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175cc – 1973 Bultaco Pursang 125

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Originally formed in 1959, Bultaco was formed primarily by former employees of the Montesa racing department. With time, Bultaco became known for off-road competition bikes such as the Pursang, which was their most popular motorcycle in the United States. It was originally offered in displacements ranging from 125cc to 350cc, and today we’ve got one of the small ones with …

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1972 Kawasaki 250 with Champion Frame

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11-23-20 Update: Six years later, this bike is back up for sale. Looks like after it didn’t sell the first time, it went on loan to the Route 66 Vintage Iron motorcycle museum in Oklahoma. This bike pairs a F81M (Green Streak) 250cc two-stroke motor with a Champion flat track frame. The seller said that it was given a “preservation …

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CA Plated – 1997 Honda CR500

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Nicknamed the Ping King, the CR500 was the most powerful MX bike that Honda had produced when it was released in 1984. It’s a MX legend but by the mid 90s it was clear that 4-strokes were the future – it didn’t help that the AMA discontinued the 500 MX race class in 1993. Production ended in 2001, and those …

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2006 Ecorider Hippo Petrol

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Why am I specifying “Petrol” in the title? Because the Ecorider is one of the very few production motorcycles that has an available diesel engine. With that said, this was technically called an ATV, not a motorcycle, and as such riders did not need a motorcycle license in Europe. Ecorider had a US distributor but this is the first one …

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No Reserve – 2018 Alta Redshift MXR

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Post Sale Update: sold for $13,100 after 35 bids on eBay in San Marcos, California. When new in 2018, a Alta Redshift MXR would set you back $11,995 (add $750 for the fast charger). So, what does the market think a still-new example is worth for two years later, considering the company is no longer in business? Well, there’s four …

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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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Restored – 1984 KTM 495 MX

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9-7-20 Update: 5 months later, this MX is back up for sale with an unmet starting bid of $5,750 here on eBay. Available as the MX or MXC (motocross or cross-country off-roader), the KTM 495 was an absurdly fast Open class dirt bike – Rod Bush apparently took a re-geared example up to 123.75 miles per hour on El Mirage …

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750cc – 1974 Rickman Metisse

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Earlier this month, the National Hare and Hound Championship added a class called the Hooligan Open presented by Scrambler Ducati – it’s for “750cc and above off-road-forward street motorcycles” and “embraces the classic “On Any Sunday” pure joy of riding and racing a motorcycle.” For context, Ducati’s obviously competing with a Scrambler Desert Sled, while KTM has brought out a …

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Power-Dyne Vehicles – 1975 PDV Gringo 250

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8-22-2020 Update: A year later, this Gringo is up for sale somewhere between the previous BIN and the untouched opening bid – find it for sale with an asking price of $7,500 here on VFT. Post Listing Update: This custom RT did not get any interest at the opening bid of $3,500 on eBay. 4-9-2019 Update: 7 months later, the …