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1989 Honda GB500


In the late '80s, Honda introduced several innovative motorcycles. The Trans-Alp, the Hawk, and the GB500. Due to the weak dollar in 1989, they cost over $4,000 which was a lot of money for a bike in the 500cc range. The GB500 was patterned to cash in on the café racer craze. One was now offered a BSA Goldstar / Velocette Thruxton style bike with an electric starter and a reliable engine (and electrics!). Sadly, like many units, they floundered on dealers' floors. They were stacked up in Hondas’ warehouses. A few years later, it was not uncommon to come across some that were half-priced. Honda finally took the last ones and dumped them in Europe. As soon as something disappears, everyone wants them! This is a great example fitted with an aftermarket SuperTrapp exhaust. The serial number indicates that it may be a very early one. 7,424 miles showing on the odometer.

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