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1989 Honda Transalp

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Transalp did not get any interest at the BIN of $4,200. After the NXR750V’s multiple Paris-Dakar victories during the 80s, Honda decided to release a street-legal tribute version to that bike with the XL600V Transalp in 1987.

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1986 Yamaha Fazer FZX700

In Cruiser, Japan, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

Also known as the Baby V-Max, the Yamaha Fazer FZX700 was quite a revelation when it was released – the styling was distinctive and it was quicker than riders expected. No one complained about the speed, though not everyone loved the looks, and the bike didn’t sell tremendously well.

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Mini Gixxer – 1987 Suzuki RB50 GAG

In Japan, Small Displacement, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This mini Gixxer sold for $2,225 after 27 bids on eBay. [x-line] On top of their regular lineups, motorcycle manufacturers like to find ways to reach new targets, notably developing smaller size toys. Honda had the Mini Trail, Kawasaki had the KV, and Yamaha had a street option with the YSR. In the 80s, Suzuki had the …

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Build By A British MX Champ – X-Axis’ Custom 1984 Honda CBX750

In Custom, England, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Billy MacKenzie first made a name for himself in the motorcycling world competing in various MX events before eventually going on to claim back-to-back MX1 British Championship titles in 2007 and 2008. The Edinburgh-born rider also represented the UK in the Motocross of Nations before MacKenzie announced he’d be hanging up his race leathers to focus on building custom motorcycles.

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Well Modded – 2006 Suzuki DR-Z 400 Custom

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

The seller of this bike bought it in poor condition and the motor quickly suffered a serious failure. That gave the seller the excuse to “go wild and build [his] interpretation of the ultimate DRZ” that he planned on keeping for decades. Well, now he’s buying a house and he needs the cash more than he needs this bike.

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Ending Soon – 1966 Honda CB160

In Japan, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This little CB did not meet reserve despite 51 bids up to $2,230. One of the truly iconic small-displacement Japanese bikes, the Honda CB160 is a small but well-built street bike that has even inspired model-specific racing. Riders enjoyed this bike because Honda incorporated technology from bigger bikes like the tubular frame, single-overhead cam, and more. For …

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1976 Suzuki RE-5

In Japan, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This RE-5 sold for $4,995 after 1 bid on eBay. As Honda and Kawasaki were dominating with inline four motors, Suzuki made a bold attempt at getting back on the front of the scene. Indeed, the Japanese maker decided to develop a bike using an “old” design: rotary engine technology. This functionally simple engine required many parts …

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Rare In the US – 1999 Honda Varadero XL1000V

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Varadero did not get any interest at the BIN of $4,000. It was relisted at $3,800 and then pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Introduced for the 1999 model year, the Varadero was an interesting ADV bike that predated eventual competitors such as Suzuki’s V-Strom 1000. The Varadero stood out as it featured the …

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No Reserve – 1966 Honda CB450

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This CB450 sold for $6,816 after 67 bids on eBay. The CB450 was Honda’s first “large displacement” bike, and it ended up becoming one of the most important Japanese motorcycles of all time. It was also quite upsetting to the British motorcycle industry, and they were put on the defensive by the Black Bomber. According to Motorcycle …

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A Pair of Two Strokes – Two 1976 Yamaha RD400s

In Japan, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: These RDs sold for $6,000 after 24 bids on eBay. With regards to road bikes, Yamaha was a great ambassador of two-stroke technology with its RD models. By 1976, Yamaha pushed its 350cc RD to 400cc, which gave it 44hp, a top speed of about 105mph, and made anyone riding it a “hooligan”. Read the interesting story …

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1980 Kawasaki Z1R

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Z1R was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. The Kawasaki Z1R was the brainchild of Wayne Moulton, known as the “Father of the Japanese Cruiser.” His belief was that a solid motorcycle could be moderately tweaked to form four versions, one of which is a sport-tourer. So he took the KZ1000 and turned it …

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1969 Kawasaki C2TR

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This C2TR sold for the BIN of $2,650. Nowadays with “dual-purpose” bikes we see imposing bikes with high-power engines, but this was not the case a few decades ago. Indeed, the image of dual-purpose bikes changed in 1984 with the release of the R80G/S, first all-road bike with such a big engine. Before that, these kinds of …

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Owned by Reg Pridmore – 1998 Honda CBR1100XX

In Japan, Sport, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Super Blackbird originally sold for $4,200, but it was immediately relisted and then sold for $3,003.22 after 16 bids on eBay. From 1990 to 1996, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11 was the world’s fastest production motorcycle, and Team Green benefited from all sorts of press and rider excitement about that fact. Honda decided to steal the crown, …