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Two Wheel Tuesday – Get your GSX-R on Route 66’r

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A good friend, Mikko, decided before this summer that what he needed in his life, along with American cars in various states of functionality, was a fast bike. He proceeced to acquire a 2004 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K4 without hesitating, and he’s had a great summer riding around the country on the yellow menace. But now, he believes it might be for the greater good to get rid of it. Can you believe?

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Weekend at Beaulieu:- The Museum. Pt 2:- Bikes

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A visit to England’s National Motoring Museum is something that, until last weekend, I’m ashamed to say I’ve never got around to doing. So when I visited the annual International Autojumble hosted there, I made sure I devoted the entire weekend to taking the place in properly.

On Thursday you joined me for a whistle-stop photo-tour of some of the more comment-worthy cars to be found among this immense collection. Today we bring the wheel-count down a notch or two and explore some of Beaulieu’s beautiful bikes.

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Bikes You Should Know: Harley-Davidson Livewire

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My first eleven installments of Bikes You Should Know featured motorcycles introduced at least twenty years ago. But it’s not my intention for this column to focus exclusively on classic bikes. This is a spectacular age for production motorcycles, and there are plenty of new and notable motorcycles a self-proclaimed gear-head should be familiar with. And they don’t come any newer or more notable than Harley-Davidson’s new electric motorcycle, the Livewire.

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Bikes You Should Know: Honda CBX

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Bikes You Should Know appears weekly as part of Two Wheel Tuesdays. Since Hooniverse primarily caters to automotive enthusiasts, this column focuses on historically or culturally significant motorcycles that are likely to interest a non-riding audience.


A couple of Two-Wheel Tuesdays ago, BYSK profiled Honda’s six-cylinder race bikes of the 1960s. As with many racing successes, the technology and style of those Grand Prix bikes was parlayed into a production machine. In this case, the journey took more than a decade, and the bike that showed up in European Honda dealers’ showroom floors in the Spring of 1978 (and in the USA the following October) was a very different machine in design, intent and scale than the racers of yore. The CBX was not the first six-cylinder street bike, and initially it was not a sales success. But but it did capture the riding public’s imagination in a special way that continues today.
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Bikes You Should Know: Ducati Monster M900

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Bikes You Should Know appears weekly as part of Two Wheel Tuesdays. Since Hooniverse primarily caters to automotive enthusiasts, this column focuses on historically or culturally significant motorcycles that are likely to interest a non-riding audience.


Ducati motorcycles were always known as uncompromising roadracing motorcycles that just happened to be street legal. They were widely considered be expensive, fussy thoroughbreds that were wonderfully adept at going fast around corners but had few other positive attributes. That reputation was both a strength and a weakness. When Ducati did try to break out of that mold, the attempts mostly failed. (The Ducati Indiana is definitely a Bike You Should NOT Know. Eye bleach is only so strong.)

Well, this was the case up until 1993, when an iconoclastic new Ducati showed up that remixed mostly familiar Ducati components in a new way. Il Mostro (The Monster) managed to give up very little of Ducati’s legendary handling prowess while being more accessible, comfortable, versatile. Its unique style attracted a new demographic to Ducati and in the process brought Ducati the mass-market sales success that had eluded them previously. Oh, and it totally changed the motorcycle scene as well.

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Three-Wheel Thursday: New 2015 Can-Am Spyder F3

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Back around the middle of the month, some camo’d spy shots showed up on the Internet, showing what appeared to be a new Sypder model from Can-Am. Then on the 18th, some crisp, non-camouflaged photos surfaced that clearly showed Can-Am and Spyder logos on the bodywork. Two days later, (assuredly because of the news leaks), Can-Am hastily announced that the new machine is, indeed, headed to production as the Spyder F3, and should show up in dealers around October as a 2015 model. Other than releasing a single official photo (the lede image above) with the tagline “New muscular design. Our boldest ride yet,” Can-Am is otherwise still holding their cards close to the chest. While details on the new machine are still sketchy, we do know it will have the same 3-cylinder inline engine and six-speed transmission that debuted in the 2014 Spyder RT.

The new machine is definitely a different direction for Can-Am.

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Bike [Accessories] You Should Know: Vetter Windjammer

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Bikes You Should Know appears weekly as part of Two Wheel Tuesdays. Since Hooniverse primarily caters to automotive enthusiasts, this column focuses on historically or culturally significant motorcycles that are likely to interest a non-riding audience.


For roughly a ten-year period, from the early seventies through the early 1980s, if you wanted a touring motorcycle, the formula was very straightforward. You: 1) bought a motorcycle, and 2) installed a Vetter Windjammer fairing on it. It was as simple as that. Never has a single accessory so defined the motorcycle market. This bolt-on part was a more powerful influence in the evolution of the motorcycle than any number of motorcycle models.
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The Royal Enfield 500 C5 – Made Like A Gun

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Did you know you could buy a brand-new old bike? I don’t mean like a modern bike that’s been designed to look old, or, like Triumph a venerable nameplate affixed to fully modern technology. I mean a real-deal ye olde motorcycle. You can, sort of. Royal Enfield was once one of Great Britain’s most venerated motorcycle names. Today, it’s one of India’s, and the company – Royal Enfield Motors, offers their bikes for sale here in the States, in much the same form as when the British built them back in the ’50s and ’60s.

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Bikes You Should Know: Yamaha DT-1

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Bikes You Should Know appears weekly as part of Two Wheel Tuesdays. Since Hooniverse primarily caters to automotive enthusiasts, this column focuses on historically or culturally significant motorcycles that are likely to interest a non-riding audience.


With certain motorcycles in this series, the casual observer can easily understand why they were were revolutionary just by looking at them, even with modern eyes. It is harder to grasp exactly what made the DT-1 such a milestone without a bit of explanation. After all, there were dirt bikes and “street scramblers” before 1968, and gobs of small, street-legal dirt bikes have come along since. But the DT-1 is the reason why “dual-purpose” and “dual sport” have become common terms. It was the first bike that was designed to be equally at home on the street, on a motocross course, or casually exploring dirt trails. And people went crazy for it.

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Bikes You Should Know: Brough Superior SS100

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George Brough was a paradox. He was a consummate publicity hound, but “…did not allow his vision to be confused by the demands of experts, the trade, or the press. He built the machine HE wanted to ride…” [The Brough Superior Club's History]. From the time he broke away from his father’s Brough Motorcycle works in 1919 until his company became a part of the unsalvageable wreckage of World War II, George Brough (rhymes with “gruff”) wanted to be known as the man who built the indisputably greatest motorcycles in the world. He accomplished that by actually building the indisputably greatest motorcycles in the world for twenty-one years.

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