Posts by tag: classic

Honda May 11, 2022 posted by

Premium Six Pack – 1981 Honda CBX

As much as Honda was show-boating with the extraordinary CBX, some owners leverage that six-of-everything into a display of maintenance magic.  Today’s CBX has just 13.5K miles, and looks like it just arrived via time machine.

1981 Honda CBX for sale on eBay

A bit like two 500cc triples with the cam drive and primary take-off between them, the CBX was scaled up from the -60’s 250cc race motor.  Displacing 1074 cc’s, it laid down 105 silky smooth hp, and six 28mm Keihin carbs made it quite responsive.  Since chrome headers used the place for the usual chassis downtubes, the CBX suspends the engine from a strong backbone frame, and uses that engine to stabilize it.  Looking slightly over-scaled for a UJM, the CBX needed those triple disc brakes and the healthy sized tires strapped on the alloy Comstar wheels.

Presented by a Wisconsin consigner, this CBX appears to have a limited amount of “history”, with one owner said to account for the last ten years.  No denying the re-paint, but it’s faithful to the original, and compliments the excellent condition elsewhere.  Copy from the eBay auction:

  • The Honda CBX simply took the world by storm with its 1047cc Inline Six Cylinder machine
  • Derived from the RC165 Grand Prix Race Bike Powerplant
  • Producing a claimed 103hp, these motorcycles are buttery smooth and make a fantastic noise
  • This pristine example had been collector owned for the last 10 years
  • Indicated 13,457 Miles
  • Finished in beautiful Candy Glory Red
  • Original Exhaust in wonderful condition
  • This example did receive 1 repaint, the rest of the motorcycle has been sympathetically cared for
  • Freshly serviced and ready to be enjoyed
  • The Honda CBX is once the greats in history and this example is one of the nicest, we have ridden!
  • Don’t miss this one, these early Honda CBX’s are one of the hottest appreciating classics on the market right now!

Benelli actually originated the six-cylinder street bike, but Honda turned their three carburetors and six exhausts around, using six carbs and a pair of 3-into-1 exhausts.  Either way the full liter-plus couldn’t be denied.  Neither the engineering, making a looong crankshaft survive is not an amateur affair.  Seems like the previous owner knew when professional help was in order as well.  Sharp without being overdone, this CBX is quite ready for its next collector.

-donn

Premium Six Pack – 1981 Honda CBX
Norton December 1, 2021 posted by

Modern Yet Retro: Brand New 2016 Norton 961

A little while ago I made a post about what I thought was a very special vintage Norton.  Some loved to see an older performance bike, but others were less impressed.  One even commented, and questioned the bikes ability to wheelie.  Hopefully this Norton redeems myself and appeals to some of our inner hooligans as well as fans of vintage bikes.

With over 80 horsepower moving about 400 pounds the bike is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.  Modern Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes ensure everything is kept under control while enjoying the bike.  Styling is unmistakably a Norton, and it walks the retro line very well.  It clearly is a modern bike paying tribute to the past, but is not pandering, or trying too hard.

This example is being sold as a brand new bike.  The $19,569 asking price on eBay is very close to what the original MSRP would have been a few years ago.  Maybe a shrewd negotiator can get a slightly better discount.  The green color beautifully suits the lines of the bike, and looks amazing with the gold accents of the suspension.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This Norton 961 is in new condition however due to its age we are selling this bike without any warranty or implied conditions. Therefore this bike is sold as is however we will run up this motorcycle for you if you are seriously interested and or can send you a video of it running if required

Blackfoot Motosports is selling off our collection of Vintage motorcycles. These bikes have been stored in doors heated for many years and we have decided to put these Vintage Motorcycles on the market for customers to have the opportunity to purchase and enjoy rather then having them in storage at our dealership.

A bike like this is an emotional purchase.  Sure the money could be spent on something that laps a track faster, or maybe on something more beautiful to stick in the back of a man cave, but for those that desire a bike with modern components, build quality and performance, but wrapped in a vintage style, there are few real options.  Many flock to the Ducati Sport Classic, and for good reason.  But this Norton offers a very similar, but far less common package.  What would you rather have?

Modern Yet Retro: Brand New 2016 Norton 961
Laverda October 7, 2021 posted by

Classic Italian: 1977 Laverda Jarama 3CL

The late 1970s were an interesting time for the Laverda brand.  Competition from all angles resulted in lackluster sales numbers and a fading appeal in the market.  For the 1978 model year a new name was introduced to the North American market, Jarama.  Instead of being named after a dance as was the case with the Jota, the Jarama was named after a race track.  Production numbers are unclear, but most agree it was in the 200-300 range.  Many of these bikes were converted in period to “Jarota” specifications.  Basically combining the updates of the Jarama with the performance parts of the Jota.

Known for being reliable and easy to live with, owners are fiercely loyal to the brand, even decades latter.  It is not uncommon to find used bikes that have covered tens of thousands of miles over the years, a real testament to have usable these bikes are.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

1977 Laverda Jarama 3CL, 1000cc triple, bike has the expensive and hard-to-find Jota 4C cams and Dellorto 36mm PHF carbs (Jarota), runs very strong, starts easily and handles well. New fork seals just installed and bike has adjustable Jota Breganze bars as shown in second photo. I may add a running video later weather permitting. Horns need a relay, as always, which I may install prior to selling, otherwise all lighting is functional. Clean fresh oil, and I’ve only used non-ethanol premium gas. Ready to ride but would put new tires on soon. These bikes are over-built and bulletproof and they handle really well. The 180˚ triple sound is amazing. Faint ripple in paint near left side emblem and scuff on left sidecover corner from seat but otherwise very nice. Look carefully at the photos.

For some reason “Make an Offer” does not seem to appear in the preview. I am happy to hear offers and will end the auction early, bring them on.

NY State title in previous owner’s name with bill of sale and other transfer of ownership docs from him and will also be sold with additional official VT bill of sale from me on this matching numbers vehicle. Bike is titled as a 1978 and was an original US import Jarama. Check your state’s requirements before bidding. Laverda Registry: http://www.laverdamania.net/registre180.htm

Bike is being offered with a Buy It Now price of $13,000 and in todays market that does not seem unreasonable for a clean, rare, interesting Italian classic bike.  Seller states that he has the original airbox not pictured, but interested buyers should confirm the current state of the title as well as your local laws before closing a deal.  Sure to stand out at your local Cars and Coffee event for a similar price to a ubiquitous SOHC CB750.

Classic Italian: 1977 Laverda Jarama 3CL
Moto Guzzi March 11, 2020 posted by

Storm Trooper – 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III

Some lucky rider bought-it-now last night but still worth a look !  – Donn

Would that it were so all venerable GT’s could be shared among a group of like-minded owners as this 1983 LeMans.  With 50K-ish miles, it still looks sharp and raring to go.

1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans for sale on eBay

LeMans fans were left asking in early 80’s while Moto Guzzi re-designed their 844cc engine to meet emission regulations, and though the CX100 liter was available, the LeMans III’s return was eagerly awaited.  The angularized heads had bigger valves and more efficient cooling, and 36mm Dell’Orto carbs whispered through an intake silencer.  76 hp were on tap, with a single-disk dry clutch and of course shaft drive.  Suspension preload was air-adjustable though damping didn’t change, and the linked braking system worked better than most of its type.  Guzzi designed the modern fairing in their factory wind tunnel, and reviewers loved the way it cut through a cross-wind.  A large white tach dominates the binnacle, which relies on warning lights for everything else except MPH and Volts.

This example has been among friends, knowledgeable fans who took excellent care.  The paint and pipes look excellent, and I’d expect updated shocks as well.  From the eBay auction:

This is the last series for the 850 cc motor.  This particular bike has been sold and bought among a group of Pittsburgh area Moto Guzzi enthusiasts who are all aquainted with each other since it was new.  The odometer shows 12,000 miles but it actually has about 50 K on it, the odometer was replaced a number of years ago.  I have the original bill of lading from Italy from 1983.  I’ve owned the bike since 2005.  I had this serviced at Westmoreland Moto Guzzi before it went out of business a few years ago.  The dealership installed a new clutch assembly and I had them go over it back in 2007. The bike has a lighter flywheel than stock, clip-ons, newer tires and a new battery.  The Corbin saddle was added a number of years ago before I purchased it.  I installed lighter throttle springs, but I have the originals also if you really feel the need to exercise while you ride.  It was painted by a pro in 2009.

While Moto Guzzi re-grouped, several new players nailed down the mass-market, and the company segued into a niche sort of fan base.  Having relinquished the sporty ideals, the LeMans still provides a classic GT sound and enough fury.  Lucky for this particular bike to have fallen into the hands of these owners, and fortunate for the next rider as well.

-donn

Storm Trooper – 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III
Cagiva February 3, 2017 posted by

Snapshot – 1987 Cagiva Allazzura 650SS

Founded in 1950 and a relatively minor manufacturer, the Castiglioni family leveraged the Ducati brand in 1985, and though they had thoughts of folding it into Cagiva, only a few larger displacement bikes were produced before they acknowledged Ducati’s greater name recognition.  The Alazzurra was a sporty mid-size with a Ducati-branded desmodue aboard, and had a lot in common with, and improvements to, the Pantah on which it was based.

1987 Cagiva Allazzura 650SS for sale on eBay

With its newly designed supersport fairing, the Alazzurra looked a little more modern than the Pantah it was intended to succeed.  The recently designed engine was a revelation, especially above 5000 rpm.  Moderately-sized Brembo and Marzocchi hardware acquitted themselves in the braking and suspension departments but were more sport-touring than race replica.  The relatively light weight and willing engine endeared the Alazzurra to reviewers.

Coming out of a Florida home, this Cagiva has been faithfully rejuvenated and updated by its most recent owner.  A lot of details in the eBay auction:

This survivor was purchased from the widow of a friend of mine several months ago.  The odometer shows 5200 miles and is probably accurate based on the condition of the instrument cluster, the wiring and in particular the black chrome head pipes ( these are almost always corroded).  The valves are in spec and the oil came out pretty clean with no metal bits. Engine runs very strong, clutch doesn’t slip and gears  shift well.

Upgrades include 38 mm Marzocchi front forks ( probably from an 860 GT ), K-N air filters, Dyna coils, 280 mm Brembo cast iron rotors, as new Avon tires, adjustable steering damper, Brembo Goldline brake and clutch levers, black chrome Conti mufflers ( there is a small ding on the left Conti above the C ).  These things were on the bike when I got it this past fall.  I found and rebuilt the missing rear brake caliper, rear  master cylinder, replaced the droopy rear turn signals with shorter new old stock CEV’s, replaced the leaking fuel petcocks with Bevel Heavens aftermarket items, installed new old stock Superbike bars, English high quality bar end mirrors, rebuilt carburetors, added alloy tops, alloy oil and ignition sight  windows, stainless steel brake lines front and rear, new Thomasselli throttle and cables, timing belts, oil and filter, fork oil, replaced ignition pick up lines with Bevel Heaven kit, repaired the rear turn signal wiring ( amazingly all the wiring except the PU’s and the rear turn signals remain intact, soft and pliable ), installed a new fuse box from Moto Guzzi to replace the original ( which was missing the cover ).  All that to the tune of about $2000– receipts included.  All the lights and gauges work, the  brakes are very strong, the clutch doesn’t slip, forks don’t leak, steers and tracks true.

Still, there are a couple of things to do before she goes out the door, but not seeming deal killers, and the the Alazzurra has a much-improved Corbin seat from the previous owner.

As project bikes go, this one seems about 90 percent complete, and though the ask might be a little high for an obscure almost-done, the work that has been done looks ok and there is the “make offer” button.  The Alazzurra reviewed as a little less racey but more friendly than the preceding Pantah, and got gigged for gas-crisis jetting but was otherwise a nice rider.  No arguing the rarity, and if you like the classic feel, this low-mile Alazzurra could be sweet Sunday morning bike…

-donn

 

Snapshot – 1987 Cagiva Allazzura 650SS
Honda April 15, 2015 posted by

Game Changer – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

1993 Honda CBR900RR on eBay

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It’s hard to believe that’s been over 20 years since Honda rocked the sportbike world with it’s revolutionary 1993 CBR900RR.  I am fortunate enough to still have one in my garage and it still feels every bit as raw as the day it came out.  With it’s ultra short wheelbase, 600 class dry weight and a respectable 120hp on tap (and that 16″ front wheel) it commands your full attention all of the time.  While the competition from the other three manufacturers were busy via for top speed crowns on increasingly heavy open class bikes, Tadao Baba was going in the opposite direction with Honda.  Virtually all of the physical dimensions of the 900RR were in line with the 600s of the day and that more than made up for any lack of power compared to the other liter bikes.  The 900RR won every open class shootout that year and was named Bike of the Year in almost every magazine.

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While the 900RR sold well, it’s tricky nature means that survivors are increasingly rare.  This one has a few minor beauty marks, but looks to be in good condition otherwise.  The eBay auction is already seeing a lot of action with a good number of viewers and bidders already participating.  You can check out the auction here: 1993 Honda CBR900RR on eBay or read a bit from the seller below

Hello I have a very nice 93 Honda cbr 900rr sport bike these bikes are becoming harder and harder to find the bike has 24205 miles and runs great just had it serviced it has k and n filters and a shorty pipe new red chain new rear tire and new battery the rest of the bike is all stock the front tire needs to be replaced soon it’s has some scratches not bad and a small crack on front fairing very easy to fix to make it perfect

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Game Changer – 1993 Honda CBR900RR
Honda April 2, 2015 posted by

Hurricane Season – a pair of mint CBR600 F1s on eBay

Two minty CBR600F1s on eBay

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Here’s a chance to jumpstart your vintage sportbike collection with not one, but two VERY clean first generation Honda CBR600s.  The CBR600F1 debuted in 1987 and was Honda’s first fully faired inline 4 cylinder sportbike so there’s definitely some historical significance here.  Dubbed the “Hurricane,” these CBRs featured a 598cc engine pushing out approximately 85hp.  Honda certainly sold plenty of Hurricanes, so they weren’t really rare, but finding a pair in this condition certainly is.  Considering that they both appear to be completely stock, down to the exhausts and even rear mudguards, they would make a nice addition to any collection.

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The seller gives some good details on the condition of both bikes, in his eBay auction seen here: two CBR600F1s on eBay

I am cleaning out the shop and have decided to part with my two Honda Hurricane 600 CBRF1 bikes.  I have a 1987 and a 1988 model.  Both are in excellent running condition.  The white (’87) has a little rash on the right side from a standing still drop but the black (’88) in absolutely MINT condition.  Both are all original stock bikes, and I just had both carbs totally rebuilt with OEM Honda parts by Opie Caylor of CaylorMade Motorsports.  Would prefer to sell both together but would consider splitting up the pair.  These are both very nice classic bikes and are in perfect running condition.  Non-ethanol gas used since carb rebuild so no problems at all.  Clean clear Georgia titles in my name.

These weren’t garage queens, with almost 50k miles combined showing on the odometers, but from the looks of them (and the seller’s garage) they would appear to have been very well maintained.  Collectable classics that you don’t have to feel guilty about riding on sunny days are always a good thing in my book!

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Hurricane Season – a pair of mint CBR600 F1s on eBay
Ducati September 21, 2014 posted by

Attn Collectors! 1990 Ducati 851 Time capsule

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The Ducati 851 is literally the bike that saved Ducati from the scrapheap. Prior to the 851 Ducati was in serious financial difficulty and was producing odd bikes like the Paso. In 1985, Ducati was purchased by Claudio Castiglioni’s Cagiva group and shortly thereafter began making world class performance bikes, including the 851 and then the 888. That plus racing success re-established the brand as a top manufacturer and opened the door for injections of capital by investment group TPG which set Ducati up for growth into the 21st century.  Most recently Ducati was sold to the Audi group for slightly over 1 Billion dollars, so to say the 851 was a significant bike in the success, growth and continuation of the Ducati brand is putting it mildly.

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1990 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

This particular 851 is listed as having an astonishingly low 590 miles since new.  The seller states that the bike has been in two collections for its entire life and has been kept in a conditioned environment the entire time.  While this statement is usually taken with a grain of salt, from the numerous hi-res pictures on the auction, it does appear to be owned by a serious collector (check out some of the other bikes and cars in the pics!) so this time the statement may be true.

Here are the pluses (+) and minuses (-) according to the auction.

+ Still has the delivery stickers in place and they are on great condition.
+ Outside of the Pipes and the brake lines are 100% stock and original condition.
+ The bike has never been buffed, paint looks great and is in excellent original condition.

– The tires are original, hence they are 25 years old.
– The tank has a small 10mm surface scuff above the Ducati sticker.
– The front faring at the bottom leading edge behind the front tire has a very small crack.
– Both aluminum Termignoni cans have small scuffs and scratches.
– The triangular plate at the rear axle bolt is the only part that has picked up a little patina.

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Interestingly, the seller indicates this particular bike is the 851 Ducati was on displayed as part of the “History of the Superbike” at the 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis Moto GP

So essentially you are biding on a time capsule bike. While its not a zero miles bike its about as perfect an 851 you are likely to find.  This bike would appear to be fairly valued at 9000 USD, especially if you are a collector looking to add one of the most important Ducati models to your collection.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Attn Collectors!  1990 Ducati 851 Time capsule