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Polizeimotorrad – 1951 BMW R51/3

In Germany, Standard by Tim Huber0 Comments

This beautifully rebuilt 1951 BMW R51/3 underwent a full restoration in 2013 and is one seriously beautiful collectors machine. The pistons, crank, valves, transmission, rear-end and “much more” have been completely redone according to the seller who I’m more than inclined to believe. Only 400 miles have been put on the bike since the rebuild four years ago. This particular …

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One Owner, 80K Miles – 1980 Suzuki GS550E

In Japan, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

This rolling testament to meticulous maintenance is a Suzuki GS550E – the original owner put nearly 80K on it between 1980 and 1988 while changing the oil every 1,500 miles. After nearly 3 decades of slumber, the bike has been brought back to life and it’s now looking for owner number 2 – I wonder how many miles they’ll put …

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1979 Honda CX500 Custom

In Japan, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Honda’s CX series of bikes were ahead of the time when they debuted in 1978, with liquid cooling, shaft drive, the first wheels on a production bike to use tubeless tires, and electronic ignition that was isolated from the rest of the electrical system so that you could still bump start the bike if necessary. It was Honda’s first V-Twin …

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Rare Project – 1961 Parilla Clipper 350

In Italy, Standard by Ted Clough0 Comments

Parilla is an Italian motorcycle company formed after World War II. Famous for their “high cam” engines, they made several different model bikes, mostly small-displacement utilitarian and commuter bikes for the postwar market. Some models were imported to the US, and supported by Cosmopolitan Motors until the late 60’s. This is a rare, twin-cylinder, 350cc “Clipper” model. Acccording to the …

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1965 Yamaha YM1

In Japan, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

In 1953 Japanese musical instrument maker Nippon Gakki decided to use some idle manufacturing capacity to build motorcycles. Named after one of the founders of the company, Yamaha produced their first motorcycle the YA1 based heavily on the DKW 125 design liberated from post war Germany. By 1957 Yamaha had developed a 250 CCtwo stroke twin cylinder that became the …

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1972 Honda CB175

In Japan, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Introduced in 1969 the CB175 was one of three ‘175’ models available from Honda. The CL Scrambler, the CD Motorsport and the CB Supersport. Good savvy marketing from Honda allowed them to sell essentially the same motorcycle in three variants.

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1977 Yamaha XS750

In Japan, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Yamaha officially entered the ‘big bore’ wars in 1973 with the TX 750 twin. Using two balancers that made the twin as smooth as any four it made an immediate impact on the market, until the balancers started failing and Yamaha couldn’t give the TX away. Fast forward four years to 1977 and Yamaha was back in the big bore …

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1 of 371 – 1983 Triumph TSX

In England, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Triumph went bankrupt in August of 1983, and right before they collapsed they tried a couple of Hail Marys to keep sales going. One of the attempts was the TSX – a T140 that had been restyled by their American division. 371 examples were built before the company went under, and 200 of those made it to the US. This …

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1994 MZ Silver Star Classic

In Germany, Less than 5k, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

If you’re looking for something simple that’s still rare, the MZ Silver Star might be right up your alley. Hopefully you’re the kind of person that can constantly put up with being asked what kind of bike you’re riding any time you stop! This example stands out as it’s the only one I’ve seen for years with hard bags for …

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Incomplete Restoration – 1973 Benelli SS250 SuperSport

In Italy, Less than 5k, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

In 1962, Benelli and Motobi merged, and Benelli acquired Motobi’s engine designs in the process. Over time, the Motobi motor evolved into 175, 200, and then 250cc variants. Like General Motors did with Chevy/Oldsmobile/Pontiac etc, Benelli and Motobi practiced a bit of brand engineering: the Motobi motor ended up powering a motorcycle known in the US as the SuperSport and …

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Early BMW Hybrid – 1983 BMW R80ST

In Germany, Less than 5k, Standard by Ted Clough0 Comments

The R80ST was the street-only version of the R80GS. It had slightly different styling, and the seat was slightly lower. It used the same air-cooled boxer twin engine with a dry clutch that put out 50hp at 6500 rpm. The 5-speed tranny drove the rear through the same Monolever shaft drive. Wheels were 19″ front, 18″ rear, for the street.