BMW R 100R by Blitz

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The BMW R 100R was a bit of a precursor of the modern trend towards retro motorcycles. It was released in 1991 and sold until 1996, unlike the other bikes in the BMW stable it made no real attempt at being modern. BMW targeted the R 100R at an older generation who remembered the heady…

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Walt Siegl Ducati Leggero

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I’m yet to meet a motorcyclist who doesn’t have a deep appreciation for the work of Walt Siegl. He’s a custom bike builder who melds performance engineering and aesthetics into motorcycles that go significantly faster, and look markedly better, than the bikes they’re based on. The Ducati Leggero is a limited production series of custom motorcycles…

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Yamaha XS650 Gravel Tracker

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The Yamaha XS650 was one of the most advanced motorcycles in the world when it was released in 1968, the engine utilised a SOHC, a horizontally split crankcase and it was of unit construction – as opposed to the pre-unit engines that were still in widespread production. The design of the XS650 was essentially an…

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Ducati Bol d’Or by XTR Pepo

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If you have so much as a passing interest in highly engineered custom motorcycles, you’ll almost certainly have encountered the work of Pepo Rosell before. Probably under the name of his previous enterprise – Radical Ducati. He closed down Radical Ducati a year or so a go in order to take a 12 month sabbatical…

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Ducati GT1000 by TTRNO

Ducati GT1000

The Ducati GT1000 remains one of the best of the retro modern motorcycles we’ve seen in recent memory. With a kerb weight of 185 kilograms (407 lbs), a 992cc L-twin producing 92hp and 67.25 ft lbs of torque as well as modern suspension and braking, it was a motorcycle that might have looked retro –…

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Venier Customs Moto Guzzi California

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The Moto Guzzi California is a motorcycle that should be significantly more famous than it actually is. The first California was released in 1971 after extensive consultation and testing with the Los Angeles Police Department Traffic Division, the resulting police version of the model was notable for its bulletproof Lexan windshield and its standing quarter…

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Norton Commando Scrambler

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The Norton Commando is a motorcycle that defied the odds to become a cult classic in its own lifetime, it was developed to compete with the new wave of bikes coming out of Japan but unlike the Japanese, the Brits were struggling to fund new R&D. This resulted in the Commando using the Atlas parallel…

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David Beckham’s Triumph Bonneville

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The Triumph Bonneville was originally released in 1959, it quickly became a very popular motorcycle on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to the performance and extensibility it offered. The fundamentals of the model have remained solid over the intervening decades, Bonnevilles have all had parallel twin, air-cooled, four stroke engines that could be modified…

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