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1974 Indian MX74

In America, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

In the 70s, Indian offered a few small displacement off-roaders. One of the “better’ known ones (though that’s definitely a relative term in this case) was the Indian MX74. Advertising at the time touted an aluminum engine, full double loop frame, full floating rear brake, and other non-revolutionary features. This example runs great and is almost completely original – with …

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1978 KTM MC5 400

In Austria, Off-Road by Abhi1 Comment

Post-Sale Update: After being relisted, this KTM sold for $2,500 on eBay. The KTM MC5 was an expensive but well spec’d off-roader. Thanks to this, the 400’s were the bikes to beat in Southern California Open desert competition, according to Cycle World. For a review of this bike from Cycle back in 1978, head on over to Ye Old Cycle …

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No Reserve – 1970 Husqvarna 250 Cross Racer

In Off-Road, Sweden by AbhiLeave a Comment

In the 60s, American motocross was full of heavy street bikes that had been poorly modified to play in the dirt. A man named Edison Dye was on a trip to Europe and noticed how riders were utilizing smaller and lighter bikes. After getting Malcolm Smith to try out a Husky, Dye became its importer to the states, and the …

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1966 BSA Hornet

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Post Sale Update: This Hornet sold for $7,499 after 10 bids on eBay. In the 60s, the US was clamoring for desert racers, and fans of the BSA Lightning were hoping for a stripped down version from the British firm. Enter the BSA Hornet, a 650cc stripper-spec without lighting.

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450 Miles – 1972 Rickman Zundapp 125

In England, Germany, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Established in 1960, Rickman motorcycles initially supplied frame kits built for many British bikes, as companies would not sell engines to them.  At the start of the 70s, Rickman got access to engines from all around the world, and started exporting several small-displacement motocross bikes, many to the United States.  Ranging from 100cc to 250cc in displacement, today we look …

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1971 Ducati 450 RT Desmo

In Italy, Off-Road by AbhiLeave a Comment

Not many people know it, but Ducati had a one-year, one-time-only foray into the world of motocross. The Ducati 450 RT Desmo was created and imported after its American importer convinced them to bring a big thumper dirt racer to the states.

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Off-Roading with a Yamaha FJR1300

In Blog, Japan, Off-Road by Abhi1 Comment

From r/motorcycles comes this very impressive video of a talented rider who would ask, “who needs a GS?” The FJR weighs 637 pounds wet and doesn’t have what one would call tremendous ground clearance, so it’s a joy to see this rider at work. Oh, and did I forget to mention that it seems (at least from the end of …

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1974 Bultaco Matador MkV

In Off-Road, Spain by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Spanish motorcycle company Bultaco was created when Francisco Bulto resigned from Montesa – a company he had co-founded – because the board wanted to withdraw from racing and he had no interest in such a decision. He took most of Montesa’s racing department with him and created Bultaco. Today we’ve got a Bultaco Matador MkV, designed by Luis Carreras, …

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1975 Maico MC440 GP

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

Post-Sale Update: After 14 bids on eBay, this Maico MC440 GP sold for $5,050. I’ve been having a recent surge in readers interested in Maico’s, so here’s one for you nuts. The Maico MC440 GP is one of the greatest vintage MX motorcycles ever built – and this is an almost mint, nearly all-original example. You’ll get plenty of goodies …

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Mini Flat Tracker – 1971 Yamaha JT1

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The Yamaha JT1 was a solid minibike back in its day. Here we’ve got an customized example with the cosmetics of a flat tracker, inspired by Kenny Roberts. Unfortunately, the bigger brother RD400 is not available for sale, though they look great together. Find this Yamaha JT1 (VIN: JT1-025143) for sale with bidding up to $898.88 and the reserve not …

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1974 Bultaco Tiron

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Post-Sale Update: This Bultaco El Tiron sold for $2,392.67 after 31 bids on eBay. Here’s a rare off-roader from Bultaco – I can’t say that I’ve ever seen one in the wild. It will need a little bit of work, but it runs. All that’s missing is the front light bulb, lens, and rear tail light. Find this Bultaco Tiron …

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1968 Greeves Challenger

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Founded by Bert Greeves, the Greeves motorcycle company started when Bert was mowing his lawn and thought of mounting a lawnmower engine to the wheelchair of his disabled cousin to help with mobility. That led to a government contract, and Bert was inspired by his success to start building motorcycles as well. The company was quite successful with exports – …

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1974 Honda MT250 Elsinore

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Post-Sale Update: After 54 bids on eBay, this Honda MT250 Elsinore sold for $3,000. I just featured an Elsinore (though it was a CR250M), so I won’t waste your time with too many details. The reason I’m featuring this one is because it has just 484 miles! The story is that it was just uncovered from a basement where the …