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Belted Beemer – 2007 BMW F800S

In Germany, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update – this BMW F800S has sold at an unknown price. The BMW F800S was a very brief member of the BMW Motorrad lineup in the United States. Only sold from 2006-2007, it was notable for being the first BMWs to go with a belt drive. An upright parallel-twin developed by Rotax provided around 85 horsepower and earlier than …

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1998 Aprilia RS250

In Italy, Race, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: After 17 bids, this Aprilia RS250 sold for $9,950 on eBay. The Aprilia RS250 is by far, the most race-oriented of the street-legal 250s sold in the US. Built from 1995-2002, it was designed to pay homage to Aprilia’s success in the 250 GP championships. Powered by a modified Suzuki 250cc originally designed by Rotax, Aprilia made …

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Alternate KLR – 1991 Kawasaki Tengai

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

This Kawasaki Tengai was created as a sister bike to the venerable KLR 650. Magazine tests of the time cited the Tengai as a bit better off-road, and most thought it was better looking due to the extra plastic, but many felt that the improvements weren’t necessarily worth the slight increase in MSRP, especially if you were spending more time …

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Tricolore – 2006 Bimota DB5R

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The Bimota DB5R represented an interesting shift in corporate philosophy for the niche Italian motorcycling manufacturer. Instead of trying to create the ultimate track bike – the DB5R was built to be more of an upmarket street bike that’s at home carving canyons or doing track duty. The engine donor was easily identifiable by the first letter in the model …

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1 of 500 – 2006 Yamaha R1 Limited Edition

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The Yamaha R1 Limited Edition was Yamaha’s celebration of its 50th anniversary. Taking their incredibly popular 1000cc sportbike as a platform, Yamaha produced a very limited run of only 500 bikes that were full of incredible extras and turning them into near-production racers. Specific changes made for the Yamaha R1 Limited Edition include an homage to Kenny Roberts and the …

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1975 Benelli Quattro

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The Benelli Quattro, introduced in 1973, was Benelli’s version of the Honda CB500 – it even had the same bore and stroke. Produced for 10 years, this bike featured an air-cooled inline 4 cylinder engine fed by four(!) Dell’Orto carbs that was capable of 45 horsepower. This specific example is unfortunately not a runner – it needs a new battery …

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2008 Aprilia Bol D’Or RSV1000R

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Post-Sale Update: This Aprilia Bol D’Or RSV1000R has sold, final price unknown. The Aprilia Bol D’Or was a very limited production bike built to commemorate Aprilia’s particpation in the Bol D’Or, a 24 hour endurance race that occurs every spring at Le Mans. I have to admit, the idea of creating a bike to celebrate participating in a race as …

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1968 Harley Davidson Golf Cart

In America, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

This Harley Davidson Golf Cart is not what you’d expect to see from the Milwaukee based motorcycling giant, which is exactly why we had to feature it. Back in 1963, someone at HD decided that making golf carts was “close enough” to making motorcycles, and they started cranking out the carts. They made both gas and electric models – this …

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2006 Harley Davidson V-Rod Destroyer

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The Harley Davidson V-Rod Destroyer was HD’s first ready to go drag bike. Based on a V-Rod (VRSC), and tuned by their in-house Custom Vehicle Operations department, the “Screamin’ Eagle Destroyer”, known by the VRXSE code, was capable of a sub 10 second quarter-mile. We try to avoid featuring bikes available at dealerships, but we had to make an exception …

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2006 Ducati Paul Smart LE

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This Ducati Paul Smart LE was a limited edition bike inspired by the Ducati race bikes of the 1970s – one of which was piloted by Paul Smart to a win at the Imola 200 in 1972. Limited to only 2,000 units worldwide, this is one of the more desirable modern classics to come out of Ducati – and prices …

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2000 Honda XR650L

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The Honda XR650L, known in some circles as the BRP or Big Red Pig, is a legend in the off-road motorcycling community. While some prefer the faster and more dirt-worthy XR650R, this bike has lower maintenance intervals and a history of going around the world – you can probably find parts for it anywhere. Short riders beware, as this is …

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1975 Honda Goldwing

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This Honda Goldwing is from 1975, the first year of production. This bike is now a mainstay in the motorcycle world, with over one million in sales since its inception. The bike has become somewhat of a touring behemoth in recent years, with a flat six engine, cruise control, reverse gear and even an optional airbag. But when it was …

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2011 Zero XU – Electric Wonder

In America, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Zero XU is an all electric motorcycle designed to be the perfect city commuter for those that would like to stop using gasoline – as long as you won’t miss the sensation of shifting. Realistic range is between 30-35 miles, which admittedly isn’t great. But for those of you with 5-10 mile commutes, this bike could be perfect. Battery …

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2006 Buell Ulysses

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This Buell Ulysses is quite the franken-bike – we’ve never seen a Uly like this! It comes with a few of the usual factory extras, such as the hard bags, but what’s key here are the changes – this bike has a chain drive conversion, a custom front end from a CR, PIAA lights, and an aftermarket exhaust. That custom …

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1972 Hodaka Super Rat

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This Hodaka Super Rat is one of the many dirt-oriented trailies Hodaka created in the 60s and 70s, making these bikes incredibly popular in the US. The Hodaka Super Rat featured a 100cc engine – better suited for kids who weren’t big enough for the 250cc and larger bikes of the world. The signature red frame and chrome gas tank …