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101 Miles – 1956 Zundapp 200S Challenger

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Zundapp was a German firm that eventually sold out to a Chinese firm in 1985. But before that, they built plenty of motorcycles that were often “first bikes” for teenagers. Unfortunately, they had plenty of electrical issues and struggled to compete with the Japanese. Nevertheless, one of their 200cc models was the Challenger, a 12 horsepower 2-stroke that was good …

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1978 Benelli 750 Sei

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Post Sale Update: After 29 bids on eBay, this Benelli 750 Sei sold for $10,675 The first production motorcycle to utilize six cylinders, the Benelli 750 Sei was the result of Alejandro De Tomaso (of sports car company fame), who had just purchased Benelli and wanted them to build a flagship. The inline six engine produced 71 horsepower, which was …

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Jekyll and Hyde – Yamaha RD400

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Compared to the RD350, the extra 50 cc of the Yamaha RD400 brought a lot more civility. The engine was more flexible, though you could still easily wheelie the bike in 2nd gear, and though the frame was stiff, it was more comfortable to ride. It was really was the perfect example of how the RD series had evolved from …

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Dover White – 1964 BMW R27

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When I think of classic BMW’s, I inevitably think of black paint and boxer engines. So here’s a Dover White single-cylinder for you. The R27 was an evolution of the R26, gaining rubber engine mounts and a bump in power to 18hp. This was the last shaftie single BMW ever made. 15,364 were sold, but according to the seller, just …

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1 of 200 – 2013 MV Agusta F3 Serie Oro

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As you probably know, Oro is Italian for gold – and this bike has plenty of it. Frame plates, SSSA, and the wheels all come together to help form the special paint scheme particular to this limited edition. The “Serie Oro” concept was pioneered with the F4 – it was a run of 300 that introduced MV Agusta’s resurrection to …

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1986 Bimota DB1R

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The factory works version of the DB1, the Bimota DB1R got improvements like magnesium parts, better engine inernals, 42mm carbs, and more. Just 9 were made (one was just sold as a frame to an ex-Bimota dealer), and 4 made it to the US. Here’s your chance to own 25% of the US inventory. While the listing identifies this as …

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1 Year Only – 1986 Yamaha SRX600

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Post-Sale Update: This SRX sold for the opening bid of $2,000. Just like the SR500, the SRX600 featured the engine from one of Yamaha’s dirtbikes placed into a chassis to enable sporty street riding. Unlike the SR500, this bike sold poorly outside of Japan. Here in the states, it only lasted for a year. But the 45 horsepower was enough …

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1970 Moto Guzzi Ambassador

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Produced for just two years, the Ambassador was never as well known as bikes like the Eldorado. Built to target the American market, MG saw a way to compete with Harley with a 757cc variant of the venerable V-Twin. This specific example has 34,200 miles and has had a recent refresher, including a repaint in a lovely shade of green. …

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Toaster – 1973 BMW R75/5

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This beautiful slash 5 has enjoyed over 50,000 miles including a recent mechanical and cosmetic refresher. It’s been repainted in the original Monza Blue, and is in good condition overall. It’s a long wheelbase model and has the toaster tank that people seem to love. Find this BMW R75/5 for sale in Brooklyn, New York with bidding up to $6,000 …

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1989 Honda Transalp 650

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The Honda Transalp XL600V was a dual-sport that was truly ahead of its time. A slightly less off-road biased cousin of the Honda Africa Twin, the Transalp was first released in 1987. This was one of the odder bikes that Honda ever sold – truly a jack of all trades sort of bike. The US only got the Transalp between …

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2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

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Post Sale Update: After 12 bids on eBay, this BMW sold for $6,500. Before BMW took the motorcycling world by storm with the S1000RR, their idea of a sportbike was to put aggressive bodywork around the trusted boxer engine to create the BMW R1100S. I don’t mean to sound demeaning with that, as I owned a R11S for a while …