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Classic Japanese Motorcycles

Classic Bridgestone Motorcycles

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Around-Town Ripper: 1967 Bridgestone Hurricane Scrambler

1967 Bridgestone Hurricane ScramblerEngine: 177cc rotary-disc valve, air-cooled 2-stroke parallel twin, 50mm x 45mm bore and stroke, 9.5:1 compression ratio, 20hp @ 8,000rpmTop speed: 85mphCarburetion: Two Mikuni VM17SCTransmission: 4-speed rotary with 5-speed sport selectorElectrics/ignition: 12v, electronic ignition (coil and breaker points ignition stock)Frame/wheelbase: Single ...

Greg Williams

Classic Hodaka Motorcycles

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Randy Smith’s Hodaka Super Rat

Hodaka enthusiast Randy Smith gets some air on his heavily modified 1974 100cc Hodaka Super Rat at the Thayer MX held outside of Thayer, Mo.Bike: 1974 100cc Hodaka Super RatOwner: Randy Smith Location: Wakarusa, Kan. Occupation: Insurance agent Etc.: A true believer,Randy currently owns four Hodakas and competes regularly in vintage motocross.Why Hodaka motorcycles? “In the 1960s, ...

Margie Siegal

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Classic Honda Motorcycles

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All-White CB77 and SL350 Honda Ownership

All-white Honda CB77 In the letters section of May/June 2021 Motorcycle Classics magazine I came across a query about “all white” Honda CB77s and CB160s. I am pleased to be able to answer the question definitively for the CB77. In April 1968, I was 16 years old when I bought this brand new “in the crate” Honda CB77. The local Honda dealer had several bought on a ...

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Classic Kawasaki Motorcycles

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Steve Wilgoose’s KZ1000R-S1 Replica

Engine: 1,136cc (Wiseco big bore kit) air-cooled DOHC inline four, 74mm x 66mm bore and stroke, 10.5:1 compression ratio, 127hp @ 9,000rpm Carburetion: Four Keihin 33CR Transmission: Gear primary drive, 5-speed constant mesh, 520 chain final drive Electrics: 12v, Dyna 2000 electronic ignition Frame/Wheelbase: Tubular steel cradle, 59.8in wheelbase (1,519mm) ...

Greg Williams

Classic Rikuo Motorcycles

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1958 Rikuo RT2

1958 Rikuo RT2Country: JapanEngine: Air-cooled, V-twin 4-strokeIgnition: Battery and coilPower Rating: 22hp @ 4,250rpmBore x Stroke: 69mm x 100mmDisplacement: 747ccValves: SideFuel System: Single Rikuo carburetorTransmission: 4-speedSuspension: Front telescopic forks, rigid rearBrakes: Front and rear drumWeight: 546lbTop Speed: 60mphIn 1929 at the start of the Great Depression, ...

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Classic Suzuki Motorcycles

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1981 Suzuki RG500 Restored Twice

In October 1973 I uncrated a brand new 1974 Yamaha TZ250 production road racer and loaded it into my pickup for the drive home. By the following weekend at least four major stock components — including the front end, brakes, and rear suspension — and a number of minor ones had been swapped out for upgraded parts. I raced it for a few years, making more changes along the ...

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Classic Yamaha Motorcycles

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Long-Term Ownership

I wanted to weigh in on your query about faithful rides (Shiny Side Up, March/April 2021). In late 1979, I was looking for something bigger and faster than my 1976 Yamaha XS750D. While durable and dependable for the highway, having taken me on the Pacific Coast run (Vancouver Island to Tijuana), I still needed a little more. I couldn’t resist the shiny new 1980 XS1100G smiling ...

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