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1967 Ducati MK3 250 CRMC Racer

In Italy, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

In 1967, Ducati rejoined the single-cylinder roadbike market with the Mark 3 (or MK3) 250 and 350 models, as well as a 450 version by the end of the ’60’s. Ducati would spend almost two-and-a-half decades utilizing single-cylinder engines that used Fabio Taglioni’s non-spring-actuated valve-system. Ducati also offered a factory race kit for the MK3, though I haven’t been able …

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AVC Rebuild – 1974 Ducati 750GT

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

The last time I featured a 750GT, Paul d’Orleans called it “the best motorcycle of the 1970s. Period.” What more of an endorsement could you want? This example was recently restored by the experts at Austin Vintage Cycle, so you’ll be all set to enjoy it for years to come.

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Restored Classic – 1980 Ducati 900SS

In Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Ducati Super Sport continues to be one of the most prized motorcycles in existence. Developed by Fabio Taglioni, the success of the SS would be helped along by a number of factors such as winning the ’72 Imola 200 as well as seeing Mike Hailwood win the ’78 TT. Before the famous model would revived by Ducati in ’88 …

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Built for Japan – 1986 Ducati 400 F3

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

From the early 80s through the early 90s, Japan featured some of the best 400cc motorcycles in the world because strict licensing laws made it very difficult to own bigger bikes (before 1993, it was illegal for OEMs to sell a bike bigger than 750cc in the country). Cult classics like the CB-1, VFR400R, RVF400, FZR400, and plenty more were …

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In Italy – 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

In Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Ducati Desmosedici RR (or Racing Replica) is the epitome of an elite motorcycle. While its 197hp and 188mph top speed are slightly less stunning in comparison to today’s near 200hp/200mph superbikes, it still boasts some of the finest equipment on the planet and when it was first released a decade ago, a road-going machine like the this was unheard …

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1 of 1 – 1996 Ducati “649R” SuperTwin Racer

In Custom, Italy, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

This Ducati 649 SuperTwin is the only example like it in the world, and it was created specially to compete in Mini/Super-Twin 650 class competition. This super short stroke engine has a 90mm bore that makes 85hp and red lines at 13,000 rpm. This machine is built around a 1996 Ducati model, so I assume a 748SP or SPS. This …

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2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Carbonio

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Introduced in 2007, the 3D was the third generation of the Tesi. While it was an improvement over the 2D in many ways, reviewers weren’t excited about the gap between how it looked and how it performed. It’s exquisite and it looks like it should do 250 miles per hour. But the 1,072cc Ducati dual spark motor was only good …

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The Icon’s Little Brother – 1973 Bimota HB1 350

In Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The HB1 was Bimota’s first bike and is unarguably its most rare and valuable motorcycle. The Honda powered two-wheeler was the start to the company’s long history of wrapping proven engines in an advanced frame fitted with trick components while simultaneously resulting in some damn fine looking motorcycles. Despite the CB750-based HB1 being Bimota’s most iconic and coveted bike, the …

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1986 Moto Morini 350 K2

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Built between 1984 and 1986, the K2 was the eventual successor to the legendary 3 1/2, and it’s a rare find in the US. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the styling – it’s very clearly a child of the 80s, and not in a good way – but the high spec components and low weight (330 pounds dry) …

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Made in China – 2017 Benelli TNT 300

In Italy, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Benelli has been absent from the US for a while, but thanks to a partnership deal with SSR Motorsport in 2014 they’re starting to come back. McCoy Motorsports in Kentucky has a new TNT 300 for those of you that are looking for something different and aren’t averse to a bike made in China.

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1957 Moto Guzzi Cardellino

In Italy, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

Built between 1954 and 1962, the Cardellino (Italian for Goldfinch) was the successor to the Guzzino. Initially, it had a 65cc motor but in 1957 Guzzi bored out the motor to 73cc. Other changes in ’57 included a change from hand shifter to foot shifter and the inclusion of a horn.