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1973 BMW R75/5

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When BMW introduced the R75 as part of the /5 lineup, it was the biggest bike they offered. The /5 gained an electric start, coils, and an alternator to complement the reliable motor and 100+ top speed. Here’s a “slash 5” with the lovely toaster tank.

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1985 Yamaha RZ500

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Yamaha’s RZ500 (also known as the RD500LC) was a two-stroke rocket that was kept out of America thanks to EPA regulations. Only built between ’84 and ’86, it’s now a desirable collector’s bike – and this one’s already been titled in the US.

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1977 Yamaha RD400 Custom

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The RD400 came about when Yamaha made the RD350 a bit bigger in 1976 – displacement was 399cc. Thanks to 44 horsepower, the bigger RD was capable of hitting the ton with a top speed of 105 miles per hour. Most people know the 400 simply for being an easier to ride upgrade over the 350, but it was also …

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1979 Honda CX500

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Honda’s CX series of bikes were ahead of the time when they debuted in 1978, with liquid cooling, shaft drive, the first wheels on a production bike to use tubeless tires, and electronic ignition that was isolated from the rest of the electrical system so that you could still bump start the bike if necessary. It was Honda’s first V-Twin …

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302 Miles – 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol

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In 2004, Honda updated their legendary CBR-RR range with the 1000, an all-new model featuring an aluminum twin-spar frame, hybrid aluminum swingarm, and an Electronic Steering Damper. The following year, they released the Repsol Edition, paying tribute to their main sponsor in the MotoGP championship. Here’s an example offered by the original owner with just 302 miles.

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What Do You Want To Know? 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa

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The Hayabusa has been around since 1999, but I’m never had the chance to try one myself. That finally changes today, as Suzuki has graciously lent me one for a couple of weeks. Tomorrow, I’m taking it up the coast to Laguna Seca to see how it does on the highway, on backroads, and even how it goes down the …

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1964 Moto Guzzi Falcone Policia

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Intorduced in 1950 as Guzzi’s flagship model, the Falcone was a popular purchase for Italian military and police. That was one of three variants Moto Guzzi offered – the others were the Turismo and the Sport. The Sports are often cloned by “restorers” who start with Turismo or Policia models, but this offering proudly displays its civil service beginnings (despite …