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1989 BMW R100GS

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Post-Sale Update: This R100GS sold for $4,050 on eBay. The BMW R100GS was the bike that broke open the mold for BMW. While the R80GS was the first of this new category of bikes, the R100 updated everything and sold over 34,000 units. The best way to sum up this bike would probably be in the words of my mechanic, …

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1973 Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500

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Post-Sale Update: After 6 bids on eBay, this Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail sold for $5,400. The Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500 was based on a trials machine designed for off-road use. For just two years (’73-’74), Triumph built the Trophy Trail, also known as the Adventurer, which was successful in competition – particularly the ISDT.

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1970 BSA Victor 441

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Post-Sale Update: This BSA Victor 441 sold for $7,300 after 14 bids on eBay. In the early 60’s, BSA’s race team was developing a large single in the hopes of winning the 500cc world motocross championship. A 441cc engine ended up being the ticket, which helped BSA capture the 500cc championship in ’64 and ’65. The following year, the company …

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1971 Yamaha DT-1 250

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi3 Comments

Post-Sale Update: After 52 bids on eBay, this Yamaha DT-1 250 sold for a substantial $5,900. Yesterday, I featured a lovely Husky Sportsman that was built by the Swedes to compete specifically with bikes like this Yamaha DT-1 250, which essentially created and dominated the market in the US.

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1970 Husqvarna 360C Sportsman

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Post-Sale Update: After 13 bids on eBay, this Husqvarna 360C Sportsman sold for $9,500. In the 60’s, Edison Dye, known by some as the father of American Motocross, convinced management at Husky to build a street-legal dual-sport to compete with the proliferation of similar bikes in the American market, like the Yamaha DT-1. The resulting bike was a high-tech wonder, …

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2009 Triumph Scrambler 900

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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.

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1968 BSA Victor 441 Special

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Post-Sale Update: 2 hours after this writeup, this BSA Victor 441 Special sold at the BIN price of $5,500. Hope you were able to get a peek beforehand! In the early 60’s, BSA’s race team was developing a large single in the hopes of winning the 500cc world motocross championship. A 441cc engine ended up being the ticket, which helped …

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Featured First – 1960 Greeves Ranger

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Post-Listing Update: This Greeves Ranger did not meet reserve at $3,415. Founded by Bert Greeves, the Greeves motorcycle company started when Bert was mowing his lawn and thought of mounting a lawnmower engine to the wheelchair of his disabled cousin to help with mobility. That led to a government contract, and Bert was inspired by his success to start building …

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1976 Montesa 348 Trail

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Post-Listing Update: Even though it was relisted, this Montesa 348 Trail never received a single bid at $1,595. Based on the revolutionary Cota, the Montesa 348 Trail was designed as a street-legal alternative that would allow you to travel nearly anywhere, albeit slowly.

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Fully Farkled – 2007 BMW G650X XChallenge

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A slightly tangential evolution of the F650GS, the BMW G650X XChallenge was arguably the German firm’s most dedicated off-roader. With help from Aprilia and an engine from Rotax, the XChallenge (pronounce Cross Challenge) was defined as a “hard enduro”, whatever that means. Today we’ve got an example that’s been beautifully modified for serious dual-sporting adventures.

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1983 Yamaha XT550

In Dual-Sport, Japan by Abhi2 Comments

Only a few of my readers are going to care about this bike, but the ones that do are going to be ecstatic (and might even snatch it up for themselves). The Yamaha XT550 was an orphan of sorts that’s turned into a cult classic for dual-sport enthusiasts. The first of the redesigned 4-valve motor, it was only imported for …