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1974 Honda CR250M Elsinore

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The Honda CR250M Elsinore is historically significant as it was the first serious dirt bike to come straight from an OEM – other bikes required serious modifications from the factory floor. This was a bike of many firsts for Honda – their first dirt bike built from scratch, instead of trying to adapt a street bike to the dirt, and …

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1992 Yamaha WR500

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Post Listing Update: The seller of this WR lowered the BIN to $4,000, but that wasn’t enough to capture any interest. Built by blending the YZ250 and YZ490, the WR500 was a rare offering (1,000 sold as 1992 and 1993 models) that was best served as a trail bike that could mix it up on the race track every once …

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MXDN Livery – 1995 Kawasaki KX500

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Post Sale Update: This KX sold for the BIN of $7,500 on eBay in Homosassa, Florida. When Kawasaki introduced the KX500 motocrosser in 1983, Dirt Bike magazine called it “unrideable” and “violent.” Now they just call it “the one bike to ride before you die.” The bike didn’t change all that much over the years (in fact, from 1994 till …

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1970 Indian MT5A

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Post Sale Update: This MT5A sold for $6,500 after 27 bids on eBay in Georgetown, Texas. Primarily produced in the late 60s and 70s, Indian’s range of off-road-oriented tiddlers included some very cool offerings such as the Boy Racer, the ME100, the SS125MX, even a kid bike with a full-on mini sidecar. One of the most visually distinctive options was …

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One Owner – 1969 Indian MM5A

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Post Sale Update: This MM5A sold for $3,650 after 37 bids on eBay in Georgetown, Texas. The Indian MM5A was a mini bike designed for little children (4-5 year olds) to become familiar with motorcycles, but also the Indian brand. There were two marketing goals with this bike – encourage older riders to share the Indian experience with their children, …

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“TT Special” – 1969 AJS 250 Stormer

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Post Listing Update: This Stormer did not get any interest at the opening bid of $7,500. The AJS Stormer was a bit of a flop, as it was a last ditch effort by Norton-Villiers to dump excess inventory of Starmaker engines. Because of that, I rarely see them come up for sale – let alone customized ones like this “TT …

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VIN #1 – 1978 Harley-Davidson MX250

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In the late 70s, Harley was in a phase of small-displacement bikes while under the control of AMF. They decided to dabble in the world of motocross, and had their Italian branch, Aermacchi, build the Harley-Davidson MX250. It was the first (and only) HD MX bike, and it only lasted for one year. This one’s a bit special as it’s …

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Restored – 1972 CZ 400

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Post Sale Update: This CZ sold for $6,900 after 19 bids on eBay in Hailey, Idaho. CZ experts know that the yellow tank with rubber knee pads and a checkerboard stripe means that this is either a 1971 or 1972 model.

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Rare No Reserve Project- 1984 Honda TLM50

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Post Listing Update: This Honda TLM50 did not get any interest at the opening bid of $1,499. When reader Rob B shared this bike to me, he mentioned that he had never heard of it before. That makes two of us! Turns out that outside of the US, Honda offered a baby version of the TL trials bike with a …

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2019 CAKE Kalk Limited Edition

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Post Sale Update: This CAKE sold for the BIN of $10,990 in Birmingham, Alabama. When I was at a recent Alpinestars track day, someone from Cake had brought their electric off-roader for people to play around with. It’s an e-bike that comes with a 2.6-kWh battery, Ohlins suspension, and a $13,000 price tag – this is one of the 50 …