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1976 Honda CB550

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Post-Sale Update: After 16 bids on eBay, this CB550 sold for $3,200. Here’s a well-preserved example of the CB550 in a color (Candy Brown) that’s just too 70s for me. Still, it has 18,889 miles and the condition of this unrestored bike looks great.

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CVT Equipped – 2009 Honda DN-01

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The Honda DN-01 was, depending on who you ask, a cruiser motorcycle, a scooter, the greatest revolution to the motorcycling industry since the Honda Cub, or a waste of time. Very unique, and very controversial, it only sold in the United States for two years, as it was a commercial failure. The issue, in my eyes, is that this wasn’t …

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Clean Classic – 1975 Yamaha XS650

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The Yamaha XS650 is a well-known classic medium displacement standard. Produced between 1968-1985 (though the US stopped getting them in 1983), they weren’t a game changer but I’m on a temporary kick for well-preserved bikes that were popular 40 years ago – I’m sure plenty of you readers used to have one and wouldn’t mind a bit of nostalgia.

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2006 Honda XR400SM

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Introduced in 1996, the Honda XR400R was impressively successful – Dirt Rider magazine notes that it was the only 400cc bike at the time that had any sort of low-end or mid-range power. Honda barely changed the bike until they discontinued it in 2004 and replaced it with the CRF450X. But in 2005, Honda released a new variant in just …

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1983 Suzuki GS1150ES

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The Suzuki GS1150ES was one of the last big standards, a line that started with the Honda CB750. This bike was rare even when new, so I’m glad to share a pretty solid example of what is now a 32 year old motorcycle.

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Fizzy Days – 1973 Yamaha FS1

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The Yamaha FS1 was a tiny motorcycle that had tremendous success in Europe. The 50cc two-stroke produced 4.8 horsepower, enough to get the bike up to about 45 miles per hour. It was a first motorcycle for many. For more on why it’s a “Memorable Motorcycle”, check out this article from Motorcycle USA.

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Sandcast – 1969 Honda CB750

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#6,655 of the 7,414 original sandcast CB750s, this bike has just 14,530 miles and looks great thanks to a NOS tank (which has never had fuel in it) and NOS side covers. The only Sandcast bike features this one is missing are the recessed ignition and the ‘rolled rim’ rear wheel. It’s a good-looking Honda.

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9,740 Miles – 1982 Honda CBX

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The Honda CBX only lasted five years, but it led to a new wave of sports-oriented motorcycles, and eventually to the Honda ST series. A 6.1 gallon tank was necessary as the 6 individual carbs and monster power led to just low 20’s miles per gallon. Want to learn more? Check out Motorcycle Classic’s writeup of this legendary bike here. …

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1971 Yamaha R5

In Japan, Sport by Abhi1 Comment

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, Yamaha was looking to get every last drop of power from their …

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1984 Honda VF1000F

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The Honda VF1000F Interceptor (VF standing for V-Four) was launched in 1984 as the flagship of the V4 line. Featuring a DOHC 998cc engine that produced 113 horsepower, adjustable Pro-Link suspension, and triple discs, this bike was released in response to America’s demand for an even bigger Interceptor.