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5 Miles – 1986 Bimota DB1

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Bimota DB1 is a critical bike in Bimota’s history – in fact, it’s credited with saving the company from near-certain bankruptcy. Two pieces of curved fiberglass came together to create the distinctive pearl white bodywork surrounding a Ducati 748cc engine.

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703 Miles – 1989 Honda XL600V Transalp

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

When Honda brought the XL600V over from Europe in 1989, America wasn’t ready. The 583cc V-twin adventure bike was more capable than anyone could have imagined. Many news outlets noted its biggest limiting factor was the tires of the time. Twin spark heads and a 450lb weight offered agility on the road, while full fairings looked the part. Meanwhile, long …

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XR650R Custom – 2013 Deus “Boodaak”

In America, Custom, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Back in 2013/2014, Deus’ Michael “Woolie” Woolaway built a pair of café’d Honda super singles, with the project fittingly dubbed, the “Sibling Rivalry”. Named “Dakdaak” — which was powered by a CRF450X mill — and “Boodaak” — propelled by an HRC Johnny Campbell-spec XR650R engine with oversized valves and a Carrillo rod — the road-legal thumpers’ monikers were derived from …

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2009 Suzuki SV650

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The Suzuki SV650 is like the modern day Honda CB750. 700cc standard bikes are common these days, but 10 years ago the choices were limited to the Ducati Monster and the Suzuki SV650. Suzuki’s 645cc V-twin has since been written in trackday folklore, eventually becoming stuck in time itself as the market made their preferences clear. The bike has barely …

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First Ride Review – 2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

In Reviews by AbhiLeave a Comment

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Portugal on behalf of Cycle News to review the new Husqvarna 701 Svartpilen. It’s the Swedish company’s newest offering on their 701 platform that also includes the Supermoto, Enduro, and Vitpilen. This is my favorite of the foursome as an overall streetbike, but $11,999 is a lot of money for a thumper …

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1928 BMW R52

In Germany, Touring, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Designed to be a tourer, the BMW R52 featured a 486cc boxer twin that generated 12 horsepower. The three-speed transmission had just been redesigned for this model, during a time frame when BMW was constantly making changes. Due to this, BMW switched to pressed-steel frames by the end of 1929, meaning the rare R52 was produced for just two years.