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Ex-Steve Williams TT F1 – 1988 Bimota YB4-R

In Italy, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The YB4 was Bimota’s fourth Yamaha-based bike, built around the FZ750 (2MG series). The machine was developed for the ’87 season of the prestigious Formula TT World Championship. It first premiered at the French Bol d’Or Endurance Race of ’86 but after homologation rules forced the company to churn out a minimum number of production road-goers, Bimota would use the …

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Built for Norman Reedus – 1982 Yamaha XV920 Custom

In Custom, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Classified Moto has made a name for themselves with a signature style and an affinity for classic Japanese machinery. They’ve made some oddballs but they’ve deservedly earned plenty of fans and done some celebrity builds in the process. One of those builds for celebrities was this Yamaha XV920 built for a star of the Walking Dead, Norman Reedus. Fans of …

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Restomod Italimerican – 1970 Harley-Davidson Sprint SS350

In America, Cafe Racer, Custom, Italy by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

In response to the sales success of smaller Japanese bikes in the 1960’s, Harley-Davidson formed a plan to offer a new small-displacement machine to compete as its own small-engined Hummer model left a lot to be desired. Around this same time Aermacchi was interested in focusing more resources on its aeronautical division and allowed Harley to grab a 50 percent …

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5 Miles – 1983 Yamaha Virago XV500

In Cruiser, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Today, factory customs are mainstream staples in the motorcycling world, but that wasn’t always the case. Customizing bikes – at least in the manner we know today – was largely unheard of before the 1970’s. Custom choppers did exist, and people would modify bikes for track and racing purposes, but custom street bikes couldn’t have been less embraced by magazines …

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Ending Soon – 1975 CCM 500MX

In England, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1971, Alan Clews founded CCM (Clews Competition Machines) by taking advantage of BSA’s decision to shut down their competition department. Clews was able to snag the entire inventory of BSA’s works parts and used them to build world-beating MX bikes. As his stock of BSA parts ran out, Alan developed his own. Here’s a restored example of one of …

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No Reserve – 1970 Yamaha RT1 360

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Yamaha earned themselves a lot of fans with the release of the 360cc RT1 enduro in 1970. The motorcycling public had high expectations after the smaller DT1/AT1 models, so the big brother was going to be just as good, right? Indeed it was. That’s why they are popular nearly 40 years later and why the current bidding on this first …

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Rare OHC Duck – 1958 Ducati Sport 100

In Italy, Less than 5k, Small Displacement, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Founded by brothers Adriano and Bruno Cavalieri as well as Marcello Ducati, what we now call “Ducati” first started out as “Societa Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati” back in 1926. The Bologna-based company got its start by manufacturing radio components, mostly for the Italian military. Unfortunately this made the company’s factory a target for being bombed in WW2 – something that …

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World Record Jumper – 1972 Yamaha 650

In Japan, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update – after 21 bids on eBay, this Yamaha sold for $6,200. John “Cowboy” Hall was a stunt rider in the 70s who earned three world records with this Yamaha 650 that has since been converted to a street legal tracker. His records included jumping 20 cars in Nashville, Tennessee, 16 cars (indoors) in Portland, Oregon, and a …

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HRC-Framed Magazine Build – 2005 Honda CR250R

In Japan, Off-Road, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

M66 Productions is a San Diego-based production company specializing in action sports who are capable of putting together everything from standalone YouTube videos to full DVD releases. In addition to professional video and photography work, M66 appears to dabble in high-performance project builds as well. Their latest project comes in the form of a 2005 Honda CR250R that has supposedly …