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No Reserve – 2017 Yamaha R1M

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This R1M was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. I have never used the term ‘slow’ to describe a literbike, but manufacturers always seem to have an answer for more speed. Yamaha’s R1M matched the best electronic engine management and Ohlins electronic suspension software to their formidable crossplane crankshaft engine and moved the chains for …

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1975 Kawasaki H2

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The Kawasaki H2 market is picking up right now. With several recent sales having five digit asking prices, the number of bikes available seems to be rising. The 750cc three cylinder two stroke put out 74hp, and carried the coolest men in town to 126 mph. 1970’s chassis engineering was significantly behind that of engines, and the relatively short swingarm …

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Pikes Peak Winner – 2014 Zero SR

In America, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

This upgraded Zero ran in the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb where — piloted by Jeff Clark #777 — it took first place in the production electric class (with a time of 12:06:346), granted there were only two other entries in the class that year. Either way you can actually watch Jeff tear up the mountain in the below …

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1 of 250 – 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 Special Edition

In England, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

In the early 90s, most major motorcycle manufacturers entered a gentlemen’s agreement to cap horsepower at 125. Triumph decided that when they were going to bring the bikes back from the new plant in Hinckley, that the best way for them to get attention was to ignore said agreement: enter the 147 horsepower Triumph Daytona 1200. A year after the …

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1977 Yamaha RD400

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

After Yamaha’s wonderful RD350, the only way to go was up. 1976 brought the RD400, with 40 hp and enough torque to keep the front wheel off the ground as long as you dare. Just 350 pounds of weight made for a svelte ride on and off the track. Brakes were a weak point, but only until the next time …

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50th Anniversary Project – 1954 Harley-Davidson KH

In America, Cruiser by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

In 1952, Harley announced the new Model K. Raised compression and bigger cams were good for 30 hp from 45 cubic inches. For their 50th anniversary in 1954, Harley introduced the redesigned KH model and continued their bigger is better mentality, bumping engine capacity to 54 cubic inches. They also added a medallion to the front fender to commemorate their …

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Factory Scrambler Kit – 1967 Honda CB450D

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Honda’s Black Bomber, also known as the CB450, is a valuable collectible nowadays. But when it was first released, the voluptuous styling was not for everyone. When the 1968 CB450 K1 was released, Honda still had several examples of the K0 languishing in showrooms and even in their factory. To help clear out that inventory, they released a limited production …

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8 Miles – 2001 Ducati 996

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Built between 1999-2002, the 996 was updated in 2000 with new 5-spoke Marchesini wheels and upgraded front forks. In 2001, Ducati gifted the 996 a rear shock from Ohlins. Arguably, none of the performance benefits will matter with this bike, as it has just 8 miles and I seriously doubt the next owner is going to want to increase that …

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Fastec Racing Build – 2001 Ducati M600 Dark Custom

In Custom, Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Fastec Racing first came into existence in 2010 when several employees at Fastec Engineering — a UK-based precision engineering firm that specializes in CNC machining – splintered off to do their own thing, focusing on motorcycles. Taking the knowhow and expertise they’d picked up at the engineering outfit, the team now runs Fastec Racing as a one-stop-shop that offers service …