Friday, July 3, 2015
Classic Vincent motorcycles like the Rapide and Shadow often get high praise, but our man Melling makes his case for the Comet being the best of the bunch in this installment of Memorable Motorcycles.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Our man Melling revisits one of the most dominant bikes in British enduro racing, Geraint Jones’ 1980 Maico 440.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Our man Melling stands up to the challenge issued by Hans Van Bregt, to sample a finely-tuned, expertly crafted Minarelli 50.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Designed with the best intentions, the Velocette LE is an example of how seemingly sensible market analysis can result a motorcycle that completely misses the mark.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Our man Melling tosses a leg over a priceless vintage GP racebike, as the Moto Guzzi V8 gets wheeled out of the museum for a couple laps around the track.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Our man Melling critiques Ducati’s D900SS, a classic sportbike which languished on the sales floors until Mike Hailwood stepped out of retirement for TT glory.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Our man Melling gets his mitts on a bike American riders can’t access yet, Honda’s NC750X. But can Frank’s romantic temperament toward riding jive with the Honda’s imminently practical nature?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Melling looks at one of the flagship models of Yamaha’s game-changing AS line from the late 1960s, the AS1C 125
Monday, July 21, 2014
Melling looks at a technological marvel of its time, the Velocette KSS – a machine that requires skill and finesse to merely start and a sizable bank account to own.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Our man Melling delves back into Daytona lore to feature one of the most memorable bikes in racing history – Gene Romero’s Daytona-winning Yamaha TZ750A.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Our man Melling reviews a popular bike that Adventure-Touring crazed Americans can’t ride, and have likely never heard of, Yamaha’s prolific XT660Z Tenere.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Our man Melling sorts through the cornucopia of two-wheeled delights he’s experienced and figures the Triumph TR6 as one undisputable answer to the question “what bike would you spend your own money on?”
Monday, September 30, 2013
This month’s Memorable Motorcycle celebrates the MV Agusta F4 750, an alluring racebike and brain-child of MV’s on again-off again owner – Claudio Castiglioni.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Our man Melling looks at the development of Honda’s CT90, a leap forward in the world of all-purpose utilitarian vehicles and a very memorable motorcycle.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Suzuki SV1000 seems an experiment gone awry, so sayeth MotoUSA’s expert on motorcycling oddities, who digs in to see what makes this bike so confounding.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Our memorable motorcycle correspondent heralds the 124cc five-cylinder Honda RC148 – remembered fondly by three-time world champion Luigi Taveri, and less fondly by others…
Monday, February 11, 2013
As the 2013 World Superbike season opener approaches, we take a look back at the historic 2012 season, highlighting some of the most unforgettable moments.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Melling braves the cold, misty climate of Anglesey in November to have a run with the breathtaking Davies Honda 4, built by John Davies and his nephew Colin.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The BSA M20 Despatch proved instrumental to the British war effort during World War II, making it a memorable motorcycle indeed.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Our intrepid contributer from across the pond, Mr. Frank Melling, takes the Suzuki DR350 for a spin and finds a bike that is solid, reliable and fun for motorcyclists of all skill levels.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Our vintage expert gets to sample the latest in cutting edge Grand Prix technology, taking a spin on a Honda RS125R kitted out for rising British racing star Joe Francis.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Our classic bike expert passes on his sage counsel to aspiring vintage bike owners on a good beginner mount – the Honda CB750 F1.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Aprilia SRV 850 is a luxury scooter with power and design elements that will turn any head. But our man Melling ponders whether the $12,000 is worth the expense?
Monday, April 16, 2012
For this edition of Memorable Motorcycles, our man Melling presents the 450 Ducati Scrambler – which featured a beautiful Italian Single, and its fair share of quirks…
Friday, February 24, 2012
In the newest release of Memorable Motorcycles our vintage expert resurrects the DN-01 cruiser, which was originally introduced by Honda at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show but has since been discontinued.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Our vintage motorcycle expert takes a look back at the BSA C11G, memorable in its ineffectiveness, and as a historic thumbprint of post-war Britain.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
This month our vintage motorcycle expert revisits Yamaha’s OW01, a production sport bike that managed 16 World Superbike wins with minimal help from race mechanics.
Monday, September 12, 2011
This month our man Melling gets aboard his most coveted road test to date, piloting the bike of his youthful dreams – the 1957 Gilera Four.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The likes of Rollie Free and Hunter S. Thompson ingrained Vincent motorcycles into the cultural psyche. This month our vintage motorcycle expert does his part, taking a closer look at the Vincent Black Knight.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The iconic Thunderbird wasn’t the only 650 Twin rumbling out of Britain in the ‘50s and ‘60s. This month our vintage motorcycle expert examines the BSA A10 Golden Flash.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
In this Memorable Motorcycle our correspondent shines a spotlight on MV Agusta’s 750S – its shortcomings and unmistakable historic appeal.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
This month’s Memorable Motorcycle harkens back to the post-war era, when GIs returned home and forked over mustering pay for sleek rides like the Triumph Thunderbird.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The Bultaco 400 Pursang will always be an unsung hero for the manufacturer because despite its potential, ill-timing of its development and internal politics doomed it from the start.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Our Memorable Motorcycle correspondent takes a closer look at the Honda CR110, which was Mr. Honda’s answer to the FIM 50cc class.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
This month our vintage expert unveils the MV Agusta Brutale as seen through his eyes – a complete styling mess with poor performance to boot.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This month our British correspondent takes a look at the Work Racing Motorcycle’s Norton 30M Manx, which features the first engine produced digitally.
Monday, August 23, 2010
For this month’s Memorable Motorcycle our vintage editor takes a look back at a racing legend and personal hero, riding the Mike Hailwood Replica Ducati.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
From dirt racer to road warrior, this month we take a look at the BSA Victor Special, which was originally a motocross machine until its road conversion in 1967.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
This month our Memorable Motorcycles man looks back at Honda’s monstrous Flat Six-powered cruiser flop, the short-lived Honda Rune.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
This month our vintage editor looks back at an English original that redefined the motorcycle landscape – the Triumph Speedtwin.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
This month our vintage motorcycle correspondent takes a closer look at the Yamaha SRX – calling it the best British bike the Japanese have ever made.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This month our memorable motorcycles expert looks back at the early ‘70s radical suspension concept – the Yamaha factory monoshock.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This month our vintage motorcycle expert looks back to the golden era of the British motorcycle industry and the Triumph TR5, an off-road sports bike.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
This month’s memorable motorcycle heralds from the not-to-distant past – Massimo Tamburini’s immaculate sportbike, the MV Agusta F4.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Our British correspondent found a memorable motorcycle he deems perfect for the American rider, the Honda CB1300A. Too bad it’s not available in the States!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Our Memorable Motorcycles correspondent takes us back to the golden era of racing on closed public roads, this year’s Belgian TT in Gedinne.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Our vintage motorcycle correspondent looks back at a unique offering from his native British motorcycle industry, the Ariel Square 4G.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Motorcycle USA’s favorite Brit recalls, with harsh clarity, the BSA B.40 350, a British motorbike surely fitting the definition of a memorable motorcycles.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Honda XL 125 is a fine little motorcycle, very fit for the term ‘memorable’, so what does the Mujahideen and the CIA have to do with things? Find out in this month’s memorable motorcycle.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Our vintage motorcycle correspondent dusts off an early ‘80s dirt bike review of the Kawasaki KDX 175, remembering the 2-stroke gem and the suspension snafu that spoiled the rest of that year’s class of Kawis.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Motorcycle USA’s vintage motorcycle correspondent delivers a primer on the antique two-wheeled travel opportunities in Great Britain. Check out Melling’s Classic Biking Britain.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This month Frank brings us a RC181 replica race bike, but this is no ordinary replica; this one might even surprise those who saw the original.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Bridgestone is world-renowned for its tires but the Japanese firm also produced motorcycles – the topic of this month’s memorable motorcycle.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Frank looks back to the 70’s to check out a 1973 CCM Trail Bike in this month’s Memorable Motorcycles.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The Hercules W2000 was the first ever production rotary engined motorcycle and for that reason deserves a place in history. Frank Melling brings us the history of this some times forgotten wonder.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Though he’s our resident classic motorcycle expert, the Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom so impressed our Memorable Motorcycle man that he had to write an article about it.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Our vintage motorcycle correspondent, Frank Melling, looks back at one particularly memorable ride – the Honda CB400F1.
Friday, October 3, 2008
This month’s Memorable Motorcycle is the 1957 Francis Barnett Cruiser, a lightweight, utilitarian bike that couldn’t quite compete with other 250s of its generation, like the Triumph Cub or the Ducati Silverstone.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Our Memorable Motorcycles man goes back 30 years to one of his most memorable test rides ever – the Husqvarna Army Automatic.
Friday, July 18, 2008
This month our Memorable Motorcycles correspondent, Frank Melling, teaches us young whippersnappers about the true cutting edge automatic motorcycle – the Husqvarna 390 Automatic.
Friday, June 20, 2008
This month our man Melling describes the thrill of racing the famed 37 3/4-mile Isle of Man TT course aboard the Ducati Sport Classic.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Our Memorable Motorcycles correspondent takes a ride on a Triumph oddity, one of four special build production Bonneville racers.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Our man Melling gets his machismo rolling at full boil when he participates in the classic racing experience that is La Beneza.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Our memorable motorcycles correspondent looks back to a short-lived wonder from Honda, the 1972 350cc Four.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Our favorite Brit explains how Memorable Motorcycles came to be and answers readers’ FAQ.
Friday, January 11, 2008
This month our Memorable Motorycles correspondent takes a look back at an Italian classic, the Ducati Silverstone Super.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Melling takes a frank look back at one of the Japanese literbikes which ushered in the Superbike era – the Suzuki GS1000.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Our man Melling proves that a motorcycle doesn’t have to be old to be memorable when he taps the Ducati Hypermotard as this month’s MMC selection.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
A small investment in Melling’s past pays big dividends in the present as our Memorable Motorcycle man secures his dream bike, a modern take on a classic British Grand Prix racer.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Frank dusts off an oldie but goodie with this month’s Memorable Motorcycle, his original report on the BMW beast which won the 1981 Paris-Dakar race.
Friday, July 27, 2007
American riders were treated to one of the greatest motorcycles ever produced when the four-cylinder Kawasaki Z1 hit showrooms in the early 70s.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Our Memorable Motorcycle for April looks to the not too distant past and the circumstances that prevented the Cagiva Raptor 1000 from enjoying the success of Galluzi’s other creation, the Monster.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Before trials riding reached the pinnacle of popularity it currently enjoys, Honda came out with its progenitor to modern trials bikes, the Honda TL125.
Friday, February 9, 2007
Our classic bike expert takes a look at a vintage MX bike that demonstrated both great promise and imminent failure.
Thursday, January 4, 2007
The legendary CB92 played a crucial role in Honda’s transformation into a major player in the motorcycle industry.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Our Memorable Motorcycle correspondent, Frank Melling, delivers one of his best ever with his write up on this Bavarian beauty – the BMW R90S.
Thursday, October 5, 2006
Frank takes a spin on one of the last machines ever produced by the Norton firm, the 1979 Norton Commando Interstate.
Friday, September 15, 2006
You’re a sporting rider and want the latest and greatest sportbike. If it’s 1928, you’ll want to ride the Rudge Four.
Thursday, August 3, 2006
Our Memorable Motorcycles correspondent, Frank Melling, tries his hand at classic racing behind the controls of the Baker Honda K4.
Thursday, July 6, 2006
The X-6 Hustler changed the way the world looked at Suzuki’s products, becoming the bargain sportbike to beat in the mid-’60s.
Thursday, June 1, 2006
For this month’s edition of Memorable Motorcycles, Frank takes a stroll through George Barber’s amazing motorcycle museum in Birmingham Alabama.
Thursday, April 6, 2006
Back in the early ’50s Norton’s attempt to improve their failing Grand Prix racer resulted in the 1953 Norton Kneeler.
Friday, March 10, 2006
This month Frank takes a closer look at the BSA Bantam Sports, a bike that was behind the times before it was even manufactured.
Tuesday, January 3, 2006
In 1965, BSA set out to build the best motocross bike the world had ever seen.
Tuesday, January 3, 2006
Our Memorable Motorcycles’ standby Frank Melling, kicks off the new year with a look back at a bike which stirs up memories of his former racing glory – the Suzuki TS250.
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
In the early sixties the Triumph Speedtwin emerged as the bike of choice for the gentleman motorcyclist.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Before the exotic RC45 and RC30 came the last of Honda’s inline-Four homologation special Superbikes, the CB1100R.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Frank Melling focuses his attention this month on the Cyclemaster, a little machine that brought about big change to cultural life of Britain.
Friday, August 12, 2005
Very rarely, there appears a bike which engenders affection – a motorcycle which is the true embodiment of the mechanical horse. The Suzuki PE 250B was one of these special machines.
Wednesday, July 6, 2005
It’s not just the mediocre performance, or appalling reliability, which takes the Ural to the very top of the worst motorcycle ever chart. Rather, it is the militant lack of care with which the bikes are built.
Wednesday, June 1, 2005
By current standards, the Suzuki T500 does not look like an engineering masterpiece – but nearly 40 years of hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Wednesday, May 4, 2005
In our May issue of Memorable Motorcycles, we’ll take a look at the little Yamaha FS1, also known as, the Fizzy.
Friday, April 1, 2005
It is difficult today to imagine just how big a company BSA was at its peak. At one time, in the mid-1960s, the BSA group was the tenth-largest company in Britain.
Tuesday, March 1, 2005
It is often the case that the best example of a bike is found at the very end of the model’s life. This is certainly true of the 450 Desmo Ducati.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Everything about the Greeves Sportsman is crude and amateurish. Despite that is has been severely beaten with the ugly stick you still can’t look away and that’s why its here.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
The time is 1948 and Europe is coming out of its nine years’ of a nightmare of crushing depression. Things are beginning to stagger back to normality and, in the bike racing world, this means racing: enter the 7R.
Monday, December 6, 2004
Technically advanced, beautifully finished and with dynamic, original styling the 345cc disc-valved twin was state of the art when launched in 1966.
Tuesday, November 2, 2004
After sixty years of being a world leading innovator and manufacturer Velocette was beginning to look like a living industrial museum with designs and production techniques dating back to the 1930s.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
The Triumph Adventurer is one of the great, “If only…” stories of the British motorcycling industry.
Monday, September 13, 2004
The story of the 1974 360 “Mikkola” Husqvarna is a fascinating one. At that point in time, motocross was big business – especially in the open class.
Frank Melling looks back at vintage motorcycles that, good or bad, make for a memorable motorcycle.