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Retrospective: Ducati Sport Desmo 500: 1977-1982

1977 Ducati Sport Desmo 500.

Clement Salvadori
May 2, 2013

The moral of this story is simple: Do not let non-motorcycling bureaucrats run a motorcycle company. Ducati had a pretty successful run from its inception in 1946, especially after it introduced the Diana 250 single to the American market in 1961. However, financial problems cropped up in the early... Read more »

26th Annual All-British Motorcycle Weekend, San Jose, California

This model was the last of the Vincent line, a fully faired '55 Series D Black Prince.

Clement Salvadori
April 15, 2013

You have to give those Brit-bike lovers a big hand; they are an incredibly enthusiastic bunch of enthusiasts, putting up with aged machines that were none too reliable when new…by current standards.  I rode British motorcycles all through the Sixties, when they were the hot item—and regular... Read more »

Retrospective: Indian / Royal Enfield Chief 700cc: 1959-1961

1959 Indian Chief

Clement Salvadori
April 4, 2013

The history of the Indian motorcycle name gets a bit convoluted after the demise of the old company in 1953. Its last genuine model was the 80-inch (1,300cc) Chief. An English outfit called Brockhouse Engineering bought the name, and proceeded to sell English motorcycles through the Indian dealership... Read more »

The Vintage Rally 2012

When you visit the National Motorcycle Museum, be prepared, as the sheer number of bikes and memorabilia are almost overwhelming.

Thad Wolff
March 8, 2013

Where can a motorcyclist go to experience our sport’s rich and storied past? Anamosa, Iowa, for starters. The National Motorcycle Museum is located in this small Midwestern city three hours due west of Chicago. Why here? As is often the case with museums, there is a passionate person with a vision... 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: Honda NC/NA50 Express: 1977-1983

1980 Honda NA50 Express II

Clement Salvadori
February 4, 2013

When the price of gasoline rose to 60 cents a gallon back in 1976, Honda figured it had a whole new market. Americans were approaching panic status at the thought of spending more than 10 bucks to fill up the tank of that Buick or Dodge. OPEC (Organization of Oil Exporting Countries) had us over the... Read more »

Dirt Track Heroes Exhibit to Open at National Motorcycle Museum in May 2013

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Press Release
January 8, 2013

The National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, will tell the Dirt Track Heroes story in an in depth special exhibit opening later this year. The most all-American form of motorcycle racing is no doubt dirt track. Born on horse racing tracks a century ago, man and machine still duel it out to this day... Read more »

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2012

1922 Megola Touring

Basem Wasef
January 4, 2013

The 14 German motorcycles on display at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weren’t sprawled on the vast expanses of grassy real estate occupied by their four-wheeled counterparts, but the bikes exuded their own unique charisma during an unseasonably warm Sunday in Monterey, California. A broad... Read more »

Retrospective: BMW R25/3 250: 1953-1955

1954 BMW R25/3

Clement Salvadori
January 2, 2013

Some people think that until the last turn of the century, BMW built pretty stodgy motorcycles that were good for the touring rider, but rather weak on performance. To a degree that is true, but back in the ’30s, Bavarian Motor Works was as much a pioneer of innovation as it is today. In 1935, BMW... Read more »

Retrospective: Kawasaki 350 S2 Mach II Triple: 1972-1973

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Clement Salvadori
December 4, 2012

Here was the successor to Kawasaki’s kick-butt A7 Avenger 350, a two-stroke twin using rotary valving. When the A7 appeared, the factory claiming some 40 horsepower, the quarter-mile fanatics were going through the lights in under 15 seconds. Not bad. But Kawasaki engineers understood that two-stroke... Read more »

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