Honda CB750

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There are many (including myself) who consider the Honda CB750 to be the single most important Japanese motorcycle ever designed. Although this is obviously a controversial thing to say, I do think it’s warranted in this instance due to the staggering influence the CB750 had not only on the Japanese motorcycle industry, but on the…

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Yamaha XS1100 “Eleven”

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Upon its introduction in 1978, the Yamaha XS1100 was the largest-capacity and most powerful production motorcycle in the world. To say it took the motoring press by surprise would be a significant understatement, the leading motorcycle journalists of the day expected a 1000cc bike to compete with the likes of Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki. Yamaha…

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Honda CB750 F2N by Debolex

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The Honda CB750 is one of the most important motorcycles of the 20th century, it was responsible for the coining of the term “super bike”, and it signalled to the world that the Japanese motorcycle industry had arrived. From its introduction in 1968 throughout the ’70s and into the ’80s, the CB750 saw constant development….

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James May’s Yamaha FS1-E

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The Yamaha FS1-E is an icon of titanic proportions in Britain, the 49cc moped was legal for riders as young as 16 and it was quicker than anything else in its class – which of course led to it being the most desired motorcycle in the world to those under 17. Yamaha developed the FS1-E…

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Honda FT500 by Gasoline Motor Co.

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The Honda FT500 was released in the early 1980s with a strong focus on American flat track racing (the “FT” in the name was a reference to this), it was fitted with the same 499cc single cylinder engine as the almost bullet-proof Honda XR500 enduro bike – with the addition of cast aluminium wheels, an…

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Mazda Cosmo 110S

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The Mazda Cosmo 110S was the first rotary-engined car to roll out of the Japanese marque’s factory, it was dressed in a jet-age inspired body and in its one race outing it landed a hard fought 4th place after belting around the Nurburgring for 84 hours. Each Cosmo was built by hand between 1967 and…

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JANE Riding Gloves

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These new motorcycle gloves by JANE have been developed to offer as much comfort to the rider as possible, whilst also being highly effective should you ever find yourself heading toward the asphalt sans bike. Each pair is made using premium cowhide with nylon stitched external seams to prevent chaffing on longer rides, the fingers…

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Nissan Fairlady Z 432

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Although the Nissan Fairlady Z 432 may look a lot like its far more common stablemate the 240Z, they’re actually two quite different motor cars once you take a look under the skin. The Z 432 was fitted with the same drivetrain as the formidable Nissan GT-R, the engine was the race-ready 160hp 2 litre…

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Hotta-san Hunting Knife

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The Hotta-san Hunting Knife is the work of a legendary Japanese blackmith based in the Tosa region of Shikoku, each knife is made by hand without the use of a die, and each blade is considered a functional work of art by people who know more about Japanese sword and knife making than you or…

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Datsun 240Z V8

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The Datsun 240Z was an exceedingly important car for Datsun, the automaker saw the need for a halo-car that would help shift the brand’s image away from just being just another Japanese econobox manufacturer. The team behind the Z took inspiration from two of the most famous sports cars in the world at the time:…

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