Two years ago, I featured a Seca Turbo for $1,800, and I called it the “Cheapest I’ve Seen.”. Now thanks to reader Larry R, we’ve got a new champion.
I’ve featured plenty of RZ350s over the years – they’re great bikes though they’re not exactly rare. With that said, this example stands out as it was brought back to life in 2014 and it features a full front fairing and rear tail from Spec II.
A few weeks ago, I featured a modern Harley with a sidecar and trailer, and the general consensus (understandably) was that you’d be better off with a truck. While that might be true, I still find these combinations interesting – triply so when it’s a classic Italian, the sidecar allows the bike to lean, and everything is painted to match!
This 850T has over 60,000 miles, but it’s been tastefully upgraded to make it an excellent choice for someone who wants to get out and ride their classic motorcycle.
Another day, another NX650 custom! Yesterday I featured the “Growler”, a minimalist take on Honda’s dual-sport that was slightly more street-oriented than the XR650. Today we’ve got the “Silver Surfer”, built by Jeffrey Wardenaar at Motogadgets.
In America, more is better. So, if Honda’s successful VF750 Magna and Sabre were good, then a big block version would be better, right?
If a Honda RC30 is just too commonplace for you, then the Yamaha OWO1 might be right up your alley. Just 500 were made, and the MSRP was a healthy $5,000 more than the Honda as well. My many accounts, this was as close as a member of the public could get to owning a street legal racebike. This example …
Some of my favorite customs nowadays are based on the Honda NX650 (known outside of the US as the Dominator). While my absolute favorite Dommie is this beauty by Andrew Greenland, I’m also enjoying this build called “Growler” by Neuga out of Budapest, Hungary.
V-Twin motors are typically the powerplant of choice for choppers…but seeing a ~130 horsepower Suzuki TL motor is unexpected. Combine that with a hardtail frame and knobby tires and you’ve got a bike that’ll get crazy in a hurry.
4-17-17 Update: A year later, this Yammie is back up for sale. Find it with bidding up to $3,550 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay. Post-Listing Update: This Asama racer did not meet reserve with 27 bids up to $9,679.99. The YDS1R was Yamaha’s first production road racer. It got the name “Asama Racer” because the factory …
MPS (Motorsports Products & Services) is the brainchild of George Fanelli, who creates aluminum framed two stroke MX bikes. Want a Kawi KX 500 motor in a modern four stroke frame? A Yamaha 500 two-stroke in a YZ250F frame? MPS has done it before. Here’s one of their Honda builds – a legendary 2001 CR500 motor in a 2007 CRF450 …
In 1982, Kawasaki introduced a middleweight to the GPz family, between the 550 and the 1100 (a couple of years later, the 900 would also be released).
One of my favorite all-around sportbikes is BMW’s R1100S. For the last year of production, BMW created a limited edition called the BCR, or Boxer Cup Replika. BMW actually went one step further by creating a spec series to race these bikes, and 200 examples were released as a homage.
Just for 1990, America got a taste of Honda’s NSF50F two stroke “sport” bike. Despite the diminutive size, it’s a street legal bike with a claimed top speed of 55 miles per hour. It makes me think of a MB5 that got updated with liquid cooling and then painted by a Miami coke dealer. I want one.