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Motto Guzzi 1000S: MCAD campus – Minneapolis, MN

November 6th, 2012 by Emir

Man are these things cool.

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Honda CB750A Windjammer – Wooster Street, NYC

September 29th, 2010 by Ian

You know how the old saying goes…there is no replacement for displacement. Or at least that is what Honda must have been thinking when they brought the 4-cylinder, 120 MPH CB750 to the US and European markets in 1969 after having experienced tremendous success with their smaller line of bikes. The high speed sport bike was unprecedented not only for its straight-4 engine with an overhead camshaft, but for its adoption of front disc brakes, both of which were features previously unavailable on mainstream production motorcycles of the time and, in typical Japanese manufacturer fashion, were offered by Honda at a lower price point than the competition. This particular example is unique for its automatic, or Hondamatic, transmission (that’s the “A” in Honda CB750A), Honda’s first ever, and Windjammer aftermarket fairing. The whole thing is delightfully retro and that massive fairing really transforms the bike from a high speed sportster to an effortlessly fast highway cruiser along the lines of a modern day Gold Wing. It goes without saying that this bike looks positively amazing considering it’s more than 30 years old at this point.

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Harley Davidson Ultra Glide Art Bike – Prince Street, NYC

June 23rd, 2010 by Ian

Apparently we have a horny, motorcycle riding collage artist on our hands. The best part…this nudie hog is for sale. From a distance, the charasmatic paint scheme appears blurry, cluttered and tacky. But as you get closer to this Dresser (thats Harley speak for touring bike), the XXX details actually start to grow on you from a “I can appreciate the skill that went into that” standpoint. There are crazy levels of detail and, dare I say it, artistic talent going on here. I think it’s safe to say that Larry Flint would be a big fan of this bike.

Best of luck to the seller.

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Yamaha YZF-R7 – Hillsboro, Oregon

March 18th, 2010 by Emir

Despite the familiar sport bike silhouette, these Yamaha R7′s aren’t exactly an everyday sighting. That is unless you were a big SBK (Superbike World Championship) fan between 1999 and 2002. The R7 was actually designed to compete in SBK, but due to homologation rules, Yamaha was forced to manufacture a limited run of 500 hand-built bikes for supposed street use. Volume numbers like that make the R7 one of the rarest production bikes ever to leave a Japanese factory. But with a price tag North of $30K and limited SBK success, these ultra high tech marvels were rather short lived. I spotted this absurdly low mileage example (just 100 miles) outside Hillsboro MotorSport and managed to fire off a few rounds before the owner got too agitated. Is it for sale? “Yes of course, provide the price is right”

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NY Cycle Show Wrap-Up – Javits Convention Center, NYC

February 8th, 2010 by Stu

This year’s New York Motorcycle Show may not have been all that significant from a new model introduction standpoint, but that doesn’t mean Javits wasn’t packed to the brim with eye candy. We already brought you some tastey shots of Confederate’s B120 Fighter and Wraith but Progressive Insurance also had a kick ass booth full of one-off choppers and other custom creations. Equally cool was the Sucker Punch Sally and Campagna T-Rex displays. Hell, Ducati even put on a little fashion show to highlight their new Multistrada and line of motorcycle-inspired apparel.  Check out all the goodies after the jump.

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Suzuki GS850 – East 11th Street, NYC

January 29th, 2010 by Ian

The fact that Motorcycle journalists coined a generic term – Universal Japanese Motorcycle - to describe late 1960s-1970s Japanese bikes from several manufacturers over several years implies a pretty unassuming aesthetic. But the writers weren’t making fun or collectively branding them as having bland design. Instead, they were merely pointing out how similar each of the bikes look to one another thanks to several copy cat product entries released in quick succession from the likes of Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha.

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Confederate Motorcycles – Cycle World NY International Motorcycle Show

January 28th, 2010 by Stu

Conferderate’s brochure for their P120 Fighter (pictured above) doesn’t much delve into specific features. Sure, it references the 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum used throughout its construction. And it mentions the 160HP V-Twin that is nestled into the naked, minimalist frame. But most of the pages highlight famous quotes and clever copy that speak to being an individual and breaking all the rules. After all, anyone who buys a bike like this is not the least bit concerned with fading into the background. Confederate describes their aesthetic as being crafted, industrial, sculptural and honest. I am going to tack bad ass and not-from-this-world onto that list. Also in the Confederate booth was P120’s evil carbon fiber brother – the Wraith.

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Wildfire WF800-C – East 10th Street btwn. 1st & A, NYC

January 6th, 2010 by Stu

Wildfire WF650-C - East 10th Street

Notice anything odd about the car pictured here? Well you should. For starters, it’s parked vertically against the curb like a European Smart Fortwo. Look closer and you will notice there are only 3 wheels putting power to the pavement – 2 in the back and 1 in the front. So, despite the full body enclosure and hatchback design, this car is actually not a car at all. Or at least that’s what the DOT thinks because it’s classified and registered as a motorcycle in the U.S. Say hello to the WF800-C, a Chinese-built trike marketed and distributed by Steubenville, Ohio-based Wildfire Motors.

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Custom Chopper – Montigue Street, Brooklyn Heights

December 15th, 2009 by Austin

Custom Chopper in Brooklyn Heights

This Brooklyn chopper stands out like a skinny girl at a Jenny Craig meeting. From the hand-tooled leather saddle and handmade pipes to the intricate paint scheme and hand formed tank & rear fender, the design detail is simply exquisite. Further supporting this bike’s ultra clean looks, the designer omitted the front brake and fender. Hundreds of man hours and a silly amount of cash have likely gone into its construction. And as you might be able to tell, form definitely trumps function. Your spine will pay for looks this good – the rigid tail and lack of any suspension underneath the seat mean this baby is a real buckaroo over the city streets. This custom chopper is what we call TTT – Tavern To Tavern.

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H-D Sportster Iron 883 – Elizabeth Street, NYC

November 25th, 2009 by Ian

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Harley’s entry level Sportster has never been cooler thanks to special edition models like this Iron 883 ($7,999) and its 1200 CC Nightster ($9,999) counterpart. From the 13 spoke cast aluminum wheels and black denim paint to the chopped rear fender and front fork gaiters, it’s amazing how seemingly minor changes to color and trim can dramatically transform the character of a motorcycle. Not to say that we don’t like the base Sportster (883 Low) but its got nothing on this blacked out beauty.

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