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Interview – Tony Foale

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An under-appreciated icon in the motorcycle world, Tony Foale has literally written the book on “Motorcycle Handling and Chassis Design.” Tony was an Australian engineer who moved to England to pursue his passion of racing motorcycles. Like Rickman and Dunstall, Foale got into the business of building custom frames. Unlike most of his competitors, he focused on electronic and mathematical …

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1955 Victoria Bergmeister V35

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Originally a bicycle manufacturer, Victoria produced motorcycles from about 1901 to 1966. One of their most well known models was the Victoria Bergmeister, as it was well-engineered. Unfortunately, the excellent design was very expensive to produce, and Victoria ran out of money after only 3 years of selling this bike. In ’58 they merged with another group.

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Meet a Reader – Frank Wu

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We’re very lucky to have some incredibly interesting readers as part of the Bike-urious community, and I thought it was time to get to know you guys a little bit better. Some of you have possibly noticed in the past that I’m a big fan of Frank, so you shouldn’t be surprised that I believe his thoughts are worth sharing!

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1982 Krauser MKM1000

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Post Listing Update: The BIN was lowered to $36,000, but it still got no interest on eBay. 3 decades ago, Krauser was known as the world’s largest manufacturer of detachable luggage for motorcycles, especially for BMWs and Goldwings. Mike Krauser, president of his namesake company, wanted to design a top of the line road bike. The result was an entirely …

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1 of 100 – 1982 BMW Krauser MKM 1000

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Back in the early 80s, Krauser was the world’s largest manufacturer of detachable luggage for motorcycles, known especially for their bags used on BMWs and Goldwings. Mike Krauser, president of his namesake company, wanted to design a road machine that would be top of the line. The result was an entirely new concept in frame design, and the BMW Krauser …

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34th Annual Hansen Dam All British Ride

In 3 Wheels, Cruiser, England, Off-Road, Race, Small Displacement, Sport, Standard, Touring, Vintage by Abhi2 Comments

Every year, the Southern California Norton Owner’s Club hosts a wonderful get together at Hansen Dam. The combined show and ride features decades of classic British iron – and you’re bound to see great bikes from other marques, new and old. We got an invite from a local BMW mechanic friend and couldn’t say no. As you’ve come to expect …

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2003 Benelli Tornado Tre 900 Limited Edition

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10-23 Update: Wow, that was quick! This bike has already sold, at the much lower price of $8,200. So much for the 25k asking price. Benelli was one of the many companies that struggled to survive the onslaught of Japanese competition, starting all the way back in the 60s. As years passed, Benelli was bought and sold several times until …

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2011 Zero XU – Electric Wonder

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The Zero XU is an all electric motorcycle designed to be the perfect city commuter for those that would like to stop using gasoline – as long as you won’t miss the sensation of shifting. Realistic range is between 30-35 miles, which admittedly isn’t great. But for those of you with 5-10 mile commutes, this bike could be perfect. Battery …

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2007 Benelli TNT Cafe Racer

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We go from old Benelli’s to new ones… In the 80s, Benelli was merged to become part of Moto Guzzi, and it was pretty much shut down. In the mid 90s, however, Andrea Merloni brought Benelli back and they came back with a vengeance, with very distinctive looking bikes. By the designs, you would never be able to tell that …

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1962 Ducati 200GT

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When Ducati introduced the 200 Elite in 1959, it was their largest-displacement motorcycle. Three years later, Ducati created the 200GT – it lost the jelly bean tank for the larger one from the Diana and was more of an overall street bike than a racer with practicalities like valenced fenders as well as full tool box and air box enclosures.

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Picture Intermission – The Daniel Shoenwald Collection

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Even though it was a Saturday morning, Nathan and I were excited to be outside of a nondescript office building in Camarillo, California. Why? Because it was the office of ADVANCED Motion Controls, a company co-founded by Daniel Shoenwald in the 80s. OK, that’s not particularly exciting – but Mr. Shoenwald has tucked away a staggering collection of motorcycles in …