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1992 Yamaha Super Tenere XTZ750

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

9-25-19 Update: A month later, the seller has let me know that this bike is back up for sale with a price reduction to $8,750. Find it here on Craigslist in Mill Valley, California. Right now you can walk into a Honda or Yamaha dealership and get a modern Africa Twin or Super Tenere. But in the US, the same …

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1 of 500 – 1984 Honda XLV750R Limited Edition

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Post Sale Update: This XLV sold for $4,595 after 3 bids on eBay in Luling, Texas. Before the Transalp and the Africa Twin, there was the XLV750R – Honda’s first attempt at a touring bike that could get a little dirty. Honda originally planned to sell this bike only in Europe (not including England), though they eventually offered it to …

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McQueen Tribute – 2010 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Custom

In America, Custom, Dual-Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Though it’s been almost 40 years since his death, Steve McQueen continues to influence the motorcycle industry. The motorsport enthusiast and film star was a champion of motorcycling who made a profound impact on the sport, industry, and culture. As a tribute to the “King of Cool”, South England-based bespoke bike operation Shaw Speed & Custom decided to build a …

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1998 Kawasaki KDX200

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

Kawasaki introduced the KDX line as a small enduro in 1980. In 1986, they revised the KDX200 with lots of features from the KX125 motocrosser, and Kawi was one of the very few manufacturers offering a two-stroke enduro at the time. It was well loved by riders, so much so that even when Kawasaki introduced a 250 of the KDX …

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Original Owner – 2008 Triumph Scrambler 900

In Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Launched in 2006, the Triumph Scrambler 900 was the last bike designed by John Mockett, responsible for most of Triumph’s bikes starting all the way back in 1989. Mockett liked modular design plans, which is why the Scrambler is basically a Bonneville with a few off-road tweaks. The original owner of this Scrambler notes that he’s “spent more time and …

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1 of 760 – 1973 Yankee 500Z

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Post Sale Update: This 500Z sold for $6,000 after 20 bids on eBay in Cedar Crest, New Mexico. We’ve got two Yankees in two months! As I’ve mentioned several times before, the Yankee 500Z was the brainchild of John Taylor, the American importer for OSSA and Bultaco. He thought American dirt bikes should be able to compete with Europe’s best …

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What Do You Want To Know? 2019 Honda CB500X

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Update: Here’s my review! Back in 2017, Charles Fleming of the LA Times asked me to join him on a ride up California’s highest motorable road – my experience on that ride fueled my review of the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 and introduced me to the Reward Mine, which became the central component of my review of the Royal Enfield Himalayan. …

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1974 Yamaha DT250A

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

Bad markets make for great innovations. In the late 1960’s, the motorcycle market was in a bit of a slump. This forced the innovative companies to dig in and find where there is a market. Yamaha realized that although street bike sales were down, there was still a largely untapped and thriving off-road market available in the United States. Most …