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1991 Honda Monkey Baja

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In 1991, Honda released a new variant of the Monkey/Z50R. Called the Baja, it featured rally-style dual headlights in addition to the taillight and turn signals. They were not officially sold in the US, but this example has made its way across the Pacific for you to enjoy.

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CR-F’in Crazy – CRF250L-Powered 2015 Honda Grom

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We’ve featured all manner of modified Honda Groms since the pint-sized model’s release in 2014, but this particular example stands out from the rest as it’s powered by the motor from a 2018 CRF250L. Before being shoehorned into a 2015 Grom chassis, the brand-new quarter-liter DOHC single was reportedly given the cam off a CBR250R and a blued GP-style end-can …

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1992 Yamaha Super Tenere XTZ750

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9-25-19 Update: A month later, the seller has let me know that this bike is back up for sale with a price reduction to $8,750. Find it here on Craigslist in Mill Valley, California. Right now you can walk into a Honda or Yamaha dealership and get a modern Africa Twin or Super Tenere. But in the US, the same …

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1988 Kawasaki KR-1

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In the late 80’s, Kawi had some success with their KR250 road racer so they released the KR-1 as a wonderful little two-stroke race rep. It was quite successful, triggering increased competition from the big 4, and it set off a 250cc 2-stroke war among the Japanese – unfortunately us Americans didn’t get to enjoy these little demons. Well, 25 …

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1 of 500 – 1984 Honda XLV750R Limited Edition

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Before the Transalp and the Africa Twin, there was the XLV750R – Honda’s first attempt at a touring bike that could get a little dirty. Honda originally planned to sell this bike only in Europe (not including England), though they eventually offered it to Australia and New Zealand. 500 of the first bikes were also put away for the Japanese …

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1981 Honda Gorilla Z50J Tokyo LTD

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The nomenclature is pretty straightforward – what’s bigger than a Monkey? A Gorilla! Honda started offering a big brother to the Monkey in 1978, though they’re very difficult to find in the US. This one’s even harder to find, as it’s a limited edition called the Tokyo Limited (they made a similar version of the Monkey). Thankfully, Cycle Refinery in …

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November Customs – 1991 Kawasaki Zephyr 750 Custom

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Last month we featured an ’83 K100-based R80GS tribute project from the UK’s November Customs, and while I was a fan of their Bavarian build, it’s got nothing on their more recent 1991 Kawasaki Zephyr custom. Inspired by endurance racers, the Japanese four-banger features modern top-shelf components including inverted (Showa) Ducati 848 forks and triples, and Triumph Thruxton 1200 wheels …