Racing Motorcycles

  • 1986 HPN BMW Paris Dakar

    1986 HPN BMW Paris Dakar

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Right now, the 2011 Dakar Rally racers are somewhere near Córdoba in Argentina. These days the motorcycle class is dominated by KTM, but in the 80s it was BMW all the way. The bike you’re looking at here is one of BMW’s three entries from… Read more »

  • BSA Gold Star Daytona Special

    BSA Gold Star Daytona Special

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    From David Edwards—Last time we saw a Bobby Sirkegian bike on these pages, it was a super-clean Triumph 650 dragster. Now comes his BSA Gold Star Daytona special, last raced by Sirkegian 50 years ago and the subject of a recent full restoration. The Goldie’s… Read more »

  • Godden Weslake

    Godden Weslake

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    There’s an unwritten rule that Bike EXIF does not feature bikes shot against a garage door. But this is one of the rare cases when I’m prepared to break that rule. This Colorado-based bike is a masterpiece of minimalist race bike design, and it popped… Read more »

  • Vintage Moto Guzzi Corsa 2V

    Vintage Moto Guzzi Corsa 2V

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    EXCLUSIVE Barn finds don’t get much rarer or more exciting than this: here’s a privateer racing motorcycle built to order in 1928 by Moto Guzzi, just seven years after the company began manufacturing. The story comes from Adam Bolton of Italian Motor Magazine, and you… Read more »

  • ELF Honda

    ELF Honda

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Between 1981 and 1983, Honda’s outlandish ELF prototypes competed in the World Endurance Championships, generating a slew of patents for Honda—including one for a single-sided rear swingarm. Fast but unreliable, the machines were created by Renault designer Andre de Cortanze, who was a keen endurance… Read more »

  • Britten V1000

    Britten V1000

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    I’d never heard of the Britten motorcycle until I moved to New Zealand in 1997. But in the motorsport-mad Land of The Long White Cloud, John Britten is a household name—and rightly so. His V1000 has been described as ‘the greatest motorcycle ever built’, because… Read more »

  • Triumph Thunderbird dragbike

    Triumph Thunderbird dragbike

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    What were you riding when you were 13 years old? In 1953, Californian kid Bobby Sirkegian was racing in the equivalent of the NHRA Nationals, so I’m surprised he’s not a household name in motorcycling circles. Bobby used to campaign this Triumph Thunderbird dragbike, “Pretty… Read more »

  • URS Racing Sidecar

    URS Racing Sidecar

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    One of the greatest sidecar racers of all time was the German Helmut Fath. And this machine carried him to the sweetest victory of all. It’s called a URS, and it was sold by the Bonhams auction house last weekend for an extraordinary £102,700—a cool… Read more »

  • BMW Baja 1000 Racer

    BMW Baja 1000 Racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    If you need to fettle your BMW enduro for hardcore long-distance racing, the company to speak to is HPN. The German outfit has an illustrious history, largely built on preparing the motorcycles that took BMW to four Dakar Rally victories in the 1980s. HPN built… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi racer

    Moto Guzzi racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    It’s a shame not to see Moto Guzzi competing at the top level in motorsport—especially given the marque’s illustrious racing history. And a MotoGP Guzzi roaring down the never-ending Mugello straight would sound like the proverbial Lancaster bomber taking off. But despite Mandello’s official disinterest,… Read more »

  • Ducati 748RS

    Ducati 748RS

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought the 748 was one of the prettiest and most appealing Ducatis of recent times. It had the elegant architecture of the 916, but a shorter-stroke engine that revved to a sky-high 11,500rpm. Ducati made several versions of the 748, but the ultimate—and… Read more »

  • Suzuki RK67

    Suzuki RK67

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Today’s guest post is by Richard Fowler of Motorsport Retro. This amazing piece of machinery was the last of the purebred 50cc Suzuki racebikes built in 1967. And it’s a technological as well as aesthetic masterpiece: the engine was tuned to an extraordinary 350hp per… Read more »

  • Honda XR75

    Honda XR75

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Today’s guest post is by Mitch Boehm, Editor & Publisher of Moto Retro Illustrated. It’s an innocuous place, really, a typical Southern California ranch house buried within the hundred-square-mile urban sprawl that constitutes the eastern Los Angeles. The house looks normal enough from the street.… Read more »

  • Vincent Super Nero

    Vincent Super Nero

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    There’s an allure around the Vincent brand that few other marques can match. It’s a potent mix of history, effortless style and brutal power that many have tried to recapture, but failed. Most of the landmarks in Vincent history are well documented, but this muscular… Read more »

  • Psyclone


  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Frederick Fortune is a graphic designer in the San Francisco bay area with a passion for motorcycles. He sent in this story about his amazing replica of the Cyclone board track racer. The real thing is worth around half a million dollars: this is the… Read more »