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1983 Honda ATC70

In 3 Wheels, Japan, Less than 5k, Off-Road by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

After the success of the Z50 and the CT70, Honda wanted a bike that they could sell in the winters in the US market. They launched a small trike called the US90 in 1969. The success was immediate, and US beaches became Honda’s trike highways. In 1971, Honda acquired the trademark ATC, “all-terrain cycle”, and gave it to their three-wheelers. …

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1984 Honda Gold Wing GL1200 Aspencade

In Japan, Less than 5k, Touring by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1975, Honda released the GL1000 “Gold Wing” – the name referred to Honda’s logo, which is a wing. The huge success of the model coupled with the need of even more comfort led Honda to release the GL1100 Interstate in 1980. The factory full fairing helped define luxury touring for decades to come. In 1984, everything evolved with the …

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Early MV Four-Stroke – 1956 MV Agusta Turismo Rapido 125

In Italy, Less than 5k, Touring by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

MV Agusta produced a number of successful lightweight, eighth-liter, two-stroke models in the post WW2 era, but it was in 1954 that the company decided to develop a 125cc four-stroke model to appease a market that’d become increasingly interested in performance oriented four-strokers. Starting that year, the company introduced the Turismo Rapido 125, also known as the TR.

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$1,400 – 1983 Suzuki GS1100GK

In Japan, Less than 5k, Touring by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1975, Honda started the legendary Gold Wing line with the GL1000. For the first time, Honda incorporated a horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine which produced 999cc. Five years later, in 1980, Honda launched the GL1100 Gold Wing Interstate. Not only did Honda up displacement by 100cc, but with the Interstate they showed the public what luxury touring looked like with …

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2010 BMW G450X

In Dual-Sport, Germany, Less than 5k by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

In the motorcycling world, it is not often that a manufacturer releases a model that flies under the radar. I must admit, I was unaware that this wonderful piece of German engineering existed. BMW wanted to send dirt flying in the endurance off road racing field, and was nice enough to fit headlights and blinkers to their product, making it …

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Two-Fer – 1979 and 1980 Yamaha XS1100

In Japan, Less than 5k, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

During the end of the ’70s, motorcycle manufacturers fought to create the most motors possible. After the 750cc and 900cc barriers were toppled, the next symbolic step was 1,000cc. Just like they did with the CB750, Honda were the first to beat that record thanks to its 1975 GL1000. In 1977 and 1978, Kawasaki and Suzuki responded to that with …

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1979 Kawasaki Z650

In Japan, Less than 5k, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Based on the success of the Z1 that put Kawasaki at the top of the large displacement motorcycle market, the Japanese manufacturer decided to update their offering in the mid-size engine market. But unlike the big bikes – where the Z1 was nearly by itself at 900+ cubic centimeters, the mid-size market was already full of models: the Honda CB400, …

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1969 Honda Z50A “Monkey”

In Japan, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1961, at the Tama Tech Park in Japan, a Honda-owned motorsport theme park, one of the attractions included the use of kid-size bikes called the Z100. Due to the way people looked while riding it – with arms and legs stuck out at sharp angles – the name of “Monkey” was quickly given to the bike. Seeing the success …

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1995 Yamaha Virago XV1100

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

Post Sale Update: This Virago sold for just $1,185 after 6 bids on eBay. 7-24-18 Update: The seller has let me know that he’s put his Virago up on eBay with no reserve, so it’s about to find a new owner – will it be you? Find it with bidding up to $1,009 here on eBay. Introduced in the early …

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2001 Chevy V4-Powered Custom

In America, Cruiser, Custom, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

Are you an automotive engine expert? Maybe you’ll know what’s going on here, because I sure don’t. What we’ve apparently got is a “custom built 156 cubic inch Vee-Four Chevy” motor in a “Harley type” chassis. I’ve featured a couple example of the SuperVee (front two cylinders from a SBC Chevy 350) before, but this is even odder.