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Sport Bikes For Sale April 23, 2018 posted by

Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale – April 21st!

Update 4.23.2018:  We've updated most of the listings below with their sale prices, and estimates from Bonhams were very close in most cases.  Their showcase pieces did very well also.  From Bonhams:

Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale took place this weekend (21 and 22 April) at the International Classic MotorCycle Show and saw an incredible 92% of lots sold, achieving a total of £3,376,045 (US $4,708,029).

Several world records were broken, including the 1970 Clymer Münch 1,177cc TTS 'Mammoth' which achieved a staggering £154,940 and the 1973 MV Agusta 750S which realized £96,700, the highest prices ever achieved for these models at auction.

Congratulations to Bonhams on a great sale and to all the new owners!

-dc


For those lucky enough to be in attendance at the Staffordshire County Showgrounds in Stratford, UK, there will be an amazing collection of motorcycles passing over the auction block courtesy of Bonhams. But fear not: you need not be in attendance in order to participate in the auction. And just so you don't miss out on any of the key lots going up for sale, RSBFS is here to help you navigate through the drool-worthy articles on hand. Register early, and bid with confidence!

For the rest of us, let us know what you think of the sale and estimates in the comments below.

- RSBFS Team

1998 Ducati 916 SPS - This 4,000 mile machine has a Bonhams estimate of $21,000 - $27,000 USD.  SOLD - US$ 20,196 inc. premium

1990 Ducati 851 SP2 by NCR - Never been raced, but chock full of NCR parts. Bonhams estimate: US $39,000 - $49,000 USD.  SOLD - US$ 27,631 inc. premium

1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30 - this works Honda is an Isle of Man TT and Macau Grand Prix veteran. Bonhams estimate: US$ 35,000 - 49,000.  SOLD - US$ 40,393 inc. premium

1987 Ducati 851 - Alan Cathcart's personal machine since new, this tri colore beauty has a Bonhams estimate of $49,000 - $63,000 USD

1998 Ducati 916 Senna III - This low mileage 916 is number 281 of 300. Bonhams estimate: $14,000 - $17,000 USD.  SOLD - US$ 22,620 inc. premium

1998 Ducati 916 SPS - With a documented history (including complete engine rebuild) this SPS has a Bonhams estimate of $18,000 - $24,000 USD.

1999 Ducati 996 SPS2 - Only 150 examples of this Euro-spec model were built. Bonhams estimate: $13,000 - $17,000 USD.  SOLD - US$ 13,733 inc. premium

1986 Ducati 400 F3 - With only 327 kilometers showing, this late Cagiva-era Ducati has a Bonhams estimate of $5,600 - $8,400.  SOLD - US$ 5,655 inc. premium

2000 MV Agusta 750cc F4 S - This '1+1' Biposto example of the astounding F4 lineup has a Bonhams estimate of $9,800 - 13,000.  SOLD - US$ 10,987 inc. premium

1990 Suzuki GSX-R750L 'Slingshot' - Presented as virtually new after an extensive restoration, this bike will be sold at No Reserve. Bonhmas estimate: $4,900 - 6,300.  SOLD - US$ 6,947 inc. premium

1988 Honda VFR400R Type NC21 - A rare oddity in the US, this baby RC30 shows approximately 23,000 miles. Bonhams estimate: $3,100 - $3,900.  SOLD US$ 4,524 inc. premium

1978 BMW 980cc R100RS 'Krauser' - Though rather high mileage at 80k+, this looks well looked after. Bonhams estimate: US$ 7,100 - 11,000.  SOLD - US$ 7,755 inc. premium

1971 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport 'Telaio Rosso' - Recently restored, previous magazine tester. Bonhams estimate: US$ 34,000 - 42,000.  SOLD US$ 43,625 inc. premium

1976 Ducati 900SS - Used in the late 70's in amateur racing, it was later returned to road duty but includes many spares. Bonhams estimate: US$ 35,000 - 45,000.  SOLD - US$ 37,162 inc. premium

1977 Benelli 750cc Sei - odometer shows 13k KMs, includes receipts. Bonhams estimate: US$ 11,000 - 17,000.  SOLD - US$ 22,620 inc. premium

1979 Honda CBX1000Z - Imported to the UK via Canada in 1982. Includes receipts and Delkevic exhaust system. Bonhams estimate: US$ 14,000 - 20,000.   SOLD - US$ 15,349 inc. premium

1983 Suzuki GSX1100 Katana - Shows nearly 25k miles and includes some receipts. Bonhams estimate: US$ 7,100 - 11,000.  SOLD - US$ 12,926 inc. premium

1979 Suzuki GS1000 - No mention of Wes Cooley, is it a clone? Bonhams estimate: US$ 6,400 - 9,200.  SOLD - US$ 11,310 inc. premium

1970 Clymer Münch 1,177cc TTS 'Mammoth' - One of the featured lots of the Stafford auction. Completely restored. Bonhams estimate: US$ 110,000 - 140,000.  SOLD - US$ 217,692 inc. premium

1973 MV Agusta 750S - Another featured lot at the Stafford sale and noted as one of the most desirable of post-war motorcycles. Bonhams estimate: US$ 99,000 - 130,000.  SOLD - US$ 135,864 inc. premium

1957 F.B. Mondial 250cc DOHC Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle - World Championship and Isle of Man TT-winning motorcycle of great historical and technical interest. Offered with assorted correspondence relating to its provenance. Bonhams estimate: US$ 110,000 - 170,000.  SOLD - US$ 129,569 inc. premium

Honda 250cc RC163 Grand Prix Replica - The 250cc inline four gem was a championship winner, this replica is suitable for parades or vintage racing.  Bonham's estimate: $20,000 - $25,000

1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle - This Aermacchi-designed two-stroke is unrestored and was in the stable of the Cesena Motorcycle Club before being on display at the Rimini Motorcycle museum for the past 30 years.  Bonham's estimate - $17,000 - $21,000.  SOLD - US$ 17,773 inc. premium

Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale – April 21st!
BMW August 5, 2014 posted by

Christmas Malcom Forbes Style: 1982 Krauser MKM1000

Update 8.5.2014: First posted in December of last year, this unique bike is back on eBay and a few thousand cheaper. Thanks for the heads up Mike! Links updated, -dc

Back in the late 70's/early 80s, BMW motorcycle's were not exactly "sportbike" oriented. Enter Mike Krauser, president of Krauser Inc which was at the time the world’s largest manufacturer of detachable luggage for motorcycles. Krauser Inc was especially well known for the luggage they made for BMW motorcycles and Krauser was a big fan of BMW – he considered them to be the total package at the time in terms of quality, simplicity, and durability.

1982 Krauser BMW MKM1000 for sale on eBay

BMW Krauser For Sale

Krauser undertook an effort to design a road machine that would be top of the line and working with designers, the result was an entirely new concept in frame design wrapped around a BMW engine. The end result was sold as the BMW Krauser MKM 1000. Weighing just 496 pounds wet, the MKM was lighter than all of its competition, including the Ducati Super Sport and the Moto Guzzi Le Mans.

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Despite a production run of only 100 over only two years, the bike was an instant classic due to it’s distinctive style and 70 horsepower – the most powerful stock airhead that was produced at the time. The extra power was due to optional proprietary Krauser 4 valve heads which unfortunately weren’t very reliable but the high price at the time (14,000 USD) meant that the MKM1000 was usually "a millionaire’s ride" anyway. And according to the seller, that is exactly who the original owner of this bike was, none other than Malcolm Forbes Sr., creator and publisher of Forbes Magazine.

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This particular example is said to have only about 3,800 miles on the odometer and included with the bike are the original Krauser rear stand, the original Krauser Build Book for the bike, and also the paperwork from Forbes Magazine.

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Lastly, according to the seller this very bike will also be featured in an upcoming classic bike magazine article, to be published early in 2014.

Want to learn more about Krauser? Link to a review is here: http://www.beemergarage.com/documents/mkm11802.pdf

MG

Thanks to everyone who forwarded the unique bike to us and to Marty for the guest article! -dc

Christmas Malcom Forbes Style:  1982 Krauser MKM1000
BMW May 23, 2014 posted by

The Frame Game: 78 BMW R100RS with Krauser frame and 4-valve heads

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What you are looking at is a 1978 BMW R100RS - but that is not what is key. The big deal here surrounds the Krauser parts. For those of you not in the know, Krauser is a Bimota-like company creating products exclusive to BMW. Think frames, think bodywork, think performance parts, and think expensive (and rare) pieces of history. Provided as kits, Krauser worked to transform sedate BMWs into fire breathing sport bikes with gorgeous perimeter frames, four-valve heads, and more. This particular bike sports not only rare Krauser pieces, but additional custom details as well.

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1978 Krauser BMW R100RS for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
Offered for sale is a custom, one of a kind, MKM (Michael Krauser Motorcycles) framed BMW. Built from a 1978 R100RS.
Oregon title in my name, last plated in California.
Bikes with this frame are currently featured in Motorcycle Classics magazine, March/April 2014, but mine is unfaired and has many more high performance parts.
It is basically a race bike with a license plate. It is not currently rideable.

I purchased the motorcycle from the builder himself in early 2000. It was featured in an article in a motorcycle magazine in August 1988.
I will include a copy with the bike. The previous owner (builder) stated in the magazine feature about the bike that he would "Forget about cost, forget all the limitations, make anything I wanted. The wheels and 13 inch brakes with four piston calipers are from Performance Machine. The engine has a lot of special pieces; it's1108 cc with Krauser 4 valve heads and a lot of head work; 12:1 Venolia pistons: a custom built handmade aluminum flywheel; a cast magnesium oil pan made in Germany, along with other magnesium parts, all the goodies. It took about a year and a half and 20 grand to complete." (in 1980s dollars)

When I bought it, the previous owner/builder told me that it has had the crankshaft turned and balanced, has a new high performance cam, rods had been balanced, and that the extra heads, transmission, rear end and shaft drive are all OK.
I have not had it running or done any work on it and therefore am unable to furnish much first hand information about it's mechanical condition. I am unable to provide mileage amount, as bike is not equipped with an odometer.

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This particular example is a work in progress, apparently. While the original builder spared no expense in the build, this bike has apparently never run for the current owner. The bike has an Oregon title and California plate, but no speedo or odometer. The bike has wonderful cast magnesium case pieces and PM components, but appears to be missing intake and exhaust pieces. So it looks as if this bike was partially parted out at some point. Additionally, the bodywork appears to be incomplete - although with kit-built specials this is hard to determine. Certainly the bodywork is far from the MKM 1000 level, so it is difficult to determine what spec this bike strives to be.

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There are a lot of parts on this particular bike - and the parts are worth much more than the "R100RS" whole. Bidders will likely be interested in the frame and heads first, followed by other components. There is a lot here with which to build a classic "kit" bike. Got the Krauser bug? You're probably not alone. Check it out here and then leave a comment and let us know what you think!

MI

The Frame Game: 78 BMW R100RS with Krauser frame and 4-valve heads
BMW August 16, 2012 posted by

When a rare sport bike is more: 1991 BMW Krauser Domani

For Sale: 1991 Krauser Domani sidecar

When is a rare sport bike not a rare sport bike? How about when it is a trike? This very rare and extremely cool piece of hardware is not your average trike - VW, Harley, Goldwing, Can-Am or otherwise. This is an actual side-hack, purpose-built as an integrated unit rather than a tacked on sidecar rig. Released by BMW tuner and frame building specialist Krauser, the Domani contains some very interesting technology.

The Domani was a joint effort between Krauser and Swiss Engineering firm LCR. LCR has been building racing motorcycles and sidecar rigs - including Isle of Man TT winning entries - since the 1970s. Krauser is a well-known BMW tuner firm, perhaps best known for their work with BMW boxers in the 1980s. Together, LCR and Krauser released the Domani, a futuristic racing sidecar rig for the street, based on a BMW K-series bike and complete with an integrated tubular frame, unique hub-centered steering, and futuristic streamlined bodywork. It has been reported that only 100 were made.

From the seller:
This specific Domani is a one-owner rig, having traveled only 38.000km (app. 24.000 miles) since it was new and build by Krauser in 1990 and it is powered by the stock 1000cc inline four cylinder drive-train of the BMW K line. It was first registered in 1991. It has 90 h.p. and comes with the tonneau-cover as well as a tool-kit, jack-stand and other pertinent items.

It has the original german title as well as other original documentation such as the Krauser Domani sales-brochure, instruction manuals etc. Even the original bill of sale is included in the document folder. This Krauser Domani has been garaged it's entire life and has been serviced regularly.

It was painted in dark blue metallic as a specific option/wish by it's single owner and this owner opted not to have the Krauser decals installed as they would have (in his opinion) clashed with the dark-blue paint choice.

This Domani has the optional wing on the back of the trunk-lid and it comes with both versions of the wind-screen, the international wind-screen (head-light behind a large single-piece screen) installed and the european wind-screen version (head-light out front, ahead of the windscreen) included in a box.

This Domani runs, rides and handles excellent, the suspension is very tight, the entire rig is in a condition closer to a 5-6 year old vehicle than to one having been used for 22 years. There is no oxidation on the original frame-rails underneath, the entire frame-work still shows its excellent condition original paint.

The exhaust-system also looks very nice for its age. All bushings, joints and connectors are still tight and the fiberglass body-shell is in excellent condition without any stress-related noises that can show up on a Domani with high mileage.

There are some blemishes in the original paintwork, but overall these do not warrant a repaint unless someone would want to put it on a pedestal to display, rather than ride it.

Steering, brakes and drive-line perform as they should and this Domani passed the very stringent German Department of Motor Vehicle tests last year and has since travelled less than 500 miles.

This particular rig has had some miles put on it, which should be proof of the engineering and testing done by LCR and Krauser. This is certainly a very unique piece of mechanized artwork, and I really have no idea what the going rate for a quasi-racing side hack for the street should go for. Do any of the knowledgeable RSBFS readers have experience with the Domani? If so, we would all love to hear it!

The bike is based in Germany, and the auction is going on right now on the U.S. eBay site. If you've got $49,500 USD - or if the seller is willing to accept your offer - this rare bird could be all yours. I'm not sure what shipping charges will be to transport the rig overseas, nor do I know of how one registers such a vehicle - but all that will be minor compared to the attention you will recieve from adoring fans and drooling spectators. If your buddy on his Can-Am three wheeler thinks he's hot stuff, image motoring by him on this! For more information and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction!

Below are some photos found on the LCR Sidecar website and Krauser website, as well as a great sidecar racing video. Enjoy!

MI

Suzuki August 28, 2011 posted by

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley with Extras!

After spending the weekend at Indy and admiring this Wes Cooley that won one of the Cycle World classes, I went looking. Here is the bike that we spotted Peter Egan judging this weekend, and ended up winning it's class.

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This 1979 model for sale on eBay has covered 20k+ miles but looks great, especially with the period Krauser bags that are color matched.

The seller is clear on the condition and states the reserve is set at only $2000 considering it has some flaws. As of this writing it has surpassed $2700 and has a little under 2 days to go.

quote from the seller:

I am listing my 1978 Suzuki GS1000S for sale with just under 21,000 original miles. This 1000S is cosmetically in very good condition. I have added a 'nose' fairing and vintage Krauser saddlebags. This is my 2nd GS1000S and I have loved them both. This came to me from Washington State 5 years ago. In addition to the items already mentioned also included in the sale is an extra set of factory exhaust pipes, and a spare engine, a cover, a pair of Avon tires bought last fall which have about 200 miles on them, an original factory repair manual with the periodic updates and misc. extra parts.

Originally, it also had an after market seat and a Vance & Hines 4- into 1 exhaust which I didn't like because it was jetted wrong and when you would try to pass someone it would flatten out so badly, it would almost slow down. First, I traded the exhaust for an original set which made a world of difference. Then I kept looking and finally found a '78 GS1000 for sale locally with all original equipment. I sold all of the parts I didn't want on eBay and kept what I wanted. As you can see, I was buying things to keep it for the long haul. The saddle bags are removable, I have a key for the latches which keep the bags closed but not for the bags to the bike locks. Should one not want the bags on the bike they come off and you can remove all of the mounting hardware and move the rear turn signals back to where they started. There are some cracks on the tops of the inside of the shells from no doubt, stress vibrations over the years, but they don't impact the strength of the bags.

Cosmetically, the bike is quite good, a few chips here and there, probably the worst from where the guy I bought it from failed to tighten the bars down when shipped to me and they put several chips on the top of the tank see photo. I found that the mirrors were too close to the sides of the fairing to see around my shoulders so I made 2 blocks to extend them out far enough to be able to see clearly. The bike has fallen over twice when standing still on grass and the only damage from those are that my mirror extensions put the mirrors out far enough that they hit the grass before the bar ends and the fairing was tweaked. No damage but the paint popped off and I've hand painted it in. To my knowledge, it has never been 'down', never been in an accident. The left side of the tank has a small indent about where one's knee would rest. Don't know where it came from but it is barely visible.

Known mechanical issues- there is a crack in the glass on the instrument cluster between the clock and the oil temp gauge. All the gauges work fine. The auto- canceling turn signal has a problem- works perfectly when activated to go left but not to the right. If I move the switch momentarily to the left and then go to the right turn position it works fine. Go figure. With the engine, after it has been ridden and gotten hot- on restart, there is a tapping sound. No one has any idea where it originates. It does keep pace with the rpm's but not at a pace that would indicate it was coming from a piston or tappets etc. It is slower than the rpm turns. At 1000 idle speed the sound is about every second or second and a half. Hasn't gotten any worse in the five years I've owned it and sometimes it is not evident at all. I'd planned on keeping this for a long time but now find that as I'm 63 my reflexes aren't keeping pace with the speeds I want to ride it. So I'm letting it go. Because of all the money and time I've invested in this bike, I'm putting a modest reserve of $2000 on it. This is really a lovely bike great handling, lots of power and people always admire it when it's out in public.

This really should be posted on Classic Sport Bikes For Sale but after seeing a similar example at Indy I'm inclined to post here for anyone else who might have been smitten with seeing a nice one.

dc