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1968 Honda Z50

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Post Listing Update: This Z50 did not meet reserve with 20 bids up to $4,000 on eBay in Cedar Park, Texas. 1968 was the first year of US exports for the Mini Trail, and today we’ve got a pleasant survivor. In a wonderful article on Motorcyclist, Mitch Boehm notes “that the Honda Z50 Mini Trail is probably responsible for more …

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1978 Kawasaki KX250 A-4

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Post Sale Update: this KX250 sold for $5,000 after 20 bids on eBay in Louisville, Kentucky. Even better, the buyer is a buddy of mine that I’ve met through Iconic Motorbikes, and he sent me this photo because he had one of these new! He unfortunately lost it in a home fire five years ago and has been looking to …

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2007 Honda “CR500”

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Post Sale Update: this “CR500” sold for $5,049.99 after 21 bids on eBay in Surprise, Arizona. Following the model that made Service Honda famous, this custom combines a 2007 Honda CRF frame with a 1998 Honda CR500 motor to blend modern handling with old-school open class two-stroke madness.

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No Reserve – 1982 Honda CR80R

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Post Sale Update: this CR80R sold for $2,235 after 19 bids on eBay in Powell, Ohio. Honda introduced the CR80R Elsinore in 1980, and it truly looked like a half size 250. The engine was up to snuff, though handling left quite a bit to be desired. So two years later, they added the Pro-Link monoshock, new 31mm air forks, …

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175cc – 1973 Bultaco Pursang 125

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Post Sale Update: After being relisted a couple of times, this Pursang sold for $5,145 after 26 bids on eBay. Post Listing Update: This Pursang did not meet reserve despite 10 bids up to $3,300 on eBay in Tucson, Arizona. Originally formed in 1959, Bultaco was formed primarily by former employees of the Montesa racing department. With time, Bultaco became …

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1972 Kawasaki 250 with Champion Frame

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Post Sale Update: This Kawi sold for $3,900 after 54 bids on eBay in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 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 …

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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 …