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1995 MZ NRX Saxon Tour

In Germany, Less than 5k, Touring by Abhi0 Comments

In 1990 (soon after the fall of the Berlin wall), MZ was privatized. The new owners realized that they needed a four-stroke motor if they were going to sell bikes in Europe and the US, so they called up Rotax and got themselves a 494cc single. Then, they designed a family of bikes around it, like the Silver Star retro …

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1984 Suzuki GS1100GK

In Japan, Touring by Abhi0 Comments

In 1980, Honda updated the naked Gold Wing and called it the GL1100. That year, they also changed what the GW would be about forever by creating a full dress tourer variant called the Interstate – you got a full fairing, saddlebags, and a removable trunk right off the dealer floor. Other manufacturers scrambled to keep up. Suzuki ended up …

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Unexpected Custom – Ducati ST4S

In Italy, Less than 5k, Touring by Abhi0 Comments

Thanks to extensive work by Fast by Ferracci, this Ducati ST4S puts out 140 horsepower at the rear wheel, 30 more than the stock bike. The FbF kit includes a new crank, billet titanium rods, pistons, lightweight flywheel, slipper clutch, and cylinders. The kit was apparently worth $10k, which explains why the seller says that the total work cost $15k.

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1967 BSA Thunderbolt

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

5-12 Update: Rob B notes that this bike is back up for sale with a hefty discount down to $3,300. Find it here on Craigslist. The baby sister of the Lightning, BSA’s Thunderbolt got the usual 650cc twin but it was paired with just one Amal carb compared to the two carbs of the faster Lightning. Known internally as the …

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1984 Moto Guzzi SP1000 with Sidecar and Trailer

In 3 Wheels, Italy, Touring by Abhi0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I featured a modern Harley with a sidecar and trailer, and the general consensus (understandably) was that you’d be better off with a truck. While that might be true, I still find these combinations interesting – triply so when it’s a classic Italian, the sidecar allows the bike to lean, and everything is painted to match!

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Early Model – 1977 BMW R100RS

In Germany, Touring by Abhi0 Comments

The BMW R100RS arguably launched the idea of the sport touring motorcycle, but I don’t feature many non-limited edition examples just because they’re fairly common place. But did you know that the earliest examples of the legendary model were all silver/blue with blue pinstriping and blue anodized calipers? Or as some of you may remember it – this was the …

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1979 Yamaha XS1100 Special

In Japan, Touring by Tom Wacker0 Comments

By 1981 I was riding almost exclusively in the dirt. My love of long distance touring hadn’t raised it’s head yet, but my need for speed was well established. I had sold my Z1000 and bought a snowmobile in 1980, when I got a great deal on a 1980 XS1100 Special. The guy said the bike scared him to death …

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Pacific Coast – 1989 Honda PC800

In Japan, Touring by Tom Wacker0 Comments

It has been close to 30 years since the PC 800 was released, it is still a distinctive look. Though completely plastic wrapped bikes are more common now, this was really the first. It didn’t sell particularly well, but there was a definite subset of riders that was attracted to the bike. Under all that plastic was a really straight …

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1983 Benelli Sei 900

In Italy, Touring by Abhi0 Comments

Earlier this week, I featured a 50-mile example of the world’s first production six-cylinder bike, but the asking price was $21,000. Here’s an example that’s got a few more miles (10K), but it’ll hopefully sell for quite a bit less.

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Ending Soon – 1974 BMW R60/6 Tourer

In Germany, Touring by Abhi0 Comments

Between 1974 and 1976, BMW offered the “slash 6” generation of the boxer twin. The smallest was the R60/6, with a 599cc motor that produced 40 horsepower and 36 pound-feet of torque. That might not make it the most suitable option for a full tourer, but that hasn’t stopped a previous owner of this motorcycle, who equipped this with panniers, …