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Buell February 24, 2022 posted by

Ice Storm – 1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt with 4,050 Miles !

Buell’s first production machine with Harley-Davidson’s backing started their relationship off on the right foot, selling more than four times what planners had thought.  This collector-ready example was parked for a score of years but has been rejuvenated without turning it into a budget buster.

1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt for sale on eBay

Buell had their tuners breathe a little more life into the H-D 1203cc pushrod twin, and wound up with a conservative 76 hp and 66 ft.-lbs. torque.  Some references say the tube frames were hand welded, and made room for the two 40mm carburetors to look to the right.  Harley’s low maintenance belt drive was adapted, and Showa supplied adjustable forks and pull shock.  An early take on the signature single front brake is used, with a 340mm rotor and 6-piston caliper.  Shapely fairings are finished in a multi-stage pearlescent paint and the airbox and belt drive covers are carbon fiber.

Clearly a knowledgeable fan, the seller found a gem that had been in storage, and went over it with a fine tooth comb.  A few parts had dried up in storage but are now refreshed, with niceties like the shock cover and plenty loud stock exhaust.  Wishing the seller had taken a photo of the S2 with the lowers installed, and maybe the numbered side cover.  Original tires should be replaced but saved in case Mr. Barber needs another S2.  Some of the comments in the eBay auction:

This is the nicest original S2 I have seen since I picked up my first back in June of 1994!

I purchased this bike from the original owner in March of 2021 where it spent the last 21 years on stands in storage with just 3,950 miles on the odometer. This is a 49 state bike #382 of 1399.

It is in very nice shape; original Ice White Pearl paint, never dropped, with extras such as OEM factory paint matched fairing lowers, touring bars and the originals, foot peg lowering brackets and the originals, and fairing bags along with an under-seat bag. It also has all the original dealer invoice and Signature Series documentation. All the original Buell correspondence, sales brochures, factory service manual, and parts book for this bike are included with the purchase.

It is still rolling on the original tires and there have been only 3 recalls performed on the bike that includes the fairing stabilizer, front brake line, and rear shock.

The original owner replaced the primary chain adjuster with a M-6 unit and the ignition was swapped out for a Dyna single fire cone unit and dyna coils. I replaced the M-6 unit with an NOS OEM unit. The M-6 adjuster, and original OEM ignition components go with the bike. An additional D & D muffler that came with the bike is included in the purchase.

Maybe not destined for the astronomical auction circuit like some sportier models, the S2 might be better choice when the spaces are wide open.  More of a riding collector than the higher revving and lighter in weight, Buell’s choice of powerplant will always have its fans.

-donn

Ice Storm – 1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt with 4,050 Miles !
Moto Guzzi February 11, 2022 posted by

Very Correct – 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk. 1

Probably looking better than when it first arrived in the U.S., today’s Goose was recently the subject of an all-pro restoration and has turned just a few miles since.  The classic cafe racer could be put right into service and veritably sings about Mandello del Lario’s glory days.

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans for sale on eBay

The Le Mans was based on the V7 engine, with a significant displacement and power bump to 80 hp.  Fairly standard Guzzi backbone and downtube frame, with incremental improvements to the forks and dampers.  The upturned V-twin makes for a slim package and reviewed as a smoothie despite some noise from the pushrods and valve train.  Brakes had a then-new linked system, where the right pedal put some braking force into the left front disk, which along with the shaft drive, has become a Guzzi paradigm.  Later Mk.1’s ( sometimes referred to as Series 2 ) had some Ital Design details, like the angular seat and taillight.  High marks were given to the dash and switchgear, and the front quarter view was almost as popular as Cheryl Tiegs.

Consigned by a Phoenix classic car dealer, this might be one of the best Le mans restorations out there.  While you can poke around long enough to find a bit of patina on a painted part, the colored bits are great and bare metals look like they were just pried away from the vapor blaster.  Might quibble over the semi-gloss frame paint with the stated restorer, DB Cycles up in the Finger Lakes, who appears to still be in business.  The seller is in debt to Bonhams for most of the notes in the eBay auction :

LM1 that is in nearly showroom new condition today. The Le Mans editions were highly coveted when new and are incredibly rare today. Described by Bike magazine as the ‘sleekest, horniest thing you’ve ever seen on two wheels’, the sensational Le Mans delivered 130-plus MPH performance. It worked well on the racetrack too, with the Le Mans-mounted Roy Armstrong emerging as the overall winner in the 1977 Avon Production Championship. The LM1 was essentially Moto Guzzi’s first attempt at making a cafe racer. Bill Haylock of Bike magazine wrote a glowing review of Moto Guzzi’s Le Mans in the August 1976 issue of the magazine: ‘The Le Mans just looks so goddam beautiful that if I was rich enough I’d buy two of them – one to ride and one just to stand in the living room to admire as an object d’art. It represents the ultimate in motorcycle styling as an art form – the synthesis between engineering and aesthetics in which the Italians are supreme.’  We love the alloy wheels, shaft drive and semi-gloss black exhausts as well as the funky 70’s embossed seating, all correct and exactly as they were sold when new. This example even has the correct LM1 orange safety stripe on the fairing. This particular LM1 was restored in January, 2016 and then decommissioned to be added to a substantial collection of Porsche motorcars and vintage bikes. The LM1 is showing 14,705 miles on the odometer but has just a handful of miles since its complete restoration.  The heart of the LM1 is the 90 degree V twin that is still a hallmark of the bikes produced in Mandello del Lario.  The dual front cross-drilled rotors help ensure adequate stopping power.

Hard to believe this 850 Le Mans is just shy of 45 years old, but time stops for no bike.  Moto Guzzi has weathered multiple owners and seems poised to continue under the Piaggio umbrella.  A fair chunk of change for an air cooled twin, but now a classic and that condition will never go out of style.

-donn

Very Correct – 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk. 1
Ducati February 7, 2022 posted by

Habit Forming – 2013 Ducati Panigale 1199S with Zero Miles !

Hard to call a plain white Panigale an eye-catcher, but in this case it’s an S that’s never been on the road, apparently on display at a dealer.   A revolutionary clean sheet design at the time, this “new” Panigale would be a great performer even after almost 10 years on the carpet.

2013 Ducati Panigale 1199S for sale on eBay

With a cast magnesium bridging the headstock and engine mounts, the L-twin is an integral part of the Panigale’s chassis.  The superquadro engine’s bore is almost double the stroke, allowing 195 hp at 10,750 rpms.  Elliptical throttle bodies respond electronically to the twist of the proverbial wrist, and ride-by-wire describes what happens next, with computer controlled throttle response, suspension, traction control, and of course braking.  If track time beckons, the quick shifter and engine brake “slipper” will make your acquaintance, and the 2-into-1-into-2 exhaust provide audible feedback.

Often puzzling to figure what could bring a fan to chain up a beast like this, but even a dealer who knows that Ducati must keep innovating can succumb to the idea that this is the bike that will stop time.  Looks great though there certainly aren’t enough pictures here to verify.  Perfect as this unused example might be, the next owner will still have to request new Pirelli’s, though at least the cams are chain driven.

Beside the front tire size there’s very little in common with the previous 1198, but the 1199S has unmistakable Ducati looks, even in white semi-gloss.  No make offer button for this gem, and even though the eBayer has some 56,000 listings going, not too much detective work could open a dialogue with the owner.  Looks like this – dealer – has been repeatedly afflicted since a few other creampuffs are available, but this is the sportiest.

-donn

Habit Forming – 2013 Ducati Panigale 1199S with Zero Miles !
Laverda January 25, 2022 posted by

Florida Orange – 1979 Laverda Jota 1000

Air cooled early superbikes are becoming rarer by the minute, especially built in Italy and tarted up in England. Today’s Jota has an owner or two’s worth of miles but apparently was restored at some point and still looks great.

1979 Laverda Jota 1000 for sale on eBay

Laverda had been making motorbikes since 1949, and their 750 twin was a great success, especially in endurance racing.  As new competition from Japan was arriving, the company created a 980cc triple, with double overhead cams and 32mm Dell’Orto carburetors.  English importer Slater Bros. saw more potential and commissioned higher lift cams and 10-to-1 pistons resulting in a whopping 90 hp.  A strong steel backbone accompanied the light-looking downtubes, making for a solid foundation for the usual Ceriani suspension units.  Handlebars are adjustable but not too much higher, due to the 140 mph speeds expected.

Presented by a Miami dealer, this Laverda looks like a survivor that had some quality restoration work.  Some light corrosion has crept in since then, but a quick clean-up should do wonders.  Though most ( and this one ) have been converted, Jota’s originally came with left brake and right shifter.  Paint work is excellent and includes a full fairing which apparently has never been mounted.  Comments from the eBay auction:

A beautiful specimen immaculately maintained and cared for by its second owner for the last 32 years. This is a rare Slater Brothers 180 degree crank and the the 7th bike imported into the states. It was purchased in 1990 in San Diego from a retired US Navy officer who bought it new while stationed in Europe in 1979.  Slater Bros. in Tacoma Washington informed him that they had imported 6 Jota’s in ’79 and that this was the seventh they knew of. 

The bike was immediately taken to Lance Weil in Burbank California who was the undisputed Laverda guru And who went through the bike from ground up and restored it. Lance rated the motor at over 90hp then and it has covered small mileage since. Runs Now as it did then. The sound of these is unique and memorable to all who have heard it.  These hardly ever come up for sale. Don’t miss this opportunity.
 
A “no stories” bike, this is one of the top collector bikes out there and the fastest of its time. Comes with super rare full fairing which looks amazing fitted. A few spares and another set of matte black silencers. The right brake set is not original but is fitted for better performance and safety. The original one comes with the bike. The back brake is spongy right now and might need slight attention. Books and manual too. 
 
 
The Jota got glowing reviews for power and handling, but the overall build quality vs. the premium price took some lumps.  Either way the factory was positioned more as a boutique than volume manufacturer.  At this level of ask, some further contact with the seller might be in order, not to mention verifying the advertised running condition.  Could be ready for concours season if it checks out.

-donn

 

Florida Orange – 1979 Laverda Jota 1000
Cagiva January 24, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing: One-Owner 2000 Cagiva Mito 125 with 667 Miles !

Update 1.24.2022: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller!


Check out the Bimota KB2 Laser that Shaun is also offering! -dc

From the Seattle area’s Garage Assassins, today’s Feature is a micro-giant, 125 cc cranking out 34 hp, weighing just 284 lbs. and looking for all the world like a Ducati 916 !  Always in a collector’s hands it has just 667 miles, all DOT equipment, and current registration.  We’ll let Duncan pick up the story from here –

2000 Cagiva Mito 125 for sale

The 2000 Cagiva Mito 125 boasts a maximum power output of 34 horsepower and 23 Nm of torque from its liquid-cooled, two-stroke, 125cc, single cylinder powerplant that was mated to a six-speed manual transmission. 284lbs. 3.4 Gallon capacity. Legendary designer Massimo Tamburrini re-styled the bike in 1994, giving it a knife-edge fairing, winged tank and monoposto seat fairing reminiscent of the Ducati superbike. Massimo Tamburrini went on to Ducati where he designed the 916 Ducati. This bike has many of the very same design attributes in a smaller package.

This entry-level machine boasts features such as a two-piece, dual seat, a full-fairing with a small, adjustable windshield, die-cast aluminum wheels, an analogue instrument cluster, a suspension package composed of a 40mm Marzocchi telescopic front fork and an adjustable mono-shock in the rear, a disc braking system both in the front and in the rear and a paint and graphic scheme inspired from racing
motorcycles.

This special find is not even broken in yet. We still have in the box a factory upgrade package. Air intake, special jets for carburetion, rear sprocket plus an exhaust upgrade, still in original packaging.

Duncan asks $14,500 $11,400 for the 2000 Mito, and can be reached by email sennaducati79@gmail.com.

This 916 Ducati look alike is a Cagiva Mito 125 2-stroke, the same type of motorcycle that Valentino Rossi started his racing career on at a young age. Back in the day they had a 125cc class of highly modified 2-stroke street bikes for upstart racers in Europe. Cagiva was the bike. Cagiva even sold an entire massive hop up race kit to convert these little rockets into race bikes.

This one owner gem has never seen rain, never down, properly stored in a climate-controlled man cave filled with a proper collection of amazing Italian motorcycles. Owned and maintained by a skilled knowledgeable rider of many years. The bike has recently had a complete proper nut/ bolt go through. Runs perfect and strong. If you plan on riding versus display, we recommend newer tires. The tires are not cracked or damaged, just not as fresh for your riding safety.

Now just over twenty years old, this perfect Mito 125 might be a singular opportunity for the next collector.

Duncan offers assistance with worldwide shipping and asks $14,500 $11,400 for the 2000 Mito, contact him by email sennaducati79@gmail.com.

-donn

Featured Listing:  One-Owner 2000 Cagiva Mito 125 with 667 Miles !
Yamaha January 22, 2022 posted by

Display Model – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 with 1,841 Miles!

Besides being a midsize beast with 52 hp and under 400 lbs., the RZ350 was distinctive having actually been offered in the U.S. for a few years.  Today’s Kenny Roberts commemorative has been on display at the dealer since your cell phone was 2G and looks extraordinary.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Trying to modernize a venerable engine design, Yamaha threw the book at its 347cc two-stroke, including water cooling, oil injection, their power valve port system, air injection, and a lot more for California-bound bikes.  Power delivery was peaky, with relaxed acceleration under 6,000 rpm, and whoa Nellie ! from there to the 9,500 redline.  Elsewhere it looked its $2,400 MSRP with conventional steel frame, and suspension with pre-load adjustment only, though the triple disks, alloy wheels, and sharp bikini fairing were nice touches.  Almost too obvious to mention, the classic livery celebrates the multiple AMA number 1 and first American GP champion, who went on to become a race bike builder and GP team manager.

After thirty years on display, this RZ is a fantastic piece but not ready to roll anywhere but into the workshop.  It must’ve been well back from the velvet ropes, since there’s not a scrape or bruise to be seen.  Every picture shows off its trim lines, period expansion chambers look the part, and the vapor canister missing from the engine bay seems to indicate it’s a 49-state model.  RSBFS contributors raised a collective eyebrow at the seller’s use of the word “mint” on a non-running bike, but considering it’s pushing 40 the condition is remarkable.  Just a note accompanies the eBay auction:

The RZ has been inside our dealership on display since 1991.  It is in mint condition for a 38 year old motorcycle.  It does not currently run/operate.  It has a clear Texas title.

The bike comes with 1 original key, the original owners manual, and an original Yamaha brochure.

Nothing like a stock showpiece to set the bidding on fire, and with a whole week to go this one will probably set some 350cc records.  Tires will stay wooden originals, but a few things could be shined up here and there, and maybe clean out the fuel system for the long term.  Then it’s probably off to a private museum for this RZ350, though it had a nice run in the dealership window.

-donn

Display Model – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 with 1,841 Miles!
Triumph January 20, 2022 posted by

Strong Silent Type – 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 Special Edition

The top of Triumph’s Daytona line tilted toward the GT segment, but had sporty components and aerodynamics ready for warp speeds.  This example is presented by a N.C. collector, with low miles and excellent finishes.

1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 SE for sale on eBay

Based more on the big Trophy than other Daytona’s, the 1200SE used Triumph modular engine, with revised cams and cylinder head to make a turbine smooth 147 hp.  The clutch is a little stiffer to handle the up-rated power, and Kayaba suspension is tuned for higher speeds.  The SE got 6-piston calipers for its 310mm disks to make short work of the 100-to-55 brake check.  Roomy fairing and relaxed riding position made long days cake. 

Not sure whether the seller is the collector, but this Daytona was evidently on display for an extended period.  Though tricky to photograph, the black and gold are quite elegant, and the painted forks aren’t all chipped up.  From the list of recent work it’s a safe bet that it was never de-fueled before parking, but it sounds like that’s been taken care of in the eBay auction:

This motorcycle is one of the last versions of the original Hinckley Triumphs launched in the mid-90’s. It is number 157 of the Special Edition series. Spent most of its life in a private collection with very few miles. A full service has been performed including new carb kits, new intake boots, new air filter, new throttle cable, new petcock, new spark plugs and new battery. The tank was removed and flushed. In-line storage shut-off valves installed. Recent oil and filter change. Very nice original paint and seat. Fork tubes have no pitting and seals are leak free. Everything else is leak free as well. Runs very well with no smoke.  Please see video – here –

Probably one of the nicest Special Editions out there. Nicer ones may be in museums or other collections. I did not ride this bike much, so I am not sure if there are any more bugs to be ironed out as a daily, high mileage rider. If any, it shouldn’t be serious. What I do know is, it is fast! Six pot calipers stop fast too!

Number 157 was on RSBFS back in – 2017 – and it seemed like that seller had done quite a bit of more cosmetic work.  Now with looking excellent and freshly tuned up, maybe the next owner will put some miles down.  Triumph moved quite a bit of their production to Thailand in the early 2000’s, and these Hinckley built cycles will see their collectible day come.  Until then the starting bid is low, and the hopefully the reserve will get this 1200 to a new owner in time for spring.

-donn

Strong Silent Type – 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 Special Edition
Sport Bikes For Sale January 6, 2022 posted by

Foot-notable – 2003 Voxan Café Racer

Trying to start a motorcycle business is one thing, but setting the corporate sights on a liter V-twin ups the ante somewhat.  Voxan pulled this off in the late 1990’s, at least for a while, and gave the imports some competition.  This very unusual example looks excellent and located in Britain.

2003 Voxan Cafe Racer ( England ) for sale on eBay

An all-French design, the Voxan had a tubular backbone chassis, into which a 72-degree V-twin was hung.  The engine was largely Rotax-inspired, executed by the race engine builder Sodemo, and though a four valve 996, could only generate the legislated limit of 100 hp.  Appointments were first class, with Paoli forks, WP monoshock, and 320mm Brembo brakes.  Innovations had a Buell-ian air with engine oil in the frame tube, and under-mounted rear shock.  The supersport fairing was very sculptural, and housed the radiator up high to show off the powerplant.

Evidently a previous owner was planning to be the brand’s U.K. dealer, and retained a sample Racer though Voxan’s plans changed.  Looking excellent for its reported 16,000 miles, the tailcone is endorsed by three hall-of-fame racers.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Beautiful, very rare French exotica .
Very good condition with all original fittings such as standard cans and original tail unit included. 
Getting very rare as no longer manufactured . 
Lovingly cared for and owned and maintained by motorcycle mechanic
and only top quality Motul oil used.

3 keys, service history, owners manual. Third owner.
Dynojet power commander fitted and remapped. Private plate.
Tailpiece signed by two World champions,
Mick Doohan and Nicky Hayden along with Cal Crutchlow .

Photographic evidence to prove. 
Brembo calipers, Paioli suspension.
This was bike number 23 off the production line and sold to the owner of Three Cross motorcycles as they were going to be the official UK stockists. The deal never went through in the end and so is believed to be the only one in the U.K. 
A piece of motorcycling history as Voxan are no more. Collector’s item. All running.

This would be one for a well-equipped hobbyist, though the chain-driven cams should be low maintenance and some long distance support might be available from Sodemo.  Voxan’s assets were purchased by electric car specialist Venturi, and they have since concentrated on electric cycles.  GP and WSBK Champion Max Biaggi set a host of electric bike speed records aboard the Wattman in Oct. 2020.  This might be the only French superbike in your neighborhood, or maybe even on the continent.  

-donn

Foot-notable – 2003 Voxan Café Racer