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1995 Yamaha Virago XV1100

In Cruiser, Japan, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

Introduced in the early 80s, Yamaha’s Virago line was the first V-Twin cruiser to come out of Japan, and it was an example of what happens when marketers and engineers don’t agree on what a product should be. The first version was chock full of tech like a monocoque frame, monoshock suspension, shaft final drive, offset cylinders, and more – …

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1972 Harley-Davidson FLH Police Sidecar

In 3 Wheels, America, Cruiser by AbhiLeave a Comment

Factory police sidecars are quite rare (in fact, nowadays they’re just about non-existent), but there are a few police departments that swear by them, particularly in cities with inclement winter weather. One such city is Washington DC, where Harley sidecars have played a significant role in the pomp and circumstance of presidential inaugurations.

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Press Release – MV Agusta Returns to GP Motorcycle Racing

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Even though they last won a Grand Prix race in 1976, MV Agusta is still the most successful European motorcycle manufacturer of all time in the discipline, with a total of 75 world titles (38 rider/37 manufacturer) between 1952 and 1974. After 42 years, MV is back – though they’re starting in Moto2 as partners with Forward Racing.

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1976 Yamaha RD400

In Japan, Less than 5k, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1976, Yamaha made the RD350 a little bigger with a displacement bump up to 399cc. Thanks to 44 horsepower, the hooligan motorcycle du jour was capable of hitting the ton with a top speed of 105 miles per hour. Most people know the 400 simply for being an easier to ride upgrade over the 350, but it was also …

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558 Miles in Canada – 2005 Ducati Multistrada 1000S DS

In Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Introduced in 2003, the Ducati Multistrada 1000 was quickly complemented by a smaller (620) model. Multistrada translates to “many roads’, and the idea was that you’d get ADV comfort for all day riding without the pretensions of going off-road with a heavy beast. The initial run had some teething problems – not in terms of reliability but in terms of …

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The Original Italian Power Cruiser – 2012 CR&S Duu

In Cruiser, Italy by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

CR&S is a boutique Italian manufacturer that is in many ways comparable to Arch Motorcycle. The two both produce ultra top-shelf, S&S V-Twin-powered, performance-oriented cruisers, but while Arch’s models have received ample public attention and media exposure, CR&S’ offerings are little known in the good ol’ US of A, which is a damn shame considering the Italian marque makes some …

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Droog Moto’s “Moto3” – 2015 Yamaha FZ-09 Custom

In Custom, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Last June, Abhi featured a Droog Moto bike built around a 2000 Suzuki Savage, and now that a year has gone by the Southwestern shop has another build for sale. The whole Mad Max/post apocalyptic-look isn’t for everyone, but if it is your thing then you’re probably going to love Droog’s latest project, dubbed “Moto3”. Built around a Yamaha 2015 …

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Purple Rain Replica – 1979 Honda CM400A Custom

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From Steve McQueen’s Triumph TR6 Trophy Bird in 1963’s The Great Escape, to Peter Fonda’s custom Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide “Captain America” bike in 1969’s Easy Rider or Tom Cruise’s Kawasaki GPZ900R from 1986’s Top Gun, pop culture has given rise to a number of iconic two-wheelers over the years. One of the best-known scoots to be featured in popular culture …