Racing Motorcycles

  • Villa V4 Replica

    Villa V4 Replica

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    If you’ve never heard of the Villa V4, it’s not surprising: this racing motorcycle never turned a wheel in anger. The lovely machine here is an immaculate replica of Francesco Villa’s planned 1969 GP racer—a bike that was killed overnight by an FIM edict limiting… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V8

    Moto Guzzi V8

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    The Moto Guzzi V8 ‘Otto Cilindri’ is widely regarded as one of the ten greatest motorcycle designs of all time. Yet it only won three Grands Prix. So what makes it so great? Mostly the engine, which gave the bike incredible performance. In the mid… Read more »

  • Ossa TR 280i

    Ossa TR 280i

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    One of the greatest names in competition motorcycles is back: after a 28-year absence, the Spanish company Ossa has restarted its production line. And this is its headline bike, the remarkable 67kg TR 280i. Yes, that’s just 67kg—or 148 lbs, for those of you with… Read more »

  • FB-Mondial 250 Bialbero

    FB-Mondial 250 Bialbero

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    I’m always looking for an excuse to feature a racing motorcycle with a dustbin fairing. These new shots are from Australian photographer Phil Aynsley, and were taken recently in Florence. They show an exquisite 1956 FB-Mondial: the very machine that took Tarquinio Provini to second… Read more »

  • Yamaha YZR500

    Yamaha YZR500

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    By Richard Fowler of Motorsport Retro—This exquisite piece of rolling sculpture is Yamaha’s 1975 YZR500. It’s the OW23 variant, the machine that took Giacomo Agostini to the last of his incredible 15 World Championships. Making its first appearance in the 1974 Belgian GP, the OW23… Read more »

  • Ducati TT2 racing motorcycle

    Ducati TT2 racing motorcycle

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    In 1981, Ducati unveiled a gorgeous racing twin based on the successful Pantah. The TT2 used a Verlicchi-designed frame with a steel cantilever swing-arm, Marzocchi 35 mm forks and 18” magnesium wheels. The machine we’ve got here is even better: a thorough upgrade built for… Read more »

  • DKW racing motorcycle

    DKW racing motorcycle

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    Here’s an interesting old ’un coming up for auction in a few days in England. It’s not an original DKW, but a replica of the pre-1930 racers, assembled from period parts and rebuilt four years ago. It might be a mongrel, but its pedigree is… Read more »

  • Cagiva Elefant 906 SP

    Cagiva Elefant 906 SP

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    I’ve always thought the Cagiva Elefant was the coolest Dakar motorcycle of all time. And this one, naked in white and straight off the factory floor, is off the scale. It’d look at home racing across the plains of Tatooine with an Imperial Stormtrooper standing… Read more »

  • Ducati 900SS racer

    Ducati 900SS racer

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    In Australia, Tony Hannagan of BevelTech is the man to call if you need help with a classic Ducati. And this sleek black-and-red beauty is his latest build. ‘Vern R‘ is a Ducati 900SS-based racer designed for the BEARS series—meaning “British, European, American Racing and… Read more »

  • Derbi Angel Nieto replica

    Derbi Angel Nieto replica

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    Sometimes a motorcycle built purely for function can have beautiful form as well. This vintage 50cc racer from the Spanish Derbi factory is packing just 15hp, but it could reach an extraordinary 200 kph (124 mph) on the track. And as you can see, it… Read more »

  • Ducati 125 Grand Prix

    Ducati 125 Grand Prix

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    I’ve often thought that the appeal of racing motorcycles is in their sculptural qualities. And despite the charmless name, there are few things more elegant than a ‘dustbin’ fairing from the 1950s. This one is an exceptionally beautiful example, and a testament to the metalworker’s… Read more »

  • The Peril Speed Equipe

    The Peril Speed Equipe

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    Bonhams can usually be relied on to supply some oddball motorcycles in their auctions—but I haven’t seen the likes of these Triumph sprint bikes before. They pre-date George Brown’s Super Nero and Alf Hagon’s designs, and they’ll be going under the hammer on 24 April… Read more »

  • Buell RR1000R

    Buell RR1000R

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    This is a beast with a convoluted history. It’s one of just three racing RR1000s produced by Erik Buell before the road version was released in the late 80s. The story starts with the Harley Owners Group, which asked Buell to make a chassis for… Read more »

  • Honda CR 750

    Honda CR 750

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    If I had to make a list of the most iconic racing motorcycles of all time, the Honda CR 750 would be in my top ten. Not only for its achievements, but also for its aesthetics: to my eyes, it’s one of the most beautiful… Read more »

  • Bultaco Cazarécords

    Bultaco Cazarécords

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    In 1960, the young Spanish manufacturer Bultaco decided to make a name for itself and claim some long distance records. It built this stunningly beautiful 175cc machine, and took it to the Autodrome de Montlhéry just south of Paris. It was a successful trip, with… Read more »