God Speed You! Black Emperor

God Speed You! Black Emperor

God Speed You! Black Emperor is a Japanese documentary from 1976, it follows the life and times of the Black Emperor motorcycle gang and the very beginning of the Bōsōzoku movement. The film is the work of acclaimed director Mitsuo Yanagimachi, in fact it was his first credit as director in a career that has…

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Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R

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The first Nissan Skyline GT-R made its appearance in 1969 as a four-door sedan fitted with a 2 litre S20 inline 6 cylinder engine capable of 160hp. Those familiar with the history of the model will know that it was originally produced by the Prince Motor Company, a Japanese marque that began producing the Skyline…

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Kawasaki KZ200 Tracker

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The Kawasaki KZ200 is a motorcycle that was developed largely for the South East Asian market, with a particular focus on Indonesia. For a while back in the 1970s, the Indonesians had a law limiting motorcycle engine sizes to a maximum of 200cc and much of the region still tends to favour engine capacities in…

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Titanium French Press

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Good coffee is something that many of us consider essential to our daily productivity, sanity and general happiness. When travelling, it can be a major chore to find a decent coffee, and when camping it can be next to impossible. This is where the Titanium French Press from Snow Peak comes into its own, it’s…

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Yamaha XV750 Scrambler

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In 1981 Yamaha released the XV750 Virago – their first V-twin motorcycle and a big step into the American-style cruiser market which was dominated at the time by Harley-Davidson. From an engineering perspective, the Virago was an interesting bike – it used a pressed steel backbone which utilised the engine as a stressed member, and rather…

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Honda CB750

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There are many (including myself) who consider the Honda CB750 to be the single most important Japanese motorcycle ever designed. Although this is obviously a controversial thing to say, I do think it’s warranted in this instance due to the staggering influence the CB750 had not only on the Japanese motorcycle industry, but on the…

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Yamaha XS1100 “Eleven”

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Upon its introduction in 1978, the Yamaha XS1100 was the largest-capacity and most powerful production motorcycle in the world. To say it took the motoring press by surprise would be a significant understatement, the leading motorcycle journalists of the day expected a 1000cc bike to compete with the likes of Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki. Yamaha…

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Honda CB750 F2N by Debolex

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The Honda CB750 is one of the most important motorcycles of the 20th century, it was responsible for the coining of the term “super bike”, and it signalled to the world that the Japanese motorcycle industry had arrived. From its introduction in 1968 throughout the ’70s and into the ’80s, the CB750 saw constant development….

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James May’s Yamaha FS1-E

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The Yamaha FS1-E is an icon of titanic proportions in Britain, the 49cc moped was legal for riders as young as 16 and it was quicker than anything else in its class – which of course led to it being the most desired motorcycle in the world to those under 17. Yamaha developed the FS1-E…

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Honda FT500 by Gasoline Motor Co.

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The Honda FT500 was released in the early 1980s with a strong focus on American flat track racing (the “FT” in the name was a reference to this), it was fitted with the same 499cc single cylinder engine as the almost bullet-proof Honda XR500 enduro bike – with the addition of cast aluminium wheels, an…

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Mazda Cosmo 110S

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The Mazda Cosmo 110S was the first rotary-engined car to roll out of the Japanese marque’s factory, it was dressed in a jet-age inspired body and in its one race outing it landed a hard fought 4th place after belting around the Nurburgring for 84 hours. Each Cosmo was built by hand between 1967 and…

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