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Old 04-24-2013, 07:39 AM   #1
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Racer Replica Thread

Apologies if this has been done before, but there have been some notable bikes produced over the years by numerous manufacturers...named after famous riders, teams and/or racing venues from various types of competition around the world. Some have become very collectable today. Might be nice to showcase a few of these production bikes (of any origin) here and rekindle some memories!

I'll start with one of my favourites...the Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica produced in honour of Mike's famous come back 1978 Isle of Man TT race win.



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Old 04-24-2013, 09:37 AM   #2
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cool thread idea, here is another great one.





1981 KZ 1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:03 AM   #3
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Mmmm,

if you buy a race replica, and then use it in classic race events, does it then stop being a race replica, and become just a racer?
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:06 PM   #4
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Moto Guzzi Lemans

Great topic. I'll play!
Seeing how we already have a Ducati let's go with a Guzzi, this time named after a track instead of a rider. We might get a few Italian bikes here I think!

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Old 04-24-2013, 04:26 PM   #5
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Guzzi

A more appropriate Guzzi to show would have been the V7 Sport, a toolroom special built for the endurance races at Imola, LeMans, Spa etc.

Velocette Thruxton named after a race it dominated...Triumph Daytona, of course, and Triumph Bonnevilles were named after their LSR streamliner.

Their should have been a Harley "750 Springfield" decades ago, but I guess HD wasn't that proud of their racing history.

Lots of Italian 250s were named after the Mille Miglia, Giro d'Italia, etc. but some Italian expert will have to refresh my memory.

This is a good topic for historians...just remembered the Excelsior Manxman.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:50 PM   #6
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In the same vein as the LeMans, there's the littler Guzzi named after the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.



Also the MotoTrans Ducati (Spanish) 24 Horas, named for the 24 hours of Montjuic (and nicknamed the 24 horrors).

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A more appropriate Guzzi to show would have been the V7 Sport, a toolroom special built for the endurance races at Imola, LeMans, Spa etc.
Except for the small matter of the posting guidelines clearly being about production bikes and rider/track/team based replicas!

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there's the littler Guzzi named after the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Also the MotoTrans Ducati (Spanish) 24 Horas, named for the 24 hours of Montjuic.
Interestingly enough, MV Augusta also built a "Monza" model and Laverda also built a "Montjuic"! I guess no one could trade mark those names!



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frostbite falls

I been there lots of times on my old Triumphs, love the dragstrip there where my Triumph sidecar turned in the 18s.
Frostbite Falls is a tourist mecca, well deserved.
Forgot about the Mont Juic, what a fine machine.
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John Player Norton

I would of course be remiss in not including the JPS Norton, one of the first race "team" replica bikes from the days when tobacco sponsorship ruled.
Their best known success was probably the 1973 IOM TT win with rider Peter Williams.



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Pretty much all MV Agusta bikes were race replicas. They just put a drive shaft on the production models to handicap competitors when racing. The real racers were chain driven.
And that's why I love Mv Agustas
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Does not count That's pure, unadulterated race bike
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couldn't resist. but it is a factory production bike.

I ever win one of these big after tax's multi hundred million dollar lotteries I'm going right to Solvang and make him an offer he can't refuse for his Britten. Barbers is impeccable but I don't think he'd sell it for all the tea in china.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:54 PM   #14
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I'm not sure if the GS1000S was officially a "Wes Cooley replica" or not but it sure looked the part in full Yoshimura graphics. I lusted over these as a kid!



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I would of course be remiss in not including the JPS Norton, one of the first race "team" replica bikes from the days when tobacco sponsorship ruled.







Beautiful bike. One of the early race team replica bikes I think.
Done more recently by Honda and others until tobacco advertising became non-PC by the 90's!

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