Motorcycles and Choppers

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The 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R motorcycle honored a top bike racer and was known as the Eddie Lawson Replica. It was based on the standard KZ1000 and featured the same 1015-cc double-overhead-cam inline four engine. See pictures and learn about the KZ1000R.

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The 1904 Marsh motorcycle used parts made by the Marsh brothers themselves. It had a single cylinder engine that had an intake valve that opened on the cylinder's down stroke. See pictures and learn about the 1904 Marsh, a pioneering motorbike.

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The 1961 Matchless G-12 motorcycle was one of the last models offered bearing the Matchless name. The 1961 model performed poorly which caused low sales against other British competitors Triumph and BSA. See pictures and learn about the Matchless G-12.

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The 1984 Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster motorcycle was powerful buy too pricey. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster.

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The 1904 Indian was one of the few motorcycles of its time to use a direct-drive chain. The direct-drive chain was far more reliable than the more common tensioned leather belt which turned the rear wheel. Get information and see pictures of the 1904 Indian.

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The 1988 Harley-Davidson FLSTC motorcycle blended retro styling and modern technology. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson FLSTC.

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The 1988 Harley-Davidson FXSTS Softail Springer motorcycle blended classic and modern styling. See pictures and learn about the Softail Springer.

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Of all the bikes American IronHorse builds, the Texas Chopper displays the most extreme geometry and appearance. Check out pictures and specifications for this extreme chopper.

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The 1982 Harley-Davidson FXB Sturgis motorcycle commemorated the annual Sturgis biker gathering. See pictures and learn about the Harley FXB Sturgis.

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The powerful 1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR motorcycle faced tough competition from Japanese rivals. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson XLCR.

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The 1978 Harley-Davidson FXS Low Rider motorcycle had a muscular flow to its lines. See pictures and learn about the 1978 Harley-Davidson FXS.

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The 1981 Harley-Davidson Heritage Edition motorcycle was a mixture of old and new. See pictures and learn about the Harley-Davidson Heritage Edition.

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The Catalog Bike is a factory-modified chopper by Scooter Shooterz that features parts from various catalogs. See photos and specifications for this factory-modified chopper.

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Crown Custom Cycle Fabrication is known for high performance, but can also build bikes with as much "show" as "go." Creep Show is a case in point. Check out specifications and pictures for the Creep Show chopper.

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For the Sportster, Klock Werks modified a 1998 Sportster smoothing the welds in the frame and molding curves into the tubing joints. See photos and specifications for this Klock Werks chopper.

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LSC chopper from American IronHorse combines factory engineering with custom details. The basis for the LSC is a hardtail frame with 4-inch stretch 8-inch rise and 38-degree rake in the neck. See pictures and specifications of the AIH LSC chopper.

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For Pain Erickson not just any chopper would do. Betting that he wasn't alone he decided to build a series of bikes that met his own exacting standards. The Suicide Softail motorcycle has a 6-speed Baker transmission and a powerful engine.

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With even its frame built from scratch, the Spoon chopper is truly a custom motorcycle. It has a Harley-Davidson engine and a rear-view video screen. See specifications and pictures of this unusual chopper.

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Low Blow is a super-powered custom motorcycle made by Thee Darkside of Daytona. Learn more about this super-powered chopper and see pictures and specifications.

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Deranged is a custom motorcycle built by Midwest Choppers with an S&S engine and distinctive Midwest sculpting. Its owner was a frequent customer who was ready for something different. Check out photos and specs to see just what he ended up with.

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The 1971 Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide motorcycle was Harley's first factory-custom bike. It failed to attract the audience Harley had hoped it would finding fewer than 5000 buyers. See pictures and learn more about the FX Super Glide.

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The 1975 Harley-Davidson SS-250 had a Yamaha engine. Learn more about the 1975 AMF Harley-Davidson SS-250 motorcycle and see pictures.

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The quick 1964 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster motorcycle was dubbed King of the Drags. Its impressive 883-cc V-twin engine out powered most competitors of the era. See pictures and learn about the 1964 Harley XLCH Sportster.

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The 1965 Harley-Davidson FL Electra-Glide motorcycle combined a Panhead engine and electric starter. Though a curb weight of more than 700 pounds restricted performance, the Electra-Glide was a popular touring mount. See the profile of this classic bike.

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The 1958 Cushman Eagle and Cushman Pacemaker motorcycles were great starter bikes for new motorcyclists. Cushman was also one of the few manufacturers of motorized vehicles permitted to continue civilian production during World War II. Learn about these scooters.

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