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T20-Powered, T200-Framed – Well-Farkled Vintage Suzuki Racer

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The X6 Hustler was an important model in Suzuki’s history, helping the Japanese marque gain much-needed traction in the US market with the 247cc, two-stroke parallel twin. While motorcycles have obviously come a long way technologically in the more-than-half-century since the model’s release, the Suzuki can still make for an excellent little vintage racer. Case in point: this well-optioned, X6-hustler-powered, …

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Brit Speedway Racer – 1928 Douglas SW5

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Douglas Motorcycles was a British marque founded in 1907 by brothers William and Edwin Douglas. The Bristol-based outfit was probably best known for its horizontally opposed twins, though it also had a reputation for producing some solid race machines and even dabbled in automobile manufacturing for a decade or so, resulting in the “Cyclecar”. Eventually a myriad of factors would …

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First Year Race Legend – 1970 Harley-Davidson XR750

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For decades, Harley’s XR750 was the machine to beat. From 1972 to 2008, the XR was responsible for taking home 29 out of the 37 possible AMA Grand National Championships, leading to some referring to the machine as the “most successful race bike of all time”. The XR750 was also famously Evel Knievel’s go-to choice when performing jumps/stunts. Before it …

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Van Tech Racer – 1969 Yamaha AS1C

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Post Sale Update: This Van Tech sold for $6,300 after 22 bids on eBay. Van Tech was one of America’s first dirt bike manufacturers, though the company did not build complete bikes. Instead, the brain child of Bill Van Tichelt built frames for small-displacement Japanese motors like the Honda S90, Kawi 100/120, and Bridgestone 90/100. There were two main advantages …

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BSA-Powered – 1971 Cheney Victor MkIII

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Post Sale Update: This Cheney Victor sold for $6,100 after 27 bids on eBay. One of the legends of off-road frame design, Eric Cheney started as one of Britain’s best MX riders. Unfortunately, he picked up a blood infection while racing in Algeria and it became so bad that he had to stop racing. That was good news for his …

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10 Boy Racers in Germany – Collection of AJS 7Rs

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1-3-18 Update: Nearly a year later, Tim Huber has found that this collection is still for sale (but now the asking price has been reduced by over $200k). It’s now available on Hemmings for $530,000 or best offer. At this year’s Retromobile show in Paris, an incredible collection of 10 AJS 7R race bikes stood out among a sea of …

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Land Speed Record Project – 2004 Honda CBR600 F4 Special Construction

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I first heard about Matt Brown on one on my favorite episodes of Jay Leno’s Garage – he bought a Honda S600 without an engine and then swapped in the drivetrain from a Honda CBR1000RR sportsbike. Jay calls him part of the “more-brains-than-money club”, and it looks like Matt’s attitude hasn’t changed as he also found himself trying to build …

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Multi-Purpose Racer – 1975 Moto Guzzi Custom

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Post Listing Update: The seller of this Guzzi lowered his asking price to $7,500 but that wasn’t enough to get any interest. The seller of this Guzzi racer built this bike and he’s got a wonderful story to go with it. He originally built it as a racer around 1990 to compete in AMA-CCS, WERA Vintage, and AMA Pro Twins. …

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1 of 50 – 2017 Indian Scout FTR750

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After over 6 decades away from professional flat track racing, Indian Motorcycle Racing dominated everyone in the 2017 American Flat Track (AFT) Championship, securing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the overall standings. AFT rules stipulate that the motors used in competition have to be based on production designs, so Indian created a limited run of 50 Scout FTR750s for homolgation …

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Ex-Steve Williams TT F1 – 1988 Bimota YB4-R

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Post Listing Update: This Bimota did not meet reserve with 18 bids up to $6,455. The YB4 was Bimota’s fourth Yamaha-based bike, built around the FZ750 (2MG series). The machine was developed for the ’87 season of the prestigious Formula TT World Championship. It first premiered at the French Bol d’Or Endurance Race of ’86 but after homologation rules forced …

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HRC-Framed Magazine Build – 2005 Honda CR250R

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M66 Productions is a San Diego-based production company specializing in action sports who are capable of putting together everything from standalone YouTube videos to full DVD releases. In addition to professional video and photography work, M66 appears to dabble in high-performance project builds as well. Their latest project comes in the form of a 2005 Honda CR250R that has supposedly …