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Ex-Lightweight TT Racer – 2006+ Kawasaki Ninja 650R

In Japan, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Kawasaki knew it had something special with its mid-sized parallel twin motor – this engine has been used to power a handful of different bikes from different classes and has even been utilized as an increasingly popular flat-track weapon. The 650cc eight-valve four-stroke DOHC twin boasts digital fuel-injection with dual 38mm Keihin throttle-bodies, producing fun yet practical power for the …

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Restored and Enjoyed – 1971 Suzuki T500 Titan

In Japan, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Though it was always in the shadow of Honda’s CB450, the Suzuki T500 (also known as the Titan) was one of the best bikes the firm had made to date. Thanks to the intellectual theft of 2-stroke technology from MZ as detailed in Stealing Speed, Suzuki was able to create a big displacement 2-stroker that you could rely on. In …

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#405 – 1969 Honda CB750

In Japan, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Vic World has earned himself the nickname of “Mr. CB750” thanks to decades of expertise and restorations of sandcast motors. In his words, “we take those parts and assemble a dream. The restored bike will look, run, and feel virtually identical to the legendary machines that rolled off Honda’s production line back in 1969. It will come complete with period …

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1 of 7 – 1985 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R750 XR51

In Japan, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Hideo “Pops” Yoshimura undeniably played a pivotal role in the evolution of modern sport bikes. The motorcycle tuner and race team owner is a legend in the racing world and the machines that he built are some of the most sought after historic Japanese racers of all time. In the early 1980s, Pops would revolutionize the world of two-wheeled racing …

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JGR-Upgraded – 2015 Yamaha YZ250F

In Japan, Off-Road, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

JGRMX builds professional factory level parts and bikes for anyone willing to shell out the immense amount that it costs to have the absolute very best in motocross-machinery. Joe Jackson Gibbs served as the head coach for the Washington Redskins from ’81-’92, and then again from ’04-’07 prior to starting “Joe Gibbs Racing” (or JGR) as a NASCAR effort, first …

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250 Miles – 1974 Suzuki TS100

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: After 24 bids on eBay, this TS100 sold for $1,225 to reader Chris C! A street scrambler variant of the TC100, the TS100 Blazer was introduced in 1973 and it was relatively successful in the United States. This example has less than 250 miles as the original owner bought it for his daughter with one rule – …

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Fighting the CT-70 – 1976 Yamaha Champ

In Japan, Less than 5k, Scooter, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

In 1976, Yamaha brought out its answer to Honda’s wildly popular CT-70 in the form of the 80cc “Champ”, (not to be confused with the Yamaha Chappy or 50cc LC50 Champ moped). The mini was powered by a 72cc oil-injected LB80-3D two-stroke engine (with four-petal reeds), married to an automatic transmission with two-speed centrifugal clutch. The tiny Yammy can reportedly …

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No Reserve – 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica

In Japan, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Suzuki GS1000S – unofficial “Wes Cooley Replica” – is recognized as one of the Hamamatsu-based manufacturer’s many legendary machines. The GS1KS saw success in AMA competition nearly right from the start and was the predecessor to the now iconic GSX(R) machines. Wes Cooley would win the ’79 and ’80 AMA Superbike Championships aboard a GS1000. The GS1K was actually …

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Diesel Power – 2009 Kawasaki M1030M1

In America, Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

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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Pristine AHRMA Two-Stroke – Yamaha RD400 Racer

In Japan, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Building on the success of its popular 200, 250, and 350 RD series machines, Yamaha introduced the RD400 in 1976, continuing to produce variants of the model until 1980. The Japanese air-cooled two-stroke wasn’t just a favorite on the street, but the RD400 was a go-to choice for many when searching for a race platform. The 398cc Yamaha was seriously …

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1 of 11 – 1974 Moto Carrera Del Mar Yamaha RD350 Street Tracker

In Custom, Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Based out of North Hollywood, California, Moto Carrera was a specialty shop for 2-stroke sportbikes. They were probably best known for the development of some aftermarket parts (especially for Yamaha RDs) like their rearsets and Millenium GP exhausts, but their most significant accomplishment was the creation of the “Del Mar”, a limited production run of RD350-based street trackers. 11 were …

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Ex-Ben Bostrom Racer – 2007 Graves Yamaha R1 AMA Superstock

In Japan, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Ben Bostrom was born in 1974 in Redding, California into a family of moto nuts. Ben’s father was Dave Bostrom, whose brother was Paul Bostrom, both of whom were successful dirt racers. Like his father and uncle, Ben sharpened his skills aboard an MXer, winning the 1993 AMA National dirt championship before making the switch to tarmac in 1995. In …

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Euro Model – 1984 Kawasaki KZ1100R

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

For some reason, the seller of this KZ keeps calling it a Eddie Lawson replica (even though he admits that’s not the case at the end of the listing), but I still think this is interesting because it’s a West German model that was originally acquired by a member of the US Army who brought it back to California after …