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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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Kawasaki KZ400

Posted on June 24, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

This is a bike that doesn’t get much airplay anymore. Apart from the legendary KZ400.com (appropriate name). Originally run by Odd Ivar Bekkelund, who was obsessed with the KZ400. Unfortunatley he passed away last year (2008) and his son has left all his Dads posts and hard work up in memory of his Dad. The “original” Kawasaki KZ400 was a 398cc twin cylinder produced from 1974-1984. These motorcycles were marketed as fuel efficient transportation back in the 70’s. So you could say they were like the Prius of the bike world. It doesn’t make a bad Cafe racer either.


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The Norvin

Posted on June 23, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

The Norvin is a very beautiful bike. It’s essentially a Vincent engine mounted in a Norton frame and has been made since the 1950’s. It is such an impressive looking 1000cc engine but does come with a downside. This downside is the weight of the Vincent engine which obviously effects the handling of the bike. Whatever the case it’s still a classic motorcycle that has made it’s place in cafe racer history.  Hailwood Motorcycle Restorations in the U.K still builds brand-new 1000cc to 1200cc Vincent motors to modern specs if you are in that part of the world.


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BMW 1952 R25/2

Posted on June 20, 2009 by Scott in Classic. 5 comments

Richard from Sweden’s Richard Garage is an amazing BMW motorcycle restorer. We all love before and after shots, and this is one of the best I’ve seen. The 1952 BMW R25/2 motorcycle, was found in a garden where it had stood for 42 years, only covered with a oil cloth. That’s Richard standing with the bike when he found it. The stunning white BMW motorcycle is what he turned it into after lots of hard work. Respect.

 


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Moto Galore

Posted on June 19, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 4 comments

Saw this pic on Joes Sign Shop. It’s a beautiful 1968 Triumph T100 R by Motor Galore. Kenneth from Motor Galore was born in Germany in 1965. He moved to the states to get away from Nazi rule and find a new life (we thank you for finding that life or else we wouldn’t see these cool bikes). As an accomplished metal artist extraordinaire…


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Rideable Art

Posted on June 17, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 1 Comment

When i first saw these bikes from Helrich Custom Cycles I couldn’t stop smiling. They really are pieces of rideable art. Their website is still work in progress but it’s obvious Dave is spending more time making beautiful bikes and less time learning HTML…. the way it should be.

Check out his gallery for the whole art collection its unbelievable… almost as unbelievable as this guy.


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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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Lost Knuckles

Posted on June 15, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

We have been looking at all the winners from the European Championship of Custom Bike building. Most of them are choppers but one classic caught our eye. It is a 1934 Harley Davidson Knucklehead that has been totally rebuilt by a German shop called Classic Bikes (doesn’t sound very German). We love how they have kept the heart and soul of this classic. For more pics and details click here.


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Falcon Bullet

Posted on June 10, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Falcon Motorcycles describe themselves as marrying the heritage of vintage British motorcycles with the clean aesthetic of modern lines. They have definitely done that with The Bullet which is a custom Triumph motorcycle, that started life as the derelict frame and engine of a 1950 pre-unit Triumph Thunderbird — the bike Marlon Brando rode in “The Wild One”. The concept was inspired by what a Triumph board track racer would have looked like, if indeed Triumph had ever created one. [Thanks to Knucklebusterinc for reminding us of their new site]


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