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2001 Kawasaki ZX-11

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Here’s a last year example of Kawasaki’s ZX-11, a bike that enjoyed a lengthy production run (from 1990-2001). When it was introduced, it was the fastest production motorcycle in the world, and it kept that title until 1996 when it was beat by the Honda Blackbird.

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No Reserve – 2021 Honda CT125 Trail

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Post Sale Update: This CT125 sold for $4,560 after 61 bids on eBay in Crystal Lake, Illinois. MSRP on a new Trail 125 is $3,899, but they’re hard to find in dealers right now. Often when that happens, you’ll see people try to flip barely-used bikes with crazy asking prices. This time around, the seller’s letting the market decide what …

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2007 Yamaha Morphous

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Here’s a vehicle only true scooter fans know about – the Yamaha Morphous. Ignoring the oddball name, it was by all accounts a well designed scooter that did not achieve commercial success. It was introduced in 2005 in the US and was pulled in 2009. If you’re looking for a scooter that stands out, it’s hard to imagine a better …

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1997 Yamaha FZR600

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The Yamaha FZR600 had a solid 10 year run from 1989 until 1999 before finally being replaced by the now-legendary R6. The FZR never sold as well as the Honda CBR, and it was not as flashy as the Kawasaki ZX-6R that debuted in 1995, but it was a good performer that was very reliable and got positive reviews for …

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1990 Honda CB-1

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Honda had a lot of interesting bikes on offer in the late 80’s and early 90’s many of which have now gone on to become cult classics. The CB-1 was only sold in 1989 and 1990 but carried on for another year in Japan before Honda sidelined the bike in 1992 and replaced it with the CB400 Super Four which …

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CA Plated – 1990 Kawasaki ZXR400

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Introduced in 1989, the ZXR400 was one of the first motorcycles that would compete in the hotly-contested 400cc market in Japan. The 1990 model was also known as the H2, and it came with minor revisions including a curved radiator and some updates to the swingarm. It was also the last year to feature the iconic dual headlights.

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2008 Suzuki B-King

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The Suzuki B-King is on my list of bikes that I want to own someday but just have not got around to searching one out and plunking down the cash. And search you will as they are quite rare nowadays. Sold only in 2008, right smack in the middle of the great recession. Suzuki did not manage to get a …

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877 Miles – 2006 Honda CBR600RR

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Nowadays, special JDM examples of the 250 and 400cc pared down versions of the CBR, GSXR, FZR and ZXR models from the Big 4 Japanese makers are going through a bit of a renaissance. Despite being nearly 30 years old now these bikes still have a rabid following when compared to the budget 250-700cc learner bikes being produced and sold …

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1 Mile – 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

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In 1982, Honda introduced its first production turbocharged motorcycle, the CX500T. The next year, they bumped up displacement to form the Honda CX650 Turbo. While Kawasaki, and Suzuki also offered turbo’d competition, Yamaha and Honda were the most successful from a commercial standpoint. With that said, turbocharged production bikes never caught on, and only approximately 1,200 of these bikes ever …

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1972 Yamaha RD250

In Japan, Less than 5k, Standard by AugustLeave a Comment

From early 2011 until late 2019, I crisscrossed the lower 48 in search of weird, wonderful and rare motorcycles that were destined to head overseas. If Abhi abides, maybe Bike-urious will feature a longer story on a grey-exporters experiences in the future. I learned a lot not only about buying bikes during those eight years and 400,000 miles, I also …