Posts by tag: marzocchi

MZ April 15, 2018 posted by

von Zschopau – 2005 MZ 1000ST with just 16 Miles

With everything from two-stroke racers to sidecars in their century-long repertoire, state-owned MZ ( Motorenwerke Zschopau ) went private in 1990 and was sold to Malaysian investors in 1996.  These were their salad days, with lots of new smaller-displacement models and their first original four-stroke engine for the MZ1000S.  This ST variant has the S frame and is tuned for more torque, but more importantly was dealer-owned and on display since new.

2005 MZ 1000ST for sale on eBay

Sometimes known as MuZ, the company designed a 998cc parallel twin for their new machine, in sport touring tune showing 117 hp and 71 ft.-lbs. torque.  Components were up to date with Marzocchi forks, Sachs monoshock, and Nissin brakes.  The twin spar frame is a double-tube design similar to the Aprilia Falco, but this time in chrome-moly steel.  The angular fairing knifes through the air with a slightly bug-eyed expression up front.

A few thousand NOS parts flying in formation, this MZ has never been registered, and is seemingly undamaged by years of display and storage.  It's a bit monochromatic in silver, gray and black but in staggering condition.  Luggage was part of the original package but is not pictured, either way it can stay on the shelf.  From the eBay auction:

This bike is in essentially brand new condition. Being sold by a former MZ motorcycle dealer. This bike was kept as a show / display bike. It has been regularly maintained, washed and only ridden from the store to the owners home and around the dealership. It has approximately 16 miles on it. Its never been tagged and has been stored in a climate controlled environment. It was started recently and fired right up, the battery is still great, tires are excellent, seat is in like new condition. Shows very minimal sign of age considering it is 13 years old. There is some slight rust on the rear side of the exhaust, see pictures. This should come off with some elbow grease. 

MZ was unconstrained by years in the liter-bike market and the 1000S reviewed as a fresh look at some issues, the twin compact if not underweight.  The company battled the demons of international trade until 2009 and tried but never returned to motorcycle manufacture.  For a fan of the brand or maybe Saxony, this rare example looks worth a shot...

-donn

 

von Zschopau – 2005 MZ 1000ST with just 16 Miles
Sport Bikes For Sale March 25, 2018 posted by

Prototype Brawler: 2012 Confederate X132 Hellcat Serial #001 for Sale

All right, all right. I know it's probably not technically a sportbike. But all Confederates are extremely rare by their nature, and the very definition of exotic. The X132 Hellcat is more musclebike in terms of looks and riding position, the components list looks like an exotic owner's Christmas wish list: BST carbon-fiber wheels, Berringer brake and clutch master cylinders, huge Brembo calipers, WP suspension, and a classy, high-tech MotoGadget gauge to keep tabs on the revs and other parameters.

There's an American v-twin powering the Hellcat, but you're looking at much more than a warmed-over Harley engine. It's been built by Harley specialists S&S, but is their own design and shares nothing but inspiration with Harley's 45° twin. Cylinders are splayed at 56°, with square internal dimensions and huge pistons that displace 2163cc. The result? 121 horses and an insane 14o ft-lbs of twist that almost justifies the 240-section rear tire wrapped around the carbon-fiber wheel. The box has just five speeds but, given that torque, it'd probably work just fine with four. Or three...

 

Sure, the Hellcat sacrifices cornering a bit for style, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, since most of us shouldn't be pushing the limits of a bike this valuable. And even if you don't like the overall looks, it's hard not to get lost in the details: the clear window in side of the cases that show off the gears that drive the cams, the sight glass in the frame behind the steering head that shows the oil level, since it's conveniently stored there, the machined-from-billet everything... Love it or hate it, this is a boutique motorcycle with the very best hand-crafted components.

From the original eBay listing: 2012 Confederate X132 Hellcat Prototype Serial # 001 for Sale

Up for auction OR TRADE FOR COLLECTOR/SPORT CARS (AND TRADES FOR 1986 HONDA Z50 CHROME CHRISTMAS SPECIAL MINI BIKES) is a rare opportunity to own a piece of motorcycle history. This bike was owned and operated by the land speed record holder, James Hoegh until I purchased it directly from him. I purchased this bike because I fell in love with the design, and the history. Its not a practical bike for me and it belongs in a collection or a museum. This is a unique bike that has lots of custom attributes listed below: It does have Dual high intensity xenon headlights. Clip on handle bars. 132 CI S&S Engine with a 1 piece forged crank. 132 HP and 145 ft' of torque. 5 speed manual transmission with GP style shifting, 1 gear up and 4 gears down. Custom Marzocchi 50MM race forks that are adjustable. Race tech coil over shock in rear that is fully adjustable. Dual disc Brembo brakes up front with a single brembo disc in the rear with a 2 piston caliper. BST carbon fiber wheel, front and rear. 28" seat height. Oil is circulated through the frame for cooling purposes. Large oil sight glass on on driver side where triple tree meets frame. There are a couple rock nicks in the forks which I have photo graphed. This bike is sold with a framed certificate of provenance & authenticity from Confederate motorcycle company.

The price for muscle-bike perfection and visibly, spin-y gears? A Buy-It-Now price of $40,000 which seems almost reasonable, considering the prices of new Confederates. Certainly, if you're looking to add something rare and unusual to your collection, you can't go wrong with #001, although it's a shame you'd damage the value by putting miles on it. Maybe if you just live your life a quarter mile at a time and blast from stoplight-to-stoplight, it'll take a long time to add up any meaningful mileage...

-tad

Prototype Brawler: 2012 Confederate X132 Hellcat Serial #001 for Sale
Ducati January 19, 2018 posted by

Dusty deal? 1982 Ducati MHR900

Collectable motorcycles - especially those from the late 1970s through 1980s - are on the rise. Values have been notching up to the point where many of us can remember when "...you could buy one for (insert paltry sum here)..." This is true of practically any desirable bike in recent memory; for every bike there is a bubble developing. This certainly holds for memorable Ducati models - on the ropes in the late 70s & early 80s, Ducati fought back with a replica model dripping with nostalgia. Hopelessly outgunned by the technology of the Japanese, the 1982 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica recalled a more successful time for the Bologna factory (specifically, the Isle of Man TT win in '78), and traded outright performance for repli-racer glorly. Today these are 5 figure collector models with a strong following.

1982 Ducati MHR900 for sale on eBay

Essentially an offshoot of the 900 Super Sport of the day, the air-cooled twin utilized a bevel drive to actuate the two-valve desmo heads. Claimed power was a reasonable 64 HP, which was decent in the day. Today this is a laughable sum achievable by entry level cycles, but there is nothing that can compete with the onslaught of time and tech. The pros of power delivery included usable torque throughout the rev range, and a very narrow profile. This was capitalized by the straight section trellis frame, enabling confident handling and impressive lean angles. Improved Marzocchi suspension and upgraded brakes elevated the original MHR from the standard SS. Additional chassi details included magnesium wheels and a model specific fuel tank feeding 40mm Dell'Ortos. Bespoke Conti mufflers completed the visual effect.

By 1982, the differences between the 900SS and the MHR shrunk down to all but bodywork and graphics. Magnesium wheels were replaced by more durable aluminum units. The model-specific gas tank survived, as did the larger carbs. But the real difference between the standard SS and the MHR was the bodywork; a large flowing fairing, tight talk section and new side panels all emblazoned with the star power of Mike Hailwood. Depending upon sources, an estimated 7,000 MHRs were built between 1979 and early 1986. Cagiva's takeover of Ducati in 1985 spelled the end of the bevel twin and the MHR model line.

From the seller:
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..

Ducati specs vary greatly within a given model year - partly due to the relaxed attitude of the Italian manufacturer during this time frame, and partly due to the initial destination of the bike in question. For example, US-based bikes came devoid of the Conti pipes due to noise regs (thank you, Mr. EPA). Thus is it not uncommon to find some variances in bikes built in the same year - making collecting a bit more of a challenge. What is stock and original can change from region to region.

This particular seller has committed every sin that RSBFS preaches against when it comes to the advert: Pictures are few and poor, and show a bike that could use a bit of cleaning. Instead of telling us that it "...cleans up extremely well..." it would be of great help to show us - by cleaning it up and *then* taking pictures. Nobody knows what the fiberglass looks like, the condition of the paintwork, etc. It also doesn't help to see that this is not a running bike - and may not be complete. I won't even ask why the rear cylinder is missing when the stated issue was a bearing in the tranny (maybe a bevel expert can help us out there). These are all very important items considering the starting bid opens at a cool $22k USD. Now a clean MHR is will definitely top $20k in today's collector market, but this one feels a bit closer to basket case than concours. I'm not sure the rarity of the model warrants a piecemeal example at this price, and thus far the internet agrees with me at zero bids. Check it out here and share your thoughts. Good luck!!

MI

Dusty deal? 1982 Ducati MHR900
Egli March 22, 2017 posted by

Frame Game: 1976 Honda EGLI Kit on eBay!

I KNOW what you are thinking... since when did RSBFS start pimping push bikes??! Yes, I can see that this bike is missing a few bits that would make it a full motorcycle. But the bits that are there are truly worthy of notice. Pay attention - this is an opportunity that you will not likely see again.

1976 Egli Honda CB750 Roller on eBay

Egli was founded by Swiss motorcycle racer Fritz Egli in the mid 1960s. Initially, Fritz modified existing motorcycles for competition. As Fritz got deeper into racing, his modifications became more sophisticated. Soon he was racing on a chassis of his own making. When Egli frames started winning hill climb events, people took notice. The original Egli frame was based on a Vincent Black Shadow. Today, Egli is much better known for work encasing Japanese engines in strange and functional steel creations. Consider Egli the Swiss cousin to Bimota - offering frame and bodywork kits with some assembly required.

We don't see very many Egli machines on RSBFS - these are very rare productions. In fact, the last Egli we posted was in 2014, was located in Switzerland, and had an opening bid of $55,000 USD. Given the kit bike nature, each machine is slightly different and could be considered a one-off, custom build. That is, if you can find one for sale. But never before have we witnessed an un-assembled roller chassis. This is a first. And check out that "backbone spine as oil tank" feature built right into the frame - how cool is that?

From the seller:
For your consideration is a very rare, original 1976 Egli-Honda CB750 chassis! From what I can see the frame and its components have NEVER BEEN USED! Original Michelin tires made in France with full tread, all brake pads are brand new, no marks or scoring on the frame or any bolts showing a motor was ever mounted to the frame, and no scoring whatsoever on the disc rotors! Both front and rear Brembo masters are completely dry. This gem has Marzocchi front suspension, Koni rear shocks, Lockheed calipers, Swiss made EGLI-VINCENT wheels, Brembo masters, Verlicchi clip-ons, billet aluminum rear set mounts and rear engine mounts, Rhino triple clamp, and a nickel plated frame that WEIGHS 17.5 LBS!! This roller is light! The original rear fender appears new and the underside is extremely clean...zero dirt or nicks. The gas tank and seat are in very good condition. They show some age. There is a small crack...approx 1".. in the fiberglass rear section (see pics) The seat has one very small tear on the underside about 1/2 inch long, otherwise the seat padding is in fantastic condition for its age! I have some extra unpainted fairings that may fit on the 750, but I'm not certain.

More from the seller:
This is truly an amazing find. It has been sitting for quite some time and the frame has oxidation on it. The whole bike could use a good cleaning..I only cleaned the fiberglass, nothing else. There is surface rust in some areas. PLEASE ZOOM IN AND CHECK OUT ALL PICTURES CLOSELY. The aluminum gas cap wont turn, and I don't want to force it. I believe it is stuck on the steel ring on the tank. Inside the oil tank there is some surface rust, but nothing metal rescue couldn't handle. I'm trying to devulge everything I know. I don't want the buyer to have any surprises,. Please ask questions. I spoke to Egli Motorrad and they confirmed that this kit was sold to a buyer in the United States on 11-15-1976. I have a letter of authenticity signed by the man himself, FRITZ EGLI, which will be included in the sale. (see pic) Also included is a parts list packet with exploded views. There is no choice for Bill of Sale so I marked CLEAR. ****I DO NOT HAVE A TITLE SINCE THESE WERE USED FOR RACING...BILL OF SALE ONLY. ****

So what might this beauty look like when completed? This is not a picture of the actual bike, but another Egli Honda CB750 build I found on the internet looked like this:

So do I still need to detail how rare an opportunity this might be? Sure, there is some work involved (actually, a ton of work). But the end result is both artwork and performance; a truly custom sport bike that makes a mockery of modern day "customs." It will take a special buyer to take this and create a what-could-have-been type of bike, but I have no doubt it will be worth the effort. Others think so as well, given that the current bidding sits just under $5k with a reserve still in place. There are only a few days to go on this unicorn, so check it out here before it's gone; you're not likely to see another like it again.

MI

Bimota March 2, 2017 posted by

Sweet Air – 1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria in Italy

Seen only a couple of other times at RSBFS, only a handful of the 145 total YB9 Bellarias ever made it to the states.  Bimota's only two-seater is based on the Yamaha FZR600 drivetrain, with a few extra horses from intake and exhaust work.  Re-painted as many were in reaction to the factory's ice blue color scheme, this Bellaria is offered in Italy, but would be worth a side trip from Venice if you are headed that way.

1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria ( Italy ) for sale on eBay

Framed in Bimota's usual twin alloy spars with billet connectors, the YB9 was quite compact for a 600, even more so for a biposto.  Handling with the Marzocchi suspension front and rear reviewed better than the FZR, though the bikes were really for different markets, the Bimota being more of an exotic.  Oversize Brembo brakes and tires, plus 4-2-1 exhaust system insure function follows form.  Riding position is fairly relaxed with elevated clip-ons and roomy seat.  The air intakes make an outstanding visual statement crossing the frame and the lines are echoed in the seat console and belly stripe.  Early digital dash looks clean but was hard to read.

 

While the fairing on this Bellaria appears original, the usual stepped dual seat has been replaced with a sportier mono-plus, maybe a knowledgeable reader knows the origin of this mod.  Now in white with what seems to be the factory steel blue trim, shows low miles and looks good save the alternator cover.  The auction indicates a salvage title which would have to be investigated.  From the eBay auction:

BIMOTA BELLARIA YB9 RARE MODEL ONLY 142 EXEMPLARY PRODUCTS, THE MOTORCYCLE IN QUESTION HAS THE NUMBER OF CHASSIS 112.
THE MOTORCYCLE 'marching, COUPON HAS MADE ONLY 6350 KM (3900 MILES) PLEASE NOTE AS' WAS CHANGED BACK,
FOR ALL INFORMATION AND VIDEO OF THE MOTORCYCLE FUNCTIONING, CONTACT,
SHIPPING WORLDWIDE THROUGH COURIER SPECIALIZED.

 

Bimota claimed 95 hp from the 599 cc four, and weight was nicely under control at 385 lbs. dry.  Named for and built to cruise the coastal towns near the factory's home, the Bellaria was easy on the eyes if not the checkbook.  Impossibly rare here, winning the auction would just be the beginning of a story involving travel and paperwork, and with luck a sweet ride in the last chapter...

-donn

Sweet Air – 1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria in Italy
Bimota December 14, 2016 posted by

Swede Speed: 1980 Bimota SB3

Do you have the winter blues? Are you hoping for a European getaway? Are you jonesing for some Italian flair? Does one liter power rattle your wok? If so, we have the International combo platter for you! Nestled in a garage near Stockholm sits this beautiful Bimota SB3 - just waiting for an enterprising hero to come save it. While not perfect, the bones appear to be solid. Trim pieces may need to be sourced (or fabricated), but with only some 400 bikes produced over a three year span, this is a rare looker that could be the cornerstone of any collection.

1980 Bimota SB3 for sale in Sweden

What you got when you bought a new Bimota SB3: Chrome-moly frame by the sublime Rimini artists at the Bimota factory. Marzocchi suspenders with Bimota aluminum triple clamps, novel rising-rate single shock rear swing arm (a big deal back in 1980), Brembo binders, and miles of hand-laid, thin & lightweight fiberglass. And that's it. YOU needed to supply the donor Suzuki GS1000 for engine, trans and electrical. And you needed to put it all together. You see, back in 1980, Bimota produced motorcycle kits. As a result, no two early Bimotas are ever exactly the same.

From the seller:
Up for sale is an old collectable sport bike. I have owned it since 2000 but it has been standing in my garage the last 7-8 years without touching it sad enough so the miles for 24000 km (Swedish) is probably correct. I don't know remember where I put the back turn signals but I do think it is the same as some piaggio or something.
The bike need TLC but will be worth it big time !! It was a really joy riding it. My time is my problem and that is why I decided to eventuality sell it. The bike is in Sweden outside Stockholm and I am able to help loading it if the buyer takes care of the rest.

Italian grace and stunning looks motivated by the very best Hamamatsu had to offer in the day results in the usual RSBFS motorcycle porn. Sure, the pictures could be better - way better in fact. And the seller could have made a better effort to clean up the works to better showcase this Italianese merger of noise and speed. On the other hand, one has to acknowledge the refreshing honesty in providing photos of the bike in situ; you know it has been looked after since it sits indoors, and you don't have to worry about the seller shining it up to make a quick, glossy buck. It is what it is and it is available now. Good luck!

MI

Swede Speed: 1980 Bimota SB3