20 most legendary motorcycles - Chapter 1

Some motorcycles are mythical. That's why we offer a selection of 20 most legendary motorcycles that unleash the passions.

150 years ago the first motorcycle was born. Since 1868, the motorcycle has continued to evolve thanks to multiple technological innovations.

In its early days, the bike was accused of being unreliable due to many technical problems. It needs regular mechanical interventions and has no suspension while the roads are in poor condition. Despite this, the use of the motorcycle is spread thanks to its use in the liberal professions and its military use. Its popularity is also influenced by its cost, since a motorcycle is, with a few exceptions, less expensive than a car.

The bike now comes in many forms. The vision of the bike has also changed. Originally it is only perceived as a way to move. But over the years the bike is positioning itself more and more as a vehicle of distinction and freedom.

1 /20 Brough Superior SS100

Brough Superior is known as the Rolls-Royce of the bikes. In 1925, the manufacturer launched his most famous motorcycle, the SS100. The technical and visual quality of the model makes it an exceptional luxury motorcycle. It is equipped with a 998cc JAP V twin engine with 45 hp and a top speed of 160 km / h.

Brough Superior SS100

2 /20 Yamaha 1100 XS

The Yamaha 1100 XS is on the market since 1978. Its first feature is the rectangular headlight that allows it to be recognized among all others. With a weight of 283 kg, it was the largest Nippone engine of the time. Its inline-four engine (straight-four engine) gives it a maximum torque of 9.2 mkg at 6500 rpm and a top speed of 215 km / h.

Yamaha 1100 XS

3 /20 Triumph TR6

The Triumph TR6 was produced from 1956 to 1973. This model is appreciated for the duration of its marketing. It has a parallel-twin engine with air cooling. It has a maximum power of 34 to 46 horsepower at 6500 rpm with a top speed of 180 km / h. This model is iconic because of its media coverage since it appears in The Great Escape (1963).

Triumph TR6

4/20 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

The Harley-Davidson Electra Glide is the first bike of the brand to have an electric starter. Produced in 1965, it is built to combine long distances with comfort. It has the usual equipment of the category starting with the legendary saddle without forgetting the upper capacity bags and audio equipment. It has a 1200 cm3 Panhead V-twin engine. Power: 55.00 HP (40.1 kW)) Top speed: 160.0 km/h (99.4 mph).

Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

5 /20 Bonneville T120 650

The Bonneville T 120 650 is the best selling British twin-cylinder bike. This name comes from a speed record made by Johnny Allen on the Bonneville salt desert with a motor from Triumph. It began production in 1959 and has a 649 cc air-cooled, ohv (overhead valve engine) 360° parallel-twin engine. Its maximum power is 46 horsepower at 6500 rpm and a top speed of 180 km / h.

Bonneville T120 650

6/20 Honda CB 750 Four

The Honda CB 750 Four produced from 1968 is the motorcycle model that begins the transition to the era of modern motorcycles. With its in-line 4-cylinder engine, the Honda CB 750 Four has a maximum power of 67 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and a top speed of 200 km / h. It was manufactured in more than 550,000 copies in 8 years and it is one of the most legendary motorcycles from our selection.

Honda CB 750 Four

7 /20 Moto Guzzi V7

Originally the Guzzi V7 motorcycle was built to equip the Italian police in the early 1960s. It was in 1965 in Milan that it was presented for the first time to the public. It is redesigned and earns 10 more horses compared to the police model, also note a loss of 20kg compared to the original model. It has a maximum power of 40 horses at 6000 rpm with a speed of up to 170km / h.

Moto Guzzi V7

8 /20 Harley-Davidson Panhead

The Harley-Davidson Panhead was produced in 1951, it became legendary in 1969. Indeed, the Easy Rider movie propels this bike to the rank of icon. Engine displacement was 1,200cc. With 7:1 compression ratio, output was 50 horsepower at 4,800 rpm.

Harley-Davidson Panhead

9 /20 Kawasaki Z 1300

The Kawasaki Z 1300 was marketed in 1979. It has a Gigantesque success in its debut. The motorcycle in red or black has a 6-cylinder transverse engine allowing it to have a maximum power of 120 horses at 8000 rpm and a maximum speed of 223 km / h.

Kawasaki Z 1300

10 /20 Suzuki GSX-R 1000

The Suzuki GSX-R 1000 is the bike that launched the sports motorcycle that we all know today. Produced from 1986, she became a legend by marking a rupture in the motorcycle market. Indeed, with its lightweight aluminum frame (197 kg), and modern design it looks like a race bike.

Suzuki GSX-R 1000

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