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Top 10 Ugliest Motorcycles Of All Time

Updated on March 20, 2011

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Buell Lightning. Looks like it had a head-on collision.
Buell Lightning. Looks like it had a head-on collision.
KTM 690. This is what happens when a motorcycle is mated with an anteater.
KTM 690. This is what happens when a motorcycle is mated with an anteater.
Honda V45 Magna. Everything is wrong with the styling of this bike. The motor was powerful, though!
Honda V45 Magna. Everything is wrong with the styling of this bike. The motor was powerful, though!
Honda Rune. How many people shelled out $30,000 for this two wheeled aberration?
Honda Rune. How many people shelled out $30,000 for this two wheeled aberration?
BSA Rocket 3. More at home on the Thunderbirds puppet set than on the street. Check out the triple muffler extensions!
BSA Rocket 3. More at home on the Thunderbirds puppet set than on the street. Check out the triple muffler extensions!
Triumph Rocket 3. Two Rocket 3s make it on the list. This behemoth looks like it was welded from tractor parts. And what is that chrome tumour growing on the fuel tank?
Triumph Rocket 3. Two Rocket 3s make it on the list. This behemoth looks like it was welded from tractor parts. And what is that chrome tumour growing on the fuel tank?
Kawasaki KZ1300. Hard to believe this bike came from the same company that built the Z1. The recumbent buttocks fuel tank sitting on the heads, the square headlight and instruments, the feta cheese cylinders... gag...
Kawasaki KZ1300. Hard to believe this bike came from the same company that built the Z1. The recumbent buttocks fuel tank sitting on the heads, the square headlight and instruments, the feta cheese cylinders... gag...
Yamaha Roadliner. How to take a lovely Road Star and massacre it. Gotham City styling meets swoops in all the wrong places. The fenders and mufflers are simply styling horrors. And the Art Deco tank!
Yamaha Roadliner. How to take a lovely Road Star and massacre it. Gotham City styling meets swoops in all the wrong places. The fenders and mufflers are simply styling horrors. And the Art Deco tank!
Suzuki SV1000. Takes naked styling to a new low. The only great thing about this bike is the engine, so they hide it!
Suzuki SV1000. Takes naked styling to a new low. The only great thing about this bike is the engine, so they hide it!
Honda CB400F. Nondescript tank, leg perforating rivets on the seat, and I'm sure a good welder can straighten those exhaust pipes right out.
Honda CB400F. Nondescript tank, leg perforating rivets on the seat, and I'm sure a good welder can straighten those exhaust pipes right out.
After careful consideration borne of spending every free moment on a motorcycle saddle since May of 1970, and with the power vested in me by me, I hereby declare the ten ugliest motorcycles ever to disgrace the roads of our world.

Number 10: Honda CB400F. Honda destroyed the jewel-like CB350 Four after just one year of production and replaced it with this square-edged faux racer junkpile. The exhaust pipes set a new low in idiotic styling and the rest of it is so undescript that it barely even registers. Ride it for two hours and you'll have holes in your legs where those saddle rivets are.

Number 9: Suzuki SV1000. How to take a phenomenal motor and bury it inside angular and completely pointless styling. Is that bottom scoop designed to plough a path for the rear wheel in snow?

Number 8: Yamaha Roadliner: Ugly is as ugly does. If you look carefully at the trailing curve of the front fender, you'll think it's an optical illusion. The Art Deco overlay on this bike is like styling a minivan inspired by Michael Keaton's Batmobile. can someone please tell me what those triple lines are doing around the frame neck?

Number 7: Kawasaki KZ1300. Design a great six cylinder inline engine, make sure no one can see the beautiful cascading pipes by hiding them behind a Ford F350 radiator, then hide the rest of it beneath a tank that is shaped like the seated rear end of an obese man. Mix with square headlight and instrument panel and a tail section from a Suzuki GS. Mix and puke.

Number 6: Triumph Rocket 3. I'm all for innovative styling but this monster just looks like it's an engineering mule. the other side of the bike at least has some visual interest with the three inline cylinders. This side is just cobbled together with shapes that don't fit and curves that don't jibe. Maybe they should have made the already huge picture frame radiator larger and hid the whole bike.

Number 5: BSA Rocket 3. The original Rocket 3 is even uglier than its bastard offspring. Obviously designed by Gerry Anderson for use in his futuristic puppet shows, it's hard to believe that this same basic bike was marketed as the Triumph Trident which had Bonneville-styled good looks.

Number 4: Honda Rune. The price of a custom-built cruiser without any of the style. The designers of this long, low, bulky battleship may have thought they were setting new styling trends, but all they did was forge a joke. The fenders should have been put back on the 1929 Reo Flatbed where they came from and the exhaust pipe should have had a guard to keep cats from crawling in there and going to sleep.

Number 3: Honda V45 Magna. Admittedly it was close when placed up against the Suzuki Madura (aaargh!) but the Honda won the battle since it has even more tacked on pipes, bars, slabs and pointless doohickeys than the Manure-a.

Number 2: KTM 690. There simply is no excuse for this sort of design. The may seen as some sort of trendsetting supermotard design, but all it does is just uglify a market segment that is already producing the ugliest bikes around. Maybe the proboscis should be made out of metal so that it can impale pedestrians who get in the way.

The Number 1 Ugliest Motorcycle of All Time: Buell Lightning. How to take a perfectly wonderful Sportster motor and wrap it inside a train wreck. The whole bike looks like it's sitting in a scrap yard after an 80 mph head on collision with an Amtrak. There are no words to describe the profound repulsive hideousness of this... thing!

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      Fred 4 years ago

      Hal, Even though I don't agree with a couple of your choices, Your page gave me a number of great laughs "the cats would bury it" line brought me to tears. I hereby declare myself guilty of liking the Buell, so help me God with the sentence I deserve.

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      Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks, dude. I'm glad someone around here has eyes! :)

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      CommanderB 6 years ago

      Totally agree! Especially on number 10. I've seen this on other similar lists.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      HEY!!!!

      Minulla on yksi asia sanottavana! Nämä moottoripyörien ruma ruma ruma!

      hehehe

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      The Buell is SOOOOOOOOOOOO good looking that they're no longer around. I rest my case. :)

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      mbsyderc 7 years ago

      I don't find any of these bikes ugly.and i think the Buell is one of the best looking bikes.what do you think looks good? a Harley with ape hangers and studded leather bags and seat with fringe leather hanging of the grips,and don't forget the 3 foot high sissy bar.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Kowalski, I'm not publishing anything with racially derogatory terms. I told you already to clean it up.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      FYI: Jap is a racially derogatory term. Clean up your act.

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      Kowalski 7 years ago

      I grew up when the Jap bikes started appearing on our roads in the U.S.A. and what I saw didn't look very good. What I saw was cheap, thin metal cookie cutter junk. I never saw a Jap bike that was worth owning. All 4 Jap bike builders were putting out bikes that were priced cheaper than the competition, and they offered electric starters for the idiots who wouldn't know a kick starter from a fuel tank. I wouldn't own a Jap bike even if it was given to me.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Check the top 100 ugliest list. :)

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      Mike 7 years ago

      Were they not building Suzuki M109r bikes when this list came out?

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      adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      If I were just judging solely by the looks, I think these engines look really good.

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      mr mr 7 years ago

      Ill agree with you on the KTM, I don't know what they were thinking with that exaust and front end! I do like the Buell though, Other than the engine its a work of art, Just because somethings different dos'nt make it ugly.

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      Charles Fox 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      You knows your stuff and communicate it well. So much so that I am going to link to your Hub so others can see how a good Hub is put together. Keep biking!

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      ab420 7 years ago from MA, USA

      Hal, I have no idea... I think they were just trying to create "brand excitement" or something.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      ab420, what was Chrysler smoking when they made that absurd behemoth? :)

      tyson, thanks!

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      tysonwelch4673 7 years ago

      Very cool!

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      ab420 7 years ago from MA, USA

      If you include bikes that never made it to "real" production... I'd add in that Dodge Tomahawk with the Viper engine lol.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Yup. Mr. Picky! Daz me! :)

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      dongately 7 years ago from Sana Clarita, California

      Ugly Motorcycle is an oxymoron. To paraphrase Will Rogers, I never met a motorcycle I didn't like. If you find 100 of them to be ugly, you must be picky, picky, picky

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Andreone: Read my Hubs and you'll learn about all 37 of my bikes.

      Lieut320: Nonsense. The performance diff between the 350 and 400 Four is almost nonexistent. To quote Gordon Ramsay: You're talking out of your arse.

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      Lieut320 7 years ago

      I owned a Honda CB400F Supersport and it was great, it had handling, power, well not enough of it but it was a great bike. I rode it from Cleveland , Ohio to Niagara Falls and back riding 2 up. You said "Honda destroyed the jewel-like CB350 Four", was a very pretty bike but had zero power and no handling, my CB350 twin was faster.

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      Andreone 7 years ago

      Could you say us what's your motorcycle, if you have one?

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      One of my favorite motorcycles of the past decade is the Road / Wild Star. I do have my reservations about some of the Roadliner styling though. I think that the Art Deco went a bit far. :)

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      Biker Y 7 years ago

      I have a Roadliner Midnight. To dirt bikers it may be ugly, but at all the events I go to, I get complemented. They LOVE the Retro look. At night when they see the dash, they love its glow. I have never had anyone say anything negative about the bike.

      It was designed and built in California, that may be why people who only ride in fair weather may want to diss it. I ride year round. Put 100000 miles on my Valk Interstate before the warranty was up, 85000 on my Vulcan 1500a before the warranty was up.

      But that is what makes the bike industry what it is, different tastes for different people.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Er dude... right or wrong, you're dissin one the my top 3 favorite motorcycles I've owned. The CB350F IMHO was a dream. It just wasn't marketed properly. It was a sober, competent, sophisticated do everything bike. But Honda panicked and pulled the plug trying to go after the canyon carver crowd and came up with the horrendously misshapen CB400F.

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      Shane Meyer 7 years ago

      I'm very disapointed in your chosing the 75 cb400f as one of the ugliest bikes. the others fit ok.... but the cb400f doesn't belong. Do you even do any research when you added any of these? The 350 four was a pathetic machine lacking power in every way with handling just horrible. When honda debued the 400f, it's true it wasn't a smash hit but it held it's own. The cafe racer styling and the 4 into one exhaust were unique to the time! No other company at the time produced a stock 4-1 exhaust system. everybody could easily identify that bike just by the exhaust look, not to mention it produced a sound note that made it sound ready to eat other bikes. when it came to it's handling did you every even ride one? it was the best handling bike of it's time and every road test produced supports this. its purky 6-speed gear box ( something of a rarity at the time) got it up into the triples ( around 110 mph) and its set up allowed it to out handle most bikes of the period. Although it's true it wasn't the fastest on the straights, in the corners it could out handle even the fastest two stroke triples produced by kawasaki and yamaha, not to mention pretty much all fourstrokes of the time. The seat doesn't even chafe at all, infact its flat design is among the most comfortable ive ever riden. The gas milage is an awsome 50mpg, for 1975 thats great considering most bikes get lower than that today! the cb400's are among the most collectible bikes today and i don't think they belong in this list. The other bikes maybe, But the cb400 is one of the best smaller bikes ever built during the 70's thats all.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Sorry... you know... I've been an editor since I got out of university... so I can't help but correct your typo. Your last word is missing the first letter: F. :)

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      George 7 years ago

      The Buell is one of the hottest looking bikes on the planet. Pure art.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Dude, are you? :)

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      Richard W 7 years ago

      DUDE, are you sniffing GLUE ????????????

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Hey Danerobb, I find myself in agreement with you on most of your statements. Ride on!

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      Danerobb 7 years ago from Philippines

      Yes, an interesting list, and it seems that the feedback on your curious list chugs along....

      As the owner of a really nice 07 Softail Custom, bikes as eye candy is paramount.. To me, most sports bikes are ugly! They may corner like hell under the right rocket pro, but their looks generally is all distorted angles and flow has little to do with design.

      I have a Japanese acquaintance who designed and built his own chopper, and well, it's also all weird angles that simply don't work! But definitely the shape of most sports bikes has to do with oriental asian sensibilities of what "good" taste is all about.

      The Magna V45 was designed, like the VMax, for gut raw power, and it succeeded for it's day. Lovely looking? Nah.

      The Rune was certainly stylistic and not BAD looking, but the pipes simply way overdone.

      The Rocket 3 also isn't bad looking: in fact some people love it. But it's hurt by the weird looking overdone mill.

      The English? haha

      As with the Rune, the Roadliner has style but the pipes. What is with this fixation on pipes? How about trying something really cool looking that simply complements the bike in sound and looks... that would be enough.

      As for the others, yuk. But often the owners of these ugly bikes are enamored with them, until of course the next upgrade time arrives...

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Ah, the H1! The first real two wheeled rocketsled. It would have vied for the greatest bike of all time honors if all the world's corners were straightened out. As soon as the going got twisty the H1 would do it's best to highside you! Ouch! :)

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      joe C 7 years ago

      I have a kz1000 '77 before the square styling. i don't mind the z1 square body, especially the RTC turbo black and orange really looked great, but agree with the 1300's bulky tank. the HONDA cb400 is interesting only because of the sweet 4-1 exhaust. also it was remarkably bad-ass for its little size. i would die to have one and gave up my chance at one time. now i have a H-1 kawasaki im working on and have it only for the looks and the smoke.

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      AJ: The Honda 400F next to the 350F looks like an accident victim! :)

      moby_dog: Suzi's Burger King was not out yet when this list was written. By all means check out the Top 100 list which was written later, as it has a place of (dis)-honor there! :)

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      moby_dog 7 years ago

      Damn, I always kinda liked the Lightning. I hate the other Buells (Firebolt, 1125R, 1125CR, Blast yuk) but the Lightning was the only one I liked. I think you may have forgotten one that definitely deserves a place on this list however. The Suzuki B-King. Front, sides, back, this bike is butt ugly no matter which way you see it going down the street. Please Suzuki, for the love of God if you ever make another bike this damn ugly, please don't export it.

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      AJ 7 years ago

      The CB400F, one of the ugliest bikes of all time? Are you high?!

      The rest of the lot, you are right on the money. I would have started with Buell as well but would have gone so far as to use half the spots for Buell. They are the most hideous motorcycles on earth.

      The SV1K I think is hate it/love it styling and I can understand someone hating it.... but the 400? That bike is an icon! There are a dozen bikes that belong on that list before the 400 even get considered. How about the Y2K? The Road Warrier, Battle Twin, or Westwind??

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks dude. Have fun! :)

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      bsa 650 7 years ago

      sorry typing error in that last comment, was meant to say " i did know torronto wasn't in the usa" and not was. why would i argue over that? that would be a dumb thing to do.

      Anyway good luck with your future hubs and projects.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      bsa 650, I can't be bothered arguing with someone who continues to insist that CANADA'S LARGEST CITY IS IN THE USA. It's like engaging in a battle of wits with an unarmed man! :)

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      bsa 650 8 years ago

      i can't be bothered arguing, like i said on a previous post, looking at it in a different light i find it all quite comical.

      i still agree to disagree, however i am not going to keep harping on about this, it is getting tiresome (i didn't know i mentioned torronto, but i did know it was in the usa, you didn't need to explain that)

      the people that own these bikes providing they are in good running order love them for what they are, design, handling etc. i hated my cb400f until i sorted out all the mechanical and electrical faults, and now its like a totally different bike.

      i hope you enjoy your time on this forum, and always remember that, one day life always comes around to bite you in the arse. just a tip for the future.

      I would suggest for you that you do pop over to the uk some time and see if you can meet up with some of those who actually worked for bsa or who ever you wish to have opinion of, they will tell you exactly what went on as opposed to the glossy magazine editorials which were posted around the world to look impressive.

      there isn't any need to think of a snide comment back because i cant be bothered talking any more.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Dude, wanker is used on TV all the time, so if it's fine for airwaves, it's fine for Hubs.

      So now I will start the process of proving that you are just as clueless as the "habanero peppers cure cancer" bozos.

      First of all... What geography class did you attend where they taught you Toronto is in the United States?

      Now, let me set you straight on the Beezer as it seems you need a lot of straightening out. The BSA Rocket 3 was styled by Ogle Design, an outside contractor which had a long history of producing some of the ugliest motor vehicles on the planet. Tom Karen was the head of Ogle at the time. End of conversation. If you have some pub buddy who over a few pints tried to convince you he's the designer, he's just as clueless as you are. I too can claim that I designed the space shuttle, but WHERE'S THE EVIDENCE, DUDE?

      So who the hell is claiming that the X75 was not a restyled Rocket 3? Vetter was a genius. Karen was a hack. So what?

      The Honda 400/4 is an abomination. It's the bike for the connoisseurs of rat feces. Of course the engine is good, as the 350/4 was stellar, but what part of THIS IS A STYLING ANALYSIS do you not understand?

      You see, when you have the profound honor of dealing with someone like me who unlike someone like you knows his subject inside and out, my opinions are fact. You may now genuflect and lay your prostate at my feet. And where does it say this was a poll? I polled ME. Why? Because on this subject, I'm right, you're wrong, and that's all there is to that.

      Now, if you'd like to make a comment that is backed up by fact rather than alcoholic delusion, I'll be happy to entertain it. Otherwise, just go back to the pub and go talk to the guy who really wired together the first Apple computer while the two Steves were having sex with each other.

      Sheesh...

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      bsa 650 8 years ago

      wanker is also filthy language.

      and also i would add comment to something i don't know.

      can i guess your american? after reading your bio - it sounds like it, some americans are wonderful people, however those which are an arse- go the full hog and stand out in the hall of prats (to use a family acceptable language).

      however i am looking forward for you to prove me wrong on these points because believe me pal, on such a small island like the uk, you soon learn a lot of people that built these bikes, i personally don't own a rocket 3 but know many who do, designed and built them. as for the 400/4 i own one myself and find it a brilliant bike.

      I have just happened to save a copy of my comment being a long on i anticipated that would happen.

      .......

      hey Hal, just for your information the bsa rocket 3 was designed in house, and before you want to try and prove me wrong, i know the designer of it and have seen some of the original designs and prints. and not ogle design or who ever you mention.

      believe it or not but the bikes of the era were by original design up to similar specs as the honda's 10 years later, but big costs in machinery etc meant that the company owners were too happy to revel in the cash than spend some money than keep a business thriving (a typical english trait, and i am english born and bread, not a trick the japanise would do)

      as for that apparent triumph hurricane you speak of, obviously you have never noticed it is a bsa rocket 3 with the rear loop chopped off, longer forks and a different styling kit. if you ever get the chance to get near one you will notice that the back stamping on them is BSA and not triumph - WHY? because bsa knew in 1972 that they were on their way to closure as did everyone, and the only way to market these in the USA was to label them as triumphs.

      as for the 400/4 your just an ass for listing that, yes it superseded the 350/4, the tax free (in uk today) under powered little machine it was, compared to something with good servicing is capable of good speeds handling and acceleration, comfy for a tall rider like my self yet small in stature - and until you crash one they're an indestructible bike.

      now i don't condone anyone saying these are the top 10 bikes i don't like, and listing anything they like, personally i don't like most harleys, some are just ok- like the riders some are ok, some are complete anatomy heads.

      however and like most people who have replied in horror, it isn't for you to state a fact, opinion yes fair enough, but state its your opinion, and not make it seem like a poll.

      and if that aint bad enough don't come out in these comments with crap and duff information, if you have got it from a book, and if you know anything about bikes or mechanics you will know by now that what's in the book needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, because usually they have got their duff information from some dipstick - maybe even you!

      and after reading you bio, being a motorcycle journalist it makes sense, still doesn't mean you know anything, like our Jeremy Clarkson, doesn't know anything real about the subject just talks a good talk, and my fellow you do!

      good night. good day!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      BSA 650! You idiot! You write such an interesting comment and then pepper it with filthy language! What a moron! Rewrite it so that I can publish it on a family friendly site like this and then I'll prove you wrong on every point you've made! As it is you're gonna be stuck in electronic limbo forever. What a wanker!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I do agree with that point. I would LOVE to go back to the age where a 900 was a huge bike and a 1200 was a massive displacement reserved only for Harley Big Twins! :)

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      Jon 8 years ago

      Yeah, and they started making tanks. No thanks.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Yeah, because the Japanese (not JAP... that's derogatory) wisened up and stopped making mutant gargoyle wannabe cruisers! :)

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      Jon 8 years ago

      I will take it over any fat, ugly crusier that's built nowadays. What are the Japs thinking now? No distinction between Harley and the Jap bikes.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Yeah. I don't have to even see it. I can just tell by the sound that it's BUTT UGLY! :)

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      Jon 8 years ago

      I just bought a 1984 V45 Magna. It is the most beautiful bike I have ever seen. I have wanted one since they came out. They handle as awesome as they look. And the sound is amazing. The only bike I know if that you can tell what it is by hearing it.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Worst... comment... ever! :P

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      aprilia 8 years ago

      worst.. list.. ever!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      It's funny that you mention that they look like station wagons as some of them, especially the Rune does! :)

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Some of these bikes look like station wagons! These are for people who think they were cool before cool was cool.

      dori

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Excellent taste! Yes, that KTM is really butt ugly! :)

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      creativeMind 8 years ago from Cochin

      KTM 690 is the ugliest among all.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Hey, interesting conversation over there! :) You might want to check out a more recent and considerably expanded list of the Top 100 Ugliest at:

      https://hubpages.com/autos/Top-100-Ugliest-Motorcy...

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      LadyLuck 8 years ago

      lol, this page is two years old or so? We're just now getting around to discussing it here:

      http://www.motorcyclistsunited.com/forum/general-m...

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Great! Are you going to become a polygamist now and marry Susan Boyle, Phyllis Diller and Rosie O'Donnell? Nothing better than standing out from the mundane crowd of everyday men... with taste! :)

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      Chris 8 years ago

      Well I own a Yamaha Stratoliner, a Buell Lightning, and looking forward to getting a Victory Vision, and I've always wanted a Rune, nothing better than standing out from the mundane crowd of everyday motorcycles.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Well, I don't prescribe to the notion that men know anything better than women as I've found in my experience that very often the opposite is actually true. As for the Rune, I'll definitely admit that it has a very striking appearance, it's just one that makes me reach for my barf bag. However, there are many Rune enthusiasts out there which lead me to think that they're either blind, or that Honda mixed up hallucinogens with that metallic paint! :)

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      Toronto condos 8 years ago

      ok, i don't understand at all. some pieces seems very nice and original (honda rune)...but you are a man, you know better...

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Hey, thanks for the compliments. I appreciate it. Now run along as I wouldn't want you to be late for your hot date with Joan Rivers. :P

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      PWRHNGRY 8 years ago

      Wow, couldn't pass this site up. I can honestly say that whoever calls these bikes the top ten ugliest is absolutely ignorant and obviously has pathetic taste. Also, must be the proud owner of an oil leaking, loud and obnoxious Harley that has to be pushed on occasion because the POS is independable. hahaa, what a joke. Anyway, keep on listing your garbage as there are plenty of ignorant people who with the same taste who will enjoy it.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Although this is not specifically a "MOST BEAUTIFUL" but "BEST OVERALL" and it includes Japanese bikes only, here you go:

      https://hubpages.com/autos/Top_10_Japanese_Street-...

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      Peter C 8 years ago

      Wish I had all your "ugly" garage... I'm curious about your "Most Beautifull Top 10 Bikes".

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Hey, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Even on the... YUCK... Buell! :)

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      Jamie 8 years ago

      Hal thanks for the entertainment! I disagree about the Buell....but who the heck am I anyway. thanks again!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Check the Top 100, Mr. Poop! :)

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      Vox T 8 years ago

      The CB400 is certainly a nice looking machine, the KZ1300 definitely has a brutal, handsome air about it. Even the Rune has more charm than some typical metric cruiser. As for the classic post-modern lines of the BSA Rocket, well sir, you quite clearly are a nincompoop. I can't believe a single Harley Davidson or Victory didn't make your list.

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      KCFemme 8 years ago

      Hey Hal, I love looking through all your lists. I'm an admin over UnitedBikers and just posted a link to them to open up a discussion. Feel free to join us.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thank you very much Saffie. I really appreciate your kind words! :)

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      Saffie Supaat 8 years ago

      Mr Hal,

      thank you for this very interesting site. I really enjoyed reading it although I may not really agree to the list.You are a very witty man and your responses are great. Ride safe always Sir.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      b.whit, at the time that these Magnas came out, I was the Editor of a major national motorcycle magazine, so actually wrote road tests on all three. I know them all very well, and can assure you that the 1986 V45 is just as ugly as the smaller and larger brothers!

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      b.whit 8 years ago

      How come you specifically say the honda magna v45? i'm thinking it cause you didn't know there was 3 models of the magna, the v30, v45, and the mighty, fast as hell v65. i have a 1986 magna vf700c, aka the v45. i love this bike i've never ridden a more comfortable bike, i can smoke the sprotster 883 off the slop lights, meaning i don't know about top speed but on the way up to 55mph, i win. i've also heard sportsters can have some pretty bad mechanical problems pretty early in life. personally i think its gorgeous and multiple people i've encountered have told me the same thing. yeah sure everyone has an opinion so while you may not think it looks great it is an awesome bike.

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      Mark on a Max 8 years ago

      Roadog, the ugliest custom of all time.

      http://www.roadog.com

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Sure, the Vision is a Nightmare, and check my large list of uglybikes coming soon. You can bet it will be on there.

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      Viper 8 years ago

      Although I cannot argue with any of your choices, I personally would replace the KZ1300 with the Victory Vision.

      The KZ still looks like a motorcycle that a normal Joe would ride, while the Vision looks like it should be straddled by one of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Take a look at the Vision head-on and you'll have flashbacks to the semi with the psychotic clown face in the movie Maximum Overdrive!

      And a question for Bueller who posted the link to the bike with the odd rear end configuration...Was that merely a suspension mod designed to help that poor little bike support the two half ton monsters on it, or is there a purpose to that ridiculous looking nonsense? I just don't see the point of making a trike out of a Zoom-Splat.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      As I've stated before, I'm working on a MUCH LARGER list of UGLYBIKES dating back to the Stone Age. Coming soon! :)

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      Ferrel 8 years ago

      This list indicates the shallow motorcycle background of the writer. There are no ugly bikes going back before 1970? What about Eastern European bikes from pre Soviet era break up? I'm sure the Chinese would factor in here somewhere - they make some cheesy copies of other makes. Come on, try harder!

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      Nibby 8 years ago

      Surely BMW make the ugliest motorcycles of all time.

      One fell over at a show with American and British bikes,everyone looked round and was relieved it was only a BMW.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Note to triumphman: You keep on using profanity in your comments, I'll keep deleting them. Let's see who gets tired first.

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      Chris 8 years ago

      hahah funny stuff!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      This will answer your question:

      https://hubpages.com/autos/Top_10_Japanese_Street-...

      ... and I'm still working on the 25 Ugliest Bikes of All Time! I might even end up with FIFTY! Stay tuned! :)

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      Web Wanderer 8 years ago

      You're kidding about the Lightning, ya? One the most stylish and (highly valued) motorcycles out there...they get snatched up quickly...they certainly are not your run of the mill sportbike, with comfort and good agility to boot. I'd have to disagree with the SV1000 listed on here as well. Do agree about the KTM...and some of the older bikes too, but then again, those were from a few years ago.

      It is kinda funny, you have pretty much the whole gamut of motorcycles on here (except maybe tourers, which in my opinion are kinda ugly as a whole class...though they have their perks). I'd be interested to see a few pictures of what you think are the best looking motorcycles out there.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Swordsman, the Rocker is a metal aberration. Willie G. should be ashamed of himself.

      VALMAC, different strokes for different folks.

      vietnamese translation service, thanks!

      Sas, my opinion on the subject is my opinion on the subject. Don't like it? Write your own Hub! :)

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      Sas 8 years ago

      Hmm, to each his own I guess. However, your opinion on the subject seems seriously skewed

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      vietnamese translation service 8 years ago

      I like these bike pics!

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      VALMAC 8 years ago

      Hey HAL

      I own two and have owned one other on your list 3 out of ten aint bad

      I guess our tastes realy differ

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      Swordsman 8 years ago

      My bad, I meant the Rocker C (FXCWC). The pic I was using as a reference was mislabeled. (Yes, I need pictures with labels to tell one from the next).

      ~SM

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      Swordsman 8 years ago

      Wait, so you think the VROD is "bland" and "ugly bugly", but you have no problem with the f'd up Fat Bob FXDF and that squirrel tail of a passenger seat? =/

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Geez... and the VRod is the only recent Harley that I despise as a bland, neo-Japanese POS! As I stated in my TriGlide Hub, The Muscle cleans up the ugly bugly lines of the VRod a bit, but still makes it look like something that might have come from the Lifan or Hyosung styling departments. Yuck! I guess we have to agree to disagree! :)

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      Swordsman 8 years ago

      BTW, he didn't list any H-D because there's so little difference between them, it's an impossible choice. =P If you've seen one H-D bagger/chopper, you've seen 'em all... for the past 50 years. I exclude the V-rod, obviously... it's the one truly sharp design H-D has had in decades.

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      Swordsman 8 years ago

      I've always thought the Lightning's looked like giant robotic cave crickets. Given that 90% of sportbikes are nigh indistinguishable, I like it... probably better than anything else on the road.

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      Sam 8 years ago

      LOL! What a joke.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I've been planning a Top 25 Ugliest List and I can assure you that the Vision will be on that list! And believe it or not, there is a NEW number one ugliest. You'll just have to wait to see! :)

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      HumptyHump 8 years ago

      You must have written this article before the Victory Vision came out. It's good to know the Buell will no longer be at the top of anybody's ugly list.

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      Hal Licino 9 years ago from Toronto

      The V65 cam flattening problem was also evident in the V45, but only the early models. The combination of changing the alloy used to make the cam and increasing the oil flow to the head made this problem generally go away. The V's frames were horrendous right through the '90s and were strictly corner to corner rides. I've personally experienced a highway ramp speed wobble that nearly turned into a tankslapper on an '85 V65. I think what he's referring to in the "magnetization" is that the styling on all the '80s V4s, whether by Honda, Yammy or Suzi looked like the the bikes were magnets for the ugliest junk ever stuck onto a motorcycle. The styling of all these V4s was nothing short of wretched. If you really wanna puke, check out the Suzuki Madura. UUuuuuuuuuuuuggghhh...

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      Robert 9 years ago from West Texas

      I was reading your comments about the Honda V45 Magna... it looks like the V65... did the 45 have the camshaft problem, too?

      Source of info: http://www.hondamotorcycles-usedmotorcycles.com/ho...

      Robert

      P.S. The link goes to my friend Richard's website... he talks about the magnetized looking frame and why people liked it. Something about going past safe parameters.