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Norton October 12, 2017 posted by

Throwback Thursday: 1974 Norton Commando Fastback

In the mid-20th Century, Norton occupied rarefied standing in motorcycling, making itself legendary among racers in Britain and Europe, taking home Manx TT trophies and trading wins with other big names on the continent and in the Isles. Its big-bore engines and revolutionary vibration-isolating frame designs made the brand wildly popular, cutting edge and fast.

1974 Norton Commando Fastback for sale on eBay

By the 1970s, Britain's notorious knack for corporate mismanagement and reliability woes had hit the company hard, and as it tried to make its Commando - which had debuted in the late '60s with yet another innovative suspension setup - all things to all people, it was being outgunned by Japanese rivals.

The Norton Commando Fastback had helped debut the badge, and by 1974 was essentially just a sportier-looking seat and fender setup for the popular-but-flawed platform.

The 1974 example seen here is in excellent condition, and carries a raft of modifications to the parallel twin, including a displacement bump, big carbs and a high-compression RH7 head from an earlier Commando 750. We dig the era-appropriate copper-bronze paint, the overstuffed seat and simple, purposeful stance.

From the eBay listing:

900 CC.. BALANCED WITH LIGHTER SOLID STEEL FLYWHEEL.. 80MM BORE.. 36 MM MK2 CARBS MATCHED TO A RH7 HEAD.. BIG BORE EXHAUST. CLOSE RATIO GEARBOX WITH QUAIFE SHELL.((( MOSTLY FOR DOWN SHIFTING TO LESSEN GEARBOX STRAIN))) BIKE HAS NO ISSUES.. LOOK INSIDE MUFFLERS TO SEE HOW CLEAN IT RUNS..STARTS WITHIN 2 OR 3 KICKS AND WILL IDLE AT 500 RPM. EVEN WITH BIG CARBS... E MAIL FOR MORE INFO. E MAIL FOR PHONE NUMBER AND WILL CALL BACK IF SERIOUS. OTHERWISE PLEASE DONT WASTE MY TIME

Rarer than Japanese bikes of the same era, albeit a lot more temperamental, the big Norton is a time capsule to the end of the era of British manufacturing might, rendered in the brutal simplicity that made the breed famous.

Throwback Thursday: 1974 Norton Commando Fastback
Honda October 8, 2017 posted by

Nice mods, Freddy Spencer paint: 1990 Honda VFR400R

The Honda NC30's handling leaves little to be desired as it left the factory, but everything can be improved, especially after a long parade of years and technological advances.

1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 for sale on eBay

The current owner of this 1990 Honda VFR400R left well enough alone with the engine, but brought its suspension, brakes and rolling stock into the 21st Century. The most obvious change is a set of USD Showa forks from a builder in the U.K., capped with a set of radial Brembo brakes.

To keep up with advances in tire tech and modern sizing standards, the original 18-inch rear wheel was replaced with a freshly powder-coated 17-inch item. The bike now wears a decent set super sticky of Pirelli Super Corsas.

From the eBay listing:

This is a very nice and very rare (in the U.S.) 1990 Honda VFR 400 R (NC30). It comes with a clean California title and street registration transferable into the new owners name.
The bike has undergone a mild restoration with some very tasty bits of up-grades and equipment mods. The bike runs perfectly, with no know issues.
1. New bodywork painted like Freddie Spencer's G.P. winning bike from that era.
2. Front Showa USD forks and billet Triple trees from Rick Oliver (from the U.K.)
3. Brembo Billet brake calipers (front and rear)
4. G.P. style rear brake caliper hanger.
5. New drop-down style, clip-on handle bars.
6. New chain and sprockets w/520 conversion.
7. Wave rotors front and rear.
8. New brake pads.
9. Freshly powder-coated wheels.
10. New Pirelli Super Corsa tires.
11. New aluminum radiators with blue silicon hases.
12. New turn signals with clear lens.
13. Billet gas cap.
14. All fluids drained flushed and replaced.
15. Recent tune-up including new spark plugs, air-filter, oil-filter, etc..
16. Steel braided brake lines.
17. Rear wheel changed to a 17 inch to accommodate todays better choice in tires.
18. Rear linkage (Dog-bones) changed to correct rear ride height.
(also includes all stock parts that were removed, forks, rear wheel, rotors, etc..)

Can help with shipping, but up to the buyer to make all arrangements.
I reserve the right to end auction early as I have it listed for sale locally also.
call w/questions (650) 322-2211 -joe-

The price of the bike is commensurate with the cost, time and extent of the mods, which pushes it well past the cost of entry for a modern 600, which would still be the faster machine. With this NC30, you for sure will be paying for the panache, rarity and street cred.

Nice mods, Freddy Spencer paint: 1990 Honda VFR400R
Ducati October 7, 2017 posted by

Dusty Project: 1982 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica

This 1982 Ducati 900 MHR has certainly seen better days, but if the seller is to believed, it comes with an interesting international history and has met the family and friends of its iconic namesake.

1982 Ducati 900 MHR for sale on eBay

Let's swing back to the whole "better days" thing right quick before we go much further. The engine appears to be in pieces, though the bottom end is in the frame. Apparently, a noisy gearbox bearing prompted a teardown, but a fly-by-night mechanic seems to have halted progress immediately thereafter. The seller says all the parts are safely stored, but they'll need a thorough inspection before they get stuck back together.

Still, if the layer of dust is indeed just a layer of dust, and the parts have been stored properly, there is no reason to shy too far from this project. It is still pretty far from being a basket case, and in good condition these bikes are truly glorious.

The engine is the 863-cc unit from the contemporary 900SS, in this guise fed by two 40-mm Dellortos. The 1982 bikes were the second iteration of the MHR series, which was born in 1979 to commemorate Hailwood's 1978 win at the Isle of Man TT.

From the eBay listing:

Here is your chance to buy an extremely rare Ducati that simply does not come up for sale very often. I have owned this bike for over 25 years including back in Australia and brought it to the USA over 15 years ago. I never bothered to title it here as it was in my personal Ducati collection and I rode it very rarely, it had a noisy gearbox bearing on 5th gear so I gave it to a friend who was starting his own European bike repair shop and he was going to take his time and replace the bearing and freshen it up a bit...5 years later I had to take it back in the condition you see it here, I have all the parts safely stored in a plastic tote and it is complete, and the engine covers etc have all been polished. This motorcycle was invited to a special event of hailwoods held at daytona speedway where I got to meet nobby Clarke, Pauline and David hailwood and they all signed my tank, sadly those signatures have all faded but there is pics on the internet somewhere of the meeting and then signing my tank, I also got to ride this bike in the procession lap on the banked track where I got to open her up..I always swore I would never sell this bike and if I don’t get the money I’m asking I doubt I will.this is a matching numbers bike.. I have taken pics of the bike before I cleaned it...it has been in my air conditioned warehouse for the last 10years and will need a good going over, new Tyres etc...cleans up extremely well..

With a $30,000 starting bid, this machine demands the attention of a well-heeled and very dedicated collector, but should be worth a thought if the sale price stays fairly close to that mark. Let us know in the comments if you think we're taking crazy pills.

Dusty Project: 1982 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica
Honda October 6, 2017 posted by

Pint-size superbike: 1992 Honda NC30

The diminutive brother of the legendary 750cc RC30, the Honda VFR400R did not let its small displacement soften its hard-edged pedigree. By now, we have repeated all the tropes about tiered licensing and the popularity of small engines overseas ad nauseam, but the Honda mini v-fours are stout enough to stand apart from their reputation.

1992 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

The pictures of this example leave something to be desired, though the ad says there are more available upon request. From what we can tell, it is in very good shape, but its owners have not been shy about riding it. For a closer look, swing by the Barber Vintage Weekend, where the seller says he will have the bike on display.

Adding to this bike's appeal is a set of fresh-looking modern tires, and what appears to be a full aftermarket exhaust system with carbon mufflers.

From the eBay listing:

VFR400R, Type 8. Bike will be on display at Barber Vintage Weekend, Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club paddock. If you are in attendance, please stop by. It is hard to beat eyes on. If not, advise of additional pictures required. If in the market for an NC30, you probably do not require a history of the model. You know what they are. This is a nice specimen. Have original tool kit. Also owners manual and parts manual if you happen to be fluent in Japanese. Also listed locally. I can help arrange shipping but purchaser is responsible for shipping costs. Bike is located in NE Georgia and has clear Georgia title. 850-830-8141. Cheers, Bob
Mileage listed is in kilometers

Over its life, this 60-horse ripper has covered about 16,000 miles, which shouldn't scare anyone familiar with Honda's bulletproof gear-driven cam v-fours. Buy-It-Now is set at $7,500, which is on the high side of average for these machines.

Sport Bikes For Sale October 6, 2017 posted by

Sponsored Listing: Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale!

From the fine folks at Bonhams comes the Autumn Stafford Sale - a dedicated motorcycle and motorcycle memorabilia auction to be held in person and online on October 15, 2017. While we don't have room to show you each of the 300+ lots, check out some of the fantastic offerings available below.


Jorge Lorenzo works 2007 World Championship-winning 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racer

Hot on the heels of his first 250cc World Championship with Honda, Jorge Lorenzo jumped to Aprilia and took his #1 plate with him. Utilizing this factory works RSW, Lorenzo showcased his rise to fame with a second World Championship. This historically significant racer has been documented by Aprilia as the genuine article.


NEW 1987 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

RSBFS readers are pretty rabid when it comes to the Gamma. Representing the closest road-going racer available at the time, the square-four two stroke is a milestone machine for collectors. This particular bike is brand new, has only push mileage on the clocks, and has never been registered. This must surely be the rarest of the 500cc Gammas we have ever seen on these pages.



1990 Honda VRP-RS500 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle


The Honda RS500 was a customer/privateer version of the works NS500 triple. With a long pedigree of success, the lighter three cylinder two stroke powerplant paved the way for Freddie Spencer's victory. This particular bike is one of only three 1990 machines built in Italy by Verona Racing Products (VRP). Using a custom chassis and updated components, this RS500 represented a major update to a machine originally launched in 1982.


1991 Honda VFR750R Type RC30

No high-brow motorcycle auction could be considered legitimate without an RC30. Long the bellwether of collector prices and trends, the VFR750R is THE iconic homologated superbike. This wonderful example is a UK bike, has but 3,976 miles on the odometer, and has some well-documented history. Is the collector market appreciating? This 1991 Honda RC30 might be the one to watch.



1983 Laverda TT1 RGS Corsa


The up and down fortunes of Laverda are highlighted by this stunning TT1 RGS Corsa. Pattered after the factory works machines from the year previous, only a handful of completed bikes were delivered to select customers. Considered semi-works bikes, these Corsas were campaigned in TT and endurance races throughout Europe. Sadly Laverda suffered more downs than ups in the intervening years - but this 1983 Laverda TT1 RGS Corsa gives a glimpse of what the future could have been like for the iconic Italian marque.



1997 Ducati 916 Senna II


Few motorsports celebrities command the respect reserved for the legendary Ayrton Senna. A Formula 1 phenom, a record breaker and a shooting star until his unexpected death in 1994, Ayrton Senna was also a social activist. Concerned with the large number of impoverished and homeless children in his native country of Brazil, Ayrton was a tireless supporter of their cause. The Senna edition of the sublime 916 was to raise money for his charity - and introduced the world to one of the most striking and rare Ducati models ever made.


1974 Laverda 744cc SFC
Laverda went all in for endurance racing in the 1970's, and the SFC ( super freni competizione ) was a half-faired homologation special, with triple-disk brakes and right-side gearshift.  Most often seen in the factory's signature orange, the model was a successful endurance racer and ride-to-the-race privateer machine. This 1974 Laverda SFC is documented in the SFC Registry, with the frame and engine numbers validated as correct.


1977 MV Agusta Boxer

What you are looking at is one of only two MV Agusta Boxer bikes ever produced. A naming conflict with a certain four-wheeled Italian manufacturer located in Maranello prompted MV to change the name of the line to Monza early in the production cycle. Born from the bones of the 750 America model, the Boxer/Monza model is punched out to 837cc improving power and top speed. This 1977 MV Agusta Boxer is an ultra-rare example of Count Augusta's finest work.


1975 Bimota 247cc YB1 Racing Motorcycle

You are undoubtedly familiar with Bimota's climb to fame with their legendary street bike kits, and later fully constructed motorcycles. But their roots were planted in the fertile grounds of motorsport competition; most notably, the smaller capacity roadracers that were popular in Europe. This 250cc 1975 Bimota YB1 is one of only 12 and was campaigned successfully in the World Championship by Swiss rider Bruno Kneubühler (whose career spanned from 50cc through 500cc GP bikes). Like all Bimotas, the craftmanship of the frame ensures flex-free handling, and the bodywork makes it look fast just standing still.


1976 Bimota 492cc SB1 Racing Motorcycle

Another fabulous and rare Bimota racer (number 20 of 50 frames constructed), this SB1 utilizes here is fitted with a Suzuki TR500 engine, the water-cooled racing version of the road-going T500 twin. Check out the auction details to see the innovative frame layout - this SB1 highlights the ingenuity of the Bimota crew. This amazing bike is offered in unrestored, running condition.


1986 Ducati 750 F1 Montjuich

Named after the fabled TT course laid out near Barcelona Spain, the Ducati 750 F1 Montjuich is a race-replica variant of the F1 line. Sporting engine, chassis, exhaust, and suspension improvements, the Montjuich was limited to a total of 200 units (all featured numbered plaques). This 1986 Ducati 750 F1 Montjuich is Number '002' and is truly a remarkable example of the model.


1981 BMW Magni

Arturo Magni is perhaps best known for his work with competition models from MV Agusta. But following the close of MV, he set up shop for himself, and branched out. This 1981 BMW is claimed to be one of the fewer than 150 units ever created. It sits in unrestored condition, with an unbelievable 134 miles on the odometer. Far from mainstream - yet accessible via ample BMW parts and drive train knowledge - this 1981 BMW Magni looks to be quite the exotic conundrum.


1994 Bimota SB6

This list would not be complete without a streetable Bimota - which brings us to this beautiful SB6. One of the more affordable lots in this incredible auction, the SB6 features motive power courtesy of the Suzuki GSX-R1100. Displaying a sense of artistry while serving up performance, the SB6 was one of the most successful Bimota road machines. This 1994 Bimota SB6 shows a mere 9,900 km (about 6,100 miles) on the dials.


1982 Hesketh V1000

This 1982 Hesketh V1000 won the popular vote with the RSBFS staff; ultra rare, undeniably cool, and a meteoric failure. The good Lord Hesketh set out to build his own brand of sporting motorcycles in the vein of Vincent, but his lavish lifestyle, failing Formula 1 team and other poor investments drained any capital and doomed this noble project. While Hesketh did launch the brand starting in 1980, from 1984 onwards it has sought suitors and investment to stay afloat (both Cagiva and Triumph were purportedly intersted, but passed). With only about 130 V1000 models created (and another 40-50 of the ultra rare "Vampire" sport tourer), this 1982 Hesketh V1000 remains an interesting yet obscure model for collectors.


This Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale auction has so much more to offer, so be sure and review the full listing on the Bonhams website. Here are a few teasers of what you might find.

Ducati October 5, 2017 posted by

Well-used: 30k-mile 1991 Ducati 851

It's nice to see a rare, pedigreed bike come up for sale that has clearly been ridden and loved, and not just shoved in the back of some banker's garage and polished to within an inch of its life. In the case of this 1991 Ducati 851, we don't see any reason to be scared of its 30,000 miles, as the seller lists an extensive regimen of recent and not cheap maintenance.

1991 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

The 851 is the bike that made Ducati the brand it is today in the public eye, sporting innovative heads with four desmodromic valves and fuel injection. It racked up race wins and built itself a mystique in short order, and today babied, low-mileage examples regularly claim new Honda Civic money.

Despite its mileage, this 851 appears super clean and well-kept, and includes a long roster of mods on top of the recent work. Among other things, it carries a Fast by Ferracci chip, Gia-Ca-Moto carbon mufflers, an opened air box and and Ohlins rear shock. It also sports a Corbin seat and carbon fiber fenders.

The bodywork looks pristine, and even the white steel trellis frame appears to have stayed very clean despite the bike's extensive use.

From the eBay listing:

I am relisting my 851, and having to do so through no ones fault but my own. I was in an accident while the listing was still active and was hospitalized for over a week, and didnt know if I would be able to complete the transaction in a timely manner, so I had it pulled. The accident did not involve the 851, it is still exactly as listed.
Up for sale is my 1991 851. It is a great example of what I believe is the most exotic, iconic factory bike of the late 80's- early 90's. A true work of art, that is Ducati. The 851 is the bike that started Ducati's resurgence on the world racing scene. The looks, and the sound, oh my, the sound!!! Twist it up to 7000 and above and listen to the music with the open airbox and the Gia-Ca-Moto exhaust!
This was my dream bike, waiting 25 years to be able to purchase one, but things/times change, and maybe someone else has been waiting for one too.
The bike has 30,000 well cared for miles on it, and it runs and shows like a bike with less than half of that. All required maintenance has been performed within the last 2000 miles, including valve check and timing belts, brake and clutch fluid. Chain and sprockets have about 2300 miles on them.
Tires have about 2500 miles and are in great condition.
Bike is equipped with:
Fast by Ferracci Performance Chip
Ohlins Rear Shock
Gia-Ca-Moto Carbon Fiber Silencers
K&N Air Filter Kit
Carbon Fiber Fenders
EVR Vented Clutch Cover
ProJection Muffler Hangers
Corbin Seat
Zero Gravity Windscreen
Halogen Headlight

Also included are original parts;
Clutch Cover
Air Box Cover
Passenger Pegs and Hangers
Seat
Factory Service Manual
Also have 14 Tooth AFAM Sprocket

I reserve the right to end auction early, as it is listed locally.

Thanks for looking and good luck bidding.
Shipping will be the responsibility of the buyer, although I will do what I can to accommodate and help shipper.

Bidding is remarkably low, even for a bike with this many miles on it, but with a few days to go it may yet make reserve. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Well-used: 30k-mile 1991 Ducati 851