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Building the Gromster

In Guest Writers, Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

Editor’s Note: About a year ago, David N (you’ll remember him from experiences like going to a Mecum auction or his recent visit to the AMCA Sunshine Chapter National Meet) told me that he was looking for a Grom to customize. When he explained what his plan was, I asked if he’d be willing to share the bike and his …

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1983 Honda CR250R

In Japan, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

Sellers – if you have questions about how you should be taking photos for a for sale listing, just look at this one. Then again, that might be expected considering the seller is noted MX photographer Joe Bonnello…

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Ex – AMA Superbike Racer – 2013 Suzuki GSX-R1000

In Japan, Race by Abhi0 Comments

Did you know that Michael Jordan (yes, the legendary basketball player) is a huge motorcycle racing fan? In 2004, he founded Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) to get involved with the sport, and they immediately started competing in AMA Superbike. In 2013, they signed up Danny Eslick to compete alongside Roger Hayden – Danny ran number 23, what Jordan was famous …

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Rob North Frame – 1971 BSA Rocket 3 Racer

In England, Race by Abhi0 Comments

Rob North isn’t as well known as he probably should be, but aficionados of Brit bikes know him as the fabrication guru who Triumph went to for frames in the early 70s. Rob apparently lives in California now but his frames live on as rights to his frame designs were sold off a couple of times and now reside with …

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1979 Can-Am MX 370

In America, Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Can-Am first came to my attention in the early ‘70s in Snowmobiles. The Ski-Doo line was the king of the snow, in terms of both speed and handling. In 1972 Can-Am (the motorcycle arm of the company) introduced it’s first dirt bikes. By 1973 Can-Am swept the podium at the Scottish 6 Day Trials and their reputation was made. Can-Am …

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Recent Restoration – 1956 Mondial 200 Sport

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

The glory years of FB Mondial were right at the beginning – they were founded in 1948 and immediately started winning GP World Championships. Specializing in high performance, small displacement bikes, FB Mondial hand built most of their motorcycles, resulting in production numbers between just 1-2 thousand a year. The (FB) Mondial 200 Sport was one of the few street …

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1992 Suzuki Bandit GSF400

In Japan, Less than 5k, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

When the 400 Bandit was offered to the US for the first time, Cycle World said “as a styling exercise…it may be the most exciting bike of 1991.” A couple of decades later, and it still looks interesting. Suzuki first created the model in 1989, but the US wouldn’t get it for another couple of years – by that point …

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1966 Bultaco Metralla Project Bike

In Spain, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Formed out of the wreckage of the Montesa racing program in 1958, Bultaco was a company organized around producing fast motorcycles. Though they would become best known for their off road products, Bultaco also built some fine street/race machines in their 25 year history. Introduced in 1962 the Metralla was quite possibly the fastest 2 stroke motorcycle on the planet …