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ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by f1xrupr » Fri Mar 06, 2015 7:25 pm



I could mention a few...when I was a kid, I had a 1971 Yamaha 100cc 2 cylinder that a farmer gave me, it was in pieces, no rear swing arm, I took a swing arm from a kawasaki I think (came from someone's junk pile-didn't fit good, to wide), used a piece of threaded rod to install it with, had an old car battery tied to the luggage rack with cloths pins holding the wires on-it bernt a piston (2 cycle), so I traded a boy a 90cc Indian that another farmer bought for me(engine was in a box-it was a 2 cycle-I plier broke Honda 125 rings and put in there-reused head gasket) for a Honda 250 one cylinder 2cycle engine (don't know year or model), bent the front of the frame out (the engine itself completed the bottom of the frame) so that engine would fit, the kick start would only go down about 3 inches till it hit the foot pegs (yamaha foot pegs were bolted to the bottom of the engine), I didn't have any exhaust-I found a thing kinda looked like a thick tin can with half of the end cut and opened kinda like a flap-that was my exhaust, the bike was blue, white, and u-g-l-y! We were poor, I didn't have a dad, Mama had to work, we lived in the country, I was a farm hand when I could, and farmers have tools. If I wanted something, I had to work for it, or build it ......some things never change.


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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by FM-USA » Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:53 pm

This bike didn't start out ugly, but after what I did to it, it was.

I picked up a free non-racing frame 26 inch bicycle from a distant family member. It was a double tube frame which I felt was great for balance and strength.
Balance was for my long wheelie ability, which "I could ride for miles and miles". Thanks to 'The Who' for that phrase. Strength came in later when I picked up a horizontal shaft 5.5 HP Briggs engine.

The very next summer, friends were getting into putting motors on there 20 inch bikes and riding in the field/swamp behind our house.
(memory fade out) Before Styx was Styx they would practice just 150 ft from that field. (Oops, the story, fading back).
With that new to me used motor, how to mount it. We didn't have steel plate for motor mounting like others so took a look in our garage to see what I can find. There was lots of wood cutoffs that dad saved and sitting in the corner with 2 knots in the middle that seemed to stare with gleeful eyes, was a short 2 x 8. PICK ME - PICK ME it seemed to say. Test aligned that wood to the bikes frame where the motor should go, it'll work.

Then was the dilemma of mounting it. I'm not drilling holes in this fine double tube frame. So I got out my erector set and found some long angle beams which I pounded flat to double strength them up. Hammer wrapped them around the frame and lag bolted right to the side of that 2 x 8, perfect.

Borrowed a 'Beauty Rim' from a bud which was for a 20 inch wheel, but hey, it's all for test and fun right. NO HOLES he said. Hummmmm... back to that erector set for screws, nuts and washers and pinch lashed that rim onto the spokes. Spun adjusted until true, perfect.

With more lag screws, mounted that motor onto that 2 x 8 and aligned the rather large motor pulley in line to the rim by eye sight, perfect.

Of the dozens of car fan belts my dad had hanging from nails in the garage, none were long enough for this project. MOM!!!!!! Can I have $0.47 to get a belt for my bike? In her purse she scrounge and dug and scrounged some more just making the belts price. I know she had more elsewhere but she was making it look good.

Slipped that belt on the bike and found it was a little to tight and exchanged for the next size larger, no charge, they knew my dad well. AHHhhh, good old small towns back then. Ok, JUST a little loose... hummm. Can't drill new motor holes, no space left on the wood. So I relocated the frames erector straps, perfect.

Time to "START MY ENGINE". Oil, check. Gas, check. Back wheel up via the kick stand, check, pulled the rope. VeroooOOOooom a BIG SMILE on my face as the rear wheel spun... AHHhhh-ummm a little to fast. It is what it is, not going to change anything now, too much antsy anticipation to ride it. While adjusting the idle the belt slipped off. Not realizing antsy was ready to bite, I slipped that belt back on while the motor was still idling. Ahhh yup, antsy bit my finger tip, it was in the pulley grinding away until the motor chugged to a stop. "DOG gone it" I said (I wasn't into cursing back then, still not). HIGH UP in the air went my hand to stop that red gusher. A trip to the bathroom got me several Band-Aids. I hid the mishap with electrical tape and said (abusing a Beatles line from Rocky Raccoon), "mom, it's only a scratch."
Back to the bike the red ooze was still wet. Garden hosed it away and worked out a kill wire on the spark plug to stop the motor instead of my finger, perfect.

FINALLY ready to ride. It's a direct drive, no clutch system so it's a push and hop on start, first motorbike, remember? After the initial break-in, the mounting system loosened a bit but that worked out great. While loose it acted like neutral and pushing the motor forward with my foot the belt tightened... wait for it... waaaait... PERFECT!
WOOOOO MAN that puppy was fast, tho it took a while to pick up speed with those 26 inch wheels and oversized pulley. When I got going, EVERYONE got out of my way in the field behind our house. Oh, I had brakes but they were for designed for something a little lighter, but they worked... eventually I came to a stop.

This is the first time writing out my piece of history and remembering back, picturing it, that bike was ugly BUT FUN... lots of fun.
I'm looking at my finger, shaking my head, smiling. AHhhh those were my young, good old times.
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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by Happytrails » Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:11 am

My first bike I guess would be considered an ugly bike. I think of bikes like that as rescued bikes. I got it back on the road and had my time on it. Sold it to the next guy. It was a Honda CM400T. I see them for sale once in awhile and it reminds me of my early biking days. Don't have any plans to buy another.
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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by littlebeaver » Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:52 am

Why Yes..... Why Yes I have...LOL How's this for Ugly,, Not the kids now..


Yep this is what it looked like when I got it...

After I got done with it...
After I got done with it...


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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by bustedwing » Sun Mar 08, 2015 5:14 pm

When I first saw this thread, I thought " there are no ugly bikes, just some look better than others" . But that was before I read the posts above. You guys changed my mind. I can honestly say that I have owned a lot of bikes and some have had a few modifications, but you guys have me beat .
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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by minimac » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:49 am

I currently have what easily would qualify as THE Ugliest Bike. It's a '86 650 Night Hawk I bought from a girl I know. She was the original owner and over the years "customized" it to suit her. The seat has been recovered in a light purple color,and the bike has had the body panels all painted a dark, really dark purple metalflake that looks like a 3rd grader painted it. The frame is a bright red. She included a set of saddlebags that were an even different shade of purple- with fringe on them! I can't complain too much though as I gave her $200 for it. Even though it has 45,000 miles, it's a good runner, and every thing works as it should. I need to go through it to make sure the engine is up to snuff before riding it and paint is definitely going to be fixed before anyone sees it!

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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by littlebeaver » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:55 am

LOL :lol: :lol: I got a great visual .... :lol:

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Post by bustedwing » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:30 am

HAHAHA! I agree with beaver, I have never been a big fan of purple, but I have seen some beautiful purple bikes. THIS one sounds like Barney the dinosaur threw up on it. I think that I would have to do SOMETHING to fix it, even if it's just cover it in mud!
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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by FM-USA » Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:21 am

minimac wrote:I currently have what easily would qualify as THE Ugliest Bike.
It's a '86 650 Night Hawk.. The seat has been recovered in a light purple color,.. body panels all painted a dark, really dark purple metalflake .. The frame is a bright red.. saddlebags different shade of purple- with fringe ..
AWWWwwwww...

Make it UGGALLY'r PINK POKE-A-DOT it
:twisted:
Different sizes and by a 2 year old. :lol:
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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by littlebeaver » Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:42 am

:lol: :lol: It's gotta look pretty bad if he won't
take it out in public ha ha ha.... :lol: What I find so funny is the Girl thought it looked fantastical.... :lol:

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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:04 pm

If purple is considered ugly, how about the little purple Yamaha scooter I used to have? It used to be a pit bike at the racetrack, I licensed it for the road, it sat for a couple of years, then I sold it.

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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by littlebeaver » Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:18 pm

:lol: :lol: Ok I really got a visual of that lol,,, Was ya wearing big goggles :shock: :lol:

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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by FM-USA » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:33 pm

.

Looks like a SAFE, THEFTLESS color.
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I use to have a '79 cb 750k that everyone called ugly brown thanks to a young lady that I wouldn't date ...... she was right though it was ugly now its black and resides in my sisters garage. ugly brown was transformed into the super-K
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Post by roadwanderer2 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:18 pm

I had a bike that was so ugly........when I rode it, I had it covered in brown wrapping paper so nobody would see it :lol:.

im sorry guys, I know it was bad, but I had to.

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Post by FM-USA » Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:08 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:I had a bike that was so ugly........when I rode it, I had it covered in brown wrapping paper so nobody would see it :lol:.

im sorry guys, I know it was bad, but I had to.

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BAG IT!
no wait.....
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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by minimac » Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:26 am

Thanks guys for the humor but seriously, this poor bike deserves a much better fate. She actually thought it looked good. I wish I could post a picture of it but I've got it stashed at my dads house, 150 miles away. Even my wife wouldn't let me bring it home! Oh yeah, I forgot- it had streamers from the purple handlegrips that matched the fringe on the saddlebags!

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:51 am

minimac wrote:Thanks guys for the humor but seriously, this poor bike deserves a much better fate. She actually thought it looked good. I wish I could post a picture of it but I've got it stashed at my dads house, 150 miles away. Even my wife wouldn't let me bring it home! Oh yeah, I forgot- it had streamers from the purple handlegrips that matched the fringe on the saddlebags!
streamers and purple handgrips and fringe. id pay to see that lol.

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Post by FM-USA » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:58 am

minimac wrote:Thanks guys for the humor but seriously, this poor bike deserves a much better fate. She actually thought it looked good. I wish I could post a picture of it but I've got it stashed at my dads house, 150 miles away. Even my wife wouldn't let me bring it home! Oh yeah, I forgot- it had streamers from the purple handlegrips that matched the fringe on the saddlebags!
Streamers?
Now that's start'n to sound like a PeeWee Herman bike.
It we would like some pix but now it's WE NEED PIX!

As I say in the new home to someone, wait a year or two before changing colors, get a feel for the place first.
There is that stretch graphics plastic (forget the name) instant finish... EZ on EZ off.
I mentioned to someone few years ago, PaintBall paint it. :P

ummmm, self stick shelf liner? :twisted:
This one looks interesting...
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Post by roadwanderer2 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:12 am

there are many different names for it, vehicle heat wrap, shrink wrap, vehicle graphics wrap, and so on. im sure that can also be done to a motorcycle IE: tanks, fenders, hard saddlebags, side covers, trunks. if you go onto Bing, type "vehicle heat wrap" into the searchbox and it will bring up 5 or more web pages of it.

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Post by FM-USA » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:30 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:there are many different names for it, vehicle heat wrap, shrink wrap, vehicle graphics wrap, and so on. stuart.
Being the bike has small panels vs a car, it be a one person job. :idea:
Although the many edges a fairing has, that might be a little tricky.
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Post by roadwanderer2 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:44 am

FM-USA wrote:
roadwanderer2 wrote:there are many different names for it, vehicle heat wrap, shrink wrap, vehicle graphics wrap, and so on. stuart.
Being the bike has small panels vs a car, it be a one person job. :idea:
Although the many edges a fairing has, that might be a little tricky.
im sure there's a graphics company out there that can do it. I did a Bing search,(11,000,000 web answers) for here in Tennessee, and there are a few of them around that do motorcycles. im still looking for a price, but I guess i'll have to ride to one of them to find out what the cost would be to do a goldwing.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:55 am

Happytrails wrote:My first bike I guess would be considered an ugly bike. I think of bikes like that as rescued bikes. I got it back on the road and had my time on it. Sold it to the next guy. It was a Honda CM400T. I see them for sale once in awhile and it reminds me of my early biking days. Don't have any plans to buy another.
my first brand new bike was a red and black '82 Honda CM400E :). and your right, I also see them for sale once in a while although they are few and far between and the owners want almost as much now as when I bought mine back in '82. I think I paid just under $1,800.00 for it new.

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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by Thomas Hudson » Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:58 pm

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My 1982 GL500 for instance. It wasn't pretty when I got it. It'd been abandoned in an apartment parking lot, where it sat for 3 years. It had some parts missing, and the management company wanted it gone. It ended up sitting in my garage for a few years before I stuck a lawn mower battery in it, a splash of gas, hot wired it, and hit the start button. The dang thing started. How could I not try and get it running the roads again? This thing wanted another chance.
It's been through some changes, not all good, but I like it.
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Re: ever owned a ugly bike?

Post by suvcw04 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:58 am

There are no ugly bikes, as there are no ugly girls.
Just close your eyes when you get on and enjoy the ride.



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