Still In Crate – 1983 Minsk Wildcat 125

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Meet the Minsk Wildcat, a 125cc dual sport made by the Minsk Motorcycle Company of Belarus. Known for being incredibly durable, they are widely available in Russia, Cambodia, the UK, and Vietnam.

Speaking of Vietnam, I first heard of Minsk through the British TV show Top Gear. Normally focused on cars, the show did a special where the three hosts rode little motorcycles from Saigon to Halong City, a distance of 1,000 miles in Vietnam. It’s my favorite episode of the show, and I recommend you check it out here (if you have an hour to kill!). As you’ll see, Richard Hammond rocks a Minsk for the trip, with varying levels of success. As a bonus, James May uses a Honda Super Cub.

The Minsk Wildcat features a 125cc two-stroke that produces 10 horsepower and was capable of just over 50 miles per hour. You didn’t get much in terms of extras, but that is one of the fundamental reasons why this bike has done so well in rural environments. You got four gears, a left-side kicker, drum brakes front and rear, 6o miles per gallon, and not much else. In this case, I guess you get a crate as well – though please note that it’s missing the gas tank cap and the exhaust. The photos also suggest that the seller has another Minsk in the crate, as if only owning one of these wasn’t weird enough.

Find this crated Minsk for sale in Bettendorf, Iowa with a BIN of $4,800 or best offer here on eBay.