Honda’s Trail 90 (or CT90, depending on the market) was a popular entry point for youngsters to learn how to ride in the dirt – one of the reasons it was so easy to ride was the 4-speed transmission with an automatic clutch. That apparently wasn’t too much of a concern for the owners of this example, as it has …
No, the NC431V is not an official model – but it’s a hell of combination: a 2-stroke NS400R engine shoved into a modified NC30 chassis, all wrapped up in NSR bodywork.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had recently bought a Brutale 1000 RR out of MV Agusta’s press fleet. Well…I have the opportunity to buy something quirky that’s coming from Australia and I need some space and some money, so the Brutale needs a new home.
Here’s a final-year (and very low mileage) example of Kawasaki’s ZX-11, a bike that enjoyed a lengthy production run (from 1990-2001). When it was introduced, it was the fastest production motorcycle in the world, and it kept that title until 1996 when it was beat by the Honda Blackbird.
Kawasaki’s H2 750 is one of the craziest motorcycles of all time because it pairs an incredible motor with a chassis that simply could not keep up. This bike keeps the motor and takes it to the next level, but also eliminates the whole “need for turning” aspect that helped the stock bike the nickname of the Widowmaker.
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.
If you’ve been following Iconic, you know that we’re huge fans of Scott Russell – and we thought we’d mix things up by offering a signed helmet from his 1996 MotoGP season with Suzuki at no reserve to complement our listing for his 1993 WSBK Championship bike.
A popular starter bike in the 1980s, the Honda CB125 was commonly used for motorcycle instruction and other situations that often led to abuse and wear. This one, however, looks almost new and has just 19 miles. Per the seller, “the few imperfections on this bike have more to do with storage of 38 years than actual wear.”
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.
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.
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 …
On Thursday evening, the Petersen’s newest exhibit debuts…and it’s all about electric motorcycles! I’ll be there for the opening party – will you?
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 …
Built as a replica of a Guzzi factory race bike created for Dr. John Wittner, this incredible Guzzi features an extensive list of modifications and has been successfully raced in its current form since 2013.
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 …