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What is the most exotic bike you have ever ridden?

TXRider60

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Owned AND ridden: A Sears Puch 250 "twingle"... And a really exotic Ward's Benelli 125. Never got to own a JC Penney's motorcycle. ;-)

OK, one man's exotic is another man's 'wierd ol' bike'... Sorry, folks!
 
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????????

How did you managed to jump in one of those?:eek2:




I have riddin every ducati exept the Desmo16 (that can happen in the near futue)

A few bimotas, benelli Tre, MV agusta 750 and 1000R, superdukeR and some other bike i cant think of...

oh and i rolled around in the garage Eric Bostrom's 999RS (ex Troy Bayliss bike) Does this count?:mrgreen:
 
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RG500 Gamma RZ500 Factory race kitted 996 86 GSXR750 Limited Spondon framed TZ250 and last but not least Shell TZ250 RUMORED to be one of Kenny's European back ups.
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I almost forgot, A rode a Walter Wolf RG500 Gama Suzuki 2-stroke as well! What a ride, just like a turbo for sure. As for the Buell 1125R not qualifying, try one before you decide. It is ever bit as fast as a 999S Ducati but I will agree at this point it is not as "exotic" in feel or in overall cost of ownership.
I guess the problem is finding one to ride. The first three I saw rolled in and out of the dealership as fast as the crates could be unpacked. Time will tell.
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Ummm, a K75? I've actually only ridden four motorcycles so far. The two I have owned, a 125 Eliminator for the BRC, and a Knighthawk that my buddy owned in 1989. When I rode it down the block and back I had no training, lots of adrenaline, and was probably asking for an object lesson. But while it might have been exciting, it probably wasn't that exotic. ;)
 

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Marty Smiths factory CR125 for ten laps in the dome the
year I qualified to ride in the supercross. Had a friend
who owned a Honda dealership and he got me the
ride during practice, the factory bike was so much more
than my bike it was hard to believe they could be called
the same model
 
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in the 70's my brother got hold of a 450 Honda that had been turned into a drag bike. little clip ons and a 4 in ch slick on the back, open headers. We used to run it up and down Decker lane. That was wild.
 

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????????

How did you managed to jump in one of those?:eek2:
I used to work for American Honda. I also built a few XL350 dirt track engines as a consultant to Honda's unofficial "factory" racing efforts in the mid-'70s. I was visiting a test session at Ontario when offered the ride. There was some concern about driveline breakage and I was told to thrash it good (full throttle powershifts, clutch dumps, and such). The idea was if it wouldn't break under my 180+ pounds, it wouldn't break under a much lighter factory rider. The bike was exceedingly quick, I'd guess 125bhp and very light. However, it was sprung way to soft for my fat butt.
 
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Suzuki RE-5, Ducati 900 SuperLight, Bimota SB6R, Honda NC-30, BMW K1, Benelli 750sei, H-D 250MX, Kawi ZX-7RR.....and an Ariel Square 4 when I was too young to really appreciate it.
Does it count if I had one of Ezra Lusk's CDIs on my KX250?
 
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Actually pretty cool, turbo lag like you wouldn't beleive, but when it came on boost it went pretty good. Hnadling was kinda funky with the 16" front and the anti dive forks of the day..
I never had a chance to ride a GPz 750 turbo but I heard it was the baddest of the turbo bikes of the day.

The same buddy actually owned both the XN-85 and the RZ but at different times.

He sold the XN to a dork that put about 300 more miles on it and threw it in a ditch. All that was salvageable was the seat and the ECU unit for the engine.

I didn't know he was going to sell it or I would have bought it from him.
When I learned the bike was totaled, I was pissed..

I have seen pictures of a zero mile XN-85 in the northeast (I think) that the guy wants 30 grand for it.

I'd be happy if I could just find an unmolested 85 or 86 GS1150E for a good price..:doh:
 
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I used to work for American Honda. I also built a few XL350 dirt track engines as a consultant to Honda's unofficial "factory" racing efforts in the mid-'70s. I was visiting a test session at Ontario when offered the ride. There was some concern about driveline breakage and I was told to thrash it good (full throttle powershifts, clutch dumps, and such). The idea was if it wouldn't break under my 180+ pounds, it wouldn't break under a much lighter factory rider. The bike was exceedingly quick, I'd guess 125bhp and very light. However, it was sprung way to soft for my fat butt.
Nice stuff, too bad Honda had to wait another 20+ years to make a 4Stroke that could beat 2 strokes again....
 
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i might add, by far the most uncomfortable bike ive ever ridden, with a VERY aggressive riding position and very top heavy. this bike is built for the race track and nothing else. when used to a smaller sportbike like mine, it was hard not to swerve at low speeds on this bike. but still a friggin sweet machine.
 

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An automatic Husky and 400 Maico back in the '70s. I can't remember the exact size of the engine but it was an open class enduro bike.
 
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Take your pick which is more exotic, a TZ250 Yamaha or a full on Yoshimura GS750-/850 Superbike road racer near identical to the one Steve McLaughlin rode in 1977 for Yoshimura Suzuki. That's about as exotic as I get, sorry. I can barely spell Ducati, let alone afford one. I didn't own the superbike, rode it in the WERA Lester Wheels Coup de Endurance, national endurance championships in 1979. It broke a lot. We finished 10th nationally.
 
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My Mustang Stallion, which had 10.5 hp. The year was 1964. I was on cloud nine when I was on that beauty. I parked it in front of the Pasadena bowling alley on my sixteenth birthday and climbed into my buddy's 57 Chevy. Later that evening, a guy I knew from school, stole my bike. It was two years later that the Pasadena police called me and said a guy admittted stealing my bike. Nick Edgerly. Hopefully, someday our paths will cross. (true story)
 

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Oh, we can include bikes we've built for specialized purposes?

CB750K2, Yoshimura .030-over pistons, head, cam, and close ratio trans, Mikunis, RC engineering stroker, CDI ignition, custom 4-1 header with unbaffled reverse cone megaphone, Rickman roadrace frame kit with full fairing, clip-ons, triple discs, Cerianis, Konis, ...

Raced it for 1/2 a season, then figured out I was too heavy to ever be competitive on a national basis. Retro-fitted a stack filters, lighting coil and stock flywheel, and exhaust baffle, mounted lights and horn, and rode it on the street until Sunoco 260 (106 octane required) was no longer available at the pump. Upgraded to mag wheels and modern tubeless tires 2 1/2 years ago, got tired of hassling with appropriate fuel (expensive), and sold it 3 months later.

Boss Hog with a 327/375 Chevy with Rochester mechanical fuel injection. Boss Hoss bikes used to be called Boss Hogs, until Harley sued.

TW200, the only model motorcycle ever ridden to the North Pole. :rofl:
 
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After what I have seen so far, some bikes definitely aren't exotic. What I meant was something rare. I wasn't asking for a list of what people have ridden. A KLR isn't exactly "exotic".

If a person has only been riding for a few years, a KLR might be the most exotic thing they've even ridden.











Or maybe it was a joke. :trust:
 
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XR750 Harley Davison
XS650/750kit, Knight dirt track frame, Yamaha
Jawa 500 Speedway Bike
TZ250 Yamaha
Scorpa 280 Trials
Sherco 2.9 Trials
Beta 200 Trials
Fantic 200,240,& 300 Trials

Owned

TS350 Jawa
Sherpa T 350 Bultaco
Mick Andrews replica Ossa
TY 250 Yamaha
RL 250 Suzuki
R100RS BMW.... OK it is not rare or exotic but I have wanted one so long it is to me, and that is what counts. The most mundane of bikes can be the grandest ride of all if It pleases its rider.
 
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My Mustang Stallion, which had 10.5 hp. The year was 1964. I was on cloud nine when I was on that beauty. I parked it in front of the Pasadena bowling alley on my sixteenth birthday and climbed into my buddy's 57 Chevy. Later that evening, a guy I knew from school, stole my bike. It was two years later that the Pasadena police called me and said a guy admittted stealing my bike. Nick Edgerly. Hopefully, someday our paths will cross. (true story)
I wanted one of those bad in my early teens.

It might not be exotic to anyone but me but a Harley Electroglide last year. Been riding for 42 years but that was my first Harley, it felt exotic.
 
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Not at all my kind of bike but my buddy bought an Arlin Ness Victory and wanted me to take it down the road. Didn't go very far before I brought it back to him.:giveup:

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I rode this as a kid trying to keep up with those dt 175's and sp 370

1974 Harley AMF Z90





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My other exotic is my current stead for DS



2001 ATK 604 ES/DS. I am not for sure if it is exotic in my mind. I rarey ever work on it. In the beginning sorting it out I did but now she is steady !




Mike Green
 

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Strider says my 1150GS... :rofl: That was one of BMW's best selling bikes, so not real rare. Expensive... well, in the grand scheme of things, not really. Unique? Maybe... Not sure how many GS's have done back flips and stayed on their backs after landing... :doh: :flip:
 
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someone tell me:

bikes ridden (not owned)
'03 Speed Triple
'02 Ducati ST4s
'04 Speedmaster

bikes owned:
'04 Speed Four
'03 Sprint ST
'07 Sprint ST

to me the exotics anything you couldn't go test ride at the dealership and it had a "do not sit on" ie. the mv augusta's, 1098S & R's & RR's, benelli, etc. haven't been riding long to enough to think of anything else...
 
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Exotic=Handmade/small production (usally less than 500 bikes)/expensive.

The #1 exotic..? Britten ;)
 
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