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1983 Yamaha RX50

In Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi1 Comment

Post-Sale Update: This Yamaha RX50 did not meet reserve at $510. In the 80s, Japanese manufacturers produced several 50cc bikes – though nearly all were in plastics that were reminiscent of sportbikes. Examples previously featured on Bike-urious include the Honda NS50F and Suzuki GSXR50, though the Yamaha YSR50 was one of the most well-known. This bike, the Yamaha RX50, was …

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2004 BMW R1150R Rockster

In Germany, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This BMW R1150R Rockster is no longer available. The BMW R1150R Rockster was an interesting variant on their naked bike of the time, the R1150R. The Rockster was BMW’s take on a streetfighter of sorts, made by pulling together the headlight from a R1150GS, gauges from the R1100S, and throwing them onto the R1150R with a distinctive paint …

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1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

In Italy, Sport by Abhi2 Comments

Post Sale Update: After 17 bids on eBay, this Moto Guzzi V7 Sport sold for $12,883. The Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is still one of the most famous Guzzis ever made. Produced in small numbers (about 3,500) for only three years, it represented a change in focus for the firm. After years of truck-like bikes such as the Ambassador and …

1999 Victory V92C

In America, Cruiser by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1997, Polaris announced that they were getting into the motorcycle game, and they decided to do so with a competitor to Harley Davidson called Victory Motorcycles.  In 1998, Polaris introduced the Victory V92C, and commenced selling it the following year.  This is one of those first year bikes.

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Perfect Patina – 1936 Harley Davidson VLH

In America, Cruiser by Abhi1 Comment

Post Sale Update: After 32 bids, this Harley Davidson VLH sold for $24,000. We’re on a little bit of a Harley binge, it seems! The Harley Davidson VLH was a one year only continuation model of the VL series. In fact, it was the ultimate expression of the flathead, which has made it the most collectible. With a 34 horsepower …

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1962 Harley Davidson Topper

In America, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 47 bids on eBay, this Harley Davidson Topper sold for $4,800 on eBay. The Harley Davidson Topper is the one and only scooter to ever come out of the HD factory. Built during the days when the Milwaukee company was producing bikes with small motors, like the Bobcat, the Topper featured a 165 cc air-cooled 2-stroke engine …

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1955 FB Mondial 200 Super Sport

In Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: After 9 bids on eBay, this FB Mondial 200 SS sold for $6,375. The FB Mondial 200 SS (also known as the Super Sport) was one of the few street bikes developed by the niche Italian manufacturer. Specializing in high performance, small displacement bikes, FB Mondial hand built most of their motorcycles, resulting in production numbers between …

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1977 Harley Davidson XLCR

In America, Cafe Racer by Abhi3 Comments

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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Baby Interceptor – 1989 Honda VTR250

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Post Sale Update: After being relisted, this Honda VTR250 sold for $1,800 on eBay. The Honda VTR250 was only sold in the US for three years. Despite the simple nature – a liquid cooled 250cc engine with a six-speed transmission and an inboard front disc, it’s become quite the cult bike for fans of small-displacment motors.

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1961 BMW R69S

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Post Sale Update: After 33 bids, this BMW R69S sold for $9,100 on eBay. The BMW R69S, produced from 1960 to 1969, was BMW’s sportbike of its day. With 42 horsepower, it was by far the most powerful bike BMW made at the time. You had to pay to play ($1,564 in 1966), but that extra money bought you one …

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1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts

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Post Sale Update: AFter 41 bids, this Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts did not meet reserve on eBay at $4,650. The last two-stroke officially imported into the US, the Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts is very much a sought-after collectors bike in the US. Only sold in the states from 84-85, these were the first bikes in the US to come equipped …

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2009 Bimota DB7

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Bimota DB7 sold for $20,000 on eBay. The Bimota DB7 continues the Italian company’s ethos of building exquisite frames and bodywork around existing high-performance engines. The first letter of the model name clues you in as to where the engine came from – the “D” in DB7 stands for Ducati.

1973 Honda CR250 Elsinore

In Japan, Off-Road, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

This Honda CR250 Elsinore is a first-year model of Honda’s first serious dirt bike. It’s historically significant as it was the first serious dirt bike to come straight from an OEM – other bikes required serious modifications from the factory floor.

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2004 Honda Dream 50R

In Japan, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: This Honda Dream 50R sold for a Best Offer at $4,250. The Honda Dream 50R, in addition to being the ultimate 50cc cafe racer, was a limited edition model released to commemorate Honda’s early racing history. Unfortunately, it’s not road legal – but it’s probably one of the prettiest production motorcycles to ever roll off the line.