Can You Tell Which Brand Of Motorcycles These Are?

Craig

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About This Quiz

Ah, motorcycles ... or bikes as we affectionately refer to them.  We hear them coming up behind us on the road or highway and then watch them fly by, their riders embodying the ultimate freedom.

But while most people know names like Harley-Davidson and Honda, a whopping 85 percent of people can't tell a motorcycle's brand just by looking at a photo of it. To them, a motorcycle is a motorcycle, right?  But not to you!  And with this quiz, we're giving you the chance to prove you're not just an admirer of motorcycles, you're a true aficionado!

Do you know which manufacturer built a motorcycle that was nicknamed "The Widowmaker"?  Angled gas tanks, large fenders, and 998 cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, in-line four-cylinder engine which produces a top speed of around 293km/h and a 0-60mph time of 2.6 seconds (what a mouthful!) are just some of the features you'll find on the motorcycles in this quiz.

But can you identify the company that manufactured these mean machines?  There's only one way to find out.  Take the quiz now!

What brand is the motorcycle shown in the image?

The Model T/Volkswagen Beetle of the motorcycle world, the Honda Supa Cub is the top-selling motorcycle brand on earth. It is extremely popular in Asia and Africa and manufactured in 15 countries. It is still going strong after 50 years with more than 60 million sold.

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The Triumph Bonneville is a legendary name in the world of motorcycles, and the epitome of cool. Starting out life with a 650cc engine, modern Bonnevilles are now powered by 865 cc engines. This is a bike that just won't disappear despite the fact that Triumph production has stopped on at least three occasions.

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The Norton Commander was a revelation on the racetrack and proved hard to beat for an extended period. Their secret was rubber mountings which caused the bike to shake less. This meant the rider's endurance lasted for far longer, which allowed them to push harder than their rivals without getting tired.

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Not only was the Honda CB77 reliable, it was on par performance-wise with the best British bikes at the time. It was also extremely light and maneuverable. The Superhawk as it was known, was powered by a 305cc parallel twin.

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A '70s staple, the Kawasaki Triple was lightweight and quick. That made it pretty popular. The Triple did have a problem, however. It handled terribly and quickly received the nickname 'Widowmaker.'

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The Harley-Davidson V-Rod's engine was produced in conjunction with Porsche. It helped make the V-Rod the most powerful Harley ever and produced around 115 horsepower!

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The shaft driven Moto Guzzi Le Mans was particularly unstable at low speeds but loved long, open roads. And it looked incredible with its Cafe Racer layout.

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Developed in the 1970s and with those classic '70s looks, the Ducati 900SS was powered by an 864cc engine. It quickly became very popular and even scored a victory at the Isle of Man TT race.

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Modern superbikes simply look incredible and the Kawasaki Ninja H2 is no different. With a 998cc engine, this is one of the fastest superbikes ever made. It produces 210 horsepower and will propel a ride to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds.

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Norton participated in every Isle of Man TT from the beginning of this epic race in 1907. Their Manx model dominated the 1950s race, even though it was based on fairly old designs. This model filled five of the first six positions that year.

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Built in limited numbers and for only one year, the 2006 Ducati PS1000LE was released by the prestigious Italian marque to commemorate Paul Smart's race win in 1972 at Imola. It is powered by a 992 cc 90° V-twin cylinder.

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Called the 'Rolls Royce of Motorcycles' as each was tailored exactly to its owner's needs, including the SS100. Brough Superior machines were famous in the early part of the 19th century. This make was the choice of motorcycle for T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia.

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Another early British marque, Royal Enfield designed and produced the Bullet. This bike has the longest production run of all models ever produced, clocking in at 83 years. They are currently built in India.

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One of the most iconic American motorcycles ever produced, the Indian Chief was first manufactured in 1922. In 1940, the Chief was built using a sprung frame which improved its handling immensely. These bikes are easily recognized by their large fenders.

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Built between 1938 and 1960, the Triumph Speed Twin was powered by a 498 cc 360 degree parallel twin OHV four-stroke engine. Thanks to its brilliant performance, it was copied by other British motorcycle manufacturers who also started to produce Twin models. Although styling on the bike changed over the years, very little changed with the engine.

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After the First World War, the aircraft engine manufacturer, BMW, turned to motorcycles. Their​ first model, the R32, was powered by a 494cc side valve, air-cooled flat twin that produced a top speed of close to 100km/h. The thing that really stood out about the R32 was its looks, most notably the angled gas tank.

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Formed in 1977, this Italian motorcycle manufacturer had managed to win the 350cc World Championship in 1980 with Jon Ekerold, racing as a privateer on board. Although the company went bankrupt in 2000, it reformed with a new group of investors in 2003. The Tesi 3D is one of their newer models.

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As Harley's massive tourer option, the Elektra Glide is often seen chewing up the miles on interstate highways around America. The Elektra Glide was first introduced in 1965.

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In 1905, Belgian manufacturer FN released the first four-cylinder in-line engine motorcycle to the world, the FN Four. Although very different in terms of the style of the time, these motorcycles were a lot quieter than their contemporaries and quickly became popular.

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The third-biggest motorcycle manufacturer in Japan, Suzuki sells a range of vehicles and motorcycles. The company was first started in 1909 as Suzuki Loom Works and produced its first motorized bicycle in 1952. The TL1000R is just one of its well-known models.

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Just as capable off-road as on it, the BMW R60/2 is considered one of the first tourers ever produced. It was initially designed as part of a sidecar and not a stand-alone​ motorcycle.

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No mistaking the Vincent Black Shadow, that is for sure! Built between 1948 and 1955. This was the speed machine of its day and could easily reach 125mph.

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The Harley-Davidson Sportster is a favorite of Harley lovers around the world. In fact, it is the best selling Harley model and first hit the market in 1957. Currently, there are five models of the Sportster and with a range of Harley additional equipment, each can be customized to suit a riders needs.

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Easily recognizable thanks to its massive size, huge passenger seat and large saddlebags, the Honda Goldwing is one of the best tourers available in the world. And the Goldwing comes with many luxuries as standards, including heated seats, GPS navigation, airbags and a reverse gear.

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The R131 Fighter is a product of Confederate Motorcycles. Constructed out of carbon fiber mostly, this machine weighs a mere 460 pounds. It is powered by a 2.1-liter V-twin motor.

What brand is the motorcycle shown in the image?

Founded in 1950 in Italy by Giovanni Castiglioni, Cagiva began life producing metal components. Castiglioni's sons released the first Cagiva motorcycle in 1978 and in a short time, the brand won races across a number of different formats. The Cagiva C593 was a beast of a ​bike but in the right hands.

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Released in 1985, the Yamaha V-Max has always had a very distinct look, thanks mostly to its intake plenums below the tank. They are necessary to ensure the massive 1.2-liter engine gets enough air to propel this motorcycle to some impressive acceleration figures.

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Although it looks very similar to Harley's Wide Glide, the Shadow VT1100 doesn't sound like one. That said, the Shadow has become very popular in its own right and Honda produces a range of engine options, starting at 125cc. It was first introduced in 1983.

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As capable on road as off it, the R1200GS is BMW's best seller. The R1200GS is powered by a two-cylinder boxer engine with 4-valves per cylinder. It is capable of a top speed of 130 mph.

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Developed by KTM Austria, over 10 years of research and development went into the KTM 950 Adventure. This bike is perfect for off-road adventures and is powered by a 75-degree V-twin motor that produces 102 brake horsepower.

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With the Monster, Ducati decided to build a stripped down motorcycle, which is immediately noticeable with the trellised frame. Produced by the Italian brand since 1993, this muscle bike has sold more than 300,000 units the world over.

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A brilliant entry level bike for those riders wanting their first 'crotch-rocket,' the Kawasaki E500 Ninja was discontinued in 2009. It offered everything you could want for in a bike in its class, quick acceleration and blinding speed, as well as a comfortable seating position for longer rides.

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The Gilera CX was a very different looking bike, with the solid wheels immediately noticeable. It certainly looked fast and it was! With its small 125 cc engine, the Gilera could rev at 12,000 RPM and reach more than 100 mph.

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Called the 'Hurricane' in America, the Honda CBR600 was the brand's first sportbike to include a full fairing and body cover combination. The CBR600 revved at more than 11,000 RPM and propelled its riders to 140 mph with ease.

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Considered the first bike in the Supermoto class, the Aprilia SXV is essentially an off-roader built for urban use as well. Easy to ride, it quickly became a favorite for those looking for a motorcycle to use for their daily commute.

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A legend of the '80s, the Suzuki RG500 Gamma was born on the track. This impressive two-stroke, twin-crank driven bike was quick and had close to 100 brake horsepower available with just a twist of the right hand. Thanks to a posi-damp suspension system on the front, the Gamma also handled incredibly well.

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Ducati formed in Bologna, Italy, in 1926. They are famed for their motorcycles, with models like the 916 revered around the globe. In 2016, Ducati sold more than 55,000 units worldwide.

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Buell was founded in 1983 by Erik Buell, a former engineer with Harley-Davidson. By 1993, Harley owned 49 percent of the company and 10 years later, Buell was one of its subsidiaries. The Buell XB was a favorite model for many bikers.

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Only 1,500 models of the Ducati Desmosedici RR were built. Based on the MotoGP championship winning bike of Nicky Hayden, this was a real thoroughbred.

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The iconic Yamaha R1 first entered production in 1998. Current models are powered by a 998 cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, in-line four-cylinder engine which produces a top speed of around 293km/h and a 0-60mph time of 2.6 secs.

What brand is the motorcycle shown in the image?

The custom built Britten V1000 was the brainchild of John Britten of New Zealand. Powered by a water-cooled 999 cc 60 deg V-Twin quad cam 4-stroke engine, the Britten did well on the track, winning races and claiming numerous motorcycle records.

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