1970s motorcycles

Benelli Sei was the worlds first 6 cylinder motorcycle

Benelli Sei – First Production Motorcycle With 6 Cylinders

Mention 6 cylinders to most bikers and an image of the Honda CBX immediately pops into their head yet it was the Italian Benelli Sei that was actually the first…

Yamaha RD250

Yamaha RD250 – King of the 70’s Quarter Litre Motorbikes

Yamaha produced their first 247cc two-stroke in 1957, the YD1. Following a series of YDS piston port machines it was December 1972 when the first Yamaha RD250 was released.  Little…

Yamaha RD 250

1970 Suzuki T250

Suzuki T250 Hustler – 1969 to 1972

In this article we look back at the short lived but memorable Suzuki T250 Hustler which dominated the quarter litre scene in the early 70’s. In the early 70’s Japanese…

1970 Suzuki T250

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Suzuki X7 – Worlds First 100mph Production 250

The 1978 Suzuki X7 was an all new ground-up design, however the origins of the bike go way back to 1966 with the original T250.  Following the T250 came the…

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Yamaha FS1E AKA the Fizzy

Yamaha FS1E – The Must Have Bike For 1970’s British Kids

Launched in 1973 the Yamaha FS1-E was every young motorcyclist’s path to freedom. The ‘E’ suffix at the end of the models name simply represented which countries regulations the FS1…

Yamaha TZ750 for sale

Yamaha TZ750 – The Holy Grail of Two Stroke Racers

The Yamaha TZ750 is up there with being one of the most influential motorcycles in history.  From the foundation of the design to its racing and record setting achievements, it…

Kawasaki H2 750 Triple

Kawasaki H2 750 – The Widow Maker

Nobody can blow the original Kawasaki H2 750 trumpet like Kawasaki themselves who wrote in their catalog: “We’ve just pulled a fast one on the competition. Named the Kawasaki 750cc…

Yamaha RD400 – Classic 70s Two Stroke Motorcycle

The Yamaha RD400 had a relatively short lifespan and was produced between 1976-1979 having been first introduced in the Summer of 1975.  It followed on from the RD350 and was…

Yamaha DT 250

Yamaha DT250 Duel Sports Bike 1971 to 1982

The Yamaha DT250 started life in 1968 as the DT-1 and it very quickly sold through the initial 12,000 unit production run.  The US market was slowing down and yet…

Honda XL250 – A Great Affordable Classic Scrambler

During the early 1970s, the off-road motorcycle market was in full stride. With models from Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha entering and leaving the showrooms like a revolving door, this had…

Honda Monkey Puts a Smile On Your Face

When the new and updated Honda Monkey was re-introduced in 2018 I partially thought the Japanese giants had lost their mind.  Then I remembered the success of the Grom and…

Honda CX500 – The Liquid Cooled V-Twin With Shaft Drive

Back in the mid-70’s middle-weight motorcycles ruled the roost. The big four Japanese manufacturers were all competing in the same category and for the same audience: Young and New riders. …

MV Agusta 750 S

MV Agusta 750 S

This classic here is one I am excited about, a genuine truly rare Italian beauty. If the MV Agusta 750 S was likened to a person it would be the…

MV Agusta 750 S

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…

Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Review & Buyers Guide

The Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans caught the world’s attention when released in 1976 and it has continued to captivate ever since, developing an adoring audience that keeps the motorcycle…

Yamaha XT500 won the first Paris Dakar rally

Yamaha XT500: Dakar-Tested, Adventure-Approved

Take a moment to think of your favorite big dual-sport or adventure bike of all time. Got it in your mind’s eye? Ok. Now, repeat after me: “Thank you, Yamaha…

Yamaha XT500 won the first Paris Dakar rally

1976 Kawasaki Z650

Kawasaki KZ650 – Son of Z1

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…

9 Vintage Yamaha Two Stroke Motorcycles

As amazing as motorcycles are today, there will never be anything quite like the noise, smell and speed of the classic Yamaha 2 stroke motorcycles of time gone by.  The…

Honda CBX 6 cylinder

70s motorcycles – 27 Classics From The 1970s

There was never a period for motorcycles quite as wild as the 1970s.  Manufacturers were ready and willing to try anything to capture the imaginations of the motorcycling public, from…

Honda CBX 6 cylinder

Kawasaki Kz1000 – The Grandfather of the Modern Superbike

The Kawasaki Kz1000 was a motorcycle that set the bar for the litre capacity bikes that would follow. It was one of the fastest production motorcycles of the time and…

BMW R90s – The Sports Tourer That Rescued BMW

Deriving from obscurity the 1973 BMW R90s moved the German Motorrad company from the producer of boring, plain, workhorses, to race-winning, edgy, cool motorcycles in the eyes of the press…