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Built for Japan – 1986 Ducati 400 F3

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

From the early 80s through the early 90s, Japan featured some of the best 400cc motorcycles in the world because strict licensing laws made it very difficult to own bigger bikes (before 1993, it was illegal for OEMs to sell a bike bigger than 750cc in the country). Cult classics like the CB-1, VFR400R, RVF400, FZR400, and plenty more were …

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In Italy – 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

In Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Ducati Desmosedici RR (or Racing Replica) is the epitome of an elite motorcycle. While its 197hp and 188mph top speed are slightly less stunning in comparison to today’s near 200hp/200mph superbikes, it still boasts some of the finest equipment on the planet and when it was first released a decade ago, a road-going machine like the this was unheard …

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NC35 – 1996 Honda RVF400

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

One of the best riding 400 sportbikes ever built, Honda’s RVF400 (also known as the NC35) never officially made it out of the Japan. The grey market took care of European countries but it’s rare to find one of these in the US. You may have a little bit of trouble finding certain parts, but the joy you’ll get from …

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2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Carbonio

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Introduced in 2007, the 3D was the third generation of the Tesi. While it was an improvement over the 2D in many ways, reviewers weren’t excited about the gap between how it looked and how it performed. It’s exquisite and it looks like it should do 250 miles per hour. But the 1,072cc Ducati dual spark motor was only good …

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Pick One – Storz Street Tracker Harleys

In America, Custom, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

Storz Performance make some awesome parts and conversion kits. Both of the two Storz examples have been fitted with their XR1200 conversion kit which not only looks pretty snazzy but also cranks up the Harleys performance while shaving off a total of 83lbs. Highlights of the kit include an aluminum tank, fiberglass tail-section, side-covers and rear-fender, a wider rear-tire, actual …

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The Icon’s Little Brother – 1973 Bimota HB1 350

In Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The HB1 was Bimota’s first bike and is unarguably its most rare and valuable motorcycle. The Honda powered two-wheeler was the start to the company’s long history of wrapping proven engines in an advanced frame fitted with trick components while simultaneously resulting in some damn fine looking motorcycles. Despite the CB750-based HB1 being Bimota’s most iconic and coveted bike, the …

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2 Miles – 2002 Ducati 998S Ben Bostrom Replica – 6/155

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Ben Bostrom was represented by #155 when he competed in AMA Superbike with Ducati’s 998S. So Ducati used that as the number of copies that should be built when they created a limited edition replica. 155 were built for the US and UK markets, making a total of 310 tanks that Ben signed himself.

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Restored – 1987 Yamaha YSR50

In Japan, Small Displacement, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

This YSR is in impressive shape thanks to a recent restoration to what the seller calls “show quality” in a bit of exaggeration. Since the work was done it’s had a few miles put on it, but this is still one of the nicer YSR’s I’ve seen in a long time. Most examples spend their lives getting beat up and …

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Naked Two-Stroker – Honda NSR250R Custom

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

I’ve featured a handful of bikes for sale at the Garage Company before, but this offering is the coolest little runner I’ve ever seen the LA based shop carry. Two stroke-machines possess an array of distinctive qualities: their sound, smell, performance and abrupt power delivery which requires damn good throttle control. Before the ’02 MotoGP switch, two-stroke machines were the …

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Tricked Out – 2010 Triumph Street Triple

In England, Less than 5k, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

Modern Triumph three-cylinders are responsible for some of the most fun I’ve ever had on two-wheels. The powerband on these bikes is so usable and torquey, they really are a pleasure to ride. My biggest caveat with the Speed and Street Triple machines is their headlight assemblies, which is unfortunately a fairly defining aesthetic quality. So the redone front end …

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1986 Moto Morini 350 K2

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Built between 1984 and 1986, the K2 was the eventual successor to the legendary 3 1/2, and it’s a rare find in the US. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the styling – it’s very clearly a child of the 80s, and not in a good way – but the high spec components and low weight (330 pounds dry) …

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1980 Ducati Darmah SSD

In Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Darmah was first introduced at the ’76 Bologna Motorshow before it would see production the following year. The Darmah was created in an effort to bounce back after the commercial failure that was the ’74 860 GT which had some reliability problems and wasn’t the snazziest looking Italian two-wheeler. The Darmah SSD boasted a few bar-raising features like its …