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Restored – 1969 BSA Rocket 3

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From the seller of Monday’s Gold Star comes another classic BSA – the Rocket 3. The motor was a 750cc triple that was designed to extend the model line beyond 650 twins and it was specifically built for the US market (which wanted larger displacements and less vibrations). BSA’s financials suffered with the production of this bike, but nearly 27,500 …

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Rare in the US – 1962 Ariel Arrow Super Sport

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Bike-urious reader Dan Dutra (I’ve featured one of his beautiful Ariel’s in the past) has spent the last 6 months restoring an Ariel Arrow Super Sport (also known as the Golden Arrow). They were not designed for export to the US, so very few have made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. It’s not perfect (there’s still a couple of …

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1974 Norton Commando 850

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1974 was a tough time for Norton Villiers Triumph – England’s government withdrew a subsidy early in the year, and that was just the beginning of their problems. The biggest issue was a sit in at Meriden, and it was one of the major reasons why by the end of the year the company had lost over 3 million pounds. …

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1957 BSA Gold Star DBD34

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Introduced in 1956, the DBD34 variant of the Gold Star is probably the most famous BSA ever built – MCN called it one of the 60 greatest bikes from 1955-2015. The “34” signified a 500cc motor (compared to the 350cc motor of other “32” Goldies), and the DBD was the ultimate expression of the name. This example further stands out …

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AHRMA Race Winner – 1973 Honda CB350

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This AHRMA racer was acquired by the seller as a Sportsman 350 competitor in 2013 – he then rebuilt it “with the intention of creating a championship winning bike”. After campaigns in 2014 and 2015 with multiple podiums and race wins at courses like Road America, Barber, and Daytona in the Sportsman 350 and 500 classes, he’s now letting it …

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Guess That Bike – Unexpected Wheel Edition

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When Vy and I were enjoying the Iberian Peninsula, we had the opportunity to explore three different motorcycle museums. Here’s something I discovered at the Andorra Motorcycle Museum, and I was very surprised to see wheels that initially reminded me of Lester mags on a motorcycle that was designed to be enjoyed off-road. Can you identify what this rare bike …

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Restored – 1974 Yamaha DT250

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In 1968, Yamaha introduced one of their most important motorcycles of all time – the DT-1. They sold 50,000 units in the first year, which is a mind blowing number when you consider that last year, the FZ/MT-07 was Yamaha’s best seller in the US with 3,981 units sold.

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Backflip Display Model – 2001 VOR MX 503

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Normally, a pristine VOR MX 503 would easily be interesting enough for me to feature by itself, but this example is literally on another level! It’s been converted into a display bike as if it is in the process of completing a backflip thanks to a custom Thor-branded aluminum stand and a fully articulating mannequin adorned in Pastrana 199 Signature …

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$395 – 1981 Kreidler MP-19

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Founded in 1903, Kreidler was a metal/wire factory for nearly 5 decades before they started motorcycle production in 1951. They were immediately successful, as within 8 years they were producing one third of all German bikes. From the late 60s to the early 80s, Kriedler offered MF (mofas) and MP (mopeds) models, and the US got the MP-9 and the …

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No Reserve – 1966 Honda CB160

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Also known as the Mini Hawk, the Honda CB160 featured an over-bored CB125 that produced 16.5 horsepower at 10,500 rpm. Light, nimble, and beautiful, they’ve become a favorite in small displacement vintage racing – AHRMA’s even got a CB160-specific class where the racing commences with a Le Mans start!