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1987 Honda NS125R Adriatico

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One would assume that a Honda sold in their home market of Japan would also have been built there, but this oddball was actually built by Honda Italy and then exported to Japan. In the early 80s, the 125cc market was fiercely competitive in Italy due to licensing regulations. The local government placed high taxes on imported motorcycles, so Honda …

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1981 Honda CT70

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Post Sale Update: This CT70 sold for $3,200 after 53 bids on eBay in South Jordan, Utah. For 1981, Honda offered up the venerable CT70 in one color – Tahitian Red. Here’s a highly original example that still features the style that was specific for ’81, like a red front fender, black/blue/white stripe, and black heat shield.

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1989 Yamaha YSR50

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Post Sale Update: This YSR50 sold for $3,816 after 22 bids on eBay in Vernon-Rockville, Connecticut. The Yamaha YSR50 was the most common of the rare 50cc sportbikes that came from Japan in the late 80s and early 90s. An instant classic, the YSR50 was always street legal, but now I only seem to see them on display in collections …

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2017 Honda Z50 50th Anniversary

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Post Listing Update: This Z50 did not meet reserve despite 33 bids up to $9,400 on eBay in Port Washington, New York. Before the 125 Monkey was born, Honda announced that they were killing off the legendary Z50 model due to ever-tightening emissions regulations. They ended the run with 1,800 examples of a special 50th Anniversary model and they were …

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1961 Parilla Olimpia

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Post Listing Update: This Olimpia did not get any action at the BIN of $4,900. After World War II, Giovanni Parrilla built his first motorcycle (it was based on a Norton). This evolved into the company of Moto Parilla, which was best known for their “high-cam” engines in the US. Here’s one of their lesser known models, the Olimpia (which …

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1968 Honda Z50

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Post Listing Update: This Z50 did not meet reserve with 20 bids up to $4,000 on eBay in Cedar Park, Texas. 1968 was the first year of US exports for the Mini Trail, and today we’ve got a pleasant survivor. In a wonderful article on Motorcyclist, Mitch Boehm notes “that the Honda Z50 Mini Trail is probably responsible for more …

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196x Hodaka Ace 90

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Post Sale Update: this Hodaka sold for $1,504 after 37 bids on eBay in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Debuting in 1964, the Ace 90 was Hodaka’s first model. The company made it a priority to upgrade parts throughout production in a manner that allowed owners of older models to easily upgrade their bikes, as well. Between 1964-1970, Hodaka sold over 24,000 …

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No Reserve – 1982 Honda CR80R

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Post Sale Update: this CR80R sold for $2,235 after 19 bids on eBay in Powell, Ohio. Honda introduced the CR80R Elsinore in 1980, and it truly looked like a half size 250. The engine was up to snuff, though handling left quite a bit to be desired. So two years later, they added the Pro-Link monoshock, new 31mm air forks, …

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1963 Torpado Sport

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Post Listing Update: this Torpado did not meet reserve with 14 bids up to $1,259 on eBay in Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1950, Torpado (or Moto Torpado) focused on small displacement motorcycles utilizing 32cc and 48cc engines. Here’s one of the latter, with a 48cc Minarelli two-stroke motor.