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2.4 Miles – 2013 Honda VFR1200F

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

It’s always fun to play with hypothetical money and guess what current models will be future classics. The seller of this bike actually backed up his guess with a not-hypothetical investment. He bought two examples of Honda’s VRF1200F, one to ride and one to collect. In his words, “I recognize the technology investment made by Honda, I fell in love …

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Spirit of the Seventies Build – 1997 Ducati 600SS Custom

In Custom, Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

UK-based customs outfit Spirit of the Seventies has produced some of my all-time favorite retro-themed builds. As the shop’s name suggests, SotS specializes in transforming modern machines into retro-styled customs and while this particular Ducati project is one of the shop’s low-end builds, it’s nonetheless a pretty fascinating one; making just a couple major modifications and leaving the majority of …

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1972 Yamaha U7E

In Japan, Scooter, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

This rare step through is a Yamaha U7E, and in the US it was only available for one year. I’ve never seen one before, and I even struggled to find reliable sources of information for basic specs. Do any of you have experience with this little scoot? And do you think it’s cuter than a Honda Cub?

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5,000 Miles – 1990 Honda Hawk NT650

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Apparently it’s a Honda day on Bike-urious. The firm was ahead of its time when it debuted the Hawk GT, which is why it was a commercial failure even though it was one of the world’s first modern naked bikes. As is the often the case with bikes like this, it has become a cult classic as of late – …

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1993 Honda CBR900RR

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The first generation of the Honda CBR900RR, affectionately known as the Fireblade, was a revolution in the large displacement sport bike market. Despite a 50% larger engine, this bike weighed just 4 pounds more than the CBR600F2. Just as important, this bike was a whopping 76 pounds lighter than its lightest competition!

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Video Intermission – Moto3 Rider Jumps Downed Bike

In Intermissions by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Jakub Kornfeil pulls off one of the craziest saves of all time, launching off a sliding bike before successfully landing. It really is difficult to wrap one’s head around just how skilled professional motorcycle racers are. Whether it’s Stoner sliding around, Marquez dragging his elbows, Lorenzo cornering like he’s on rails, or just Rossi, well…being Rossi, the level of control …

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The Bomb Bike – 1983 Honda Gold Wing Custom

In Custom, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

This Gold Wing features custom bodywork from the fuel tank off of a F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter. The nickname of “Bomb Bike” is a little misleading – while the fuel tank was able to be ditched mid-flight to save weight and improve maneuverability, there was never any intent for it to be used as a bomb. Still, this is …

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Barry Weiss Build – 1973 Cheney Triumph Custom

In Custom, England, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

In the past, the development of motorcycle engines progressed at a rate that markedly exceeded that of frames and suspension systems, resulting in a demand for trick, high-performance, aftermarket chassis and suspenders. Whether it was an inability to compensate for a powertrain’s oomph, an unnecessarily hefty weight, the stock frame offerings of the ‘60s gave backyard hobbyists, factory race departments, …

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1982 Ducati Pantah 600SL

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Ducati Pantah 600SL (actually a 583cc) was the first Ducati to use a hydraulic clutch. Other upgrades included Bosch ignition, Paoli forks, and a tougher gearbox. The engine was good for 57 horsepower at 8,500rpm and it was paired with a 5 speed transmission and Dell’orto carbs. A year later, the Pantah got an even bigger engine and became …

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Auction Preview – Raber’s Parts Mart Inventory

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On August 4th, J Wood and Company will be auctioning off what seems to be the entire inventory of Raber’s Parts Mart – they estimate that it is $2.5 million “(retail value) of unavailable new and used parts unseen for years!” In addition to 15,000 square feet of parts that have been accumulated in 6 feet of shelves, there are …