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Press Release: 2021 Ducati Monster and Monster+

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Let’s start with the good news: the new Monster weighs just 416 pounds wet, a ~40 pound reduction from the current model. The 937cc Testastretta motor produces 111 horsepower and a healthy 69 lb-ft of torque (and desmo service intervals are up to 18,600 miles). The bad news: it doesn’t look like a Ducati, does it? Discuss!

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1989 Suzuki GSX600F Katana

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The Katana name originally debuted with one of the most striking motorcycles of all time. But in the late 80s, Suzuki brought the name back for a much more conservative model that was tasked to compete with some impressive midsized sportbikes like the Yamaha FZ600 and Honda Hurricane. 1988 was the first year for the updated model, which was offered …

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2019 Zero Engineering Type 9

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Zero Engineering was founded in Japan in 1992 but they established a US subsidiary in Vegas and started selling some of their limited production choppers to Americans starting in 2008. They currently offer four models, and the Type 9 (introduced in 2011) is arguably the fanciest as it includes a multi-arm suspension. The other three models (5/6/8) all utilize rigid …

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1980 Honda CB650

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The CB650 was introduced in 1979, and the following year it got a fairly dramatic restyle with much rounder edges. The motor was Honda’s last SOHC air-cooled inline four design, a 627cc powerplant that produced 63 horsepower and 38 pound feet of torque. That was enough to hit about 110 miles per hour thanks to a dry weight of 437 …

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Pedrosa Edition – 2015 Honda CBR1000SP

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In 2014, Honda introduced a SP version of their 1000cc superbike, upgraded with Brembo brakes, some minor engine modifications, and Ohlins suspension. That year, they also won the Rider, Constructor, and Team Championships in MotoGP. To celebrate, they offered up two “Champions Edition” versions of the SP with Repsol liveries of their two MotoGP riders – Marc Marquez and Dani …

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1958 Bobcat Golf Scooter

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The overlap of people who are passionate about golf and motorcycles isn’t particularly large, but this beautiful scooter could unite the two fronts! Built by the Bobcat company of Wheeling, Illinois, this was designed to let people “play more golf, better golf, more relaxing golf.” Amusingly, in a period ad the mileage wasn’t referred to in mpg, but rather “72 …

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1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

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My favorite Guzzi, the Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is still one of the most famous Guzzis ever made (and it’s a bike that I have trouble not featuring if I find one for sale). After years of bikes like as the Ambassador and the Eldorado, the V7 was specifically created by Tonti to honor Guzzi’s racing legacy.

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Rare Project with No Reserve – 1974 Norton Hi-Rider

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When “Easy Rider” exponentially increased the popularity of choppers around the world, it was inevitable that certain businesses would try to ride the way. What was surprising was that one of those companies was Norton, who created the “Hi-Rider” variant of the Commando to counteract the popularity of big Japanese motorcycles like the Honda CB750. It looked silly – in …