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Needs Tuning – 1969 Greeves Ranger

In Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Founded by Bert Greeves, the Greeves motorcycle company started when Bert was mowing his lawn and thought of mounting a lawnmower engine to the wheelchair of his disabled cousin to help with mobility. That led to a government contract, and Bert was inspired by his success to start building motorcycles as well. The company was quite successful with exports – …

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1971 Aermacchi Harley-Davidson SX350

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

In the 70’s, while Harley Davidson Sportsters and their other cruisers were playing in a small-size market, they had to confront other makers (especially the Japanese) on smaller displacement bikes. To that extent, HD also had to play by the same rules and use similar strategies. One of the most common strategies at the time was to use street motorcycles …

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M1030M1 – 2009 Kawasaki KLR650

In America, Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

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 …

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2009 Buell Ulysses XB12XT

In America, Dual-Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Ulysses did not meet reserve despite 11 bids up to $4,027.77 on eBay. I have always been a fan of Buells. Not always how they look, but what they stand for: perseverance, innovation, and personal style come to mind. If touring is your jam, there are several new options and a plentiful used market. For those …

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Well Farkled – 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Yamaha’s entry to the world of large adventure bikes is the Super Tenere 1200, introduced in 2010. It was a competent bike when it was released, however it has seen much in terms of updates since. Motorcycle.com just released the “street” portion of their annual big enduro comparison, and the Super Ten placed dead last. Mind you, that doesn’t mean …

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1993 Honda XR250L

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This XR did not get any interest at the opening bid ask of $1,700. Scramblers and ADVs have been making a comeback recently, and several well-developed models have resulted in bikes with excellent road manners and tires that can handle a dusty road. However, true dual-sports have a special place in the motorcycling world. In a world …

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“Hyperscrambler 1100 R” – 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 S Custom

In Custom, Dual-Sport, Italy by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Built to navigate the mountainous terrain of Southern Poland, this bike (dubbed the “Hyperscrambler 1100 R”) started its life as a 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 S prior to being stripped down to the frame and transformed into this vintage scrambler-inspired masterpiece. The stock subframe was lopped off to make room for a one-off trellis-style unit with the (LED) brake-light (and …

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1963 Harley-Davidson Scat

In America, Dual-Sport, Small Displacement by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Scat did not get any interest at the opening bid of $4,225. During WWII, a large part of the German Army motorcycle fleet was provided by DKW, a Saxony automobile and motorcycle manufacturer created in 1917. One of their major successes, the 125 RT, was known for its high reliability and performance. At the end of …

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Basel Quest Kitted – 2010 KTM 690 Enduro R

In Austria, Dual-Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Despite KTM’s 690 Enduro R being a competent off-roader, it still left something to be desired for die-hard rally fans. Enter KTM Basel AG, a dealership for the Ready To Race brand based in Northern Switzerland. In 2013, they introduced the Quest Kit, a high-end collection of parts that transforms the stock 690 into a bona fide rally machine.

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2010 BMW G450X

In Dual-Sport, Germany, Less than 5k by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

In the motorcycling world, it is not often that a manufacturer releases a model that flies under the radar. I must admit, I was unaware that this wonderful piece of German engineering existed. BMW wanted to send dirt flying in the endurance off road racing field, and was nice enough to fit headlights and blinkers to their product, making it …

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1982 Yamaha IT175

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This IT175 did not get any interest at the opening bid of $2,000. Back in the 1980’s, there was a simple recipe for power: put oil in the gas and spin it fast. MotoGP bikes of the era subscribed to this formula, and it trickled down even to off-roaders. The Yamaha IT175 subscribed to this formula. It …