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Unusual/rare motorcycles you'd like to have.

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Curious to see what the collective mind of TWT can come up with on this one. Here's how the game is played. Name an unusual/uncommon/rare/or just outright strange motorcycle that you'd like to own and try to give an interesting fact about it/or a reason you'd like to own it.

I'll get the ball rolling with a Mondial Piega 1000. The bike was originally to be powered by a TL1000R engine, but Suzuki backed out of the deal literally weeks before the bikes debut in Milan. Mondial's helping hand lended to Honda decades before came back to Karmically reward them when Honda not only granted them the use of an SP-1 VTR(RC-51) engine for the prototype but agreed to supply engines for the entire production run.
Link to specs:
http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/mondial/mondial_piega_1000.htm


 
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BTW, this site is a great resource for spec hunting. The bike manufacturers are listed on the menu on the left hand side of the page. Happy hunting. :rider:
 
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I would still like to have a Suzuki RE-5 rotary bike, something about the one that we had at the Lotus dealership. It was a neat old bike.
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For a newer model, a Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa
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Honda 650 Turbo. The first one I saw blew me away. The finish was incredible, and it looked like it was from the future...

This one came close...I can image a coast to coast run on one of these. The Prolink CBX.


And this isn't really rare, and there's only 14,000 or reasons from keeping from having it, but I get weak every time I see one...
 
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Honda 650 Turbo. The first one I saw blew me away. The finish was incredible, and it looked like it was from the future...
A member of another forum I read had gone to Barber last weekend for the GrandAm race. He posted the following picture.

 

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Me, circa 1990ish on my roommates '78 Z1R. This bike was instrumental in infecting me with a lifelong Kawasaki sickness. Someday I'll buy one.
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Japan-only ZRX400R
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I've always been smitten by this machine as well. H-D's failure at SBK is still a raging success as a piece of lust-worthy moto-art.


Who wouldn't want a Wakan?


Or maybe an Ghezzi Brian Furia Otto


 
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Some good choices up here already. It's safe to say that all the bikes that everyone has listed so far are on my moto-lust list.:rider: :trust:
 
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Nothing rare or unusual about it, just the first sport bike I ever owned, but made a very lasting impression on me. If I find the right one for the right price I'll probably snap it up. Never been one for exotic's or pure eye candy.

 
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KTM 990 RC8 Venom prototype...b/c no one else would have one and it's a KTM crotch rocket.


A KTM 950 Rally bike...enough said.
 
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Good call on the Confederate Wraith.


I still think it would be a tough call between the Confederate Wraith and the Confederate F131 Hellcat.
 
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There are so many to list, but two that come up immediately are the MV Augusta Tamburini and the less expensive/ rare Benelli tre 1130 Tornado. And for some reason, I've always wanted a KZ1000, replete with cop fairing and bags. I blame CHiPs.



Benelli



:drool:

Nico
 

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I'd go with the Hellcat. The CF girder fork on the Wraith is hideous. Britten's girder fork is pretty much just as ugly, but I guess there's not much you can do with two big slabs of carbon fiber. At least he covered his up.

Britten's V1000 headers are positively the most beautiful set of pipes ever attached to an internal combustion engine. They more than make up for the ugly front end.
 
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Norton 952 Commando

You don't see these every day, and they are pretty hot.

A few more photos here.

Especially since the resurrection was cut short when funding was pulled. I may be wrong, but I don't think any of the customers that put down deposits ever actually received a bike.

I know that I was more than a little excited by that bike when they unveiled it....I still wish it could have made it to full swing production.
 
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I think a a few made it out, but I'm thinking single digits. Sad, as I would have been sorely tempted since the base model was realistically priced.
 
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Wow John, great thread, great idea. So many good ones already, all I could do is copy others.

The GTS for sure.
The Confederates, either one.
The Morbidelli....it's pretty.
The Wakan and the Norton 952.

But most of all, I'm with Chirpy -
The R1200S isn't as rare, but that one, in the red & aluminum, ohhhh man.....
 
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If your gonna want, want big.

Suzuki Nuda.

I don't have a pic right now, but sex on wheels.

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You mean this running GSXR-750 powered, two-wheel drive, hub-steer concept from 1986? Looks like it would fit right in with the bikes from the anime Akira. There was some serious forward thinking with that machine. Thanks for mentioning it, because I had never heard of or seen it before.:clap: Very cool.

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Bikes I'd love to have that are actually in production:

MV Agusta 1000 :drool:
MotoGuzzi Breva 1100 :drool:
Ducati GT1000 :drool:
Triumph SpeedTriple :drool:
HD XR1200 :drool:

Just to name the first few that run off my head
 

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You mean this running GSXR-750 powered, two-wheel drive, hub-steer concept from 1986? Looks like it would fit right in with the bikes from the anime Akira. There was some serious forward thinking with that machine. Thanks for mentioning it, because I had never heard of or seen it before.:clap: Very cool.

Wow! A bike that squidward's never heard of! Amazing!
 
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Hard to believe that no one has posted up this one......


Y2K Gas Turbine Superbike.
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http://youtube.com/watch?v=efID00W3F7I

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Qkm-GO4pQMM

http://youtube.com/watch?v=BgwmiQr_t8M

If your 50cc pocket bike isn’t giving you that adrenaline rush you crave than consider this modest upgrade: It’s the MTT Turbine Super bike also know as the Y2K. Weighing in at about 500 lb, this jet powered motorcycle uses a Rolls Royce Allison gas turbine engine to create over 320HP and 425 ft. lb. of torque, making it the most powerful (and most expensive) production motorcycle ever! So what does all that power equate to? Well if you can hang onto the handle bars long enough it will sling you from 0 to 217mph in 14 seconds and top out at around 250mph!
 
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Hard to believe that no one has posted up this one......


Y2K Gas Turbine Superbike.
y2k_superbike.jpg


http://youtube.com/watch?v=efID00W3F7I

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Qkm-GO4pQMM

http://youtube.com/watch?v=BgwmiQr_t8M

If your 50cc pocket bike isn’t giving you that adrenaline rush you crave than consider this modest upgrade: It’s the MTT Turbine Super bike also know as the Y2K. Weighing in at about 500 lb, this jet powered motorcycle uses a Rolls Royce Allison gas turbine engine to create over 320HP and 425 ft. lb. of torque, making it the most powerful (and most expensive) production motorcycle ever! So what does all that power equate to? Well if you can hang onto the handle bars long enough it will sling you from 0 to 217mph in 14 seconds and top out at around 250mph!
Too much Busa, straight line bike with unusable speed. I'll take the TZ750, thank you very much.:mrgreen:
 
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