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In 1953, the ‘four pipe’ 997 cc Ariel Square Four Mk II was released, with separate barrels and a re-designed cylinder head with four separate exhaust pipes. This 40 hp Square Four was capable of 100 mph, weighed 425 lbs and cost £336.16. The last of the line, the MKII represented the peak of development of the Square 4s offering top performance, increased reliability and improved ride quality. This one benefitted from a full frame-up restoration by Canadian Martin Jensen and was acquired by the current owner with only a few hundred miles logged after the restoration. Jensen rebuilt the engine & gearbox, generator and regulator. The machine starts on the 1st or 2nd kick and runs beautifully. Although 'purists' will note that Jensen took a few liberties with chrome on a couple of the components, this is an excellent, fine running example with lots of attention to detail. Jensen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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1947 was the last year that Harley-Davidson used what later came to be known as the "knucklehead" engine. The following year, they switched to the Panhead engine, changing the look and character of the motorcycle. The current owner bought this machine as complete, but 80% assembled restoration from a good friend in Montreal. He finished the assembly soon after receiving the machine, fired the bike up and then storage-prepped it for display in his collection. While the machine is not restored to 100% original, it was built to a high standard using high-quality components and features upgrades like the 12V ignition/charging system. The motor & transmission were completely rebuilt by HDR Performance in Montreal, Quebec and new barrels taken out to 74cu in were fitted. Detailed hi-resolution pics on my Flickr page. To view the full-sized images on Flickr, click on the icon on the lower right of any image... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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Painstakingly restored (including a full engine rebuild) by respected Canadian expert Paul Garratt, the attention to detail, fit and finish and performance on the road of #267 is outstanding. Photographing this 1940 Indian Four, I was struck by painstaking detail evident everywhere on the bike - and the fact that bike didn't look over-restored; it simply looks new. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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The 494cc BMW R51/2 was the first boxer engine motorcycle produced by BMW after World War II. Five thousand were manufactured from 1950 into 1951 and this beautiful example is one of only a handful in North America. Restored in Germany and then brought into Canada about 20 years ago, this machine has seen only 3,100 kilometers logged since the restoration was completed (2,800 by the previous two Canadian owners and 300 by the current owner). The machine was prepped for storage and display in the current owner's climate-controlled collection back in 2002. Take a look at the detailed hi-resolution pics on my Flickr page and you'll see how well-preserved and original this machine is. To view the full-sized images on Flickr, click on the icon on the lower right of any image page and you'll be able to download or view all sizes The machine is located in Whitby,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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This amazing Ducati Mille BOTT racer has quite a history. Legendary Ducati tuner Reno Leoni built this machine for the late Jimmy Adamo to replace the Daspa-framed machine that he had been campaigning for many years. Using a rare, limited production endurance frame & swing arm, Tecnomagnesio wheels, a Double System air shock, Marzicchi M1Rs, and the team's seriously modified '86 Mille engine, the machine was tested by Adamo - but he elected to stay with the Daspa package. The machine was put aside, but when the Mille engine was replaced by a new motor for the Daspa-framed bike, Leoni put it back into this machine; which was then sold to Canadian racer Frank Marazek - who, with Tim Speigleberg as tuner, campaigned it for a few years in Canada and at Daytona in the AMA BOTT class. It was eventually restored by Canadian George Jonas - who sold it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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If I was going to buy a Harley, this would be the bike. I think the early Sportster truly captures the essence of the 60's American hot-rod culture. It's a raw, primal machine with the bare necessities. Almost from the model's debut, riders wanted higher performance and meaner looks for the XL Sportsters. America's response to the British invasion, Cycle World ran the '62 down the 1/4 mile in 14.3 seconds - establishing the Sportster as the King of the Hill. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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When Dennis Stemp, Editor of Iron Works Magazine decided to build and document a project bike over the course of a number of issues of his earlier Iron Trader News magazine, he chose to enhance an XLCR with the dramatic performance of a factory XR1000 engine. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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Featured in Cycle Canada's September '83 issue, this CB1100 Special represents the best of components and top-drawer workmanship from the period. Starting out as a 1980 CB750, the machine received a total rework from Ontario Honda's Rick Andrews. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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No one who attended 2013 Ducati TT & F1 Symposium would argue that it would be hard to top last year’s Jimmy Adamo Memorial celebration, so this year we’re not even going to try. Back to our roots for 2014,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at loudbike
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...What I love about the finished product is that it's still a capable track bike - the lights and tag holder/tail light/indicators all come off in less than 10 minutes. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at loudbike
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We have a great selection of Vintage NOS OEM Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Bimota and MV Agusta Parts / Spares on our eBay Store Continue reading
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I finished the morning by setting off on Bar's Yellow Bike to see if I could puke oil all over the track or break the motor. Neither happened and I was pleasantly surprised that the new 85HP motor Gary built had great power and torque everywhere and was a blast to ride. The sun was shining, the DB1, Mosport and I were bonding and Bar had a solid ride in his future. Lunch was served and life was good. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at loudbike
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Well, not me at Phillip Island - but the Yellow Bike III (840cc Ducati 750 F1) made its debut at the island yesterday with new owner Basil in the saddle. By all accounts, bike and rider bonded nicely and the machine performed flawlessly. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at loudbike
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Yeah, it’s 2014 and I’ve become a grumpy old man bitter about a future promised but never delivered. But you’d be bitter too if you were promised a flying car. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at loudbike
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Damn, I’ve had a lot of bikes in my life. In order of appearance: 1966 Yamaha 180 basket-case (never finished it – can’t remember what became of it..) 1967 Triumph 500 Daytona café racer (open meggas, clip-ons, rear sets; the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2013 at loudbike
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Yellow Bike III was supposed to be my bike. A replacement for the one that went to Bar. I had the original frame from my first F1, a seat and tank from Gary Palmer’s original spares collection (authentically yellow) and a few other bits stashed away waiting for the right time. The frame had already been modified by Palmer and I figured when I was done with the TT1 and DB1 projects, I’d start accumulating all the bits required to complete the project and pick away at it for a few years Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at loudbike
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But, for an event focused on light, loud, fast and gorgeous Pantahs this Symposium was incredibly people-focused. With the Jimmy Adamo Memorial ceremony - Adamo Replica helmets presented to Jaime and Dainelle, the Lifetime achievement awards to Pat Slinn & Reno Leoni, Pat's birthday cake, the Jimmy Adamo Memorial Race and the trophies for top Amature and Expert P89 racers, the bikes took a backseat to the people around them. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at loudbike
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This machine came to the current owner about 12 years ago from a collector in Florida and has very little time on it since the restoration. As the GYTKIT racer still used the street frame they were often upgraded with superior frames and suspension components. #946 is running a Bridgestone chassis with Ceriani shocks. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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The bike was acquired by the current owner in the late 90s and was road tested by Canadian moto-journalist Larry Tate in the French language Moto Mag (August 2000). That article, as well as a number of road tests and the original Czech log book (with stamps) are included in the sale. This is a very good running machine that was properly prepared for display in the owner's collection about 9 years ago. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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The marriage of a KSS motor with the more current MAC rolling chassis was a fairly common practice that resulted in a far better platform for the OHC KSS motor. Classic Motorcycle & Mechanics tested one in July '92 and came away impressed with the combo. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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1986 Bimota DB1 Custom For Sale - 92 honest-to-goodness rear wheel horsepower in a perfectly set-up package that weighs less than 300 pounds. Arguably the fastest DB1 in North America and likely the only one set-up for serious track day work. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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With 88 rear wheel horsepower in a sub-300lb package, this example is arguably the quickest and best handling old-school TT1 in North America. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Vintage Motorcycles For Sale
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It’s hard to believe that five years have passed since Lou Saif held the first Ducati TT & F1 Symposium; an informal gathering of Ducati TT and F1 aficionados and machines at his shop in Queens, NY. While the event... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at loudbike
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Although its been renamed Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, we'll always know it as Mosport. The 2nd fastest race track in the world. Ten turns, dramatic elevation changes (166’ over the 2.459 mile circuit), and a wide-open noise policy. I love... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at loudbike
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There's nothing like a day on the ol' rollin' road to cap-off a couple of projects - and I've been going to a dyno just about 45 minutes south of Ottawa at Richmond Motorsports lately. While it’s always hard work and kinda stressful stuff, I truly enjoy the process and it's a great way to get the bikes nicely dialed-in before putting on all the shiny stuff and heading to the track. They've got a Mustang dyno that's a bit of a different set-up than I'm used to, but a treat in that it’s open, cool and pretty user-friendly. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at loudbike