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Mine was a CL70...$300. I paid half, my Dad paid half.

The Dreer Norton was a dream...I had my down payment saved up for the cheap one, and was shocked when they went legs up. Why couldn't Harley or Buell buy them and make it happen?

As far as pure moto lust goes...

I can't find any better pictures of this Spondon framed CBX from Cycle World's American flyer series. It's just beautiful.
 
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OMG...

Can't believe I forgot about the NAS. Especially since it's a SuperHawk motor in a dead sexy frame...and that's a great motor!
 
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Houston
Well, I had one of these.... old-school bad*****....
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1976 Laverda 1000 3CL (Jota)

Fastest bike in the world for a while..
 
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Others have already hit on three of my favorites, the NAS, RC45 and the resurrected Norton. So, I'll toss in a new one. This is one of the new Roland Sands designed 450 mono racers. The idea is to have a largely 450 MXer based bike, but with full bodywork and roadracing suspension and rolling gear. Perfect for the budding road racer and club racer, IMO. Took this at Laguna last month:

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pacman

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Others have already hit on three of my favorites, the NAS, RC45 and the resurrected Norton. So, I'll toss in a new one. This is one of the new Roland Sands designed 450 mono racers. The idea is to have a largely 450 MXer based bike, but with full bodywork and roadracing suspension and rolling gear. Perfect for the budding road racer and club racer, IMO. Took this at Laguna last month:

Very cool! Is the frame MX-based as well?
 
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Very cool! Is the frame MX-based as well?

I believe so. The idea is to have as much based off existing platforms as possible to reduce cost and fit into as many spec-model racing categories as possible. They are supposedly trying to drum up support for a spec series class with AMA too.
 

pacman

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These look like some serious 2-wheeled fun. Chinese minibike porn. :trust:

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It'd be cool to plate these and use them for commuting.
 

pacman

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Chinese mini-trials...
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That pipe looks a little vulnerable. :yikes:
 

pacman

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Does this count as a motorcycle? Has 2 wheels! And hubless, at that!
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Sugar Land
If money were no object and there was more than one, The V8. Moto Guzzi’s 500cc, four-stroke, water cooled, twin double overhead camshaft, 12000 rpm roadracing V8. From the 50's.

Paul
 

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It is a shame so many of the image links have gone bad, but there are still a lot of really cool bikes here. Anyone got any they want to add to the list?
 
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Man...quite a few decade or more old threads are getting resurrected, and I like it. Some of these might have been covered in the dead image links, but here are some of mine:

AAR Alligator
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Yamaha RZ500
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ATK Intimidator 700
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VOR 503 SM (I actually had one of these for a short while)
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Honda Big Ruckus
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I’ll probably think of more, but thanks a good starter.
 

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Man...quite a few decade or more old threads are getting resurrected, and I like it.
Yeah, I have been poking through the General forum from WAY back just cruising looking for threads that were fun back then. I figure they might be fun now and we've got a lot of different folks now that weren't around back then.
 

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I'm kind of partial to Moto Guzzi's... this one is mine! '03 V11 LeMans. Don't know how rare it is but they are a rare sight & it sure is pretty.

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But the one I'd really like to have is pretty rare... a 1000S but in the green frame & paint scheme version. Sharp!

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Not the one I owned, but I would love to have it back

1975 Norton 850, with electric start. Was always working on it but it was a fun bike. The original owner had installed every Dunstall option available. Fastest I've ever been on a motorcycle and it was thrilling.
 

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Another of my local friends has an original orange 77 TT500 that he bought new from Steakleys here in Waco. Still runs great but he never rides it anymore. Ive been tryin ta get him ta sell it...but without any success
 
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Buell 2012 1190RS carbon- 44 made
Sub 400lb
175hp

True American ingenuity and can still be purchased at a great price.


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I should buy one. Maybe I just convinced myself. Hmmm...my wife will have me sell some others.


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True. I have a ‘96 S1 Lightning and have easily gotten parts so far. That one still has the HD 1203 motor, but the 1190RS is an entirely different bike. Not to start another bash HD stream, but had HD not been such a stagnant thought driven, chrome is king marketing mechanism we could surely have a true American bred team of street and possibly dirt machines not running on hot running, air cooled antiquated noise makers. Oh well.


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One of my buddies that was instrumental in getting me into motorcycles had a black Eliminator 900. I rode with him on it...ONCE. It was truly scary fast, not top speed wise, but 0-100mph wise. It also didn't handle so great. So the closer we got to 100mph, the scarier it got! It also had a tiny gas tank, just a few gallons. I don't think he could go even 100 miles before having to get gas. It was truly a boulevard blaster meant for taking on people pulling away from stop lights.

My other buddy had a V-Max. I forget the exact year (87 maybe?), but it was before they detuned them. It was faster and FAR scarier than the Eliminator!! The closer it got to 100mph, the worse the front end would start to shake. But man... the acceleration!? :eek2: And the sound... :drool:
 
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