Posts by tag: cafe racer

Ducati May 20, 2015 posted by

Keeping it Simple – 1995 Ducati 900 SS / CR

Filling out the 1995 line-up next to the 916 and 900SS, and of course the Monster, was the Ducati 900SS/CR ( Cafe Racer ? ).  A lot less money than the new 916, and a little less than the 900SS, the half-fairing 900SS/CR still has respectable performance and a great fun factor.  The sweet-looking CR had a great view of the engine and few things that occasionally, the upper range of the line wished they had.

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1995 Ducati 900SS/CR for sale on eBay

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Based on the Desmodue engine from the Pantah and 851, the air-cooled 904cc engine has a simpler valve train but still delivers 84hp and over 60 ft-lbs. torque.  The silver trellis frame supports a steel tubing swingarm, nicely reinforced and not prone to cracking.  Dry clutch, but of course.  Plenty of brakes with 320mm front and 245 rear disks.  Upside-down front forks and adjustable rear shock are both by Showa.  On the aluminum three-spoke rims, a 170mm wide rear tire allowed fitment of a 4-1/2 inch rear rim, in-keeping with the overall theme.  Likewise, there is no center stand.

20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr left rear  20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr seat

20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr binnacle  20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr tank

Showing under 6,000 miles, this CR looks cherry by any standard.  Red bodywork and silver frame look great.  Stock seat is unmarked.  Nice Campion del Mondo graphics in honor of Carl Fogarty’s 1994 SBK championship ( he would repeat in ’95 ).  One scrape on the right muffler and the owner states so in the eBay auction:

Probably the best example of this classic Ducati sport bike currently for sale!
This two owner bike has only 5900 miles from new – has new tires and chain and has had a complete service just completed including:

  • New Cam Belts
  • New Oil
  • New Oil Filter
  • New Air Filter
  • Valve Service
  • New regulator
  • Steering bearings checked
  • Wheel bearings checked
  • Brake pads checked

This bike is ready to be added to your collection
There is one tiny blemish on the right hand silencer (see photos) but otherwise this bike is perfect

20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr left front wheel  20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr left engine

20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr left rear wheel  20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr right engine

Seeming well preserved and well serviced, this CR looks a great entry into the Ducati world- a little simpler, a little lighter, maybe not 916 quick, but still a classic air-cooled 900cc Ducati, and a nice one.

-donn

Keeping it Simple – 1995 Ducati 900 SS / CR
Moto Guzzi September 17, 2011 posted by

1980 Moto Guzzi LeMans II

For Sale: 1980 Moto Guzzi LeMans II

Ah, another classic Moto Guzzi LeMans. This is a LeMans II series bike, and is a 1980 model year. The LeMans bikes – especially the Series I but now also the later variants – are fast risers on the collector market, and prices are a reflection of interest. What might have been a $2,500 bike several years ago is now easily twice that. With an undeniable “cool” factor and the renewed interest in cafe racers (you have visited sister site, Cafe Bikes For Sale haven’t you?), Guzzi stock is flying.

From the seller:
Up for sale is this low miles 1980 Moto Guzzi LeMans II, it is the 850 c.c. engine guzzi, clear California title, I’m the second owner of this bike, runs strong, low miles, Lafranconi exhaust mufflers, jetted properly, this was done 50 miles ago: new tires, new oil/filter, brake fluid replaced, new battery.

This bike has been adult ridden and extremely well maintained. Bike is available for inspection in Los Angeles Ca. and will be available for pick up in Los Angeles Ca.

The only thing this bike may need in the future will be a paint touch up on the black areas, i.e. top of gas tank, high part of front fairing, I didn’t do this only to keep it in original condition, paint is not bad, still looks ok and to me this original guzzi is worth more than after a touch up, just personal preference. The side fairing that goes around the cylinder heads has been removed and will come with the bike uninstalled.

I strongly suggest you have somebody inspect the bike in person before you buy, I can assist with that, also shipping is on buyer.

You have to appreciate a seller that is willing to tell it like it is. That usually means the bike is in the condition stated, and the auction will proceed without any absurdly high reserve numbers. Fingers crossed that this will be the case with this bike.

The current bid on this retro sled is $3,250, with light bidding. There is a reserve still in place, and a BIN set at $6,250. The latter is a fair market price for a Guzzi LeMans these days, and I suspect bidder interest will grow as the auction progresses. For your chance to check it out, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck, and don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on RSBFS!

MI

Cafe Racer June 8, 2011 posted by

Catching up at Our Sister Sites: ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com

Yep, did you see how I snuck that in there? I’ve started a new site just for cafe bikes and conversions for sale. I can’t deny that I’m on the bus and love what they represent. But for the most part, we try to only post original or lightly modified machines on both Rare SportBikes For Sale and Classic SportBikes For Sale. So I figured why not make another site dedicated to these great rides and show off some of the better looking cafe’s and conversions for sale! Here’s a taste of some recent picks:

1986 Yamaha SRX-600 Super Single Cafe For Sale on eBay


Check out this 74 Norton 750 with Dunstall goodies on eBay

1974 Rickman Kawasaki Cafe Racer For Sale on eBay

If you’re a fan of cafe bikes, or curious like me, I hope you’ll consider subscribing and discussing these bikes with us. I’d really appreciate feedback as we get started there!

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And over at CSBFS, there hasn’t been any shortage of beautiful bikes either. Please welcome our latest contributor, Tad, on CSBFS!

So you want to be a player? 1974 John Player Norton

ANOTHER instant collection of bikes on eBay!

A tale of two Guzzis: 850 LeMans Mk1

Thanks for looking and feedback is always appreciated!

dc

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