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Motorcycle Classics

May/June 2021
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Motorcycle Classics is the authoritative voice of America’s growing classic motorcycle community and the premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts. Following the latest news and trends, and featuring in-depth reviews and riding impressions – with full technical profiles and value assessments – of classic motorcycles from every continent, Motorcycle Classics brings yesterday’s bikes into focus for today’s classic motorcycle aficionados.

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United States
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English
Utgiver:
Ogden Publications, Inc.
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2 min.
out with the new and in with the old?

It's a funny gig being the editor of a motorcycle magazine. Sometimes rather than going looking for a bike, a bike finds you. If you’ve been keeping up with Founding Editor Richard Backus’ column, some time back he mentioned how much he had enjoyed riding a Ducati Paso that belonged to a reader. Sure enough, it led to another reader offering him a Paso at a price he couldn’t refuse. The bike is now on Richard’s lift, and someday soon we’ll get an update on its ongoing revival. Then it happened to me. Randy Clatterbuck, a friend and reader of the magazine, mentioned last spring that he’d just bought a 1988 BMW R100RS from a guy in the Kansas City area after finding it on Craigslist. After later hearing the background on…

4 min.
readers and riders

“I'm more than happy to be upright and feeling the exhilaration of acceleration.” Remembering On Any Sunday When I read the On Any Sunday article, I felt so fortunate to have grown up in those times. I remember the motorcycle that set the path for me and thousands of others, the Yamaha DT-1. Motorcycles were freedom and I will ride until my body says no more. That movie truly captures the motorcycling fraternity and I’m so proud to have been a part of it and for so long. I always look forward to your latest issue. Thanks. Jeffry Carruthers/Calgary, Alberta Hi Jeffry, Thank you for the note. We’re all lucky to have motorcycling as a part of our lives, and OAS was the beginning of that for many of us. — Ed. All white CB160? I just…

4 min.
pivot point: 1981-1987 yamaha xv750/xv700 virago

Pivoting is a favorite buzzword in modern business-speak, meaning to radically change strategic direction when current products or services are not meeting market needs. Yamaha did just that with the 1981 XV750 Virago. Through the 1970s, the yardstick for progress was performance. Though “custom” and “special” versions of ’70s UJMs conceded the trend toward cruiser aesthetics, they were clearly just street standards with a stepped seat and pulled-back bars. Yamaha pivoted with a radical new V-twin aimed at the American buyer. Style and comfort replaced speed and strip times as the new benchmarks. And that also opened a potential new market. Yamaha started with a blank CAD screen. First, for a serious stab at the U.S. cruiser market, it had to be a V-twin. The included cylinder angle settled at 75 degrees,…

2 min.
contenders

1985-1988 Suzuki 700/750 Intruder Introduced in tariff-beater 700cc form in 1985, the Intruder was styled in the U.S. though built in Japan, and testers agreed it was the most stylish of its class. Like the Shadow, the Intruder used a 45-degree V-twin with offset cranks, this time at 45-degrees to give what Cycle World called “… a perfect balance between engine character and smoothness.” Each cylinder had its own overhead camshaft operating four valves in Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers (TSCC). Transmission was by 5-speed gearbox and shaft final drive. The drivetrain fit into a compact, lightweight frame making the Intruder somewhat lighter than its classmates, an advantage that was also felt in performance. Testers liked the broad, torquey powerband which gave the Intruder impressive roll-on performance. Where the Suzuki fell down was…

11 min.
universally beautiful

Universally beautiful is an apt description of the 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport. Restoration expert Brady Ingelse of Retrospeed in Belgium, Wisconsin, has worked on two of these rare and exotic Italian motorcycles. The first was several years ago. Most recently, Brady helped Rick Fuhry of Milwaukee purchase the one seen here. Over the 15 years Brady’s been in business, one or the other of the Super Sports has graced his showroom for an extended period. Brady says, “It doesn’t matter if it’s a man, woman or child coming in, they all stop and admire the Super Sport sitting in the showroom. And, they all say, it’s just a beautiful motorcycle.” Regular readers will recall Rick’s name. We met him in the September/October 2020 issue with the story about his 1978 MV Agusta…

1 min.
the ducati 750 bible

This book serves up an inside look at the 750 GT, 750 Sport, and the 750 Super Sport. Today this triumvirate of 750s represents the end of an era; the era before cost accounting and government design requirements. These were among the last pure, unadulterated sporting motorcycles built, and it is not surprising they have inspired a new generation of retro classics, the Sport Classic of 2005 and 2006. Read all about the history of the Ducati 750 in this information-filled book. This title is available at MotorcycleClassics.com/Store or by calling 800-880-7567. Mention promo code: MMCPALZ5. Item #9436.…