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1973 Honda ST90

In Japan, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This ST90 sold for a best offer of $1,400 on eBay. After the huge success of the Monkey in the US, Honda decided to release a slightly bigger version of their baby-bike, the CT70. The CT, also called Dax in other countries, is a mini dirt bike that was used both for leisure in American families as …

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New In Crate – 1981 Honda CBX

In Japan, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: sold for $28,000 (plus a 10% buyers fee) after 81 bids through Obenauf Auction Service in Johnsburg, Illinois. In my recent recap of October sale prices, someone opined that “CBX prices are officially insane” because of a 3-mile example that sold for $15,100 on eBay. Well, here’s one that may go higher, as it’s still new in …

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1980 Honda CX500/CX650 Custom

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

Every year, retired master tech Kevin Murphy takes decent examples of Honda’s CX platform and restores them. He also takes bad examples and turns them into customs. He’s got an annual tradition of building a Honda CX custom for Daytona Bike Week, and each year a reader sends me a link when he puts up another bike for sale. This …

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2003 Honda RC51 RVT1000R SP2

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This RC51 sold for $5,000 after 1 bid on eBay. The RC51 combined Honda reliability with the joy of a V-Twin engine, beating Ducati at its own game with multiple World Superbike Championships and a AMA Championship. In 2002, Honda made some revisions to create the SP2 variant.

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Serial #1 in Canada – 1990 Yamaha TDR250

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This TDR was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. With a retuned TZR250 two-stroke motor good for nearly 50 horsepower in a dual-sport frame, Yamaha’s TDR250 was unlike anything available in the US at the time – especially because Yamaha never officially sold it here! A few were sold to our northerly neighbor of Canada, …

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1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

In Japan, Sport by Vipin ShriLeave a Comment

Who doesn’t love turbos? They just make everything better. Why? Because as Jeremy Clarkson once famously said, “exhaust gasses go into the turbocharger and spin it, witchcraft happens and you go faster“. I would strap one onto just about anything with an engine, including a motorcycle. But turbocharging bikes isn’t anything new, in fact several manufacturers beat me to it. …

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1977 Kawasaki KV75

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

Post Listing Update: this KV75 did not get any interest at the opening ask of $2,100. At the end of the 60s, Honda released a reduced size machine called the Monkey. These baby motorcycles immediately gained popularity among American families and society thanks to their ease of use. Seeing the success of the Monkey, Honda developed another small-size bike, the …

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1994 Honda XR650L

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Introduced as a 1993 model, the XR650L was a revelation that was considered by many to be the best dual-sport ever. Impressively (or depressingly, depending on your outlook), the bike has just about stayed the same as it’s still offered new from Honda with the tagline of “Post-Apocalyptic Reliability“. It’s still a capable explorer – Nathan did LA-Barstow-Vegas on one …

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1993 Honda CBR900RR

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The first generation of the Honda CBR900RR, affectionately known as the Fireblade, was a revolution in the large displacement sport bike market. Despite a 50% larger engine, this bike weighed just 4 pounds more than the CBR600F2. Just as important, this bike was a whopping 76 pounds lighter than its lightest competition!

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No Reserve – 1984 Suzuki RM500

In Japan, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This RM sold for $3,000 after 26 bids on eBay. The RM500 was Suzuki’s big open class 2 stroker, and while it wasn’t much faster than the 465, the revised Full Floater suspension was a bit of a revelation. In the US it only sold for two years – 1984 was the last year and the engine …

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1994 Honda CB1000

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This CB did not meet reserve despite 28 bids up to $2,985. 11-3-18 Update: This CB1000 is back up for sale with bidding up to $1,225 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay. Post Listing Update: This CB did not meet reserve despite 26 bids up to $3,035. In the early 90s, Suzuki and Kawasaki …