Hercules W2000 rotary

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…

Derringer Cycles

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…

Honda GB500 TT

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…

Moto Morini Scrambler

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…

Track T-800 CDI diesel motorcycle

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…

Rumi Sport 125

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…

Ural Gear-Up Sahara

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…

Kawasaki H1 Mach III

“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…

1967 Bultaco Sherpa T Model 27

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…

Bill Phelps

Brooklyn photographer Bill Phelps dropped us a line the other day, attaching some images that blew us away. They’re surreal, sensual, and often feature motorbikes.…

Mission motorcycles

This is the Mission One electric sportbike prototype. The styling was certainly electrifying, with shades of the KTM RC8. Top speed is reportedly 150 mph,…

Laverda 1200

Tony Starr, a photographer from Melbourne, spotted this motorcycle in the street and squeezed off a quick shot. I’d say it’s a Laverda 1200 from…

Wakan Roadster 1 Hundred

This French beauty is from Joel Domergue’s Wakan Motorcycles. It’s not a custom bike, but a well-engineered production motorcycle made in small batches for riders…

Honda FTR

Many of the coolest Japanese bikes never leave the shores of their home country, and one of those bikes is the lithe, tracker-ish Honda FTR.…

Peraves MonoTracer

#41 in Time’s Best Inventions of 2008 was the two-seater Peraves MonoTracer from Switzerland. Peraves’ previous attempt at a ‘cabin motorcycle’, the Eco, did not…