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    Yamaha XZ550 (1982-1983) Background info

    If you are a trader, you are silent about your purchase prices. If you're not a trader, you can be a little more open-minded. So you may all know that the purchase of the extremely rare Yamaha XZ550 started with the comment from friend Kees van Rumpt that he had run into a motorcycle that could go for any serious offer above 150 euros. I offered 151 euros and an apple tart. Then there was the ride to Dirksland vv. Read more

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    Harley-Davidson and AMF… A bittersweet symphony

    A turbulent history. Harley-Davidson was bad in 1969. But Harley-Davidson was saved by the American Machine and Foundry Co. (AMF). That company reorganized and invested. But to no avail. Things were in danger of turning back. 1981: Thirteen Harley-Davidson executives buy out the company from American Machine and Foundry Co. Under the inspiring leadership of the genius Willy G Davidson, the company took a life-saving leap forward into the past. Harley was one of the first brands to go retro. That's a 'long story short'. Read more

  • Victory quits.

    Victory quits.

    Victory stops. That promises the instant birth of yet another new classic. For people who want to take a quarter century+ of their time. Because the stories about how in the past you could buy motorcycles for next to nothing that are now worth gold… They indicate wrong decisions in the same past. Victory wasn't long Read more

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    The future is behind us. Yamaha's neo classic Café racer

    In the time of the Café racers, Japan only started to export light motorcycles sparingly. That lack of history, by the way, does not mean anything bad. After all, you cannot blame an eldest brother for not being the youngest brother, the Japanese have been compensating for many years by an excess of marketing.

    At Yamaha, this recently resulted in this 'study model', the Café Racer. Based on the now old 620 cc Vtwin block with air cooling (date of birth somewhere in the early eighties of the last century). Read more