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News Feb 2022

Flashback: Bimmer Muscle, Feb 28

BMW K1300R

BMW’s first pukka ratbag bike is worth a punt...see it here.

Speaking terms, Feb 27

Gold Wing

At last. Near enough to nine months after making the fateful phone call to young Phil, the previous owner, the mighty Wing is pretty much where I want it to be.

We (as in the bike and I) are now officially on speaking terms...see it here.

MV Gold, Feb 26

MV Agusta F4 Oro

The bike that saw the revival of MV Agusta...see it here.

And see our F4 S future collectible piece here.

Big money for Kawasaki ZX-7R K2, Feb 25

              ZX-7R K2

Iconic in the USA recently sold a 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R K2, still in the crate, for an extraordinary Au$97,000 (US$70,000, GB£52,000). See the lot here.

This was a world superbike series homologation special and, as always, the combination of comparitive rarity, good looks, and near enough to zero miles have proven to be catnip for investors. The 750 claimed 120 horses – serious performance for the class at the time.

See this enthusiast site that disentangles the ZX-7/ZXR alphabet soup across various models.

500 GP replicas at Shannons, Feb 24

Yamaha RVZ500

Shannons auctions currently has a set of three 1980s GP replicas among its offerings: A Yamaha RZV500, and two Suzuki RG500s – one in blue/white and another in red/white.

Suzuki RG500

The trio have some ambitious starting bids set: Au$40k for the Yamaha (US$29,000, GB£21,000) and Au$50k (US$36,000, GB£27,000) each for the Suzukis.

Suzuki RG500

Prices for RZ and RG series have been climbing strongly in recent years. See the AMCN backgrounder on the Yamahas here, and our backgrounder on the Suzukis here.

See the full auction cattledog here.

Plus, we have a Yamaha RZ500 restomod feature here.

Triumph Bonneville – the Meriden era, Feb 22

              Bonneville 1969

Ian Falloon picks the best vintage – see the story here.

Stone reminder, Feb 21

Stone movie

Stone, the legendary seventies Aussie bike movie – which has developed a cult following over the years – is to get a one-off run at Melbourne's massive IMAX on February 24, at 7.30pm.  Details here.

IMDB listing here.

Director Sandy Harbutt interview - The Guardian

Memorial ride and cast interview - Info Moto

Triple treat, Feb 20

              S3 400

Kawasaki S3 400 gained nothing like the publicity of its big brothers, but folk who experienced one have over the years commented it may actually be a better thing to ride. See our mini profile on the model.

Italian stallion, Feb 19

MV Agusta 750S

Falloon walks us through the MV Agusta 750S story...see it here.

See the Classic Two Wheels 1972 road test

Vespa style, Feb 18

Vespa Moulin Rouge

Contrasting styles for classic Vespa ads...

Vespa wild west

Big sky dreaming, Feb 17

Isle of Man Triumph Daytona

From our Travels with Guido series: Sometimes you need to forget the bike and instead concentrate on what it’s for...see the story here.

A bike called Hurricane, Feb 16

Triumph Hurricane

Vetter's Triumph X75 Hurricane started out as a BSA and has a troubled history...see the story.

Brough love, Feb 15


Hand-made and in more demand than ever -– that's classic Brough Superior. See Falloon's profile.

Early stroker, Feb 14

Yamaha YR2

Handsome devil, isn't it? This 1968 Yamaha Y2RC 350cc two-stroke twin was offered on Bring a Trailer recently. The apparently low-mile example had some recommissioning work done and sold for just Au$6900 (US$4900, GB£3600).
That strikes us as good buying.

Yamaha YR2

The scrambler claimed 36 horses for a 155kg wet weight and a top speed of 145-155km/h.

See our quick profile on the early street 350s, here.

CeeBee Extreme, Feb 13

Honda CB750-Four

Spotted on a Japan Facebook page, these two gems of shots apparently showing former motocross champ Tadao Suzuki doing extreme things to Honda CB750-Fours.

Honda CB750-Four

Big classic rallies, Feb 12

VJMC rally 2022

There are a couple of big classic rallies coming up in March and April.

First up the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club's annual gig in Bendigo (Victoria) on March 25-27. See the details here.

All British Rally

Next up is of course the All-British Rally run by the local BSA club in Victoria. It's located at Newstead near Castlemaine on April 22-23. The booking page is here.

See our 2019 gallery.

'New' Honda 400-Four for auction, Feb 11


It's hard to believe they're still out there, but this new-old-stock 1978 Honda CB400-Four has popped up on the market at Silverstone Auctions in the UK.
It's part of a larger event and is estimated at Au$11-15,000 (US$8-11,000, GB£6-8000). See the bike here.

And the full auction here.

See our Honda 400-Four profile

Honda CB400-Four

Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans, Feb 11

Moto Guzzi 850
              Le Mans

From Ian Falloon:

The mid-1970s was a halcyon time for the Italian motorcycle industry with all the major manufacturers producing class-leading sporting machines. Determined not to be outdone by Ducati, Laverda, and MV Agusta, in 1975 Moto Guzzi released their spectacular 850 Le Mans...more here.

Falloon on BMW R69S, Feb 10


Although BMW has produced a variety of single, twin, four and six cylinder motorcycles, it is the boxer twin that has become the BMW trademark. Ever since the first R32 of 1923, the most prized BMWs have been flat twins, and one of the most sought-after is the 600cc R69S. Full story here

Cheeky stroker, Feb 9

                Mach 3

Our random cheeky ad for the day – Kawasaki Mach III by the west coast USA distributor, circa 1970.

Stone rides again, Feb 8

Stone movie

Save the date in your diary: Stone, the legendary seventies Aussie bike movie – which has developed a cult following over the years – is to get a one-off run at Melbourne's massive IMAX on February 24, at 7.30pm.  Details here.

IMDB listing here.

Director Sandy Harbutt interview - The Guardian

Memorial ride and cast interview - Info Moto

See the trailer

Blackbird by the numbers, Feb 7

Honda Blackbird

A recent workshop bill gave us cause to look at how the Blackbird stacks up long-term...see the story.

Suzuki GS750G – today's random brochure, Feb 6

Suzuki GS750G

This Japan model was one we never saw in Australia, though we did get the 850, 1000 and 1100 variants. Specs at Motorcycle Specs.

Suzuki GS750G

Yamaha FJ1200 – today's time machine, Feb 5

Yamaha FJ1200

It's year 2000 and this Yamaha FJ1200, claiming low miles, is on the market for just Au$4900 (US$3500, GB£2600). The big bruiser was in its second generation by the time this one was produced and was an epic long-distance sports-tourer.

We noted in a feature on the FJ1100/1200 series: "When Yamaha's big FJ1100 was finally launched in 1984, two years after its predecessor XS1100 series had disappeared out of showrooms, it was regarded as a very serious performance bike." See the story here.

This machine would have cost Au$8000 ($US$5700, GB£4200) plus on-road costs when new and, if it remains in good shape, might be worth a similar figure now. Add 50 per cent for a restored one.

More Time Machine here

Yamaha FJ1200

Falloon on Laverda 750 SFC, Feb 4

              750 SFC

From author Ian Falloon:

Today we are used to sanitary motorcycles, machines that are easy to operate and packed with user-friendly features. Life was not always like this, and in Northern Italy during the 1960s and 1970s Laverda specialized in producing single purpose motorcycles.

Outlandish and brutal, and designed for the alpine roads on their back doorstep, the 750 SFC was the ultimate early 1970s factory racer...more here.

Want earlier news & views? See our archive.


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