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$100 Raffle – 1970 Lossa Engineering Honda CL450

In Custom, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

After a second bout with cancer, Jay LaRossa of Lossa Engineering built himself a custom Honda CL450 as a form of personal therapy. He’s attempted to sell it a couple of times since but for reasons I’m not privy to the sales didn’t go through. So now he’s trying something different – he’s going to raffle it away! $100 buys …

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1973 Hodaka Ace 100B

In America, Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Ace was Hodaka’s first motorcycle, the result of a partnership between Hodaka in Japan and the Pacific Basin Trading Company (Pabatco) of Athena, Oregon. It started off as a 90cc trail bike when introduced in 1964, but by ’68 the Ace was up to 100cc – and for many of you it may have been a first taste of …

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1980 Honda CB750F Super Sport

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Honda CB750F, also known as the Super Sport, was an evolution of the storied (and much more collectible) CB750 line. It gained some 80s styling to complement the 748cc dual overhead cam engine, a unit that produced 78 horsepower. The bike was capable of hitting about 125 miles per hour, and it was very competitive in the market in …

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First Year – 1985 Yamaha V-Max

In Cruiser, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

The name told you all you need to know: when the V-Max debuted in 1985, it was a cruiser dedicated to speed. Reviewers and consumers responded positively – it instantly won Cycle Guide’s “Bike of the Year” award and it barely had any changes for the next 22 years. (Yamaha brought it back in 2009.) The V-Max’s project leader was …

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No Reserve – 2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Honda built the RC51 to compete in World Superbike, and the bike earned titles in 2000 and 2002. The latter year, the RC51 also won the AMA Superbike championship with Nicky Hayden, and Honda responded in 2004 by producing a “Nicky Hayden Edition.” The changes were cosmetic only – a sticker kit, white number plates on the upper fairing and …

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Restored – 1970 Kawasaki Avenger A7

In Japan, Standard by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The A7 Avenger was one of Kawasaki’s earliest models, though upon its release was a pretty advanced and noteworthy machine. The 350 – technically 338cc – was a bored-out version of the marque’s earlier, quarter-liter A1 Samurai. The A1 itself was derived from Kawa’s 650cc W1 model. The A7 would lay the foundation for what would become the S2 Mach …

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“Fenrir” by JTEC MOTO – 1982 Yamaha XV920 Custom

In America, Custom, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

I first came across JTEC MOTO after the Los Angeles-based shop produced a particularly cool one-off Ducati 900SS cafe build. Though the small outfit has worked with a wide range of donors, it seems to have of proclivity for V-Twin-powered projects in addition to a serious knack for creating some pretty stellar one-off subframes. Recently an XV920-based cafe build the …

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1988 Honda Gyro UP

In 3 Wheels, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: The seller lowered the BIN to $1,700, and that’s the number it sold at! I’ve featured several examples of Honda’s quirky 3-wheeler called the GYRO (which is apparently an acronym for “Great Your Recreation Original.”) The US only got one of the versions, a “S” model that was focused on just carrying a rider around. But Japan …

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“The Grey Mare” by Dromos Motorworks – 1975 Honda CB550 Custom

In America, Custom, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Dromos Motorworks originally built this one-off cafe racer – entitled “The Grey Mare” – with the intentions of utilizing the CB project to attract future clients and generally garner some hype within the industry. According to the shop, the build’s aim was to create a cafe-racer that, in its own words, “didn’t look like all the other cookie-cutter racers”, and …

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1994 Honda Cub EZ90

In Japan, Off-Road, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Honda Cub EZ90 was a quirky flashback to the days of “you meet the nicest people on a Honda.” Designed to make motorcycles more friendly, the Honda EZ90 hid all of its mechanicals inside the futuristic plastic bodywork, and it even offered an electric start in addition to the kicker. Sold between ’91 and ’96 for off-road use only, …

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T20-Powered, T200-Framed – Well-Farkled Vintage Suzuki Racer

In Japan, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

The X6 Hustler was an important model in Suzuki’s history, helping the Japanese marque gain much-needed traction in the US market with the 247cc, two-stroke parallel twin. While motorcycles have obviously come a long way technologically in the more-than-half-century since the model’s release, the Suzuki can still make for an excellent little vintage racer. Case in point: this well-optioned, X6-hustler-powered, …

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1966 Honda CB160

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This CB160 did not meet reserve despite 44 bids up to $2,300 on eBay. One of the truly iconic small-displacement Japanese bikes, the Honda CB160 is a small but well-built street bike that has even inspired model-specific racing. This example has been partially restored and it’s ready for you to show, ride, or if you’re feeling frisky…race!