Set aside normal concerns. Disregard your financial status, ignore your personal comfort, forget about your future goals and sacrifice your retirement. You must have this motorcycle. Are we kidding? Yes. But only a little. There is a lot you can buy for $42,695. None of it is as beautiful or exciting as the MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini, a very special, limited-production version of the F4 1000 S, which itself already is a very special, limited-production motorcycle…
Test: MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini – Sell the house, the car, the kids…The World’s Most Expensive Sportbike – And worth it!; Features: TSS – variable intake explained; Mission Mile – 26.8 seconds to glory; HP2 – ultimate dual-sporter?; Old & Improved – brand new 1936 Knucklehead; The Sundance Kid; Zoomie – Hemi 426 motorcycle; Moonshine Highway; Mail Order Ride – Sir, your Velo is ready; more
MasterBike 2006 – Spanish Inquisition – 3 days, 13 bikes, 16 riders, 170 tires and 1040 laps to decide the Best Sportbike of the Year; Profiles in Courage; Ducati GT1000; MV Agusta Brutale 910; Yamaha FJR1300-AE; Anatomy of YCC-S; RideCraft; Long-Term Wrap-Up – Buell XB12-S Lightning; Comparison: Ducati Monster 695 vs. Honda 599 vs. Hyosung GT650R vs. Kawasaki Ninja 650R vs. Suzuki SV650 vs. Yamaha FZ6; Race Watch – Forging a Future – MotoCzysz – Michael Czysz on the move; more
Cover Story: American Dream – A small American start-up breaks new ground with a revolutionary motorcycle – the MotoCzysz C1; Features: Posing in South Beach – American Ironhorse choppers hit Florida’s high-profile boulevard; MV Agusta Tamburini; Triumph Rocket III; BMW’s New RT; MotoGP Magic – a look back at the series’ humble beginnings; Cunning Carnivore – H.D. Performance’s Praying Mantis custom; Victorious V593 – American John Kocinsk’s 1993 Grand Prix-winning Cagiva V593; The artistry of Von Dutch; more
Road Tests: Honda CB750, Bultaco Matador Mk. III; 1970 Harley-Davidsons; Detroit Custom; 4th of July Drags; Firecracker moto cross; Carburetor conversion; Meet Joy Houston; Custom Yamaha AT-1; Gatorade; Transport a Bike; MV Agusta Impression; Miss Modern Cycle; more
Special Feature: Taking it to the Nines: Kerker Yamaha V-Max, Mr. Turbo Kawasaki Eliminator, Vance and Hines Suzuki GSX-R1100; Test: Honda 700 Magna; 125 MX Comparison – Kawasaki KX125, Suzuki RM125, Cagiva 125MX, Yamaha YZ125, Honda CR125; DT-1 – the DT one and only; Impression: Kawasaki KLR650 -the DT-1 Revisited; Features: Love on a Harley; Yamaha 1987 – Glory Days for the Sport Rider; The MV Files – bikes that make history on and off the track; more
Cover Photo: A scene from the past as John Surtees rounds Governor’s Bridge on the fantastic MV four during the rain-plagued 1959 Isle of Man TT. A tribute to this year’s TT, a report of which will be found on page 8 of this issue. Photo by Joe Parkhurst.
Road Tests: Ducati 250 Scrambler, Triumph T-100 SR; Scooter Test: Rabbit Superflow; Road Impression: Rex KL-35; Contents: Isle of Man TT Races; Two-Strokes part 3; Greenhorn Enduro; Trailing; Little Burr; Heidelberg National; more
Road Test: Laverda Jota America; Track Test: Husqvarna 250-CR; Minitests: Suzuki DR370, Triumph Bonneville, Yamaha SR500F; Special Moto-Italiano Buyer’s Guide: Ducati & Laverda; Moto Guzzi & Moto Morini; MV Agusta & Benelli; Specifications; Hard Times in Cafe City – why clip-ons aren’t standard; Everybike on tour -there is life under 400cc; Project KZ400 – we had the last laugh; more
Cover photo: Rick McBride was on location in London for BSA, shooting pix for their new catalog, future ads and posters. This is one of them. The photo was taken in the Chelsea section of London, off of Kings Road. The models are a 1968 BSA 650cc Thunderbolt, Robert Campbell (from Australia) and Jane Solo.
Contents: Carlsbad Road Race / Gary Nixon; Midwest Showdown – Oklahoma’s 9-Mile Nat’l; Britain’s Race of the Year at Mallory Park / Mike Hailwood; Road Test: Jawa Californian II; Last of the Breed – Harley-Davidson’s KR Competition model; Enduro Time – Cayuta 150-miler and Sandy Lane; One for the road – MV Agusta Fours in road trim now in cutomers hands; Aggie – profile of J.C. Agajanian – auto & motorcycle racing promoter; Traveling motorcycles; Cactus Derby; 4 Days on the road; Corduroy Enduro; The Ariel Story; more
Fabulously detailed, perfectly duplicated, 1/9th scale injection molded plastic kits of Europe’s most famous multi-cylinder road racing Grand Prix motorcycles. Made in Italy by Tarquinio Provini. They are superbly finished and easy to assemble for the average model builder…Norton 500 Manx, MV 500 Four, Moto Morini 250, Benelli 250 Four, Moto-Guzzi V-8, 500cc Gilera Four, Mondial 250…
Cover: Kawasaki 900 Z-1; Road Tests: Kawasaki 900 Z-1, BMW R/90S, Kawasaki 400 S3, MV Agusta 350-B; Features: Yamaha’s Invincible Road Racers; Honda 750 Cafe Racer; Giant Killer – beating the 350s with a 250 is some feat but when you can do it with a 4-stroke single you’re really showing people somethin; Singular Twin – The late Floyd Clymer – a look at his last brainchilds; more
Cover: If any motorcycle could ever be called “the Ferrari of motorcycles,” it would have to be an MV Agusta. With their flashy red frames, MV Agustas were legendary on the racetrack. From John Surtees to Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini, some of the greatest riders in history won their championships on MV’s. This month’s cover bike is an 837-cc MV Agusta America, one of the last production models that the company produced before the Italian government ordered them to focus on its’ primary business, helicopter production.
Contents: Cover Story: 1977 MV Agusta America; Daytona Report – antique and vintage motorcycle activities; Feature: Kawasaki W1; Van Order Collection -part XV -photos of turn of the century motorcycle scene; The Friedman Files -photos of the BSA Wrecking Crew; One Man’s Dream Collection – Sid Biberman; Resource Spotlight – Vintage Brakes; Feature: 1898 Beeston; more
Cover: Two outstanding examples of Italian Gran Turismo excellence: the 12-cylinder Ferrari GTB, owned by the publisher and the MV Agusta 600 Four, owned by Gilberto Cornacchia
Contents: Road Tests: MV Agusta 600 Four-Cylinder, Suzuki TM-250 Motocross, Ossa Trials; An Introduction to Snowmobiles; Touring Morocco; Jawa – Bananas in bunches; Epic rides of the fabulous Ralph Hepburn; Safety Wire for Safety; Something new in the parts department; Fiction; Harry’s Tale; New Speed Changer; more
Contents: Special Section: Masterbike 2007: Fast Times; Streetwise: keepin’ it real on the road – Aprilia RSV1000-R, Ducati 1098-S, Honda CBR1000-RR, Honda CBR600-RR, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Kawasaki ZX-6R, MV Agusta F4 1000 R 312, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Suzuki GSX-R750, Suzuki GSX-R600, Triumph Daytona 675, Yamaha YZF-R1, Yamaha YZF-R6; 10 best bikes of 2007; Test: Long-term update – KTM 450 EXC, KTM 990 Super Duke and Yamaha FJR1300AE; BMW G650 Xchallenge; more