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Hercules W2000 and Suzuki RE5—Short History of Wankel-Powered Motorcycles

The rotor in the Hercules is situated laterally (across the frame) whereas on the Suzuki the rotor is positioned longitudinally. Each bike’s single-rotor engine has one spark plug. The RE5’s plug is used in no other engine.

Scott A. Williams
March 4, 2015

The rotor in the Hercules is situated laterally (across the frame) whereas on the Suzuki the rotor is positioned longitudinally. Each bike’s single-rotor engine has one spark plug. The RE5’s plug is used in no other engine. (Photos by Scott A. Williams and Ron Schavrien) In March 1972, Cycle Guide... Read more »

Retrospective: Harley-Davidson M65S Sport Leggero: 1967-197

Year/Model: 1970 Harley-Davidson M65S Sport Leggero; Owner: David Brown, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Clement Salvadori
March 3, 2015

Year/Model: 1970 Harley-Davidson M65S Sport Leggero; Owner: David Brown, Knoxville, Tennessee. This is one cool-looking motorcycle, with Harley-Davidson writ large on the gas tank and molded into the crankcases. A bit on the small side, but what the heck—if you were the coolest newspaper boy in town,... Read more »

Retrospective: Indian Chief Police Special: 1940-1945

1945 Indian Chief Police Special; Owner: Steve Smith, Atascadero, California.

Clement Salvadori
January 29, 2015

1945 Indian Chief Police Special; Owner: Steve Smith, Atascadero, California. Wouldn’t the new Indian Motorcycle people just love it if the San Francisco Police Department ordered up some Indian police bikes? Just like it did a mere 70 years ago. Back in 1945, this would have been the pride of the... Read more »

World Records Achieved at Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

1950 Vincent Series C “White” Shadow, sold for a record $224,250 at the Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction.

Rider Magazine Staff
January 15, 2015

This 1950 Vincent Series C “White” Shadow sold for a record $224,250 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction. Classic motorcycles from Britain filled the ranks of the top grossing machines at Bonhams’ world-famous motorcycle auction in Las Vegas on January 8, 2015. The Vincent brand in particular... Read more »

Retrospective: Honda NX650: 1988-1989

Year/Model: 1988 Honda NX650; Owner: Kevan Aurand, Paso Robles, California.

Clement Salvadori
December 30, 2014

Year/Model: 1988 Honda NX650; Owner: Kevan Aurand, Paso Robles, California. Here was a slightly new approach to the widening dual-purpose market, an electric-start 650 single with a bikini fairing, a couple of plastic body panels on the tank, a couple more to cover up most of the two mufflers, and a... Read more »

Retrospective: MZ Saxon 500 Country: 1992-1996

1995 MZ Saxon 500 Country; Owner: Steven Rossi, East Haddam, Connecticut.

Clement Salvadori
December 8, 2014

1995 MZ Saxon 500 Country; Owner: Steven Rossi, East Haddam, Connecticut. (Photography by Steve Cote) Nice half-liter thumper, this MZ Saxon 500 Country, looking like a somewhat dated dual-purpose machine, powered by a dependable Rotax single-cylinder engine. But it was being built in the old East Germany.... Read more »

Retrospective: Yamaha XT600: 1984-1989

1986 Yamaha XT600

Clement Salvadori
November 11, 2014

Year/Model: 1986 Yamaha XT600; Owner: Kevin Delaney, Arroyo Grande, California. As an inveterate reader of motorcycle travel articles and books, in the 1980s and ’90s I noticed that many of our European friends, when headed off to Africa—the equivalent of our southwest—opted to take Yamaha’s... Read more »

Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Edition – First Look Review

Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Edition

Rider Magazine Staff
October 13, 2014

The Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Edition made its U.S. debut at the Ace Corner at the Barber Vintage Festival. At the 10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, held October 12-14, 2014, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, Triumph Motorcycles unveiled the Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special... Read more »

Retrospectove: BSA A65S Spitfire Mark II/III/IV Special: 1966-1968

1966 BSA A65S Spitfire Mark II Special

Clement Salvadori
October 2, 2014

1966 BSA A65S Spitfire Mark II Special Back in the early 1960s, many British bike companies were cheerfully warring with each other, paying no attention to the threat coming from the Orient. The major market for their 650 twins was the U.S., and Americans wanted horses—lots of horses. The more the... Read more »

Retrospective: Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R TC (Turbocharged): 1978-1979

Year/Model: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R TC; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California.

Clement Salvadori
September 4, 2014

Year/Model: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R TC; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California. As the old adage goes, when enough is good, more is better. In late 1977, Kawasaki’s new Z1-R, a somewhat sexier version of the KZ1000, was good for a quarter-mile in a hair under 12 seconds at 110 mph. For... Read more »

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