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Honda GB500

Posted on January 27, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

In the late ’80’s, Honda experimented with a number of very unusual motorcycles. The GB500 was one of them. It took its style from the old cafe racers – which is why i like it so much. One of the best things to come out of the 80’s in my humble opinion (and of course hyper colored tshirts).

The GB500 was a moderate success in Japan, but in the US sales were hindered by the American love for large engines and dislike of the fairly high price tag. Which is why it’s relatively rare bike and has a bit of a cult status.

Here’s a couple of pics of this 80’s classic. The first pic is from an old honda advertisement… Love the birds forming the honda logo.

  
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Ritmo-Sereno in Japan

Posted on January 14, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Wow, these bikes are sweet. Ritmo-Sereno is a japanese custom bike shop turning vintage european bikes into awesome cafe racers. Its not often you see many european cafe racers in japan. Not with all the Yamaha’s and Kawasaki’s over there. They also have a great collection of used bikes on their website. Helps if you can read Japanese though. Toire wa doko desu ka?

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Honda Monkey 40th Anniversary Edition

Posted on January 12, 2009 by Scott in Classic. 1 Comment
These things are big in Japan (well you know what i mean). This limited edition Honda Monkey 40th Anniversary Edition was apparently inspired by a famous japanese anime series called Peach Pit’s Shugo Chara. It costs ¥215,250, which is about $3400 Aus. dollars. Quite a lot for something so small. But they look like a lot of fun. Click on this too see how much fun.
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30th Anniversary SR400

Posted on January 11, 2009 by Scott in Classic. 2 comments

Yamaha is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the SR400/500 motorcycle series. This is a limited edition 2008 SR400 they have released. I am guessing it will be quite hard to get your hands on one. I would almost keep it stock if i bought one. no point turning one into a cafe racer. they do look beautiful as is. You can still buy these in Japan at reasonable prices. There’s also rumours that Yamaha are going to stop producing the SR400 in 2009 so these could really be collectors items.


 


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The SR400 Search

Posted on January 10, 2009 by Scott in Classic. No Comments

I have decided to purchase a Yamaha SR400 for my Cafe Racer project. After having a look around on bikepoint.com.au and deus.com.au it looks like you cant get a Sr400 for less than 6-7k. Now i have looked around on some japanese websites and there are so many sweet sr400’s for around 200,000 Yen (which is around $2500 Australian). I know it is going to cost me shipping one over, plus the compliance plates but i am going to give it a go. Plus I have some contacts in Japan that might be able to help me.

This is one website in the north of Japan that has some great buys…

www.eaglejp.co.jp

This looks like a pretty straight Yamaha sr400 for 200,000 yen. Has 14,000km on it but thats not too bad…

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