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1978 Yamaha SR500

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 13 bids on eBay, this Yamaha SR500 sold for a very reasonable $2,801. The Yamaha SR500 has been a popular bike for decades, due to clean styling and a reliable single-cylinder engine. These traits have also led this bike to be the base for thousands of custom works, including choppers, dirt-trackers, and cafe racers. Here’s one that’s …

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1971 Ducati 450 RT Desmo

In Italy, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Not many people know it, but Ducati had a one-year, one-time-only foray into the world of motocross. The Ducati 450 RT Desmo was created and imported after its American importer convinced them to bring a big thumper dirt racer to the states.

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2011 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Custom

In America, Cruiser by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 37 bids on eBay, this Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Custom sold for US $21,100.00. The Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special, otherwise known as the VRSCDX, is a drag race-inspired cruiser marketed as the custom variant of the VRSC. Producing 125 horsepower from 1,250cc of engine, the bike could move. This bike has been customized beyond my belief, with one off …

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1967 Marusho Magnum 500

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Marusho/Lilac was a Japanese motorcycle manufacturer that was constantly under the shadow of Honda. After peaking in the late 50s, the company went bankrupt in 1962. The company was brought back to life just a year later, free of debts and configured to specifically target the American market with a 500cc twin engine – quite large displacement for Japanese firms …

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1974 Moto Guzzi Eldorado Police

In Cruiser, Italy by Abhi1 Comment

Post-Sale Update: The seller has notified me that this bike has now moved on to its next owner. Post-Listing Update: This Moto Guzzi Eldorado Police did not meet reserve on eBay, despite 24 bids up to $6,400. 4/27 Update: This fantastic Eldorado is now up for sale on eBay. Find it here in Vail, Arizona with bidding up to $5,100 …

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2009 Roehr 1250S

In America, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

4-27 Update: This Roehr did not meet reserve at $16,100, so it’s back up for sale with bidding up to $14,600 or a lower BIN of $23,000 here on eBay. Quick – think of a sportbike built by an American engineer/dreamer utilizing a Harley-Davidson engine. Did you go with Buell? So did I. But we’re wrong. Today you’re going to …

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1975 Rupp Centaur

In 3 Wheels, America by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: This Rupp Centaur sold for the BIN of $3,500. Founded in 1959, Rupp Manufacturing started out as a kart manufacturer in Mansfeld, Ohio. Within 10 years, they had grown to a 400-employee shop pumping out mini-bikes, go-karts, snowmobiles, and a 3-wheeler appropriately named the Rupp Centaur.

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1956 BSA Catalina Scrambler

In Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

In the 1956 Catalina Grand Prix, nearly 1,000 riders came together to earn the title of champion. The guy who succeeded was Chuck Minert, who won on a BSA Gold Star. BSA’s West Coast distributor asked for a replica of the winning bike, and the result was the BSA Catalina Scrambler. For more information, check out this feature on Chuck …

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1951 Sunbeam S8

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

After WWII, as part of reparations, BMW gave up its designs of the BMW R75. Bikes like Chang Jiang and Ural used these designs, but England’s take was the Sunbeam S7. You can see the BMW influence when you look at a side profile, but Sunbeam wanted to differentiate themselves by utilizing a inline vertical twin instead of the German …

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1953 Rickman Metisse Mk III

In Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: This Rickman Metisse Mk III sold for $12,200 on eBay. More classic British bike goodness, though this auction expires soon. The Rickman Metisse Mk III was an enormous success that provided many riders a base for either street-based roadsters or dual-sport scramblers. This is one of the latter, powered by a Triumph 500cc twin engine.

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Chrome Classic – 2012 Royal Enfield C5

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

The other bikes featured today are classic Brits, but here’s a modern bike from India with classic British looks. Close enough? Royal Enfield has had some success with the C5 since bringing it back to the states, thanks to updates including a unite construction engine, fuel injection, and other modern features that belie its classic good looks. This example stands …

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Off-Roading with a Yamaha FJR1300

In Blog, Japan, Off-Road by Abhi1 Comment

From r/motorcycles comes this very impressive video of a talented rider who would ask, “who needs a GS?” The FJR weighs 637 pounds wet and doesn’t have what one would call tremendous ground clearance, so it’s a joy to see this rider at work. Oh, and did I forget to mention that it seems (at least from the end of …