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Hector Barbera’s Ride – Avintia GP14 2014 Kawasaki MotoGP Bike

In Japan, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

MotoGP bikes are the pinnacle of cutting edge motorcycles. These are literally the best and most advanced two-wheelers on earth. Every component of these bikes are state-of-the-art, the absolute best of the best, period. Even a gearbox on many of these machines can cost upwards of $100k. These are the best motorcycles money can buy and millions are often spent …

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1986 Honda NS400R

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

In 1983, Freddie Spencer became the world’s youngest 500cc World Champion, and he did it on a Honda V3. Honda responded by releasing a 250cc production bike to commemorate the win, but it took them until 1985 to build something closer to the actual size of Freddie’s champion. That was the NS400R, and even though it gave up 100cc and …

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No Reserve – 1992 Suzuki RGV250

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: This RGV250 sold for $9,019 after 42 bids on eBay. When Suzuki introduced the RGV250, it was a revelation. MCN put it thusly: “back in the day 250cc race replicas were the sharpest handling, most frenzied, maddest things you could buy on two wheels. Nowadays the RGV250 is a modern classic and is probably a bit slower …

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1975 British Piper Kawasaki Endurance Racer

In Japan, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

There’s something really special about 1970’s Kawasaki race machines. They possessed a unique style and flare that gave their bikes a unmistakable look and identity. The folks at Kawa weren’t afraid of wrapping their bikes in some pretty funky and interesting bodywork that was unmistakably theirs. This Kawasaki Endurance Racer is a prime example of this and on top of …

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Set Up For Street – 1969 Rickman Metisse MkIV

In Dual-Sport, England by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: This streetable Metisee sold for $5,200 after 27 bids on eBay. The seller has had this bike since 1985 – he bought it because he needed “a fast, nimble ride to navigate the congested Silicon Valley traffic” he dealt with on his commute. He rebuilt it upon acquisition and rode it just about daily for four years, …

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2005 Ducati 749R

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Post Listing Update: This 749R did not meet reserve despite 28 bids up to $10,100. The styling of Ducati’s 749R was polarizing: it seems like for every person that liked the way it looked, you could find four people who didn’t. But thanks to a slipper clutch, Ohlins suspension, and lower weight (despite a larger fuel tank) than the 749, …

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1984 BMW R100CS Last Edition

In Germany, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Post Listing Update: This R100CS got no interest at the opening bid of $4,400. In 1984, BMW sold 75 examples of a “Last Edition” R100CS. The K series had been introduced 2 years before and ze Germans thought it was the future of their product line. So the German firm decided to honor the boxer motor with final run, and …

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2002 Ducati 998R

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: After 13 bids on eBay, this 998R sold for $23,100. In 2002, the 998R was Ducati’s halo sportbike. The Italian firm released just 700 examples of the model, which ended up being the last variant of the 916 lineage before the 999 took over in 2003. Cosmetic changes over the 998 were minimal but the Testastretta motor …

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Super Single – 2006 Honda CRF450X Road Racer

In Japan, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Last year while spending the day at Chuckwalla (A local SoCal circuit) I had the privilege of trying out what is referred to as a “super-single.” They’re essentially 450 (single-cylinder) MXers that have been fitted with new suspension and bodywork (along with all the other parts you need to partake in road racing/track riding.) Companies like Beon and Mototech sell …

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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 …