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Rare Trials – 1982 SWM TL320

In Italy, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

SWM started building the Rotax-powered TL320 in 1977. Incremental upgrades were put into play until the bike was killed off in 1984, but the highlight of the model run was right about when this specific bike was built – in 1981, Gilles Burgat won the FIM World Trials Championship. This example has been restored so you can do your best …

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Another Revolution Heard From – 1974 Yamaha TY250

In Japan, Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The early to middle part of the 1970s were a wonderful time to be a motorcycle junkie. The Japanese manufacturers were aggressively in search of market share worldwide-seemingly expanding into every niche and even creating new ones that we didn’t even know we wanted.

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The Thumper Returns – 1976 Yamaha TT500

In Japan, Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Through all of the 1960s you really had two choices if you wanted to play in the dirt. Many manufacturers made ‘Scrambler’ models but they really were better at getting you to the dirt than actually getting dirty. You could either ride a two stroke single that made horsepower like crazy or ride a vintage English 4 stroke single. Both …

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1967 Husqvarna 360 Viking

In Off-Road, Sweden by Abhi0 Comments

Post Listing Update: After the relist, this bike was pulled off of eBay as there was “an error in the listing.” 12-27 Update: Tom Wacker notes that this bike is back up for sale. Bidding is currently up to $5,778 with the reserve not yet met. It’s still in Bonney Lake, Washington and you can find it here on eBay. …

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1975 Honda CR125 Elsinore

In Japan, Off-Road by Cas Vanderwoude0 Comments

A Honda 2 stroke? Back in 1973, Honda released their best ever dirt bike – the CR125 Elsinore. Prior to this, Honda dirt bikes were … well … not appreciated. That was about to change very quickly. At 20 HP, 188 LBS wet and sporting a 6 speed transmission, the Elsinores not only handled rather well, they went like the …

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1997 Montesa Cota 315R

In Off-Road, Spain by Ted Clough0 Comments

Every so often I see a trials video, or catch some vintage trials at Barber and I think – I need to try that. I know I will never be a roadracer from my trackday experiences, and motocross/enduro are also pretty much out of the question as it is not a question of whether you will crash, but how much …

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One Of A Kind – 1967 BSA Trials

In England, Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Post Listing Update: This custom trials bike sold for the BIN of $7,500, but was then relisted a couple of days later and eventually pulled off of eBay. I’m baffled. I don’t even know what to call this motorcycle. BSA motor and transmission but that is just about it. It’s a no doubt custom built Trials bike fabricated around a …

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1969 CZ 360 Sidepipe

In Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

Also known as the Type 969, the CZ 360 was impressively similar to the factory motocross race bike – one that won three straight 500cc World MX Championships thanks to the riding of Paul Friedrichs. Here’s an example that’s been recently restored and is ready for vintage racing.