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“Frank” – 1977 Honda CB550 Custom

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

Called “Frank” because it’s a ‘Frankenstein’ build, this Honda CB550 was custom built by GT-Moto. The seller picked it up last October but he/she doesn’t have enough chances to ride so the bike needs a “forever home.” It features parts from other Hondas, Suzukis, Harleys, Ducatis – even a Benelli.

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1966 Ducati Scrambler 250

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Introduced with the 250 in 1962 the Ducati Scrambler line had an incredible run of popularity, first in North America and after introduction to Europe in 1968 it was very popular there, too. Originally derived from a street machine the Scrambler line evolved into a genuine player on the dirt racing circuit in the US and in Europe. The Scrambler …

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Motorsport Livery – 1980 BMW R100 Custom

In Germany, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

The original owner of this bike put 50,000 miles on it as a commuter, and then it got (depending on your take) customized or ruined into this custom with a white/red/blue livery presumably inspired by BMW’s Motorsport paint schemes.

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1968 Kawasaki W1

In Japan, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Spoiler Alert: I think this is a W1SS which isn’t so rare as the seller seems to think. There has been a great discussion on the W1 here on Bike-urious. 1968 was the beginning of the end for the Kawasaki W series. Part of the Kawasaki takeover of Meguro motorcycles was a licensing agreement with BSA that resulted in the …

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1978 Kawasaki Z1-R

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Wayne Moulton has had quite a career in the motorcycling industry, including roles as President for Triumph Motorcycles America and Vetter Fairings, as well as Vice President of Kawasaki. He was known for a philosophy that “a popular motorcycle can have four different variations – a standard, a limited, a cafe racer and a touring bike.” He’s also known as …

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Rare ADV – 2008 Benelli TRE K 1130 Amazonas

In Dual-Sport, Italy by Abhi0 Comments

Here’s a big dual-sport for those of you that think the Ducati Multistrada is too common. Like the Multi, the TRE K is a street-oriented adventure bike, though this is one of the “Amazonas” variants that adds spoked-wheels (with a larger 19″ wheel up front) and wave brake rotors for a slightly more off-road friendly version. It’s one of the …

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Upgraded – 1948 Indian Chief

In America, Cruiser by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Those of you that have been around here for a while know how I feel about Indians in general and Chiefs specifically. It’s always a pleasure for me to find and write up another Chief. At the start of 1948 the Chief was the only model that Indian sold. By the end of 1948 Indian had introduced the parallel twin …

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Rare Pair – 2x 1999 Yamaha R7

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Yamaha released just 500 examples of the homologation special R7 (also known was the OWO2). Only 31 of them were sold through US dealers, while another three were imported directly by Yamaha’s US division. Someone in Southern California has two example – one of the factory imported bikes and one built by Graves Motorsports with a R1 engine from the …

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1987 Honda NSR250R MC16

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Honda NSR250R is a legendary two-stroke race replica – and it all starts with the MC16 generation from 1987. Honda sold 18,798 examples of this instant success and production would continue on until 1996.