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ABOVE & BELOW: 1977 Triumph Bonneville T140V was essentially carried over from ’76, as would be the practice from now on. Budget constraints were choking the company and it’s products. This one is in the Polychromatic Blue and Cold White paint scheme. FOCUSING ON ONE MODEL As the 1977 model year opened, the Meriden Co-op …

SHORT MODEL YEAR The 1974 Triumph Bonneville was built in very low numbers. It was a very odd year in Triumph Bonneville history. Angry workers hearing of the impending shutdown of the Triumph Motorcycles plant at Meriden, shut it down themselves in protest, in October 1973 just as production was being switched from 1973 models …

ABOVE: The 1976 Triumph Bonneville is the first to adopt left-side shift. Note shifter coming out of primary case. SPANISH AMALS? Engine mods were few. A new muffler set were now almost cylindrical reverse-cones (very little taper) & noise reduction revisions. The twin 30mm Amal Concentric carburetors were now being produced by the company’s Spanish …

1969 Norton Commando Fastback ABOVE: 1969 Norton Commando Fastback MODEL DESIGNATIONS The 1969 Norton Commando came in one additional model for 1969, its second model year in production. The 1968 Norton Commando was available in one model only, and so was simply called ‘Norton Commando’, even though it had what was to become known as …

1954 VINCENT BLACK SHADOW-ONE OF THE LAST The Vincent Motorcycle Co. closed its doors in 1955, so this 1954-model was built one year before the end. Vincent was a low-volume producer of high-quality motorcycles, and high-priced for the time. From the end of WWII until their demise in 1955, they barely produced 11,000 bikes total, …

1952 VINCENT BLACK SHADOW BACKGROUND Brilliantly designed by doubling up the 499cc Vincent Comet single-cylinder engine into a 50-degree V-twin, the Vincent Black Shadow was introduced in 1949. It followed on the heals of the Vincent Rapide, which was more of a touring bike. The buying public wanted more power, more “sport” and so the …

1953 VINCENT BLACK SHADOW BACKGROUND Brilliantly designed by doubling up the 499cc Vincent Comet single-cylinder engine into a 50-degree V-twin, the Vincent Black Shadow was introduced in 1949. It followed on the heals of the Vincent Rapide, which was more of a touring bike. The buying public wanted more power, more “sport” and so the …

1950 VINCENT BLACK SHADOW BACKGROUND Brilliantly designed by doubling up the 499cc Vincent Comet single-cylinder engine into a 50-degree V-twin, the Vincent Black Shadow was introduced in 1949. It followed on the heals of the Vincent Rapide, which was more of a touring bike. The buying public wanted more power, more “sport” and so the …

THE 1973 TRIUMPH X75 HURRICANE As an interesting aside to the Triumph Trident / BSA Rocket 3 story is the X75 Hurricane. Having insisted on a slightly different 3-cylinder engine from the Triumph’s, BSA wanted to make an impression and show their dealers something exciting for a change, and something that Triumph couldn’t match. There …

1959 AJS MODEL 31 BACKGROUND AJS and sister-brand Matchless were late to the vertical twin party. Triumph started it all with the 1938 Speed Twin, the world’s first ‘modern’ vertical twin (aka: parallel twin). It took the world by storm, and suddenly every other British brand had to have one of their own. Alas, World …

MY 1979 TRIUMPH T140D BONNEVILLE SPECIAL I own a ’79 T140D myself. It’s pictured above, on display at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel CA in 2011. The day after this show I rode it in the Quail Ride, which took us through the hills around Carmel. It happened to be my birthday, and what …

1961 AJS MODEL 31 BACKGROUND AJS and sister-brand Matchless were late to the vertical twin party. Triumph started it all with the 1938 Speed Twin, the world’s first ‘modern’ vertical twin (aka: parallel twin). It took the world by storm, and suddenly every other British brand had to have one of their own. Alas, World …

1977 Triumph Bonneville Silver Jubilee US-Market Version ABOVE & BELOW: The US-spec version of the 1977 Triumph Bonneville Silver Jubilee had a typical US-style teardrop tank. (Pictures courtesy of MidAmerica Auctions.) CELEBRATING A QUEEN Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of England in 1952. 1977 was the 25th, or Silver Anniversary of her coronation and the …

The Tuono Unleashed: The 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links Celebrated Italian motorcycle manufacturer Aprilia has seriously outdone itself lately. It recently announced that the new Tuono 660 would be available as part of the 2021 Aprilia line-up in North America. It’s a mid-sized sportbike that takes its DNA …

The 2021 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe: Retro cafe vibes, modern cafe technology Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links Kawasaki’s 2021 Z900RS Cafe is a throwback to the lightweight, four-cylinder road rockets that raced between cafe stops in the 1960s and 1970s. A lowered seat height, raked back clip ons, and the aerodynamic headlight cowling …

Sports Performance In A Street Package: The 2021 GSX-S750Z / ABS Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The GSX-S750Z joins the 2021 Suzuki line-up with a few nice upgrades over the last model. It’s a powerful and muscular naked sportsbike that borrows a lot of its DNA from other Suzuki motorcycles, such as …

The King of Sportsbikes: The 2021 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The Suzuki GSX-R1000 is one of the most famous Suzuki motorcycles ever made, and one of the most famous motorcycles of all time! It’s a powerful and recognizable sportsbike with a long and illustrious history. The 2021 Suzuki line-up …

The 2021 Aprilia RS 660: High technology and Stunning Looks at a Middleweight Price Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links Aprilia Motorcycles says “If you want to go unnoticed, this is not the bike for you,” and as far as the 600cc sport bike segment goes, they could well be right. With its …

Middleweight Adventurer: The 2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 Adventure Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The KLR 650 Adventure is the top-spec KLR model in the 2021 Kawasaki line-up. It’s an impressive motorcycle that takes everything that we already love about the newly revived KLR 650 but fuses it with a shopping list of …

The 2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 Traveler: A US Exclusive Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The KLR 650 Traveler variant is exclusive to the US 2021 Kawasaki line-up. It’s not available in Canada, sadly. This model is almost identical to the base model KLR 650, though it features a number of accessories that …

The Dual-Sport King Returns: The 2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links Despite being a part of the 2021 Kawasaki line-up, the famously green Japanese manufacturer has decided to badge up the new KLR 650 as a 2022 model. Don’t worry though, it’s very much available in 2021! The arrival …

Updated For 2021: The Suzuki DR650S Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The DR650S is a formidable dual-sport motorcycle that many riders will agree is one of the best dual-sport machines on the market. It joins the 2021 Suzuki line-up with a handful of new updates, though nothing terribly drastic. But for real …

The Classic Suzuki Metric Cruiser: The Boulevard C50 and C50T Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links “Classic rumble, modern comfort” – that’s the tagline that goes with the latest Boulevard model from the 2021 Suzuki line-up. For fans of metric cruisers, the Boulevard line is one of the most respected. For years, these …

Anything But Standard: The 2021 Suzuki SV650 ABS Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links Commonly labelled as a “standard motorcycle” the Suzuki SV650 is more like a naked sportbike in reality. It’s a Japanese motorcycle with a potent V-twin engine, minimalist styling, and utilitarian nature that hides a sporty wild-side. The SV650 returns …

The Dark CB: The New 2021 Honda CB1000R Black Edition Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The CB1000R Black Edition is a neo-sports café model from Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, Honda. It’s one of the most exciting naked models in the 2021 Honda line-up, offering sleek styling and modern performance, in a sharp, blacked-out …

Introducing The Limited Edition 2021 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled Fasthouse Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links As a nice addition to the Scrambler fleet, there’s a new model in the 2021 Ducati line-up: the 2021 Ducati Desert Sled Fasthouse. This is a limited edition model that’s based on Ducati and Fasthouse’s Mint 400 …

Less Is More: The No-Frills Ducati Scrambler Icon Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 Ducati line-up doesn’t feature any drastic changes to the Scrambler models, though a few of them did receive small updates. The classic Scrambler Icon is one of them! The updates might be minimal but they’re updates nonetheless. …

Retro Desert Racing: The 2021 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links Most of the Scrambler models in the 2021 Ducati line-up haven’t been updated for the new year. However, the Scrambler Desert Sled does get a few changes. Firstly, it’s one of the lucky Ducati motorcycles that has been …

A Scrambler For The Discerning Ducatista: The Scrambler Café Racer Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer is one of the most recognizable Ducati motorcycles in the Scrambler range. It’s sharp, sleek, incredibly stylish, and affordably priced! When it first rolled onto the scene, it was an instant hit …

Ducati’s Furious Flat Tracker: The Scrambler Full Throttle Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links Ducati’s eye-catching Full Throttle model is once again available. This time, the model in the 2021 Ducati line-up is totally devoid of any significant updates for the new year, but don’t despair! It’s still one of the most formidable, …

Superlight Sports Performance: The 2021 Ducati Superleggera V4 Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links If you want unparalleled performance and money is no issue, then the Superleggera V4 is the motorcycle in the 2021 Ducati line-up for you. It’s one of the most advanced Ducati motorcycles ever made, featuring cutting-edge technology and engineering, …

The Perfect Blend Of Performance and Practicality: The Supersport 950 / 950 S Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The Ducati Supersport 950 is once again available as part of the 2021 Ducati line-up, but with no noticeable upgrades over last year. It still remains as a strong entry-level Ducati motorcycle that offers …

Race-bred Perfection: The Ducati Panigale V4 R Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links Another model in the 2021 Ducati line-up that goes without an update for the new year is the Panigale V4 R. This is the top-level Panigale V4 model, surpassing the V4, V4 S, and even the impressive V4 SP. It’s …

Honda’s Middleweight Adventure Machine: The 2021 NC750X Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The NC750X is one of the most versatile Honda motorcycles currently available. It’s powerful, capable, comfortable, practical, and it features a few impressive upgrades for the new year that make it one of the most attractive models in the 2021 …

The 2021 KTM 890 Adventure: The Heart Of KTM’s Adventure Lineup Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 KTM 890 Adventure is the cornerstone, the pillar, upon which the entire current 2021 Adventure model lineup is built upon. The smaller 390 Adventure and the larger 1290 Adventure models would not exist if …

Class-leading Enduro Performance: KTM’s 500 XCF-W Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The KTM 500 XCF-W is one of the most formidable off-road motorcycles in the 2021 KTM line-up. It’s a high-performance enduro machine that shares a lot of DNA with the much-lauded 500 EXC-F, though it’s an entirely different beast. This European-made …

The 2021 KTM 690 SMC R: Street Ready Powerhouse Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 KTM 690 SMC R is currently one of the most powerful supermoto bikes in the world, if not the most powerful, at least in their 2021 model lineup. Designed from the very start to use all …

The 2021 KTM 690 Enduro R: At Home On The Road Or Off It Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 KTM 690 Enduro R is a very interesting motorcycle, existing in a weird middle space between a full-out dual-sport and a stripped down adventure bike. On the one hand, it has …

The 2021 KTM 890 Duke: A Sport Naked Meant To Rule The Road Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 KTM 890 Duke is the third generation of a continually upgrading motorcycle that started out as a 600cc class sport naked. The 690 Duke was an instant hit many years ago, before …

The 2021 KTM 890 Duke R: Surgical Precision With The Heart Of A Supersport Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 KTM 890 Duke R is what happens when you lock a bunch of Austrian engineers and designers together in a room, give them the base model of the 890 Duke, and …