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No Reserve – 1979 Honda CBX

In Japan, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In an era where bigger was better, and where innovation and boldness were the master words, Honda knew how to stand at the front of the scene. After its domination on the sport bike market thanks to the CB750, 4-cylinder 4 stroke engines became the standard for practically each Japanese maker. So Honda had to go one step further. To …

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1971 Suzuki T125 Stinger

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As evidenced by the GT lineup, Suzuki had a strong affinity for 2-strokes in the late 60s and early 70s. So it wasn’t surprising that when they introduced the T125 (“Stinger in the US, “Wolf” in Japan, and “Flying Leopard” in France), it was equipped with a 2-stroke engine.

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1983 Suzuki GS750E

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The seller of this example calls it a ’85 model, however at that point Suzuki had cut displacement down to 700 to get around the tariffs that Reagan implemented to help Harley-Davidson. My guess is that this is actually from 1983.

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Titled Grey Market NC35 – Honda RVF400

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The staff of MCN considered Honda’s RVF400 (also known as the NC35) to be one of the best riding 400s of all time, saying “in its day it handled with all the agility and precision of a 250cc Grand Prix bike compared to old litre-sized buses like the GSX-R1100, and relatively big supersports machines like the FZR600.”

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1974 Yamaha TX500

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In the beginning of the 70’s, while Honda and Kawasaki explored 4-stroke motors and managed to break the 750cc and even 900cc barriers of displacement, Yamaha was sticking with two-stroke engines for their middleweight bikes like the RDs (250cc and 350cc). But with their new TXs models, Yam decided to create a new four-stroke middle-size bike between the RDs and …

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Two-Stroke Triple – 1975 Suzuki GT550

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While Honda and Kawasaki launched a 4-stroke revolution, Suzuki kept going strong with two-stroke engines, but they needed to replace the aging T500 Titan. So, in 1971 at the Tokyo motorcycle show, Suzuki launched its new model, the GT. The first to be presented was the flagship of the GTs, the 750, featuring 3 cylinders. The “Water Buffalo”, as it …

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1964 Honda CA110 Sport 50

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Post Listing Update: This CA110 did not meet reserve despite 44 bids up to $1,750. Honda’s CA110 was one of their little bikes that was ushered in with the “you meet the nicest people on a Honda” campaign, though it’s a bit more special than the C102 Super Cub that has taken over the world. The CA110 was also known …