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Rare Project – 1983 Honda Gyro X

In 3 Wheels, Japan, Project, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Gyro X sold for $1,894.13 after 21 bids on eBay. I’ve featured several examples of Honda’s quirky 3-wheeler called the GYRO (which is apparently an acronym for “Great Your Recreation Original.”) The US only got one of the versions, a “S” model that was focused on just carrying a rider around. But Japan got multiple variants …

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Yamaha’s Yard Built Program — Deus Milan’s “D-Side” XV950 Sidecar

In 3 Wheels, Italy, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Built by Deus Ex Machina’s Milan shop, this bike was commissioned as the third project — and first sidecar build — in Yamaha’s increasingly prestigious Yard Built program. Based on the Tuning Fork Company’s XV950, this project, entitled “D-Side”, began when Fillipo Bassoli, CEO of Deus Ex Machina Italy, was traveling for work in Spain and stumbled across what he …

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“Mental Illness” – 1980 Suzuki GS1100 Trike

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Post Listing Update: “Mental Illness” did not meet reserve despite 29 bids up to $9,100 on eBay. Alright, this really has nothing to do with a Suzuki GS1100, but that is how the crazy trike is titled in the state of Texas. It’s an entirely custom three-wheeler that utilizes a 5.3 liter LS1 motor with a C5 Corvette transmission…and a …

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Electric Conversion – 1985 Trihawk

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Designed by Lou Richards, the Trihawk 304 (3 wheels, 4 cylinders) was an interesting trike that was capable of cornering forces similar to a Lamborghini Countach (.91G) thanks to the wide front wheelbase and the low center of gravity. Introduced in 1982, the company was able to produce 96 units before Harley-Davidson bought them out in 1985 and stopped production. …

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2019 Yamaha Niken

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When I was at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, Yamaha reps said that the allotment of bikes to US dealership had already sold out. If that’s true, here’s an example where the rider who put down a deposit backed out – possibly because Yamaha has just announced the Niken GT (upgraded front suspension, center stand, heated grips, and other …

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In Canada – 1966 Jawa Road King 350 with PAV 40 Trailer

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As of this month, Jawa is back (in India). Historically the brand goes back to 1929, and one of its most successful models was based on their 350cc two-stroke twin. US riders are familiar with department stores such as Sears or Montgomery Ward that would sell motorcycles out of catalogs – Canada had a similar option through a store called …

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1955 Zundapp KS601 Sport with Steib Sidecar

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In 1951, Zundapp introduced their last big bike – the KS601 (Kardan Sport). It got plenty of positive attention from the press, but Zundapp’s sales couldn’t compete with offerings from BMW. To combat this they expanded to a Sport model (with 34 horsepower, 6 up from the standard) and even offered multiple colors.

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1983 Honda ATC70

In 3 Wheels, Japan, Less than 5k, Off-Road by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

After the success of the Z50 and the CT70, Honda wanted a bike that they could sell in the winters in the US market. They launched a small trike called the US90 in 1969. The success was immediate, and US beaches became Honda’s trike highways. In 1971, Honda acquired the trademark ATC, “all-terrain cycle”, and gave it to their three-wheelers. …

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CA Plated – 2002 Honda Gyro Canopy

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I’ve featured several examples of Honda’s quirky 3-wheeler called the GYRO (which is apparently an acronym for “Great Your Recreation Original.”) The US only got one of the versions, a “S” model that was focused on just carrying a rider around. But Japan got multiple variants include, the X, the UP, and the Canopy. The Canopy was introduced at the …