The Katana is cool, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you think my “1 of 45” claim makes no sense – I had no idea this bike existed until I started my research. Meet the GSX1100SXZ, affectionately known as the “Wire Wheeler.”
Yesterday, I featured a well-used MZ that was a Police bike in East Germany. Today we’ve got something more local that’s never been ridden. Honda stopped selling the ST1300 to the public in 2012, but they kept production going for a few more years “only for municipal law enforcement applications.”
From the same seller of the set of CBXs from each model year comes a wild custom CBX with go-fast parts, a longer swingarm, and a six-into-six exhaust.
10-21-20 Update: Five years later, this MC19 is back up for sale with a few more miles (9,029) and a ton more photos (as is per usual from this seller). Find it in Chicago, Illinois with bidding up to $4,550 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay. Introduced in 1986, the Honda CBR250 was an impressive lightweight sportbike, …
The seller of this CB1100F bought it after it had been sitting in a Texas shed since 1995. He then went about a restoration that he documented on YouTube in which he sanded and polished the original paint to bring it “back to dealership floor condition” and rebuilt several mechanical systems so that it’s ready to hit the road.
Based out of Sandy, Utah, Blue Collar Bobbers produces bolt on kits to give people an easy way to customize their bike “into an old school, nostalgic hot rod.” Here’s a Kawasaki Ninja 250 that’s equipped with the BCB Cafe Racer kit (no longer available).
Built as a tribute to the KZ1000 piloted by Eddie Lawson while winning the 1981 and 1982 AMA Superbike titles, the ZRX series is a muscle-car version of the UJM. Like many muscle cars, this Galaxy Blue ZRX has some great modifications to make it go faster, turn/stop quicker, and sound better.
Only sold in the US, Canada, and western Europe in 1988, the ZB50 was supposed to be a street sister to the Z50R dirt bike, but it ended up being too expensive for Honda to build and the US only got 3,058 examples before Honda killed it off.
The seller of this custom states that it was painted by Arlen Ness (it has his signature on the tank) and that it’s a survivor which will need some work as it’s not running.
The Honda CB-1 was a wonderful mid-sized standard in a time of replica racers. Originally built for the Japanese market, it was a beautifully balanced motorcycle that lost out in an American market that was obsessed with having as much horsepower as possible.
In 1983, Yamaha introduced the IT490, an evolution of the 465 and the biggest of the “International Trial” line. It was a heavy, powerful bike that was ideal for enduro or cross-country riding, though they had a nasty habit of pinging when the engine got hot.
Here’s something you don’t see every day – someone in Sylmar, California has accumulated an “immaculately restored” example from each year of Honda CBX production (1979, 1980, 1981, and 1982). He’s also trying to sell them all as a set!
Upon its introduction in 1986, Yamaha’s FZ immediately took the 750cc sportbike crown – MCN says it was “as fast as a Kawasaki GPZ900R” and called it “a wonderful piece of engineering.”
Everyone knows the KLR650, but in the mid-’90s Kawasaki also offered both a Tengai variant (same basic bike extra plastics) as well as the KLX, a faster and beefier version dual-sport. There was even a KLX650R, which was a competitor to Honda’s XR650R for those of you that wanted to race on a bigger bike – but today’s let’s just …
The Honda MB5 was only imported to the United States for one year, and for a while it did not leave a lasting impression. However, riders that grew up with these (or had a friend that used one as a first bike) are feeling pangs of nostalgia and these baby bikes are arguably turning into a cult classic.