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1978 AMF Roadmaster Moped 3-fer

In America, Italy, Less than 5k, Scooter, Small Displacement by Tom Wacker0 Comments

American Machine and Foundry was founded in 1900 by Rufus L. Patterson, inventor of the first automated cigarette rolling machine. In the course of time AMF bought many companies and manufactured many items, including Harley Davidson, Roadmaster Bikes, Alcort Sailboats, and AMF Atomics. Yes. AMF made small atomic reactors for the US Military. Fast forward to 1976. The gas crisis …

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1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon

In Dual-Sport, Italy, Less than 5k by Ted Clough0 Comments

Cagiva is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer. It’s history would make a great basis for an Italian Motorcycle-themed soap opera. Giovanni Castiglioni and his sons ran the business out of Varese, Italy. Over the years there were deals involving a used Aermacchi/Harley Davidson factory, a buyout of Ducati in 1985, and later buyouts of Moto Morini and Husqvarna. Most of these …

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1990 Honda Transalp

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Ted Clough0 Comments

In the late 1980’s Honda jumped into the Dual-Sport fray with their Transalp. Initially conceived as a 500, it was bumped to 600 (actually 583cc) by the time it was introduced in 1987. It was a V-twin 4-stroke that put out roughly 50 hp. It was actually too big to be a motocross or enduro bike, and didn’t really fit …

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Some Work Needed – 1968 Bultaco Matador

In Less than 5k, Off-Road, Spain by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Post Sale Update: This project sold quite quickly at the asking price of $1,250. It’s a well known success story of how “Paco” Bulto resigned from Montesa in 1958 and formed a new company that had almost instant success on the track and a long and legendary run in dirt racing. The Matador started out as a 200 CC dirt …

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5 Rarities in Italy

In France, Italy, Less than 5k, Sport, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

A elderly gentleman in Carini, Italy has a collection of bikes, most of which he has owned for over 30 years. Unfortunately, he is getting old and needs to sell some motorcycles, so a group of his friends are helping out. They’ve currently got 5 bikes up on eBay, and all are said to be “in beautiful restored condition” and …

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1982 Honda Motocompo

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

I don’t know why I like the Motocompo so much. It’s just so quirky and adorable that I can’t help but want one. Honda designed the Motocompo as a 50cc folding scooter that would fit in the trunk of subcompact cars Honda was making at the time, like the City. In fact, the City’s trunk was designed specifically to house …