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A European rider doing a fine impression of the Mille Miglia or Targa Florio aboard the new Yamaha XSR900 GP, available only in Europe.
A European rider doing a fine impression of the Mille Miglia or Targa Florio aboard the new Yamaha XSR900 GP, available only in Europe. (Yamaha Motor Europe/)

Is “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” still true? With the love of all things retro, years can pass between that mythical Sunday and the eventual sale on Monday. What if the winning car or bike isn’t even for sale in America, where the quote itself (attributed to 1960s-era Rhode Island Ford dealer Bob Tasco) came from?

Yamaha is testing this theory with the lovely looking Yamaha XSR900 GP. It channels the spirit of the legendary Yamaha YZR500 (OW61 through OWEO) that won six MotoGP titles between 1984–92. Using the same 890cc triple-cylinder crossplane crank (CP3) mill that’s powered the XSR900 since 2016 (read the 2016 Yamaha XSR900 First Ride Review), Yamaha is channeling the mystique of the liquid-cooled two-stroke 60-degree V-4 that dominated MotoGP in the later 1980s.

Editor’s note: We test rode the standard version during the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 Second Ride Review and 2022 Yamaha XSR900 First Ride Review articles and videos. Read and watch this content to get up to speed on this new motorcycle model.

The round LED headlight has been replaced by a compact lens module in the front cowling of the Yamaha XSR900 GP, which is only available in Europe.
The round LED headlight has been replaced by a compact lens module in the front cowling of the Yamaha XSR900 GP, which is only available in Europe. (Yamaha Motor Europe/)
The Yamaha XSR900 GP showing off its half-fairing, which will only keep European wind off riders’ legs and torso.
The Yamaha XSR900 GP showing off its half-fairing, which will only keep European wind off riders’ legs and torso. (Yamaha Motor Europe/)
The starboard side of the Yamaha XSR900 GP, as shown in a stately European workspace.
The starboard side of the Yamaha XSR900 GP, as shown in a stately European workspace. (Yamaha Motor Europe/)

Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, and Wayne Rainey had somewhere between 120–155 hp of wildly unpredictable power at their right wrist. But XSR900 GP owners get the benefit of 106 hp at 10,000 rpm (as measured by Cycle World) of very tractable four-stroke power, aided and abetted by rider aids like Yamaha’s Traction Control System (TCS), Slide Control System (SCS), Lift Control System (LIF), and stopped by Brake Control (BC). Motorcyclists not located in America will no doubt rack up countless kilometers in various non-US locales and landscapes.

While the engine and electronics are unchanged from the XSR900 you can legally purchase on American soil, the real story is the styling, fairings, and actual race bits here and there. Yamaha’s press release specifically mentions the XSR900 GP is its first production streetbike to use a beta pin. That’s a “b” shaped pin used to secure bodywork to race vehicles, allowing for quick removal. This beta pin holds the upper fairing in place, said to be inspired by the classic TZ250.

The idea is to create a cockpit that echoes spartan “Golden Era” machines. Fairings and cowling are held in place with period-inspired tubed structures and straight brackets supporting the dash. Said fairing and bodywork is claimed to increase both acceleration and top speed while side panel ducting disperses radiator heat better. Heat in Europe, that is.

This could be you, assuming you live in Europe. Life aboard the Yamaha XSR900 GP.
This could be you, assuming you live in Europe. Life aboard the Yamaha XSR900 GP. (Yamaha Motor Europe/)
A new 5-inch TFT takes shelter behind the retro windscreen and fairing of the Yamaha XSR900

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Not for America – 2024 Yamaha XSR900 GP Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/yamaha-xsr900-gp-preview/
Published Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2023 10:00:01 +0000

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Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams

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1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle
Countless motorcycle manufacturers popped up in the 1920s and ’30s in Britain, but somehow, none quite as cool as Vincent. High-end speed machines, combining old-school big-displacement twins, monochrome finishes and titillating names like Rapide and Black Shadow, a Vincent V-twin welcomes you into any roundtable of motorcycling, and it’s not hard to see why. A seat rarely opens at the Vincent Owners Club, even more so when you’re talking about an ultra-rare first-series Rapide.

1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle

One of just 79 built, the Series-A Rapide represents Vincent’s first foray into V-twins—an endeavor that established Vincent as the superbike of the day. There are faster Vincents, and on occasion more valuable ones, but the rarity and significance of the Series-A Rapide is hard to overstate. As such, this restored 1938 Rapide highlights Bonhams’ upcoming Spring Stafford Sale with an estimated hammer price of $300,854 to $350,997.

While Vincent didn’t pioneer the V-twin, their execution is at least worthy of an honorable mention. Philip Vincent’s start in motorcycles echoes many of his peers of the era, becoming interested in bikes at a young age and crafting a few ‘specials’ of his own design in the late 1920s. At age 20, Vincent filed a patent for a cantilevered rear suspension design, and with backing from his family, he purchased the financially troubled HRD brand from Howard R Davies in 1928.

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By: Dean Larson
Title: Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/vincent-rapide-bonhams
Published Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2024 17:00:38 +0000

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Fast Tubes

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1969 Rennmax BN3Photo: Ian Welsh
1969 Rennmax BN3
Photo: Ian WelshIt can’t be denied that the world of motor racing, both contemporary and historic, is saturated with egos. Some would say that it’s all really driven by egos, and that is sometimes directly connected to the size of the wallet. Perhaps without such egos we wouldn’t have motor racing at all.

So egos are certainly important, but there is something else that’s behind so many involved in motor racing and, in particular, historic motor sport. I am referring of course to the passion that many have for the sport. A passion that is so strong in some that it outweighs the need for podium finishes and is certainly far stronger than whatever shekels may influence others.

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Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 06:59:17 +0000

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Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line

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Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced a strategic move of its T.50 supercar production to the company’s newly-built Group headquarters at Highams Park, Surrey. The new site has already taken over manufacturing of the GMA T.50 supercar from its previous production facility at Dunsfold Park. This decision will see T.50 manufacturing benefit from a wealth of efficiencies, while enabling the business to streamline carbon fiber monocoque production for T.33 prototypes and future models at Dunsfold Park. Used for development, testing and homologation-related crash testing, the monocoques will now be produced on-site, accelerating the supercar’s pre-production processes.

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GMA advances T.50 production to new Highams Park HQ to streamline future model manufacturingMove sees the continuation of T.50 customer car production at new multi-million-pound facilityDecision enables dedicated T.33 prototype monocoque production at GMA’s Dunsfold Park siteHighams Park will continue to build the T.50, ahead of producing the T.50s, T.33, and T.33 Spider

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Building the new Gordon Murray Group HQ at Highams Park near the village of Windlesham saw investment of more than £50 million, and the creation of a broad range of specialized job roles to support full scale production. The new campus will be the Group’s global headquarters – home to a purpose-built 4,300 square meter Vehicle Production Centre, and the Gordon Murray Heritage collection. The site also features a specially-designed Vehicle Dynamics Test Road, used for final validation and pre-delivery checks of new GMA supercars – all set in 54 acres of beautiful English parkland. For customers opting to take delivery of their cars from Highams Park, the new HQ offers the ideal setting at its dedicated Driving Perfection Customer Centre, where owners can specify, set-up, and take delivery of their GMA supercar.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/gordon-murray-automotives-new-t-50-production-line/
Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 15:42:33 +0000

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