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Suzuki September 13, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ

Update 9.20.21: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 9.13.21: Price reduced to $12,000. Contact Chris with your interest. Oh and don’t miss his Bimota SB6R either! -dc

Many have fond memories of the glorious excess of the 1980s.  A time when more was better, and yet seldom enough.  Currently there is a new found appreciation of some of the iconic design and memorable machines from the era.  Take the Suzuki Katana, long held in high esteem with a cult following.  Suzuki recently announced it would be revive the name in a modern take on the classic design.  The original Katana was a defining bike in many ways for Suzuki.  All of this has caused a surge of interest in the original Katana, and rightfully so.

The 1982 example featured here is no run of the mill Katana, but rather the rare and sought after 1000cc version of the bike.  In an attempt to further broaden the appeal of the Katana line, Suzuki decided to take the bike racing.  The rules stipulated that they could not use the 1100 variant sold it many markets, so they reduced the bore size 2.6mm to bring the displacement to 998cc.  The reduction in engine size did little to effect the power.  With 90hp on tap and a top speed of over 140mph no one doubted the performance credentials.

In the words of the seller:

This 10,872 mile 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ has been resurrected  with the intent being to treat the project as a bike that was ridden and maintained as an owner would have over the years using skill and quality OEM  parts, not as a museum show piece. As such, the heart of the motorcycle was left intact. The frame has not been painted and still retains the original sticker near the left rear foot area and wear from the previous owner. The motor has not been removed, but has had a light cosmetic treatment and is a 10k mile running unit.  All mechanical issues with this bike were addressed with OEM Suzuki parts whenever available. The bike was started and ran to assess the mechanical status. 

The clutch made some excessive noise so the entire clutch, from the primary drive (no longer available, thanks Mick Hone Suzuki AUS)  fiber and steel clutch plates, new pressure plate, as well as all springs, bearings and washers replaced with OEM parts. 
The carburetors were then removed and disassembled, sonically cleaned and rebuilt.  The tank is solid and the fuel has been rinsed out. A new Suzuki petcock with a new gasket and fresh fuel line installed. Carbs are jetted with the jets it ran on. Has a factory airbox, K&N filter and the Air/Fuel mixture screws  2 1/2 turns out.  Clutch and carb work was performed by Jeremy Lanier of Lanier Racing. 
I would like to thank Jeremy Lanier of Lanier Racing for his assistance, expertise and wit, also Mick Hone from Suzuki Australia for shipping some hard to find vintage Suzuki parts to the USA and Seminole Powersports North for the great parts and service departments. 
The bike has patina and wear from previous years of use, specifically the frame and swing arm that were not disassembled or painted. There are lots of hours of work and plenty of dollars in parts spent on this 39 soon to be 40 year old bike. If you have any questions on the build or my reputation as a seller and member of the motorcycle community, do your due diligence. I have been building GSX-R’s for over 30 plus years and have built a number of various sport bikes sold on this site.
Ready to assist in the shipping logistics, but buyer is responsible for setting up arrangements
Interested buyers can contact me directly with any questions or legitimate offers on this bike or any other build you would like to commission.
Detailed list of parts used and work completed:
The bike sits in a dry, ready to start state. Oil in the crankcase, no fuel in the tank or carbs. 
(Fuel last for about 2-3 weeks stagnant here in the Florida summer)
New Yuasa battery, 
New Michelin Pilot tires,  
New chain and sprockets
Powder coated wheels with new wheel bearings
New replica seat cover
Freshly painted tank and bodywork using PPG products including liberal amounts of  DCU2021 clear if you wish to wet sand and buff to a show finish
New OEM Coils/ Caps and NGK plugs
New airbox rubber and clamps (air side), as well as the fuel side intake rubber inlets making carb removal and service a non drama event
All new OEM engine side covers, some not available anymore
Powder coated rotor carriers 
New left side switch gear
New Suzuki mirrors
New Suzuki tail light
New throttle cable
New OEM front and rear turn signals
New OEM hand grips
Triple tree bearings
Clutch pivot shaft bearing
Rebuilt front and rear master brake cylinders (Suzuki dealer)
Vintage Vance and Hines exhaust
Complete list of parts and receipts for verification of all work performed.
Not only is this bike a rare and interesting version of a desirable motorcycle, it is in beautiful shape and sure to offer loads of enjoyment to a future owner.   The bike has been tastefully modified and lovingly looked after by a knowledgeable owner with a long history with the brand.  The seller is a long time supporter of RSBFS and we are over the moon that he has trusted us with the listing of another one of his amazing bikes.
Bike is listed at $14,500 $12,000 with a Clear Florida Title
Contact:
Chris Perkins
407-492-5854
Special thanks to Anna Jannotti for her professional expertise and phenomenal photographic skills.
Featured Listing: 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ
Suzuki July 2, 2021 posted by

Original Hot Rod: 1982 Suzuki 1000 Katana

The original Suzuki Katana is one of those bikes that will always stand out from the crowd. Even 40 years later (yes, it has been that long). Today this is still an iconic silhouette that captures the eye – and the imagination. From a performance perspective, the Katana was practically a relic when released. It had an evolution of the mighty 1,000cc air-cooled GS motor, but aside from new-fangled front forks which incorporated crude (by today’s standards) anti-dive circuitry, nothing much was actually new. That is not to call the Katana just another pretty face, but it really was the angular design that made this model stick in the public’s mind. Today, they are very collectable. Which brings us to this nicely restored 1982 model. The seller has a lot to say about the bike and a long list of what was addressed. I will allow him to pick it up from here:

1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ Katana for sale on eBay

From the seller:
For sale out of my personal collection is my beautiful 1982 GS1000SZ Katana. The bike is very, very rare it is one of the first 1000 manufactured #000819. This is where the superbike history begins. If you don’t the History of the 1st one thousand produced, let me know and I will tell you all about it! The bike runs and rides awesome and everything works as it should. Bikes start right up and idle with very little choke needed!

More from the seller:
With only 11285 miles she didn’t need much at all, however, 2 years ago I opted to have it fully restored by RJT Cycles & Restorations. The old girl deserved it. RJT Cycles & Restorations specialize 1980 to 1986 GS and Katanas. They did a spectacular job, it looks as good if not better than the day it left the showroom in 1982. No chips, scratches or even a scuff on the in the original factory painted tank and bodywork, not one chip. With a period, correct Vance & Hines full exhaust in perfect condition and sounds like a symphony when she starts up. It willing bring you right back to 1982 with the push of the start button. The handle grips are original and in perfect condition. The frame was professionally painted with (OEM 13L) specially order from Suzuki in Japan is flawless also with scratches to speak of. RJT Restoration did a fantastic job, it is a piece of artwork!

More from the seller:
I brought in over the winter for service to RJT Cycles & Restorations. They went through the entire bike thoroughly. The carburetors where ultrasonic cleaned and completely rebuilt with all OEM parts. Installed dialed in and synchronized on the bike. They also rebuilt front and rear master brake cylinders and anti-dive until with OEM parts.

While I the care of RJT Cycles & Restorations I took the opportunity to have a lot parts powder coated and polished for low maintenance. Powder coating was done perfectly by Competitive Edge Coating. I hate to see this bike go, but I have enjoyed this piece of motorcycle superbike history immensely for years. It is time for you to give this piece of art work and history a new home and enjoy it as I have.

More from the seller:
Powder Coated parts;
Front Calipers & Bracket
Front & Rear Calipers
Rear Brake master cylinder
Battery Box
Air Box Cover
Fuse Panel
Kick stand
Center stand
Swing Arm & Polished
Torque link Bar
Firing frame

Brand New with zero miles
Tires Front & Back
Brakes Front & Back
Fork Seals
Battery
Oil Change
Brake fluid flashed and changed
Throttle cable
Clutch cable
Choke cable
Brand New Black steel braded brake lines front & rear
So much more!

More from the seller:
This bike has a money back guarantee! I have taken a lot of close-up photos of the good, bad and the ugly so please look at them all very carefully before you bid! The money back guarantee is, you will have 7 days to inspect the bike and if is not as described or is anything less then what is shown in the pictures or as have described you can send it back. However, your deposit is none refundable, and buyer is responsible for return shipping! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! Please feel free to make a reasonable offer.

The internet seems to agree that this is one good looking bike, as there are many watchers to the auction. There have been few bids thus far (one at the time of writing), and a reserve that is still firmly in place. There are several days remaining on this one, so it is essentially still all to play for. If you are looking for a NOS museum piece, you might wish to look elsewhere as some of the work done on this magnificent looking Katana utilizes different methods than the factory did 40 years ago. But there is no doubting that it is clean, and overall appears to be in fantastic shape. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Original Hot Rod: 1982 Suzuki 1000 Katana
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
Aprilia December 20, 2020 posted by

Futurama: 2001 Aprilia RST Futura

One of the most underrated platforms of the sport touring set is the Aprilia RST Futura. Built only across the years 2001-2004, the Futura should really be considered a serious sport bike with hard bags – and a bargain. Today’s example is a mere $3,995 or best offer. That is a very short stack of cash for something motivated by essentially the same powerplant as the RSV Mille (with DNA from Troy Corser’s WSBK entry), and includes all you would expect of a sport bike plus comfort amenities you might not have known you needed. Poor sales and overall softening of the Aprilia business led to it’s (early) demise.

2001 Aprilia RST Futura for sale on eBay

To build a Futura you start with the same 60-degree, fuel injected, liquid cooled Rotax v-twin displacing a nominal 1000cc. Different throttle bodies provide a flatter torque curve for the touring side of the sport tourer, but with 113 reported ponies on tap, little has been given away on the top end. The high-mounted, under seat exhaust both makes the bag mounting easier as much as highlighting the sporting intent. A stout Showa upside down fork takes care of the nose, while rear single-sided suspension – like with nearly all the Aprilia models – is provided by Sachs. This is bolted to an aluminum twin-spar frame, and halted by excellent Brembo 320mm disks up front (255mm in the rear). Wrap it all up in bodywork that mimics the future Tesla Cyber Truck, and you pretty much have the complete package.

From the seller:
Stock #:U000100
Exterior Color:GREY
Interior Color:GREY
Mileage:17,541
Title Condition:Clear

Dry weight on this beast is a relatively svelte 465-ish pounds. That made it competitive with the Honda, BMW and Triumph peers of the day – and none of them looked like this! The Futura design can be very polarizing (much like the Ducati 999), which likely did not help with sales. Today this bike continues to stand out, and it is difficult to imagine that this bike is 19 years old already!

The seller (a dealer located in Las Vegas, NV) provides very little information about this particular example, but does provide a number of decent pictures. I think that this bike look awesome in silver, and from the photos it looks reasonably unscathed. With only 17k on the clock there are a lot of miles remaining in this future-retro beast, so if you are looking for something different that also has a bit more protection from the elements, you might what to check this out. View all of the details here, stay safe and good luck!!

MI

Futurama: 2001 Aprilia RST Futura
MV Agusta August 8, 2019 posted by

Brussels Sprout: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna Edition

Located in Belgium, today’s find is the second of the MV Agusta Senna tribute bikes (the first being based on the original 750cc F4). The first thing to know about Senna tribute models is that part of the original proceeds went to Senna’s favorite charity – caring for needy children in his home country of Brazil. The second thing to know is that these are reasonably rare; each of the MV Agusta Senna tribute models are serialized and limited to only 300 units world wide. This particular example currently calls Belgium home.

2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna Edition for sale on eBay

The basis of the Senna edition was the very capable F4 1000 R model. Well known for the radial valve technology (a development from the Ferrari Formula 1 technical team) and variable length intake runners, the 998cc engine was good for 174 HP. Stylistically, the 1000cc edition followed with the same livery as the earlier 750 Senna machine, with subtle differences in accent color. The wheels, for example, were special Marchesini units in silver – rather than the red star pattern offered on the 750. Front brakes were exclusive to the model; calipers were Brembo Racing “Serie Oro” gold four piston radial units. Other minor cosmetic changes included the front forks (black titanium nitride coated), and a special seat was fitted. The Senna could be considered a R+ model with star power.

From the seller:
Very special engine (limited serie 300 pieces)Has traces of use that you can expect from a second-hand.But in very nice condition

(Translated via Google)
Am the first owner
I added a lot of options.
RG3 Exhaust, Titanium Collector and Custom Ignition Board
MV Agusta Veltro footrest and selectors (only 99 pieces manufactured)
Color wheels Champange (Marchesini)
Dark windshield
Xenon headlight (all)
Integrated indicators on the back
A duo seat, but always the mono and seated frame (see photo) in reserve.
Foldable Handles
Metal fans
I still spared it, brake levers, etc., are included
a lot of carbon
The engine is 43,000 km long and has always been done by an authorized dealer.

The bit that should jump out at you here is that this special edition, collectible model MV Agusta has been used. A lot. 43,000 KM equates to nearly 27,000 miles. Bravo to the seller for enjoying such a magnificent motorcycle! This must surely be the highest mileage Senna edition we have seen on these pages. And yet the bike shows well. There does appear to be some hazing or spiderweb cracking in places on the bodywork (i.e. where the kickstand tucks in), but overall you would be hard pressed to guess at the number of miles this bike has traveled based on first look. It is also a testament to MG Agusta and modern engineering & manufacturing practices – while a hyper superbike, these remain resilient and reliable rides.

Price wise, the Senna model has held up pretty well over the years. We have seen some wild swings in asking price depending upon condition and mileage, including a nearly never been run example offered at $29k. More reasonable examples have been trading in the $15-18k range as of late, with exceptional specimens a bit higher. This one is being offered for $15,000, with the seller open to other offers. Look through the pictures, and then check out all of the details here. This might be a great find for RSBFS readers on the continent. Good Luck!!

MI

Brussels Sprout: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna Edition
MV Agusta June 1, 2019 posted by

More Art: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

It seems like we are seeing quite a few newer generation MV Agusta models crossing the block as of late. This sets up an interesting study of values and comparisons. It also highlights the feast/famine nature of the rare sport bike segment. The market is currently flooded with a variety of F4 machines, so if you are interested in an example from the storied MV Agusta brand you have a good opportunity to find a clean, low mileage bike across a number of price ranges – such as this 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R.

2008 MV Agusta F4 312R for sale on eBay

The F4 1000 lineup – comprising several different models – essentially all share the same engine configuration and primary chassis. That is a seriously stout foundation for any bike, as seen in the 166 HP base model F4 S. But the 312R is more. Much more, in fact. The 312R is two performance steps above the base S model, given that it is built upon the F4 R – which itself has a bump in HP to 174, and improved brakes and suspension. Take that F4 R, add another 9 ponies and special graphics, and you come to the 312R. Named after the bike’s target top speed of 312 kph (approximately 190 mph), the original 1000cc 312R was a limited edition offering. Today its performance is eclipsed by several more modern bikes – and it may get lost in all of the “Limited Edition this and Limited Edition that” MV Agusta noise, but is still a beautiful and respectable powerhouse with some real cachet.

From the seller:
Time to sell my beautiful 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R. Second owner. I bought this MV to use as a piece of ‘art’ in my man cave. I have never ridden it. The bike has never been down. The original owner rode it for a year, then displayed it in his house until my purchase in 2016. I am moving into a smaller house and will not have the space to show the bike, hence the reason for its sale. It has 2881 miles on the odometer. All fluids, except the brake and clutch, were drained in preparation for display. The battery was also removed. The prior owner upgraded the front Brembo calipers to a better spec Brembo caliper, he also upgraded the Brembo brake and clutch levers, added Rizoma grips and swapped the plastic trim pieces for OEM MV Agusta carbon fiber ones. The bike comes with all the goodies supplied by MV for the 312 owner, including the bike cover, tool kit and owner’s manual.

Created by the father of both Bimota and the Ducati 916 (and 996/998), it is hard to call the F4 anything other than gorgeous. The seller obviously thinks so, as this bike has adorned his man cave since purchased and has not turned a wheel since. I can’t tell if Count Giovanni Agusta – original founder of MV Agusta way back in 1923 – would be rolling in his grave, or proud that his humble motorcycles have transcended the plane of mere transportation. Either way, one cannot help but admit that a bike of this caliber would look stunning in any room of the house, provided that one’s spouse were on board with the concept. Prepped for the indoor motorcycle mannequin gig, this bike was drained of fluids and the battery has been removed. As a result, there are no “powered on” shots of the odometer – but the ad states the original owner put 2,881 miles on the bike before it was acquired by the seller.

The 312R was a homologation machine in the US with a mere 150 units imported to meet AMA regs. And while I doubt that the first owner ran that slick for 2,800+ miles, it does wear racing rubber properly and proudly. This is a rare sub model of a relatively rare machine; MV Agusta did not produce many bikes in the early years of the comeback, and they all carried a premium over peer bikes of the time. Thus, even a base F4 is a sight not often seen, and the other LE models even less so. The 312R is probably not the most rare – nor the most pricey – but stands out as one of the rarer examples of the MV Agusta offering set. That has not helped it out much at the checkout stand as of late; this beautiful example is being offered for a relatively scant $12,500. That is right in the money for other 312R models on the market, but well below the original MSRP. That could be a good thing, as predictive analytics indicate that the bike could be reaching the bottom of the curve. Nearly all bikes that are collector status today were available for less $$ at some point in their lives; nearly everything goes through a dip. The 190 mph question is if this is such a bike. The 312R is rare enough, and this example is in clean enough condition to ride that wave should it develop. Check it out here, and then check your crystal ball. Good Luck!!

MI

More Art: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R
Moto Guzzi May 3, 2019 posted by

Talk to me Goose: 1986 Moto Guzzi Lemans IV

The LeMans series is a legendary model in the Moto Guzzi lineup. Originally designed as a sportier V7 model way back in 1976, the LeMans went through a series of updates and changes throughout its life span. From a small-fairing enhanced V7 of the Gen I to the larger sport-touring (and half-faired) look of the Gen II, to a back-to-basics look with small fairing of the Gen III, and then finally the decade-long run of the De Tomaso influenced Gen IV machine, the LeMans has had a number of facelifts. Today’s example is a Gen IV bike. Let’s explore some of the key differences.

1986 Moto Guzzi Lemans IV for sale on eBay

At the heart of the LeMans IV is a full liter of v-twin torque. Upgraded from the 850cc power plants that preceded it, the Mark IV version of the LeMans was bigger in nearly every dimension – except the front tire. Utilizing a 16″ front wheel which was in vogue at the time on GP racers and hyper sport bikes, De Tomaso sought to re-image the LeMans as a sportier machine than it was. Unfortunately without chassis geometry changes, the LeMans IV simply became a bigger, more angular machine with a smaller front end. Handling remained stable – as is the Guzzi tradition – but there was some edginess lost as the LeMans grew older, and performance was nearly on par with the previous generation 850s.

From the seller:
1986 Lemans, totally sorted out. Runs and rides perfectly, very well looked after. New tires, new clutch, ceramic coated Bub exhaust sounds amazing. Very strong running bike. Everything works as it should. Not a show bike, but a very, very nice rider. Needs nothing. I have sold several bikes here and my feedback tells the story. Thanks for looking.

While it is easy to deride the later generation LeMans offerings as being uglier than their predecessors, the LeMans of any configuration is still a good looking motorcycle. Purists may discount the De Tomaso years, but the resultant machines were modern, reliable and long lasting. This particular 1986 example has 58,000 miles on the clock…but certainly does not look like it. These are classic motorcycles to ride for the joy of riding. You are not likely to beat many peers in your riding group on a LeMans, but if you are looking at this that probably isn’t your goal. Pictures are relatively few and there have been some noted modifications, but the auction is currently at a paltry $2,550 at the time of this writing with reserve in place. This could be a sweet bargain Guzzi in the making depending upon where the reserve is set. Check it out here, and then jump back to the Comments and share some LeMans stories. Which generation is your favorite, and why? Good Luck!

MI

Talk to me Goose: 1986 Moto Guzzi Lemans IV
Harley Davidson November 19, 2018 posted by

Evel Incarnate – 1969 Harley-Davidson XR-750 Replica

Beside being Evel Kneivel’s choice, the simplicity and light weight of the H-D XR-750 has made it a regular at flat track podiums since 1970.  This street-registered example is faithful to the legend and its owner / ex-racer’s dream.

1969 Harley-Davidson XR-750 Replica for sale on eBay

 

Harley was given an offer they couldn’t refuse in 1969 – develop an overhead-valve race engine since the dispensation given to flatheads was fading into the sunset.  They de-stroked their 883cc twin to 748cc’s and had 82 hp to send to the 4-speed trans.  The lightweight downtube frame had the engine bolted directly in, helping keep the total weight around 300 lbs.  Period suspension was Ceriani front and Girling rear, with the front brake ( useless to a flat track racer ) conspicuously absent.  Megaphone exhausts went left since the left-turning oval kept the near side open.

 

This owner’s dream was realized via a 1969 XLH Sportster, with a race-prepared engine ( bumped to 1000cc ) and overall faithful presentation.  Along with the genuine XR750 tank, seat, and Akront laced alloys, there some are nods to the road such as the front disk brake, electric start, and progressive rear springs.  Notes from the eBay auction:

This XR 750 is a fresh build of an iron XR 750 replica using a 1969 XLH engine with electric start and rare Jerry Branch racing heads. It was a complete nut and bolt rebuild on the engine.  The frame is XR style with neck and E conversion.  There are lots of fabricated, hand-made aluminum parts.  The lithium battery is mounted under the tail.  The bike was built by Don Rothwell, a mechanical engineer and Harley racer.  This was a blank check build with the best of everything used.  It has break in miles only.
Itemized List of what is in bike:
1.  Rare branch racing heads
2.  Rare branch flow metric air cleaner
3.  Lithium life pro battery
4.  Cycle electric generator & regulator
5.  Trail tech headlights mounted in number plate
6.  Drag spec rear shocks (adjustable)
7.  XR 750 cam cover
8.  XLR Straight pipe (have baffles)
9.  Motion pro throttle and cables
10. XR 750 tank and seat
11.  Polished front and rear Akront flat track racing wheels
12.  Electric start
13.  XR 750 oil tank
14.  Stainless spokes and hubs
15.  Wiring Master sheet
16.  Itemized build sheet with costs for everything
17.  Hand build center stand included, but not on the bike at this time
18.  Period decals

 

While one could’ve purchased an actual XR750 homologation special from the Harley dealer, chances of street registration would’ve been slim and none.  For a fan of the grass-roots AMA series ( which is having a bit of a revival ) a Sportster-based rep is a nice compromise.  This one is professionally done and has just “dealer” miles – could be a hit in the paddock…

-donn

 

Evel Incarnate – 1969 Harley-Davidson XR-750 Replica