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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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1 of 150 and Brand New – 2005 Petronas FP1

In England, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

As Erik Buell will tell you, starting a motorcycle company is no easy task. Even if you’re offering a solid product, getting marketing, a dealer network, and infrastructure set up can often make or break a company’s shot at success. The latter is essentially what happened to the short-lived motorcycles division of Petronas. Only 150 units (50 for racing, 100 …

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Steyr-Daimler-Puch 250 Racer

In Austria, Race by Abhi1 Comment

8-15-17 Update: 4 years later, this gorgeous racer is back up for sale. Reader Peter S just let me know that it’s now available in Marina Del Rey, California for $10,500 (about a 33% discount) at Chequered Flag here on Hemmings. Post-Sale Update: This Steyr-Daimler-Puch 250 Racer was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Unfortunately, this is a hard …

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Factory AMA Superbike – 2012 Pegram Racing BMW S1000RR

In Germany, Race by Abhi0 Comments

According to the seller, 2012 was the last year that BMW factory-sponsored a race team in the US. Here’s the A-bike from that campaign, the Pegram/Foremost Racing S1KRR. After the season, the bike was re-wrapped in the original graphics package, and in 2015 the motor was rebuilt by Pegram Racing. The amount of money that’s been thrown into this bike …

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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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Needs Some Work – 1974 Harley-Davidson RR250

In America, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Harley isn’t exactly known for its race machines, but as far as word association goes. Nonetheless, here we have a 250cc Harley-Davidson purpose-built racer: the 1974 RR250. Developed during Harley’s time in AMF competition, this bike is supposedly one of 180, though the RR250 was made for a number of years. While this example needs its restoration to be completed, …

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Super Single Racer – 2009 Honda CRF450R

In Japan, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

I’ve featured super single racers before, but it continues to mesmerize me how what once was a purpose built off-road machine can be converted into such a highly competent track weapon. Not only are these bikes solid racers, but they’re remarkably fun to pilot. With a weight around 250 lbs and the grunt of a single cylinder power plant, they …

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Keystone Framed Factory Hillclimber – 1923 Harley-Davidson Twin-Cam

In America, Off-Road, Race, Vintage by Tim Huber0 Comments

Hillclimbers are some of the most interesting historically significant motorcycles out there. As high-dollar auctions like Bonham’s and Mecum have demonstrated, the right hillclimber in good condition can be worth a literal fortune. One of my favorites is the 1928 Excelsior Big Bertha Hillclimber that sold at a Vegas Mecum auction earlier this year for $117,500. This 1923 H-D Twin-Cam …

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Pikes Peak Competitor – 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

In Japan, Less than 5k, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Part of the charm and appeal of Pikes Peak IHC is the wide array of different classes of vehicles that are permitted to take part in the competition. Just about anything you can imagine on two or four wheels races up the iconic Colorado mountain with everything from factory sponsored racers with dozens of support staff and crew, to individuals …

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In Belgium – 1913 Indian Board Track Racer

In America, Race, Vintage by Tim Huber0 Comments

Board Track racers are fascinating machines for a myriad of reasons. For starters they’re pretty much uniquely American – which is an increasingly rare feat in the two-wheeled racing world – they possess an undeniable historical significance and they flat out exude an old-school cool and simplicity to them. This beautiful four-valve (two for each of its two cylinders) Factory …

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Vintage Converted Racer – 1979 Kawasaki KH125

In Japan, Race, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

The seller refers to this example as a “time capsule” and it’s a genuinely adequate term to describe this all original unrestored machine. These old Kawi’s are just booming with character with their unique bodywork and this ’79 125 example is certainly no exception. Despite the KH125 obviously being designed as a commuter bike, it nonetheless made for one hell …

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Production Racer – 1977 Honda MT125R

In Japan, Race, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, Honda created a multitude of beloved Grand Prix bikes (not to say that its recent RC machines haven’t been pretty legendary too). But two-and-a-half decades before two strokes would be phased off of the main racing stages, Honda introduced the MT125R which was a production track-only machine that Honda made available to the public directly …

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Ultra Rare Italian Classic in Belgium – 1975 Bimota SB1

In Italy, Japan, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Original Bimota models from the first few years after the company’s inception in 1975 are some of the most highly sought after sportbikes and racers in the world. The three founders who had originally met while in the ductwork industry quickly proved themselves and their ability to take a proven existing power plant from a large (initially Japanese) manufacturer and …