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The Ten Weirdest Motorcycles Ever Made

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You want the strangest things on two wheels? Well you've come to the right place.

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10.) Honda CBX

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Equipped a twin cam straight six with the crank in the middle, this Honda was the Hayabusa of the 1970s. No replacement for displacement, right?

Suggested By: SidewaysOnDirt, Photo Credit: Iain Farrell


9.) Rokon Trailbreaker

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I'll let Mr. Patrick Frawley explain why this bike is on the list:

"Two-wheel drive off of a Kohler 208cc single through an automatic transmission. Hollow wheels that will hold two and a half gallons of liquid apiece. Top speed of 35 miles per hour, but it'll do that for nine hours over any solid terrain on Earth. 218 pounds of barely marketable American ingenuity.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Rokon Trailbreaker."

Suggested By: Patrick Frawley, Photo Credit: Rokon


8.) Jaguar Motorcycle

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I get that they were trying to pay tribute to Jaguar, but why the hell would you make a motorcycle that makes the rider look like they're having relations with a cat?

Suggested By: Jarod Rose, Photo Credit: Massow Concept Cycles


7.) Haleson Steam Powered

There were a number of steam-powered motorcycles around the turn of the 20th century, including the Haleson. Having a boiler between your legs does not seem like a good idea.

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Suggested By: Arch Duke Maxyenko, SHAZAM!


6.) Uno Dycicle

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The Uno would appear to be a motorized unicycle, but it actually has two wheels side by side. Unsurprisingly, the first test resulted in a chipped kneecap for creator Ben Gulak.

Suggested By: Steve Kuhn, Photo Credit: Ben Gulak


5.) Vespa 150 TAP

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How do you make a cute little Vespa terrifying? Paint it matte green and mount an M20 recoilless rifle. The rifle wasn't supposed to be fired while on the Vespa, but riding with a giant rifle between your legs is still bonkers.

Suggested By: opposauruswrx, Photo Credit: Contado Estrelas


4.) Roadog

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Created by a man named Wild Bill Gelbke, the Roadog at 17 feet long and over 3000 lbs is the largest motorcycle ever built. Wild Bill actually managed to sell a handful of them to some evidently insane customers.

Suggested By: AMG OMG, Photo Credit: Uncle Ernie


3.) Whitlock Tinker Toy

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48 Cyilinders, 6 crankshafts, 6 Jaguar E-Type distributors, and one Guinness World Record. Its creator, Simon Whitlock, is completely insane.

Suggested By: IRS4, Photo Credit: Paul Mp via YouTube


2.) Megola

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There's a number or radial engined choppers out there but none are as crazy as the Megola with its front wheel mounted radial engine. It had to be started on a stand with the front wheel up because the 14 hp motor applied power directly to the wheel.

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1.) Shilovsky Gyrocar

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Conceived by a Russian Count in 1912, this 6 passenger vehicle sits on just two wheels and is balanced by a gyroscope, so technically, it's a motorcycle. It's also batshit insane and I can't help but love it.

Suggested By: Old-Busted-Hotness, Photo Credit: The Museum of RetroTechnology

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orlove
Raphael Orlove

Technically this list was only open to two-wheeled vehicles, otherwise you'd see the WWII Nazi tank tread Kettenrad and the four-wheeled V10 Dodge Tomahawk here.