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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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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. …

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1975 Suzuki RL250 Exacta

In Japan, Off-Road by Abhi0 Comments

Suzuki introduced the Exacta (aka the RL250) in 1974, and nowadays it’s considered a solid vintage trials bike (though there were some issues with frames breaking above the swingarm pivot). They were only imported in the US for 1974-1975, and the main difference was an aluminum tank in the first year and a metal tank in the last year. The …

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1975 Kawasaki KX250

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

The Kawasaki KX250 still exists today, though the actual model name is the KX250F because it’s now a four-stroke. But from 1974-2007, the KX250 was a successful two-stroke MX bike that won several AMA Championships over time – especially with Jeff Emig and Ricky Carmichael in recent years. This is claimed to be a fully restored example from very early …