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Never Run – 1970 Sprite 405 Talon

In England, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Founded by Frank Hipkin in the mid ’60s, Sprite Motor Cycles (later known as Sprite Developments) as a small British off-road motorcycle company that built trials bikes and scramblers, usually as a kit. One of their bigger efforts was the 405 Talon, and it was exported to several countries under different names: the BVM 405 in Belgium, Alron 405 in …

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Sideburn Magazine’s Hooligan Flat Track Racer – 1991 Harley-Davidson Sportster

In America, Off-Road, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Sideburn is an independent motorcycle publication founded in early 2008 with a focus on the flat track scene. In addition to its online and print content, the UK-based outfit is also responsible for sponsoring/organizing events like Dirt Quake (and Snow Quake), which Sideburn first held in 2012. A Harley-based flat track racer built and used by various Sideburn staffers (and …

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1970 OSSA Stiletto 250

In Off-Road, Spain by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Stiletto did not meet reserve despite 4 bids up to $5,500 on eBay in Carlsbad, California. Nowadays, the word “stiletto” typically refers to heels. But a stiletto is actually a thin dagger, and that’s why it shares a name with this slender OSSA MXer.

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1982 Husqvarna 420 AE

In Off-Road, Sweden by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: this Husky sold for $2,900 after 6 bids on eBay. Designed on spec for the Swedish Army, the Husqvarna automatic bikes were built to be practical and easy to use. They proved to be interesting enough to survive in the commercial market for 12 years, ending in the late 80s with the 430.

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No Reserve – 1971 AJS Stormer Y4 250

In England, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This AJS sold for $2,648 after 7 bids on eBay. The AJS Stormer was a bit of a flop, as it was a last ditch effort by Norton-Villiers to dump excess inventory of Starmaker engines. However, it was the first MX bike to feature shocks that had been moved up as well as leading axle forks, so …

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1970s Gemini SST 50

In Less than 5k, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Gemini did not get any interest at the BIN of $2,300. Imported for just three years, the Gemini SST 50 was much faster than a Honda 50 thanks to a licensed design of Yamaha’s rotary intake valve engine – last time I featured one of these, multiple commenters said it was faster than the Honda 70, …

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1993 Honda EZ-Snow

In Japan, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This EZ-Snow did not get any interest at the opening bid of $10,000. I’ve been waiting years to share one of these with you. This is a EZ-Snow, one of the coolest variants of Honda’s ubiquitous Super Cub. The US got a two-wheeled version of this generation called the Cub EZ90, though it was called the EZ-9 …