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1976 Honda CB750K

In Japan, Standard by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The Honda CB750 was successful in ways that the brand could have only dreamed of. Four cylinders have long been known for pushing the boundaries of affordable performance, but that legacy began with the CB750. Its solid platform has remained relevant even today. For such a modest machine, the bike remains a distilled motorcycling experience many riders prefer. Purists and …

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2014 Norton Commando 961 SF

In England, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Norton has had a long history in racing, but their street bikes are best remembered currently as exactly that: historical pieces. Recently however, a large injection of cash has saved the brand and created the masterpiece Norton Commando 961. Available in several trims, the SF model featured Ohlins suspension, Brembo binders, and some carbon fiber accessories. The parallel twin engine …

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1972 Harley-Davidson Sprint SS350

In America, Italy, Less than 5k, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

One of the many Italian-built Aermacchis with a Harley-Davidson logo on the tank, the Sprint SS350 was introduced in 1969 with a bigger motor (the previous Sprint had a 250) as Harley tried to fight off competition from the Japanese. The Sprint was available in two forms: the SX had some off-road flavor with knobbies, high fenders, and a scrambler …

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2004 BMW R1150R Rockster

In Germany, Standard by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

BMW announced the Rockster prototype in 2002 with asymmetrical headlights and an attention grabbing paint scheme. Despite being a parts bin bike, it caused enough of a stir to go into production. Though heavily based on the standard R1150R, the Rockster was the first boxer engine to have twin spark cylinder heads that later became standard fare. Other differences from …

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First Year Knucklehead – 1936 Harley-Davidson EL

In America, Cruiser, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Harley-Davidson debuted the Knucklehead motor in 1936 (though it didn’t earn the nickname until after the Panhead was released) and just 1,704 first year examples were built. As HD made several changes to production in the first few months, particularly to timing covers and kickstart gearing, some parts can be very hard to find. While this example isn’t 100% perfect, …

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2003 Yamaha FZ1

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Yamaha FZ1 is an under-appreciated bike. Introduced in 2001, it gave you the power of a modified R1 engine (145 hp) with all-day ergonomics. Low-end power suffered compared to the competition, but it was silly amounts of fun over 8,000 rpm.

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Cycle World Cover Bike – ESMC’s “Desert Wolf” Harley Roadster

In America, Custom, Dual-Sport, Spain by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The Desert Wolf was one of three identical bikes constructed for an ambitious 2017 project which was the brainchild of El Solitario’s head honcho, David Borras. While you can read all about Borras’ and the El Sol crew’s Saharan adventure on said bikes in a full-length Cycleworld writeup — the issue’s feature/cover story — in a nutshell the idea was …