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Retrospective: Triumph T140 Bonneville 750: 1973-1988

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This 750 Bonneville had a pretty good run—under three entirely different managements. First was the traditional factory at Meriden, followed by the workers’ strike and the setting up of a genuine worker-owned cooperative, and finally the Les Harris Bonnies. It was, with constant upgrades over the years, the same bike, same frame, same engine, same name on the tank, and ...

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Retrospective: Harley-Davidson FXLR Low Rider Custom: 1987-1994

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Low Rider. Catchy name. Some readers might remember the chopped and channeled craze in automobile styling back in the ’50s and ’60s. Willie G. took that to heart when he developed the very first Low Rider, the FXS, back in 1977. It was all about the look, as if one of Harley’s own Super Glides had been worked over by ...

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Exciting Updates Announced From The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

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The 2014 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, presented by TUDOR, will showcase a collection of more than 200 of the world’s most striking and never-before-seen motorcycles on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The day-long event, which will be held at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California, will celebrate the evolution of the motorcycle as well ...

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Retrospective: Honda CB1000: 1994-1996

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Take a casual glance at the motorcycle in the picture and one might mistake it for Honda’s latest retro-bike, the CB1100. Nope, we’re going back 20 years to what Honda was advertising as a “standard”—a street bike without fairing, a.k.a. “naked.” In 1993, Kawasaki and Suzuki had big, naked standards, the ZR1100 and GSX1100, with Yamaha offering the half-faired FJ1200; ...

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Transcontinental Motorcycle Cannonball Run III Coming in September

Motorcycle Canonball Run 2014

The 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Run, a transcontinental ride scheduled for 17 days in September, will be a worldwide affair. The coast-to-coast run on antique motorcycles has its roster full and the route set. According to Lonnie Isam, Jr., owner of Jurassic Racing in Sturgis, South Dakota, and promoter of the Cannonball Run, the endurance ride for pre-1937 motorcycles will get ...

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'The Meet' Vintage Motorcycle Festival to Expand in 2014

Vintage Motorcycle Festival The Meet

The 3rd annual vintage motorcycle show known as The Meet will be held August 22-24, 2014, at America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington. This year, Event Chairman Burt Richmond has expanded the August 23 show beyond the 3½ acre show field onto an adjacent 3-acre paved lot that will be used for Swap Meet and Demo rides for Aprilia, BMW, ...

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Honda VFR750F Interceptor: 1986; VFR750F: 1990-1997

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The motorcycling world was immensely impressed when Soichiro Honda introduced the CB750 in-line four in 1969, but by 1980 the copycats had relegated the concept to the initials UJM—Universal Japanese Motorcycle. However, the fertile mind of Mr. Honda had more ideas, and he felt that a V-4 would be the ideal sporting engine. Clean sheet of paper, a few million ...

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Retrospective—Velocette Valiant 200: 1957-1963

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Nice looking motorcycle, this Valiant, powered by a little OHV boxer engine with a cowling (Velocette preferred to call it a “bonnet”) over the top in an effort to give it somewhat sporty looks. It had a full cradle frame with a telescopic fork up front, a swingarm with shock absorbers at the rear, 4-speed gearbox and a curb weight ...

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Royal Enfield’s Long History in Brief

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The first Royal Enfield was manufactured in Redditch, England, in 1901, making it the oldest, continually produced motorcycle in the world. Though the brand has passed through a number of hands over the years, it has never been out of production. Currently it’s owned by Eicher Motors, a $1.3-billion company based in India. From the start, Royal Enfield was innovative. ...

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Retrospective: Bultaco Montadero 360: 1968-1972

1972 Bultaco Montadero Mark II 360_2080

This Montadero was an adequate dual-purpose motorcycle, in truth, more focused on the dirt than the pavement, though the handling was a bit on the heavy side. It used a relatively old-fashioned piston-port two-stroke single, but the way the motor laid the power to the ground was impressive. All part of the Spanish mystique. Back in the late ’60s, the ...

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