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1966 Benelli 250

In Italy, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

At the time this Benelli was produced, most of their bikes were being imported into the US through Montgomery Ward under the brand name of Riverside – but this beautiful blue example is proudly displaying the Benelli logo on the tank. Ignore the MW references on the engine case and the seat that remind you that this bike was originally …

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Do You Remember? 1974 Suzuki T500

In Japan, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

The Suzuki T500 line was an unquestionably a very good motorcycle that sold more than 100,000 units across ten years and is rarely remembered today. Overshadowed by Honda’s Black Bomber four strokes and Kawasaki’s death wish two stroke triples, the T500 was big, reliable and rideable. Just not very flashy. Suzuki brought out their parallel twin two stroke motorcycles with …

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1970 Moto Guzzi V7 Special

In Italy, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Introduced to the world in 1967 the V7 became a very popular platform for Moto Guzzi. By 1970 there were at least four choices of V7’s offered. Ambassador, Police, Special and Sport. The Sport became a legendary bike in short order, the Police version sold thousands in Europe and the US. The Special may be the least known of the …

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In Canada – 1948 AJS Model 16

In England, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The 1948 AJS Model 16 is a civilian version of the Matchless G3 which was developed in 1939 and used extensively by British and allied forces during WWII. Rugged, dependable and relatively easy to tune, the G3 came out of the war with a good reputation which translated into civilian sales. The bike was also very economical to run, another …

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Still in Crate – 1971 Jawa Californian 350

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Post Sale Update: After 72 bids on eBay, this Jawa in a crate sold for $12,100. This Jawa Californian was crated from the factory 45 years ago, and it’s been in the crate ever since. It’s been well protected and it’d be fair for you to assume that the bike is in immaculate condition, however the crate was hit by …

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Italian Made – 1940 Matchless G3L

In England, Italy, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

An Italian Matchless? It’s true! The G3L was built by Matchless for the World War II – the British firm ended up producing about 80,000 examples of the model. After the war, Italy’s motorcycle industry (and frankly, all other manufacturing sectors) were in a state of disrepair. ARMA was a Matchless/AJS dealer in Milan that thought they could stand out …

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Incredible Listing – 1975 Hercules W2000

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Post Listing Update: This W2000 did not meet reserve with 18 bids up to $8,201. One of my favorite eBay sellers is a gentleman in Chicago who a.) offers great bikes and b.) (more importantly) gives a lot of great information and photos in the listing. Here’s another excellent listing from him for a rare rotary motorcycle.

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Another Star of Stage and Screen – 1958 Triumph TR5

In England, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Introduced in 1949 the TR5 was another iconic Edward Turner design that really worked and resonated with motorcycle riders and fans. James Dean bought one after he saw Marlon Brando in The Wild One (Brando rode a 6T) and had a series of photos taken with and on his motorcycle. Many of the photos and the motorcycle itself is in …