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1970 Norton Commando Production Racer

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Post-Sale Update: After 23 bids on eBay, this Norton Commando Production Racer sold for $14,100 Arguably the most collectable of Commandos, the Norton Commando Production Racer (affectionately known as the Yellow Peril) was a street-legal factory racer made available to privateers for a princely sum. At a time when you could buy an Austin Mini for less than $1,500, the …

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1972 Yamaha TR3

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During the 60s and 70s, Yamaha offered racing versions of its street bikes for use by privateers and even Yamaha factory racers. The classic R5 provided the base for the Yamaha TR3, a David among goliaths that was the first 2-stroke (and smallest bike at the time) to ever win the Daytona 200.

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Championship Winner – 1999 Honda CBR600F4 Racer

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During a quest to find a good RC51 to feature, I instead stumbled upon this Honda CBR600F4 racer and thought it was worth sharing because you can get a hell of a bike for your money. A former AMA race bike, this CBR spent the last few seasons with the current owner winning the Clubman Lightweight Championship and placing second …

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1920 Harley-Davidson JD Racer

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Post-Sale Update: This Harley-Davidson JD Racer sold for $17,100 on eBay. By 1920, HD was the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer – with dealerships in 67 countries. One of their featured bikes at the time was the 1000cc Harley-Davidson JD, which became the first motorcycle to ever win a race with an average speed of over 100 mph in 1921, on …

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1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000

In America, Race by Abhi1 Comment

Back in 1988, Harley decided to try their hand at knocking off Ducati from their perch atop AMA Superbike. Unfortunately, what would have been top notch technology when the bike was supposed to have been released (in 1991) was well behind the curve when it actually started racing (in 1994). Homologation requirements resulted in the Harley-Davidson VR1000, of which only …

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1975 Maico MC440 GP

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Post-Sale Update: After 14 bids on eBay, this Maico MC440 GP sold for $5,050. I’ve been having a recent surge in readers interested in Maico’s, so here’s one for you nuts. The Maico MC440 GP is one of the greatest vintage MX motorcycles ever built – and this is an almost mint, nearly all-original example. You’ll get plenty of goodies …

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1970 Triumph Lyster LaBelle Racer

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Two straight days with older Triumph racers! This one is a rare Triumph Lyster LaBelle Racer, named after the two gentlemen who were instrumental in its creation – Colin Lyster, a well-known frame designer of racing motorcycle frames, and Ed LaBelle, a former Canadian National Champion roadracer.

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Production Racer – 1938 DKW SS 250

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Post-Listing Update: Despite 20 bids on eBay topping out at $72,655, this DKW SS 250 failed to meet reserve. One of the most famous reverse-cylinder motorcycles of all time, the DKW SS 250 featured a “split-single” or “twingle” engine which had two pistons driven by a split con-rod. DKW used this technology in several bikes up to 500cc, but none …

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1974 Harley-Davidson RR350

In America, Italy, Race by Abhi3 Comments

Post-Listing Update: This Harley-Davidson RR350 was pulled from eBay, final sale price unknown. Built during the days when Harley owned Aermacchi, only 26 (or 37? I couldn’t pinpoint an exact number) of the Harley-Davidson RR350s were built – who knows how many are left. Most importantly, this is the only Harley that has ever won a Grand Prix event.

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ToyoHog: 2008 Toyota Prius Harley-Davidson

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Post Listing Update: This disgusting contraption did not meet reserve despite 22 bids up to $2,175 on eBay. Okay, so…it’s not a motorcycle. But I just had to feature this. A Toyota Prius that was hacked up and gloriously given a Harley-Davidson engine for competition in Lemons is now available to cause you untold amounts of miseryjoy. May this be …

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1947 Norton Manx

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The Norton Manx was a racing bike built for a whopping 15 years built in long stroke and short stroke variants. The Manx has a long, complicated history, but in recent times there has been a resurgence in its popularity for classic motorcycle racing, leading to aftermarket firms specializing in service and parts supply for these classics. If you know …

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1974 Ducati 750SS

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Post-Listing Update: Despite 18 bids up to $24,600, this Ducati 750SS did not meet reserve on eBay. The Ducati 750SS (or Super Sport) is one of the most iconic motorcycles of the 70s, if not all time. Just 401 of the first year models were built, somewhat as a tribute to Ducati’s win at Imola in 197. It was the …