BMW R1200S

BMW R1200S

When luxury meets sport in a fantastic explosion, you are more than likely to find a BMW in the midst as the dust clears.

Though it was always a strange specimen in the world of sportbikes, it made quite a mark back in 2006. From its polarizing looks to its Telelever suspension to its Boxer engine, it was never made to be your standard racer. With that said, it accomplished quite a bit, though whether or not it was able to overshadow its R1100S predecessor remains the big question. 

A Brief History of the BMW R1200S

The BMW R1200S was released back in 2006 form the BMW Motorrad division. It was the successor of the popular R1100S, which was introduced to the world back in 1999. The 1100S was somewhat of a groundbreaking bike with 98 horsepower and one of the first boxer bikes with six-speed transmission. The idea of the R1200S was to surpass the power of this hybrid touring/sportbike. 

Touring the BMW R1200S (2006-2007)

The BMW R1200S has an interesting ride characteristic with a Boxer twin-engine providing plenty of torque and good hold on the turns. The DOHC 1170cc item revs up really nicely and moves into the next powerband near 6500rpm. 

The bike was made to be 29lbs lighter than the R1100S by using a new trellis-style frame instead of the alloy frame. The instrumentation was updated, though it retained the BMW-system indicator, which was quite unconventional. There were also some optional features that could be added to the bike, including switchable ABS, Ohlins shock absorbers, expandable locking luggage, and a lightweight Akrapovic muffler. 

Beyond the Timeline of the BMW R1200S (2006-2007)

The BMW 1200S was only around for one generation and there were no changes to the bike during the time. However, the bike was quickly superseded by the HP2 Sport, which was a double overhead camshaft bike. It was far lighter and more powerful than the R1200S at the base model, using a DOHC engine with an extremely powerful oilhead design.

The BMW R1200S In the News

Though the BMW 1200S has not been in the news for many years, the BMW R1200GS was just recently in the news as one of BMW’s first driverless motorcycles.

Celebrity Endorsements of the BMW R1200S

Though we have been unable to locate any specific owners of the BMW 1200S, we have been able to locate Jeremy Irons’ good-looking R1200 GS. 

The BMW R1200S In Pop Culture

One of the only pop culture appearances that the bike made was in an episode of The Killing, a crime drama miniseries that went off the air in 2012. 

Best BMW R1200S Groups

Though there aren’t any large groups that we have been able to find that are specific to the R1200S, the BMW Motorcycle Owners Association has quite a large forum filled to the brim with owners and enthusiasts of the R1200S.

The BMW R1200S – The Two-Wheeled Oddball

Though it was a fairly accomplished bike in its day, we don’t think it gave enough to outdo its 1100S predecessor. With that said, it was the perfect all-rounder for those looking for a hybrid bike somewhere between touring and sport.

Ducati 1098S

Ducati 1098S

Since the introduction of the 916, we had been waiting for a motorcycle to come around and make a serious statement.

When Ducati decided to finally introduce the 1098S to the market, we knew that we were in the presence of something truly iconic. From the awe-inspiring blood-red paint job to the sheer performance and speed, this bike became Heaven on Earth for motorcyclists everywhere. 

History of the Ducati 1098S

Ducati made the 1098S alongside the 1098 and the 1098R back in 2007, each of which was eventually succeeded by the 1198, which came about in 2009. The 1098 was made to succeed the 999, though it shared more features and characteristics with the 998. The reason was that many Ducati fans had heavily criticized the look and performance of the 999. This was Ducati’s transition back to their traditional side. 

Innovations in Super Performance – the Ducati 1098S

At the core of the bike lies a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-twin desmodromic powerplant with 1099cc and a six-speed manual transmission. With this one-of-a-kind engine, the bike is able to output 160 horsepower along with 122Nm of torque. 

The Ohlins suspension package gives it a smooth ride, as it is made with TiN-coated, fully-adjustable TTXR mono-shock in the rear and a fully-adjustable, upside-down fork in the front. Some of the other top-notch features of the 1098S include the dual front discs paired with Bembo brakes, Marchesini forged-aluminum wheels, dual headlights, and the Ducati-patented Data Analysis System. 

A Short Timeline of the Ducati 1098S (2007-2008)

The 1098S was made as a sibling to the 1098 model, and although it only lasted one generation, it provided people with the upgraded Ohlins suspension, Marchesini wheels, and the data-logging system, all of which could not be found on the regular model.  It was eventually replaced by the 1198 in 2009. 

The Ducati 1098S in the News

Though there haven’t been many recent 1098S mentions in the news, Yahoo just recently released an article about the Italian tri-color 1098S that was released back in 2008. 

Celebrity Endorsements of the Ducati 1098S

You’ve seen him on Hell’s Kitchen and Master Chef, though what you probably didn’t know about Gordon Ramsay is that he is the proud owner of a Ducati 1098S.

The Ducati 1098S in Pop Culture

Though the “S” model has not been featured in a lot of films or television series, the 1098 model has been in plenty. From CSI: Miami to Hawaii Five-0, it is the quintessential motorcycle for high-speed action.

Best Ducati 1098S Groups

If you’re looking for information or insight on your Ducati 1098S, the best place to look is the Ducati website. Here you can find tons of Ducati owners and enthusiasts to help you ingest all the Ducati information you could ever handle. 

The Ducati 1098S – when the Impossible Becomes Possible

The Ducati 1098S was one of those bikes that made you rethink your entire world. It was one of the best handling motorcycles of its time and may still be to this day.

Harley-Davidson Low Rider

Harley-Davidson Low Rider

One of the most “notably Harley” motorcycles ever produced by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company is the Harley-Davidson Low Rider.

There are few models on the market today that capture as much as half of the essence of the Low Rider.

A Varied History

Motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters are the bread and butter of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s products, with each subsequent model adding to the long-standing legacy of the longest-lasting American motorcycle company.

When it comes to aesthetic and culture, Harley-Davidson has the industry in vice grips. No other brand has the awareness that the Harley brand enjoys. When the average person thinks “motorcycle,” he thinks of low-standing Harleys with the handlebars high in the sky.

That perception is the result of the carefully cultivated culture of the Harley-Davidson Motor company at work, popularized by many of its models, of course, but perhaps none more than the Low Rider.

A Deliberately Casual Design

The phrase “deliberately casual” is oxymoronic, but there’s nothing moronic, oxy- or otherwise, about the Harley-Davidson’s design for the Low Rider. The first models hit the road in 1977 under the name FX Low Rider, based on the design of the FX Super Glide.

As the decades rolled on, engines were revamped, frames were redesigned, and series after series gave way to innovations in research and engineering.

No two Harleys are the same, given the massive array of replaceable parts and customization options Harley-Davidson offers, but every design has a common theme: classic cool cruising.

Timeline of Models and Changes

Between the years 1977 and 2016, about half a dozen different generations of the Harley-Davidson Low Rider were produced.

  • FX Low Rider (1977-1982)

The first Low Rider contained a kickstart-only engine until that line was discontinued in 1979. The option for such a customization was always there moving ahead, but the general model had either an electric start or both an electric start and a kickstart.

  • FXR Low Rider (1983-1992)

In 1983, the chain drive of the Low Rider models were replaced with belt drives in an effort to modernize the designs and improve performance efficient, output, and comfort.

  • FXDL Dyna Low Rider (1993-2009)

The last of the core Low Rider generations was produced for the 2009 model year. These models were built around the newly designed and outfitted Dyna chassis, which had better stability at high speeds and allowed for larger engine displacements.

  • Low Rider (2014-present)

After a few years of relative inactivity in regard to production of the Low Rider line, Harley-Davidson revived the line beginning with a couple of new models in 2014 and a limited edition version in 2016.

News

Harley-Davidson has announced more models are yet to come for future years, including the newly announced 2020 Low Rider.

Popular Media

The Harley-Davidson Low Rider model has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows showcasing “bad boy biker” culture.

Social Groups

Harley-Davidson social groups are some of the easiest finds in the world. This page in particular has over 35,000 followers.

Harley-Davidson Low Rider – the Quintessential Cruiser

The Harley-Davidson Low Rider, with its low-riding seat and high-flying handlebars, is exactly what people think of when they think of Harleys. Until a specific model is mentioned, even auto-enthusiasts will picture the Low Rider and similar models. This just goes to show the success of the line.

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Harley-Davidson Street Bob

Harley-Davidson Street Bob

Harley-Davidson has long been known for its style, shape, and sound. The Harley-Davidson Street Bob adds to all three of these legacies and more, with its cool “denim” finish, its sharp silhouette, and its single-seat smooth riding.

A Recent Addition to the Family

The history of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company dates back to 1903, even before World War I. That’s more than 100 years of experience in motorcycle production, design, and engineering in the American market. It’s no wonder that Harley-Davidson has a cult-like following in the US.

In 1991, Harley-Davidson unveiled the Dyna SuperGlide series. Between then and 2017, countless models, generations, and variations were produced, intended for both domestic and international markets.

Come 2006, the FXDBI Street Bob was introduced to the Dyna line. The Street Bob would come to outlast the Dyna line, which was discontinued in 2017, and be carried over to the newer Softail series.

Remodeled Design

The original Harley-Davidson Street Bob was built out of the Dyna SuperGlide chassis. Engineers and designers made changes, cuts, and additions here and there, producing the Street Bob fifteen years after pruning and preening the Dyna line.

The frame used in the original Street Bob was almost identical to that used in the standard Dyna series; however, the Street Bob was designed for a single rider, never included any kind of second-person seat, and enjoyed a few significant improvements to its performance.

One Model, Two Bodies

Because of the discontinuation of the Dyna SuperGlide series and the Street Bob’s transition into the Softail line, two generations of the Street Bob were created: the original with the Dyna frame and the other with a totally redesigned Softail frame.

  • Harley-Davidson Street Bob (2006-2017)

The original Bob resembled other cruisers in the Dyna SuperGlide line in more than just an aesthetic sense. It used a four-stroke, 45-degree V-Twin, Twin Cam engine with a massive 1,584cc engine.

As of 2018, the Street Bob has been migrated to the Softail series. This new motorcycle sports the new Milwaukee 8 Engine, released in 2017. This engine comes in two displacements, 1,750cc and 1,870cc, making it one of the largest motorcycle engines commercially available in 2019.

The Legacy Continues

Harley-Davidson has announced plans to continue the Street Bob for an unknown number of years. The new 2020 model has entered production and, as of August 2019, is performing well in its target markets, meaning more may be yet to come in future years.

Pop Culture

One of the greatest uses of the Street Bob was in the production of the music video for the Dirty Heads’ “My Sweet Summer” in 2014.

Social Groups

A general rule of thumb is: if it’s in pop culture, it’s easy to find a social group. While that’s accurate most of the time, a better rule of thumb is: if it’s a Harley-Davidson, you can bet big money that you’ll find a social group. HOG – The Harley Owners Group on Facebook, for example, has more than 35,000 followers.

Harley-Davidson Street Bob – the Survivor

Few models have managed to generate such strong popularity and consumer support as to warrant the survival of the model after the line that it’s a part of is discontinued.

The Harley-Davidson Street Bob is one of those few, and checking out the specs, there’s no wonder as to why.

Dodge Tomahawk

Dodge Tomahawk

Although the Dodge Tomahawk looks like some kind of big-wheeled robot from a science-fiction movie or a moto-terminator from the Terminator franchise, it has enough power to leave its moto-terminator competitors with nothing but dust and burnt rubber.

A Conceptual History

The Dodge Tomahawk was what’s known as a concept vehicle, meaning that it was designed as more of an art project or an example of research and development rather than being designed for commercial use. In fact, only nine such vehicles were ever sold to the public and each was priced at just about $550,000.

Because of the hand-crafted nature of these monstrosities, the equally incredulous price of owning one, and the fact that they were absolutely, in no way whatsoever street-legal, production only lasted for one year: 2002.

A Theoretical Design

Much of the Dodge Tomahawk was never fully tested, such as the top speed, although engineers and researchers were able to extrapolate the values of these untested variables.

For example, the theoretical top speed was said to be approximately 420 miles per hour, although the rider might have been lifted off by the sheer force of the wind due to inadequate aerodynamics and streamlining.

Nine of a Kind

As already stated, only nine of these models were ever sold to the public. It would be kind of absurd to say that any more than one generation was ever produced, though you could technically claim that nine generations exist.

The engine used in the production of the Tomahawks was almost entirely the same from model to model, with the only obvious exceptions being the individual specifications and customizations of the buyers.

Inside of the strangely ornate, futuristic frame sits an engine powerful enough to generate lift if given the proper aerodynamics. If style says anything, this motorcycle–which resembles the Dolorean from Back to the Future–was also powerful enough to through time!

In reality, however, it had a liquid-cooled, OHV, four-stroke, V10 engine with 2 valves per cylinder and a displacement of 8,277 cubic centimeters, one of the largest engines ever used in a motorcycle. It also boasted a sweet 500 horsepower for untold power and performance.

Will We Ever See the Tomahawk Again?

Not likely. The only tomahawks in the news today are the tomahawk missiles the US has been stockpiling. It’s a wonder as to why, though, when the Dodge Tomahawk feels like it has just as much power but is so much more amazing.

Surprising Amount of Credits

Since only nine of these muscular monstrosities were ever added to the world of superbikes, motorcycles, and scooters, you wouldn’t expect them to have ever appeared in any films or TV shows; however, one did appear in a 2004 show entitled Extreme Concept Cars.

Social Groups

Like catching up to a Tomahawk traveling at full speed, it’s going to be an impossible task to find a good social media group for fans of the Tomahawk. There is this one, but it doesn’t seem to have been active since 2012.

Dodge Tomahawk – A Magnificent Concept

The idea of the Dodge Tomahawk still pops in and out of the dreams and fantasies of researchers and designers of motor vehicles, but we’re not likely to see such power in a commercially viable frame until at least the end of this century.

Kawasaki Ninja H2R

Kawasaki Ninja H2R

Another in a long line of Ninja products, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R has been the world- record- holder for the fastest production motorcycle since 2015. If you’ve been driving and a whipsy blur screamed past your window, odds are it was an H2R.

A Glorious History

First produced in 2015, this motorcycle instantly secured its position as the fastest production motorcycle in the world, a title that has been claimed for a record that has been broken by the Ninja series a total of five times, more than any other series in history.

Ever since 2015, the H2R has managed to maintain this title without fail. Few motorcycles have even managed to get close to the H2R’s massive speed. The lack of competition even went so far as to enable the H2R to break its own record again in 2015.

Designed to Lead the World

Kawasaki designed the H2R to add to the Ninja-series’s already incredible number of record-breaking titles and models in the line-up, and that’s just what it did. From the moment the H2R hit the market, the market was beginning for more.

What else can you expect when a manufacturer as prominent as Kawasaki creates a model as powerful and as fast as the Ninja H2R out of a series that already has multiple record-breaking names in its line-up?

Five Years – One Generation

Auto-enthusiasts are still waiting for the next generation of H2Rs; however, the market seems generally satisfied with the current state of things.

  • Kawasaki Ninja H2R (2015-present)

Underneath the seat, nestled tightly inside of a high-tensile steel trellis frame with swingarm mounting plate, is a four-stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, supercharged, centrifugal engine with a displacement of 998cc.

The Ninja H2R sports just about a whopping 300 horsepower with a maximum speed of just about 209 miles per hour.

And that’s just for the commercial version. The specifications increase in all categories for track-only models, since they do not suffer the same restrictions in the United States as motorcycles designed to be street legal.

Ninjas Just Keep on Coming

Every year for the past couple of decades now, Kawasaki has announced newer and better Ninjas on the horizon. As recently as 2019, the H2R has been announced for another year of production with even better specs than before.

Famous Films

While Kawasaki Ninjas have been used in dozens and dozens of films and TV shows, the H2R has yet to get its fair share of credits; however, as the standing faster production motorcycle in the world, it only needs to bide its time.

Social Groups

Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, and Honda have a few of the most robust social spheres of influence surrounding their brand. When it comes to the H2R, a simple search or browse through Facebook groups reveals some, such as this one, with thousands of likes and members.

Kawasaki Ninja H2R – The Fastest Production motorcycle

Commercially available speed knows no friend quite like the Ninja H2R, which has managed to secure and defend the title of world’s fastest production motorcycle since first rolling off the assembly lines in 2015. Will next year’s model break the record once again? Only time can tell.

MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K

MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K

When you think, “Superbike,” do you think of the MTT Turbine Superbike YTK? If not, you absolutely should. The Turbine Superbike YTK is more than just a superbike by name; it’s a roaring, racing machine that’s just raring to go.

Named for the End of the World

If “Y2K” doesn’t ring any bells, you might have been born after the year 2000. “Y2K” refers to the theory that machines were all crippled with the Y2K Bug and were going to break in ways ranging from explosions to literally rising up and killing us all Terminator-style.

All of that fear in the face of certain destruction is perfectly captured in the faces of your competitors when you show up to the tracks in an MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K.

Despite only being in production from 2000 to 2005, the Y2K models established an incredible reputation both on and off the tracks, though managers would have to be insane to let them race jet-engine motorcycles without extensive liability insurance.

Designed by Rolls

Part of the reason for the widespread success of the Y2K was the fact that its engine was none other than the Rolls-Royce 250-C18 Turboshaft (a.k.a., Rolls Royce M250) engine used in everything from motorcycles to helicopters.

The version of the M250 used in production of the Y2K had perhaps the most power ever seen in any motorcycle, but it didn’t qualify for any “such and such production motorcycle” awards because it wasn’t a production motorcycle. Each Y2K was hand-crafted, like the classics of old.

Although, Guinness Book of World Records considered it a production motorcycle and handed out two awards: that for most expensive production motorcycle ever and that for most powerful production motorcycle ever.

All It Was Missing Was Wings

Only one generation of the Y2K would ever go into production, if you can even call it a generation. Each motorcycle was hand-crafted to match the custom specifications of its owners who had to get legal permission to avoid the top-speed production cap in the construction of a vehicle as fast as this.

  • MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K (2001-2005)

It was often said that the only thing that the Y2K design was missing was a pair of wings. The jet engine M250 gave this 460-pound (dry) motorcycle an insane 320 horsepower at 52,000 rpm, 425 pounds-per-foot of torque, and a top speed of 250 miles per hour.

More Turbine Superbikes?

You bet! As recently as 2019, MTT’s website claimed that they were beginning production of the Race Ready 420RR, another turbine superbike, this time with 420 horsepower and a top speed of “faster than you will ever dare to go,” which likely means it hasn’t been tested yet. 

Film and TV

The Y2K didn’t get around much in the film world, although it does have a couple credits. It’s most notable claim to fame is its appearance in Jay Leno’s Garage, which ran between 2006 and 2019.

Social Groups

Any superbike, motorcycle, or scooter (if you can imagine that) with a jet engine is destined to have a social following. Check out this Facebook page, which has over 2,400 likes.

MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K – an Exercise in Speed

If you’re ever lucky enough to ride a Y2K, just make sure that you have life insurance. Only professional racers and testers have what it takes to survive the ride on one of these monsters. But even if you’re just watching, the speed inside these machines is a sight to behold!

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

The follower to the legendary ZX-14 Ninja in the Ninja series, the ZX-14R is anything but a runner-up. Although the ZX-14R never broke the record for fastest production motorcycle, it added to the performance power of a series that broke the record five times.

Fastest Family in Motorcycle History

What sets the Ninja series apart from all of the other motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters on the market? The Ninja series, with various models, has broken the record for the fastest production motorcycle not three, not four, but five times.

When a company has as many record-breakers under its belt as Kawasaki, feats like this tend to migrate from the realm of the fantastical to the realm of what is ordinarily expected. After breaking the record with the ZX-14, Kawasaki hoped that the ZX-14R could live up to they hype.

Unfortunately, while the ZX-14R was and still is to this day a magnificent beast of a machine, it never broke away from big brother ZX-14’s shadow.

Power, Agility, and Most of All: Speed

Despite never breaking the maximum speed necessary to dethrone the BMW S1000RR (2009-2012) or the Ducati Panigale R (2013-2014), the ZX-14R’s technological specifications set the series up to retake that record for the fourth time in 2015 and to break their own record later that same year.

In construction of the 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R, Kawasaki’s engineers used the same general engine at use in the ZX-14, but with a few tweaks and adjustments to provide increased horsepower, better torque at higher revs, and better control.

Too Many To Count

The Kawasaki Ninja series has gone through so many changes and updates that it’s impossible to even count, though the number of year-to-year modifications is likely more than seventy. So, let’s just focus on the old and the new.

  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R (2012-present)

The original ZX-14R was styled to compete with the ZX-14 in order to continue the world-record-breaking legacy established years earlier; however, despite the fact that the ZX-14R matched the 186.6 miles per hour top speed, it would never break it.

The 2019 edition ZX-14R comes with even more of the good and less of the bad, sporting a 1,441cc inline 4-cylinder engine with multiple power settings to enable the bike to rip down the tarmac or to cruise casually to and from work in style.

Announcements

With the announcement of the 2019 edition of the ZX-14R, the news keeps coming in. Because of widespread success in the Ninja line, particularly with the ZX-14R, it doesn’t look like Kawasaki is going to pull it from production anytime soon.

Popular Media

The Kawasaki ZX-14R has been used on a wide array of TV and film sets, earning for itself credits in at least two big-name productions such as Eastbound and Down and Fifth Gear (season 10).

Social Groups

Social groups might be hard to find for other models, but definitely not for big-bore racing monsters like the ZX-14R. The page entitled Kawasaki ZX-14 has more than 10,000 likes on Facebook.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R – The Best of Both Worlds

Today, the ZX-14R isn’t just about screaming down the highway so fast that the world around you becomes a big blur of open roads and freedom. It’s also about casual cruising, thanks to the dual-mode potential. But let’s be honest with ourselves: given the choice, we’d all choose the former.

BMW R-90S

BMW R-90S

This big metal hunk was a beast of a machine capable of cruising for miles on the open road. That was its claim to fame and that’s what brought this classic here to stay.

A Long and Glorious Line

BMW’s R-series line is one of the longest-running motorcycle lines in history and the BMW R-90S gets to claim membership in that group. Almost equally as far from the first in the line as it is from the last in the line, the R-90S nonetheless has come to be known as an influential part of the family.

First designed in 1973, production of this motorcycle only lasted until 1976, at which point it was taken off the assembly line to be replaced by newer models.

Design

The 1973 models are quite similar to the 1976 models and each year in between. Only minor edits and alterations were made from year to year, in keeping with traditional BMW Motorrad style. While the specifics of the design may have varied, the general engine design stayed the same.

The original model had a four-stroke, two-cylinder, horizontally-opposed Boxer engine with an air-cooled coolant system. The displacement was set at just about 898cc and the OHV improvements compared to earlier years made this bike a real powerhouse of performance.

Timeline of Versions with Changes

Though there was only one generation of the R-90S, a few minor alterations were made from year to year.

  • BMW R-90S (1973-1974)

The first BMW R-90Ss to role off the line exhibited 67 horsepower at 7,000 rpm, a 9.5:1 compression ratio, and a max speed of just about 120 miles per hour. These superbikes had much more power under their belts than many of the previous R-series flat-twins.

  • BMW R-90S (1975)

One of the few alterations made to the R-90S model was an improvement to the crankshaft. Engineers reinforced the crankshaft and redesigned the bearings in order to prevent bending and breaking under increased weight.

  • BMW R-90S (1976)

The edits made to the R-90S model in 1976 were the first sign of the end of the end. Engineers used the R-90S models as somewhat of a testing grounds for new and improved engine casings that were planned to be used on the R-100, soon to come out of production and hit the showroom floor.

The R-90S in the News

As recently as August 12, 2019, collectors were marveling over a restored R-90S that was being offered for almost $19,000. As of August 14th, the motorcycle hasn’t been sold; however, given the precedent set by other models, there seems to be no price to high for a determined collector.

Famous Media

Unfortunately, while the other members of the R-series line have been featured in countless films and TV shows, the R-90S has not a single credit to its name. Whether this is because of the relatively short period of time it occupied production lines or something else, who’s to say?

Social Groups

One of the most popular social media groups for discussions between fans of the R-90S is Facebook’s BMW R90S Owners group. As of August 14, 2019, this group has more than 1,000 members.

The R-90S – A Forgotten Classic

While collectors and auto-aficionados still hold the R-90S near and dear to their hearts, more casual motorcycle enthusiasts seem to have forgotten about the R-90S. Fortunately, however, models of this fantastic superbike still live to tell their story.

Yamaha SRX 600

Yamaha SRX 600

The Yamaha Motor Company has been dominating the motor vehicle industry since its inception in 1955 and the SRX 600 (occasionally referred to SRX-6 for short) not only drives that point home but takes it around the block at max speed and zooms off down the street with it.

Adding the Incredible Yamaha Legacy

Yamaha Motor Company was founded in 1955 and almost instantly became a wildly successful manufacturing and design company. Yamaha would produce motorcycles and other motor vehicles for decades before beginning production of what would become one of their most iconic motorcycles: The SRX 600.

The SRX 600 was conceptualized as an attempt to ride the coattails of the previous SRX 500 design; and, in 1985, Yamaha managed to blow expectations clear out of the water by placing a high-powered, bulky engine inside of a lightweight, agile frame.

Big Engine, Little Frame

The frame and engine used for the construction of the SRX 600 weighed a combined total of about 387 pounds wet. The engine that went into the original model shot that weight up from what otherwise could have been much lighter, though much less powerful without such a heavy-duty engine.

With a total horsepower of 41 at 6,500 rpm coming out of a 595cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine, this superbike was capable of handling top speeds of about 106 miles per hour.

Two Generations of Greatness

Two generations of the SRX 600 went into production, each of course receiving minor year-by-year adjustments to account for oversights in design or shifts in market demand.

  • Yamaha SRX 600 (1985-1990)

Most of these models were designed for sale and distribution in Japan only, although a few were made available for American buyers in 1986. With a 600cc engine, 42 horsepower, and a top speed of just over 100 miles per hour, this was relatively slow for a superbike but fast for a casual motorcycle.

  • Yamaha SRX 600 (1991-1997)

In 1991, the SRX had its frame modified to give it a more powerful silhouette and a sleeker design that was not only more aerodynamic but also more comfortable at higher speeds and on longer rides.

Beginning in 1991, the SRX was modified to allow improved speed, increased engine displacement up to 608cc, and increased horsepower up to 45 at 6,500 rpm.

The SRX 600 in the News

As of August 17, 2018, the SRX 600 was back in the news when one of the more famous models came out of its collection and set its wheels back to the asphalt. Oh, did we mention that this bike’s original owner was none other than King Henry Roberts?

Pop Culture Fame (or Lack Thereof)

These motorcycles were almost completely ignored in the United States because of their lack of any kind of electrical ignition, strange 600cc displacements, single-cylinder design, and of course that classic 1980’s disdain for the model’s fashion sense.

Social Groups

Social groups are much more common for this style of Yamaha motorcycle overseas, particularly in eastern Asia, making them hard to find in America. Here is a Facebook group with more than 2,000 members.

The SRX 600 – A Rejected Classic

Although the SRX 600 exceeded expectations from Hong Kong to Tokyo, it was almost seen as a total failure of design by Americans in the 1980s. Fortunately, thanks to a better understanding and affinity for this style of motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters, the SRX 600 has retaken its rightful place as a respected and renowned classic.