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1970 Yamaha RT1 360

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

The seller of this RT1 starts off by saying that he has “a bike that needs to be seen and enjoyed.” It’s claimed to have been sitting under tarps and blankets for the last thirty years, and it’s equipped with a bevy of period upgrades.

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Yetman Framed – Honda 305 Racer

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David Yetman was born in 1938, and he fell in love with motorcycles as a military serviceman stationed in Japan. He specifically appreciated the “high level of performance” that Japanese manufacturers were able to extract from small bikes. Years later, he crashed his Honda CB77 and ruined the frame. He couldn’t afford to replace the frame, but instead of totaling …

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1980 Yamaha XV750 Flat Tracker

In Japan, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

This bike’s a bit of a mystery to me. The seller makes several references to a Yamaha VR750 racer, which I’ve never heard of, and makes a suggestion: “it is not documented, but considering that there were very few VR750 based flat track bikes and engines at the race circuit, it is believed that these were a part of the …

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1964 Aermacchi Sprint 350 Road Racer

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Post Sale Update: This Aermacchi road racer sold for $4,550 after 30 bids on eBay in Santa Rosa, California. Built by Paul Brodie, this Aermacchi Sprint is said to be a “true turnkey racer” with a history of “many top finishes in the Northwest.” The seller “acquired the bike many years ago”, raced it for one season, and then put …

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Race History – 1966 BSA A50 Wasp

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Post Listing Update: Bidding got up to $6,001.98 before this Wasp was pulled off of eBay. Previously raced by Bobby Winters, this is a BSA Wasp drivetrain in a Ken Swanson dirt track frame. It has since been ‘completely rebuilt using NOS parts’ and is in display mode – if you want to ride it again, you’ll be breaking in …

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Reno Leoni-Built Racer – 1985 Ducati F1A

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Post Listing Update: This F1A did not meet reserve despite 12 bids up to $7,101 on eBay in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Built by Reno Leoni, this F1A has a history that the owner calls “spotty”, though he’s done a pretty good job tracking down as much as he could from websites and some old threads on Pantaheads. Let’s have a …

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Street Legal – 1976 Yamaha TZ250 with 431cc Motor

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Post Sale Update: After being relisted, this TZ”250″ sold for $19,500 on eBay in San Juan Capistrano, California. This interesting combination of features a TZ250 chassis and bodywork with a RD400 Daytona motor that’s been bored out. Impressively, it’s also titled in California. It’s lovely, and it weighs around 260 pounds.

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Vintage Racer – 1963 Norton ES2

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Post Listing Update: This ES2 did not meet reserve despite 16 bids up to $7,600 in Redwood City, California. The seller of this bike became interested in old British bikes because of his father – as noted in an interview on the Mot’Art Journal, “he has an old Triumph 750cc Bonneville, and the smells and sounds that came from that …

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“Goliath” – 1980 Harley-Davidson XRTT

In America, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The XRTT was a fully-faired road-racing motorcycle based on Harley-Davidson’s XR750 flat tracker. With at most only two-dozen-or-so units produced in total (some say it was as little as 12), XRTT’s are incredibly rare finds. The story of this particular example, dubbed “Goliath”, starts back in ’79 when Alan Sputhe joined forces with Vance Breese to take the XRTT to …