Today is the LA running of Ride for Kids, so I went to announce some news (more on that later) and support the cause! There were lots of great motorcycles, including a staggering amount of minibikes like Groms and Monkeys. But my favorite bike is a bit of an oddball. Can you identify it at first glance?
“Ride it or display as art.” That’s how the seller of this CB350 custom sums up his bike, which he calls a tribute to the RC162 racer ridden by Mike Hailwood.
Designed by legendary automotive stylist Giorgio Giugiaro, MV Agusta’s Ipotesi wasn’t just beautiful, it was technically impressive. Triple disc brakes, cast magnesium wheels, and a 10,000 rpm redline made this 350cc bike a treat to ride.
Looks like the seller of the Aero Car project from two weeks ago has another one – but this one runs! As a reminder: the Tritan A2 was notable for having an incredible drag coefficient – just 0.15. Compare that to a period MR2, which had a Cd of 0.35. Amusingly, the only commercial “success” the A2 had was with …
Built around a Kawasaki KZ550, this oddball is the “Mowercycle”.
No bikes for sale today, cause I’m goofing off at Willow Springs with a Honda NSR250SP Rothmans on loan from the fine folks at Iconic Motorbikes!
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Imported from Japan, this RZV500 is currently titled in Washington State so you’d be fine enjoying it in any state but California.
Though it was typically in the shadow of Yamaha’s TY250, the Suzuki Exacta RL250 was still a solid trials bike that’s now quite suitable for vintage competition. They’re relatively rare in the US as they were only imported in 1974 and 1975, and this example stands out as it was given a “cosmetic restoration”.
Built by Reno Leoni, this F1A has a history that the owner calls “spotty”, though he’s done a pretty good job tracking down as much as he could from websites and some old threads on Pantaheads. Let’s have a history lesson…
When Honda released the CB750, a lot changed. The entire motorcycling world, and industry had to take a deep breath and adjust. Some manufacturers took longer to do so than others. Some downplayed the tectonic shift that the new Honda was, and those who did either barely, or didn’t survive. Adapt or die.
The XL100 evolved into the XL100S in 1979, and it continued that way until the model was discontinued in 1985. This ’83 model looks to be in good shape and it has just 463 miles.
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Every year at MotoGP, the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers set up a tent to show off their newest products, offer demo rides, and try to develop more of a community. They all set up together in what Circuit of the Americas calls the Fan Zone. Then Ducati blows them all away with Ducati Island.
Officially, 1994 was the last year of production for the venerable CT70. 4 years later, Honda’s patent would expire and the world was flooded with clones. This example has just 148 miles and the seller claims it’s like new. In his or her words, “this bike has always been stored in a climate controlled environment and it shows.” The sale …