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First Year Harley Mini — 1973 Harley-Davidson X-90

In America, Small Displacement by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Produced for only three-years, Harley-Davidson’s X-90 was one of the smallest machines to ever bear the bar and shield logo. Built by Harley’s Italian subsidiary, Aermacchi, the X-90 was powered by an air-cooled, 90cc, two-stroke single married to a four-speed gearbox. The successor to 1972’s “Shortster”, the ’73 X-90 featured full road-going lighting, and suspension and brakes fore and aft.

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1982 Honda Motra CT50

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Motra did not meet reserve despite 56 bids up to $7,100. In the 80s, Honda offered what they called a “heavy duty” minibike called the Motra. Unlike the Z50 or original Monkey, the Motra was designed to be loaded up with gear and ridden just about anywhere you could imagine. A commonly-shared-but-unverified tale says that “Motra” …

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Motorcycle From A Supercar Manufacturer – 1956 Maserati Tipo 125/T2

In Italy, Small Displacement, Standard by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Maserati sold for $4,559 after 21 bids on eBay. Originally founded in 1914 by five brothers (Carlo, Ettore, Alfieri, Bindo, and Ernesto) in Italy, Maserati was purchased by Adolfo Orsi in 1937. After Orsi’s death in the early ’50s, the business was divided into three different outfits: a foundry known as “Fonder di Modena”, “Fabric Candele …

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1964 Gilera 124 Fuori Strada Enduro

In Dual-Sport, Italy, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Gilera did not meet reserve despite 23 bids up to $1,508 on eBay Described by the seller (Michael Harper) as a “rare limited edition enduro version of the Sei Giorni Speciale”, this Fuori Strada (which translates to “off-road” is apparently a one-year only model. I’ve never encountered one before, and it’s a tough one to find …

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1969 Garelli Rex KL125

In Italy, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Garelli did not get any interest at the BIN of $2,495. American Rex Corporation used to be located at 1216 Monte Diablo Avenue in San Mateo, California. They imported Italian-made Garellis under the name of Garelli-Rex, and the naming convention was KL + the ccs of displacement. In period advertisements, American Rex referred to “KL” as …

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Never Started – 1982 Honda Motocompo

In Japan, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Motocompo did not meet reserve despite 38 bids up to $5,600. 12-2-18 Update: Almost a year later, this Motocompo is back up for sale. Looks like the scale model has disappeared, and now it’s across the country, but otherwise it seems to be the same. Find it for sale in Dover, Delaware with bidding up to …

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Mini Gixxer – 1987 Suzuki RB50 GAG

In Japan, Small Displacement, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This mini Gixxer sold for $2,225 after 27 bids on eBay. [x-line] On top of their regular lineups, motorcycle manufacturers like to find ways to reach new targets, notably developing smaller size toys. Honda had the Mini Trail, Kawasaki had the KV, and Yamaha had a street option with the YSR. In the 80s, Suzuki had the …

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Ending Soon – 1966 Honda CB160

In Japan, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This little CB did not meet reserve despite 51 bids up to $2,230. One of the truly iconic small-displacement Japanese bikes, the Honda CB160 is a small but well-built street bike that has even inspired model-specific racing. Riders enjoyed this bike because Honda incorporated technology from bigger bikes like the tubular frame, single-overhead cam, and more. For …

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1973 Honda ST90

In Japan, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This ST90 sold for a best offer of $1,400 on eBay. After the huge success of the Monkey in the US, Honda decided to release a slightly bigger version of their baby-bike, the CT70. The CT, also called Dax in other countries, is a mini dirt bike that was used both for leisure in American families as …