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News August 2022

Big stroker, Aug 18


It's 1967 and Suzuki has its pioneering 500 in the market...see the period Cycle World magazine test, here.

Super tourer fix, Aug 14


It took some eye-watering resources, but our ailing BMW K1200LT is up and running again. And, despite the repairs, we reckon it stacks up as a good thing. See the story.

Helmet fail, Aug 14

Indian motorcycle and shoei helmets

One of these helmets looked like a bargain, and failed. More here.

Heavy metal, Aug 13

indian chief vintage and honda valkyrie

At last! Some decent weather in Melbourne so we could get the heavy cruisers out for a gallop.

In the pic: 2009 Indian Chief Vintage and 2001 Honda Valkyrie Interstate.

See the bikes that have lived in the shed.

AMCN Norton V4 review, Aug 13

Norton V4SV

Norton's long-promised V4SV is nearing release after being re-engineered by the company's current owners – TVS Motors who, by the way, are far more financially stable than their predecessors.

In the UK, the machine looks like it will cost a breath-taking Au$77,000 (US$55,000, GB£45,000) and so far there's no word on local distribution.

In the meantime, Australian Motor Cycle News has published a review. See it here.

Bandit country, Aug 12

Suzuki bandit 1200

Suzuki's Bandit 1200 street bike was a legendary series and for a long time (from model year 1996) just about the best bang for your buck on two wheels.


Are there any good early ones still getting around?


See the Suzuki Cycles timeline for this series.

Suzuki Bandit 1200


There is still some potentially good buying in the used market, such as this low-mile 2003 offering at $6000.

Keep an eye out for our profile on the series, coming soon...

Old school Moto Guzzi 850, Aug 12

Moto Guzzi T3

Random ad for the day – 1976 Moto Guzzi T3 from the east coast of the USA.

See the specs and backgrounder here.

Shannons auction results, Aug 10

Ducati MHR 900

This week's Shannons Winter classics auction showed some mixed results, though motorcycles generally did pretty well. See the story here.

Honda XL350, Aug 9

Honda xl350

Today's random brochure – Honda XL350. This 1970s series was sometimes criticised as being a little stodgy, however you'd be pretty happy to have one on club plates today.

Here's a K0 for sale in WA.

See our model profile.

Wheelie style, Aug 8


1978 French Yamaha XS1100 ad.

See our XS1100 profile.

Rare bikes: MV Agusta F4 Veltro, Aug 6


Built as a tribute to an air force squadron, this series is incredibly rare. See the story here.

That Seventies Show, Aug 6

seventies bikes

Flashback: When the shed gets overtaken by a weird and wonderful era...see it here.

Dual Hailwoods, August 3

Ducati MHR

A tough decision for the would-be Ducati Hailwood 900 replica owner: Two variants currently on offer via a Shannons auction in Australia.

Both are listed as 1981 models. The first (above) claims the lower mileage and longer-term ownership that includes an older restoration. It has an estimate of Au$28-34,000 (US$19-24,000, GB£16-19,000).

Ducati MHR

The second (above) has been kept functional and lists some rebuild work and presents as the more original of the two. It carries an estimate of Au$25-35,000 (US$17-24,000, GB£14-20,000) and is on at no reserve.

Bevel-drive MHRs were built from 1979 through to 1986, by which time they had been through many updates and had become the Mille.

We'd be taking a closer look at them before making a decision.

See the auction cattledog here.

Ecco BMW, August 2

Ecco BMW

This rather special 1954 R68 BMW is on the market, carrying an Ecco Engineering-branded fuel tank and an engine said to be modified to R69S spec with twin-plug heads. As a later model in the R68 series, it's also carrying the full-width brakes.

Standard, they were supposed to be good for 170km/h (105mph). You'd expect this example to be substantially quicker.

Price? Au$65,000 (US$45,000, GB£37,000).

See an Ecco profile at Shannons;

Plus an R68 profile.

More airheads:

See the R65 that graced our shed;

And the R100GS.


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