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Retrospectve: Kawasaki KLX650: 1993-1996

1994 Kawasaki KLX650

Clement Salvadori
October 4, 2013

If you were in the market for a dual-purpose, big-single sort of ride back in 1993, Kawasaki certainly had the market covered. It offered three different models with the same basic engine. Two were street-legal, the third, called an enduro, had lights and no turn signals—but a cop would have to be... Read more »

Honda PC800 Pacific Coast: 1989-90, 1994-98

1989 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast.

Clement Salvadori
September 3, 2013

What happens when motorcycle designers share a drawing board with automobile types? The answer may be the Honda Pacific Coast. Rumor had it that after Honda R&D Americas, Inc., was established in 1985 and began dealing with all Honda products, the word came down from above that the engineers and... Read more »

ART ATTACK: Ian Barry’s Cataclysmic Café Racers

Ian Barry named this bike “The White."

Paul Garson
August 29, 2013

Perhaps some would call it a “crime of passion” to “recycle” classic British bikes into “works of art,” but perhaps there’s significant leeway when the custom creations are for the most salvaged bits and pieces reconfigured into scratch built and streetable “one-offs.” Then again, do... Read more »

Motorcycle Cannonball Run Readies for Its Third U.S. Coast-to-Coast Endurance Ride

Riding a pre-1916 motorcycle in the 2010 Motorcycle Cannonball.

Rider Magazine Staff
August 22, 2013

Riding a pre-1916 motorcycle in the 2010 Motorcycle Cannonball. Organizers of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run are gathering momentum to hit the back roads with a pack of 100 adventurous souls on vintage motorcycles for a ride across America in September 2014. For the run’s third iteration, the run’s... Read more »

Blog: Moto Espana Show, Santa Cruz, California

Over 30 bikes were entered for judging the concours event.

Clement Salvadori
August 13, 2013

Having left my bike in the big field for motorcycle parking at the Laguna Seca MotoGP, when I come back I find tucked into my seat a simple brochure promoting a Classic Spanish Motorcycle Show at the Santa Cruz fairgrounds. Spanish motorcycles? They are all classics; I remember half a dozen Spanish marques,... Read more »

Retrospective: Suzuki GS750E/ES: 1983

1983 Suzuki GS750ES

Clement Salvadori
August 6, 2013

The alphanumeric system that defines many Japanese motorcycles has never been very instructive, and the bike we are writing about here was only a one-year model…but it was a good one. Suzuki was the last of the Big Four to get into the four-stroke game. Seeing the EPA’s handwriting on the engineering... Read more »

Retrospective: BSA A7 Shooting Star 500cc: 1954-1962

1954 BSA A7 Shooting Star 500cc

Clement Salvadori
July 8, 2013

That Daytona 200 was a thriller back in ’54, on a cold wind-swept beach. The 4.1-mile oval had one straightaway on the asphalt, then two 180-degree turns and the second straight on the sand. Off the starting line, two Harley K-models, 750cc side-valve motors, led the way. These were the old days when... Read more »

Back-to-Back Classics: Honda CBs New and Old

Although visually similar in many ways, riding the new CB1100 is a much more composed experience than piloting an original 1974 CB750K4.

Mark Tuttle
July 2, 2013

Among the classic Japanese motorcycles that deserve a modern tribute, few come to mind as quickly as Honda’s line of air-cooled, in-line fours, starting with the CB750K0 of 1969. Its 40-year anniversary was suitably commemorated with the unveiling of the CB1100 at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2009, but... Read more »

Retrospective: Harley-Davidson Sportster with Boat-Tail Option: 1970-1971

1970 Harley-Davidson Sportster H with boat-tail option.

Clement Salvadori
June 6, 2013

In the rarified world of new motorcycle models, at least back in 1969, there were two aspects to be considered. One dealt with performance, the other with styling. And in 1969, young Willie G. Davidson, grandson of a founder of the Harley-Davidson company, was made head of the styling department. Motorcycle... Read more »

Del Mar Concours 2012

Larry Feece’s 1954 Vincent Black Knight.

Joe Michaud
June 4, 2013

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club track in San Diego, California, has serious history with the motorcycle community. It was long the site of a one-mile AMA flat track race, and has been a venue for classic Concours events for more than two decades. Encroaching urbanization and powerful residential landholders... Read more »

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