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Still New – 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

12-11-18 Update: A month later, this bike is now on eBay so we can see what the market thinks it’s worth. Everything seems to be the same, though there’s now additional information in that the most recent owner was IndyCar racer Graham Rahal. Considering that this dealership (Pro Italia) just put up a weird “Race” version of the 1000DS on …

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1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

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The 80’s were a crazy time. Music was being produced without instruments, and manufacturers had to think outside the block (see what I did there?) to breathe life back into powerplants that were being choked by new emission standards. Turbochargers were the name of the game, and luckily the Japanese were up to the challenge. Honda slapped a turbo on …

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2007 Aprilia SXV 550

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Aprilia’s SXV550 was an absolute monster that journalists fell in love with as soon as it was released – Visor Down said “only nutters need apply“. It’s a supermoto with a powerful V-Twin, excellent components, and race-bred pedigree: the bike had already won the S2 World Supermoto Championship as a prototype before it was released to the world. Unfortunately, the …

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307 Miles – 2011 BMW S1000RR

In Germany, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The BMW S1000RR needs no introduction. Thrust upon the world in 2009, when I thought a CBR1000RR was the pinnacle of manhood and Ducati still made the 1098, it immediately changed game both on the street and the track. Included electronics didn’t just function for marketing purposes, but actually worked well individually and as a package. They allowed even the …

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1975 Kawasaki Z1

In Japan, Sport by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1969, Honda launched a high-performance battle with the CB750, getting ahead of its major competitor at the time, Kawasaki. Both brands had similar ideas about the the development of a high power 4-cylinder, 4 stroke engine. Honda beat Kawasaki to it, so the latter had to rethink their strategy. In 1972, Kawasaki responded with the 903cc Z1.

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Signed By Surtees – 1975 MV Agusta 750S America

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Post Listing Update: This MV did not get any interest at the opening ask of $75,000. Introduced in 1975, the MV Agusta 750S America was built in response to America’s demand for…more power. Bike magazine called it “one of the most dramatic-looking bikes made, the real stuff of legend.” 40 years later, it’s still plenty dramatic. If your wallet is …

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1 of 200 – 2007 Aprilia Bol D’Or RSV1000R

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Normally, companies bust out special editions to commemorate milestones like high production numbers or race victory. Aprilia went a different route with the Bol D’Or, which was built to commemorate their participation in…the Bol D’Or, a 24 hour endurance race that occurs every spring at Le Mans. 200 examples were built between 2007-2008.

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1992 Honda CBR600F2

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Honda introduced the 600 CBR series in 1987 – most riders remember it as the “Hurricane”. The second generation (F2) was built between 1991 and 1994, and it was an excellent performer for the time. This example stands out as it’s adorned in a delightfully ’90s paint scheme.

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1974 Rickman Honda CR750

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Post Listing Update: This Rickman Honda did not get any interest at the opening ask of $11,995. Apparently it’s Rickman week on Bike-urious. After the CR900 and Chantland-powered Metisse from a few days ago, here’s a CR750 (named for the Honda CB750 motor). The Rickman concept is well-summarized by the brothers themselves: “The Japanese produced very good engines, but they …

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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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Period Mods – 1993 Ducati Superlight 900

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Post Listing Update: This custom Superlight was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. In 1992, Ducati took their 900 Supersport and added several choice extras to create a limited edition called the Ducati Superlight. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, in 1993 they removed almost all the extras, leaving just a fully floating rear brake to differentiate the limited edition …

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2007 BMW R1200S

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Post Listing Update: This R1200S did not meet reserve despite 20 bids up to $5,334.55. “Born in heaven, raised in hell.” That was one of the slogans BMW used when they introduced the R1200S, an evolution of the R1100S that fell much more on the ‘sport’ side of the sport-touring equation. It was the sportiest boxer twin BMW had ever …

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Ending Soon – 2005 TM Racing SSM 530 F Black Dream ES

In Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Black Dream did not get any interest at the opening ask of $6,500. Founded in the mid-1970s, TM Racing still exists today as it did in its infancy: a boutique family-owned Italian firm that focuses on producing competition-grade, off-road-oriented motorcycles. TM Racing currently employs around 70 staffers, runs a trio of World Championship teams, and produces …

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No Reserve – 1966 Honda CB450

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Post Sale Update: This CB450 sold for $6,816 after 67 bids on eBay. The CB450 was Honda’s first “large displacement” bike, and it ended up becoming one of the most important Japanese motorcycles of all time. It was also quite upsetting to the British motorcycle industry, and they were put on the defensive by the Black Bomber. According to Motorcycle …