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2013 Honda Grom MSX125 Custom

In Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi5 Comments

11-9 Update: You guys seem to love the Grom so much that it got me curious. I borrowed one from Honda and took it for a spin, including a top speed run in the LA River. Post-Listing Update: This Honda Grom MSX125 Custom was pulled off eBay, final sale price unknown. But as shown in the comments below, you can …

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1994 Yamaha FZR1000

In Japan, Sport by Abhi1 Comment

Post Sale Update: This Fizzer sold for a reduced BIN of $4,000. We continue with what’s become a Yamaha sportbike week with the Yamaha FZR1000 – predecessor to the now-ubiquitous Yamaha R1. The Fizzer was an instant classic when it was introduced in 1987. Just two years later, Cycle World named it the “Bike of the Decade”, thanks in part …

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1996 MZ Silver Star with Velorex Sidecar

In 3 Wheels, Germany by Abhi1 Comment

Post-Sale Update: This Silver Star hack sold for the BIN of $4,500. The MZ Silver Star is an interesting and very rare “classic” styled bike with a 494cc Rotax single cylinder. This thumper produces 34 horsepower, which isn’t tremendous – but it’s only carrying around 322 pounds of bike. MZ has always had a tradition of producing narrow, light motorcycles. …

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1988 Ducati Paso

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

11-14 Update: 7 months later, this bike is back up for sale here on Craigslist.  Might be time to lowball the seller… Released in 1986 and named after racer Renzo Pasolini, the Ducati Paso was a bike created from odd beginnings. Built during the tumultuous years when Ducati was owned by Cagiva, this bike was designed to compete with the …

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2000 Moto Guzzi Jackal

In Cruiser, Italy by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: This Moto Guzzi Jackal was removed from ADVRider after selling for an unknown final price. Here’s one you don’t see every day – a Moto Guzzi Jackal. Built as the sportier, Italian alternative to the cruisers that America loves, it was based on the California engine and chassis. Performance only came down low in the rpm range, but …

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1 of 500 – 1999 Yamaha R7 OWO2

In Japan, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 6 bids on eBay, this Yamaha R7 OWO2 sold for $22,200. I’m still drooling. We’ve been on a little Yamaha homologation special this week, and it ends with what might just be the most beautiful road bike to ever come from Japan, the Yamaha R7, also known as the OWO2. Right from the factory floor, it was …

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Featured First – 1950 BMW R51/2

In Germany, Standard by Abhi1 Comment

Post-listing Update: This BMW R51/2 did not meet reserve at $18,900. Nowadays, BMW is well known for their “R” series of bikes, featuring a boxer engine (where you see opposed cylinders sticking outwards from the engine). All of those bikes can trace their heritage back to the BMW R51/2, BMW’s first post-war boxer. The Allies initially did not allow Germany …

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Turbo Beemer – 1985 BMW K100RS

In Germany, Sport by Abhi1 Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 19 bids on eBay, this BMW K100RS sold for $4,049. The BMW K100RS was widely praised when it was released, though purists were terrified of what a BMW without the boxer engine would be like. The company apparently pulled it off, as the K series (affectionately known as the Flying Brick) instantly won Bike of the Year. …

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Homebrew Cafe – 2005 Suzuki Ryca 650 CS-1

In America, Cafe Racer, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Suzuki’s Boulevard S40, previously known as the LS650 Savage, is a simple, low-powered entry-level cruiser. A Los Angeles based company called Ryca saw a way to spice up the S40, with the Ryca 650 CS-1 kit. It takes a rather ugly semi-Sportster clone and turns it into a lithe cafe racer styled bike with some actual semblance of personality.

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1 of 50: 1988 Ducati 750 Paso Limited Edition

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: After 14 bids on eBay, this Ducati Paso 750 Limited Edition sold for $2,550. Released in 1986 and named after racer Renzo Pasolini, the Ducati Paso was a bike created from odd beginnings. Built during the tumultuous years when Ducati was owned by Cagiva, this bike was designed to compete with the up and coming Japanese superbikes of …

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Iron Pig – 1967 MZ ES 250 Trophy with Trailer

In Germany, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

11-11 Update: This MZ ES 250 Trophy with Motorkuli Trailer has been relisted after no one bid on it. To be honest, we’re stunned. We know there’s concerns about buying overseas, and that this isn’t the prettiest of bikes, but we figured some collector out there would at least place a bid. Let’s see if the second time is the …

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Featured First – 1986 Yamaha FZ600

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Sale Update: This Yamaha FZ600 has sold, price unknown. After years of compromising with their middleweight sportbike, trying to provide riders with all-around flexibility, Yamaha decided to go all out with their first ‘race replica’ – the Yamaha FZ600. Designed to capture some of the increased interest in MotoGP, this bike got the “PURE SPORTS” decal so you knew they …

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1972 Husqvarna 450 WR

In Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post-Listing Update: Despite 11 bids on eBay, this Husqvarna 450 WR did not meet reserve at $2,600. In the 1960’s, Husqvarna had led the charge in turning British off-road bikes into relics. By the 70’s, Husky had become a dominant force in motocross, winning multiple world championships and Baja 1000s. 1972 was a banner year for the firm – their …

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1 of 100 – 1982 BMW Krauser MKM 1000

In Germany, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Back in the early 80s, Krauser was the world’s largest manufacturer of detachable luggage for motorcycles, known especially for their bags used on BMWs and Goldwings. Mike Krauser, president of his namesake company, wanted to design a road machine that would be top of the line. The result was an entirely new concept in frame design, and the BMW Krauser …