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From Safari to Street: 66 Motorcycles' XR600

Few motorcycles can tackle the Australian outback as well as a Honda XR600. This is the machine that kick-started Honda’s 18-year Baja 1000 winning streak, and the reliability and raw power of the mighty XR have made it a desert racing legend.<p>The 1996 model we’re looking at here was originally set …

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Happy Landings: Clockwork's CB750 custom

Samuel Guertin used to spend his days wrenching on choppers—the kind that fly. But after a decade working as a helicopter mechanic, he decided that customizing cars and bikes was more fulfilling.<p>So he changed his flight path and Clockwork Motorcycles was born, with a base in the countryside half an …

Made in Australia: Glory Road’s CB750K

Glory Road Motorcycles is a small retail space that’s just opened in the heart of Adelaide, Australia. Step inside and you’ll find apparel, riding accessories—and some fine motorcycles, like this Honda CB750K.<p>The shop is new, but owner Tom Harrison has been turning wrenches since the age of 17—when …

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Diff'rent Strokes: Roland Sands' smokin' Yamaha

At the Born Free show a couple of weeks ago, there was a lone road racer in a sea of choppers. And not a Harley or Triumph, either: it was a two-stroke Yamaha.<p>Born Free organizers Mike and Grant must have been scratching their heads, but they had the good grace to let Roland Sands’ 2 Stroke Attack …

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Going With The Flow: Kawasaki W650 by Clutch

Before the ‘new’ Triumph Bonneville came along, there was the Kawasaki W650. And some would argue that it captured the spirit of the Meriden original even better than the later Hinckley-built Bonnie.<p>Willie Knoll of Paris-based Clutch Custom Motorcycles is a fan. His Bonneville T100 from last year …

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The Auto Fabrica Type 6: Reduced to perfection

In Japan, there is a design theory called Kanso (簡素)—meaning simplicity, or the elimination of clutter. And every time I see an Auto Fabrica bike, I’m reminded of that fine principle.<p>The machines that roll out of the English workshop are reduced to the bare minimum, but beautifully finished. And …

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