History And Mystery Of The Honda V65 Magna 

Summary The V65 Magna was one of the fastest bikes of the ’80s with 116 HP & 125 MPH quarter-mile timing. Magna’s theoretical top speed was 160 MPH but realistically hit 140 MPH due to traction issues. The V65 Magna was criticized for its discomfort on long rides, vague steering, and poor fuel economy. In … Read more

History And Mystery Of The Honda CX500 Turbo

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Summary Honda CX500 Turbo was the first production motorcycle with a turbocharger and electronic fuel injection. Despite having some issues, it offered respectable performance enhancements and better handling than its competitors. The CX500 Turbo was a game-changer, inspiring a wave of turbocharged motorcycles in the ’80s. Think of the most influential Honda motorcycles, and the … Read more

History And Mystery Of The Harley Davidson WLA “Liberator”

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Summary The WLA Liberator, based on the WL model, was the first military motorcycle produced by Harley-Davidson for WWII and Korean War use. With high durability and a powerful engine, the Liberator earned its nickname while serving the Allied Forces in liberating cities from German occupation. After the war, many ex-service Liberators were sold to … Read more

The History And Mystery Of Ducati’s Desmodromic Valves 

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Summary An old but advanced technology, desmodromic valves helped engines rev higher when springs failed. While Ducati sticks with tradition, modern engines are moving away from desmodromic valves for reliability. The dreaded Desmo service is what Ducati motorcycles are infamous for. A single service can cost you nearly a thousand bucks, and it creeps out … Read more

History And Mystery Of The Harley Davidson EL Knucklehead

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Summary The Knucklehead, an iconic Harley-Davidson model, boasts nostalgic charm and symbolizes the brand’s triumph over Indian Motorcycles in the 1930s. The innovative Knucklehead engine, featuring overhead valves, marked a turning point for H-D, pushing the company to refine and improve its design. Despite early technical issues, Harley-Davidson engineers worked tirelessly to enhance the Knucklehead, … Read more

History And Mystery Of The First Hydrogen-powered Vehicle

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, or HFCVs, can only be purchased in the State of California. This is because only California has retail hydrogen refueling stations. The state was meant to have 100 stations by now, but only has around 60, and they aren’t always functional. In fact, Shell recently shut down seven of its stations … Read more

History And Mystery Of Toyota’s First EV

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Toyota has been at the forefront of eco-conscious consumer manufacturing for several decades. Toyota was ahead of its time in these efforts, as now governments all over the world are pushing for lowered emissions from automakers. Automakers are responding with pledges to reduce emissions and go net-zero in the coming decades. However, it would appear … Read more

History And Mystery Of The Harley-Davidson XR750

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Summary The XR750 was Harley-Davidson’s most successful motorcycle built for the race track. It has won 28 of the 37 AMA Grand National Championships from 1972 to 2008. This was the bike of choice of legendary American stuntman Evel Knievel for his many death-defying jumps and stunts. If you could count the number of iconic … Read more

History And Mystery Of The Harley-Davidson VRSC V-Rod


Summary The V-Rod was one of Harley-Davidson’s most powerful cruisers of the early 2000’s, with a 1,247cc liquid-cooled V-Twin Revolution engine delivering 122 HP and 77 pound-feet of torque. Unique in its design and riding style, the Harley-Davidson V-Rod developed a cult-like following in its nearly two decades of production. Discontinued due to emission standards, … Read more

History And Mystery Of Hydrogen-powered Vehicles

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Hydrogen is the fuel that won’t go away. But, while fuel cells are relatively new, hydrogen has always been floating in the background of the automotive industry. While modern-day gearheads may think that hydrogen cars began with the Toyota Mirai, some of the earliest engines ever mounted to a horse-cart were powered by hydrogen. But, … Read more

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