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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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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.

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Restored – 1967 Honda CB77 Superhawk 305

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Honda CB77, also known as the the Super Hawk, has the glorious distinction of being Honda’s first sportbike. In certain ways, it set the template for the next 20 years of motorcycles thanks to a lovely pairing of speed and reliability. It would also lead to several future classic Hondas like the Black Bomber (CB450) and the ubiquitous CB750.

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Sport Touring – 1975 BMW R90S

In Germany, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The R90S is one of BMW’s most famous bikes, and it was an instant game-changer when it was released in 1974. With oversight from Hans Muth, this bike was built to show the world that the German firm could make more than just touring bikes for old guys. Reg Pridmore helped solidify that claim with a first place finish in …

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1978 Puch Sport MKII

In Austria, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

1973 was a bad year for cars but a great year for mopeds. The oil crisis made consumers look at more efficient forms of personal transportation, and companies like Puch benefitted from a lineup full of small mopeds like te Maxi. The Maxi was powered by a 2-stroke engine and it was offered in a variety of popular models.