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Street-Legal Factory Flat Tracker – 1977 Harley-Davidson XR750

In America, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Aside from a handful of championship titles sporadically earned by the big four from Japan, Harley-Davidson reigned supreme throughout the majority of American Flat Track history. While the MoCo obviously employed some top-notch pilots, its dominance in AFT can be largely attributed to H-D’s XR750. Introduced in 1970 as the successor to the venerable KR, Harley would successfully campaign the …

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Unexpected Dragster – 1964 Yamaha YDS2

In Japan, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This YDS2 sold for $1,525 after 7 bids on eBay in Merlin, Oregon. The YDS2 was one of the first models Yamaha brought to the US, and it was well-received. In this Cycle World article, Kevin Cameron called it “a two-stroke revolution” that “redefined the 250cc motorcycle in the US”.

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Ducati 1200 DS Powered – 2015 Pierobon X60

In Italy, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Found in Italy in 1952, Pierobon specializes in the design of top-notch frames, swingarms, subframes, fuel tanks, and other parts to increase strength, reduce weight, and make your bike faster – they have experience with Ducati’s WSBK and MotoGP teams going back decades. In addition to individual components, they also sell “race chassis kits” for Ducati motors. You can order …

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Street Legal – 2018 Husqvarna FS 450

In Austria, Race, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: Unfortunately, this bike was pulled off of eBay as the bike was stolen from the owner. 9-19-18 Update: The seller let me know that the winning bidder “could not come up with financing” so the sale was cancelled. This Husky is back up on eBay with a lowered opening bid of $11,760 or a BIN of $14,260 …

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Johann Zarco Moto2 Mount – 2013 Suter MMX2

In Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Suter did not get any interest at the opening bid of $30,000. I featured another 2013 Suter Moto2 race bike a year ago, though this one has the pedigree of being ridden by a MotoGP rookie of the year. For mere mortals (as long as you’ve got plenty of extra dough), the usual way into Suter …

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Restored Desert Racer – 1968 Steen Hodaka SS 100

In America, Japan, Race, Small Displacement by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Throughout his lifetime, John Steen made a number of significant contributions to the motorsport world – from being a successful off-road racer to an early pioneer in the synthetic oil market to helping pave the way in the mini bike scene to producing his namesake, Hodaka-powered two-wheelers. John Steen may have passed away in 2007, but the mark he left …

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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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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, …