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1995 Yamaha Virago XV1100

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

Introduced in the early 80s, Yamaha’s Virago line was the first V-Twin cruiser to come out of Japan, and it was an example of what happens when marketers and engineers don’t agree on what a product should be. The first version was chock full of tech like a monocoque frame, monoshock suspension, shaft final drive, offset cylinders, and more – …

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1976 Yamaha RD400

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In 1976, Yamaha made the RD350 a little bigger with a displacement bump up to 399cc. Thanks to 44 horsepower, the hooligan motorcycle du jour was capable of hitting the ton with a top speed of 105 miles per hour. Most people know the 400 simply for being an easier to ride upgrade over the 350, but it was also …

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1991 BMW K75S

In Germany, Less than 5k, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Those of you that have read some of my older travel reports probably know that I have a soft spot for the BMW K75. It’s not a particularly exciting motorcycle but I’m biased because a K75C showed naive young me what motorcycle touring was all about after 4 years and 75,000 miles with only one issue (which was my fault). …

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First Year in North America – 2003 Honda Ruckus

In Japan, Less than 5k, Scooter, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: this Ruckus sold for $1,151 after 13 bids on Goodwill. The Honda Ruckus is a very unique modern scooter which combines distinctive styling, a CVT transmission, and excellent fuel economy (114 mpg) to become a popular in-town runabout. Here’s an example with just 660 miles that’s been donated to a Goodwill, so you can feel good about …

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1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor

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Sold in the US for three years, the Honda VTR250 has become a cult classic for riders that love small bikes. The liquid cooled 250cc engine was paired with a six-speed transmission, and interestingly, an inboard front disc – though by 1990 the front brake would change to the industry standard.

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1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R

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Post Sale Update: sold for $3,050 after 2 bids on eBay. Kawasaki’s first Ninja was introduced in 1984 as a 900 (you may remember it thanks to a famous cameo in the movie Top Gun). The following year, Kawi basically created the 600 sportbike category as it is still enjoyed today (even if it’s currently dominated by Yamaha). Soon after …