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Amaroo 6-Hour, June 10

Mike Hailwood ducati australia

Australian Motorcycle News (AMCN) has a terrific retro piece about the days the legendary Castrol 6-Hour production race was held at Amaroo Park. And yes, that's Mike Hailwood on the Ducati shared with Jim Scaysbrook, in the photo. See the story here.

Jim also talks about teaming up with Hailwood, in another AMCN piece – see it here.

Big UK Auction, June 8


Big UK auction, June 8

H&H Classics in the UK is handling 150 lots for the National Motorcycle Museum, with a weird and wonderful mix of offerings.

Two that caught our eye are a 1982 Ducati Hailwood 900 (lot 79, above) and first-model 1975 Suzuki Rotary (lot 127, below). The Ducati carries and estimate of Au$31-35,000 (US$24-27,000, GB£17-19,000) and the Suzuki Au$11-13,000 (US$8500-10,000, GB£6-7000).

See our Suzuki RE5 mini profile.

The full auction – which starts tonight – can be seen here.

suzuki re5

Norton Commando up for auction, June 8

Norton Commando

Shannons' Winter classics auction went live today and one of the prime bike lots is this 1972 Norton Commando 750 (lot 77). It claims very few miles on a major restoration and the estimate is Au$22-28,000 (US$17-22,000, GB£12-15,000).

See the full catalogue here.

Norton Commando

See our Norton Commando profile.

Norton Commando

See the Norton 850 story from 'our shed'.

Classic Two Wheels has a 1973 Norton Commando 850 road test – see it here.

Kawasaki H1 & H2 period tests, June 7

Kawasaki Mach III

After we published our mini profile on Kawasaki's H1 and H2 series, Classic Two Wheels dug out two contemporary road tests for two different generations of Kawasaki's two-stroke weapons: a 1969 Mach III 500 and 1972 Mach IV 750. See them here.

Kawasaki Mach IV

Kawasaki H2 auction, June 4

Kawasaki H2 750

One of Kawasaki's mighty two-stroke triples is up for auction, so we figured it was a good time to produce a mini profile. See it here.

Tiddler Time, June 4

Laverda lusso

Let's ride something ridiculous...see it here.

Harley Pan America tech, June 4

Harley-davidson pan america

Not a new story, but timely given all the recent excitement over Harley-Davidson's great tech leap forward with the Pan America. This is a deep-dive by Cycle World veteren Kevin Cameron.

Harley-davidson pan america

Bygone brands – American Eagle, June 3

american eagle laverda

This Laverda 750 twin was one of the flagship models of a short-lived enterprise in the USA...more here.

Stroker for the day, June 1

Yamaha RD350

We've long been fans of Yamaha's air-cooled RD series, with the 350s of this era arguably being the pick of them. This tidy-looking 1973 RD350A has popped up on Bikesales, priced at Au$14,500 (US$11,200, GB£7900).

See our RD250/350 brochure page; Specs and period test at Motorcycle Specs.


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