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1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

In Japan, Less than 5k, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The 80’s were a crazy time. Music was being produced without instruments, and manufacturers had to think outside the block (see what I did there?) to breathe life back into powerplants that were being choked by new emission standards. Turbochargers were the name of the game, and luckily the Japanese were up to the challenge. Honda slapped a turbo on …

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2003 KTM 525 EXC

In Austria, Dual-Sport, Less than 5k by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Short of the engineering masterpieces that are modern day supernakeds, I don’t know if it is possible to have more fun on the street in terms of smiles per gallon and value for money than a dual-sport or supermoto. I don’t care how much power you have, there’s nothing more fun than all of it. The KTM 525 EXC made …

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1969 Garelli Rex KL125

In Italy, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

American Rex Corporation used to be located at 1216 Monte Diablo Avenue in San Mateo, California. They imported Italian-made Garellis under the name of Garelli-Rex, and the naming convention was KL + the ccs of displacement. In period advertisements, American Rex referred to “KL” as “King of the Lightweights”.

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1992 Honda CBR600F2

In Japan, Less than 5k, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Honda introduced the 600 CBR series in 1987 – most riders remember it as the “Hurricane”. The second generation (F2) was built between 1991 and 1994, and it was an excellent performer for the time. This example stands out as it’s adorned in a delightfully ’90s paint scheme.

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1963 Norton Electra

In England, Less than 5k, Standard by Ted CloughLeave a Comment

In the late 50’s and early 60’s, Norton produced a couple of smaller displacement bikes in the hopes of appealing to starting riders. They had the 250cc Jubilee and the 350cc Navigator, both of which were 4 stroke vertical twins. In 1963, at the request of the US importer Joe Berliner, they bumped the size of the Jubilee up to …

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1986 Yamaha Fazer FZX700

In Cruiser, Japan, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

Also known as the Baby V-Max, the Yamaha Fazer FZX700 was quite a revelation when it was released – the styling was distinctive and it was quicker than riders expected. No one complained about the speed, though not everyone loved the looks, and the bike didn’t sell tremendously well.

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Baby Harley – 1974 Harley-Davidson X-90

In America, Dual-Sport, Less than 5k by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In the early 60s, Harley-Davidson had to make changes to resist advancements from the Japanese. Indeed, specialized in big V-twins only, Harley did not have any bikes to get into the small-size engine market. To fix that, the American brand decided to outsource their production of small cc bikes to the Italian manufacturer Aermacchi. Among the various bikes built in …

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1969 Kawasaki C2TR

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This C2TR sold for the BIN of $2,650. Nowadays with “dual-purpose” bikes we see imposing bikes with high-power engines, but this was not the case a few decades ago. Indeed, the image of dual-purpose bikes changed in 1984 with the release of the R80G/S, first all-road bike with such a big engine. Before that, these kinds of …

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1973 Honda ST90

In Japan, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This ST90 sold for a best offer of $1,400 on eBay. After the huge success of the Monkey in the US, Honda decided to release a slightly bigger version of their baby-bike, the CT70. The CT, also called Dax in other countries, is a mini dirt bike that was used both for leisure in American families as …

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1980 Honda CX500/CX650 Custom

In Custom, Japan, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

Every year, retired master tech Kevin Murphy takes decent examples of Honda’s CX platform and restores them. He also takes bad examples and turns them into customs. He’s got an annual tradition of building a Honda CX custom for Daytona Bike Week, and each year a reader sends me a link when he puts up another bike for sale. This …