Brand New – 2020 Bimota Tesi 3D Final Edition

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Tesi is Italian for “thesis”, and the name reflects that this bike started as a thesis project by Pierluigi Marconi exploring hub-center steering for his mechanical engineering degree. The first generation was the 1D, which utilized the 93 horsepower twin from the Ducati 851. By the third generation (3D), the Ducati-built heart was the 1,078cc dual spark engine found in …

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1938 Zundapp DB200

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7-28-21 Update: 17 months later, this Zundapp is up for sale again. Based on the photos and the fact that it’s for sale in the same city, I’m guessing the original sale did not go through. Find it with bidding up to $2,125 with the reserve already met here on eBay. Post Sale Update: This Zundapp sold for $4,276 after …

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2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE

In Japan, Sport, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

Kawasaki shocked the motorcycling world when it unveiled supercharging to the modern age with the 2015 H2. The first models were desigend to go as fast as possible, but three years later Team Green introduced the SX, a sport-touring variant with relaxed ergonomics and touring features such as cruise control, heated grips, and saddlebags. It made for the perfect way …

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1989 Yamaha FZR400

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At a time when Japanese manufacturers were getting increasingly aggressive and race-oriented with their 400s to compete in their domestic Formula 3 championship, Yamaha introduced the FZR400 in 1986 as a bike to be enjoyed “on twisty public roads where the customers would actually be riding and enjoying them.” The US got it in 1988, and many riders preferred it …

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Evel Knievel’s Stratocycle – Harley-Davidson XLCH

In America, Custom by Abhi4 Comments

7-21-21 Update:Another 3 years later, Tim Huber notes that this famous Harley is now for sale by Heritage Auctions. They’re accepting offers for another couple of weeks, and the BIN price is $125,000. Good luck! 1-9-18 Update: 2.5 years later, this bike is now being offered by a different seller (but with the same asking price). Find it in Beverly …

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1973 BMW R75/5

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When BMW introduced the R75 as part of the /5 lineup, it was the biggest bike they offered. The /5 gained an electric start, coils, and an alternator to complement the reliable motor and 100+ top speed. Here’s a “slash 5” with the lovely toaster tank.

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1985 Yamaha RZ500

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Yamaha’s RZ500 (also known as the RD500LC) was a two-stroke rocket that was kept out of America thanks to EPA regulations. Only built between ’84 and ’86, it’s now a desirable collector’s bike – and this one’s already been titled in the US.