Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Take a sleek, stylish, and technologically savvy sedan, and inject with pure, hybrid eco-friendliness, and out will come the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In a world of car manufacturers hybridizing their favorite models, the Hyundai Sonata is a true standout. At first glance, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a hybrid, which is exactly what we …

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Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to contemporary automobiles with subtle, yet refined style, the Hyundai Sonata sits just at the top of the list. This borderline luxury sedan is one of the most comfortable and stylish sedans on the market today. While it may not be the most stand-out in terms of expression and performance, it is …

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Hyundai Palisade

When it comes to making affordable, functional, and stylish vehicles, no other car manufacturer seems to be able to do it quite like Hyundai does it.  The Hyundai Palisade has helped bring the company to the larger vehicle market, as it is one of their best and biggest three-row SUVs that they have ever released. …

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Hyundai Kona

When it comes to developing stylish, budget-friendly, and fuel-efficient vehicles, Hyundai has been on a roll. The Kona is one of the most charming vehicles that has come out in the past couple of years. With a tight and punchy powertrain that is fun to drive and a stylish design that provides you with class …

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Hyundai Ioniq

You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.  With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle. A History of the Hyundai Ioniq The Hyundai Ioniq …

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1971 Yankee Z

An offroad masterpiece, the Yankee Z’s creator called it “everything for everybody.” This model was capable of incredible speeds and the torque to handle even the most rugged terrain with ease, agility, and control. Check out how this dirtbike left other superbikes, motorcycles, and scooters in its dust.

A Dream Bike

In the 1960s, John Taylor was a well-known name in the motorcycle industry, having made carved his legacy as the American importer of Ossa and Bultaco brands. But that just wasn’t enough. Why settle for amazing when you can have perfect?

Taylor mulled over this question for a couple of years before partnering with a few other designers to found the Yankee Motor Company and to create his dream motorcycle, the 1971 Yankee 500 Z Twin.

Designed to Be Universal

Taylor wanted this bike to be a little bit of this and that and everything in between, so he set off at the turn of the decade to design what came to be an instant classic. 

The prototype model was crafted from a 460cc Ossa model designed for road racing, which Taylor’s connections remodeled into a 500cc off-road, dirt track racer capable of speeds at about 90 miles per hour.

Timeline of Versions with Changes

Only one model of the Yankee Z was ever created. Then again, with the masterclass design and virtually flawless universality of this superbike, how could anybody possibly have improved it? To avoid change for change’s sake, the Yankee Motor Company stuck with just the original design.

  • Yankee 500 Z Twin (1971-1972)

Production of the Yankee Z only lasted two short years, but that’s all it took to cement its place in the history of dirt-track racing.

The entire bike was, for lack of a better word, cannibalized, from a 460cc Ossa designed for paved road racing. The engine was specifically crafted by merging together together two 250cc Ossa engine halves for a total displacement of 500cc.

With incredibly high torque compared to other dirt-track racers of the time, this motorcycle was capable of much better tracking and control on muddy or loose-dirt tracks making it a favorite among racers.

The Yankee in the News

Although dirt-track racers might spend their nights dreaming about the Yankee Z coming back into production, that, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon. Hardly any news of the Yankee, good or bad, has hit the presses in decades.

Yankees on the Screen

No, you’re not likely to find any films or TV shows depicting the Yankee Z in action. Unfortunately, you won’t likely find any celebrities sporting Yankee Zs either. They’re just that rare.

Social Groups

With such a rare bike as the Yankee Z, it can prove challenging to find social groups for owners. Typically, social groups for fans are easy enough to come by with any preeminent classic such as this, but that’s not the case either with the Yankee Z.

The Yankee 500 Z Twin – “Everything for Everybody”

The versatility, the control, and the power of a Yankee Z cause this masterpiece to leave a permanent mark on the minds of everybody lucky enough to ride one. Will you be one of those people? Good luck finding a collector willing to sell.

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