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A Vision – 1982 Yamaha XZ550

In Japan, Less than 5k, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Vision did not get any interest at the BIN of $2,950. It was relisted at $2,850 with the same result. While the theme of the late 70s was outright power, the 80s saw OEMs looking to show off their visions off the future of motorcycling. Yamaha’s vision was the XZ550…also known as the Vision!

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1974 Yamaha TX500

In Japan, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: The BIN price was lowered to $4,200, but that still wasn’t enough to attract any buyers. It was then relisted in an auction format and it did not meet reserve with 6 bids up to $1,276. In the beginning of the 70’s, while Honda and Kawasaki explored 4-stroke motors and managed to break the 750cc and even …

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Rare Indian – 1976 Indian MS175

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Post Listing Update: This MS175 did not get any action at the opening bid of $3,400. It was relisted with an opening bid of $3,000 and then pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. In the midst of their affair with small-displacement runabouts, Indian had a triplet of 175cc bikes called the MI175, MT175, and MS175. The MI was …

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Rare Project – 1946 Gazelle

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Post Listing Update: This Gazelle was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Gazelle is a Dutch bicycle company that has an impressive history going back to 1892. In fact, the company was officially renamed “Royal Dutch Gazelle” by Princess Margriet of the Netherlands in 1992 to celebrate their centenary. Like many bicycle companies, Gazelle experimented with the production …

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Two-Stroke Triple – 1975 Suzuki GT550

In Japan, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This GT550 sold for $5,350 after 5 bids on eBay. While Honda and Kawasaki launched a 4-stroke revolution, Suzuki kept going strong with two-stroke engines, but they needed to replace the aging T500 Titan. So, in 1971 at the Tokyo motorcycle show, Suzuki launched its new model, the GT. The first to be presented was the flagship …

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1978 Kawasaki KZ1000

In Japan, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

The 60’s and 70’s were great decades of development for motorcycles, especially considering engine development. After Honda raised the bar with the CB750 at the end of the 60’s, Kawasaki had no other choice but to create a bike even more powerful. In 1972, the Z1, featuring a 900cc engine was released. Thanks to the development of the mighty 4-cylinder, …

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Japanese Twin – 1976 Kawasaki KZ750

In Japan, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This KZ750 was pulled off of eBay because “there was an error in the listing.” While the motorcycle news headlines of the 70s were usually about Japanese firms trying to top each other in terms of displacement and power, there was still a market for big standards that did not try to set speed records. Honda and …

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1973 Triumph Trident

In England, Standard by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: Though the BIN was $6,500, this Trident stalled and did not meet reserve with 23 bids up to $6,200 on eBay. The Triumph Trident was the obvious solution to the engineering limitations of twin cylinder engines that had previously reigned supreme. Isle of Man TT racing bikes derived from the Trident took the production class wins from …

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1951 Vincent Comet Series C

In England, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Comet did not meet reserve despite 7 bids up to $16,700. While both V-twin models of the Rapide and the Black Shadow were the real stars at Vincent, the company lasted as long as they did because of the singles. The Meteor and the Comet, both singles with a 500cc engine, were a real revolution in …

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Located in Greece – 1974 Ducati Scrambler 350

In Italy, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

The Desmodromic valve system has become a Ducati trademark, though it goes back to at least 1910 where the English brand Arnott created the first Desmo system, “a shaped annular cam”. It remained in the racing sector until Ducati started using it. In fact, after Ducati’s first usage in 1956 on a 125 Grand Prix at the Swedish GP, the …

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1977 Kawasaki KH400

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Post Sale Update: This KH400 sold for $6,250 after 18 bids on eBay. 9-20-18 Update: 9 months later, this bike is back up for sale. It’s moved to Florida with a new owner, and during that time it got restored instruments and NOS mirrors. The seller believes the carbs may need to be cleaned, but otherwise it’s the same bike …

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Restored Danish Classic – 1949 Nimbus Model C

In Standard, Vintage by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Nimbus sold for $12,658.50 after 38 bids on eBay. In 1919, Nimbus debuted its first motorcycle with the Model A (or “Stovepipe”), followed by the unimaginatively named Model B. In 1934, the company introduced the Model C, which was, at the time, a pretty advanced and cutting-edge offering. Manufactured by Fisker & Nielsen of Copenhagen for …