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Restored – 1987 Kawasaki KDX200

In Japan, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

Kawasaki introduced the KDX line as a small enduro in 1980. In 1986, they revised the KDX200 with lots of features from the KX125 motocrosser, and Kawi was one of the very few manufacturers offering a two-stroke enduro at the time. It was well loved by riders, so much so that even Kawasaki introduced a 250 of the KDX in …

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1994 Yamaha YZF750R

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Yamaha’s YZF750 was offered in two variants – the base model “R” and the homologation “SP”. The United States only received the R variant – it wasn’t as special but it was still a good bike. Sport Rider named it Bike of the Year in 1995. This example has less than 7k miles and it looks to be in good …

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Feeling Suicidal? 1995 Kawasaki KX500 Trike

In 3 Wheels, Custom, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: This trike sold for the opening bid of $4,500. When Kawasaki introduced the KX500 motocrosser in 1983, Dirt Bike magazine called it “unrideable” and “violent.” The owner of this bike apparently never read that article, because he’s decided to take it to another level of lunacy by adding a wheel. Well, that’s not fair, he does say …

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Indian Chief Replica – 2005 Kawasaki Drifter 800

In Cruiser, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

In 1994, Denny Berg worked with Cobra USA to take a Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 and create an “American Classic” custom. It was a success on the show circuit, and the next year Kawi released a “Classic” version of the Vulcan. The next year, Kawasaki went back to Cobra, Denny, and Don Emde (son of the legendary racer Floyd Emde). Don …

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Pretty in Purple – 1973 Kawasaki H2

In Japan, Sport by Tom Wacker0 Comments

1973 was a very momentous year for me personally. I got married (for the first time) in June and in July I got one of the worst motorcycle injuries of my career falling off an H2. We were a couple of dreamers. She dreamed that she could drag my country farm boy butt into polite society, and I dreamed that …

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Street Legal Open Class – 2006 Service Honda CR500AF-X

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

Though they are no longer in business, Service Honda was well known not just for supplying OEM parts but also for the creation of an aluminum-framed open class monster called the 500AF. It all started in 1997, where as a personal project Service Honda stuffed a 500cc 2-stroke motor into a Honda CR250. The results were dramatic, and Service Honda …

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Ending Soon – 1978 Honda CB750A

In Japan, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Everybody knows about the long run popularity of the Honda CB750. How could you possibly classify a CB750 as rare or unusual? Make it be a CB750A2 (1978)-only 1,700 were built. 1978 was a big model change year (CB750K for 1979) and Honda still sold over 18,000 CB750F models that year. The CB750A debuted in 1976 with a two speed …

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“Frank” – 1977 Honda CB550 Custom

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

2-12-17 Update – Reader Bob K notes that this bike is back up for sale. You can find it for sale here on Craigslist outside of Dallas, Texas for $13,500. Post Listing Update: Frank got a healthy 74 bids on eBay, but the final result of $7,000 was not enough to meet reserve. Called “Frank” because it’s a ‘Frankenstein’ build, …

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2001 Honda CBR929RR

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

The 929 was the fifth generation of Honda’s CBR900. It was a solid improvement on a legendary motorcycle but by this point Yamaha and Suzuki had released new versions of the R1 and GSX-R 1000, leaving Honda lagging behind. The CBR929RR didn’t sell nearly as well as the Yamaha or Suzuki, and Honda updated the model one last time (with …