Great video on the early years of Paris-Dakar winning motorcycles.  I love how they made production models that the public could buy.

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With the Isle of Man TT 2017 coming up soon, we wanted to take a look back at this incredible video from last year.  

 

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Where has the RagdollOps crew been?

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The Mecum auction house sold almost 900 motorcycles at its recent four-day Las Vegas event. The top seller was this 1912 Henderson Four, which sold for $490,000 plus buyer and seller fees. (Mecum)

The world's largest vintage and antique motorcycle auction scored $13.7 million in sales during its the recent four-day Las Vegas event.  The Mecum auction house said it sold 868 of the 949 motorcycles that came across its South Point Arena stage, for a 92% sell-through rate.

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Relief could be coming to motorcycle riders caught in our region’s daily bumper-to-bumper traffic. A new bill that would allow a form of lane-splitting is getting a hearing on Monday.

Washington lawmakers are considering a modified version of lane-splitting in the Senate. Riders would be able to overtake, or pass, cars in their same lane. They will be restricted to driving no more than 10 mph faster than the rest of traffic and no more than 35 mph total.

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“The primary goal in destroying this motorcycle is ensuring it cannot be used again to threaten public safety,” Police Chief Robert C. White said. “We also want to send a clear message that dangerous behaviors, such as street racing and exhibitions of speed on our roads and highways, will not be tolerated.”

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"Behind The Ton Up Boys" is a short film from the ’60s showing the original era of the cafe racer, the 59 Club and the Ace Cafe.

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This 20 minute documentary follows the story of Paul Rodden and Larry Murray, two off-road riders that are usually significantly faster than those who are 40 years younger on much more expensive machinery.

By Motojournalism and Traction off-road E-rag. Documentary about off-road riders Paul Rodden and Larry Murray two venerable motorcyclists who just won't stop doing what they love. More info and behind-the-scenes at motojournalism.com
updates via twitter @motojournalism

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This 1960's film "Scrambling For It" is about scramble racing in its earlier days. It was rapidly become more popular and help start what is today a major part of the motorcycle racing industry.

It is a quick watch at only 9 minutes and 15 seconds and gives you a great view into early enduro racing.

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"This 14-minute documentary is perhaps one of the most honest illustrations of what life on the road is really like. It isn't just a rose-tinted travelogue of how wonderful the world is - it shows hardship, it shows struggle and it raises a few questions about the act of travel itself."
-Redbull.com

In 2009, Brit Nathan Millward was enjoying life working in a cafe in Sydney, but the good times were cut short after his Visa extension was denied and he was given 3 days to pack up his life in Australia and exit the country. Rather than booking a flight back to the UK, he made the bold decision to hit the road and ride home. He packed his world belongings into a box, strapped it to the back of his trusty 105cc Honda postman's bike (max speed 40mph) and embarked on the ride of his life. He set off with no Visas in place, no mechanical knowledge and wasn't even sure if his cash would stretch the 23,000 mile ride home . . . Little did Nathan know as he rode away from the Sydney Opera House that morning, he was at the start of a grand journey that would take him further than he ever could have imagined. A journey not just of epic proportions, but one that would take him right to the extremities of personal discovery and ultimately, would take him in search of the end of the road.

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