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Saturday, January 28, 2023
The size of the American leisure market is almost impossible to imagine and, since the 1970’s it has been populated with motorcycles, trikes, quads and 4x4’s as well as Jet Ski’s and “party boats”. Among these certain vehicles stand out as exceptional and the Yamaha Banshee 350 is one of them.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito made unlikely siblings in the hit film Twins, but truth is often stranger than fiction.
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
The humble and unassuming Suzuki B100 was first available in 1964 and lasted – with a few minor updates – for over a decade; the main change being the introduction of the B100P in 1966 (P presumably for Posi Force – more of that later).
Friday, January 06, 2023
The 1970’s is often looked back on as THE boom time in motorcycling and with good reason. Sales worldwide were so strong that manufacturer R&D staff were given pretty much a free hand to explore new sales avenues – for the Japanese one of these explorations was trials machinery.
Thursday, January 05, 2023
Picture yourself at Yamaha’s highly secure test track in April 1983…. Blindfolded with two brand new machines in front of you and, the first one you touch you can have. Nervously you step forward and reach for what feels like an impressive four-cylinder sportster. Pull the blindfold off and there sits the XJ900, good choice – except it was launched alongside the now iconic RD350LC!
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
The boom in global motorcycle sales in the 1970’s allowed manufacturers ample opportunity to experiment and diverge from traditional two and four stroke machines in an effort to expand both their brand reputation and sales.
Monday, December 19, 2022
The foolishness, and thrill, of mounting an engine in a bicycle frame, strapping some fuel on the cross bar then laying across the assembly has never diminished for motorcyclists. And proving that the answer to "why?" is "because we can", Kawasaki Motors Corporation created the Z1R TC (Turbocharged).
Monday, December 12, 2022
Honda's current global success is down to meticulous research and planning, but in the early days luck also played a vital role. Take the ubiquitous "Monkey bike" which is not simply a Honda icon but has been copied by many other manufacturers over the years.
Sunday, December 04, 2022
History has taught us that people underestimated Soichiro Honda at their peril. It’s too easy to see the man and the company he built in terms of just products but there was so much more to him than that. He had a real vision for not just the direction of Honda but motorcycling as a whole – and later the automotive market – that was literally game changing.
Thursday, December 01, 2022
Introduced in 1971, the Suzuki GT750 (or Le Mans in the USA) — affectionately known as the "Water Buffalo" or "Kettle" – was the first liquid-cooled production motorcycle from Japan, a 739cc, three-cylinder two-stroke street machine that boasted 67 horsepower at 6500 rpm with a rubber mounted engine.
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