15 Vintage Motorcycles From The 70’s Classic Motorcycles


– [Glen] Every bike lover dreams about having the very best
vehicles in their garage. And the 70s brings back a
certain sense of nostalgia for many bikers. I’m Glen and this list may leave you seething with
jealousy as we run through 15 vintage motorcycles you’ll
wish were in your garage. – [Woman] Number 15. – [Glen] The Laverda 750 S and 750 GT were brought to market in 1969 and were designed to be
serious big brand bikes. Laverda was an Italian
manufacturer popular in Europe, but determined to hit
the American market too. The vehicles could be
picked out from a lineup due to their eye catching
orange paint job, which would become the
company race colors. They use parallel twin cylinder engines with five main bearings,
a duplex cam chain, and a powerful starter motor. The 750 had a top speed of
around 103 miles per hour. In 1972, the 750 was worth $1,850, but it is now worth an
inflated 3500 to 6500 dollars. – [Woman] Number 14. – [Glen] The RD 350 was also produced by the Japanese giants Yamaha but only hit showrooms
for a couple of years between 1973 and 1975. This sports bike used an air cooled parallel twin six speed engine and could reach top speeds
of 105 miles per hour. A licensed version of the bike was available in India
between 1983 and 1990 under the brand name Rajdoot 350. The RD 350 was said to be a smooth ride, agile, light, simple and reliable. The minimalist machine was
a popular bike in its day. – [Woman] Number 13. – [Glen] The XS 350 was a mid size bike made by Japanese manufacturer
Yamaha Motor Company. This vehicle hit showrooms
in October of 1969 spanning a 10 year stint in
production lines until 1979. A special cruiser model
was made until 1985. The XS 350 used a 654cc four stroke parallel twin air cooled engine and could reach a top speed
of 105 miles per hour. When you think of retro 70s design, the Yamaha XS 350 ticks all the boxes. – [Woman] Number 12. – [Glen] The Norton 850 Commando was a British Norton VA bike produced by Norton motorcycle
company between 1967 and 1977. The bike used an OHV pre
unit parallel twin engine, eventually becoming an 850cc in 1973. The Commando had a top
speed of 115 miles per hour and won Motorcycle News’
Machine of the Year for five years between 1968 and 1972. It featured a radical new frame and a tilted forward engine
for increased performance. – [Woman] Number 11. – [Glen] The XRS 750 was a racing bike made by the famous Harley Davidson; first gracing garages in 1970. It was primarily used as a dirt track bike but the XR TT variant was also
extremely useful on the road. The XRS 751 won the most races in American Motorcyclist
Association racing history. It used a powerful 748 CC
air cooled V twin engine, reaching top speeds of an
impressive 115 miles per hour. The Harley Davidson beast
was a dominant machine in it’s day and it can still
be purchased today online for between 20,000 and 35,000 dollars. A historical piece of motorcycle genius. – [Woman] Number 10. – [Glen] Designed by Alejandro De Tomaso and produced by the Italian
manufacturer of Benelli. The Sei was on sale between 1973 and 1989. They spent over 15 years at the top, and two models of the Sei were produced with 750 and 900cc displacement. The 750 was actually the
very first production bike with a six cylinder engine. It can reach huge top
speeds of 120 miles per hour and was intended to be Italy’s new premier sporting motorcycle. The Sei was at the very beginning of the angular design trend, one of the first to move
away from rounded forms. It was originally worth 3995, but can fetch between
5,000 and 8,000 today. – [Woman] Number nine. – [Glen] The V7 sport
was manufactured in 1971 by the Italian company Motoguzzi
on the shores of Lake Como. It was based on the V7 Roadster but with a newly designed frame, it became the first ever
Motoguzzi cafe racer. The sexy, sleek and powerful design inspired many subsequent bikes and can still be seen
making its mark today with a 2008 V7 special released loosely based on the original sport. Back in the 70s you could
pick one up for 2,500 dollars, but now they’re worth between
8,000 and 15,000 dollars. – [Woman] Number eight. – [Glen] Moto Morini is an Italian manufacturer of motorcycles
founded in 1937. Unfortunately, in 1969,
the founder of the company, Alfonso Morini passed away. A Ferrari engineer Franco Lambortini was brought in to design a
brand new 350cc V twin engine that would debut in a prototype bike. This bike was the iconic
three and a half sport, which was first released in Milan in 1971. It could reach a top speed
of around 100 miles per hour. Back when it was first released, the three and a half
sold for 2,100 dollars, but now picks up a price
between 3,000 and 6,000 dollars. – [Woman] Number seven. – [Glen] The NR 500 was released in 1979 as a new innovative bike to compete in the heights of Grand Prix racing. Even the NR in the brand
name stood for new racing. The NR 500 never won a Grand Prix, but it is still an
important part of Honda’s and biking’s history. – [Woman] Number six. – [Glen] The Ducati Supersport
series began back in 1973, with the release of the round case 750. They used a four stroke
twin cylinder DOHTC engine and could reach speeds of an
impressive 130 miles an hour. The majority of 750SS models were shipped to Austria and Germany or stayed in Italy for
motor sport applications. Today, the Ducati 750SS is
worth around 7,500 dollars. – [Woman] Number five. – [Glen] The KR 250 was produced by Japanese company Kawasaki back in 1975 and ran until 1982. It was designed with 250cc
class Grand Prix racing in mind. The KR 250 used a two
stroke tandem twin engine and won four World Championships
between 1978 and 1981. It could reach an impressive
top speed of 112 miles an hour. – [Woman] Number four. – [Glen] Made by Japanese
company Suzuki the GS 750 was part of their first full range of four stroke road bikes. The GS 750 was the first of
the range to be released. Upon release the GSX 750 was acclaimed for its superb handling, as well as its top speed
of 112 miles an hour. – [Woman] Number three – [Glen] The BMW R 90S was produced by the German manufacturer
between 1973 and 1976. It had a top speed of 124 miles an hour and used an 898cc four stroke two cylinder boxer air cooled engine, it could accelerate from zero
to 62 in just 4.8 seconds, covering a quarter mile in 13.5 seconds. – [Woman] Number two. – [Glen] Manufactured by
Japanese company Honda the CBX was rolled out between 1978 and 1982. They used a powerful 1047cc
in line six cylinder engine reaching top speeds of a
huge 140 miles an hour. It was Honda’s first production six cylinder road bike with this particular GP
racing engine technology. – [Woman] Number one. – [Glen] The 860 GT was
first released in 1974. Engineered by Fabio Taglioni and designed by Giorgio Giugiaro. It was made with a
folded paper inspiration hence the square look with
hard edges and straight lines. It used an 864cc air cooled
SOHC 90 degree V twin engine to reach top speeds of 109 miles per hour. The 860 GT has held its price
well fetching 2,549 dollars back when released compared to between 2,500
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