Monthly Archives: October 2017

Suzuki October 7, 2017 posted by

Sweet Tooth: 1989 Suzuki RGV250Γ for Sale

Many of the most iconic race replicas are rolling billboards for tobacco products: Marlboro, John Player, Gauloises, Lucky Strike. Of course, that’s no longer the case, with tobacco manufacturers largely banned from advertising on race bikes and cars, but it’s hard to deny that those designs are memorable. But what if you’re a racing fan, and want to own a bike from the glory days of two-stroke Grand Prix competition, but are morally opposed to the addictive, cancer-causing weed? Well, you can always look for a race replica a bike that advertises something less-lethal. Maybe something like this Suzuki RGV250Γ in Pepsi-Cola colors that just promotes… slightly less-lethal diabetes and obesity-causing sugar?

The pace of development for the 250cc two-stroke class was relentless, with multiple, distinctly different versions of each company’s bike introduced during the short period between the mid 1980s and the early 1990s. This example of Suzuki’s smoky two-stroke v-twin is actually a bit of a hybrid, combining the frame and bodywork of the earlier VJ21 with the swingarm and exhaust of the later VJ22. The VJ21 used a simple unit made of rectangular, box-section aluminum, while the later VJ22 used a curved, “banana” style swinger that was also made from aluminum, but distinctively curved on the right-hand side to allow the bulging expansion chambers to tuck in close to the bike’s centerline and allow maximum lean angles.

The engine was Suzuki’s liquid cooled, 90° two stroke v-twin with power valves and backed by a six-speed gearbox, a package that eventually found its way into Aprilia’s entry into the class, the RS250. Power for de-restricted examples was in the neighborhood of 60hp, plenty to motivate the claimed dry weight of just 282lbs. The front wheel was 17″ but the rear was 18″ as was fashionable among two-stroke sportbikes of the period, but irritating if you’re trying to shoe one today.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 for Sale

Up for sale is this clean 1989 VJ21 with a fresh top end and paint job. The bike handles well, and pulls strongly. It has benefited from an upgraded VJ22 arched swing-arm and cool dual single sided exhaust. It also has a new battery installed. It was recently imported from the UK.

The bike will come with copies of all the US customs paperwork, European registration documents, and a Bill of Sale. This is a classic and can be registered in all 50 States. I ask that the winning bidder pay a $300 deposit within 24 hours. I offer shipping with a right of refusal guarantee. If you’ve paid the deposit and delivery fee you can opt out of the sale whatever your misgivings may be. My delivery rates are competitive among motorcycle shipping companies.  Thanks for looking at my auction. Please check out my other listings. I currently have a variety of Grey Market Japanese Imports from Europe/UK available. I welcome all inquires and bids. However, please, please, please only bid if you willing, and able, to dispense with this transaction in a reasonable about of time. Happy Bidding! 

This one is a runner for sure, not a collector: the paint looks sharp, but isn’t original, and the bike has been updated with that stylish banana swingarm of the later VJ22, along with the matching “shotgun” exhaust set up. I like the swingarm, but I’d ditch those weird green-gold levers for a set of black ones immediately if it were my bike. The big draw here? The $5,750 Buy It Now price, making it one of the most affordable RGV250s we’ve seen in a while. The seller claims it “can be registered in all 50 states” but that’s simplifying things a bit, from what I understand. Especially in California. As always, caveat emptor. 

-tad

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 6, 2017 posted by

Two Approaches – 2008 Ducati 1098R

Contributors at RSBFS look at a lot of bike ads, and though these two are for the same year, make, and model, the auctions couldn’t be more different.  A smashing contribution to the sportbike encyclopedia, the 1098R returned Ducati to the cat-eye fairing, and Troy Bayliss to the WSBK podium.

– #154

2008 Ducati 1098R – #154 and #212 – for sale on eBay

– #212

Something reminiscent in the single-sided swingarm and separate underseat exhausts, but all new in the 1198cc testa, with 12.8:1 compression and 180 hp.  The -R’s titanium valves and connecting rods can’t be seen, but can be felt like the magnesium fairing sub-frame and aluminum seat sub-frame.  More visibly, Brembo supplied billet Monoblock brakes and Öhlins the fully adjustable fork and twin-tube monoshock.  Forged and machined Marchesini alloys provide light gold accents.  The race-derived dash has settings for the new traction control system, taming the 1098 along with the hydraulic slipper clutch.

– #154

– #154

Both from the east coast, neither of these 1098R’s have more than 1,500 miles, and #212 has under 300.  #154 shows quite a few views of the bike out on the lawn, while #212’s single picture might just be a factory glamour shot.  Both are as expected for such low miles.  Spare comments from #212’s owner presume a studied buyer, while #154 gives a little recent history, along with what seems to be a paragraph lifted from a review.  -R’s were supplied with a racekit ECU and carbon Termignoni mufflers, but neither are mentioned here.

#212 – Only 275 original miles.  Perfect condition, #212 numbered out of only 450 ever made.  A rare opportunity to own a special motorcycle.

#154 – Ducati 1098 R with 1400 miles. 1 owner clean PA title. This exotic bike looks and rides like new.  Recent oil change, new plugs, new air filter, and new battery.

These details from #154 give a good idea of the level of design and attention to detail on every 1098R –

Ducati pressured FIM to grant twins another displacement increase for the 2008 WSBK season, which they did after removing some modification freedom. The torquey twin vacuumed up the 2008 WSBK championship with Troy Bayliss aboard, though the little-brother 848 might be a better choice for the non-pro.  The 1098 returned to the iconic cat-eye fairing, and had a newly-designed cooling system.  Especially in the -R variant, the 1098 brought extreme if not silly power levels to the road, and it’s not surprising to see these examples with very low miles.  Two rare bikes in a production run of 450, with minor condition and price differences and presented quite differently…

-donn

Two Approaches – 2008 Ducati 1098R
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
Honda October 5, 2017 posted by

Three to Get Ready: 1986 Honda NS400R for Sale

The 1980s were a very exciting time in the motorcycling world, especially for fans of Japanese bikes, and a huge variety of machines were available in a dizzying array of configurations: two-strokes and four-strokes, singles, twins, triples, fours, and even six-cylinder engines. And it wasn’t just engines that saw the application of innovative new technologies: anti-dive forks, electronic ignitions, and radial tires all became common on sporting machines for the first time. Of course, race-replicas were very popular as always, and into the mix came the Honda NS400R that combined all of those elements into a potent little package.

At the center of this unusual machine was a liquid-cooled, 90° V3 meant to ape Honda’s GP machine of the period. Although with the two flanking cylinders canted forward and the middle one pointing up, it was actually the reverse of the racing machine’s configuration that had the single cylinder pointed towards the front. As you’d expect, the two-stroke had Honda’s ATAC powervalve to give the bike some additional midrange grunt and the 387cc engine put out a claimed 72hp through a six-speed transmission to the rear wheel. Overall, the package was very refined, with a claimed weight of just 360lbs. Handling was a definite strong point, helped by TRAC anti-dive forks up front and a Pro-Link rear, with modular Comstar wheels and radial tires at both ends.

Also, because I’m into weird details, I have to point out the tiny triangle of fairing that folds out when the sidestand is extended. Does it serve any practical purpose? Of course not. Did it cost real money to develop and manufacture? For sure it did. But that’s the kind of detail that defines bikes of this period.

So why a 400cc machine, when Suzuki and Yamaha were producing race-replicas closer to the actual racing displacement of 500cc? Well bikes intended for the Japanese market were limited in terms of power and displacement throughout the period, and Honda likely wanted to make sure a single version of the bike could easily be sold in all markets. Unfortunately at the time, a perceived power and performance deficit compared to the RG500 and RZ500 likely hurt sales, but I think that’s far less of an issue now: none of these bikes are especially fast by today’s standards and the handling of the NS400R is famously good.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Honda NS400R Rothmans NC19 for Sale

NS400R a road going replica of the GP motorcycle. 2 stroke with a V3 engine.

The bike is imported from Japan. Not registered yet in the US. This bike is sold without title. (NO TITLE) Sold as is with NO warranty NO refunds NO return.

Start engine! Runs OK, new battery.

This bike is original, with 25,488 km (15,837 miles) This motorcycle is 31 years old. Some scratches so look carefully all pictures and video. Sold as is.

Buyer responsible for vehicle pick-up or shipping to your location. (Bike in Carson now.) If anyone wants to come see the motorcycle, please contact me.

These flew under the radar for a long time, compared to the 500cc Suzuki and Yamaha, but prices are on the rise now. This recently-imported example looks shiny, and the seller claims it is original. A few scrapes and scratches mar the bike, and the lower right-side pipe does have some damage, although maybe that’ll buff out? There are no takers yet at the $5,800 starting bid with a couple days left on the auction. As always, the lack of a US title may be discouraging bidders, as that can be difficult to navigate, and many would rather not deal with the headache.

-tad

Three to Get Ready: 1986 Honda NS400R for Sale
Honda October 4, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo!

Update 10.9.2017: Joe wanted to note that this bike was used in Cycle World article published in May 2011 by Peter Egan, “Gone with the wind”. -dc

When it comes to the rapid pace of motorcycle development, nothing could beat the 1980s. Every manufacturer was scrambling to find the next Big Thing, the next best way to motivate a motorcycle for the claim of top dog. And for a brief, meteoric period in the early 1980s, the Turbo was the thing. Each of the Big Four offered a turbocharged motorcycle, but only Honda developed their bike into a second generation model (starting with the CX500 Turbo, and evolving into an all new 650). As a result the 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo was the most evolved of the Turbo set, offering manageable, reliable power. And power was available in spades – the CX650 Turbo nominated as “the roll-on king” for the amazing push of torque while underway. This particular example has 153 original miles and is as new a bike as you are likely to find. I’ll let the seller pick up the story from here:

Featured Listing: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo!

From the seller:
The 1983 Honda Turbo “No Mileage” CX650 in this ad is truly extraordinary because it has 153 original miles on it. This bike comes from a serious automobile and motorcycle collection in the Chicagoland area. The bike has everything original including paint, chrome, seat…even the tires are believed to be original. The bike runs flawlessly and is kept on a trickle charger. About 5-20 miles put on it each year in recent years.

This bike currently and for the last ten years has been a very well-known motorcycle collection. It has been very well maintained and driven a few miles every summer and kept on trickle charger. The bike looks and runs great (you could say ‘like new’)!

More from the seller:
It is generally considered that any motorcycle with less than 200 miles is considered to be under the classification of a “No Mileage” motorcycle and certainly this Honda falls within this category. All 650 Turbos are excitingly fast when you hit the pike but they are also very rare as it is believed that they are the lowest production classification of a Honda’s that was ever made. Top that off with this Honda that is a 100% original (and we believe the tires are too) and just 153 miles and you have one of the rarest Honda 650 Turbos that exist. The bike looks like new, and runs like new and has one very small chip on the entire bike.

More from the seller:
In 1983, turbocharging was the wave of the motorcycle future. The Honda CX650 Turbo was the best of the turbocharged motorcycles that lit up the 80s super fast bikes. The 1983 Honda Turbo is now one of the rarest production Hondas ever, with only 1,777 built and fewer than 1,200 imported to the U.S. and Canada.

Call to discuss price 847-668-2004 cell 10 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. CST

One of the most rare motorcycles of the era, all of the Turbo bikes were one year models. Honda was the only factory that took an evolutionary approach to boosted power, and despite the poor showroom performance these 1983 CX650 T models are truly excellent motorcycles. The Silver Wing-derived longitudinal twin is extremely robust; this model has very few weak points from a mechanical perspective. There are known issues with the stator failing over time, but that is on examples with more than 20k on the clock. Otherwise, this is as bulletproof as you can get on two wheels. Build quality is typical Honda, and if you decide to ride this example you will find a well-sized and comfortable cockpit with good wind protection.

Values for Turbo models have started to hit a stride – but the 650 models from Honda appear to be particularly strong. This is especially true for nearly new examples such as this particular specimen. Expect slow but steady valuation growth over time as the tiny pool of Turbo bikes continues to shrink. Traditionally these have not been extremely popular bikes, but the law of Supply and Demand is a predictable mistress for collectors and this 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo has all the right elements to lead the charge. Interested individuals should contact the seller to discuss: 847-668-2004 or email: adreply514@gmail.com

Moto Guzzi October 4, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1981 Moto Guzzi LeMans II

The Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans II took the marque’s sportiest offering from the ’70s and updated its styling and technology for the new decade. What had been born in the mid-70s as the high-compression, big-carb version of Guzzi’s familiar v-twin standard was updated with air-assisted forks, linked brakes and Nikasil cylinder walls.

The 850 LeMans II also got a new wind tunnel-tuned half fairing, that now encased a square headlight and integrated turn signals. Little else changed with the big Goose’s styling, but the front-end revamp was striking enough to suggest this was a new machine.

The 850 LeMans II is fairly rare in this country, with the American market being saddled with the LeMans Mark II CX100 in this bike’s stead. The CX100 punched the big vee out to 1,000 cc, but is generally considered the more ponderous and compromised of the two bikes, displacement notwithstanding.

This example gets ridden regularly in the spring and summer, according to the seller, though never in rain. It has covered just 11,000 miles in its 36 years, and is in impeccable shape. The paint and soft parts are not faded or damaged, though the bike does not look factory fresh.

From the seller:

The 1981 Moto Guzzi Le Mans II that you see in this ad is a bike as we understand it that was not generally imported into the United States. Most people are familiar with the Le Mans I 750 but many collectors here in the United States have not had the opportunity to see and ride a Le Mans II 850.

This 1981 Moto Guzzi Le Mans II is part of a very serious automotive and motorcycle collection in Chicagoland. The collection has many post war Italian highly collectible motorcyles from the 1970s and 1980s. The owner of the collection has said that all the Italian motorcycles sound and handle terrifically but the Le Mans II is superior in the handling to just about all the other Italian sport bikes. It not only sounds great but has that extra 100 cc over the Le Mans I that gives it a little more boost off the line and top end. And as the current owner says, “it just reads your mind” in terms of what you would like it to do in terms of handling.

This bike is kept on a trickle charger and is only filled with aviation fuel and currently has between 50 and 200 miles put on it per season. It is always available to be instantly started twelve months a year but of course is only taken out in summer months and never when it is wet.

The detailing and fit on this bike are exceptional and it is hard to find a single mark on the mufflers considering they are a flat black finish; they could easily be scuffed if somebody were neglecting total care of the bike but are still near perfect. This bike has been babied its entire life and is a very rare bike in the motorcycle collecting world and deserves the continuing care that it has had over the last 36 years. The owner does want the bike to go to a good home and if you are interested in talking further about it, call 847-668-2004 cell from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. CST we would be happy to discuss details and price. An extremely rare piece of history.

To get your hands on this piece of rare and collectible Italian motorcycling history, reach out to the seller at the above number or by email: adreply514@gmail.com

Featured Listing: 1981 Moto Guzzi LeMans II

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