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1937 Harley-Davidson UL Flathead

In America, Cruiser by AbhiLeave a Comment

2-16-19 Update: Almost four years later, this UL is being sold again. It’s moved to Texas, and the new seller has better photos and more information. After the Ogar restoration, the bike was sold to Dale Walksler – the man behind the Wheels Through Time museum. The bike was on display for years until it was sold into a private …

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2009 Triumph Daytona 675

In England, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

In 2006, Triumph graced us with the Daytona 675 and the world has been a better place ever since. A 675cc triple gave the supersport world some middle ground between Italy’s V-twins and Japan’s four cylinders. 2009 brought a host of updates to improve the already impressive package, and some massaging resulted in a small power bump to 126. A …

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1982 Kawasaki GPz750

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1982, Kawasaki introduced a middleweight to the GPz family between the 550 and the 1100 (a couple of years later, the 900 would also be released). The styling was right in line with the rest of the GPz series, though after one year Kawasaki increased the size of the front fairing.

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1974 Kawasaki MT-1B

In Japan, Off-Road, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

If you want a tiny off-road playbike but you want something less common than the Honda Monkey/Mini Trail, then meet the Kawasaki MT-1. Introduced in 1971, it stayed in production until 1974 and was then renamed the KV75 in 1975. Unlike the Honda, the Kawasaki features a 2-stroke motor that produces 4.2 horsepower.

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Supposed Factory TT Test Mule – 1930 Rudge Ulster Racer

In England, Race, Vintage by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Founded after an acquisition in 1894, Rudge introduced its first production motorcycle in 1910 — reportedly re-badged versions of France’s Werners. The marque really made its mark in 1924 however when it unveiled a new four-speed production model featuring a four-valve cylinder head. Sales of the new four-valve model were adequate, but in 1928 Graham Walker — father of commentator …

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Sold At Mecum – 1974 BMW R90S

In Germany, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This R90S did not meet reserve despite 34 bids up to $10,100. The R90S is a fine motorcycle, but I’m specifically featuring this bike so we can see an example of people trying to make some money after snagging some steals at Mecum.

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Ben Bostrom Replica – 2002 Ducati 998S

In Italy, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

2001 was a great year for Ducati. Upgraded Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes squeezed every bit of traction from the revamped 998cc Testastretta engine, carrying Troy Bayliss to the championship. In 2002, Ducati launched 155 998S Ben Bostrom and 400 Troy Bayliss special editions to commemorate the season. Engine output stayed at 130 hp, but carbon fiber fairings and a …

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No Reserve – 2017 Yamaha R1M

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This R1M was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. I have never used the term ‘slow’ to describe a literbike, but manufacturers always seem to have an answer for more speed. Yamaha’s R1M matched the best electronic engine management and Ohlins electronic suspension software to their formidable crossplane crankshaft engine and moved the chains for …

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1975 Kawasaki H2

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The Kawasaki H2 market is picking up right now. With several recent sales having five digit asking prices, the number of bikes available seems to be rising. The 750cc three cylinder two stroke put out 74hp, and carried the coolest men in town to 126 mph. 1970’s chassis engineering was significantly behind that of engines, and the relatively short swingarm …

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Pikes Peak Winner – 2014 Zero SR

In America, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

This upgraded Zero ran in the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb where — piloted by Jeff Clark #777 — it took first place in the production electric class (with a time of 12:06:346), granted there were only two other entries in the class that year. Either way you can actually watch Jeff tear up the mountain in the below …

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1 of 250 – 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 Special Edition

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

In the early 90s, most major motorcycle manufacturers entered a gentlemen’s agreement to cap horsepower at 125. Triumph decided that when they were going to bring the bikes back from the new plant in Hinckley, that the best way for them to get attention was to ignore said agreement: enter the 147 horsepower Triumph Daytona 1200. A year after the …

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1977 Yamaha RD400

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

After Yamaha’s wonderful RD350, the only way to go was up. 1976 brought the RD400, with 40 hp and enough torque to keep the front wheel off the ground as long as you dare. Just 350 pounds of weight made for a svelte ride on and off the track. Brakes were a weak point, but only until the next time …