Racing Motorcycles

  • Moto Guzzi Condor

    Moto Guzzi Condor

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most exotic pre-war production racers was the Moto Guzzi Condor, and Bonhams has scored a coup by securing one for its auction this coming Sunday in England. The Condor was a light and agile machine, and could outrun a Gilera with double… Read more »

  • Speedweek: Brett Destoop

    Speedweek: Brett Destoop

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Brett Destoop is an interesting guy. He doesn’t own a road-registered bike, but a few days ago, he became the first man in Australia to go faster than 230 mph (370 kph) on a sit-down motorcycle. At the Lake Gairdner Speedweek meet, he rode his… Read more »

  • Vetter Kawasaki KZ1000

    Vetter Kawasaki KZ1000

  • Richard Fowler Racing Motorcycles ,,

    In 1976, the Englishman Reg Pridmore won the AMA Superbike Championship on a BMW R90S. The following year, he became the first man to win an AMA race on a Japanese bike: at Pocono in Pennsylvania. Pridmore scored this landmark victory on a Racecrafters Kawasaki,… Read more »

  • OSSA 250 Monocoque

    OSSA 250 Monocoque

  • Richard Fowler Racing Motorcycles ,

    This amazing little OSSA 250cc Grand Prix bike finished 3rd in the 250cc World Championship in 1969. Its revolutionary monocoque stunned the Grand Prix paddock, yet the clearly superior design never found favour with the big manufacturers. Designed by Eduardo Giró, the son of OSSA… Read more »

  • C&J Rotax Flat Tracker

    C&J Rotax Flat Tracker

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    We’re suckers for flat track racing motorcycles here, and this Rotax-powered racer from England sure is purdy. The image comes from Ben Part of Sideburn, and Ben has his tongue firmly in cheek when describing the bike: “No vehicle is safe from the gaudy touch… Read more »

  • Ducati flat track racer

    Ducati flat track racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Every now and then, I get an email from a gentleman called Seth Dorfler, who is well known in US motorcycling circles. Dorfler presides over a seemingly inexhaustible archive of vintage motorcycle photographs, plus Ducati and Moto Guzzi memorabilia. (Much of this material was gathered… Read more »

  • 1928 Douglas DT

    1928 Douglas DT

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Did you know that many current Mercedes cars have no dipsticks? And if you buy a new car today, you probably won’t see much of the engine when you pop the hood: it’ll be covered by a giant plastic shroud. I was reminded of that… Read more »

  • Don Castro Triumph Flat Track

    Don Castro Triumph Flat Track

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    This beauty isn’t a show bike from the 70s: it’s the actual factory ‘Red Line’-framed 750 cc Triumph ridden by AMA Flat Track star Don Castro. The psychedelic streamlined bodywork came from a sponsor called The Fiberglas Works; it was outlawed by the AMA for… Read more »

  • Yamaha YZR500 OW35K

    Yamaha YZR500 OW35K

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    By guest writer Richard Fowler of Motorsport Retro. When a young Kenny Roberts first ventured to Europe in 1978 to ride in the 500cc World Championship, no one was expecting him to be a title contender. But he was armed with the brutal Yamaha YZR500… Read more »

  • Rob North Triumph Trident

    Rob North Triumph Trident

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Rob North is a name you occasionally hear in classic racing circles, but it seems that few people know much about the man. In the 1960s and 70s he built frames for BSA and Triumph triples, working with factory bikes, and at least one Honda… Read more »

  • Honda RC125 replica

    Honda RC125 replica

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    This replica of a works Honda motocross bike is causing a ripple in vintage motocross circles. In the mid-70s, the poster boy for motocross was Marty Smith, and he rode an RC125 Elsinore. Although it looked similar to the Elsinore you could buy at your… Read more »

  • 1948 Indian 648 Big Base Scout

    1948 Indian 648 Big Base Scout

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    It’s hard to believe this racebike was built sixty years ago. But it was so far ahead of its time, it was still winning races in the 70s. It’s thought that only seven factory Big Base ‘Daytona’ Scouts still exist; this particular one went under… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Ambassador racer

    Moto Guzzi Ambassador racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    We’ve got a bit of a thing for Moto Guzzi here, and this vintage racing motorcycle from Japan has got to be one of the best Guzzis in the world. We first noticed it in September but now owner Shiro Nakajima of Ritmo Sereno has… Read more »

  • Honda RC125M

    Honda RC125M

  • Richard Fowler Racing Motorcycles ,

    This radical motocrosser from 1980 was the result of the Honda factory’s open chequebook—and a desperate desire to see off its rivals. Born in response to Gilera‘s twin cylinder motocross bike, the Honda RC125M Twin was nothing short of a beautifully engineered technological marvel. Producing… Read more »

  • Suzuki GT750S Vallelunga

    Suzuki GT750S Vallelunga

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Some motorcycles from the late 60s and early 70s seem to look more beautiful as each year goes by. It makes me wonder which contemporary bikes we’ll be coveting in 2045. Right now, I’m in love with the Suzuki GT750S Vallelunga. It was based on… Read more »