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Fresh Build – “1969” Metisse Motorcycles Limited 750

In England, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

After Pat French passed away in 2007, his business partner Gerry Lisi continued the tradition of Rickman Metisse builds under the name “Metisse Motorcycles Limited“. In 2012, the company announced a “Mark 5” lineup, an attempt to cosmetically evolve the classic Rickman design. But the firm is better known for a run of 300 replicas of Steve McQueen’s Desert Racer …

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1977 Maico MC400 AW

In Germany, Off-Road by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Maico was a German manufacturer that gained notoriety in the 1960s for building two stroke rocket ships designed to carry you through any terrain you might encounter on your way to the finish line. The 400cc two stroke engine coupled with the upgraded long travel suspension after 1974.5 was a force to be reckoned with at the starting gate, capable …

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Ending Soon – 1972 Ossa MAR 350

In Off-Road, Spain by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This MAR did not get any interest at the BIN of $7,500. Mick Andrews first started competing in trials events at the age of 15. Before Andrews turned 18, he was offered a seat on a factory racer for AJS, where he spent the next half-decade. In ‘66 the Elton, Derbyshire-born rider accepted an offer to ride …

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Restored – 1973 Maico 501

In Germany, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Maico did not meet reserve despite 18 bids up to $7,900. When it was released, the Maico 501 featured the largest two-stroke single cylinder engine ever stuffed into a production bike. The press ate it up, though racers were actually able to go faster on the 400s and 450s. But for pure ‘shock and awe’ purposes, …

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No Reserve – 1984 Suzuki RM500

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Post Sale Update: This RM sold for $3,000 after 26 bids on eBay. The RM500 was Suzuki’s big open class 2 stroker, and while it wasn’t much faster than the 465, the revised Full Floater suspension was a bit of a revelation. In the US it only sold for two years – 1984 was the last year and the engine …

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1967 Husqvarna 360 Viking

In Off-Road, Sweden by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Viking did not meet reserve despite 15 bids up to $12,328 on eBay. 11-1-18 Update: Almost two years later, this rare Viking is again being offered by the same seller – but bidding is already higher than the two previous auctions ever got and there’s over 2 days left in the auction, so maybe it will …

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1988 Cagiva WMX 250

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

Post Listing Update: This WMX did not get any interest at the asking price of $2,350. 10-27-2018 Update: Almost 3 years later, this WMX is back up for sale. Find it with slightly better photos and a slightly higher BIN of $2,350 or best offer here on eBay. Built between 1988 and 1991 (and succeeding the MXR), the WMX 250 …

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Ending Soon – 1974 Suzuki Exacta

In Japan, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Exacta did not meet reserve despite 27 bids up to $2,800. Suzuki introduced the Exacta (aka the RL250) in 1974, and nowadays it’s considered a solid vintage trials bike (though there were some issues with frames breaking above the swingarm pivot). They were only imported in the US for 1974-1975, and the main difference was an …

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Japanese/Swedish – 1979 Yamaha HL500

In Japan, Off-Road by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This HL500 did not get any interest at the opening bid of $6,500 or the BIN. The HL500 finds its origins in the brand new XT500 that Yamaha released in 1975. Despite being overweight for enduro, the bike caught the attention of two Swedish motocross legends, Torsten Hallman and Sten Lundin. Both of them worked for Yamaha …

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New In Crate In Canada – 2007 Honda CR250R

In Japan, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Honda did not meet reserve despite 20 bids up to $10,000 on eBay. The winningest dirt bike in US history (in terms of championships), the Honda CR250R debuted to the public in 1973. The final year of production was 2007, and that’s presumably why the original owner of this bike snapped up a 2007 model and …