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First to Canada – 1942 Harley-Davidson WLC

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You’ve probably heard of the Harley-Davidson WLA before. It was, by far, the most common bike that Harley built for the military, but it’s not easy to find nowadays. The original acronym stood for: W – an existing model line, L – high compression, A – Army), this bike helped create a dramatic rise in Harley’s popularity as surplus bikes …

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1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR

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Under the control of Willie G. Davidson, grandson of William A. Davidson, a project to revamp the original Sportster design was born. With two other engineers, Haubert and Moderow, the project started in April 1974. Moderow had to draw and Haubert had to develop from there. After Moderow got off the project, Willy and Haubert remained and gave birth to …

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Baby Harley – 1974 Harley-Davidson X-90

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In the early 60s, Harley-Davidson had to make changes to resist advancements from the Japanese. Indeed, specialized in big V-twins only, Harley did not have any bikes to get into the small-size engine market. To fix that, the American brand decided to outsource their production of small cc bikes to the Italian manufacturer Aermacchi. Among the various bikes built in …

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2002 Vincent Black Eagle Prototype

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11-20-18 Update: It’s been nearly four years, but Tim Huber notes that this bike is back up for sale. Find it with a BIN of $65,000 or best offer (add $2,000 for shipping to the US) here on eBay. In 1994, Bernard Li (founder of Eagle One car care products) started acquiring the trademarks of the Vincent motorcycle company. He …

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Apogee “Raffale” SuperBobber — 2009 Ducati 1098R Custom

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Ducati places enormous importance on the aesthetics of its machines, leading to the marque delivering some of the most gorgeous production two-wheelers available. For this reason, stripping down and customizing what’s already an objectively good-looking bike can be a bit of a controversial (if not sacrilegious) move. However this hasn’t gotten in the way of Gustavo Pena of Apogee Motorworks …

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Replica Frame, Original Motor – 1911 Pierce Four

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Post Listing Update: This Pierce did not meet reserve despite 15 bids up to $44,667. The first four-cylinder motorcycle built in the US, the Pierce Four showed up other American brands that still looked like bicycles with motors. The Four emphasized the “motor” in motorcycle with a 696cc engine that pushed 7 horsepower through a 2-speed transmission. The hefty frame …

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Harley-Davidson VR1000 Tribute – 1996 Buell S1

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11-4-18 Update: Over a year later, this bike is back up for sale on a different forum with the same asking price. Find it for $10,000 here on Bad Weather Bikers. Even though it wasn’t particularly successful, the VR1000 was one of the most interesting motorcycles Harley-Davidson has ever built. This replica isn’t going to fool anyone, but if you’re …

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German Style – 1948 Harley-Davidson Hummer S-125

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Post Listing Update: This Hummer did not get any interest at the opening bid of $4,000. Following the end of WWII and the Allies’ victory, the Germans saw many of their factories and blueprints taken as reparations. These German intellectual properties included rockets, submarine research and even motorcycles. In fact, the DKW factory created in 1919 notably produced some lightweight …

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#7 – Confederate P120 Fighter

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Post Listing Update: This Confederate did not meet reserve with 1 bid up to $40,000. Despite its young age, Confederate was probably one of the best representatives of American talent at making impressive and extraordinary bikes. Yes, Harley Davidson and Indian represent American motorcycle history but Confederate really put America’s best technology, industrial, and crafting skills at work. Among the …

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1 of 100 – 2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition

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Post Listing Update: Neither featured bike got interest at the $20K plus asking prices. “The EBR 1190RS is more than a machine built for homologation needs. It is not the basis for a Superbike; it is a Superbike, more like a racer than anything that has come before, including the Ducati 1098R,” stated Cycle World’s Steve Anderson after putting the …