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The Japanese Brit – 1990 Honda GB500

In Cafe Racer, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: After 4 bids on eBay, this Honda GB500 sold for $5,100. In the late 80s, Honda took a risk and gave the world a beautiful motorcycle inspired by 60s thumper racers of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race – bikes like the Manx Norton and AJS 7R. Originally created as a 400cc bike in Japan, the …

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Italian Spec Racer – 1980 Aspes Yuma

In Italy, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Listing Update: Unfortunately, this Aspes Yuma did not attract any bidding at the $9,900 opening price. Aspes was a small Italian manufacturer that produced bikes from ’61-’82, though they were recently brought back to life in 2008. As they never imported bikes to the US, very few Americans have even heard of the firm, let alone seen their lovely creations. …

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2003 Benelli Tornado Tre 900 Limited Edition

In Italy, Sport by Abhi1 Comment

10-23 Update: Wow, that was quick! This bike has already sold, at the much lower price of $8,200. So much for the 25k asking price. Benelli was one of the many companies that struggled to survive the onslaught of Japanese competition, starting all the way back in the 60s. As years passed, Benelli was bought and sold several times until …

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The Original Italian Cruiser – 1987 Ducati Indiana 650

In Cruiser, Italy by Abhi1 Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 14 bids, this Ducati Indiana sold for $2,425 on eBay. Ducati has recently made waves with their power cruiser, the Diavel. But the Italians tried their hand at a cruiser over 20 years before, with the Ducati Indiana. Like most of the featured bikes on Bike-urious, the Indiana was an incredibly interesting motorcycle that ended up as …

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Featured First – 1982 Honda CBX 1000

In Japan, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

12-13 Update: Someone on r/motorcycles noticed that this bike is back up for sale. Find it here on Craigslist, though the price has gone up to $6,000. Based on reader feedback, we’re starting a new series today – Featured First.  The motorcycling industry thrives on innovation, and we’re going to show you some of the notable ‘firsts’ that manufacturers have …

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1953 Horex Regina 250

In Germany, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

10/21 Update: This Horex Regina is back up for sale with the same BIN price of $9,500. Those of you that keep tabs on quirky modern bikes might be wondering why the name Horex sounds familiar. A few years ago, Horex was revived after 50 years of slumber with the announcement of a bike powered by a supercharged VR6 engine …

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1974 John Player Norton Commando 850

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 8 bids on eBay, this John Player Norton Commando 850 sold for $12,625.53. The Norton Commando was a bike that spawned many variants just based on cosmetic differences. The most collectible of these models was the John Player Norton Commando, a distinctive endurance-inspired Norton with unique bodywork surrounding a completely stock Mark 2A Commando. We’ve never thought …

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1969 Husqvarna 400 Cross

In Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: This Husqvarna 400 Cross was removed from eBay.  Unfortunately we do not know what the final selling price was. A couple of days ago, one of our favorite sites – RideApart – posted an article featuring 6 dirt bikes that changed the industry. We figured we’d help you find some of these instant classics. Let’s start with one …

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1 of 1139 – 1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt Signature Series

In America, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Buell S2 Thunderbolt Signature Series was the first set of motorcycles produced as a result of the alliance between Buell and Harley-Davidson. Released to the public in 1994 as a ’95 model, the S2 Thunderbolt took visual cues from the Buell 1200RS (the very limited run of bikes Buell made as an independent), and combined with the 1200cc Harley …

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1955 Motobi Ardizio

In Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Motobi was a cottage Italian manufacturer that lasted for 27 years after being founded in 1950. The initial name was actually Moto ‘B’ Pesaro, which was shortened to Motobi. In ’53, Motobi developed a 200cc horizontal two-stroke engine known affectionately as the ‘egg’ – note the shape in these photos. This cylinder layout and the pressed steel frame became the …

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KTM Duke 620

In Austria, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

KTM has always enjoyed a reputation for making some of the best off-road bikes out there, but in recent years they’ve also taken on the status of a premiere supermoto manufacturer, as well. This all started in the mid 90’s with the Austrian firm’s first stock supermoto, the KTM Duke 620. Featuring the venerable LC4 engine, you’re looking at 55 …