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Homebrew Cafe – 2005 Suzuki Ryca 650 CS-1

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Suzuki’s Boulevard S40, previously known as the LS650 Savage, is a simple, low-powered entry-level cruiser. A Los Angeles based company called Ryca saw a way to spice up the S40, with the Ryca 650 CS-1 kit. It takes a rather ugly semi-Sportster clone and turns it into a lithe cafe racer styled bike with some actual semblance of personality.

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Featured First – 1986 Yamaha FZ600

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Post-Sale Update: This Yamaha FZ600 has sold, price unknown. After years of compromising with their middleweight sportbike, trying to provide riders with all-around flexibility, Yamaha decided to go all out with their first ‘race replica’ – the Yamaha FZ600. Designed to capture some of the increased interest in MotoGP, this bike got the “PURE SPORTS” decal so you knew they …

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1989 Honda Transalp XL600V

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Post-Listing Update: This Honda Transalp XL600V got some offers but did not sell at the asking BIN price. After being relisted at a starting bid of $1,800, it still got no action. Odd. The Honda Transalp XL600V was a dual-sport that was truly ahead of its time. A slightly less off-road biased cousin of the Honda Africa Twin, the Transalp …

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Trail Yamaha – 1986 Yamaha TY 350

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Post-Sale Update: After 22 bids on eBay, this Yamaha TY 350 sold for $2,010. In the late 60s, Yamaha made its first entry in a European trial championship in France with their 250 DT, a bike better suited for dual sporting. In 1970, the sales manager of a French Yamaha dealership was contacted by the current French trial champion and …

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Homologation Special – 1991 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R K1

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The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R K1 was a special limited edition of Kawi’s ZX-7R used in AMA Superbike. Kawasaki enjoyed tremendous success in competitive racing with this bike, and plenty of that tech made it to the ‘civilian’ version. Required to produce 500 examples for homologation purposes, Kawi packed this bike full of features like 39mm Keihin flat-slide carbs, an aluminum …

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Featured First – Suzuki GT750

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Post-Sale Update: The restored example sold for a best offer less than $6,500, and the original example sold for a best offer less than $4,500. The Suzuki GT750, affectionately known as the Water Buffalo, was the bike that made Suzuki a household name in the United States. The follow-up to a sporty bike, Suzuki surprised (and disappointed) motorcycle magazines by …

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1970 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III

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Post Sale Update: This Mach III sold for $10,000 after 25 bids on eBay. The Kawi H1’s were a range of triples famous for being incredibly fast in a straight line, but dangerous when you had to turn. This reputation only helped to make the bike more popular amongst riders who fancied themselves tough, as the bike became “affectionately” known …

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Bosozoku – 1978 Honda CB750F

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We feel obligated to start this listing off by saying that we aspire you to bring interesting motorcycles for sale. Sometimes, this means we stumble upon very bizarre bikes that don’t necessarily appeal to the masses. This Honda CB750F “Bosozoku” definitely falls under that category.

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The Japanese Brit – 1990 Honda GB500

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Post Sale Update: After 4 bids on eBay, this Honda GB500 sold for $5,100. In the late 80s, Honda took a risk and gave the world a beautiful motorcycle inspired by 60s thumper racers of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race – bikes like the Manx Norton and AJS 7R. Originally created as a 400cc bike in Japan, the …

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Featured First – 1982 Honda CBX 1000

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12-13 Update: Someone on r/motorcycles noticed that this bike is back up for sale. Find it here on Craigslist, though the price has gone up to $6,000. Based on reader feedback, we’re starting a new series today – Featured First.  The motorcycling industry thrives on innovation, and we’re going to show you some of the notable ‘firsts’ that manufacturers have …

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1990 Honda CB-1

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10/15 Update: This beautiful Honda CB-1 has been relisted here, the BIN price has been removed and bidding is up to $1,375. The Honda CB-1 was a wonderful standard in a time of replica racers. Originally built for the Japanese market, it was a beautifully balanced motorcycle that lost out in an American market that was obsessed with having as …