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1989 Yamaha YSR50

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The Yamaha YSR50 was the most common of the rare 50cc sportbikes that came from Japan in the late 80s and early 90s. An instant classic, the YSR50 was always street legal, but now I only seem to see them on display in collections or as pit bikes. Here’s a clean example that’s ready to ride, and it’s got a …

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Period Custom – 1972 Honda CB750 Chopper

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Built by Ted Phelps Custom Paint and Motorcycle in Valero, California in ’73-’74, this CB750 custom was commissioned by the original owner and the work included a raked/extended front end, hardtail conversion, lots of chrome, and a custom paint job. It then sat for years, but the seller brought it back to life while trying to maintain the patina: “rather …

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1 Mile – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R

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If you’re not a big Japanese sportbike fan, this may just look like a standard middleweight Ninja. But the “K” models (built between 91-92) were homologation specials built so that Kawasaki could go racing in AMA Superbike. 500 examples were built, 142 of which were exported to the US with an asking price that was nearly twice what Kawasaki charged …

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2017 Honda Z50 50th Anniversary

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Before the 125 Monkey was born, Honda announced that they were killing off the legendary Z50 model due to ever-tightening emissions regulations. They ended the run with 1,800 examples of a special 50th Anniversary model and they were only officially sold in Japan. Everyone else was forced to wait for bikes to be exported, knowing they’d have to pay a …

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1997 Suzuki RMX250

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Post Sale Update: This RMX sold for $3,220 after 31 bids on eBay in Little Rock, Arkansas. Sold between 1989-1998, the RMX250 was Suzuki’s enduro sibling to the RM250 motocrosser. Randy Hawkins had tremendous success with it in competition, winning five National Enduro titles with it before other manufacturers eventually caught up.

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1982 Honda CB900F

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In the late 70s, Honda offered both a CB750F and a CB900F, but per their marketing department the US only got the 750 and Europe only got the 900. Both markets were upset about this because humans always think the grass is greener on the other side. It took a few years, but Honda eventually satisfied the US by bringing …