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1982 Honda FT500 Ascot

In Japan, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

No matter the definition, a “thump” evokes something rather violent and loud. From that word came the name “thumper”, a term used to describe a single cylinder bike, typically displacing 350-500cc, a specialty of British manufacturers with bikes like the Norton Manx or the BSA Gold Star. Thumpers were easy to maintain, had a lot of torque and were recognizable …

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TR7T-Inspired – 1978 Triumph T140E Custom

In Custom, Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This custom Triumph did not get any interest at the opening bid of $5,000. In 1981, Triumph created a dual-sporter based on the TR7V Tiger in response to BMW’s R80GS. It was called the TR7T Tiger Trail, and it was never officially exported to the US because of emissions regulations. It was an interesting (and very yellow) …

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1986 Moto Guzzi V65 TT

In Dual-Sport, Italy by Abhi1 Comment

8-12-2018 Update: Three years later, this bike seems to be back up for sale (at least based on the reference to the serial number). It’s available in Lawrence, Kansas with quite a jump in the asking price – now it’s $6,500 here on ADVRider. After BMW carved out a new niche of the motorcycle market with the GS, many competitors …

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1960 Cushman Eagle

In America, Small Displacement by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Founded in 1903, Cushman was a Nebraska-based company that specialized in the construction of small engines destined to be installed on bicycles or carriage. At the time, the demand for that kind of engine was very high, which kept the company pretty busy. Right in the middle of the Great Depression during the 30s, Cushman set two ambitious objectives, creating …

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Guess That Bike – Movie Set Edition

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I try not to offer up “Guess That Bike” posts unless I already know what the answer to the question is, but I had to make an exception for this oddball movie prop. Reader Sharif M found this crazy contraption at the Melody Ranch film studio, and we’re wondering if you know what it started as and/or what movie it’s …

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Race Replica Restoration – 1989 Yamaha FZR400

In Japan, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

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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1994 Honda CB1000

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In the early 90s, Suzuki and Kawasaki both had large-displacement naked standard bikes for riders that wanted decent ergos with reasonable power, and Honda had nothing to compete with. The story is that a few engineers at Honda thought they could compete something they called “Project Big 1”, a smooth rider with retro superbike styling. The project name stuck around …

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Track Trim Super Freni Competizione – 1974 Laverda 750 SFC

In Italy, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Upon its debut in 1971, Laverda’s 750 SFC quickly proved itself on the track, winning a myriad of elite races (Imola, Zeltweg, Vallelunga, Barcelona, Bol d’Or, Modena, etc). Built by hand in small batches from ’71 to ’76, only around 550 examples were produced in total. As evidenced by its success in endurance competition, the SFC was not only fast …

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Video Intermission – MotoGP Traction Control

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If you’ve ever been saved by sophisticated traction control on a modern bike (I had a Yamaha R6 save me from a lowslide at Utah Motorsports Campus earlier this year), you’ll know how helpful it can be when you’re pushing your personal limits. But how does it work? Here’s a short video hosted by F1 racer David Coulthard that explains …

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Two-Fer – 1979 and 1980 Yamaha XS1100

In Japan, Less than 5k, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

During the end of the ’70s, motorcycle manufacturers fought to create the most motors possible. After the 750cc and 900cc barriers were toppled, the next symbolic step was 1,000cc. Just like they did with the CB750, Honda were the first to beat that record thanks to its 1975 GL1000. In 1977 and 1978, Kawasaki and Suzuki responded to that with …

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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

In Japan, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

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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13 Honda Z50s

In Japan, Off-Road, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

I can’t imagine who would want to buy this, but someone is offering a collection of 13 Honda Z50s ranging from 1979 to 1999. They’re all claimed to be in “great original condition”, but what do you do with this? Start a little bike museum? Create a school for kids? Start a spec race class?

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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) …