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Outboard Motor Powered GP Racer – 1974 König 500

In Race, Sweden by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The König 500 and Kim Newcombe will be forever intertwined, as you can’t tell the story of one without the other. The tale of the Kiwi and his outboard motor-powered GP racer is an unlikely one, boasting equal parts triumph and tragedy. Born in New Zealand in 1944, Newcomb was raised in Auckland where he discovered two passions early on: …

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Track Trim Super Freni Competizione – 1974 Laverda 750 SFC

In Italy, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Upon its debut in 1971, Laverda’s 750 SFC quickly proved itself on the track, winning a myriad of elite races (Imola, Zeltweg, Vallelunga, Barcelona, Bol d’Or, Modena, etc). Built by hand in small batches from ’71 to ’76, only around 550 examples were produced in total. As evidenced by its success in endurance competition, the SFC was not only fast …

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The 13 Ducati Race of Champions Bikes

In Italy, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: The eBay auctions are over, so let’s see what happened! The high score went to Troy Bayliss, whose bike sold for a staggering $139,000! Per Ducati: “Dovizioso, Melandri, Lorenzo, Pirro (Race of Champions winner) and Petrucci’s bikes were also in great demand, going for between $46,000 and $72,200 USD, with the bikes ridden by Miller, Davies, Rabat, …

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1966 Triumph T120TT Special

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

08-03-2018 Update: Almost four years later, Tim Huber has seen that this TT is back up for sale with a $3,000 discount. You can find it at the Garage Company here on Craigslist for $13,000. A race bike straight from the factory, the Triumph T120TT Special was stripped of weight and had an increase in performance. The model was the …

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Jeff Fredette ISDE Racer – 2004 Kawasaki KDX220

In Japan, Off-Road, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

There’s no better authority on the Kawasaki KDX than Jeff Fredette. The AMA Hall of Famer (and ’93 AMA Sportsman of the Year) is responsible for a ridiculous number ISDT/ISDE wins and podiums — the vast majority of which were achieved aboard KDXs. In his decades of experience, Fredette became extremely well acquainted with the KDX, modifying and developing the …

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Ex-Josh Day Racer – 2008 Yamaha YZF-R1

In Japan, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Josh Day was a professional American motorcycle racer who most recently rode for Yamalube/Westby Racing prior to his retirement. Day won the 2009 AMA Supersport East Champion and finished runner-up in the 2011 European Superstock 600 Championship. At the height of his US career, Day shared the grid with some of the country’s top riders, like Ben Spies, Mat Mladin, …

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Wood Rotax 560 Four-Stroke – 1984 KTM 504 MX

In Austria, Less than 5k, Off-Road, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

At the dawn of the 1980s, a myriad of manufacturers were experimenting with producing a competitive four-stroke motocrosser, though dethroning the mighty two-stroke was a major uphill battle. Quite a few marques put their faith in Rotax, who had then recently debuted an impressive 498cc four-stroke single. Seeing the potential of the half-liter thumper, KTM worked out a deal with …

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AHRMA Race Winner – 1973 Honda CB350

In Japan, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This CB350 racer did not meet reserve despite 19 bids up to $2,375 on eBay. This AHRMA racer was acquired by the seller as a Sportsman 350 competitor in 2013 – he then rebuilt it “with the intention of creating a championship winning bike”. After campaigns in 2014 and 2015 with multiple podiums and race wins at …

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Land Speed Moped – 1970 Tomos

In Italy, Race, Scooter by Abhi13 Comments

6-15-2018 Update: Over two years later, Zack B notes that this Tomos is back up for sale. It looks much different now (and not for the better, I’d say). Check out pictures in the listing with an unmet opening bid of $999 in Crawfordsville, Indiana here on eBay. Post-Sale Update: After being relisted, this Tomos sold for a hefty $10,420.69. …

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Reader Ride – Baker Formula One Sidecar

In 3 Wheels, Guest Writers, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

5-30-2018 Update: Two years later, this interesting sidecar is now actually up for sale! “The electric motor has since been removed and a race-prepared Suzuki GSXR 1000 engine and 6-speed transmission will be included along with a bodywork mold, extra wheels, and a North Carolina bill of sale.” Find it with bidding up to $2,750 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina …

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1994 BMW R1100RS Battle of the Legends

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

One of the most popular American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) race series with fans was the Battle of the Legends, a partnership with BMW that had motorcycling legends face off against each other on identically-prepped BMW bikes. It ran from 1993-1997, and in 1994 the series utilized the R1100RS sport-tourer in a pearl white. The next year would also …