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In Canada – DR BIG – 1988 Suzuki DR750S

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This DR750 did not get any action at the opening bid of $6,000. The DR750 was also known as the DR BIG, meaning it’s got one of the best model names in motorcycling history. It also had the world’s largest single cylinder engine used in a production bike – at least until Suzuki bumped up displacement to …

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JDM – 1986 Ducati 750 F1B

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This F1B did not meet reserve despite $10,100 after 8 bids on eBay in Los Angeles, California. Per Mick Walker’s Illustrated Ducati Buyer’s Guide, “the prototype of what was to emerge as the 750 F1 engine appeared in several long-distance endurance races in 1983, including the Le Mans 24 Hours. This beautiful Japanese Domestic Market F1B pays …

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Never Ridden – 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Ducati says the V4 R “is the maximum expression of Ducati’s racing DNA, more similar to a racing prototype than any other bike.” Last year, it was the most expensive machine they offered at $40,000 – though it’s about to be blown out of the water by the $112,370 V4 Superleggera. Still, 221 horsepower and the latest/greatest from Ohlins and …

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Never Ridden – 1982 Yamaha XJ750 Maxim

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Maxim sold for $10,499 after 47 bids on eBay in Chicago, Illinois. My buddy in Chicago is continuing his run of never-ridden Yamahas. You may remember his XJ650 Maxim that was still in the crate? Well, here’s a slightly bigger brother that’s bene assembled but has never been ridden.

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1965 Yamaha YDS3C Big Bear Scrambler

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Big Bear Scrambler did not meet reserve despite 22 bids up to $5,101 in Chicago, Illinois on eBay. Even though Yamaha never won the Big Bear race (a run to Big Bear Lake through the Mojave desert), they took the name for 125, 250, and 350cc scramblers. Yes, it’s from the same seller that’s been listing …

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#218/400 – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Monster did not meet reserve despite 6 bids up to $7,600 on eBay in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Even though it was basically a parts-bin special, the Monster has become one of Ducati’s most successful motorcycles of all time. In 2006, Ducati went a little crazy with their naked sport bike and stuffed it with a 998 superbike …

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No Reserve – 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This KZ sold for $8,200 after 46 bids on eBay in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. “Riding one of Kawasaki’s big fours means never having to be sorry there’s not more power.” So begins a February 1977 review in Cycle magazine about the KZ1000. Here’s a one-owner example with a few mods that looks like it’s been well-kept.

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Rare in the US – 1994 Honda QR50

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Post Listing Update: This QR50 was pulled off of eBay “because there was an error in the listing,” final sale price unknown. Built as a rival to Yamaha’s PW50, the Honda QR50 was never officially sold in the US. It was, however, sold in Canada in 1983 and 1984, so a few have made their way across our northern border. …

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2009 Ronin Motorworks #7 Kurabayashi Takeyuki

In America, Custom by AbhiLeave a Comment

Back in 2014 I shared a post about Ronin Motorworks and their limited run of 47 motorcycles based around the Buell 1125CR – each bike was named after a member of the 47 Ronin, an impressive (and true) tale which exemplifies the Japanese samurai code of honor, which includes ritual suicide, revenge…and more ritual suicide.

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1908 Bradley White Lightning

In America, Vintage by Tom WackerLeave a Comment

7-17-20 Update: Four years later, this Bradley is back up for sale. It doesn’t look like anything has changed, though the asking price has gone up by $25k. Find it for sale in Redondo Beach, California with a BIN of $300,000 or best offer here on eBay. Did the SS Lottery sail into your port? If so, you may be …

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Picture Intermission – The Britten V1000

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The Britten Motorcycle Company is about to release a new book “about the Britten Stables and Britten Motorcycles story,” and they’ve put out a call for photo submissions on Facebook, turning a random post into an interesting gallery about one of the coolest motorcycles ever made. Most of the shots are amateur, but there’s a few fantastic ones (like this …