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1991 BMW K1

In Germany, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

BMW keeps one-upping themselves when it comes to sportbikes as of late – they’ve just announced the M1000RR – but their history of inline-4 sporting machines starts with the famous K1.

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In Mexico with US Titles – 2x Yamaha TW200s

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Every once in a while I daydream of international motorcycle exploration and find myself on the classifieds at Horizons Unlimited, seeing if someone’s taken a long trip and is willing to sell a bike for cheap that could easily come back to the US. Looks like a couple took two Yamaha TW200s (with South Dakota titles) to the bottom of …

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1977 Penton/KR Short Tracker 250

In Austria, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

This was a submission over on the Iconic auction site, and I had never heard of one before. I enjoyed learning about it, so let me share with you: in February 1977, Penton introduced a new model that had two extra letters in the name: KR. That’s because the Penton/KR short tracker had been designed and tested by none other …

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2007 BMW R1200R

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

For the 2007 model year, BMW updated the R1150R with a significant improvement in the R1200R. The new motor featured four valves per cylinder and (obviously) a displacement bump to 1,170cc. That increased power to 109, but BMW claimed that the new bike saved 44 pounds over its predecessor – resulting in a 40% increase in power-to-weight!

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In Norway – 2003 Vertemati SM570e

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Brothers Guideo and Alvaro Vertemati founded a motorcycle company after winning several European and International titles with Husqvarna Italy and Husaberg Italy. They were the first company to go with four-strokes in off-roading (Dirt Bike magazine says they “changed the world” in this story) and went on to evolve their enduros and MX bikes into supermotos that were race bikes …

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1974 Yamaha RD60

In Japan, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This RD60 sold for $3,550 after 23 bids on eBay in Newmanstown, Pennsylvania. The baby RD, the RD60 was a tiny two-stroker that was built just between ’73-’75. This bike has more gears in the transmission than horses out of the engine (5 vs. 4). Weird fact of the day – in the owner’s manual, Yamaha claimed …

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1951 Norton ES2

In England, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This ES2 sold for $10,200 after 24 bids on eBay in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The ES2 was introduced in 1927 and was originally sold as a sports bike, though by the time production stopped in 1964, it wasn’t particularly competitive in the world of fast motorcycles. Still, an almost 40 year long production run is damned impressive, and …