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Japanese American Mini Trail – 1977 Hodaka Dirt Squirt 80

In America, Japan, Less than 5k, Off-Road, Small Displacement by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Hodaka Motorcycles first started as a producer of engines before later joining forces with another existing outfit and going on to build complete bikes. The Japanese (and American joint) firm capitalized on the influx in popularity of small displacement trail bikes — a phenomenon due largely thanks to Honda’s wares and marketing. Hodaka’s philosophy was that riding should be affordable/accessible, …

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Water Scooter Project – 1957 Vincent Amanda

In England, Project, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

I’m stretching the definition of “scooter” here, but this “water scooter” is an interesting, if brief, footnote in the history of one of the greatest motorcycle manufacturers of all time. When Vincent was struggling to make ends meet in the 50s, they tried to diversify their portfolio with other products such as a lawnmower and the Amanda, what they called …

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1 of 33 – 1975 Rokon FT340 Automatic Flat Tracker

In America, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

In the early 70s, you could occasionally see an automatic Rokon on the flat tracks of New England, specifically one campaigned by Mike Donahue. Rokon would eventually go on to release 33 factory built flat track racers with a rear disc brake and gorgeous gold magnesium snowflake wheels. Called the FT340, it was one of several bikes that Rokon created …

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1974 Moto Guzzi Eldorado Police

In Cruiser, Italy by AbhiLeave a Comment

The best selling model MG ever produced, the Eldorado has been a classic for decades. This Moto Guzzi Eldorado Police is an excellent example of MG’s pride and joy – though this is one of the many Police variants, which competed with Harley-Davidson for emergency service duty all across the country.

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230 Miles – 2003 Yamaha V-Max

In Cruiser, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

When it was first released in 1985, the Yamaha V-Max wan an instant hit that was named Bike of the Year by Cycle Guide. The first generation lasted a whopping 22 years with minimal changes, ending when Yamaha finally released an all-new bike (called the VMAX) in 2008 – as a 2009 model.

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1 of 125 – 2018 Aprilia RSV4 RF LE

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Last year, Aprilia released 125 examples of a limited edition RSV4 RF, all of which were exclusively for North America. The US got 100 units, while the remaining 25 went to Canada. The big difference is the MotoGP-inspired winglets, though there’s also a numbered plate on the triple clamp and special paint scheme.