5 Minute Histories: Ducati Monster

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Miguel Galluzzi, the creator of the Monster, once said “In the mind of a motorcyclist you need a gas tank, a seat and a motor.” Galluzzi was working for Honda back when the seed of the idea that would become the Ducati Monster appeared in his mind. He was looking at a picture of a…

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Bandit9 EVE MKII

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Bandit9 is a custom motorcycle garage run by Daryl Villanueva out of Saigon, it started life in Beijing a few years ago and quickly earned a reputation for world class design with a retrofuturistic feel. When Daryl originally released the limited edition EVE motorcycle it caused a sensation within the custom motorcycle community. Whilst most custom…

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Ace Four Motorcycle

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Ace was founded in 1919 by William G. Henderson – an American engineer and motorcycle designer who had previously founded Henderson Motorcycle, which he had sold to Ignaz Schwinn’s Excelsior Motor Manufacturing & Supply Company in 1917. William carried on working at Excelsior for just under 2 years before differences in opinion resulted in him resigning…

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JvB-moto Yamaha MT-07

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The Yamaha MT-07 (known as the FZ-07 in North America) was released in 2015 along with its larger engined sibling the MT-09. The MT-07 has a lightweight parallel twin with a swept capacity of 689cc, 74 hp at 9000 rpm, a lightweight tubular backbone semi-trellis frame, a monoshock rear, and traditional telescopic forks up front. The…

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1974 MV Agusta 750S

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The engine used in the MV Agusta 750S was originally placed in the MV Agusta 600 in 1966 – making it one of the first road-going motorcycles to mount an inline-4 transversely across the frame. It’s unlikely the Italians had any idea how common this engine arrangement would become, particularly once it was adopted by Honda…

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Egli-Vincent Racer

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The Egli-Vincent has become so famous since it was first developed in the mid-1960s that its name now almost rivals the Vincent marque itself. Developed by Fritz Egli of Switzerland, the original Egli-Vincent was his own race bike, a bike he used as a testbed for his own engineering experiments. The main drawback to the original…

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The Radial Engined Megola Motorcycle

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The Megola motorcycle was designed by Fritz Cockerell in 1920, it’s powered by a 5-cylinder radial engine mounted inside the spokes of the front wheel. The are a few benefits to this layout and a couple of drawbacks, on the positive side there is very little power lost to mechanical drag and the engine’s simplicity…

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Hold Fast Chicago Honda CB750

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Hold Fast Chicago is a small, independent garage run by a friendly Locomotive Conductor called Jeff. He ran a popular powdercoating and custom shop near Chicago for a few years, till he had to move out, and he now builds customs one at a time in his garage. This Honda CB750 is his latest creation,…

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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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