Tesi is Italian for “thesis”, and the name reflects that this bike started as a thesis project by Pierluigi Marconi exploring hub-center steering for his mechanical engineering degree. The first generation was the 1D, which utilized the 93 horsepower twin from the Ducati 851. By the third generation (3D), the Ducati-built heart was the 1,078cc dual spark engine found in …
7-29-21 Update: One final update, as this bike’s now going for no reserve and it’s guaranteed to find a new home – find it with bidding up to $3,900 in Santa Monica, California here on Iconic Motorbike Auctions.
In 2007, Honda celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their venerable sport tourer with a special red/white/blue paint job. I always thought this paint scheme looked amazing, though the stock black wheels were a mistake – they should have been white!
Kawasaki shocked the motorcycling world when it unveiled supercharging to the modern age with the 2015 H2. The first models were desigend to go as fast as possible, but three years later Team Green introduced the SX, a sport-touring variant with relaxed ergonomics and touring features such as cruise control, heated grips, and saddlebags. It made for the perfect way …
At a time when Japanese manufacturers were getting increasingly aggressive and race-oriented with their 400s to compete in their domestic Formula 3 championship, Yamaha introduced the FZR400 in 1986 as a bike to be enjoyed “on twisty public roads where the customers would actually be riding and enjoying them.” The US got it in 1988, and many riders preferred it …
Producer of big bikes with lovely, torquey V-Twin engines, Guzzi is best known for cruisers and standard bikes. But the Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 was a beautiful deviation from the norm.
Yamaha’s RZ500 (also known as the RD500LC) was a two-stroke rocket that was kept out of America thanks to EPA regulations. Only built between ’84 and ’86, it’s now a desirable collector’s bike – and this one’s already been titled in the US.
In 2004, Honda updated their legendary CBR-RR range with the 1000, an all-new model featuring an aluminum twin-spar frame, hybrid aluminum swingarm, and an Electronic Steering Damper. The following year, they released the Repsol Edition, paying tribute to their main sponsor in the MotoGP championship. Here’s an example offered by the original owner with just 302 miles.
The Honda Interceptor VF750F was the direct result of changes to the AMA Superbike rules. Because race bikes had to be production based, the VF750F was the first replica racebike to come out of Japan.
This YSR50 has an interesting history, as it was gifted to Brock Yates (the former editor of Car and Driver and creator of the Cannonball Run). It hung from the wall at Brock’s pub in Wyoming, New York until recently, and now it’s passed through the hands of a couple of people as a collectible.
“In a market segment characterized by extremes, Honda’s VFR has always trod the middle ground––never the fastest, or the lightest, or the quickest way around a racetrack, but always a standout, biased more toward balance than bravado, a sportbike for the real world.” That’s how Motorcyclist magazine introduces Honda’s legendary Interceptor in this timeline of the model.
Alfred Bajohr was a German engineer who made a name for himself by customizing Moto Guzzis and Ducatis in the endless pursuit of speed. He built a limited number of street bikes and race bikes – the seller of this street bike claims that “from 1979 to 1983 one motorcycle per year was built according to Customer specifications.”
To commemorate Danny Eslick’s victory of the 2014 Daytona 200 on the #69 Riders Discount Racing team, Triumph created a limited edition of their excellent Daytona 675R. 47 examples were produced, as it had been 47 years since they previously won the Daytona 200 (Gary Nixon, 1967).
The 888SPO seems to get less attention than the average limited edition Ducati, but values are definitely climbing up as riders are appreciating the wonder of a bike that won both the World Superbike and AMA Superbike championships in 1993. Just 390 were built between 1993 and 1994 (though the ’94 models were officially called the 888LTD).
Suzuki’s just released an all-new Hayabusa, but here’s one for those of you that like the classics – it stands out thanks to nearly-immaculate bodywork and choice modifications.