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Paralzyed Twin – 1977 Ducati 500 GTL

In Italy, Standard by Abhi5 Comments

Post-Sale Update: This Ducati 500 GTL was pulled off eBay. Final sale price is unknown. In the early 70’s, Ducati’s management felt that the future of their mid-sized bikes was going to be with parallel twin engines. Despite the fact that Ducati had previous unsuccessful experience with such an engine type, the Italians decided to go for it, their first …

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1 of 150 – 2007 Ducati 999S Team USA Replica

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Ducati 999S Team USA Replica was a very limited edition of the Italian firm’s superbike of the time. Built to commemorate Ducati’s participation in the AMA, this bike was unfortunately nothing more than a cosmetic package built surprisingly around the S, and not the 999R model. With a MSRP of $19,999, Ducati released only 150 examples of the Team …

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1967 Bultaco Metralla Mk2

In Spain, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Listing Update: After being relisted several times, this Metralla did not sell at $14,000, $13,700…or any price. In the 60s, Bultaco was known primarily for its off-roaders, especially in the US. Their streetbikes were normally relegated to stay in Bultaco Cemoto’s home country of Spain, which imposed regulations allowing Bultaco to only use one engine in a small variety of …

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Never Started – 2006 Harley-Davidson VRXSE V-Rod Destroyer

In America, Race by Abhi3 Comments

Post-Sale Update: This Harley-Davidson VRXSE V-Rod Destroyer was pulled off eBay. Final sale price is unknown. A drag bike straight from the factory, the Harley-Davidson VRXSE was an in-house bike created by the Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) department of H-D. With a skilled rider, one could knock-out ETs between 8 and 10 seconds right off the lot.

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1972 Ossa Stiletto

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Post-Sale Update: After 25 bids on eBay, this Ossa Stiletto sold for $2,475. The Ossa Stiletto is a simple 175cc enduro that’s notable for the flowy fiberglass bodywork that looks like it could be one piece. This specific example is in great mechanical shape and some scratches as to be expected of a 40 year-old bike. With several vintage stickers, …

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1989 Honda NT650 Hawk

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Frank Wu, this post is for you! In the late 80s, Honda introduced one of the first modern production naked motorcycles. Though the Honda NT650 (also known as the Hawk) was not a commercial success, it went on to inspire more prevalent motorcycles like the Suzuki SV650N, and has become an absolute cult favorite.

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2007 Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT

In America, Sport by Abhi2 Comments

12-27-13 Update: The seller has let us know that this bike is still up for sale, so we figured we’d refresh your memory! When it comes to streetbikes, it’s harder to have much fun (at legal speeds) than when you’re riding a supermoto. For just two years and 1,700 units, Buell channeled the supermoto feel and created the XB12STT, a …

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First Year Fizzer – 1987 Yamaha FZR1000

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We continue with what’s become a Yamaha sportbike week with the Yamaha FZR1000 – predecessor to the now-ubiquitous Yamaha R1. The Fizzer was an instant classic when it was introduced in 1987. Just two years later, Cycle World named it the “Bike of the Decade”, thanks in part to a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of …

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Airbrushed – 1976 BMW R90S

In Germany, Sport by Abhi2 Comments

I adore the BMW R90S, which was a game-changer when it was released to the world. The gray and smoke paint scheme shown here was the first of two available paint schemes, both of which are beautiful and incredibly difficult to reproduce. With oversight from Hans Muth, this bike was built to show the world that BMW could make more …

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1986 Honda NS400R

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Post Listing Update: This NS400R did not meet reserve despite 10 bids up to $5,101. The seller then relisted the bike 7 times trying to get a bite at $6,500, but it never happened. The NS400R was arguably one of the best handlers Honda produced in the 80s and early 90s. A nifty V3 2-stroke engine pumps out about 70 …