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5,296 Miles – 1981 Honda CB900F Super Sport

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

As the CBX shifted from a large naked sportbike to a faired gentleman’s express, Honda decided to bolster their large-displacement sportbike lineup by finally bringing exporting the CB900F that Europeans had already been enjoying. Initially, Honda’s marketing team had decided that America would only get the 750F and Europe would only get the 900F, but that eventually changed as both …

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1983 Honda ATC70

In 3 Wheels, Japan, Less than 5k, Off-Road by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

After the success of the Z50 and the CT70, Honda wanted a bike that they could sell in the winters in the US market. They launched a small trike called the US90 in 1969. The success was immediate, and US beaches became Honda’s trike highways. In 1971, Honda acquired the trademark ATC, “all-terrain cycle”, and gave it to their three-wheelers. …

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1965 Honda CB77 Super Hawk

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The Honda CB77 has a special place in motorcycling history. They marked the beginning of Soichiro Honda developing his own designs, and we can all thank him for that. It was the beginning of the end of British motorcycling supremacy, despite their engines being significantly larger. The 305cc four stroke was a stressed member in the frame, and a race …

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First Year, First Model Project – 1955 Yamaha YA-1

In Japan, Vintage by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The company we all know today as Yamaha began as Nippon Gakki Co. Ltd in 1887 (incorporated in 1897), producing musical instruments. Founded by Torakusu Yamaha, the company would remain in operation for nearly seven decades before it produced its first motorized two-wheeler. Following the Second World War, several of the tuning fork company’s production facilities — which were setup …

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M1030M1 – 2009 Kawasaki KLR650

In America, Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

KLR fans, take a close look at that motor. If it looks different than what you’re used to, it’s because this is a diesel-powered Kawasaki built by Hayes Diversified Technologies for the US Marine Corps. Hayes actually built 3 military Kawis – a gas-powered bike based on the KLR250 (M1030), another gas-powered bike but based on the KLR650 (M1030B1), and …

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1986 Yamaha FZ600

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Sport bikes and other technologies derived from racing employ the most cutting edge hardware available. In 1986, the Yamaha FZ600 was the best Yamaha had to offer in the exploding supersport class. The motor had been developed over the 80s, the suspension was adjustable, and it was 30lbs lighter than its Ninja competition. Next time you see an R6, see …

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2000 Honda RC51 SP1

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Sold between in 2000 and 2006 in two different versions, the RC51 has gone down as one of the most legendary motorcycles to ever come out of Honda, well-deserving of the “RC” designation that’s graced other famous Hondas like the RC30, RC40, and RC45. It was Honda’s take on the V-TWin replica racer, beating Ducati at it’s own game with …

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1973 Kawasaki Z1

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The Kawasaki Z1 900 was the direct result of Honda’s incredible CB750 and good old fashioned escalation. It went through several years of development, with the final product cementing the place of Kawasaki in America. There are some things done so well, that when they’re redone, they have to be exactly the same. Star Wars movies and the Kawasaki Z1 …

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1983 Suzuki GS750ES

In Japan, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

The 80’s was a decisive time in the sport bike market with the prevalence of mechanical novelties like fuel injection or liquid cooling. Bikes became narrower than before and started dressing themselves with aerodynamic fairings. Suzuki adapted its offerings later than the other big Japanese makers, as they kept some two-stroke engines until the late 70’s, notably with the GT750. …

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2000 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

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Post Sale Update: This ZX-12R sold for $5,655 after 25 bids on eBay. Can you imagine what bikes we’ll be looking forward to riding in the year 3000? In the year 2000, this was it. The Kawasaki ZX12R, meant to take the horsepower wars to the Hayabusa while spanking it around a track. Cycle World details the story of top …

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1984 Honda V65 Sabre

In Japan, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1982, Honda released a brand new V4 engine to be implemented in the cruising-type Magna and sport-type Sabre. One year later, a protein version of the V4 750cc engine was created, developing 1,100cc. It was called the V65. The engine started its life on the Magna, and then in 1984, the Sabre.