Yamaha RD 400 by The Wrenchmonkees

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The Yamaha RD 400 is a noisy, polluting, unreliable motorcycle. It’s also wonderful. I know that 2-strokes are frowned upon in the modern age of melting ice caps, vanishing glaciers, super-sized hurricanes and acid rain but if we put all of that aside for a moment, we all know that 2-strokes represent a high water mark on the amount of fun it’s possible to have on two wheels.

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Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

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I was happy to learn last week that Norton Motorcycles have begun customer deliveries of the new Norton Commando 961 model. There had been some concern that the bikes weren’t ever going to ship due to financial issues but it now appears that, in true British style, they’ve hunkered down through the tough times and made it through. With a cup of tea in one hand and a biscuit in the other.

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Cafe Racer #59

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This is another one of those fantastic old photographs featuring an old motorcycle which I know nothing about, rather than venturing a guess as I usually do I’m just going to throw it right to the comments and ask for your best guesses, with extra points for people who can tell me who the rider is.

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