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End of an Era – 1994 Honda CT70

In Japan, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Officially, 1994 was the last year of production for the venerable CT70. 4 years later, Honda’s patent would expire and the world was flooded with clones. This example has just 148 miles and the seller claims it’s like new. In his or her words, “this bike has always been stored in a climate controlled environment and it shows.” The sale …

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1991 Honda Monkey Baja

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In 1991, Honda released a new variant of the Monkey/Z50R. Called the Baja, it featured rally-style dual headlights in addition to the taillight and turn signals. They were not officially sold in the US, but this example has made its way across the Pacific for you to enjoy.

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1981 Honda Gorilla Z50J Tokyo LTD

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The nomenclature is pretty straightforward – what’s bigger than a Monkey? A Gorilla! Honda started offering a big brother to the Monkey in 1978, though they’re very difficult to find in the US. This one’s even harder to find, as it’s a limited edition called the Tokyo Limited (they made a similar version of the Monkey). Thankfully, Cycle Refinery in …

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1965 Honda S90

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In the mid/late sixties and early 70’s, Honda was busy. For one, they were developing and releasing arguably one of the most important motorcycles of all time, the CB750. Simultaneously, they were also putting a reliable, well-built engine into a series of purpose-built motorbikes. The single cylinder 90cc engine was the heart of their CL90, CT90, CD90, the iconic C90, …

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1978 Cosmo Colt

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Cosmopolitan Motors of Hatboro, Pennsylvania closed down earlier this decade, but for a while they had claim to the title of America’s oldest motorcycle distributor. Back in their heyday you could stop by and find bikes from a wide range of smaller Italian manufacturers – many Parillas, Benellis, Capriolos, Garellis, Betas, (and more) featured here on Bike-urious were originally sold …

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1947 LaRay Power Cycle

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LaRay Engineering and Equipment Company was a short-lived American manufacturer based in Milwaukee. LaRay’s only model, the Power Cycle, was built for only one year supposedly somewhere between ’46 and ’48. A reported 2,500 units left the Wisconsin factory prior to the IRS shutting La Ray down for unpaid back taxes.

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1981 Honda Gorilla

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Post Sale Update: This Gorilla sold for $3,850 after 40 bids on eBay in Austin, Texas. If you’ve been following this site for a while, you’re more than familiar with the Honda Monkey. But did you know that starting in 1978, Honda made a bigger brother called the Gorilla? There were no folding-to-fit-in-a-trunk pretensions, it was just a small motorcycle …