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864 Miles – 2001 Kawasaki W650

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Before Triumph brought the Bonneville back in the early 2000s, your best bet for a “Modern Classic” Bonnie actually came from Japan. Kawasaki’s W650 was a retro standard inspired by their W1, itself a copy of the BSA A7. The W650 was only exported to the US for two years, but during that time it was the best option for …

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1989 Yamaha Super Tenere XTZ750

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On my way out to San Antonio, I spent a couple of hours (not nearly enough time) meeting the team at Cycle Refinery – I’ve got some photos and a video to put together for you when I get back home. But the short story is, I love what they’re doing, and they’ve got some lovely JDM imports that are …

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1990 Honda CB-1

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It’s been a little while since I’ve featured one of this engineering jewels, so let’s rectify that! The Honda CB-1 was a wonderful mid-sized standard in a time of replica racers. Originally built for the Japanese market, it was a beautifully balanced motorcycle that lost out in an American market that was obsessed with having as much horsepower as possible.

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1980 Yamaha XV750 Flat Tracker

In Japan, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

This bike’s a bit of a mystery to me. The seller makes several references to a Yamaha VR750 racer, which I’ve never heard of, and makes a suggestion: “it is not documented, but considering that there were very few VR750 based flat track bikes and engines at the race circuit, it is believed that these were a part of the …

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270 Miles – 1991 Suzuki DR800

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A shop in Texas is turning into one of my favorites as they seem to have a steady flow of interesting JDM imports. Today they’ve got a DR BIG (introduced in 1988 as the DR750), a production version of the DR-Z (a Paris-Dakar racer piloted by Gaston Rahier). The DR750 featured the world’s largest single cylinder engine in a production …