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Homologation Special – 2003 Kawasaki ZX-6RR

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

At the end of 2002, Kawasaki installed a cheater 636 motor in the ZX-6R. The extra displacement was great for the majority of riders as they spent most of their time on the street and not on the track. But for the limited few that wanted to compete and had to stick under a 600cc displacement limit, the 599cc double …

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1969 Lady Yamaha U5

In Japan, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

Back in the day, Yamaha apparently offered a special edition of the 50cc Newport scooter that was marketed to women in the most stereotypical way possible – they made it pink, added fringes to the seat, and slapped a basket on the front. It did not sell well.

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1960 Royal Enfield Super Meteor

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Lots of people are excited about the new parallel-twin-powered bikes from Royal Enfield, but back in the company’s heyday the p-twin of record was the Super Meteor. It was introduced in the early 50s because the US market wanted bigger engines – RE responded with a 692cc OHV twin that was basically two Bullet 350 pistons in a stretched 500cc …

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1978 Cosmo Colt

In Italy, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Cosmopolitan Motors of Hatboro, Pennsylvania closed down earlier this decade, but for a while they had claim to the title of America’s oldest motorcycle distributor. Back in their heyday you could stop by and find bikes from a wide range of smaller Italian manufacturers – many Parillas, Benellis, Capriolos, Garellis, Betas, (and more) featured here on Bike-urious were originally sold …

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Custom MG – “1984” Radical Guzzi V12

In Custom, Germany, Italy by AbhiLeave a Comment

Sadly, there’s not a V12 in this bike. But the idea of more “oomph” is still the prevalent concept. The owner of Radical Guzzi (Stefan Bronold) was approached by a customer that wanted a custom V7 with more power. Stefan’s response was to easily get more power with a modern Guzzi motor, then shove it in a Tonti frame and …

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2001 Ducati Monster Cromo

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1999, Ducati released a special edition of the Monster. They called it the Cromo, and it was obviously named due to the distinctive tank, which was complemented by a carbon fiber rear seat cover and rear fender. It also got adjustable front forks and the high-po 74 horsepower engine.

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1947 LaRay Power Cycle

In America, Small Displacement by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

LaRay Engineering and Equipment Company was a short-lived American manufacturer based in Milwaukee. LaRay’s only model, the Power Cycle, was built for only one year supposedly somewhere between ’46 and ’48. A reported 2,500 units left the Wisconsin factory prior to the IRS shutting La Ray down for unpaid back taxes.

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1964 Scott Flying Squirrel

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

“As lively as a Squirrel and never sheds a nut.” The Scott Flying Squirrel debuted all the way back in 1921, which is why the period slogan sounds a bit…dated. But the bike lived on for an impressively long time, surviving multiple closures of its parent company. By 1954, Scott Motorcycles had been moved to Birmingham, and a new series …