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Wood Rotax 560 Four-Stroke – 1984 KTM 504 MX

In Austria, Less than 5k, Off-Road, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

At the dawn of the 1980s, a myriad of manufacturers were experimenting with producing a competitive four-stroke motocrosser, though dethroning the mighty two-stroke was a major uphill battle. Quite a few marques put their faith in Rotax, who had then recently debuted an impressive 498cc four-stroke single. Seeing the potential of the half-liter thumper, KTM worked out a deal with …

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1990 Honda Transalp XL600V

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Following the release of the R80GS by BMW and the birth of one of the greatest races of all time (the Paris Dakar), manufacturers started to add a new kind of bike to their product range. These new “adventure” bikes were road legal adaptations of off road racing motorcycles used primarily for the P-D. During the 80’s, Honda won the …

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Moto2 Tailed – Liberty Motorcycles 1986 BMW R80 Cafe Racer

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Germany by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

BMW’s R80 platform isn’t a particularly exceptional machine in any one department, however it’s nonetheless praised for being a generally well-balanced and versatile model. The bike was powered by an air-cooled, 797cc, four-stroke, OHV, Boxer twin that reportedly made around 50 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 42.78 ft-lbs of torque at 4,000 rpm. Introduced as the successor to the R75/7, …

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2006 Honda Big Ruckus PS250

In Japan, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Ruckus was a surprising hit for Honda, due almost entirely to the aftermarket customization that has skyrocketed around the 50cc scooter. What many people don’t know is that Honda offered a ‘full-size’ version called the Honda Big Ruckus for 4 years in Japan and 2 years (2005-2006) in the US/Canada.

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1984 Honda Nighthawk 700SC

In Japan, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

The 80’s were a fascinating decade for motorcycles, and I appreciate the products of that era nowadays as they are basically classic bikes with newer designs. Or recent bikes with older design, depending on how you see it! In the US, lots of these 80’s bikes were considered “muscle bikes” like the Yamaha Radian, the Honda Shadow, the Kawasaki GPZ, …

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Wacky Kwacky – 1995 Kawasaki KLR250

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

In 1984, Kawasaki debuted a pair of new dual-sport models that quickly proved to be major hits with the motorcycling world. The larger of the models was the KLR600, which was bumped up to 650ccs, where it remains to this day as one of Kawa’s best-selling models, and (as of 2015) the best-selling dual-sport period. The smaller of the two …

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Nice Price – 2017 KTM 1090 Adventure

In Blog by AbhiLeave a Comment

Nick Livingston of WideOpenADV is letting go of his well-prepped 1090 Adventure, and his asking price is more than fair considering the extras he’s added. The circumstances are unfortunate (his wife is very sick and he’s focused on her) so hopefully you can help him out with some cash and get a hell of a dual-sport in the process.

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Baby Sidecar Crosser – 1995 Rokon Scout

In America, Dual-Sport, Less than 5k by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The history of the Rokon Company is riddled with rumors and falsehoods involving a particularly clever gas station attendant and a few hunting trips to Kenya that never actually happened. In a nutshell, the real story is that the original machine was invented by one Charlie Fehn in Southern California. Fehn’s bike, dubbed the Trail-Breaker, boasted two particularly nifty features, …

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Bevel Drive Single – 1965 Ducati 160 Monza Junior

In Italy, Less than 5k, Standard by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Brothers Joseph and Michael Berliner played a highly influential role in the motorcycle industry for several decades starting in the 1950s. Their company, the Berliner Motor Corporation, was the US distributor for a number of European marques such as Norton, Moto Guzzi, Zundapp, and Ducati. With the American moto market being one of the world’s biggest purchasers of bikes, the …

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1981 BMW R80G/S Paris Dakar

In Dual-Sport, Germany by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1978, a French man named Thierry Sabine created one of the toughest and rally raids in the world: the Paris-Dakar. Racers have to find their way in arid and sandy deserts, making repairs when necessary. It is a test not just of pilot skill but also vehicle reliability. In 1981, only 3 years after the first edition, BMW snagged …