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Little Racer – 2004 Honda NSR50

In Japan, Race, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Quite possibly the best minibike sold in the United States, the Honda NSR50 was sold here just in 2004. In the world of 50cc sportbikes (like the Yamaha YSR50 and Suzuki GSXR50), the NSR50 was dynamically in a world of its own. Though it’s not street legal like its competition, the Honda was peerless on the racetrack. Because of that, …

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1968 Seeley 7R

In England, Race by Abhi1 Comment

Post-Listing Update: This Seeley 7R Racer was pulled off of eBay, final sales price unknown. Colin Seeley is a former sidecar racer who became famous as a motorcycle designer. Some of his most notable work came right after he retired from sidecar racing competition, where he built frames for racing motorcycles utilizing Matchless and AJS engines. At the time, AJS …

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What a Story – 197x Tony Foale Honda CB750

In England, Japan, Race by Abhi1 Comment

6-28 Update: Year of bike in title changed to reflect Tony’s comment. Post-Listing Update: Unfortunately, this bike only got one bid and did not meet reserve at the opening bid of $10,000. I can’t believe there wasn’t more action on this bike. We love listings like this – a rare bike, an interesting back story, and great pictures. Just sit …

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Featured First – 1965 Bultaco TSS 250

In Race, Spain by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: This Bultaco TSS 250 did not get any bites at $40,000. In 1965, Bultaco created the first 250cc factory production road racer – the Bultaco TSS 250. Just 51 were produced between ’65 and ’66. The Spanish company actually sold this Works racer, also known as the Model 24, directly to their competitor, EMC Motorcycles in England.

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Metrakit Pre-GP 125

In Race, Small Displacement, Spain by AbhiLeave a Comment

Looking for a purpose-built race bike for a young racer-to-be? Look no further than the Metrakit Pre-GP 125. Metrakit, a Spanish company that unfortunately went bankrupt (but still has a large presence in Australia), was well known for creating a series of tiny roadracers that were quite dominant in 50-80cc mini GP races across the world. In the mid 2000s, …

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1 of 500 – 1999 Yamaha R7 OWO2

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Post-Sale Update: After 6 bids on eBay, this Yamaha R7 OWO2 sold for $22,200. I’m still drooling. We’ve been on a little Yamaha homologation special this week, and it ends with what might just be the most beautiful road bike to ever come from Japan, the Yamaha R7, also known as the OWO2. Right from the factory floor, it was …

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34th Annual Hansen Dam All British Ride

In 3 Wheels, Cruiser, England, Off-Road, Race, Small Displacement, Sport, Standard, Touring, Vintage by Abhi2 Comments

Every year, the Southern California Norton Owner’s Club hosts a wonderful get together at Hansen Dam. The combined show and ride features decades of classic British iron – and you’re bound to see great bikes from other marques, new and old. We got an invite from a local BMW mechanic friend and couldn’t say no. As you’ve come to expect …

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Dustbin Works Racer – 1953 NSU Sportmax

In Germany, Race by Abhi1 Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 26 bids on eBay, this NSU Sportmax sold for $54,100. In the 1950s, NSU was the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer. Possibly the pinnacle of their production was the NSU Sportmax Works Racer, which enable to the company to win the Constructor’s World Championship twice in the 250cc class. The factory race bikes were incredibly expensive, but also …

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Italian Spec Racer – 1980 Aspes Yuma

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Post-Listing Update: Unfortunately, this Aspes Yuma did not attract any bidding at the $9,900 opening price. Aspes was a small Italian manufacturer that produced bikes from ’61-’82, though they were recently brought back to life in 2008. As they never imported bikes to the US, very few Americans have even heard of the firm, let alone seen their lovely creations. …

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1968 Cheney Triumph 500

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

Post-Sale Update: After being relisted, this Cheney Triumph 500 sold for $6,500 on eBay. One of the most challenging races in any discipline was the International Six Days Trial (ISDT – now known as the ISDE). An annual test of rider, machine, and durability, the ISDT is also known as the “Olympics of Motorcycling.” In 1968, ISDT changed up the …

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1913 Rex Brooklands

In England, Race, Vintage by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Listing Update: After 31 bids, this Rex Brooklands did not meet reserve at $22,322 on eBay. Rex was a British motorcycle company founded in 1900. It survived 2 mergers and 33 years of existence before closing up shop, and in its prime was considered one of the best marques in British motorcycling. One of their partnerships was with JA Prestwich …

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Bring It Back Home – Harley-Davidson VR1000

In America, Race by Abhi2 Comments

Full Disclosure – this bike is currently in Australia. We’re hoping someone will bring it back to the states. 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 …

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1 of 150 – 2010 Ducati 848 Nicky Hayden Edition

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Post-Listing Update: This 848 did not get any action at the $8,800 opening bid. The Ducati 848 Nicky Hayden Edition is one of the very, very few Ducatis that was exclusive to the United States. Built to honor Nicky Hayden, one of Ducati’s MotoGP riders, this bike celebrates Nicky’s American heritage with the red-white-and-blue theme. This exact paint scheme was …

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2002 Jawa Speedway

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Post-Sale Update: After 36 bids on eBay, this Jawa Speedway sold for $2,605.55. We can’t imagine many readers will actually have a need to own this bike, but we wanted to take the opportunity to spread the word a little about speedway racing, an incredible type of motorsport that does not get enough love in the US. Imagine bikes weaving …

Vintage Harley Racers

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Post Sale Update: After 17 bids, the RR350 did not meet reserve at $18,100. After 33 bids, the KRTT did not meet reserve at $19,100. The Keating Wheel company has got a pair of beautiful vintage Harley racers that we wanted to make sure our wonderful readers knew about.