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Have a Sidecar? Help a Grandma!

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If you own a sidecar and live near Ripon, California, then you need to take a closer look at this post. A 96 year-old woman named Betty has been telling her motorcycle enthusiast grandson that she’d like to ride in a sidecar and he’s looking for someone to help make that happen. Can you help?

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No Reserve – 1966 Honda CB450

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The CB450 was Honda’s first “large displacement” bike, and it ended up becoming one of the most important Japanese motorcycles of all time. It was also quite upsetting to the British motorcycle industry, and they were put on the defensive by the Black Bomber. According to Motorcycle Classics, “the Bomber was disqualified from some production races in England on the …

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1970 Laverda 750 GT

In Italy, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Laverda was an Italian manufacturer that specialized in the production of agricultural equipment and machines. By the end of WWII, Francesco Laverda (the grandson of the founder) and his friend Luciano Zen decided to get into motorcycles. They developed their first 75cc engine in 1947 and created Moto Laverda S.A.S.

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Apogee “Raffale” SuperBobber — 2009 Ducati 1098R Custom

In America, Custom, Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Ducati places enormous importance on the aesthetics of its machines, leading to the marque delivering some of the most gorgeous production two-wheelers available. For this reason, stripping down and customizing what’s already an objectively good-looking bike can be a bit of a controversial (if not sacrilegious) move. However this hasn’t gotten in the way of Gustavo Pena of Apogee Motorworks …

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Restored – 1939 Triumph Speed Twin

In England, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Triumph introduced the 5T Speed Twin in 1938, and it immediately set the standard for other English manufacturers when it came to parallel twins. It was one of Edward Turner’s most notable designs, and it had a long production life – it sold until 1966 with several revisions, though there was a gap in production from ’40-’47 due to WWII.

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A Pair of Two Strokes – Two 1976 Yamaha RD400s

In Japan, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

With regards to road bikes, Yamaha was a great ambassador of two-stroke technology with its RD models. By 1976, Yamaha pushed its 350cc RD to 400cc, which gave it 44hp, a top speed of about 105mph, and made anyone riding it a “hooligan”. Read the interesting story of Ken Manina on Motorcyclist to get a great example of a RD400 …

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1989 Moto Guzzi Mille GT

In Italy, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

While trying to recover from the Japanese motorcycle tsunami, Moto Guzzi had to find new ways to attract clients. Trying to compete on technology was probably pointless, so Guzzi decided to bet on ’60s nostalgia with the release of the Mille GT in 1987.

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1981 Benelli 654

In Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

A rare find in the US, the Benelli 654 was available as a Standard as seen here or as a Sport model with the different bars and the fairing from a 900 Sei. Either way, it wasn’t a successful machine but they’re so hard to find that I feel obligated to bring this one to your attention.

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1980 Kawasaki Z1R

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Kawasaki Z1R was the brainchild of Wayne Moulton, known as the “Father of the Japanese Cruiser.” His belief was that a solid motorcycle could be moderately tweaked to form four versions, one of which is a sport-tourer. So he took the KZ1000 and turned it into this! The first year of production was 1978, and all the bikes were …

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Restored – 1973 Maico 501

In Germany, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

When it was released, the Maico 501 featured the largest two-stroke single cylinder engine ever stuffed into a production bike. The press ate it up, though racers were actually able to go faster on the 400s and 450s. But for pure ‘shock and awe’ purposes, it was just about impossible to topple the 501.