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First Impressions

Vespa Choppers

vespa chopper

At first thought, Vespas and choppers seem to have little in common. Choppers are ludicrous, oversized, exagerated monstrosities. Scooters are cute, fuzzy, small displacement and lightweight little machines. Despite their differences, both scooters and choppers rose to popularity following World War II. The history of war vets having returned home and began stripping and customizing their motorcycles is well documented. Likewise, today's pop culture image of the scooter is the evolution of a 1940s Cushman design.

It wouldn't be long before counter culture and popular culture flirted. Did good corrupt evil, or did evil see the light? Have a look at these rare Vespa Choppers from an era gone by and decide.

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Honda Hawk NT650 GT

Honda Hawk NT650 GT

I once learned the hard way that if a motorcycle has been too molested, that is, if it’s been too modified by the wrong hands, it should be avoided. Last night, whether out of stupidity, forgetfulness, or a stroke of genius, I decided to ignore this lesson.

I bought a heavily modified 1990 Honda Hawk NT650 GT, with various Honda and Buell pieces on the front, Ducati parts on the back, and some aftermarket parts thrown in for good measure. I’m diggin’ it.

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Akrapovic Morsus

akrapovic morsus

Akrapovic is a Slovenian manufacturer known for their proven exhausts from Moto GP to Enduro and Motocross, Akrapovic is now dabbing into custom motorcycles. Their latest, the Morsus, is a chopperesque beauty with sportbike like ergonomics and suspension. From Dream Machine Customs, she's a beauty.

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2006 Harley-Davidson V-Rod VRSC Street Rod

Harley-Davidson V-Rod Street Rod

Neither sportbike, nor cruiser. Neither Harley, nor Porsche. The Street Rod is a conundrum of a motorcycle. Original V-Rod owners and fans wailed about the suspension, both front and rear, and the V-Rod's unsporting handling, particularly in corners. Say what you well about Harley-Davidson's creative and marketing departments but these guys know exactly what they're doing and they know how to take a hint.

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New KYMCO 2012 Models

KYMCO's New 2012 Models

KYMCO's New 2012 ModelsThe secret is out! KYMCO has announced their new 2012 models. They will be offering four new scooters to us, with the new models ranging from 50cc to 200cc. The new models feature some great tech specs and these scooters shouldn't be overlooked by any current or future motorcycle rider.

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KYMCO Downtown 300i

KYMCO Downtown 300i

The all new 2011 KYMCO Downtown 300i's have landed in Canada, many have been awaiting its arrival date. The Downtown 300i was designed with maxi-scooter performance and sport bike agility for the perfect scooter experience. The scooter looks particularly sharp and looks equally as good on paper. We took our first look at two of them today at Studio Cycle Group in Toronto.

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