Forty years of Honda’s trend-setting turbo bikes

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The Honda City wasn’t the only vehicle to which the Japanese automaker strapped a turbocharger in 1982 – that year, it also introduced the CX500 Turbo, and created the first turbocharged production motorcycle in the process.

Honda’s dalliance with turbocharged bikes was short-lived, and after following Honda into the fray, the industry as a whole soon returned to natural aspiration. But in a decade known for excess, the CX500 Turbo, and the CX650 Turbo that replaced it a year later, were remarkably restrained.

Perhaps surprisingly, this high-performance technology was employed not on a superbike, but a sports tourer. Nor did

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Ron Slater recalls thrilling years of motorcycle scrambling

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Ron Slater in the lead at a ‘bomb hole’ at Brands Hatch in 1951 (Scramble 8)

Ron Slater competed in motorcycle scrambling for only three years, but achieved considerable success in that time.

It was an expensive sport and without commercial backing or a rich family, it was difficult for the average rider to keep going.

As we reported last week, Ron, who is 96 and lives in Thame, got a taste for motorcycles while serving in the RAF during the Second World War.

Read again: Ron’s happy memories of motorcycle scrambling

He rode for the Oxford Ixion club in

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Gold Wing Road Riders Association to Shut Down after 45 Years

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The Gold Wing, Honda‘s flagship touring motorcycle, was launched in 1974 as a 1975 model. The original GL1000, powered by an opposed Four with shaft final drive, was the second most powerful production motorcycle at the time, runner-up to the venerable Kawasaki Z-1. It had no fairing and no luggage, but it was so smooth, torquey, and reliable that it became popular with touring riders and has evolved over six generations. (Read our 2021 Honda Gold Wing Tour DCT road test review).

Just a few years after the Gold Wing was introduced, the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) was

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How one car designer tracked down and restored this Ferrari 308 after 17 years

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Many of us dream of discovering an exotic ‘barn find’ in the woods and restoring it – but Julien Famchon came across the Ferrari 308 GTB of his dreams in the parking lot of his apartment. Finding the owner, however, was no easy feat…

Julien, thank you for chatting with us today! Tell us a bit about yourself…

“I’m a 42-year-old French car designer. I started my career as an intern at Pininfarina while I was a student, so was involved in various projects at Ferrari and Maserati, which was really incredible. Afterwards, I went to work for Peugeot

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