Posts by tag: six cylinder

Honda September 9, 2011 posted by

Lots of cylinders, not a lot of miles: 1979 Honda CBX

For Sale: 1979 Honda CBX with only 9 miles!

{Update: This bike sold before we could finish this post. Mike notes it went for $27k! The buy it now was $27k and we suspect it was sold for a similar number. -dc}

What you are looking at is perhaps one of the best preserved examples of a legend. The Honda CBX is larger than life – with six cylinders, 24 valves and practically its own area code. We have posted a few on RSBFS over the years, but never a first year model with so few miles. You’ve got to hand it to someone: this work of art was really purchased and displayed as a work of art. This bike is so cool we are also posting it over on CSBFS.

Admittedly, the first thing that caught my eye on this one was the price: $26,995 BIN (!) The opening ask was no-less astronimic at $25,995. I have NEVER seen a CBX drive that sort of money (normally these go in the $6-10k range), but then we don’t see many 32 year old motorcycles with NINE miles on the clock. Both must be some kind of record.

Every bike tells a story, and the seller has a lot of story to share on this one. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy!

From the seller:
This FIRST YEAR CBX is SPECTACULAR AND IS AVAILABLE FOR NEW MUSEUM OR COLLECTION AS ITS NEW HOME. LOOK VERY CLOSELY AT PHOTOS AS THIS MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST PERFECT CBX’S – PLEASE READ FULL DESCRIPTION. POSSIBLY THE MOST COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION VERIFYING ITS AUTHENTICITY – EVERY DOCUMENT FROM DEALER PURCHASE. FOR LAST 31 YEARS – STORED INSIDE CLIMATE CONTROLLED GREAT ROOM OF OWNERS HOME AS PART OF DUCATI COLLECTION.

DUE TO THIS IDEAL ENVIRONMENT – THIS CBX IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN NEARLY EVERY WAY. WHEN NEW – DEALER HAS INSTALLED RARE HONDA GP SPORT KIT HANDLEBAR ASSEMBLY AND FOOTPEG ASSEMBLY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN INVESTING IN THE CORRECT , COLLECTIBLE MOTORCYCLE – HERE ARE QUOTES FROM THE EXPERTS:

“DEVELOPED USING ENGINEERING PERFECTED DURING HONDA’S GRAN PRIX WARS OF THE 1960’S , THE ” OH MY GOD ” INLINE SIX WAS MEANT TO
SHOWCASE HONDA AS THE BUILDER OF THE BOLDEST , MOST ADVANCED MOTORCYCLE ON THE PLANET ” . – SPORT RIDER 1994

“REST ASSURED THAT YOU ARE BUYING A PIECE OF MODERN ART AND HISTORY ” . – MOTORCYCLIST MAGAZINE

“THE CBX IS AN IMMENSELY FLATTERING BIKE WITH PERFECT ELEGANCE AND TOTAL CLASS , AND
HISTORY WILL RANK IT WITH THOSE RARE AND PRECIOUS MOTORCYCLES WHICH WILL NEVER , EVER BE FORGOTTEN” . – CYCLE MAGAZINE

HISTORY AS EXPLAINED FROM OWNER WITH DOCUMENTATION
LAS VEGAS RESIDENT WENT TO GLENDALE CALIF AND PURCHASED FROM GEORGE DYE MOTORS ON 6-9-1980. DEALER INSTALLED GP KIT – BARS AND FOOTPEGS. BIKE WAS THEN TRAILERED BACK TO LAS VEGAS AND WAS NEVER RIDDEN BY OWNER – HE PREPPED IT FOR STORAGE THEN ROLLED IT INTO THE GREAT ROOM OF HIS HOME [ IN LOW HUMIDITY NEVADA WITH TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED INTERIOR ] BECOMING A PART OF HIS EXISTING DUCATI COLLECTION FOR 31 YEARS .

HE KNEW I WAS INTERESTED IN THE BIKE FOR MANY YEARS AND WHEN HE DECIDED TO THIN
HIS NON-DUCATI BIKES , I PURCHASED TWO BIKES FROM HIM IN MARCH 2011. EVALUATING THE PROPER METHOD , I CHANGED THE PLUGS,OIL & FILTER THEN PRIMED OIL PUMP AND OIL PASSAGES PREPARING TO BRING IT BACK TO LIFE .USING AN AUXILIARY BATTERY AND FUEL SOURCE,
ALL SIX HEADPIPES BECAME WARM . ENGINE SOUND EXCELLENT AND QUIET . I THEN DRAINED FLOAT BOWLS AND PREPARRED FOR STORAGE AGAIN. CBX IS NOW ON DISPLAY IN MY HOUSE .

DOCUMENTATION TO BE INCLUDED WITH CBX – SEE PHOTOS OF DOCUMENTATION
ORIGINAL CALIFORNIA TITLE WHEN PURCHASED NEW SHOWING CORRECT FRAME AND ENGINE SERIAL NUMBER . FRAME # IS 18125 AND ENGINE IS 18251 AND MATCHES TITLE . #’S ARE CLOSE AND CORRECT AS THE DID NOT MATCH [ ENGINE # WILL NEARLY ALWAYS BE SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN FRAME # ] . SALES RECEIPT FROM GEORGE DYE MOTORS FOR $ 3816 OUT THE DOOR !!!! RECEIPT FOR HONDA GP KIT FOR $ 249 INCLUDING PARTS AND LABOR !!! HONDA OWNERS I.D. CARD . CALIFORNIA NEW VEHICLE TEMP I.D. GEORGE DYE “SET UP CHECKLIST ” WHEN BIKE WAS ASSEMBLED FROM CRATE . ACTUAL HONDA WARRANTY CERTIFICATE . *** BLUE AND YELLOW CALIFORNIA LICENSE PLATE – STILL IN MANILLA ENVELOPE IN WHICH IT WAS MAILED . NEVER REMOVED OR MOUNTED AND STILL HAS THE DECALS IN PLASTIC WRAPPER & TAPED TO PLATE *** .

DUE TO THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT WHICH THIS BIKE WAS KEPT , IT HAS NOT AGED AT ALL !!!
ALL RUBBER AND PLASTIC IS NEAR PERFECT – NO WEATHERING OR DRY CRACKING OF ANY OF RUBBER.
EVEN THE ORIGINAL DUNLOP GOLD SEAL TIRES HAVE NO WEATHER/DRY CRACKING- AMAZING !!!

THREE NOTED IMPERFECTIONS ON BIKE –
TWO SMALL BUBBLES UNDER PINSTRIPING ON TOP OF TANK AND
TWO PINHEAD SIZED NICKS BELOW FUEL CAP – SEE PHOTOS .
ALSO FUEL TANK IS NOT RUSTY INSIDE BUT IT DOES HAVE A MUD – TYPE COATING INSIDE FROM DRIED FUEL ?? BUT NOT A CONCERN AS CAP SEALS TIGHTLY WITHOUT ODOR AND THIS CBX WILL PROBABLY NOT BE RIDDEN . ONE CAN USE AN AUX TANK IF NEEDED OR HAVE TANK CLEANED INSIDE .

IF INTERESTED IN THIS MACHINE- I SUGGEST YOU CALL TO DISCUSS OFFER / DETAILS .

If you have nearly $27,000 burning a hole in your pocket and the need to fill some space in your house or museum, this might just be what you are after. Click the link to jump to the auction and pour over the high resolution pictures. It is undoubtedly gorgeous and well preserved. The seller is obviously passionate about the bike, and you could certainly do worse than a 9 mile CBX. For the rest of us without that kind of cash – is this really the going rate??

Lucky for you, I found a second very low mileage CBX!

For Sale: 1979 Honda CBX with 976 miles

So maybe you didn’t like the silver CBX. Here we have a red one, same year, with only a few more miles. Less than 1,000 miles for a 1979 model is incredible, and this bike looks brand new. The seller has all of the paperwork including the original box!

This is definitely another great looking machine – albeit one that has been used a little (as it should). The amazing thing to me is that while the nine mile bike above has thus far had zero bids, this bike is now up to $18,100 with very heavy bidding – and a reserve still in place. I have never seen a CBX go for that kind of money – much less two of them!

As stated above, every bike tells a story. Interestingly enough, the fewer the miles the bigger the story! The seller of this red CBX provides some detail on this beauty.

From the seller (CBX #2)
I bought this 1979 Honda CBX Super Sport new from “Cycles of Boulder” in Boulder, Colorado on July 19, 1980. After seeing the bike in the cycle magazines of the day, I immediately wanted one, not so much to ride everyday, but to collect and preserve. Unfortuately, I could not afford one when they were first released so I thought my dream of buying one new was gone until the sales manager at Cycles of Boulder, a friend of the family, told me there were still some left in the Honda warehouse in California as of July first and they had lowered the price on them. All that remained was to choose the color. Since the dealer said there were only a few red ones available, I ordered the “Candy Red” instead of the silver since I figured they were rarer and more collectable.

I have only put 976 miles on the CBX since I purchased it. These have been easy, “break in” miles which I put on over the years in order to keep the engine seals, bearings, cylinder walls, and so on from going bad from just sitting. The bike has always been covered in the garage. With the exception of oil changes, draining and refilling the gas tank every year, and replacing the battery, the Honda has never had a wrench on it. I have always used Honda brand oil and filters. Stabil was added to the gas and I filled the tank to the brim to prevent rust. OEM Yuasa batteries have been used with the last one being replaced about 6 months ago. The Super Sport has never been dropped, never driven hard, never riden in the rain or even washed, and never modified in any way. It is as close to buying one new as you are likely to find.

I kept all paperwork for the CBX including the owner’s manual, warranty booklet, owner’s ID card, pre-delivery check list, sales contract and both keys. In addition, I asked the dealer to give me part of the crate for the bike which can be seen in the first photo. There are very few “defects” on the Honda that I am aware of. The tachometer is somewhat slow to respond when you first start to ride but it gets better with use and the speedometer will sometimes be noisy. Both of these problems are due to the lubricant inside them getting dry and most original CBX’s will do this am I told. The alternator also makes the ocassional noise that CBX’s are known to make. Finally, I recently noticed that the rear brake master cylinder is leaking and will need to be rebuilt. Rebuild kits are readily available and inexpensive.

It is hard for me to sell the Honda after all these years but situations change and if I can find someone to care for it as I have, I will let it go. I would really prefer that the CBX goes to a collector or to a museum as it is just too nice to be someones driver or, God forbid, modified after all the pains I have taken to keep it like new.

This auction is also going on right now, and if you think you can top the $18,100 current bid, click the link and jump over to the auction. There are also plenty of additional photos to peruse.

I hope you have enjoyed these 12 cylinders of madness. The CBX is really an amazing motorcycle for the time, and is still very imposing today. Should these bikes sell, they will set a high water mark for CBX values – and possibly pull up some of the more used machines available. Silver or Red – take your pick and good luck!

MI

Benelli August 1, 2011 posted by

Six Shooter: 1988 Benelli 900 Sei Seria 4

For Sale: 1988 Benelli 900 Sei Seria 4

Located in Kiel, Germany is this wonderful Benelli Sei. If one needed any more proof that the Italians have a style all their own, this must surely be it. Six cylinders, six exhaust pipes, miles of chrome and some neat technological tricks, the Benelli was briefly atop the world in terms of technical sophistication – beating even the mighty Honda. Alas production issues and problems with quality ensued, and the oldest motorcycle factory in Europe (established in 1911) was sold off to Moto Guzzi. The fall did not end there, however, as the Benelli name is currently under control of the Chinese Qianjiang Group.

From the seller:
Hallo,

I’m owner of an Benelli 900 Sei of the last build Seria. The cycle is rebuild with new clutch, piston, camshaft, tires, brake and with an special for the 900 Sei 6-6 exhaust-system from “UK-Exhaust. It’s not the 6-6 from the 750 Sei, it’s specialy build only for the 900!!! The origen exhaust-system in black-chrome belongs to the cycle too.

I think, the transportation in container will cost 1.000 Dollar, but I dont know it exactly at this time. I will have a start price for the Benelli with 13.500 Dollar.

The six-cylinder format devised by Benelli – with the alternator placed behind the cylinders rather at the end of the crank – was originally offered in 750cc. Reports indicate that fewer than 2,000 of the 900cc bikes were produced, and far fewer than that of the final model run. Note that this is a 1988 model, the same year the Benelli plants at Pesaro were sold off, and Benelli was absorbed by Moto Guzzi to form Guzzi Benelli Moto S.p.A. This bike is really the end of an era.

The seller has priced the bike at $13,500 – an seemingly large sum for a Sei. And given such little information about the bike (likely due to lack of English language skills), the opening ask is more about the opportunity to find out more. There are some decent pictures from the seller, but buyers interested in this rare piece of motorcycling history will certainly want to request more.

For your chance to inquiry about this unique Italian superbike, click the link and jump over to the auction. And if you find out more information about this rare beast, be sure and check back and let us know. Good Luck!

MI