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703 Miles – 1989 Honda XL600V Transalp

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When Honda brought the XL600V over from Europe in 1989, America wasn’t ready. The 583cc V-twin adventure bike was more capable than anyone could have imagined. Many news outlets noted its biggest limiting factor was the tires of the time. Twin spark heads and a 450lb weight offered agility on the road, while full fairings looked the part. Meanwhile, long …

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Cycle World Cover Bike – ESMC’s “Desert Wolf” Harley Roadster

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The Desert Wolf was one of three identical bikes constructed for an ambitious 2017 project which was the brainchild of El Solitario’s head honcho, David Borras. While you can read all about Borras’ and the El Sol crew’s Saharan adventure on said bikes in a full-length Cycleworld writeup — the issue’s feature/cover story — in a nutshell the idea was …

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1940 Excelsior Villiers Welbike

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Post Sale Update: This Welbike sold for $10,100 after 54 bids on eBay. At the request of the British government, Excelsior developed the Welbike, a tiny single seater that was designed to be dropped into combat situations via parachute-equipped containers. The goal was that it could be unpacked and ready to ride within 11 seconds.

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Restored Vintage Enduro – 1980 Yamaha IT175

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Immediately after Yamaha unveiled the IT400 in 1976, a trio of Yamaha riders nabbed gold medals at the Austrian International Six Day Trials on the newly debuted IT’s. With the success of the 400, the Tuning Fork Company opted to expand the IT — or “International Trial” — range the following year to include smaller displacement variants, one of which …

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1972 Suzuki RV90 Rover

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Post Listing Update: This Suzuki RV90 did not get any interest at the opening bid of $1,200. Minibikes are back in! What started with the just the Honda Grom 125 has turned into a multi-class 24 hour endurance race featured on motorcycle.com with a cameo by me, and culminated with Abhi riding a new Super Cub to an event at …

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Factory Scrambler Kit – 1967 Honda CB450D

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Post Listing Update: This CB450D did not get any action at the BIN of $20,500. Honda’s Black Bomber, also known as the CB450, is a valuable collectible nowadays. But when it was first released, the voluptuous styling was not for everyone. When the 1968 CB450 K1 was released, Honda still had several examples of the K0 languishing in showrooms and …

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Maria Riding Company’s “Kalahari” – 1992 Honda Africa Twin Custom

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Bespoke ADV builds are a rare breed, so whenever a fully transformed custom adventure mount from a big-name shop pops up for sale I feel obligated to share it. We’ve previously featured a one-off build from Portugal’s The Maria Riding Company, however this highly-modified ADV rig is a far cry from the track-spec (Ducati) GT1000 from back in October.

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2009 Kawasaki KLR650 M1030M1

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Post Listing Update: This diesel KLR did not get any interest at the asking price of $14,000. It was later relisted at the same price with the same result. In 1997, the US Navy announced that it was consolidating the various types of fuel it provided for military vehicles. Diesel motorcycle research at Hayes Diesel Technology (HDT) was already underway, …