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1971 Suzuki TS50

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Though the model name was TS50, many riders preferred Suzuki’s other name – the Gaucho. Suzuki advertised it by saying it that it was the “only one 50 made that’s a real motorcycle.” Here’s a first-year example that’s said to be entirely original except for the tires.

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1981 BMW R80GS Paris-Dakar With R100 Motor

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Post Listing Update: This GS did not meet reserve despite 12 bids up to $9,900 on eBay in Seattle, Washington. Hindsight has shown that the introduction of the GS model line was one of the best things BMW did for their Motorrad business. But at the press launch in 1980, journalists (and the public) shared a general sentiment of “what’s …

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No Reserve – 1969 Honda CL350 Scrambler

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Post Sale Update: This CL350 sold for $4,250 after 46 bids on eBay in Mentor, Ohio. As Honda’s scramblers got bigger, they became more street focused. Cycle magazine called the CL350 not “really a scrambler at all, but a street-scrambler…doubt arises regarding the bike’s suitability for bashing around rocks and pines.” Sounds awfully similar to today’s current crop of scramblers, …

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Never Ridden – 1977 Yamaha XT500

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Post Sale Update: This XT sold for $14,500 after 57 bids on eBay in Chicago, Illinois. From the seller of the never ridden YZ80 yesterday comes something just as pristine but a bit bigger. The Yamaha XT500 was the original Yamaha thumper, and an instant sales success. This enduro bike was produced for 15 years, eventually leading to an entire …

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1975 Rockford Taka 100

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Rockford Motors was the American importer for Bridgestone, but when the Japanese firm stopped selling bikes in 1971, Rockford had a bit of an issue. They made a deal with Bridgestone to take over manufacturing rights for the 3 smallest bikes – two 60cc models called the Tora and the Chibi, as well as the 100cc Taka you see in …

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1976 Penton KTM Hare Scrambler 250

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Post Sale Update: This Penton sold for $10,100 after 56 bids on eBay in La Plata, Maryland. In 1968, John Penton and KTM started their fruitful relationship when they built some prototypes that eventually became the Penton Berkshire, powered by Sachs 100cc engines. In ’73, the Penton Hare Scrambler was introduced with a new 250cc KTM engine, and the rest …

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915 Miles – 1986 Honda CT110

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Post Sale Update: This CT110 sold for $2,850 after 17 bids on eBay in Beacon, New York. Honda’s Trail 90 (or CT90, depending on the market) was a popular entry point for youngsters to learn how to ride in the dirt. One of the reasons it was so easy to ride was the 4-speed transmission with an automatic clutch. So …

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Still New – 2006 Kawasaki KDX200

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Post Listing Update: This KDX did not meet reserve with 11 bids up to $7,599 in Vernon-Rockville, Connecticut here on eBay. If you saw yesterday’s Honda CR250R and like the idea of displaying a never-ridden two-stroke off-roader but you bleed green, the same seller has a KDX200 in similar condition – it was apparently started for the first time ever …

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1989 Honda NX250

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Post Sale Update: This NX sold for $2,851 after 25 bids on eBay in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The easy complaint with what manufacturers are calling “ADV Bikes” nowadays is that they’re just too damn big. If you also subscribe to that theory, let me go back in time a few decades with you. The middle weight of the Honda NX …