Memorable Motorcycles



1950 Vincent Comet
Memorable Motorcycle: Vincent Comet 1950

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.


Memorable Motorcycle: 1980 Maico 440 Enduro
Memorable Motorcycle: 1980 Maico 440 Enduro

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Our man Melling revisits one of the most dominant bikes in British enduro racing, Geraint Jones’ 1980 Maico 440.


Memorable MC: Hans Van Bregt Minarelli 50
Memorable MC: Hans Van Bregt Minarelli 50

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.


Memorable Motorcycle: Velocette LE
Memorable Motorcycle: Velocette LE

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.


Memorable Motorcycle: 1957 Moto Guzzi V8
Memorable Motorcycle: 1957 Moto Guzzi V8

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.


Memorable Motorcycle: Ducati 900SS
Memorable Motorcycle: Ducati 900SS

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.


Memorable Motorcycle: Honda NC750X DCT
Memorable Motorcycle: Honda NC750X DCT

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?


Memorable Motorcycle: Yamaha AS1C 125
Memorable Motorcycle: Yamaha AS1C 125

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


Memorable Motorcycle: Velocette KSS
Memorable Motorcycle: Velocette KSS

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.


Memorable Motorcycle: Yamaha TZ750A
Memorable Motorcycle: Yamaha TZ750A

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.


Memorable Motorcycle: XT660Z Tenere
Memorable Motorcycle: XT660Z Tenere

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.


Memorable Motorcycle: Triumph TR6
Memorable Motorcycle: Triumph TR6

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?”


Memorable Motorcycle: MV Agusta F4 750
Memorable Motorcycle: MV Agusta F4 750

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.


Memorable Motorcycle: Honda CT90
Memorable Motorcycle: Honda CT90

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.


Memorable Motorcycle: Suzuki SV1000
Memorable Motorcycle: Suzuki SV1000

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.