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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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1992 Bimota YB8

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

YB8 = the 8th Bimota with a Yamaha engine, in this case a 1000cc EXUP, 20-valve engine which yielded 149 horsepower. I find it very weird to see the “EXUP” logo on an Italian bike, but there is something to be said for Japanese reliability with Italian design (even if this does look an awful lot like several other late …

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1981 Vespa P200E with Globe Sidecar

In 3 Wheels, Italy, Scooter by Abhi0 Comments

The most popular of the classic Vespas in the US, the “P-series” debuted in 1977 with 125, 150, and 200cc variants. The frames were the same – all that different was the motor and the model name. For the American market, Vespa equipped all of the options (turn signals, 12V electrics, auto oil injection). In the early 80s, Vespa introduced …

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2006 Ducati 999R Xerox

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Built between 2003-2006, the Ducati 999 (and the regular 999 it was based on) was initially met with mixed reviews with regards to the styling. But no one can deny the success that Ducati had in WSBK and AMA racing with the top-of-the-line 999R. To comply with AMA homologation rules, the States got 300 examples of the most powerful production …

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1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

When Moto Guzzi first released the V50 in the late 70s, they were met with a tepid response from an American market that preferred bigger bikes and expected smaller bikes to be cheaper. To help the model stand out, Guzzi released a sportier version in 1980 called the Monza. There were significant changes, the wheelbase was lengthened slightly, the forks …

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Custom Paint – 1985 Cagiva Alazzurra 650

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

In the early 80s, Cagiva was producing some quality small-displacement bikes but they needed some help cracking into the big bike market. They bought Ducati in 1985, used the design for the Pantah, and created the Alazzurra. If you don’t mind a bike that’s been repainted, this example pays tribute to the Ducati heritage with a “Supersport” paint job reminiscent …

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Italian Two-Stroke – 1968 Cimatti C100

In Italy, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

Though Cimatti Motorcycles was founded in 1937, it would be well over a decade before it produced its first motorized two-wheeler. The marque was started by Marco Cimatti, who won a Gold Medal in cycling at the 1932 Olympics. Despite the company starting up in a turbulent period economically, the bicycle manufacturer managed to beat the odds and remain profitable. …

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1977 Laverda 1000 V6 Prototype

In Italy, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

The 1977 Laverda 1000 V6 Prototype is quite possibly the most interesting bike I’ve ever featured on Bike-urious. Despite the concept for the bike stemming from the questionable idea that was to bring an automotive engineer onboard to design a V6 race engine, it’s still a genuinely awesome machine. This bike doesn’t appear to have the same kind of notoriety …

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1 of 200 – 1987 Ducati F1 Laguna Seca

In Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Ducati F1 750 is a machine of historical significance as it’s widely considered to be the last “true Ducati” prior to Cagiva taking over. The F1 was a street-legal updated version of the mid-’80’s TT1. From ’86 to ’88 Ducati would release a trio of special edition F1’s in celebration of the machine’s various successes around the world – …

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Built with the Original Plans – 1955 Moto Guzzi V8

In Italy, Race by Abhi0 Comments

Because I’m in Italy, all 3 of today’s bikes have been some seriously impressive Italians. Depending on your style, this might just be the best of them. First, let’s go back 60+ years – back in 1955, Moto Guzzi did something that had never been done until that point (or ever again): they created a 8 cylinder motor for a …

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2017 Magni MV Filo Rosso

In Custom, Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

Modern-retro sport bikes rarely get it right. Often times the mix of old and new results in a cool vintage looking machine with poor performance. Though this is far from your regular modern-retro, the Magni MV Agusta Filo Rosso gets it right, and then some. The beautiful Italian triples are handmade by Giovanni Magni in the Moto Magni factory just …

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Still New – 1983 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica

In Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

Ducati Mike Hailwood replicas are some of the most coveted motorcycles in the last half-century. Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood is an objective legend, with 10 world championship titles, 76 GP championship races, and 14 TT wins, all in a career that spanned roughly two decades. A little over a decade after he passed away, Sport Rider magazine called him “ …