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1976 Honda CB500T

In Japan, Standard by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

The best part about scouring the World Wide Web for interesting motorcycles is always walking away with more knowledge than I sat down with. Often times I’m taken in by a bike I’ve never taken any time to look at and get to experience its entire history.

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What Do You Want To Know? 2019 Honda CB500X

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Update: Here’s my review! Back in 2017, Charles Fleming of the LA Times asked me to join him on a ride up California’s highest motorable road – my experience on that ride fueled my review of the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 and introduced me to the Reward Mine, which became the central component of my review of the Royal Enfield Himalayan. …

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80s Enduro Turned Board Tracker – Yamaha XT550 Custom

In Custom, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Created by Dutch builder Maarten Poodt, this bike was almost entirely handmade with the exception of the engine and wheels. This build was supposedly prompted by a comment Poodt received on BikeEXIF, questioning the merit of the Dutchman’s endurance racer-style XS850 that the site previously featured some four years ago. So in 2016, Poodt set out to build a new …

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Ending Soon – 1973 Kawasaki H1 Mach III

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This H1 did not meet reserve despite 40 bids up to $6,300 on eBay in Chicago, Illinois. The H1 Mach III was easily the fastest 500cc bike around when it debuted, and it quickly garnered a reputation for being unbeatable in a straight line and unmanageable otherwise. 50 years of stories may have led to some exaggeration …

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High Pipe Hustler – 1970 Suzuki T250

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

In 1969, Suzuki unveiled the successor to their popular Super Six T20 – the T250 Hustler. It took all the good parts of the T20 and added sleek styling in addition to an upgraded motor. The original was more newsworthy, but the T250 was arguably a better bike. There was also a variant with a high exhaust pipe, and that’s …

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No Reserve and CA Plated – 1995 Honda RVF400

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This RVF400 sold for $8,600 after 46 bids on eBay in San Jacinto, California. MCN called the Honda RVF400 (also known as the NC35) “a pin-up race replica that had sports bike fans dribbling down their paddock jackets in the mid-nineties.” A 400cc little brother of the RC45, the NC35 is still an enjoyable ride today thanks …

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No Reserve – Honda Spada VT250

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Post Sale Update: This Spada sold for $2,108 after 28 bids on eBay in San Jacinto, California. The Honda Spada (also known as the VT250) was never officially sold in America, but it’s an excellent small displacement motorcycle that looks like a baby Hawk GT. Here’s a rare find that’s been imported to the US, though it’s been moderately customized. …

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Eddie Lawson Rep – 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This ELR did not meet reserve despite 8 bids up to $12,010. One of 750 ever built, the Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR (Eddie Lawson Replica) was a limited edition homage to the mount of Eddie Lawson, 4x winner of the World Championship (among many other titles). It was aggressively set up, and with the exception of subpar shocks, …

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1974 Yamaha DT250A

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

Bad markets make for great innovations. In the late 1960’s, the motorcycle market was in a bit of a slump. This forced the innovative companies to dig in and find where there is a market. Yamaha realized that although street bike sales were down, there was still a largely untapped and thriving off-road market available in the United States. Most …

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1988 Yamaha YSR50

In Japan, Small Displacement, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This baby YSR did not meet reserve despite 19 bids up to $2,900 on eBay in Longboat Key, Florida. Built to look like a mini RZ500, the YSR50 also featured mini performance. The 49.3cc two-stroke engine was capable of pushing the bike up to 38 miles per hour, but companies like Team Calamari have been making stock …