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1974 Hodaka Road Toad

In America, Japan, Off-Road, Small Displacement by Tom Wacker0 Comments

When it comes to naming motorcycle models, Hodaka might win. Rat. Super Rat. Dirt Squirt. Combat. Wombat. Wombat Combat. Ace. Road Toad. Hodaka was a Japanese motor builder for Yamaguchi motorcycles in 1963 when Yamaguchi went bankrupt. PABTCO, based in Athena, Oregon went looking for a replacement to fill the void left in their sales niche. The fact that PABTCO’s …

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1973 Husqvarna Two-Fer – 400 CR and 125 WR

In Off-Road, Sweden by Abhi0 Comments

By 1973 Husky had near domination in dirt racing world wide. The list of winning Husqvarna riders reads like an all star list: Malcolm Smith, Bob Grossi, Heikki Mikkola, Arne Kring, Brad Lackey and many more rode Husky to wins. The 400 CR was known as a ‘ready to race’ out of the crate motorcycle. The open class thumpers were …

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1965 Bultaco Metisse Pursang 250

In Off-Road, Spain by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Post Sale Update: This Metisse sold for $6,050 after 22 bids on eBay. By 1965 Bultaco had been building fast motorcycles for 8 years. They were a dominant force in the off road racing scene in Europe and introduced what would become their most popular American model in ‘65, the Pursang. There was a reason for the Pursang’s ‘instant hit’ …

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Champion Framed – Yamaha DT250 Flat Tracker

In Japan, Off-Road, Race by Abhi0 Comments

Champion racing frames were the highly sought after handiwork of Californian Doug Schwerma. He built frames in the late sixties and early seventies that were highly desired by flat track racers – “champions” like Don Vesco, Steve Baker, and Kenny Roberts could be seen riding Champion frames. After Schwerma passed away, the Champion frame design and name went to another …

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MPS Build – Honda CRF450 with CR500 Engine

In Japan, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

MPS (Motorsports Products & Services) is the brainchild of George Fanelli, who creates aluminum framed two stroke MX bikes. Want a Kawi KX 500 motor in a modern four stroke frame? A Yamaha 500 two-stroke in a YZ250F frame? MPS has done it before. Here’s one of their Honda builds – a legendary 2001 CR500 motor in a 2007 CRF450 …

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1971 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo

In Italy, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

For one year only, Ducati decided to create a 450 motocrosser after their American importer convinced them it was a market worth exploring. “R/T” stood for Road/Trail, which might explain why the bike was heavier than the MX competition at 300 pounds. It did not sell well, meaning these are hard to find nowadays.

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1970 Montesa 247 Cota

In Less than 5k, Off-Road, Spain by Ted Clough0 Comments

I don’t know what it is about Trials bikes that make me want to hit the “Buy Now” prompt. I think it is just because they represent the essence of motorcycling. Two wheels, a simple engine, twist and go. This Montesa ticks those boxes…

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1975 Honda MR175

In Japan, Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Honda had a pretty checkered run with dirt bikes in the early 70s. It seemed their offerings were either very, very good or ‘not so much’. They introduced a legend in 1973 with the CR125M and CR250M Elsinore. The Elsinore changed dirt riding and racing forever.

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1983 Honda CR250R

In Japan, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

Sellers – if you have questions about how you should be taking photos for a for sale listing, just look at this one. Then again, that might be expected considering the seller is noted MX photographer Joe Bonnello…

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1979 Can-Am MX 370

In America, Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Can-Am first came to my attention in the early ‘70s in Snowmobiles. The Ski-Doo line was the king of the snow, in terms of both speed and handling. In 1972 Can-Am (the motorcycle arm of the company) introduced it’s first dirt bikes. By 1973 Can-Am swept the podium at the Scottish 6 Day Trials and their reputation was made. Can-Am …

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1967 Greeves Challenger

In Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The Bert Greeves story has been well told. He founded Invacar as a mobility device for his disabled brother. He started building motorcycles, then started racing them. Successfully. So much so that the company achieved legend status in the motorcycle world in less than 25 years, start to finish.

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1978 Harley Davidson MX-250

In America, Off-Road by Tom Wacker0 Comments

In 1961 Harley Davidson purchased 50% of Aermacchi Motorcycles (Italy) and began importing them in an effort to capture younger riders. The MX 250 was among the last of these, and by all reports, not a bad dirt squirter. In fact, Harley Davidson won the motorcycle division of the Baja 500 in 1975 with an SX 250.

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1975 Bultaco Pursang

In Off-Road by Ted Clough0 Comments

You should be familiar by now with the story of Francesco Bulto, who left Montessa in the late 1950’s and soon later formed Bultaco. One of Bultaco’s most successful models, especially in the US, was the Pursang. The Pursang was available in several engine sizes, including 125, 250, 360 and 370cc’s. This particular bike is a restored 1975 model 250. …