1969 Honda CL350 Cafe Racer

Honda CL350

The Honda CL350 was the marque’s best selling model for a number of years between 1968 through 1973, over 250,000 of them were produced and a significant number of them are still on the road thanks to the hard-to-kill nature of Honda’s engines. With a dry weight of 328lbs (149kgs) and a horsepower output of 36 at…

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Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Suzuki XN85 Turbo Motorcycle

The Suzuki XN85 Turbo was the first turbo-charged motorcycle from the Japanese marque, it was a direct answer to the Honda CX500T but it upped the ante a little by offering a capacity of 673cc. As it was Suzuki’s first crack at a turbo the boost and resulting performance was relatively modest, but this isn’t…

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Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40

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The Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40 is a famously tough 4×4 that bears close resemblance to its sibling, the petrol-powered FJ40. These two off-roaders are uncompromising, spartan vehicles designed for use in the harshest environments on Earth, in fact many of them are still in use today across North Africa, Australia and South America. The two countries that…

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Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV

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The Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV was introduced in 1972 to significant interest from both the leading motorcycle journalists and their readers, it was the first production motorcycle ever made that could hit a 12.0 second flat quarter mile and it’s considered by some to be the catalyst for the downfall of the British motorcycle…

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Yamaha SR250 by Auto Fabrica

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This feature was written by Bujar Muharremi, the co-founder of Auto Fabrica. It makes a nice change when custom bike builders write the words to accompany their creation – and it allows the reader a chance to see deeper into the process than would otherwise be possible. The Original type 3 was a bike which…

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Nissan Skyline Cutaway Wallpaper

Nissan Skyline Cutaway Wallpaper

The Nissan Skyline GT-R is without question one of the most important sports cars ever to come out of Japan, I know there are contrarians out there who’ll attempt to argue with me about that statement, but these people are simpletons and it’s best to ignore them. The Skyline started life as car built by…

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Kawasaki W650 by Motovida

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The Kawasaki W650 is a motorcycle that quickly earned itself a place amongst the modern breed of retro motorcycles with 21st-century engineering – a genre that has consistently out-performed manufacturer’s expectations since it began in the late 1990s. The similarity between the Kawasaki W650 and the Triumphs of the late ’60s is no mistake, in…

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Yamaha XJR 1300 by Keino Cycles

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The Yamaha XJR 1300 is what I like to imagine the Kraken would ride, if it rose from the ocean and decided that its campaign of terror would be a lot more fun if conducted from the saddle of a motorcycle. The XJR series from Yamaha needs no introduction for fans of balls-to-the-wall, hairy-chested motorcycles…

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Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Honda CB550

The Honda CB550 is one of those motorcycles that seemed destined for cafe-racerization from the get go, it was lighter than its larger CB750 stablemate and when it comes to cafe racers, lightness is next to godliness. The CB550 you see here was built by R. Cameron Smyth of Smyth Innovations, his goal was to…

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