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For me, the worst bike I owned was a 1979 Kawasaki KH-250 Triple.

Although I enjoyed riding it, this thing was Jinxed from the day I purchased this 5 month old snatch back at the Kawasaki dealer in Cambridge.

It kept on running on 2 cylinders, cleaned or changed plugs numerous times.
put new piston rings, still did it.
Dealer didn’t want to know.

When it was running sweet it was good.

Then one day on a trip it kept blowing main fuses, after exhausting all the spare fuses & from other bikers I had to put cigarette packet foil on the fuse to get me back for home. Took the tank off, the whole loom was melted.
Dealer didn’t want to know. I fitted a new loom.

Another trip, Oil light came on, before I even got to a garage for oil she ceased up, back wheels locked & was skidding all over the place.

So even after a rebore, new rings, 500 mile run in at a painful 30mph, Guess what! It was back to running on 2 cylinders.
I reckon the previous owner thrashed the A..ss of it before the dealer took it back
It was time to Flog this dog & wave good riddens.

I blame the colour, unlucky grasshopper green.
On a positive note’ when it was behaving, my mates Yamaha LC 250 couldn’t beat me on the straights.
 

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Ugg Twizz, that seriously sounds like quite the pain...
So much struggle and hassle, I would have lit the darn thing on fire and watched with a smile... lol! :p

But worst bike, huh? I sure as heck hope it won't be the Rebel, as it's my first and only bike in my ownership thus far!
Don't find it very likely thou, Honda's are built to last.
 

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For me, my worst bike has to be the Honda SS50 I had as a fresh faced 16 year old. It was total and utter junk. Even though it was in good condition, everything was faster. The usual crowd of FS1E's and AP50's etc., would fly past with ease!

And... when I managed to get up to a decent speed (maxed out at about 50mph it I recall correctly), the bloody thing didn't want to slow down, however hard I pulled or stamped on the brakes! This was in part due to a glazed over rear drum and a criminally designed cable operated front disc.

Needless to say, I got rid of it at the first opportunity and managed to bag the cream of mopeds... a Fantic Caballero. It was a none running with a holed piston, but I managed to get all the bits and a re-bore quite cheaply and boy, was this thing fast! Never again was I left behind and nothing could touch this fine example of Italian exotica... but that's another story.

Those were the days... :|
 

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For me, my worst bike has to be the Honda SS50 I had as a fresh faced 16 year old. It was total and utter junk. Even though it was in good condition, everything was faster. The usual crowd of FS1E's and AP50's etc., would fly past with ease!

And... when I managed to get up to a decent speed (maxed out at about 50mph it I recall correctly), the bloody thing didn't want to slow down, however hard I pulled or stamped on the brakes! This was in part due to a glazed over rear drum and a criminally designed cable operated front disc.

Needless to say, I got rid of it at the first opportunity and managed to bag the cream of mopeds... a Fantic Caballero. It was a none running with a holed piston, but I managed to get all the bits and a re-bore quite cheaply and boy, was this thing fast! Never again was I left behind and nothing could touch this fine example of Italian exotica... but that's another story.

Those were the days... :|
Those were the days yes.
I had an old Puch maxi which was shared by 3 other friends.
We used it and abused it on the fields, & I’d say it was still more reliable than the 5 month old KH I had
 

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i certainly never had mechanical issues like you've had Twizz (thankfully) but still the bike I dislike the most was my '95 Kawasaki GPZ 1100
long story short, i thought I had outgrown bike#1 Ex500, which i was very confident on and had fun with but thought i wanted a bigger bike, but didn't wanna pay the money for a Ninja ( i wanted to stick with KAW since I liked my first bike), so settled on the gpz. was more of a standard i think they called it.
never liked the feel of it (too big/bulky) and i felt i didn't like how it handled. since i knew next to nothing about modding or changing things just left the way it was. sadly i barely rode during those few years cause i disliked it so much. finally realized i wanted a smaller bike again so moved back down to 600 and went with the first of my Yamaha YZF's.

plus once when i left it idling in my driveway cause i forgot something in the garage, it fell off the kickstand and I had to replace the clutch lever. also scratched my fairing but never did fix that.
 

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Mine would have to be my Moto Guzzi Cal 3 although my Norton Atlas would be a very close second. I bought the Goose used from my boss at the time. It was big and loud and fast and beautiful and unique. It would set off car alarms just by riding down the street. BUT I never knew if it was going to start. If it did start I’d be afraid to ride any further than I’d be willing to push it back home. If I was out riding I couldn’t stop anywhere because the likelihood that it would start up again was very slim.

I found out after I bought it that it was one of the bikes that the dealer that restored called the “TETANUS”. It was called the Tetnaus because the bike was so bad with rust and weeds and mold when the first got the bike in, that they wouldn’t let anyone near it unless they had their tetanus shot. http://www.motoguzziclassics.com/mgctetnus.asp

http://www.motoguzziclassics.com/MGCCustomGallery.asp
 

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For me it was a Royal Enfield Crusader 250. I bought it used with very low miles. The oil? looked like kerosene, changed it and only got 30 miles before the big end went south. Fortunately the dealer stepped up to the plate and repaired it.


I only kept it for a month, the thing just about shook all my fillings loose. Never again. Used bikes are pretty much a crap shoot!
 

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For me it was a Royal Enfield Crusader 250. I bought it used with very low miles. The oil? looked like kerosene, changed it and only got 30 miles before the big end went south. Fortunately the dealer stepped up to the plate and repaired it.


I only kept it for a month, the thing just about shook all my fillings loose. Never again. Used bikes are pretty much a crap shoot!
I had a close look at some new Royal Enfield’s recently at an open air show, & I must say they look such poor build quality.
Thin materials, hub brake system. You just know the cromed parts would flake very quickly and rust.
 

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My 'worst' bike of three would be my '08 CBR1000RR. Gorgeous at any speed from standing-still on up and decent power but such a pain to ride at any legal speed for anything longer than about half-an-hour. I'm glad I had the experience of it to open my mind to bikes outside of the cruiser realm though, there is a lot that I was unfamiliar with regarding comfort and control back then.
 

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For me it has to be the CTX700 (2014). It was Honda dependable but the most uncomfortable bike I have ever owned. All 3 months I had it. The suspension left me needing dental work, okay not literally but I did have to clench my teeth on some roads to prevent hurting myself. BTW, the Rebel handles the same roads without issues.
 

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The worst bike that I owned was a 1959 AJS 600CC Single Cylinder Scrambler...

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I hear ya! I had a 1958 Matchless 250 thumper. The same Lucas electronics I suspect. Prince of Darkness, indeed!

I think that we all learn from the mistakes of our first purchase. It is a learning experience.
 

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My best and worst bike was the same .It was a Honda cb350 that had a modified engine by a mechanic that raced them. Motor was brilliant all ways started if the points were good and gaped correctly If not was a pain in the butt. The thing went like **** ,Handling was not so good ,But when it came to stoping it was down right dangerous with 2 wheel drum brakes :eek:
 

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I had 4 bikes, Rebel not included.

The worst was a used Kawasaki EN 500 Vulcan as shown (not mine).
As I remember, after a few days owning it, the air filters fell of the carburators. I replaced them with new filters, but they where falling off again. The mountings of them where somewhat weak and I couldn´t correct this properly.
Short after that, it runs only on one spark. I solved this, but the dissambly of the spark plug and spark was a bit tricky.
The overall quality was poor: plastic rear fender, cheap controls and switches. Plastic side lids, they fell off very often. Before this, I had a used Rebel 450 and the building quality was a lot better.
After a few moths riding this bike made noises from everywhere. First I thought, the drive belt was rotten, but not at all. Then I fixed all the plastics on the bike better, but no effect.

In the end, it was the crankshaft bearings. Congratulations!
So I said good bye to it and selled it for a cheap price.
 

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An alternative before I got the Rebel was the Royal Enfield Bullet 500.
(I´m nearly an addict to vintage vehicles especially aeroplanes from the beginning of flying to the 1950, then motorcycles, bycicles, and so on...)
So I thought, a Royal Enfield must be the trick to me! Riding along with this kind of pre/postwar bike...
Then I got informations about Royal Enfield today, the quality of theyr products and reason overwhelmed me. I like to have a bike to ride and not a screwdriver and an allen all day long in my paws and so I decided for the Rebel.
 

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My worst was a brand new 2001 Harley Super Dynaglide 1540cc.

Driving home from the dealership the gear shift lever fell off and slid down the road. Then a few days later, a piece of gasket material inside the engine broke off and plugged the oil circulation toasting the engine. I got a new engine but was without my new bike for 8 weeks out of a 16 week riding season. Luckily we had a very nice fall that year and I rode that bike into late December. I sold it the next year for a couple thousand less than I paid and felt lucky to get rid of it at that price.
 
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