Top 100 Ugliest Motorcycles - 10 Current Cruisers

1) Yamaha Raider - I'm left speechless at the profound repulsiveness of this joke of a bike. Outside of the classic Road / Wild Star originating V-twin, every other piece on this machine is wrong in countless ways. The tiny flip up on the back of the front fender looks like it belongs on a tricycle, the fuel tank is placed way too far back leaving acres of frame exposed, and the entire rear half of the bike looks like a 750 lb. rider sat on it and scrunched it down. And there has never been an exhaust in the history of motorcycling that approached the depths of repugnance of the Raider's. If you block out everything ahead of the rear cylinder and behind the rear axle you'd be hard pressed to imagine that the mishmash of lines and angles you're looking at is a motorcycle at all! Better yet, do your eyes a favor and block out this entire revolto-cycle.

2) Hyosung Aquila - I guess I do have to forgive them a bit, as Seoul is a long way from Sturgis, but this is one helluva chrome-plated wreck on wheels. Why didn't they just save themselves some baby powder blue paint and just dip the whole damn bike in a chrome bath? From the pseudo Honda VTX headlight, to the wannabe V-Rod engine, to the Gold Wing radiator, to the Baby Rune front fender, to the horrendoscoops, to the single ugliest frame ever engineered, this is one Aquila that should be shot out of the sky.

3) Suzuki Boulevard M109R - As I stated in my earlier Hub on this Deformed Ematogenic Mutant, this is what happened when Dr. Emory Erickson, the creator of the Star Trek Transporter, cross circuited his transport buffers between a Suzuki C109R and a Hayabusa, resulting in a half human, half insect cross that even the hungriest spider wouldn't eat. This orange Halloween Horror is a complete waste of every ounce of its fat 700 pounds. The trick is on you if you buy one!

4) Harley Davidson Rocker C - Let's look at the front half first. It's pretty well standard Hawgly issue, with the front end kicked out a bit and a really bulging headlight (bring back the Sportster / Super Glide brow)! It's the rear half of this bike that completely falls apart. That form fitting rear fender is completely lopsided and doesn't even seem to fit the tire, the corrugated side cover is straight out of a Mahindra Jeep, but all of that ugliness can't possibly prepare you for that metal hand holding out a cocktail tray that is hanging off the front seat. For all of you that thought that the boattail was the ugliest thing ever hung on the back of a V-twin, my ol' bud Willie G. just outdid himself this time. An absolutely puke-inducing excuse for styling!

5) Kymco Venox - Pretty well everything that was said in the uglistakes about the Venox's compatriot, the Hyosung Aquila, can apply to this wheeled imbecility. Although they didn't splurge on the chrome budget to the extent of the Aquila, the styling is just as abhorrent, with the chrome paunch underneath the tank leading to a flatulent sidecover / fender which features a chrome blister for the rear shock! The shock is actually that this P.O.S. ever made it onto the dealership floors!

6) Ural Wolf - Everything on this bike is fairly standard Japanese cruiser an thus not really too strongly eliciting retching except when you get to the core of this Bike That Cried Wolf, the ridiculous Soviet era BMW boxer ripoff engine! Could anything look quite like this misshapen bulk with wires, doodads and whatchamacallits hanging off of it? The entire engine area looks like it belongs on one of those Chinese BMW clones. Why bother turning it into a cruiser? No self respecting American rider would be caught dead on this hunk of lupine lunacy!

7) Lifan Cruiser - It's not completely fair to just single out Lifan as it seems that there are at least several dozen Chinese manufacturers stamping out absolutely identical junkpiles. The formula is always the same: Bore out a Honda clone CB125 vertical single, stick on two sidemounted and bizarrely vertically spaced uneven exhausts, plunk on three or more headlights with brows and chrome and gimcracks, slap on a 3/4 scale Harley tank and there you have it. A bike guaranteed to make you lose your lunch!

8) Victory Kingpin - I really don't mind the oversized cylinder heads but a soon as you leave the engine bay on the Kingpin you run into a train wreck. The fender angles are more wrong than anything on this side of a Stratoliner, the exhaust should be sawed off before even venturing out of the dealership, the headlight should be set back on the VTX from where it was stolen, and the fuel tank... well... there just is no excuse for the fuel tank: a curved teardrop mess which is punified by the rest of the bulky bike. Victory, this is your defeat.

9) Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle - Just when you thought that Harley couldn't make their lunchbag letdown V-Rod any uglier, witness the Muscle! Although the jury is still out on whether the standard edition V-Rod is more repulsive or not, the Muscle's styling does seem to do just about everything wrong. The radiator shrouds are way oversized; the squarish exhaust is awful; the rear fender is flabby; the headlight is squashed back; and the scoopy thingies are actually pop riveted to a fuel tank that is nondescript and undersized. The only Muscle this bike evokes is a gag muscle.

10) Honda VTX - Too much Rune, not enough Cruiser. The massively ugly fenders need to go back onto the 1930s Phaetons where they originated, and the much copied headlight needs to go back to the prop department of Flash Gordon. And when will motorcycle stylists learn that you should never ever ever droop the rear end of a fuel tank?



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earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Yep, all gagable and used dogs lunch ugly.

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Right on, earnestshub! These bikes are definitely double-baggers! :)

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earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Hal, I am a big fan of Honda engineering.Having said that, in Malyasia I rode a friend's brand new Honda chopper/tourer/ thingy (under protest) the first super ugly almost unrideable Honda I ever saw. I refuse to remember what it was, but it was at least as ugly/useless/horrible as any you have put on your hub so far.

It was fat, bulk ugly and would not pull out your pubic hair under full throttle. It had no brakes worth mentioning and handled like a block of flats. I had to smile through clenched teeth when I thanked him for the ride on his newest toy.

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Hmm... sounds like a VTX 1800. That's one monster that fits the bill on what you've described, and is usually only purchased by people with far more money than brains or taste or common sense. :)

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Matt Geer 8 years ago from Vancouver, Washington

Not too bad of a list...I used to work on all these machines. I had a few comments on a couple of them.

The aquila has an exhaust similar to one of yamaha's bikes...I think it was the vstar midnight special...anyway, looks like a bazooka. Would've looked way better with straight pipes... The next one is the is ugly!!! But very light and nice for beginners as it is very cheap and can be dumped numerous times. It doesn't have hardley and sales value so you don't have to worry about resale m109 is pretty ugly although it started to bring the wider rear tire to market without having to custom order it. It sucks having to assemble it too..pain in the ass!! The only one I disagree with is the Honda VTX....I think it's the only one on your list that actually looks like a cruiser..put bags and a shield on it and it wouldn't be too bad imo...Anyway, great hub!!!

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J_Eds 8 years ago from Blackpool

That second one is absoutely horrible

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks for your comments, Matt Geer and J_Eds! Much appreciated!

Opfire 7 years ago

I think u have bad taste. Or you just that old. The V-Rod is one of a few Harleys that H-D got right. It oozes performance and yet most Harley enthusiast want something something made in the stone ages. I don't get it. Well, it's your opinion. Albeit, I bet you think u have a good looking wife too.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

I don't have a wife since the high school cheerleading team camps out by my bedroom window pleading for me to inseminate them. :) And if you think that the V-Rod is attractive, your wife must be Susan Boyle. :)

Shadow Shack 7 years ago

Re: Kymco Venox ---

Google up some images of the 1988-90 Honda VF250 Magna and you might be amazed at Kymco's cloned 20 year old design...

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Yeah, but if Kymco had to clone something why did they pick one of the ugliest Hondas ever? :)

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custom motorcycle 7 years ago

Alright you've almost got it right. I'm in agreement on every bike except the Raider. The only thing Yamaha got wrong there was offering straight pipes as their performance option. They have since rectified that. But 9 out of 10 ain't bad.

And how could Harley ruin the V-rod? What where the engineers thinking? The seat and the rake where the two best points of the V-rod and now they've gone and destroyed them both in this newest model.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Raider Reeks. Read my Honda Fury Vs. Yamaha Raider Hub and see if you can disagree. Harley is in a panic right now, so they're throwing everything that they can think of against the wall to see if anything sticks. The problem is that they have completely lost track of what their customers care about so that they are spiraling down into disaster.

Sports bikes 7 years ago

nice Ugliest Motorcycles

denver 7 years ago

Hal Linco way off on the furry raider comparison. I just saw the two side by side and rode both last night and they are two completely different bikes with completely different agendas for performance and style in mind.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Yeah. The Fury is a great lookin' bike and the Raider looks like an angular metal miscarriage. And you're the only one who's furry! :)

not biased 7 years ago

lol where are all the ugly sports bikes? there are tonnes of them are you biased on cruisers or what

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Go here. Lots of revolting sports bikes for ya:

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Chaotic Chica 6 years ago

Nice...a matter of opinion, perhaps, but I'd agree with most of them! Interesting choice of hub, it did get my attention, though! :)

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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Thank you very much! :)

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