Karly Kothmann’s Honda CB550

Those of you who are active in the motorcycle side of the Instagram universe will probably have already seen Karly and her trusty Honda CB550. For those who haven’t, Karly is a Texan, a counsellor, a photographer, a mother, and an avid motorcyclist who picked up a junkyard Honda CB550 back in 2015 for $500….

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XTR Pepo Honda Shadow Custom

The Honda Shadow The Honda Shadow isn’t a motorcycle you would usually associate with a top tier custom rebuild. Honda introduced the Shadow in 1983 targeting the lucrative American market – specifically Harley-Davidson buyers. The styling borrowed heavily from the cruiser market, with a V-twin, sweeping fenders, a relaxed riding position, and a generous helping…

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Honda CR500 Flat Tracker

The Honda CR500 The Honda CR500 first appeared in 1984, it was the most powerful model in the legendary CR series of two-stroke motocross bikes, and its 55 hp engine only had to move a (dry) weight of 102 kilograms (225 lbs). Honda’s first CR-badged bikes were the CR125 and CR250 released in 1973, both…

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A Brief History of the Honda CB550

The Honda CB550 was probably the best balanced Honda of the seventies. It did not have the awe-inspiring power of the legendary CB750, but it had a stiffer frame and was a lighter and more nimble motorcycle. We might describe the Honda CB550 as Honda’s “Goldilocks bike” – the CB750 was too big and powerful…

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Venier Customs Kawasaki KZ 1000

The Kawasaki KZ 1000 was released in late 1976, and both the motoring public and the motorcycle media quickly realised that it was the new fastest production bike in the world. Kawasaki built the K1000 as an evolution of the KZ 900, which itself was an evolution of the original big inline-4 Kawasaki – the…

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SdKfz 2 Kettenkrad

Designated “SdKfz 2” by the German military but more commonly known as the “Kettenkrad”, the tracked motorcycle was used extensively on both the Eastern Front and the North African desert, and it retains the historical distinction of being the fastest tracked vehicle of the Second World War. The Story of the SdKfz 2 Kettenkrad The top speed…

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The Revival 140 Confederate Hellcat

The Confederate Hellcat is a thoroughly American motorcycle with more technology and engineering built into it than its air-cooled V-twin would lead you to believe. Confederate Motors is a small company that produces far fewer motorcycles than any major manufacturer, however they punch well above their weight – and they count men like Brad Pitt…

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Ton-Up Garage BMW R1200GS

The BMW R1200GS has been the best selling motorcycle from German marque for years now, over 100,000 have been made since its introduction and many credit it with being the godfather of the modern adventure touring motorcycle genre. Perhaps most famously it was the bike chosen by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman for their Long Way…

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1969 Magnum Mini Racer

There’s something immediately approachable about mini bikes. In fact they might be the only motorcycle genre that almost all motorcyclists like. The mini racing bike you see here started life as a bare 1969 Z50A Magnum frame, it was sourced from a local legend in Denton, Texas nicknamed “Minibike George”. The build is the work…

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Colorado Norton Works 1975 Commando

The Beginning of the Commando In 1967 the British Norton-Villiers company revealed the Norton Commando to the world, it wasn’t the most modern bike even by late-60s standards but it did have an iconic engine, race-bred suspension, and a frame developed by a former Rolls-Royce engineer. Between the years of 1968 and 1972, the Norton…

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