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Underpowered, ugly and unloved. The Buell Blast was known as the “Be Last” to some.
Underpowered, ugly and unloved. The Buell Blast was known as the “Be Last” to some. (Jeff Allen/)

Since 1912, Motorcyclist has celebrated new motorcycles and the riders who do remarkable things with them. But today, we’re acknowledging used motorcycles that suck. Specifically, motorcycles that suck, according to you, the loyal readers of Motorcyclist.

We asked readers on the MotorcyclistMag Facebook channel to tell us about the worst motorcycles they’ve owned, and you answered the call with more than 200 comments. Motorcyclist makes no claim or legally defensible arguments as to the veracity or nature of the sucking motorcycles in question. We report, you judge.

Surprisingly, not many ‘80s-era tariff bikes got mentioned. Nor did many dirt bikes. Throughout motorcycling history, too many motorcycles to properly list have sucked. So consider this a brief account of the most noteworthy bikes that have sucked, according to you.

Full disclosure: The author owns or has owned three of the bikes on this list: a 1974 Honda CB360T, a 1975 Kawasaki H1F, and a 2009 Buell 1125CR, which he currently owns and loves.

The Honda CB360T: Underpowered, unreliable, and undesirable.
The Honda CB360T: Underpowered, unreliable, and undesirable. (Wikipedia/Annecananne/)

1974–1976 Honda CB360T

Even Big Red whiffs once in a while. The CB360T isn’t that bad a bike, it’s just that the preceding 1968–73 CB350 was one of the better motorcycles ever made. Then, in 1974 Honda decided to add 31cc, 29 pounds of weight, and 2 less horsepower. A poorly designed cam-chain tensioner added to the fun, occasionally getting sucked into the crankcase with destructive results. A recall finally made CB360s reliable, in addition to slow and boring.

Sister publication Cycle World was underwhelmed by the CB360 in 1974.
Sister publication Cycle World was underwhelmed by the CB360 in 1974. (Cycle World/)

Worse, few if any parts were analogous to the beloved CB350. The one upside is they’re the only cheap ‘70s-era Honda left. In basket-case form, they’re often given away. For those who love subframe hoops and other brat-style nonsense, it already has one, so that’s something. But otherwise, the CB360 is pointlessness on wheels. Noted Honda enthusiast Bob Burns has been fighting the scourge of used CB360s for years. “Worst bike Honda made in the ‘70s. They could’ve just put a six-speed in the CB350G and called it a day.”

Somebody wanted this bike. Mallory Kramer’s Honda CB350 Four before it was stolen in NYC.
Somebody wanted this bike. Mallory Kramer’s Honda CB350 Four before it was stolen in NYC. (Mallory Kramer/)

Dishonorable Mention: 1972–1974 Honda CB350 Four

Flush from the success of its revolutionary inline-fours, Honda decided to extend the treatment to the 350 platform, giving us the CB350 Four. Riders liked the smoothness of a four, but overall it was gutless and uninspiring. To help keep up with its faster, lighter CB350 twin, weight was obsessively kept down, leading to thin-walled exhausts that rusted quickly. Reader Douglas H. sums up the CB350F’s charm: “All of the weight and complexity of a larger four-cylinder bike with less power than an equal displacement twin.”

Cycle World’s spread on the Honda CX500 Turbo, from April 1982.
Cycle World’s spread on the Honda CX500 Turbo, from April 1982. (Ron Hussey/)

Dishonorable Mention: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

Made for a single year before becoming the CX650 Turbo, its 19 psi of turbo boost nearly doubled power output when it kicked in. The key to rider longevity was remembering when that happened. Ultimately, a high MSRP and insurance rates were the real danger, with unsold

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: The Worst Motorcycles You’ve Owned – Reader’s Choice
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/worst-motorcycles-owned-readers-choice/
Published Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2024 18:44:18 +0000

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Gold Leaf Team Lotus: The Deal and the First Glory

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1968: A Year Like No Other

1968 can be considered as the great year of the 60s: the uprisings in Czechoslovakia against the socialist rules, the increase in intensity and scale of the Vietnam War, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the first time that man orbited around the Moon. A troubled year for sure, but one that would cause great transformations for our society.

So what does Formula 1 have to do with it? Well, in 1968 the category also underwent one of its most profound reformulation processes, from the commercial, economic and technological aspects. We always remember that 1968 was the year in which wings and aerodynamic functions became the object of study and desire of all teams (and that at the end of the year, they already dominated the grid)

But, perhaps the most important of all the changes was the one promoted by Lotus at the beginning of the year: the insertion of master sponsorships, which caused shocks in the entire structure of motorsport. As common as this may seem today, where we see cars and teams filled with advertising and marketing, in the 60s this was almost a sin, a blatant attack on the entire institution of motorsport.

Even with the negative repercussions at the time, now we can see why Colin Chapman is considered one of the great visionaries of Formula 1, and responsible for much of what it is today. Thus, in these few lines, we are going to unfold the whys and reasons for Lotus to have changed the traditional green and yellow for red and gold, and its consequences in the team’s first victory in the new colors.

Part 1: Gold Leaf and Lotus

The end of the 1967 season did not look very auspicious for the Lotus team. Even with the successes achieved at the end of the year (the team had won the last two GPs of the season, in the United States and Mexico, in addition to the non-championship Spanish GP), Colin Chapman was concerned with the sustainability of the team, mainly due to the cohesion and professionalism, the hallmarks of the Team Lotus.

All of this depended on one simple factor: money. As the years went by, Formula 1 became a more professional, more technological and, consequently, more expensive sport. Teams no longer had the means to support themselves, and sponsors increasingly had to pay the bills. Thus, it became imperative to maintain good relations with them, so that they would want to finance the teams.

The decrease in profitability at the end of 1967 left the team’s finances on a tightrope: for the first race of the 1968 reason, in Africa, the team still had the resources to finance itself. “Desperate” might be too strong a word to describe Lotus’ situation after the 1968 South African Grand Prix, but it came pretty close to the word’s real meaning after it.

Clark's victory in the 1968 South African GP
Clark’s victory in the 1968 South African GP was a small relief to the Lotus Team_s finances. But that wasn’t enough for the long-term plans of Colin Chapman and his subordinates. Credits: Formula 1 Archives (Twitter_X)

Therefore, for Team Lotus, the number 1 task for the break between the South African GP and the Tasman Series was to find a master sponsor that could bankroll the team; in addition, it was necessary to think of a new form of disclosure, which would influence greater capital than those obtained through traditional agreements.

The opportunity arose with the loosening promoted by the FIA ​​regarding sponsorships, which occurred at the end of the 1967 season. Faced with the departure of historic sponsors (such as Esso and BP) from the category, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile had to finally open itself to a new phase, in which motorsport advertising did not have to be exclusive related to car products; now, a new range of consumer goods began to appear in the race courses.

So, traditional brands like Shell, Goodyear and Dunlop would have to share their space with brands of cigarettes, drinks, home appliances and so many other things. And quickly for the teams, the choice for these sponsorships became an extremely attractive route: there were an infinity of

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By: Lorenzo Baer
Title: Gold Leaf Team Lotus: The Deal and the First Glory
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/gold-leaf-team-lotus-the-deal-and-the-first-glory/
Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 00:37:52 +0000

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Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape

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The Petersen Automotive Museum has just debuted its newest exhibit, “Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape.” The display, which explores the intersection of art, the motoring environment and automotive innovation, will feature a curated selection of concept cars and artwork from iconic artists, including Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol and David Hockney.

Inspired by American motoring

“Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape” presents the work of artists and designers whose imaginative creations transformed the motoring environment, and the automobile, from mundane facets of daily life into subjects of wonder and beauty. The exhibit will be divided into five sections: vehicle concepts, sign language, at the pump, highways and street art.

Vehicle concepts will showcase rare, fantastical concept vehicles from the 1930s and 1950s while the sign language section will feature road signage found on cross-country roadways as interpreted by contemporary artists. The at the pump portion will focus on art pieces from pop art iconographer Ruscha and artist Vik Muniz, while the street art section will showcase work by Mr. Brainwash, Steve O’Loughlin’s “Freeway Box,” created for the exhibition, and Larry Yust’s “Third Street,” highlighting Yust’s signature photographic elevation method.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape
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Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 16:00:59 +0000

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SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales

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SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales
LOT #742 – 2022 FORD GT ALAN MANN HERITAGE EDITION – $1,292,500

The sun was shining during the final day of the 2024 Palm Beach Auction and supercars proved to be the superstars of the show, producing many exciting moments with big sales with an enthusiastic audience. The last of the more than 600 incredible collector vehicles made their way across the block on Saturday, resulting in over 20 record-breaking sales.

The day’s top seller was an Alan Mann Heritage Edition 2022 Ford GT (Lot #742), setting a new world auction record with its $1,292,500 sale, followed by a 2022 Ferrari SF90 (Lot #732) with its world auction record sale of $1.1 million. The third collector car to join the seven-figure club on Super Saturday was a 2021 Ford GT Carbon Series (Lot #721) with its $1,001,000 sale.

Ford GTs continued to command the top slots at the event, with a 2019 Ford GT (Lot #764) crossing the auction block for $902,000, followed by a 2005 Ford GT (Lot #725) for $451,000 and a 2005 Ford GT Heffner Performance Twin-Turbo (Lot #745) that sold for $374,000.

Other superstars of the show that landed in Saturday’s top sales included a 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (Lot #740) for a world auction record of $698,500, a 1946 Dodge Power Wagon custom pickup (Lot #746) for $363,000 and a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible (Lot #716) for $335,500. A 1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve convertible sedan (Lot #723), 2024 Jeep Gladiator Custom Demon 170 pickup (Lot #748) and the 1969 Dodge Charger “Joe Dirt Daytona” movie car (Lot #749.1) each brought in winning bids of $330,000.

In addition to all the supercars on the block, the Palm Beach chapter of the Ferrari Club of America ‒ along with dozens of participants and their vehicles from South Florida’s Supercar Saturdays ‒ joined in on the final day of Barrett-Jackson fun in Florida by rallying to the event. Dozens of young automotive enthusiasts and students were also on-site as part of the Ford Youth Initiative.

Celebrities in attendance on Saturday included Vicente “The Silent Assassin” Luque, a Brazilian and American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC welterweight division, who stopped by the auction to take in all the action.

The morning’s Automobilia Auction also brought some impressive sales. A spectacular Texaco Oil neon porcelain sign with animated neon (Lot #8296) from the late-1950s/early ’60s was the big winner of the day, with a final bid of $36,800. Other neons that earned a spot in the Top 5 included a large 1951 Mobil Oil porcelain Pegasus sign with animated neon (Lot #8299.1) that sold for $33,350 and a 1940s-50s American Gasoline porcelain with neon sign (Lot #8297.1) that crossed the block for $29,900. Gas pumps remained popular with bidders as well. A highlight was a 1928 Polly Gasoline Wayne Model 615 visible gas pump (Lot #8287) with its $34,500 sale, followed by a late-1950s Polly Oil fuel island with two Wayne 505 gas pumps (Lot #8283), which sold for $31,050.

Barrett-Jackson extends its heartfelt appreciation for the enthusiasm we received at our 2024 Palm Beach Auction from our incredible bidders, consignors, sponsors, exhibitors, guests and fans, along with the vibrant South Florida community. We look forward to seeing everyone at our 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction at WestWorld, October 10-13.

Enjoy the video below with highlights of the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, as well as a gallery of the best moments from the event on Saturday:

1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Convertible Sedan making its way to the Meguiar’s Staging Lanes.

LOT #764 – 2019 FORD GT – $902,000

LOT #749.1 – 1969 DODGE CHARGER “JOE DIRT DAYTONA” MOVIE CAR – $330,000

LOT #748 – 2024 JEEP GLADIATOR CUSTOM DEMON 170 PICKUP – $330,000

Ford Youth Initiative.

LOT #8287 – 1928 POLLY GASOLINE WAYNE MODEL 615 VISIBLE GAS PUMP – $34,500

Guests enjoying the collector cars on display.

Guests experiencing all the midway has to offer in Palm Beach.

LOT #716 – 1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – $335,500

LOT #745 – 2005 FORD GT HEFFNER PERFORMANCE TWIN-TURBO – $374,000

LOT #721 – 2021 FORD GT CARBON SERIES – $1,001,000

LOT #8299.1 – LARGE 1951 MOBIL OIL PORCELAIN PEGASUS SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $33,350

LOT #8296 – LATE-1950S/EARLY ’60S TEXACO OIL NEON PORCELAIN SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $36,800

LOT #746 – 1946 DODGE POWER WAGON CUSTOM PICKUP – $363,000

LOT #740 – 2020 LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR SVJ – $698,500

LOT #8283 – LATE-1950S POLLY OIL FUEL ISLAND WITH TWO WAYNE 505 GAS PUMPS – $31,050

LOT #732 – 2022 FERRARI SF90 SPIDER – $1,100,000

2021 Ford GT Carbon Series in the

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2024-palm-beach-auction-highlights-day-3/
Published Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2024 22:05:57 +0000

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