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Ending Soon – 1955 Triumph TRW

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Built for the British military to utilize in WWII, the TRW arrived a little late: by the time Triumph had released the final version (3rd) of the model, the Allies had already won the war! Despite that, Triumph was able to sell nearly 16,000 units – it’s just that relatively few were sold to British services.

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No Reserve Restoration – 1977 Kawasaki KH400

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By 1977, all that was left of Kawasaki’s legendary line of triples were the KH250 and the KH400, the latter an evolution of the S3 Mach 2 – Kawi wanted to keep the names consistent with the KZ line. Unfortunately, the evolution was due to tightening emissions requirements, so the newer bike had less power – a disappointing end to …

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Philippine Import – 1966 BMW R50/2

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This bike isn’t perfect, but it’s got an interesting history that I think is worth sharing. It was originally sold to the Philippines through the local distributor, Hahn Manila. Import fees were motorcycles were quite high so to get around that, imported bikes were torn down to parts before shipping and reassembled once they arrived. Because of that, frame and …

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Restored – 1972 Suzuki T500 Titan

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Post Listing Update: This Titan did not meet reserve despite 20 bids up to $6,200. Riders often like to reminisce about how much fun it could be to hit the violent powerband of a two stroke motor, but there were a few companies who thought that smokers were also ideal platforms for relaxed every day riding as well. Suzuki’s best …

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1972 Honda CB750 K2

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Post Sale Update: This CB750 sold for $8,301 after 34 bids on eBay. Approximately 63,500 examples of the K2 generation of Honda’s CB750 were built, and thanks to a new set of OEM bodywork this looks better preserved than most. For more on the legendary CB, check out this buying guide from Silodrome.

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Rare Project – 1953 Adler M200

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Post Sale Update: This Adler sold for $845 after 36 bids on eBay. Between 1900 and 1957, the German manufacturer of Adler (which translates to Eagle) built motorcycles and cars. The M200 was built between 1952-1954, and it featured a 2-stroke twin that produced 9.3 horsepower – suitable for transportation purposes but not much else. Unfortunately, this bike isn’t currently …

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Imported – 1982 Honda CD200 Roadmaster

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12-21-17 Update: Another 2 years later, this bike has apparently made its way to a dealership which is now offering it at a significant discount – find it with a Buy It Now of $5,999 or best offer here on eBay. 12-18 Update: Over a year later, reader Tom D. notes that this bike is still available, though the listing …

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Old-School Italian Favorite – 1949 Moto Guzzi Airone

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Moto Guzzi was founded by three friends who met while serving together in the Corpo Aeronautico Militare (the Italian Air Corps) during the first World War. Two of the three men were pilots – Carlo Guzzi and Giovanni Ravelli – and the third – Giorgio Parodi – served as an aero-mechanic. The trio were stationed just outside of Venice and …

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Electric Start – 1975 Yamaha RD200B

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Post Sale Update: This RD200 sold for $1,775 after 32 bids on eBay. Yamaha’s famous two-stroke street bike line-up of “RD” models had several displacements for the discerning rider – 125, 200, 250, 350, and 400. Oddly enough, the 200 was the only one that Yamaha installed an electric starter to, and the sidecovers boldly advertised that fact.

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OHV Bullet – 1943 Royal Enfield WD/CO 350

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In 1851, George Townsend would launch a business in Redditch, England that produced sewing needles. Some three decades later, Townsend’s son – also named George – would begin producing bicycle parts. By the mid-1880’s the company was producing complete bicycles sold under the brand name “Townsend and Ecossais”. After the business suffered a financial collapse in 1891, Townsend’s bankers selected …

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What Do You Want To Know? 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

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UPDATE: Here’s my First Ride review! I don’t often share news about bikes before they’re released, but as Kawasaki started dropping hints about the upcoming Z900RS I had to tell you about it because I know how many of you love the Z1 that inspires this new model. I’m attending the launch of the Z900RS later this week – is …