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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 »

Retrospective: Yamaha XJ650RJ Seca 650: 1982

1982 Yamaha XJ650RJ Seca 650

Clement Salvadori
November 12, 2012

Some people say that the Golden Era of Japanese motorcycles was in the early 1980s, when everything seemed to come together—engine, chassis and price. The Universal Japanese Motorcycle was in its heyday, an air-cooled in-line four being the main powerplant for all four Japanese companies. And one... Read more »

Motorcycles at the Audi Museum

Motorcycles at the Audi Museum

Greg Drevenstedt
October 29, 2012

When German car manufacturer Audi purchased Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati last April, many motorcyclists scratched their head in confusion. Ducatisti wept, concerned that the automotive giant would impose Teutonic rigidity on their beloved, flamboyantly Italian marque. The hand-wringing wasn’t... Read more »

Retrospective: Moto Guzzi Eldorado 850: 1972-1974

1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado 850.

Clement Salvadori
October 4, 2012

Change can be good, even when it’s incremental. When Moto Guzzi upped the ante with the 850 Eldorado, replacing the 750 Ambassador, it was all good. The new model had a slightly larger engine, another gear in the transmission, neither anything to complain about. This was a big, comfortable motorcycle... Read more »

Retrospective: Suzuki GS1000SZ Katana: 1982

1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ Katana.

Clement Salvadori
September 4, 2012

In the 1950s and ’60s motorcycle styling was of little concern to either the OEMs or consumers. Two wheels with an engine in between was the standard of the day, with minor differences in the shape of the gas tank. Then in 1973, Triumph USA and designer Craig Vetter came up with the Hurricane, and... Read more »

Retrospective: Norton 850 Commando Mark III: 1975 – 1977

1975 Norton 850 Commando Mark III.

Clement Salvadori
August 8, 2012

This Mark III was the last of the genuine Nortons. In October of 1977 the final Norton rolled off the line, with the side panels reading “850 Commando Electric Start.” The engine was an air-cooled parallel twin, inclined forward a few degrees, with two overhead valves per cylinder. A pair of Amal... Read more »

Retrospective: Kawasaki KZ750-E: 1980 – 1982

1981 Kawasaki KZ750-E.

Clement Salvadori
July 6, 2012

(This Retrospective article was featured in the July 2012 issue of Rider Magazine) Story and photography by Clement Salvadori Year/Model: 1981 Kawasaki KZ750-E Owner: Franco Teti, Los Osos, California Class distinctions by engine size are important, and are often delineated by the numbers on a motorcycle’s... Read more »

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