motorcycles 

July/August 2017
Volume 12, No. 6

Daytona Dacati: Inside the story of the 1977 Daytona-winning Ducati, Old Blue.


features
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LITTLE BROTHER: 1976 KAWASAKI Z2
The little known Japanese-market 750cc version of the mighty Z1.
By Mary Siegal
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PARAGON OF THE PERFORMANCE: 1951 VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING
Alen Cathcart rides the ex-Jack Ehret Lightning, recently refurbished by the marque expert Patrick Godet in Malaunay, France.
 
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DAYTONA DUCATI: OLD BLUE 
The story of Cook Neilson, Phil Schilling and their epic 1977 Daytona 200-winning Ducati, nicknamed Old Blue.
By Hamish Cooper
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UNAFFORDABLE EXCELLENCE: 1992 HONDA NR750 RC40
Some 25 years later, we look back at the release of the oval-piston 1992 Honda NR750 street bike.
By Alan Cathcart

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UNCOMMON COMMANDO: 1972 NORTON FASTBACK
Norton built some 400 Commando Fastback LR models with a larger gas tank for Australia. But did they build any using the Combat engine?
 
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SPREADING THE GOSPEL OF GREASE: MOTO GUILD


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HIGH ACHIEVER: 1916 EXCELSIOR TWIN
Saved from the dump 50 years ago, this very original Excelsior has been put back to a running, riding motorcycle.
By Margie Siegal
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G. I. JOE RACERS: RACING HONDA MOTORCYCLES IN JAPAN
In 1963 and 1964, three young Americans serving in Japan raced Honda motorcycles with sponsorship from Honda Motors.
 


departments 
Richard Backus and his Laverda Black Side Down
The editor speaks.
By Richard Backus
Keith Fellenstein
Keith's Garage
Keith’s fixes will keep your vintage bike up and running.
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New motorcycle jackets.
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Destinations
Visit the Columbia River Gorge, near the border of Oregon and Washington.
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Tomorrow's Classics: 1968-70 Triumph Trophy 250.
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Calendar
Where to go and what to do.
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Remembering John Surtees.
Greeves
Readers and Riders
Kawasaki's beginnings and the end of the 2-stroke Harleys.
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Cool Finds
New stuff for old bikes.
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Gear Driven
Stay cool this summer.
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MC How-To
Replacing clutch plates in a Norton Commando.
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Parting Shots
Laguna Seca: The early days.

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