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1947 LaRay Power Cycle

In America, Small Displacement by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

LaRay Engineering and Equipment Company was a short-lived American manufacturer based in Milwaukee. LaRay’s only model, the Power Cycle, was built for only one year supposedly somewhere between ’46 and ’48. A reported 2,500 units left the Wisconsin factory prior to the IRS shutting La Ray down for unpaid back taxes.

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1980 HMV Freeway

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The brainchild of David Edmonson, High Mileage Vehicles (HMV) sold about 700 units of the “Freeway”, a three-wheeled oddity that just barely qualifies as a motorcycle. It’s a stretch, but I can’t help myself when it comes to sharing oddballs with you.

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1 of 760 – 1973 Yankee 500Z

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Post Sale Update: This 500Z sold for $6,000 after 20 bids on eBay in Cedar Crest, New Mexico. We’ve got two Yankees in two months! As I’ve mentioned several times before, the Yankee 500Z was the brainchild of John Taylor, the American importer for OSSA and Bultaco. He thought American dirt bikes should be able to compete with Europe’s best …

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#7 – 2010 Confederate P120 Fighter

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7-19-19 Update: Almost a year later, this Fighter has made its way to Facebook. The mileage seems to be the same at just over 300, and the seller seems confident that his last showing on eBay isn’t what the market will bear, so find this Confederate Fighter for sale in Austin, Texas for $70,000 here on Facebook Marketplace. Post Listing …

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1 of 22 – 1971 Speedway Silver Shadow

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For many minibike collectors, the Silver Shadow is the Holy Grail. Speedway called it the world’s fastest mini-cycle thanks to a 12.5 horsepower Sachs 2-stroke motor and a weight of just 147 pounds. It’s also incredibly rare (I’ve seen estimates that just 22 were built), which means it can be surprisingly valuable – I’ve featured one in the past that …

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Eastern Fabrications’ “Red Asphalt” – 2018 Motus MST-R Custom

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Built by Lock Baker of Eastern Fabrications (and the man behind Lockhart Knives), this all-American custom took approximately two years to painstakingly piece together. At the heart of the build is the 180hp, 100ci pushrod V4 engine borrowed from the now-defunct Motus MST-R. Wrapped around the mill is a one-off frame paired with a custom swing-arm. Running gear is all …

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1959 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster

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Post Sale Update: This XLCH sold for $8,700 after 17 bids on eBay in Cohoes, New York. This XLCH was restored by the seller 7 years ago, and it was later featured in Issue #330 of American Iron. The seller has suffered a back injury that stops him from kick starting, so he’s letting this go to a new owner …

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Restomod – 1955 Indian Woodsman

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Post Listing Update: This Woodsman did not meet reserve despite 25 bids up to $6,311 on eBay in Spokane, Washington. Between 1955 and 1960, Indians sold in the US were actually re-branded Royal Enfields. It was the idea of an English company called Brockhouse Engineering (you may remember that they created the adorable Corgi) who owned the Indian trademark at …

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Sideburn Magazine’s Hooligan Flat Track Racer – 1991 Harley-Davidson Sportster

In America, Off-Road, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Sideburn is an independent motorcycle publication founded in early 2008 with a focus on the flat track scene. In addition to its online and print content, the UK-based outfit is also responsible for sponsoring/organizing events like Dirt Quake (and Snow Quake), which Sideburn first held in 2012. A Harley-based flat track racer built and used by various Sideburn staffers (and …

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243 Miles – 2009 Harley-Davidson XR1200

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In 2009, Harley-Davidson reached into the nostalgia bag and brought out the XR1200. The flat track fenders and raised suspension bore a clear resemblance to the XR750 before I even knew what flat tracking was. Since Harley cancelled the model in 2013, flat tracking has seen a resurgence in popularity, and Indian recently launched their FTR1200 using similar “race inspired” …