When it was released, the Harley-Davidson XLCR (CR stood for Cafe Racer) was supposed to be an instant success powered by Harley’s most powerful production engine to date. It was a jet black departure from HD’s usual chrome fare. It didn’t sell well at all – now it’s a cult classic, and today I’m sharing the nicest XLCR I’ve ever …
The seller of this example calls it a ’50s period-correct hot rod that has set several 500cc Vintage Sidecar land speed records at Bonneville.
By sleeving down their 605, ATK created a 490 lineup around a belt-driven Rotax motor that included a XC (cross country), dirt tracker, and enduro models. Each bike was equipped with serious hardware – Paioli forks, Ohlins PDS shock, Excel wheels, Pro Taper bars, SuperTrapp muffler, and even billet hubs and triple clamps.
11-29-2021 Update: Another year later and the asking price on this bike keeps going lower. It’s currently up with an unmet opening bid of $1,500 and a BIN of $6,000 here on eBay.
After Can-Am ended up under the wing of Amstrong/CCM, they experimented with some different models. One of the rarer bikes was the CMT series, trials bikes that were available between 1983 and 1987 in varying displacements.
Jim Edwins was the man behind the J. I. Edwins Company in Issaquah, Washington. The firm was best known for the production of the “Trooper”, a competitor to the better-known Tote Gote.
10-18-21 Update: Boodaak has found its way over to our auction site – find it with a bit more information and bidding up to $10,069 here on Iconic Motorbike Auctions! It’s not clear from this video, but it’s one of the loudest bikes I’ve encountered: Back in 2013/2014, Deus’ Michael “Woolie” Woolaway built a pair of café’d Honda super singles, …
Want 8 cylinder power in a cruiser but think that Boss Hoss bikes are ostentatious and ridiculous? Check out this Honest Charley-branded bike, which features a 60 horsepower Ford flathead! Honest Charley was one of the original speed shops – older readers may remember seeing ads for hop-up Ford parts half a century ago. According to some comments over at …
One of the rarest bikes ever built by Harley-Davidson, the MT500 was originally built by the British in the 80s. Rights to the design were sold by Armstrong-CCM to HD, who sold just 355 copies of the MT500 in 1999, and a few more the following year. Only select HD dealerships were allowed to sell these bikes.
2015 was Nicky Hayden’s last full season in MotoGP – he raced a Honda RC213V-RS under Aspar Racing with Eugene Laverty as a teammate. Per the seller, these are the boots Nicky rode in the Catalunya Grand Prix that year with a special design specific for that race.
There’s some great names in motorcycling history – Combat Wombat, Interceptor, and, to name a few. But damn if “Horny Toad” ain’t high up on the list as well!
I’m not sure what to call this bike, but the tank says “Buella” because it combines a Buell 1,200cc V-Twin motor in a “modified” Honda CR500 frame!
Featured in the August 2009 issue of Cycle World, this XR750 custom was called “Stars & Stripes” – you can probably guess where the name came from.
7-21-21 Update:Another 3 years later, Tim Huber notes that this famous Harley is now for sale by Heritage Auctions. They’re accepting offers for another couple of weeks, and the BIN price is $125,000. Good luck! 1-9-18 Update: 2.5 years later, this bike is now being offered by a different seller (but with the same asking price). Find it in Beverly …
For 2003, Harley-Davidson celebrated their 100th Anniversary with special variants of their most popular models. The 100th Anniversary Road King was adorned in Sterling Silver and Vivid Black as well as “100” branding all over the bike.