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2003 Yamaha FZ1

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Yamaha FZ1 is an under-appreciated bike. Introduced in 2001, it gave you the power of a modified R1 engine (145 hp) with all-day ergonomics. Low-end power suffered compared to the competition, but it was silly amounts of fun over 8,000 rpm.

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The Bomb Bike – 1983 Honda Gold Wing Custom

In Custom, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

3-21-19 Update: 10 months later, Dan D notes that this bike is back up for sale with a significant discount as the seller didn’t get any interest at $12k on eBay last May. Now the asking price is down to $8,000 – find it in Eaton, Ohio here on Craigslist. Post Listing Update: This interesting custom did not get any …

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Restored – 1967 Honda CB77 Superhawk 305

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Honda CB77, also known as the the Super Hawk, has the glorious distinction of being Honda’s first sportbike. In certain ways, it set the template for the next 20 years of motorcycles thanks to a lovely pairing of speed and reliability. It would also lead to several future classic Hondas like the Black Bomber (CB450) and the ubiquitous CB750.

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1980 Honda CB750K Custom

In Japan, Standard by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

The greatness and pedigree of the Honda 750 is well documented, but the DOHC version is not as coveted. The engine stepped away from the original 750, which was designed to (from the side) look like a Triumph twin. This is one of the reasons the SOHC 750 was and, is sought after by café bike enthusiasts. One could argue …

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2010 Yamaha VMAX

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Power cruisers are definitely not everyone’s idea of a good time. For me though, there is no better way to ride low and…sort of slow. The VMAX houses a monstrous 1679cc V-4 pushes out 197 hp. Massive six piston calipers clamp dual front rotors. A solid chassis and shaft drive provide a solid connection between face melting torque and a …

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Supermoto Conversion – 2008 Honda XR650L

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The Honda XR650L has been a long standing dual-sport staple. A 644cc carbureted powerplant pushing 324 pounds dry balances power and agility, without the brutality of a full motocrosser. The single cylinder setup fosters reliability for endless joy, and supermoto glory is just a front end conversion and street tires away. 650cc supermotos are in a category of their own …