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1959 Hercules K100

In Germany, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

10-18-17 Update: And just like that, this bike has sold! 10-18-17 Update: 20 months later, reader Bob K notes that this bike is back up for sale with a $100 discount. It looks like since the last feature, the bearings (I’m assuming wheel?) have been repacked. Everything works and it comes with the original air pump. Current mileage is 5,406. …

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Resto-Mini – 1970 Rupp Scrambler

In America, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

The story of Rupp Manufacturing (or Industries) is a fascinating one with a history spanning almost two decades. They produced a vast range of motorized on and off-road toys and even managed to hold its own for a while against Japan’s stranglehold on the industry once the Z50 Mini Trail debuted. The company was founded in Mansfield, Ohio in 1959 …

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250 Miles – 1974 Suzuki TS100

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: After 24 bids on eBay, this TS100 sold for $1,225 to reader Chris C! A street scrambler variant of the TC100, the TS100 Blazer was introduced in 1973 and it was relatively successful in the United States. This example has less than 250 miles as the original owner bought it for his daughter with one rule – …

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Fighting the CT-70 – 1976 Yamaha Champ

In Japan, Less than 5k, Scooter, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

In 1976, Yamaha brought out its answer to Honda’s wildly popular CT-70 in the form of the 80cc “Champ”, (not to be confused with the Yamaha Chappy or 50cc LC50 Champ moped). The mini was powered by a 72cc oil-injected LB80-3D two-stroke engine (with four-petal reeds), married to an automatic transmission with two-speed centrifugal clutch. The tiny Yammy can reportedly …

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Pair of Roemar 125 Racers

In Race, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

Roemar is a name you’ve probably never heard – up until a few days ago I hadn’t either. The Roemar name comes from the last name of the man behind the marque – which was Roelofs – combined with Maren-Kessel, where Roelofs was based when creating these machines. I recently got the chance to speak with the founder’s son Theo, …

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Italian Two-Stroke – 1968 Cimatti C100

In Italy, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

Though Cimatti Motorcycles was founded in 1937, it would be well over a decade before it produced its first motorized two-wheeler. The marque was started by Marco Cimatti, who won a Gold Medal in cycling at the 1932 Olympics. Despite the company starting up in a turbulent period economically, the bicycle manufacturer managed to beat the odds and remain profitable. …

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1965 Skat Kitty Minibike

In America, Scooter, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

The Skat Kitty was one of many American minibikes of the 60s, but it stands out as it was the first production “scooter” with a cast aluminum frame and fender assembly. It was sold by Projects Unlimited out of Dayton, Ohio, and this is probably only going to appeal to someone who either had one themselves as a kid (or …

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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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Little-Known German Project – 1936 Presto Werke Type 208

In Germany, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

Presto Werke (or Presto-Werke Günther & Co) may be one of the biggest and most influential manufacturers you’ve probably never heard of. Founded in 1897, the German company produced bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles, cars, and trucks, closing its doors in the late 1950’s after failing to bounce back from WW2. The company was based out of Chemnitz for most of its …

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Hondas and Indians – 3 Cool Minis

In America, Japan, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Tim Huber0 Comments

Minibikes have a more universal appeal in the motorcycle world quite possibly more than any other type of motorized two-wheeler. So many motorcyclists have stories to share of piloting a mini that they, a cousin, or a kid down the street owned. For many of these riders, this would be their first introduction into a lifelong moto-obession. Indian wasn’t particularly …

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Santa Barbara – 1964 Yamaha YA6

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

The YA6 was best known for being Yamaha’s first production bike with automatic oil injection – you may remember the feature by the name of “Autolube.” The oil injection was immensely popular and was offered throughout Yamaha’s lineup for decades. The YA6 was much less successful, making them a rare find nowadays. This survivor has remained in good shape and …