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No Reserve – 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000

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Post Sale Update: This KZ sold for $8,200 after 46 bids on eBay in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. “Riding one of Kawasaki’s big fours means never having to be sorry there’s not more power.” So begins a February 1977 review in Cycle magazine about the KZ1000. Here’s a one-owner example with a few mods that looks like it’s been well-kept.

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Rare in the US – 1994 Honda QR50

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Post Listing Update: This QR50 was pulled off of eBay “because there was an error in the listing,” final sale price unknown. Built as a rival to Yamaha’s PW50, the Honda QR50 was never officially sold in the US. It was, however, sold in Canada in 1983 and 1984, so a few have made their way across our northern border. …

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Rare in Blue – 1999 Yamaha R7 OW02

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The Yamaha R7, also known as the OW02, was a ready to race World Super Bike (WSB) racer with the necessary trimmings (lights/signals/plate) necessary to make it street legal right from the factory floor. Prices were incredible – with an MSRP of approximately $32,000, it was twice as expensive as Honda’s RC51 SP-1, but it was worth every penny for …

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Arlen Ness Digger – 1975 Honda CB550

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Post Sale Update: This custom CB550 sold for a lowered BIN of $6,999 in Silverton, Oregon. Per the seller, this custom digger was built by Arlen Ness in the late 70s. He bought it approximately 25 years ago, rode it for a few years, sold it, then found it again a few months ago and bought it back. However, “I’m …

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1994 Suzuki RGV250 Custom

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Post Listing Update: This RGV did not meet reserve despite 9 bids up to $11,600 on eBay in Ormond Beach, Florida. 30 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 was impressive. As MCN puts it, “back in …

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1982 Honda CBX Custom

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Built by Norm Wilding, this restomodded CBX was featured at the 2019 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. Highlights of the work include a custom frame paired with several components from a 2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP: Ohlins forks and shock, Brembo brakes, and the wheels. It’s also got 6 Keihin FCR33 carbs, Woodcraft clipons, MotoGadget M-unit electrics, and a GPS speedo. Nathan and …

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1998 Yamaha R1

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Post Sale Update: This R1 sold for $10,914 in Houston, Texas on Iconic Motorbike Auctions. In my mind, there are three defining sportbikes of the 1990s – the Honda CBR900RR, the Ducati 916, and the Yamaha R1. Over on the auction site we’ve got a beautiful first-year example of the last option.

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198x NMR Honda Super Monkey

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Post Sale Update: This NMR Super Monkey sold for $4,387 in Santa Monica, California on Iconic Motorbike Auctions. Over on the auction site, we’re handling an estate sale for someone who was clearly into small-displacement Japanese machines. There’s a lot of two-stroke repli-racers, but my favorite of the group is something I had never heard of before. Meet the Super …

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1971 Suzuki TS50

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Post Sale Update: After being relisted, this TS50 sold for a BIN of $2,500 on eBay in Reno, Nevada. Though the model name was TS50, many riders preferred Suzuki’s other name – the Gaucho. Suzuki advertised it by saying it that it was the “only one 50 made that’s a real motorcycle.” Here’s a first-year example that’s said to be …

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Track Ready – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts

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Only sold in the states from 84-85, these were the first bikes in the US to come equipped with catalytic converters and the first Yamaha street bike in the US to use a perimeter frame. Available in red/white and yellow/black, either option came with Kenny Roberts’ signature on the front fairing – this one’s been prepped for track duty and …

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962 Miles – 1989 Yamaha FZR400

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Post Sale Update: This Yamaha FZR400 sold for $7,500 after 20 bids on eBay in Manassas, Virginia. At a time when Japanese manufacturers were getting increasingly aggressive and race-oriented with their 400s to compete in their domestic Formula 3 championship, Yamaha introduced the FZR400 in 1986 as a bike to be enjoyed “on twisty public roads where the customers would …