The Yamaha XT500 is one of those motorcycles that came before its time -it was an ‘adventure bike’ before there really was such a thing and it quickly found a home in races like the Paris–Abidjan-Nice, the Paris-Dakar and races across the Mojave in the US. At its heart the XT500 has a twin valve 498cc…
When it comes to a weekend off-roader, I’m at a loss to think of anything cooler than a World War II era M3 Half-Track. The M3 pictured here is an original 1943 unit, it’s been fully restored and is now listed as being parade ready, but I say to hell with that. It’d be a sin to own this and not get it at least a little muddy.
The tractor you see pictured here is a fantastic example of the Porsche-Diesel Junior 108S Vineyard Tractor, it was built between 1952 and 1963 and was quite popular with wineries across Europe.
This beautiful old 1969 Land Rover IIA Hardtop is powered by the tried and tested 2.25 litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that kept the the iconic off-roader moving for over 3 decades. The Series IIA model introduced a slew of improvements over the Series I, it was a little longer and a little wider, it had a more powerful engine and was far more driver-friendly inside the cabin.
The modern Mercedes-Benz Unimog is a verifiable beast, many don’t know that it’s still in production largely due to the fact that Mercedes almost exclusively sells them to either Paris-Dakar teams or emergency services agencies.
This is the new 2014 F 800 GS Adventure, it’s one of the most highly capable off-road touring motorcycles in the world with its brother the F 1200 GS and the British upstart, the Triumph Tiger Explorer XC as its primary competition. There’s a bit of contention as to whether the F 1200 GS or F…
The Piranha Buggy is an offroad racing buggy built by Edge and designed to be built by regular people, in the garages. The buggy comes in the form of both kit and plans, with the plans option giving you the chance to buy separate pieces from the kit, that you don’t have the time to build yourself.
This film, Dust to Glory – Rally Baja 1000, is a fantastic look at the world famous Baja 1000 desert race. It’s an event that officially start in 1967 and was originally called the “NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally”, the first event was held on the 31st of October and the start line was set up in Tijuana, Baja California. The winning team were driving a Meyers Manx VW Beetle based buggy and they completed the course in 27 hours 38 minutes.
The Unimog 4×4 is quite easily one of the most iconic off-road vehicles ever made, it sits alongside the Land Rover Series I/II/III/Defender, the original military Humvee and the Land Cruiser FJ40/FJ60 as a “proper” 4×4, with no traction control, no air-conditioning and most certainly no LCD TV screens.
The Montague Paratrooper is a mountain bike developed as a joint venture between the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US Marine Corps and Montague. The mountain bike itself is exceedingly tough and can handle loads of up to 500lbs (one marine plus weapons, gear and supplies), the frame is made of double butted 7005 series aluminium and all of the parts on the bike are serviceable by your local bike shop.
This 1971 Triumph Trail Blazer looks to me to be just about the perfect weekend warrior, the single cylinder 250 never really caught on when it was released in 1971 and so now they’re quite rare and tend to be viewed as collectibles.
The Barracuda is one of the most advanced off-road racing vehicles in the world, the fact that you can build one from either a kit or from plans also makes it one of the most affordable.