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Technological Marvel – 1955 Victoria Swing KR21

In Germany, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

One of Norbert Riedel’s many contributions to the world of motorcycling was the design of the Victoria Swing, named for the fact that the motor was directly connected to the swingarm – it would rise and fall with the rear suspension! In addition, the Swing featured a push button shifter that utilized electromagnets. The Swing also offered an electric starter …

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Cafe or Scrambler? 2002 Suzuki Freewind Custom

In Custom, Dual-Sport, Japan by Tim Huber0 Comments

This custom build project entitled “Lady O.” may appear to be just one more drop in the cafe racer bucket but upon closer inspection this one-off Suzuki is all kinds of unique. Beginning with the fact this bike started its life as a XF650 Freewind from 2002 which was the last year it saw production. The Freewind was essentially a …

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Number 2 – 2009 Bimota DB7

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

6-24-17 Update: Almost a year later, Tim Huber notes that this bike is back up for sale – you can find it with an asking price of $22,000 here on Craigslist in Henderson, Nevada. Post Listing Update: This DB7 did not reserve with bidding ending up at $16,100. The DB7 was Bimotas first superbike after their rebirth in 2003, and …

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Daytona 200 History – 1974 Yamaha TZ750A

In Japan, Race by Abhi0 Comments

Yamaha’s TZ750 is one of the legends of factory and privateer motorcycle racing. Cycle World called it one of the six greatest motorcycles of all time, and part of that honor came from the fact that a TZ750 won the Daytona 200 nine years in a row. Now, not all of them can be winners – this placed 23rd out …

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Savage Scrambler – 2000 Suzuki LS650 Custom

In Custom, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

The Suzuki LS650, also known as a Savage, used to roll off the factory floor as a simple entry-level cruiser (it’s since been replaced by the S40 Boulevard). But it’s proven to be an interesting platform for cafe racers, as shown by companies like Ryca, as well as a starting point for scrambler builds, like today’s featured example from Droog …

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British Military Side-Valve – 1956 Triumph TRW

In England, Standard by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Triumph TRW is a fascinating machine that has become increasingly coveted in military collector circles in recent years. These 1950’s military Triumphs were never sold to the public (new from the manufacturer), which is a shame because these bikes (in my opinion) embody many quintessential elements of antique British motorcycles with its classic lines and recognizably British touches such …

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Period Racer – 1961 Triumph T120C

In England, Race by Abhi0 Comments

This bike has only had one registered owner, and for the first four years of its life he campaigned it at District 36 AMA events in Northern California. After the seller’s last race in ’65 at the approximate age of 26, the seller brought his bike back home, put it in the garage, and then left it under a cover …

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Ex-Factory Racer – Malcom Stewart’s 2014 Honda CRF450

In Japan, Off-Road, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Factory race machines are the pinnacle of production-based two-wheelers. As their name suggests, these bikes come straight from the manufacturer who is giving it all they have in hopes that their bike will win its respective championship which will hopefully translate to satisfactory sales numbers and steer buyers towards their offering over the competition. Well, this 2014 CRF450 is no …

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1 of 12 – 2009 NCR Ducati Mike Hailwood TT

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

6-21-17 Update: Apparently, that sale fell through as the bike was relisted again in November 2016 for $110,000 with no takers. Half a year later, Tim Huber has noted that this bike is back up for sale, though it’s now in an auction format instead of a Buy-It-Now. Let’s see what the market thinks it’s worth…find it with bidding up …

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Three Wheeler – 1984 Honda ATC 200S

In 3 Wheels, Japan, Less than 5k by Abhi0 Comments

Honda brought the 3-wheeler to the US thanks to an engineer named Osamu Takeuchi. Osamu was simply trying to create a product that could bolster motorcycle sales during winter months, but by the time it was all over he had created something so prone to causing injury that the US Justice Department banned them entirely. The model line started with …