5 Minute Histories: The Norton Commando

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The 5 Minute History series are produced by Silodrome for eBay Motors. Click here to read the full article on eBay. Introduction The Norton Commando is a vintage British motorcycle whose name would become so iconic it’s still a household name decades after the originals left production. Most people with even a passing interest in…

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Top 10 Dual Sport Helmets of 2016

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Dual sport helmets are designed to be used both on and off road, incorporating the best design features of both helmet styles. Dual sport motorcycles have been enjoying a surge in popularity in recent years, and it shows no sign of abating any time soon. In recent years we’ve seen classically styled scramblers coming back…

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5 Minute Histories: The Honda CB750

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Motorcycles were a market that was to be a natural opening for Japanese industry. Although the British, Americans, Italians, and Germans were making motorcycles that sold well they were steeped in traditional ideas of what a motorcycle should and should not be. The Japanese were not. Japan had worked on creating a motorcycle industry especially in the post war period.

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Top 5 Base Layers For Motorcyclists

Top 5 Base Layers For Motorcyclists

Depending on the season and your geographical location, a good base layer can prove invaluable – and extend your riding season by a good couple of months thanks to their ability to keep your core temperature balanced better than a regular cotton t-shirt. Each of these base layers is designed to fit reasonably snugly around…

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Top 8 Open Face Motorcycle Helmets

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The first motorcycle helmet was co-developed in 1914 by a British doctor who ran the medical facilities at the Brooklands race track. After seeing countless head injuries caused by accidents during races he contracted a local man to build a hard shellac helmet with a slightly softer internal canvas lining. These early helmets weren’t designed…

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Top 7 Armored Motorcycle Vests

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Armored motorcycle vests are becoming more and more popular with riders looking for a little additional safety and peace of mind. Most modern armored vests are made to CE-approved safety standards, using advanced impact absorbing layers with a harder outer layer to resist penetration and deformation. They’re typically strapped to the rider’s torso using thick…

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Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles On eBay This Week

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This week’s Top 5 includes a huge amount of geographical diversity, with bikes from Japan, West Germany, America, Italy, and an interesting American/Japanese Rockford Tora that’s still sitting in its original crate. My personal favourite from this Top 5 is a toss up between the Ducati, the Harley, and the Honda. The Ducati is an…

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Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles On eBay This Week

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This week we stumbled across a rare bike from one of my favourite, albeit unusual, motorcycle marques. Hodaka was a joint American/Japanese motorcycle manufacturer that has their headquarters and design department based in Oregon, and their manufacturing based in Japan. Some motorcycle historians credit Hodaka with being the company that lead the way for the…

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Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles On eBay This Week

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This week we stumbled across the sister bike of the usual one we featured last week, regular readers will remember the slightly unusual red, yellow, and blue BMW R60 Custom which is clearly built by the same man as the Indian/Kawasaki you see here. Some might take offence at me listing this unusual creation in…

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Top 6 Motorcycle Backpacks

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Finding the right backpack can be a tricky dilemma for some motorcyclists, and the correct solution will largely depend on the kind of riding you do. Urban commuters will want a bag that can hold a laptop, protect its contents from a sudden downpour, and stay comfortable on the shoulders. Long distance riders will want…

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Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles On eBay This Week

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Hunting through the listings on eBay for our weekly Top 5 is always a highlight to the week and a great reason to come into the office on Mondays. This week we found a couple of bikes that’ll make you do a double take, as well as three others that would make both a good…

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