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Rare in the US – 1962 Ariel Arrow Super Sport

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Bike-urious reader Dan Dutra (I’ve featured one of his beautiful Ariel’s in the past) has spent the last 6 months restoring an Ariel Arrow Super Sport (also known as the Golden Arrow). They were not designed for export to the US, so very few have made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. It’s not perfect (there’s still a couple of …

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1974 Norton Commando 850

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1974 was a tough time for Norton Villiers Triumph – England’s government withdrew a subsidy early in the year, and that was just the beginning of their problems. The biggest issue was a sit in at Meriden, and it was one of the major reasons why by the end of the year the company had lost over 3 million pounds. …

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1957 BSA Gold Star DBD34

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Introduced in 1956, the DBD34 variant of the Gold Star is probably the most famous BSA ever built – MCN called it one of the 60 greatest bikes from 1955-2015. The “34” signified a 500cc motor (compared to the 350cc motor of other “32” Goldies), and the DBD was the ultimate expression of the name. This example further stands out …

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Hybrid 750 – 1970 Triumph TR6R

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Take a numbers matching TR6R and then slap a T140 head on it to make it a 750cc motor, and you’ve got the recipe for a non-oil in frame beauty with extra power. Purists can cry but those of you that just want a good looking classic rider have plenty to enjoy here.

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1976 Yamaha RD400

In Japan, Less than 5k, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1976, Yamaha made the RD350 a little bigger with a displacement bump up to 399cc. Thanks to 44 horsepower, the hooligan motorcycle du jour was capable of hitting the ton with a top speed of 105 miles per hour. Most people know the 400 simply for being an easier to ride upgrade over the 350, but it was also …

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Potent In Purple – 1973 Kawasaki H2A Mach IV

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When Kawasaki unleashed its mighty 750cc triples into the world, the machines quickly earned their rightful, and somewhat infamous, place in motorcycle history. The H2 Mach IV models mark an important point in the evolution of motorcycles, raising the bar in the industry and changing riders’ perceptions of what a “fast motorcycle” was. Upon their release in the early 70’s, …

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1970 Velocette Venom Clubman

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Built between 1955 and 1970, the Velocette Venom rose to fame in 1961 when a factory effort became the first motorcycle to average over 100 miles per hour over a 24 hour period. There were multiple Venom variants like the Thruxton, Scrambler, and Clubman – it was the last option that set the world record at Montlhéry, and today we’ve …

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1969 Royal Enfield Interceptor

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Restored between 2010 and 2012, this Interceptor is believed to be one of just 1,122 examples built before the Royal Enfield plant in England shut down in June of 1970. R-E recently announced that they’re bringing back the Interceptor as a 650 twin for next year. I was randomly chatting with a representative of Royal Enfield North America who told …

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1976 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport

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Post Sale Update: This 3 1/2 sold for $6,500 after 9 bids on eBay. In one of their reviews of the Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport, Cycle World said, “For the lucky few, the Morini is worth what it costs.” Considering the fact that this bike (with a 39 horsepower, 344cc engine) cost as much as a Honda CB750, it …

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Two Owners – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750

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Though the model debuted in 1985, Suzuki’s legendary Gixxer line did not make its way to the US until 1986. The changes were minor – better headlights, a revised belly pan, and 25mm longer swingarm, but Americans were probably too busy drooling over the first true street-legal race replica to notice.