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Random ad for the day, September 17

AGV ad 1979

It's 1979 and AGV helmets has entered the market via the Matich company in Sydney, which also became the local distributor for Pirelli motorcycle tyres.
Note the ad boasts of a shell with six layers of Owens Corning fibreglass, all of which carries the endorsement of young Gregg Hansford. Prices started at $39.


Kawasaki ZX-10, September 16

Kawasaki ZX-10 1988

First-gen 1988, very eighties and briefly the quickest production bike in the world. Keep an eye out for the upcoming feature.
See our story on one of its more famous predecessors, the GPz900R.

Retro Yamahas, September 16

Yamaha R1 retro 2022

From Info Moto: Yamaha is showing off retro GP livery for its new R series. Looks great, doesn't it?

See our first-gen R1 future collectible feature.

Suzuki 1986, September 15

Suzuki 1986

This graphic is as eighties as it gets...Suzuki GSX-R1100 and RG500.

See our GSX-R buyer guide here and RG feature here.

New Vic club permit regs revealed, September 14

Honda CB750-Four K1

As we revealed recently, Victoria has decided to retain its 25-year cut-off for Club Permit vehicles, rather than go to the proposed 30 years. However last week's announcement was short on detail. We now know more, including that the idea of electronic log books has been dropped...more info here.

Ben Galli pic

Random ad for the day, September 13

Casbolts ad 1972

New Zealand dealer Casbolts, which is still going today, flogging the latest models from Honda and Kawasaki, circa 1972.

Note the prices: NZ$1235 for the quick Kawasaki S2 two-stroke 350 triple, or a more daunting NZ$1669 for the Honda CB500 four-stroke four.

And you could get a pair of gloves for less than five bucks! At the time, the average weekly wage was around NZ$90.

Liquid-cooling for Moto Guzzi, September 12

Moto Guzzi Mandello V100

Moto Guzzi is breaking with a 100-year tradition by liquid-cooling its signature V-twins. The company has released teaser images and footage of the new V100 Mandello sports-tourer series, which includes a single-sided swingarm. See the factory vid, below.

The company has also commissioned a new factory that incorporates a museum, at its existing site at Mandello del Lario.


The big trip: Isle of Man, September 12

Isle of Man Triumph Daytona

Remember a time when the borders were open and travel just involved scratching up wads of money? It seems like an age ago now, but back in 2005 we did the big Isle of Man and UK trip, by motorcycle. Join us for a ride down memory lane.

And see Info Moto's IoM guide here.

Benelli 750 Sei – today's time machine, September 11

benelli ad

It's 1998 and this six-pot Benelli is on the market for less than the price of a Kawasaki ZZR250! More here...

Vic drops 30-year club permit proposal, September 10

Honda Blackbird

A proposal to raise the cut-off age for club permits from 25 to 30 years in Victoria has fallen over. The announcement came via a public notice. There is still considerable detail to be released, but you can read what we know so far via Unique Cars magazine.

Some like it hot – Spannerman, September 9

nude rider spannerman

Spannerman reckons hot weather can make a person do strange things...this and other problems are tackled by Info Moto's resident agony aunt .

Z1-R outperforms CB750 at auction, September 8

Kawasaki Z1-R II Honda CB750

A Kawasaki Z1R II was the surprise star at a recent Shannons auction, while an early Honda CB750-Four struggled. More here, including a CB gallery...

Kawasaki 80s style, September 7

Kawasaki Z1-R II

Kawasaki Australia's 1980 ad for the mighty Z1-R II heralds a new decade. Back then it was retailed for $3295 plus ORC

Specs and backgrounder at Motorcycle Specs.

Honda sixes in favour, September 6

Honda CBX1000

It seems Honda CBX sixes are very much in favour at the moment, with prices on the rise. The first naked edition has long been in demand, however it now seems the faired second model, aka the Pro-Link version, is now also on plenty of shopping lists.

An example of each was auctioned last month by Bring a Trailer in the USA – both in good shape, with reasonably low miles and coming out of long-term ownership.

The 1979 bike shown above went for Au$28,260 (US$21,000, GB£15,200);

And the 1981 Pro-Link model below went for only marginally less at Au$27,250 (US$20,250, GB£14,600).

BaT does an end-of-month round-up of all the motorcycles it sold – see it here.

1979 specs; 1981 Pro-Link specs.

Honda CBX1000

Yamaha R1 double-header, September 5

Yamaha R1 1998

Yamaha's first model R1 is one of the key markers in the development of the modern sports bike. We reckon the list runs something like this: Suzuki GSX-R750 1985, Honda CBR900RR Fireblade 1992, Ducati 916 1994 and Yamaha R1 1998.

These bikes are now on the radar for collectors.

Classic Two Wheels has just published its 1998 road test of the machine, which you can see here, and you will find our Future Collectible buyer guide here.

Classic Harleys, September 4

Classic Harleys

Heavy Duty mag is offering a free download of its Classic Harleys bookazine, published some years ago. It goes from very early machinery through to Panhead.

A generous offer and you can find it here. It includes signing up for their newsletter, which is worthwhile if you have even the slightest interest in Harleys.

Moto Guzzi V7 Sport - today's time machine, September 3

Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

This ad in Two Wheels magazine (Australia) from 1974 lists the exotic Moto Guzzi V7 Sport at $2695, or a few hundred dollars more than a new Kawasaki Z1 would have cost you. More here

Sprint stars, September 2

Triumph Sprint ST 1050

We know a lot of people with collectible bikes also like to have a day-to-day mount that can take a bit of punishment and still come up smiling, and preferably doesn't cost a bomb to buy. One of our top nominations is Triumph's 1050 Sprint ST, which for a while was easily the pick in the sports-tourer sector.

Triumph Sprint ST 1050

They're now getting on a bit and tend to have a fair few miles on them, though you will still find the odd exception. Typical is the bike above, a 2006 model with 96,000km on the clock and priced at Au$5000 (US$3700, GB£2700). Asking Au$8000 (US$5900, GB£4300) is the 2007 model with ABS, panniers and claiming 40,000km, below.

Triumph Sprint ST 1050

This generation Sprint arguably took over from Honda's VFR800 as top dog in the market sector. See our feature on it here.

Suzuki GT250, September 1

Suzuki GT250

Random brochure for the day – the mighty Suzuki GT250 K two-stroke twin from 1973.

Specs and backgrounder at Motorcycle Specs


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