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Cafe Racer February 25, 2011 posted by Mike

Good things happen in threes: 1977 Moto Guzzi LeMans 850

For Sale: 1977 Moto Guzzi MG LeMans 850

Wow - three Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk I bikes in a row! RSBFS readers are going start thinking that perhaps these are not the rare and desireable machines we have made them up to be.... Nah! Collector interest and rising price points should both defend the RSBFS stance on these fine machines - even if we have had a banner week of them on this site!

From the tiny fairing to the visually dominating motor, to the extremely narrow waist - these Guzzis are as unique a riding experience as anything you will find in motorcycling. While perhaps not the fastest bikes on the road, they are overbuilt and reliable machines meant to devour mile after mile of pavement with a pronounced Italian flair. You can't help but look the part when you roll up to your favorite eatery on one of these.

From the seller:
Hi,i m listing this bike for my frend,he is a ritired police investicator, he is the second owner.This bike was his personal bike for last 21years.Bike stars and runs very good.It has 56000 orininal mille on it.It was rebuilt 15000mille ago.It recived 1000cc kit balanced conrads,pistons.I did light porting on heads,installed Fiat brass velve guaids with teflon seals.It comes with Bitubo fork cartiges,DynaIII ignition and Koni rear shocks.Bike has original faded paint exept front faring.Brakes are very stong,shifts nice...
VIN# 072962and motor #*072962*...

This bike is a little more used, a little more modified, and a little rougher than the other two LeMans Mk I bikes we posted earlier (see HERE and HERE). While the big-bore kit does not raise the value of the bike, it does add to the torque of the motor making it more fun to use. Sure, the paint is a bit faded in places too, but that is an indication that this is a survivor. This is a bike you can ride around for a while, and then run a full restoration on it in the future. In short, I think this bike is a keeper.

Pricing for this cafe racer should be in line with the others we have seen, but lower due to the mods, miles and condition. The auction currently has zero bids with a start of $5,500, which is right about where this one should be. There is no reserve, so anybody wanting to pay fair money for a solid investment should sign in quickly. Take a look at the pictures, troll through the seller comments and Q&A, and let us know if you come home with this classic. Click the link to . Good Luck!

MI

Ducati February 25, 2011 posted by Mike

1985 Ducati Supersport Mike Hailwood Replica

For sale: 1985 Ducati Supersport Mike Hailwood replica MHR

Built to celebrate the accomplishments of Mike "the Bike" Hailwood, the Ducati Supersport Mike Hailwood Replica (MHR) featured the company's traditional air-cooled v-twin, desmo valves (still with bevel drive), a stout but lightweight tube frame, and top-shelf componentry all wrapped up in an aerodynamic full fairing. The effect was certainly beautiful, and these MHR models continue to elicit interest from collectors around the world.

From the seller:
The Ducati MHR Mille is a racing legend. In 1978 a many times World Champion named Mike Hail-wood made a fairy-tale comeback aboard a beefed-up street bike and against all odds won one of the most prestigious races of all time - the gruelling, six lap, 226 mile Formula One TT on the Isle of Man. In 1984 however, a bike was launched to thrill every Ducati lover the world over - a 1000cc MHR, a bored and stroked version of the popular 900MHR, bigger and better than ever. The big V-twin's calling card has always been massive torque. The bike has tall gears and long legs while the motor sports two of the biggest pistons in captivity. It is not a high-rewing engine but makes plenty of power low down, in a relaxed, unhurried manner. The new 1000 machine has been substantially updated and comes with revised bevel drive, Nickasil barrels, a hydraulically operated dry clutch and a new, one piece, nitrided crankshaft running in plain bearings. In perfect primary balance, the 90 degree V-twin still features Ducati's original desmodromic valve operation with rockers that both open and close the valves. The frame is a delicate-looking but immensely strong and rigid open spine type cradle using the crankcase as a structural member. The large full fairing hides the skeletal, rather elemental profile of the bike though nothing can disguise its thunderous performance. There is nothing frantic about riding a Ducati even on an open road. The low frontal area and a very long wheelbase give excellent stability and roadholding. The Ducati is a pure, unadulterated thoroughbred; a lean and hungry racer, one of the last real motorcycles. Many have described the essential Ducati experience as being akin to riding God's own motorcycle. Despite its considerable charisma and the myths and folklore that have sprung up around it, it is a fact that in the real world, a large Ducati is as fast on a tar road, point-to-point, as any comparable bike. Long may Ducati continue to flourish. Make Model Ducati 900MHR Mike Hailwood Replica Year 1985 Engine Air cooled, four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder. Capacity 864cm3 Bore x Stroke 86 x 74..4 mm Compression Ratio 9.5:1 Induction 2x 40mm Dell'Orto PHM carbs. Ignition / Starting Bosch electronic / kick Max Power 80 hp @ 7500 rpm Max Torque 63.5 ft-lb @! 5800 rpm Transmission / Drive 5 Speed / chain Front Suspension 38mm Marzocchi oil damped telescopic forks. Rear Suspension Marzocchi dual shocks 5-way spring preload. Front Brakes 2x 280mm discs 2 piston calipers Rear Brakes Single 260mm disc 1 piston caliper Front Tyre 100/90 V18 Rear Tyre 120/90 V18 Dry-Weight / 202 kg Fuel Capacity 18 Litres Consumption average 53.6 mp/g Standing ¼ Mile 12.5 sec / 109 mp/h Top Speed 133.5 mp/h Comes with Original Workshop Manual Original Paint Regular maintenance performs by certified Ducati Technisions. Garage Kept. for more info call 845 222 2111 steve ,BIKE RUNS AND DRIVES LIKE BRAND NEW TEST RIDES ARE WELCOME ANYTIME , MAY CONSIDER REASONABLE OFFER

The seller's ad text does not make it clear if this is an MHR900 (the earlier, more common model), or an MHR1000 - both are mentioned, but I would make an educated guess that it is the latter due to the bike's age (post-1984 MHRs featured the larger engine). There is no VIN supplied in the ad, so I was not able to look that up. It is also not clear who thought the aftermarket luggage rack on the rear was a good idea - although if you buy the bike you could be the quickest and most stylish pizza delivery person ever! Something to think about.

This is by all counts a rare, desireable and collectable motorcycle. Past MHRs featured by RSBFS have been bid up over $15,000, and I expect this one to be the same. Action on this auction has been modest up to this point, and the bid currently sits below the $10k mark. The reserve is still on, so there is much yet to play for on this bike.

To get in on the action (you know you want to!), or just to check out the beautiful pictures of this classic Ducati, click on the link and . Good Luck!

MI

Honda February 24, 2011 posted by Mike

Motor Madness: 1980 Honda CBX!

For Sale: 1980 Honda CBX with sport option

Update 3.9.2011: Sold!

When it comes to presence, nothing says it like a Honda CBX. Designed by Honda engineers to flex a little corporate muscle, this 1047cc, six cylinder, 24-valve air cooled rocket remains one of the most coveted bikes of the 1980s. When it comes to the "naked bike" genre - where the motor is everything - there is nothing like a CBX.

One of the upgrades on this bike is the slick DG exhaust. I can't imagine what a 6-into-1 pipe sounds like, but it sure looks incredible. I also love the fact that the seller has taken these photos on an airport tarmac, which seems very fitting for this particular machine!

From the seller:
1980 Honda CBX supersport in nice condition

6 cylinder, 1047 cc, 24 valve engine.

Rare Sport option with lower handlebars

Bodywork is beautiful, as you can see. The tank, fenders & side cover were recently repainted by Tim's CBX.

DG 6 into 1 exhaust

Everything works. The bike runs great and sounds amazing!

The engine cases are showing their age, they could probably use to be media blasted to bring them up to the standard of the rest of the bike.

Besides the DG exhaust, this bike features the sport package handlebars, and fresh paint on the tank and fenders. The mileage is quite reasonable for the year, and this owner appears to have taken good care of the bike. The collectability of this model is definitely on the rise, and we have seen prices hold firm over the past few years despite the economy.

This auction is on right now, and if you want to be the person sitting in the seat above when the auction is over, then this is the part you've been waiting for. The opening bid for this beauty is currently at $1.00. (!) There is a reserve on the bike, and a BIN option of $8,500. To get the details and kick the tires, and jump over to the auction. Good luck, RSBFS readers!

MI

Cafe Racer February 24, 2011 posted by Mike

It’s raining Guzzis! 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans

For Sale: 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk I

There is no doubt, Guzzis are hot right now. This beautiful Mk I bike was pointed out to us by the lucky new owner of the last LeMans we covered (click here for details), who just so happens to also be a RSBFS reader. And as is common with the rare models we seek, you may not find a bike for months only to suddenly come across several; when it rains it pours.

This bike has very few miles, and appears to be in good condition. It certainly helps when a bike stays in one home for a long period of time, and that is certainly what has happened here - this is the original owner!

From the seller:
I bought this bike new in Geneva, IL. Original bill of sale and IL title. All paint and seat is factory. 120 miles ago (April 1995) Harpers went through the bike and did a full mechanical restoration at a cost of $5,247.22. Has DYNA III ignition, Bitubo fork springs, and oil sump extender. The exhaust was purchased from Reno Leoni in 1979 or '80. The starter was replaced in 2007 but I saved the original. I have the ORIGINAL TIRES AND EXHAUST SYSTEM. Also have shocks somewhere and will include if found. FLAWS: a small ding on each side of the tank where the handle bars made contact. Also, a small piece broken off an upper fin on the right head BUT, there is a new right head included in the sale! The Guzzi has always been stored in my work area at the shop. I rode it once in 2008. Very reasonable reserve. For sale locally.

We don't often see this quality of classic Guzzi, much less a low-miles, original owner example. If you have been on the hunt for one of these cafe racer bikes, I would consider this your opportunity. This auction is on now, and the current bid is at $6,600 with the reserve not yet met. Earlier Guzzis LM models have mostly crossed for $8k+, so this is still in bargain bin territory. The seller will even throw in a few extras!

Don't miss out on this one, because who knows when we will find another one like this to post. . As always, good luck on this one, and tell 'em RSBFS sent you!

MI

Bimota February 22, 2011 posted by Mike

Right bike, wrong side of the road: Bimota Vdue in UK!

For Sale: 1997 Bimota Vdue with original fuel injection

It is not very often you see a Bimota Vdue up for sale. This, RSBFS readers, is the stuff of dreams. Conjured up by the folks at Bimota to be as close to a GP-spec racebike as possible, the Vdue was the first Bimota project to utilize an in-house designed and manufactured engine. Whereas every other Bimota has been a partnership, the Vdue was to be Bimota's crowning achievement - one that would catapult them into the world of complete manufacturer.

Alas, it all went sadly wrong somehow. Although cutting edge by design, the 500cc two-stroke twin was perhaps a bit too ahead of its time. Featuring novel fuel injection in order to meet stringent emissions around the world, the Vdue was plauged by engine failures and reliability issues, eventually culminating in a complete recall.

The failure of the Vdue brought Bimota to the brink of disaster, only to be saved by government intervention. The remaining bikes were eventually sold, many into the hands of collectors. A small industry of Vdue customization shops stepped up, providing various modifications to make the bike more rideable and reliable. Some changes were simple (updating F.I. specs), while others were more severe, such as replacing the fuel injection with carbs. Many Vdues found a new life at the racetrack, as some of the major modifications made registering the bikes difficult.

From the seller:
BIMOTA 500 V-Due

Stunning original condition V-due. Fuel injection as standard but has modified injector position developed and fitted by THE V-due guru. This makes the bike more usable and reliable.

New tyres, new fuel pump, only known defect is some cracking to front of lower belly pan just behind front wheel. Fantastic condition in every other respect.

Selling due to lack of space. My Dad wants his garage back!

So here we have a nearly original Vdue - complete with the necessary changes to allow for better running - for sale on eBay UK. And what price for said glory? The auction currently sits with zero bids and an opening of £8,000.00 (approx $12,950 US). This is far below similar bikes featured here on RSBFS, which sold for between $15k and $19k.

If you are worried about modifications or want more info, there are plenty of sites to help you out. Both www.vdue.it and www.vdueUSA.com are great places to start.

For your shot at this rare beauty, go ahead and . The seller has listed info and photos that are worth checking out. Tell 'em RSBFS sent you!

MI

Cafe Racer February 19, 2011 posted by Mike

1976 Moto Guzzi LeMans

For Sale: 1976 Moto Guzzi Lemans 850

Given the positive responses to a few of the recent Guzzis posted here on RSBFS, I made an extra effort to another one. Never let it be said that we don't respond to our readership! It would appear that my efforts have paid off with this beauty, a 1976 850 LeMans. Sure, it is reaching thirty-something status in life, but it is still a looker.

This example, powered by the ubiquitous air-cooled, two-valve Moto Guzzi 850cc v-twin, shows only minor alterations from stock. As the seller notes, this may be one of the earliest LeMans models imported into the country!

From the seller:
This is my Guzzi Lemans, which I have enjoyed for about 10 years. This is a very early Lemans, VIN# VE70505. I have not confirmed this but the bike may be the fifth Lemans imported into the USA.

Updates I have made along the way

All three calibers are updated Brembo's with single 10mm bleader
Beautiful Delrin intake manifolds

Powder coated wheels, fork legs and rear caliper bracket
Progressive fork springs

Stainless brake lines
Freshened brake cylinders

Electronic ignition

I am the second owner the bike was purchased Portland Cycles Yamaha: Portland, Maine. The fairing and side covers still have original blue paint. Original carb bellmouths. I mostly ran K&N's which come with the bike.

There are scratches on the front fender, a crack in the rear fender, and a small dent in the tank...please see pictures.

I want to adress a question before it comes up, the wheel color. This is my second Lemans, all Lemans's I have seen have had silverish wheel color. To my surprise this bike had a cream color wheel, with the outer rim polished. I color matched the wheel and omitted the polished rim. Again I feel that this Lemans is not typical of later versions.

This is really a great looking bike, with a unique stance and presence all its own. Collectors seem to be snapping up these old relics, and pricing has certainly been on the rise. These old M-G machines might just be the blue chip investments of the sport bike world, and the resurgence of the cafe racer movement certainly does not hurt!

If you are ready to join the lumbering world of the big v-twin, or simply enjoy an experience that is decidedly different, then this might be the bike for you. Bidding is now in the $7500 range, with a reserve still in place. There are more pics and more info available - just click the link and

MI