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Take stock of 12 "alternative" locomotives in motorcycle history
Release date:2023.07.06

If someone asks you what are the "classic cars" in motorcycle history, this question may not be easy to answer; After all, if you are familiar with the history of motorcycles, you can count many classic models. The Ducati 916, Honda Super Cub, Triumph Bonneville and Vespa are some of the most memorable cars in history. But if one had to add to the question which classic cars fit the term 'alternative,' it might not be too much. Take stock of some of the classic cars today and see if you know them.

12 MZ1000 S

This is from an East German brand from the 1950s (MZ Motorrad), MZ was the leader of the 2-stroke design of the year, later the chief engineer defected to West Germany and sold the technical core to Suzuki; The MZ1000 S was launched in 2003 and sold well at first, but the company eventually collapsed due to financial problems.

The MZ1000 S, the flagship of the brand, was launched between 2004 and 2007, and it was designed by Peter. Nauman (who previously designed the F-117 stealth fighter); Powered by a water-cooled 998cc 180-degree parallel twin 8-valve engine with a balancing shaft; Maximum 117 HP 98NM. The car is equipped with Nissin brakes, Mazzucci shock absorption and alloy rear rocker arm.

11  Yamaha FS1-E

When it comes to motorcycles, the Yamaha FS1-E is a dead end. Its nickname is "Fizzy", originally referring to a British motorcycle track (featuring eccentric eccentricities); This model was introduced in 1970 and was positioned as a lightweight motorcycle. According to the law of the United Kingdom at that time, lightweight motorcycles are to install pedals (as we install foot pedals in electric vehicles now), so you can see that this motorcycle in addition to a 49cc engine, there are pedals for human flesh drive; It later became a collector's item for many motorcycle enthusiasts.

10  Benali Tornado Tre

The weirdness of the Benali lies in some of its design, although it looks completely beautiful; However, in order to take care of the design, it relocates the radiator and installs a fan under the seat, which directly causes the riding position to be too high; Difficult to navigate. The vehicle was powered by a 900cc three-cylinder engine, later upgraded to 1190cc displacement, and featured a green and silver color scheme.

09  Triumph Rocket 3

For cruise motorcycles, Harley is basically synonymous with this series. In order to enter the cruise car market in the North American market, Triumph launched the rocket model. The appearance was still very exaggerated at the time. These include double headlights, extended flat exhaust pipes, and various chrome embellishments. Later in the update, the alternative appearance can not meet the Triumph designers, they embarked on the purpose of attracting attention by increasing the displacement, but even so, people around the world still prefer Harley when choosing cruise motorcycles.

08  Yamaha GTS 1000

Of all the motorcycle brands, Yamaha actually likes to introduce some strange cars. The 1993 GTS1000 was one such car. As a sports wagon, it has made many innovative configurations and designs. Including the single rocker arm design without front shock absorption, fuel injection, ABS, etc., these were very avant-garde designs at the time. However, in order to highlight its technical strength, it may cause the car itself to be too heavy and lack of fun when riding; It ended up not long after.

07  Itajit Dragster

This car has just appeared in the past two years in China, and Xiaobian has also seen it once on the streets of Beijing; It looks different in today's eyes, and it's really troublesome to get dirty. The Dragster was first introduced in 1998 with a 250cc engine and a maximum power of 21 HP.

06  Suzuki TL 1000S

The TL1000 S is notoriously difficult to handle and unpredictable, its 996cc power, as long as the throttle is turned, is quick and straightforward forward, and the power output for acceleration and start is fairly straightforward; 125 horsepower was a lot for the time; And create its "widow manufacturing machine" reputation, in addition to the power of direct; Mainly because Suzuki's newly designed rotary damper upside-down body sometimes produces shaking, which is unpredictable and disastrous at high speeds. Later, even though Suzuki redesigned the steering damper, it has been difficult to recover the global reputation of this car.

05 Ducati SportClassic

The car is an anomaly in Ducati's illustrious decades-long history, unveiled in 2003 and launched in 2006. Representing Ducati's homage to the 1970s, the designer drew inspiration from the Ducati 900 that won the Isle of Man TT in 1978.

With its angular exterior, the car does not look like a work of that era. And Ducati discontinued it three years after it went on sale.

04  Huswana Nuda

Husqvarna was sold several times for development reasons and is now part of the KTM Group. But it was briefly part of the BMW Group from 2007 to 2013, when it partnered with BMW to produce the two Nuda models, which are similar to the BMW F800.

This car looks avant-garde, you say it is a street car it is too wild, you say it is a super sports motorcycle, it is a little conservative. Power is 889cc, maximum 105 horsepower; Although the data is good, because the positioning of the car's design is not clear, the market feedback is general, and the result is a dismal end.


After Suzuki's failed attempt at a rotor engine in the 1970s, after more than a decade of silence; NORTON used and launched the RCW588, which eventually evolved into the road version of F1. With its wide wraparound body, square lines and black livery, and its signature gold decal, the rotor-engined NORTON F1 looks mysterious.

But unfortunately, the 1980s and 1990s are the golden age of Japanese motorcycles, even if F1 revived the rotor engine in the 1990s, but it is still difficult to be hot; As one of the most uniquely designed motorcycles, it is destined to be a legend.


Honda Motocompo

In the current hot electric motorcycle, in fact, Honda can revive an alternative model to attract attention; That's what we're talking about with Motocompo, which comes as an accessory to the car, fits in the trunk, and supports folding. But in terms of riding experience, it's hard for anyone to actually ride for too long.


Cagiva Elefant & Cagiva Mito

Cagiva is an Italian motorcycle brand from the two-stroke era that is no longer active today. Elefant is a desert and road sports motorcycle, equipped with Ducati V two-cylinder power, looks unconventional but practical.

The Cagiva Mito is arguably the most beautiful replica in the world, as it mimics the Ducati 916. But compared to the Ducati 916, it does a very good job both in handling and power output; The Mito was withdrawn only after two-stroke models were hit by emissions regulations in 2012.

These are 12 classic but alternative locomotives, which are not simply strange in appearance, but also include design, power and many other aspects, even if you look back now, there is still some sense of an unusual road. Welcome to leave comments and share!

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