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10 Vintage Motorcycles Everyone Wants in their Garage

10 Vintage Motorcycles Everyone Wants in their Garage

Different motorcycle companies launches new models every year. But some older motorcycle companies have released and are still considered some of the best motorcycles ever made. Read this article to learn about all the vintage motorcycles that most riders want to own or at least ride once.


1. Honda CBR900RR FireBlade

Honda CBR900RR FireBlade

Photo Credit: @visordown

The Honda CBR900RR is a racing sport motorcycle first launched in 1992 and was discontinued in 2003. When it was released, it was the dream of every youngster from the 1990s to own a Fireblade or at least get a chance to ride at least once. The main selling point of the Fireblade was its loud sound and sporty look. The Fireblade was not limited to racing tracks only instead it was a street-legal motorcycle. It had an engine compatible with a 1000 cc motorcycle as it offered smooth handling much like a 600 cc motorcycle. The Fireblade could generate more horsepower than most 1000 cc motorcycles at the time with better handling, setting a new standard for sport bikes.

Production Year 1992-2003
Engine 54.5 cu in (893 cc)
Engine Type Inline-4
Top Speed 164 mph (264 km/h)
Horsepower 122 hp @ 10,500 rpm
Torque 64.9 ft-lbs (88 Nm) @ 10,000 rpm
Weight 453 lbs (206 kg)

2. Harley Davidson Electra Glide 1965

Harley Davidson Electra Glide 1965

Photo Credit: @mecum

The HARLEY ELECTRA GLIDE was first released in 1965 and has since become one of Harley’s bestsellers. The Electra Glide was the first motorcycle to be built with an electric starter and the last Harley to have the famous “Panhead” V-Twin engine first introduced in 1948. The Electra Glide had a bulky and heavy frame with pre-installed HARD SADDLEBAGS and floorboards. Its seat had an extra adjustable spring beneath it so that the rider is more comfortable.

The main selling point of this motorcycle was its exquisite design and looks, especially with its Fishtail muffler. The Harley Electra Glide was also one of the few motorcycles that could be fitted with both hand and foot gear shifting.

Production Year 1965-1969
Engine 74 cu in (1,207 cc)
Engine Type Four Stroke, V-Twin
Top Speed 99.4 mph (160 km/h)
Horsepower 58 hp @ 5,150 rpm
Torque 70 ft-lbs (95 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight 716.5 lbs (325 kg)

3. Triumph Trident T150 1968

Triumph Trident T150 1968

Photo Credit: @motorcycleclassics

The Triumph Trident was first released in 1968, technically classified as an advanced and high-performance STANDARD MOTORCYCLE with a smooth drive and powerful engine. It was also the first Trident mode that Triumph ever made. However, by the time it was released, it was overshadowed by the Honda CB750 despite being released a few weeks before. Still, it does not change the fact that the T150 was a masterpiece that many enthusiasts still would like to have in their garage.

Production Year 1968-1974
Engine 45.2 cu in (741 cc)
Engine Type Inline-three
Top Speed 117 mph (188.34 km/h)
Horsepower 58 hp @ 7,250 rpm
Transmission Four-speed
Weight 499 lbs (2226 kg)


4. Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV

Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV

Photo Credit: @kawasaki

The Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV was the successor to the Kawasaki 500 Mach III. Before the 1970s, the 750 cc engine was a large engine during a time when the Norton Commander 750 was the fastest 750 motorcycle in the world. In 1972, Kawasaki launched the H2 750 Mach IV with an inline-three engine. This motorcycle could generate a horsepower of 74 hp @ 6,800 rpm and a torque of 77.4 Nm @ 6,500 rpm. The Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV, or the Widow Maker, became the most powerful 750 cc motorcycle of its era. The Kawasaki H2 Mach IV was also the first production motorcycle to travel 200 km/h with a top speed of 125 mph (202 km/h). This vehicle was capable of reaching 0-100 km/h in five seconds, capable of covering a quarter mile within 12.3 seconds with a speed of 168 km/h.

It was called the Widow Maker for two reasons. First, while riding a two-stroke motorcycle, reaching the maximum limit of gear shifts in the engine could sometimes cause the motorcycle to become unstable. Second, the motorcycle’s engine produced more power than the frame could handle. While revving the engine at high speed, the motorcycle could become unstable and increase the likelihood of getting into an accident. The uneven weight distribution could cause instability when turning corners.

Kawasaki did make changes to make this motorcycle more stable and rider-friendly. Sadly, Kawasaki had to cease production of this motorcycle in 1975 due to strict environmental safety and noise regulations.

Production Year 1972-1975
Engine 45.6 cu in (748 cc)
Engine Type Two Stroke, inline-three
Top Speed 120 mph (192 km/h) (company claimed)
Horsepower 74 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque 77.4 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
Weight 423.2 lbs (192 kg)

5. Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

Photo Credit: @motoborgotaro

The Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans was first released in 1976, being named after the 24-hour endurance race. This motorcycle’s base came from its Moto Guzzi V7 Sport engine. The Moto Guzzi 850 was a CAFÉ RACER-style motorcycle capable of a top speed of 125 mph. Over the years, this model received many changes, mainly to its engine size. The Moto Guzzi Le Man’s series remained in production from 1976 to 1993.

The Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans shared many similarities with the previous Motor Guzzi motorcycles, except it had an 844 cc engine with twin 36 mm carburetors capable of horsepower of 81 hp @ 7,600 rpm. Though these figures seem impressive, the engine could not deliver its absolute maximum horsepower and torque due to being mounted longitudinally and even a slight twist of the throttle could cause the engine to tip towards the right side. The Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 had a café racer riding style with a low seat height, lower handlebars, and a forward-leaning position. The Moto Guzzi Le Man’s series remained in production for a long time. In 1984, its 850 cc engine was upgraded to a 1000 cc engine.

Production Year 1976-1977
Engine 51.5 cu in (844 cc)
Engine Type Four-Stroke 90° V-Twin, Longitudinally mounted
Top Speed 126 mph (202 km/h) (company claimed)
Horsepower 81 hp @ 7,600 rpm
Torque 79 Nm @ 6,000 rpm
Weight 512 lbs (232 kg)

6. Suzuki GSX-R750 1984

Suzuki GSX-R750 1984

Photo Credit: @wikipedia

The Suzuki GSX-R750 was the first motorcycle of the Suzuki GSX-R series or the Gixer series. It was first introduced in October 1984 and released on the market in 1985. The 1985-1987 GSX-R models came with flat bodies, also known as slab sides. T It was powered by a 45.7 cu in (749 cc) inline-four engine. With time, GSX-R750 received many changes to its engine, chassis, body, and performance.

The main selling point of the GSX-R750 was that it was an affordable, lightweight vehicle capable of a higher top speed than other, more expensive sports motorcycles.

Production Year 1985-2020
Engine 45.7 cu in (749 cc)
Engine Type Inline-four
Top Speed 145.8 mph (234.7 km/h) (company claimed)
Horsepower 100 hp @ 10,500 rpm
Torque 53.8 ft-lbs (73 Nm) @ 10,000 rpm
Weight 408 lbs (185 kg)

7. Yamaha V-Max 1985

Yamaha V-Max 1985

Photo Credit: @mecum

In 1985, the Yamaha V Max was the first muscle CRUISER built by Yamaha. The V-Max was inspired by the quarter-mile street race featuring powerful motorcycles. When the V-Max was released in 1985, it gained worldwide popularity and earned the title “Bike of the Year” from Cycle Guide. To gain maximum power output, the designers used a 1200 cc V-4 engine that allowed this to travel at a top speed of 150 mph.

The main selling point of the Yamaha V-Max was its unique design and enormous power output at a competitive market price. The newer Yamaha V-Max model was also featured in several movies as well.

Production Year 1985-2020
Engine 73 cu in (1,197 cc)
Engine Type V-4
Top Speed 150 mph (240 km/h)
Horsepower 120 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Torque 83.1 ft-lbs (112.7 Nm) @ 7,500 rpm
Weight 604 lbs (274 kg)


8. Yamaha XTZ750 Super Ténéré

Yamaha XTZ750 Super Ténéré

Photo Credit: @2smoto

The Yamaha XTZ750 Super Ténéré was first released in 1989 as a dual-purpose adventure motorcycle. With a good seat height, ground clearance, and a powerful engine, the XTZ750 won the Dakar Rally Race twice before it was discontinued in 1996. The Super Ténéré was powered by a parallel twin 749 cc engine. Like the Suzuki GSX-R750 1985, it also had two large plastic side panels below the seat; due to being a dual-sport motorcycle, the Super Ténéré’s panels were not as large as the Suzuki GSX-R750’s panels.

The Super Ténéré not only performed well at rally races but also performed well as an off-road adventure motorcycle.

Production Year 1989-1996
Engine 45.7 cu in (749 cc)
Engine Type Parallel-twin
Top Speed 119 mph (192 km/h)
Horsepower 69.3 hp @ 7,500 rpm
Torque 50.2 ft-lbs (68 Nm) @ 6,750 rpm
Weight 520.3 lbs (236 kg)

9. Honda CBX 1978

Honda CBX 1978

Photo Credit: @properbikes

The Honda CBX 1000 was a product of strange yet fortuitous circumstances for Honda. By the time the Honda CBX was released, there were already many sports motorcycles created by Triumph and Benelli. But the Honda CBX 1000 was a unique vehicle that no one had ever seen before. It had a compact, six-cylinder engine and was also the first motorcycle that many magazines claimed to reach a speed beyond 130 mph.

Though the Honda CBX 1000 was not technically a sports motorcycle, its specification made it resemble a sports motorcycle. The Honda CBX 1100 remained in production until 1982.

The main selling point of the Honda CBX 1000 was its impressive overall performance and being available at a comparatively better price than most of its competitors.

Production Year 1978-1982
Engine 63.9 cu in (1,047 cc)
Engine Type Four Stroke, Inline-Six
Top Speed 135.9 mph (218.8 km/h)
Horsepower 105 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Torque 52.27 ft-lbs (71.8 Nm) @ 6,500 rpm
Weight 599.9 lbs (272.1 kg)

10. Harley Davidson Fat Boy 1990

Harley Davidson Fat Boy 1990

Photo Credit: @mecum

The Harley Davidson Fat Boy 1990 is one the most famous and renowned Harleys ever made. This model has been ridden by many celebrities in movies, helping this motorcycle grow in fame. This motorcycle had a wide front like the Electra Glide but with wide handlebars, a passenger seat, and a backrest for the passenger. The Fat Boy 1990’s frame was inspired by the 1984 Softail model. The Fat Boy 1990 is a vintage motorcycle that offers an overall pleasant riding experience. The Fat Boy 1990 had wide tires and lower handlebars than the previous Softail models. This model had an old-school Harley feel with its design and sound.

Production Year 1990-1999
Engine 63.9 cu in (1,047 cc)
Engine Type Four Stroke, Inline-Six
Top Speed 135.9 mph (218.8 km/h)
Horsepower 105 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Torque 52.27 ft-lbs (71.8 Nm) @ 6,500 rpm
Weight 599.9 lbs (272.1 kg)


11. Conclusion

All the motorcycles listed in this article have remained some of the best motorcycles in their specific categories. But due to the motorcycle industry constantly evolving, all of these were eventually discontinued. Many of the motorcycles mentioned above were either replaced by their successor models or discontinued by their companies. However, all of these motorcycles were the best of their time mainly because they outperformed the competition and were more cost-efficient. Some of them were pre-equipped with SADDLEBAGS, CRASH BARS, or floorboards, while others did not.

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