The worst bike you've ever owned

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11/2/2022 10:51am Edited Date/Time 11/12/2022 4:34pm
Sorry for the negative topic but thought it'd be interesting to hear some stories .
Mine was a 2003 KTM 250 SX . I bought it new thinking I'd race it . Took it out for some practice days and racing never happened. Sketchy handling , harsh suspension, and a violent powerband . It also had hand numbing vibration .
An overall crude feel . The only positive was it was very light . Maybe some people learned how to set it up but I wasn't one of them .
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R VanKamp77
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2022 GasGas MC350. Best on paper/theory, moneypit IRL.
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Madmax31
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11/2/2022 11:14am
1984 and 1985 YZ125. Yeah....dumbass move to buy another one after 84. However, I worked for a Yam dealership so felt like I had to.

The 1983 was a great bike and I ran the 83 cylinder on my 84 which helped a lot.

I knew they were bad but had no real clue until my 85 blew up for like the third time and a buddy let me borrow his 85 KX125. HOLY SHIT!!! Night and day difference. Felt like it had 10 more hp!
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Madmax31
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2022 GasGas MC350. Best on paper/theory, moneypit IRL.
Why a money pit?
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R VanKamp77
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2022 GasGas MC350. Best on paper/theory, moneypit IRL.
Madmax31 wrote:
Why a money pit?
Hard to setup, harsh, suspension sucks, overpriced, and the bodywork is odd. So $2,800 later it's now probably one of the best i've owned. I rode a bone stock YZ250f I thought was just as good though. There's the problem.

I love it now though...
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Lastander
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11/2/2022 11:25am
2016 ktm 450, got a lemon from the factory that broke constantly
11/2/2022 11:26am
Worst bike was probably my 07 RMZ 250, but I loved riding that thing so I can't direct any hate toward it.

By comparison, the 2018 CRF450 I had was by all measures a good bike, but I just couldn't get along with it.
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11/2/2022 11:29am
2003 YZ250F bogging heavy up high feel lost a few races sitting on the side of the track. Trying to restart it and it hated starting hot. Last and only 4 stroke I've owned. It was gone within 9 months.
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R VanKamp77
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All of the Austrian fanboys are going to reeeeeee since I said the MC is a bad bike lmao "But BRO... the BREMBO BRAKES!"

People get so hurt over this brand like their mothers helped pick the colors of them or something
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Ridelow
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11/2/2022 11:35am
2003 KTM 250 SXS.. exotic bike, insane engine.. hopeless suspension and chassis for me..
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Tumic
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2007 ktm sx450f

After 40 hours with nothing but problems and a shitty customer service from KTM we sold it and bought a Honda.
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Muttly
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1994 Suzuki RM250, the “Yellow Curse”.
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toddw12
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11/2/2022 11:44am
2022 GasGas MC350. Best on paper/theory, moneypit IRL.
Really? I've been a die hard Yamaha guy but rode a mc350 this past weekend and I'll be selling the 450 asap.
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Forty
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1974 HD XLH Sportster

E start only, but if you didn't fire it in the first 2 or 3 attempts it was a bump start situation.

4 speed/right side shifter/brakes sucked/everything leaked/ above 60 mph the parts would fly off, mirrors would start spinning, it was like riding an accident, but it looked cool, and sounded cool.

I had a naked woman painted on the tank with custom pin stripes on the sides and then the fuel tank seam let go on the bottom left side and ruined the paint,

I've never had a bad dirt bike - all of them were fun as hell.

My 2000 yz426 was a bitch to start if I stalled it but that was usually my fault, otherwise it was a ripper.
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sandman768
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2006 yz450f…. Was good when it wasn’t down waiting on transmission parts, shock spring broke, ruined shock assy. Then oil pump failure killed the rest of the engine…. What a lemon…. 50th anniversary yellow plastic sold me though…I had 2 yz250fs prior to the 450, they were 2 of the best bikes I ever owned up to that point…never failed, hundreds of hrs on them…
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lostboy819
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11/2/2022 11:59am
2012 KTM 450 What a heap of junk. My one and only KTM and never again, I will and have only bought Yamahas and Hondas after having the KTM turd. Awful suspension, poor fit and finish just to name a few but it did have a electric start so it had one thing going for it.
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bvm111
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11/2/2022 12:05pm
1998 CR250…. hands down.
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CDswinehart
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1982 KX250 No mechanical issues, we just didn't work well together.
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2009 CRF450R. what a total pile of shit. More problems than I can list. The 4 spring clutch fades faster in a moto than I do. Had the bike 4 months and got rid of it.
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Crash217
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11/2/2022 12:11pm
I've had two "worst bikes ever" but they were complete opposites.

1998 KTM125 EXC
The engine paired to that wide ratio transmission was MAGIC. The bike was pretty easy to work on and really reliable too. BUT I couldn't stand the chassis. The bike felt like pure hot garbage. the seat was slippery. The chassis and forks flexed a lot and the PDS rear suspension was hit and miss, you could make it supple in the rough chop but it would blow through the stroke in big hits, or vice-versa. The bike felt like an accordion just coiling up and springing back to kick you over the bars all the time.

2006 Suzuki RM250
Just magical chassis. First 250 2 stroke chassis that made me feel "at home". I'm a small guy at 5'5" so most bikes feel huge, the RM, felt almost small. And it TURNED and still soaked up everything I could point it at. Only problem was it rarely ran right. I got it used, and completely rebuilt it top to bottom inside and out. crank, piston, full clutch, fresh, proper suspension with all the cool bits (I worked at suspension and engine shop at the time) Every chassis bearing replaced... just.... brand new bike damn near. Some days it didn't want to start first thing in the morning, those were the days it would run perfectly. The days it fired right up, I knew it was going to be a long day as it would randomly stall and be hard to start all day long. We went over it with a fine tooth comb multiple times and never could find a root cause. I eventually tossed a Lectron carb on it thinking maybe the carb body was just worn out. Made the bike smoother and even easier to ride, but didn't cure the problem. At that point I was nearly convinced that the cases had a warp that was causing erratic sealing in crank case and I was OVER IT. I stripped a couple cool parts off of it and sold the heap for 1/3 of what I had into it to a local RM fanboi and went and got myself a Yamaha YZ250FX so I could enjoy life again.

Honorable Mention - 2013 KTM200 EXC.
I really just didn't like anything about this bike other than how it felt sitting on it. The open chamber forks deflected off everything or felt like the front wheel would just be pointed in the wrong direction at random. The throttle seemed like it was only suggesting what the engine might do at any given time. I was still working in the suspension and engine shop at that time with lots of industry connections, so we consulted with the KTM offroad guys and Pro Circuit. We went over the bike, jetted, set powervalve did some little tricky things etc. I sold it with 7.4 hours on the clock without ever even opening the suspension. I couldn't stand how the engine felt.
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1997 CR250... absolutely horrible. Engine was a beast! The rest of the bike was the Devil.
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toddw12 wrote:
Really? I've been a die hard Yamaha guy but rode a mc350 this past weekend and I'll be selling the 450 asap.
I’d take everything he says with a grain of salt if you read his suspension thread you’ll see why.
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sandman768
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DUCati227 wrote:
1997 CR250... absolutely horrible. Engine was a beast! The rest of the bike was the Devil.
Here’s me on my new 97… the engine had great mid range & top end, I rode a lot of sand tracks, if you had a berm to hit, it was ok… flat turns brought out the big push from the front end… we used to call it the exercise machine…the frame just transmitted every jolt & bump right to your body…
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sandman768
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11/2/2022 12:31pm
Forty wrote:
1974 HD XLH Sportster E start only, but if you didn't fire it in the first 2 or 3 attempts it was a bump start situation...
1974 HD XLH Sportster

E start only, but if you didn't fire it in the first 2 or 3 attempts it was a bump start situation.

4 speed/right side shifter/brakes sucked/everything leaked/ above 60 mph the parts would fly off, mirrors would start spinning, it was like riding an accident, but it looked cool, and sounded cool.

I had a naked woman painted on the tank with custom pin stripes on the sides and then the fuel tank seam let go on the bottom left side and ruined the paint,

I've never had a bad dirt bike - all of them were fun as hell.

My 2000 yz426 was a bitch to start if I stalled it but that was usually my fault, otherwise it was a ripper.
Was that the AMF years?
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R VanKamp77
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toddw12 wrote:
Really? I've been a die hard Yamaha guy but rode a mc350 this past weekend and I'll be selling the 450 asap.
Exactly, bikes fit riders differently. I'm stoked to hear you found it that nice. Happily sell you mine if you think we could make the travel work lol.
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R VanKamp77
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2022 GasGas MC350. Best on paper/theory, moneypit IRL.
toddw12 wrote:
Really? I've been a die hard Yamaha guy but rode a mc350 this past weekend and I'll be selling the 450 asap.
soggy wrote:
I’d take everything he says with a grain of salt if you read his suspension thread you’ll see why.
I'd take everything you say with a grain of salt, if you saw literally anything you post, you'd see why.

This entire comment is because you think its so absurd I was focused primarily on the forks for a fork-related issue. Which, was primarily fixed by re-valving the forks... not the shock.
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Forty wrote:
1974 HD XLH Sportster E start only, but if you didn't fire it in the first 2 or 3 attempts it was a bump start situation...
1974 HD XLH Sportster

E start only, but if you didn't fire it in the first 2 or 3 attempts it was a bump start situation.

4 speed/right side shifter/brakes sucked/everything leaked/ above 60 mph the parts would fly off, mirrors would start spinning, it was like riding an accident, but it looked cool, and sounded cool.

I had a naked woman painted on the tank with custom pin stripes on the sides and then the fuel tank seam let go on the bottom left side and ruined the paint,

I've never had a bad dirt bike - all of them were fun as hell.

My 2000 yz426 was a bitch to start if I stalled it but that was usually my fault, otherwise it was a ripper.
sandman768 wrote:
Was that the AMF years?
yes - AMF "owned" HD from 1969 - 1981
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Moto520
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1997 Honda CR250. I had been out of the sport for 11 years and came back in 2003 on one of these. I didn't know what harsh was until i rode this thing. My back was constantly getting jacked on this thing. it sucked.

Best bike? 2019 KX450
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