Top 10 Cult Bikes of the Modern Era


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Cult: A small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous; a situation in which people admire and care about something or someone very much or too much. —Merriam-Webster

What is a cult bike anyway? Our working definition wound up being a bike that was relatively easily attainable by the average motorcyclist within the last 20 or 30 years – so no NR750s or Brittens. A cult bike has to be slightly oddball: Honda VFRs and BMW GSs are popular enough that their adherents constitute more a religion than a cult. It’s tough to separate cult bikes from collectibles, too. A cult bike is one most people looked right past when it was new, which is why a Honda RC30, a Bimota DB4, and a Z1 Kawasaki can’t be one. Who wouldn’t want one of those? Nay, cult bikes are what emerge from misty nights on the moor when you’re far from home with a flat tire. (What’s a moor anyway?) A wolf howls, a cloud scuds past a waning moon, and just then you see a single headlight coming your way, possibly dim and flickering. A bearded guy in goggles pulls up on a…

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