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Currently on offer on Collecting Cars is the 2001 Lotus Exige S1 which was delivered new to its former owner the then Deputy Road Test Editor of Autocar, Chris Harris. He was given the car on test for six months as a long termer. When the six months had passed, Chris decided to purchase the car.

In September 2002, it was sold to its current consigner. It has a Grey metallic finish which is mostly in excellent condition though there are light minor chipping, markings, and scuffs on the front splitter. It is matched with black leather and Alcantara-trimmed interior that features lightweight racing seats equipped with Schroth four-point racing harnesses.

It sits atop an original set of six-spoke double-arm Lotus alloy wheels with a staggered setup that gives it 16-inch diameter front wheels and 17-inch diameter rear wheels. The front wheels are wrapped in Yokohama Advan tires while the rear wheels have Toyo Proxes T1-S.

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The example is equipped with an Alpine radio/CD player, and it also has a full telemetry set installed and balanced by the factory though it has been unused since installation.

Under the hood is a factory replacement 1.8-liter K-series inline-four, sending power to the rear wheels through an ultra-close ratio five-speed manual transmission. Officially, the example had a 190 bhp upgrade though a Lotus engineer that the seller had spoken to claimed that the true output of the example might really be closer to 210 bhp.

Having a kerb weight of only 780 kg, this enables the Exige to go from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 136 mph.

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The sale will come with a selection of receipts, invoices, correspondence, and the example’s service record. A variety of magazine write-ups on the example will also be part of the sale. Its early history was well documented in some Autocar magazines. Despite the minimal use of the Exige, the current seller ensured that the example was regularly kept and maintained.

There is no impact damage on the bodywork and it has no known electrical or mechanical faults.

On October 28, 2021, it had its most recent MOT test at 20,108 miles and was given the green light after simply replacing the windscreen wipers. In November 2021, it had its most recent service done by Ian W Hull Car Maintenance in Shaftesbury. It was given an engine oil and filter change, and they also replaced the cam belt, battery, auxiliary belt, fuel tank, wiper blades, fuel pump, brake hoses, brake master cylinder, and brake fluid.

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Only 604 units of the Lotus Exige were produced. It has had only three owners from new: Lotus, Chris Harris, and the current consigner. The odometer shows only 21,112 mileage and roughly around 5,000 miles were added in the last 20 years.

With those details, this Lotus Exige enjoys three characteristics that really sets it apart: rarity, long-term ownership from a minimum number of owners, and an impressively low mileage.

As of writing, the 2001 Lotus Exige S1 has a current bid of £37,500 with the online auction ending on Wednesday, May 25.

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By: Reggie
Title: Auction: 2001 Lotus Exige S1 Previously Owned By Chris Harris
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/auction-2001-lotus-exige-s1-previously-owned-by-chris-harris/
Published Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 17:36:29 +0000

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2024 Honda CB1000R Preview

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In addition to carrying over street bike models like the CBR1000RR and CBR600RR, Honda will also leave its CB1000R unchanged for 2024, available in Black Edition trim and starting at $12,999. The newest edition is now available at your local Honda dealership.

The 2024 Honda CB1000R will start at $12,999.
The 2024 Honda CB1000R will start at $12,999. (Honda/)

Unlike some of the other carryover models, the CB1000R keeps the same MSRP as last year, which is a notch in the plus column. We can also speak to the quality of the bike, having sampled essentially the same setup back in 2021 when the “Black Edition” model first made it to market.

The bike is fantastic on the street, with a powerful midrange, bidirectional quickshifter, nimble chassis, and a decent TFT display panel. The braking feel could be improved, but the power is definitely there to easily bring the 472-pound machine to stop.

The Black Edition update also resulted in a much leaner and more sophisticated-looking machine.

Additional features of note include ride-by-wire, selectable ride modes and torque control, an attractive aesthetic, LED lighting throughout, and a commendable Showa suspension package.

The last major update to the CB1000R was for the 2018 model year, where Honda took the previous-generation CB1000R and dialed up specs with a lighter chassis, better engine, and a more comfortable cockpit. Despite the lack of attention it has received since then, the CB1000R remains a solid liter-size naked bike that holds its own in a crowded and competitive segment.

2024 Honda CB1000R Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$12,999Engine:998cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:75.0 x 56.5mmCompression Ratio:11.6:1Fuel Delivery:PGM-FI w/ 44mm throttle bodies, ride-by-wireClutch:Wet, multiplate with bidirectional quickshifterTransmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainFrame:Steel backboneFront Suspension:43mm USD Showa SFF-BP, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travelRear Suspension:Showa shock, spring preload and rebound damping adjustable; 5.2 in. travelFront Brake:4-piston, radially mounted calipers, 310mm discs w/ ABSRear Brake:256mm disc w/ ABSWheels, Front/Rear:17 in. / 17 in.Tires, Front/Rear:120/70-17 / 190/55-17Rake/Trail:24.7°/3.8 in.Wheelbase:57.3 in.Seat Height:32.7 in.Fuel Capacity:4.3 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:472 lb.Available:February 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: 2024 Honda CB1000R Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cb1000r-preview/
Published Date: Sat, 02 Mar 2024 11:00:03 +0000

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Mama Tried Brings the Ruckus Back to Brewtown in 2024

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Although technically distinct events, Mama Tried wouldn’t be the same without the Flat Out Friday races. Maclain “The Bear” Drucker (24) holds off Daniel Bromley (64) in the AA (Pro) races.
Although technically distinct events, Mama Tried wouldn’t be the same without the Flat Out Friday races. Maclain “The Bear” Drucker (24) holds off Daniel Bromley (64) in the AA (Pro) races. (Cathy Drexler/)

Since 2014, the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show and the Flat Out Friday race have been a showcase for builder culture, custom bikes, and lighthearted mayhem. It’s not everyone’s cuppa, as the English say. Some folks huff and puff about the pointlessness of choppers and custom bikes and the rowdy atmosphere. It’s not that they’re wrong. They’re just not partying correctly.

For the less dogmatic among us, it’s a welcome break from the Midwest winter and a great excuse to party in Cream City (aka Milwaukee). It’s about imagination and engineering running riot in flake paint and TIG welding. Calling Mama Tried a “chopper show” is only half right. There are also EVs, ‘70s survivors, Franken-bikes, and plenty of real dirt and patina. Plus, dozens of hopeful vendors with parts, accessories, gadgets, and new gear.

It all kicks off with the Flat Out Friday races at Fiserv Arena. It’s usually clad in a parquet floor for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. But one night every year, aspiring racers and various ne’er-do-wells fill the arena with exhaust fumes and lay down rubber on the Dr Pepper syrup-prepared surface. Last year was a hoot, but this year brought out even finer costumery and livery concepts. Tea time while racing? That’s rich.

Photographer Cathy Drexler has been shooting the event since 2016. What’s her take on Mama Tried?

“It’s a uniquely Milwaukee experience that has a happy way of bringing us together over our love of bikes.”

Truer words were never spoken. So take a load off, grab a cold one, and check out the 2024 edition of Mama Tried and Flat Out Friday in glorious color and pixels.

Flat Out Friday always brings high class and fashion in equal measure.
Flat Out Friday always brings high class and fashion in equal measure. (Cathy Drexler/)
James “Jimbo” DeLisle (963) boxes out Dan “Dangerous Dan” Jacobson (39) in the Masters class, Flat Out Friday.
James “Jimbo” DeLisle (963) boxes out Dan “Dangerous Dan” Jacobson (39) in the Masters class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
An unidentified future 50cc champion holds their own on the track, Flat Out Friday.
An unidentified future 50cc champion holds their own on the track, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Kaleb Zink (15) applies Team Green grit to his orange Harley-Davidson in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday.
Kaleb Zink (15) applies Team Green grit to his orange Harley-Davidson in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Where my zip-ties at? Donovan LeVan’s BSA puts power (and pipe) to pavement in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday.
Where my zip-ties at? Donovan LeVan’s BSA puts power (and pipe) to pavement in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Conflict of interest? Andrew Clark (52) and an unidentified race official team up on the parade lap, Flat Out Friday.
Conflict of interest? Andrew Clark (52) and an unidentified race official team up on the

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Mama Tried Brings the Ruckus Back to Brewtown in 2024
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/photo-galleries/mama-tried-motorcycle-show-2024/
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 21:36:17 +0000

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Level Up: A BMW K100 café racer with a John Player Special vibe

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BMW K100 café racer by Motocrew
Despite its increasing popularity, the 1980s K-series BMW remains a difficult bike to customize. There’s hardly an inch of it that isn’t blocky, angular, or just plain awkward—so it takes a sharp eye and deft hand to massage it into a slick and cohesive café racer. Enter Chris Scholtka.

Based in Cottbus, Germany, Chris splits his time between his job as a firefighter and his after-hours custom bike-building endeavor, Motocrew. He cracked the code for building razor-sharp BMW K-series café racers a while ago, and he’s produced a handful of them since. But his latest build—a 1984 BMW K100 café racer—hits a little differently.

BMW K100 café racer by Motocrew

The project was commissioned by a friend who had found a 1984 BMW K100 that was in great shape and wanted it customized. He naturally called Chris first—but Chris was hesitant to take the job.

“My first thought that it wasn’t a good idea,” he explains, “because I don’t want to build the same shit again and again. But this time my customer had a big enough budget to build something unique. So I said yes, and, after a couple of hours brainstorming with him, we settled on a basic setup.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Level Up: A BMW K100 café racer with a John Player Special vibe
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bmw-k100-cafe-racer-motocrew
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 18:56:31 +0000

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