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Ex-Shriner Ending Soon – 1969 Honda Dream CA77

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Nowadays, the Shriners are typically riding Harley-Davidsons – currently Harley even offers a Shriners special edition (but you have to show proof that you belong to the fraternity) alongside their Peace Officer and Firefighter special editions. In fact, they’ve become such a pairing that when you look at the application for the motorcycle unit of the El Zaribah Shriners of …

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Rare in the US – Carabela 150SL

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Here’s a bike that I know just about nothing about. Can you fill me in? I’ve featured a few bikes made by Carabela in the past – it’s a Mexican motorcycle manufacturer that was best known for their small displacement MX bikes. But this is a street bike with a bigger motor than the usual Carabela – and that’s pretty …

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Made in China – 2017 Benelli TNT 300

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Benelli has been absent from the US for a while, but thanks to a partnership deal with SSR Motorsport in 2014 they’re starting to come back. McCoy Motorsports in Kentucky has a new TNT 300 for those of you that are looking for something different and aren’t averse to a bike made in China.

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1969 Honda 305 Dream

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When Vy and I took a little tour of the Western US last year, we had the pleasure of meeting Rick Van Vooren. He’s the man behind a Honda restoration shop called Rickstoration, and from what I saw when we visited, I’d have no concerns about buying a bike from him. I bring all of this up because he’s letting …

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Unrestored – 1963 Norton Atlas

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The Norton Atlas was produced from 1962 to 1968 before being replaced by the iconic Commando. The Atlas’s 745cc air-cooled twin was married to a four-speed chain-drive transmission that resulted in 55hp at 6,500RPM. One of the biggest selling points for the Atlas was its Featherbed frame. Interestingly the Atlas was first produced for export only, having been designed to …

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1949 Indian Super Scout

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America’s oldest moco has offered a wide range of Scout models in its more than 100-year history. The 1949 Super Scout would be one of the last models produced by Indian before closing its doors four years later. In addition to its Scout 250 (which is in fact powered by a 440cc Overhead-valve 4-stroke vertical twin engine, though some sources …

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Sandcast K0 – 1969 Honda CB750

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Post Listing Update: Despite 54 bids up to $22,000, this CB750 did not meet reserve. Claimed to be in “museum quality”, this sandcast CB750 was acquired by the seller 20 years ago from the Newman-Haas chief, who was the second owner. As you probably know, the first 7,414 CB750s were built from sandcast molds before Soichiro Honda switched to a …

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In Canada – 1975 Hercules W2000

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Post Sale Update: After 24 bids on eBay, this Hercules sold for $6,100. In the early 70s, Suzuki, Norton, and DKW all brought rotary-powered bikes to the market, but DKW was the first. Outside of the UK, it was marketed as the Hercules Wankel 2000, or W2000. If you ignored the unique powertrain, the rest of the bike was fairly …

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1949 Indian Arrow

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Depending on who you ask, the Indian Arrow was either a terrible idea or a necessary pivot in a changing post-war market. Either way, it was a failure that unfortunately contributed to the company’s bankruptcy in 1953. In 1945, Ralph Rogers and some backers bought a controlling interest in Indian, and they stopped production of the legendary Scout because they …