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1987 Honda CR500

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When originally released in 1984, the CR500 was the most powerful MX bike that Honda had ever produced. It quickly got a reputation for pinging (including the nickname of “Ping King”), which was rectified the next year with liquid-cooling. The rest was history – in a period review of the ’85 CR500, Dirt Bike Magazine said riding this bike was …

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No Reserve – 2007 Honda XR650R

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Post Sale Update: This XR650R sold for $5,550 after 52 bids on eBay in Layton, Utah. Also known as the Big Red Pig, Honda’s XR650R is a legend in desert racing and the Baja 1000. Even though it was killed off in 2008, the bike is still race competitive and it enjoys quite a cult following.

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Yamaha’s First Moped – 1962 Yamaha MF1

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Built to compete with the Honda Cub, Yamaha decided to go upmarket with their first moped, the MF1. Upmarket is a relative term with mopeds – in this case it refers to the Neidhart front suspension, pressed-metal frame, kick-and-electric starters, three-speed transmission with manual clutch, and as Yamaha themselves boasted, the “largest tail light fitted on any step through.” Fancy!

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1974 Kawasaki H2 750

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Post Sale Update: This H2 sold for $15,988 after 45 bids on eBay in Ballston Spa, New York. The seller of this Widowmaker is the son of the original owner, who bought it new from a Kawasaki dealership in New York and rode it for just two years and 1,784 miles. “He married and started a family and the bike …

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Restored – 1980 Honda CR125R

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Honda revamped the CR125 Elsinore in 1979, but it did not do well. They immediately redesigned it for the following year with much better results. The cosmetic differences between years were minimal, though the disappearance of the 23″ front wheel was fairly obvious.