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Excellence & Elegance: Harley-Davidson’s CVO Line

Harley-Davidson debuted four top-tier 2024 CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) motorcycles this week, and as expected, they are drop-dead gorgeous and packed with the latest in cutting edge tech. The Motor Company unwrapped their 2024 Street Glide and Road Glide CVO models, both running on the Milwaukee-Eight 117 mill and containing an all-new “infotainment” system among other enhancements. With the CVO line celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, H-D unveiled a new pair of CVOs, a Road Glide ST high performance bagger sporting a hopped-up Milwaukee-Eight 121 HO engine, inspired by their success in the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers series of recent years, and a surprising and striking CVO Pan America adventure bike.

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MZ’s Moto Memories: 1970 Dunstall Norton Commando 750

We finally got around to getting out to the garage to see the bikes. And there, leaning up against the wall in an old rickety garage with no doors on it, was a 1970 Dunstall Norton Commando 750, and behind it, also leaning against the wall, was a ‘78 Ducati Darmah. I asked him what he wanted for them and he hit me at $1000 for the Norton and $2000 for Ducati.

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Chasing George Wyman, Part 2

On the morning of May 26th, I arrived at San Francisco Airport after an uneventful flight from Chicago. From there, I took the Bay Area Rapid Transit up through the city and across the bay to El Cerrito where my Janus Moto Halcyon 250 was waiting for me. The train trip was quick and easy. I disembarked from the train and walked about 15 minutes to where we had shipped Halcyon #68. We had shipped the bike to our friend Benji’s moped parts company, Treats, also known as the Independent Republic of Treatland. Benji was on hand to let me into the warehouse and access the bike which was uncrated, ready, and in perfect condition.

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MZ’s Moto Memories: 1967 Honda CB160

Back when I was about 14 years old, I traded my 1972 Jawa 90 back to Don Heida at Heidacycle in Fenton, Missouri, for a black 1967 Honda CB 160, even up. I liked it because it had a bigger engine than my Jawa, as well as an electric start. Part of the deal was that Don had to install a brand new set of “Scrambler XO” high straight side pipes with a pair of “Snuff or Nots” in the end of each pipe, and deliver the bike to my house in Kirkwood, Missouri.

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A Brief History of the Bobber

Over motorcycling’s lifespan, there have developed a plethora of customizing genres. From the café racer to the chopper, from brat to rat, the goal of the custom is to recreate a stock motorcycle into a true one-off machine birthed in the imagination of the builder and rider. Motorcycle brands even try to duplicate the styles with what are called “factory customs”, which employ styling cues from various customizing genres. Of all the many and varied styles of customized motorcycles, none is as old and enduring as the Bobber.

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Kawasaki Celebrates 40 Years of the Ninja

In the 40 years since its inception, the Ninja® moniker has become one of the most recognizable motorcycle names in the industry. Since first arriving on the scene in 1984, and officially rebranding the famous GPz900R, the Kawasaki Ninja brand of motorcycles continue to illustrate the pursuit of high performance in every displacement class. To celebrate this historic run in the powersports industry, Kawasaki has announced and debuted their 2024 Ninja 40th Anniversary Edition motorcycles.

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MZ’s Moto Memories: 1972 Kawasaki 750 H2

Bobby had some of his own motorcycles. One of them was a fantastic 1972 Kawasaki H2 750 triple. It was an early H2 with matching frame and engine numbers (I always heard the first four months of production were the fastest H2s and his was one of them). He painted it dark green with Kawasaki lime green stripes. And although it was pretty much all stock otherwise, it did have some black painted expansion chambers on it and high-compression pistons. I was in love with that bike.

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