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1949 Indian Arrow

In America, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Depending on who you ask, the Indian Arrow was either a terrible idea or a necessary pivot in a changing post-war market. Either way, it was a failure that unfortunately contributed to the company’s bankruptcy in 1953. In 1945, Ralph Rogers and some backers bought a controlling interest in Indian, and they stopped production of the legendary Scout because they …

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162 of 202 – 1972 BSA A70L Lightning

In England, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Every Britbike enthusiast knows about the A65 twin and the several model variants it powered. But did you know that there was a rare evolution called the A70? BSA produced 202 examples for homologation purposes so that they could use a 750cc twin in AMA flat track racing. Here’s #162, and it will need some work – it’s complete but …

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Game Intermission – Timing Lights

In Intermissions by Abhi0 Comments

Let’s all play a game together – test your reaction time with the timing lights that start off a F1 race! Admittedly, it’s a bit of a stretch as to how relevant this is to motorcycling, but F1 start lights are similar to MotoGP lights so I’m going to pretend like it counts. Plus it just seems like a quick …

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Three Mid-’60’s Honda CL77 Scrambler 305’s

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Honda CL77 (aka the Scrambler 305) was the more off-road oriented version of the popular C77 Dream. While these machines never really fell out of popularity, the recent spike in all things Scrambler has undoubtedly made the CL77 a more coveted find. The Scrambler 305 is considered a fantastic little runner with its 305.4cc parallel Twin power plant that …

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NUVIZ Head Up Display – 1 Month Update

In Reviews by Abhi0 Comments

NUVIZ has announced that they’ve started shipping units, so I thought it’d be a good time to check in with an update of how my experience has been. I wrote a way-too-long First Impressions piece after a couple of weeks with the NUVIZ, so head on over there if you have no idea what this is. Otherwise, here’s a much …

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Ending Soon – 1969 Kawasaki H1 Mach III

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

The H1 Mach III was easily the fastest 500cc bike around when it debuted, and it quickly garnered a reputation for being unbeatable in a straight line and unmanageable otherwise. 50 years of stories may have led to some exaggeration here and there, and not everyone agrees that the H1 deserves the title of “Widowmaker”, but that the fact that …

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1986 Honda CR500 Street Tracker

In Custom, Japan, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

Thornton Hundred Motorcycles is made up of just one kid in the U.K. in his early twenties who has some impressive building chops to say the least. Jody Millhouse (who is Thornton Hundred) has a father who is also an established player in the building world so it’s not too surprising to see the apple hasn’t fallen too far from …

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New Sportbike King – 1998 Yamaha R1

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

The 1990s had three defining sportbikes – Honda’s CBR900RR started the revolution by being 76 pounds lighter than its lightest competition. Soon after, Ducati released the 916. It was technically competent with fuel injection and even an adjustable steering head angle, but it’s best remembered just for being one of the most beautiful motorcycles of all time. In 1998, Yamaha …

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Craig Vetter’s Masterpiece – 1973 Triumph Hurricane

In Cruiser, England by Ted Clough0 Comments

By the late 1960’s, Triumph’s outdated 650 and 750 twins were facing increasing pressure from the Japanese. While beautiful, the Triumphs were being pushed aside by models like the groundbreaking CB750 from Honda. In an effort to compete, BSA/Triumph came out with an inline triple engine. At 750cc, it was competitive in racing, especially in Rob North frames, but the …

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1 of 600 – 1997 Bimota YB11

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Bimota bestowed the name of “Super Leggera” on the YB11 – you can probably guess that the phrase translates to “Super Light.” How light is super? Dry weight was 403 pounds, an impressive 32 pounds lighter than the bike that the motor was taken from: a Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace. Snagging a Japanese 4-cylinder motor and wrapping it in an exotic …

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Two-Wheeled Threesome – 1948 Whizzers

In America, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

In contrast to the heavy-weight, large displacement American motorcycles of the mid-twentieth-century, Whizzer bicycles were as lightweight and small displacement as two wheelers get, being nothing more than small power plants mounted to your average bicycle of the era. Most were sold as kits that customers would fix to a bicycle themselves but as time went on several companies started …