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1965 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCH

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Post Sale Update: This XLCH sold for $7,400 after 13 bids on eBay in McLean, Virginia. The XLCH is one of the jewels of the Sportster model line. The CH is affectionately referred to as “Competition Hot” by some and it had a few changes from the XLH, notably a different tank and seat, as well as the removal of …

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1974 Rokon RT340

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Post Sale Update: this Rokon sold for the opening bid of $2,600 on eBay in Greenville, Michigan. The Rokon RT340 was a rare ‘one-wheel’ drive bike featuring an automatic transmission from the company best known for making the go-anywhere Trailbreaker. Because of the transmission, you might suspect it was geared (no pun intended) towards beginners who wanted to learn in …

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1912 Flying Merkel Board Track Racer

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Post Listing Update: This Flying Merkel was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. If you saw the show Sons of Speed last year on Discovery, you should be familiar with Billy Lane, the owner of Choppers, Inc. As part of the series, Billy revived several board track racers – he was able to find a few engines but …

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1969 Rokon Trailbreaker

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Post Listing Update: This Rokon was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Rokon was founded in the early 60s with the intent of developing a “moto-tractor” that featured two wheel drive. This task was achieved with a combination of shaft, chain, and belt drives, and it enabled riders to go nearly anywhere – as long as they weren’t …

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Ex-Navy – 1972 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLA

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Post Sale Update: Bidding originally did not meet reserve with 3 bids up to $12,000 on eBay in Walnut, California. The seller then relisted the bike and sold it for a BIN of $15,000. 5-13-20 Update: Three years later, this XLA is back up for sale. The seller includes an appraisal from Jeff Hyman at Classic Auto Appraiser, who claims …

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213 Miles – 1983 Harley-Davidson XR1000

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Post Listing Update: This XR1000 did not meet reserve despite 22 bids up to $15,110 on eBay in Hebron, Ohio. The XR750 is one of Harley-Davidson’s most iconic motorcycles – though it was never intended to be street legal. But what if Harley took a XR motor and shoved it in a Sportster frame? Willie G himself had a similar …

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Softail Predecessor – 1981 RoadWorx

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Did you know that Harley-Davidson’s iconic Softail frame was originally developed outside of the company? It all goes back to a company called RoadWorx, the brainchild of Bill Davis. Bill owned a FX Super Glide but didn’t love the styling of it – he created a new frame and had enough success with it that he patented the design. He …

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1970 Indian MT5A

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Post Sale Update: This MT5A sold for $6,500 after 27 bids on eBay in Georgetown, Texas. Primarily produced in the late 60s and 70s, Indian’s range of off-road-oriented tiddlers included some very cool offerings such as the Boy Racer, the ME100, the SS125MX, even a kid bike with a full-on mini sidecar. One of the most visually distinctive options was …

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One Owner – 1969 Indian MM5A

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Post Sale Update: This MM5A sold for $3,650 after 37 bids on eBay in Georgetown, Texas. The Indian MM5A was a mini bike designed for little children (4-5 year olds) to become familiar with motorcycles, but also the Indian brand. There were two marketing goals with this bike – encourage older riders to share the Indian experience with their children, …

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1951 Harley-Davidson Servicar

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Following-up on yesterday’s Indian 3-wheeler, here’s the more common competitor: the Harley-Davidson Servicar. Produced for nearly 40 years, the Servicar was a three-wheeler HD produced in an attempt to further expand their target customer base during the Great Depression. One of their selected targets was automotive mechanics, so this bike was designed to allow mechanics put their tools in the …