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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ September 13, 2021 – Barrett-Jackson and A+E Networks today announced the upcoming broadcast schedule for live coverage of Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural Houston Auction from NRG Center in Houston, Texas, September 16-18. As the exclusive broadcast partner for Barrett-Jackson, A+E Networks will air nearly 20 hours of Barrett-Jackson Live coverage across FYI and The HISTORY Channel from the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions’ first event in the Lone Star State in its 50-year history.

Live broadcast coverage of the Inaugural Houston Auction begins Thursday, September 16, on FYI from 1-6 p.m. Central Daylight Time. The second day of coverage gets underway Friday on FYI from 12-7 p.m. CDT and Saturday’s peak action will begin on FYI at 12 p.m. CDT before moving over to The HISTORY Channel from 2-7 p.m. CDT. Automotive enthusiasts in Canada may also catch all the auction excitement on Discovery Velocity Canada during the same broadcast windows.

“We’re thrilled to be heading to Texas for the first time and, through our incredible partnership with FYI and The HISTORY Channel, bring all of this excitement into homes of enthusiasts throughout the entire country,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Live television coverage has been a hallmark of Barrett-Jackson’s since 1997, and we look forward to continuing that tradition as we close out what has been an incredibly successful and record-breaking 50th year of Barrett-Jackson auctions.

Returning to Barrett-Jackson Live television coverage for her debut appearance on A+E Networks will be fan-favorite and automotive enthusiast April Rose. Rose will be joined by YouTuber, “car addict” and returning Barrett-Jackson on-air personality Tyler Hoover as well as on-air talent and Head of Enthusiast Brands for A+E Networks Christian Murphy. Viewers will also be greeted by longtime Barrett-Jackson commentators Mike Joy, Rick DeBruhl and Steve Magnante, highlighting all the event’s excitement live from the auction block.

Collector car enthusiasts taking in all the excitement via the live broadcast may also be a part of this historical event in Houston by registering to bid online, via phone or by proxy. Those interested in becoming an absentee bidder may do so by visiting

To purchase tickets to the event, click here, and for hotel accommodations click here. Join Barrett-Jackson’s online conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube #BarrettJackson.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: A+E Networks to Broadcast Nearly 20 Hours of Live Television Coverage from Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural Houston Auction
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Published Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2021 22:10:23 +0000

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2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP




2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.
2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. (Honda/)


The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is Honda’s single-minded pursuit of production-class racing gloryThe engine uses the same bore and stroke (81.0 x 48.5mm) as the RC213V MotoGP racebike, emphasizing the depth of HRC’s involvementDripping with ‘Blade nostalgia, the striking paint scheme was designed by Hiroaki Tsukui who was also responsible for the original 1992 design.


The US-spec model’s output is limited to 186 hp at the crank. Who wants to spend top dollar and not get all the goods?Uncompromising seating positionWhere’s a rider supposed to put the key fob when wearing one-piece leathers?


The pinnacle of Honda’s CB lineage, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is an HRC-developed, uncompromising race replica with significantly more performance than the CBR1000RR that American Honda continues to sell. For a production Honda motorcycle, it’s as rarefied as they come. The only problem? In the US, output is limited to 186 hp at the crank, and less when measured at the rear wheel.

The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP’s anniversary livery is about as good as it gets.
The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP’s anniversary livery is about as good as it gets. (Honda/)


The 1992 Honda CBR900RR is easily one of the most significant motorcycles of its day. As CW’s first prescient analysis said back in 1991: “It is a motorcycle that promises to change forever the way big-bore sportbikes are conceived and built.”

Its first comparison test—against the Yamaha FZR1000 and Suzuki GSX-R1100—confirmed the veracity of that statement. On the CW scales, the CBR weighed 76 pounds less than the FZR and 94 pounds less than the GSX-R. That first ‘Blade was the shot heard round the world, transforming the economy of two-wheeled performance in much the same way the Honda Interceptor and the original Suzuki GSX-R750 did the decade before.

Thirty years later, it’s difficult to conceive of a motorcycle so technically beyond the competition that it inspires such a sea change. Still, the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is a credit to Tadao Baba’s legacy.

At $28,900, the Triple R is as expensive as the European competition with performance to match. From the highest-spec electronic suspension to integrated aero and a screaming inline-four powerplant, the CBR is Honda’s purest performance weapon. Undoubtedly, the latest CBR was built to win. While the World SBK crown has thus far evaded capture, Honda won the 2022 and 2023 Suzuka 8 Hours.

The fly in the ointment, however, is that the US-spec Triple R comes stateside with output limited to 186 hp. In a highly competitive field, coming to the fray with one hand tied behind its back is very unfortunate.

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While American Honda still sells the base-model CBR1000RR, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is recognized as its top-tier, track-focused offering. This is one of those bikes that makes the most sense when being pushed around a racetrack.
While American Honda still sells the base-model CBR1000RR, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is recognized as its top-tier, track-focused offering. This is one of those bikes that makes the most sense when being pushed around a racetrack. (Honda/)

Updates for 2023

The Fireblade SP is unchanged for 2023. For 2022, however, the engine was tweaked with revised intake ports, narrower than before to increase the air velocity into the combustion chambers and bump up torque, along with an increased compression ratio of 13.4:1, up from 13.2:1. A new airbox, modified to improve flow, feeds revised intake funnels, with the center pair shorter by 15mm, and all four getting new, slash-cut shapes.

On the other side of the engine, the exhaust was modified with a new center section and redesigned catalytic converter, both intended to improve gas flow. Elsewhere, the throttle was modified to make it easier on the wrist, no doubt further emphasizing the impression of improved response. More notably, the rear sprocket gained three teeth, rising to 43 in total, reducing the final drive gearing for better acceleration. That sprocket change, and the longer chain that comes with it,

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Title: 2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP
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Published Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2023 20:46:06 +0000

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Klassischer Charme: The new BMW R nineT 100 Years



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BMW R nineT 100 Years edition
The iconic BMW boxer engine has been around a little longer than some folks realize: a hundred years, to be exact. It powered the very first BMW motorcycle, which broke cover in 1923.

That was the shaft-driven R 32, designed by Max Friz. It featured the familiar opposed cylinder engine layout, although the internals bear little resemblance to the modern-day powerplant.

BMW R nineT and R 18 100 Years edition

A 100th anniversary always calls for a celebration, so BMW Motorrad has created a pair of ‘100 Years’ special editions for its Heritage range: the R nineT Roadster and the R 18 Cruiser. And very appropriately, both models are limited to 1,923 units each.

We’re especially smitten with the charming BMW R nineT 100 Year shown here, which harks back to the monochrome aesthetic of classic BMW oldtimers.

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By: Chris Hunter
Title: Klassischer Charme: The new BMW R nineT 100 Years
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Prizefighter: A custom Ducati Monster 600 built for a Turkish actor



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Custom Ducati Monster 600 by Bunker Custom Cycles
The Ducati Monster is widely credited with saving the Italian marque in the 90s. Part of its success lies in its minimalist brawler aesthetic—and part of it lies in the fact that Ducati has always offered the Monster in myriad engine sizes at varying price points. If you couldn’t quite spring for an M900 back in 1994, the Ducati Monster 600 looked just as cool, cost less, and still made adequate power.

Decades on, the Monster is a very different beast and has even shed its trademark trellis frame. But the mid-90s Monster still has appeal—and it’s got tons of custom bike potential, as evidenced by this custom Ducati Monster 600 from Turkey’s Bunker Custom Cycles.

Custom Ducati Monster 600 by Bunker Custom Cycles

The 1998-model Monster 600 belongs to the Turkish actor Kadir Doğulu, who went through considerable effort to obtain it. The story goes that the bike was one of four imported to Turkey in the late 90s as show bikes for a major local 4×4 event. Kadir spotted it in the corner of a parking garage gathering dust and hassled the owner for ten years before he finally agreed to sell it.

By then, the Monster 600 was desperately in need of rescue. A decade of being parked had given the elements time to work, leaving the chassis, fuel tank, and a whole whack of alloy parts covered in rust. Kadir held onto the bike for a while, then called in the brothers at Bunker Custom Cycles, Mert and Can Uzer, to revive it.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Prizefighter: A custom Ducati Monster 600 built for a Turkish actor
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