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Restored – 1975 Honda Rickman CR750 Cafe Racer

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Post Listing Update: This Rickman CR750 did not get any action at the BIN of $19,850 on eBay. The Rickman brothers made a name for themselves by building incredible frames to put (usually) Triumph motors in, but in the 70s they also expanded to building frames for Japanese bikes like the Kawasaki Z1 and the Honda CB750. This is one …

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1982 Kawasaki GPz550

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Post Sale Update: This GPz550 sold for $3,150 after 17 bids on eBay in New Berlin, Wisconsin. When Kawasaki introduced the GPz550 in 1981, it was a shot in the arm of the middleweight class. Now riders could get something fast, nimble, and sporty without having to get a big bike!

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1970s Honda “Test Track”

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Post Listing Update: This “Test Track” did not get any action at the BIN of $2,750 on eBay. Back in the 70s, Honda had a tool called the Test Track available in some dealers – per Colin Miller, Honda’s On-Road Media Coordinator, it was “intended to safely teach non-riders how use the clutch, throttle and brakes. If you already know …

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Period Racer – 1974 Kawasaki Z1

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Post Listing Update: The seller of this Z1 lowered the BIN of $12,000, but that wasn’t enough to get any action. Per the seller, this combination of a ’74 frame and a ’73 engine was converted to a racer in the 1970s and retired from racing in the early 1980s. “The story is that this bike was raced in the …

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598 Miles – 1975 Yamaha XS650

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The XS650 was quite a popular motorcycle – approximately 500,000 were built over a 13 year production run. When released, it was Yamaha’s biggest production bike and it was advanced for the time with unit construction for the engine and transmission, as well as a horizontally-split crankcase. It aped the styling of classic British twins but these Yammies developed a …

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Custom CB750 in Europe – 1973 Japauto 950 SS

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Sensing that Honda was about to take over the motorcycle industry, Christian Vilaseca expanded his family’s GM automobile dealership by founding Japauto in 1966. Thanks to the success of the CB750, Japauto quickly became Europe’s largest motorcycle dealership. So when he decided to campaign in the 1970 Bol d’Or, he wanted to race with a bike bearing his companies name …

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1985 Suzuki Madura

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Post Listing Update: This Madura did not get action at the opening bid of $2,800. A direct response to the ‘mega-cruiser’ Honda Magna, the Suzuki Madura was all about one-upmanship. Honda called their Magna an 1100, so the Madura was called a 1200, even if the engine was actually 1165cc. Honda rated the Magna at 116hp, Suzuki rated the Madura …

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NOS Flying Dragon Bodywork – 1973 Honda CB350

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Post Listing Update: This Flying Dragon did not meet reserve with 17 bids up to $7,400, however it was relisted with a BIN of $7,500 and then pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Bike-urious reader Bob Kelly has established himself as quite an expert on the Honda’s Flying Dragon bodywork – and he’s offering up a CB350 with …

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1980 Kawasaki Z1-R

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Post Sale Update: This Z1-R sold for $13,600 after 14 bids on eBay in Springfield, Oregon. The Z1-R is becoming one of the most collectible motorcycles to come out of Japan in the late 70s and early 80s. Most people associate the model with a lovely shade of light blue, so let’s go with one of the less common black …