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Rare Project – 1957 Triumph TWN Cornet

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OK, this is going to need a little bit of an explanation, because most people think Triumph is an English motorcycle company. They’d be right, but they might not realize that the company was started as a bicycle manufacturer by a German named Siegfried Bettman in 1886. A decade later, Bettman created another bicycle company in his hometown of Nuremberg …

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1967 Norton Atlas 750

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Named after the ICBM, the Norton Atlas was released in 1962, earning a so-so reputation before being replaced by the classic Commando. Built to appeal to American aesthetic preferences, it was initially only produced for export. The Atlas produced 55 horsepower, with plenty of torque available low in the rev range. Utilizing Norton’s famous Featherbed frame, the bike weighed about …

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380 Miles – 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

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Brand new, a LiveWire will set you back $29,799. But MotoCorsa in Portland, Oregon’s got one with just 377 miles that they want $22,499 for. So if you’ve been curious about Harley’s electric motorcycle (maybe you want to emulate Long Way Up?) but thought the $30k price tag was a bit too much to swallow, here’s your change to give …

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No Reserve In Belgium – 1958 Norton ES2

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Post Sale Update: sold for $9,250 after 32 bids on eBay in Peer, Belgium. The ES2 was introduced in 1927 and was originally sold as a sports bike, though by the time production stopped in 1964, it wasn’t particularly competitive in the world of fast motorcycles. Still, an almost 40 year long production run is damned impressive, and this is …

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Ex-Police – 1976 MZ TS250

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Post Sale Update: originally sold for $2,750 after 12 bids on eBay but the sale fell through. Was relisted a couple of times and then sold for a BIN of $2,500. The seller notes that this former East German Police MZ is missing a saddlebag – to my untrained eye it appears that it might also need some decals and …

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1977 Kawasaki KZ1000

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Post Sale Update: sold for $5,555 after 34 bids on eBay in Moscow, Pennsylvania. The obvious evolution of the KZ900, the Kawasaki KZ1000 was another straight line brute that got a heavier crankshaft along with the displacement bump. You could get the bike with chain or shaft drive, but either form could top 130 miles per hour. They were very …

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Never Ridden – 196x Wards Riverside (Benelli) 125

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Back in the 60’s some of the major US department stores sold European small-displacement motorcycles in the American market. Montgomery Wards rebadged Benellis and sold them under the Wards-Riverside name. You could buy them in the store, or from their long-gone catalogs. Here’s one that was ordered straight from the catalog, and while it has been started, it’s never been …

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598 Miles – 1975 Yamaha XS650

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The XS650 was quite a popular motorcycle – approximately 500,000 were built over a 13 year production run. When released, it was Yamaha’s biggest production bike and it was advanced for the time with unit construction for the engine and transmission, as well as a horizontally-split crankcase. It aped the styling of classic British twins but these Yammies developed a …

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NOS Flying Dragon Bodywork – 1973 Honda CB350

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Post Listing Update: This Flying Dragon did not meet reserve with 17 bids up to $7,400, however it was relisted with a BIN of $7,500 and then pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Bike-urious reader Bob Kelly has established himself as quite an expert on the Honda’s Flying Dragon bodywork – and he’s offering up a CB350 with …

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1953 Norton Dominator Model 88

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Post Listing Update: This GSX-R sold for $4,922 after 8 bids on Iconic Motorbike Auctions in Marina del Rey, California. Built to challenge Triumph’s Speed Twin, the Norton Dominator had several variations over its 15 year run. One of of the most influential ‘Dommies’ was the Model 88.

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1969 BSA Starfire B25

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Post Sale Update: This Starfire sold for $2,565 after 20 bids on eBay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The B25 (known as the Starfire) was basically BSA’s twin to the Triumph TR25. They weren’t revolutionary, but the classic British style has aged nicely and it has now evolved into a pretty vintage runabout. This example has been sitting for two years, but …