There's a guy here with a little collection of odd bikes, mostly performance style bikes, has one with a turbo on it. I haven't seen it in years, but I think he still has it.The 79 CBX I bought used in 1980 when I was working at Honda of Lubbock. In it's day, every, and I mean every, head turned.
Wow..if that's true, then I am doing this one on my daily commute today...Victory Vision
It was a wonderful bike, and my first. Mine was a '75, red, completely stock and a whole lot of fun. I sold it to my cousin because I just couldn't ride enough, and he eventually sold it for the same reason. We both kick ourselves regularly over that.I had two of them and have wonderful memories!!
A 1976 1/2, Red with Med. level bars and Black
side covers with 4 into one Kerker exhaust.
A 1977, Yellow, with high bars and forward pegs
and black "locking fuel cap". A four cylinder bike
that reved to 10,500 RPM w/ 6 speeds in 1976!!
Yes, it felt very exotic after twins that vibrated.
Yeah, it hasn't been wise to challenge the Japanese bikes in MX on a Euro bike in 40 years.Back in high school a buddy of mine sold a perfectly good '82 CR250, turned around and bought this Piece Of #$%&. '85 Maico 250....(stock photo) Maybe not "exotic" to some folks but it was the most exotic thing I ever rode. If I remember right it had a Bing carb. Squirrelly, every thing about it rode weird, hard to start, kick start on the left side, sprockets on the right, expensive parts! It was fast though. Raced it 3 times before he broke the frame.
He just had to have it that thing!!
I keep hearing people bring up the price difference, but it's really not that much different, usually just a couple hundred dollars as far as MSRP for like bikes. The fact that the KTM does come with Brembo brakes, braided stainless steel brake lines, adjustable steering head angle, adjustable bar clamp position(forward and aft), oversize bars etc. as standard, then the price becomes a wash if you ask me. From what I've seen, you can negotiate similar deals OTD for any of the big 4 and KTM. Performance and reliability seem to be pretty much on par amongst all of the brands these days too. The only thing that matters is finding the bike that fits and suits you when buying. I will say though, that my KTM seems to be better laid out in terms of ease of maintenance than any of the jap bikes that I've worked on.....especially air filter access.Yeah, I'll tip my hat to KTM, they've come a long way. Solid bikes.... but for the $$$$? nah Passing 'em at the Sam on my beat up '94 KDX never gets old!!
Yes, I do remember those bikes. I doubt I ever saw one in person but I remember reading articles about them and scratching my head saying "automatic dirt bike?"I just remembered another I've ridden but haven't seen or heard much more about, the Husky 360 Auto. I believe that they were fought with problems so Husky dropped the design. They later came out with the 430 but don't know much about it either.
Friend of mine had the 360 and let me do some dirt on it back during a vist home in the mid 70s.
It was kind of scary having it shift up while on the pipe.
Tried to locate a picture of one to post but only found on on Webshots and I' not going to join just to get it.
Anybody remember that bike?
Jack, at our age/physical condition neither of us would look "cute" no matter what we rode. Too many trips to the $4.95 all you can eat pizza place in Brookshire.Dang, I think you'd look cute racing a "road toad". It's my all time favorite name for a motorcycle.