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Wood Rotax 560 Four-Stroke – 1984 KTM 504 MX

In Austria, Less than 5k, Off-Road, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

At the dawn of the 1980s, a myriad of manufacturers were experimenting with producing a competitive four-stroke motocrosser, though dethroning the mighty two-stroke was a major uphill battle. Quite a few marques put their faith in Rotax, who had then recently debuted an impressive 498cc four-stroke single. Seeing the potential of the half-liter thumper, KTM worked out a deal with …

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AHRMA Race Winner – 1973 Honda CB350

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Post Listing Update: This CB350 racer did not meet reserve despite 19 bids up to $2,375 on eBay. This AHRMA racer was acquired by the seller as a Sportsman 350 competitor in 2013 – he then rebuilt it “with the intention of creating a championship winning bike”. After campaigns in 2014 and 2015 with multiple podiums and race wins at …

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Land Speed Moped – 1970 Tomos

In Italy, Race, Scooter by Abhi13 Comments

6-15-2018 Update: Over two years later, Zack B notes that this Tomos is back up for sale. It looks much different now (and not for the better, I’d say). Check out pictures in the listing with an unmet opening bid of $999 in Crawfordsville, Indiana here on eBay. Post-Sale Update: After being relisted, this Tomos sold for a hefty $10,420.69. …

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Reader Ride – Baker Formula One Sidecar

In 3 Wheels, Guest Writers, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

5-30-2018 Update: Two years later, this interesting sidecar is now actually up for sale! “The electric motor has since been removed and a race-prepared Suzuki GSXR 1000 engine and 6-speed transmission will be included along with a bodywork mold, extra wheels, and a North Carolina bill of sale.” Find it with bidding up to $2,750 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina …

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1994 BMW R1100RS Battle of the Legends

In Germany, Less than 5k, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

One of the most popular American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) race series with fans was the Battle of the Legends, a partnership with BMW that had motorcycling legends face off against each other on identically-prepped BMW bikes. It ran from 1993-1997, and in 1994 the series utilized the R1100RS sport-tourer in a pearl white. The next year would also …

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CRTT Tribute – 1973 Aermacchi Sprint 350 Racer

In Italy, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

As little bikes from Japan increasingly flooded the market in the ‘60s, American manufacturers started looking into emulating the more nimble foreign offerings rising in popularity. Instead of developing an existing engine, Harley-Davidson opted to purchase a 50 percent stake in Aermacchi, an Italian marque that produced small displacement bikes. This led to the release of the Sprint 250 in …

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Team Cycle World/Attack Superbike – 1993 Yamaha YZF-750SP

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Post Listing Update: Despite 28 bids up to $12,500, this Yamaha did not meet reserve. Back in the days when motorcycle magazines actually had money to goof around with expensive projects, Cycle World partnered with Attack Performance to campaign a Yamaha YZF-750SP in two runnings of the Daytona 200 as well as a World Superbike race at Laguna Seca. It …

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Ex-Bob Stark Flat Track Racer – 1949 Indian Arrow

In America, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Indian Motorcycle is in Bob Stark’s blood. His father had an Akron, Ohio dealership started half-a-decade prior to the Hendee Manufacturing Company changing its name to “Indian Motocycle” (that’s right, no “r”). Stark first started wrenching at his dad’s dealership in 1944 – at which point Indian was almost entirely focused on producing machines for the Allied war effort, making …

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XR69 Tribute – 1980 Suzuki GS Racer

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Post Listing Update: This Suzuki XR69 tribute did not get any action at the asking BIN of $26,000. Also known as the GS1000R, the Suzuki XR69 was born out of Pops Yoshimura’s request for Suzuki to help him with some development of his GS750-based Formula 750 racer. In 1977, F750 became Formula One and they allowed 1,000cc motors. Suzuki started …

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ESO Powered – Cheney Vintage MX Project

In England, Off-Road, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

I’ve featured a few Cheney-framed off-roaders before, but this project may have the most interesting motor out of all of them. One of the legends of off-road frame design, Eric Cheney started as one of Britain’s best MX riders. Unfortunately, he picked up a blood infection while racing in Algeria and it became so bad that he had to stop …