1968 Egli-Vincent 1330 by Godet

A Brief History of the Egli-Vincent The Egli-Vincent was originally built to fix a design flaw in the Vincent Black Shadow – its frame. Although highly innovating for the time, the frame wasn’t really strong enough for the speeds and suspension loads endured by the bike – and a Swiss motorcycle racer named Fritz Egli had…

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NCT Motorcycles BMW R100T “ToastBrot”

There are few motorcycle engines as iconic as the BMW Airhead. The opposed twins were first built by the German marque in 1923 based loosely on a design borrowed from the British motorcycle maker Douglas, the Germans turned the engine 90 degrees so the heads would be out in the clean airflow to aid cooling….

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C-Racer Suzuki GSX250

The Suzuki GSX250 The Suzuki GSX series made its first appearance in 1980, and within a few short years the “Gixxers” had established Suzuki a rock-solid reputation as a four-stroke superbike builder. Up until the mid-70s the Japanese marque was building almost all two-strokes, from small capacity bikes right the way up to the widowmaker GT750….

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Moto Adonis BMW R1100S

The BMW R1100S The BMW R1100S was released in 1999 as an indication of the direction the German marque would take into the 21st century. It was fitted with the most powerful boxer twin BMW had made up until that point, producing 98 hp and 72 lbf.ft from its 1085cc capacity, and it was mated to…

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Karly Kothmann’s Honda CB550

Those of you who are active in the motorcycle side of the Instagram universe will probably have already seen Karly and her trusty Honda CB550. For those who haven’t, Karly is a Texan, a counsellor, a photographer, a mother, and an avid motorcyclist who picked up a junkyard Honda CB550 back in 2015 for $500….

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XTR Pepo Honda Shadow Custom

The Honda Shadow The Honda Shadow isn’t a motorcycle you would usually associate with a top tier custom rebuild. Honda introduced the Shadow in 1983 targeting the lucrative American market – specifically Harley-Davidson buyers. The styling borrowed heavily from the cruiser market, with a V-twin, sweeping fenders, a relaxed riding position, and a generous helping…

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Honda CR500 Flat Tracker

The Honda CR500 The Honda CR500 first appeared in 1984, it was the most powerful model in the legendary CR series of two-stroke motocross bikes, and its 55 hp engine only had to move a (dry) weight of 102 kilograms (225 lbs). Honda’s first CR-badged bikes were the CR125 and CR250 released in 1973, both…

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Venier Customs Kawasaki KZ 1000

The Kawasaki KZ 1000 was released in late 1976, and both the motoring public and the motorcycle media quickly realised that it was the new fastest production bike in the world. Kawasaki built the K1000 as an evolution of the KZ 900, which itself was an evolution of the original big inline-4 Kawasaki – the…

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1969 Magnum Mini Racer

There’s something immediately approachable about mini bikes. In fact they might be the only motorcycle genre that almost all motorcyclists like. The mini racing bike you see here started life as a bare 1969 Z50A Magnum frame, it was sourced from a local legend in Denton, Texas nicknamed “Minibike George”. The build is the work…

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Fuel Motorcycles BMW R100R Silverback

The BMW R100R was released in 1991 as a retro-styled model that harked back to the golden age of the BMW boxer twin, commonly known as the “Airheads” because the engine’s heads are out in the air for optimal cooling. In some respects the R100R represented all of the development time that BMW had invested…

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Society 142 BMW K100

The BMW K100 was the German answer to the surge in popularity surrounding inline-4 motorcycles pouring out of Japan in the ’70s and ’80s. They knew they needed a large displacement 4-cylinder to supplement their ageing boxer twins – and potentially replace them altogether. They settled on a twin cam inline-4 with fuel injection, a 5-speed…

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Overbold Motor Co. Honda CB750

The Honda CB750 was released in 1969 to fulfil a demand by Honda dealers in the USA for a bigger, more powerful motorcycle that would allow them to compete directly with the large-engined bikes from the US and Europe. Honda was skeptical about the potential for the new 750cc inline-4, so they didn’t fully set up a…

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