster

Honda super cub 1958-? The most produced motor vehicle in history with what was probably the most iconic motorsports advertising campaign of all time.

1969 Honda cb 750-the first inline 4 Sportbike.

1973 Yamaha monoshock, started the long travel mx revolution.

1980 BMW gs- the first big adventure touring bike?

1984-2000 Harley big twins- The evolution powered bikes changed Harley into the giant that it is today and may be the most iconic bikes ever.

1985 gsxr 750- The first modern sport bike.

1994 Ducati 916- Every Sportbike designed since is just trying to look as nice as the 916.

1998 Yz 400. The bike that started the 4 stroke mx revolution.
You saved me a lot of time and trouble. I can't really argue against any of these. Good list.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:12 PM   #38
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Can't believe this thread made it 3 pages without a mention of this....

The Harley Davidson XR 750

Evel Knievel's weapon of choice, and debatably the best dirt track bike ever made.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:44 PM   #39
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It would be a lot easier to ask what motorcycles are insignificant, I however, have never seen an insignificant motorcycle. But since you asked about significant:

BMW R 32
Any Manx TT bike
Big Hoss V 8
Megola
Honda CB 750
Munch Mammoth
Suzuki Gamma
Norton Commando
Brough Superior
Vincent Black Lightning
Kawasaki Z1

and on and on, etc., etc...
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:15 PM   #40
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In no particular order

#1 - 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa - Started a new big bike and speed trend.
#2 - 1981 BMW R80G/S - STarted a new genera that brings a lot of us to this site
#3 - BMW R1150 GS Adventure - Made famous by the long way around.
#4 - 1909 Harley Davidson model 5-D - I agree with motorat
#5 - Ninja 250 - Good beginners bike
#6 - 04 Suzuki SV650 - Well it was my first bike, so don't get much more significant then that :)
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:32 PM   #41
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How about the 1982 Honda CX500T. First motorcycle to have electronic fuel injection from the factory.

I agree on the CB750. Almost single-handedly destroyed the British motorcycle industry, and pretty much gave momentum to the reliable motorcycle desire.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:57 PM   #42
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Additional thoughts/counter thoughts on the excellent list:(in bold)

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1909 Harley -Harley's first production v twin - no argument.
1923 BMW R32- BMW's first boxer powered motorcycle. Significant for BMW?
1938 triumph speed twin, variations of this engine was used in Triumphs until the 70s - no argument..
1957 Harley Sportster - no objection, but a reaction to the above Triumphs.
Honda super cub 1958-? The most produced motor vehicle in history with what was probably the most iconic motorsports advertising campaign of all time - this bike enabled more people to ride than any other bike, maybe all bikes combined. It helped transform economies and nations.
1969 Honda cb 750-the first inline 4 Sportbike -no objection, but see below.
1973 Yamaha monoshock, started the long travel mx revolution. - agreed.
1980 BMW gs- the first big adventure touring bike? True.
1984-2000 Harley big twins- The evolution powered bikes changed Harley into the giant that it is today and may be the most iconic bikes ever - these were the first reliable Harley's, and also the bikes that made Harley more of a fashion accessory than a riders ride.
1985 gsxr 750- The first modern sport bike - true.
1994 Ducati 916- Every Sportbike designed since is just trying to look as nice as the 916 - if they only could look as nice. Ducati itself cannot or chooses not to duplicate this bike in looks or raw basic elemental design.
1998 Yz 400. The bike that started the 4 stroke mx revolution - true, I guess. Not up on modern MX'ers.

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I agree on the CB750. Almost single-handedly destroyed the British motorcycle industry, and pretty much gave momentum to the reliable motorcycle desire.
-- the Brit bike was in deep entropy and already given its notice with bikes like the Honda CB450 or Suzuki 500 Titan, X6, etc. The CB750 was just the final coffin nails.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:05 PM   #43
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Significant you say???



There's only one 'most significant', and this is it:


The Honda Cub.

http://world.honda.com/news/2008/c080521Cub-Series/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_bsRsQNgEY
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:51 PM   #44
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Look, I don't really have anything to add, but can I get a copy of the calendar when it is done?

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