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Rare Trials – 1982 SWM TL320

In Italy, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

SWM started building the Rotax-powered TL320 in 1977. Incremental upgrades were put into play until the bike was killed off in 1984, but the highlight of the model run was right about when this specific bike was built – in 1981, Gilles Burgat won the FIM World Trials Championship. This example has been restored so you can do your best …

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1998 Bimota 500 V-Due

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

1-17-17 Update: This bike was pulled off eBay, and reader Henry V notes that it is now back up for sale with an asking price of $35,000 here on Craigslist. The V-Due is one of the most interesting things that ever came out of Bimota. It came out to tremendous fan-fare as the first two-stroke with fuel injection – yielding …

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1958 Zundapp Bella

In Italy, Scooter by Abhi0 Comments

Zundapp was able to sell about 130,000 examples of the Bella scooter between 1953 and 1964. Engine options were a 150 (146) or 200 (198) – here’s an original example of the latter.

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2000 MV Agusta F4 750

In Italy, Sport by Joe0 Comments

When an Italian superbike manufacturer wants to return to the international limelight it behooves them to do so with a calculated blend of panache and ferocity, as only the Italians can. In 1998 MV Agusta unveiled the F4 750, and began production for the 1999 model year with the Serie Oro (“Gold”) along with the more pedestrian “S” model, which …

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1966 Benelli 250

In Italy, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

At the time this Benelli was produced, most of their bikes were being imported into the US through Montgomery Ward under the brand name of Riverside – but this beautiful blue example is proudly displaying the Benelli logo on the tank. Ignore the MW references on the engine case and the seat that remind you that this bike was originally …

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1973 Ducati 750GT

In Italy, Sport by Ted Clough0 Comments

The 750GT was Ducati’s first entry into the larger-displacement category. For years they had been building very successful single-cyclinder, small displacement street, scrambler and racing bikes. The 750GT was a 90 degree twin, with bevel-driven, rather than pushrod or chain-driven cams. It did not have the famous Desmodromic valve actuation system, as it was initially designed as a touring bike …

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1970 Moto Guzzi V7 Special

In Italy, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Introduced to the world in 1967 the V7 became a very popular platform for Moto Guzzi. By 1970 there were at least four choices of V7’s offered. Ambassador, Police, Special and Sport. The Sport became a legendary bike in short order, the Police version sold thousands in Europe and the US. The Special may be the least known of the …

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1 of 300 – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

In 2007, MV Agusta produced 300 examples of a limited edition F4 1000R. As you can probably guess from the name, they were built to honor racing legend Ayrton Senna. Thus, a portion of the original sales were donated to the Ayrton Senna Foundation. 65 of the 300 were imported to the US, and here’s one of them.

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Restored but Sitting – 1985 Cagiva Elefant

In Dual-Sport, Italy by Abhi0 Comments

The Cagiva Elefant is an interesting odd-ball – an Italian dual-sport with the heart of a Ducati. Available with a 900cc or 650cc engine, this is definitely the most unique option compared to the KLR, DRZ, and XL/XR options available from Japan. This bike stands out because it’s one of the rare examples that’s been restored – though it has …

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1969 Gilera 200

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Like many Gileras of the time, this 200 was originally sold in Argentina. It has picked up some cafe racer styling touches over the years and was imported into the US several years ago. that polished aluminum tank looks beautiful.