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1975 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

In Cafe Racer, Italy by Abhi3 Comments

My favorite Guzzi, the Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is still one of the most famous Guzzis ever made. Produced in small numbers (about 3,500) for only three years, it represented a change in focus for the firm. After years of truck-like bikes such as the Ambassador and the Eldorado, the V7 was specifically created by Tonti to honor Guzzi’s racing …

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Mecum Monterey 2014 Auction Preview

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When most people think of big ticket vehicle auctions in the U.S., the location of choice is usually Monterey, California. On August 14th, Mecum’s hosting an auction at this storied location. In all, 75 bikes will be up for auction, many of which are from the Gary Hite Estate Collection. In chronological order, here are my top 7 (because I …

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1957 Ariel Square Four

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Ariel Square Four design goes all the way back to 1931, soon after Edward Turner designed an interesting new four-cylinder motorcycle engine formed from two OHC parallel twins. The design became known as the square four engine, and lent its name to this Ariel motorcycle.

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1996 Gas Gas Pampera 370 Enduro

In Off-Road, Spain by AbhiLeave a Comment

Gas Gas is a Spanish manufacturer of primarily off-road motorcycles, especially their trials bikes. Here’s a hard-to-find example of one of their models, the Gas Gas Pampera 370. Unfortunately, there’s not much information available about this model, unless you speak Spanish. It’s a water-cooled, 237 cc single-cylinder engine that has to motivate a bike that weighs just 187 pounds. This …

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1960 Norton Manx 40M

In England, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Built for a whopping 15 years in long stroke and short stroke variants, the Norton Manx has a long, complicated history – which means that I defer you to The Vintagent to learn more. In recent times there has been a resurgence in its popularity for classic motorcycle racing, leading to aftermarket firms specializing in service and parts supply for …

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1956 MV Agusta 125 TR

In Italy, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Listing Update: Despite being re-listed, this MV Agusta 125 TR did not meet reserve at $3,600. Known as the Turismo Rapido, the MV Agusta 125 TR is a beautiful, small-displacement Italian. This example enjoyed an older restoration, though there’s been recent mechanical work to make it a rider. It’s not perfect, but it’s one of the better examples I’ve seen …

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OddBike – Authenticity in the Motorcycle World

In Blog by Abhi1 Comment

Jason at OddBike has always put out quality articles, but I found myself constantly nodding my head while reading his most recent editorial, one about the concept of authenticity and what that means in the motorcycling industry, for big companies and individuals building out of their garages.

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1957 Velocette Valiant

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After World War II, Velocette sold the LE (Little Engine), a completely new design that was all about cheap, efficient transportation who wanted individual transportation. An evolution of the LE, this Velocette Valiant was supposed to be a sportier version, with more power, better styling, an extra gear on the transmission, and more.

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Baby Darmah – 1978 Ducati 350 GTV

In Italy, Sport by Abhi1 Comment

Looking like a baby version of the early Darmah, the Ducati 350 GTV was an evolution of the unpopular GTL. Unfortunately, nearly all the Ducati parallel twins suffered from reliability issues, but this one seems to be in good shape…for now.

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Ending Soon – 2006 Bimota DB6 Delirio

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Listing Update – As expected, this Bimota DB6 Delirio did not sell at the ask of $20,000. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to find this bike sooner – regular readers who wait for the email won’t see this bike until after the listing has expired, but I doubt it will sell and I’m sure you can always contact the seller …

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1980 BMW R100 Vintage Cafe Racer

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Post Sale Update: After being relisted, this R100 sold for $6,000 after 26 bids on eBay. Is it weird that I’m featuring a bike solely because of the fairing? Well, we’re already familiar with the R100, but this bike looks great in Ivory White with black pinstripes, Supertrapp exhaust, and a custom fairing with Zero Gravity windscreen that bolts onto …

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Eddie Lawson Rep – 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Listing Update – Despite 26 bids on eBay, this Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR did not meet reserve at $15,200. One of 750 ever built, the Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR (Eddie Lawson Replica) was a limited edition homage to the mount of Eddie Lawson, 4x winner of the World Championship (among many other titles). It was aggressively set up, and with the exception …