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Video Intermission – Up in (Pink) Smoke

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I think the Shinko Smoke Bomb was introduced about 3 years ago, but I forgot it existed until a friend reminded me about it this morning. Do you remember? The tire itself was black but when you do a burnout, it would release red, blue, or purple smoke: Relive the glory with this video, and skip to 1:55 if you …

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Crated – 1999 Excelsior Henderson Super X

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In the early 1900s, Excelsior and Henderson were two of America’s best motorcycle manufacturers. Excelsior produced the first motorcycle to official hit 100 miles per hour, while Henderson was producing the favored bikes of America’s police officers. There’s a reason for the similarities – the companies were both bought up by Schwinn in the 1910s, and were shut down in …

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1979 Chrysler Snorunner

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The Chrysler Snorunner has an interesting history – though some people disagree on the actual story. My favorite version is that Chrysler built them for the Army, which was looking for light weight snow transport that could carry a soldier for 30 miles. It wasn’t capable of handling powder snow, so the Army gave up on it. Chrysler decided to …

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Semi-Replica – 1985 Yamaha RD500

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Yamaha’s RD500 was a sportbike that has a special place in the hearts of US 80s 2-stroke fans because it was never officially imported here. Nearly all of the examples you now find were brought in from Canada (where it was called the RZ500, hence the title in the seller’s listing). Here’s an example that has 11,600 miles, just 100 …

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1973 Suzuki GT750

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The Suzuki GT750, also known as the Water Buffalo, was the bike that put Suzuki on the map in the United States. Introduced as competition to the big bikes of the day, like the Honda CB750 and the Triumph Bonneville, this bike was basically a T500 with an extra cylinder and liquid cooling crafted on.

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1975 Laverda SFC Electronica

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Post-Listing Update: After bidding got up to $44,100, the seller pulled the bike off of eBay. Even the “base” SFC 750 is a legendary bike, but near the end of production, it got just a little bit better with the Laverda SFC Electronica. It was named for the incorporation of Bosch electronic ignition, but that wasn’t the extent of the …

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Cycle World Special – 1974 Norton VR880

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Kenny Dreer, the man who almost brought Norton back from the grave several years ago, got his start restoring motorcycles from the British marque at his shop called Vintage Rebuilds (VR) near Portland, Oregon. As the 1990s came to an end, he started building his own variant of the Commando, which he called the Norton VR880.

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Couple of Blue Rickman Metisses

In England, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Rickman Metisse is a legend when it comes to classic off-roaders. Here are two examples of the breed in blue, one with a Triumph engine, the other with a Weslake BSA B44 engine – considered by some (like Motocross Action Mag) to be the ultimate example of the Metisse.

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Feeling Lucky? 1967 Velocette MSS

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A tiny British manufacturer, Velocette was a family-owned firmed that was well-known for creating high quality bikes. With 3 decades of successful international racing experience, and (still-standing) record for a single-cylinder bike running 24 hours at 100 miles per hour, they brought many technical innovations to the world, including a swingarm rear suspension with hydraulic dampers. One of their more …