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Maria Riding Company’s “Kalahari” – 1992 Honda Africa Twin Custom

In Custom, Dual-Sport, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Bespoke ADV builds are a rare breed, so whenever a fully transformed custom adventure mount from a big-name shop pops up for sale I feel obligated to share it. We’ve previously featured a one-off build from Portugal’s The Maria Riding Company, however this highly-modified ADV rig is a far cry from the track-spec (Ducati) GT1000 from back in October.

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In Canada – 1962 Valmobile

In Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

Some little scoots in the 60s had foldable handlebars, but very few could compare to the Valmobile. The entire front assembly folded into the body, and an integrated handle allowed you to drag the box by hand as it rolls on the rear wheel! This led some people to nickname it the “suitcase scooter”.

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2009 Kawasaki KLR650 M1030M1

In America, Dual-Sport, Japan by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This diesel KLR did not get any interest at the asking price of $14,000. It was later relisted at the same price with the same result. In 1997, the US Navy announced that it was consolidating the various types of fuel it provided for military vehicles. Diesel motorcycle research at Hayes Diesel Technology (HDT) was already underway, …

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1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf

In Japan, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

In 1974, Suzuki brought a square four cylinder two stroke screamer to the Grand Prix grid and gave us a taste of the future. The RG500 went on to have an illustrious career in the 500cc GP class. Luckily, manufacturers at the time saw a parallel between trophies and sales, and the term “race replica” began to pop up across …

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Touring Blackbird – 2000 Honda CBR1100XX

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

From 1990 to 1996, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11 was the world’s fastest production motorcycle, and Team Green benefitted from all sorts of press and rider excitement about that fact. Honda decided to steal the crown, and their weapon of choice was the CBR1100XX. It was also known as the Super Blackbird outside of the US – the name was an …

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2000 Honda RS125

In Japan, Race, Small Displacement by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Anyone who’s serious about Grand Prix road racing knows about the Honda RS125. Originally developed in 1980 for the Grand Prix 125cc class, the RS125 has enjoyed minor updates ever since, and is still widely raced today. Riders like Capirossi, Pedrosa, and most recently Dovizioso come to mind, all having won world championships aboard the legendary RS125. I have raced …

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Rare Project – 1947 Turner Rixi

In 3 Wheels, England, Project by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Turner Manufacturing Company was founded in 1859 under the name of Thomas Turner & Sons. They built a wide variety of products: cars, machine tools, aircraft landing systems, diesel engines, recovery winches, truck gearboxes…the list goes on. They also made light delivery vehicles under a subsidiary named LDV, which stood for…Light Delivery Vehicles. LDV offered the Bivan (2-wheeler), Trivan …

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1958 Poirier Voiturette XW5 Monoto

In 3 Wheels by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Poirier sold for $2,350 after 13 bids on eBay. Quite a discount from the last sale price four years ago! 1-31-2019 Update: Over four years later, this Poirier has been imported to the US and it’s now back up for sale in Tipton, Iowa. Considering that it sold for $5,555 last time in Belgium and that …

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Rare Project – 1983 Honda Gyro X

In 3 Wheels, Japan, Project, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Gyro X sold for $1,894.13 after 21 bids on eBay. I’ve featured several examples of Honda’s quirky 3-wheeler called the GYRO (which is apparently an acronym for “Great Your Recreation Original.”) The US only got one of the versions, a “S” model that was focused on just carrying a rider around. But Japan got multiple variants …

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1982 Honda XL500R

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This XL500R sold for $1,750 after 29 bids on eBay. 1982 was the last year of the XL500R, before Honda replaced it with the 600. It was a dual-sport that was well-suited for the street and for light off-road work. Dual-counterbalancers kept vibrations in check so that you would be relatively comfortable while riding on pavement out …