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First Year – 1966 Honda CT90

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Honda produced the CT90 for 13 years, an evolution of the varying small displacement trail bikes that were marketed to farmers, hunters, and other people with a sense of adventure. The model started as a spinoff of the Super Cub, and for 1966 Honda dropped previous designations and went with CT90 – though you may remember it as the Trail …

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2003 KTM 525 EXC

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

Short of the engineering masterpieces that are modern day supernakeds, I don’t know if it is possible to have more fun on the street in terms of smiles per gallon and value for money than a dual-sport or supermoto. I don’t care how much power you have, there’s nothing more fun than all of it. The KTM 525 EXC made …

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1990 BMW R100GS Paris-Dakar

In Dual-Sport, Germany by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In 1980, BMW released the R80GS, confirming their ability to upset the market with truly innovative bikes that would set standards in several segments of the market. In 1987, BMW went one step further in the development of the most successful big trailie and released the R100GS and its premium version, the Paris-Dakar.

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1989 Honda Transalp

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Transalp did not get any interest at the BIN of $4,200. After the NXR750V’s multiple Paris-Dakar victories during the 80s, Honda decided to release a street-legal tribute version to that bike with the XL600V Transalp in 1987.

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Well Modded – 2006 Suzuki DR-Z 400 Custom

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The seller of this bike bought it in poor condition and the motor quickly suffered a serious failure. That gave the seller the excuse to “go wild and build [his] interpretation of the ultimate DRZ” that he planned on keeping for decades. Well, now he’s buying a house and he needs the cash more than he needs this bike.

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Baby Harley – 1974 Harley-Davidson X-90

In America, Dual-Sport, Less than 5k by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

In the early 60s, Harley-Davidson had to make changes to resist advancements from the Japanese. Indeed, specialized in big V-twins only, Harley did not have any bikes to get into the small-size engine market. To fix that, the American brand decided to outsource their production of small cc bikes to the Italian manufacturer Aermacchi. Among the various bikes built in …

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Ex-Dakar Racer – 2006 KTM 660 RFR

In Austria, Dual-Sport, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

For KTM fans, the letters RFR are something special. They stand for Rally Factory Replica, and they designate bikes that compete in legendary races like the Dakar Rally. Here’s an example that formerly campaigned in the world’s gnarliest off-road race, but it’s got the rare bonus of already being plated in the US, specifically in California.

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1968 Benelli Mojave 360

In Dual-Sport, Italy by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Mojave sold for $3,550 after 4 bids on eBay. Back in the 60s, you did not necessarily have to go to a motorcycle dealership to acquire a bike. Indeed, superstores like Sears or Montgomery Ward imported and sold motorcycles themselves. While Sears notably imported Vespas, Montgomery sold Lambrettas and Benellis, including the Mojave 360.

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Rare In the US – 1999 Honda Varadero XL1000V

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Post Listing Update: This Varadero did not get any interest at the BIN of $4,000. It was relisted at $3,800 and then pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Introduced for the 1999 model year, the Varadero was an interesting ADV bike that predated eventual competitors such as Suzuki’s V-Strom 1000. The Varadero stood out as it featured the …

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1969 Kawasaki C2TR

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Less than 5k by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This C2TR sold for the BIN of $2,650. Nowadays with “dual-purpose” bikes we see imposing bikes with high-power engines, but this was not the case a few decades ago. Indeed, the image of dual-purpose bikes changed in 1984 with the release of the R80G/S, first all-road bike with such a big engine. Before that, these kinds of …

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Serial #1 in Canada – 1990 Yamaha TDR250

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Post Listing Update: This TDR was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. With a retuned TZR250 two-stroke motor good for nearly 50 horsepower in a dual-sport frame, Yamaha’s TDR250 was unlike anything available in the US at the time – especially because Yamaha never officially sold it here! A few were sold to our northerly neighbor of Canada, …