Jennifer Bailey’s Honda CB550

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Jennifer and her husband Blake Bailey run the Motobailey Shoe Co. – known for their classically styled, Kevlar-lined leather motorcycle boots. Both Jennifer and Blake are avid motorcyclists, Jennifer started our a few years ago on a Kawasaki Ninja 250 but after becoming friends with Karly Kothmann and seeing her beautifully rebuilt Honda CB550 she knew…

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1980 Kawasaki Mystery Ship

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The Kawasaki Mystery Ship The Kawasaki Mystery Ship was designed and built in 1980 by Alabama-born American designer Craig Vetter. At its peak, the Vetter Fairing Company was the second largest motorcycle-industry manufacturer in the USA – after Harley-Davidson. Craig Vetter’s Windjammer motorcycle fairing became so ubiquitous that people at the time often called all fairings “Windjammers”…

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1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC Turbo

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The Kawasaki Z1R-TC holds the distinction of being the first of what would become a rash of turbocharged Japanese motorcycles in the late ’70s and ’80s. It was an era that would see almost everything get a turbocharger attached, oftentimes resulting in turbo lag so bad it could only be measured in the geologic time…

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1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30

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The Honda VFR750R Type RC30, often just referred to as the RC30, is a unicorn motorcycle on par with the likes of Paul Smart’s Ducati 750 Imola Desmo, the Vincent Black Shadow, the Norton Manx, and the Brough Superior SS100. Now before the angry emails start rolling in from the vintage motorcycle fraternity, let me…

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1985 Mazda RX-7 Evo Group B Works Racer

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Original, unused Group B rally cars come up for pubic auction exceedingly rarely. In fact I can’t think of even one in recent memory. So you’ll appreciate the amount of interest this 1985 Mazda RX-7 Evo Group B Works car is likely to attract when it rolls onto the auction block in London this September. The Mazda…

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1976 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40

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The unusually named company 506 Classic Auto Restorer is one of the world leaders in the rapidly growing world of vintage 4×4 restoration. The company is run by Frank and Daniela, and they rebuild early Toyota Land Cruisers, Series Land Rovers, and early Range Rovers to better-than-new condition. A SHORT HISTORY OF THE TOYOTA LAND…

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Legacy Overland Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40

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Legacy Overland are headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, and they specialise in restoring classic 4x4s to better-than-new quality. This Land Cruiser is one of their latest builds, it’s a great example of their work and it clearly shows why restored vintage 4x4s are seeing such an uptick in interest from collectors and enthusiasts. A SHORT HISTORY OF THE…

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DownShift Studio Honda CX500

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Meet Jeremy and Joel DownShift Studio is run by Jeremy Lacy, an industrial designer based in Denver who specializes in illustrations and sketches of custom bikes, often helping fabricators and builders from around the world visualize their ideas and projects before the metal is cut and the tools come out. The Honda CX500 you see…

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Legacy Overland Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40

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The Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40 was the diesel variant of the J40 series, with its better known sibling the FJ40 being fitted with a petrol engine. The J40 series of 4x4s had a remarkable 40+ year production run that started in 1960 and didn’t end until the last factory building them closed down in Brazil…

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Steve McQueen’s Honda CB450

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Steve McQueen’s love for motorcycles is well documented, he owned many over the course of his life, including Indians, Triumphs, Husqvarnas, Hondas, and even a Cyclone board track racer. In 1973 he starred in a commercial for the Honda CR250, and as part payment Honda sent him a brand new CB450 – doubtless hoping he…

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Original Trusco Cantilever Toolbox

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The Trusco Cantilever Toolbox is designed to be a truly buy-it-for-life item that’ll never need replacing, and will likely get passed down through the family, although your kids might fight over who gets to take it home. It’s a Japanese design known for its durability, the cantilever toolbox shown here is the largest version they…

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A Brief History of the Honda CX Series

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Before the movie “Back to the Future” had been thought of Honda introduced its new model for 1978 as “First to the Future”. This was a new model that had big shoes to fill. Its predecessor, the Honda CB550 had been a simply brilliant motorcycle with good handling and balance. So the new motorcycle from…

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