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Rare in the US – 1994 Kawasaki Estrella

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I know many of you are fans of the Kawasaki W650 – but did you know that Kawi made a little brother with a 249cc engine that was never officially sold in the US? The model debuted in 1992, and it was originally called Estrella (Spanish for “Star”). In 2017, it was given the name it deserves: the W250.

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Pick up a Pair – 2x Honda GB500

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I’ve featured more than my share of the Honda GB500 over the years, but this is the first time that I’ve seen a pair offered up together. The seller and his wife ride these together (including a 3,000+ mile trip last summer) and he knows that if he only sells one, he’ll be looking for a second one soon enough. …

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New In Crate – 2000 Honda CBR929RR

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Technically the fifth generation of the CBR900RR, the 929 was a solid improvement on a legendary motorcycle but by this point Yamaha and Suzuki had released new versions of the R1 and GSX-R1000, leaving Honda lagging behind. Because of that, the CBR929RR didn’t sell nearly as well as the Yamaha or Suzuki, but outright performance won’t matter in this case …

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Rare in the US – 2004 Honda FTR223

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Nowadays, the “FTR” model is heavily associated with Indian and the FTR1200. But Honda beat them to the punch with a motorcycle that was never officially sold in the US, their own Flat Track Racing inspired FTR223! Here’s one that’s made it to the US and is currently titled in Oklahoma.

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In Canada – 2006 Yamaha MT-01

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The original “Master of Torque”, Yamaha’s MT-01 was never officially sold in the US. But other lucky markets were able to buy it between 2005 and 2012, and it was a fascinating combination of a cruiser V-Twin motor in a large naked sportbike package.

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1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor

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Post Listing Update: This VTR250 did not get any interest at the BIN of $1,550. Confusingly, the seller then decided to relist it for more money ($1,650). When that didn’t sell, he went up to $1,950. When that didn’t sell, he went up to $2,150! You can probably guess how that went. Sold in the US for three years, the …

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Jeff Weier Resto – 1968 Suzuki T500 Cobra

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Post Sale Update: This Cobra sold for $11,500 after 57 bids on eBay in Suffern, New York…but the sale didn’t go through and now it’s been relisted. Otherwise known as the T500, the Suzuki Cobra was very short-lived. Sort of. After just one year, Ford told Suzuki that the Cobra name was already accounted for, and that they should figure …

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1957 Meguro S3 Junior

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One of Japan’s first motorcycle manufacturers, Meguro’s first bike was a 500cc machine created in 1937. They specialized in four-stroke machines, and the “S” lineup had the S1 – 500cc, S2 – 350cc, and the S3 (also called the Junior) used a 250cc.

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Cheap Runner – 1969 Honda Z50

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Post Sale Update: This Z50 sold for $1,003 after 30 bids on eBay in Great Falls, Montana. This isn’t beautiful, but I’m interested in seeing what the market thinks this runner is worth! The seller calls it “the affordable Honda Trail 50”, and he’s taking it to Vegas if you’re going to be there for the auctions…