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Set Up For Street – 1969 Rickman Metisse MkIV

In Dual-Sport, England by Abhi0 Comments

The seller has had this bike since 1985 – he bought it because he needed “a fast, nimble ride to navigate the congested Silicon Valley traffic” he dealt with on his commute. He rebuilt it upon acquisition and rode it just about daily for four years, but then he “pushed it a little hard and broke a con rod.” He …

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1967 Yamaha Big Bear 305 Scrambler

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

Yamaha named this motorcycle after the Big Bear race, though they never actually won it themselves. That didn’t stop them from slapping the alliterative name onto a range of scramblers displacing 125, 250c, and 350ccs. I don’t have any personal experience with the Big Bear, so I’ll leave you with this critical quote from Matt Cuddy of Superhunky, who said …

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1969 BSA 441 Victor

In Dual-Sport, England by Ted Clough0 Comments

We have featured several BSA Victors over the years here. They are always a crowd favorite, and could serve as the poster-boy for the original “dual-sport” concept – take a race bike, add lights, a mirror and pretty it up a bit, and go!

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Growler – 1988 Honda NX650 Custom

In Custom, Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

Some of my favorite customs nowadays are based on the Honda NX650 (known outside of the US as the Dominator). While my absolute favorite Dommie is this beauty by Andrew Greenland, I’m also enjoying this build called “Growler” by Neuga out of Budapest, Hungary.

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1970 Rickman Triumph Metisse

In Dual-Sport, England by Ted Clough0 Comments

Most of you know the story of brothers Don and Derek Rickman, who started out in the early 60’s building custom frames for British scrambles bikes and later road racers. Their frames were light and rigid, and they incorporated some innovations such as oil-in-frame, eccentric swingarm adjustment,and larger diameter telescopic forks. The frames were very popular with racers, enough so …

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1969 Ducati 450 Scrambler

In Dual-Sport, Italy by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Post Listing Update: This Scrambler was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Ducati of the ‘60s and ‘70s had a history of being between extreme financial peril and a rosy business outlook. The Scrambler series was conceived and delivered during one deep, dark period of potential business failure and had a significant impact on the very next period …

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1971 Triumph T25T Trailblazer

In Dual-Sport, England by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Built for just two years the T25T (1970 and ‘71) was an attempt by the Triumph/BSA brain trust to capitalize on the scrambler craze. The styling was good with a unique exhaust setup but they had a reputation for heavy vibration and weak gearboxes. Whatever the reason they just didn’t sell very well which puts them squarely in today’s collectible …

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1969 Bultaco Matador

In Dual-Sport, Spain by Abhi0 Comments

About the ’69 Matador, Cycle World said it has the “uncanny ability to change its character from that of gentle trail plodder, to hard-charging racer, to graceful trails mount, to occasional ride-to-work tool.” This example is almost completely restored – just missing some “correct fasteners.”