MONNOM Honda CB550

Honda CB550 Motorcycle

When possible we like to bring you the story of a custom motorcycle build directly in the words of the builder, to cut out the middle man and give you a unique, direct look into their process and methodology. This article was written by the team at MONNOM. Based in Des Moines, Iowa MONNOM is…

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James Bond / Skyfall Honda CRF250R

Honda CRF250R Motorcycle Skyfall James Bond

This is the Honda CRF250R from the opening sequence of the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall. It was modified to look like a Turkish police motorcycle, and it was piloted by Ola Rapace (but mostly by his stunt double) across the rooftops of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Skyfall is still the highest-grossing Bond film of all…

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Vanguard Moto Guzzi V8

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V8

The original Moto Guzzi V8, otherwise known as “the Otto”, was developed in the mid-1950s by Dr Giulio Cesare Carcano for the Moto Guzzi Grand Prix racing team. As the name implies, it was powered by a staggeringly advanced V8 engine with a capacity of just 500cc. This engine had twin cams, an individual carburettor…

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1914 Flying Merkel

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The Flying Merkel is a motorcycle remembered today as one of the most important engineering achievements of the formative years of motorcycle development. Designed by Joseph “Joe” Merkel, the bike that bore his name included a number of innovations including an early precursor of telescopic forks, a monoshock rear end, cam-driven valves, a throttle-linked oil…

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Vibrazioni Ducati Scrambler

Vibrazioni Art Design Ducati Monster 800

Vibrazioni Art Design is an Italian company that creates some of the most remarkable motorcycles and furniture you’ll find anywhere – and they do it largely by reusing old oil barrels and other industrial waste. We’ve featured their two-wheeled creations before and they never fail to garner a huge amount of attention, they also seem to…

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Lotus C-01 Motorcycle

Lotus C-01 Motorcycle

The Lotus C-01 was designed by Daniel Simon – the guy who designed the Tron Lightcycles in the recent reboot, the Bubbleship from the movie Oblivion, and he collaborated with Ridley Scott on early vehicle concepts for Prometheus. Before his time working on conceptual future vehicles he worked at Volkswagen as a senior designer –…

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Indian FTR 750

Indian FTR 750

The new Indian FTR 750 is a race-only motorcycle developed in collaboration with Polaris-SwissAuto with a single goal in mind – the annihilation of the currently dominant Harley-Davidson flat track racers. It’s been decades since Indian Motorcycle and Harley went head to head on the flat track circuits of the USA, and the return of…

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5 Minute Histories: The Story of the BMW K100

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The Japanese rise as a dominant force in the motorcycle industry during the seventies caught much of the established European motorcycle manufacturers off guard. The bikes from the Land of the Rising Sun had nice convenient electric starters and quickly earned themselves a reputation for dependability. The expression “boringly reliable” was quickly applied to anything made by Honda, because they were. A flat out ride on a Honda CB750cc was however anything but boring and the Kawasaki 900cc that followed it provided levels of excitement that beggared belief.

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Taurus 2×2 Adventure Motorcycle

Taurus 2X2 Adventure Motorcycle

The Taurus is a 2×2 adventure motorcycle that can be disassembled and loaded into a trunk or truck tray in 5 minutes, the reassembled and used to cross just about any terrain you can think of. At its heart the Taurus is powered by a reliable-as-gravity Honda GX-210 four-stroke engine with a 210cc capacity and…

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