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2011 Suzuki TU250X

In Japan, Standard by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

I often sing the praises of small displacement bikes, but there are only a handful I would actually own. When I did my motorcycle training course years ago, the instructor handed me what ended up being one of the most fun, well balanced and charming bikes I had ever ridden. I ended up getting 100% on my riding test at …

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In New Zealand – 1982 Krauser MKM 1000

In Germany, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Krauser name is best known for luggage, but in the early 80s Mike Krauser decided that he wanted to build a world-beating road bike. He started with his favorite road bike at the time, a BMW R100S, and then developed an incredible frame around the motor. The result was dubbed the Krauser MKM 1000, and it was a well-built …

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Original Owner – 2008 Triumph Scrambler 900

In Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Launched in 2006, the Triumph Scrambler 900 was the last bike designed by John Mockett, responsible for most of Triumph’s bikes starting all the way back in 1989. Mockett liked modular design plans, which is why the Scrambler is basically a Bonneville with a few off-road tweaks. The original owner of this Scrambler notes that he’s “spent more time and …

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Homologation Special – 2003 Kawasaki ZX-6RR

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

At the end of 2002, Kawasaki installed a cheater 636 motor in the ZX-6R. The extra displacement was great for the majority of riders as they spent most of their time on the street and not on the track. But for the limited few that wanted to compete and had to stick under a 600cc displacement limit, the 599cc double …

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1969 Lady Yamaha U5

In Japan, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

Back in the day, Yamaha apparently offered a special edition of the 50cc Newport scooter that was marketed to women in the most stereotypical way possible – they made it pink, added fringes to the seat, and slapped a basket on the front. It did not sell well.

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1960 Royal Enfield Super Meteor

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Lots of people are excited about the new parallel-twin-powered bikes from Royal Enfield, but back in the company’s heyday the p-twin of record was the Super Meteor. It was introduced in the early 50s because the US market wanted bigger engines – RE responded with a 692cc OHV twin that was basically two Bullet 350 pistons in a stretched 500cc …