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DG Race Replica – 1975 Honda CR125M Elsinore

In Japan, Less than 5k, Off-Road, Race, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

In the 1970’s, motocross racing had become fairly mainstream with several top racers becoming household celebrity names. In this highly competitive era, the big manufacturers poured absurd amounts of funding into race R&D, driving the constant evolution of MXers. Despite the large staff and state of the art facilities that the big mocos possessed, a few talented wrenchers created something …

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Fully Restored – 1987 Yamaha YZ250

In Japan, Less than 5k, Off-Road by Tim Huber0 Comments

Yamaha’s YZ series – more than any other bike – has arguably had the most profound impact on American motocross in the last couple decades. The YZ boasts a laundry-list of firsts for production MXers, including reed valves, single-shock suspension, and power valves. To the best of my knowledge, the YZ250 is the longest running production dirt bike. Interestingly, the …

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Phil Nicoletti’s AMA MX Racer – 2013 Yamaha YZ450

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

Yamaha started what it likes to refer to as the “four-stroke revolution” as they were first to release a 4-stroke motocrosser. From the time Doug Henry piloted that YZ400M to victory in an AMA SX event in Las Vegas, Yamaha’s YZs have won countless high-level racing events and established itself as the go-to 450 for many top riders. The four-stroke …

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Honda vs. Kawasaki – 1982 250cc MX Racers

In Japan, Less than 5k, Off-Road by Tim Huber0 Comments

For decades, two-stroke MXers were big business. Production versions of factory competition machines became desirable off-roaders, leading to some of the most iconic quarter-liter off-road racers of all time. Two of those machines are undeniably the Honda CR250R and Kawasaki KX250. Both bikes were “out of the box racers” that were instant classics, receiving various updates over the years in …

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Harley MXer – 1975 Harley-Davidson SX250

In America, Less than 5k, Off-Road by Tim Huber0 Comments

In 1969 Yamaha released its wildly popular 250cc DT-1, selling around 50,000 units in its first couple years of production. Other manufacturers took notice of this, including Harley-Davidson. They would toss their hat in the MX-ring the following year in an effort to nab a piece of the lucrative late-’60’s/early-’70’s off-road segment. Harley had recently purchased a large stake in …

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All Terrain Cycles – 1986 Yamaha BW200 and Honda TR200

In Japan, Less than 5k, Off-Road, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

A lot of unconventional motorcycles were built in the 1980’s, especially in Japan. When one manufacturer released an unorthodox scoot, another manufacturer would often follow suit, just in case one of these novel gambles worked. Forced induction is a good example of this, but the factory ATV-wheeled dirt bikes of the new-wave and cocaine-fueled decade may be the best example. …

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$950 – Tule Trooper Big Boy

In America, Less than 5k, Off-Road, Scooter by Abhi0 Comments

Jim Edwins was the man behind the J. I. Edwins Company in Issaquah, Washington. The firm was best known for the production of the “Trooper”, a competitor to the better-known Tote Gote. They’re rare finds nowadays, and this one is worthy of consideration as it’s the harder-to-find “Big Boy” model with optional tandem seat and it’s said to run great!

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Christini AWD – 2012 Honda CRF450X

In Japan, Off-Road by Tim Huber0 Comments

This street legal 2012 Honda CRF450X example has been fitted with an array of solid aftermarket parts including a Christini AWD kit. The kits come complete with everything needed to turn a motorcycle into an AWD vehicle, including the modified forks, custom fuel tank, custom Talon front hub, engagement Switch, CNC triple clamp, and fork guards. These kits sell by …

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Rebuilt British Beauty – 1978 Rickman Triumph

In England, Off-Road by Tim Huber0 Comments

Last time I featured a Rickman Triumph, I referred to it as a “Britmota” and even though this example isn’t a road machine, I feel the moniker still applies. This completely rebuilt example is sporting a NEW Rickman chassis wrapped around a 1978 Triumph 750 engine. The restoration process on this iconic British machine took an accumulative three years to …

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Keystone Framed Factory Hillclimber – 1923 Harley-Davidson Twin-Cam

In America, Off-Road, Race, Vintage by Tim Huber0 Comments

Hillclimbers are some of the most interesting historically significant motorcycles out there. As high-dollar auctions like Bonham’s and Mecum have demonstrated, the right hillclimber in good condition can be worth a literal fortune. One of my favorites is the 1928 Excelsior Big Bertha Hillclimber that sold at a Vegas Mecum auction earlier this year for $117,500. This 1923 H-D Twin-Cam …

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Late Competition Scrambler – 1966 Matchless G85CS

In England, Off-Road by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Plumstead, England-based Matchless Motorcycles had a decently long run of 67 years before finally closing its doors in 1966. Before shutting down however, one of its final moves would be producing (according to the seller) less than one hundred G85CS (or Competition Scramblers) in an effort to combat manufacturers like Husqvarna, Bultaco, CZ and Greeves, who had been dominating …