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Moto Guzzi August 9, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Freight Train coming through – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 on eBay

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If you like being the guy on something different, here is a nice way to stand out.  Full of character, history and heritage, Moto Guzzi is the oldest European motorcycle manufacturer still in constant production.  Guzzi's are described as an "acquired taste" full of idiosyncrasies that set them apart for better or worse from other motorcycles.  The most obvious thing to jump out at you is the longitudinally mounted 1064cc v-twin engine which, in theory, should allow for a shorter wheelbase.  As you can see, this didn't exactly play out.  The Sport 1100 is big, it's long and it's heavy.  It is not quick to turn, but once it's cranked over, it holds a line extremely well.  Contributing to this stability is the outsourced WP forks which also hold Brembo brakes.

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This particular Sport 1100 is showing a very low 2300 miles and is in near flawless and original condition, down the to 20 year old OEM tires (you may want to address this if you plan on doing any actual riding).  It is striking to look at, and like many Italian bikes of the era, would make a great Sunday cruiser, but is probably not very practical for daily riding.  You can check out the eBay listing here:  1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 on eBay.

1995 MOTO GUZZI SPORT 1100, TWO OWNER MOTORCYCLE, THE FIRST OWNER KEPT IT IN HIS COLLECTION IN CONNECTICUT AFTER BUYING IT NEW IN JUNE 10, 1996 FROM MARSH MOTORCYCLES IN EAST WINDSOR CT. AND PUT LESS THEN 1900 MILES ON THE BIKE, SECOND OWNER HAD A LOT OF MOTORCYCLES AND WAS VERY BUSY WITH HIS FLYING JOB AND HARDLY RODE IT.  TODAY IS HAS 2270 ORIGINAL MILES!
THAT IS NOT A MISPRINT, THE BIKE HAS LESS THEN 2270 ORIGINAL MILES!!!

THIS HAS TO BE THE FINEST, LOWEST MILE, MOST PERFECT 1995 MOTO GUZZI SPORT 1100 ON THE PLANET!!

IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT ONLY 100 OF THESE WERE IMPORTED INTO THE UNITED STATES THAT YEAR!

I HAVE THE ORIGINAL OWNERS PAPERWORK, BILL OF SALE ($9752.00 IN 1996!) AND THE BROCHURE FROM THE DEALER THAT IS BEAUTIFUL WITH MANY COLOR PICTURES.  BIKE WAS ONLY AVAILABLE IN THREE COLORS, BLACK, RED AND SILVER AND THIS BIKE HAS THE SILVER PAINT, EXCEPT FOR ONE TINY SCRATCH ON THE TAILPIECE (PICTURED) THE PAINT AND DECALS ARE PERFECT DUE TO THE FACT THE BIKE WAS INSIDE STORED ALL OF THESE YEARS! IT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS NEVER OUTSIDE IN THE SUN, IT IS THAT PERFECT AS ARE THE DECALS AND HAS NEVER BEEN IN THE RAIN ACCORDING TO THE TWO PREVIOUS OWNERS!

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Freight Train coming through – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100
Laverda August 4, 2015 posted by Mike M.

The Unknown Italian – 1999 Laverda 750S

1999 Laverda 750S on eBay

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The Laverda 750S was just like everything else the other manufacturers were making in the 90s... yet completely different at the same time.  When you look at it, there are hints of Kawasaki's ZX-7, Honda's CBR900RR, Ducati's 851/888 and even Suzuki's RF series.  It's a mashup of styles that somehow manages to work when it's all together.  Like the other Italian manufacturers at the time the suspension, brakes and wheels were supplied by top notch companies like Paoli, Brembo and Marzocchi and/or Marchesini.  Unfortunately, they also suffered from the same reliability problems as the other Italian manufacturers back then.  The electronics were particularly troublesome and they developed a reputation for leaving their owners stranded.  Most Laverda owners learned very quickly that a hint of rain often meant it was best to leave the old girl in the garage for the day.  The reliability problems ultimately led to Laverda closing their doors in 2000.

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Also fairly unique about the Lav 750S was the powerplant.  While the Japanese were running strong with the inline four cylinders and Ducati was cornering the v-twin market, Laverda went in another direction with a parallel twin.  It was a bit of a thrasher that shined best the more you revved it.  It produced almost 100hp which was pretty good for a 750cc twin and, naturally, it sounded fantastic.  In addition to a pretty good engine, the beautiful aluminum beam frame and the high quality suspension parts meant that it handled even better than it went.

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While the cynics will surely have a jab about the low mileage being due to the lack of reliability

1999 LAVERDA 750S CARANETO SPORT BIKE - ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.

LOW LOW MILES. COLLECTIBLE.

PHOTOS SHOW CONDITION, BUT THIS IS A PRE-OWNED BIKE SO PLEASE EXPECT SOME WEAR AND TEAR.  DUE TO THE NATURE OF PRE-OWNED USED MOTORCYCLES, THIS IS SOLD AS IS WITH NO WARRANTY.  INSPECTIONS WELCOME BY APPOINTMENT.

SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY PLEASE.

NATIONWIDE AND WORLDWIDE TRANSPORT & DELIVERY AVAILABLE AT ADDITIONAL COST.

The Unknown Italian – 1999 Laverda 750S
KTM July 31, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Impossible to Miss – 2011 KTM RC8-R

2011 KTM RC8-R on eBay

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You really have to hand it to KTM... it takes a lot of guts for a relatively small manufacturer to try to jump in and compete with the big Japanese manufacturers in the sportbike world.  KTM held nothing back with the release of their ferocious RC8 and eventually the RC8R.  While the first RC8 was powered by an 1148cc version of the Duke's 999cc v-twin engine, the RC8R was bumped up to 1195cc.  It was also decked out in top of the line components including fully adjustable WP suspension, Marchesini wheels and Brembo brakes.  Additionally, the RC8-R allowed the rider to adjust almost everything including the seat and subframe, the clip-on angle, the rearsets and all of the levers.  No other bike came from the factory with this much built in flexibility.  The styling is subjective, but it certainly won't be mistaken for anything else on the road.  If the hard edges and maybe the smallest subframe/seat ever put on streetbike weren't enough the RC8R was also painted with KTM's signature bright orange.  The seller waited until the sun had set to take his pictures, which normally isn't a good idea, but it still works here, mostly because that orange is SO bright.  With the limited production, impressive performance and low mileage, the big KTM is certainly worth a look.

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The seller has a pretty good description of the bike and a few aftermarket bits that he has added.  You can read more or check it out here: 2011 KTM RC8-R on eBay

you are looking at a rare KTM RC8R in the most sought after rare blk/org color. Only 200 hundred produced a year and no longer in production soon to be collector bike in exceptional condition, well maintained, fluids changed regularly, never dropped, adult driven garaged and covered runs like new, very fast, big plus v2 sound, this bike sports Akrapovic carbon fiber fenders and trim aside of being very light pieces they have a very beautiful satin weave that cannot be picked up by the camera truly a must see very expensive original pieces not knock off ones that are being sold. Also has original hard to find designed for RC 8 gas tank protector has a beautiful clean unique ,also features removable tank grip ,factory Brembo brakes, marchesini wheels, WP suspension, really nice LED lights

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Impossible to Miss – 2011 KTM RC8-R
Honda July 30, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Six Appeal – 1979 Honda CBX1000

1979 Honda CBX-1000 on eBay

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Honda produced the CBX-1000 from 1978-1982 and it was intended to be their flagship model... and how could it not be?  With that big beautiful inline six and the trademark six headers it was showing off without even trying.  The CBX made 102hp and with it's surprisingly sharp handling, the big Honda was almost universally praised by anybody who rode it.  Unfortunately, it was a little more expensive than many wallets could handle and it didn't sell as well as the lesser CB900 and disappeared after just four short years.  If you have been paying attention the collector's market recently, you're undoubtedly aware that CBX prices are skyrocketing right now.  Later CBX's were detuned by anywhere from 5-20hp, depending on whom you believe, and the loss of HP did not go unnoticed.  As such, the early years have become the more desirable of the bunch.  This is certainly a fine example and the seller's asking price reflects that.  It will be interesting to see if it actually sells for $15,000!

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From the seller's eBay auction found here: 1979 Honda CBX-1000 for sale

Super nice example of a 1979 Honda CBX100
i  got this from the original owner a few years back.....as you can see.....it is in exceptional condition .......it runs perfectly, has a new battery , fresh fluids   and the tires are like new.......what is exceptional on this bike is the Vin number ,,,,,it is 269....very early in the production, making it highly collectable
the exhaust is original, however it was show chromed a few years ago.......and they look great
the paint is in perfect shape!......bike runs mint, has a clear title  and is ready to go

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Six Appeal – 1979 Honda CBX1000
Suzuki July 24, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Old School Muscle – 1990 GSXR-1100

1989 Suzuki GSXR-1100

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Back before the Hayabusa, ZX-14 and the bonkers H2R were speed kings, the Suzuki GSXR-1100 battled Kawasaki's ZX-11 for straight line bragging rights.  They were big and fast and we made them faster.  The GSXR-1100 came from the factory making a claimed 145hp and was a favorite drag racers on the street and at the track.  For 1989 Suzuki bumped up the displacement on the big GSXR from 1052cc to 1127cc and also strengthened the frame from the first generation.  There was some debate about the handling of the new model, but most of these complaints came at the highest levels of racing and were unlikely to materialize for us mortals riding them on the street.  While the ZX-11 may have had a tiny edge in the top speed department, the GSXR-1100 was definitely the sharper handling machine.

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This black and grey GSXR-1100 looks great with the paint being more subdued than some of the wild graphics that came on later models.  It is mostly stock with only a few light modifications that could easily be returned back to stock if so desired.  With a Buy it Now price of $4700 and a "Best Offer" option as well, this seems like a very reasonable way to get yourself a true classic in fantastic condition.  You can check out the auction on eBay here: 1989 Suzuki GSXR-1100 for sale

This GSXR 1100 is one of a kind Black/ Silver, in immaculate condition purchased 10yrs ago Mint condition and since then we had our children 8yrs ago and I have not been able to ride as too busy with the family so there it sits.  Is a very fair price for this prized possession classic they are not making any more...  It's true condition is excellent.  Near perfect.  Start 2x a week to keep carb's in balance.  It's Ready to Ride!   In my opinion this is the most beautiful GSXR they ever made. This is a bad-ass classic Suzuki with insane power and fabulous sound and many people think its brand new. It comes with the factory owners manual, and a clean title in hand. 

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Old School Muscle – 1990 GSXR-1100
Honda July 22, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Psssshhh – 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

1982 Honda CX500 Turbo on eBay

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The 80s were a revolutionary time.  Technology was crashing the old school party and promised to make everything better.  The Honda CX500 Turbo was supposed to lead this charge, featuring fuel injection, a digital dash and a turbocharger that nearly doubled the horsepower of the standard CX500.  It promised all of the power of a literbike with the efficiency of a 500.  While it didn't quite live up to that promise, it was still a valiant effort by Honda.  The CX500T was only produced for one year as Honda bumped the displacement up to 650cc the next year.  It's limited production, classic 80s styling and interesting history make it a favorite for collectors.

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This one isn't a museum piece, but appears to be a pretty clean starting point that could be the basis of a full restoration, or just a really cool vintage rider for the occasional Bike Night at your local hot spot.  It's sure to draw a crowd.  You can check out the auction here.  The seller is very up front about the condition of the bike and what to expect: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

This is a original 1982 CX500 Turbo very rare bike It is in very nice condition runs and rides well. I am the second owner first owner parked bike when starting a family, bike sat in a dry garage for 20 years. I purchased it, and went over the bike cleaned the tank replaced the tires with good hi speed avons greased bearings changed fluids put in new gel battery, replaced the fuel pump. The original worked but would stop now and then and  I would have to tap on it to get it going again I got tired of this and replaced it . bike comes with original pump if someone wants to try and fix it I purchased the correct plug end and made replacement pump a plug in nothing was modified to install it. Bike has a scratch on a turn signal housing there is oxidation on the engine (see pics) paint is worn off the center stand from sitting  biggest problem is front fork seals have started to leak and will need replaced at some time .  The bike is a good solid rider but could be a show bike with a little effort

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Psssshhh – 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo