Triumph Daytona 675: Breaking The Middleweight Mold

Here, Kurt tells how the Triumph Daytona 675 took on the Japanese Supersports and became an international success story for the British marque. Intro The year was 2006 and middleweight race replicas were all the rage.  The big four were selling inline four screamers as quickly as they could get them into showrooms, Ducati’s polarizing … Read more

1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport

The 1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport is a motorcycle that divides opinion and has done since day one. On one side are those who believe it to be a gutless and under-performing machine compared to that of the larger motorcycles from the same time period including from Honda themselves; and on the other are those … Read more

Yamaha FZR1000 – Review and Buyers Guide

Yamaha FZR1000

I think everybody who looks at the Yamaha FZR1000 should have a certain level of appreciation for what it did not only for Yamaha but for race-replicas and general sport bikes for the decade that followed its release. There would be no Thunderace and more importantly no legendary YZF R1 without the first Yamaha FZR … Read more

Yamaha RD500LC

Yamaha RD500LC

In 1984 Yamaha released a road legal version of their factory YZR500 which at the time was leading the world championship with Kenny Roberts aboard. The Yamaha RD500LC was born and all the crazy kids formed an orderly queue. Intro There was a very short lived period of time in the 1980’s when a small … Read more

Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo – Best of the Turbocharged 80s Bikes

Kawasaki 750 turbo

Of the big four Japanese manufacturers, Kawasaki was the last to put into production a turbo charged motorcycle and I would say arguably the most successful.  The ambition was to create a turbo charged middle-weight wonder that could compete with the fastest motorcycles out there. With the release of the Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo, they succeeded … Read more

Kawasaki KZ650 – Son of Z1

1976 Kawasaki Z650

The Kawasaki KZ650 (or the Z650 outside the US) was one of the most popular motorcycles of the 1970s. Affordable, quick, reliable and it made Kawasaki’s Z series accessible to those who didn’t want the full power or weight of the original Z1 or the later KZ1000 (Z1000).  If you are anything like me, you … Read more