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Ex-Lightweight TT Racer – 2006+ Kawasaki Ninja 650R

In Japan, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Kawasaki knew it had something special with its mid-sized parallel twin motor – this engine has been used to power a handful of different bikes from different classes and has even been utilized as an increasingly popular flat-track weapon. The 650cc eight-valve four-stroke DOHC twin boasts digital fuel-injection with dual 38mm Keihin throttle-bodies, producing fun yet practical power for the …

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1959 Moto Morini Settebello 175 Aste Corte Racer

In Italy, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Despite a few pesky World Wars creating massive roadblocks for him, the Italian Count Alfonso Morini and the company he founded in 1937 would go on to produce a few of the finest small-cylinder racers ever built. Born in 1898, Morini developed an interest in motorcycles early on and was operating his own repair shop by the time he was …

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Restored and Enjoyed – 1971 Suzuki T500 Titan

In Japan, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Though it was always in the shadow of Honda’s CB450, the Suzuki T500 (also known as the Titan) was one of the best bikes the firm had made to date. Thanks to the intellectual theft of 2-stroke technology from MZ as detailed in Stealing Speed, Suzuki was able to create a big displacement 2-stroker that you could rely on. In …

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Restored – 1974 Rokon Trailbreaker 2WD

In America, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

Founded about 50 years ago, Rokon has become synonymous with two-wheel-drive motorcycles that are able to go anywhere. Initially designed as a motorcycle/tractor, the Trailbreaker lives up to its name with incredibly low gearing that enables riders to climb up steep hills balancing at just 0.5 miles per hour.

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1959 Hercules K100

In Germany, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

10-18-17 Update: And just like that, this bike has sold! 10-18-17 Update: 20 months later, reader Bob K notes that this bike is back up for sale with a $100 discount. It looks like since the last feature, the bearings (I’m assuming wheel?) have been repacked. Everything works and it comes with the original air pump. Current mileage is 5,406. …

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Resto-Mini – 1970 Rupp Scrambler

In America, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

The story of Rupp Manufacturing (or Industries) is a fascinating one with a history spanning almost two decades. They produced a vast range of motorized on and off-road toys and even managed to hold its own for a while against Japan’s stranglehold on the industry once the Z50 Mini Trail debuted. The company was founded in Mansfield, Ohio in 1959 …

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#405 – 1969 Honda CB750

In Japan, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Vic World has earned himself the nickname of “Mr. CB750” thanks to decades of expertise and restorations of sandcast motors. In his words, “we take those parts and assemble a dream. The restored bike will look, run, and feel virtually identical to the legendary machines that rolled off Honda’s production line back in 1969. It will come complete with period …

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1992 Bimota YB8

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

YB8 = the 8th Bimota with a Yamaha engine, in this case a 1000cc EXUP, 20-valve engine which yielded 149 horsepower. I find it very weird to see the “EXUP” logo on an Italian bike, but there is something to be said for Japanese reliability with Italian design (even if this does look an awful lot like several other late …

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In Italy – 1954 Norvin

In Custom, England, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

10-16-17 Update: A month later, this Norvin is back up for sale. I try to let more time pass when a bike doesn’t sell but it’s just so fantastic that I have to share it in case someone missed it the first time. With that said – take special note of the seller’s feedback rating! Find it with bidding up …

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1 of 7 – 1985 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R750 XR51

In Japan, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Hideo “Pops” Yoshimura undeniably played a pivotal role in the evolution of modern sport bikes. The motorcycle tuner and race team owner is a legend in the racing world and the machines that he built are some of the most sought after historic Japanese racers of all time. In the early 1980s, Pops would revolutionize the world of two-wheeled racing …