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2003 Yamaha FZ1

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The Yamaha FZ1 is an under-appreciated bike. Introduced in 2001, it gave you the power of a modified R1 engine (145 hp) with all-day ergonomics. Low-end power suffered compared to the competition, but it was silly amounts of fun over 8,000 rpm.

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2018 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

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Post Sale Update: This Svartpilen 401 sold for the BIN of $5,125 on eBay Next week I’ll be at the launch of the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701, but the little brother 401 has been available for some time. I prefer it over the Vitpilen 401, and Nathan agreed in his review of both bikes last year. Here’s one with less than …

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1980 Honda CB750K Custom

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The greatness and pedigree of the Honda 750 is well documented, but the DOHC version is not as coveted. The engine stepped away from the original 750, which was designed to (from the side) look like a Triumph twin. This is one of the reasons the SOHC 750 was and, is sought after by café bike enthusiasts. One could argue …

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Dutch Police – 1952 Sparta NL250

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Post Listing Update: This Sparta did not meet reserve with 20 bids up to $1,136. Sparta was a Dutch company that started as a bicycle manufacturer called Verbeek & Schakel. They started building motorcycles in ’31 with Sachs motors, and they would go on to use Villiers, JLO, and Victoria motors, including the 9 horsepower Victoria two-stroke engine in this …

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1953 Bianchi Bianchina

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Post Listing Update: This Bianchi did not meet reserve despite 16 bids up to $3,300. While the “Bianchina” name was also used for a car made by a spinoff of Bianchi (called Autobianchi), in this case it applies to a 2-stroke 125cc motorcycle with an elegant pedestrian slicer.

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What Do You Want To Know? 2019 Kawasaki Z400

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UPDATE: Here’s my review! At the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, Kawasaki debuted several models for the US market. The one I was most excited about was the new-for-2019 Z400 ABS. To oversimplify, it’s a naked version of the Ninja 400. That’s good news to me, as I love naked bikes and I think the Ninja 400 was excellent. This …

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1964 DKW Hummel 115

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Post Sale Update: This DKW – sold for $8,700 after 22 bids on eBay. In the early 1960s, Zweirad Union was comprised of DKW, Victoria, and Express. The first two companies shared a model that was boringly named either the DKW Type 115 or the Victoria Type 155. Both bikes got a much more interesting nickname from the public: the …

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2016 Victory Empulse TT

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Post Sale Update: This Empulse sold for the BIN of $7,999 on eBay. Before Victory failed in their quest to compete with Harley-Davidson, they had the goal of beating HD to market with an electric motorcycle. They did in fact succeed, licensing some Brammo hardware and pushing them to market back when Scarlett Johansson was the only person who had …

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Russian Project – 1973 IZH Planeta 3

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Post Sale Update: This IZH sold for $1,575 after 46 bids on eBay. IZH was best known for making the AK47 assault rifle, though they did have a civilian division that also made cars and motorcycles – production of the latter started in 1927. Here’s an example of one of their most successful bikes, the Planeta.

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Rare in the US – 2000 Honda CB1300

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Post Listing Update: This CB1300 was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Never officially sold in the US, the Honda CB1300 (also known as the “Super Four”) was the successor to the CB1000 “Big One”. One of the available liveries, as shown here, was a bit of a Freddie Spencer tribute.