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Yamaha RD350LC sells for £18k

MCN, 02 May 2012 12:30

A brand new 1981 Yamaha RD350LC sold on eBay last week in Australia for a staggering £17,784.58. It's been in dry storage since new and has never been, or is likely to ever be, started – let alone road registered. Do you know of any brand new, zero mile classics? If so, let us know in the comments section below.

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Dozens of classic Ducatis for sale in auction

MCN, 27 April 2012 10:53

Details have been revealed of the dozens of classic Ducatis that will be auctioned in Monaco in May by RM Auctions. The collection was put together by Carlo Saltarelli, a Ducati test rider, racer and dealership owner who amassed over 100 road and race bikes over three decades. The eight examples here are the tip of an exquisite Italian iceberg, ...

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Celebrate 40 years of the Kawasaki Z1000 at the Ace Cafe

MCN, 20 April 2012 12:19

Kawasaki is marking 40 years of the Z1000 with an open day at the world famous Ace Cafe, North London, on Sunday April 22. The Z1000 open day starts at 9am and will be finishing at 5pm. The Z1 Owners Club will be at the event showing examples of many of the Z100s from 1972 to present day. Speaking about ...

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Classic trial at Festival of 1000 bikes

MCN, 06 April 2012 09:27

Organisers of the Festival of 1000 bikes have announced there will be a Pre-65 trial on July 7 at the Festival of 1000 Bikes. Taking place within Mallory Park, the sections will apparently offer 'something for everyone'.Headlining this year's Festival is GP legend Kevin Schwantz, who will be riding one of his ex-GP bikes. Schwantz has a trials background, but ...

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Goodwood celebrates two-strokes

Michael Neeves, 23 March 2012 15:58

This year’s Goodwood Festival Speed, held on 28 June - 1 July, will be alive to the sounds and smells of two-stroke and promises to be one of the highlights of the summer biking calendar. Grand Prix racing waved goodbye to the last two-stroke at the final 125cc GP in Valencia last November, so Goodwood are paying homage to the ...

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Is this the ultimate Honda CBX1000?

MCN, 16 March 2012 13:31

A “breakthrough for the Japanese motorcycle industry” was one headline when Honda’s stunning six cylinder CBX was first announced in 1977 and the first photographs which appeared in MCN that year certainly left a lasting impression on one West Country teenager. Thirty five years on Paul Pursey now owns seven of the iconic sixes including this, which features an 1170cc ...

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1921 Velocette boardtracker rocks Ally Pally

Gary Pinchin, 09 March 2012 12:08

This Nick Gale-built Velocette boardtracker was the star of the London International Classic and Custom Bike Show at Alexandra Palace this year, even though it's still a work in progress! Wembley-based custom bike builder Gale took a 1921 Clyno - an old Coventry marque - and shoehorned a 1936 Velocette MAC and 1920s three-speed Albion gearbox into a space once ...

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One man's passion for Maico motorcycles

Andy Westlake, 02 March 2012 17:15

Maico may not be the most famous name in motorcycling, but to cognoscenti or those with a motocross bent, it’s one of the most revered – which Graham Roberts collection of the West German machines all the more impressive. In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s the firm’s fearsome 490cc two-stroke open class ‘crosser was the only credible alternative to ...

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1975 Suzuki GT550 gets cafe racer treatment

MCN, 24 February 2012 17:04

This is the latest example of the increasing number of immaculate cafe racers coming out of America. Called the Honduki, it's an award winning build based on a 1975 Suzuki GT550 but, as you can see, it looks nothing like the pudgy streetbike Japan intended it to be. It's made by Motohanger, a burgeoning custom bike shop specialising in cafe ...

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Keeping Meriden twins alive

Andy Westlake, 17 February 2012 14:34

Triumph for most may today mean Hinckley 675s and Speed Triples, but the old Meriden twins still have a huge following – not least because of a British factory still making and supplying virtually every spare part imaginable. That firm is is LF Harris of Honiton in Devon, which for a number of years after the Meriden collapse, even produced ...

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