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First Year Knucklehead – 1936 Harley-Davidson EL

In America, Cruiser, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Harley-Davidson debuted the Knucklehead motor in 1936 (though it didn’t earn the nickname until after the Panhead was released) and just 1,704 first year examples were built. As HD made several changes to production in the first few months, particularly to timing covers and kickstart gearing, some parts can be very hard to find. While this example isn’t 100% perfect, …

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2003 Yamaha FZ1

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Yamaha FZ1 is an under-appreciated bike. Introduced in 2001, it gave you the power of a modified R1 engine (145 hp) with all-day ergonomics. Low-end power suffered compared to the competition, but it was silly amounts of fun over 8,000 rpm.

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Cycle World Cover Bike – ESMC’s “Desert Wolf” Harley Roadster

In America, Custom, Dual-Sport, Spain by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The Desert Wolf was one of three identical bikes constructed for an ambitious 2017 project which was the brainchild of El Solitario’s head honcho, David Borras. While you can read all about Borras’ and the El Sol crew’s Saharan adventure on said bikes in a full-length Cycleworld writeup — the issue’s feature/cover story — in a nutshell the idea was …

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The Bomb Bike – 1983 Honda Gold Wing Custom

In Custom, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

3-21-19 Update: 10 months later, Dan D notes that this bike is back up for sale with a significant discount as the seller didn’t get any interest at $12k on eBay last May. Now the asking price is down to $8,000 – find it in Eaton, Ohio here on Craigslist. Post Listing Update: This interesting custom did not get any …

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Video Intermission – The World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle in 360 Degrees

In Intermissions by AbhiLeave a Comment

Eva Hakansson’s KillaJoule is currently the world’s fastest electric motorcycle with a top speed of 270.224 miles per hour – though I should note that it’s actually a trike. Eva recently took KillaJoule up to a claimed 236 miles per hour at the Lake Gairdner Salt Flats in Australia, and what’s interesting is that she filmed with a 360 degree …

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2018 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

In Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Next week I’ll be at the launch of the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701, but the little brother 401 has been available for some time. I prefer it over the Vitpilen 401, and Nathan agreed in his review of both bikes last year. Here’s one with less than 150 miles with a hefty discount from the MSRP.