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I’m on Vacation!

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Hola loyal readers – I’m taking off to Brazil for a week and a half, so posting might be less frequent for the next few days. I apologize in advance. On the flip side, the whole trip will be worth it if I somehow stumble upon the Amazonas 1600 – a Brazilian monstrosity designed to replace the aging fleet of …

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RC51 – 2001 Honda RVT1000R

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The Honda RVT1000R, also known as the RC51, was Honda’s take on the V-Twin replica racer, beating Ducati at it’s own game with multiple World Superbike Championships and a AMA Championship. It all started back in 1988, when rule changes allowed for V-Twin engines up to 999cc in a time when 750cc 4-cylinders were dominating races. Ducati took over with …

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2001 Ducati MH900e Evoluzione

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There are multiple motorcycles out there inspired by Mike Hailwood, but the Ducati MH900e Evoluzione might be the most visually extreme. Originally a sketch from the legenedary Pierre Terblanche, Ducati got plenty of positive feedback and decided to post a survey on their website to see if its passionate fans would actually buy a production version. 300 people said yes, …

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Video Intermission – MotoGP Indianapolis, Round 10

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After moving the race from Laguna Seca to Indianapolis, MotoGP broke my heart. But it’s just like the worst kind of ex-girlfriends – I still come crawling back. So after a couple of weeks off, the MotoGP season is back, and it was at Indy on Sunday. If you didn’t get to see what ended being an entertaining race (at …

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Skully Helmet Pre-Order

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EDIT: Pricing has been revealed, and they’ve sold out of the first 25, which were discounted by $200. According to that, retail price is going to be $1,499. Damn. Skully Helmets have done a great job captivating the interest of the motorcycle-riding public, thanks to marketing claims of a Heads Up Display (HUD), integrated rear view camera, and electrochromic shield.

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Video Intermission – Dainese D|air Airbag System

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I’m usually looking back into history for classic bikes, so it’s nice to mix it up and look towards the future every once in a while. Here’s a information video/glorified advertisement for the Dainese D|air Airbag System which might be interesting. Few thoughts: 1.) Someone finally found a way to improve the looks of the Multistrada! 2.) This is the …

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2013 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 1 Million Commemorative Edition

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Post Listing Update: Despite being relisted, this Gixxer did not meet reserve with 34 bids up to $9,700. If you asked me to guess how many GSX-Rs have ever been built, I never would have guessed a number in the seven digits. So kudos to Suzuki on their success. To celebrate their achievement, they released the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 1 …

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The Honda CB750 Prototype – Follow-up

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If I recall correctly, the most expensive bike featured on this site was one of the four original Honda CB750 prototypes. It sold for a hefty $148,100. I spent some time getting into what made that bike special, but half a year after the sale, Mitch Boehm has gone into greater detail in this article for Motorcyclist Online. It’s an …

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Giveaway – GSMmotoRent and the Smoky Mountain 450

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Here’s something for you to ponder over the weekend…I just got an email from a local motorcycle club about the Smoky Mountain 450, a 3 day dual sport ride in some beautiful areas of the Smoky Mountains. After hearing about the ride, I thought it’d be something you’d be interested in reading about – plus it comes with Bike-urious’ first-ever …

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Video Intermission – Jesus Christ!

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I saw this video for the first time a few months ago on r/motorcycles, though I can’t remember why I didn’t share it with you back then.  After reader JP C. refreshed me memory with a link to it now on Jalopnik, I decided to take a moment to share it with you. I realize that “Jesus Christ!” is not …

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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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OddBike – Authenticity in the Motorcycle World

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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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A Question for Los Angeles readers…

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A good friend of mine has a ’70s Kawasaki KZ650 that’s been sitting in his garage for way too long.  He’s about to bring it back to life, and neither him nor I are capable of doing that ourselves. The list of mechanics I trust in the area is pretty much limited to BMW guys, so I’m hoping one of …

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Picture Intermission – The Frog Design FZ750 Rana

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If, like me, you’re a child of the 80s, then bikes that make you think of Akira or Tron are always visually appealing. So when Frank Wu sent me an email with a couple of photos saying that the Frog Design FZ750 Rana was being featured at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (in an exhibit appropriately named “Gorgeous”), …