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Gold Flaked – 1971 Honda CB750 K1 Custom

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Post-Listing Update: Yikes, the market did not like this one. After 10 bids, this Honda CB750 K1 Custom only got up to $1,925 and did not meet reserve. After being relisted, it still did not make reserve at $3,150. Shame. The Honda CB750 was an instant classic and is one of the most common starting points for custom builders. Today …

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1967 BSA Lightning

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Post Sale Update: After 14 bids on eBay, this BSA Lightning did not meet reserve at $6,001. It was then relisted and again did not meet reserve, this time at $6,991. The BSA Lightning was the British firm’s attempt at an all-around streetbike, slotting between the Spitfire and Thunderbolt. At the time, it was one of the fastest motorcycles available …

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Homebrew Cafe – 2005 Suzuki Ryca 650 CS-1

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Suzuki’s Boulevard S40, previously known as the LS650 Savage, is a simple, low-powered entry-level cruiser. A Los Angeles based company called Ryca saw a way to spice up the S40, with the Ryca 650 CS-1 kit. It takes a rather ugly semi-Sportster clone and turns it into a lithe cafe racer styled bike with some actual semblance of personality.

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The Japanese Brit – 1990 Honda GB500

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Post Sale Update: After 4 bids on eBay, this Honda GB500 sold for $5,100. In the late 80s, Honda took a risk and gave the world a beautiful motorcycle inspired by 60s thumper racers of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race – bikes like the Manx Norton and AJS 7R. Originally created as a 400cc bike in Japan, the …

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Good as Gold – 2007 Benelli TNT Cafe Racer

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Post-Sale Update: After 10 bids on eBay, this Benelli TNT Cafe Racer sold for $6,900. The Benelli TNT Cafe Racer isn’t actually a cafe racer. It’s a polarizing, unique, and incredibly exciting naked bike that will get the attention of everyone around you as they try to figure out what the heck they’re looking at. A championship-winning marque in the …

Willie G’s Cafe – 1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR

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Another one of those bikes that we can’t help but feature when we find one, the Harley-Davidson XLCR was a commercial flop that turned into an absolute cult classic. Designed by Willie G. Davidson, this bike was supposed to be a black beauty featuring HD’s most powerful production engine yet. The lovely siamese exhaust and bikini fairing were very unique – …

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American Cafe Racer – 1978 HD XLCR

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Post Sale Update: this HD XLCR sold on eBay for $11,995. The HD XLCR was designed by Willie G. Davidson, and was supposed to represent a shift from the usual chrome-filled touring bike portfolio of HD. Unfortunately, it was a commercial flop, and with only 3,123 ever produced, it’s one of the most desirable Harley’s ever made.

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1977 Harley Davidson XLCR

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8-12-13 Update: This bike has been relisted on Craigslist Los Angeles with a price of $9,000 or best offer. The Harley Davidson XLCR was one of the many bikes in history that was initially hailed as an instant collector bike…that no one bought. Designed by Willie G. Davidson, this bike was supposed to be a black beauty featuring HD’s most …

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2007 Benelli TNT Cafe Racer

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We go from old Benelli’s to new ones… In the 80s, Benelli was merged to become part of Moto Guzzi, and it was pretty much shut down. In the mid 90s, however, Andrea Merloni brought Benelli back and they came back with a vengeance, with very distinctive looking bikes. By the designs, you would never be able to tell that …

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1989 Honda GB500 – The British Bike from Japan

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In the late 80s, Honda took a risk and sleeved down the motor from the popular XR600 dual-sport, prettied it up, and surrounded it with cafe-style bodywork evoking images of 60s British cafe racers. Only imported into the States from 1989-1990, the Honda GB500 was too slow for American tastes at the time and thus sold poorly.  It wasn’t cheap …