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i've been doing alot of reading and all since i've been laid up, including ALOT of motorcycle books.
in your opinion what is the best looking motorcycle ever built?
vincent black shadow gets my vote.

some people are like slinkies, basically useless but they still make me smile when i push them down the stairs
 

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i never stop looking at the 916!

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Personally, I like the H-D WLAC...

I love old military bikes.

The BMW R75 is sweet too.

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Manx Norton, Pre-war Intternational Norton. Just about any Norton except the Navigator or Jubilee.
 

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ok, yeah thats cool, how about the 166? the 250/6. now thats a bike!

manx, hell yeah! you cant beat a norton.

i was never a big britton fan. something about a few of those bikes i didnt like.

id also add a goldstar to the list. and i was always hooked by the mid late 60's triumph 500s and 650s. i guess the question has now taken on another point. are you asking from and aesthetic point of view, or all around usefulness/reliability?

that tigcraft rotax team incomplete runs is pretty bad assed. and the tz750 also works.

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purely asethetics

some people are like slinkies, basically useless but they still make me smile when i push them down the stairs
 

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there are have been soooo many gorgous bikes over the years....but giving into my lust...the one i really want to have, the one that i want to mount and go into that special mindset of oneness in the moment and purity of thought, is the bultaco tss 350. a few were faster in the day, but the tss 350 was the culmination of bultaco's roadracing development and a really pretty bike. and it could get around any road course as fast as i will ever want to go. the best LOOKING bike is only part of the picture. the full experience incorporates the ride too. not that i've ridden one...yet. i'll try to recruit some help in posting a pic.
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thank you scott!
that's the the one for me. actually the image you posted is that of an AJR tss 350 which is a very accurate reproduction of the original made by two spaniards named Armando moli and Javier perez (the R part is replica) starting in 1997. still available today (new) the AJRs incorporate more modern 2 stroke technology to yield about 15 extra HP over the originals 42 with reliability never attained in 1969. ( the primary chains were a weak link, pardon the pun). the only other significant departure from the original is the tig welded chromoly frame replacing the plumbing pipe/stick welded bultaco factory racer. the engine cases have the same outward appearance, and the fairing is molded from the original form (in carbon fibre...i guess that's a significant update too). Although the brittish vintage racing scene has countless "manx norton" and other replicas ripping it up with far greater degrees of modern updating, the AJRs have been vitually banned in the U.K.
If any one wants to fork over about 15K plus shipping, get a fibreglass fairing to replace the carbon fibre stock unit, you could tear it up in uscra, wera, and the other clubs here in the U.S. because it really is no different than what is being run already. (pat mooney the ahrma stand out being an example of one who runs a replica racer) (some guys in our club have gone way further on their own building "vintage" racers which don't even try to look like the original). but i digress...thank you again scott, i just got all tinglie again.
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ps and i'll stop...
i just remembered the the tss 350 had a (fragile) gear driven primary which replaced the perpetually breaking primary chains of the smaller factory roadracers. the primary drive still was a weak link in the day. the AJRs primaries are bullet proof i hear.
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