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Rare Project – 1957 Triumph TWN Cornet

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OK, this is going to need a little bit of an explanation, because most people think Triumph is an English motorcycle company. They’d be right, but they might not realize that the company was started as a bicycle manufacturer by a German named Siegfried Bettman in 1886. A decade later, Bettman created another bicycle company in his hometown of Nuremberg …

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Ex-German WWII Sidecars

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Post Listing Update: The Zundapp was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. 11-15-20 Update: Five years later, the Zundapp is back up for sale. It seems to have lost its trailer and the price has gone up a bit, but the photos are much better so it’s at least easier to see what you’re about to buy. Find …

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21 Miles – 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup

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Post Listing Update: This R1100S did not get any action at the BIN of $10,000. The base model R11S was a wonderful all-around streetbike similar to the Honda VFR800. BMW went above and beyond with a couple of limited editions, including the Boxer Cup Replika as featured today. BMW created a spec series to race these bikes, and 300 examples …

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In Ireland – 1997 BMW R80GS Kalahari

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Post Listing Update: This R80GS Kalahari did not get any action at the opening bid ask of $15,000 on eBay in Cork, Ireland. Here’s one that I had never heard about as it was never offered in the US – the “Kalahari” version of the BMW GS lineup. All the times you’ve heard someone talk about how they wish a …

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2004 MZ Baghira Black Panther

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Post Listing Update: did not meet reserve with 15 bids up to $2,375 on eBay in Raleigh, North Carolina. Normally a manufacturer releases a bike with multiple color options and it’s not a big deal. But when MZ wanted to update their “Street Moto” model called the Baghira with different colors on the plastics, they created separate model names such …

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2018 Kramer Motorcycles HKR Evo2

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In the world of boutique race bikes, Kramer is enjoying a tremendous amount of success – and the love of some of my buddies including Troy Siahaan at Motorcycle.com and Jensen Beeler at Asphalt & Rubber. The one sentence difference between Kramer’s offerings is that the S is for trackdays and the R is for racing. Here’s one of the …

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1964 REX KL35

In Dual-Sport, Germany, Small Displacement by Abhi1 Comment

10-18-20 Update: Four years later, Robert VanSlyke notes in the comments that this REX is again up for sale. The asking price is down to $2,500 and it’s moved from Idaho to Arizona. It’s titled and still a runner – find it in Cave Creek, Arizona here on Facebook Marketplace. 9-12-16 Update: John K notes that this REX is back …

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Ex-Police – 1976 MZ TS250

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Post Sale Update: originally sold for $2,750 after 12 bids on eBay but the sale fell through. Was relisted a couple of times and then sold for a BIN of $2,500. The seller notes that this former East German Police MZ is missing a saddlebag – to my untrained eye it appears that it might also need some decals and …

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2005 MZ 1000S

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It’s been a couple of years since I’ve last seen a 1000S for sale – so let’s fix that! In 1996, a Malaysian group took over the husk of MZ and resolved to build their first superbike. The MV 1000S was born – a 140 mph parallel twin rarity, of which only 30 were brought to the US.

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1990 BMW K1

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Post Listing Update: This K1 did not meet reserve with 27 bids up to $8,500 on eBay in Bakersfield, California. BMW keeps one-upping themselves when it comes to sportbikes as of late – they’ve just announced the M1000RR – but their history of inline-4 sporting machines starts with the famous K1.