There are a lot of factors that affect the handling of a motorcycle.In addition to design faults by the manufacturer, poor maintenance can turn a reasonable handling bike into a white knuckle ride!And a bad set of tires can transform any bike into a crash without a date!Compiling a list of ten bad handling bikes is easy, but putting them in order is impossible.
The bikes became known as the Introduced in 1969, these bikes shared common points with their bigger cousins: the later 750s.Poor handling, very powerful, and inadequate brakes; in particular, the power came in on these bikes in a rush. Above this figure and the front wheel could be elevated in the first three gears! The best selling vehicle of all time (over 60 million to date) would inevitably become a classic of sorts. The step through chassis’d Honda is the best selling bike of all time.With parts readily available, would be owners will find these little bikes easy to work on. First offered in 1958, over 60 million Honda Cub’s have been sold since.However, the three speed automatic transmission found on the earlier versions was prone to locking the rear wheel if the rider changed down too quickly.The suspension was also very soft on the earlier versions with poor damping resulting in a pogo stick effect on long bumpy corners. This bike suffered from low speed maneuverability problems due to its top heavy design.Produced from 1978 to 1983, the CX 500 became a favorite with many owners.However early UK versions were plagued with a major manufacturing fault—the crankshaft main bearing specifications were incorrect resulting in a major recall.Besides the top heavy handling characteristics, these machines also suffered from major crankshaft rotation related quirks.For instance, if the throttle was closed quickly (in an emergency, for instance) the bike would lean to the right.In addition, the rear wheel on these shaft drive bikes could be easily locked if the rider changed down too quickly.Manufacturers have tried endless ways of stopping vibrations from the engine reaching the rider—from rubber mounted engines (Norton Commando) to handlebar plugs that changed the vibration frequency.