The new Icon 1000 Collection

1968 Bultaco TSS racer

The New Zealand auction house Webbs has a habit of uncovering some gems for its sales, and this is the star of its next show:…

Two-wheel-drive motorcycle

The Honda CRF450X is a pretty good motorcycle straight out of the box. Every time it’s been entered in the Baja races, it’s won its…

Honda RC166 model motorcycle

If your Dad is an industrial designer and machinist, you can expect to receive some unusual toys. This Honda RC166 model motorcycle belongs to Anna…

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…