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1948 Panther Model 60

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

The story of Panther originates with Phelon & Moore, a motorcycle manufacturer out of Yorkshire, England. Founded in 1904 (and eventually acquired in 1967), P&M launched the Panther brand in 1924 and stopped putting their own name on bikes at the end of the 20s. They’re best known for the Model 100 and 120, but there was also a series …

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1 of 1500 – 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 2017, Ducati finally revealed the new Panigale V4 at EICMA. But the star of the show was a limited-edition variant of the new supersport, the Panigale V4 Speciale. Just 1,500 examples were built, but that wasn’t the most important number. Thanks to an Akrapovic titanium exhaust, the V4’s hp figure got bumped up by 12 to 226.

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1980 HMV Freeway

In 3 Wheels, America by AbhiLeave a Comment

The brainchild of David Edmonson, High Mileage Vehicles (HMV) sold about 700 units of the “Freeway”, a three-wheeled oddity that just barely qualifies as a motorcycle. It’s a stretch, but I can’t help myself when it comes to sharing oddballs with you.

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1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

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Of all the Japanese turbo wonder bikes of the 80s, Suzuki’s effort was the rarest. Just 1,153 examples of the XN85 Turbo were built, and it had the distinction of being the first production motorcycle with a 16″ front wheel. When paired with the Full Floater rear suspension, that resulted in a machine that Motorcyclist magazine described as such: “Nothing …

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1953 Motoconfort 125

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8-4-19 Update: 18 months later, Rod M notes that this bike is back up for sale. It’s a bit suspicious that the photos are screengrabs, but the asking price is down from $6,100 to $3,400 and the seller claims that it was recently serviced with a new crankshaft. Find it for sale here on Craigslist. Founded in 1925, Motoconfort was …

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Dab Motors’ Yard Build “Alter” – Yamaha XSR900 Custom

In Custom, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Built by France’s Dab Motors, this official Yamaha Yard Built commission, named “Alter”, was created using an array of trick cutting edge technologies and materials. Starting with a 2018 XSR900, Dab rid the Yamaha of its stock bodywork and subframe before designing a new aluminum unit made through a fancy 3D printing process known as laser beam melting. The same …