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1954 Matchless G80S

In England, Standard by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

In this day and age, there are many similarities we take for granted that allow us to hop on any bike from recent history and go cruising down to the coffee shop. Some people try to stand out with modifications or custom bikes, but ultimately anyone with a license can get from A to B. However, there was a time …

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Ending Soon – 1991 Yamaha XT600E Supermoto

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

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

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

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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Rare Project – 1933 Indian Motoplane

In America, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

08-04-2018 Update: Almost two years later, Tim Huber sees that this Motoplane is back up for sale. Find it here on Craigslist in Nevada City, Nevada for $16,000. Post Listing Update: This Motoplane did not meet reserve despite 9 bids up to $12,600. This bike is going to need a lot of work, but it’s rare enough for a feature. …

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The 13 Ducati Race of Champions Bikes

In Italy, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: The eBay auctions are over, so let’s see what happened! The high score went to Troy Bayliss, whose bike sold for a staggering $139,000! Per Ducati: “Dovizioso, Melandri, Lorenzo, Pirro (Race of Champions winner) and Petrucci’s bikes were also in great demand, going for between $46,000 and $72,200 USD, with the bikes ridden by Miller, Davies, Rabat, …

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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

In Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

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

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

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.

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Modernized GP Classic – Upgraded 1984 Yamaha RZ500

In Japan, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The mid-1970s were an exciting time for GP racing. In ’75 ,Yamaha managed to steal the crown from MV Agusta before going on to claim back-to-back-to-back world titles in ’78, ’79, and ’80 – feats achieved by Kenny Roberts. By the dawn of the ’80s, the tuning fork company’s marketing department started kicking around the idea of introducing a high-performance …

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BikeShed Shown – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000 Custom

In Custom, Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Released in 1998, the RSV1000 was a game-changing model for Aprilia. Beforehand, the largest machine in the Italian marque’s lineup was a 250. In its roughly half-decade of production an array of different RSV variants were produced, including a few higher-spec R and SP models. While most people would’t look at the full-faired Italian V-Twin as an ideal donor, Gareth …

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2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

In Italy, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In every motorcycle manufacturer’s history, there is an event that changes everything, something that creates a before and an after, something that will define the brand and the image it will have for the rest of its activity. Ducati has a strange story. Founded in 1926 in Bologna, the Italian brand was at the time specialized in the production and …