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1980 Chrysler Snorunner

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

Continuing the recent theme of oddball snow machines, today we’ve got a Chrysler Snorunner. This has an interesting history – though some people disagree on the actual story. My favorite version is that Chrysler built them for the Army, which was looking for light weight snow transport that could carry a soldier for 30 miles. It wasn’t capable of handling …

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Rare Project – 1977 Greeves Griffon 250 MX

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Greeves introduced the Griffon MX bike in 1971…and it was greeted with a lot of excellent competition from excellent bikes like the Yamaha DT1, Bultaco Pursang, and Husky 250CR. Two years later, Honda would release the 250 Elsinore and blow everyone else away. But the Griffon would hang around until 1977, when Greeves went out of business – that makes …

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Factory Racer – 1972 CZ 250

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In 1972, serious off-road racers had few options, all of which were in Europe. Realistically, you were looking at one of the Spanish brands, a Penton, Husqvarna, Maico, or CZ. CZ had a reputation for building rugged and simple machines, and two of their styling trademarks were the coffin tanks and gold anodized hubs. This example’s a bit more special …

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86 Miles – 1985 Yamaha TY350

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In the late 60s, Yamaha made its first entry in a European trial championship in France with their 250 DT, a bike better suited for dual sporting. In 1970, the sales manager of a French Yamaha dealership was contacted by the current French trial champion and asked to develop a Yamaha trials bike. That creation eventually led to the Yamaha …

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1975 OSSA Plonker

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The OSSA Plonker (“plonking” used to be a different term for trials riding, as you’d “plonk” around rugged terrain at low speeds) was built in conjunction with trials expert Mick Andrews. It was their first attempt at a true observed trials bike, and it was succeeded by the Mick Andrews Replica. In the US, the Plonker was only available via …

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1987 Honda CR500

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Post Sale Update: This CR500 sold for $10,000 after 16 bids on eBay in Dacula, Georgia. When originally released in 1984, the CR500 was the most powerful MX bike that Honda had ever produced. It quickly got a reputation for pinging (including the nickname of “Ping King”), which was rectified the next year with liquid-cooling. The rest was history – …

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Restored – 1980 Honda CR125R

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Honda revamped the CR125 Elsinore in 1979, but it did not do well. They immediately redesigned it for the following year with much better results. The cosmetic differences between years were minimal, though the disappearance of the 23″ front wheel was fairly obvious.

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1975 CZ Falta 400 Replica

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1-9-20 Update: Six years later, this Falta Replica is back up for sale by the same seller, who states that it “is in very original condition and does not need to be restored!” Find this Falta Replica for sale in Woodinville, Washington for $8,500 here on Craigslist.