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#001/100 With Zero Miles – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000 Special Edition

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In 2007, Ducati released a limited edition of just 100 SportClassics exclusively for the North American market. Called the Special Edition, it combined modern tech with traditionally-inspired design that was designed to remind Ducati fans of the 1978 900SS Darmah with its classic black and gold paint scheme. 90 were sold in the US, and 10 were sold in Canada. …

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1993 BMW R100R

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Between 1991 and 1995, BMW produced 20,898 examples of the R100R – one of the last airhead boxers to ever wear a roundel on the tank. Basic specifications include a 980cc air-cooled twin with an oil cooler, Brembo brakes, a 5-speed transmission, and shaft drive.

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1976 Yamaha XS360

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In a 1976 Motorcyclist review, Bob Greene calls Yamaha’s XS360 “exceeding my every expectation of handling, performance, and comfort…What Yamaha’s done here is close much of the credibility gap betwixt little bike an dbig bike, evidenced by their expensive electrics and point adjustment systems, electric starter, trick flashers, and on and on. Small only in displacement and wheelbase, Yamaha’s new …

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2004 BMW R1150R Rockster

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The BMW R1150R Rockster was an interesting variant on their naked bike of the time, the R1150R. The Rockster was BMW’s take on a streetfighter of sorts, made by pulling together the headlight from a R1150GS, gauges from the R1100S, and throwing them onto the R1150R with a distinctive paint job.

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1968 BMW R60US

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The BMW R60US was a 30 horsepower classic that typically included telescopic forks and higher handle bars as part of the “US” designation. US models also came without sidecar lugs, one of the few distinctions that separated it from the Euro models.

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1972 Yamaha RD250

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From early 2011 until late 2019, I crisscrossed the lower 48 in search of weird, wonderful and rare motorcycles that were destined to head overseas. If Abhi abides, maybe Bike-urious will feature a longer story on a grey-exporters experiences in the future. I learned a lot not only about buying bikes during those eight years and 400,000 miles, I also …

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1990 Suzuki VX800

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The Suzuki VX800 is an interesting cult bike that was discontinued in the US after 3 years after disappointing sales, though the European market saw production run from 1990-1997. A classic looking naked bike, it had comfortable steering geometry and a torquey engine that helped make this bike a fantastic all-arounder, despite its 500+ pound curb weight.

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1990 Moto Guzzi Mille GT 1000

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Moto Guzzi’s Mille GT was a short-lived hybrid that fused the 948cc motor from a California with the bodywork, frame, gearbox, and many other parts of the unloved T5. On paper, it was an improvement from the T5 thanks to a bigger motor, the removal of the horrible front fairing, and the switch from 16″ to 18″ wheels. Despite that, …

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1938 Zundapp DB200

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7-28-21 Update: 17 months later, this Zundapp is up for sale again. Based on the photos and the fact that it’s for sale in the same city, I’m guessing the original sale did not go through. Find it with bidding up to $2,125 with the reserve already met here on eBay. Post Sale Update: This Zundapp sold for $4,276 after …

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1973 BMW R75/5

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When BMW introduced the R75 as part of the /5 lineup, it was the biggest bike they offered. The /5 gained an electric start, coils, and an alternator to complement the reliable motor and 100+ top speed. Here’s a “slash 5” with the lovely toaster tank.

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1979 Honda CX500

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Honda’s CX series of bikes were ahead of the time when they debuted in 1978, with liquid cooling, shaft drive, the first wheels on a production bike to use tubeless tires, and electronic ignition that was isolated from the rest of the electrical system so that you could still bump start the bike if necessary. It was Honda’s first V-Twin …

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1964 Moto Guzzi Falcone Policia

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Intorduced in 1950 as Guzzi’s flagship model, the Falcone was a popular purchase for Italian military and police. That was one of three variants Moto Guzzi offered – the others were the Turismo and the Sport. The Sports are often cloned by “restorers” who start with Turismo or Policia models, but this offering proudly displays its civil service beginnings (despite …