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1 Owner – 1997 Suzuki RF900R

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

With an engine derived from the GSX-R1100, the Suzuki RF900R was designed as a entry-level bike in the sport-touring market, undercutting the competition by about $1,500. Despite the pricing, you still got a solid sport-tourer with odd styling that Suzuki claimed was “inspired a stingray.” Sales weren’t great.

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1975 Rockford Taka 100

In America, Dual-Sport, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

Rockford Motors was the American importer for Bridgestone, but when the Japanese firm stopped selling bikes in 1971, Rockford had a bit of an issue. They made a deal with Bridgestone to take over manufacturing rights for the 3 smallest bikes – two 60cc models called the Tora and the Chibi, as well as the 100cc Taka you see in …

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Zero Miles – 2003 Cannondale X440

In America, Less than 5k, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Cannondale did not get any action at the BIN of $4,800 on eBay. The Cannondale X440 was the swansong of Cannondale motorcycles, a subsidiary of the well-known American bicycling company. In the late 90s, Cannondale tried to move into motorsports, with an off-road bike and an ATV. Long story short, it was a disaster. $80 million …

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1998 Honda VFR800 Interceptor

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The fifth-gen Honda VFR800 brought the model into the modern era with a bump in displacement (if not power), Y2K styling, amd the addition of fuel injection. This 1998 VFR is a first-year model from one of the best all-around bikes of all time – and Honda had the good sense to bring the “Interceptor” name back for it.

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1963 Garelli Rex KL75

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

Post Listing Update: This Garelli Rex KL75 did not get any interest at the BIN of $2,500. 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 …

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1997 Honda VFR750F

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“For many, bike journalists included, the Honda VFR750 is the best road bike ever built.” MCN didn’t mince words when it came to their praise of the VFR – it’s one thing for a journo to be excited about a bike for a few hours for a first ride, but this is the kind of machine that people love to …

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2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden

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Honda built the RC51 to compete in World Superbike, and the bike earned titles in 2000 and 2002. The latter year, the RC51 also won the AMA Superbike championship with Nicky Hayden, and Honda responded in 2004 by producing a “Nicky Hayden Edition.” The changes were cosmetic only – a sticker kit, white number plates on the upper fairing and …

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1996 BMW R1100RS

In Germany, Less than 5k, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

BMW arguably created the sport-touring segment with the R100RS, though future evolutions like the 1100, 1150, and 1200 weren’t as commercially successful. Still, they’re very competent machines that go fast enough an far enough in relative comfort. For $2,500, you could easily criss-cross the country a few times and still be ready for more.