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Cafe Rebuild – 1986 Harley-Davidson 250 Sprint H

In America, Italy, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Harley-Davidson Aermacchi Sprint 250 was a solid little runner with agile handling. It was generally a fun little bike that the Italians thought made for a great commuter (at a claimed 45-55 mpg). When the Sprint first made its way to US shores, it supposedly made 18 hp at 6,750rpm with an 8.5:1 compression ratio. Multiple versions of the …

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Unrestored – 1948 Indian Chief

In America, Cruiser by Abhi0 Comments

In 1947, Indian sold 12,000 Chiefs. The next year, Indian only built 3,000 of them as they were shifting production to smaller bikes like the Arrow. The relative rarity makes the ’48 Chief special, but this example is even more interesting as it’s had just two owners and it is highly original.

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Restored – 1974 Rokon Trailbreaker 2WD

In America, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

Founded about 50 years ago, Rokon has become synonymous with two-wheel-drive motorcycles that are able to go anywhere. Initially designed as a motorcycle/tractor, the Trailbreaker lives up to its name with incredibly low gearing that enables riders to climb up steep hills balancing at just 0.5 miles per hour.

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Resto-Mini – 1970 Rupp Scrambler

In America, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

The story of Rupp Manufacturing (or Industries) is a fascinating one with a history spanning almost two decades. They produced a vast range of motorized on and off-road toys and even managed to hold its own for a while against Japan’s stranglehold on the industry once the Z50 Mini Trail debuted. The company was founded in Mansfield, Ohio in 1959 …

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Q-Tec Quad Conversion – 2015 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

In America, Cruiser, Custom by Abhi0 Comments

In a small town in Belgium called Dilsen-Stokkem, Sandy Poglavec created a Harley shop called Poechy’s Classics. After 20 years of customizing bikes with an automotive specialist named Erick, both gentlemen decided to start a company called Q-Tec Engineering to develop trikes (and even quads) on the Softail platform. Here’s one of the rare quad builds, which does not require …

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Ending Soon – 1965 Harley-Davidson FLH

In America, Cruiser by Abhi0 Comments

1965 marked the last year of the Panhead motor and the first year of the Electra Glide (electric start). It was also the year that this beautiful FLH was built, which means it is one of just 6,900 examples. This bike still looks great thanks to a 35 year nap, but the seller has brought it back to life and …

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Early American – 1911 Yale Single

In America, Cruiser, Vintage by Tim Huber0 Comments

10-12-17 Update: This bike did not sell on Craigslist so now it’s up on eBay and we can see what the market thinks of it. Bidding is currently up to $24,100 with the reserve not yet met here on eBay. 10-12-17 Bonus Action: If you really love old Americans, the seller also has a 1912 Marsh-Metz but the difference between …

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2WD – 1971 Pak-Jak 3 Wheel Scooter

In America, Less than 5k, Off-Road, Scooter by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: After 13 bids on eBay, this Pak-Jak sold for $2,949. Built by the Right Way Manufacturing Corporation of Owen, Wisconsin, the Pak-Jak was an in-line 3 wheel trail bike that was advertised as an all-terrain climber of hills. From what I’ve been able to find online, approximately 125 examples were built before the company went bankrupt. Here’s …

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Original Paint – 1913 Flying Merkel

In America, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

Built between 1911 and 1915, the Flying Merkel is one of the most iconic American motorcycles of all time. The brand actually started back in 1902 as a bicycle builder, but a year later the founder (Joseph Merkel) started slapping single-cylinder motors on bicycles and his pursuit of motorcycling was official. They were pioneers in certain technology like a spring …

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Diesel Power – 2009 Kawasaki M1030M1

In America, Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

KLR fans, take a close look at that motor. If it looks different than what you’re used to, it’s because this is a diesel-powered Kawasaki built by Hayes Diversified Technologies for the US Marine Corps. Hayes actually built 3 military Kawis – a gas-powered bike based on the KLR250 (M1030), another gas-powered bike but based on the KLR650 (M1030B1), and …