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Featured First – 1950 BMW R51/2

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Post-listing Update: This BMW R51/2 did not meet reserve at $18,900. Nowadays, BMW is well known for their “R” series of bikes, featuring a boxer engine (where you see opposed cylinders sticking outwards from the engine). All of those bikes can trace their heritage back to the BMW R51/2, BMW’s first post-war boxer. The Allies initially did not allow Germany …

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Iron Pig – 1967 MZ ES 250 Trophy with Trailer

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11-11 Update: This MZ ES 250 Trophy with Motorkuli Trailer has been relisted after no one bid on it. To be honest, we’re stunned. We know there’s concerns about buying overseas, and that this isn’t the prettiest of bikes, but we figured some collector out there would at least place a bid. Let’s see if the second time is the …

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34th Annual Hansen Dam All British Ride

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Every year, the Southern California Norton Owner’s Club hosts a wonderful get together at Hansen Dam. The combined show and ride features decades of classic British iron – and you’re bound to see great bikes from other marques, new and old. We got an invite from a local BMW mechanic friend and couldn’t say no. As you’ve come to expect …

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Featured First – Suzuki GT750

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Post-Sale Update: The restored example sold for a best offer less than $6,500, and the original example sold for a best offer less than $4,500. The Suzuki GT750, affectionately known as the Water Buffalo, was the bike that made Suzuki a household name in the United States. The follow-up to a sporty bike, Suzuki surprised (and disappointed) motorcycle magazines by …

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“Senna” – Ducati Monster 750 Si.e.

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In the late 1990’s, Ducati released a limited edition of the 916, called the Senna. Built to honor the late Ayrton Senna, only 300 were produced in a distinctive gray with red wheels paint scheme. Though Ducati has never officially brought the Senna name back for a bike sold in the US, they have done so for other countries – …

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Bosozoku – 1978 Honda CB750F

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We feel obligated to start this listing off by saying that we aspire you to bring interesting motorcycles for sale. Sometimes, this means we stumble upon very bizarre bikes that don’t necessarily appeal to the masses. This Honda CB750F “Bosozoku” definitely falls under that category.

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1953 Horex Regina 250

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10/21 Update: This Horex Regina is back up for sale with the same BIN price of $9,500. Those of you that keep tabs on quirky modern bikes might be wondering why the name Horex sounds familiar. A few years ago, Horex was revived after 50 years of slumber with the announcement of a bike powered by a supercharged VR6 engine …

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1955 Motobi Ardizio

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Motobi was a cottage Italian manufacturer that lasted for 27 years after being founded in 1950. The initial name was actually Moto ‘B’ Pesaro, which was shortened to Motobi. In ’53, Motobi developed a 200cc horizontal two-stroke engine known affectionately as the ‘egg’ – note the shape in these photos. This cylinder layout and the pressed steel frame became the …

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KTM Duke 620

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KTM has always enjoyed a reputation for making some of the best off-road bikes out there, but in recent years they’ve also taken on the status of a premiere supermoto manufacturer, as well. This all started in the mid 90’s with the Austrian firm’s first stock supermoto, the KTM Duke 620. Featuring the venerable LC4 engine, you’re looking at 55 …

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1939 DKW SB500

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Post Sale Update – This DKW SB500 finally ended up selling on eBay for $15,925. 10/15 Update – And the price keeps dropping…find it on eBay again with a BIN of $18,500.  We won’t be updating this again. 10/8 Update – This DKW SB500 did not meet reserve at $14,600, so the seller has relisted it here. Bidding is currently …

1974 Norton 850 Commando

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The Norton 850 Commando was one of the most popular motorcycles ever made. For 5 straight years it was “Machine of the Year” in the UK, and even Norton themselves were surprised as the success as the engine was a pre-unit design. This was because money was very tight at the time for Norton, so they instead focused on chassis …

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1972 Pannonia P20

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Pannonia was the best-known motorcycle manufacturer from Hungary. Produced between 1951 and 1975, Pannonia sold just under 700,000 bikes. An American importer based out of Santa Ana, CA called White Motorcycles private-labeled Pannonia’s to sell in the US. The Pannonia P20 was a 250cc two-stroke that was based on a DKW model. As Yamaha had also cloned the DKW, the …

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Allstate Puch Quadfecta

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Not to be confused with the insurance company, Allstate was a distributor of motorcycles, scooters, and even a couple of cars between the 40s and the 60s. Through varying partnerships with Gilera, Puch, Vespa, Cushman, and others, Allstate sold vehicles through unconventional outlays. The Allstate Puch, as you could imagine, was built by the Austrian firm, Puch. What you might …