Craigslist Crapshoot

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.

Last week we took a walk on the wild side while looking for cars and trucks with a reputation for being dangerous. That led to a bunch of results that probably should each come with a government warning label, but we’re still going to take out chances reviewing the most popular (and dangerous) right after we queue up this week’s quest. 
Today is all about you! And motorcycles, did I mention the motorcycles? What we want is for you to find us a motorcycle for sale that you might actually want to have. It might be for aesthetic reasons, or reputation. You don’t need to actually BUY it, but let us know why you might want it. Don’t want a bike? Then let us know why that is too.
As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.
Got that? Good, now it’s pearl-clutching time!

Danger has a lot to do with luck and good timing. If you never flip, run into something, immolate, or choke on noxious exhaust fumes then even the most reputationally treacherous of vehicles will be a fine ride. Let’s have a look at some that just may be.
Tomsk gave us a 1964 Chevy Corvair Spyder turbo, a car that to this day is tainted with the aspersion that it is “unsafe at any speed.” That’s questionable in this case seeing as the non-runner seems perfectly benign while parked. Zero is a speed. Not to be outdone in the cars with potentially unfair bad-raps department Please Stand By offered up a 1976 Ford Pinto hatchback. The big-bumper cars like this had been re-engineered to address the fuel spill issue, but you can’t keep a good rumor down making this an excellent contribution.
The 1990 Suzuki Samurai given to us by tonyola gained the reputation for turning turtle at inconvenient moments—like when in motion—a scenario ramped up by a less than honest Consumer Reports test. In contrast, the Audi 5000S found by JayP achieved its infamy for unintended acceleration at the hands of poor reporting by CBS’ 60 Minutes.
Perhaps more deserving of its rep of twitchy on/off handling that could cause an unsuspecting pilot terminal butt pucker is the Toyota MR2 suggested by crank_case. Still, what a way to go, right?
Our winner this week, racking up the most votes, was—just as we started—a Corvair. This time however, a Rampside pickup located by Fuhrman16. The ad has been pulled by its seller—probably for safety reasons—but we have a photo as a reminder.
Congrats to Fuhrman16, and thank you all for your dangerous contributions. I’m feeling like I should take out some additional life insurance now having just read them all! Now, let’s see which bikes YOU might buy.

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17 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. GTXcellent Avatar

    Not a bike guy – so, the only motorcycle I’d consider buying would be a nice little 50 for my boys to bounce around the homestead.
    I like this little Yama-mama for $900

  2. JayP Avatar

    Not a bike guy…
    This is the only Ural I found on DFW CL. With it was olive or sand instead of black.

  3. P161911 Avatar

    Not a bike guy, but this looks like something an ER doctor would come up with to drum up new business.
    I could see myself getting this before a motorcycle.

  4. ptschett Avatar

    I would definitely consider a Yamaha Super Tenere. Here’s one with 6500 miles, factory hard boxes (shown in the other photos) and a very reasonable price.

  5. 0A5599 Avatar

    Like several of the “not a bike guy” responses already posted, I might not have much use for the bike.
    But a ‘busa powered Lotus Seven clone (Locost) would be pretty fun. (Yamaha R1 power).

  6. 0A5599 Avatar

    Like several of the “not a bike guy” responses already posted, I might not have much use for the bike.
    But a ‘busa powered Lotus Seven clone (Locost) would be pretty fun. (Yamaha R1 power).

    1. Kiefmo Avatar

      I love that these have come down in price now that the cafe racer trend is crashing.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      One of my favorites, too! Now I’ll have to find an ad for any of the other hundred possibilities…

  7. Batshitbox Avatar

    Tops on my list for various reasons, first gen Honda Valkyrie. I’m old enough to start thinking of getting rid of my ‘enthusiast’ bike after 30 years and just get something I can defer maintenance on for the rest of the century.

  8. P161911 Avatar

    I find the idea of a Honda straight 6 appealing. Even if I never rode, it would make nice garage art.

    1. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

      They’re a wonderful bike and would do well just as art.
      However, using the bike and periodically having to synch six carbs will make one bleed from the ears

  9. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    I had to keep it local, otherwise the list would be too long. This is a bike I would jump on if I were in a position to spend $3300 on a toy. This is a good deal.

  10. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    I’m old, I want something comfortable, but also fast.Faster than most cars even today. And inexpensive.
    A Kawasaki ZZR1100(ZX11) with its 10.2 sec quarter mile and 175+ mph(280 km/h) top speed.
    And remind myself again why I only had one before for three weeks before I sold it,(I thought I’d kill myself on it).
    Still. This time it wouldn’t be a courier bike, just a hobby.

    1. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

      I’m old and it hasn’t cured my heavy throttle hand with my ZZR1200. But you should get one anyway