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1990 Yamaha TZR250SP

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Post-Sale Update: This Yamaha TZR250SP sold for $7,700 after 37 bids on eBay. Some would say the 3MA version of Yamaha TZR250SP was a full-on racer that came with lights. A limited number were built for homologation purposes, and it even took features from the factory TZ250W racer to make a sportbike that can still take on the newcomers.

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Cover Story – 1979 Honda CB750 Limited

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Post-Sale Update: After 26 bids on eBay, this Honda CB750 Limited sold for $3,310. Built as a 10th Anniversary bike, the Honda CB750 Limited was a 2-tone beauty with the same mechanical components as the base bike. This is a great example that was actually the exact model featured on the cover Clymer Honda CB750 DOHC Fours repair manual.

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1984 Kawasaki 750 Turbo

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Built over the ’84 and ’85 model years, the Kawasaki 750 Turbo only had minor changes between years. Most riders consider this to be the best of the factory turbo’d bikes from the big 4 Japanese manufacturers.

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1970 Kawasaki A7 Avenger

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Post-Sale Update: After 16 bids on eBay, this Kawasaki A7 Avenger sold for $5,500. The last of the big 4 Japanese manufacturers to start selling motorcycles, Kawi had a little bit of catching up to do when it came to understanding the US market. They initially offered small-displacement two-strokes, and while those bikes have definitely caught the eye of a …

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1990 Honda Caren

In 3 Wheels, Japan by Abhi1 Comment

It’s hard to tell, but there’s actually a scooter in there. A scooter you might recognize as the Honda Express, with a 50cc engine putting down all of 3.8 horsepower. Honda created a very unsuccessful three-wheeler by putting a fiberglass body around the scooter, and called their creation the Honda Caren.

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1983 Egli Red Baron

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Honda made quite the splash back when it introduced the CBX to the world. The six-cylinder engine was clearly the star of the show, though some people felt the frame/handling wasn’t up to the task.

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1972 Honda CL350 K4 Scrambler

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The scrambler variant of Honda’s best-selling motorcycle (at least as of 2003), the Honda CL350 differed from its’ street-based brother as it gained the high scrambler pipes and a 19-inch front wheel. This particular example is a beautiful low mileage example adorned in Candy Panther Gold (what a name) paint.

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1973 Honda CB500 Racer

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Here’s some vintage racing goodness – a Honda CB500 Four that’s been converted into a racer that competed in F1 CCS’s Vintage Classes in 2000. It was also raced in 2001 and 2002 in CCS, WERA, and AHRMA, and won LW and HW Vintage classes. After that it sat until 2011 when it was sold and got some street duty. …

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Great Deal – 1998 Honda SuperHawk VTR1000F

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This bike is 16 years old but somehow looks spotless. If I ever bothered buying a new bike, it’d be in worse condition than this in 2 months! Kudos to the seller, who’s been able to keep this Honda SuperHawk in immaculate shape. I like to think of it as an easier-to-live with RC51. The best part? It’s being sold …

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1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22

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Nowadays, the mention of a Japanese 250 usually makes on think of the Ninja, a solid learner bike that doesn’t normally excite the senses like other current motorcycles. But 20 years ago, Suzuki built a 250 two-stroke race-replica of its Gamma V-2 racer – good for over 50 horsepower in the narrow power-band. The Suzuki RGV250 was born, and it …

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2011 Honda CB1000R

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I love naked bikes and when I was in Paris I couldn’t help but notice quite a few examples of the Honda CB1000R, a bike I almost never see in the US. What’s hard for me to understand is why it sold so poorly here in the US.

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1980 Kawasaki Z1R KZ1000

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Post Sale Update: After 28 bids on eBay, this Z1R sold for $12,100. The Kawasaki Z1R 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. So he took the KZ1000 and turned it into …

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Beautifully Restored – 1976 Yamaha RD400C

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One of the true giant-killers in motorcycling history, the Yamaha RD400C was given plenty of praise by reviewers when it first came out. It had plenty of power, it didn’t weigh much, you could handle it with relative confidence, and even the brakes were decent. All that, and the price wasn’t bad either. Nearly 40 years later, expectations have changed …