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Fresh Build – “1969” Metisse Motorcycles Limited 750

In England, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

After Pat French passed away in 2007, his business partner Gerry Lisi continued the tradition of Rickman Metisse builds under the name “Metisse Motorcycles Limited“. In 2012, the company announced a “Mark 5” lineup, an attempt to cosmetically evolve the classic Rickman design. But the firm is better known for a run of 300 replicas of Steve McQueen’s Desert Racer …

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New In Canada – 1982 Honda CBX

In Japan, Touring by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1966, Soichiro Honda gave his first shot at creating a usable, reliable and fast 6-cylinder motorcycle with the RC166, a 249cc 6-cylinder bike made for racing. But the first production 6-cylinder bike was made by Benelli with the Sei 750 in 1972. By 1979, Honda followed that path and released its 6-cylinder bike, the CBX 1000. The bike would …

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Still New – 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

12-11-18 Update: A month later, this bike is now on eBay so we can see what the market thinks it’s worth. Everything seems to be the same, though there’s now additional information in that the most recent owner was IndyCar racer Graham Rahal. Considering that this dealership (Pro Italia) just put up a weird “Race” version of the 1000DS on …

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Possible Foggy Rebirth – 2003 Petronas FP1

In Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Despite the initial project being abandoned more than a decade ago, there’s a new chapter in the ill-fated Foggy Petronas FP1 saga. Originally the machine was developed as a 1,000cc MotoGP protobike, but not long after, the plans changed and the project pivoted to focusing on a WSBK racer — lowering displacement to a regulation-friendly 899.5cc’s. Unfortunately timing wasn’t on …

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First Year – 1966 Honda CT90

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Honda produced the CT90 for 13 years, an evolution of the varying small displacement trail bikes that were marketed to farmers, hunters, and other people with a sense of adventure. The model started as a spinoff of the Super Cub, and for 1966 Honda dropped previous designations and went with CT90 – though you may remember it as the Trail …

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Impressive Racer – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750

In Japan, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

12-9-18 Update: Tim Huber noticed that this bike is still up for sale. Almost two years later it’s now got a $2,000 discount (down to $14k) – find it here on Craigslist, still in Costa Mesa, California. Built by Moto Rosso Motorcycles, this lovely Suzuki started as a first-gen Gixxer and has evolved over the last 5 years into a …

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1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

In Japan, Less than 5k, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The 80’s were a crazy time. Music was being produced without instruments, and manufacturers had to think outside the block (see what I did there?) to breathe life back into powerplants that were being choked by new emission standards. Turbochargers were the name of the game, and luckily the Japanese were up to the challenge. Honda slapped a turbo on …

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MotoAmerica Racer – HSBK-Spec 2018 Aprilia RSV4 RF

In Italy, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

First founded around 2005-2006, Houston Superbikes (better known as “HSBK”), started out as an online store, offering performance parts and accessories for late-model, Italian two-wheelers. Over the last 13-years however, the Oklahoma-based business has grown exponentially, first becoming a franchise dealership before eventually occupying an 80 acre facility jam-packed with everything a racer could ever need.

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2007 Aprilia SXV 550

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Aprilia’s SXV550 was an absolute monster that journalists fell in love with as soon as it was released – Visor Down said “only nutters need apply“. It’s a supermoto with a powerful V-Twin, excellent components, and race-bred pedigree: the bike had already won the S2 World Supermoto Championship as a prototype before it was released to the world. Unfortunately, the …