Posts by tag: cafe racer

Cafe Racer February 25, 2011 posted by

Good things happen in threes: 1977 Moto Guzzi LeMans 850

For Sale: 1977 Moto Guzzi MG LeMans 850

Wow – three Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk I bikes in a row! RSBFS readers are going start thinking that perhaps these are not the rare and desireable machines we have made them up to be…. Nah! Collector interest and rising price points should both defend the RSBFS stance on these fine machines – even if we have had a banner week of them on this site!

From the tiny fairing to the visually dominating motor, to the extremely narrow waist – these Guzzis are as unique a riding experience as anything you will find in motorcycling. While perhaps not the fastest bikes on the road, they are overbuilt and reliable machines meant to devour mile after mile of pavement with a pronounced Italian flair. You can’t help but look the part when you roll up to your favorite eatery on one of these.

From the seller:
Hi,i m listing this bike for my frend,he is a ritired police investicator, he is the second owner.This bike was his personal bike for last 21years.Bike stars and runs very good.It has 56000 orininal mille on it.It was rebuilt 15000mille ago.It recived 1000cc kit balanced conrads,pistons.I did light porting on heads,installed Fiat brass velve guaids with teflon seals.It comes with Bitubo fork cartiges,DynaIII ignition and Koni rear shocks.Bike has original faded paint exept front faring.Brakes are very stong,shifts nice…
VIN# 072962and motor #*072962*…

This bike is a little more used, a little more modified, and a little rougher than the other two LeMans Mk I bikes we posted earlier (see HERE and HERE). While the big-bore kit does not raise the value of the bike, it does add to the torque of the motor making it more fun to use. Sure, the paint is a bit faded in places too, but that is an indication that this is a survivor. This is a bike you can ride around for a while, and then run a full restoration on it in the future. In short, I think this bike is a keeper.

Pricing for this cafe racer should be in line with the others we have seen, but lower due to the mods, miles and condition. The auction currently has zero bids with a start of $5,500, which is right about where this one should be. There is no reserve, so anybody wanting to pay fair money for a solid investment should sign in quickly. Take a look at the pictures, troll through the seller comments and Q&A, and let us know if you come home with this classic. Click the link to . Good Luck!

MI

Cafe Racer February 24, 2011 posted by

It’s raining Guzzis! 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans

For Sale: 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk I

There is no doubt, Guzzis are hot right now. This beautiful Mk I bike was pointed out to us by the lucky new owner of the last LeMans we covered (click here for details), who just so happens to also be a RSBFS reader. And as is common with the rare models we seek, you may not find a bike for months only to suddenly come across several; when it rains it pours.

This bike has very few miles, and appears to be in good condition. It certainly helps when a bike stays in one home for a long period of time, and that is certainly what has happened here – this is the original owner!

From the seller:
I bought this bike new in Geneva, IL. Original bill of sale and IL title. All paint and seat is factory. 120 miles ago (April 1995) Harpers went through the bike and did a full mechanical restoration at a cost of $5,247.22. Has DYNA III ignition, Bitubo fork springs, and oil sump extender. The exhaust was purchased from Reno Leoni in 1979 or ’80. The starter was replaced in 2007 but I saved the original. I have the ORIGINAL TIRES AND EXHAUST SYSTEM. Also have shocks somewhere and will include if found. FLAWS: a small ding on each side of the tank where the handle bars made contact. Also, a small piece broken off an upper fin on the right head BUT, there is a new right head included in the sale! The Guzzi has always been stored in my work area at the shop. I rode it once in 2008. Very reasonable reserve. For sale locally.

We don’t often see this quality of classic Guzzi, much less a low-miles, original owner example. If you have been on the hunt for one of these cafe racer bikes, I would consider this your opportunity. This auction is on now, and the current bid is at $6,600 with the reserve not yet met. Earlier Guzzis LM models have mostly crossed for $8k+, so this is still in bargain bin territory. The seller will even throw in a few extras!

Don’t miss out on this one, because who knows when we will find another one like this to post. . As always, good luck on this one, and tell ’em RSBFS sent you!

MI

Cafe Racer February 17, 2011 posted by

Back in Black: 1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR

For Sale: 1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR

Behold, in all its glory, the bike that didn’t save The Motor Company. Although originally designed by Willie G to cash in on the cafe racer craze, the XLCR did not appeal to the core Harley Davidson crowd, and failed to sell. Fortunately, H-D was able to reverse their downward fortunes, and better yet, a few of these rare bikes still survive.

From the seller:
This is for VARY RARE Harley Davidson XLCR Cafe Racer [PERFECT SURVIVOR] a vary low production model. This XLCR has all the options that were avaiable for that year and they are OIL COOLER / BRA plus TWEAK BAR. This bike is so origanal it still has the origanla GOOD YEAR A/T EAGLE TIRES [just standing next to this bike is like going back in time]. This XLCR has the origanal miles of 7728 miles on it [not even brook in yet]. This is a 3rd owner bike one of the best in sellers collection. Every nut, bolt and componant original to this bike. Also the original trifold brochure from the dealer plus two XLCR News Letter booklets and the original owners manual not shown here. For the collector out there this is a once in a life time find, don’t miss out

From the comments regarding the last XLCH posted here on RSBFS, we can conclude that nobody really ever thought of this as a performance bike, but most readers wouldn’t mind one (leaking) in their garage today. Such is the wonder of time; Willie G had the right idea, but the wrong audience.

Today, an XLCH in clean, original condition is worth a fair amount of money – the last one posted on RSBFS was bid up to $21,300! In this particular case, the auction for this bike is up to $11,700 with spiritied bidding. H-D didn’t make many of these glorious machines, and even fewer survived in this kind of condition. If you are one of those who missed out on the original opportunity, here is your chance on the rebound. The reserve is off and this bike is going home with someone. , and tell them RSBFS sent you!

MI

Moto Guzzi February 15, 2011 posted by

It’s not easy being green: 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

For Sale: 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

You have to hand it to the Italians: They certainly do things their own way. Take this 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport, for example. From the engine-dominated side view, to the voluptous “naked bike” bodywork, to the electric green-paint, this bike practically screams “eclectic designer custom.” Yet this is pretty much factory stock, save for a few added tidbits. All in all, this bike is a very interesting package.

View from the rear. Top section of tail can be removed to reveal passenger pillion. Can anybody make a bike’s plastic flow quite like the Italians?

From the seller:
2000 MOTO GUZZI V11 Sport, Engine: 90 V-Twin, 4 stroke Cylinders: Aluminum alloy with Gilnisil treatment Pistons: Forged, 2 compression & 1 oil control ring Cooling system: Air cooled Displacement: 1064 cc Bore and stroke: 92 mm x 80 mm Compression ratio: 9.8:1 Valves & operation: 2 overhead valves with light alloy push-rods Maximum power: 91 hp @7800 rpm Maximum torque: 70 ft/lbs @ 6000 rpm Fuel system: Magneti Marelli IAW Multipoint phased sequential fuel injection Starting system: Electric Ignition: Magneti Marelli IAW electronic digital ignition with inductive spark Exhaust system: Steel, 2 tubes connected to 2 steel mufflers Gear box: 6 speed Lubrication: Wet sump, forced oil, cartridge filter Transmission: Primary: helical gears Secondary: shaft drive Clutch: Double discs, dry, with hydraulic command Electrical system: 12 V; 12 V alternator; 14 Ah battery Instruments: Speedometer with tripmeter, tachometer and warning lights Frame: Monobeam frame Trail: 4.05″ (103 mm) Rake: 25 Front suspension: Marzocchi USD fork, 40 mm compression/extension adjustable Front wheel travel: 4.72″ (120mm) Rear suspension: Cantilever swing arm with Sachs Boge mono shock compression/extension/preload adjustable Rear wheel travel: 5.03″ (128 mm) Front brakes: Two Brembo ORO Series stainless steel 320 mm floating discs with 4 piston caliper Rear brakes: Single stainless steel 282 mm fixed disc with Brembo 2 piston caliper Wheels: Brembo spoke light alloy, Front: 3.5″ x 17″ Rear: 5.5″ x 17″ Tires: Front: 120/70 17″ Rear: 180/55 17″ Overall length: 84.64″ (2150 mm) Width: 30.90″ (785 mm) Height: 42.91″ (1090 mm) Seat Height: 31.49″ (800 mm) Ground clearance: 7.00″ (178 mm) Handlebar Height: 36.61″ (930 mm) Wheelbase: 58.66″ (1490 mm) Dry weight: 487.22 lbs (221 Kg) Fuel capacity: 5.81 gallons (22 liters) Reserve: 1.18 gallons (4.5 liters). Add ons: K&N Filters & Mistral Aftermarket Pipes. This bike is one of the most unique around, especially with this rare factory paint scheme. Bike has never been down & is always stored inside.

The seller has done us the favor of listing out the book specs on the bike, but little else. The two known modifications are the pipes and the air filters – both reasonable additions to performance considering the EPA-choked stock items of that era. Otherwise, this appears to be a very clean bike with low miles in a rare color. Given, not everyone likes their bike in fishing-lure green, but you must admit it catches the eye…

Pricing on Guzzis has been hit-or-miss recently. The older bikes have gone up in value, but the newer-generation machines have been flat. This auction started at $2999 – a very fair price – and quickly rose up to $4350, which is still a bargain. There is no reserve on this auction, so some lucky bidder is going home with this beauty. To get in on the fun, click the link and !

MI

Cafe Racer February 10, 2011 posted by

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans

For Sale: 1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans

Funny how times change. When this bike was released in 1978, it was considered a heavyweight, large displacement, fast sportbike; a race replica. Fast forward some 30+ years, and what we have here is an interesting vestige of European thinking. In fact, this bike has been around long enough to where the Cafe Racer craze has come back to being cool!

The great thing about the Cafe Racer craze making a comeback is that this bike IS very cool. With the distinctive Guzzi v-twin look, decent power from 850cc, a decidedly sporty riding position and great paint, this bike really looks the business. It is no wonder that the value of these bikes are rising at auctions everywhere.

From the seller:
For sale is my 78′ 850 Lemans. I bought it off the 2nd owner in Glendale California. He owned it since 81 and purchased it from the original owner, also in Glendale. It was purchased at Pro Italia in Glendale and serviced there for 31 years. I’ve owned it since November of 09 and had it serviced by my friends at Moto Guzzi Classics in Long Beach. I have to get rid of a couple of my toys to buy an Alfa Romeo. I did the following on 10.9.09 with 32,101 miles; – Changed engine oil and filter
– Changed gear box oil
– Rear drive service including oil
– New plugs and valve adjustment
– New brake pads
– New fork seals, dampers and fork oil
– New Conti Go tires

I also changed the oil on 8.3.10 at 34,005 miles and added a new Odyssey dry cell battery. This bike runs and brakes like it should – Sean at MG Classics said I found a strong runner. This bike has no mechanical issues that I am aware of. Cosmetically, it looks great as you can see by the photos but; please do not bid on this bike if you are expecting a show bike/concours bike. This bike looks amazing from 10ft, excellent from 5ft but upon very close inspection, it shows scratches and wear on the frame. It also has some but not all fasteners (now 33 years old) that show light rust or corrosion. The header pipe clamps have light rust too. The four areas of the bike that could be cleaned up a bit; 1. Front fender has light surface scratches (a bone headed move on my part, losing my grip on a wooden box from above and it grazed the fender), please see photo. 2. Some light paint missing from battery acid leak (right side of frame when the frame tubes form a “Y”near swing arm pivot). 3. Horn button missing (but horn works). 4. Scratches on exhaust on left under side pipe near center stand (from my boot buckle). The red paint still looks incredible, especially the tank, side panels, fenders. The fairing looks good but some of the day glo orange has sun fading. Original seat included and in amazing shape. Replacement Stucchi seat looks and feels even better. 3 out of 4 turn signals and manuals included. Marzzochi shocks original manual actually shows how to rebuild them – cool. To my knowledge, this bike hasn’t been restored. It really looks amazing.

While the seller clearly states that this is not a new bike, the pictures speak for themselves. This is undoubtedly a clean and well-cared for example of a rare species. Similar LeMans models that have recently been posted on RSBFS all sold north of the $8k mark. This bike is currently in the $5k range (with reserve not met), but should certainly go up above previous bikes. Should this bike fail to ignite a bidding war, you might find yourself with a well-priced, well-loved LeMans. The only way to find out is to click the link and . Good Luck!

MI

Moto Guzzi December 18, 2010 posted by

1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans

For sale: 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans

I’m dreaming of an Italian Christmas – one with a 1983 LeMans III. These 1980s Guzzis are very attractive and desireable machines, combining a large V-twin with a stout chassis and brakes (linked, of course). With a long-ish wheelbase and shaft drive, the LeMans is more of a GT than flat-out sportbike – but it gets along quite well all the same!

Fom the seller:
Rare and beautiful classic – ’83 Le Mans
Approximately 21,250 original miles | Dell’Orto PHM 36mm pumpers | New Metzler front tire | New plugs & NGK caps | Running perfectly, fires up immediately, even in the dead of winter | New battery | New clutch and tach cable | All original, matching numbers | New fluids ( trans, axle and engine) oil & filter | Stock except for K&N filters | Nice quality matching bar end models | Bitubo fork inserts | Tomaselli Domino 1/4 turn throttle, stock throttle included | Collector or daily driver

The value of these older Guzzis has definitely been on an upward trend as of recent years. LeMans and V7 Sport models have been the primary beneficiaries of that boost, and this bike should be no different. Clean, nearly original, and in seemingly exceptional condition, I would expect this bike to meet the BIN price of $8500. For your chance to own a classic cafe racer from the Old Country, and jump over to the auction!

MI

Harley Davidson November 19, 2010 posted by

Brilliant or Blasphemy? 1977 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCR

For sale: 1977 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCR Cafe Racer!

In the mid-1970s, the cafe racer craze was in full swing. Bikes like the Ducati Super Sport, Norton John Player Special and Moto Guzzi LeMans were gaining market share. Willie G Davidson, then Vice President of Styling for Harley-Davidson, decided the cafe racer scene could help grow the fortunes of AMF-controlled H-D. He was wrong.

You can almost see the mental checklist used to create this unusual bike: Sporty bikini fairing (check), blacked-out paint (check), cast “mag” wheels (check), triple disk brakes (check) tachometer (check). In all, these features led to the creation of a unique motorcycle that simply didn’t sell. H-D produced but an estimated 3,123 units during a limited, 2-year run.

From the seller:
1977 Harley Davidson XLCR Cafe Racer Never used, Never registered, Brand new condition, always kept in climate controlled area, with only 4/10th of a mile, Yes under 1 original mile!!!

Hello everyone I am very proud to offer this near once in a lifetime chance to own a Unused, Untouched, never registered 1977 Harley XLCR Cafe Racer motorcycle that has only 4/10th of a mile from new.

This bike is on the 1 owner title and has always been kept inside in a climate controlled area since it was new in 1977. The bike was ONLY pushed outside of it’s showroom area to take all the pictures. I wanted to take the pictures in the sunlight to show the beautiful condition. The bike could use a good wiping down to get the dust off and the chrome to sparkle, but rest assured this bike is in perfect condition in everyway…

It would be safe to say, without a doubt, that this IS the absolute lowest mile and completely untouched, most original XLCR in the World!!!

As it turns out, the Harley crowed wasn’t very interested in sportbikes, and the sportbike crowd wasn’t very interested in Harleys. This perfect storm created a rare collectable, and this particular bike has yet to turn over a single mile. So what is the current price for a “new” 1977 XLCR? This particular unit has a BIN price of $27,500 (!) and the auction is at $12,500 with the reserve still in place. , and determine if this is the sportbike of your dreams.

For those of you who don’t need a zero mileage bike, there is another lightly used XLCR with 5,286 miles , with a BIN of $15k. Although not as original or clean as the new bike above, it represents another avenue if the XLCR is your goal. Some pictures of this alternate bike are below.

Predecessor to the VR1000 and the Buell lineup by many years, the XLCR was an idea a little too strange to catch on. These models do appear to gaining in value over the years however, so now might be the time to jump on the collectable cafe racer bandwagon!

MI

Cafe Racer July 12, 2010 posted by

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Custom Cafe Racer

Jon emailed me a few days ago about his Guzzi cafe racer and unfortunately I was swamped this weekend. So with 17 hours remaining, please

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Custom Cafe Racer

More details from Jon’s listing:

And now we present a 1975 Moto Guzzi cafe racer designed and built by the legendary Steve Bolvari.

This spectacular cafe racer started life as a Moto Guzzi 850T, before it was hand built by Bolvari. A “cafe racer” is a motorcycle genre that had its start in London with the famous Ace Cafe “rockers” (the original name for bikers in the UK) of the early 1960s. It is very unusual to find early 1970s Moto Guzzis converted into a cafe racer.

The Moto Guzzi 850T has an 844 ccm V2 four-stroke engine. In unmodified form it made 55 HP at 6100 RPM. It has a 5 speed gearbox and shaft-drive. It originally weighed 562 lbs wet, yet could reach 112mph. Naturally, this cafe racer is much lighter and has had some performance modifications made that are befitting of the genre.

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This cafe racer was built by Steve Bolvari of MOTO CUSTOMZ INC. Steve has built a number of show winning bikes. Perhaps, the most notorious is the Moto Guzzi chopper that took People’s Choice award two years in a row at the 2005 and 2006 IMOC Rally.

This bike was modified from a 1975 850T Moto Guzzi. Lots of custom made parts were installed. Straight intake manifolds matched to intake transfer with 38mm Mikuni carburetors. It has an increased diameter two into one exhaust that is characteristically wrapped with heat wrap. The frame has had some modifications with the front dropped 1 1/4 inches. A pair of 13 1/2″ Marzocchi air shocks have been installed. Wide clip on handlebars are used but retain the older controls for the authentic old school look. The paint is very fresh and includes the original Bolvari “Cafe” logo and his signatory checkered-flag motif. A custom seat has been built.

This is a nice reminder that we’d like to do more classic sport bike listings and here’s a great example that I think fits our niche. Sorry for the delay Jon,

dc

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Classic Sport Bikes For Sale April 20, 2010 posted by

1975 Kawasaki 500 H1F 2 Stroke Cafe Racer For Sale

Located in Newport Beach, California, Tony’s 1975 Kawasaki H1F 500 is our latest featured listing. With only 7700 miles and tasteful cafe racer upgrades, this is one sharp looking classic sportbike!

Update: Now Sold!

1975 Kawasaki H1F 500 For Sale

Here is what the owner tells us about the bike

Up for sale is the last and best year of Kawasaki two stroke era. A 1975 MACH 500 H1F with only 7700 miles. A true rare blast from the past!

The bike has been upgraded with alloy wheels from a KZ series bike with dual disc added upfront and lower handlebars for a café racer look. I have the orig handlebars, wheels and factory pipes to restore the bike to original condition if you like the stock look better.

The bike has a new $750 paint job which matches orig color scheme and new tires, seat, battery, grips, levers etc. The triple carbs have been rebuilt and synchro from pro mechanic shop Mach 1 in Costa Mesa, CA. Over $6k invested in this bike!

The bike has a nice set of custom “Bill Wirges” expansion chambers who was the premier pipe tuner back in the day.. These pipes are very hard to find and are worth $600-$1200 alone. They can be sold separately if someone really wants them.

The bike has a clear title with matching numbers. Starts first or second kick and idles smooth. Oil injection works and the bike runs great!

Contact Tony by email at tony.hhh@gmail.com or 949-351-6752 for more photos.

And here is a little video of Tony’s machine breathing through those Bill Wirges expansion chambers:

The Kawasaki 500 was truly the king of the pack in it’s day with 60hp and a 12.8 second quarter mile that left it’s competition in the dust. This looks like a great opportunity to get your hands on a really good looking and well upgraded example for only $4750.

Good luck with the sale Tony!

dc