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      • The photogenic Altoona was Indian's hottest racing model of the 1920s. The Altoona Speedway was a 1.25-mile (2-km) board track located in central Pennsylvania which was the home of the American Board Track Championship races during the 1920s. Winning Altoona was so important that a winning machine might adopt the track name as its own, as was the case with many other bikes and cars which won at other famous venues such Daytona, Bonneville, TT and IOM, Le Mans ad infinitum.


        On July 9, 1926, "Curley" Fredericks lapped Altoona at an average speed of 114 mph (183 km/h) in a race, the highest speed ever recorded on a circular track, and the Indian racer was immediately dubbed the "Altoona."


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          Last edited by roadiemort; 3 weeks ago. Reason: A legendary motorcycle for its beauty, the Victoria Model 115 was also produced from 1961 to 1965 as the Zweirad Union 115, DKW Hummel 115, Victoria 115, Express 115 and Cavalier 115, all instantly re

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            Hmmmm? I may be a little bit harsher critic, then most.

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          • The most valuable variant of the Triumph/BSA triple-cylinder 750s of the late 1960s and early 1970s is the Hurricane X75 styled for the factory by Craig Vetter, and three went to auction in Vegas. The above bike was the most expensive at $28,050, with another 1973 model X75 being passed in with a high bid of $24,000 and a third from the 1973 model year fetching $12,650.


            The most valuable Triumph Hurricane X75 sold to date fetched $38,200 (£24,150) at Bonhams' Autumn Staffordshire Sale in 2012, while the auction record for a three-cylinder 750 was a BSA Formula 750 racer which fetched $104,760 at a Mecum auction in January 2014.


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            • As can be seen from the design of this restored 1939 Jawa 250 Special, the company was once at the forefront of motorcycle engineering. Once exporting to over 120 countries, the name Jawa may well rise again now that it has been purchased by India's Mahindra, and the $29,700 paid for this fully restored two-stroke masterpiece could turn out to be quite an investment.

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              • Believe it or not, this is considered a late model Honda Dream, though Japanese styling still predominates. This was the period when Honda was proving its worth, and these bikes are reliable and quiet and economical and ... fast. We really don't want to spoil it for all those people who still ride these bikes and love them with all their heart, but there's a huge following of early Hondas.


                Ride one of these and a few of its contemporaries, and you'll understand why Honda became the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer. These two articles on the bike might help light a fire under you: Frank Melling on The Honda Dream 250 and Greg Williams on the Honda Dream 305.


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                • Though there have been several much lauded Grand Prix replica road bikes in recent times, the Yamaha YR1 Grand Prix twin of 1967 was probably as close technologically to the 350cc two-stroke twin cylinder racers produced by Yamaha, as the more recent bikes of Ducati and Honda were to their Grand Prix counterparts.


                  Indeed, the YR-1 was a landmark motorcycle in myriad ways. The engine was the first to use aluminum cylinders with cast iron sleeves, the first to use a horizontally-split crankcase, and instead of the problematic crank-mounted clutch of previous models, a multi-plate clutch was mounted on the countershaft.


                  The bike could also be set up to have the gearshift and brake on either side, and the 61 x 59.6 mm bore and stroke gave it 348.4cc, fitting nicely into the 350cc category of Grand Prix Motorcycle racing.


                  Just as the Yamaha YR-1 embarrassed road bikes two and three times larger, its race bikes were doing so on racetracks around the world. In 1968, Yamaha's 350cc road racing bikes (with engines almost identical to this bike) shocked the American public by finishing second and third in the country's most important road race, the Daytona 200 Miles, against a field of unlimited capacity machines. In 1969, a Yamaha 350 was the first to lap the Daytona circuit at 150 mph.


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                    • This was a bargain for someone. Until the early 1970s, globally renowned tire manufacturer Bridgestone also made a range of motorcycles which were of exceptional quality. This was the largest capacity motorcycle produced by Bridgestone, the 350 GTR, and it was produced in very limited quantities, believed to have been just 9,000 units.


                      Around that time, the other major motorcycle manufacturers made Bridgestone an offer it couldn't refuse: stop making motorcycles or we won't use your tires on our motorcycles.


                      Bridgestone complied, and this roadgoing motorcycle, which was faster than the Yamaha 350cc Grand Prix roadster (see below) of the same period, was shelved. It was faster thanks to its use of disc valve induction and this bike was sold with just one previous owner plus full documentation including the original owners manual, and an original parts catalog.


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                          • Now Triumph's three-cylinder Trident and BSA's three-cylinder Rocket III were essentially the same bike apart from badges and slightly inclined cylinders. Not counting the three Craig Vetter styled Triumph X75s which are covered elsewhere in this article, three Tridents and two Rocket IIIs went to auction in Vegas and the above 1969 model BSA Rocket III the most expensive of them all at $23,100, with another 1969 model in second place which sold for $18,150. By comparison, the best the Triumph Tridents could muster was $9,000 for a 1973 model that had been tastefully modified into a cafe racer, followed by two at $6,050 (a 1973 model and a 1974 model).

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                            • Harley-Davidson's three-wheeled Servi-Car was developed during the Great Depression, targeted at car dealerships and service shops as a way of increasing revenue while cutting the man-hours required to service a customer's automobile.

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                              • Though it now seems ludicrous, when Honda first produced its CB750, it wasn't sure the bike would sell, and the first 7,000 CB750 units made in 1969 had engine cases that were cast in sand, because Honda didn't want to go to all the trouble to make the mass production tooling until it new it had a marketplace of sufficient size.


                                Those sandcast CB750s now regularly command high prices and this bike comes from that batch and it has less than 30,000 miles on it. It is also restored to museum quality with many NOS parts. This one fetched $32,450, however there is one rarer version of the CB750: there were four original prototype bikes and one of them sold at auction on eBay for $148,100 in 2014.


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