Do you like quirky?

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - CONTENTS -

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!

Ed­i­tor Bsim­monds@mortons.co.uk

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