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1951 Indian Brave

In America, England, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Did you know that you have 11 choices to describe your personal relationship on Facebook? And that one of them is “It’s complicated”? I’d really like to give you a background and lineage on this Indian Brave but, well, it’s complicated. If anybody has a definitive history of the Indian Brave, I’d love to know. I’ll tell you what I …

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Last Iron Barrel – 2008 Royal Enfield Bullet 500

In England, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Classic Motorworks is moving to Fort Worth, Texas, and it looks like the owner is using the move as an opportunity to sell some stuff. One of the things he’s getting rid of is the last 500cc iron barrel Bullet ever built. According to the seller, Classic Motorworks was the exclusive importer and distributor for Royal Enfield in the USA …

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1946 Ariel Red Hunter 350

In England, Standard, Vintage by Ted Clough0 Comments

We recently featured one of these in December, so it is a little unusual to see another pop up on Craigslist. Maybe the owner got motivated after the recent auctions, as some of the older, collectible bikes were fetching serious money, especially the pre-war American twins. Alas, this is neither pre-war, a twin, or American, but that makes it more …

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Ending Soon – 1978 Honda CB750A

In Japan, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Everybody knows about the long run popularity of the Honda CB750. How could you possibly classify a CB750 as rare or unusual? Make it be a CB750A2 (1978)-only 1,700 were built. 1978 was a big model change year (CB750K for 1979) and Honda still sold over 18,000 CB750F models that year. The CB750A debuted in 1976 with a two speed …

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10,564 Miles – 1984 BMW R65LS

In Germany, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Between 1983 and 1985, BMW built a limited edition of their R65. Called the R65LS, it featured a polarizing front fairing that probably makes the bike look faster than the bike actually was. I dig the 80s look…you may not. This example has spent the last 28 years under a cloth cover in a heated basement, so it hasn’t covered …

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1950 AJS Model 18

In England, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

AJS and Matchless were built in the AMC factory in London and were known to be nearly identical. The brothers that owned Matchless bought AJS in 1931 and formed Associated Motor Cycles in 1938. AMC also acquired Norton in 1953. The AJS Model 18 and the Matchless G80 were nearly identical until 1952 except that the magneto was located behind …

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1954 Bianchi Cervino

In Italy, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

All I’ve been able to figure out about the Cervino is that it has a 175cc 2-stroke. I’m familiar with other Bianchi models like the Tonale, but I don’t know about this bike and my usual attempts at internet sleuthing aren’t helpful. Do any of you have experience with or knowledge of the Cervino?

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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 …