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Rare in the US – 1992 Yamaha SRV250

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Never officially sold in the US, the SRV250 was Yamaha’s baby cafe racer a la the Honda GB500. The seller is not aware of another example in the US, and neither am I. I hope the next owner keeps it as-is and avoids the temptation of turning it into a cafe. It’s just too unique in the States.

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Ooh, Shiny – 1966 Honda CL77 Scrambler

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

The seller of this bike aptly describes it as “over-restored.” The story is that the restorer worked at a chrome shop, so any parts that he didn’t either have NOS or couldn’t buy new were chromed! The current seller bought it from the restorer (whom I will now call Chromefinger) and has kept it in his living room as a …

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Do You Remember? 1974 Suzuki T500

In Japan, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

The Suzuki T500 line was an unquestionably a very good motorcycle that sold more than 100,000 units across ten years and is rarely remembered today. Overshadowed by Honda’s Black Bomber four strokes and Kawasaki’s death wish two stroke triples, the T500 was big, reliable and rideable. Just not very flashy. Suzuki brought out their parallel twin two stroke motorcycles with …

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The Legend Begins – 1975 Honda Goldwing

In Japan, Touring by Tom Wacker0 Comments

In late 1974 there was a huge buzz around Honda. Everybody speculated that Honda would bring out an update to the uber successful CB 750 that had stood the market on it’s ear 6 years earlier. Kawasaki had the Z1 out and selling like crazy and everybody KNEW that Honda needed to up their game. Everybody was right of course, …

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RC36 – 1991 Honda VFR750F

In Japan, Less than 5k, Sport by Ted Clough0 Comments

Now normally I would not get all too excited about a Honda sportbike. They generally fit into the category referred to as “UJMs”, that is, universal Japanese motorcycles, the standard inline-4 cylinder we are all so familiar with. But back in 1986 Honda took a slightly different route. The 1986 model was introduced as a fully-faired, V-4 of 748cc, with …

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In Australia – 1982 Honda BiMonkey

In Custom, Japan, Small Displacement, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Honda’s Monkey bike (known the world over but sometimes with a different name) is one of the most notable motorcycles ever built. Between ’87 and ’88, Honda built a RT variant which was only available in Japan. According to the seller, approximately 40 of those RT bikes were converted to these adorable little replicas of the Bimota DB1 called the …

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Beautiful Cosmetics – 1969 Yamaha DS6C

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Abhi0 Comments

The seller says he doubts “there is a DS6C in this type of condition outside of a museum.” It hasn’t run in 4 years but it’s been properly stored. I haven’t seen one better – plus this comes with a spare bike that needs new rings so you’ve got nearly every spare you could want. (Yeah, except rings. Smartass.)

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The Thumper Returns – 1976 Yamaha TT500

In Japan, Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Through all of the 1960s you really had two choices if you wanted to play in the dirt. Many manufacturers made ‘Scrambler’ models but they really were better at getting you to the dirt than actually getting dirty. You could either ride a two stroke single that made horsepower like crazy or ride a vintage English 4 stroke single. Both …