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1992 Yamaha TDM850

In Japan, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Yamaha TDM 850 is definitely an oddball…a well-rounded bike in a US market that seems to prefer hyper-specialization. Sold in the US for only two years (1992-1993), there aren’t very many of these bikes still around, but the TDM definitely has a cult following. Well suited for tall riders, Yamaha designed this bike to enjoy mountain roads and also …

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2 Miles – 1975 Norton Commando Interstate

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Post Listing Update: This Commando Interstate was pulled off of eBay “due to an error in the listing.” As you might be able to tell from the name, the Interstate was a Commando variant which was designed to increase comfort for longer journeys with a 5 gallon tank and a bigger seat. This one hasn’t really served its intended purpose, …

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1979 Kawasaki KZ1000ST

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In 1979, Kawasaki brought two shaft-driven models to the US – the six-cylinder KZ1300 and this somewhat rare variant of the KZ1000, the ST. Similar in many ways to the big bad MkII, the ST had completely different bodywork (such as a larger fuel tank) and even a wildly different wiring system. Only built between 1979-1980, the ST can be …

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2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC

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Jeff Pamer: The Tiger moniker has been used by Triumph for a very long time, and its history is a bit convoluted. The vast differences in bikes that have held the Tiger name make it a hard line to follow. Not only is the current Tiger vastly different from the original bike that held the name in in 1936, the …

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2017 Motus MST

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Motus Motorcycles were forced to shut their doors in September of 2018. Not an uncommon end to many smaller motorcycle companies, but when you take a closer look at what Lee Conn and Brian Case created, to me it’s one of the more disappointing. Their drive was to create an American made, sport touring motorcycle that would rival any on …

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1983 Laverda RGS 1000 Executive

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A true sport tourer, the Laverda RGS one of the last manifestations of the big triple, though it was much tamer than the beloved Jota unit thanks to different crankshaft timing and rubber engine mounts. Some felt that the engine lost a bit of character in the process, but it became a much easier bike to tour on – especially …

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2015 Motus MST-R

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Post Listing Update: This MST-R did not meet reserve despite 16 bids up to $15,100. Depending on who you ask, the Motus story is inspirational, depressing, or possibly a combination of both. While the company recently went out of business, you can still enjoy the insanity of the “Baby Block” motor in a package that requires your brain and your …