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1973 BGW Trakcycle

In America, Less than 5k, Off-Road, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Introduced in 1972, the Trakcycle was a creation of BGW Industries in Mansfield, Ohio – a October 1972 issue of Popular Mechanics says that the Trakcycle “represents just about the ultimate in all-season, go-anywhere ruggedness and versatility. Its rubber-ribbed, cord-reinforced track belt is nearly a foot wide and heavily treaded, giving the bike tremendous traction.”

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The Widow Maker – Jet-Powered Trike

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In 1972, EJ Potter (also known as the Michigan Madman) showed off an incredible trike in Lakeland, Florida. Doing his best Dr. Strangelove impression, EJ basically straddled a Fairchild J-44 jet engine on wheels. It was a short lived experiment – the 1,200 hp rolling jet engine was claimed to have crested 200 mph before it crashed at 120 mph …

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546 Miles – 2006 Kawasaki KLR650/HDT M1030M1

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KLR fans, take a close look at that motor. If it looks different than what you’re used to, it’s because this is a diesel-powered Kawasaki built by Hayes Diversified Technologies for the US Marine Corps. Hayes actually built 3 military Kawis – a gas-powered bike based on the KLR250 (M1030), another gas-powered bike but based on the KLR650 (M1030B1), and …

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2 Miles – 2009 Harley-Davidson XR1200

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For those in the know, the XR1200 was an unexpected joy from Milwaukee, the land of big twins and relaxed riding styles. Clearly drawing inspiration from the legendary XR750, Harley-Davidson released the XR1200 in Europe only at first, though US riders cried foul and the bike was quickly sold in the USA as well. This example stands out as it …

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1 of 10 – 2018 Ducati/Fuller Street Tracker

In America, Custom by AbhiLeave a Comment

When American Flat Track changed up the rules for the Twins class (imposing a 850cc size limit, among other things), Lloyd Brothers Motorsports had to switch up their steeds. They tapped Bryan Fuller of Fuller Moto to build a frame which would house a Ducati 821 V-Twin, and then added on a tremendous amount of excellent components (minus a front …

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1995 Suzuki Ryca 650 CS-1

In America, Cafe Racer, Custom, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Suzuki LS650 Savage is a simple, low-powered entry-level cruiser. A Los Angeles based company called Ryca saw a way to spice up the S40, with the Ryca 650 CS-1 kit. It takes a rather ugly semi-Sportster clone and turns it into a lithe cafe racer styled bike with some actual semblance of personality.

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No Reserve – 1950 Indian Papoose

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Post Sale Update: This Papoose sold for $4,800 on eBay. The Indian Papoose was a rebadged Brockhouse Corgi, itself a civilian version of the Excelsior Villiers Welbike – a single seat scooter designed to be dropped into combat situations via parachute-equipped containers, then unpacked and be ready to ride in less than 11 seconds.

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1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000

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In the late 80s, Harley-Davidson decided that they wanted to take a crack at AMA Superbike, where they’d be allowed to compete against 750cc fours with 1,000cc twins (just like Ducati). Homologation rules required the production of 50 bikes around the world, so Harley ended up getting the bikes certified and legalized in Germany (though the common rumor is that …

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2016 Indian Scout

In America, Cruiser by AbhiLeave a Comment

My moto-journalist buddy Justin Westbrook is selling his Indian Scout – he bought it after falling in love with one during a cross-country ride for a series in Motorcyclist magazine, but he’s been spending more time in the dirt as of late so this Scout needs a new home.

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4 Miles – 1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR

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When it was released, the Harley-Davidson XLCR (CR stood for Cafe Racer) was supposed to be an instant success powered by Harley’s most powerful production engine to date. It was a jet black departure from HD’s usual chrome fare. It didn’t sell well at all – now it’s a cult classic, and today I’m sharing the nicest XLCR I’ve ever …

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No Reserve – 1999 ATK 490 Enduro

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By sleeving down their 605, ATK created a 490 lineup around a belt-driven Rotax motor that included a XC (cross country), dirt tracker, and enduro models. Each bike was equipped with serious hardware – Paioli forks, Ohlins PDS shock, Excel wheels, Pro Taper bars, SuperTrapp muffler, and even billet hubs and triple clamps.