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Classic Britten Motorcycles

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Kiwi Flyer: Riding the Britten V-1000

Britten V-1000Claimed power: 135hp @ 9,500rpmTop speed: 173mph (Daytona, 1990)Engine: 999cc liquid-cooled DOHC 60-degree V-twin, 94mm x 72mm bore and stroke, 13.5:1 compression ratioWeight (dry): 306lb (139kg)The words “genius” and “tragedy” are often overstated, but it is beyond question that New Zealander John Britten was an engineering ...

Alan Cathcart

Classic Bultaco Motorcycles

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Swinging Singles: A Pair of Bultacos

Bultaco Metralla Mk2/Kit America Engine: 244cc air-cooled single, 72mm x 60mm bore and stroke, 38hp @ 9,500rpm Top speed: 105mph plus Carburetion: Single Mikuni (original 30mm Amal 389 GP) Transmission: 5-speed, GP clutch Electrics: Femsa electronic ignition Wheelbase: 51in (1,275mm) Suspension: Ceriani 35mm telescopic fork; Betor 11.5in shocks Brakes: Recycled ...

Dain Gingerelli

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Classic Condor Motorcycles

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Found on eBay: 1974 Condor A350

When we ran a feature a couple of issues back on the Condor A350 (March/April 2010), we metioned Blue Moon Cycle (www.BlueMoonCycle.com) in Norcross, Ga., as the place to go if you're interested in getting your hands on one of the neat A350s, made from 1974-1978 for the Swiss Army. John Landstrom, owner of Blue Moon, has since listed an A350 on eBay, along with a ...

Landon Hall

Classic Jawa Motorcycles

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Iron Curtain Artistry: 1954 JAWA 250 Perak

1954 JAWA 250 Perak Engine: 249cc air-cooled 2-stroke single, 65mm x 75mm bore and stroke, 6.25:1 compression ratio, 9hp @ 4,250rpm (claimed) Top speed: 62mph (100kph) (claimed) Carburetion: Single 24mm Jikov Transmission: 4-speed, chain final drive Electrics: 12v Powerdynamo (6v stock) Frame/wheelbase: Single-downtube square-section steel cradle/51.2in (1,297mm) Suspension: ...

Corey Levenson

Classic Nimbus Motorcycles

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1949 Nimbus Model C

“I saw my first Nimbus in 1974 in Copenhagen,” remembers Allen Siekman. “I was chasing family heritage. The rider had stopped at a traffic light. He was wearing a Barbour jacket and half helmet and goggles, and looked right out of the Thirties. I was mesmerized by the ends of the rocker arms waving at me on the sidewalk.” In the month Siekman was in Denmark, he was able ...


Classic Peugeot Motorcycles

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1922 Peugeot Grand Prix Racer

1922 Peugeot Grand Prix RacerClaimed power: 27hp @ 5,000rpmTop speed: 100mph (approx.)Engine: 495cc air-cooled SOHC parallel twinWeight (dry): 286lbsAsk your local bike trivia champions when the first double overhead cam eight-valve vertical-twin was produced and by whom. Chances are they won’t even get the country right — and they probably won’t ...

Alan Cathcart

Classic Ural Motorcycles

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Life on Three Wheels: 2014 Ural T

2014/2015 Ural TClaimed power: 41hp @ 5,500rpmTop speed: 80mph (observed)Engine: 749cc air-cooled OHV opposed twin, 78mm x 78mm bore and stroke, 8.6:1 compression ratioWeight (dry):700lbFuel capacity/MPG:5gal (18.9ltr)/35mpg (observed)Price: $12,399The authentic vintage appeal of the Ural has always been the bike’s calling card. Nobody, not even the motorcycle ignorant, ...

Richard Backus

Classic Van Veen Motorcycles

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Rotary Revival: Van Veen OCR 1000

Van Veen OCR 1000 RotaryEngine: Transverse-mounted twin-rotor Wankel rotary with wet sump oil-cooled rotors and water-cooled casing, 2 x 498cc swept volume trochoidal chambers, 996cc, 9:1 compression ratio, 100.4hp at 6,500 rpm (at rear wheel)Top speed: 135mph (claimed)Carburetion: 32mm Solex with accelerator pump and automatic chokeTransmission: 4-speed, shaft final driveElectrics: ...

Alan Cathcart

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