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Honda February 19, 2018 posted by

Silver Streak: 1980 Honda CB750F Super Sport for Sale

Although the term "sportbike" evokes images of sleek, fully-faired two-wheeled plastic darts, the term has been steadily evolving and originally would have been used to describe bikes like this, the Honda CB750F Super Sport.  Strangely practical-looking for a sportbike, the CB750F was the logical evolution of Honda's revolutionary, but long-in-the-tooth CB750. That bike set the motorcycling world on its ear in 1969, but ten years is a long time, and the bike was in serious need of an update.

 

Introduced in 1979, the CB750F took the earlier machine and moved the game on a bit: SOHC became DOHC, and two valves per cylinder became four. It was still air-cooled, but the changes led to a claimed 72hp from the 748cc engine. Bore and stroke were perfectly square: 62mm x 62mm. Why not more oversquare per typical, high-revving motorcycle convention? Well Honda felt that the narrower bore meant a narrower, more aerodynamic engine and less surface area meant better combustion. It wasn't particularly light, although the 503lb dry weight was pretty standard for the period, as were the 19" front 18" rear wheels, now cast instead of spoked.

The bike was updated slightly for the 1980 model year seen here with improved rear Showa shocks, a reinforced swingarm, a frame revised to increase rigidity, and heavier, but stronger wheels that replaced the 1979's Comstar hoops. Overall, weight was increased, but so was handling. The package might seem underwhelming for riders used to modern hardware, but period reviews were very positive, praising the bike's agility, stability, and the powerful engine.

From the original eBay listing: 1980 Honda CB750F Super Sport for Sale

Amazing pristine collector Super Sport bike in rare "seldom seen" condition

  • 750cc inline DOHC engine
  • 78HP 5 speed
  • 12 Second 1/4 mile sport bike
  • Timeless design
  • Super Sport racing handle bars
  • New tires 
  • Two owner bike

Silver Metallic paint that appears brand new. Bike has had recent service. Meticulous detail work done and looks and runs like brand new motorcycle. Garaged kept by collector and still looks new 38 years later - She's ready to ride! Beautiful bike with a style that will keep on pleasing. I get compliments on this bike every time it goes out. Rare condition and there will be absolutely no disappointments. I'll be here to assist your shippers any way I can. 

To me it appears to have been completely restored, but I'm not certain. This just my opinion. I've restored a lot of cars in my time but not a bike. This bike is absolutely gorgeous and looks freshly done. I purchased it from a fellow car collector. Again, it looks like a complete restoration had been performed but I can't be certain. Bike has never been dropped or laid down. You can't restore a bike for what I'm asking. Please look closely at the photos as they are a true representation of the immaculate condition of this Super Sport bike.

Here's a beautiful sport bike being offered here in exceptional condition!  You will not find another motorcycle like this one in this condition for this price! It's cheaper than a dirt bike! I've put a very reasonable price of only $5,800 on the bike. For the money that has been spent on this bike, it can't be duplicated for anywhere close to what I'm asking. Jump on this deal… she needs a new home, admirer and a rider that wants to show her off! Again… you will not be disappointed! You're buying the "BEST"

Thank you for your consideration. Drew - Arizona

Wow. Well this CB750F is very nice, but $5,800 is a pretty big jump over the last time I eyeballed values. Of course, in a couple years' time, that might start to look like a bargain... Certainly, these aren't modern sportbikes in any sense of the word, with an air-cooled engine, dual shock rear suspension, spindly forks, and huge wheels. And the weight is pretty shocking as well. But unlike the potentially crippling ergonomics of something like an MV Agusta F4, this old school superbike offers a pretty relaxed riding position and a wide, flat seat that probably works well for two, so you can share your vintage sportbike with your vintage back, and maybe a vintage companion.

-tad

Silver Streak: 1980 Honda CB750F Super Sport for Sale
Honda October 13, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1979 Honda CBX with Matching Helmet!

Update 10.27.2017: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

In 1978 Honda stunned the motorcycling world with a technological tour de force. The six cylinder, 24 valve CBX was the most ambitious - and the most visceral - Honda project to date. Dominated by an air-cooled inline format mounted transversely, this Honda made a statement like no other. And while Benelli introduced the world's first production six cylinder motorcycle, Honda completely owned it and made it their own. Seemingly an engineering exercise that got out of hand, the Honda CBX remains a remarkable piece of machinery. It is coveted by collectors as well, with prices following suit.

A bit portly at 600+ pounds wet, the CBX was considered a superbike at it's 1978 introduction. Part of that reason is that the world had never seen anything like it. With more than 105 HP on tap, the big bike was as strong in performance as it was stunning to look at. While you might not know it by looking, the big six was actually an evolution of the 50cc and 125cc GP race bikes of the 1960s and early 1970s. Honda claimed this lineage not only aided in meeting the performance targets of the 1047cc, 24-valve DOHC inline six cylinder, but also dramatically shortened the gestation period since this was a route already well traveled by Honda engineers. As a promotional stunt Honda provided bikes to the Isle of Man TT, which were utilized by course marshals and made a statement as to the sporting intent of the flagship Honda. Capable at the dragstrip, decent on the road course (especially endurance events), and at home at any boulevard in the nation, the CBX delivered on Honda's promise of engineering excellence.

From the seller:
1979 Honda CBX

This CBX bike comes from BAC, the famous automotive and motorcycle collection. In the early 2000s the owner of a famous automobile collection decided that post war 1970s and 1980s motorcycles were some of the most unappreciated classic bikes and set out to buy the best of the best of all the iconic bikes. The owner is nearing 80 years old and has decided to sell off his collection of Italian and Japanese classic bikes of the 1970s and 1980s.

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The CBX in this ad took him three years of traveling across the country to find the best CBX he could find. While the bike has just under 10,000 miles on it, the current owner is the second owner. The previous owner who purchased the bike new only drove it on sunny days and it has never seen a drop of rain or any major dust or dirt. Everything is original bike except for the bearings in the rear swing axle. The bike even has a matching color Honda period correct helmet. The owner says without a question; this has to be one of the finest CBXs in the nation. It runs perfectly and has never been taken apart and nothing sounds like a Honda CBX when it is winding up through the gears.

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The owner said in his opinion the most important part of any collector bike is the mufflers as they are almost in all cases impossible to reproduce. The mufflers on this CBX are immaculate.

This bike also comes with a matching helmet!

This 1979 Honda CBX is located in Chicago land: $14,500

From the pictures of the enormous engine, you might think you need to be a bow-legged cowboy to ride one. But thanks to intelligent design, that is not the case. Not only did Honda cant the cylinder bank forward some 30 degrees, the intake setup is arranged in a vee format to further narrow the bike's midsection; despite engine dimensions, there is plenty of room for the rider. And with a jack-shaft arrangement that moves ancillary components from the ends of the crank to behind the motor, the CBX is not nearly as wide as you might otherwise imagine.

Built from 1978 through 1982, the CBX was but one of the incredible models that Honda created during this wild time; other examples include CX500 Turbo, CX650 Turbo and later the V45 Interceptor. Yet the more conventional CB900F was the real showroom performer, outselling the engineering oddities by a large margin. As a result, the CBX remains a relatively rare model. Yet it still presents an amazing sight, and continues to stun today. The 1979 Honda CBX shown here is a low mile example. More importantly, this is a a completely original example that was recently liberated from a larger collection. If you are in the market for a 1970s collectable Honda, you want to source the cleanest, best example you can find. This particular machine meets those specs easily. The asking price is $14,500.

MI

Featured Listing: 1979 Honda CBX with Matching Helmet!
Honda August 30, 2017 posted by

Show, Ride or Hide – 1984 Honda VF1000F

Following the introduction of the 750cc Interceptor in 1983, Honda upped the ante for 1984 and bored the V-4 out to 998cc.  With its chain-driven cams and silver painted steel frame, the VF1000F was more of a GT than superbike, but the best balanced and sportiest feeling of the FJ / GPZ / Jota / K100 group.

1984 Honda VF1000F for sale on eBay

The big Interceptor has four valves per cylinder and 122 hp is available.  With good torque of 66 ft.-lbs., only a 5-speed is required.  Triple 276mm disks seem a little light for the 550 lbs. fueled weight.  Period wheel sizes of 16" front and 17" rear help turn-in.  The supersport fairing breaks some of the wind for the rider but a review wished for more protection since the bike was capable of a ton and a half.

Evidently a two-owner bike, this VF1000F has 19,000 and change on the clock and looks very good.  Some puzzling roughness and re-paint of the left side alternator cover is detailed, but no other damage is apparent.  The owner says this in the eBay auction:

First year of production.  19K miles, runs, rides and handles like new.  The first owner was a nuclear engineer and did ALL the service and maintenance.  I purchased the bike 3 years ago and have put less than 1000 miles on it.  None to be found on eBay, just parts from wrecked bikes! Show it, ride it or hide it!  This bike will only go up in value! 

Not quite sure how prevalent the camshaft oil supply malady was on the VF1000F, but it did have a major effect on the 750cc bikes and they were built from similar castings.  In a rare event, the company addressed the issue by ending all the chain-driven cam V-4's ( except for the 400 and 500 which were a different design ) after 1984, in favor of gear-driven cams.  Still, many bikes are unaffected and run like, well, Hondas.  Ride reviews found the bike confidence-inspiring, stable and powerful.  Even for a fan the asking price for this VF1000F seems optimistic, but the make offer button is enabled...

-donn

Show, Ride or Hide – 1984 Honda VF1000F
MV Agusta August 28, 2016 posted by

Uncompromising – 2000 MV Agusta F4 750S

Claudio Castiglioni was a young man when the venerable MV Agusta motorcycle brand was mothballed in 1980, and the company concentrated on their helicopter business.  Several years and many successes later, Castiglioni, as a principle of Cagiva, bought the rights to the name, and set to work reviving the brand.  The brilliantly performing F4 750S was the new company's first design, penned by Massimo Tamburini, with engineering help from Ferrari.  This example is basically unused with only 294 miles.

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2000 MV Agusta F4 750S for sale on eBay

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Central to the F4 750's performance is the radial valve arrangement, Ferrari's chief contribution to the bike.  Fuel injection is courtesy of a Weber / Marelli partnership.  A middleweight with 126 hp, the 750S has a steel trellis frame but uses cast connectors at the attachment points for the single-sided swingarm.  The front suspension is Showa 49mm inverted forks, triple adjustable.  Brakes are bespoke Nissin 6-piston calipers over 310mm disks, and 210mm rear.  The sound system is 4-1-2-4,  foreshadowing a hallmark for the brand.

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The owner must have taken care with how the bike was stored, it's immaculate and seems to be without fault.  From the eBay auction:

You are bidding on a basically brand new 2000 MV 750 F4. It has 294 miles but is still on it's MSO from MV as it has never been titled. It has a new battery and metal fuel disconnects other than that it is exactly as it arrived from MV. It was stored with aviation fuel so there were never any stale fuel issues. It starts, runs and works just as  it should.
It comes with it's original manuals, tools and paperwork.

I've had many questions regarding the title. As I said in the ad the bike is still on it Manufacturers Statement of Origin meaning the same document that the dealer gives to the DMV in any state. There should be no other taxes or penalties (other than what your state charges for registration) The bike was never registered because it was really never used except for the 294 miles that were put on when still new in 2000.

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Tested as thrilling ride and beautifully built, the new MV made a cameo appearance in the 2004 film i, Robot, and plenty of dreams.  The exotic price and racey riding position has ensured they are rarely seen with lots of miles.  Also hard to fully exercise on the street since 80 mph arrives in 2nd gear.  Not many corners were cut in design and construction of the F4 750S, and the new owner will have an uncompromising example as well.

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-donn

Uncompromising – 2000 MV Agusta F4 750S
BMW July 4, 2016 posted by

What If ? – 2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto

BMW developed three variants of their HP model - enduro, sport, and motard, in that order.  Each has the 4-valve 1170 cc engine, blue trellis frame, and two-bike price tag - but strangely without BMW's Telelever front suspension.  The Megamoto is more similar to the enduro, with the step-stool-required seat height but smaller front wheel and chassis tuned for turn-in.  A solution in search of a problem sure, but in a big fun way.

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2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto for sale on eBay

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The HP2 engine is the culmination of BMW's near century of air/oil-cooled boxer-twin development, the blueprinting with exotic materials helping dual overhead cams deliver 105 hp and 85 ft.-lbs. torque.  45mm upside-down forks complement the more usual BMW Paralever shaft drive rear, this time with Öhlins damper.  BMW's own brakes are dual 305mm fronts with 265 mm rear.  ABS was available but not seeing it on this bike.  Bodywork is reveals more than it covers, but the bikini fairing and tank cover are nicely detailed.  Smashing forged wheels are finished in blue.

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Without even break-in miles, this is an as-new HP2.  Maybe dump the fuel, put some fuel system treatment in the fresh tank, change the oil and brake fluid, and off you go.  The owner added Touratech travel cases but you can leave them in the garage and the racks don't hurt the looks badly.  From the eBay auction:

Only one owner; always stored in a dry and warm garage. Used once. Incredibly low mileage. Good as new. No other bike like it on the market right now (with that mileage).

Comes with a few spare parts and accessories(pictures will be added once we sort the parts and accessories out.

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For those who think a water cooling system is needless complexity or just un-BMW, the HP2 in any variant is the final word.  A little too much for an actual urban gymkana, the oversized motards from BMW, Ducati, and KTM have faded from the spotlight.  But if you were a huge BMW fan, and a very skilled rider, this almost unused and quite rare Megamoto might be just the thing for local riding.

Happy Independence Day !  -donn

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What If ? – 2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto
BMW April 7, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2010 BMW HP2 Sport

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When BMW stops developing the horizontal twin, likely they'll stop putting the blue and white Rondel on the tank.  But as noise and emissions regulations compelled them to cool the heads with water in 2012, the pinnacle of the air/oil-cooled generation remains the HP2 Sport.  Dual overhead cams enable the 1170 cc engine to push 130 hp, and match that with 85 ft.-lbs. torque.  Accompanying the powerplant with chassis innovations and weight reductions resulted in the most track-oriented BMW ever.

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The HP2 Sport uses BMW's Telelever front and Paralever rear suspension with fully adjustable Öhlins dampers, hanging from the blue trellis frame.  Weight is kept under 400 lbs. using a carbon-fiber seat console, as well the fairing, fender and chin scoop.  Brakes are topline Brembo, radially mounted Monobloc ( each caliper a single-piece casting ), appearing to be ABS equipped.

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Though most advice is not to sweat the small stuff, the HP2 Sport is beautifully detailed.  Controls positions are adjustable, as is the chassis geometry.  A full-featured race dash is included.  The stainless exhaust winds its way up under the seat, and a race-developed quick shifter halves the gear shift time.  Carbon appointments from tank cover to heel guards, my favorite detail being the sculpted valve covers.

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Offered by Harrison Eurosports just south of Salt Lake City, this HP2 looks just great and appears un-modified.  Locally owned, it has around 8,000 miles and all service records are available.  Asking $18,900, contact Troy Barnes at (435) 632-8031 for details.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2010 BMW HP2 Sport




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