View Post

2 of 500 – Pair of Yamaha R1 LEs

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Yamaha R1 LE was Yamaha’s celebration of its 50th anniversary. Taking their incredibly popular 1000cc sportbike as a platform, Yamaha produced a very limited run of only 500 bikes that were full of incredible extras and turning them into near-production racers. Specific changes made for the Yamaha R1 LE include an homage to Kenny Roberts and the original Yamaha …

View Post

1969 Kawasaki Green Streak F21M

In Japan, Off-Road, Race by Abhi3 Comments

Post-Sale Update: Yet again, the sale fell through on this bike.  It now seems to have been sold for $5,000.  We’ll see if it actually takes this time. 9/1 Update: This Kawasaki Green Streak has been relisted with a Buy-It-Now price of $7,800 here on eBay. 9/1 Update #2: Wow, and just and 5 hours later, this Kawasaki Green Streak …

View Post

Duo of 1974 Dunstalls – Honda and Norton

In America, Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: The Norton Dunstall did not meet reserve at $5,300, while the Honda also did not meet reserve at $3,950. Paul Dunstall is a legend in the classic motorcycling world. Originally a motorcycle racer, he set up a workshop where he turned Nortons into world-beaters with engine and cosmetic modifications. Fast forward to the 1970s, Dunstall’s business had …

View Post

1987 Honda Fat Cat 200

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Honda Fat Cat sold for $1,999. The Honda Fat Cat was a motorcycle made only for two years, similar to the well-known Yamaha TW200. With a 199cc four-stroke engine putting power through a five speed transmission and an automatic clutch, this bike was unique due to its use of two ATV-style tires.

View Post

1 of 1000 – 1987 Yamaha YSR80 Tech 21

In Japan, Race, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

8/26 Update: This Yamaha YSR80 Tech 21 attracted no bids at $3,800, so it’s been relisted here on eBay at $3,500. Fans of motorcycle endurance racing or the video game Tourist Trophy for the Playstation 2 may remember the Yamaha Tech 21 team, Yamaha’s factory effort in several races in the late 80s. Probably best known for their performance in …

View Post

1 Year Only – 2008 Suzuki B-King

In Japan, Standard by Abhi3 Comments

Post Sale Update: Despite 17 bids, this Suzuki B-King did not meet reserve at $6,100 on eBay. The best way to think about the Suzuki B-King is to consider it a naked version of the famous Hayabusa. Sold only for one year in the US, it features the 2nd generation, 1340cc Hayabusa engine that has been retuned for more mid-range …

View Post

1968 Suzuki S32-2 Olympian

In Japan, Small Displacement, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: After being relisted twice on eBay, this Suzuki S32-2 sold for just $950.  What a steal! The Suzuki S32-2, also known as the Olympian, was a 150cc 2-stroker twin with dual carbs, a 4-speed transmission, toaster tank, and most surprisingly to us, an electric starter. Though the speedo goes to 100mph, you shouldn’t expect to top 80 …

View Post

1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special

In Japan, Sport by Abhi2 Comments

Post Sale Update: This Yamaha RD400F did not meet reserve at $3,800. If you missed it, another example is now available in Colorado with a Buy-It-Now price of $4,500. The Yamaha RD400F represents the last of a few key milestones in motorcycling history – it was the last two-stroke street bike sold in the United States, and it was the …

Dual Sport Unicorn – 1993 Honda Africa Twin XRV750

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi5 Comments

The Honda Africa Twin is an absolute legend in the dual-sporting community, and American riders were always heartbroken that this beauty never made it to the United States. We almost never see these up for sale in the states, so we’re very excited to feature one for you now. How good is this bike? It’s based on the NXR-750, which …

View Post

Never Imported – Honda CBX550

In Japan, Sport by Abhi4 Comments

Post Sale Update: This Honda CBX550 was pulled early. The Honda CBX550 is barely known in the United States, as it was never officially imported. Released in 1983, the CBX 550 F2 sport touring motorcycle came with an air cooled, four stroke, 572cc engine with 60 horsepower at 10,000 rpm. This bike was full of innovations of the time, including …

View Post

1983 Honda CX650T Turbo

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: We can’t believe it, but after 38 bids on eBay, this Honda CX650T sold for $15,100!  Wow. In 1982, Honda introduced its first production turbocharged motorcycle, the CX500T. The next year, they bumped up displacement to form the Honda CX650T, one of today’s featured bikes. While Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha all also offered turbo’d competition, but Yamaha …

View Post

1983 Yamaha RX50

In Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi1 Comment

Post-Sale Update: This Yamaha RX50 did not meet reserve at $510. 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 …

View Post

Baby Interceptor – 1989 Honda VTR250

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: After being relisted, this Honda VTR250 sold for $1,800 on eBay. The Honda VTR250 was only sold in the US for three years. Despite the simple nature – a liquid cooled 250cc engine with a six-speed transmission and an inboard front disc, it’s become quite the cult bike for fans of small-displacment motors.