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1.3 Miles – 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Dieci did not get any interest at the BIN of $21,000. Bimota’s 10th model with a Yamaha engine, the appropriately-named Dieci was built between 1991 and 1994 with just 224 examples leaving the factory. An even smaller portion were equipped with a passenger seat and pegs. Bimota scooped up the engine from a FZR1000 and then …

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1979 Honda CBX

In Japan, Sport by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

The Honda CBX has become increasingly not-so-rare on Craigslist and eBay. I come across them all the time hunting for cool machines, and while some are in better shape than others, all their values continue to go up. What I find interesting about them is not just the amazing engine, but the fact that by the end of its short …

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C&J-Framed Restomod Racer – 1979 Yamaha TT500

In America, Japan, Off-Road by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

I’ve recently been stumbling upon a decent number of C&J-framed examples, but this particular specimen has to be my favorite one yet. Constructed by C&J in the late ’70s, this machine features a Yamaha TT500 engine housed in a C&J chassis. It’s builder(s) also opted to outfit the bike with fenders, tank, and tail units off of other Yamaha MXers.

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1975 Honda CB400F

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This CB400F sold for $6,000 after 31 bids on eBay. An evolution rather than a revolution, the Honda CB400F is blessed with one of the most beautiful production exhaust systems ever created – known by some as the “waterfall pipes”. It’s so iconic that Honda has brought the style back for the new CB650F! Though it wasn’t …

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Upgraded – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Gixxer 750 was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Though the model debuted in 1985, Suzuki’s legendary Gixxer line did not make its way to the US until 1986. The changes were minor – better headlights, a revised belly pan, and 25mm longer swingarm, but Americans were probably too busy drooling over the first …

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1986 Yamaha SRX600

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Yamaha SRX600 is a cult classic, but it started as a commercial flop. In the US, it sold for just one year, and it was during a time when American riders valued power above everything else. A relatively light weight bike with a 41 horsepower motor just didn’t cut it – but for riders who can appreciate the styling, …

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No Reserve – 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R2 ELR

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This ELR sold for $20,100 after 46 bids on eBay. A limited edition tribute to Eddie Lawson, just 750 examples of the Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR (Eddie Lawson Replica) were built between 1982 and 1983. With the exception of subpar rear shocks, the press and the public loved this bike and how aggressively it was set up.

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Export Model – 1967 Honda P50

In Japan, Scooter, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This P50 sold for $2,200 after 47 bids on eBay. Honda has an extensive history with small displacement scooters and mopeds, but the P50 stands out as it was the last time the firm utilized a motor-wheel design (in which the drivetrain is all housed within the hub of the drive wheel). Most motor-wheel designs across the …

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Café’d Classic in Poland – Custom 1987 Suzuki GSX-R750

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Suzuki’s early GSX-R750 machines were groundbreaking models when they first appeared on the market, and though they’ve admittedly grown pretty long in the tooth by today’s standards, they’re still relatively high-performing bikes in the grand scheme of things. Plus, thanks to their lack of modern electronics, there’s no bevy of unsightly ancillaries hidden beneath the fairings like that of contemporary …

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Supermoto Conversion – 2003 Honda CRF450R

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Supermotos make the world go round, and the Honda CRF450R is a great place to start. Honda was never known for outright power, but the chassis was incredibly light and the benefits of reliability in a performance machine cannot be overstated. 2002 was the first year for the CRF, which is now a staple in both motocross and supermoto alike. …

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Original Owner – 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Hayabusa sold for $4,955 after 28 bids on eBay. I don’t feature many Hayabusas, but I recently discussed the model in a “Performance Steals” themed Smart Money in the current issue of Motorcyclist, and it got me thinking about how nice they can be. Normally, modified Hayabusas are either lowered show bikes or lengthened drag racers …

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1982 Yamaha Seca Turbo

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

There is a part of me that would like have to been a bit older in the early 80s, and one of the reasons would have to be all the turbochargers that were being bolted onto motorcycles by OEMs. The theory behind turbocharging is simple: making horsepower out of exhaust. For a short period of time in the 80s, the …