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Rare in the US – 1988 Cagiva Tamanaco

In Dual-Sport, Italy, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

Never officially imported to the US, the Cagiva Tamanaco was a diminutive dual-sport that looks like an absolute blast. Look at the stickers on this thing! “Fun & Function”, “Soft Damp”, “Twin Cooler”. In this case, the seller’s even added a couple of stickers of his own, such as a “BRAAAAP” on the inside of the right side hand guard.

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No Reserve – 1980 Honda XL500S

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Post Sale Update: This XL500S sold for $2,950 after 37 bids on eBay in Augusta, Georgia. Introduced in 1979, the XL500S was marketed by Honda as “The New King Single”, saying that it was “the civilized big single…with more spirit than anything in its class.” Cycle World seemed to agree, calling it “the best there is” and the closest they …

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1964 Moto Beta XTR 100

In Dual-Sport, Italy, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

Yes, this is the same Beta that you can get an impressive off-roader from nowadays, but 50 years ago they offered a complete range of small dual-sports and street bikes. The seller calls this a MC 100, but I really think it’s a XTR – any Moto Beta experts out there know for sure?

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Rare in the US – 2004 Honda FTR223

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Post Listing Update: This FTR did not meet reserve with one bid at the opening ask of $1,999 on eBay in Bethany, Oklahoma. Nowadays, the “FTR” model is heavily associated with Indian and the FTR1200. But Honda beat them to the punch with a motorcycle that was never officially sold in the US, their own Flat Track Racing inspired FTR223! …

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1956 Ariel HS500

In Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This HS500 did not meet reserve despite 17 bids up to $7,166.66 on eBay in Huntington Beach, California. A 500cc scrambler, the Ariel HS was a competition version of the Red Hunter. Approximately 1,000 HS’s (which stood for Hunter Scrambler) were built between ’54 and ’58, and they were intended to compete against BSA Catalina Scramblers out …

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Cheap Runner – 1969 Honda Z50

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Post Sale Update: This Z50 sold for $1,003 after 30 bids on eBay in Great Falls, Montana. This isn’t beautiful, but I’m interested in seeing what the market thinks this runner is worth! The seller calls it “the affordable Honda Trail 50”, and he’s taking it to Vegas if you’re going to be there for the auctions…

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Austrian Army – 1985 KTM 250 Krad

In Austria, Dual-Sport, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

Another day, another bike I had never heard of before! I’ve seen this referred to as the 250 Krad or the 250 GL Krad – whatever you call it, it’s cool! A translated German Wikipedia page suggests that it was used by the Austrian and Norwegian armed forces and had optional skis for snow/ice riding. The air-cooled 245cc 2-stroke single …

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Dealer Special – 1963 Honda Trail 55 C105T

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Post Sale Update: This Honda sold for $3,200 after 29 bids on eBay in Vacaville, California. Well, file this one under “bikes that I didn’t know about”. Apparently, Honda offered a “Dealer Special” of the Trail 55/C105T that was all chromed out, similar to the “Christmas Special” chromed Z50. The seller describes this bike as “often talked about but rarely …

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Unit Garage “R120” Kit – 2005 BMW R1200GS

In Dual-Sport, Germany by AbhiLeave a Comment

Unit Garage was founded by Fabio Marcaccini, a 5-time Dakar competitor and road racer who now offers ADV-focused products for several European motorcycles. One of his more well-known products is a kit for the 2004-2012 R1200GS that is supposed to evoke the style of the R80. The kit costs approximately $5,000 – here’s your change to get one that’s already …