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Unexpected Custom – 1987 Ducati Indiana Street Tracker

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Though Ducati’s Indiana was something of a commercial flop, it does make for a pretty interesting base for a street tracker with its Italian-built V (or rather “L”) Twin and pressed-steel backbone frame. Built by Redonda Motorcycles of Coimbra, Portugal, this one-off 1987 example features a myriad of custom works and aftermarket parts as well as upgrades to some of …

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Restored – 1977 Ducati 900SS

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A sportier evolution of the 860GT, the 900SS was designed to remind riders of the iconic 750SS. Though they’re now appreciating in value, the model was originally in the shadow of the Mike Hailwood Replica so it wasn’t as commercially successful as you may have thought. Like the Honda CBX, the first years of the 900SS’ model run were as …

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Semi Senna – 2002 Ducati 748S

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Officially, Ducati called this special grey/white/red paint scheme Titanium Grey, but Ducati fans have called it something slightly different over the years. They call it the “Semi Senna”, as it harks back to the officially licensed Senna 916 from the mid 90s. The 748S variant was not official, however it was limited: just 250 examples were built, 200 of which …

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Ending Soon In Italy – 1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175

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The Chimera (Italian For “Dream”) was a model introduced by Aermacchi in the mid-1950’s. Penned by Alfredo Bianchi as his first project with the Italian firm, the Chimera’s design was loosely based on a sketch done by (500cc GP) moto racer and car designer, Count Mario Revelli di Beaumont. A completed prototype made its debut at the Milan Show, followed …

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1 of 50 – 1972 Ducati 750 Sport “Z-Stripe”

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The predecessor to the legendary Ducati 750/900 SS, the 750 Sport was one of the first no-holes-barred cafe racers to reach American shores. Right out of the box, the 750 came equipped with clip-ons, rear-sets, and the quintessentially Italian racing megaphones. It was a pure bred sport machine more suited to the track than the street, and a crucial step …

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In New Zealand – 2013 Bimota DB9 Brivido

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Brivido translates to Thrill, and that seems like a fitting name for a Bimota powered by Ducati’s old 1,198cc Diavel motor. Michael Neeves of MCN called it one of his top bikes of 2012, saying “It fuels beautifully; it’s smooth, fast, excellent in the corners, comfortable and above all fun! It doesn’t have ride-by-wire, variable fuel maps, traction control and …

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1960 Moto Guzzi Galletto

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Post Listing Update: This Galletto was pulled off eBay due to an error in the listing. Carlo Guzzi was one of Moto Guzzi’s three co-founders back in 1921, and he was the brainchild behind a scooter/motorcycle hybrid called the Galletto (cockerel in Italian). Over approximately 15 years of production, 75,000 units were sold.

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Italian Two-Stroke – 1957 Moto Guazzoni

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Founded in Milan in 1935 by one Aldo Guazzoni, a seasoned mechanic, engineer, and motorcycle dealer, Moto Guazzoni was a moped, trike, and motorcycle manufacturer operating into the late 1970s. The company first got its start making mopeds, but eventually pivoted to producing utility three-wheelers (think Italian H-D Servicar)—churning out utilitarian trikes similar to MV Agusta’s Motocarro and Moto Guzzi’s …

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2001 Aprilia Futura RST1000

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For many, the Aprilia Futura was poorly named – the angular design felt more “80s anime” than “bike of the future”. Still, it was a sport-tourer with an emphasis on sport, and it was powered by a motor based on the unit found in Aprilia’s repli-racer RSV Mille. Combine that with a comfortable seat and factory hard bags and you …