Production Motorcycles

  • Honda CB450S

    Honda CB450S

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Everybody knows Honda’s long-running CB series of motorcycles—and their potential for being turned into cafe racers. But one of the lesser-known variants is the CB450S, which was made in the second half of the 1980s. Details are sketchy: it was apparently built in South America,… Read more »

  • Hercules W2000 rotary

    Hercules W2000 rotary

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Think of rotary engines, and you probably think of Mazda. But in the 1970s, two companies put those silky-smooth Wankel rotary engines into motorcycles. One was Suzuki, with the RE5; the other was little-known Hercules of Nürnberg, Germany. The machine above is the rare Hercules… Read more »

  • Ural T sidecar

    Ural T sidecar

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    The latest rig from cult sidecar specialists Ural hits the showrooms this month. The T costs just $9,999 and is powered by Ural’s venerable 750cc flat twin, pumping out 40 solid Siberian horses. The T doesn’t have the on-demand sidecar drive of the Patrol and… Read more »

  • Naked Vespa

    Naked Vespa

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    It’s not just style and pedigree that sets the Vespa apart from other scooters: its chassis is metal, giving it superior torsional strength and physical stability. And if you strip the mechanicals from the frame, you’re left with an object that has a timeless, almost… Read more »

  • Derringer Cycles

    Derringer Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Interest in ‘motorized bicycles’ is growing, and the Derringer is one of the best. This “neo-classical interpretation” of a 1920s-era board track racer is the creation of industrial designer Adrian Van Anz, who wanted to fill the missing link between his Ducati and his Schwinn.… Read more »

  • Honda GB500 TT

    Honda GB500 TT

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesProduction Motorcycles ,

    Tomorrow sees the start of the Isle of Man TT2009. When casting around for a motorcycle to connect with this legendary event, we decided to avoid the glamour machines—such as the NCR Hailwood TT—and pick instead the obscure Honda GB500 Tourist Trophy. Its engine was… Read more »

  • Moto Morini Scrambler

    Moto Morini Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Moto Morini (est. 1937) deserves a much higher profile than it currently enjoys. The Scrambler has finally gone on sale, with a grunty 1187 cc ‘Bialbero CorsaCorta’ 87° V twin, and chunky rubber to match the typically Italian good looks. This motorcycle is not going… Read more »

  • Track T-800 CDI diesel motorcycle

    Track T-800 CDI diesel motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles

    This was the very first studio shot of the turbo-diesel motorcycle from Dutch company Track. CEO Erik Vegt was surprised when we hassled him for for it: “Isn’t your website a bit too ‘classic’ for the T-800CDI?” he asked. Maybe, but we’re big fans of… Read more »

  • Rumi Sport 125

    Rumi Sport 125

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesProduction Motorcycles ,

    The jewel-like Rumi Sport was revealed at the Milan Fair of 1951, and immediately attracted attention. Its lines were elegant, and the 8hp engine offered 100km/h performance. The motor, a two-stroke 125cc twin also used in Moto Rumi’s scooters, was famed for its smoothness. Aficionados… Read more »

  • 1973 Triumph X-75 Hurricane

    1973 Triumph X-75 Hurricane

  • Ural Gear-Up Sahara

    Ural Gear-Up Sahara

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Few motorcycles are as tough as the legendary Ural sidecar, built the old-fashioned way in the Irbit MotorWorks Factory, Russia. There’s a small but healthy market for these bulletproof machines outside the Eastern Bloc, helped by some smart marketing. The latest Ural is the Limited… Read more »

  • Kawasaki H1 Mach III

    Kawasaki H1 Mach III

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesProduction Motorcycles ,

    “Responsible for changing the vernacular of motorcycling, the terms ‘wheelie’ and ‘tank slapping’ were invented by the exasperated pilots of the Mach III. With a top speed of 130mph, the combination of significant frame flex, negative rear wheel weight distribution and an extremely ‘abrupt’ power… Read more »

  • 1967 Bultaco Sherpa T Model 27

    1967 Bultaco Sherpa T Model 27

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    When the Spanish motorcycle manufacturer Montesa withdrew from racing, disgruntled former employees formed Bultaco. The new company quickly found success in trials racing, and the Sherpa T was perhaps its most famous machine. The lightweight two-stroke was designed with help from Irish racer Sammy Miller,… Read more »

  • Roehr 1250sc

    Roehr 1250sc

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    Think of an American-made sportsbike, and most folks think of Buell. But we’d rather think of Illinois-based Roehr: the delicious and very new 1250sc packs a Harley V-Rod twin, supercharged to give an extraordinary 180 bhp. Walter Roehrich’s design oozes class, and the components are… Read more »

  • 1972 Aspes Super Sport 50

    1972 Aspes Super Sport 50

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesProduction Motorcycles ,

    One motorcycle brand we haven’t come across before is Aspes. It was an Italian marque that operated from 1967 to 1982, using mostly Minarelli or Sachs engines for its motorbikes. The delicate styling of this Super Sport model is sublime: just check that pea-shooter silencer.… Read more »