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598 Miles – 1975 Yamaha XS650

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The XS650 was quite a popular motorcycle – approximately 500,000 were built over a 13 year production run. When released, it was Yamaha’s biggest production bike and it was advanced for the time with unit construction for the engine and transmission, as well as a horizontally-split crankcase. It aped the styling of classic British twins but these Yammies developed a …

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Custom CB750 in Europe – 1973 Japauto 950 SS

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Sensing that Honda was about to take over the motorcycle industry, Christian Vilaseca expanded his family’s GM automobile dealership by founding Japauto in 1966. Thanks to the success of the CB750, Japauto quickly became Europe’s largest motorcycle dealership. So when he decided to campaign in the 1970 Bol d’Or, he wanted to race with a bike bearing his companies name …

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1985 Suzuki Madura

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A direct response to the ‘mega-cruiser’ Honda Magna, the Suzuki Madura was all about one-upmanship. Honda called their Magna an 1100, so the Madura was called a 1200, even if the engine was actually 1165cc. Honda rated the Magna at 116hp, Suzuki rated the Madura at…117 horsepower. You get the idea. Either way, it was a rare (5,099 produced over …

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NOS Flying Dragon Bodywork – 1973 Honda CB350

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Bike-urious reader Bob Kelly has established himself as quite an expert on the Honda’s Flying Dragon bodywork – and he’s offering up a CB350 with a NOS set! In ’72 and ’73, you could order an incredible set of alternate bodywork for CL350 or CL450 models – an idea that came from Honda’s paint department because they figured these crazy …

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1980 Kawasaki Z1-R

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The Z1-R is becoming one of the most collectible motorcycles to come out of Japan in the late 70s and early 80s. Most people associate the model with a lovely shade of light blue, so let’s go with one of the less common black models (the 1980 color) today.

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Turbo Diesel Custom – 1985 Suzuki GS450

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Sparks Motors is the shop behind the Discovery Channel show Diesel Brothers. When the builder/seller of this bike (Sam Turner of Head Turner Customs) was hired there, he decided to create a diesel-powered motorcycle on his personal time. Highlights include a 20 horsepower, 1,100cc agricultural water pump diesel engine with a custom tube frame chassis and art-deco inspired design. In …

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2000 Kawasaki ZRX1100

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I recently featured a ’99 ZRX with just 147 miles that got a lot of attention – especially after it sold for $12,100! So here’s one with less than 4k miles – low enough so that it’s still pristine, but high enough that you wouldn’t feel bad about taking it for a rare spin, right?

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Restored – 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R

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Wayne Moulton has had quite a career in the motorcycling industry, including roles as President for Triumph Motorcycles America and Vetter Fairings, as well as Vice President of Kawasaki. He was known for a philosophy that “a popular motorcycle can have four different variations – a standard, a limited, a cafe racer and a touring bike.” He’s also known as …

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Two Digit Sandcast in Australia – 1969 Honda CB750

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As you probably know, the first 7,414 CB750s were built from sandcast molds before Soichiro Honda switched to a more expensive metal mold because there was clearly enough demand to justify the investment. As you also probably know, these “sandcast” bikes are now trading for crazy money. Here’s #28, and the seller states that it has all the unique features …

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1986 Honda NS400R

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In 1983, Freddie Spencer became the world’s youngest 500cc World Champion, and he did it on a Honda V3. Honda responded by releasing a 250cc production bike to commemorate the win, but it took them until 1985 to build something closer to the actual size of Freddie’s champion. That was the NS400R, and even though it gave up 100cc and …