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so what kind of bike is this. hint--the manufacturer is better known for dirtbikes.

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I think it's the Armstrong 250 bike of the early 80s.
The colours are different though, so this is probably the CanAm badged bike as it was sold in USA. The Armstrong bikes raced by the factory were orange-black.
At the time Armstrong partly owned CCM and was easily winning the British championship. Nial Mackenzie was riding for them, but they didn't go that well on the World GPs. There was also a 350 bike that was raced but these were very rare and not sold to the public.
They started selling road racing bikes to the public (badged CanAm in USA) and the bikes were succesful. The engine was a Rotax tandem twin with rotary valve that produced enough power and was reasonably reliable.
Unfortunately there weren't so many bikes sold, even though CanAm became very popular in US (mainly on off road bikes) and CCM - Armstrong was strong in UK.
CCM - Armstrong - CanAm went through a full circle and now CCM is back in business on its own and producing the CCM Supermoto bikes.
Here is a pic of Clive Horton riding the 250.

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damn dude, you know everything don't you.....

see the info here

from the link: "The 1984 CanAm production 250 Road Racer. The powerplant consisted of twin 125cc in-line rotary valve liquid cooled engines with independent crankshafts. Rear suspension consisted of a single shock Quad link design, with Marzocchi roadracing forks up front. Braking was accomplished with twin discs forward and a single disc in the rear."

what's strange is CanAm still has a HUGE cult following. my buddy had a CanAm dirtbike. he still talks about it with found memories.

a guy i work with has a CanAm-powered (well rotax from a CanAm) gokart-looking thing. however he is replacing it with an rz350 powered one.

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damn dude, you know everything don't you.....

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Not everything, still trying to figure out Andy's last trivia

Well I was looking yesterday at the picture you posted and was trying to figure out what it is. At first I was confused by the Marzzochi forks and thought it was Italian. Then as I went to bed after midnight it just poped in my mind like that!
It helped that you mentioned they were good at off road, it was a coincidense that Armstrong had links with both CCM and CanAm!

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