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Aprilia July 19, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: June 2013 Sales Report

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Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged a record 60 bikes in June and readers purchased 14 bikes in total.

Lowest sale price: $2900
Highest sale price: $19800

Congratulations to June’s buyers and sellers!

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Let’s get it started with this 1996 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 that had a buy-it-now of $3600 and sold after one relist for $2950.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R 1100


This Yamaha YZR500 replica build in the UK was first listed for about $22,600 but ended up selling for $20,500 after two relists.

Yamaha YZR500 replica


In Arizona this 2002 Aprilia RS250 MKII sold for a shade over $9k.

2002 Aprilia RS250


This red-headed Moto Guzzi V11 Rosso Corsa sold for a very reasonable $5500.

2003 Moto Guzzi Rosso Corsa


Here was a sharp 1997 Yamaha YZF750R that sold for a mere $3700.

1997 Yamaha YZF750R


Next is this 1987 Honda CBR600 Hurricane that sold for $3950.

1987 Honda CBR600 Hurricane


A cult favorite, this 1985 Yamaha RZ350 sold for just $5000.

1985 Yamaha RZ350


This 1982 Ducati 900 Supersport pulled in $17,100!

1982 Ducati 900SS


After being relisted once, this 1996 Bimota BB1 is going to sell for $5444.

1996 Bimota BB1


With one relist, this Yamaha FZR400 sold for $3450.

Yamaha FZR400


Combining items in a single auction almost never works, but in the case of this lot with a 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 and 1987 GSX-R50 sold for $13,100.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100


Here’s an ugly duckling that sold for just $2900.

1996 Yamaha FZR600


In the Pacific Northwest, this 1990 Honda NSR250R (MC21) sold for a mere $4825.

1990 Honda NSR250R


While not a Formula, this 1999 Laverda 750S sold for just $4550.

1999 Laverda 750S


And this nearly new 2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss sold for an astonishing $19,800!

2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss


At the other end of the spectrum, this 2001 Ducati 996 with just 1100 miles sold for $7500, which I think might be the best Ducati of the month.

2001 Ducati 996


Another 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100, and this one sold for $5400.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Month in Review:  June 2013 Sales Report
Laverda June 26, 2013 posted by

1999 Laverda 750S with 2700 Miles in Pennsylvania

1999 Laverda 750S For Sale

If the refurb’d Laverda 750S Formula we posted a couple days ago had you drooling but was too far to pursue, maybe this stateside 750S could help with that itch. While not a Formula, all the Laverda’s of this era are pretty rare bikes. And they still carry lots of premium parts to compliment the parallel twin. This particular example wears the half fairing option and has been on display for many years. Having only covered 2675 miles before being put on display, the seller notes that this bike will need a battery and fluids before running. This one is opening at $2500 and has no bids yet.

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1999 Laverda 750S For Sale on eBay

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from the seller:

1999 Laverda 750S in excellent condition with only 2,675 original miles. This bike has been on static display at a local Quaker Steak and Lube. Be the only one with a Laverda at bike nights! It will need a battery installed and all fluids checked prior to running. It was stored properly with the cylinders fogged with lubricant to preserve it during its display. This bike pulls like a freight train and shifted and handled like the true Italian bike it is on it last ride prior to display and storage. It has not had the starter conversion done to it. The only things not as factory are the carbon fiber D&D exhaust cans which sound incredible and the upgrade oil filter assembly.

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Aprilia June 20, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: May 2013 Sales Report

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Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged a record 85 bikes in May and witnessed an all-time high of 29 of our picks getting sold. In fact our readers bought 23 bikes in May! Here is a review of 29 of the 85 posted, most having sold.

Lowest sale price: $1380
Highest sale price: $25099

Congratulations to May’s buyers and sellers!

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In no particular order, we start with this 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP with 2000 miles that sold for $3650:

Ducati 900 SS/SP


A highlight last month is this 1986 GSX-R 750 Limited Edition with less than 900 miles that sold for $22,400!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited


This 2001 Ducati 996SPS failed to sell after being bid to nearly $12k.

Ducati 996SPS


This very tidy but tiny Aprilia RS50 sold for a pint sized $2700 to one of our readers.

Aprilia RS50


This stock 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma sold for $12,400.

1985 Suzuki RG500


This heavily modified 1986 Suzuki RG500 in Lucky Strike livery failed to sell the first time at $10,500 but sold after one relist for $16,000!

1986 Suzuki RG500 Lucky Strike


This 1990 BMW K1 with just 4200 miles sold for $13450, McDonalds colors be damned!

BMW K1


This very clean 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 sold for $7000, even with 30k miles!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750


This 1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750 might have been the bargain of the month selling at just $2550.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750


This amazing low mileage and stunning 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $13100.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100


Someone scored on this 1986 Kawasaki ZX1000R Ninja that saw just 7400 miles. Sold for only $3750!

1986 Kawasaki ZX1000R


This 1991 Yamaha TZ 250 B racebike sold for $17500 but was relisted and sold again for $15500. Hopefully for good!


This well looked after 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 sold for $8200.

Moto Guzzi Daytona


This later 1997 Daytona 1100 with less than 7k miles failed to sell with bids reaching $9100.

Moto Guzzi Daytona 1100


Another great buy was this 1982 Honda CB 900F with 205 miles for only $6655. This won’t be depreciating any time soon.

1982 Honda CB900F


Here’s a nearly new 999R with less than 1k miles that failed to sell at $16100.

Ducati 999R


This restored 1988 Suzuki GSX-R sold for a mere $6100 to one of our readers.


This 1996 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike was no reserve and sold for $7500.

Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike


Here’s a Yamaha RZ500 that sold for a scant $6500.

Yamaha RZ500 RD500LC


This 1998 Yamaha R1 failed to sell at $8500 and has been relisted for $7500.

Yamaha YZF-R1 For Sale


This cool 1985 Yamaha FZ750 survivor sold for $3850.

1985 Yamaha FZ750


Here’s a 1987 Suzuki GSX-R50 that sold to one of the RSBFS superfans for $1380.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R50


This 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo is one of several we posted recently and it sold for $5451.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo


This 1994 Yamaha YZF-750R was also well bought at just $2200.

1994 Yamaha YZF-750R


This 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited sold for $12721.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited


A very striking 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE sold for $17000.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE


This spotless 1998 Aprilia RS250 set a new record selling for $9950.

1998 Aprilia RS250


This 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR failed to sell the first time at $8500 buy-it-now, but was relisted twice and sold for $6500.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR


The top seller this month was this 1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 Turbo for $25099.

1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 Turbo


This 1994 Bimota DB2 appears to have sold for good this time at $7400.

1994 Bimota DB2


The great pumpkin 1982 Laverda Jota sold for $20255!

1982 Laverda Jota


This 1993 Ducati Superlight failed to sell at $9499.

Ducati Superlight


This XN85 Turbo sold for just $4000.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo


While we were having a little fun with this CBR1000RR trike, it did find a new home for $9900.

CBR1000RR Trike


This 1985 RZ500 failed to sell when bid to $9100 while wearing a $11800 buy-it-now.

Yamaha RZ500

Laverda May 22, 2013 posted by

Before it turns into a pumpkin: 1982 Laverda Jota

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This is not a motorcycle for sale. This is more like a love story. In the motorcycle-themed version of Cinderella, this would be the pumpkin turned chariot. No mice needed to pull this one around, as the big Laverda is well-known for the quality and quantity of its power. Swap some boots and leather pants for the glass slipper, and your story would be complete. Ah, but this 4,000 km tale is better told by the seller.

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From the seller:
THIS is the one you’ve been waiting for, a Jota in Immaculate condition.
“BIG ORANGE EYE CANDY” is how some people have described this beautiful machine.

This actual bike was on display in the 2011 exhibit of “Classic Motorcycles at the Simeone” automobile museum in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photos 1+2) It shared the stage with some of the most rare and beautiful Italian motorcycles ever made.

A 1982 Laverda Jota with only 4172 Kilometers, that’s ONLY 2587 Miles!
That mileage figure is absolutely correct because I am the one and only official owner of this bike.
I purchased this bike in 2001 from a gentleman who was the North American importer of all Italian Motorcycles.
This bike had only 25 KM on the Odometer at the time I purchased it. It was stored in his heated warehouse, along with about 100 other rare and classic Italian motorcycles that had never been titled. I was the first person to officially register, title and ride this bike in the summer of 2001.

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More from the seller:
Included in this auction will be every book and manual I have acquired through the years. Every Part that I have removed, replaced, or upgraded will also be included in this auction. There are hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of dollars worth of extra parts included here. Check the photo of all the parts laid out, there’s a bunch.

This includes the original fairing which I removed early in my ownership, simply because I prefer the look of a naked bike. It is in near perfect condition since I kept it indoors for the past ten plus years. The windshield was replaced on the fairing early on before I decided to remove it altogether. The original windshield was cracked, hence the replacement, but it too, is included. All the original hardware to mount the fairing is also included.

The original mufflers were replaced with Jota cans, which basically are empty without baffles. This gives the bike a very nice sound without being obnoxious. Original mufflers are included and also are in near mint condition.

In early 2011 the clutch seized up on me and had to be replaced . If you know these bikes, you are probably aware that this is a common problem when the bike is not run for an extended period. You also probably know that in 1982, Laverda was the first manufacturer to offer a hydraulic clutch. Well being the first is not always a good thing. Those hydraulic clutches were notorious for leaking, as was the case here. I decided that as long as had to replace the clutch, I would replace it with the traditional cable actuated version. I also opted for the easier pulling, longer lever version, which makes a huge difference in the amount of force needed to pull in the clutch. All the original hydraulic clutch parts will be included in the sale as well as an extra manual clutch cover.

There are two seats included in this auction. The original “Bum Stop” saddle which currently is not installed on the bike and the replacement 2 up saddle I installed so I could take on a passenger. Both saddles are in fantastic shape.

Still more from the seller:
The original Bosch ignition was replaced by a more reliable DMC ignition.

The original tires were replaced with Michelin Macadams soon after I bought the bike in 2001. So there are only about 4200 kms on them. I do NOT have the original tires.

I replaced the original turn signals with a vintage set of chrome Lucas signals. They are much better looking in my opinion than the originals. The originals are also included in the auction.

All lights and signals work properly.

There was a side kickstand that I installed at one point, but I decided to remove it as I heard they were unreliable. The sidestand will be included and could be installed again very easily by the new owner but I would not recommend it. The center stand works very well and is more than adequate for most situations.

The carburetors were rebuilt back in 2002 or 2003. They have been running fine since then.

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It is difficult to find a Laverda in this condition. In general, original condition Laverdas do not come up for auction very often, much less museum condition bikes. This particular Jota looks the part, and the very organized owner clearly loved the bike. This is the kind of opportunity you look for. Bidders seem to agree, with the current price at auction up to just under $12k at the time of writing. There is still a reserve in place, but I suspect this one will run up quite a bit higher before it is over. Click the link to jump over to the auction, and let us know what you think!

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MI

Bimota April 11, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: March 2013, 27 Bikes in Total

Here is the latest round up of bike sales or bikes that saw high bid activity. We’re starting with Feb 25th and moving forward as they hadn’t been reported on in the last Month in Review as they were still open at the time of publishing. Each picture is linked to eBay as they haven’t been archived yet.

We blogged over 60 bikes in March and these are the ones we have sale values on. A great read for savvy buyers and sellers alike!

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Katana 1000 for sale

1982 Suzuki Katana 1000 Sold for $7000


Suzuki TL1000R For Sale

2002 Suzuki TL1000R Sold for just $4100


1987 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1987 Yamaha FZR750R Sold to one of our readers!


2008 Bimota DB5R For Sale

2008 Bimota DB5R Sold for $21500


2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Bike For Sale

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Sold for $8215


1996 Honda VFR750 For Sale

1996 Honda VFR750 Sold for just $3223


1985 Honda VF1000R For Sale

1985 Honda VF1000R Sold for just $4500


1974 Yamaha TZ750 For Sale

1974 Yamaha TZ750 Factory Racer Sold for $42500


Honda CBR600 F2 For Sale

1993 Honda CBR600 F2 Sold for just $2750


1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America For Sale

1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America sold for $10401


1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $4800


1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale


1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 For Sale

1990 FZR750R OW01 sold via Craigslist, owner reported bike as sold.


1988 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1988 Yamaha FZR750R sold for $5200


1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage For Sale

1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage sold for $10300


2001 Honda NSR150 SP For Sale

2001 Honda NSR150SP sold for $3550


1986 Honda RS250 For Sale

1986 Honda RS250 sold for $3750


1988 Ducati F1 750 For Sale

1988 Ducati F1 750 sold for $13700 to one of our readers


1989 Yamaha FZR1000 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 sold for $5500 to one of our readers


1993 Honda CBR900RR For Sale

1993 Honda CBR900RR sold for $5000


1991 Ducati 851 For Sale

1991 Ducati 851 sold for $8700 to one of our readers!


1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield For Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield had met reserve at $8500 but was pulled from eBay. The seller’s website indicates it as available for $8950.


Ducati 999R For Sale

2006 Ducati 999R with 6 miles sold for $23000!




Honda NS400R For Sale

1986 Honda NS400R sold to one of our readers for $7500!


2000 Aprilia RS250 For Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 sold for $7200


1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale

1979 Suzuki GS1000S sold for just $5000


1983 Laverda RGS1000 For Sale

1983 Laverda RGS1000 sold for $8250

Laverda March 30, 2013 posted by

Italian transport: 1983 Laverda RGS1000

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I you tire of endless L-twin and V-twin pasta rockets, then check out this latest Italian find: a 1983 Laverda RGS 1000. The RGS was derived from the legendary Jota, but made to be more comfortable and more of an executive travel machine or a GT. Don’t let that fairing and those soft curves fool you, however. At the heart of this beast is the same 1000cc triple that dominated Europe before the rise of the Japanese machines.

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Like most Laverdas, this one has been ridden. There is just over 21,000 miles on the clock, and the expected wear and tear of a 30 year old bike. But it looks like all of the pieces are there and with no significant damage this unmodified find might just be your ticket into Italian ownership.

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From the seller:
Great Italian exotic superbike. Hard to find in this good running condition. Unmolested, clean, correct and complete. Buy for your collection or ride it like the makers intended.

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This RGS is not the more desired Executive model (with higher handlebars, add on fairing bits and color coded hard bags), but it is still a great motorcycle. There has been nominal interest in this bike thus far, although at $4,350 the reserve has yet to be met. The BIN on this bike is set at $9,250 – perhaps a little high, but time will tell what the market thinks. For more info and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

Laverda March 12, 2013 posted by

Triple Threat: 1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage

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There have been more and more Laverdas on the market as of late, and that is a good thing indeed for collectors. Today’s bike is not the more often seen Jota or RGS, but the rather special 1200 Mirage model. It looks to be a rider, and has 30k on the clocks.

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So what exactly is a Mirage? Designed as a sort of “power cruiser” for the UK market, the specifications came from the British distributor and key importer, Slater Bros. Start by taking the standard 1200cc motor from the parts bin and give it a hotter cam. Stuff it back into a standard Laverda frame, but provide it with a Jota-specification exhaust, and a slightly different riding position with flatter handlebars. The Mirage is born.

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From the seller:
As you will see from the photos, this is an extraordinary example of a rare high performance motorcycle from the great days of high performance Italian motorcycles. This motorcycle HAS NOT been restored.The owner before me had the paint very nicely professionally redone in the original color about five years ago.I had the pin striping done in traditional Jota fashion just over a year ago when I added the Jota fairing on the bike. Everything was recleared at that time. ( The original fairing and trim panels are are shown and included. I have always been partial to the one installed.) To my knowledge, the motorcycle has never been out of service in its over 30 year life. It has had several vey caring owners who used it and tended to it.I ride it frequently and it it lives covered with its stablemates at all other times. It functions perfectly in all ways without reservation. I would not hesitate to recommend riding it from Texas to where ever you live. Most of my bikes have spent a week in Cody, Wyoming for daily rides over Bear Tooth (13,000+ ft) to Red Lodge and back. This one made the trip last year along with my two other Laverdas (one other listed here). I recommend the ride on anything except a bicycle. You will not pass another of these on the street; Red Lodge or elsewhere. Tires are good. It lives on a battery tender.

Laverda began producing these 1200cc 180 degree crank triples in 1978 following several years (73-77) of the 3Cs and Jotas. They were from a time when an unending war evolved to keep up with ever improving Japanese offerings. The Mirages were tuned “Specials” for the British market. The standard 1200s were Ts or TSs. It is a stunning, impressive and very satisfying ride. I expect that most serious bidders will know exactly what this is. If not, refer to “Laverda Twins and Triples Bible” by Ian Falloon.

All of my motorcycles are inspected, insured, registered and ridden. I strongly recommend that you do the same with yours. I have a couple that the sellers were distressed to discover that I would ride. Collect if you like. If you are going to ride it good for you. I have reached the point where I can no longer ride all of them enough to justify owning them. I have no financial, health or space issues. There are simply others that I desire to own and ride regularly. I hope that there is a knowledgable next owner out there for this Laverda…

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The market for Laverdas – like most things Italian – is looking up. There were times when you could not give a triple away, but those times have changed. While still not as pricy as say a Guzzi V7 Sport, the unique and relatively rare Laverda brand is certainly coming into its own. The current bid on this Mirage is $7,100 with reserve still in place. Click the link for more info and pictures. Good Luck!

MI

Laverda March 6, 2013 posted by

Disco Italiano: 1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America

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Marketed on US shores at the height of the disco era, it is hard to imagine Italian engineers and assembly personnel listening to anything other than Pavarotti during the construction of this beast. Still, singing some “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees might have helped – Laverda would close their doors by the early 1980s (only to be resurrected several times in failed attempts to bring back the magic). Piaggio / Aprilia is the current owner of the brand, but have no interest in manufacturing motorcycles under the Laverda banner.

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From the seller:
The Laverda triple was a highly esteemed superbike of the 1970s even if it was rarely seen in the USA. They developed a reputation for speed, handling, and durability on the race track, winning multiple superbike championships in Britain and Europe. They blew minds when in a British magazine test it went 140MPH, making it the fastest production bike of the era. Look it up in a Guinness Book of Records from the late ’70s.

This particular Laverda, a 1200 Jota America with a build date of November 1977, is a fine rider and attracts attention wherever it goes. I have owned it since 2009, and I enjoy it on club rides and quick trips over the “Dragon”. It runs very strongly and has been very reliable for me. After I bought it I went over it, checking the valve clearances (OK) , cleaning/tuning the carbs, and fixing a slippy clutch. I replaced the plates and springs and the triplex primary chain for good measure. I checked the compression when the engine was dead cold and found all cylinders within two lbs. of 157psi. I confirmed that the cams were the coveted 4C, but I did not pull the heads to see what pistons were in it. I suspect they are higher than the stock compression.

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More from the seller:
I have changed the oil and cleaned the screen several times. I am now running Mobil 1 20w50 motorcycle oil. It is fresh. It has several desirable mods: rear-sets, Jota handlebar, Jota exhaust (I suspect they may be the original ones from England- they are light as a feather with no baffles), modern four-piston Brembo calipers, drilled rotors, braided SS brake lines, SFC fairing, Progressive shocks, the 4C Jota cams, and Moto-Witt ignition. It also has the bum-stop Jota seat, but it has a small tear in it. I have owned five Laverda triples and this one is the fastest. I hate to see this rorty beast go, but my old body finds the riding position too sporty and I just don’t ride it enough to justify keeping it.

It is a fine-looking beast with tons of charisma. I had the exhaust pipes and mufflers re-chromed recently and the oldish paint is still thick and shiny but there are nicks in several places that have been touched up. She makes a very presentable rider – not a show bike. The engine and frame numbers match- it is no. 1697 and is titled as a 1979 model. I just went out to the garage and started her up for the first time since October, when I drained the carbs. She started right away with the distinctive, spine-tingling roar that is unique to these 180-degree triples.

These big triples are bikes from another era. With a classic Italian approach to performance, great looks and terrific sounds, a Laverda makes a statement to the world. It is a great piece of hardware that will not be seen on every corner of your commute, or even at most bike hangouts during spirited weekend rides.

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Your chance to own this hot Italian dish is now. Bidders are turning out for this orange beauty, with the current bid up to $6,399 with reserve still in place. I’m really not sure what the value of a Jota is these days, so this will be a great bellweather for these classic bikes in 2013. For more info and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction! Disco ball not included.

MI