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Cafe Rebuild – 1986 Harley-Davidson 250 Sprint H

In America, Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Harley-Davidson Aermacchi Sprint 250 was a solid little runner with agile handling. It was generally a fun little bike that the Italians thought made for a great commuter (at a claimed 45-55 mpg). When the Sprint first made its way to US shores, it supposedly made 18 hp at 6,750rpm with an 8.5:1 compression ratio. Multiple versions of the …

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Unrestored – 1948 Indian Chief

In America, Cruiser by Abhi0 Comments

In 1947, Indian sold 12,000 Chiefs. The next year, Indian only built 3,000 of them as they were shifting production to smaller bikes like the Arrow. The relative rarity makes the ’48 Chief special, but this example is even more interesting as it’s had just two owners and it is highly original.

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Gooichi Motorsports Showbike – 2008 Honda CBR 1000RR

In Custom, Japan by Tim Huber0 Comments

Modern sport bikes are hands-down my favorite kind of motorcycle, but I’ve never been a fan of the heavily-customized Japanese liter bike-builds with custom paint, massive rear wheels, and single-sided swing-arm kits. This style makes a little more sense to me on already non-agile models – like the ZX-14R or Busa – than it does on a GSXR1K, but in …

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Ex-Lightweight TT Racer – 2006+ Kawasaki Ninja 650R

In Japan, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Kawasaki knew it had something special with its mid-sized parallel twin motor – this engine has been used to power a handful of different bikes from different classes and has even been utilized as an increasingly popular flat-track weapon. The 650cc eight-valve four-stroke DOHC twin boasts digital fuel-injection with dual 38mm Keihin throttle-bodies, producing fun yet practical power for the …

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1959 Moto Morini Settebello 175 Aste Corte Racer

In Italy, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Despite a few pesky World Wars creating massive roadblocks for him, the Italian Count Alfonso Morini and the company he founded in 1937 would go on to produce a few of the finest small-cylinder racers ever built. Born in 1898, Morini developed an interest in motorcycles early on and was operating his own repair shop by the time he was …

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Restored and Enjoyed – 1971 Suzuki T500 Titan

In Japan, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Though it was always in the shadow of Honda’s CB450, the Suzuki T500 (also known as the Titan) was one of the best bikes the firm had made to date. Thanks to the intellectual theft of 2-stroke technology from MZ as detailed in Stealing Speed, Suzuki was able to create a big displacement 2-stroker that you could rely on. In …

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Ultimate Super Single – 1997 Nico Bakker Supermono Racer

In Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Nico Bakker stepped into the professional motorcycle world as a road racer, and a pretty talented one at that. At the start of the 1970’s, Bakker had become fed up with the current state of race bikes and the direction manufacturers were going in with their development, seeking more and more powerful engines above all else. Bakker felt that engines …

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Restored – 1974 Rokon Trailbreaker 2WD

In America, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

Founded about 50 years ago, Rokon has become synonymous with two-wheel-drive motorcycles that are able to go anywhere. Initially designed as a motorcycle/tractor, the Trailbreaker lives up to its name with incredibly low gearing that enables riders to climb up steep hills balancing at just 0.5 miles per hour.

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Basically New From 1987 – CZ 250 and CZ 400 MXers

In Off-Road by Tim Huber0 Comments

Last year Abhi featured a new pair of CZ MXers in Australia – more specifically a CZ250 and CZ400 – that the seller claimed were the very last new CZ bikes in the world. Turns out the Aussie was wrong, as here we have two additional brand new CZ MXers, also a CZ250 and CZ400. The two 1987 CZ examples …