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1976 Kawasaki KV75

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In the world of minibikes, the Honda Z50 has pretty much reigned supreme. But if you’re looking for something a little bit different, this Kawasaki KV75 might be just the ticket. Thanks to the slightly larger engine and three-speed transmission, you’ll be able to hit about 40 mph on this very original example. The only known problem is that the …

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Suzuki TL1000S Street Tracker

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J&M Racing Products have made a name for themselves by building Flat Tracker frames for a wide variety of motorcycles – some you’d expect, some you might not. This Suzuki TL1000S Street Tracker falls in the latter category for me, but it must be a tremendous amount of fun. This absurd bike just looks like it’s all motor, thanks to …

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1971 Suzuki T500 Cafe Racer

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One of the all time greats in classic Japanese motorcycle history, the Suzuki T500 Cafe Racer 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 to Honda’s CB450.

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1978 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

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Post-Sale Update: After 23 bids on eBay, this Honda CB750 Cafe Racer sold for $9,100 on eBay. 5-6 Update: And it’s back. Find this Honda CB750 Cafe Racer for sale on eBay with bidding up to $6,100 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay. Post-Listing Update: Despite 21 bids up to $7,350.00, this Honda CB750 Cafe Racer did …

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JDM Lucky Strike – 1999 Suzuki GSXR750

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The Suzuki GSXR750 is an original Japanese model in the JDM-only Lucky Strike paint scheme. It was brought over from Japan by a US servicemen, and is now titled in Oklahoma in excellent condition. It’s recently been serviced and is ready to go. Find this Suzuki GSXR750 for sale in Mustang, Oklahoma for $5,899 or best offer here on eBay.

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1990 Honda RC30

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The Honda RC30 is one of the world’s greatest homologation superbikes. Also known as the VFR750R, the RC30 was created so that Honda could race in the World Superbike Championship, and there’s been a surge of them for sale over the last few months. The stats were impressive: the 748cc DOHC V-4 engine produced 76 horsepower, but included goodies like …

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1970 Bridgestone GTO 350

In Japan, Sport by Abhi1 Comment

Post-Sale Update: As noted by reader Tom down below, this Bridgestone sold for $5,650 after 31 bids on eBay. The Bridgestone GTO 350 was the scrambler version of the absolutely incredible GTR, a bike that could leave 650 and 750cc bikes in the dust in the quarter-mile. What did Bridgestone think would be required to turn a street bike into …

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1972 Yamaha TR3

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During the 60s and 70s, Yamaha offered racing versions of its street bikes for use by privateers and even Yamaha factory racers. The classic R5 provided the base for the Yamaha TR3, a David among goliaths that was the first 2-stroke (and smallest bike at the time) to ever win the Daytona 200.

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1978 Yamaha SR500

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Post-Sale Update: After 13 bids on eBay, this Yamaha SR500 sold for a very reasonable $2,801. 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. Here’s one that’s …

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1967 Marusho Magnum 500

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Marusho/Lilac was a Japanese motorcycle manufacturer that was constantly under the shadow of Honda. After peaking in the late 50s, the company went bankrupt in 1962. The company was brought back to life just a year later, free of debts and configured to specifically target the American market with a 500cc twin engine – quite large displacement for Japanese firms …

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Off-Roading with a Yamaha FJR1300

In Blog, Japan, Off-Road by Abhi1 Comment

From r/motorcycles comes this very impressive video of a talented rider who would ask, “who needs a GS?” The FJR weighs 637 pounds wet and doesn’t have what one would call tremendous ground clearance, so it’s a joy to see this rider at work. Oh, and did I forget to mention that it seems (at least from the end of …

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Championship Winner – 1999 Honda CBR600F4 Racer

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During a quest to find a good RC51 to feature, I instead stumbled upon this Honda CBR600F4 racer and thought it was worth sharing because you can get a hell of a bike for your money. A former AMA race bike, this CBR spent the last few seasons with the current owner winning the Clubman Lightweight Championship and placing second …

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1990 Suzuki RGV250 V21

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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 …