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Yvon Duhamel Tribute – 1970 Kawasaki H1R Racer

In Japan, Race by Abhi0 Comments

Post Listing Update: This H1R was pulled off of eBay because there “was an error in the listing.” Based on the H1, Kawasaki created the H1R for competition in the big dog 500cc class of Grand Prix racing. In 1970, Kawi placed second in the constructors championship, thanks mostly to Ginger Molloy, who came in second over the season. This …

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1967 Yamaha Big Bear 305 Scrambler

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

Yamaha named this motorcycle after the Big Bear race, though they never actually won it themselves. That didn’t stop them from slapping the alliterative name onto a range of scramblers displacing 125, 250c, and 350ccs. I don’t have any personal experience with the Big Bear, so I’ll leave you with this critical quote from Matt Cuddy of Superhunky, who said …

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Champion Framed – Yamaha DT250 Flat Tracker

In Japan, Off-Road, Race by Abhi0 Comments

Champion racing frames were the highly sought after handiwork of Californian Doug Schwerma. He built frames in the late sixties and early seventies that were highly desired by flat track racers – “champions” like Don Vesco, Steve Baker, and Kenny Roberts could be seen riding Champion frames. After Schwerma passed away, the Champion frame design and name went to another …

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741 Miles – 1989 Yamaha FZR750R OWO1

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

If a Honda RC30 is just too commonplace for you, then the Yamaha OWO1 might be right up your alley. Just 500 were made, and the MSRP was a healthy $5,000 more than the Honda as well. My many accounts, this was as close as a member of the public could get to owning a street legal racebike. This example …