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1955 Matchless G45

Posted on July 2, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

This has to be one of the most beautiful British racers ever made. It was Matchless’ first attempt at a 500cc production racer. Not very reliable and even had a tendency to blow up. A cross between a special version of their roadgoing 500cc two-cylinder engine and the AJS 7R (everything but the engine). AJS and Matchless were both owned by AMC (Associated Motorcycle Company). The British sure knew how to make exceptional motorcycles. Shame about their reliability, although Triumph has pretty much sorted that out these days.


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GILERA SATURNO “PIUMA” 500

Posted on June 29, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

This classic 500cc racer was unveiled in the spring of 1948, compared to past Gilera bikes it was a new slick design. The Gilera was raced at the Dutch TT in June where prominent Japanese manufacturing reps took numerous rolls of film of the new racer (and no doubt ripped off). The 1949 season was a shake down for the new bike and went on to demonstrate its potential by winning several races but failed to win the manufacturer title that was clinched by one point by Les Graham on AJS. The head engineer actually left shortly after building this bike and went to work for MV Agusta. Funnily enough the 1950 MV Agusta looked very similar to this classic motorcycle. If you want to read the whole history visit Gilera-Saturno.


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MV Agusta Cilindri

Posted on June 26, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

What a classic Italian racer. While a 3-cylinder engine was not exactly a novelty (others  had experimented with this configuration) it was undoubtedly the first to achieve such brilliant performance. A full 92 HP at 13,500 RPM, lightness and excellent handling made this 500 the most successful of the MV stable. Following its 1966 debut, it won 7 consecutive world championships from 1967 to 1973 with G. Agostini. That was no easy feat. Wouldn’t you love to ride this machine on a race track?


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Aermacchi Racing

Posted on June 16, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 1 Comment

This company in the Netherlands called Aermacchi Racing are selling these beautiful Aermacchi kit replicas. These are good looking single cylinder cafe racers. They look like more fun than granny at bingo night. If you are interested in making one of these bad boys, they ship these frames and parts all around the world.
(Maybe they can ship me one so I can write a proper review about how they ride?? You know where i live!)

 


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Yamaha RD56

Posted on June 7, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

This Yamaha RD56 is one amazing bike. It looks like its had more action than Paris Hilton’s bed. Unlike Paris I think the scratches and dents actually adds to the beauty. The RD56 frame was a new design based on the revolutionary Norton Featherbed.


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Vicious Cycle

Posted on June 5, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 1 Comment

Vicious Cycle is a custom shop in Portland, Oregon renound for producing performance CB160 and Cb170 cafe racers with attitude. Love the simplicity of their bikes, stripped down in true cafe racer style. They look like they’d be loads of fun around the race track.


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Joes V Cycle

Posted on June 3, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

Joes V Cycle is run by Joe who used to be an Aircraft technician. His love for motorcycles and his gift for restoring has produced some amazing customs. Like this Norton Race Replica.

 


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Ducati Desmo 1975

Posted on May 24, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 3 comments

This bike is a beautiful piece of history. Not only did it offer spectacular performance, it offered a set of features rarely seen on a sport bike. The four-stroke engine was able to satisfy the needs of any biker, including those interested in racing, without special customization (sadly to some like myself). This was the result of italian design and superior craftmanship, combining the potential of the twin-cylinder engine with the unrivalled mechanics of the legendary 750 ImolaBMWcycles just sold one with only 125 miles on it. Fresh out of the crate. Their site is worth checking out for other classic bikes for sale.


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Screw Disneyland…

Posted on May 22, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

I’m taking the kids to The Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum instead. The rides look like more fun. Heres a selection of their rides…

1974 Norton Commmando 850
1966 Moto Guzzi Stornello Regolarita

1959 Matchless G50

1972 Ducati 450

 

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1969 Honda CB750

Posted on May 18, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

One bike that might put viagra out of business is this beautiful CB750 KO. If you want to read the whole story and see more pics they are on Motorcycle Online.

 

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