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Nice Price – 1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW-01

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We’re making today a Yamaha day, and we’re concluding (unless you’re reading this on the daily email, where you’ll see this post first!) with one of the most special machines to ever come from the Japanese firm. I’ve featured a few OW-01s over the years, and even when they don’t meet reserve the bidding stops well north of $15k. The …

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1977 Yamaha RD400

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The RD400 came about when Yamaha made the RD350 a bit bigger in 1976 – displacement was 399cc. Thanks to 44 horsepower, the bigger RD was capable of hitting the ton with a top speed of 105 miles per hour. Most people know the 400 simply for being an easier to ride upgrade over the 350, but it was also …

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1981 Ducati Pantah 500SL

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Post Sale Update: This Pantah sold for $8,100 after 6 bids on eBay in Mahwah, New Jersey. 6-14-20 Update: 8 months later, this Pantah is back up for sale and it looks like it’s going to have a new owner as it has already met reserve. Find it with bidding up to $7,099 in Mahwah, New Jersey here on eBay.

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Motobi Tribute – 1972 Benelli Sport Special Custom

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Post Sale Update: This Benelli sold for $4,300 after 11 bids on eBay in State College, Pennsylvania. Benelli and Motobi merged in 1962, and the resulting company performed a GM-esque bit of brand engineering by offering up similar bikes under different names. One of those pairings was the Benelli Super Sport (also known as the Sport Special in Europe) and …

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Zero Miles in Canada – 1995 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R

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Introduced in 1994, the ZX-9R was Kawi’s response to the instant classic Honda CBR900RR. It made a bit more power but it could not compete on weight, and Kawasaki lagged behind in sales. Weight won’t be an issue with this one, as I doubt it’s ever going to get ridden – the odometer shows less than 1 kilometer on it!

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1989 Yamaha FZR1000

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Post Sale Update: This FZR sold for $8,550 after 51 bids on eBay in Chicago, Illinois. 6-11-20 Update: This FZR is back up for sale with several changes – the seller reached out to me to let me know that the wheels and turn signals are now stock, it’s had a tune up, there’s new photos, and the reserve has …

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1982 Honda CB900F

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In the late 70s, Honda offered both a CB750F and a CB900F, but per their marketing department the US only got the 750 and Europe only got the 900. Both markets were upset about this because humans always think the grass is greener on the other side. It took a few years, but Honda eventually satisfied the US by bringing …

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2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing

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Post Sale Update: This Tuono sold for $8,560 in Hawthorne, California on Iconic Motorbike Auctions. The modern Aprilia Tuono is a perennial shootout winner, but one of my favorites of the model goes back to the beginning – the limited production Tuono Racing.

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Ending Soon – 2003 Kawasaki ZRX1200R

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Post Sale Update: this ZRX sold for $5,029 on IMA in Brooklyn, New York. Built as a tribute to the KZ1000 piloted by Eddie Lawson while winning the 1981 and 1982 AMA Superbike titles, the ZRX series is a muscle-car version of the UJM. This low-mileage example is adorned in the less common pairing of Candy Lightning Blue/Galaxy Silver and …

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2001 Ghezzi Brian Supersonic Custom

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Post Listing Update: this Ghezzi Brian was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. 6-4-20 Update: Four years later, this bike is back on eBay and it’s correctly identified as a Super Twin. I love to see that it’s been ridden – the mileage has gone up from ~4,700 to 7,499 – and there’s better pictures. Find it in …

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1985 Honda VF1000R

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Post Listing Update: This VF-R did not get any interest at the opening bid, which was lowered to $7,000. When it was released, the VF1000R was a bit of a revelation: it was Honda’s flagship, designed to showcase what the Japanese firm was capable of. It was also a huge tease to US riders, because it was initially only released …

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Coppa Italia Clone – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Scura

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Take the Moto Guzzi V11, add some higher spec components, black paint scheme, and limited production numbers, and you get the Scura. Approximately 700 examples of the Scura were built, and they were upgraded with Ohlins suspension (forks, shock, and steering damper), carbon fiber panels, and a single disc clutch/aluminum flywheel that was supposed to be more aggressive, though there …