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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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1965 Honda CB160 Racer

In Japan, Race, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

A couple of years ago I attended my first Vintage GP. I went there specifically to check out some sidecars, but there were a lot of great classes. One of my favorites was the CB160 race, because it begins with a Le Mans start. I hope the next owner of this bike will participate in similar events.

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One Year Only – 1990 Honda NS50F

In Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

Just for 1990, America got a taste of Honda’s NSF50F two stroke “sport” bike. Despite the diminutive size, it’s a street legal bike with a claimed top speed of 55 miles per hour. It makes me think of a MB5 that got updated with liquid cooling and then painted by a Miami coke dealer. I want one.

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2 Miles – 1969 Benelli Dynamo

In Italy, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Abhi2 Comments

4-14-17 Update: Two years later, this bike is back up for sale with a whopping 50% more miles! That might be a bit of an overreaction as the total mileage is still just 3. But now you know it runs and the new listing has much better photos. So, find this Dynamo for sale in Stockton, New Jersey with bidding …

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1971 Suzuki T125 Stinger

In Japan, Small Displacement by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The Suzuki T series bikes were all two stroke parallel twins that had some serious impact on the way Americans looked at motorcycles. Two stroke twins were not unknown in the motorcycle universe in the late ‘60s, but Suzuki brought power, speed and flair to the market with their Ts. Most famous is probably the T20 (known in America as …

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1980 Italjet Pack 2

In Italy, Scooter, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

In the 60s, Italjet produced a folding scooter called the Kit Kat. It was designed for pilots and sailors who found themselves at a destination without wheels. A couple of decades later, the Italian company modernized the idea with a scooter they called the Pack 2. It’s not what I would call the prettiest scooter ever made, but the clever …

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Building the Gromster

In Guest Writers, Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

Editor’s Note: About a year ago, David N (you’ll remember him from experiences like going to a Mecum auction or his recent visit to the AMCA Sunshine Chapter National Meet) told me that he was looking for a Grom to customize. When he explained what his plan was, I asked if he’d be willing to share the bike and his …