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Ex-Racer in Italy – 1994 Ducati 916 SP

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The Ducati 916 was an instant classic when it was released in 1994 – as Mick Walker put it, “the 916 changed the face of sports bikes in a way that only the original Suzuki GSX-R750 had managed a decade earlier.” Even the “base” Strada model, if you could call it such as thing, was spectacular, but Ducati also released …

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1992 Yamaha TDM850

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The Yamaha TDM 850 is definitely an oddball…a well-rounded bike in a US market that seems to prefer hyper-specialization. Sold in the US for only two years (1992-1993), there aren’t very many of these bikes still around, but the TDM definitely has a cult following. Well suited for tall riders, Yamaha designed this bike to enjoy mountain roads and also …

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What 80s-Inspired Retro Would You Like To See Next?

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I was having dinner with Jeff Pamer a few months ago while I had a Suzuki Katana on loan – did you see my review? Jeff mentioned that in this wave of retro-inspired bikes, the new Katana is the first one to take its inspiration from the 80s. I briefly countered with the BMW RnineT Urban GS, but eventually I …

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New Old Stock – 1958 Capriolo TV 75

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Post Listing Update: This Capriolo did not meet reserve despite 13 bids up to $1,711.66 on eBay in Escondido, California. 3-29-20 Update: Almost six years later, this bike is back up for sale. The seller (who is a Tom Cruise impersonator) acquired it the last time I featured it and has bumped the mileage up from 2 to 16, typically …

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1988 Honda Hawk GT

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Honda was ahead of its time when it debuted the Hawk GT, also known as the NT650. It was one of the world’s first modern naked bikes but it was a commercial failure. Over the years, many riders have fallen in love with the Hawk as used examples trade hands – here’s your chance to see what all the fuss …

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2010 Ducati 1198S Corse Special Edition

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The 1198S was a phenomenal machine – MCN called it “one of the best V-twins ever made and “truly one of those motorcycles that everybody should be allowed to ride once in their life.” For those of you that want a dash of exclusivity, Ducati produced a special cosmetic package called the Corse between 2009 and 2011. It differed from …

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No Reserve – 2010 Sachs Madass

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Post Sale Update: this Madass sold for $1,175 after 34 bids on eBay in Kaysville, Utah. Introduced in 2004, the German-designed/Chinese-built Sachs Madass was a 125cc in-town runabout that was way ahead of the current wave of mini motos like the Honda Grom and Kawasaki Z125. Though the Madass debuted in 2004, it wasn’t officially imported to the US until …

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Tech Review – Kawasaki’s Rideology App

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Nowadays it seems like almost every company is a technology company to some degree – you may be a motorcycle manufacturer but you can’t compete in many segments without the latest in electronic assists like Cornering ABS or wheelie control. This same battle is now moving to your phone, as many OEMs have released mobile apps that connect to your …