The Yamaha TZ250 dates back to 1973, and over an impressive production run through 2009 the two-stroke production road racer was competitive all over the world. The seller of this example is a bit light on details as he never rode it, but this bike stands out as it’s got the four-stroke fuel-injected heart from a Kawasaki KX450 motocrosser. In …
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 …
Built by blending the YZ250 and YZ490, the WR500 was a rare offering that was best served as a trail bike that could mix it up on the race track every once in a while.
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.
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!
When Kawasaki introduced the KX500 motocrosser in 1983, Dirt Bike magazine called it “unrideable” and “violent.” Now they just call it “the one bike to ride before you die.”
The TW200 has basically been the same since it was introduced in 1987 – there was a minor update in 2001 but even the 2021 model is still carbureted so it’s not like you’re missing out on much if you buy an old one compared to one in the dealership.
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 …
The seller of this CB says that “I wanted to build a motorcycle that I can enjoy and ride without having to worrying about dust & road debris. The plan was to build it correct to its year but with a budget in mind.”
The seller calls this the “YamaGamma”, as it combines a Suzuki RG250 frame with a Yamaha RZ350 engine. What do you think about this interesting combo?
Also known as the Fizzy, the FS1 was very successful in Europe as a small street-legal motorcycle – often a first vehicle for many riders. The suffix after FS1 denoted the target market -NL for Netherlands or -E for England.
Introduced in 1976, the KE175 was the successor to Kawasaki’s popular F series, the last of which was the F7. Kawi split the model into the KD (competition) and the KE (enduro), and this one’s owned by an employee at Hagerty.
The seller calls this a “steampunk cafe racer”, though he also says that “the bike is very uncomfortable…really best suited as a work of art on display.” Is it the kind of art you like?
The smallest of the Interceptors, the VF500 is claimed by some to be the best, thanks to absolutely incredible handling.
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.