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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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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 the 20s. They’re best known for the Model 100 and 120, but there was also a series …

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1953 Motoconfort 125

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8-4-19 Update: 18 months later, Rod M notes that this bike is back up for sale. It’s a bit suspicious that the photos are screengrabs, but the asking price is down from $6,100 to $3,400 and the seller claims that it was recently serviced with a new crankshaft. Find it for sale here on Craigslist. Founded in 1925, Motoconfort was …

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895 Miles – 1977 Honda CB400F

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Post Sale Update: This CB sold for $7,000 after 22 bids on eBay in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The original owner of this CB400F acquired it for his wife, who enjoyed it for one season. At the start of the next riding season, the carbs needed to be cleaned, so the couple decided to park the Honda and ride their other bikes. …

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1976 Honda CB500T

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The best part about scouring the World Wide Web for interesting motorcycles is always walking away with more knowledge than I sat down with. Often times I’m taken in by a bike I’ve never taken any time to look at and get to experience its entire history.

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1948 Nimbus Model C

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The Nimbus motorcycle dates back to 1919, the result of a vacuum cleaner manufacturer that figured they could make some money by also building motorcycles. Though the two products may not share a lot conceptually, the original Nimbuses (Nimbi?) were quite technologically advanced with shaft drive, steel frames, and a telescopic front fork (a year before the BMW R12, though …

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No Reserve – Honda Spada VT250

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Post Sale Update: This Spada sold for $2,108 after 28 bids on eBay in San Jacinto, California. The Honda Spada (also known as the VT250) was never officially sold in America, but it’s an excellent small displacement motorcycle that looks like a baby Hawk GT. Here’s a rare find that’s been imported to the US, though it’s been moderately customized. …

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1992 BMW R100R

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Post Listing Update: This R100R did not get any interest at the BIN of $4,400. 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.