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1990 Honda Transalp XL600V

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Following the release of the R80GS by BMW and the birth of one of the greatest races of all time (the Paris Dakar), manufacturers started to add a new kind of bike to their product range. These new “adventure” bikes were road legal adaptations of off road racing motorcycles used primarily for the P-D. During the 80’s, Honda won the …

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Wacky Kwacky – 1995 Kawasaki KLR250

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In 1984, Kawasaki debuted a pair of new dual-sport models that quickly proved to be major hits with the motorcycling world. The larger of the models was the KLR600, which was bumped up to 650ccs, where it remains to this day as one of Kawa’s best-selling models, and (as of 2015) the best-selling dual-sport period. The smaller of the two …

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Baby Sidecar Crosser – 1995 Rokon Scout

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The history of the Rokon Company is riddled with rumors and falsehoods involving a particularly clever gas station attendant and a few hunting trips to Kenya that never actually happened. In a nutshell, the real story is that the original machine was invented by one Charlie Fehn in Southern California. Fehn’s bike, dubbed the Trail-Breaker, boasted two particularly nifty features, …

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1981 BMW R80G/S Paris Dakar

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In 1978, a French man named Thierry Sabine created one of the toughest and rally raids in the world: the Paris-Dakar. Racers have to find their way in arid and sandy deserts, making repairs when necessary. It is a test not just of pilot skill but also vehicle reliability. In 1981, only 3 years after the first edition, BMW snagged …

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1971 Bultaco Matador 250

In Dual-Sport, Spain by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In the post war world of enduro motorcycling, a few brands have earned legendary status: the Swedish Husqvarna and three famous Spanish brands: Ossa, Montesa, and Bultaco. Bultaco was founded in 1959 by famous Spanish road racing champion, Francisco Xavier Bulto. It was not Francisco’s first shot, as he created Bultaco right after he resigned from Montesa (which he co-founded …

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2018 Alta Redshift EX

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Last month, Alta announced that they were updating the dual-sport Redshift EX model with the new EXR. To clear out space for the new model, Alta recently started offering $3,500 factory rebates on the 2018 EX. If you’ve ever been curious about what it’s like to own an electric bike, this is probably the sign you’ve been waiting for.

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The Captain America Bike

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6-30-18 Update: The last time I featured this bike, I didn’t mind there wasn’t as an asking price but I was very curious. Now I know, as it’s available on that auction site with an unmet opening bid of $100,000 or a BIN of $300,000. Let’s see what the market thinks it’s worth. Find it here on eBay. In the …

1989 Honda Africa Twin XRV650

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Post Listing Update: This XRV650 did not get any interest at the BIN of $15,500. The first generation of the Africa Twin was introduced in 1988 in response to Honda’s success with the NXR750 racebike – it would end up winning Paris-Dakar four years in a row, starting in 1986. Honda already had the single-cylinder NX650 and the V-Twin Transalp, …

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Restored – 1974 Yamaha DT250

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In 1968, Yamaha introduced one of their most important motorcycles of all time – the DT-1. They sold 50,000 units in the first year, which is a mind blowing number when you consider that last year, the FZ/MT-07 was Yamaha’s best seller in the US with 3,981 units sold.