Interesting rare thing - Bates Clipper in the flesh

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A Bates Clipper. I'd imagine it might be a handful on the twisties.
Front tyre life wouldn't be good, either.
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That's so ugly it makes me want to adopt it! It's too far away from me to go have a look and possibility buy it. I'm sure the Barbers Motorsports Museum located west of me would love to add it to their collection because they don't have one of those bikes or the touring fairing and luggage. It only has 22,362 miles showing on the odometer. That makes me wonder why people buy a bike like that, spend the money and effort to mount that fairing and luggage, and then hardly ever ride it 39 years. I have 43,000 plus miles on my 2006 Honda VT600 with Windjammer 4 and luggage. My VT600 sat in a basement for 5 years before I acquired it with only 1,400 miles. I know after putting that Windjammer on my bike I started rolling up a lot more miles on it.
 
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I have always loved the looks of those firings. It looks like something that nightmares are made out of. Almost cartoon like. I have never seen one in person, but always looking.
 

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I had a chance to buy one a few years ago, I passed:( On a side note, those had a storage out in front behind the headlight!
 

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I don't think I would even need to consider it to even be close to passing. Those things are butt ugly!