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Italian Superbike Prototype – 1990 Gallina-Hayashi Quattro 750

In Japan, Project, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Roberto Gallina is an Italian motorcycle racer who competed in Grand Prix events in the 1970s on machines from Laverda, Motobi, Benelli, and Ducati. In the 1980s, Gallina founded his own race team, (Team Gallina) which went on to win back-to-back 500cc world championships in ’81 and ’82. He eventually opened a race shop in his hometown of La Spezia, …

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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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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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New Auction Bike – 1998 Honda CBR900RR Erion

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The CBR900RR was a game changer for motorcycles when it was introduced in the early 90s. Honda released the 4th generation in 1998, but that coincided with Yamaha’s generational leap of the R1. Still, the Honda had earned itself a loyal following, and this example is a treat thanks to the Erion Racing-inspired livery.

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1981 Honda Gorilla

In Japan, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

If you’ve been following this site for a while, you’re more than familiar with the Honda Monkey. But did you know that starting in 1978, Honda made a bigger brother called the Gorilla? There were no folding-to-fit-in-a-trunk pretensions, it was just a small motorcycle with an excellent name! They’re incredibly difficult to find in the US, but here’s one waiting …