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1956 Norton Manx 350

In England, Race by Abhi0 Comments

To say that Norton dominated the 350 and 500 class at Isle of Man TT for the 10 years immediately following WWII would be putting it mildly. Norton Manx singles had their way with the field time after time.

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Ending Soon – 1956 FB Mondial 175 F2 Bialbero

In Italy, Race by Abhi0 Comments

FB Mondial (Fratelli Boselli Mondial) had above average success in motorcycle racing in the late 40s and 50s – they won every single 125cc World Championship Grand Prix in 1949, 1950, and 1951. In 1954, they updated their race bikes with telescoping forks, a swingarm rear suspension, and 175cc OHC and DOHC motors. The DOHC motors got wet-sump oil lubrication …

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10 Boy Racers in Germany – Collection of AJS 7Rs

In England, Race by Abhi0 Comments

At this year’s Retromobile show in Paris, an incredible collection of 10 AJS 7R race bikes stood out among a sea of beautiful automobiles. Said collection spanned from 1949 to 1962, and it was part of the collection of Bernard Guérin, a post-WWII racer who somehow kept his old race bikes as he acquired new ones.

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Repli Racer in Belgium – 1967 Bultaco TSS 350

In Race, Spain by Abhi0 Comments

Between 1960 and 1970, Bultaco offered a series of road racers called TSS in displacements varying between 125 and 350. According to Mick Walker, when the 125 was released in 1960 it was the first production road race bike to be sold to the public. Near the end of the production run, Bultaco offered a ‘350’ using the new 360 …

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Production Racer – 1956 Matchless G45

In England, Race by Abhi0 Comments

1-29-17 Update: 2 years later, this G45 is back up for sale. Bidding is up to $10,000 with the reserve not yet met here on eBay. 1-14-15 Update: Though it did not sell for a BIN of $55,000 last time, this G45 is back up for sale with a BIN of $58,000 or best offer here on eBay. Post-Listing Update: …

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LSR Potential – 1967 Harley-Davidson Sprint

In America, Italy, Race by Abhi0 Comments

“You are never truly fast unless you are the fastest.” – Don McBride. My friend McBride held the Land Speed Record for 1000 CC (4 wheels) off and on for several years during the 90s. At one point he held 1k natural aspirated gas and fuel AND 1k supercharged gas and fuel at the same time. Land Speed Racing is …

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A Racing Legend – 1954 BMW Rennsport

In Germany, Race by Tom Wacker0 Comments

After WWII, BMW’s return to racing started slowly. In 1951 their first effort, called the Mustang, was a basic rework of their 1938 racing motor without the supercharger. They were not competitive. By late 1953 BMW brought out the 500 CC Rennsport (Racing Sport), a bevel gear driven dual overhead cam high compression racing motor that was very fast. Walter …

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Dresda Framed – 1979 Honda CB750 Formula Racer

In Japan, Race by Abhi0 Comments

In the 1960s, a gentleman named Dave Degens started building frames under the brand name of Dresda. He initially had success with Tritons, and then big companies started to approach him. One of the most notable was Japauto, Honda’s importer in France. They had Degens build a racing frame for Honda 750cc and 900cc motors, and the team ended up …

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1 of 500 – 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica

In Italy, Race, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Take one of the world’s best small sportbikes, and then add an air of exclusivity to it. That’s what Aprilia did with their legendary RS250 by honoring Loris Reggiani, the first racer who won a Grand Prix for the Italian brand. Aprilia created just 500 examples of the bike – here’s #275.

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Ready to Race – 1992 Yamaha TZ250D

In Japan, Race by Abhi0 Comments

In 1991, Yamaha released a comprehensive revamp of the TZ250 – a year later came the D model with further upgrades that helped justify its popularity in privateer racing. This example was built as a backup bike for the seller’s last race season and it’s just about as fresh as a race bike gets