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2009 Suzuki DR-Z400

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This DR-Z sold for $3,000 after 20 bids on eBay. Everyone loves a dual sport, and the Suzuki DR-Z400 has been a dual sport staple since 2000. It hasn’t changed much, but that just means you’ll get plenty for your dollar. The suspension might be more adjustable nowadays, but even in 2018 it still came with carburetors. …

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Needs Some Work – 1972 Kawasaki H2 750

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This H2 sold for $11,703 after 16 bids on eBay. Widowmaker is a term given to vehicles with a tendency to face the wrong direction. Or, more elegantly put, vehicles in the “more power than chassis” club. In the right hands, widowmakers end up on the top step of the podium. Otherwise, they end up in the …

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1975 Yamaha MX400B

In Japan, Off-Road by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This MX400B was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. 1975 was a crazy time. People were trying new things, and luckily for us, engineers were thinking outside the box as well. Long travel rear suspension made its way into motocross and changed the game. The monoshock-equipped Yamaha MX400 was Yamahas entry, part of their cheaper …

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Collection of 15 Bikes

In Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Someone in San Diego has a collection of 15 bikes he’s selling “in an effort to purchase some prewar motorcycles [he] have my eye on.” As the above photo implies, most are special Hondas, though there’s a Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, and a couple of BMWs and Ducatis sprinkled in for good measure.

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1995 Yamaha FZR1000

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

1995 was the final year of FZR1000 production before it was replaced by the parts-bin special Thunderace. The new model didn’t help that Honda was eating everyone’s lunch in the 1,000cc sportbike market with their 900RR Fireblade – it would take Yamaha until 1998 to reclaim the crown with the R1. Still, no one’s buying a mid’90s sportbike nowadays to …

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1990 Honda RC30

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Post Listing Update: This RC30 did not meet reserve despite 55 bids up to $27,100. A popular vote in the ongoing “prettiest bikes of all time” poll, the RC30 was built as a homologation special so that Honda could take on the World Superbike Championship. Between 1987 and 1990, 4,782 examples were produced, 316 of which were originally sold in …

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Yamaha’s Yard Built Program — Deus Milan’s “D-Side” XV950 Sidecar

In 3 Wheels, Italy, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Built by Deus Ex Machina’s Milan shop, this bike was commissioned as the third project — and first sidecar build — in Yamaha’s increasingly prestigious Yard Built program. Based on the Tuning Fork Company’s XV950, this project, entitled “D-Side”, began when Fillipo Bassoli, CEO of Deus Ex Machina Italy, was traveling for work in Spain and stumbled across what he …

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Hagerty Feature – 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Z1-R did not get any interest at the asking price of $19,800. In a 1978 review of the Z1-R, Cycle Guide described it as such: “The bike has enough raw horsepower to be truly impressive on the straights, but the first rule of handling for a 90hp motorcycle is to give it a 90hp chassis, and …

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The French Bimota – 1980s Moto Martin M16 1135 EFE Suzuki

In France, Japan, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

In a nutshell, Moto Martin was something akin to a French Bimota; the boutique firm dropped the latest engines of the day — in Martin’s case primarily from Japanese manufacturers — into bespoke frames, adorned them in unique bodywork, and then tacked on the latest and greatest track-focused running gear. The company is the brainchild of George Martin, who, prior …

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California Titled – 1985 Honda NS400R

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: There were 28 bids up to $9,100, but then the seller got an offer he liked and pulled the bike off of eBay. Final sale price unknown. In 1983, Freddie Spencer became the world’s youngest 500cc World Champion, and he did it on a Honda V3. Honda responded by releasing a 250cc production bike to commemorate the …

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Ending Soon – 2009 Kawasaki KLR650 M1030M1

In America, Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This diesel KLR sold for $7,113 after 20 bids on eBay. KLR fans, take a close look at that motor. If it looks different than what you’re used to, it’s because this is a diesel-powered Kawasaki built by Hayes Diversified Technologies for the US Marine Corps. Hayes actually built 3 military Kawis – a gas-powered bike based …

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Giveaway For A Vet – 2013 Honda NC700X

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

A generous donor is offering up his Honda NC700X (notable for its DCT transmission which removes the need for a clutch lever and shift pedal) – but only to “honorably discharged US Veterans that have lost their left leg or left foot, who still have the desire to ride motorcycles – either as a new rider or as a returning …