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2010 Honda VFR1200F

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Honda entered 2010 with a significant update to the VFR. A new 1,200cc V4 offered torque across the rev range and a buttery smooth transmission to match. Well engineered and designed with intent, the VFR 1200F was an effective tool for mile munching both with haste and comfort. It was also the first production motorcycle with an available DCT, if …

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Race Replica Restoration – 1989 Yamaha FZR400

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The replica arms race of the 1980s was fiercely competitive, with manufacturers jostling for supremacy in the market. These full-faired machines started by aesthetically mimicking the factory racers, but over time companies added an increasing amount of race-bred hardware. Eventually some marques were developing their competition mounts alongside the road-going replicas. One segment manufacturers focused heavily on was the 400 …

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1995 Triumph Daytona Super III

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

This is one of the pricier Super IIIs I’ve seen, though that may because it’s in great shape, it’s got low mileage, and it comes with some rare extras. Is that worth the premium for you? Let’s start with what makes this bike special – in the early 1990s, famed engine experts Cosworth assisted Triumph in their quest to build …

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Turbo SuMo – 2009 Yamaha WR250X

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In its stock form, Yamaha’s WR250X is fantastic little runner. The WR is powered by a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 250cc, DOHC single that makes around 26 horses, and with a weight just shy of 300lbs wet, the stock 250 is an extraordinarily nimble machine. So, it’s all the more crazy that one Midwesterner opted to slap a snail onto one.

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2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848

In Italy, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Supernaked motorcycles have enjoyed a recent resurgence, and we are all benefiting from it. The Aprilia Tuono 1100 and the Yamaha MT-10 are notable examples, offering superbike performance coupled with ergonomics that can be enjoyed daily. The formula is simple, should not be changed, and Ducati nailed it with the Streetfighter.

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1.7 Miles from Rick Brett – 1975 Kawasaki H2C 750

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This is apparently quite the week for high dollar classic Kawasakis! As you may remember from a post back in April, legendary Kawi collector Rick Brett is liquidating his collection. He was selling most bikes through his website, but it looks like he saved a special one for eBay – a purple H2C that he calls “NOS” (New Old Stock) …

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1969 Norton Commando 750

In England, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

The end of the 60’s was kind of a turning point in the world of motorcycling. British and European bikes were falling behind the Japanese manufacturers in terms of technological and mechanical innovations. In 1967, Norton-Villiers (ex-Associated Motor Cycles) released the mighty Norton Commando 750 and created a few specific Commando models until the last year of sale in 1978, …

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Brian Birch Built – 2003 Ducati 999

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Born in Blacksburg, Virginia, Brian Birch was always fascinated by cars, motorcycles, and what makes them tick. At the age of 18, Birch got his first bike, around the same time he enrolled to study mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. While earning his degree, Birch filed his first patent — a design for a rear (swing-arm) track-stand that later won …

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Ending Soon – 1991 Yamaha XT600E Supermoto

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In a big trailie comparison story in the 1990 issue of Motorcyclist, the Yamaha XT600 was described as follows: “After ending up king of the dirt last year, Yamaha’s XT600 turned away from its roots and focused on the street. Electric starting, a swoopy new look and a more accessible seat height make it more attractive to all-surface novitiates who …

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1 of 136 – 1972 Rickman Enfield Interceptor

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In the early 70s, an aspiring Floyd Clymer (who owned the name of Indian Motorcycles at the time) thought that the 736cc engine from the Mark II Royal Enfield Interceptor was an absolute jewel, and he ordered 200 to use in an hybrid sport-tourer to be created as Indians. Unfortunately, Clymer passed away after only approximately 15 were created, leaving …

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1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

In Japan, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

With the appearance of the Japanese brands on the motorcycle market at the end of the 60s, a race of performance and technology started between different bike manufacturers. The first battle was about power and the aim of creating high cc bikes at the end of the 60s/beginning of the 70s, such as the CB750 and Z1. The end of …

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Guzzi-Based Greatness – 2001 Ghezzi-Brian SuperTwin 1100

In Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Last week Abhi featured a beautiful 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01, and as exotic and rare as it is, it’s got nothing on the machine it was derived from. Ghezzi-Brian is a company you’ve probably never heard of before. The boutique Italian outfit specializes in producing high-performance Moto Guzzi-based/powered sport bikes. Interestingly, the story of GB starts with an American dentist …

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Ridiculously Recherché – Custom 2002 Ducati MH900e

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The Ducati MH900e (Mike Hailwood 900 Evoluzione) is a stellar example of what happens when vintage and modern elements are skillfully and successfully merged. Designed by Pierre Terblanche — who’d previously penned the 749/999 — the MH900e was produced to pay homage to Mike “The Bike” Hailwood’s legendary 1978 TT win, and the NCR-prepped machine the feat was achieved on. …

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#265 – 1972 Kawasaki Z1

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One of the most legendary motorcycles of all time, the Z1 has been a frequent feature here on the pages of Bike-urious. This example stands out as it’s number 265 off the production line – plus I personally rode this bike a few months ago and can vouch for the quality of the bike as well as the owner.