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Benelli March 27, 2017 posted by

Unobtanium Alert: 1982 Benelli Sei 900 with 52 miles

1982 Benelli 900 Sei with 52 miles on ebay

Back in the late 70's and early 1980's most motorcycle manufacturers were focused on one aspect of bike development: power or as the t-shirts used to be emblazoned, "no-replacement-for-moving-fast-down-the-pavement!'   This orientation towards higher and higher top speeds resulted in motorcycle manufacturers trying lots of different configurations, including turbochargers and 6-cylinder engines.  While the large manufacturers could afford to pursue both routes (example:  the Honda turbo CX and 6-cylinder CBX in the same lineup) , smaller manufacturers typically picked one or the other method.  But even with their larger lineups the large companies didn't always end up with the most desirable bike; consider the 6-cylinder Sei range from small Italian manufacturer Benelli.

Benelli was actually the first company to introduce a six-cylinder universal motorcycle way way back in 1972 with the 750 Sei (six in italian).  Somewhat ironically the 750cc Sei was actually conceived as a response to the Honda 500 Four series, except per ownership it had to "go big".  And go big it did, with six 125cc in-line cylinders fed by 3 separate 24mm carburetors. And while other companies 6-cylinder efforts where forced to look somewhat consistent with the rest of the bikes in the company's lineup, the Benelli operated under no such pretense.  The Sei was outfitted like a typical Italian machine of the period with gobs of chrome and dramatic Italian red paint.  Oh and it had one of the best exhaust systems ever produced, consisting of six separate trumpet/cone pipes stacked 3 to a side that made a truly epic sound (check it out here.).   Sadly this unit has the 3-into-1 units on each side which were offered by the company at the time but the triple pipes for each side are apparently available fairly easily.

When the Sei 750 was unveiled in 1972, the press was wowed, calling it "outrageous" and a "flashbike" but the pressure from the cheaper Japanese was unrelenting so in 1979 Benelli upped the displacement to 900cc.   A unique duplex drive chain was added, wire wheels were replaced with gold-colored Campagnolo rims and a rear disc brake replaced the former drum unit.   But even with these changes, the bigger Benelli was still hampered by a limited distribution network and the continuing Japanese onslaught.   By the end of production in 1989, fewer than 2,000 examples of the 900 Sei had been built.  It has been estimated that less than 80 of them made it to the U.S. market. (Motorcycle Classics, May/June 2015) so finding one here in the states in this condition and mileage is not something that will happen often.

As for condition, well the mileage kind of speaks to that.  The seller does include some decent pictures, although some more basic profile shots would have been nice.

Here is a summary of what the seller writes in the ebay listing.

  • all-original Benelli 900 Sei, never registered, only 80 kilometers total.
  • perfect chrome, polished alloy and rich Italian Racing Red paintwork, all the original/unique badges are in place and in as-new condition
  • original Pirelli tires, Campagnolo wheels, dual-link roller chain drive and Brembo brakes all in A1 condition
  • disc brakes are fitted to both of the gold finished Campagnolo rims
  • comes with complete Italian documentation

Now we come to the big (no pun intended) question - what is this six cylinder 1970's survivor going to cost you?  Short answer - it's not going to be cheap.  Previous listings on RSBFS for similar Benelli Sei bikes (mostly the 750 series) seem to range between $11,000 USD and $18,000 USD and I would expect this one to be somewhere near the top of that range.   bNOTE:  Current bidding is already over $10,000 USD.

Given the limited production run and condition, the value of this one will probably continue to creep up especially if the mileage is kept down.  This pristine 1980's Italian big six will probably appeal mostly to someone seeking an investment/collector bike but I have to admit I would love to hear this one at a bike night, maybe with the triple pipes added and in an exhaust note competition against something like a Ducati Desmosdici...that would be truly amazing.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner


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Sport Bikes For Sale March 26, 2017 posted by

What We’re Watching – March 26, 2017

Welcome to a new feature on RSBFS: What We're Watching. This feature will highlight some of the auctions we are following - especially those that are about to close. Handy if you're curious about where values are going, or just want to snipe in at the last minute to score a deal!


1988 Suzuki GSXR-750

This Gen II GSX-R is clean, clean, clean. With 38 bids on it and a current price of $4,593 (reserve not met), this auction will still see plenty of action before close. But the close is coming quickly - 9:00 PM PST, today. If you long for a Slingshot model Gixxer, you'd be hard pressed to find something nicer.


1977 MV Agusta 800 Super America

Here is a bike that has not generated any comments on RSBFS, but has lit up eBay: Over 35 bids and up over $40K with reserve still not met. Auction closes by the time the folks get back from lunch in California on Monday; if you're on the East Coast you will need to check in on this auction early. MV Augustas of this vintage are coming around less and less frequently; you might want to check this one out before it's gone.


1998 Ducati CR Supersport

This basic, booming twin will likely become a lower-cost future classic. It doesn't seem to garner much interest today amid the superbikes and hyperbikes of current vintage, but this bike has some serious bones that make for a "buy now and hold onto it forever" sort of ride. Several of the past and current RSBFS crew ride Supersports for just that reason. No bidders on this one via ebay (yet), but auction does not end until 7:00 PM PST Monday. The price of entry is pretty cheap considering what you get.


If you like what you see, move quickly. Every auction listed above will closed by tomorrow - at the latest. Good luck and happy sniping!


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Laverda March 26, 2017 posted by

Fast Waltz – 1982 Laverda Jota 1000

Laverda introduced a three-cylinder engine based on their air-cooled 750 in 1973, and refined the concept for the 1976 Jota.  An exotic superbike, the Jota was for a time the fastest production motorcycle, and was a major presence on the European endurance racing calendar.  Ongoing improvements made the 80's Jotas smoother and more reliable.  This recent import from Italy pushes all the right buttons.

1982 Laverda Jota for sale on eBay

After making their triple with 180-degree crankshaft timing for several years, the 1982 model was the first with 120-degree spacing between the crankshaft lobes, and a smoother running engine.  Along with a newly designed head, the triple Dell'Ortos had new mountings to isolate them from the engine heat.  With ongoing ignition and alternator improvements, the bikes were a lot easier to enjoy.  1982 also brought improved Marzocchi suspension, which helped the heavy-steering supersport hold the line once turned in.  Also new was the hydraulically actuated clutch which complemented the Brembo brakes.

With mileage just under 14,000, this Jota looks great in the company's favorite paint and boasts California title.  Very original, as the owner says in the eBay auction:

This Euro-Spec Laverda was purchased from a collector in Italy and recently imported to California. 

Very low original mileage with only 22K kilometers. (13,670 miles. Bike has odo and speedo in kilometers and kph)

Overall cosmetic condition is excellent, showing very minor weathering and no significant flaws or faults.

Paint, bodywork, seat, wheels, chrome, instruments, tires etc. all in nice shape.

This bike is completely original aside from it getting an original replacement ignition at one point. 

Completely maintained and recently fully serviced, starts, runs and rides like new. 

A rare casualty of Piaggio's consolidation, Laverda's big supersports couldn't compete abroad or at home, and the company was subject to a series of re-financing tries until the brand was retired in 2004.  But the brand has instantaneous recognition among riders and their sound still catches the ear, with or without orange paint.  This Jota has momentarily stopped time for those lucky enough to view, and when it rides "like new" for its new owner, they'll likely experience an interruption in the aging process...

-donn


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MV Agusta March 25, 2017 posted by

Y2K: 2000 MV Agusta F4 750

From the VERY talented pen of Massimo Tamburini - co-founder and chief designer of Bimota (including the DB1), father of the Cagiva Mito, author of the Ducati 916/748 design language and more - comes a swan song. Tamburini closed out his storied motorcycle design career with the passion to bring MV Agusta back to life. And what he created was considered by many to be the most beautiful motorcycle ever designed: the MV Agusta F4. He passed in 2014, but left behind a legacy of evocative, brilliant designs that beg to be stared at, drooled over and appreciated for decades to come.

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 S for sale on eBay

This particular F4 appears to be a standard 750 model, which is officially known as the F4 750 S. It contains all of the great visual elements of the F4 lineup (save for the gold magnesium castings of the Oro model), but lacks the super-exclusive, limited numbers of some of the other MV Agusta models of this time. Still, it shares the fabulous inline four cylinder engine with fabled 4-valve hemi chambers, good for approximately 124 HP. Novel intake runners - dubbed the Torque Shift System (or TSS) - allow for varying lengths in the intake duct work. This high-tech solution maximizes the intake runner length for a given RPM, flattening the power curve. This is a bike that performs as well as it looks.

From the seller:
F4 MV Agusta in very good condition garage kept with good tyre

This is the type of advert that infuriates a RSBFS writer. This is a wonderful machine that looks decent. But there is so little information presented it begs several questions. The bike apparently has a touch over 9k miles on the odo, but no mention of service history, mods or other. Good to know the garage is kept with good tires, though. The seller is looking for $8,800 OBO. So stare at the pics, enjoy the apex of Tamburini's career and talent, and ask questions. This could be a fantastic bike... but some detail is lacking.

Check out the full description here, and then jump back to the Comments and share your thoughts on the F4 lineup. Which is your favorite amid the plethora of limited edition 750 models offered (Oro, Senna, SPR, Neiman Marcus, SR...)?

MI


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