Death Machines of London Triumph Thruxton

The 21st century iteration of the Triumph Thruxton is the sportiest variant of the Modern Classic family of Triumph motorcycles – including the Bonneville, the America, the Scrambler, and the Speedmaster. Originally, the Thruxton was a homologation special built in 1965 for British endurance racing, so the name was perfect for the quickest member of…

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Lab Motorcycle Yamaha XJR 1200

The Yamaha XJR 1200 was released in 1995 as a large displacement muscle bike with a comfortable upright riding position, and an almost obscenely wide torque band. Yamaha spent significant time making sure that the XJR 1200, and the XJR 1300 that followed, had sport bike handling characteristics but were tame enough for people to…

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Vanguard Roadster

The Vanguard Roadster is a new low production volume motorcycle designed and built in New York, that’s due to go on sale in 2018 for $29,995 USD. At its heart, the Vanguard Roadster utilises a modified S&S X-Wedge Engine, which is used as a stressed member to both reduce kerb weight and improve rigidity. The…

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Flying Tiger Motorcycles BMW R75/5

The BMW R75/5 was the top of the line member of the /5 family, with the smaller-engined 50/5 and 60/5 sitting below it in the pecking order. The R75/5 could cheerfully manage 110mph, and its simple, reliable German engineering meant that it was both staggeringly reliable and very much in demand. With 50hp and 43…

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Ducati 900 Darmah Custom Racer

The original Ducati 860 GT was released in 1974 with controversially “square” styling by renowned car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, the new model replaced the more rounded Ducati 750 GT, with a series of exterior and interior engine modification by engineer Fabio Taglioni. The Ducati 900 SD “Darmah” was introduced in 1977 to address some of…

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The Triumph Street Scrambler

The new Triumph Street Scrambler is a motorcycle that many have been waiting for with fingers crossed. After releasing the first of the modern scramblers in 2006, and kickstarting the genre for a new generation, the model was conspicuously absent from the range of new Triumphs released a few months ago. Since 2006 we’ve seen…

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Bandit 9 EDEN

Bandit 9 is a custom motorcycle garage that can lay claim to building genuinely unique bikes – a rare thing in and of itself. The head of Bandit 9 is Daryl Villanueva, a designer and custom builder who started the company in Beijing, before moving it to Vietnam. The EDEN series of Honda Supersport-based bikes takes…

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Harley-Davidson Big Twins – The Panhead

The Harley-Davidson Panhead-powered bikes (along with the Knuckleheads) are the motorcycles of the ’60s custom culture phenomenon. The 1969 movie “Easy Rider” was arguably the film that brought the Chopper motorcycle from being an obscure cult bike to being a popular custom bike and both the “Captain America” and the “Billy Bike” of the movie were…

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1928 Harley-Davidson Peashooter

The Harley-Davidson Peashooter is a single-cylinder motorcycle originally released in 1926 to compete in the hotly contested AMA 21 cubic inch class. Indian and Excelsior were the established forces to be reckoned with in the smaller, single-cylinder racing world but Harley decided to dive in and compete – and also sell a line of smaller-engined…

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1973 Triumph X-75 Hurricane

Historically speaking, the Triumph X-75 Hurricane is a genuinely significant motorcycle. Just 1,200 or so were built before production ended in 1973 due to new noise restrictions in the USA, but the styling of the new Triumph created a wave of interest across the United States, some even crediting it with being the bike that…

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