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Berneg Construzione Meccaniche | Yet another obscure Italian motorcycle

'Berneg Construzione Meccaniche' With Phil Aynsley Obscure Italian marque number 257… Berneg Berneg was established in Bologna in 1954 by Paride Bernardi and Corrado Negrini to manufacture parts...
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Ducati Supermono | ‘Sounds of Singles’ Supermono

Ducati Supermono 'Sounds of Singles' With Phil Aynsley Ducati began its motorcycle history with a single cylinder motor, the Cucciolo, in 1946 - and they continued making...
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Mondial 125 Bialbero GP Racer

Mondial 125 Bialbero GP Racer With Phil Aynsley F.B. Mondial had its origins with the F.B. company (Fratelli Boselli / Boselli Brothers) founded in 1929 by...
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MotoBi 175 Catria | MotoBi’s first four-stroke

1956 MotoBi 175 Catria MSDS Moto Sportive Derivate della Serie (MSDS) junior racer model With Phil Aynsley MotoBi was established in 1948 by the eldest of the six...
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Moto Guzzi 250 TS two-stroke twin

1978 Moto Guzzi 250 TS With Phil Aynsley The 250 TS (along with its badge engineered twin, the Benelli 250 2C) was the first all new...
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Lino Tonti | The Linto 500 GP

Lino Tonti Linto 500 GP With Phil Aynsley The Italians seem to have provided more than their fair share of talented designers to the motorcycle community. One...
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Hunwick Hallam X1R Racer

Hunwick Hallam X1R With Phil Aynsley One of the most exciting 'could have beens' I ever shot was the Hunwick Hallam X1R. The concept of the X1R...
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Ducati 916 Strada | 25th Anniversay

Ducati 916 Phil Aynsley's last column featured the ultimate Ducati V-twin superbike - the 1299 Panigale Superleggera (Link), while this week our resident Ducati expert...
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Ducati 1299 Superleggera

Ducati Panigale 1299 Superleggera With Phil Aynsley The ultimate model in a long, long line of Ducati V-twin superbikes - the 1299 Panigale Superleggera. The 1299 Superleggera...
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Bimota BB1 Supermono

Bimota BB1 Supermono With Phil Aynsley The BB1 Supermono was Bimota’s only single cylinder motorcycle. First displayed at the Cologne Show in 1994, production began the...
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Aermacchi 250 GP Racer | A two-stroke Harley GP machine!

Aermacchi saw a GP renaissance in the '70s with their 250 racers The name ‘Aermacchi’ tends to bring to mind their famous four-stroke horizontal single...
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A brief history of DKW | ‘Damf Kraft Wagen’

DKW A brief history of DKW 'Damf Kraft Wagen' With Phil Aynsley It seems hard to believe now but in the 1930s DKW was one of the largest...
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Ducati 50 SL/1 two-stroke

Ducati 50SL/1 two-stroke With Phil Aynsley Think Ducati. Think two-stroke? Way back in the ‘60s and ‘70s the company produced a wide range of two-stroke bikes (also...
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The Hockenheimring Museum | Part Two

Hockenheimring Museum Part Two With Phil Aynsley In Part 2 of our look at the Hockenheimring Museum we travel up to the first floor… You can visit...
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The Hockenheimring Museum | Part One

The Hockenheimring Museum Part One With Phil Aynsley The Hockenheimring Museum contains a treasure-trove of interesting two-wheeled machinery (and a few with three and four as well). Located...
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1967 Mototrans 250cc four-cylinder Grand Prix racer

1967 Mototrans 250 Four With Phil Aynsley The Spanish Mototrans company was formed in 1958 with the merging of the Maquitrans and Cliper concerns who imported...
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Moto Villa 250/4 | 4-cylinder 2-stroke 250cc Grand Prix racer

Moto Villa 250/4 Racer With Phil Aynsley The Moto Villa company was founded by Francesco Villa in 1961 after his long and successful career as a...
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Barry Sheene’s 1979 Suzuki XR27 500 Grand Prix racer

Barry Sheene's 1979 Suzuki XR27 With Phil Aynsley Suzuki began its challenge for the 500cc World Championship with its TR500/XR05 twin in the hands of such...
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The six-cylinder MV Agusta 500 Grand Prix racer of 1957

MV Agusta Six-Cylinder 1957 500cc six-cylinder racer Competition in the 500cc Grand Prix class was reaching new heights in the late 1950s and Gilera's extremely successful...
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Gilera Saturno Piuma Corsa | 569cc single-cylinder racer

Gilera Saturno Piuma Corsa With Phil Aynsley Gilera debuted its new Bialbero (DOHC) single cylinder engine in 350cc form fitted in the 1985 Dakota trail bike....
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1963 Moto Parilla 250 Wildcat | 114kg | 26hp

1963 Moto Parilla 250 Wildcat With Phil Aynsley Giovanni Parrilla was born in southern Italy in 1912 but later moved to Milan to begin work as...
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Piaggio Museum Revisited | Part 2

Piaggio Museum Part Two With Phil Aynsley Continuing the tour of the Piaggio Museum with a look at the Gileras. The company’s Gilera collection is displayed on the...
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Piaggio Museum Revisited | Part 1

Piaggio Museum Part One With Phil Aynsley I’ve been lucky enough to have had the run of the Piaggio Museum twice - once soon after it opened,...
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Benelli 750 & 900 Sei six-cylinder | With Phil Aynsley

The first six-cylinder production motorcycle! With Phil Aynsley Argentine car designer and entrepreneur Alejandro de Tomaso bought both Benelli and Moto Guzzi in 1971-72 and immediately...
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Kawasaki F9-R | And a short early Kawasaki GP history

Kawasaki F9-R Rotary-valve Racer With Phil Aynsley Kawasaki began its international road racing campaign a little later than the other manufacturers, not until 1966 in fact. Kawasaki...
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2004 Kawasaki ZX-RR MotoGP machine

2004 Kawasaki ZX-RR Kawasaki MotoGP With Phil Aynsley After having look at one of Kawasaki's most famous race bikes in my last column, the two-stroke 750cc triple-cylinder...
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1977 Kawasaki KR750 | As raced by Gregg Hansford

Gregg Hansford's 1977 Kawasaki KR750 With Phil Aynsley Now here is bike of great historical interest! Gregg Hansford’s 1977 KR750. In 1974 the FIM revised the homologation...
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1992 Honda NR750 | RC40 oval piston V4 Honda Superbike

1992 Honda NR750 With Phil Aynsley Honda’s concept of an oval-pistoned engine (or more correctly, a bore/piston with straight sides and semicircular ends) began with the...
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Laverda 750 SFC | Fritz Egli Racer as raced at Imola 200

Fritz Egli Laverda 750 SFC With Phil Aynsley This is one of two bikes commissioned in 1972 from Fritz Egli by the Swiss Laverda importer, Roland...
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1966 MZ RE250 two-stroke racer

1966 MZ RE250 two-stroke racer With Phil Aynsley It’s a bit difficult to think that 50 years ago a venerable East German company could be at...
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