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2007 BMW R1200R

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For the 2007 model year, BMW updated the R1150R with a significant improvement in the R1200R. The new motor featured four valves per cylinder and (obviously) a displacement bump to 1,170cc. That increased power to 109, but BMW claimed that the new bike saved 44 pounds over its predecessor – resulting in a 40% increase in power-to-weight!

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2004 BMW R1150R Rockster Edition 80

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The BMW Rockster was an interesting variant on their naked bike of the time, the R1150R. The Rockster was BMW’s take on a streetfighter of sorts, made by pulling together the headlight from a R1150GS, gauges from the R1100S, and throwing them onto the R1150R with a distinctive paint job. In 2004, BMW introduced the dual-spark version of the oilhead …

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#1 – 2018 NMoto Nostalgia BMW R7

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2-28-21 Update: 9 months later, this Nostalgia is up for sale with a hefty discount. The ask has gone from $95k to $64,500 – find it here on eBay. For context, we had one for sale at Iconic for several months. We let it go for $37,450 including buyer’s fees. A couple of years ago, I shared a custom based …

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Ending Soon – 1996 MZ Skorpion Sport

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Post Sale Update: This Skorpion sold for $2,652 including buyer’s fee on Iconic Motorbike Auctions in Julian, California. The Skorpion was an example of what an international economy can achieve – a East German manufacturer brought together Japanese motors (from Yamaha) and a British design firm (called Seymourpowell) to create something that worked well on paper and on the road. …

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2006 BMW HP2 Enduro

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Post Listing Update: This HP2 Enduro did not meet reserve with 45 bids up to $12,300 on eBay in Vienna, Virginia. The HP2 Enduro was the perfect bike for riders who thought the R1200GS was capable but too heavy. Thanks to a trellis frame and conventional telescopic forks, the HP2 saved 53 pounds of weight from the standard GS.

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303,000 Miles – 1998 BMW K1200RS

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MCN summarized the K1200RS by saying it “carved its own niche as a superb high-speed distance bike that could carry a pillion and luggage too without breaking a sweat…build quality remains a strong point so big mileages are very possible.” Here’s some proof of that statement, as this RS (offered by the original owner) has an impressive 303k miles on …

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Rebuilt Engine – 1961 BMW R27

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Post Sale Update: After not meeting reserve twice and getting bid up between $7-$8k, the seller listed this as a BIN for $10,500 – and it sold. An evolution of the R26, the BMW R27 gained rubber engine mounts and a bump in power to 18 horsepower. It was the firm’s last shaft-driven single.

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No Reserve In Belgium – 1956 BMW R26

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Post Sale Update: this R26 sold for $9,050 after 73 bids on eBay in Peer, Belgium. Introduced in 1956 (and out of the market in 1960), the R26 was a significant revision of the R25, with upgrades that included a rear swing arm, Earles forks, and an enclosed drive shaft. There were some cosmetic upgrades, too, but the key numbers …

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In England – 2004 Sachs 800 Roadster

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Sachs is probably best known in the motorcycling world for their success in the 60s under the Fichtel & Sachs name when they took over Victoria, Express, and DKW and produced several small displacement motorcycles (as well as the Wankel-powered Hercules/DKW a few years later). After a break due to financial problems, Sachs got back to building motorized two-wheelers in …

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Granada Red – 1968 BMW R60/2 US

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Post Listing Update: This BMW did not meet reserve despite 30 bids up to $13,600 on eBay in Chicago, Illinois. 1968 was one of the two years that BMW offered a telescopic fork variant of their /2 for the US market with the R50, R60, and R69. The models were referred to as the R50US, R60US, and R69US. Here’s one …

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Rare Project – 1957 Triumph TWN Cornet

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Post Sale Update: This Triumph sold for $2,550 after 14 bids on eBay in Pickerington, Ohio. 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 …