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New In Canada – 1982 Honda CBX

In Japan, Touring by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1966, Soichiro Honda gave his first shot at creating a usable, reliable and fast 6-cylinder motorcycle with the RC166, a 249cc 6-cylinder bike made for racing. But the first production 6-cylinder bike was made by Benelli with the Sei 750 in 1972. By 1979, Honda followed that path and released its 6-cylinder bike, the CBX 1000. The bike would …

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First Year – 1966 Honda CT90

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Honda produced the CT90 for 13 years, an evolution of the varying small displacement trail bikes that were marketed to farmers, hunters, and other people with a sense of adventure. The model started as a spinoff of the Super Cub, and for 1966 Honda dropped previous designations and went with CT90 – though you may remember it as the Trail …

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Impressive Racer – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750

In Japan, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

12-9-18 Update: Tim Huber noticed that this bike is still up for sale. Almost two years later it’s now got a $2,000 discount (down to $14k) – find it here on Craigslist, still in Costa Mesa, California. Built by Moto Rosso Motorcycles, this lovely Suzuki started as a first-gen Gixxer and has evolved over the last 5 years into a …

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1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

In Japan, Less than 5k, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The 80’s were a crazy time. Music was being produced without instruments, and manufacturers had to think outside the block (see what I did there?) to breathe life back into powerplants that were being choked by new emission standards. Turbochargers were the name of the game, and luckily the Japanese were up to the challenge. Honda slapped a turbo on …

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1975 Kawasaki Z1

In Japan, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1969, Honda launched a high-performance battle with the CB750, getting ahead of its major competitor at the time, Kawasaki. Both brands had similar ideas about the the development of a high power 4-cylinder, 4 stroke engine. Honda beat Kawasaki to it, so the latter had to rethink their strategy. In 1972, Kawasaki responded with the 903cc Z1.

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Unexpected Custom – 1967 Honda CB450

In Custom, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Forgive me. I know that you will probably hate this, but I couldn’t stop staring at it and I figured I had to share it with you because of that. “This” started as a ’67 Black Bomber and it’s been customized with the suspension (and a few other parts) from a 2012 Honda CBR. On paper, that’s a wonderful combination. …

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2019 Yamaha Niken

In 3 Wheels, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

When I was at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, Yamaha reps said that the allotment of bikes to US dealership had already sold out. If that’s true, here’s an example where the rider who put down a deposit backed out – possibly because Yamaha has just announced the Niken GT (upgraded front suspension, center stand, heated grips, and other …

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Never Started – 1982 Honda Motocompo

In Japan, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

12-2-18 Update: Almost a year later, this Motocompo is back up for sale. Looks like the scale model has disappeared, and now it’s across the country, but otherwise it seems to be the same. Find it for sale in Dover, Delaware with bidding up to $5,600 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay. 1-29-18 Update: This Motocompo found …

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1992 Honda CBR600F2

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

Honda introduced the 600 CBR series in 1987 – most riders remember it as the “Hurricane”. The second generation (F2) was built between 1991 and 1994, and it was an excellent performer for the time. This example stands out as it’s adorned in a delightfully ’90s paint scheme.

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1974 Rickman Honda CR750

In England, Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Rickman Honda did not get any interest at the opening ask of $11,995. Apparently it’s Rickman week on Bike-urious. After the CR900 and Chantland-powered Metisse from a few days ago, here’s a CR750 (named for the Honda CB750 motor). The Rickman concept is well-summarized by the brothers themselves: “The Japanese produced very good engines, but they …

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1989 Honda Transalp

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Transalp did not get any interest at the BIN of $4,200. After the NXR750V’s multiple Paris-Dakar victories during the 80s, Honda decided to release a street-legal tribute version to that bike with the XL600V Transalp in 1987.

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1986 Yamaha Fazer FZX700

In Cruiser, Japan, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

Also known as the Baby V-Max, the Yamaha Fazer FZX700 was quite a revelation when it was released – the styling was distinctive and it was quicker than riders expected. No one complained about the speed, though not everyone loved the looks, and the bike didn’t sell tremendously well.