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2000 Royal Enfield Taurus Diesel

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

I’ve featured a few diesel-powered motorcycles on Bike-urious, but they are typically gas-powered bikes that have had a diesel conversion. Here’s a rare example that was fitted with a diesel engine from the factory – an experiment that Royal Enfield tried between 1993 and 2000. They called it the Taurus.

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1975 Kawasaki Z1

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Z1 was Kawasaki’s “bigger is better” counter to the Honda CB750, and it was a legendary motorcycle that Team Green has recently tried to recapture the magic of. The 903cc motor was so big that Kawasaki couldn’t even sell it in their home country of Japan, which had a 750cc displacement cap at the time.

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2013 Milwaukee Yamaha R1

In Japan, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Sponsored by Milwaukee Tools, this Yamaha R1 was built in 2013 by Shaun Muir Racing in the UK to compete in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. The bike was quite successful at that goal, winning the 2013 running with TT legend Ian Hutchinson as pilot and then placing 2nd in the 2014 running with Michael Rutter (another multiple Isle of …

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Barry Sheene Bates Leathers

In America by AbhiLeave a Comment

Over on the auction site we’ve got an interesting leather suit from arguably the most famous British motorcycle racer of all time, Barry Sheene. Barry won the 500cc World Championship in 1976 and 1977 aboard a Suzuki RG500 and his 1977 Championship stood as the last British solo motorcycle championship for decades until Danny Kent won the Moto3 Championship in …

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CA Plated – 1992 Yamaha TZR250 RS

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Yamaha TZR250 was manufactured and sold from 1986 until 1995 in three main iterations exclusively for the Japanese market, never being officially imported to the United States. Born out of the RD250, the model evolved from the more modest parallel twin 250 two stroke of the 2MA and 3MA variants to the 90-degree v-twin 3XV. This 3XV that stands …

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No Reserve – 2000 Ducati 996 SPS #1496

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Designed to be the ultimate 996 at the time, the SPS (Sport Production Special) combined performance and beauty. The limited edition SPS was an uprated version that featured a modified engine and chassis. Nearly all the specifications were improved, such as the lighter Marchesini 5-spoke wheels and Ohlins rear shock. In 2000, Ducati upgraded the Showa forks to Ohlins units, …

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1983 Triumph TSX

In Custom, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

A last ditch effort from Triumph to boost sales of the Bonneville, the TSX was basically a T140 that had been restyled by Triumph’s American division. Just 371 were built, 200 of which were exported to the United States. About 1/3 of the production run was in Midnight Black, the rest were like this example – Gypsy Red.