Triumph Speed Triple – Russell Motorcycles

Triumph Speed Triple – Russell Motorcycles

Written by Martin Hodgson.

If you could go into the future to see which motorcycles would become classics you could make a hell of a fortune; if I had a DeLorean and some Plutonium I’d give it a try. Those who’d picked up Honda CX500s or BMW R series bikes for pocket change are now cleaning up and if you’d mothballed a Z1, a K0 or a CBX you can now add an extra zero to what you paid for it. Of course it’s never that easy or we’d all be rich but with Triumph going from strength to strength the early Hinckley Trumpets could be one of the future classics to keep an eye on. Fresh from their Ducati Scrambler success at World Ducati Week

Road Rebel 166 – Rich Richie Honda Tiger

Honda’s legendary RC166 was without a doubt an incredible achievement in engineering. Although its 250cc engine capacity may not impress some, I can assure you that its performance was awe inspiring. The RC166 boasted 6 tiny cylinders fed by 6 individual carburettors. At the opposing side of the cylinders 6 exhaust headers wound their way back to individual mufflers that screamed the RC166’s ear-shattering symphony. The tiny powerhouse produced an incredible 65bhp and would rev well beyond 18,000rpm. Weighing in at only 145kg and being piloted by the legendary Mike Haliwood, Honda dominated the 1966 and 1967 GP and the RC166 became a thing of legend.
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1980 BMW R100RS

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This 1980 BMW R100RS has 85k kilometers (~53k miles) and was purchased by the seller six months ago from a dealership in Germany. The bike had been fully serviced in preparation for a planned ride to Alaska. The front forks were overhauled and the mechanicals have been sorted. In addition to the innovative frame-mounted fairing, the bike includes a set of hard shell pannier bags and a small rack just aft of the seat. It is powered by a 980cc OHV air-cooled boxer twin with a five-speed gearbox and the original tool kit is included.

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The R100RS was designed by Hans Muth, and was BMW’s first motorcycle designed with the aid of a wind tunnel. Period tests of the bike and its new fairing showed a dramatic improvement in aerodynamics over the standard bike. The RS featured better aerodynamics over the standard un-faired R100, with a drag coefficient of .571 compared to .627. Roundel badges are yellowing and the paintwork is said to be original.

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The seller intended to use the bike for a motorcycle tour of Alaska, and as such the bike comes equipped for touring. A small tail rack is fitted, as are a pair of hardshell panniers.

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The five horizontal lines on the headlight are an aesthetic addition, not a defroster.

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The instrumentation is in kilometers and includes a speedometer, tachometer, voltmeter, clock, and a selection of warning lights. The protection provided by the fairing was praised when the bike was new, though the angle of the windscreen could put airflow at collar-height for some riders.

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Front brakes are twin discs, and the bike features an unusual arrangement where the front master cylinder is mounted beneath the fuel tank and is actuated via cable. The wheels are multi-spoke alloys with added webbing for strength on the inner parts of the spokes.

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The 980cc air cooled twin was good for 70 horsepower when new, a fairly substantial figure for the time. A shaft drive transmits power from the five-speed transmission to the rear wheel.

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The OEM toolkit is included along with a pair of spark plugs and a handful of fuses.

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Like many BMW motorcycles, the R100RS is known for its durability. This example has been serviced and is said to be ready to ride.

Plastic fantastic – Guilhem’s Honda CX500

It’s no secret that Honda’s CX series from the late 70’s has gone through a resurgence in the last five or so years. The vast number of CX custom builds popping up all over the world is evidence of this and as a previous CX owner fond memories spring to mind whenever a new one emerges from it’s plastic cocoon. Guilhem Therond, a French gallery manager who resides in Fremantle, Western Australia is another who holds the CX close to his heart.
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‘Project Z’ Kawasaki Z1000 – Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues

‘Project Z’ Kawasaki Z1000 – Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues

Written by Martin Hodgson.

There is something about the Glemseck 101 1/8th mile sprint that brings the best out of so many builders, static competitions are one thing, but when the rubber hits the road everything on the bike is truly tested. The German motorcycle festival draws massive crowds of up to 75,000 people and is billed as “the meeting point for international designers, engineers, developers and their bikes.” For Yann and Manu of

Motorcycle Maintenance Made Easy

I’ve been maintaining my own motorcycle for years now. Learning how to do each task properly myself was, at times, a challenging experience. Not having the right tools, skills or even a proper understanding of what I was doing lead to some rather frustrating experiences. Back when I started down the DIY path I never considered doing a training course. The cost was too high and I couldn’t get the time off work to attend the lectures. These days though there’s plenty of ‘how to’ videos available online, but finding a reliable and comprehensive source for every task is near impossible. So what’s the solution?
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Ducati Scrambler – Russell Motorcycles

Ducati Scrambler – Russell Motorcycles

Written by Martin Hodgson.

To say the Italian’s know how to enjoy themselves and throw a party is one of the great understatements you can make, so when the 90th anniversary of the much beloved Ducati Motorcycle Company rolled around you knew the annual World Ducati Week was going to be something special. A 90 minute drive from the Bologna factory finds you in the Province of Rimini, where right next to the Adriatic Sea is the Misano World Circuit that hosts the Ducatisti from all over the world for a week of all things Ducati. From new model launches, to the endless track action with past and present GP stars ripping it up to the joys of the new Scrambler Land, just attending the event is a dream come true. But for Eduardo Iglesias of Spain’s Russell Motorcycles and his team not only were they invited by Ducati to attend the event but given a brand new Scrambler and asked to make something special to wow the crowds.

Rare Trike Oddity: 1956 Poirier Voiturette Monoto XW5

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This 1956 Poirier Voiturette Monoto XW5 (chassis 1555) was recently unloaded from a collector in Belgium, making the big trip across the Atlantic just a few months ago. It’s further said to have been taken off the road some ten years ago, but is also reported to have run a few times a year since then. Reportedly, only a few thousand of these were ever produced, filling a niche for cheap, reliable city transportation for average citizens of a recovering post-war France. Find this one here on eBay in Johns Island, South Carolina with reserve not met.

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The patina on this interesting trike is just about perfect, and it’d be ideal to leave it as-is. Apart from the worn olive paint and a few small dings, the tub looks pretty solid, and we can’t seem to spot any heavily rusted areas. A couple of notable features include drum brakes at all three corners and a prominent hand-operated gearshift lever. The windscreen isn’t currently fitted, but fortunately is included.

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The rear jump seat folds up and out of the way to allow access to the 5 HP 125cc Ydral two-stroke single, and outward appearances suggest it should be a dead-simple unit to wrench on. It hasn’t been started since brought over to the US, so current running condition isn’t known.

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A cool period advertisement shows that the trike was equipped for the road with a windshield, mirrors, and warning lights.

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It’s difficult to imagine a more interesting (or geeky) runabout for in-town duties, though a scarf, leather helmet, and goggles would pretty much be mandatory to complete the look.