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News June 2024

Flashback: rolling jewellery, June 12

suzuki hayabusa

Suzuki Hayabusa or Honda XR200? It's a tough choice when you're looking for the perfect motorcycle. See our Travels with Guido column from a few years back.

honda xr200
                  motocycle travel vietnam

More Travels with Guido columns

Collectible R1, June 11

Yamaha R1

It's no secret that Yamaha's first-gen R1 is very much on the collector radar, though prices haven't gone completely nuts. This 1998 example in the USA with 927 miles (1490km) on the odo was recently auctioned at Bring a Trailer for Au$26,000 (US$17,000, GB£13,400).

Finding a low-miler with the original exhaust is becoming difficult. See what's listed on bikesales.

See our R1 profile.

Ultimate rides, June 10

              Motorcycle Tours by Grant Roff

There is no greater pleasure than swinging a leg over a motorcycle and heading off into the great unknown in a foreign land.


Sure it can be a little scary at times, but the rewards are enormous and, having sampled much of Europe, UK, USA and Asia this way, we can highly recommend it.


Ultimate Motorcycle Tours, written by experienced rider and motorcycle author Grant Roff, gets across much of that excitement, while providing some insights into what to expect and to look for in some of the planet’s great rides.


It covers numerous routes in North America (including Canada), Europe, the UK, Vietnam, India, Australia and New Zealand.


An unusual and worthy addition to the book is a series of profiles on well-known motorcycle travelers.

To quote the author: "Some of these rides might remain dreams, but others may be possible and forever rewarding."

Published this year, it takes a refreshing approach to the subject material and we can recommend it. Widely available through the usual online stores, it's priced at Au$45 (US$35, GB£23). The publisher is Hardie Grant.

See our Ha Noi Run road diary.

K-style – flashback for the day, June 9

bmw k1

Devo meets Kraftwerk pretty much sums up the styling for BMW's weirdly spectacular K1. We owned one for a while and you can see the story (with video) here.

Also, see Ian Falloon's profile on the model.

Ago at auction, June 9

                  agusta ago

A near enough to spotless 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Ago sold at Donington Auctions (Australia) on June 2 for Au$55,000 (US$36,000, GB£28,500). That was a good result, given the currently tight market.

As we noted in a previous story on this bike: producing around 166hp, the Ago received numerous upgrades over the Strada version of the F4 1000 and was retailed for Au$52,000 (US$35,000, GB£27,000) plus on-road costs. 

This example had zero miles on the odo and was number 15 of 300 made.

See the MV Agusta F4 1000 Nero in our shed

ducati imola replica

Another bike that got our interest was a round-case Ducati 750 replica of the 1972 Imola-winning machine. A difficult bike to value, it went for Au$40,000 (US$14,000, GB£11,000).

See our feature on the originals.

vincent motorcycles sign

Probably exceeding all expectations was an illuminated Vincent motorcycles dealership sign dating back to the 1950s. It measured 47cm wide (just over 18 inches) and went for a staggering Au$7300 (US$4800, GB£3800).

Yamaha aspiration, June 8

yamaha rd400 ad

Yamaha's aspirational USA ad for the 1976 RD400, complete with the big house and Ferrari Dino in the background.

The copywriters make a big fuss over the cast aluminium rims and self-cancelling turn signals – hot stuff for the time.

See the Classic Mechanics buyer guide;

And the data from Motorcycle Specs.

We have a mini collection of RD250-350 brochures;

And a series or RD200-250-400 brochures from 1978.

The next step up the evolutionary scale was the giant-killer RD-LC liquid-cooled series, then the more sophisticated RZs.

See our RZ350 profile.

yamaha rd500

Then in 1984 we scored the ultimate Yamaha stroker, the feisty V-four RZ500, aka RD500LC. See our 500 profile.

Suzuki GSX-R1100G – today's random factory pic, June 7

suzuki gsxr1100

Handsome beast, isn't it? Well, maybe only if you are a fan of eighties styling. Suzuki's GSX-R1100G of 1986 was an ultra-compact and light beast for its day, claiming a healthy 128 horses (95.6kW) for 197kg dry weight. It reset expectations for buyers of open-class Japanese sports road motorcycles.

See the Suzuki profile page.

suzuki gsxr1100

We recently added a 1987 version to our fleet, an H model. More to come on that, soon.

In the meantime, see our GSX-R1100 series profile.

Kawasaki GPz resto, June 3

Kawasaki GPz750

One for the fans of eighties style – a restored and very late air-cooled GPz750 from 1987. It's with a dealer on bikesales, priced at Au$8490 (US$5600, GB£4400).

The liquid-cooled GPz900R had already been out a few years by this time, and a 750 version was available, so it was interesting to see the air-cooled predecessor still hanging around in the showrooms.

See the data and profile on the air-cooled 750 at Motorcycle Specs.

Plus the GPz900R A1 that lived in our shed.

BSA century – today's retro ad, June 2

bsa ad

Retro ad for the day – BSA early 1960s.

See the Motorcycle Classics Super Rocket versus Triumph Tiger 110 story.

Last day for classics, June 2

ducati imola rep

Today is the final day for the current Donington (Australia) collector auction. It includes this replica of a 1972 Ducati Imola racer. See the catalogue here.

We have two Falloon features on the originals: Part 1, Part 2.


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