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1984 Honda XLV750R

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This XLV750R did not meet reserve with 2 bids up to $5,200 on eBay. Honda has a fairly illustrious history of big dualies – the Africa Twin, Varadero, Big Red Pig, Transalp…the list goes on. Yet the family lineage goes back to a bike that not many people know about – the XLV750R. It was not a …

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3 Miles – 1979 Suzuki GS1000 Wes Cooley

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1978, Yoshimura had the incredibly talented Wes Cooley campaigning a Kawasaki KZ1000, but they weren’t winning races. Then they switched to the Suzuki GS1000 and started dominating – Cooley won the ’79 and ’80 AMA Superbike Championships. While this was happening, Suzuki decided to release a Euro-only sport version of the GS1000. Once American dealers got a peek, they …

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672 Miles – 2013 Honda CB1100

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 2010, Honda introduced a spiritual successor to their legendary CB750. This time around it was the CB1100, featuring a 1,140cc air/oil-cooled inline four. It debuted in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand – it took until 2013 until Honda decided to offer it in the US. Here’s a first year example (in the US market) that’s barely been ridden.

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No Reserve – 2002 Ducati 998S JDM

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Over on the auction site, we’ve got an interesting Ducati 998S up for sale and it’s guaranteed to find a new home as we’re letting it go with no reserve. Why is it interesting? Because the non-US 998S’ got a much better engine, and this bike has a few fun upgrades.

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Restored – 1968 Norton P11

In Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Back when AMC owned Norton and Matchless, the latter sold a bike called the G85CS, which was competitive in European motocross. The US west coast distributor sold several but thought they were a little slow for the ‘scramble’ racing that was happening in America, before MX took off. After requesting that AMC put a more powerful Norton Atlas engine in …

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1979 Kawasaki KZ1000ST

In Japan, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1979, Kawasaki brought two shaft-driven models to the US – the six-cylinder KZ1300 and this somewhat rare variant of the KZ1000, the ST. It was similar in many ways to the big bad MkII, though the ST obviously had the shaft drive and different bodywork (such as a larger fuel tank). The ST was only offered between 1979-1980, making …

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Built by Woolie – 2021 KTM 450 SMR

In Austria, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

As a bike that you could take straight from the dealer floor to the racetrack, the stock components on the SMR are impressive enough. But over on the auction site we’ve got that’s been taken to the next level by the builder/seller, Michael “Woolie” Woolaway of Saddlemen (and previously of Deus Ex Machina).

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2,676 Miles – 2001 Ducati 750SS

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The last generation of Ducati’s air-cooled Supersport bikes was introduced in 1998. As Bennetts puts it, “the 900SS is a fabulous bike whose look has certainly mellowed with age.” They don’t get as much love as other Ducatis from the time, but here’s a 750cc version that’s been well-preserved if you’ve had a hankering for one.

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4 Miles – 1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR

In America, Cafe Racer by AbhiLeave a Comment

When it was released, the Harley-Davidson XLCR (CR stood for Cafe Racer) was supposed to be an instant success powered by Harley’s most powerful production engine to date. It was a jet black departure from HD’s usual chrome fare. It didn’t sell well at all – now it’s a cult classic, and today I’m sharing the nicest XLCR I’ve ever …

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CA Plated – 1989 Honda CR250R

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Honda’s CR250R is one of the most legendary models in motorcycling. As Dirt Bike Magazine put it, “In the auto world there was the Mustang. In aviation it was the P-51 and in bicycles there was the Schwinn Sting Ray. There are timeless classics in each field, and in the dirt bike world, there’s nothing that has reached that status …