1957 Rikuo RT2

In spite of being made outside America, this week’s featured motorcycle resides in the area of the National Motorcycle Museum reserved for Harley-Davidsons. There’s no doubt that each year hundreds of visitors walk by it and miss entirely that it’s not a true Harley, or do a double take when they see a few styling details that don’t exactly Read more

1958 Ariel Square Four Mk II

British designer Edward Turner is most remembered for his engineering and design work on Triumph twins, but he also conceived and designed the very refined Ariel Square Four in 1928. There had been in-line fours for decades, singles and V-twins, but Turner felt this square layout was an efficient, nicely sized “package” to power a heavyweight Read more

1964 Bridgestone Super 7

Compared to contemporary motorcycle designs worldwide, Bridgestones were among the most advanced. While the typical and most common two-stroke engine is a piston port induction design, Bridgestone along with Kawasaki, experimented with a “rotary valve" induction that better controlled intake and exhaust. Bridgestones also incorporated primary Read more

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