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1 of 30 – 2021 Aprilia Tuono V4 X

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In 2020, Aprilia created the ultimate version of their RSV4 sportbike. They called it the “X” and made just 10 examples, which sold out immediately and for hefty prices. Soon after, they recreated the magic with their naked bike, the Tuono. This time they made 30, and they sold them for $41,667. That’s not the only impressive number – the …

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1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica

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Suzuki shocked a lot of people with the GS series, particularly with their 997cc-engined entrance into the liter bike market. It was fast, it had great handling and brakes, and over time it’s proven itself to be one of the most reliable engines in history. In 1978, Yoshimura was running a KZ1000 with Wes Cooley, but they weren’t winning races. …

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1999 Yamaha TRX850

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Over on Iconic we’ve got a rare example of a motorcycle that was never officially sold in the United States. Sales were initially disappointing and Yamaha killed it after 4 years, but the bike seems to be remembered quite fondly by moto-journalists and owners – MCN later called it “the best-kept secreting in motorcycling” and a “forgotten gem,” this bike …

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A Week With the 2022 BMW K1600 GTL – Intro

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It’s been a couple of years, but VyVy and I are finally getting the chance to hit the road again. Normally we try to go for a big international trip, but it’s been tough for me to get enough time away from Iconic as of late. So we’re going to bop around California for the next week, and you’re invited …

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1995 Triumph Daytona Super III

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In the early 1990s, famed engine experts Cosworth assisted Triumph in their quest to build a faster version of the Daytona 900. It was a rare bird, as just 805 examples of the “Super III” were sold, 179 of which made it to the United States. Cosworth’s primary contribution was a new method of pressure sandcasting for the engine cases. …

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1 of 23 – 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio Azzuro

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6-23-2022 Update: Three years later, this bike is back up for sale. It’s got a few more miles (now up to 1,209 even though the seller says 700), but more importantly the opening bid ask is down quite a bit. Last time I featured this the seller wanted $25k as an opening bid. Now bidding starts at $11,000. Find it …

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1985 Moko/Powa Design D10

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I’m not ashamed to admit that I want this VERY badly, and it’s taking every ounce of my limited self-discipline to not bid on it. This is a D10, a futuristic concept bike based on a Yamaha FZ750 that was designed by a Swiss company called Moko/Powa Design. The consensus online (which seems to be from one source that a …

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Gear Review – Cardo PACKTALK EDGE Helmet Communicator

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One of the questions I ask all my “Meet a Reader” subjects is if they listen to music while they ride. It’s roughly a 50/50 split between “yes” and “f*** no, why would you ask such a dumb question,” but I continue to ask it because helmet communication devices are such a huge part of my riding experience. Whether it’s …

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Arai Classic DC “Paul Smart” Helmet

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Over on the auction site (Iconic Motorbikes), we’ve got a rare and interesting helmet that part of a small run that Arai did in Japan when Ducati released the Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE. “I did a stint for a year in Tokyo, Japan. During my stint I became friends with a Ducati dealer. If have the story right, someone related …