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1998 Moto Guzzi Centauro

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Designed for the 75th anniversary of the MG factory, the Moto Guzzi Centauro was a limited production model designed as a sporty variant of the classic Italian cruiser with very distinctive bodywork – bodywork that the factory advertised as being 100% recyclable.

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Ending Soon – 1996 MZ Skorpion Sport

In Germany, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Skorpion was an example of what an international economy can achieve – a East German manufacturer brought together Japanese motors (from Yamaha) and a British design firm (called Seymourpowell) to create something that worked well on paper and on the road. It wasn’t a huge commercial success, but nowadays it’s definitely a cult classic.

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1984 Moto Morini K2 350

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Moto Morini’s heyday with production bikes was in the 70s with the legendary 3 1/2, but they weren’t able to retain the magic and after a decline in the 80s the company was sold to Cagiva. During that slide, they released a spiritual successor with top notch components and a dry weight of just 330 pounds. It was called the …

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2002 MV Agusta F4 750 Senna

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The MV Agusta F4 was Tamburini’s sequel to the Ducati 916, so it seems appropriate that MV also partnered with the Senna Foundation to create limited production runs of their flagship model, just like Ducati did. It didn’t hurt that Claudio Castiglioni (who was President of Cagiva – parent company to MV Agusta and Ducati) was a friend of Ayrton …

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Rare Project – 1977 Greeves Griffon 250 MX

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Greeves introduced the Griffon MX bike in 1971…and it was greeted with a lot of excellent competition from excellent bikes like the Yamaha DT1, Bultaco Pursang, and Husky 250CR. Two years later, Honda would release the 250 Elsinore and blow everyone else away. But the Griffon would hang around until 1977, when Greeves went out of business – that makes …

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Guess That Bike – Prototype Edition

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I walked into my office at Iconic Motorbikes today to discover a copy of BiG MACHINE, a Japanese motorcycle magazine that I love to look at but can barely understand. While flipping through the March 1996 issue, I saw some photos of a prototype that I thought was interesting. Can you figure out what it was?

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Rare In The US – 197x Kawasaki W3 650

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

While variants of the W1 and W2 were sold in North America, the final W model (the W3) never officially made it across the Pacific. It was also known as the RS650, and it featured upgraded suspension, minor cosmetic tweaks, and standard dual disc front brakes during its ’73-’74 production run. In fact, it was the first Kawasaki to feature …

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2004 Honda NSR50R

In Japan, Race, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

The NSR50 was in Honda’s lineup for decades before they blessed the USA with a chance to officially try it for ourselves in 2004. Before that year, Americans had to either order one directly from HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) or try to import one through the gray market. It was well worth the effort, because Honda used components that made …