Posts by Category: Moto Guzzi

Bimota August 27, 2021 posted by

Freaky Friday Bag-O-Bikes feat. Bimota, Guzzi and an AMAZING RG500!

Moto Guzzi Daytona For Sale on Craigslist!

Big, Beautiful, and Body Positive- I’d ride it!
Even though Guzzi describes it as a “sport bike” this, 450#, shaft driven machine pales in comparison to today’s 200hp rockets, but it does have a certain mystique about it. I bet with a set of pipes the 992cc V2 would belt out a musical note worthy of the top spot on Mikes Mix-Tape. The reach from the seat to the clip-ons looks to be a bit long- can anyone confirm this?

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Fully stock.
Beautiful bike.
Always garage kept.
Biposto version (very rare)
#2 of only 250 that were imported into the US — own a piece of motorcycle history.

 
 


2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio For Sale on Craigslist!

Simply a work of Hyper Bike Art. The Italians know what I like and continue to build some of the most eye pleasing machines- I could sit and look at this one All. Day. Long.

01 of 23 built in the world.
Power is from a Ducati 992cc SOHC L-twin paired with a six-speed transmission, and the bike is finished in Red/white with carbon fiber fenders and engine covers.

Additional features include Brembo radial front disc brakes with wave rotors, Zard mufflers, a steering damper, an inverted Marzocchi fork, and seating for two.

 
 


1989 Honda Hawk in Grey For Sale on Craigslist!

I had one of these gems on last weeks B-O-B’s post and as long as I keep finding them you’re going to keep seeing them 🙂
Super cool bikes that never gained much traction as a street machine, but they have plenty of cult following on the track. Back in the day, I had the opportunity to purchase one of these, but at the time I was all in on FZR400’s. Much older and wiser now, I kick myself for not buying it when I had the chance.

Rides great no funny noises or smells, no overheating problems, battery is new , good chain & sprockets, good brakes, good tires, original paint, no accidents, just in great shape, no oil leaks it’s a Honda.

It’s a Honda- Preach it Brother!

 
 


Capirossi Ducati Monster on the cheap!

Nothing too crazy here other than some snazzy decals. However, $4,000 for a 2,000 mile Ducati seems like a pretty good deal to me, but apparently, I’m an outlier because this one has been sitting on CL for a while.

Showroom condition on this Capirossi Monster. Only 65 of these were shipped to the USA.

 
 


1990 Honda CB-1 For Sale on Craigslist!

Another small Honda that didn’t garner too much attention when it was released, but I have to tell you- these are some neat little bikes. This 400cc inline four has gear driven cams and a 13,500 screaming red line. You don’t see these very often and when you do, they’re usually all jacked up with nasty paint, bumps and bruises. This one “appears” to be pretty nice and would make a great grocery getter or commuter.
What do you all think about these?

1990 Honda CB-1, 6 speed, 25,500 miles. Rare bike: 400cc inline four with gear driven cams, revs to 13.5k RPM. 3rd owner (all were in Bay Area), parked in garages its whole life. Under 300 miles on Pirelli Sport Demon tires. Original paint and seat.

 
 


1972 Laverda 750 SF1 – Italian Cafe Racer For Sale on Craigslist!

These older “Cafe Racer” machines always make me smile and while it would be a bad move on my part; if I owned this I’d wear a leather helmet and smoke goggles while riding it. You know- for the nostalgic kool factor.

Sensational Bike, Very Low Original Miles … Rare, Cool and Fun to Ride

 
 


1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma w/ only 864 miles- For Sale on Craigslist!

I’m just going to leave this one right here and let you all hammer out the details because we all know this is One Bad-Mutha!

This is extremely nice and very rare.
1985 RG 500 Gamma (Canadian Spec)
One owner…. Only 864 miles from new ! (1,391 kilometers)
California registered
$42,000.

Freaky Friday Bag-O-Bikes feat. Bimota, Guzzi and an AMAZING RG500!
Moto Guzzi June 27, 2021 posted by

Oca Nera – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

Moto Guzzi has always incorporated their classic ideas into new models, and the 1100 Sport is a great mix of engineering and style.  This one has new batteries and tires and looks ready for a long summer trip.

1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for sale on eBay

Presenting a new machine at a certain price point is a series of compromises, in this case trading their V-twin four-valve engine for 100 more cc’s and pushrod actuated valves, giving the Sport 1100 90 hp and the usual plentiful ft.-lbs.  40mm Dell’Orto carburetors met emission regs with a catalyst, and the typical backbone chassis was enhanced with cast alloy side plates to mount the swingarm and footpegs.  The half-fairing has become a Guzzi classic and incorporated fresh air intakes.

This Wisconsin owner states he is the second rider, and it looks very good for its 23,000 miles, but with a little attention could be a star.  The NLA Staintune mufflers are a period upgrade and are well-suited to the carburetted engine.  And sound excellent in the owner’s – video –.  Durability has long been a Guzzi strong point and there’s no reason to thing this Sport wouldn’t want all the miles a new owner could throw at it.  From the eBay auction:

In overall stock condition and ready to be enjoyed.  It has the highly desired Staintune exhaust which sounds spectacular.  It has brand new proper sized Pirelli front and rear tires on it installed in May of 2021 that only have a couple hundred miles on them.  These bikes have two batteries mounted in the tail and BOTH batteries are new as of May 2021.  The oil was changed in spring of 2021 as well.  From the prior owner there is a receipt for some gear box seal work being performed.  This Guzzi runs great, shifts great, brakes great, and does not leak.  Hop on and enjoy the unique experience !

As stated, the cosmetics overall are very nice.  It is an extremely presentable and attractive machine.  It is the type of machine that draws quite a bit of attention and passion.  It is in nicer shape than would be expected for the age and mileage but it does have some typical minor nicks and light scratches here and there, but nothing that stands out or distracts from the motorcycle’s presentation.  The black finish is still the original Guzzi factory applied finish, is of impressive quality, is exceptionally smooth and glossy.  I have only lightly detailed it here and there.  With some more effort with polishing the finish and other areas on this bike would turn out even better.  Note:  In the photos/video it is shown without bar end weights.  I have since installed bar end weights.

I am essentially the second owner, and all owners have been adult motorcycling enthusiast owners.  The original owner had it until a couple years ago, until he passed away.  He resided in Wisconsin and put the majority of the miles on the Guzzi, and took excellent care of it.  One can tell it has been stored indoors, kept clean, and been well maintained.  A collector purchased the Guzzi from the original owner’s estate, owned it for  a couple of years, and I purchased it from the collector.  I have greatly enjoyed riding it and it offers up such a unique experience.  The 1100cc V-twin offers up such a sweet exhaust note and are known for being rock solid reliable.  This 1995 version is the carbureted model and as stated runs excellent, no tuning or adjustment needed.

In the Guzzi galaxy, the Sport 1100 is on the sportier side, with low clip-ons and seat’s backstop indicating great potential.  The realities of the big axial twin require smooth power additions in the corner, though it reviewed as a very stable handler.  With the Make Offer button, this might be a great addition to a Moto Guzzi collection, or a a perfect place to start.

-donn

 

Oca Nera – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100
Moto Guzzi May 23, 2021 posted by

Sun Chaser – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans

Moto Guzzi’s most recent Le Mans, the V11 is an interesting mix of brawn and refinement.  Today’s Arizona example has been well-loved and preserved for the next owner.

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans for sale on eBay

New owners Aprilia had sporting aspirations for the V11 and commissioned an up-rated two valve engine, claiming 91 hp and 69 ft.-lbs. of torque.  Marelli’s multipoint sequential fuel injection keeps the 9.5-to-1 compression responsive and EPA compliant.  The new six-speed trans had the advantage of shifting more smoothly, and a Paralever-style driveshaft limits the torque reaction of the final drive.  Under the tank there’s the usual steel spine chassis, stretched to a 1490mm wheelbase for stability.  Components are top shelf with USD Marzocchi forks and multi-adjustable Boge monoshock, with typically excellent Brembo brakes.  The upper-only fairing is one of the most protective on any Goose, and is well integrated with the 5.4 gallon tank and hideway pillion at the back.

Said to have been passed from friend to friend, this Le Mans has miles but looks excellent.  Beside fluid and filter changes, little doubt the recent service included a valve adjustment, all the hearty two-valve engine requires to keep on keepin’ on.  The light gold would stand out in greener pastures but wouldn’t raise a sunglassed eyebrow in brighter climes, and almost matches the headers’ patina.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This bike has a known history since new.  It was purchased in 2002 from AzSuperbike in Phoenix.  It has always been owned by 3 friends.   It has never been wrecked, raced or abused.  Cosmetically it is nice enough that I was asked a few weeks ago if it was new.  It’s not, it has some rock chips.  But the paint and cosmetics are very good.  The valve covers were painted gold and the word “LeMans” on the seat cowl has been painted red by a previous owner.  I never changed them as I think they look great. 

Mechanically it has 23,400 miles on the odometer which I believe to be correct.  Last week I took it to my mechanic to be checked out.  He gave it a clean bill of health.  Then I took it on a 250 mile shake down run.  Absolutely no issues.  The Pirelli Angel sport touring tires have less than 500 miles on them.  The Ferracci carbon mufflers sound awesome. The only known issue is the trip odometer: it turns, but does not engage.  Several extras are included: the original mufflers, a shop manual and a parts manual.

The Le Mans has endurance racing in its genes, but the company has moved on to a line of roadsters, muscle bikes, even an adventurer – so for the moment the V11 is the last Guzzi to refer to Le Mans.  Better suited to an afternoon ride on some scenic byways, the V11 Le Mans did review as quick when under the guidance of a skilled rider.  This one looks to have been carefully ridden and tended to, and has several watchers mulling over the reasonable buy-it-now.

-donn

Sun Chaser – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans
Moto Guzzi April 29, 2021 posted by

A Long Time Coming: 1993 Moto Guzzi SP 1000 III

I love a good story – especially one with a happy ending. And this spectacular 1993 Moto Guzzi SP III has a great story to tell. But first lets start with the basics. Powered by a 949cc 90 degree vee twin longitudinally mounted in the chassis, the pushrod, two-valve air cooled and carbureted lump is good for just over 71 relaxed ponies. But it is the torque that makes the ride here, and with nearly 80 foot pounds of thrust, the big twin makes the most of what its got. The SP – or Spada (Italian for sword) – is a more upright than say a Le Mans, and is the bike on which Italian police steeds are based. So it is capable, comfortable, and not without the usual Moto Guzzi quirks which include shaft drive. But this particular example of the SP is rather special in that it was a dealer-constructed show bike, and the seller is someone who lusted after it for years before realizing the dream. Read on!

1993 Moto Guzzi SP 1000 III for sale on eBay

From the seller:
The Story of the 1993 Moto-GuzziSP III

From 1995 – 2008 I made an annual pilgrimage with some long time friends to Daytona Beach to watch the Daytona 200 motorcycle race. It just so happened… at the same time in Daytona each year…. a little party was also going on… a party called Bike Week. Now, not being the parting type (tee hee), our main focus was to cheer on our favorite riders in the annual superbike endurance hosted by the Daytona Motor Speedway and tour the back roads of Florida.

We all stayed in Deland Florida for two reasons: it was quiet and we did not have to mix with the Harley riders. Deland also hosted the Euro Bike show and Wood Brothers antique bike auction. Many cool Italian, German and Japanese bikes make their way to Deland on the final Saturday of Bike Week. It was a great atmosphere.

At the time I was driving a 1996 Moto Guzzi 1100 sport. Harper Moto Guzzi, from St. Louis, MO, always made the trip to Florida and had a booth at the show in Deland. I had a business relationship with them so on Saturday, I planned to visit them at the show. And that when I first saw it:

Harper’s Daytona show bike, a 1993 Moto Guzzi SP III 1100. It was beautiful and looked like it was going 100MPH just sitting there. I got excited and asked one of my best friends to take a picture of the bike and me. I said “I’m gonna own this sucker one day”

More from the seller:
The bike has a ton of custom Moto Guzzi farkle and a super rare, custom full Valtek Body Kit, the same faring used by the Italian motorcycle police, the “Carabinieri”. The bike wasn’t for sale (but I think they wanted $10 or $11 grand for the bike), which was a fortune for me in 1998. For several years we visited the show and I always visited “my bike”. As my kids and business grew my time got short the Bike Week trips faded away. I kept in touch with Harper’s as I was still driving the 1100 Sport.

For several years I clubbed raced motorcycles and attended many track events. Soon, my interests changed and by 2010 I was completely out of motorcycles and now into vintage car racing. Even the 1100 Sport had to go and my relationship with Harper’s was put on hold. Sadly, my interest in the SP III also waned and soon it became nothing more than a memory. My wife, however, was very happy that finally “the metal was wrapped around me not me wrapped around the metal”. Fast forward to 2015 and after missing my Moto-Guzzi 1100 Sport, and experiencing my 10th mid-life crisis, I found an interesting 1100 Sport for sale and bought it.

The bike was great but after a year of riding her it became apparent that my body did not feel so good after riding long (or short) distances. My 58 year old bones and a 20 year old Italian sport bike did not mix. Regrettably, I came to the realization that I needed a more comfortable ride.

More from the seller:
Suddenly, I remembered the SPIII from Harper’s. Six years later I immediately went to the internet and searched for Harper’s. At the first click I found the banner “Harpers closes its doors and liquidates all its motorcycles, will only sell parts”. My heart broke. I decided to give them a call and see if they knew anyone who would be interested in my 1100 Sport.

On the first ring, Curtis Harper, son of the founder picks up the phone. I introduced myself and he remembers me. I tell him I’m trying to sell the V 1100 Sport and was looking for a nice Italian Sport Tourer. He says “are you interested in a trade?”. I say yes….then Curtis says “Dad auctioned off all the bikes except the 1993 SP III show bike, he was saving that for a good home”

I was shocked, it was destiny! Within two seconds we made a deal and two weeks later I drove 15 hours to St. Louis and drove home with my dream bike. That was 2017, and I’ve had several good years with her and some nice local rides but now I’m 63 and ready to pass on the SP III on to an appreciative owner. My focus now is now English sports cars, heaven help me.

Summary:
Two basic owners since 1993;me and Harpers Motors
1.554 documented miles
Recent carbs rebuild in 2020
New Bridgestone tires in 2017
Show winner, people attractor
Rides like a dream
Collectable rare classic
Title in hand

Guzzis of this vintage are reasonably rare in the United States; the brand was simply not as popular as other European makes, nor did they have a large dealer network. However Moto Guzzi fans are rabid, and the longevity of the brand – as well as the bikes – is legendary. That would explain why this auction, even though it is in the mere $5,000 range at the moment, has a significant number of watchers. This is an extraordinary motorcycle that is truly unique, and has a very interesting history and story to tell. And I’m sure the next owner will become part of that story (and hopefully piles on some more miles). There is a reserve in place, so this one has some distance to run. Check out all of the details here, and enjoy this departure from the everyday superbike. Good Luck!!

MI

A Long Time Coming: 1993 Moto Guzzi SP 1000 III
Moto Guzzi April 27, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS

Update 4.27.2021: This bike has sold to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Check out our criteria and get your own Featured Listing! -dc

The 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS is probably the pinnacle of MG’s powers, and it’s a true emblem of the storied marque’s steadfast dedication to doing its own thing, consequence and technology be damned. The Daytona line was released in 1993 to celebrate Goose’s racing success with a privateer in the 1980s. If you can find one from any production year, they are magnificent machines, but the ’97 RS model adds some handling finesse and power the older bikes lack.

For ’97, the v-twin got a 12-horsepower bump to just under 110 horsepower, thanks to better breathing heads, Carillo rods and forged pistons, a lightened crankshaft and upgraded EFI. Braking was now handled by Brembo, and adjustable WP suspension front and rear kept the 500-ish-pound brute headed the right direction. Other trick bits included Marchesini wheels and an Bitubo steering damper.

Complaints at the time included notchy fueling from the big twin, but this bike has had its issued smoothed out with a chip tune from Creedon. The mod should bump power slightly as well as cure the throttle response woes.

From the seller:

Asking price for this beautiful, rare beast is $14,500 and it shows 13,360 miles. It’s not Ducati quick, or as precise and capable as a Japanese bike, but neither of those machines carries the same panache. Unless you’re a member of a well-heeled Guzzi club, the chances you’ll ever see another at the local cruise night are nil.

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS
Moto Guzzi March 20, 2021 posted by

Long Ranger – 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

Moto Guzzi advertised the Sport 11oo as the ultimate two cylinder, two valve motorcycling experience, and one could quibble but not truly disagree.  Today’s Goose has some miles, but still looks very good and has a few interesting upgrades.

 

1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for sale on eBay

Seeming to fit into the general Le Mans form without being so named, the Sport 1100 used Guzzi’s new 1064cc twin with carburetors and electronic ignition.  Power was good at 90 hp, but 70 ft.-lbs. torque at under 6,000 revs made the 5-speed the way to go.  Marzocchi forks were conventional but adjustable, and W-P monoshock supported the shaft drive.  Brakes were the 320mm Brembo offerings, un-linked by popular demand.  Helping the just under 500 lbs. change direction, a 17-inch front wheel was fitted with an 18-inch rear.

Helped by the temperate N.C. weather, this Sport 1100 has the Keihin flat-slide carburetor upgrade, which appears not to use a choke.  Might need to warm up before riding away but the accelerator pump makes for great throttle response.  A carbon Mistral exhaust has replaced the original, and has a no-nonsense sound in the – video – shared by the owner, who also has these comments in the eBay auction:

-I bought this bike in 2012. It has been well maintained and is a blast to ride. – -When I first purchased the bike I sent all the suspension to Cogent Dynamics for maintenance.
-The bike is equipped with Keihin FCR41 carbs.
-The bike runs great and I have never had any issues with it during my ownership it has been a very reliable motorcycle.
-Maintenance has been performed by International motorbikes here in Hickory NC. The owner, Chuck, is a moto guzzi enthusiast and also owns an 1100 sport which he bought new back in the day.
-It is equipped with stainless Mistral exhaust and it sounds fantastic. The bike pulls hard and is a looker.
-I have posted plenty of photos so please look carefully. There is a scratch on the windscreen, you may be able to sand and polish it out or replace it, I just lived with it.
-You will also notice a weld on the exhaust. This repair was there when I bought the bike and it is well done.
-This bike has the impossible to find Heli-bars mounted to the bike. These bars help with wrist fatigue and is a bonus for shorter riders. I can include the original with the sale.

The 1100 turned out to be a winner for Moto Guzzi, and they stayed with it for the new V11 Le Mans in 1998.  Since 2006 though, the company has focused more on the sport cruiser segment, and didn’t import the updated 1200 Sport.  Bids are getting up there but haven’t met the reserve with less than two days to run.  Spring has almost sprung and we’ll be watching !

-donn

Long Ranger – 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100
Moto Guzzi February 22, 2021 posted by

Sharp Foreground – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro

It’s a good indication when Moto Guzzi applies a “V” to a motorcycle’s model, as all have been classics in their own way.  The V10 Centauro was Guzzi’s muscle bike and this Coachella valley example is beautifully presented by a shop specializing in the brand.

1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro

The Centauro used the Daytona’s four valve 992cc V-twin, and gave it a robust backbone chassis with subframes that supported it front and rear.  Just forward of the air-cooled heads, the cam belt housings are easier seen on the Centauro.  10.5-to-1 compression made 95 hp possible and required an oil cooler in the body color chin scoop.  De rigueur for a Guzzi, power is transmitted by a 5-speed and shaft drive, and WP handles suspension duties.  The bodywork is complex considering there’s not really a fairing, but flows beautifully from headlight to license plate.

Presented by a shop that concentrates on vintage Guzzi’s, this Centauro looks great in black, with grey engine cases and carbon mufflers.  The GT luggage rack / grab handle almost disappears in body color and goes well with the Corbin seat.  Just over 11,000 miles and nice sound in the seller’s – video – which suggests that new tires might be in order.  Comments from the eBay auction:

11K original miles, like new body and frame paint, we just did a tune up and replaced the timing belts.

Current California Non-Op so easy registration.

Great Guzzi for a daily driver, super fast and fun to ride, smooth motor and easy to handle!

Designed by the Marabese design house, Centauro’s have their own owner’s group and were built from 1997-2001, with total production under 2,000 machines.  Reviewers gave everything but the sidestand good marks, though gravity had its usual comment on Guzzi’s hefty build.  Some thought it was Lario’s answer to the Ducati Monster, but with a $20K price tag, even special edition S4’s had a price advantage.  The reserve on this auction should be around half original MSRP, making this Centauro a nice deal for a fan looking for a rare four-valve Goose.

-donn

Sharp Foreground – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro
Moto Guzzi February 5, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Update 2.5.2021: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Often a classic motorcycle’s history has a major part to play in its future.  This two-owner Daytona was owned by an eminent architect / engineer, and mostly on display for many seasons.  RSBFS fan Gavin has made it ready for the next owner to ride or show.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Wanting to live up to their storied competition history, Moto Guzzi commissioned a four-valve head for their 1000cc V-twin.  Gentleman racer John Wittner helped design the package, with 95 hp and a ready-to-ride weight of 502 lbs.  Electronic fuel injection and catalyst amidships kept the Daytona legal.  An advanced linkage kept the shaft drive from over-reacting, with a Koni monoshock and Marzocchi forks.  The long tank and integrated fairings provided seating and protection for one and a close friend.

Gavin is based in Conn. and had a well-regarded shop prepare his Daytona for the next owner.  Beside cam belts, tires, all fluids and expendables, the work included fork seals, brakes, the fuel pump, and some electrical system work.  Easy on the eyes if not the ears, the Staintune exhaust of course does away with the catalyst.  Though coming up on 12K miles, it looks and has components of a much younger machine.  Here are Gavin’s thoughtful comments –

This extremely rare Daytona has been meticulously maintained and serviced, and garaged in the living room of my house.  It has been very lightly ridden for the past 15 years and was completely mechanically renovated in December 2020 by Jim Hamlin and team at authorized Moto Guzzi dealer Hamlin Cycles in Bethel, Connecticut. It has 11,706 miles.
 
 
I am the second owner of the bike.  I bought it in 1999 from the original owner, my friend and riding buddy Michael Czysz who was quite the motorcycling visionary and legend.  See the Cycle News article – here – .
 
This Daytona is a superbike of sound and fury.  The roar through the Staintune pipes is not just throaty but has the edge of a passing  jet plane. It has all the torque and power you’d expect from a big V Twin and is an awesome open road bike.  As mentioned it is very, very rare, very uniquely styled, and extremely muscular – turns heads wherever it goes.
 
Gavin asks $14,995 for his Daytona .

As collectible as most Guzzi’s are, the Daytona is a real prize with engineering and performance way over on the sporty side of the range.  The four-valve heads were retired for many years after the Daytona’s sunset, and total production barely exceeded 1,000 total.  Dr. John Wittner and his disciples had good luck with the Daytona’s inspiration, in the thunder twins classes.  Gavin’s Daytona has an interesting history and expert service to back up the excellent cosmetics.  .

Featured Listing – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000