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Original Tires – 1999 Yamaha R7 OW-O2

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The Yamaha YZF-R7 was a ready to race World Super Bike (WSB) racer with the trimmings (lights/signals/plate) necessary to make it street legal. Also known as the OW-O2, it was staggeringly expensive: with an MSRP of approximately $32,000, it was twice as expensive as Honda’s RC51 SP-1, but it was worth every penny. I also happen to think it’s one …

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Restored – 1973 Honda CB750 K3

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As prices for the sandcast and other early CB’s start to get out of control, it’s starting to make more financial sense to look into later (but still pre-’75) models. Honda made approximately 38,000 examples of the K3, and this lovely Flake Sunrise Orange example is claimed to have been restored to “as produced at the factory”.

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AHRMA Race Winner – 1973 Honda CB350

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This AHRMA racer was acquired by the seller as a Sportsman 350 competitor in 2013 – he then rebuilt it “with the intention of creating a championship winning bike”. After campaigns in 2014 and 2015 with multiple podiums and race wins at courses like Road America, Barber, and Daytona in the Sportsman 350 and 500 classes, he’s now letting it …

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Restored – 1974 Yamaha DT250

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In 1968, Yamaha introduced one of their most important motorcycles of all time – the DT-1. They sold 50,000 units in the first year, which is a mind blowing number when you consider that last year, the FZ/MT-07 was Yamaha’s best seller in the US with 3,981 units sold.

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No Reserve – 1966 Honda CB160

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Also known as the Mini Hawk, the Honda CB160 featured an over-bored CB125 that produced 16.5 horsepower at 10,500 rpm. Light, nimble, and beautiful, they’ve become a favorite in small displacement vintage racing – AHRMA’s even got a CB160-specific class where the racing commences with a Le Mans start!

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1995 Yamaha Virago XV1100

In Cruiser, Japan, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

Introduced in the early 80s, Yamaha’s Virago line was the first V-Twin cruiser to come out of Japan, and it was an example of what happens when marketers and engineers don’t agree on what a product should be. The first version was chock full of tech like a monocoque frame, monoshock suspension, shaft final drive, offset cylinders, and more – …

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1976 Yamaha RD400

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In 1976, Yamaha made the RD350 a little bigger with a displacement bump up to 399cc. Thanks to 44 horsepower, the hooligan motorcycle du jour was capable of hitting the ton with a top speed of 105 miles per hour. Most people know the 400 simply for being an easier to ride upgrade over the 350, but it was also …

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Droog Moto’s “Moto3” – 2015 Yamaha FZ-09 Custom

In Custom, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Last June, Abhi featured a Droog Moto bike built around a 2000 Suzuki Savage, and now that a year has gone by the Southwestern shop has another build for sale. The whole Mad Max/post apocalyptic-look isn’t for everyone, but if it is your thing then you’re probably going to love Droog’s latest project, dubbed “Moto3”. Built around a Yamaha 2015 …

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Purple Rain Replica – 1979 Honda CM400A Custom

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From Steve McQueen’s Triumph TR6 Trophy Bird in 1963’s The Great Escape, to Peter Fonda’s custom Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide “Captain America” bike in 1969’s Easy Rider or Tom Cruise’s Kawasaki GPZ900R from 1986’s Top Gun, pop culture has given rise to a number of iconic two-wheelers over the years. One of the best-known scoots to be featured in popular culture …

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The Reddest of Rockets – 1980 Honda CR250 with 0 Miles

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Honda’s CR250 is a staple in the MX world. Despite (US) production ending roughly a decade ago, Honda’s CR range continues to be a favorite with off-road aficionados, and for good reason. In the CR250’s 34 years of competition. it achieved 15 US Supercross championships and a dozen US Outdoor National championships, making it regarded as the winningest dirt bike …