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Cafe Rebuild – 1986 Harley-Davidson 250 Sprint H

In America, Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Harley-Davidson Aermacchi Sprint 250 was a solid little runner with agile handling. It was generally a fun little bike that the Italians thought made for a great commuter (at a claimed 45-55 mpg). When the Sprint first made its way to US shores, it supposedly made 18 hp at 6,750rpm with an 8.5:1 compression ratio. Multiple versions of the …

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1992 Bimota YB8

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

YB8 = the 8th Bimota with a Yamaha engine, in this case a 1000cc EXUP, 20-valve engine which yielded 149 horsepower. I find it very weird to see the “EXUP” logo on an Italian bike, but there is something to be said for Japanese reliability with Italian design (even if this does look an awful lot like several other late …

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In Italy – 1954 Norvin

In Custom, England, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

10-16-17 Update: A month later, this Norvin is back up for sale. I try to let more time pass when a bike doesn’t sell but it’s just so fantastic that I have to share it in case someone missed it the first time. With that said – take special note of the seller’s feedback rating! Find it with bidding up …

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2006 Ducati 999R Xerox

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Built between 2003-2006, the Ducati 999 (and the regular 999 it was based on) was initially met with mixed reviews with regards to the styling. But no one can deny the success that Ducati had in WSBK and AMA racing with the top-of-the-line 999R. To comply with AMA homologation rules, the States got 300 examples of the most powerful production …

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Recently Restored – 1968 Bultaco Metralla Mk2

In Spain, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

When it was released, the Metralla Mk2 was the fastest two-stroke motorcycle you could buy. It held that title for a short time – you should check out Mat Oxley’s book Stealing Speed to learn why two-stroke development was at a fever pitch during this decade – but even as other companies built faster bikes, the Metralla was still fantastically …

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1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

When Moto Guzzi first released the V50 in the late 70s, they were met with a tepid response from an American market that preferred bigger bikes and expected smaller bikes to be cheaper. To help the model stand out, Guzzi released a sportier version in 1980 called the Monza. There were significant changes, the wheelbase was lengthened slightly, the forks …

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Custom Paint – 1985 Cagiva Alazzurra 650

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

In the early 80s, Cagiva was producing some quality small-displacement bikes but they needed some help cracking into the big bike market. They bought Ducati in 1985, used the design for the Pantah, and created the Alazzurra. If you don’t mind a bike that’s been repainted, this example pays tribute to the Ducati heritage with a “Supersport” paint job reminiscent …

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No Reserve – 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica

In Japan, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Suzuki GS1000S – unofficial “Wes Cooley Replica” – is recognized as one of the Hamamatsu-based manufacturer’s many legendary machines. The GS1KS saw success in AMA competition nearly right from the start and was the predecessor to the now iconic GSX(R) machines. Wes Cooley would win the ’79 and ’80 AMA Superbike Championships aboard a GS1000. The GS1K was actually …

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2003 CCM 604 Supermoto

In England, Less than 5k, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Based out of the UK, Clews Competition Motorcycles is a niche manufacturer that owes its start to the failure of BSA’s racing division – Alan Clews was looking to build a better motocross bike and he snapped up anything he could from BSA after they shut down the competition department. A tumultuous history ensued – Clews sold the company in …

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1 of 11 – 1974 Moto Carrera Del Mar Yamaha RD350 Street Tracker

In Custom, Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Based out of North Hollywood, California, Moto Carrera was a specialty shop for 2-stroke sportbikes. They were probably best known for the development of some aftermarket parts (especially for Yamaha RDs) like their rearsets and Millenium GP exhausts, but their most significant accomplishment was the creation of the “Del Mar”, a limited production run of RD350-based street trackers. 11 were …

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1 of 200 – 1987 Ducati F1 Laguna Seca

In Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Ducati F1 750 is a machine of historical significance as it’s widely considered to be the last “true Ducati” prior to Cagiva taking over. The F1 was a street-legal updated version of the mid-’80’s TT1. From ’86 to ’88 Ducati would release a trio of special edition F1’s in celebration of the machine’s various successes around the world – …

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2017 Magni MV Filo Rosso

In Custom, Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

Modern-retro sport bikes rarely get it right. Often times the mix of old and new results in a cool vintage looking machine with poor performance. Though this is far from your regular modern-retro, the Magni MV Agusta Filo Rosso gets it right, and then some. The beautiful Italian triples are handmade by Giovanni Magni in the Moto Magni factory just …