The new Icon 1000 Akromont jacket

Villa V4 Replica

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…

Moto Guzzi V8

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…

FB-Mondial 250 Bialbero

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…

Yamaha YZR500

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…

Ducati TT2 racing motorcycle

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…

DKW racing motorcycle

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…

Cagiva Elefant 906 SP

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…

Derbi Angel Nieto replica

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…

Ducati 125 Grand Prix

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…

The Peril Speed Equipe

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.…

Buell RR1000R

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…

Honda CR 750

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…

Bultaco Cazarécords

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…

1986 HPN BMW Paris Dakar

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…