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Vesco Bodied – 1975 Honda CB400F

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

8-11-2019 Update: Over 4 years later, this Vesco-bodied Honda has made its way to the Midwest, but now it needs a new owner. Find it with an unmet opening bid of $1,500 or an optimistic BIN of $10,500 here on eBay Post Sale Update: After 24 bids on eBay, this CB400F sold for $2,375. However, it was then relisted a …

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1982 Suzuki Katana GSX1100SZ

In Japan, Sport by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

So many modern motorcycle designs are either modern interpretations of a worshipped design from decades past or a straight recreation of a classic with hidden modern components. Suzuki is one of the latest to attempt it with the 2020 Katana. When the original Katana was designed in the early 80’s, there wasn’t a nostalgia market like there is today to …

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1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

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Of all the Japanese turbo wonder bikes of the 80s, Suzuki’s effort was the rarest. Just 1,153 examples of the XN85 Turbo were built, and it had the distinction of being the first production motorcycle with a 16″ front wheel. When paired with the Full Floater rear suspension, that resulted in a machine that Motorcyclist magazine described as such: “Nothing …

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Dab Motors’ Yard Build “Alter” – Yamaha XSR900 Custom

In Custom, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Built by France’s Dab Motors, this official Yamaha Yard Built commission, named “Alter”, was created using an array of trick cutting edge technologies and materials. Starting with a 2018 XSR900, Dab rid the Yamaha of its stock bodywork and subframe before designing a new aluminum unit made through a fancy 3D printing process known as laser beam melting. The same …

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1 of 500 – 1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01

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Post Listing Update: This OW01 did not meet reserve despite 37 bids up to $17,200 on eBay in Tucson, Arizona. I love the Honda RC30, but Yamaha’s corresponding homologation special makes the Honda look almost common. Just 500 examples were built worldwide, and it came with a $5,000 price premium over the Honda, as well. Both bikes were built to …

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Award Winning Sandcast – 1969 Honda CB750

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Post Sale Update: This sandcast CB sold for $25,000 after 1 bid on eBay in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As you probably know, the first 7,414 CB750s were built from sandcast molds before Soichiro Honda switched to a more expensive metal mold because there was clearly enough demand to justify the investment. As you also probably know, these “sandcast” bikes …

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New Auction Bike – 1984 Yamaha RZ500

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Post Sale Update: This RZ sold for $14,500 plus buyers fees. Thanks to all of you for your comments and questions about the bikes up for sale at Iconic Motorbike Auctions! This one’s a fun one as it’s our first submission from outside of the state – and it’s a hell of a bike!