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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

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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

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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

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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 …

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1970 Honda CT70

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In 1969, Honda released one of the most important motorcycles that would ever be sold in America – the Trail 70 (also known as the CT70). It was the first motorcycle for many of today’s riders, and nowadays it serves double duty as an excellent entrée into motorcycling as well as a lovely reminder of times gone by.

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1980 Chrysler Snorunner

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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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Post Sale Update: This Griffon sold for the opening bid of $2,500 in Missoula, Montana. 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 …

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Factory Racer – 1972 CZ 250

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Post Listing Update: This CZ did not meet reserve with 31 bids up to $23,036.65 on eBay in Jamul, California. 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, …

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86 Miles – 1985 Yamaha TY350

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Post Sale Update: This TY350 sold for $3,149 after 32 bids on eBay in Lowell, Massachusetts. 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 …