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2020 KTM 450 Rally Factory Replica

In Austria, Off-Road, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

For the last few years, KTM’s offered a customer version of the race bike they use in legendary competitions like the Dakar. Called the RFR (for Rally Factory Replica), it features a race-spec chassis, WP XACT PRO suspension, Akrapovic exhaust, windshield with navigation tower, and a whole bunch of pedigree – when this bike was released, KTM had won the …

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Restored – 1983 Husqvarna 500 XC

In Off-Road, Sweden by AbhiLeave a Comment

In 1983, Husqvarna introduced a new 500cc motor for their Open Class bikes, and they promptly won the 1983 Baja 1000 in 14:48:10 with the US team of Dan Smith and Dan Ashcraft. While there were obviously plenty of modifications to the race bike, the production motorcycle was quite formidable in its own right. They’re also not easy to find …

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No Reserve – 1971 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo

In Italy, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

For one year only, Ducati decided to create a 450 motocrosser after their American importer convinced them it was a market worth exploring. “R/T” stood for Road/Trail, which might explain why the bike was heavier than the MX competition at 300 pounds. It did not sell well, meaning these are hard to find nowadays.

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1985 Husqvarna CR500

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

In 1983, Husqvarna introduced a new 500cc motor for their Open Class bikes, and they promptly won the 1983 Baja 1000 in 14:48:10 with the US team of Dan Smith and Dan Ashcraft. While there were obviously plenty of modifications to the race bike, the production motorcycle was quite formidable in its own right – Husky offered the powerhouse engine …

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1977 Penton/KR Short Tracker 250

In Austria, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

This was a submission over on the Iconic auction site, and I had never heard of one before. I enjoyed learning about it, so let me share with you: in February 1977, Penton introduced a new model that had two extra letters in the name: KR. That’s because the Penton/KR short tracker had been designed and tested by none other …

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1972 Saracen Trials 125

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Saracen bikes were built from ’67 to ’75 – the latter years were under the care of David Brand, who bought the brand and attempted to put bigger engines in the frames (though these ended up being less useful for trials competition).

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In Crate – 2004 Honda CR250R

In Japan, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Honda debuted the third-generation twin spar aluminum-framed CR250R two-stroke motocrosser in 2002, though they followed it up in 2003 with changes to the cylinder, exhaust, valves, air intake, CDI, suspension, and more. Yet none of that may matter with this bike, as it’s never been ridden before and I’d be stunned if the next owner would want to change that. …

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1977 OSSA Phantom GP3

In Off-Road, Spain by AbhiLeave a Comment

By the early 70s, OSSA had established a dominant position in the off-road motorcycle market. But when Honda released the 250cc Elsinore, the Spanish firm was forced to respond with a strong competitor. The Phantom 250 met the mark, thanks to 33 horsepower and a weight of just 198 pounds. The $1,350 MSRP was a significant $250 more than Honda’s …

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No Reserve – 1983 Bultaco Sherpa 199B

In Off-Road, Spain by AbhiLeave a Comment

There are few questions about how and when Bultaco started – Francisco Xavier Bulto created the company (the name was a blend of his last name and his nickname, Paco) in May of 1958 after resigning as the Technical Director of Montesa, a manufacturer he co-founded in 1944. When Montesa decided to stop racing, Paco knew it was time to …