Posts by tag: Restored

Benelli August 3, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1976 Benelli Sei 750

Update 8.1.2019: Joe has renewed his Featured Listings. Check out all of Joe’s bikes for sale on RSBFS! Many thanks for choosing us to help move your collection! -dc

Benelli and Honda exchanged flattery in the 1970’s, which began with Benelli creating a six cylinder look-alike of Honda’s CB500 Four in 1972.  Their flagship Sei began as a 750 and progressed to a 900 by 1979.  Honda returned the compliment in 1978 with their CBX.  Restored by a previous owner, this Sei is a magnificent labor of love.

Benelli made a careful study of the air-cooled Honda and made a few changes – the gear-driven alternator, located behind the cylinders, keeps the engine’s width manageable.  With three Dell’Orto carburettors, 76 hp was almost effortless and the Sei created usable torque from 2,000 rpm.  The chassis is a hefty downtube with right-side-up Marzocchi forks, and twin Sebac shocks.  Dual front disks make up for the tried-and-true rear drum.  Styling is dominated by the six-way calliope, with a few angular details on the instrument cluster, side covers, and cylinders.

A bottle of chrome polish might be on the new owner’s shopping list, since the Sei is all metal, with not even the side covers executed in plastic.  On display since shortly after the restoration was completed, it shows almost as a new machine, with sparkling finishes and new rubber parts, like the carburetor boots.  The owner shares these notes:

In general, I do believe super rare Italian motorcycle of the 1970s and 1980s are the future Ferrari of motorcycle collecting. We all know what has happened to Ferrari.

The 1976 Benelli SEI 750 six-cylinder is another one of those iconic Italian motorcycles. It was the first six-cylinder production motorcycle, and, yes, those six exhaust pipes not only sound great but look phenomenal. The bike was restored by a gentleman that spent what looks like half a lifetime to get it to such perfection. This bike starts and runs as it should and I don’t personally know of one important criticism that I could make on the bike for show or riding.

The Benelli winding through the gears sound like a Gran Prix rarer and the slick handling is something has to be experienced. These six cylinder Benelli bikes have a long way to go in terms of collector appreciation. When you buy a first series Benelli six cylinder you will find a crowd wherever you stop.

Then just wind up through the gears and it seems that the roar of those six exhaust pipes can be heard a mile away.

Check out the pictures of this Benelli it has to be one of the best, if not The Best, restored 1976 Benelli SEI 750’s ever!

All my bikes are kept in climate controlled storage and on trickle chargers when not in use so they are always ready to take a day’s ride at a moment’s notice.


Prefer phone calls 847-774-4857

Check out the pictures and be a little amazed – you are seeing the best!

As the 1970’s opened, industrialist Alejandro DeTomaso had high hopes for his new acquisition, and funded the development of the magnetic Sei.  The big-band sound of six individual 125cc cylinders is more like a fleet of motorcycles than just one.  Never destined to be in every garage, the bright light in the Benelli showroom was reflecting off the Sei’s six chrome mufflers.  The owner has curated and preserved this example to a high standard, and not insignificantly, kept it ready to ride.  Please contact Joe with offers at 847-774-4857.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1976 Benelli Sei 750
Suzuki July 7, 2019 posted by

Under an Assumed Name – 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Edition

Most 1979-80 GS1000S’s we see have beaucoup miles on them – after all, they are eminently rideable.  And though presented in team colors, the model was never officially referred to as a special Wes Cooley edition.  Fans of the bike and rider took care of that for them.  This one has rather low miles and has been subject of a bare frame restoration.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley for sale on eBay

Suzuki used their formula of reliability and light weight on the GS1100S, with a two stage oil pump and large oil cooler as part of their Advanced Cooling System.  The big four pulled 90 hp and 62 ft.-lbs. on the dyno, not leading the class until “Pops” Yoshimura worked his magic.  Air adjustable forks were part of the GS line, but conventional hydraulic rear shocks were easier to adjust.  A second 295mm front disk was added to the -S in anticipation of higher speeds.  Lower handlebars served to keep the rider in the air pocket created by the BMW-esque cockpit fairing.

This is about as close to a new 1979 motorcycle as you’re likely to find, with every cosmetic and functional issue addressed.  No reason to open the legendary drivetrain at this point.  Higher resolution pictures would’ve been nice, but the owner’s list is comprehensive.  From the eBay auction:

8,000 Original miles. Clean Illinois Title in my name in hand. This Rare Super Bike has been restored beautifully from the frame up!

Frame Powder Coated
All Engine Covers Chromed
S Model Gauge Cluster (Perfect/Flawless)
All Bulbs in Gauge Cluster replaced
All Bulbs throughout Bike replaced
New Duracell Battery
Very Low Miles (8,000)
New Tires (Front & Back)
New Brakes (Front & Back)
Original Air Box (Inner & Outer)
Paint Flawless to Suzuki Factory Spec (3,000.00)
Seat is Perfect (No Tears)
Original Exhaust (Great shape for its age. Minor flaws)
Carburetors rebuilt (could be synchronized/fine tuned a little better)
Brand New Windshield (Have Original. It’s in good shape just faded slightly)
Every Gasket, Every Spring & Every Grommet replaced
New Plugs
New Oil & Filter
New Grips
S Model Mirrors (Perfect/Flawless)
Every Nut, Bolt, Washer and Screw replaced (If it wasn’t replaced, it was polished)
*Have Rear Foot-pegs (will be installed prior to Sale)
Way to much to list! This is a Concourse Restoration that has left no stone unturned. Nothing was missed. This Bike should be in the Suzuki Museum.

Yoshimura came over to Suzuki for the 1978 AMA season, running Cooley on the tricked out GS1000S.  Despite not winning a Superbike event in 1979, Cooley’s podium consistency gave him the championship.  1980 saw a three-way battle between Cooley, Freddie Spencer ( Honda ) and Eddie Lawson ( Kawasaki ), where it was up in the air until two late-season wins gave the Cooley the championship.  Though most owners will say it’s one their favorite bikes of all time, it’s probably better to find a rider or clone if that’s your intent, and save this example for the concours.

-donn

 

Under an Assumed Name – 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Edition
Yamaha March 26, 2019 posted by

RZ Redux – 1984 Yamaha RZ350

A major rejuvenation of a small-bore can only start as labor of love.  This Missouri refurb concentrated on the mechanical, but the cosmetic looks great as well.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Magazine editors said the visible frame on the RZ looked like a racebike, surrounding the water cooled vertical twin.  Since it was a road machine, Yamaha augmented the two stroke with their Power Valve System and catalytic converters.  59 hp was phenomenal for a 350.  Triple disks were great, though the lightweight suspension was adjustable for preload only.  Accented by the cool chin scoop, body work flowed from the bikini fairing to the tank, side covers and seat console.

Sitting for a generation but having covered only 8.050 miles, this RZ was given the works:

Just refurbished:

Both master cylinders and new o-rings in all calipers.

New oil lines, and fresh two-stroke oil

Fresh fork oil

Fresh gear oil

Fresh anti-freeze

New air filter

New battery

New needles and seats in the carbs

The CDI was just sent to RZ’s Unlimited to repair the infamous cold solders

Just installed the 1985 mounting kit for the lower cowl

New grommets for the side covers

It has the above mentioned new manual petcock from RZ’s Unlimited, but I will send the stock vacuum petcock with the motorcycle.

Also has a 16-tooth countershaft sprocket on right now, but I have the stock 17-tooth sprocket.

I have the tool kit, owners manual, and two keys (one original and one duplicate).

An old faux pas on the tank was addressed, but too fancily for the owner:

Both areas were repaired and they did a nice job. EXCEPT! I told them I did not want the warning stickers on the top of the tank removed. So when he repaired the damage, he cleared over the red on the tank and fairing, and you notice where he taped it off if you are close enough. The color is perfect, but it is a little brighter, because of the clear.

Light and easy to ride made the RZ350 popular, though moving over to the track brought the challenge of keeping the little kettle on the boil.  Overdue for a set of expansion chambers, the new owner might want to hang on the factory exhaust in case a move to California is ever an idea.  Bidding is brisk about halfway through the auction but hasn’t met the reserve, hopefully this nice riding rehab will pay off for the owner.

-donn

 

Kawasaki December 11, 2018 posted by

P.C. (Preposterously Clean) – 1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III

It would have been almost impossible to find an H1 in this condition in the mid-1970’s, Mach III’s generally obscured by dirt accumulated in the oily mist coating the bike.  This one has had a nice restoration and the auction still has a couple of days to run.

1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III for sale on eBay

Back in the day, the only way to approach 100 hp per liter was with a two stroke, and while Honda had moved on, Suzuki still had a competing 500.  The basically square cylinders ( 60 x 58.8 mm ) resulted in 60 hp at 7,500 rpm.  The chassis was unfortunately not up to the task, put in a lot of over-exuberant situations.  Brakes were the usual, that is to say wholly inadequate, but this owner has added a second front disk.

A sparkling restoration and though the owner doesn’t divulge who did the work, the carefully detailed engine and wheels look great.  From the eBay auction:

The following services have been performed:
* Rebuilt Crankshaft, bearings, seals and gaskets 
* Pistons & rings (.50 over)
* Rebuilt Carburetors rejetted w/pods
* Fork tubes, seals & dust boots
* Stock rear shocks
* Triple tree bearings
* Controls, grips and mirrors
* Super bike bars
* New cables
* New signals & stems
* Polished: Engine covers, outer head fins, forks, rear hub
* Rebuilt calipers – Dual brake system with refinished rotors
* 5/8 master cylinder
* Stock brake lines
* original grab rail, brake pedal, shifter, front fender
* re-chromed fork ears, chain guard
* New Paint, decals
* Re-laced rims
* New tires & tubes
* Chain & sprockets 
* replacement clutch
* Original seat 
* Bill Wirges chambers

Reviews raved about the big triple, while things like mileage and changing spark plugs every other oil change were easily forgotten.  But no one’s proposing the H1 as a daily rider in this day and age, especially looking like this.  Wish the owner had attached a video with the sound of those triple expansion chambers…

-donn

P.C. (Preposterously Clean) – 1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III
Honda November 17, 2018 posted by

Grey and Gold – 1988 Honda CBR400RR

For a few years in the late 1980’s – early 90’s, Honda had double coverage in the 400cc segment with two 4-cylinder 4-strokes, the V-4 VFR and the straight four CBR400RR.  Marketed somewhat differently, the CBR400RR really only made it to the western hemisphere as a grey import, where it has recently shined.  This one comes out of a collection and despite some miles, has been nicely prepared for a future life.

1988 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

Around mid-life for the 400cc model, the NC23 built on past successes and styling from its larger cc brothers.  The nicely oversquare 399cc four has gear driven cams, and a pre-ordained 59 hp are available.  Air-adjustable forks and dual 4-piston disk brakes are up front, with Honda’s beefy Tri-Arm monoshock out back.  Tire sizes are staggered 17 and 18 inches, and exhaust goes 4-into-1.

This owner has brought several bikes forward recently, and has taken some flack for his optimistic assessments.  This CBR though, looks better than advertised with fresh cosmetics, and the long list of mechanical freshenings take some of the concern out of the mileage.  An in depth walk-around is available – here –.  From the eBay auction:

1-Entire new Stainless Steel Exhaust System back to the OEM Can with all new donuts & mounting hardware.

2-Installed new fuel petcock

3-Rebuilt BOTH Front Calipers and the Rear Caliper – Repainted Honda Gold

4-Installed new brake pads front & rear

5-Installed New Gold Chain and new sprockets

6-Rebuilt all 4 carbs using only Honda OEM parts

7-Carbs all Digitally Sync to perfection

8-Installed New Tapered Head Bearings both upper and Lower

9-Installed New OEM Air Filter

10-New Spark plugs

11-Valves adjusted (Shim under bucket) – see pics of valve train and condition of the cam shaft lobes.

The cam lobes show almost ZERO wear!!! Installed new OEM valve cover gasket

12-Installed New rubber cushions in the drive hub

13-Installed new radiator – water pump – thermostat – radiator cap and coolant hoses

14-Installed NEW Rear Shock – big upgrade over the stock one

15-Rebuilt Front forks – new seal – dust caps and used 15w fork oil

With its slightly higher CG and different frame geometry, the CBR didn’t get the handling raves that the VFR did, but it’s a couple of gallons lighter and lives for the twisty bits.  Owner-readers will be able to spot discrepancies, but no one can quibble about the sound of the cam train.  The owner has elected a no-reserve auction, which seems undervalued with two days to run.  Plan ahead for spring !

-donn

 

Kawasaki June 29, 2018 posted by

Outer Limits – 1974 Kawasaki H1F Mach III

Prehistorically speaking, Kawasaki came just behind the Honda CB750 in the nascent superbike sweepstakes, but just ahead in the 1/4 mile.  The lighter weight two stroke triple had a wheelie addiction, and a substantial power-to-weight advantage, if not being a dream to handle.  This H1 is an older restoration and comes to you with a few foibles but excellent cosmetics.

1974 Kawasaki H1F for sale on eBay

The H1 had a classic twin downtube frame but innovative two-stroke triple.  Three 28mm Mikunis fueled the engine and oil injection was automatic.  For a 500, a 12.5-second quarter was a revelation, but period single front disk and rear drum at least kept exuberance rational.  Improvements over the six years of production improved the Capacitive Discharge Ignition system and standardized the unusual N-1-2-3-4-5 shift pattern.

This late Mach III looks better than excellent with most metals looking almost new, and there’s very little plastic aboard.  The Ohio owner divulges that the odometer is hopelessly optimistic, and colors are from an H2, but beside the K&N air filters it appears complete, stock, and un-muddled.  A steering damper is installed which appears stock but from an earlier year.  From the eBay auction:

Mostly stock bike with air intake pods, dual piston front brake caliper and aftermarket exhaust. Older restoration with paint and chrome in above average condition. Starts up on 2nd or 3rd kick and shifts through gears smoothly. No dents in tank, scratches or cracks in plastic. Tank has been lined. Oil injection system is complete. Gauges, lights and turn signals all in good working order. Seat and seat pan in excellent condition. Recently replaced drive chain. Mileage on speedo is not correct. Paint scheme is the H2 color, black/purple.

Reviews showed the chassis to be un-cooperative with mid-corner direction changes and rough roads in general, but once the inadequate brakes were planned for, the power slowed the passage of time.  In the better part of valor, a friend of mine in the late ’70s sold his shortly after lifting the front wheel with his fiancé on the back.  Neither designed or built for longevity, few have survived in this condition, the restoration here done on a nicer example.  Bidders are off to find the reserve but the auction still has five days to run…

-donn

Outer Limits – 1974 Kawasaki H1F Mach III
Honda April 13, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1969 Honda CB750

Update 4.25.2018: eBay notes a sale at $25,600 and seller has confirmed the bike is SOLD. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Even legends take a few baby steps – Honda’s landscape-changing big four was originally manufactured on low-production tooling, known as “sand-cast”.  The smooth 67 hp model sold over 50,000 units the first year, and went on to around 400,000 sales, a lifetime achievement for any other manufacturer.  This early production CB has had a white-glove  restoration using period correct parts and techniques.

1969 Honda CB750 for sale on eBay

Known as the original superbike, the big CB750 was designed with some simplicity in mind.  Low-friction plain bearings are used throughout the engine, and the cylinders are undersquare with a longer stroke than bore, partly in order to limit crankcase width.  The cam chain and intermediate drive share the middle of the one-piece crankshaft for strength.  The switch to disk brakes had just begun but Honda cast theirs in rust-resistant stainless to ensure the clean look stayed nice.  The twin tube steel frame might’ve been the most traditional and not-over-engineered part of the package.  Early on a kickstarter was included though electric start was standard.

Subject of a three-year restoration completed in 2014, this CB was built with NOS parts for the engine and cosmetics.  An NOS wiring harness and exhaust system were sourced for the build, as few survive at their age.  A crucial un-restored tank was found in Candy Blue Green, though it post-dates the sand-cast era.  With the pebble-surfaced cases that “sand cast” refers to, the engine was rebuilt by Honda specialist Mark McGrew in Minnesota.  The complete package is easy on the eyes, the chrome rear fender echoing the front, and the quartet of headers making their way down and back.  Looking head-on shows the lightness and surprising ground clearance available.  Moto Borgotaro is located in Brooklyn, NY – here is a short excerpt from their complete offering which you can view – here – :

“Sand cast” guru Andy Morris of Hampton Bays, New York built this bike. Morris has worked on 15 “sand cast” CB 750s and nearly 50 later versions – he is so good that he can correctly assemble one of these Hondas from a tub of parts without reference to any manual – and he remembers buying # 2659 from a shop in Pennsylvania in the late 1990s. Its restoration took him three years and he used only OEM NOS replacement “sand cast” parts except for the rear rim which he had to have re-plated. All the fasteners, the spokes, the wiring harness, the four exhaust pipes, and other components came out of Honda parts boxes.

www.motoborgotaro.com

For all intents a “new” 1969 motorcycle, this CB750 has turned only 756 miles since completion.  It just looks like fun waiting to happen, at least to riders of a certain age.  My intro to the model was my buddy’s CB550 in 1974, and even that seemed endlessly powerful compared to the trail bikes and vertical twins that were more my speed.  Though the standard layout had a self-limiting effect on top speed, it could do almost anything and torque was  always available.  It was also another chapter in the Honda quality story, the single cam engine being eminently reliable.  Strangely enough, the introductory model was also the most powerful, as horsepower figures waned through the emissions legislation and gas crisis years.

Honda used the pre-production molds to cast around 7,000 engines, which would be a successful year for most manufacturers and a full lifespan for more exotic models.  But as usual Honda was looking over the horizon, to around 40,000 machines each year with total production over 400,000.  This museum quality CB750 could be the opener for a collection of Honda superbikes, or the capstone for a history of earlier Hondas.  Moto Borgotaro can be contacted – here –.

Featured Listing – 1969 Honda CB750
BMW April 8, 2018 posted by

Ab Fab – 1975 BMW R90S

Lots of young men had Farrah Fawcett posters on their walls in the mid 1970’s, while those with the two-wheeled affliction might’ve had one of a sexy R90S.  The bike was BMW’s return to /S machines and was made only for a few years, but won Daytona and the inaugural AMA SuperBikes championship in 1976 under Reg Pridmore.

1975 BMW R90/S for sale on eBay

A descendant of BMW’s venerable R75, the R90 was bored out to 898cc’s and the helpful addition of Dell’Orto carburetors brought home 67 hp.  The first production year retained the Type 247 engine’s kickstarter, but the 1975 update deleted that and added drilled brake rotors and a strengthened crankshaft.  The R90S was an early design of Hans Muth, who went on to many machines at BMW and then for Target Design.

This Tennessee /S has been comprehensively restored, every part NOS or newly painted, polished, or plated.  The owner started with a tired example with a rusty tank and missing its fairing, but has achieved a rare level of mechanical and cosmetic completeness.  From the eBay listing:

Bike was completely taken apart down to the bare frame and ever component rebuilt, restored or replaced. The complete motor, transmission, forks, wheels and carbs were rebuilt by Guenther Wuest in Indiana. He is a well know BMW motorcycle restorer.  Almost ever part replaced was replaced with parts from BMW thru Max. I have all the receipts and most of the packaging they came in. 

The only parts that are not BMW are the rear shocks and exhaust. I have all the original parts that were removed and replaced including all fasteners and are included with the sale.  Bike did not have a fairing or mirrors and had some kind of custom seat pad when I received it.  It also only had three aluminum  blinkers with no internals. The original gas tank was rusted beyond use so I went searching for a tank and came across a complete set of Daytona Orange body parts including a fairing.  The parts were re-painted some time ago but are in very good shape.  There are a few small chips on the tank and a couple small cracks on the fairing.

Front wheel was rebuilt with a new rim from Max and stainless steel spokes. The rear wheel was replaced with an original rebuilt Weinmann wheel I bought from Guenther.  Tires are new and wheels are balanced.  Every cable, nut, bolt, clamp, hose, seat, blinkers, bulbs, wires and complete brake system including the master cylinder is new. Also found a NOS tire pump that is included along with some new BMW tools.  Bike has only been ridden maybe 2 miles since completion and it starts right up and runs very smooth.

The R90S reviewed as a great all-rounder – not the fastest or most powerful, but handled well and was comfortable to ride through the 6 gallons of fuel on board.  The bikini fairing was borrowed widely though most did not include the thoughtful clock and oil pressure gauge.  The design was soon superseded with fast-paced engineering updates leading to the R100S and RS.  Likely this one will be for show only, though the restoration has prepared it for the road as well…

-donn

Ab Fab – 1975 BMW R90S