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Retrospective: Cooper 250 Enduro: 1973-1975

1973 Cooper 250 Enduro

Clement Salvadori
November 7, 2013

1973 Cooper 250 Enduro Back in those halcyon days of the early 1970s, two-stroke enduro models were the rage. If you wanted a play-bike, you bought Japanese. If you were a serious rider, you bought European, as in Maico, CZ or Husqvarna. A California fellow by the name of Frank Cooper was the Maico distributor,... Read more »

Retrospective: Silk 700S: 1975-1979

1977 Silk 700S Sabre Mk 2

Clement Salvadori
March 7, 2013

Never heard of a Silk motorcycle? Not surprising. It was an English bike, very few were ever built, and probably less than half a dozen ever made it to the United States. It was an attractive motorcycle, but had a rather unusual-looking 656cc parallel twin leaning forward about 40 degrees, with liquid... Read more »

Retrospective: Yamaha XJ650RJ Seca 650: 1982

1982 Yamaha XJ650RJ Seca 650

Clement Salvadori
November 12, 2012

Some people say that the Golden Era of Japanese motorcycles was in the early 1980s, when everything seemed to come together—engine, chassis and price. The Universal Japanese Motorcycle was in its heyday, an air-cooled in-line four being the main powerplant for all four Japanese companies. And one... Read more »

2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic Road Test

2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic

Rider Contributor
May 26, 2010

photography by Rich Cox [This 2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic Road Test was originally published in the July 2010 issue of Rider] True classic styling blended with technology that meets today’s reliability standards. All of these bikes are contemporary classics, but only the Royal Enfield gives... Read more »

2010 Royal Enfield USA Model Line-Up Intro

2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic

Rider Contributor
March 10, 2010

Classic Motorworks, the official importer and distributor of Royal Enfield motorcycles in the United States, just announced the arrival of the 2010 Royal Enfield Bullet model line. 2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic “Today begins a very notable new model year for Royal Enfield in the United States,”... Read more »

2006 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 ES Electra X Road Test

2006 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 ES Electra X

Rider Contributor
January 3, 2007

[This 2006 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 ES Electra X Road Test was originally in the September 2006 issue of Rider] We love the tank emblem, and the Enfield’s mellow ride. Vintage bikes are so cool! Show up at a bike event with a nicely restored classic and you’ll likely garner more attention than... Read more »

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