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1970s Honda “Test Track”

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Back in the 70s, Honda had a tool called the Test Track available in some dealers – per Colin Miller, Honda’s On-Road Media Coordinator, it was “intended to safely teach non-riders how use the clutch, throttle and brakes. If you already know how to ride, the Test Track won’t teach you anything.”

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Period Racer – 1974 Kawasaki Z1

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Per the seller, this combination of a ’74 frame and a ’73 engine was converted to a racer in the 1970s and retired from racing in the early 1980s. “The story is that this bike was raced in the AMA superbike series in the 1970’s. the previous owner found some markings and frame tags but unfortunately the evidence was lost …

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For Charity – 2009 Ducati 1098R Troy Bayliss #269

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Over on the auction site we’ve got a limited edition Ducati that’s extra special because the seller is generously donating his proceeds from this sale to City Team Oakland, a nonprofit that compassionately serves the homeless and poor in need with hot meals, groceries, shelter, housing and restorative programs, learning and career help, and so much more!

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598 Miles – 1975 Yamaha XS650

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The XS650 was quite a popular motorcycle – approximately 500,000 were built over a 13 year production run. When released, it was Yamaha’s biggest production bike and it was advanced for the time with unit construction for the engine and transmission, as well as a horizontally-split crankcase. It aped the styling of classic British twins but these Yammies developed a …

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Custom CB750 in Europe – 1973 Japauto 950 SS

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Sensing that Honda was about to take over the motorcycle industry, Christian Vilaseca expanded his family’s GM automobile dealership by founding Japauto in 1966. Thanks to the success of the CB750, Japauto quickly became Europe’s largest motorcycle dealership. So when he decided to campaign in the 1970 Bol d’Or, he wanted to race with a bike bearing his companies name …

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1959 Pannonia T5 with Duna Sidecar

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Pannonia was a Hungarian motorcycle manufacturer that produced over a million bikes between 1954 and 1975 – in addition to a whole bunch of four wheelers. While their range of motorcycle engines included a boxer twin and a vertical twin, the most common motor they built was a two-stroke single as featured in this T5.