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It’s a Tuesday.  You’ve got a handful of items in your quota for the week, and you’re about to start the day in the usual routinely fashion.  Before tackling the list, you tread over to your computer (it’s old, but it gets the job done), sit, take a sip from your morning mug of coffee …

2004 CRF230F ENGINE Engine Type 223cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke Bore and Stroke 65.5mm x 66.2mm Compression Ratio 9.0:1 Valve Train SOHC; two-valve Fuel Delivery 26mm piston-valve Ignition CDI DRIVETRAIN Transmission Six-speed Final Drive #520 O-ring-sealed chain; 13T/50T CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES Front Suspension 37mm leading-axle Showa fork; 9.5-inch travel Rear Suspension Pro-Link Showa single-shock …

Next up on our voyage through the decades, we arrive at the 1990s. While the 80s was a decade of innovation and excitement, the party really got started in the 90s. If you were a young and impressionable youth with a taste for high-speed thrills, jaw-dropping lean angles, and a penchant for general mischief, then …

1992-95 Honda CB400SF (Super Four) Engine Engine Liquid cooled, transverse four cylinders, four stroke, Displacement 399cc Bore x Stroke 55 x 42 mm Compression Ratio 11.3:1 Fuel Delivery Four 32mm carburetors Max Power 53 hp 38.6 kW @ 10000 rpm Max Torque 40.18 Nm @ 7500 rpm Drivetrain Transmission 5-speed Final Drive Chain CHASSIS / …

RICKMAN MOTORCYCLES – THE RICKMAN BROTHERS Don & Derek Rickman raced scrambles and motocross throughout England in the 1950s and were quite good, and had achieved great renown. By the late 50s however, they were growing increasingly disgusted with the motorcycle offerings of the major British manufacturers. Most were essentially street bikes that had been …

Rickman 250 Restoration Project: RICKMAN 250 RESTORATION PROJECT – GERM OF AN IDEA This one is a little different for me. I am a regular attendee of MidAmerica Auctions HUGE Classic Motorcycle Auction in Las Vegas every January. Whether I’m buying or selling, there are over 500 incredible classic bikes there for sale, and it’s …

The Return of the Yellow Bike: THE RETURN OF THE YELLOW BIKE First off, what is the Yellow Bike? It’s my personal favorite motorcycle that I’ve ever owned, and I’ve owned several. It started out life as a ’73 Triumph TR7 that I built from scratch, nearly down to the last nut-and-bolt. It’s the bike …

CLASSIC BRITISH RAT BIKES – BORN OF CHOPPERS When I was growing up and learning to ride, around 1970, people were chopping all kinds of things, not just Harleys. Lots of guys were chopping their Honda 350s, 450s & 750s. I even saw a Kawasaki Mach3 chopper once, with extended forks & no additional rake. …

CLASSIC BRITISH ROAD RACING MOTORCYCLES This 1969 Triumph Trident T150 Road Racer was campaigned by the legendary Gene Romero (above). The development of motorcycle racing has largely dominated many racing sports over time. The sport involves road racing, off road racing, both either on circuits or open courses and track racing. There is now a …

THE PRE-UNIT TRIUMPH TR6 The preceding page offers a complete history of the Triumph TR6 from beginning to end. For the purpose of breaking up the large number of model years for the Triumph TR6, we have broken them up into their two logical subsets: “Pre-Unit TR6”, spanning 1956 to 1962; and “Unit-Construction TR6”, from …

BACKGROUND OF NORTON ROTARY MOTORCYCLES Norton’s air-cooled, twin-rotor Wankel motorcycles made up a unique and interesting chapter in the history of this legendary classic British marque. After the last Commando rolled off the assembly line in 1975, things grew quiet at Norton until the early 1980s. Norton and merged with BSA in 1973 just as …

taken september 1937 Dear sir, can you please identify the model of this bike for me. I am trying to compile my family history and this picture (not very good i’m afraid) is of my dad on his matchless bike taken in 1937 – the date on the back of the pic. I would be …

The Lotus C-01 Motorcycle THE LOTUS C-01 MOTORCYCLE: LOTUS BUILDS MOTORCYCLES? Have you ever seen a Lotus motorcycle before? I hadnʼt. Until I saw this one at the big Mecum classic motorcycle auction in Las Vegas in January. The looks of the Lotus C-01 are jaw-dropping, other-worldly, like nothing Iʼd ever seen before. Sitting there …

Of all the Japanese Motorcycles ever produced, the Honda CB750 epitomizes the effect that they had on the British Motorcycle Industry. Total technical supremacy. And volume…the Brits could never hope to produce motorcycles in the sheer volumes of the combined might of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki & Yamaha. Just when the American market was heating up …

My Classic Motorcycle Restoration Project: My next cheap Classic Motorcycle Restoration Project: This sweet 1979 Triumph T140D Bonneville Special, pictured here in our state-of-the-art Research & Development Center (my garage). CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE RESTORATION PROJECT: THESE BIKES ARE CHEAP! Obviously, ‘cheap’ is a relative thing. But, when you think of what it costs to get into …

CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE RESTORATION – THE HEART OF OUR HOBBY In many ways, our love of Classic British Motorcycles (or classic motorcycles of any kind for that matter) is reliant upon restorers who bring these fantastic machines back to life. As the popularity of classic motorcycles spreads, more & more ‘barn finds’ will be restored. Still …

JOHN PLAYER NORTON, 1974-75 Norton’s new Commando was turning heads, starting at its introduction as a 1968 model. Very quickly, racing versions were beginning to dominate Grand Prix road racing in Britain and Europe. British cigarette maker John Player took notice of the Commando’s success and the attention it was drawing with its racing program. Legendary riders …

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO YELLOW BIKE? After a 7-year absence, I tracked down my favorite old bike and bought it back. After hand-building it, riding it all over the state, winning shows with it, it was even written up in a bike magazine.  Then, for some unknown reason, I sold it in 2009.  It took until …

Suzuki Motorcycles IN THE BEGINNING Suzuki Motorcycles was founded by Michio Suzuki, who opened a small loom business (weaving fabric) in 1909 in Hamamatsu, Japan. Suzuki Loom Works became an industry giant and in 1929, Suzuki invented a new type of weaving machine, which was manufactured & exported over the next 30 years. These were …

As we continue our journey through the decades, it’s time to take a look at the best motorcycles of the 1980s. While every decade in the industry’s history has been a transformative one, the 80s was on another level. It was a decade of immense vision, with motorcycle manufacturers pushing the boundaries of design and …

As we reported earlier this month, Road Guardians is auctioning off the Harley-Davidson New Glory Flag Bike, with the entries ending next Monday, May 31. We’re happy to report that this deadline has been extended! The official drawing will be on July 4, 2021, in a LIVE broadcast from Choppertown at the Cross Country Chase …

It’s not every day that you see a blast from the past in such impressive shape as this one. Built by British manufacturer A.J. Stevens & co. of Wolverhampton, the 1913 AJS was one of five machines from AJS to be raced in the 1914 Junior TT – and is considered the only model to …

While every decade has its icons, the 1970s have so many good models to choose from. It was a time when the Japanese were really stamping their authority over the scene, flexing muscles and cylinders with each other, and driving once-mighty international brands into obscurity. Despite the changing landscape, the 70s created some of the …

On May 21st, The Ducati Museum will be reopening to the general public of Bologna, Italy – and the nostalgia is hitting people in all the right places. It’s been a rough time for institutions that rely on in-person pedestrian traffic to spread wonder, knowledge, and intrigue. And while virtual tours are still available to …

In the USA, there is no name that defines the open road and freedom more than Harley-Davidson. These are the V-twin baggers, cruisers, low riders, and long-distance tourers that are meant to cruise down an Interstate, rumbling out a throaty bellow. These are the bikes that have defined more than one generation. These are the …

The 1960s was a transformative time for the motorcycle industry. As the mobility culture shifted from affordable motorcycles to affordable four-wheelers, the industry found itself at something of crossroads and on the cusp of an identity crisis. The 60s would bring about the beginning of the end for the British industry, an unexpected rise of …

The 1950s was an interesting decade for the motorcycle industry. As countries began to show signs of economic improvement after the devastation of World War II, motorcycle manufacturers could begin to innovate in new directions. While affordable mobility was still an important part of a motorcycle’s design, the humble motorcycle was slowly being replaced by …

The 1940s was a particularly turbulent decade in world history, dominated by the Second World War causing widespread destruction all over the globe. As the Allies and Axis powers battled in different theatres, the world’s largest industrial manufacturers were forced to support the war effort in whatever way they could, and a wave of innovation …

2005 VTX1800N   Engine Engine Type 1795cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin Bore and Stroke 101mm x 112mm Compression Ratio 9.0:1 Valve Train SOHC; three valves per cylinder Fuel Delivery PGM-FI with automatic choke Ignition Digital, two spark plugs per cylinder Drivetrain Transmission Five-speed Final Drive Shaft CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES Front Suspension 45mm inverted fork; …

2007 Silver Wing 600 ABS FJS600 Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC parallel twin Bore and Stroke 72 x 71.5mm Displacement 582cc Compression Ratio 8.3:1 Carburation Electronic fuel injection Max. Power Output 50 bhp at 7,000 rpm Max. Torque 54Nm/5,500 rpm Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance Starter Electric Gearbox V-Matic Final Drive V-Belt …

1998 VT750C’98 Shadow American Classic Edition (ACE) 750 ENGINE N/A DRIVETRAIN N/A CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES N/A DIMENSION N/A OTHER It came in one color: Black This model does not have the upper fork covers like the Deluxe The serial number began JH2RC440*WM000001. 2001 VT750C’01 SHADOW ACE 750 Engine Engine Type Liquid cooled, 52° …

1978 CB400TI Engine Engine Air cooled, parallel twin cylinder, four stroke, SOHC, 360° crankshaft and twin balance-shafts Valving  3 valve per cylinder Displacement 395cc (24.1 cu. in) Bore x Stroke 70.5 x 50.6mm Compression Ratio 9.3:1 Fuel Delivery Two 32mm Keihin carburetors Ignition CDI Starter Kickstart Max Power 26.8 HP @ 8000 rpm Max Torque …

2005-07 Honda CB400 Super Bol D’or Engine Engine Liquid cooled, transverse four cylinders, four stroke, DOHC, Displacement 399cc Bore x Stroke 55 x 42 mm Compression Ratio 11.3:1 Fuel Delivery Four 32mm carburetors Ignition CDI Starter Electric Max Power 38.6 kW (53 hp) @ 11000 rpm Max Torque 40.18 Nm @ 7500 rpm Drivetrain Transmission …

1978-79CB400N2 Engine Engine Air cooled, parallel twin cylinder, four stroke, SOHC, 3 valves per cylinder, 360° crankshaft and twin balance-shafts Displacement 395cc Bore x Stroke 70.5 x 50.6 mm Compression Ratio 9.3:1 Fuel Delivery Four 32mm Keihin carburetors Ignition CDI Max Power 26.7 hp @ 7500 rpm Max Torque 24.5 ft-lb @ 8000 rpm Drivetrain …

1975 CB360T0 Engine Engine Air cooled, parallel twin cylinder, SOHC, 2 valve per cylinder, Displacement 357cc Bore x Stroke 67.0 x 50.6 mm Compression Ratio 9.3:1 Fuel Delivery 2 CV carburetors Ignition Breaker points and condenser Starter Electric and kickstart Max Power 24.8 KW (34 hp) @ 9000 rpm Drivetrain Transmission 6-speed Final Drive Chain …

1989-91 CB400F CB-1 Engine Engine Liquid cooled, four stroke, Transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder. Displacement 399cc Bore x Stroke 55 x 42 mm Piston clearance 0.03 mm – 0.04 mm Compression Ratio 11.3:1 Engine oil capacity, without the filter 2.8 litres (2.9 qt) Oil Capacity with Filter 3.1 litres (3.3 qt) Oil …

1978 Hawk Hondamatic (CB400A’78) Engine Engine Air cooled, parallel twin cylinder, SOHC, 3 valve per cylinder Displacement 395cc Bore x Stroke 70.5 x 50.6mm Compression Ratio 9.3:1 Fuel Delivery Two 32mm Keihin CV carburetors Ignition CDI Starter Electric Max Power 26.8 HP @ 8000 rpm Max Torque 21.39 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm Drivetrain Transmission 2-speed …

1997 Honda CB500S Engine Engine Type Liquid cooled, parallel twin cylinder, four stroke, DOHC, 4 valve per cylinder Displacement 494cc (30.1 cid) Bore and Stroke 73 x 59 mm Compression Ratio 10.5:1 Fuel Delivery Two 32mm Keihin CV Ignition CDI Starter Electric Max Power 58 hp 42.3 kW @ 9500 rpm Max Torque 47 Nm …

1974 CB360K0 Engine Engine Air cooled, parallel twin cylinder, SOHC, 2 valve per cylinder Displacement 357cc Bore x Stroke 67.0 x 50.6 mm Compression Ratio 9.3:1 Fuel Delivery 2 CV carburetors Ignition Breaker points and condenser Starter Electric and kickstart Max Power 24.8 KW (34 hp) @ 9000 rpm Drivetrain Transmission 6-speed Final Drive Chain …

1970-72 Honda QA50 K0 Engine Displacement 49cc single cylinder OHV Spark plug C7HSA Plug gap .028 DRIVETRAIN Transmission 2-speed with an automatic clutch Chain #420 x 78 Front sprocket 15 T Rear sprocket 43 T CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES Front suspension Telescoping Brakes Cable-operated drum, front and rear Tire 12×4.00-5 DIMENSION N/A OTHER Colors …