The Bultaco Mercurio (Mercury) debuted in 1960 as a 125cc, though by ’64 it had grown to a 175 for the Model 13, a motorcycle that was exclusively sold as an export to the US.
In the 60s, Montgomery Ward’s sold a Benelli-built moped in two variants – the 150-D and 250-D. The latter got all kinds of fancy upgrades, including a speedometer!
The Yamaha YZF-R7 was a ready to race World Super Bike (WSB) racer with the trimmings (lights/signals/plate) necessary to make it street legal. Also known as the OW-O2, it was staggeringly expensive: with an MSRP of approximately $32,000, it was twice as expensive as Honda’s RC51 SP-1, but it was worth every penny. I also happen to think it’s one …
Here’s a question for you – what bike is this?
Ural’s got a cute little video to tap into World Cup fever with some sidecar-based soccer action. There’s less sidecar-on-sidecar action than I expected, but it’s still worth a minute of your time.
As prices for the sandcast and other early CB’s start to get out of control, it’s starting to make more financial sense to look into later (but still pre-’75) models. Honda made approximately 38,000 examples of the K3, and this lovely Flake Sunrise Orange example is claimed to have been restored to “as produced at the factory”.
Last month I featured a Silver Jubilee Bonnie that was still “new in crate”. Well, that status has since changed as the owner (who acquired it after 15 bids on eBay up to $24,100) has taken it out of the crate. According to this post on Reddit, “the plans are to ride it around the US randomly“. Consider me surprised!
This bike has just 30 miles on it since a 2010 restoration by Bench Mark Works, so it looks like it’ll be on you to change that number.
The seller of this Montjuch took it apart “to make improvements” but some health issues got in the way and after “several years of no progress” he’s letting it go so that someone else can finish the work.
Yamaha’s DT100 was never a world-beater, but after 40+ years of existence it’s hard to find one that’s been ridden as little as this one!
It’s been a while since we last heard from Bike-urious reader David Sumner, but he’s just completed a 3+ week trip across the USA. One of his stops was a visit to Colorado Norton Works, or as David calls it: Commando Valhalla. Let’s see what he has to say!
This Sunday, Pikes Peak will be conquered by a bunch of machines as part of the legendary International Hill Climb. Those of you that can’t make it out the event in person can check it out live online.
From the seller of Monday’s Gold Star comes another classic BSA – the Rocket 3. The motor was a 750cc triple that was designed to extend the model line beyond 650 twins and it was specifically built for the US market (which wanted larger displacements and less vibrations). BSA’s financials suffered with the production of this bike, but nearly 27,500 …
This Gold Wing was built as a camera vehicle – there’s not much that the average rider is going to do with this, I just think it’s cool!
Bike-urious reader Dan Dutra (I’ve featured one of his beautiful Ariel’s in the past) has spent the last 6 months restoring an Ariel Arrow Super Sport (also known as the Golden Arrow). They were not designed for export to the US, so very few have made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. It’s not perfect (there’s still a couple of …