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Ex-Factory Racer – Malcom Stewart’s 2014 Honda CRF450

In Japan, Off-Road, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

Factory race machines are the pinnacle of production-based two-wheelers. As their name suggests, these bikes come straight from the manufacturer who is giving it all they have in hopes that their bike will win its respective championship which will hopefully translate to satisfactory sales numbers and steer buyers towards their offering over the competition. Well, this 2014 CRF450 is no …

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Restored – 1970 Bultaco El Bandido Mk2

In Off-Road, Spain by Abhi0 Comments

In 1967, Bultaco introduced their first open class bike and gave it one of the best names and logos in the business. It was called the El Bandido (obviously, The Bandit), and it was available in scrambles and MX variants. The Mark 2 version was released soon after – the easiest way to differentiate them was noticing the addition of …

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YZ426 Motor, CRF250R Frame – BBR 426 Hybrid

In Custom, Japan, Off-Road by Tim Huber0 Comments

One of only three ever made, this Brown Brothers Racing “YZ426S” is a truly fascinating hybrid motocrosser. Marrying the lightweight aluminum-frame from the (early-2000’s) nimble Honda CR250R with the Yamaha YZ426F’s proven power plant to deliver this high-performance made-to-order dirt-goer that sold for $20k back in the early 2000’s. Combining the best of both worlds, it’s not hard to see …

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No Reserve – 2007 KTM 300 XC-W

In Austria, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: After 70 bids on eBay, this KTM sold for $3,000. The seller says that 5 years ago he asked the editor of Dirt Rider magazine what the “best off-road bike was” and the answer he was given was a two-stroke KTM 300. The editor expressed a popular opinion – many experience off-road riders consider this to be …

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Rare Hungarian Enduro – 1965 White Scrambler 250

In Off-Road by Tim Huber0 Comments

The White Motorcycle Company is just one of dozens of now defunct manufacturers that have been forced to close their doors over the years by bad luck and less than ideal circumstances. The White MoCo was based in Hungary and produced several different models with the intentions of importing to the US market. Unfortunately someone’s major oversight in 1967 resulted …

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1983 Suzuki RM125

In Japan, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

Post Listing Update: This RM125 did not get any interest at the opening bid of $1,900. RM was Suzuki’s designation for Racing Model, and it was reserved for motocross racers. Displacements ranged from 50cc to 500cc, and the two-stroke 125 was built between 1975 and 2007. This example features a recent engine rebuild (less than 30 minutes on the motor) …

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No Reserve – 1974 Ossa Phantom 250

In Off-Road, Spain by Abhi0 Comments

By the early 70s, OSSA had established a dominant position in the off-road motorcycle market. But when Honda released the 250cc Elsinore, the Spanish firm was forced to respond with a strong competitor. The Phantom 250 met the mark, thanks to 33 horsepower and a weight of just 198 pounds. The $1,350 MSRP was a significant $250 more than Honda’s …

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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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5 Classics in North Carolina

In Germany, Italy, Japan, Off-Road, Sport, Touring by Abhi0 Comments

A seller in Asheville, North Carolina is letting go of 5 bikes that tell me he’s got a similar taste in motorcycles to most of you. Act fast, though, because the auctions are ending in just a few hours! All but the Laverda have met reserve so they’re getting new owners. In the seller’s words, “I am selling a number …

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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.