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Restored – 1974 Yamaha DT250

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In 1968, Yamaha introduced one of their most important motorcycles of all time – the DT-1. They sold 50,000 units in the first year, which is a mind blowing number when you consider that last year, the FZ/MT-07 was Yamaha’s best seller in the US with 3,981 units sold.

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1974 Suzuki TC185 Ranger

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Post Sale Update: This TC185 sold for the BIN of $3,500 on eBay. In the 70s, Suzuki had a TS185 and a TC185 – the latter stood out with features like a 12V electrical system, ten-speed transmission (5 high, 5 low), and one of the first electric starters available on a dual-sport.

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2,482 Miles – 1986 Honda XL600R

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Honda’s XL600R was a popular dual-sport for a wide variety of riders in the 80s – Dirt Rider magazine said it was the best in the dirt of the open class dual purpose bikes (like the Kawasaki KL600 or Yamaha XT600). Most have been adorned in the traditional Honda red, but here’s a low-mileage example of my favorite paint scheme …

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2001 BMW R1150GS

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The GS has been a huge money maker for BMW, and it really took off in with the 1150. Many riders were inspired by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Round, which ended up being quite an advertisement for BMW (and a decent-sized debacle for KTM).

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1962 Yamaha YDS2

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Post Sale Update: this YDS2 sold for $4,060 after 38 bids on eBay. 1962 was the first year that Yamaha sold bikes in the US, and it was also the debut year for the YDS2, a 2-stroke that Yamaha said featured “water resistant designs”. How times have changed.

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“Royal Tracker” – 2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT Custom by MotoRelic

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If you’re on Royal Enfield’s email list, this bike should look familiar. Back in late 2016/early 2017, R-E partnered with Sean Skinner of MotoRelic and Sasha Valentine of Cafe Racer XXX to crowdsource a Continental GT build. Over a four-month period they had the public vote on features like the style and color – the final request was a ‘white …

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The Captain America Bike

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In the late 70s, Marvel and Universal partnered to create two made-for-TV movies starring Reb Brown as Captain America. As Cap is not endowed with the gift of flight, he relied on a motorcycle to get around. The stunt rider was Gary Davis (whom I’ve featured before), and Gary is trying to sell this piece of Americana.

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1995 Ducati E900 Elefant

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Post Sale Update: This Elefant sold for $3,500 after 15 bids on eBay. Ducati was sold to Cagiva in 1985, and one of the things the latter did with this infusion of bikes and technology to try and compete in the Paris-Dakar rally. They created the Elefant, which won the rally in 1990 and 1994. In the US, the bike …

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1995 BMW R100GSPD Classic

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Post Sale Update – this GSPD sold for $7,751.51 after 8 bids on eBay. 1995 was the last year of the airhead GSPD (Paris Dakar), and BMW named it the Classic. Approximately 70 black examples were brought over that year before BMW debuted the oilhead R1100GS. The last time I featured one for sale, a reader/contributor picked it up and …