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Throwback Thursday: Eddie Lawson’s Cagiva V592, 30-Years On
5 days ago

Throwback Thursday: Eddie Lawson’s Cagiva V592, 30-Years On

On July 12th, 1992, a modern two-wheeled fairy-tale came true. In a brave and tactically brilliant display of wet-weather riding on a drying track, four-time World champion Eddie Lawson won …
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Feature: The History Of Japauto & The 950SS
1 month ago

Feature: The History Of Japauto & The 950SS

Legend has it that Dick Mann’s Daytona 200-miles win on a factory-built Honda Formula 750 racer in March 1970 represented when Japanese in-line fours first established their domination of production-based …
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Throwback Thursday: 1973 Japauto Honda 950SS Multiple Bol d’Or Winner, Racer Test
1 month ago

Throwback Thursday: 1973 Japauto Honda 950SS Multiple Bol d’Or Winner, Racer Test

Japauto went from zero to hero with essentially overnight as the Honda CB750 broke cover in France back in the 60s. Avid racing fan and excellent business man Christian Vilaséca …
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Throwback Thursday: BMW R1 Desmo Prototype Boxer Racer
2 months ago

Throwback Thursday: BMW R1 Desmo Prototype Boxer Racer

Thirty years ago in 1992, BMW unveiled its born-again Boxer R 1100, the descendants of which are still with us today in R 1250 guise. With the boxer’s return, BMW …
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Two-stroke Tuesday: SuperSic World Champion Gilera RSA250 Test!
3 months ago

Two-stroke Tuesday: SuperSic World Champion Gilera RSA250 Test!

It hardly seems possible that it’s 10 years since super-talented Italian MotoGP ace Marco Simoncelli so sadly died aged just 24 in the Malaysian GP in Sepang on October 23, …
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Throwback Thursday: Sonauto Yamaha OW31 TZ750 Bol d’Or Racer
3 months 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
5 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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