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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 …

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307 Miles – 2011 BMW S1000RR

In Germany, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The BMW S1000RR needs no introduction. Thrust upon the world in 2009, when I thought a CBR1000RR was the pinnacle of manhood and Ducati still made the 1098, it immediately changed game both on the street and the track. Included electronics didn’t just function for marketing purposes, but actually worked well individually and as a package. They allowed even the …

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2003 KTM 525 EXC

In Austria, Dual-Sport, Less than 5k by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Short of the engineering masterpieces that are modern day supernakeds, I don’t know if it is possible to have more fun on the street in terms of smiles per gallon and value for money than a dual-sport or supermoto. I don’t care how much power you have, there’s nothing more fun than all of it. The KTM 525 EXC made …

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1977 Maico MC400 AW

In Germany, Off-Road by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Maico was a German manufacturer that gained notoriety in the 1960s for building two stroke rocket ships designed to carry you through any terrain you might encounter on your way to the finish line. The 400cc two stroke engine coupled with the upgraded long travel suspension after 1974.5 was a force to be reckoned with at the starting gate, capable …

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2012 Ducati Monster 696

In Italy by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

What began as a good way to use old parts has turned into one of Ducati’s longest running models. Coffee shop parking lots are littered with Monsters of various capacities, and for good reason. The small(er) bore model makes a great first bike. The engine has enough power to grow into, but not so much as to scare away new …

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1990 BMW R100GS Paris-Dakar

In Dual-Sport, Germany by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1980, BMW released the R80GS, confirming their ability to upset the market with truly innovative bikes that would set standards in several segments of the market. In 1987, BMW went one step further in the development of the most successful big trailie and released the R100GS and its premium version, the Paris-Dakar.

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1969 Garelli Rex KL125

In Italy, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

American Rex Corporation used to be located at 1216 Monte Diablo Avenue in San Mateo, California. They imported Italian-made Garellis under the name of Garelli-Rex, and the naming convention was KL + the ccs of displacement. In period advertisements, American Rex referred to “KL” as “King of the Lightweights”.

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1975 Kawasaki Z1

In Japan, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1969, Honda launched a high-performance battle with the CB750, getting ahead of its major competitor at the time, Kawasaki. Both brands had similar ideas about the the development of a high power 4-cylinder, 4 stroke engine. Honda beat Kawasaki to it, so the latter had to rethink their strategy. In 1972, Kawasaki responded with the 903cc Z1.

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Unexpected Custom – 1967 Honda CB450

In Custom, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Forgive me. I know that you will probably hate this, but I couldn’t stop staring at it and I figured I had to share it with you because of that. “This” started as a ’67 Black Bomber and it’s been customized with the suspension (and a few other parts) from a 2012 Honda CBR. On paper, that’s a wonderful combination. …

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Hans Muth – 1982 BMW R65LS

In Germany, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

During the 70s, BMW’s most important mission was to develop alternative machines to the big 4-cylinders released by the Japanese makers. Nonetheless, the German brand also competed in the middle-size market, releasing in 1978 the 650cc R65. By 1983, one of BMW motorcycle’s mightiest designers (Hans Muth) designed a particular body for this bike, which would result in the creation …

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Out of Office – Pretending To Be Pretty

In Blog by AbhiLeave a Comment

Today and tomorrow I’m on a stock photography shoot for the AMA, which means you might not be able to escape seeing me in the next marketing email or snail mailer they send you. I apologize in advance. With that in mind, here’s my warning that I won’t have the chance to get the usual bike for sale posts up …