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1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R

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Post Sale Update: this Z1R sold for $5,100 after 9 bids on eBay. The Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R was the brainchild of Wayne Moulton, known as the “Father of the Japanese Cruiser.” His belief was that a solid motorcycle could be moderately tweaked to form four versions, one of which is a sport-tourer.

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Production Racer – 1967 Yamaha TD1-C

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2-15 Update: This Yamaha is back up for sale, with bidding up to $6,660 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay. Post-Listing Update: This TD1-C did not meet reserve at $12,634.99 – it was relisted but then only got up to $7,600 the second time around. Produced for two years, the Yamaha TD1-C was a grand improvement over …

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First Year – 1985 Kawasaki Eliminator ZL900

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Post-Sale Update: After 36 bids on eBay, this Kawasaki Eliminator ZL900 sold for $3,013. Yamaha defined a new class of bike in the mid 80s with their instant classic V-Max, but their Japanese competition was immediately on the ball. Honda released the Magna, while Team Green released the Kawasaki Eliminator ZL900 – all these bikes together created the ‘Power Cruiser/Muscle …

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1967 Honda S90

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You all know I love the Honda S90, so I’ve got to share them with the world when they come up for sale. This beauty has been restored both cosmetically and mechanically – you’ll get a new piston, freshly bored cylinder, NOS ignition, and for some reason, 4 keys. All the rubber has been replaced and the entire bike has …

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Chrome Tank – 1971 Yamaha R5 350

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The Yamaha R5 350cc twin punched way above its weight class and was one of the best bangs for the buck of any bike in the 70s. Though Honda had moved into the world of 4-strokes, Yamaha was making great strides in two-stroke technology. Unlike the Suzuki Titan from yesterday, Yamaha was looking to get every last drop of power …

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1997 Honda CBR 600 F3 Smokin’ Joe’s Replica

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Post-Listing Update: As shown by the commenter Blayne, this is not a real Smokin’ Joe’s Replica. I take it all back! One of my favorite liveries of all time is the Marlboro McLaren F1s of the early 90s – probably in part due to my obsession with Ayrton Senna. Nowadays, a livery featuring a tobacco company is pretty much out …

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Underrated – 1970 Suzuki Titan T500

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Post-Listing Update: This Suzuki Titan T500 did not get any action at $7,999. One of the all time greats in classic Japanese motorcycle history, the Suzuki Titan T500 showed the world that a big displacement 2-stroker didn’t have to overheat. It was considered one of the most reliable motorcycles built in the 60s, but it always took a back seat …

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$100k Honda? – 1969 Honda CB750 Sandcast Prototype

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Post-Sale Update: I had to bring this post to the top just to remind you all about this bike and share the final sale price. After 102 bids on eBay, this Honda CB750 Sandcast Prototype sold for $148,100. Wow. I normally don’t post on Saturday, but today I had to feature what might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – one of …

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Museum Quality – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

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Every once in a while, the fantastic Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum makes some changes and offers one of their bikes for sale. Currently, they’ve got a Ducati 888 and this very rare Suzuki XN85, one of just 300 that were brought to the United States – only 1,153 were ever sold, in total. It was the first factory bike to feature …

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Red, White, and Blue Part 2 – 1988 Yamaha FZR750R

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Post-Listing Update: This FZR was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Continuing the red, white, and blue theme is a Yamaha FZR750R, a homologation special for AMA Superbike and a road racer for the street. The predecessor of the legendary OWO1, only 500 were made a year for 3 years. As far as I understand, only 200 of …

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2,645 Miles – 1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Slingshot

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Post-Sale Update: After 30 bids on eBay, this Suzuki GSX-R 750 Slingshot sold for $8,350. The last year of the 2nd generation of the Gixxer, the 1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 L featured “Slingshot” carbs. Though this bike looks very similar to the ’89 model, there were a tremendous amount of incremental changes. helping to cement its place as the best …

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Waterfall Pipes – 1975 Honda CB400F

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Post-Sale Update: The blue example is still available on ADVRider, but the red model sold for $3,500 after 42 bids on eBay. More of an evolution rather than a revolution, the Honda CB400F has one of the most distinctive exhaust systems ever produced – known by some as the “waterfall pipes”. Though it wasn’t as fast as its competition, this …

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1977 Yamaha RD400 Drag Bike

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Post-Listing Update: This Yamaha RD400 Drag Bike did not attract any bids on eBay. The Yamaha RD400F was the last of Yamaha’s RD series. But today we don’t have a typical RD400 – this one has been built into a custom drag bike. You’ll get a TZ end bearing, Wiseco pistons, 34mm Mikunis, lock-up Barnett clutch, air shifter, a modified frame, …