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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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1998 Suzuki RGV500 | Grand Prix 500cc Two-Stroke

1998 Suzuki RGV500 Nobuatsu Aoki's 1998 RGV500 XR88 Grand Prix motorcycle With Phil Aynsley This is the 500cc Suzuki RGV/XR88 that Nobuatsu (Nobby) Aoki raced in the...
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MV Agusta 750 Imola | As raced by Agostini and Pagani

MV Agusta 750 Imola With Phil Aynsley The name '750 Imola' normally brings a silver Ducati to mind, however Ducati wasn’t the only Italian manufacturer to...
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The Moto Guzzi V 1000 I-Convert

Moto Guzzi V 1000 I-Convert With Phil Aynsley When it launched in 1975 the Moto Guzzi V 1000 I-Convert became the first production motorcycle fitted with...
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Cor Dees’ Laverda Museum | Laverda heaven

Cor Dees' Laverda Museum With Phil Aynsley Cor Dees is a Dutchman with a serious Laverda addiction! He bought his first Laverda in 1988 and, as...
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Ducati 999 | Leon Haslam’s BSB Ducati 999 Racer

Ducati 999 Leon Haslam's 2006-2007 BSB Ducati 999 While the Ducati 999 was not highly regarded in the marketplace (due entirely to its looks, not performance),...
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1973 Norton 750 Monocoque

1973 Norton 750 Monocoque With Phil Aynsley The 1973 750 Monocoque was the first design that replaced the Commando framed bikes that Norton had been using...
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OSSA | A brief history and new versus old

OSSA OSSA 250 MAR & TR280i What we have here are two firsts from the same company (kinda) 29 years apart. O.S.S.A or Orpheo Sincronic Sociedad Anónima, was...
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Moto Morini 350 & 500 air-cooled V-twins

A history of Moto Morini and their 350 & 500 V-twins With Phil Aynsley Here are fine examples of two of the most popular Morini air-cooled...
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Laverda 1000C | Laverda’s 1000cc Triple

1971 Laverda 1000C Laverda Triple Cylinder Prototype With Phil Aynsley The Laverda 1000 triple was first seen at the Geneva Show in 1969. At this early stage...
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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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