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Backflip Display Model – 2001 VOR MX 503

In Italy, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Normally, a pristine VOR MX 503 would easily be interesting enough for me to feature by itself, but this example is literally on another level! It’s been converted into a display bike as if it is in the process of completing a backflip thanks to a custom Thor-branded aluminum stand and a fully articulating mannequin adorned in Pastrana 199 Signature …

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Land Speed Moped – 1970 Tomos

In Italy, Race, Scooter by Abhi13 Comments

6-15-2018 Update: Over two years later, Zack B notes that this Tomos is back up for sale. It looks much different now (and not for the better, I’d say). Check out pictures in the listing with an unmet opening bid of $999 in Crawfordsville, Indiana here on eBay. Post-Sale Update: After being relisted, this Tomos sold for a hefty $10,420.69. …

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558 Miles in Canada – 2005 Ducati Multistrada 1000S DS

In Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Introduced in 2003, the Ducati Multistrada 1000 was quickly complemented by a smaller (620) model. Multistrada translates to “many roads’, and the idea was that you’d get ADV comfort for all day riding without the pretensions of going off-road with a heavy beast. The initial run had some teething problems – not in terms of reliability but in terms of …

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The Original Italian Power Cruiser – 2012 CR&S Duu

In Cruiser, Italy by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

CR&S is a boutique Italian manufacturer that is in many ways comparable to Arch Motorcycle. The two both produce ultra top-shelf, S&S V-Twin-powered, performance-oriented cruisers, but while Arch’s models have received ample public attention and media exposure, CR&S’ offerings are little known in the good ol’ US of A, which is a damn shame considering the Italian marque makes some …

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596 Miles – 1971 Harley-Davidson Sprint SX350

In America, Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

By the time Harley-Davidson introduced the Aermacchi-built SX, it was already outdated from a performance standpoint. They took the SS street bike, gussied it up with a few parts to make it a street scrambler, and the SX was born. Like most of the street scramblers of the day, it had off-road pretensions without real off-road performance. Despite all that, …

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1976 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This 3 1/2 sold for $6,500 after 9 bids on eBay. In one of their reviews of the Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport, Cycle World said, “For the lucky few, the Morini is worth what it costs.” Considering the fact that this bike (with a 39 horsepower, 344cc engine) cost as much as a Honda CB750, it …

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Spirit of the Seventies Build – 1997 Ducati 600SS Custom

In Custom, Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

UK-based customs outfit Spirit of the Seventies has produced some of my all-time favorite retro-themed builds. As the shop’s name suggests, SotS specializes in transforming modern machines into retro-styled customs and while this particular Ducati project is one of the shop’s low-end builds, it’s nonetheless a pretty fascinating one; making just a couple major modifications and leaving the majority of …

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1982 Ducati Pantah 600SL

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Ducati Pantah 600SL (actually a 583cc) was the first Ducati to use a hydraulic clutch. Other upgrades included Bosch ignition, Paoli forks, and a tougher gearbox. The engine was good for 57 horsepower at 8,500rpm and it was paired with a 5 speed transmission and Dell’orto carbs. A year later, the Pantah got an even bigger engine and became …