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1969 Garelli Rex KL125

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

American Rex Corporation used to be located at 1216 Monte Diablo Avenue in San Mateo, California. They imported Italian-made Garellis under the name of Garelli-Rex, and the naming convention was KL + the ccs of displacement. In period advertisements, American Rex referred to “KL” as “King of the Lightweights”.

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Never Started – 1982 Honda Motocompo

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12-2-18 Update: Almost a year later, this Motocompo is back up for sale. Looks like the scale model has disappeared, and now it’s across the country, but otherwise it seems to be the same. Find it for sale in Dover, Delaware with bidding up to $5,600 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay. 1-29-18 Update: This Motocompo found …

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Mini Gixxer – 1987 Suzuki RB50 GAG

In Japan, Small Displacement, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This mini Gixxer sold for $2,225 after 27 bids on eBay. [x-line] On top of their regular lineups, motorcycle manufacturers like to find ways to reach new targets, notably developing smaller size toys. Honda had the Mini Trail, Kawasaki had the KV, and Yamaha had a street option with the YSR. In the 80s, Suzuki had the …

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Ending Soon – 1966 Honda CB160

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Post Listing Update: This little CB did not meet reserve despite 51 bids up to $2,230. One of the truly iconic small-displacement Japanese bikes, the Honda CB160 is a small but well-built street bike that has even inspired model-specific racing. Riders enjoyed this bike because Honda incorporated technology from bigger bikes like the tubular frame, single-overhead cam, and more. For …

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1973 Honda ST90

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

Post Sale Update: This ST90 sold for a best offer of $1,400 on eBay. After the huge success of the Monkey in the US, Honda decided to release a slightly bigger version of their baby-bike, the CT70. The CT, also called Dax in other countries, is a mini dirt bike that was used both for leisure in American families as …

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1977 Kawasaki KV75

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Small Displacement by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: this KV75 did not get any interest at the opening ask of $2,100. At the end of the 60s, Honda released a reduced size machine called the Monkey. These baby motorcycles immediately gained popularity among American families and society thanks to their ease of use. Seeing the success of the Monkey, Honda developed another small-size bike, the …

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German Style – 1948 Harley-Davidson Hummer S-125

In America, Small Displacement by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Hummer did not get any interest at the opening bid of $4,000. Following the end of WWII and the Allies’ victory, the Germans saw many of their factories and blueprints taken as reparations. These German intellectual properties included rockets, submarine research and even motorcycles. In fact, the DKW factory created in 1919 notably produced some lightweight …

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1971 Suzuki T125 Stinger

In Japan, Small Displacement by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Stinger did not get any interest at the opening bid of $7,500. It was relisted and then pulled off of eBay due to an error in the listing. As evidenced by the GT lineup, Suzuki had a strong affinity for 2-strokes in the late 60s and early 70s. So it wasn’t surprising that when they introduced …

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1991 Gilera CX125

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Post Listing Update: This CX125 did not get any interest at the opening bid of $7,995. Gilera’s CX125 must have been an absolute show-stopper when the concept version debuted at the 1989 Milan EICMA. Swoopy bodywork paired with a single-sided suspension up front…and on a 125? I refuse to believe the average Italian rider who saw this in ’89 thought …

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1964 Honda CA110 Sport 50

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Post Listing Update: This CA110 did not meet reserve despite 44 bids up to $1,750. Honda’s CA110 was one of their little bikes that was ushered in with the “you meet the nicest people on a Honda” campaign, though it’s a bit more special than the C102 Super Cub that has taken over the world. The CA110 was also known …