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Throwback Thursday: Sonauto Yamaha OW31 TZ750 Bol d’Or Racer
3 weeks ago

Throwback Thursday: Sonauto Yamaha OW31 TZ750 Bol d’Or Racer

The OW31 was the most quixotic, most improbable yet also the most deadly serious attempt to do the two-wheeled impossible in modern times. Imagine if Yamaha was to fit lights …
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Throwback Thursday: Paul Smart’s 1972 Imola 200 Winning Ducati
2 months ago

Throwback Thursday: Paul Smart’s 1972 Imola 200 Winning Ducati

After winning fourteen World Superbike titles in the past 33 years, we tend to take Ducati’s current domination of top-level four-stroke racing for granted, the man that sparked it all …
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Tribute: Reflecting On Paul Smart’s Works Ducati Days
2 months ago

Tribute: Reflecting On Paul Smart’s Works Ducati Days

The late Paul Smart’s Imola 200 victory in 1972 not only established Ducati as big bike manufacturers in the minds of enthusiasts, who had previously only ever thought of the …
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Two-Stroke Tuesday: 1984 Chevallier Honda RS500 GP Racer
2 months ago

Two-Stroke Tuesday: 1984 Chevallier Honda RS500 GP Racer

To defeat the Japanese teams by winning GPs with bikes you built yourself in a workshop attached to your house, fuelled by your wife’s home cooking and cups of coffee …
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Claude Fior: The Motorcycling Musketeer
2 months ago

Claude Fior: The Motorcycling Musketeer

Just over twenty years ago, on December 13, 2001, the motorcycle world lost one of its greatest free thinkers and most innovative engineers, when 46-year old Frenchman Claude Fior was …
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Throwback Thursday: 1988 FIOR 500-4, Racer Test
2 months ago

Throwback Thursday: 1988 FIOR 500-4, Racer Test

In the late 1980s there was a widening gap between 500GP racing’s haves, and have-nots – which is to say, between the works V4s, including the fledgling Italian Cagiva team, …
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Classic Racer Test: 1968 Drixton Honda 500
3 months ago

Classic Racer Test: 1968 Drixton Honda 500

The chance to ride the genuine original ex-Terry Dennehy 500cc Drixton Honda now once again owned by Herman Timman, the man who won the 1972 Dutch 500cc Championship on the …
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Throwback Thursday: History: Dennehy Drixton Honda 500
3 months ago

Throwback Thursday: History: Dennehy Drixton Honda 500

It’s very unlikely that any other Japanese-engined Classic era road racer has been replicated as frequently around the world as the twin-cylinder Drixton Honda. A classic motorcycle race meeting isn’t …
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Throwback Thursday: RGB Wasp Thunderbike Racer
4 months ago

Throwback Thursday: RGB Wasp Thunderbike Racer

Wasp Motorcycles founder Robin Rhind-Tutt was born in 1941, in the same house in England’s Wiltshire countryside he was still living in when he died in 2019, aged 78, along …
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Speed Triple Tech: Model history & RR’s Ohlins Electronic Suspension explained
5 months ago

Speed Triple Tech: Model history & RR’s Ohlins Electronic Suspension explained

The Triumph Speed Triple marks everything that the brand set out to achieve since its restart to production back in 1991. Topping the Triumph range for three decades, the Speed …
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