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Back in the 70’s Moto Guzzi was among the world’s most dynamic motorcycle makers. The company stood for its racing heritage as much as it’s touring pedigree. Back in those times, Moto Guzzi had the likes of already established tourers like the 850 T3 California. To make a further mark in the market, in 1976 Moto Guzzi came out with the stunning race bred Le Mans 850. It was the first ever model in a long line of sporty Guzzi’s and by far the greatest of them all. But a year before that, engineers at Moto Guzzi had taken up a challenge to create their first ever automatic motorcycle and completed it in the form of the Moto Guzzi V1000 I Convert. The basic target of this motorcycle was to make further inroads into the huge U.S. market for the small Italian factory.

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Angel Nieto passed away on August 3rd, 2017 after succumbing to his tragic road accident that happened on July 26. While many internationally today might not be so accustomed to hearing his name, Nieto was the most prolific Spanish riders, and the country’s first international motorcycling legend.

Angel Nieto was the first Spanish who moved up from scouring odd jobs to becoming the country’s first motorcycling world champion. Nieto had 13 Motorcycle World Championships to his name that included wins in 50cc, 80cc and 125cc category. And while his specialisation was with racing smaller displacement motorcycles throughout his career, Nieto was considered as one of the greatest racers of all time.

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The Classic Biker Bar / Giacomo Agostini riding a #Triumph Trident.
« on: August 17, 2017, 08:31:09 AM »
Giacomo Agostini riding a Triumph Trident.

European and Other Bikes / Royal Enfield Cutom Builds
« on: July 27, 2017, 06:23:10 AM »
The Royal Enfield story is an interesting one. With a legacy that comfortably crosses a century to being an absolute icon for a massive amount of motorcycle lovers, the (now) Chennai based motorcycle maker has seen it all. And through all that, it has not just survived but has thrived like no other automobile company on the planet. Now, with the next phase of its growth story, the company is hell bent in digging deeper into the motorcycle culture, taking with it, a vast majority that otherwise would have never charted those waters. The company is now embracing the idea of Royal Enfield customs and how it can yield benefits to its retro appeal. This should help the company create a better, more dedicated niche for itself and cocoon itself from its more modern (reliable, apparently) rivals that have a new found interest in its market share.

Royal Enfield Scrambler by Thrive Motorcycles:

Royal Enfield Chrome 500 Custom by Bull City Customs:

That said, if you have been looking closely at this once British Icon turned Indian cult, you would see that in last couple or years, there has been a slew of Royal Enfield customs that have been done with finesse good enough for global levels. 2017 especially has been a delight to Royal Enfield Customs lovers and here are a few of them worth having a look at.

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Classic Motorcycle Sport / Harley Davidson Racing History
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:58:38 PM »
Since the first introduction of piston to a bicycle, men have been trying to take their machines to their absolute limit, in an attempt to prove one machine’s supremacy over the other. While nothing much has changed in the modern competitive environment, its a whole world upside down when it comes to topic of how safe the early day motorsport were. Motorcyclists in the early days of motoring were men of valour pushing machines with scarce brakes wearing any particularly substantial clothing, reaching 100mph (160kmph) with inches between each other. All this on circuits made of wooden floors!

1930 Harley-Davidson DAR

The origin and history of this special “one off” Harley-Davidson racer is a mystery among historians today. What is known is speed competition in 1930 was a changing game. The board tracks of teens and twenty were now nearly a memory and dirt track racing during these depression years were less that the decade preceding.

The sport of motorcycle hill climbing had gained popularity in the twenty’s and was a competition that required only one thing being a challenging hill. It was not necessary to groom a round or oval track but simply invite the masses to observe daredevils known as “slant artists” climb the most notorious hills in the region. The same strategy for the manufactures as in other forms of racing was to win the race on Sunday and sell the production model on Monday. An already proven theory.

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European and Other Bikes / 30 Years of Jawa Motorcycles
« on: July 18, 2017, 02:29:48 PM »
I stumbled over this article & thought I'd share it here for those who are Jawa Motorcycle fans.

Jawa motorcycles were based on a simple philosophy – creating a motorcycle that was cost-effective, simple and reliable. This was quite the contrast from western European motorcycles like BMWs or Triumphs, that were more sophisticated in their design, thus requiring considerably more attention in service and repair. Jawa motorcycles were tank-like tough, where they ousted their rival in long-run durability over outright power. While the company started in Prague in 1929, then part of Czechoslovakia, it was the post-war era that brought the Jawa brand to the world. During its peak, Jawa Motorcycles were exported to 120 countries, of which its most predominant region after Europe was from India.

I guess it was after World War II, Europe was in disarray I guess and the economy was crippled and there needed to be a logical, practical and utilitarian form of transport that could be relied upon for everything from commute to transporting goods. As a need for the hour, both sides, the democratic and the communist came up with their own solutions for simple, cost-effective machines that would serve the needs of day to day life.


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