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1969 Ducati 450 Scrambler

In Dual-Sport, Italy by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Post Listing Update: This Scrambler was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Ducati of the ‘60s and ‘70s had a history of being between extreme financial peril and a rosy business outlook. The Scrambler series was conceived and delivered during one deep, dark period of potential business failure and had a significant impact on the very next period …

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1960 Cushman Allstate Jetsweep

In America, Scooter by Tom Wacker0 Comments

“Like a new 1959 car . . long, low, sleek . . smart 2-tone colors” {Quotes from the 1959 Sears Catalog Advertisement page 1066} The 1960 Allstate Jetsweep was a rebadged Cushman 722 Pacemaker offered between 1957 and 1960. Sears and Cushman had a long term relationship that saw tens of thousands of Cushman scooters sold under the Allstate banner.

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Street Fighter – 2005 Ducati 999R

In Custom, Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Whenever Ducati puts the letter “R” at the end of a model, you know that bike is going to be special. That was indeed the case with the 999R, which Ducati built for AMA homologation. In 2004, Ducati sold just 50 examples of it in the states. More were sold in 2005 at a $29,995 MSRP – $7,000 more than …

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Early BMW Hybrid – 1983 BMW R80ST

In Germany, Less than 5k, Standard by Ted Clough0 Comments

The R80ST was the street-only version of the R80GS. It had slightly different styling, and the seat was slightly lower. It used the same air-cooled boxer twin engine with a dry clutch that put out 50hp at 6500 rpm. The 5-speed tranny drove the rear through the same Monolever shaft drive. Wheels were 19″ front, 18″ rear, for the street.

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1970 Moto Guzzi Ambassador

In Cruiser, Italy by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Moto Guzzi first started testing the by now iconic longitudinal 90 degree V-Twin in 1966. Released as the 700 CC V-7 in 1967 it was updated in 1969 as the 750 CC Ambassador (or V-7 Special in Europe) Incredibly to me Guzzi was in state receivership for financial reorganization at the time. To say that the Ambassador sold well (particularly …

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Ending Soon – One Owner 1967 Triumph Tiger T100C

In England, Sport by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The Edward Turner designed Speed Twin was released by Triumph in 1938 followed in 1939 by the Tiger 100. Both were 500 CC parallel twin machines, but the Tiger was lighter and faster. WWII intervened in Triumph’s production and the factory was bombed into rubble. Civilian production of the Tiger resumed in 1947. Though the Bonneville would outsell the T100 …

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1979 Yamaha XS1100 Special

In Japan, Touring by Tom Wacker0 Comments

By 1981 I was riding almost exclusively in the dirt. My love of long distance touring hadn’t raised it’s head yet, but my need for speed was well established. I had sold my Z1000 and bought a snowmobile in 1980, when I got a great deal on a 1980 XS1100 Special. The guy said the bike scared him to death …

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Rare in the US – 1983 Honda CX650ED Eurosport

In Japan, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

Post Listing Update: This Eurosport was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Introduced in 1983, the Honda CX650ED (also called the Eurosport) was never officially sold in the US. Now you can enjoy 80s styling without the joy of boost that the CX650T afforded Americans! While the Turbo might be more fun, these are seriously rare in the …

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2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto

In Germany, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

One of the rarest BMWs to make it to the US, the Megamoto was only sold in 2008 and just 107 examples were imported to the states. As this was BMW’s take on a large supermoto, the model name is just about perfect. Think of it as a street version of the HP2 Enduro.