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250 Miles – 1974 Suzuki TS100

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: After 24 bids on eBay, this TS100 sold for $1,225 to reader Chris C! A street scrambler variant of the TC100, the TS100 Blazer was introduced in 1973 and it was relatively successful in the United States. This example has less than 250 miles as the original owner bought it for his daughter with one rule – …

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Diesel Power – 2009 Kawasaki M1030M1

In America, Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

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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1989 Yamaha TDR250

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

I didn’t feature a TDR250 for years, but now this is the third one I’ve seen in the last month! Considering how unique it is, I’m OK with that – a dual-sport frame with a retuned two-stroke motor from a TZR250 sportbike is a recipe for success in my book. Yamaha called it “Ultimate Dual”. I call it weird. Whatever …

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First Year – 1988 Honda XRV650 Africa Twin RD03

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

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, but the Japanese company decided another big trailie was needed. History has shown that they …

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Best of the Bolts – 2014 Yamaha Star Bolt

In America, Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

9-19-17 Update: Over two years later, this Hageman build is back up for sale. It’s moved up north a bit, so you can find it in Charlottesville, Virginia with bidding up to $3,100 and the reserve not yet met or a BIN of $14,900 here on eBay. Post-Sale Update: After being relisted, this Yamaha Star Bolt sold for $16,250. Back …

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Santa Barbara – 1964 Yamaha YA6

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

The YA6 was best known for being Yamaha’s first production bike with automatic oil injection – you may remember the feature by the name of “Autolube.” The oil injection was immensely popular and was offered throughout Yamaha’s lineup for decades. The YA6 was much less successful, making them a rare find nowadays. This survivor has remained in good shape and …

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Why Buy New? 1989 Yamaha TW200

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

Over the years, Yamaha’s TW200 has barely changed – they just announced the specifications for the 2018 model a couple of months ago and it’s still going to be rocking carbs instead of fuel injection. In fact, over a 30+ year model run Yamaha has only given it one mechanical revision in what I assume Yamaha calls the “Great Awakening …

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2008 BMW G650X Xcountry

In Dual-Sport, Germany by Tim Huber0 Comments

Last week I featured a BMW Xmoto, one of the three G650X variants BMW Motorrad produced starting in 2006. While the Xmoto only saw a single year of production, BMW made the Xchallenge for four years, and Xcountry for six. Despite a half dozen years in production, Xcountry “Xamples” are surprisingly rare as it appears not that many were made, …

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1985 Moto Guzzi V65 TT

In Dual-Sport, Italy by Abhi0 Comments

Post Listing Update: Despite 49 bids up to $3,200, this TT did not meet reserve. If you want a Guzzi dual-sporter nowadays, your only option is the pavement-focused Stelvio. But back in the 80s, Guzzi tried to take on BMW and their new-at-the-time GS with the Tutto Terreno (TT).