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2000 Honda RS125

In Japan, Race, Small Displacement by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Anyone who’s serious about Grand Prix road racing knows about the Honda RS125. Originally developed in 1980 for the Grand Prix 125cc class, the RS125 has enjoyed minor updates ever since, and is still widely raced today. Riders like Capirossi, Pedrosa, and most recently Dovizioso come to mind, all having won world championships aboard the legendary RS125. I have raced …

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Rare Project – 1983 Honda Gyro X

In 3 Wheels, Japan, Project, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Gyro X sold for $1,894.13 after 21 bids on eBay. I’ve featured several examples of Honda’s quirky 3-wheeler called the GYRO (which is apparently an acronym for “Great Your Recreation Original.”) The US only got one of the versions, a “S” model that was focused on just carrying a rider around. But Japan got multiple variants …

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1982 Honda XL500R

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This XL500R sold for $1,750 after 29 bids on eBay. 1982 was the last year of the XL500R, before Honda replaced it with the 600. It was a dual-sport that was well-suited for the street and for light off-road work. Dual-counterbalancers kept vibrations in check so that you would be relatively comfortable while riding on pavement out …

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In Holland – 1993 Kawasaki ZXR750R M

In Japan, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Towards the end of the 1980’s, Kawasaki was looking for a new formula for success on the race track. Several ideas were proposed but the concept that won out involved taking a massaged version of Team Green’s existing liquid-cooled, three-quarter-liter, 16-valve, inline-four (from the GPX750) and dropping it into a newly designed twin spar aluminum alloy frame. Just before the …

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No Reserve – 1979 Kawasaki KZ1000 MkII

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This KZ sold for $17,750 after 26 bids on eBay. An evolution of the KAZ900, the KZ1000 was the fastest production bike when it was released in 1976 (as a ’77 model) thanks to its 83 horsepower, 1,015cc inline four motor. The bike might be most famous for the police variant, which gained popularity on the show …

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1983 Yamaha Midnight Virago 920

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

In 1983, Yamaha offered a “Midnight Virago” that featured a black paint scheme with gold accents. They also offered a rare color-matched factory touring package with a fairing, saddlebags, and trunk for even more Midnight goodness – though this example seems to only have the fairing as well as a giant aftermarket backrest for the passenger.

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1986 Honda XL250R

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This XL250R did not get any interest at the opening ask of $3,500. I’ve said it before – dual sports are one of life’s great simple joys. Two knobby tires strapped to a 250cc single cylinder is all the machine you need to conquer the world. I’m sure some of our readers have experienced the motorcycle manifestation …

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1995 Suzuki GSX-R750

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Gixxer did not get any interest at the BIN of $3,900. The Suzuki GSX-R750 was recently added to the list of models going the way of the dinosaurs. 24 years ago, the 1995 model was going through a similar fate. Once, the GSX-R750 was King of the Superbikes. 1995 wasn’t that time, despite a recent update …

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1990 Honda GB500 Tourist Trophy

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This GB500 sold for $5,558 after 23 bids on eBay. Honda’s GB500 was an homage to classic British singles but there was a twist – it was reliable! The average American rider shopping for a Japanese bike at the time was more interested in the bigger supersport replicas, but the Tourist Trophy has become a cult classic.

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Rare in the US – 2000 Honda CB1300

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This CB1300 was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Never officially sold in the US, the Honda CB1300 (also known as the “Super Four”) was the successor to the CB1000 “Big One”. One of the available liveries, as shown here, was a bit of a Freddie Spencer tribute.