In 1973 BMW celebrated the 50th anniversary of its boxer twin with its most audacious road bike ever — the R90S. Sporty at heart and with the Z1 in its sights this crazy kraut took on the Japanese and won.

It’s strange how history is sometimes tainted with hyperbole.

The arrival of the Honda CB750 in 1969 turned motorcycling on its head. Or did it?

On its launch it in fact had an inferior power-to-weight ratio, and was only slightly faster than the Norton Commando released a year earlier.

Even Kawasaki’s equally seminal Z1 offered more in terms of flash

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