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1982 Can-Am Qualifier 250

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

The successor to the TNT (Track ‘n’ Trail), Can-Am’s Qualifier was an enduro sibling to the MX-3 with a Rotax motor tuned more for mid-range torque than top-end horsepower. When they launched it in 1977, Can-Am said it was their first purpose enduro bike so you no longer had to strip down a TNT or add lights to the MX.

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25th Anniversary – 2007 Honda VFR800

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In 2007, Honda celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their venerable sport tourer with a special red/white/blue paint job. I always thought this paint scheme looked amazing, though the stock black wheels were a mistake – they should have been white! This example is in great shape and comes with some modifications that every sixth gen viffer should have.

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1990 Honda CB-1

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The Honda CB-1 was a wonderful mid-sized standard in a time of replica racers. Originally built for the Japanese market, it was a beautifully balanced motorcycle that lost out in an American market that was obsessed with having as much horsepower as possible.

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Restored – 1984 Yamaha IT490

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Post Sale Update: sold for the BIN of $4,500 after 39 bids on eBay in Greenville, Rhode Island. In 1983, Yamaha introduced the IT490, an evolution of the 465 and the biggest of the “International Trial” line. It was a heavy, powerful bike that was ideal for enduro or cross-country riding, though they had a nasty habit of pinging when …

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1995 Kawasaki KLX650

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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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1978 Yamaha RD400

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In 1976, Yamaha made the RD350 a little bigger with a displacement bump up to 399cc. Thanks to 44 horsepower, the hooligan motorcycle du jour was capable of hitting the ton with a top speed of 105 miles per hour. Most people know the 400 simply for being an easier to ride upgrade over the 350, but it was also …

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1970s Honda “Test Track”

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Post Listing Update: This “Test Track” did not get any action at the BIN of $2,750 on eBay. Back in the 70s, Honda had a tool called the Test Track available in some dealers – per Colin Miller, Honda’s On-Road Media Coordinator, it was “intended to safely teach non-riders how use the clutch, throttle and brakes. If you already know …

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Never Ridden – 196x Wards Riverside (Benelli) 125

In Italy, Less than 5k, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Back in the 60’s some of the major US department stores sold European small-displacement motorcycles in the American market. Montgomery Wards rebadged Benellis and sold them under the Wards-Riverside name. You could buy them in the store, or from their long-gone catalogs. Here’s one that was ordered straight from the catalog, and while it has been started, it’s never been …