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Investment Honda, Nov 27

honda rcv213v-s

It would seem the investors/speculators have zeroed in on Honda's limited production RCV213V-S, with bidding on number 96 (of approximately 125) recently reaching an incredible Au$370,000 (US$250,100, GB£207,000) without hitting the seller's reserve! It was unused example, still in the crate, via Iconic in the USA.

The machine, billed by Honda as being as close as you could get to a MotoGP machine, sold new in 2015-16 for around Au$290,000 (US$183,000, GB£150,000) including the race kit, which lifted power from a relatively tame 157 horses to 214.

Built by hand and to order, it was planned to produce 250 of the machines. However production was interrupted about half way through by the Fukishima earthquake.

Prior to this auction, the record price paid for a similar machine (number 70) was Au$314,000 (US$212,000, GB£175,500) via Collecting Cars in the UK. Sold last December, it was then believed to be the highest ever paid for a Japanese motorcycle.

See the Bennetts review of the machine.

Rally Fizzer, Nov 26

Yamaha FZ750

Yamaha on the ambitious FZ750 Ténéré Dakar hopeful:
Who remembers the FZ750 Ténéré? In order to stay competitive in the Dakar Rally, Yamaha developed this beast around the FZ750's DOHC five-valve, 4-cylinder road bike engine in 1986.

Jean-Claude Olivier, former head of Yamaha Motor France and a competitor in the race, was the driving force behind the project.

Its big power advantage of 94hp was cancelled out by poor performance in the soft sand thanks to a 200kg weight. The next iteration, the XTZ Super Ténéré, lost two cylinders and dominated the Rally throughout the 1990s.

Flashback: Online sobriety, Nov 26


Let's see, a bottle of fighting red and an iPad...what could possibly go wrong? See the story here.

All-rounder, Nov 22

Yamaha DT175

Hailing back to a simpler life...

See the 1976-77 Yamaha DT175 stats and backgrounder at Motorcycle Specs.

Bold ad, Nov 21

Bold BSA Spitfire

BSA Spitfire ad circa 1967.

See the Motorcycle Specs profile.

Storage trials, Nov 20


Short-term, long-term, active bike or museum do you store them? Here are a few thoughts from the shed...

CeeBee run, Nov 19

honda cb750-4

Rain rain go away…
What’s that nursery rhyme? This weekend's mission was trying to beat the weather to give the CB750 a much-needed run…

One of the toys in our shed. See the flashback story here.

Pivotal Bimmer, Nov 19

BMW S 1000

BMW's first S 1000 RR series was pivotal in the marque's history, providing the company with its first hard-edged sports bike in decades.

Incredibly, it was from launch in 2008 competitive with the best from the big four Japanese makers.

This 2010 example is priced at Au$15,795 (US$10,500, GB£8800) and, if it checks out, strikes us as decent value with low miles and the 'right' corporate Motorsport colours. See it here via Bikesales.

See our first-gen S 1000 RR review.

Flashback: Suzuki GSX-R1100, Nov 19


For some the first GSX-R series was the best-looking. And it still makes a surprisingly good ride today. See the series review.

And see the 750 series review here.

Bottomless Barn, Nov 18

A bottomless source of project bikes or never-ending trouble – it depends on your point of view. Hitchcocks Motorcycles has stitched together two barn-find collections to come up with a sale that is said to include 180 motorcycles and countless tonnes of parts.

Top price for VFR, Nov 17

Honda VFR750F

The Shannons auction that concluded last night had a few lots of note, including a zero-mile 1995 RC36 Honda VFR750F (lot 86). Reportedly one of a batch of just 16 dressed up in Team Honda superbike livery of the day, it sold for Au$30,000 (US$20,200, GB£17,000).

That's several times what an RC36 is normally worth, however the combination of zero miles and the unique livery clearly gave it a boost. See our VFR750F profile.


We were also intrigued to see a pair of JAP-engined BSAs fetch solid money. A 1952 1000 (lot 66, above) and 1954 1000 (lot 70, below) fetched Au$35,500 (US$24,000, GB£20,200) and Au$26,500 (US$17,900, GB£15,100) respectively.

JAP BSASuzuki GS1000G

A tidy-looking 1980 Suzuki GS1000G (lot 77) went for Au$9100 (US$6100, GB£5200). Arguably one of the most use-able classics in the market, it probably represented solid buying. However former owners may recall you would be lucky to get a quarter of that price not so many years ago!

Look out for our upcoming feature on the GS850/1000/1100G series.

See the full auction results here.

Electric versus ICE, Nov 16

electric versus ice motorcycles

This feature on Web Bike World paints an interesting picture of a diehard electric motorcycle convert who has, for the time being, switched back to petrol. However the switch may not be permanent. Worth reading...

Around Oz by CB750, Nov 15

Hell on two wheels

A blast from the past – around Australia in 1973 via RideApart.

MV Agusta take 3, Nov 14

MV Agusta 918 s

MV Agusta’s new take on the classic 750 S theme has just been unveiled, in the form of the 918 S. It’s a prototype at this stage, though is expected to make it into production.

MV Agusta brutale 800rr
It follows on from the 2018 Brutale 800 RR in similar livery...

MV Agusta 750 s

And of course the original from the 1970s.

Ducati 860GT auction, Nov 13

Ducati 860GT

Among the lots of the current Shannons auction is this, a 1975 Ducati 860GT. Styled by Giugiaro, the GT's lines were a bit of a shock back then, but our attitudes to seventies styling have long since softened.

See Falloon's summary of the model;

And the one in our shed.

Cheap Triumph triple thrills, Nov 5

Triumph T595

The second-gen Daytonas to emerge from the Triumph Hinckley concern, namely the T595 triples, must be nearing the low point of their value cycle by now. Prices on Bikesales seem to be around the $5500 mark (US$3500, GB£3100).

With the model run starting in 1997, they're a year away from club plate eligibility in those states with a 25-year cut-off and still represent a decent ride today.

They were a major departure from the T300 series that went before them. See our T300 series overview here.

There can be issues...see the Bennetts T595-955i series overview here.

Not the Harley! Nov 4


Visor Down has a cruise around some of the remarkable clones coming out of China. See it here.

Lost Laverda, Nov 1

Laverda 3c

Laverda's ground-breaking 3C was a big and fast brute of a bike...see the story.


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