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2009 Suzuki DR-Z400

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Everyone loves a dual sport, and the Suzuki DR-Z400 has been a dual sport staple since 2000. It hasn’t changed much, but that just means you’ll get plenty for your dollar. The suspension might be more adjustable nowadays, but even in 2018 it still came with carburetors. At just 321 lbs, it’s nothing to toss back and forth. On the …

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First Year Harley Mini — 1973 Harley-Davidson X-90

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Produced for only three-years, Harley-Davidson’s X-90 was one of the smallest machines to ever bear the bar and shield logo. Built by Harley’s Italian subsidiary, Aermacchi, the X-90 was powered by an air-cooled, 90cc, two-stroke single married to a four-speed gearbox. The successor to 1972’s “Shortster”, the ’73 X-90 featured full road-going lighting, and suspension and brakes fore and aft.

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1950 Moto Guzzi Astorino

In Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Moto Guzzi Astorino is a rare find in its home country of Italy, let alone here in the US. A sibling of sorts to the better-known Airone, both bikes feature 250cc 4-stroke singles with the iconic “bacon slicer” external flywheel. The Astorino has a few small differences, including hydraulic rear shocks.

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Nice Price – 1998 Ducati 748 w/ 890 Big Bore Kit

In Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Ducati’s 916 range is one of the most iconic model lineups of all time. From its release, the bikes were met with near unanimous praise for their performance and drop dead gorgeous design. The Bologna brand offered full (916) and mid-sized variants of the superbike, with the smaller displacement model being the 748. The 748 debuted in ’94 and remained …

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Needs Some Work – 1972 Kawasaki H2 750

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Widowmaker is a term given to vehicles with a tendency to face the wrong direction. Or, more elegantly put, vehicles in the “more power than chassis” club. In the right hands, widowmakers end up on the top step of the podium. Otherwise, they end up in the hands of insurance companies. In 1972, the Kawasaki H2 was the newest metal …

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1975 Yamaha MX400B

In Japan, Off-Road by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

1975 was a crazy time. People were trying new things, and luckily for us, engineers were thinking outside the box as well. Long travel rear suspension made its way into motocross and changed the game. The monoshock-equipped Yamaha MX400 was Yamahas entry, part of their cheaper ‘MX’ off road line up at the time. The MX line was discontinued in …

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Mexican MXer in Canada – 197x Carabela Centauro

In Less than 5k, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Carabela is a Mexican motorcycle manufacturer that was best known for small displacement off-roaders. They released Mexico’s first motocross bike, the Caliente, in 1969. That was followed-up by the Marquesa, which was available with a 100, 125, or 175cc motor. The big boy was the Centauro (not to be confused with yesterday’s Moto Guzzi Centauro), which was available with 250, …

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2015 KTM RC390

In Austria, Less than 5k, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

The KTM RC390 graced the world in 2014 as Europe’s entry to a class that was being run by the Kawasaki Ninja 300. It offered a distinctly European approach to a lightweight sportbike and earned praise from many. In addition, it offered several their first look at KTM, who has a much bigger footprint off road. A 372cc single cylinder …

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Collection of 15 Bikes

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Someone in San Diego has a collection of 15 bikes he’s selling “in an effort to purchase some prewar motorcycles [he] have my eye on.” As the above photo implies, most are special Hondas, though there’s a Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, and a couple of BMWs and Ducatis sprinkled in for good measure.