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1982 Krauser MKM1000

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Post Listing Update: The BIN was lowered to $36,000, but it still got no interest on eBay. 3 decades ago, Krauser was known as the world’s largest manufacturer of detachable luggage for motorcycles, especially for BMWs and Goldwings. Mike Krauser, president of his namesake company, wanted to design a top of the line road bike. The result was an entirely …

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1978 Ducati 900 SD Darmah

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Post-Sale Update: After 9 bids on eBay, this Ducati 900 SD Darmah sold for $7,000. After the classic 750 GT of the 70s, Ducati looked to evolve with a simpler engine, and they ended up with the first ‘square case’ bevel twin – the 860 GT. It was a commercial flop, so just a few years later, the Ducati 900 …

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Italian Bonanza

In Dual-Sport, Italy, Sport by Abhi1 Comment

Reader David N. alerted us to a veritable treasure trove of classic late 80’s Italians, all being offered by one seller outside of Oklahoma City. We’ve actually written descriptions on all of these models of bikes before, so we won’t bore you with individual details this time around. If you want to learn more about the history about any given …

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The Rarest Turbo – 1983 Suzuki XN85

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Post Sale Update: This XN85 sold for the BIN of $7,495. On the market for less than a year, Suzuki XN85 was the first factory bike to feature a 16-inch front wheel – previously reserved for race bikes. That wheel, combined with low clip-ons and a Suzuki Full Floater rear suspension made it a nearly peerless handler for the time. …

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Benelli Dreaming – 1974 Yamaha RD250

In Italy, Japan, Sport by Abhi3 Comments

Post-Sale Update: This RD250 sold for $5,700 on eBay. Produced from ’73 to ’79, the air-cooled Yamaha RD250 was always in the shadow of the famous RD350, but today it provides the base of an interesting Italian-influenced custom. The RD250 produced 30 horsepower and interestingly enough, had 6 gears in the transmission, but you could only access 5. Removing a …

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Japanese Muscle – 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R

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Post Sale Update: this Z1R sold for $7,400 after 19 bids on eBay. The Kawasaki Z1-R was the brainchild of Wayne Moulton, known as the “Father of the Japanese Cruiser.” His belief was that a solid motorcycle could be moderately tweaked to form four versions, one of which is a sport-tourer.

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1990 Honda CB-1

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Post-Listing Update: Apparently it’s not meant to be for this CB-1, which did not attract any bids at the opening $4,000 bid after being relisted. 12-6 Update: This CB-1 did not meet reserve, and it’s been re-listed on eBay here. In a time when Japan’s export portfolio to the US was dominated by repli-racers, the Honda CB-1 was a ‘standard’ …

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#388 – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS

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A limited edition of one of the prettiest motorcycles ever made, the Ducati 996 SPS (Sport Production Special) was an uprated version that featured a modified engine and chassis. Nearly all the specifications were improved, with lighter 5-spoke wheels, Ohlins rear shocks and Showa front forks, it was designed to be the ultimate 996, and it eventually evolved to become …

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1992 BMW K1

In Germany, Sport by Abhi1 Comment

12-4 Update: 6 months later, this BMW K1 is back up for sale on ADVRider (registration required), though the price has gone up $250. The BMW K1 was an eccentric variant of the flying brick that was probably more of a styling exercise than anything else. With the running gear from the K100, the most distinctive aspect of the K1 …

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1987 Cagiva Alazzurra 650SS

In Italy, Sport by Abhi1 Comment

Produced for just three years, the Cagiva Alazzurra was a rebadged Ducati street bike. Cagiva purchased Ducati in 1985, and was looking to grow their market share in larger-displacment bikes. Instead of building one from scratch, they used a 650cc version of the Pantah engine for both the Alazzurra and the Elefant. MSRP wa $3,893, putting it slightly above the …

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Wildfire – 1970 Ossa 250 Sport

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11-23 Update: As you might expect, this Wildfire did not get much attention at a $7,000 opening bid. However, it’s now back up for sale with bidding up to $3,999 and the reserve not yet met. Find it available here on eBay. In the United States, Ossa is associated mostly with successful trials bikes, as well as some MX motorcycles. …

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2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory

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11-22 Update: This Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory has been relisted here on eBay with a starting bid of $7,000. In the mid to late 2000’s, Aprilia produced one of the best liter bikes the world had ever seen…the Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory. Consumers didn’t respond as favorably as they should have, possibly because these bikes didn’t have “Ducati” …

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Little Italian – 1993 Cagiva Mito

In Italy, Small Displacement, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

From many angles, the Cagiva Mito looks like a large Italian supersport – but your eyes may deceive you. Part of that may come from the name itself, as Mito is Italian for “myth”. Debunking the myth, you’ll see that it’s just powered by a 125cc two-stroke single cylinder engine, capable of 30 horsepower and a surprising top speed of …

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1 of 300: 2006 Ducati 999R

In Italy, Sport by Abhi1 Comment

Post-Listing Update: The opening bid on this 999R was reduced to $15,000 but it still got no action. Designed by Pierre Terblanche, the Ducati 999R (and the regular 999 it was based on) was met with mixed reviews with regards to the exterior styling when it was first released. But no one can deny the success that Ducati had in …