Do you like quirky?
It’s a question we have to ask this month. Why? Well, we have a few saucy but eclectic machines in the pages of your CMM this month. Firstly, there’s the Yamaha GTS1000A. Our man Chris Moss went for a ride and loved it – but it did take time for him to gel with the machine. Then there’s Jim Lindsay, who took out his own Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk II and told us about his effusive love for this very quirky V-twin. We backed this up with some Marketplace research on values and just what people think of this Italian machine and other, cheaper quirky two-wheelers. So, what is your guilty two-wheeled pleasure? We’d love to know! Me? Well, I did rather enjoy Aprilia’s very strange-looking Moto 6.5. This was a mid-1990s single-cylinder bike (the heart of which came from the lovely Pegaso) which I managed to get my mitts on for a few months. But, while I loved the way it rode, handled and went in the urban sprawl, whenever I got off the thing and looked at it, it sucked! The Moto 6.5 was a weird meeting of minds: one being Aprilia’s motorcycle R&D department and the other being kettle (among other things) designer Phillipe Starck. So, while it went well in the city and was nippy, it sadly looked like a slapped bottom. Still, there’s a lot to be said for left-field motorcycles, so if you have one and you love one: fair play!