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1947 Saginaw Powerbike

In America, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

Built by the Saginaw Products Corporation, the Powerbike was a conversion kit that you could slap onto any pedal-driven bicycle. All you had to do was remove the bicycle’s rear wheel, bolt on the Powerbike, and then hook up a fuel tank, fuel lines, and the throttle cable. They were successful enough that Sears started to offer pre-converted Powerbikes. The …

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Street Legal Road Racer – 2007 Aprilia SXV550

In Custom, Italy, Race by Abhi0 Comments

Aprilia’s SXV550 was an absolute monster that journalists fell in love with as soon as it was released. A supermoto with a powerful V-Twin, excellent components, and race-bred pedigree: the bike had already won the S2 World Supermoto Championship as a prototype before it was released to the world. Unfortunately, the early bikes had serious issues with the sealant used …

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First Generation – 2008 KTM RC8

In Austria, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

In 2008, KTM released the 1190 RC8 with big plans of tapping into the flagship Superbike market along with some grand WSBK ambitions. The RC8 would see another seven years of production, receiving various tweaks and upgrades in that time but KTM would ultimately fail to get the traction they had hoped for in the market along with a less-than-stellar …

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1983 Suzuki RM125

In Japan, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

RM was Suzuki’s designation for Racing Model, and it was reserved for motocross racers. Displacements ranged from 50cc to 500cc, and the two-stroke 125 was built between 1975 and 2007. This example features a recent engine rebuild (less than 30 minutes on the motor) and a few restored parts.

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2016 Ducati X Italia Independent Scrambler

In Italy, Standard by Tim Huber0 Comments

Over the years Ducati has teamed up with various hip companies to deliver interesting and stylish versions of Ducati’s two-wheeled offerings. The Diesel (the clothing company) Diavel and Monster are both pretty cool, but their collaboration with Italia Independent, a high-end and trendy sunglasses company, is my personal favorite: the limited edition 2016 Scrambler Italia Independent.

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Nice Price – 2006 Aprilia Caponord

In Dual-Sport, Italy by Abhi0 Comments

Aprilia’s response to the surge in popularity of adventure bikes was the Caponord, also known as the ETV1000. Compared to the competition, it’s happiest on pavement but it won’t stop you from exploring fire roads that you may encounter along the way. This example is on offer for less than three grand, which is a cheap way of entering the …

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Clean Survivor – 1977 Yamaha RD400

In Japan, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

In 1976, Yamaha made the RD350 a little bigger with a displacement bump up to 399cc. Thanks to 44 horsepower, the hooligan motorcycle du jour was capable of hitting the ton with a top speed of 105 miles per hour. Most people know the 400 simply for being an easier to ride upgrade over the 350, but it was also …

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“Project Mayhem” – 2013 Triumph Bonneville Custom

In Custom, England by Tim Huber0 Comments

Modern retros are extremely popular at the moment and it’s not hard to see why. These bikes come with classic vintage aesthetics, the reliability of a modern bike, a few of today’s bells and whistles and they’re built to be easily modified and customized. But just because customization can be done easily on these bikes doesn’t mean it always is. …

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Unexpected Custom – Ducati ST4S

In Italy, Less than 5k, Touring by Abhi0 Comments

Thanks to extensive work by Fast by Ferracci, this Ducati ST4S puts out 140 horsepower at the rear wheel, 30 more than the stock bike. The FbF kit includes a new crank, billet titanium rods, pistons, lightweight flywheel, slipper clutch, and cylinders. The kit was apparently worth $10k, which explains why the seller says that the total work cost $15k.

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Turbocharged Custom – 1979 Honda CB750K

In Custom, Japan, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

I enjoy rebuilding bikes in my free time and have almost exclusively rebuilt 1970’s Honda CB’s. They’re so abundant where I live that I’ve literally come across two yard sales in my (admittedly hipster) neighborhood that were both selling CB parts. Because they are omnipresent, even when fully customized and redone it’s rare that you see something you haven’t already …

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Nice Price – 1978 Yamaha SR500

In Japan, Less than 5k, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

The seller doesn’t give much information about this bike, but he/she says it “starts, runs, and handles beautifully.” For $1,950 or best offer, I think it’s a winner. Or more three times as much you can get a new SR400 with a smaller motor, a drum in the rear, and other downgrades.

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No Reserve – 1974 Ossa Phantom 250

In Off-Road, Spain by Abhi0 Comments

By the early 70s, OSSA had established a dominant position in the off-road motorcycle market. But when Honda released the 250cc Elsinore, the Spanish firm was forced to respond with a strong competitor. The Phantom 250 met the mark, thanks to 33 horsepower and a weight of just 198 pounds. The $1,350 MSRP was a significant $250 more than Honda’s …