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864 Miles – 2001 Kawasaki W650

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Before Triumph brought the Bonneville back in the early 2000s, your best bet for a “Modern Classic” Bonnie actually came from Japan. Kawasaki’s W650 was a retro standard inspired by their W1, itself a copy of the BSA A7. The W650 was only exported to the US for two years, but during that time it was the best option for …

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145 Miles – 1982 Suzuki GS550M Katana

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Post Sale Update: This Katana sold for $2,746 after 24 bids on eBay in Matthews, North Carolina. Arguably a restyle of the GS550, the middleweight Katana had many of the styling cues of its bigger brothers, except the most important one! The headlight was a solitary circle sticking out into the wind, instead of a square in the distinctive angular …

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52 Miles – 1993 Kawasaki Zephyr ZR1100

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Post Listing Update: This Zephyr did not meet reserve despite 28 bids up to $8,900 on eBay in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the early 90s, Kawasaki introduced the Zephyr, a retro-styled bike which emulated the legendary Z1. It was available in a wide variety of displacements but the big boy was the 1100, which utilized an evolution of the 8V DOHC …

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1999 Kawasaki ZRX1100

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Inspired by Eddie Lawson’s race bike replica released in 1982, the ZRX was a tribute to a tribute. This bike and its 1200 successor are some of the best bang for your buck used bikes you can buy today. It had 1982 styling with some late nineties updates, balancing both time period’s style perfectly. That trademark faring at the front …

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2011 Suzuki TU250X

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I often sing the praises of small displacement bikes, but there are only a handful I would actually own. When I did my motorcycle training course years ago, the instructor handed me what ended up being one of the most fun, well balanced and charming bikes I had ever ridden. I ended up getting 100% on my riding test at …

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1964 Scott Flying Squirrel

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“As lively as a Squirrel and never sheds a nut.” The Scott Flying Squirrel debuted all the way back in 1921, which is why the period slogan sounds a bit…dated. But the bike lived on for an impressively long time, surviving multiple closures of its parent company. By 1954, Scott Motorcycles had been moved to Birmingham, and a new series …

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2007 Ducati SportClassic GT1000

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Did anyone see the Tron Sequel from 2010? I saw it in the theater with my son in 3D, and I loved it. Then the critics panned it, and the movie ended up being kind of a flop. They even cancelled plans for a follow-up movie. I stand by my original feelings. It’s a fun, if flawed movie. What wasn’t …

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1948 Panther Model 60

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Post Sale Update: This Panther sold for $3,839 after 27 bids on eBay in San Clemente, California. The story of Panther originates with Phelon & Moore, a motorcycle manufacturer out of Yorkshire, England. Founded in 1904 (and eventually acquired in 1967), P&M launched the Panther brand in 1924 and stopped putting their own name on bikes at the end of …