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1986 Moto Guzzi V65 TT

In Dual-Sport, Italy by Abhi0 Comments

TT stands for Tutto Terreno – and that translates to All Terrain. Think of this as Moto Guzzi’s entrant into the market of big dualies that BMW invented with the GS. With the proven V65 engine and Tonti frame coming together in a package that was only about 400 pounds wet, the TT had some potential.

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1975 Honda XL350

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Honda introduced the XL line with the XL250 in 1972. I think it was their first real effort at a bike that you could ride to the trail and on the trail. The ‘scrambler’ series that preceded the XL were really about the look, not about the ride. No mistake, this was a first effort, and the XL was going …

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1991 Honda XR600R

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

Regarding the Honda XR600R, Dirt Bike magazine said it “is almost the definition of an off-road bike; the machine most likely to have its silhouette on a trail sign.” Here’s a one owner example that’s ready to get dirty.

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1973 Suzuki TS185

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Abhi0 Comments

The TS range of bikes were Suzuki’s first trail bikes, and the family of two-strokes was available with motors ranging from 50 to 400cc. Some riders considered the TS185 to be the best – it was actually a few pounds lighter than the TS125 but it made nearly as much horsepower as the TS250.

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1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon

In Dual-Sport, Italy, Less than 5k by Ted Clough0 Comments

Cagiva is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer. It’s history would make a great basis for an Italian Motorcycle-themed soap opera. Giovanni Castiglioni and his sons ran the business out of Varese, Italy. Over the years there were deals involving a used Aermacchi/Harley Davidson factory, a buyout of Ducati in 1985, and later buyouts of Moto Morini and Husqvarna. Most of these …

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1971 Triumph T25

In Dual-Sport, England by Abhi0 Comments

I find Triumph’s “Blazer” series of the T25 a tad confusing, as there’s a few versions with minor differences. Because this example does not have a handlebar brace, my guess would be that it’s the T25SS, or the regular Street Scrambler. It’s missing the distinctive original exhaust but this bike is being sold by a friend of mine that I …

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Well-Modified – 2004 KTM 950 Adventure S

In Austria, Dual-Sport by Abhi0 Comments

A colleague of mine in the motorcycle industry is picking up a KTM Super Adventure T, so his well-modified 950 Adventure S has to go to a new owner. The bike is named Aretha (after Aretha Franklin) and it’s very well setup for someone who wants to get into adventure touring for a reasonable price.

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Street Legal Open Class – 2006 Service Honda CR500AF-X

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

Though they are no longer in business, Service Honda was well known not just for supplying OEM parts but also for the creation of an aluminum-framed open class monster called the 500AF. It all started in 1997, where as a personal project Service Honda stuffed a 500cc 2-stroke motor into a Honda CR250. The results were dramatic, and Service Honda …

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1990 Honda Transalp

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Ted Clough0 Comments

In the late 1980’s Honda jumped into the Dual-Sport fray with their Transalp. Initially conceived as a 500, it was bumped to 600 (actually 583cc) by the time it was introduced in 1987. It was a V-twin 4-stroke that put out roughly 50 hp. It was actually too big to be a motocross or enduro bike, and didn’t really fit …