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Old 08-14-2013, 03:06 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by luckychucky View Post
I thought it was a good looking boat; but it sounded gutless, pinging, and stuttering off the line. I felt it was under-powered for the weight.
Test rode this same bike and vintage recently. Rear shocks toast, can't get any part of my feet onto/under the shifter or rear brake without looking, clutch does weird things in first. :puke.
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:38 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Jim Moore View Post
That was the Blast. I rode one once. It affected me so deeply that I wrote a poem about it. I'll share it with you guys.

"The Blast" by Jim Moore

The Blast,
Sucks ass.
I test rode a Buell once at a the MotoGP races as part of a promotion. I think it was the X1 Lightning. The motor had gobs of torque, but had to be kept between 4K and 6K rpms. Below that the valves pinged, above that the power curve fell flat. In the range it was a wheelie machine.
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:56 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by chazbird View Post
'78 Yamaha XS750. I suppose there are worse unresponsive bikes but that was mine. Of course I kept it for 70,000+ miles - so I know how unresponsive it was.
Absolutely true, considering it's a 750. What a dog, 250 singles would walk away from mine.

But what the XS750 lacked in power, it made up for with lousy ergonomics, questionable styling, and vague handling that ventured into scary at highway speeds. When you eventually got to highway speeds anyways.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:54 PM   #19
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Honda PC800. Super vague feeling and gutless for an 800.
I wanted to like it, but it had no "feel" for me.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:59 PM   #20
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OK, here're a few contenders, from my shed right now:

1961 Honda C102

1965 Honda CB77 (wouldn't be in the list if it had a 6-speed gearbox)

1973 Honda XL250

1988 MZ ETZ250 (breaking the Honda mode)

I love them all and would actually defend them to the death, but by present-day standards they're all far from ideal.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:03 PM   #21
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No one mentions a KLR????????????????

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Old 08-15-2013, 03:11 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by DAKEZ View Post
Worst ride EVER. M109R

Second only to the M50R...
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:26 AM   #23
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well maybe it was over responsive but riding my brothers honda cr500x with nobby tires on the road was,... well responsive on the throttle, but not responsive on the hard road surface, glad to make it alive to the soft sand.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:40 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by Jim Moore View Post
98 Ninja 250. it was uncrashable. You could roll the throttle to the stop at full lean and all it would do is make more noise.
thanks for the glowing review, I'm going to get one right now !

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Old 08-15-2013, 07:33 AM   #25
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thanks for the glowing review, I'm going to get one right now !

(no really)
Lol, it was actually pretty fun. I wanted to take it to the track, but I sold it before I had a chance. That would have been hilarious.
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:46 AM   #26
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Hodaka Ace 90. It was a mid 60's model I think. It was a basket case laying around in the back of the bike shop I worked at PT. The owner said I could have it for $25. I put it together and raced it once at a sand track called Crazy Horse Canyon, near Hollister. It was the whimpiest POS I ever rode. I gave it to my nephew. He thought it was whimpy too, and he was only ten or eleven. He gave it to somebody else... The forks were like spagetti. The shocks were some little chrome things. The tank was nice, though.
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:57 AM   #27
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1979 Honda CM400. I owned one for a short period. It was friendly to a flaw, and without anything at all remarkable to comment on. Even as a fairly green biker, I found it dull. My next bike, a '78 Suzuki GS400 had virtually the same specs, but managed to assemble them in a far more exciting and taut package.

The CM should have come with a Barney doll in the pillion.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:03 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by tkent02 View Post
Honda .
Aha!! a man of few words & probably a Harley "Tractor-on-2-wheels" rider!!
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:12 AM   #29
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1976 R90/6. Single rotor front brakes. Acceleration was something I only heard about from other motorcyclists. Squeezing the brake lever was like squeezing a rock, and about as useful.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:26 AM   #30
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Its funny reading threads like this, most of the bikes I have owned would be considered "dogs" by a lot of riders, but going fast simply isn't what riding is all about for me. I judge a bike by its overall experience, the bottom of my list was the 883 sportster, fast enough for me but everything about it felt awkward.
The few sport bikes I owned were fast, but useless for everything else, making them "dogs" in my book.
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