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1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

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In the 80s, Japanese manufacturers started to throw turbos onto a lot of their bikes as they saw it as the future of motorcycling. Kawi, Yamaha, and Honda all had turbo options, though the Honda CX650 Turbo was arguably the best. For varying reasons, the market never panned out, and so only 1,200 were ever imported into the US and …

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2001 Honda NSR 150 – Repsol

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9-27 Update: 5 months later, this Honda NSR 150 has now turned up on eBay, with just a few more miles and, most importantly, a New York Title! Not bad. Find it here with bidding at $3,150 and the reserve not yet met in Newport News, Virginia. Let’s see how much the price has shot up now that this bike …

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1975 Kawasaki H1 500

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Known as the ‘Widowmaker’, the Kawasaki H1 series were a range of triples famous for being incredibly quick and terrible to handle. The Kawasaki H1 500 was the mid-size model, and was easily the fastest 500cc bike around. By keeping everything cheap, Kawi was able to market this bike to young gentlemen who wanted the fastest bike possible for less …

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2005 Honda Rune

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The Honda Rune made a huge splash back in 2004, as Honda brought to market a bike that no one believed would ever make it past concept. Just look at it! The motorcycle community was stunned to see something like this coming from Honda, of all manufacturers, due to stereotypes of conservative design, but you’d be hard-pressed to have found …

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CHP – 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Police

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You might not look like Erik Estrada, but this bike might make you feel like him. You’ll probably remember this bike from the TV show CHiP’s, but this bike was already well known as the one of the two most common police bikes in the country at the time. Officers often differed on their preference between the Kawasaki KZ1000 Police …

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2004 Kawasaki ZRX1200R

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Built as a tribute to the KZ1000 piloted by Eddie Lawson while winning the 1981 and 1982 AMA Superbike titles, the ZRX series has always been a muscle-car version of the UJM. This particular Kawasaki ZRX1200Rcomes well-equipped with modifications to make this ZRX an excellent sports-tourer, including a Corbin seat, Throttle Meister, bar risers, and +1 gearing on the countershaft …

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1989 Honda NX125

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The Honda NX125 was the smallest of the NX’s, which were only imported for a few years. The combination of XR-roots with a slightly more street friendly composition made it an excellent all-rounder. Offered in the states in 125, 250, and 650cc versions, the NX650 was by far the most popular in the US. Despite the knobbies and the general …

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1984 Yamaha RZ350

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The last two-stroke officially imported into the US, the RZ350 is very much a sought-after collectors bike in the US. Only sold in the states from 84-85, these bikes were incredibly fast for 350cc, and absolutely look the part. Estimated production of these bikes was around 20,000 – accidents and time have worn down that number significantly, though you can …

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Honda Motocompo

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Sold for only 3 years, the Honda Motocompo was a tiny 50cc folding scooter designed to fit into the trunks of the subcompact cars Honda was making at the time, like the City. In fact, the City’s trunk was designed specifically to house the Motocompo. As it was only made for a few years (and designed to stay in the …

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1974 Yamaha TX750

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Made only for two years, the TX750 was Yamaha’s attempt of creating a parallel twin with the smoothness of an inline four engine. Using a pair of balancers (called Omni-Phase), it eliminated vibration to a level never seen before in a twin. Cycle World reviewed it and heaped praised on the TX750. “The result is smoothness beyond belief,” . “Shut …

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1 of 200 – 1988 Yamaha FZR750RU

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Built specifically to meet AMA racing homologation rules, the FZR750RU was only made for one year and cost $6899 at the time – more expensive than even most liter bikes of the time. Though fully street legal, this bike was intended to be a fully fledged road racer. This specific example has covered 36k miles, and comes with spares as …

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Mini Gixxer – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R50

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In the late 80s, Japanese manufacturers made a series of mini-bikes. While the Yamaha YSR50 and Honda NSR50 are probably some of the most common, the Suzuki GSXR-50 was one of the best looking, due to the full fairings and 4 interesting graphics packages available. The little gixxer was only made for 2 years, which means it’s one of the …

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1991 Honda Hawk

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In the late 80s, Honda introduced one of the first modern production naked motorcycles. Though the Honda Hawk (also known as the N650GT) was not a commercial success, it went on to inspire more prevalent motorcycles like the Suzuki SV650N, and has become an absolute cult favorite. This specific Honda Hawk, a ’91 (the last year of American sales), has …

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1989 Honda GB500 – The British Bike from Japan

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In the late 80s, Honda took a risk and sleeved down the motor from the popular XR600 dual-sport, prettied it up, and surrounded it with cafe-style bodywork evoking images of 60s British cafe racers. Only imported into the States from 1989-1990, the Honda GB500 was too slow for American tastes at the time and thus sold poorly.  It wasn’t cheap …

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1979 Yamaha SR500

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The Yamaha SR500 has been a popular bike for decades, due to clean styling and a reliable single-cylinder engine. These traits have also led this bike to be the base for thousands of custom works, including choppers, dirt-trackers, and cafe racers.