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Cafe or Scrambler? 2002 Suzuki Freewind Custom

In Custom, Dual-Sport, Japan by Tim Huber0 Comments

This custom build project entitled “Lady O.” may appear to be just one more drop in the cafe racer bucket but upon closer inspection this one-off Suzuki is all kinds of unique. Beginning with the fact this bike started its life as a XF650 Freewind from 2002 which was the last year it saw production. The Freewind was essentially a …

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1974 Dalesman 125 Scout

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

Dalesman was an English motorcycle manufacturer that started by utilizing Puch motors. They made three versions: trials, motocross, and enduro. Production was based out of Yorkshire between 1968 and 1974, making this Enduro (also branded as the Scout) bike one of the last off the line.

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Velvety Smooth – 1993 BMW R100GS

In Dual-Sport, Germany by Abhi0 Comments

6-4-17 Update: Yes, I just featured this bike yesterday. But, the fine folks at Aerostich have noticed my offhand comment and will give a 20% discount off any of their gear (in any color, you don’t have to get hi-viz) to the person that buys this bike. But if you do want to go color matching, you can go hi-viz …

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Nice Price – 2006 Aprilia Caponord

In Dual-Sport, Italy by Abhi0 Comments

Aprilia’s response to the surge in popularity of adventure bikes was the Caponord, also known as the ETV1000. Compared to the competition, it’s happiest on pavement but it won’t stop you from exploring fire roads that you may encounter along the way. This example is on offer for less than three grand, which is a cheap way of entering the …

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2,386 Miles – 1985 Honda XL600R

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

Honda’s XL600R was a popular dual-sport for a wide variety of riders in the 80s – Dirt Rider magazine said it was the best in the dirt of the open class dual purpose bikes (like the Kawasaki KL600 or Yamaha XT600). You wouldn’t know that from this example, which has apparently spent all of its life on the street. The …

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Set Up For Street – 1969 Rickman Metisse MkIV

In Dual-Sport, England by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: This streetable Metisee sold for $5,200 after 27 bids on eBay. 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, …

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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!