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Guess That Bike – I Have No Idea Edition

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Usually when I have a “Guess That Bike” post, I know what the bike is and I only share a little piece to challenge you. This time, I have no idea what I stumbled upon so I’m going to share everything and I hope you can educate me! Maybe I should call this “Tell Me What This Is” instead of …

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2024 Quail Motorcycle Gathering – The Winners

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2024 was the 14th year of the Quail and unfortunately the most significant guest of the day was rain. Still, like every other Quail it was a fun day full of great bikes and better people – I’m looking forward to going back next year! Let’s take a look at who won awards this time around:

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Picture Intermission – Megola

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On the way back from the Quail, I stopped at the Solvang Motorcycle Museum. I hadn’t been there in about a decade and it was well worth the detour in our trip. I’m going to share some of my favorites over the next few days and I think I’ll start with the weirdest one: a 1922 Megola.

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What Do You Want To Know? 2024 Yamaha MT-09 and MT-09 SP

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Update: Here’s the review! The last time I reviewed a MT-09 (in 2020), I said that “I wondered if Yamaha’s legal department was on vacation when the MT-09 was in development.” It was a ton of fun, but it lacked refinement in certain areas. This week, I’m in Northern California because Yamaha has revised the model for 2024. What would …

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Picture Intermission – DR Moto Yamaha R1

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My favorite bike at the Aprilia Racers Days event at Circuit of the Americas this year wasn’t an Aprilia – though there were several cool ones (including three XTrentas!) No, this year my favorite was a Yamaha (sort of). It’s owned by one of our clients at Iconic Motorbikes and it’s an amazing build around a 2014 British Superbike Spec …

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1980 Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100 Custom

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Over on the auction site we’ve got a lovely take on one of Moto Guzzi’s ugly ducklings – the CX100. In the states, however, not even that was enough. To satisfy the American mantra of “no replacement for displacement” and to compete with the BMW R100RS, Guzzi took the 1000cc engine and lower fairings from the 1000SP sport tourer and …

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2004 Moto Guzzi Breva

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Originally available as a 750, the Breva was given a bigger engine just as Moto Guzzi got an infusion of cash from Piaggio. The Breva was designed to be a modern naked tourer, and with the 1100 engine you could expect 72 horsepower at the rear wheel and 56 pound feet of torque.

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2x Honda VTR250s

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Sold in the US for three years, the Honda VTR250 has become a cult classic for riders that love small bikes. The liquid cooled 250cc engine was paired with a six-speed transmission, and interestingly, an inboard front disc – though by 1990 the front brake would change to the industry standard. Someone in Wisconsin is selling a pair of them …

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1979 Dunstall/Suzuki GS1000 Competition Special

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Paul Dunstall is a legend in the classic motorcycling world. Originally a motorcycle racer, he set up a workshop where he turned Nortons into world-beaters with engine and cosmetic modifications. Fast forward to the 1970s, Dunstall’s business had expanded to a point where he was shipping complete bikes directly to dealers in the US. At this point, he was splitting …

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2020 Bandit9 Arthur

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Based out of Southeast Asia, Bandit9 is run by Daryl Villanueva. He offers a series of customs – all of which are built in production runs of 9. The “Arthur” was built as a collaboration with Royal Enfield – the British firm asked them to create something special based off their Continental GT 535.