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BMW January 12, 2016 posted by

Time-Capsule Space Ship: 1993 BMW K1 for Sale

1993 BMW K1 L Side Front

A flawed motorcycle that nevertheless succeeded in its intended mission, BMW’s radical K1 was tasked with changing public perception of the slightly stodgy brand and, although it didn’t actually sell particularly well, it certainly managed to send the brand off in a new direction. A bit too futuristically-styled, and possibly a bit too ambitious in terms of technology, it certainly shook things up for BMW, and it also helped them prepare for stricter emissions requirements that were in the pipeline, something their airhead flat twin wouldn’t be capable of meeting. The K100’s liquid-cooled inline four and offshoot triple found in the K75 would make that much easier, and a sportier version for the four found its way into the K1.

1993 BMW K1 R Side

While a liquid-cooled inline four sounds pretty conventional, BMW of course had to do it their own way, and the long-stroke, Bosch-injected, longitudinally-mounted engine was laid-over on its side to keep the center of gravity low. This generally has the disadvantage of a pretty long wheelbase and the de rigueur telelever shaft drive is pretty heavy, but this was intended as a sport-touring machine, not a pure sportbike: with 516lbs to pull around, that torquey motor made for a bike that was reasonably fast, but certainly no road-burner.

1993 BMW K1 Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1993 BMW K1 for Sale

This bike came from the factory as pictured – special order Silk Blue with no K1 decals. This machine was professionally stored in a collectors climate controlled warehouse for over 20 years. I purchased the bike with 976 miles on it in January 2015. I have only put about 250 miles on the bike.

This machine is nearly perfect. One small V shape crack is shown on the pictures below. The ABS sensor also needs to be reset.

This is really a one of a kind motorcycle that is just about new in every sense.

1993 BMW K1 Rear Suspension

Unable to compete in the changing landscape of Japanese supersports in the early 90s, the bike was discontinued in ’93. It’s a bit of an odd duck today: it doesn’t offer much that appeals to traditional BMW enthusiasts with its inline four and very limited cargo capacity. The fairing panels are subject to cracking and the limited airflow means those bits of plastic can get very, very hot. And it’s not really very sporty compared to Japanese or Italian bikes of the period.

1993 BMW K1 Front Brakes

These certainly aren’t display pieces and, with prices relatively low, a nice K1 could make a pretty neat alternative for riders obsessed with quirky. However, with under 1,200 miles on the clock and a starting bid of over $10,000 this example is for collectors only. Most of the bikes were painted up in some pretty lurid red/yellow paint schemes, but this particular example is a very restrained, traditional blue that will probably help it appeal to BMW enthusiasts looking to complete their collections.

-tad

1993 BMW K1 L Side

Moto Guzzi November 16, 2015 posted by

Muscle Beach – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro Sport

Using the innovative Daytona 1000 engine, and occupying a more boulevard bike place in the line-up next to the 1100 Sport, Guzzi’s V10 Centauro was fun as a styling exercise and a powerful grocery getter.  Though the basis for the modern V-twin was designed in 1971 by Lino Tonti, a significant upgrade was made in the late 1980’s which resulted in the 4-valve single overhead cam engine.  The 1997-2000 model bridged the gap until the fuller line of 1100cc machines was ready for the showroom.

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1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro Sport for sale on eBay

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Actuating the four valves from a cam in the upper side of each cylinder head, and with fuel injection, the 992cc twin results in 95 hp and 65 ft-lbs. torque.  In a departure from their dual downtube, the V10 uses a tubular backbone frame with the engine serving as a stabilizing member.  Suspension recieved some attention with WP of the Netherlands supplying inverted forks, and monoshock for the shaft drive system.  Brembo supplied 320mm floating front brakes with 282mm rear.  The bodywork is a 90’s look back at the Le Mans, with small headlight fairing and chin spoiler in a bold two-tone arrangement, with the engine also finished in gray.

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Looking very good save some rash on the right head from what appears to have been a zero-speed tipover, this Centauro has a sorry 1,500 miles.  Head protectors should’ve prevented that but were possibly added afterward.  The only upgrade appears to be the polished Staintune exhaust.  Not much about the history is available but the California dealer says this in the eBay auction:

This bike is one of only roughly 3,600 made over a period of 1997-1999, only a fraction of that were imported into the U.S. making this a very unique cycle. It starts up, runs, and rides great. is equipped with a Staintune exhaust and a “chip” to remap the efi. The bike was a one owner bike before we acquired it. From what I can tell it is still on the original tires.

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20151116 1998 moto guzzi v10 centauro sport right rear wheel

A peculiar beauty, this half-man half-horse is a good one for Guzzi-sti or fans of Italian design.  There is even a fan site with a lot of good info.  Reviewed as a torquey, fun-to-ride powerhouse, the lean running of 1990’s EPA requirements have likely been solved by the aftermarket exhaust and chip.  Parked for too long to put right into service, the new owner will want to do all the rubber and fluids before departing.  If not for the track or cross-country, the Centauro is a pretty distinctive way to get around town…

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-donn

Muscle Beach – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro Sport
BMW November 11, 2015 posted by

Not-So-Heavyweight Contender – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

After the R1100S and the BoxerCup marque series faded into the German sunset ( and just before the introduction of the game-changing S1000RR ), BMW breathed some new life into the big opposed twin models with an additional 50-ish cc’s, four valves per cylinder, and a lot of advanced design work.  Leading off with the ground pounding HP2 Enduro in 2007, they followed in 2008 with a streetfighter and the HP2 Sport.  Without denying its sport-touring heritage, the HP2 Sport was BMW’s uncompromising track weapon.

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2008 BMW HP2 Sport for sale on eBay

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Hanging in the beautiful tubular frame as a stressed member, the 1170cc engine has dual overhead chain-driven cams responsible for 130 hp and 85 ft-lbs. torque.  The stainless exhausts make their way under the bike, away from the rider and up to a canister muffer in the tail.  Integrating the usual brackets in carbon fiber, the full fairing and seat subframe are self-supporting.  BMW’s Telelever front suspension has intrinsic anti-dive properties, and the rear Paralever encloses the driveshaft, both damped by fully adjustable Ohlins shock absorbers.

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Brembo radially mounted 320mm brakes are up front, with a 265mm disk at the rear.  Wide forged aluminum wheels are painted the bold blue of the frame.  Race-derived features such as the quick-shifter and digital dash complete the package.  The designers were able to bring the half-fuel weight in under 400 lbs., an achievement for any 1200cc bike, which pays dividends every ride.

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Looking very good for its 12,000 miles, the HP2 offered here appears stock except for bar-end mirrors.  Though ABS eventually was available, this early model could be considered more sporting.  The second owner is a collector thinning the herd, and states in the eBay auction:

For selling consideration i am offering this 08 Bmw HP2 Sport, is a very early model, no Abs.

i always wanted to own a Hp2 Sport because i have heard nothing but superlatives about the bike, loved the looks but couldn’t convinced myself to drop $19000 for a used one so i patiently waited until i got a fantastic deal, purchased as a package with few other bikes i ended up owning the bike i was waiting for.

i rode the bike all summer,put about 1000 miles on her,absolutely no problems,had a lot of fun,bike is just as advertised,gorgeous looking, loaded with high end components and the highest of german engineering at hearth. I am fortunate enough to own several bikes and this has to be up there with the prettiest of all.
I would consider the bike to be in Great condition, has minimal wear from riding almost 12000 miles, few small chips on the cylinder  heads covers, belly pan, has on crack in the clear coat on the front fairing, maybe the size of a dime. Is all stock, no modification or alterations, i went with a bar end mirror because the stock were useless.

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With its light weight, modern design and premium components, this is a pretty special Beemer.  The factory continued to send teams to endurance races, and though instantly eclipsed by the S1000RR, the big twin will always please fans of the marque, and surprise some with its performance.  BMW durability speaks to the value of this bike, a great rider with a lot of great rides left…

-donn

Not-So-Heavyweight Contender – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport
Moto Guzzi November 5, 2015 posted by

Improving the Breed – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

A dentist turned Moto Guzzi racer, Dr. John Wittner won several titles in the mid-1980’s, and lent his hard-earned expertise to the factory during the development of the 1000cc Daytona.  Along with some consulting from Raceco ( an English racing tuner that had worked on the exciting Daytona racing prototype ),  the collaboration produced the 4-valve 992cc V-twin along with a new frame design, and resulted in the Daytona 1000.

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1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

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Using four valves per cylinder but single overhead camshafts, the new Guzzi engine almost broke the 100 hp per liter mark with 95 hp, but electronic fuel injection ensures great flexibility under way.  Nice two-into-cat-into-two exhaust.  The new chassis connects to Marzocchi fully adjustable forks and progressive-linkage White Power monoshock rear.  With 64 ft-lbs. torque there’s no need for more than a five-speed transmission to turn the archetypal shaft drive.  Brakes are industry standard Brembo, 320mm dual front disks and 260mm rear.

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With only 4,400 miles, this Daytona has led a quiet life at the back of the garage, and looks great for it.  Substantially stock except for the Corbin solo seat, the owner also has a rare set of fairing lowers, though they are not pictured.  From the eBay auction:

For selling consideration i am offering my absolute favorite Moto Guzzi, 1993 Daytona V4, #26, purchased from the second owner, i had the bike in my possession for a while and recently i decided to sell, full serviced with new belts, fluids, oil but on original tires. This bike had seen minimum use and always kept indoors, is in Excellent condition and shows minimum wear , has the period correct LaFranconi pipes but original are mint and included with the sale. I have the manual and tools kit, service manual and most important the bike comes with lower fairings, unobtainable, these fairings were made by DeAgostini in Italy and are a perfect match, was told only 2 sets were ever made, not sure if is true but i have never seen another set. Bike starts easy and runs very well, everything works, i kept the bike on original tires but if someone would be interested to do some serious riding i’d recommend to replace with fresh rubber.

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Re-incarnating the long, stable Le Mans under the Daytona name, the 4-valve engine was discontinued after only a few years, but the nice-handling Daytona helped carry the marque to the turn of the century and the 1100cc engines.  The torquey drivetrains are long-wearing and this bike should be great to return to service.  Or you could leave the original tires on it, put it on display again, and preserve it for the next owner.  Either way, put those fairing lowers on and send us a picture…

-donn

Improving the Breed – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
MV Agusta May 9, 2015 posted by

Blue Chip Investment Italian: 1978 MV Agusta 750S America

1978 MV Agusta 750S America R Front

Like Ferrari, MV Agusta was a company that lived for racing. Road Ferraris, traditionally, were sold simply to subsidize their on-track efforts. But MV Agusta took things a step further: when they finally deigned to produce a roadgoing model, it was hobbled by hideous looks and power-sapping shaft drive. The later 750 looked good, but still featured that driveshaft that made it more suited to touring than track duty. This was supposedly to discourage privateers from buying a street MV and competing against the factory bikes. Italian bike specialist Magni makes a chain-drive conversion, so if you happen to own one of these, have access to a time machine, and possess the skills to go racing against Giacomo Agostini and Mike Hailwood, it’s something to keep in mind.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America L Fairing Detail

Until the Japanese Big Four flooded the market with cheap, reliable machines, inline four motorcycles were very exotic and considered the height of sophistication. And MV’s four was no Honda knock-off, with gear-driven cams and an overall width less than that of a CB400. A closer look reveals beautiful, sand-cast parts and quality construction not found on most machines of the period. Even the clumsy shaft drive features a beautiful, finned housing.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America Dash

The America upped the game with 787cc and 75hp, moving the gearshift to the left side of the bike to cater to a wider audience. While it was a competent handler, it was heavy and expensive, a bike better suited to showing off your peerless good taste than actually carving canyons.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America R Upper Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 1977 MV Agusta 750S America for Sale

ONLY 1,112 Miles, original paint, excellent condition and VERY RARE. 

Last owner had this since early 1980s-I have a picture of this title.

Included with this sale:

– 2 fairings      

– 3 sets of exhaust pipes

– Original tool kit

– New battery

– Spare New Marzocchi Shocks

– Riders manual, shop manual, MV Agusta Super profile book & various related literature

– Street & Race Air Cleaners

– Brembo & OE front calipers

– Bike runs EXCELLENT. However, it is currently on display in my home, therefore, there are no fluids in the bike.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America R Side Rear

Honestly, it’s pretty amazing that all those extra parts are included: bought separately, they’d probably add up to the cost of a second bike! The 750S is, quite literally, one of the most collectible bikes of the modern era, the bike that all the folks snapping up limited-edition F4’s are hoping their purchases will turn out to be. But this is the real deal, a proven blue-chip collectible bike whose value turns on heritage and rarity, not outright performance.

-tad

1978 MV Agusta 750S America L Side

 

Blue Chip Investment Italian: 1978 MV Agusta 750S America
BMW November 13, 2014 posted by

Silk Purse: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale

2008 BMW HP2 R Side Front

The BMW HP2 Sport sounds slightly insane in concept: take an air-cooled 180° twin with shaft-drive and an innovative suspension designed more for touring than sport, then throw as many high-spec parts at it as you can in a serious effort to make it as fast as possible. It’s sort of the Porsche 911 story, a triumph of development over design: it shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does. But, like the venerable ass-engined car from Stuttgart, the HP2 does work.

2008 BMW HP2 L Side Rear

Reviews lauded the handling, stability, and the useable power. BMW’s Telelever suspension has been accused of providing reduced steering feedback and can be a bit heavy, but allows for amazing stability on the brakes which, in this case, were very fierce monoblock Brembos.

The bike featured fully adjustable ergonomics, an exotic, self-supporting carbon-fiber seat/subframe unit, a quickshifter and high-spec suspension. New DOHC heads with radial valves first featured here and would later be expanded to other bikes in the range helped the bike rev to 9500rpm, making 128hp along the way, all in a package that weighed a claimed 392lbs dry.

2008 BMW HP2 Dash

In spite of appearances [see: “180° twin”], the HP2 has all the cornering clearance you’ll ever need on the road. On track, things can get scrape-y at race-pace as the heads touch down at extreme lean angles and the front wheel lifts… If you plan on racing yours, you may need to jack up the suspension slightly, or adjust your lines. Luckily, the bike’s extremely forgiving handling and grip should allow you to ride around this minor limitation.

Inertia in the shaft-drive means a slipper clutch is sorely missed as well. One is available through the aftermarket, but is a real pain to fit, since the transmission needs to be dropped.

2008 BMW HP2 Cockpit

In typical BMW style, the HP2 was expensive, but provided dead-reliable performance, although the bike’s racing legacy shines through in the titanium con-rod replacement suggested for the 30,000 mile service…

From the original eBay listing: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport for sale

Very clean 2008 HP2 Sport for sale. Non-ABS model with Ohlins suspension, lots of carbon fibre, and BMW OEM LED turn signals! Quickly becoming a collector bike. Not many of these were made. Very fun, sporty, responsive bike that sounds meaner than your average boxer. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Options/Accessories include:
Titanium exhaust
Forged HP race wheels
Ohlins suspension
Carbon fiber bodywork
BMW LED Turn Signals

2008 BMW HP2 R Head

This is available from a dealer, so you aren’t likely to get a screaming deal here. But it is rare, and these will likely be very collectible in years to come: only 2,260 were built and the list price new was over $25,000. With only 5,500 miles on the clock and only some minor cosmetic blemishes, this bike looks barely broken in. If you’re looking for an alternative to an “S” model Ducati superbike that you can actually ride without destroying your wrists and back, this would make an excellent choice.

-tad

2008 BMW HP2 L Side

Silk Purse: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale
Moto Guzzi November 23, 2011 posted by

Brand New: 2002 Moto Guzzi Le Mans V11

For Sale: 2002 Moto Guzzi Le Mans V11

While sitting and drinking my morning coffee (in my natty RSBFS coffee mug, ‘natch), I stumbled across this particular beauty. LeMans models are always interesting, but finding a 10 year old bike with only 3 delivery miles on it seems too good to be true. As it turns out, this bike was part of the stock of a Moto Guzzi dealership that closed its doors. A brand new V11 LeMans anyone?

Part of the charm of the Moto Guzzi brand is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Sure, there are some concessions to modern manufacturing methods and updated componentry, but the beast still beats to the tune of a transverse V-twin, air cooled with shaft final drive – the way Carlo Guzzi intended it; same as it ever was.

Moto Guzzi has been owned by a dizzying array of companies. Aside from the original purveyors of the M-G brand (Guzzi-Parodi, later renamed to Moto Guzzi), this famed Italian brand has been owned by a state controlled receiver, De Tomaso (of Pantera sports car fame, who also owned Benelli and Maserati at that time), Cagiva (who owned Ducati and Husqvarna), Aprillia and Piaggio. Such is the life of the longest continuously operational motorcycle brand in history.

From the seller:
Offered for sale by Sonny Angel. I am his son-in-law, selling bikes on his behalf. Sonny’s wife Chris passed away last month after a four year battle with cancer, and Sonny, now 86, is looking to retire from the motorcycle business. I will be listing several other bikes for sale, and all are available for viewing at his shop, Sonny Angel Motorcycles, in National City, California. Bike begin sold via dealership, subject to sales tax.

For sale is a 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans, with 3 original miles. Bike is brand new. Has no modifications or aftermarket parts. The bike has been displayed in Sonny’s shop since the day he purchased it. I could find no dings or scratches. There’s a light coating of dust, since mom’s loving hand stopped cleaning them several years ago. Still a beautiful bike for nearly 10 years old.


Early LeMans Series I bikes are bringing in big dollars these days. The later incarnation of the brand have held value better than many imports, but have certainly not risen in recent years. This, however, is a pretty unique opportunity to purchase what is essentially a brand new, never molested, LeMans V11. The opportunity alone is pretty rare – the fact that it is a cool and collectable model only adds to the charm.

This auction is going on now, and bidding has been strong. The current price is up to $5,200 with many interested bidders, and a reserve is still in place. I can’t imagine the reserve can be set much higher, but I would expect the price to continue to climb; rarity has its price, and a bike is only new once. For your chance to check out this Italian wonder, click the link and jump over to the auction. Be sure and tell ’em you found it on RSBFS!

MI

Moto Guzzi September 17, 2011 posted by

1980 Moto Guzzi LeMans II

For Sale: 1980 Moto Guzzi LeMans II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MI