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BMW October 23, 2016 posted by

Don’t Arrest Me Red – 2007 BMW R1200S

Every supercar manufacturer has their adult red, a deep metallic indicating adulthood and serious investment.  This 1200cc BMW sportbike is one of the company’s best, a repaint in McLaren’s Volcano Red, nicely upgraded with low miles.

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2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

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Updating their epic R1100S, BMW saw the writing on the GVWR sticker, and took steps to raise the power to weight ratio on the new machine, using bigger valves and throttle bodies, and forged pistons while reducing the weight with a new frame.  122 ponies find their way through the 6-speed and Paralever shaft drive.  Below the Telelever front end, dual 320mm unlinked EVO brakes are followed by 265mm rear, and ABS has track disable switch.  The sculpted supersport fairing cuts through the wind for the rider, and most -S’s had a pillion seat, though this one has gone monoposto.

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Offered in Connecticut, this example has received many upgrades, as the owner states in the eBay auction

Original options include heated grips and ABS
Painted January 2016 in McLaren Volcano Red –  a show quality $3,500 paint job completed by authorized McLaren body shop this spring, the paint alone cost me $1,200.

Tank and tail section protected by premium 3M clear bra.

New carbon front and rear fenders and engine timing cover all by Ilimberger in Germany – not the cheap knockoffs
New Carbon fiber license plate bracket
New Ohlins Suspension front and rear 
New headers by Sandbar composites in England with Akropovic titanium muffler – cost $1,800.
New AF-XIED adjustable oxygen sensor calibration which allows for mixture adjustment throughout RPM range in both open and closed loop. ($325)
Corbin seat
New Tinted windshield 
Heli-bars with approx 3/4″ rise
New CNC clutch and brake levers ($200)
New PIAA dual horns hidden behind the fairing. Loud as hell!
New Clear turn signal lenses
New Parabolic mirrors
Completely serviced this spring -1,500 miles ago. Brake and clutch fluid flush, engine, transmission and final drive oils changed, drive splines lubed, new tires front and rear, valves adjusted, throttles synchronized, new K&N air filter. New spark plugs
Rear wheel flange and fuel pump both replaced ( recall )

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Not often an owner would re-paint the factory option livery, but it’s inkeeping with the rest of the bike – low miles, premium upgrades, impeccable condition.  Not sportiest of bikes, but big torque straightens a lot of roads and the cockpit is somewhat more comfortable than the average superbike.  Would look good in the garage with an Arena Red Porsche 993 and the Montalcino Red Rover in the driveway…

-donn

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Don’t Arrest Me Red – 2007 BMW R1200S
Moto Guzzi October 12, 2016 posted by

Unicorn Sighting: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale

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Guzzi is one of the oldest and most storied motorcycle manufacturers in existence, but they’ve drifted pretty far from their sporting roots in recent years, owing to their purchase by Piaggio, a move that has kept them afloat, but forever relegated to building vintage-styled and cruisers to prevent them competing with more sports-oriented bikes from sister-company Aprilia. Really though, the downward slide began long before that, as Guzzi just couldn’t keep pace with the ruthless development of modern sportbikes from Japan. Luckily, there’ve been a few bright spots along the way, like this Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin that point out just how much life is still left in Moto Guzzi’s v-twin package.

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If you’re not familiar with bikes produced by Giuseppe Ghezzi and Bruno Saturno aka: “Ghezzi-Brian” you might remember the very exotic MGS-01 that they developed from Guzzi’s seemingly obsolete shaft-drive v-twin platform. A race-replica designed around Ghezzi’s successful racing machine, the Supertwin features quality suspension at both ends and clever engineering designed to reduce weight.

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The slim bodywork reveals the iconic longitudinal v-twin and contrasts nicely with the hulking mechanicals. The huge perimeter front brakes look incredibly trick and should offer up excellent stopping power to go with the increased straight-line performance that comes mostly from a huge weight reduction: the Supertwin weighs in at a claimed 427lbs dry, down 55lbs from the largely stock V11 Sport that donates its engine. Power is an modest 91hp but the 1064cc motor puts out impressive torque to match the amazing soundtrack. The gearbox unfortunately is the earlier Sport 1100’s five-speed unit, which is as disappointing here as it is in the original application.

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From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Racing Edition Supertwin for Sale

Super bike extremely rare and mint, 7,499 kilometers from new, needs nothing, OZ Racing wheels made just for this model bike! Wide rear wheel, larger exhaust ports, under bike exhaust, sold on a bill of sale. The bike sounds incredible, bike has a factory race program in its CPU, much more special than the regular edition Ghezzi-Brian normal production Super Twin. These motorcycles never come up for sale.

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“These motorcycles never come up for sale” is very much an understatement. These are extremely rare here in the USA and I’ve only seen a couple being offered. New in 2001, you were looking at about $15,000 for a Supertwin, but I’m not sure what kind of premium the “Racing” edition might carry: these bikes . Current bidding is up to just $7,600 with the Reserve Not Met, although keep in mind that this bike doesn’t appear to have a current title, which will affect the price somewhat. Certainly any Ghezzi-Brian is collectible, but they’re very good on the road, so it’s a shame this one may end up just sitting under a dust-cover somewhere.

-tad

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Unicorn Sighting: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale
magni October 9, 2016 posted by

Race Trim – 1994 Magni Australia

Though Arturo Magni’s company made road bikes as well, they were virtually all for homolagation of the racing machines with purpose built frames and fairings.  Rarely seen stateside, this Magni is still in race trim and spectacular.

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1994 Magni Australia for sale on eBay

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Magni started out at Gilera, and worked with Count Agusta at MV until the founder’s death in 1976.  He and his sons then founded their own firm and began work with Honda and BMW-based sportbikes, but started the dynasty with Moto-Guzzi engines in 1984.  Developed with an eye toward the Battle of Twins racing around the world, the bikes did well down under, and led to the Australia sport bike.

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Using the 4-valve Moto Guzzi 992 cc engine, the Australia had 102 hp available in road trim, and the race bikes also used Weber-Marelli fuel injection.  Magni designed their own chro-moly frame, and had developed the Parallelogrammo shaft drive rear suspension.  Dampers were Forcelle-Italia inverted forks and WP monoshock, both fully adjustable.  Brembo 320mm disks are found up front with 4-piston calipers, and a 230mm rear brake.  17-inch wheels are under carbon-fiber mudguards, with full endurance fairing and monoposto seat.

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Presented by a SoCal specialty shop, this Magni has open intakes and Termignoni carbon mufflers, and appears to have escaped the eventualities of actual racing.  The binnacle shows just 3,000 miles, and the eBay auction states clear title –

1994 MAGNI GUZZI RACING BIKE AUSTRALIA MODEL, VERY VERY RARE  MINT CONDITION, 4838 KILOMETERS FROM NEW TERMIGNONI EXHAUST, CLEAN CALIFORNIA TITLE, THESE BIKES NEVER EVER COME UP FOR SALE BEYOND RARE AND EXCLUSIVE, DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY !!! BIKE NEEDS NOTHING READY TO RACE OR BLAST DOWN THE STREET   

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Though the rarity of this machine is off the charts, Magni’s sons continue to design and fabricate Guzzi and MV-based bikes.  Bulletproof mechanicals and still-available special parts are a nice combination.  A new owner could take the Australia for track days or vintage races without undue worry.  Or set it up for DMV inspection and have a great Sunday…

-donn

Race Trim – 1994 Magni Australia
Moto Guzzi September 28, 2016 posted by

Getting the Shaft: 1996 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale

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Shaft drive has well-known advantages in terms of maintenance and reliability but is rarely seen in the sportbike world as it limits gearing choices and generally adds too much weight to a bike like this Moto Guzzi Daytona Racing. In a world where every ounce counts and bikes are pared to the bone, sacrificing durability for agility, a driveshaft seems a step backwards. But although they played around with a chain-drive, liquid-cooled, v-twin to rival Ducati prior to their purchase by the Piaggio Group, Moto Guzzi was generally happy to just stay afloat and were often forced to work with what they had. Given their financial limitations, they have managed to develop the system to a very high level.

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Guzzi was stuck with the durable, but very clunky and outdated five-speed transmission but, in the Daytona, they curbed some of the more intrusive shaft-jacking by using a parallelogram rear suspension, although you’ll still feel the rotational forces of the longitudinal crankshaft as you power out of turns or rev the bike at a stoplight. Because of course you’ll rev the bike at stoplights: Moto Guzzi’s big v-twins are some of the very best-sounding twins on the planet, especially when fitted with a freer-flowing exhaust. The four-valve engine has “OHC” cast into those valve covers, but it’s not really “overhead” and more “high cam” as the cams operate the eight valves via a system of short pushrods and rockers, a system that offered the best of both worlds, with compact dimensions and good high-rpm breathing.

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A bit of a bridge between the earlier Daytona 1000 and the later RS, the “Racing” uses the earlier, hump-backed bodywork with some of the factory available engine hop-up parts. It was never officially available in the USA, as evinced by the odometer reading in kilometers. The seller claims this is is fitted with an 1100cc engine, but I believe all of the Daytonas had the 992cc engine, built to make it eligible for various race classes that limited twins to 1,000cc or less. Production of the Daytona stretched from 1992 to 1995 and saw a bit more than 1,000 examples built, with just 100 of the “Racing” version at the tail end of production for 1996.

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From the original eBay listing: 1996 Moto Guzzi Daytona Racing for Sale

1996 Moto Guzzi Daytona Racing, number 100 of 100 ever made 4 valve twin, mint condition. Rare Stay In Tune stainless steel exhaust system, new battery, recent fluid change and tune up, low mileage: 21,446km. Part of large collection that is being liquidated, 1100cc 4-valve twin, this bike is a joy to ride, we at buyer’s expense can ship worldwide. Clean, lien-free title, this is a no-issue bike that is beautiful and rare.

Bidding is up to 7,600 with the Reserve Not Met. No surprise there as sellers are generally looking to get at least $10,000 for nice examples, with one recent low-mileage bike selling for over $14,000! But more often, these Daytonas are a hard sell: they don’t meet their reserve or receive little attention from bidders. Mileage on this example is pretty low, especially for a Guzzi, with a little more than 13,000 miles worth of kilometers rolling under the wheels. The Staintune exhaust may be a bit too shiny for your taste, but they are a quality brand and those… less restrictive pipes should help make the big v-twin sound great and add a little bit more oomph.

-tad

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Getting the Shaft: 1996 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale
BMW September 21, 2016 posted by

Brave New World Squared – 1990-91 BMW K1

Mid-1980’s BMW was already planning around the end of the air-cooled era, and developed the 1-liter straight four for the K100.  Marketing naturally wanted pizazz, and the response was the 16-valve K1, with bodywork achieving an unheard-of 0.34 drag coefficient.  Controversial as all ground-breaking designs are, the K1 was fast if not quick, and gave BMW an updated and sporty image.

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1990  and 1991 BMW K1 for sale on eBay

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The rather car-like longitudinal four used in the K100 and K1 at least had the advantage of keeping the heavy parts low in the frame.  With lighter crankshaft and connecting rods, the 100 hp K1  suffered less from secondary vibrations which were a nuisance for the K100.  The bike used conventional front forks and an updated monoshock shaft drive rear.  Brakes were sized for the mission, with dual 305mm front disks and single 285mm rear.  Customary for the time, a 17-inch front tire helped turn-in with the 18-inch rear.

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But of course the elephant in the showroom was the 7-piece fairing set, for once not black with white pinstripes, but RED with yellow suspension and accents, also a nice Sapphire or Prussian blue or black with yellow graphics, and you could get gray with white graphics.  For sure a love-hate affair, the fairings did have some integral storage and allowed the K1 to achieve nearly 150 mph.

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Evidently a trade-in and given a good going over by the northeast flagship dealer, the “McDonalds” K1 looks great and should be ready to double or triple its 10,545 miles.  From the eBay auction:

Exceptionally clean and rare 1990 BMW K1 in Marrakech Red! This bike has low miles and is ready to ride. We did an extensive amount of work to this bike upon taking it in on trade. Paint is in beautiful shape. There are 2 small cracks along the lower front fender, common area to see on this particular model bike. Aside from that, the bike is in excellent shape, both mechanically and cosmetically.

Below is a list of work performed, for additional details, please contact us:

(1) PERFORM SAFETY CHECK INSPECT FLUID

(2) MIKE PUT 300 MILES ON IT

(3) RENEW INPUT SHAFT SEAL

(4) RENEW PINION SHAFT SEAL

(5) INSPECTION OF FLASHERS NOT WORKING

(6) RENEW FRONT BRAKE RESV SEAL

(7) INSPECTION OF INTAKE BOOT

(8) RETORQUE PIVOT BEARINGS

(9) RENEW FRONT AND REAR BRAKE FLUID

(10) RENEW MASTER CYLINDER

(12) RENEW ABS PUMP WITH CUST SUPPLIED PUMP

(13) REBUILD BRAKE CALIPERS

(14) RENEW FORK SEALS

(15) RENEW MAIN BEARING

(16) RENEW TIRES, FRONT AND REAR W/ MICHELIN PILOT ROAD 3

(17) RESEAL FRONT COVER; LEAKING

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This grey edition was also recently refurbished by a long-time fan.  Rather a rider with 45,000 miles, it has some classic BMW mods, such as conspicuity lights and fork gaiters.  From the eBay auction:

1991 BMW K-1. I purchased this K-1 last year and planned to keep and ride after doing a considerable maintenance. However, at my age 72, I have found the aggressive riding position is not fun for me. This K1 was not ridden much by the previous owner in the past ten years and needed some maintenance when I bought the bike. 

Some of the work completed:

Front and rear brake master cylinders were rebuilt.
All brake lines were replaced with Spieglier Stainless lines.
Both tires were replaced.
All fluids and filters replaced including the engine coolant, and fuel tank filter.
Spark Plugs replaced.
All engine and drive splines cleaned and lubed.
Rubber engine breather tube replaced.
Equipped with Throttle Meister throttle lock. Also has modification that activates the rear turn signals with the brake lights. Photo blaster front lights and Hyper rear brake lights.

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BMW was reigning in the power, fearing aggressive legislation, else the K1 could have had more than 100 ponies to play with.  The competition was unconcerned with staying under 100 hp, and produced machines that were lighter, more powerful, and way less expensive.  Still, the flagship K1 accomplished its goal, getting attention and drawing folks into the showroom, where the stealth colors, ABS, factory luggage, and tasteful graphics made more sense.  Sidling over toward sportier touring, plenty of K1’s have seen lots of miles, and paved the way for racier machines with marque race series like the R1100S.  These K1’s are again ready to carry the flag, at least in a classic-sport way…

-donn

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Brave New World Squared – 1990-91 BMW K1
Moto Guzzi September 20, 2016 posted by

Rolling Thunder: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale

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A sportbike powered by a 1064cc two-valve pushrod twin seems positively antediluvian in context and was absolutely outclassed by the competition even when new. But Moto Guzzi managed to take their rugged and very entertaining powertrain and fit it into their 1100 Sport that, while not cutting-edge, offered up charisma, handling, durability, and exclusivity. I’ve always been a huge fan of the looks and, unlike many of the earlier Tonti-framed bikes, prices on these have stayed pretty low so far, aside from the obviously collectible Daytona and RS models. If you’re into long sweepers and midrange grunt, these are pretty cool motorcycles.

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These are miles from “light and flickable” but, thanks to quality suspension at both ends and fundamentally correct geometry, they do handle. You just need to plan things out a bit more ahead of time and be very smooth. Fortunately, the Guzzi engine makes that fairly easy: the longitudinal v-twin, especially the two-valve model, is torque-rich and flexible, which is a very good thing because the antiquated five-speed gearbox is notoriously poor and likely a huge factor in the bike’s “agricultural” reputation.

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For years, even the sportiest Guzzis had very effective, but purist-offending linked brakes that saw the right hand lever operating one front caliper and the foot pedal operating the other front caliper and the rear, with a proportioning valve to control brake balance. The top-spec triple Brembos on the 1100 Sport were unlinked and had great feel and plenty of power, but braking performance is less than period rivals as those normally very effective stoppers had to haul the bike’s 487 pounds dry down from speed.

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So the Sport is too heavy to be a real sportbike and not comfortable enough to really be a tourer, although plenty of folks fit a set of Helibars and some soft luggage and do it anyway. Certainly the sound from the carbon cans should have the next owner actively seeking out every tunnel on their tour route. Guzzis are famously durable, the shaft-drive very low-maintenance, and basic valve-adjustments on the two-valve twin should be a snap, since you don’t even have to remove any bodywork to get to the heads…

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale

1552 km/ 2136 mi

Clean and clear NC title! Runs and rides great, normal wear and tear, ready to ride now and is in an EXCELLENT condition! The 1100 Sport is one of the very best looking models ever built by Moto Guzzi and is a REAL collectible motorcycle. This MOTO GUZZI 1100 Sport is part of an extensive Italian motorcycle collection at the moment and the previous owner was The Wisconsin Motorcycle Museum.

This is a European model and speedometer is in kph. Very low miles for the year model, original unmolested condition. Original paint with very few small chips. No dents.

No mechanical problems. Clutch and transmission in excellent condition. Drive shaft joints are perfect. Forks are not leaking and rear White Power shock is working very well. No leaks or dents in exhaust system. Period correct aftermarket performance carbon fiber mufflers. Not too loud, sounds fantastic.

New rear tire, front is good. Few chip marks on wheel rims from changing tires, no accident damage. See pictures.

Original scratch less screen.

Original toolkit included.

Fairly new battery.

This bike is ready for a cross country trip.

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Bidding is pretty slow so far, well below what I’ve seen these sell for, and mileage is very low for a Guzzi. The seller insists that, although it’s titled as a 1995, it is in fact a 1997 model. Guzzi was an early adopter of fuel injection on their roadbikes and the 1100 Sport had fuel-injection in 1996, so it looks like the seller is correct. An 18″ rear wheel would be a giveaway that it was the earlier, carbed bike as well.

The seller also believes it’s a European model, but I’d guess it’s more likely Canadian. Unfortunately, whatever its provenance, the bike has the US-friendly square headlamp that looks like it was shared with the Ducati 900SS of the period. That’s a shame since some Euro-spec models had the much slimmer trapezoidal unit that the designers obviously intended for the bike. If you didn’t know that different design existed, you’d probably never miss it. But once you’ve seen it, this headlight looks crude and awkward. If I bought one, I’d instantly begin a quest for the sleeker unit.

-tad

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Rolling Thunder: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale
Moto Guzzi August 1, 2016 posted by

Italian Unicorn: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale

Relisted from last November, with a 20% price reduction – Martin

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In the early 1990s, Moto Guzzi was trying to revitalize their staid image and appeal to a younger, more sporting audience. Famous Guzzi tuners Ghezzi and Brian were brought in to style the new top-shelf sportbike, and the result was a machine uncharacteristically elegant and modern, considering Guzzi’s products of the period. The MGS01 managed to look forwards and backwards at the same time: it was true sportbike that managed to be relatively lightweight while using a highly-developed version of their classic longitudinally-mounted v-twin and shaft drive.

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The bike used a bored-out version of the “high cam” eight-valve engine with Cosworth pistons and a 1225cc displacement, backed by the V11 Sport’s compact six-speed gearbox and shaft-drive. It put out a very healthy 121hp and a stump-pulling 83lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, although it was far lighter than other Guzzis being built at the time, the 420lb dry weight was still pretty portly when compared to its rivals.

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Intended as a track day toy and gentleman’s racer, it wasn’t light enough or powerful enough to really compete against the Ducatis and Japanese inline-fours on track, and sourcing bodywork and parts should you crash could be a serious headache. It’s just a shame that the promised roadbike production never materialized: Guzzis typically take a serious dive in the used market, but I could imagine that this one might have held its value…

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale (LINK UPDATE FOR RELIST)

One of the most beautiful bikes ever made. Italian art at its best…

Extremely rare 1 of 50 produced only 7 ever imported into the US by Moto Guzzi.

This bike was bought new in 2004 in California by a collector for display only.

Bike is still on the original MSO. I have all the original sales documents, original red Moto Guzzi bike cover. Everything that came with the bike new. I still have the original side of the Moto Guzzi crate.

A very rare opportunity to purchase an extremely rare exotic, will only appreciate. You can purchase to ride or display in your office or wherever. Hard assets like this are much better and safer than the market.

Can be viewed anytime in Las Vegas, Nevada by appointment.

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Not sure I’d take financial advice from someone trying to sell me a motorcycle, and I’m really not sure that using a rare motorcycle as a part of your retirement planning is exactly good advice anyway, but regardless: this is a very special motorcycle, and I certainly wouldn’t argue with his claim that it’s one of the most beautiful bikes ever made.

The question is: “Is the MGS01 $60,000 80,000 beautiful?” Because that’s what the seller is asking for this well-preserved, virtually unused example. Opinions on production numbers vary a bit, but whether it was 50 or 100 or 150, you’re very unlikely to see another for sale anytime soon.

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Italian Unicorn: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale
BMW July 4, 2016 posted by

What If ? – 2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto

BMW developed three variants of their HP model – enduro, sport, and motard, in that order.  Each has the 4-valve 1170 cc engine, blue trellis frame, and two-bike price tag – but strangely without BMW’s Telelever front suspension.  The Megamoto is more similar to the enduro, with the step-stool-required seat height but smaller front wheel and chassis tuned for turn-in.  A solution in search of a problem sure, but in a big fun way.

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2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto for sale on eBay

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The HP2 engine is the culmination of BMW’s near century of air/oil-cooled boxer-twin development, the blueprinting with exotic materials helping dual overhead cams deliver 105 hp and 85 ft.-lbs. torque.  45mm upside-down forks complement the more usual BMW Paralever shaft drive rear, this time with Öhlins damper.  BMW’s own brakes are dual 305mm fronts with 265 mm rear.  ABS was available but not seeing it on this bike.  Bodywork is reveals more than it covers, but the bikini fairing and tank cover are nicely detailed.  Smashing forged wheels are finished in blue.

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Without even break-in miles, this is an as-new HP2.  Maybe dump the fuel, put some fuel system treatment in the fresh tank, change the oil and brake fluid, and off you go.  The owner added Touratech travel cases but you can leave them in the garage and the racks don’t hurt the looks badly.  From the eBay auction:

Only one owner; always stored in a dry and warm garage. Used once. Incredibly low mileage. Good as new. No other bike like it on the market right now (with that mileage).

Comes with a few spare parts and accessories(pictures will be added once we sort the parts and accessories out.

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For those who think a water cooling system is needless complexity or just un-BMW, the HP2 in any variant is the final word.  A little too much for an actual urban gymkana, the oversized motards from BMW, Ducati, and KTM have faded from the spotlight.  But if you were a huge BMW fan, and a very skilled rider, this almost unused and quite rare Megamoto might be just the thing for local riding.

Happy Independence Day !  -donn

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What If ? – 2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto