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331 Miles – 1983 Harley-Davidson XR1000

In America, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

The XR750 is one of Harley-Davidson’s most iconic motorcycles – though it was never intended to be street legal. But what if Harley took a XR motor and shoved it in a Sportster frame? Willie G himself had a similar thought, and the XR1000 was born. It would pair the new-for-82 XLX chassis with a motor that retained the Sportster …

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1960 Cushman Allstate Jetsweep

In America, Scooter by Tom Wacker0 Comments

“Like a new 1959 car . . long, low, sleek . . smart 2-tone colors” {Quotes from the 1959 Sears Catalog Advertisement page 1066} The 1960 Allstate Jetsweep was a rebadged Cushman 722 Pacemaker offered between 1957 and 1960. Sears and Cushman had a long term relationship that saw tens of thousands of Cushman scooters sold under the Allstate banner.

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No Reserve – 1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR

In America, Cruiser, Custom by Abhi0 Comments

I’ve featured plenty XLCRs in the past – I dig them because they’re just so different from Harley’s portfolio at the time. In fact, the bike was a bit too different, as buyers didn’t really warm up to it. Low initial sales make them quite collectible nowadays, which is why the asking prices are high and reserves are often not …

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1967 Wards Riverside 250 Benelli

In America, Italy, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

If you grew up in the 1950s and ‘60s rural America (like I did) one of the really big things to watch for was the current editions of the Montgomery Wards and Sears catalogs. You could buy ANYTHING by mail from these two giant retailers. And you could certainly tell the interests of the whole family by the worn sections …

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Hope You Like Chrome – 1967 Harley-Davidson XLCH

In America, Cruiser by Abhi0 Comments

In official Harley parlance, the XLCH broke down as follows: XL = the Sportster model introduced in 1957, C = stripped down, and H = high performance. Enthusiasts were known to call the CH by a different name – California Hot Rod or Competition Hot. No matter what you called it, when it was first released in ’58 it was …

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Honda Powered – Board Track Racer Tribute

In America, Custom, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: This “Olds” sold for the BIN of $7,000. 3-29-17 Update: A year later, this interesting board tracker is back up for sale. Find it with bidding up to $5,300 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay. Post-Listing Update: Bidding on this interesting custom reached $6,300, but that wasn’t enough to reach reserve. You guys and …

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1961 Rockford Silver Pigeon

In America, Japan, Scooter by Tom Wacker0 Comments

In the 1950s and 60s, Rockford Scooter Company of Rockford, Illinois imported several Japanese lines for sale in the US. Bike-urious chronicles the importation of Bridgestone Motorcycles in 1963 right here. As it turns out, Rockford also signed a deal with Mitsubishi to import the ‘Silver Pigeon’ line. Rockford was aggressive in their marketing signing up a large dealer network …

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1979 Can-Am MX 370

In America, Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Can-Am first came to my attention in the early ‘70s in Snowmobiles. The Ski-Doo line was the king of the snow, in terms of both speed and handling. In 1972 Can-Am (the motorcycle arm of the company) introduced it’s first dirt bikes. By 1973 Can-Am swept the podium at the Scottish 6 Day Trials and their reputation was made. Can-Am …

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1978 Harley Davidson MX-250

In America, Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

In 1961 Harley Davidson purchased 50% of Aermacchi Motorcycles (Italy) and began importing them in an effort to capture younger riders. The MX 250 was among the last of these, and by all reports, not a bad dirt squirter. In fact, Harley Davidson won the motorcycle division of the Baja 500 in 1975 with an SX 250.