2019 was another great year with some really amazing motorcycles gracing our front window. Keep scrolling to check them all out and to learn more check out their individual blog posts!
We have been lucky enough to have had some very nice, very rare, and very desirable motorcycles grace our front window. But, this one might take the cake. What we have is the culmination of three years of passion, ingenuity, and straight-up hard work. The Walt Siegl Superbike is the full-fared carbon beast that started off the window bikes for 2019.
With the Grand Prix De Snow 2019 at the start of March we thought what better way to promote the event than with a tasty example of a vintage offroad machine from our title sponsors 1983 line-up.
Our March window bike was this1965 Ducati 250 Scrambler owned by our friend Nicholas. It's been beautifully restored and got a ton of attention since landing in our front window.
April's window bike comes from our customer Steve Troupe who has a beautiful collection of Italian motorcycles. We've been meaning to put one of them in the window for ages so it was nice to finally make it happen!
May's window bike belongs to Holly a rider we met through racing with the VRRA and seeing her beautiful collection of Yamaha's at Motosocial's in Toronto. We were happy to pluck one of her Yamaha's to place in our window for the month of May.
The W800 Cafe is a nod to Kawasaki's history while also paying homage to the original cafe racers of the 60's. It is set off by a two tone seat that almost makes it look like a single seat, spoked wheels, and a bevel-gear-driven 800cc motor. There are lots of different features and design cues hidden all over the W800 that really add to its vintage feel.
July's window bike is another Italian beauty from our friend Steve's collection. This particular bike sat unused in a garage since 1979 and was refurbished in 2014.
This a Japanese domestic market sport bike that was born and bred to appeal to a number of enthusiasts who were looking for more performance without a large capacity engine. The Japanese licensing laws made it difficult to obtain a license to ride a litre bike, so the manufacturers simply made small bikes with a ton of power.
This 1971 Vespa 125 GTR is a very clean, unrestored example. The Vespa GTR is most closely related to the Sprint Veloce, with the primary difference between the two being the Sprint Veloce's larger 150cc engine. Performance is similar between the two as well; the GTR's 125cc 2-stroke produces roughly 6.5 horsepower in factory trim, and tops out around 90 km/h. Both use a four speed manual, direct-drive transmission, front and rear drum brakes, and 10” wheels.
November’s window bike is a 1977 BMW R100S, the successor to the iconic R90S. This particular bike has been repainted in gloss black and modified with blacked out wheels, forks, and final drive. The owner has also replaced the nearly silent original exhaust with throatier Vattier “mufflers” with almost no baffling whatsoever. The seat was also replaced with a period solo saddle, likely from a police bike.
Having a small bike in our window has become a December tradition at Town Moto. In 2019 we had a sweet 1985 Honda XR80R that's been refurbed and is running sweet. It belongs to our pal and Slowcock Racing member Cody!