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Sitting For Years – 1980 Suzuki GS450

In Japan, Standard by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The Suzuki GS450 doesn’t grab as many headlines as Honda’s middleweight competitor, but it was still a machine that was worth of your consideration. Options included a boxy take on the café racer and some more relaxed, cruiser oriented styles. Journalists of the time spoke about bouncy suspension and bad carburetion, but most bikes from the 80s feel soft comparatively …

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2019 Kawasaki Z900RS

In Japan, Standard by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

If the Honda CB750 shaped the UJM as we know it, the Kawasaki Z1 was the hardening process that solidified it. The Z1 was Kawasaki’s answer to Honda’s influential bike, as Kawasaki was already making a 750cc inline four-cylinder motorcycle when Honda released the 750. The CB’s debut forced Kawasaki to pivot, and they responded by upping the displacement in …

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Ending Soon – 1976 Honda CB400F

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

The CB400F wasn’t as fast as its competition, but it was smoother, quieter, and more efficient. It also had some of the most beautiful production exhaust headers ever built. As you may have seen in my review of the CB650R/CBR650R, Honda thought the CB400F’s waterfall pipes were worth bringing back. But why deal with modern tributes when you can get …

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Ending Soon In Italy – 1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175

In Italy, Standard by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The Chimera (Italian For “Dream”) was a model introduced by Aermacchi in the mid-1950’s. Penned by Alfredo Bianchi as his first project with the Italian firm, the Chimera’s design was loosely based on a sketch done by (500cc GP) moto racer and car designer, Count Mario Revelli di Beaumont. A completed prototype made its debut at the Milan Show, followed …

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165 Miles – 2002 Triumph Bonneville 100th Anniversary Limited Edition

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Triumph originally started in the mid 1880s as a bicycle manufacturer (fun fact, they got some initial funding from Dunlop), but it wasn’t until 1902 that they created their first motorcycle. To celebrate that fact, Triumph released a 100th Anniversary edition of the famed Bonneville. An official production run was never announced, but some online sources suggest that Triumph intended …

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Restored Police Special – 1969 Honda CB450P

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This CB450 police bike did not meet reserve despite 27 bids up to $15,200 on eBay in Fullerton, California. One of the rarer Honda motorcycles in the US, the CB450P (also occasionally referred to as the CP450) is a police model based on Honda’s popular CB450. I’ve featured a couple based on the KO Black Bomber model, …

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1968 Honda SS125A

In Japan, Small Displacement, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Honda was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. 5-28-2019 Update: The seller has let me know that SS125A has now made its way onto eBay with no reserve, so it’ll find a new owner. Find it with bidding up to $500 here on eBay. The SS125A is one of the hardest Hondas to find …

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Never Ridden – 2001 BMW R1150R

In Germany, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

BMW’s R1150R standard wasn’t a particularly sexy bike, but they’re excellent workhorses for taller commuters or people that just want to travel on two wheels. That’s why they typically cover lots of miles in a given year, and it’s what makes this example particularly special as it has just 2km on the odometer (the bike is in Canada) because it’s …

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1950 Jawa Perak 350

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Post Listing Update: This Perak was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Also known as the Model 11, the Jawa Perak 250 was developed in secret during WWII when Nazi Germany had occupied the Czech Republic. Jawa predicted that when the war was over, its competition would only be able to offer gussied-up versions of pre-war bikes, and …

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Swiss Army Bike – 1974 Condor A350

In Less than 5k, Standard by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

How often is a great product held back by a single component? Car makers, musicians, and companies throughout history sometimes could have made something great if they had outsourced one piece of their product. An amazing guitar player sometimes can’t write a great song to save their life, but if they play someone else’s great song, they might have a …

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Italian Two-Stroke – 1957 Moto Guazzoni

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Founded in Milan in 1935 by one Aldo Guazzoni, a seasoned mechanic, engineer, and motorcycle dealer, Moto Guazzoni was a moped, trike, and motorcycle manufacturer operating into the late 1970s. The company first got its start making mopeds, but eventually pivoted to producing utility three-wheelers (think Italian H-D Servicar)—churning out utilitarian trikes similar to MV Agusta’s Motocarro and Moto Guzzi’s …