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Old 11-30-2012, 01:39 PM   #1591 (permalink)
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What engine's in this Leader ?
This was a prototype using a longitudinal 4 cylinder liquid cooled engine, some 20 years before BMW unveiled its K100 series. Unfortunately, Ariel, and the rest of the Brit bike industry was on its knees, and the project got no further. Another potential worldbeater scrapped. Tragic really.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:46 PM   #1592 (permalink)
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No. I meant "symmetry." I like that you could just about cut the motorcycle in half lengthwise and both halves would be almost mirroe images of each other. In other words the bike is symmetrical about the center line. This is the same reason that I like vertical twins, BMW's and some Guzzies

That is one of the ugliest engines of all time. It actually looks like it belongs on a industrial air compressor, but for some reason the bike is customized in such a way that it presents the ugly lump in the most positive light possible.
I understand. I don't know the CX well but I think it is actually asymetrical unlike Guz and BMW but I understand what you mean. I also agree the guy (and his dad) did a nice job of disguising the "ugly lump".
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:57 PM   #1593 (permalink)
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Every bike has its place on this planet, even the CX.

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:08 PM   #1594 (permalink)
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Every bike has its place on this planet, even the CX.

Stop the Honda CX bashing for crying out loud! Take your hate some where else.
I've had enough of your elitism attitude.

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:34 PM   #1595 (permalink)
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Every bike has its place on this planet, even the CX.

Bo, I am hoping maybe you can help me with something. For the life of me I can not understand how any one can find beauty and function in one opposed V-Twin/shaft drive and hold another in such disdain.
The CX is but a Japanese Honda copy of the much loved (on this site) Italian Goose. Having ridden both and owned a Goose I have to say the Japanese build a much better bike. I looked up English couriers and some reported upwards of 300,000 miles on the CX in nasty conditions. I think I recall you did a bit of courier work yourself and will ask what motorcycle you used?

As for the ugly part heaped upon the CX, any one who finds beauty in a Goose should not cast stones.
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You know, considering it's age, it actually holds up pretty well (style-wise). Just sayin'...
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:36 AM   #1597 (permalink)
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:00 PM   #1598 (permalink)
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Is it bad form to post your own rides? Hope not, because this one still gets me.







Sorry for the interruption, now back to the Honda love.
You ought to be ashamed, self promoting like that!
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Bo, I am hoping maybe you can help me with something. For the life of me I can not understand how any one can find beauty and function in one opposed V-Twin/shaft drive and hold another in such disdain.
The CX is but a Japanese Honda copy of the much loved (on this site) Italian Goose. Having ridden both and owned a Goose I have to say the Japanese build a much better bike. I looked up English couriers and some reported upwards of 300,000 miles on the CX in nasty conditions. I think I recall you did a bit of courier work yourself and will ask what motorcycle you used?

As for the ugly part heaped upon the CX, any one who finds beauty in a Goose should not cast stones.


Two things HAP.

1. They may both be transverse v-twin shafties, but that is about as close as they get to each other. Guzzi is a classy, curvy, moody Latin bike (a concept I have mixed emotions towards) and the CX is a stamped-out, cheaply manufactured, piece of hideousness. Ok so they can be reliable and practical, two traits I highly value; but there's a limit to how much the eye can bear before the digestive system gets all queazy.

2. You have shown much more faith towards the Guzzi merely by owning one. I haven't even ridden one. I am not a massive Guzzi fan, I just like them 'cause you so relentlessly pay out on them.
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