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1997 Bimota Mantra DB3

In Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Following up on yesterday’s oddball Italian upright is…another oddball Italian upright. The Bimota Mantra is definitely one of the most distinctive motorcycles to come out of the Rimini company’s doors. With that said, I love that they took a chance – you may never see a bike that looks like this again.

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BTS at Iconic – Abhi Buys Adam a Gift

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Over at Iconic: Adidas and Kawasaki recently partnered up to release a Ninja-themed set of sneakers that they call the ZX8000. Knowing how much my partner Adam loves Ninjas, I had to get him a pair…and then I bought myself a pair just to put on display in my office.

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Well Modded – 1998 Honda VFR800

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The fifth-gen Honda VFR800 brought the model into the modern era with a bump in displacement (if not power), Y2K styling, and the addition of fuel injection. This 1998 VFR is a first-year model from one of the best all-around bikes of all time – and it comes with a whole bunch of great upgrades.

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731 Miles – 2006 Ducati Multistrada 1000S

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Multistrada is Italian for “many roads”, and that reflects the broad capabilities built in by Ducati and Pierre Terblanche – their attempt at a touring bike you could hustle with. As MCN put it, “On face value, the Ducati Multistrada 1000DS shouldn’t work – monster trailie motorcycle dimensions and posture mixed with street brakes and tyres should equal boingy mess …

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1990 Ducati 750 Sport

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This 750 Sport is one of the rare reborn SuperSports that America didn’t get got for one year, per Dennis Martin in the comments (thanks, Dennis!). Here in the US, we think of the updated SS generation as the 900 model that debuted in 1991, but Ducati actually tried to bring it back in 1987 with the machine you see …

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546 Miles – 2006 Kawasaki KLR650/HDT M1030M1

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KLR fans, take a close look at that motor. If it looks different than what you’re used to, it’s because this is a diesel-powered Kawasaki built by Hayes Diversified Technologies for the US Marine Corps. Hayes actually built 3 military Kawis – a gas-powered bike based on the KLR250 (M1030), another gas-powered bike but based on the KLR650 (M1030B1), and …

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1992 Ducati 851

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Introduced in 1987, the 851 made Ducati relevant in motorcycle racing again. It featured fuel injection, liquid cooling, and desmo 4V heads. 1992 as the last year of production – the next year Ducati would unveil the 888. This example stands out as it’s been signed by Troy Corser, Pascal Picotte, and David Kieffer – three of Fast by Ferracci’s …

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1995 Magni Australia

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Arturo Magni started working with Moto Guzzi in 1985, and their first project was the “Parallelogrammo” swingarm created to counter the shaft jacking that was common with older driveshaft designs. In 1990, Magni customized a Daytona road racer that was campaigned by Ted Stolarski, Moto Guzzi’s Australian importer for 3 decades. In the early 90s, Magni named their next production …

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1989 BMW K1 Martin Brune

In Custom, Germany, Sport by Abhi1 Comment

I’ve featured plenty of BMW K1s on Bike-urious, but this variant was new to me. Per the seller, “Georges Martin (Noted French frame builder, not legendary English musical producer) built motorcycle frames throughout the 1970s, 1980s, early 1990s. This particular bike is associated with Brune, a German motorcycle performance company. The kit was purchased from US BMW gurus Luftmeister (think …