Rare pair of collectable Kawasaki Z1s for sale

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Want to kickstart a classic Kawasaki collection? There’s not just one low chassis number 1972 Kawasaki Z1 up for sale on eBay at the moment, but a pair of them! The duo are chassis numbers 212 and 213, with engine numbers 176 and 244. They’ve both been rebuilt and restored with new bearings, new valves […]

Fishing Poles and the UK used bike shortage

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If you’re looking for a decent used motorcycle, you might find it’s tougher to locate the right bike at a good price than it was a few years ago. And it isn’t because we’ve suddenly all become too fussy. It’s because the once-full stream of previously loved machinery has been diverted elsewhere. The causes came […]

Building a Suzuki Katana to race at Spa

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There’s never been a shortage of Suzuki Katana specials since the radical style of the GSX1100 first appeared in 1980. The factory themselves produced the GSX1000SZ in homologation quantities for superbike racing and a small number of specials to race in New Zealand and Australia. Meanwhile racers modified their own bikes for the grid and […]

BMF Tailend Show 2014 cancelled

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Having reported on the 2013 BMF Tailend show with an article titled ‘The End for the BMF Tailend‘, it’s still a shame to report that the 2014 event has been cancelled as the event organiser, Mulberry Events Limited, has gone into liquidation. The company was contracted to run the BMF Show and Tailend in Peterborough […]

Rare 1979 Ian Dyson Special Kawasaki KH-400 for sale

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Spotted during our usual internet window shopping is this 1979 Ian Dyson Special Kawasaki 400cc Triple, which is actually based on a 250cc frame with a KH400 engine. It’s currently up for sale on eBay for £5,888. This particular bike was apparently restored by a retired engineer, and features a 3-into-one exhaust plus period rearsets. […]

The future of motorcycling is electric

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Predictably there’s disagreement within the Rescogs community about electric motorcycles, but at the risk of trying to predict the future, I’m willing to go on record as saying electricity is the inevitable future for popular powered two-wheelers in the next decade. There are plenty of people willing to disagree based on their love of petrol […]

Reinventing the wheel

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The 17-inch front wheel has been the choice of mainstream superbike manufacturers for almost two decades. But it wasn’t always this way. It was in the mid 1980s that the humble hoop at the front of bikes came in for some quite detailed attention. Kicking off the decade and most Japanese litre bikes such as […]

The Suzuki GS1000

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The Suzuki GS1000 wasn’t the first model in the four-stroke GS series, but it was the bike that’s been there, done it, and worn the t-shirt out. In 1976 (1977 model year) the Suzuki GS750 and GS400 parallel twin arrived, and the 750 engine remained the base for all air-cooled fours from the Japanese manufacturer […]

So near, so Spa

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Spa is the event which ruined every other biking weekend for me.  Back in 2011 some mates were involved with Team Glam who were competing in the 4-Hour Endurance race and I tagged along for the Biker’s Classic. I’ve been along to my fair share of motorcycle events since my teenage years. And while some […]

Building custom bikes in Goa

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How would you like to spend your time building custom bikes somewhere nice and warm? That’s what Rag & Bone Customs do after friends Stu Cantellow and Paul Smith got together a few years ago and the pair now spend 6 months each year in the UK, and 6 months in their workshop in Goa, […]