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1983 Yamaha XT550

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi2 Comments

Only a few of my readers are going to care about this bike, but the ones that do are going to be ecstatic (and might even snatch it up for themselves). The Yamaha XT550 was an orphan of sorts that’s turned into a cult classic for dual-sport enthusiasts. The first of the redesigned 4-valve motor, it was only imported for …

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1968 Honda CT90 K0

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi1 Comment

The Honda CT90 has an interesting folk tale of a creation story: Honda America’s first sales manager, Jack McCormack (who would go on to create the American Eagle line of bikes) noticed that a Honda dealership in Boise, Idaho was selling more Honda 50cc bikes than all 6 dealerships based in Los Angeles. The Boise dealership had swapped out the …

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1964 Fuji Rabbit Superflow S601

In Japan, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 32 bids on eBay, this Fuji Rabbit Superflow S601 sold for $2,650. I don’t feature scooters much, but the Fuji Rabbit Superflow is definitely worth a look. An impressive 75,000 units left the Fuji Heavy Industries factory, but it’s very hard to find any now. Why is this scoot so interesting? Well, at the time, it was …

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Mini Cruiser – 1984 Yamaha RX50

In Cruiser, Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi2 Comments

In the 80s, Japanese manufacturers produced several 50cc bikes – though nearly all were in plastics that were reminiscent of sportbikes. Examples previously featured on Bike-urious include the Honda NS50F and Suzuki GSXR50, though the Yamaha YSR50 was one of the most well-known. This bike, the Yamaha RX50, was styled in the opposite spectrum – as the tiniest cruiser that’s …

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Blue Devil – 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan VN2000

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Post-Sale Update: After 26 bids on eBay, this Kawasaki Vulcan VN2000 sold for $7,100. At the time of its release, the Kawasaki Vulcan VN2000 featured a 2053cc engine and was the biggest V-Twin you could buy at the time. In fact, EACH cylinder displaced more than the entire engine you’d get in the ZX10R superbike. This specific example, called the …

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2001 Honda CBR929RR Erion Racing

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Erion Racing has had a long line of success flying around racetracks in AMA competition as Honda’s premier support team. Back when Honda released the 929 version of the Fireblade, Honda honored Erion’s work with the Honda CRB929RR Erion Racing Edition. Mechnically, it was the same as the stock bike, though the cosmetics were exclusive and a Erion Racing pipe …

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Supersport World Champion – 2013 Yamaha R6

In Japan, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Listing Update: This Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha R6 did not attract any bids at $109,999. It’s not every day that you’re given the opportunity to buy a bike that’s won a World Championship, but if you’ve been on the prowl…today’s your day. This Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha R6, piloted by Sam Lowe, has just won the 2013 World Supersport Championship and is …

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Snowbird – 2005 Honda CRF450X

In America, Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi4 Comments

Post-Sale Update: After 21 bids on eBay, this Honda CRF450X sold for $4,500. Living in Southern California, I’m almost always glad the weather is warm enough to ride all year-round. This is one of the very few times where I wish there was snow on the ground. The Honda CRF450X is already one of my favorite street-legal dual-sports, but this …

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2008 Moriwaki MD250H

In Japan, Race by Abhi2 Comments

Moriwaki is a Japanese engineering firm which produces nearly everything for bikes. With lots of race experience, they’ve become a trusted name in Japan and amongst a certain few here in the states. Using the Honda RS125 as a base, and their own propietary frame, swingarm, and much more, they created the Moriwaki MD250H as a ready to go road …

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1980 Yamaha TZ350 Nico Bakker

In Japan, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: Yet again, this Yamaha TZ350 Nico Bakker did not attract any attention. Even before I started this site, I’d seen this Yamaha TZ350 Nico Bakker for sale. Though it didn’t meet reserve at $18,000 a year or two ago, it’s back up for sale with a lower BIN price now. A mid-teens race bike with pedigree? Click through to …

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1999 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: This Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R sold for a best offer of an unknown amount less than $4,500. It’s rare to find a low-mileage, well-kept Japanese sportbike from the 90s, so I was excited to see this little beauty available in the definitive Kawasaki Green. With a Yoshimura pipe (that I love) and some miscellaneous carbon fiber pieces (that I …

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1988 Honda CBR1000F Hurricane

In Japan, Sport by Abhi8 Comments

Post-Sale Update: This Honda Hurricane sold for $2,800 on eBay. The Honda CBR1000F, also known as the Hurricane, was an excellent sport-tourer that introduced some crucial technology into the Honda lineup. It eventually evolved into the well-known Blackbird. Oh yeah, and it had one of the greatest names in motorcycling history.

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Somehow Street Legal – 2004 Honda NSR50

In Japan, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

We’ve featured the NSR50 before – it’s easily the best of the 50cc bikes to come out of Japan in the last couple of decades. What makes this particular example noteworthy is that it’s somehow claimed to be street legal. Seeing as Honda specifically sold these as non street-legal, I assumed that there would be more required than simply slapping …