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1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

In Japan, Sport by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

Jeff Pamer: In the eighties I was quite young, and from that perspective I thought the future was going to be amazing. No doom and gloom on the horizon. I could look forward to flying cars, angular designs, headlights that pop out of the hood of cars, small televisions to watch anywhere, and space travel. Technology was in its infancy, …

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1 Mile – 2004 Honda Rune

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When it was first released in 2004, the public was a bit stunned – most people did not believe that this concept would actually make it to production. Though all the visual indicators give the impression that this bike is heavily raked and would be a handle to deal with, Honda’s engineers were able to make it quite manageable despite …

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2003 Graves Yamaha R7/R1

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In 2002, Chuck Graves tried to conquer the recently-created AMA Formula Extreme Championship with a Yamaha R7. Damon Buckmaster started off strong by winning the first three rounds and opening up a large lead between himself and second place. Honda and Suzuki protested, noting that the R7 had never been officially homologated in the US. So what did Graves do? …

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1976 Honda CB400F

In Japan, Less than 5k, Sport by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

Jeff Pamer: Sometimes the design of a bike, or an aspect of it leaves a mark on history. The Suzuki Katana’s angular faring, Indian’s swooping fenders, and Kawasaki green – just to name a few. Honda has certainly left a few marks along the way, but nothing quite like the exhaust design on the CB400F. The exhaust lookss like water …

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Pick a Color – 1984/5 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts

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Post Sale Update: The yellow/black bike sold for $14,201 after 39 bids on eBay in Chicago, Illinois. The red/white bike sold for $5,000 after 2 bids on eBay in Longboat Key, Florida. 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 …

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Ridden Once – 1986 Honda Fat Cat

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Post Listing Update: This Fat Cat did not get any interest at the BIN of $15,000 or best offer. If you believe the seller’s story, this Fat Cat has been ridden just once by a child who didn’t like it, and it’s been parked ever since. It’s the nicest Fat Cat I’ve ever seen – it’s also, by far, the …

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2017 Yamaha XSR900

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Jeff Pamer: I’ve been patiently waiting to do a write up on one of these. This bike, more than any other in the past couple of years has had me visiting dealers. Unlike most of the retro classic bikes on the market, the XSR leans more heavily on the side of modern than classic. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t …

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1970 Yamaha RT1 360

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Post Sale Update: This RT1 sold for $3,500 but the buyer must have bailed as it was immediately relisted and then sold for $3,155.25 after 11 bids on eBay in Wichita Falls, Texas. The seller of this RT1 starts off by saying that he has “a bike that needs to be seen and enjoyed.” It’s claimed to have been sitting …

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Nice Price – 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

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Jeff Pamer: This isn’t the first Z900RS I have shared, and my feelings haven’t changed about them. I would have a hard time arguing that it’s not one of the best retro bikes on the market. This segment is getting quite crowded, and it’s getting tough to pick one out of the lot. This segment, which started as a styling …