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Double the Displacement – 1979 Honda CT70 Custom

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

There’s something special about micro-displacement trail bikes. So many of us have a sentimental attachment to these little machines as a lot of riders spent time romping around on these as kids, for a lot of people this was their first experience on a motorcycle. Restored examples of these machines aren’t very common and the direction this CT70’s builder took …

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1 of 9 – Bandit9 Eve

In Custom, Japan, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

Bandit9 is by far one of the most creative companies building motorcycles today. Their designs are objectively unique and creative as hell. Though Bandit9’s bikes are technically small production runs, these machines are still pretty rare and incredibly well priced considering the quality and character of their motorcycles.

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Heavily Customized – 2014 Honda Grom

In Custom, Japan, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

It’s not often that you see small displacement bikes like the Honda Grom undergo such extreme and extensive customization but that’s exactly what this seller has done. The vast majority of the mods on this custom Grom are cosmetic but a handful of components have been thrown into the mix to improve the little guy’s performance as well. While I …

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1947 Saginaw Powerbike

In America, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

Built by the Saginaw Products Corporation, the Powerbike was a conversion kit that you could slap onto any pedal-driven bicycle. All you had to do was remove the bicycle’s rear wheel, bolt on the Powerbike, and then hook up a fuel tank, fuel lines, and the throttle cable. They were successful enough that Sears started to offer pre-converted Powerbikes. The …

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1974 Hodaka Road Toad

In America, Japan, Off-Road, Small Displacement by Tom Wacker0 Comments

When it comes to naming motorcycle models, Hodaka might win. Rat. Super Rat. Dirt Squirt. Combat. Wombat. Wombat Combat. Ace. Road Toad. Hodaka was a Japanese motor builder for Yamaguchi motorcycles in 1963 when Yamaguchi went bankrupt. PABTCO, based in Athena, Oregon went looking for a replacement to fill the void left in their sales niche. The fact that PABTCO’s …

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1965 Honda CB160 Racer

In Japan, Race, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

A couple of years ago I attended my first Vintage GP. I went there specifically to check out some sidecars, but there were a lot of great classes. One of my favorites was the CB160 race, because it begins with a Le Mans start. I hope the next owner of this bike will participate in similar events.

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One Year Only – 1990 Honda NS50F

In Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

Just for 1990, America got a taste of Honda’s NSF50F two stroke “sport” bike. Despite the diminutive size, it’s a street legal bike with a claimed top speed of 55 miles per hour. It makes me think of a MB5 that got updated with liquid cooling and then painted by a Miami coke dealer. I want one.