New Classics 1970 to 2000

These are the “newer” motorcycles in our collection. Some are classic. Some are not. It’s only a question of time where classic ends and new begins. The motorcycles below range in age from 1971 to 1995. All of them we own, or have owned — occasionally trading in or trading up to another machine. Our son also rides, and he too has traded up to bigger bikes. We hope you enjoy the pictures on these pages and the stories they tell.

 

1974 Maico MD 250
Great color! This is the street legal version of the Maico. It has a single cylinder rotary valve engine. The double exhaust pipes only came on the 250.
1974 Norton Commando 850
This was bought in the USA and restored for a friend who lives in Prüm, Germany. It has an air-cooled twin engine with a 4-speed transmission.
1975 Condor A350
This is an ex-Swiss military motorcycle. It is built around a non-desmo OHC Ducati 350 single motor. The 350 is the best known Condor in Europe.
1971 MZ ES 150/1 Trophy
This is the second of the two MZ Trophys we owned. This is a 1971 and is a 150cc. The ES model series was built from 1962 to 1978.
1_suzuki3 1976 Suzuki GT 550
Loving that 2-stroke power. The Suzuki has an air-cooled 543cc inline-3, with 50 hp. Smooth ride.
1975 Suzuki GT 250
We bought this Suzuki first, and while it is a cool 2-stroke, we like having more power. Specs: air-cooled aluminum 247cc parallel twin, with 31 hp.
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1980 Honda CY 50
This is the successor to the Honda DAX. It has an air-cooled single cylinder 50cc motor, which we replaced with a 75cc motor. Great little ride.
1971 Hercules K-105 X
A garage find from a friend of ours. Ziggy restored it to its original look. It’s not a very powerful or special motorcycle, but it was a every kid’s dream in 1970.
1987 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
It is a great-looking touring bike with a V2 4-stroke and 1340cc. We took ours over 7,000 kilometers from Germany to the south of Spain.
2001 Yamaha YZF R6 Champion’s Edition
Our son’s latest ride. It has an in-line four, four-stroke motor with 120 HP, and a 6-speed transmission. Keep the rubber side down!
1997 Ducati 916
We bought this 916 from a woman. She was trading up to a Ducati Panigale! Now that’s a need for speed. The 916 has become a classic and is one of the most beautiful bikes ever produced.
1990 Honda QR 50 + Sidecar
This was Brandon’s first motorcycle. At 3 he could ride it. At 5 we took the side car off. At age 10 he had a Honda 100, and now at 16 he has a Honda 250 — five times the machine he started with.
1991 Hercules K-180 Bundeswehr
We bought this directly from the German Bundeswehr. You don’t see the K-180 versions often. It has the single cylinder 2-stroke Sachs motor.
1995 Ducati 900 SuperSport
This was Lisa’s 1st motorcycle. Pictured here with a full fairing, it was originally a CR version. The Ducati 900 has a V2 four-stroke engine with 80 HP. Awesome Duc sound.
1989 Yamaha FZR 1000
As clean as the day it was new. Beautiful, fast motorcycle with 145 HP and a top speed of nearly 170mph.
1983 Maico 490 Alpha 1
This is a 488cc motocross bike. Ziggy used to race it in the mid eighties in the desert. It is a single-cylinder two-stroke… a beast!
1995 Jawa 350 TS with Sidecar
This is a 350cc touring bike from the Czech Republic. For us, it was a family fun bike, as the kids loved the sidecar. But we sold it.