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2016 Aprilia Tuono Factory

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In 2015, Aprilia updated the Tuono with a 1,100cc motor, and it made a great bike even better. In their review, MCN summarized it as: “nothing short of sensational. It sums up what a super naked should be: the ultimate in sportsbike performance, all wrapped-up in a usable, practical road package. Power, torque, handling, braking, electronics and comfort are second …

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First Ride – 2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR

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It’s expensive, exotic, and it makes you feel like royalty – the castle in the background doesn’t hurt, either. But is it worth almost $17 grand? If you’re simply looking for a high-performance naked motorcycle, the Brutale RR makes the Triumph Street Triple look like a bargain. If, however, you’re looking for art that moves you, MV’s “Motorcycle Art” will …

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2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

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My recent post about the Guzzi museum and the upcoming festivities in Austin means that this is the perfect bike to combine the two. An evolution of the incredible V7 Sport, this Moto Guzzi V11 Sport was a heavy (546 pounds wet weight) bruiser of a sportbike that was distinctive and rare.

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Union Motorcycles Build – 1993 Ducati 900SS Custom

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Built at the beginning of the decade by Union Motorcycles (remember that they’re currently raffling off a lovely custom 60s Ducati 250), this custom 900SS was featured on several websites like Pipeburn before a collector in Carlsbad (who has owned some legends like a Cagiva 500 GP and the 8th Britten V1000) acquired it three years ago. Unfortunately, he needs …

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1 of 3 – C&J Framed 1980 Ducati 900SS

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C&J is best known for their flat track and off-road frames, but every once in a while they created a road racer or two. Per the seller, C&J partnered with Mark Henry (the man behind Fiber Systems) to create three frames for the Ducati 900SS motor, making this a rare chance to snag one. But as we’ve seen many times …

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1 of 300 – 2008 MV Agusta F4 1000 R312

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Let’s follow up that Video Intermission of MV Agusta nowadays with the best that they had to offer a decade ago. A limited edition of the MV Agusta F4, the R 312 was named after its immense top speed – 312 km/h, or 194 miles per hour. This was due to a 9 horsepower bump in output up to 183 …

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87 Miles – 2002 Ducati MH900E

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Post Listing Update: This MH900E did not meet reserve despite 28 bids up to $20,100 on eBay. The MH900E started as a sketch from the legendary Pierre Terblanche. Ducati decided to post a survey on their website to see if its passionate fans would actually buy a production version. 300 people said yes, so Ducati decided to build…2,000 of them. …

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1967 Moto Guzzi V7

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This lovely V7 is one of the lowest serial number Guzzis in the US, and the third custodian is letting it go from his collection. Per Ian Falloon, it is one of 813 examples imported by the Premier Motor Corporation in ’67 to be sold in America.

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1959 Motobi Catria Sport

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Post Listing Update: This Motobi did not meet reserve with 10 bids up to $3,450. After some disagreements with his family, Giuseppe Benelli created Moto ‘B’ Pesaro in 1949. He soon changed the name to Motobi, and the company quickly became known for small bikes with competition pedigree. The Catria was introduced in 1955 in 125cc and 175cc four stroke …

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In France – 1976 Malaguti Olympique

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Post Listing Update: This Malaguti did not get any interest at the opening ask of $2,000. Europe’s tiered licensing system has created demand for smaller bikes that youngsters are limited to, and back in the 70s one of the most popular categories was the 50cc ‘sport moped’ – the dream of many a teenager. The best seller was the Yamaha …