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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 »

Retrospective: Yamaha YG-T Trailmaster 80: 1964-1969

1968 Yamaha YG5-T Trailmaster 80

Clement Salvadori
August 6, 2014

Year/Model: 1968 Yamaha YG5-T Trailmaster 80; Owner: Eric Foor, Morro Bay, California Lest we forget, it was the advent of rather small Japanese motorcycles that affected the two-wheeled revolution in the United States, quadrupling registrations between 1960 and 1969. And this Trailmaster 80 was part... Read more »

Retrospective: Triumph T140 Bonneville 750: 1973-1988

1977 Triumph T140J Bonneville Silver Jubilee

Clement Salvadori
July 7, 2014

Year/Model: 1977 Triumph T140J Bonneville Silver Jubilee; Owner: Ron Mattson, Camarillo, California. This 750 Bonneville had a pretty good run—under three entirely different managements. First was the traditional factory at Meriden, followed by the workers’ strike and the setting up of a genuine... Read more »

Retrospective: Harley-Davidson FXLR Low Rider Custom: 1987-1994

Year/Model: 1994 Harley-Davidson FXLR Low Rider Custom; Owner: Terry Bowen, Atascadero, California.

Clement Salvadori
June 5, 2014

Low Rider. Catchy name. Some readers might remember the chopped and channeled craze in automobile styling back in the ’50s and ’60s. Willie G. took that to heart when he developed the very first Low Rider, the FXS, back in 1977. It was all about the look, as if one of Harley’s own Super Glides... Read more »

Exciting Updates Announced From The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Quail Golf Club

Rider Magazine Staff
May 2, 2014

The 2014 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, presented by TUDOR, will showcase a collection of more than 200 of the world’s most striking and never-before-seen motorcycles on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The day-long event, which will be held at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel,... Read more »

Retrospective: Honda CB1000: 1994-1996

1994 Honda CB1000

Clement Salvadori
May 2, 2014

Year/Model: 1994 Honda CB1000; Owner: Duncan Smith, Providence, Rhode Island. Take a casual glance at the motorcycle in the picture and one might mistake it for Honda’s latest retro-bike, the CB1100. Nope, we’re going back 20 years to what Honda was advertising as a “standard”—a street bike... Read more »

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