Crazy Genius: 10 of the strangest and most underrated motorcycles

Crazy Genius: 10 of the strangest and most underrated motorcycles

FURFUR continues to delve into various areas of the motorcycle industry. This time in our improvised top we collected motorcycles that remained in history as completely crazy and brilliant projects, which, in spite of everything, were destined to fail in sales. Although one participant is clearly out of the list, we could not miss it.

 

SUZUKI GSX1100 KATANA

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At the turn of the 70s-80s of the last century, the Suzuki company in the motorcycle world has established itself as a manufacturer of reliable, easy to drive, but rather boring and unattractive motorcycles. It was decided to change the situation dramatically, and by the beginning of the 80s Suzuki was invited by the then head of the design division of BMW Motorrad German Hans Mutt. The task was specific: to make something such. Invent a design-defiant motorcycle that does not leave indifferent.

The result was a monster completely misunderstood by consumers and critics.Only later did motorcyclists be able to guess what its meaning was. NowKatana is considered a real icon in the motor industry.This fact is partly confirmed by the inclusion of the Katana model in the permanent exhibition “The Art of the Motorcycle” in the New York Guggenheim Museum. Despite the sharp lines in the design of facings and aggressive appearance, the motor does not differ zeal. In general, this is quite a good design from a four-cylinder, 16-valve air-cooled engine, borrowed with minor modifications from the older model GS1000.

 

 

THE GENIUS OF THE PROJECT OF PARTICIPATION IS CONFIRMED MORE AND THE INCLUSION OF THE KATANA MODEL IN THE PERMANENT EXPOSITION "THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE" IN THE NEW YORK GOGGENHYM MUSEUM

 

 

Continuing the theme of genetic engineering, by and large, Katana is the flesh of the flesh of the widely used GS1000 in the tailored suit Ermenegildo Zegna. Rama, pendulum, wheels - all borrowed from the popular GS.But not everything is so bad, otherwise this motorcycle would not have appeared on the pages of our publication. The Japanese magically managed to give the bike a great handling. Clip-ons and high-raised steps, like on superbikes, together with the design of the seat, formed a landing “in a motorcycle”, which made it possible to tumble “like the last time”.

 

MV AGUSTA 600 "BLACK PIG"

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“In the family, it’s not without a freak” - at least such an opinion has developed about this motorcycle with ardent admirers of the brand MV Agusta, a manufacturer with a seemingly flawless racing pedigree. The Model 600 was named the “Black pig” in some circles for its ugly headlamp solution. It is safe to say that before you is one of the ugliest motorcycles in the entire history of motorcycle construction. He is beyond the reach of categories such as fashion and style. But looking at the tactical and technical characteristics, you understand that this is a full-fledged member of the Agusta family.

 

 

EVEN THE SET OF A REAL REVOLUTIONARY BY THE QUALITY TIMES OF MV AGUSTA 600 HAS NOT ALLOWED IT TO BE A BESTSELLER. PARTIES BECAUSE OF FORMULATED DESIGN

 

 

The debut of this road unit with a 4-cylinder in-line engine in 1965 at the Milan Motor Show became a real sensation. The model largely copied the technology of racing bikes (two overhead camshafts with a gear drive, 5-speed gearbox) and, among other things, the engine size increased to 592 cubes. 52 horsepower could accelerate the motorcycle to a fantastic for that time 185 kilometers per hour.

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Cardan drive, disc brakes with mechanical drive,massive head optics (from a Fiat car) - alas, this set of truly revolutionary qualities in those times did not allow it to become a bestseller, partly because of the notorious design, and to a large extent because of the very high price tag. Similar in properties Honda CB750 was offered at a much more affordable price. As a result, MV Agusta 600 was released in a total of 127 pieces.

 

BRITTEN V1000

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Let's just say the very appearance of a completely self-made motorcycle in the early 90s is an event unique in its property.Then, in New Zealand, a group of enthusiasts led by designer John Britten was virtually from scratch designed and built a motorcycle from scratch, which in its technical characteristics and design solutions was many years ahead of the entire motor industry.

It is noteworthy that the V1000 motorcycle was designed by John Britten himself and at the same time did everything from scratch.The motorcycle was equipped with a 1000-cc twin-cylinder engine of its own production, which gave out 160 horsepower - a very high figure for the V-twin, even by today's standards. However, success in numerous races was hidden in the revolutionary design of the entire motorcycle.In designing this bike, John tried to minimize the total number of parts.

 

 

THIS HISTORY TRAGIC END.
FOR ALL THE TIME, THERE WAS ONLY EXECUTED 10 BRITTEN V1000 COPIES

 

 

If something could be abandoned, he excluded this part from the design, trying to give each remaining additional functionality. For example, the pendulum and the suspension of a motorcycle were bolted to the engine, as was the front fork. In the design of the V1000, John Britten abandoned the frame altogether. All attachments are attached directly to the engine through carbon brackets. The wheels, the pendulum rear suspension, the fork - all made of carbon fiber. As a result, the weight of the bike did not exceed 145 kg. The shock absorber of the rear suspension was located in the front, and the cooling radiator was attached under the seat.

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Thus, on the race tracks, this motorcycle forced to swallow the dust of the most venerable rivals from among the world leaders of the motor sport industry.Of course, this is the most successful racing motorcycle among those created by independent manufacturers.

ExistenceBritten V1000- a kind of romantic story that one person is able to withstand the huge plants with their unlimited resources and capabilities.However, this story has a tragic end. Three months after the construction, engineering genius John Britten died of brain cancer and took away the secrets of production. In the world there are only 10 copies of the Britten V1000.

 

Y2K

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Motorcycle Y2K extremely stupid. The design is based on a Rolls-Royce-Allison Model 250 turbine engine capable of raising a Bell helicopter with six paratroopers on board and a full set of weapons, the total weight of which in this case will be two and a half tons. It is easy to calculate the ratio of mass to power, provided that the motorcycle weighs only 220 kg.

Ted McKintyre of Marine Turbine Technologies came up with a stupid idea: why not to blunt a motorcycle from a motor that was restored after operation on an air transport engine?“Indeed, why not,” we would have joked. But old Teddy was clearly not going to joke, and this appeared.

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He develops 320 horsepower to 52,000 rpm - a downstream motor, what can I say. It goes on everything that burns: from grandmother's moonshine to diesel fuel and aviation kerosene. The price tag starts from 175 thousand dollars.

Perhaps, to seriously exploit such a motorcycle is unlikely to come to someone's head, and therefore the description of this motorcycle, we limit it to the motor.However, for afflicted readers, we will answer briefly: a “not very good” motorcycle is riding. They found out. On the other hand, without him this list would not have been complete - the idea of ​​using such an engine when designing a motorcycle to madness is brilliant.

 

AERMACCHI CHIMAERA 175/250

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After the end of World War II, many enterprises faced a problem of conversion due to the termination of army orders. In such a situation, in particular, the well-known Italian aviation concern Aermacchi (Aermacchi - Aeronautica Macchi) from Varese found himself, whose civilian and military aircraft always differed in quality and reliability. As an alternative to fighters, it was decided to engage in the development of light moto-transport, which was in particular demand in Italy that had lost the war.

Thus, at the Milan salon in 1965, a company from Varese demonstrated a milestone in the history of Aermacchi, the Chimera motorcycle, in the creation of which Alfredo Bianchi participated. This machine is created using the vast experience of aircraft. It was completely encapsulated, even the headlight body had a characteristic streamlined shape. The lining was assembled from stamped parts that improved the motorcycle aerodynamics, and the stylish deep front fender protected the driver from dirt.It is interesting that it was attached not to the wheel hub or the feathers of the front fork, but to the lower traverse.

 

 

AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO FUSHERS OF THE CONCERN "AERMAKKI" HAS DECIDED TO BE A MANUFACTURER OF EASY MOTOR TRANSPORT, USING A SPECIAL DEMAND IN ITALIAN WAR

 

 

Thus, the designers succeeded in reducing the unsprung masses. For the Chimera model, a 175-cc overhead valve engine was developed. cm with a cylinder tilted almost horizontally. This scheme of the motor was used later on all serial and experienced Aermacchi engines. Chimera impressed not only with original stylistic solutions, but also with technical characteristics: the engine power was 10 hp, the maximum speed reached 110 km / h, and the fuel consumption did not exceed three liters per 100 km. The chassis of the motorcycle had a general balance and on the move showed excellent handling and smoothness when driving on rough roads.

 

HERCULES W2000

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In 1970, the German company Hercules made a sensation at the autumn motorcycle show in Cologne, presenting its development — the world's first motorcycle with a rotary engine designed by Felix Wankel.

The rotary piston engine was developed in 1957 by Walter Freude in collaboration with Felix Wankel (the rotary engine is also called the Wankel engine, Wankel). Its peculiarity is the use of a trihedral rotor (piston), having the form of a Relo triangle, rotating inside a special profile cylinder. That is, there are no cylinders and pistons in it, there is one chamber in which the trihedral piston rotates.

The engine with a forced air cooling system developed a power of 26 hp, later this parameter slightly increased. With the motor blocked six-speed gearbox. Preparation for the production was somewhat delayed, and the motorcycle went into the series only in the 74th. Model W2000 produced until 1977 and became the latest "real" motorcycle Hercules. Then, under the onslaught of Japanese manufacturers, which flooded the European market, the interest of the company shifted towards low-grade equipment.

 

MOTO GUZZI V8 GP500

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In 1955, Moto Guzzi introduced the flying saucer. Well, or almost a flying saucer - Moto Guzzi V8 "The Otto cilindri".In those years, motorcycles with single-cylinder engines prevailed in the Grand Prix races; in Guzzi, they decided to move away from the evolutionary development of single-track engines,presenting the world with an eight-cylinder motorcycle V-shaped engine.

This bike can rightly be considered the most impudent in the history of motorsport. V8 engine with a displacement of 500 cc. ingenious and mad at the same time.The more cylinders, the more power, at the same time, the larger the size, so the eight-cylinder technology took root only on cars. To accommodate a motor of this configuration, the designers of Guzzi had to reduce the size of all engine parts by four times. When disassembled, the 500-cc V8, like a disassembled watch, is just tiny details. The power was 78 hp at 12,000 rpm The weight of the motorcycle itself without a motor did not exceed 45 kg. The genius was not in the creation of an eight-cylinder engine, but in its compact placement on a motorcycle.

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The Gran Prix races suggest high speeds, but in the 50s it was something special. The GP500 easily reached a speed of 290 km / h. It took another 20 years before racing Grand Prix class motorcycles again approached these speeds. But, despite the record speed, the bike did not earn the racing glory. The V8 engine was plagued by problems: jamming, overheating, high cost of production and maintenance.In the 50s there were no tires, suspensions and brakes that allowed to fully control the motorcycle at such speeds.

In 1958, three years after the start of production, the production of The Otto cilindri ceased.If the ubiquitous production technology was more developed, it is likely that the V8 engine would be generally recognized for motorcycles.

 

DUCATI APOLLO 1260

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If you go back to the early 1960s, you can recall a company like Berliner Brothers that imported motorcycles to the United States. It was at the request of Berliner in Ducati who set about developing a completely new engine, which was supposed to plug the best Harley-Davidson machines into the belt. Motorcycles based on these engines were to be supplied to the service of the US police. At Berliner, they were so enthusiastic about the idea that they financed most of the costs of developing and designing new motorcycles.

 

 

TIRE TIME COULD NOT GET 100 HP WITH A MOTORCYCLE WEIGHT TOTAL 270 KILAGRAMS, APOLLO JUST EACH RUBBER WHEN STARTING

 

 

So, the revolutionary Ducati Berliner Apollo motorcycle for the American market was born in 1964. Engine - 1257 cu. see air-cooled, 8-valve, V4 squeezed hundreds of horses at 7000 rpm. The motorcycle was designed under the close supervision of the legendary Ducati designer Fabio Taglioni.Note the 5-speed gearbox, Dellorto TT 24 carburetors, chain drive and a dry weight of only 270 kg.

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The problem was that the tires of that time could not cope with a power of 100 hp. with a motorcycle weight of only 270 kilograms, Apollo just burned rubber when starting or accelerating. Ducati tried to reduce power first to 80 and then to 65 hp, and Pirelli tried to make special tires for this bike, but Apollo never entered production. The Ducati test rider of the time, Franco Farne, said that this bike was not better than a truck.

Ducati and Berliner were hoping to sell Apollo in the US between $ 1,500 and $ 1,800, but the motorcycle never entered the market. The Italian government, in view of the fact that the total cost of developing a motorcycle turned out to be too large and that sales were expected to be extremely limited, decided to suspend production. Only two prototypes of Ducati Berliner Apollo came to light, one of which survived to this day thanks to nobody Hiroaki Ivashita, who in 1986 bought a motorcycle for $ 17,000 in DomiRacer. The head of DomiRacer, Bob Shanz, in turn, bought Apollo in Berliner at the time of the closure of the company in 1984.

 

HONDA NR500 / 750

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In 1978, Honda announced its return to ring-racing, namely in the class of 500-cc motorcycles.To implement these ambitious plans, the company opens a new branch located in the English city of Slow. Initially, work was carried out on a motorcycle with an 8-cylinder 4-stroke V-engine. And so, when they were close to completion, the technical requirements changed, limiting the number of cylinders to four.

The situation is critical, because starting all over again means losing both time and money, and, what is particularly regrettable, ready-made calculations. On the other hand, the continuation of work in the original direction also lost all meaning. The decision was unexpected and, at first glance, simply incredible in its courage - to merge two adjacent pistons and cylinder into one. Thus, the engine became a 4-cylinder, with amazing oval pistons, each of which was joined not one, as expected, but two connecting rods. In this case, the inlet of the working mixture and the release of exhaust gases in each cylinder were headed by eight valves, and two candles were ignited by the air-fuel mixture.

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The camber between the blocks of cylinders was 100 degrees. Despite all the tricks, the debut of the new Honda NR500 motorcycles equipped with such extravagant engines was unsuccessful.On the English highway Silverstone in August 1979, both motorcycles dropped out of the race. Year after year, the Japanese brought the engine to mind. And by 1982, the 500-cc engine developed 135 liters. with. with breathtaking 19,500 rpm.

 

 

THE DECISION WAS UNEXPECTED AND ON THE FIRST VIEW OF JUST UNBELIEVABLE BY YOUR COURAGE - DRAIN ON TWO NEIGHBOR PISTON AND CYLINDER IN ONE

 

 

But to catch up with their rivals, equipped with 2-stroke engines, the power of which is very close to 150 liters. with., they could not. Therefore, soon the company created the usual two-tactics, which brought the long-awaited Honda championship title. A fantastic engine with oval pistons was put in a long box, seemingly forever, but in 1989 an experimental Honda NR750 with a new engine, reproducing the outline of the NR500 engine, was shown at world motor shows. From the very beginning, the NR750 was positioned as a product of the luxury category, so it seems even now - a real technical dead end, but demonstrating the capabilities of Honda engineers.

 

VESPA 150 TAP

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Looking at the image of this vehicle, you probably already understood why we included one motor scooter in this motorcycle list - we simply could not miss it.

In the early 1950s, the French army needed an extremely light vehicle with maximum lethal force. The reasons were simple: the constant need to conduct military operations in French Africa, seething with popular discontent. The army commissioned the creation of such vehicles to A.C.M.A. ("Atelier for the design of motorcycles and cars"). For its basis the designers A.C.M.A. decided to take a scooter.The best scooters in Europe at that time were built by the Italian company Vespa (however, it is still considered to be one of the leading manufacturers of this type of equipment). The French bought from Vespa the right to use the base model of a motor scooter for their own design and designed something incomprehensible.

 

 

A PURELY THEORETICALLY OWNER OF THE LIKE DEVICE CAN AND TODAY HAPPEN TO IT AND HAVE GOING TO SOMETHING SEDIOR HOUSES IF SOMETHING DOESN'T HAVE IT

 

 

Scooter Vespa 150 T.A.P. had no armor. But he had a grenade launcher. Well, not a grenade launcher, in general, and the US 75-mm anti-tank gun M20. The gun was chosen due to the excellent characteristics of the recoilless. The first batch of scooters appeared in 1956.A total of about 800 scooters were manufactured, although the exact number is known only to the French Ministry of Defense. At least 600 of them took part in the hostilities - in Algeria, where the main party Vespa was abandoned. The cost of one scooter did not exceed $ 500, which seemed to the army leadership to be very profitable.

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Worked such "Vespa" twos. On five parachutes, a team of two people, two Vespes and the corresponding equipment descended directly from the aircraft. Literally in half an hour, the soldiers collected scooters: one with a gun, the second with ammunition. True, the local parts, where Vespas arrived, sometimes simply dismantled them, removing and installing the M20 on a tripod. Still, the design was very unreliable, mainly because of the mass. In addition, scooters regularly stuck in the African off-road. The soldiers said that the driver often carries a motor scooter, than a motor scooter - the driver.

Many of the Vespa 150 T.A.P scooters have survived. They are kept in public museums and in private collections. Purely theoretically, the owner of such a device can sit on it and go to smash the neighboring houses if someone does not please him.

Under American law, weapons that were released before a certain year (in different states in different ways) cease to be considered weapons and become antiques. And you can even buy an aviation machine gun, and quite legally. Under this regulation falls and this Vespa.

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    Crazy Genius: 10 of the strangest and most underrated motorcycles

    Crazy Genius: 10 of the strangest and most underrated motorcycles

    Crazy Genius: 10 of the strangest and most underrated motorcycles

    Crazy Genius: 10 of the strangest and most underrated motorcycles

    Crazy Genius: 10 of the strangest and most underrated motorcycles

    Crazy Genius: 10 of the strangest and most underrated motorcycles

    Crazy Genius: 10 of the strangest and most underrated motorcycles

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