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Video Intermission – Petrolicious – 1967 Bultaco Metralla 250 Mk2: Rolling Myth

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When it was released, the Metralla Mk2 was the fastest two-stroke motorcycle you could buy. It held that title for a short time – you should check out Mat Oxley’s book Stealing Speed to learn why two-stroke development was at a fever pitch during this decade – but even as other companies built faster bikes, the Metralla was still fantastically …

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Gift Intermission – OddBike Merch

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One of my favorite motorcycle websites is Jason Cormier’s OddBike, in which he ‘obsesses over weird motorcycles from around the world.’ His work is impeccably researched, and it’s a great place to learn about two-wheeled oddballs. Whenever I feature a bike for sale that Jason has covered, I make it a point to share his thoughts.

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Video Intermission – Dirt Shark – McMammoth

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The newest Dirt Shark video is out and it features Jeremy McGrath enjoying his recently rebuilt 2000 Kawasaki KX500 at Mammoth Motocross. It’s nothing profound – no record setting jumps or pioneering stunts, but it’s beautiful to look at. Plus, they had the sense (which most people seem to forget) to mute the music when Jeremy is winding out the …

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Contest Intermission – Rizoma Design Challenge

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Submissions are in for the Rizoma Design Challenge, a competition where they asked “designers, engineers, and students to show us the future of motorcycling” in two categories: motorcycle design and aftermarket product design. Now it’s your time to participate by voting on the winners, because the final say is split equally between public votes and a panel of industry experts.