First, let me say that I am totally ripping off this topic from Pulpmx.com. They ran a great feature on worst moto bikes this week. I was glad to see that the Suzuki TM400 and Yamaha SC500 were right there at the top of the list, lest we forget the mistakes of the past. I thought we should build on that by putting together a compilation of bad off road bikes. I am sure it has been done elsewhere, but I thought it would be a fun topic.
I want to start it off with one of my own. Now I am getting a little cross rutted on my own topic, because this is actually a motocrosser. But it never saw a moto track in the time I owned it, just lots of rocks and sand. I am talking about my 1976 Yamaha YZ125x. This bike was famous for a couple of reasons, most of which are bad. It was the very first production 125 Monoshock bike. It also had those terrible nitrogen chamber forks. There were no springs, just various gasses inside.
My 1976 Yamaha YZ125x
I bought this bike in the early 80’s. A car dealer had taken it in on trade and I picked it up for about $600. I thought it was pretty cool for the time. I certainly learned how to use the clutch on this bike. It had no bottom end, but would sing on top. Mostly what I remember was the suspension. The shock would get hot and just lock up solid, no movement at all. The forks depended solely on air pressure. I had no idea how to really set them up, so I would just had a hit of air every once in a while to get them firm again.
El Bandito, good or evil?
So send me your submissions for worst of all time. Just add them into the comments section. If you have a photo, you can send it to me (Chilly@enduro360.com). If you have a link a picture, put it into the comment and then I will do the rest to display the pic.