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SN #1 – 1998 Bimota Mantra DB3

In Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

8-13-2018 Update: Four years later, Rob B notes that this example (VIN: ZES1DB314WR000001) is back up for sale with a new owner (and it’s crossed the country in the process). There’s some additional details – apparently the previous owner removed the “complicated fuel pump system” so the bike is now just gravity fed. Mileage is up to 9,200 and the …

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1986 Moto Guzzi V65 TT

In Dual-Sport, Italy by Abhi1 Comment

8-12-2018 Update: Three years later, this bike seems to be back up for sale (at least based on the reference to the serial number). It’s available in Lawrence, Kansas with quite a jump in the asking price – now it’s $6,500 here on ADVRider. After BMW carved out a new niche of the motorcycle market with the GS, many competitors …

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Track Trim Super Freni Competizione – 1974 Laverda 750 SFC

In Italy, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Upon its debut in 1971, Laverda’s 750 SFC quickly proved itself on the track, winning a myriad of elite races (Imola, Zeltweg, Vallelunga, Barcelona, Bol d’Or, Modena, etc). Built by hand in small batches from ’71 to ’76, only around 550 examples were produced in total. As evidenced by its success in endurance competition, the SFC was not only fast …

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2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848

In Italy, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Supernaked motorcycles have enjoyed a recent resurgence, and we are all benefiting from it. The Aprilia Tuono 1100 and the Yamaha MT-10 are notable examples, offering superbike performance coupled with ergonomics that can be enjoyed daily. The formula is simple, should not be changed, and Ducati nailed it with the Streetfighter.

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Brian Birch Built – 2003 Ducati 999

In Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Born in Blacksburg, Virginia, Brian Birch was always fascinated by cars, motorcycles, and what makes them tick. At the age of 18, Birch got his first bike, around the same time he enrolled to study mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. While earning his degree, Birch filed his first patent — a design for a rear (swing-arm) track-stand that later won …

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The 13 Ducati Race of Champions Bikes

In Italy, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: The eBay auctions are over, so let’s see what happened! The high score went to Troy Bayliss, whose bike sold for a staggering $139,000! Per Ducati: “Dovizioso, Melandri, Lorenzo, Pirro (Race of Champions winner) and Petrucci’s bikes were also in great demand, going for between $46,000 and $72,200 USD, with the bikes ridden by Miller, Davies, Rabat, …

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Guzzi-Based Greatness – 2001 Ghezzi-Brian SuperTwin 1100

In Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Last week Abhi featured a beautiful 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01, and as exotic and rare as it is, it’s got nothing on the machine it was derived from. Ghezzi-Brian is a company you’ve probably never heard of before. The boutique Italian outfit specializes in producing high-performance Moto Guzzi-based/powered sport bikes. Interestingly, the story of GB starts with an American dentist …

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Ridiculously Recherché – Custom 2002 Ducati MH900e

In Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The Ducati MH900e (Mike Hailwood 900 Evoluzione) is a stellar example of what happens when vintage and modern elements are skillfully and successfully merged. Designed by Pierre Terblanche — who’d previously penned the 749/999 — the MH900e was produced to pay homage to Mike “The Bike” Hailwood’s legendary 1978 TT win, and the NCR-prepped machine the feat was achieved on. …

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BikeShed Shown – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000 Custom

In Custom, Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Released in 1998, the RSV1000 was a game-changing model for Aprilia. Beforehand, the largest machine in the Italian marque’s lineup was a 250. In its roughly half-decade of production an array of different RSV variants were produced, including a few higher-spec R and SP models. While most people would’t look at the full-faired Italian V-Twin as an ideal donor, Gareth …

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2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

In Italy, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In every motorcycle manufacturer’s history, there is an event that changes everything, something that creates a before and an after, something that will define the brand and the image it will have for the rest of its activity. Ducati has a strange story. Founded in 1926 in Bologna, the Italian brand was at the time specialized in the production and …

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1 of 5 – Venier Customs “Diabola” Moto Guzzi V65C

In America, Custom, Italy by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Since first opening in 2012, Venier Customs has quickly built a name for itself, churning out high-end customs for clients all over the world. The shop’s work is routinely featured on elite customs sites like BikeExif and Pipeburn, and has graced the cover of several moto-magazines. Though Venier’s founder, namesake, and head honcho, Stefano Venier, has worked with a variety …

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1997 Bimota YB11

In Italy, Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Everyone has their own idea of what the perfect modifications to make to their machine are. Some like clip-ons, some like suspension components, and some want a little extra oomph to assert themselves in traffic. Then there is Bimota, a company dedicated to taking engines we know and love, and wrapping them in expensive Italian suits. No one would put …

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5 Miles – 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Moto Guzzi Sport, Number 1 – that’s what MGS-01 stood for. Doesn’t matter what you called it, it was an unexpected taste of what Guzzi would be capable of if they wanted to rub shoulders with Ducati or Aprilia in the exotic, red-blooded Italian sportbike game. The first examples of the bike were called the Corsa, a 1,200cc track-only superbike …