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Pierluigi Poggi’s Motorcycle Collezione Moto Poggi

Collezione Moto Poggi With Phil Aynsley Earlier this year I had the opportunity to photograph the Collezione Moto Poggi, located just outside Bologna in Villanova di Castenaso. The...
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Capriolo Cento 50 flat twin | An early boxer with a difference

The Capriolo Cento 50 flat twin With Phil Aynsley The previous column talked about the Capriolo 75. This week an even more unusual Capriolo is featured. The Cento 50...
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Capriolo 75 | Capriolo 75 Sport

Capriolo With Phil Aynsley Capriolo was the motorcycle division of the famous Italian aircraft manufacturer Caproni (and named after the local alpine deer). When Italy was barred...
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Sanvenero 125 and 500cc GP Racers from the 1980s

Sanvenero 125cc & 500cc GP Racers With Phil Aynsley Emilio Sanvenero (a building contractor) was an enthusiastic bike racing fan and already a sponsor of MBA when...
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Soriano Tigre | Obscure Spanish motorcycles | R.Soriano SA

R. Soriano SA Obscure Spanish motorcycle marques 1944 96cc Soriano Tigre With Phil Aynsley As a change from obscure Italian marques how about an obscure Spanish one? R.Soriano SA...
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1986 Heron Suzuki TSR08 GP Racer

1986 Heron Suzuki TSR08 GP Racer Ciba-Geigy Bonded Aeroweb frame made by Nigel Leaper With Phil Aynsley At the end of the 1983 season Suzuki officially retired...
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Kawasaki KR500 Grand Prix Motorcycles | A Short History

Kawasaki's KR500 two-stroke racer With Phil Aynsley The Kawasaki KR500 was one of those “almost, but not quite” bikes. Work started on the all-new design in 1979...
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Ducati 100 Gran Sport

Ducati 100 Gran Sport With Phil Aynsley It was the 100 Gran Sport that started Ducati’s reputation as a maker of fine sporting motorcycles. In the early...
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Mondial 175 | Turismo Veloce | Sport | Gran Sport

Mondial 175 OHC Mondial Turismo Veloce Mondial Sport - Mondial Gran Sport With Phil Aynsley Mondial is best known for their very successful Grand Prix 125 and 250...
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Jawa 350 Racer | Four-stroke parallel twin from 1961

1961 Jawa 350 Racer With Phil Aynsley Jawa was by far the most active of the East European manufacturers and raced 500, 350 and 250cc machines...
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Aprilia Moto 6.5 Starck | One polarising motorcycle

Aprilia Moto 6.5 Starck With Phil Aynsley Aprilia approached famous French designer Phillipe Starck to come up with a city bike that would appeal to non-motorcyclists....
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Parilla 1960s rotary disc-valve 125 | 60kg | 21.5hp

Parilla Motorcycles With Phil Aynsley Parilla is best known for its long line of four-stroke singles that had a very successful run from soon after the...
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Moto Guzzi’s 500/4 Racer from 1954

Moto Guzzi's 1954 in-line 500/4 Racer With Phil Aynsley In a recent column I looked at Moto Guzzi’s eye-catching first attempt at a four-cylinder GP motorcycle...
Laverda's 650GT twin-cylinder

Laverda 650 Twin | The ‘modern’ Laverda story

Laverda 650 Twin The 'modern' Laverda story By Phil Aynsley What we have here is the beginning of the “modern” Laverda story - the 650 twin. It was...
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Laverda Motorcycles in the US branded American Eagle

American Eagle & Laverda By Phil Aynsley I have previously mentioned that the first Laverdas imported into the US were branded American Eagle by the US...
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Moto Guzzi supercharged 500/4

Moto Guzzi supercharged OHV 500cc four With Phil Aynsley This is one of those bikes that stops you in your tracks when you first see it! In...
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1970 Kawasaki H1R 500 Triple

Kawasaki H1R 500 Kawasaki's first racing triple It’s always nice to be able to photograph an example of the very first version of a legendary model. Kawaski...
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Harley-Davidson XR750 Dirt Track Racer

Harley-Davidson XR750 One of the most recognisable of all American motorcycles are the Harley Davidson dirt trackers! With the AMA rule changes introduced in 1969, the...
The Moto Comet 175

Moto Comet | Brevetti Drusiani Bologna

Moto Comet Brevetti Drusiani Bologna With Phil Aynsley Yet another pretty obscure Italian marque was Moto Comet. Alfonso Drusiani was the main engineer at F.B. Mondial and was...
MV Agusta 350 Scrambler

MV Agusta 350 Scrambler | Motorcycle History

MV Agusta 350 Scrambler The lesser known sibling of the 350 Sport With Phil Aynsley The reasonably well known MV Agusta 350B Sport was derived from the...
The Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum

Exploring the Sammy Miller Museum | Part Two

Sammy Miller Museum Part 2 | With Phil Aynsley PART ONE HERE ⇒ The AJS E90 500cc parallel twin was developed during WW II, from a Joe...

Exploring the Sammy Miller Museum | Part One

Sammy Miller Museum Part 1 | With Phil Aynsley Sammy Miller is a genuine motorcycling legend having successfully raced for the factory F.B. Mondial team (finishing...

The Bimota Tesi 1D | An 851 in an even sexier body

Bimota Tesi With Phil Aynsley Way, way back in 1990 I paid a visit to the Bimota factory in the company of the then Australian importer,...
Aermacchi 175 Chimera

Aermacchi 175cc Chimera | First Aermacchi four-stroke

Aermacchi 175cc Chimera (Dream) Aermacchi's first four-stroke With Phil Aynsley For a famous and enduring engine design, the Aermacchi four-stroke horizontal single had a somewhat fraught start! The...
The Alchemy Vee Two SV-1

Vee Two Alchemy SV-1

Vee Two Alchemy SV-1 With Phil Aynsley Australia was Ducati’s largest export market back in the ‘70s (with healthy numbers continuing in the early ‘80s) with...
Ducati Polizia Urbana 600TL Pantah

Ducati ‘Polizia Urbana’ 600TL Pantah | Police Bikes

Ducati's 'Polizia Urbana' 600TL Pantah With Phil Aynsley Following on from the Police bike theme in the previous column, here's a Ducati themed version... While not as...
The LAPD Moto Guzzi 850 T3

LAPD Moto Guzzi 850 T3 Police Bikes

LAPD Moto Guzzi 850 T3 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 T3 Indiana Police Department bikes With Phil Aynsley Many motorcycle companies have produced versions of their bikes for...
The Ducati 500GP

Ducati 500GP V-Twin Desmo Racer | A very rare bike!

Ducati Desmodromic 500GP With Phil Aynsley Well who’d a thought it! My 100th column. To mark this unlikely event here is a bike of not only...
Norton Challenge P86

The Norton Challenge P86 | Cosworth 746cc Twin

The Norton Cosworth Challenge With Phil Aynsley It can’t be all that often that a bike finds its first success a dozen years after it began...
The ELF SwissAuto V4 Project

Elf Swissauto V4 two-stroke Racer | With Phil Aysnley

1997 ex-Borja Elf SwissAuto V4 two-stroke Racer With Phil Aynsley Has there ever been a bike that has raced under so many names? The ELF Swissauto project...
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