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1995 Kawasaki KLX650

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

Post Sale Update: The seller lowered the asking price to $3,000 – it ended up selling but the sale price is unknown. Everyone knows the KLR650, but in the mid-’90s Kawasaki also offered both a Tengai variant (same basic bike extra plastics) as well as the KLX, a faster and beefier version dual-sport. There was even a KLX650R, which was …

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1955 Royal Enfield Indian Woodsman

In America, Dual-Sport, England by AbhiLeave a Comment

Between 1955 and 1960, Indians sold in the US were actually re-branded Royal Enfields. It was the idea of an English company called Brockhouse Engineering (you may remember that they created the adorable Corgi) who owned the Indian trademark at the time. They thought they could capitalize on the goodwill of the Indian brand by selling some Brit bikes, and …

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Lucky Livery – 1995 Cagiva Elefant 900 AC

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Post Sale Update: This Elefant sold for $10,651 after 20 bids on eBay in Anaheim, California. In 1989, Cagiva debuted a limited version of the Elefant adorned in the Lucky Explorer livery of their Paris-Dakar winner. It was the coolest of the Elefant line-up. In 1993, they went in a different direction than the usual motorcycle manufacturer and actually offered …

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1972 Yankee Z500

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In the early 70s, John Taylor of Schenectady, New York started building the Yankee Z500, an American dual-sport designed to compete with the best bikes coming out of Europe. Yankee Motor Company started by importing machines from OSSA, the Spanish off-road powerhouse, and then moved to modifying OSSA engines in their own custom frames. Eventually, they combined two OSSA 250cc …

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1970 American Eagle Renegade 150

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Post Sale Update: This Renegade sold for $1,903 after 5 bids on eBay. American Eagle was John McCormack’s moderately successful attempt at importing models from Italjet, Kawasaki, and most prominently, Laverda. While AE didn’t last very long, it was a wonderful introduction for Laverda, who continued to sell big bikes in the US. This oddball started as a Laverda 125 …

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In Canada – DR BIG – 1988 Suzuki DR750S

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Post Listing Update: This DR750 did not get any action at the opening bid of $6,000. The DR750 was also known as the DR BIG, meaning it’s got one of the best model names in motorcycling history. It also had the world’s largest single cylinder engine used in a production bike – at least until Suzuki bumped up displacement to …

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1965 Yamaha YDS3C Big Bear Scrambler

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Post Listing Update: This Big Bear Scrambler did not meet reserve despite 22 bids up to $5,101 in Chicago, Illinois on eBay. Even though Yamaha never won the Big Bear race (a run to Big Bear Lake through the Mojave desert), they took the name for 125, 250, and 350cc scramblers. Yes, it’s from the same seller that’s been listing …