What's the worst bike you ever had?
Posted October 23, 2002 - 09:52 AM
This one goes to Pete Z: What the h... is an Ossa Pioneer ?
Never been talked about any motoskeeters also
Anything else? Come on!
Posted October 23, 2002 - 10:22 AM
Posted October 23, 2002 - 12:47 PM
Posted October 23, 2002 - 12:51 PM
Well, no way. That bike (can I call it that?) was a lot of fun for a high schooler who lived in a very small town. I could go everywhere, and when it was time to lose somebody, they did not stand a chance. I even got a "wreckless endangerment" ticket on that bike. That cop thought it was a serious weapon!
Anyway, worst bike would have to be the XT600. I tried and tried and tried to ride that thing like a dirt bike, but it was not one. I experienced much of what Chaindrive has experienced with his DR650. (Chaindrive, how do you like those pink, blue & green splash graffix on that bike? My roommate had one of those, and we kept calling it the "Malibu-Ken" bike, and he hated that. UNTIL we saw the same bike being sold on E-bay, except this particular one had been previously owned by Billy Ray Cyrus! Woop -de- doo!)
So, then we kept asking my roommate if he wanted to go ride the BillyRayBike?
He sold it soon and picked up a KTM EXC300, so we don't give him any more crap.
Anyway, my XT600 never died on me, but it was a pig in the dirt, so it gets my vote.
Posted October 23, 2002 - 01:16 PM
Hey Bamster Not sure of the name, sounds like my firt bike also in 77, dit it have front suspension and no rear shocks? Dit it have a 2 speed auto that would pull a descent wheely going into second? with a bump of coarse. I cant remember that far back I nnever knew the name of it.
Posted October 23, 2002 - 03:30 PM
P.S. nice Ossa! my first bike was a 1966 or 67 Ossa 175. It would dust Yamaha DT250's.
Posted October 23, 2002 - 07:15 PM
-crappy forks and shocks(yes 2 of them)
-and crappy rider(i was 10, ans a &%$#@!).
next i must add in my 90 ktm 250 mx/c. it would not idle, ever. i had put a rad valve in when i got it and that turned out to bew the problem. the bike was ugly, and broke down all the time. but always at the track. never left me in the dez.
and last my DR 125. holy crap that thing sucked.
never broek down but it was ugly as hell. who had the idea of puting the number spot unter the light.
my bike have all sucked but my 85 xr 350, and my wr400
Posted October 24, 2002 - 02:28 AM
Posted October 24, 2002 - 06:03 AM
Posted October 24, 2002 - 06:13 AM
Peace Eh - P.Z.
Posted October 24, 2002 - 06:35 AM
Posted October 26, 2002 - 04:00 PM
worked by centrifical force.
How can can someone think the Can am's were slow.
I just sold an 81 MX6-b 250 with a rotary valve Rotax.
It could run with any 90's 2 stroke on a straight away it
just handled like a greased pig.They just seemed slow becouse thet were so smooth.Does anyone remember Jimmy Ellis and 1974 ?
Posted October 26, 2002 - 04:25 PM
Posted October 26, 2002 - 08:38 PM
Was a 1975 CZ 400. It had..... WAYYYY too much power for such a poor handling bike (not a stock CZ unfortunately).
It was like riding a WILD MUSTANG. She refused to let anyone ride her for any length of time before spitting them off, usually breaking a bone or two for good measure.
That CZ hurt everyone that owned it as far as I know. The friend(?) I bought it from broke his collar-bone. I dislocated my shoulder and broke my tail-bone (I still have shoulder pain from that crash btw, some 23 years later). The friend I traded it to (for a 67 GTO, I got the best of that one)broke his arm and ankle.
No one could tame the "BEAST".
I loved the CZ's motor, unfortunately mine had a "long travel suspension". I bought it in 1979 and it had "laydown shocks" and stock forks. It wasn't original, the swingarm had been "modified" (read, improved..........NOT)
Laydown shocks were all the rage back then, DAMN you Dirt Bike Magazine!
When I first bought the "Beast" it didn't have a kick-start lever so I had to push start it to hear it run. It ran GREAT (didn't all CZ's), so I happily gave my buddy his money and took my prize home.
After replacing the kick-start lever, I attempted my first kick start of the "Beast". The G** DAMNED thing almost castrated me!
I remember timidly jumping on the kick starter and anyone who knows these bikes, knows they don't tolerate anything TIMID. The "Beast" kicked back, broke the little pin in the pivot of the starter, shot the lever between my legs and imbedded it in the ceiling of my garage (if I can ever find that picture I'll post it). Well that scared the crap outta me. I should have realized then that this was an OMEN.
I should have called the "Beast" DAMIEN, I wonder if the # on the plate was 666?
Another "fond" memory of the "Beast" was my very first ride. After getting over the shock of near castration, I boldly fixed the kick-starter (again) and gathered my courage for another go. I stomped on the starter, this time with authority, to show her "I'm in charge here" and this time the "Beast" replied with both the sweetest and nastiest sound I'd ever heard in my few years of riding.
Now purring like a kitten (a lion cub ?), I felt I was finally in control. I jumped on the back of the "Beast" clicked her in gear and rode across a small, flat, stoney field adjacent to my house to get a feel for her. After the quick trip to the other side of the field, I once again decided to show her "WHO WAS BOSS". It was WHEELIE TIME!
I grabbed a handful of throttle, just as I always had on my 73 YAMMAHOBBLE 250, and once again I was rewarded with a glimmer of knowledge.
I WAS NEVER GOING TO BE THE BOSS!!
The"Beast" unceremoniously threw me on my ass and tried (but missed) to plant her front wheel in my forehead.
After the stars in my head cleared, I understood this was not gonna be all fun and games as it was with the Yammahobble. So I pushed the "Beast" back to her lair (garage), went in the house and had the old lady pick the stones out of my bruised ass and check for any permanent damage.
Posted October 26, 2002 - 10:34 PM
Posted October 27, 2002 - 06:07 AM
Easy. Hand me down mini bike. Two tires, a frame and a 5HP lawn mower engine.
Same thing but myne had the push down break that rubed on the back tire and the gas would stick so I had to pull it back for the gas to be off.
Posted October 27, 2002 - 07:02 AM
Posted October 27, 2002 - 07:02 PM
Posted October 27, 2002 - 07:34 PM
'69 Husky 250
'72 Yamaha LT-1 100cc
'73 400 CZ
'81 Husky 430XC
All great bikes in their own way. Gotta say I liked them all except the mini bike. Most were very ill handling compared to the WR, but that was then. Technology has changed a lot since then. For their time, they were good.