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Retrospective: Yamaha VMX12 V-Max 1200: 1985-1986 (also 1988-2007)

Clement Salvadori
December 31, 2013

1985 Yamaha VMX12N V-Max. (Photos by Clement Salvadori) Too modern for Retrospective? Perhaps not. The V-Max appeared back in 1985, was on the books for ’86 then skipped ’87, only to reappear with new wheels in 1988, then lasted with minor changes for the next 20 years. This ’85 gem is the original. The... Read more »

2013 Celebration of the Motorcycle at Del Mar

An 8-valve Indian board tracker owned by Larry Feece, who took home multiple concours awards.

Joe Michaud
December 20, 2013

An 8-valve Indian boardtracker owned by Larry Feece, who took home multiple concours awards. In September, the Del Mar Fairgrounds near San Diego, California, hosted the 2013 Celebration of the Motorcycle, a three-day event that included a charity ride, motorcycle auction and concours d’elegance. The... Read more »

Retrospective: Suzuki GSX1100G: 1991-1993

1991 Suzuki GSX1100G

Clement Salvadori
December 3, 2013

Year/Model: 1991 Suzuki GSX1100G; Owner: Steve Nelson, Cypress, California. (Photos by Steve Nelson) It was big at 1,100cc, good for 130-plus mph, and comfortable. You could spend all day on this bike, easily racking up a few hundred miles. And it was cheap—or at least relatively so at $6,000 in 1991... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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