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Restored Danish Classic – 1949 Nimbus Model C

In Standard, Vintage by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

In 1919, Nimbus debuted its first motorcycle with the Model A (or “Stovepipe”), followed by the unimaginatively named Model B. In 1934, the company introduced the Model C, which was, at the time, a pretty advanced and cutting-edge offering. Manufactured by Fisker & Nielsen of Copenhagen for the Nimbus brand, the Model C would remain in production for a quarter-century …

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Street Legal – 2018 Husqvarna FS 450

In Austria, Race, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

9-19-18 Update: The seller let me know that the winning bidder “could not come up with financing” so the sale was cancelled. This Husky is back up on eBay with a lowered opening bid of $11,760 or a BIN of $14,260 here on eBay. Post Sale Update: This Husky sumo sold for the opening bid of $12,860. If you want …

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5,296 Miles – 1981 Honda CB900F Super Sport

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

As the CBX shifted from a large naked sportbike to a faired gentleman’s express, Honda decided to bolster their large-displacement sportbike lineup by finally bringing exporting the CB900F that Europeans had already been enjoying. Initially, Honda’s marketing team had decided that America would only get the 750F and Europe would only get the 900F, but that eventually changed as both …

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American Hand Craftmanship – 2008 Confederate Hellcat

In America, Cruiser by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Founded by a lawyer named Matthew Chambers, Confederate Motorcycles was created in 1992 in California. By 1994, the firm was relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and on November 11th 1994, the first Confederate prototype was released. Thanks to the gathering of some talented engineers, it took only two years to release the prototype of something that had never been seen …

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1988 BMW K100RS ABS

In Germany, Touring by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

BMW’s RS models are at the origins of the sport-touring segment. RS stands for ‘Reisesport’ that basically means ‘travel sport’. RS models also represent what BMW did the best, innovating and providing motorcyclists the best ride possible. Therefore, these models were often considered as the flagship of the brand and as of today still stand as high performing bikes while …

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Needs Tuning – 1969 Greeves Ranger

In Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Founded by Bert Greeves, the Greeves motorcycle company started when Bert was mowing his lawn and thought of mounting a lawnmower engine to the wheelchair of his disabled cousin to help with mobility. That led to a government contract, and Bert was inspired by his success to start building motorcycles as well. The company was quite successful with exports – …

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1999 Laverda 750S Sport Formula

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

9-16-18 Update: A few months later, Mazlow Petosa notes that this bike is currently available at Iconic Motorbikes with a better listing, more information, and a higher asking price. Find it for $7,445 in Marina del Rey, California here at Iconic Motorbikes. This Laverda was acquired as a poorly-modified custom by a well-known collector in Los Angeles who then took …

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1936 BMW R4

In Germany, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

As the 30s rolled around and Depression hit, BMW saw the need for a diminutive single-cylinder bike to offer alongside its twins. The sub 200cc R2 sold quite well, but the BMW R4 was an intermediate bike between the budget single and the bigger bikes. The R4 saw some decent success with the German Army and police services.

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1971 Aermacchi Harley-Davidson SX350

In America, Dual-Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In the 70’s, while Harley Davidson Sportsters and their other cruisers were playing in a small-size market, they had to confront other makers (especially the Japanese) on smaller displacement bikes. To that extent, HD also had to play by the same rules and use similar strategies. One of the most common strategies at the time was to use street motorcycles …