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April 8, 2016

Bike-uriosities

Here’s a selection of interesting motorcycles that are currently for sale for you to drool over (and maybe empty your wallet for). Let’s take a look!

1938 BMW R51 Racer

Built between 1938 and 1940, the R51 was BMW's last sport bike before World War II commenced. It was an evolution from the R5 that gained telescopic front forks and a plunger rear suspension. 3,775 examples were produced with a 500cc engine that puts out 24 horsepower — check out how the valve covers look!

This example has been with the seller since the early 90s, when he imported it from Germany. The motor was "updated" to compete in vintage racing, including new aluminum cylinders, cylinder heads, and aluminum rocker arms plus a new crankshaft and spline shaft drive. Impressively, the seller was able to win 13 races and multiple "First in Shows" in three years of vintage racing.

On sale in Marathon, Florida.

2003 MZ Baghira Black Panther

In 2001, MZ introduced the Baghira as an enduro powered by the thumper from a Yamaha XT660. Based on that, they also released a Street Moto—basically a big supermoto that was only available in yellow. They were pretty cool because they were so different, and because you can snap them up at a reasonable price. But for people who don't care for yellow, MZ also offered the Black Panther, which is the exact same bike, just in black.

Finding replacement bodywork can be a chore, but thanks to the Yammy engine, mechanical maintenance is much easier than the bike's rarity would suggest and you still have 50 horsepower and 42 pound-feet of torque.

On sale in Long Island, New York.

B1995 BMW R100R Mystic

Available only in 1994 and 1995 in the US, the Mystic was a factory custom based on the BMW R100R. The changes were entirely cosmetic, but they were not insignificant. Nowadays a 'special edition' just means new paint, but the Mystic actually had several restyled parts. Some people don't get what the big fuss is about this bike, but it has become a cult bike and prices seem to be rapidly rising.

Changes for the Mystic included the red paint scheme, black frame, lower handlebars, restyled sidecovers/seat/tail section, shorter license plate bracket, a different angle for the muffler, and some chrome-plated pieces.

This example has less than 28,000 miles and is claimed to look and run like it just came off the showroom floor. On sale near Portland, Oregon.

1959 Norton Dominator Deluxe

After the Norton Dominator (what a great name) was released in 1949, it became the basis for the next three decades of Norton twins. It was conceived to challenge Triumph's Speed Twin, and available in several "Models" like the 7, 77, 88, and 99. This example is either an 88 or 99, which varied in displacement between 500 or 600cc, respectively.

While the seller doesn't give enough information to say for sure if this Deluxe is a Model 88 or 99, he does say that this is "one of perhaps six in the nation and certainly the only one with this period correct fairing!"

On sale in Washington.

2004 Honda Dream 50R

In 2004, Honda sold 440 examples of the CB50R. Also called the Dream, it was a non-street-legal tribute to the RC110, Honda's first 50cc Grand Prix racer which competed in 1962. This example has all of zero miles on it.

Weighing just 156 pounds, the Honda Dream 50R features a four-stroke engine built by Honda's racing division, capable of seven horsepower at nearly 14,000 rpm. This incredible bike has a six-speed gear box, lots of trick racing features, and no kickstart or push button. To fire this up, you've got to bump start it.

This specific Honda Dream is in like-new condition as it has never been ridden. It has spent its entire life as a display bike and the seller says it is showroom ready with the exception of a layer of dust. On sale in Liverpool, New York.

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