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The Dude Abides – 1983 BMW R100RS

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Post Listing Update: This RS was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Here’s a nice example of the BMW R100RS that’s recently done 1,000 miles in 24 hours. It has the rare solo seat and a dual seat, the System (normal size) and rare City (slim) luggage, Cathy’s bag liners, BMW OEM tank bag, and more. It has …

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1960 BSA Thunderbolt

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The BSA Thunderbolt, despite the aggressive, sporty name, was designed to be a touring bike from the Birmingham Small Arms company. Powered by the traditional 650cc air cooled twin with a single Amal carb, the Thunderbolt had evolved to minimize vibrations found from previous BSA Twins. This allowed for sustained 70 mph travel in comfort for the first time. In …

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865 Miles – 1981 Honda CBX Supersport

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The Honda CBX only lasted five years, but it led to a new wave of sports-oriented motorcycles, and eventually to the Honda ST series. A 6.1 gallon tank was necessary as the 6 individual carbs and monster power led to just low 20’s miles per gallon. Want to learn more? Check out Motorcycle Classic’s writeup of this legendary bike here. …

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1984 BMW R65LS

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Post-Sale Update: This BMW R65LS sold for the BIN of $4,200. The BMW R65 was the baby touring bike in BMW’s lineup, built from 1978 to 1993. A limited run, called the BMW R65LS, was built from just 1983-1985. Less than 6,500 of the LS bikes were built, and it was a very polarizing design. Even to this day, riders …

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1979 Moto Guzzi 1000SP Spada

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One of the better touring bikes in its day, the Moto Guzzi 1000SP Spada typically falls under the radar of some of the more classic Guzzi names. Then again, every once in a while a guy like George Dockray gets his hands on one and then turns it into an absolute beauty.

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1984 Laverda RGS 1000

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Post Sale Update: This Laverda RGS sold for the opening bid of $13,000. The Laverda RGS 1000 is one of the last versions of the big triple, which tamed the “peaky” Jota engine, isolated the rider from vibrations with rubber mounts from the engine, and added the half-fairing. It was a true sport tourer, best on fast roads with long …

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6-Cylinders – 1980 Kawasaki KZ1300

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Post Sale Update: After 33 bids on eBay, this big KZ sold for $6,799. The Kawasaki KZ1300 was the last (and biggest) of the 6-cylinder bikes that did not have as much of an impact on the market as companies expected. Built for 10 years, the 1,300cc engine produced over 120 horsepower, which was one of the reasons why France …

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1979 BMW R100RS Hot Rod

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One of my newest readers just let me know he bought a bike from Moto Borgotaro, which was a pleasant reminder for me to check out their updated inventory. I’ve featured a beautiful Ducati 750GT from them before, but today I’d like to highlight a beautiful custom BMW R100RS they’re looking to sell. This bike has all kinds of goodies, …

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OEM Plus – Buell 1125CR Custom

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What originally started as a Buell 1125CR has now been turned into a custom sport-tourer thanks to plenty of newer OEM Buell parts. This kind of “OEM+” upgrading tickles my fancy – it’s what my friends and I used to do with 90s Honda’s – though I can’t say our end results were as fast as this bumblebee of a …

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689 Miles – 1981 Honda CBX SuperSport

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Honda wasn’t actually the first to put a 6-cylinder powerplant in a production motorcycle – Benelli earned that honor with the 750 Sei. Thanks to the modern day Goldwing, the idea of a 6-cylinder Honda isn’t a foreign concept, but it all started with the CBX. Built in response to a horsepower war started by Kawasaki, the CBX packed all …

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Original Owner – 1982 Honda CBX

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Post-Sale Update: This CBX sold for the opening bid of $7,900. Honda wasn’t actually the first to put a 6-cylinder powerplant in a production motorcycle – Benelli earned that honor with the 750 Sei. Thanks to the modern day Goldwing, the idea of a 6-cylinder Honda isn’t a foreign concept, but it all started with the CBX. Built in response …