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THESE ARE NOT BIKES for sensible people. Sensible people don’t want a vintage, rusting, non-running motorcycle in their garage. Alas, we are not sensible people. Mike Wolfe is one of us, a guy that simply falls in love with a bike because it’s old, or historic, or interesting, or cool. Certainly not sensible, but who cares?

A couple of years ago on the “American Pickers” TV show, I watched co-host Mike Wolfe yank a 1967 Triumph Bonneville out of an old barn, and I knew he was one of us, one of the guys who probably has a bumper sticker on the back of his van that reads, “My Other Car is a Classic Motorcycle That Doesn’t Run.”

Anyone who’s been around the hobby for any length of time knows guys like this. The big difference is that Wolfe has a TV show, “American Pickers,” a warehouse, and he’s paid to travel around the country and find old motorcycles, old scooters, or even the old tour van that once belonged to Aerosmith.

Over the years, we’ve seen him literally dig up classic bikes from the ground, haul them out of fields, or (usually) carefully roll them out of a barn. His personal collection has grown to over 150 vintage bikes, and it was a surprise when the notice for the 2023 Mecum Las Vegas auction said he was going to sell about 70 of his rarest cycles this month. Hoarders, ahem, collectors like him don’t sell their bikes, so this is a rare chance to see what he’s personally amassed before they go to auction in Las Vegas and likely disappear forever into a new private collection. Some of our favorites, if we had a barn big enough to hold them and cash to buy, include:

Mike Wolfe 1914 Harley Davidson Factory Racing Twin

Many will tell you that Harley-Davidson’s dysfunction started when the company built its first race bikes. Harleys were fine, scoot-around town, bikes that were fun in the early 1900s. Even the company founder didn’t want to race his commuter cruisers at the time. But they did anyway, and the V-twin race bike was born with racers like Wolfe’s 1914 Harley Factory Racing Twin setting the pace. These single-speed bikes dominated flat track, board track, and early grand prix races.

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By: Jeff Bruss
Title: Mike Wolfe’s Moto Collection Isn’t for Sensible People, But Who Cares?
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/wolfes-motorcycle-collection
Published Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2023 18:37:36 +0000

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2023 Yamaha TW200 Review

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Despite the adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” it’s hard to believe that the Tuning Fork brand has been manufacturing its TW200 dual sport, with one careful, but modest set of updates for over three decades. But that’s the beauty of Yamaha’s 2023 TW200 ($4,899). A simple and affordable street-legal, dual sport motorcycle, the “Trail Way” last saw an revision for the 2001 model year, adding a disc brake and electric start.

Editor’s note: Readers asked for it, and we delivered. Find out what other new motorcycles our US community wants us to ride this year in the Top 5 Motorcycles You Want Us To Review 2023 article.

Readers asked for it, so we penned a review of Yamaha’s tried-and-true TW200 dual-sport.
Readers asked for it, so we penned a review of Yamaha’s tried-and-true TW200 dual-sport. (Adam Waheed/)

The reason why these TW200′s are cool is because of its now retro styling. It offers a handsome ‘80s vibe reminiscent of other popular rectangular headlight bikes from that era (think Suzuki’s DR-Z). What’s old always becomes new and these bikes are back in style.

Yamaha’s TW200 is not only a great learner motorcycle, it’s also a worthwhile addition to the garage for motorcyclists seeking a fun and affordable mini-bike for errands and local riding.
Yamaha’s TW200 is not only a great learner motorcycle, it’s also a worthwhile addition to the garage for motorcyclists seeking a fun and affordable mini-bike for errands and local riding. (Adam Waheed/)

A classic dual sport, the TW200 can be ridden on and off-road. Oversized Bridgestone all-terrain balloon-style tires (18-inch front, 14-inch rear) and a surprisingly peppy 196cc four-stroke SOHC two-valve engine gets it moving. An air-cooled design is nothing fancy, but it is reliable, and the engine has enough pep for freeway-legal speeds.

Instrumentation is simple but effective. It is also a reminder of the past with its swept face speedometer and rolling odometer and resettable trip meter.
Instrumentation is simple but effective. It is also a reminder of the past with its swept face speedometer and rolling odometer and resettable trip meter. (Adam Waheed/)

Getting the single fired is as simple as twisting the old-fashioned but signature Yamaha Motor mechanical key. Flip the ignition switch and let’s go for a ride. This engine features a counterbalancer but it certainly doesn’t quell all of the engine’s vibes, especially at high running speed. A five-speed manual transmission with a cable-actuated clutch puts back the power to a 14-inch rear wheel via chain final drive on the left-hand side of the vehicle.

The TW200 is an original dual-sport. It’s a simple and affordable motorcycle that can be ridden on road as well as off.
The TW200 is an original dual-sport. It’s a simple and affordable motorcycle that can be ridden on road as well as off. (Adam Waheed/)

It drinks from a 1.8-gallon fuel tank, but there is no fuel gauge, nor low fuel level light. There is a petcock valve which allows you to alternate from “on,” “off” for transport, and “reserve” fueling. This is a remnant feature of the mechanical carburetor. We’ve averaged around 60 mpg during the course of our stop-and-go ride through the city. If you’re a cruiser, and can keep the speeds lower, Yamaha says you can get upwards of 70 mpg.

In spite of its $5,000 price tag, the TW200 features quality paint and above average build.
In spite of its $5,000 price tag, the TW200 features quality paint and above average build. (Adam Waheed/)

You’d be surprised how much pep this little thumper is. This 13-some horsepower engine feels more powerful than some 250cc liquid-cooled engines we’ve ridden. It’s surprising how much torque the engine offers. Ten pound-feet isn’t much but it’s capable

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By: Adam Waheed
Title: 2023 Yamaha TW200 Review
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/reviews/yamaha-tw200-review-2023/
Published Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2023 17:33:24 +0000

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2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and Street Glide Preview

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The 2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide, respectively.
The 2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide, respectively. (Harley-Davidson/)

No matter how many anniversaries you celebrate, they all come around just once. Harley-Davidson’s bidecacentennial, or 120th anniversary, is coming up. It seems less important than the 125th anniversary, or quasquicentennial. But The Motor Company hasn’t stuck around this long by passing up reasons to promote itself.

With that in mind, two new Harley-Davidson CVO cruisers are being rolled: the Street Glide CVO and the Road Glide CVO. You already know all about H-D’s Custom Vehicle Operations. But for the benefit of search results, let’s reiterate. The CVOs are the best, most expensive (and limited) motorcycles H-D makes.

The 2023 CVO headline? They get very new fairings and the new Milwaukee-Eight VVT 121ci engine. As you’d expect, they get new suspension, new infotainment systems, and new paint and finish options. But the new motor is the Big Deal. A new, larger 1,982cc Milwaukee-Eight motor now features variable valve timing or “VVT,” as stated on the cam cover. This improves performance and (cough) emissions. This brings the CVO engine concept into line with the new Revolution Max engines featured on the Pan America and Nightsters.

You’ll experience the new motor and suspension. But importantly, other people will see the new fairing and headlight design.
You’ll experience the new motor and suspension. But importantly, other people will see the new fairing and headlight design. (Harley-Davidson/)

Both also get significantly new fairings. The CVO Street Glide gets a more modern and angular fairing, with turn signals integrated with horizontal “lamp elements” that highlight the batwing fairing. The windshield is more upswept and now has a modern looking “Omega-shaped” headlight.

The headlines are about the new fairing and headlight. But the real story is the tiny “VVT” on the cam cover.
The headlines are about the new fairing and headlight. But the real story is the tiny “VVT” on the cam cover. (Harley-Davidson/)

Likewise, the CVO Road Glide gets revised fairings that update the “sharknose” design and integrate turn signals in the fairing structure. The CVO Road Glide’s single LED headlight seems horizontally split into two, a visual play on the traditional side-by-side headlamps on previous designs.

Both redesigns are significant departures from traditional H-D styling. Some online chatter has implied a visual connection to Indian’s Challenger and Pursuit fairing design, with integrated turn signals. Or the Chieftain, with its extruded horizontal edging. As much as Motorcyclist loves criticizing motorcycle design, there’s not much story here. Vetter fairings from the ‘70s integrated turn signals with the fairing and H-D’s traditional design cues mean any departure from orthodoxy gets lots of scrutiny. It’s your call.

Images provided by H-D were appropriately dark and mysterious. But Motorcyclist helpfully added some light and sharpness to them so you can judge them accordingly.

MSRP has not been announced. Both models will be available for sale on June 7.

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: 2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and Street Glide Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/harley-davidson-cvo-road-glide-and-street-glide-preview-2023/
Published Date: Mon, 01 May 2023 16:57:55 +0000

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The 2023 One Motorcycle Show Is Cooler Than Ever

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The One Show just wrapped up its 14th annual celebration of moto-culture with three days of music, art, and amazing custom machines.
The One Show just wrapped up its 14th annual celebration of moto-culture with three days of music, art, and amazing custom machines. (@MrPixelhead/)

It usually rains a lot in Portland, Oregon, but it turns out Gore-Tex wasn’t needed at this year’s One Moto Show, which celebrated its 14th edition with balmy temps, blue skies, and a whole lot of sun. There were zero complaints about that turn of events, especially since Thor Drake and his merry crew at See See Motorcycles put on yet another rip-roaring motorcycle event in the vast, shadowy expanse of the Zidell Yards Barge Building in Portland’s South Waterfront.

Editor’s note: Check out more One Moto editorial in the The 2022 One Motorcycle Show Rolls Lucky 13Favorite Custom Motorcycles From The 2019 One Moto ShowThe 2019 One Motorcycle Show Ups The Ante, and 10 Wild Rides Of The One Motorcycle Show 2019 articles.

The one-time shipbuilding structure still serves up copious amounts of grit and grease, but has no actual boats in production (it stopped that in 2016). Which is fine, since gritty and greasy made a perfect backdrop for the hundreds of custom machines that were rolled out this year, and the show definitely didn’t disappoint in either the quantity or quality of the builds we scoped out. Thousands of stoked bike fans flocked through the giant metal doors to check out the renowned Pacific Northwest classic (sold out last year), which held court in the massive metal warehouse for the third year running. As it has consistently done over the last nearly decade and a half, the One Show shone a spotlight on every kind of expressive custom and concept motorcycles you could think of, serving up another epic weekend of art, music, bike demos, stunt shows, live music, and all things moto.

Related: The 2022 One Motorcycle Show Rolls Lucky 13

Indian Motorcycle was one of this year’s presenting sponsors, and had almost a dozen custom bikes displayed.
Indian Motorcycle was one of this year’s presenting sponsors, and had almost a dozen custom bikes displayed. (Andrew Cherney/)

There were also smaller shows taking place within the larger event, including a dozen live bands, the annual 21 Helmets art showcase presented by Bell Helmets featuring 21 pieces of custom head protection decked out with wildly imaginative artwork, and the first-ever Direct Current Show put on by Ryvid, featuring a group of electric motorcycle customs from up-and-coming companies as well some of the more established ones.

But the show’s main focus and reason for being was still its enviable collection of more than 300 custom-built motorcycles on display; some of them weird, a few rare, a bunch of them stone-cold classics, and yet another group that felt completely unconventional.

This lovely 1963 Triumph Thunderbird from Barry Weiss won the Champ of Champs Award at this year’s show. Cristian Sosa contributed some of the detail metal work.
This lovely 1963 Triumph Thunderbird from Barry Weiss won the Champ of Champs Award at this year’s show. Cristian Sosa contributed some of the detail metal work. (Andrew Cherney/)

“When we started 13-plus years ago we noticed there wasn’t a common place for ‘everyone else,’” founder Thor Drake says. “The garage tuner, the racers, the creatives, the weirdos, and the hyper-focused; an inclusive place for all types of people to share stories, learn from one another, and participate together. It was then we decided to host the first One Motorcycle Show, around the concept of ‘The Oneness’…however that interprets.”

No shortage of Beemers of all kinds this year, including this slammed 2023 R 18 bagger from Fred Kodlin.
No shortage of Beemers of all kinds this year, including this slammed 2023 R 18 bagger from Fred Kodlin. (Andrew Cherney/)

“Thirteen years later it just keeps growing,” Drake says. “The one weird thing is that there’s now

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By: Andrew Cherney
Title: The 2023 One Motorcycle Show Is Cooler Than Ever
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/one-motorcycle-show-custom-motorcycles-2023/
Published Date: Thu, 04 May 2023 18:28:31 +0000

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