Posts by tag: Vintage

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
Laverda November 17, 2014 posted by

Tangerine Dream: 1975 Laverda SFC for Sale

1975 Laverda SFC R Side

This Laverda SFC is bit of a throwback to another era, when you really could buy a motorcycle, ride it to the track, rip off the lights, and actually compete at the professional level. Sure, there are classes today that require bikes to be largely stock, but this Laverda is really more like the equivalent of a World SuperBike machine. With a headlight.

1975 Laverda SFC L Side Tailsection2

It’s just too bad that Laverda name-owners Piaggio don’t have room in their lineup for a revived Laverda. Their modern sporting range is taken up by Aprilia and their retro-sport line is all Guzzi, but I could see Laverda as a sort of Italian alternative to Triumph: practical, real-world sportbikes and standards with only a dash of nostalgia. It almost worked when they revived Laverda in the 1990’s. Unlike many of the other recent stabs at brand-revivification, the Zane-era bikes were actually affordable, and they still make for a pretty cool Ducati alternative. Down a bit on outright power, but with superlative handling.

1975 Laverda SFC Dash

Of course, you’ll get a lot of, “Laverda, who makes that?” at your local bike-night. But that’s okay. My personal experience is that only the very best kind of people know Laverda. I have a battered old Laverda t-shirt and it attracts attention everywhere I go. Random strangers approach me in restaurants, in the checkout line at the grocery store, even at IKEA to ask me about it.

So Laverda is gone, but not forgotten, and this 1975 SFC really helps to explain the love people have for the orange bikes from Breganze, Italy.

1975 Laverda SFC R Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1975 Laverda SFC 750 “Elettronico” for Sale

VIN 18300 Engine 18300

This is “the real thing”, numbers on the register and it is the rariest and most desiderable model of the serie, the “Elettronico” of 1975. On top of this it has a works race history being raced by Giuseppe Uberti Foppa (works Laverda rider listed also in the SFC register book) at the 500kms of Monza in 1975, with certification signed by him.

The bike was restored in the Factory in the early 80’s and kept as a jewel since, totally original genuine parts, even the fiberglass body, throttle, all small bits, no repro’s or nos.

Bike is “on the button” with even new tyres, showroom conditions. The best i have seen in the last 20 years! Bulletproof investment. Bike is currently located in Italy, 33080 Roveredo in Piano (Pordenone) but i can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem. We can supply US contact as reference.

Built between 1971 and 1976, the SFC or “Super Freni Competizione” was an homologation-special with an engine full of race-spec parts that pushed power to 80hp and road-legal lights and signals tacked on as a nod to streetability. Many SFC’s show up for sale with those parts packed away safely in a cardboard box…

1975 Laverda SFC R Grip

Not especially light, but very stable, the Laverda parallel twins were renowned for their durability. The 750cc engine featured five main bearings and parts not built by Laverda were sourced, regardless of origin, for their quality: Ceriani suspension, Bosch ignition, and Nippon-Denso electrics.

Only 549 were ever produced, making this one rare and very desirable machine, and the signature on the tail section and pristine condition only make it more so.

-tad

1975 Laverda SFC L Side

Tangerine Dream: 1975 Laverda SFC for Sale
Sport Bikes For Sale August 29, 2012 posted by

Vintage! 1978 Yamaha TZ250 GP bike

For Sale: 1978 Yamaha TZ250 racer

Our seller from Rimini, Italy is at it again – this time auctioning off this beautiful D spec TZ250. From the seller’s comments in the advert, it would appear that this bike (as well as the others we have posted from this seller) are coming out of a museum of some sort. All I can say is that these have all been beautiful machines.

The TZ250 was a privateer’s dream. Offered by Yamaha to aspiring racers, these bikes ran alongside factory riders astride somewhat similar machinery. The factory boys would always get the latest trick parts (not to mention factory support and boatloads of spares), but the privateer had the same basic equipment and platform. From there, many a professional racer was born.

From the seller:
YAMAHA GRAND PRIX TZ D 250 CC
COOLING WATER

YEAR 1978 ORIGINAL CONDITION
WORKS PERFECT
FULL RESTORATION

Like all of the bikes offered by this seller, the wording is terse and the pictures are few. What pictures we have show a nicely restored TZ250D. and something I sure wouldn’t mind taking out on my next track day. Hmmmm…. how long does it take to ship from Italy to the US? To see all the details on this one, click the link and jump over to the auction. This is one nice TZ!

MI

Harley Davidson May 22, 2012 posted by

Old School: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750TT Road Race Replica

For Sale: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750TT Road Race Replica

Here at RSBFS we generally stick with rare factory bikes; there are simply too many modified and hot-rodded machines out there to consider them all. Every once in a while we come across a custom build that is worthy of – or even better than – factory. This XR750TT replica build is clearly one of those cases. Even if you are not interested in the bike, check out the pics and enjoy the quality of this offering. You will not be disappointed.

Just because this mighty giant does not have factory paperwork does not mean it does not have real history. This very bike has been raced successfully in AHRMA and WERRA series, and has triumphed under the likes of none other than Jay Springsteen. If there is a guy that knows what a XR750 should feel like, I reckon that Jay is that man. Given that the bike looks killer, it is nice to know that it has the potential to run like it looks!

From the seller:
Here is one of the Hourglass Racing XR750TT racers that many of you have seen on the tracks over the years. It is, as all our race bikes are, in immaculate show winning condition. It is also ready for the track by adding oil and race gas. If you do a search on “Hourglass Racing” you will find a great deal of info on this bike.

In the last few years it has been raced in AHRMA and WERRA road races. The riders have included myself, Chuck Davis, Tim Joyce, and of course most famously three time AMA National Champion and Hall of Famer, Jay Springsteen. Every rider has won races on this bike, with multi-time AMRMA champion Tim Joyce and “Springer” being the most successful. It has also been ridden in practice and parade laps on tracks throughout the country by the following racers: Mert Lawill, Mark Brelsford, and most recently at Road Atlanta by Chris Carr. Several journalists have also ridden the bike for articles about what its like to race an XRTT.

The bike was NOT born at Harley Davidson. It was assembled using parts and pieces, bought, found, and fabricated by many friends who were interested in seeing one of these bikes compete once again on American race tracks. The bike was built in the Hourglass Racing shop, and always maintained by us. The XR750 engine was bought new in boxes from Harley, and built by Carl Patrick in Ohio. Carl has always done our engines, and in our opinion, there’s no one better anywhere with an XR engine. This engine has done a practice session at Barber but no races.

This is a race ready showpiece that can win on the track or in any show. To build a racer of this quality would cost in excess of 70K not including your time. We have built three of these racers over the years, and until now, never sold one. If you want to own a piece of art, that you can win on the track or at a show, this is your bike. To verify this info do an internet search on Hourglass Racing, XR750TT, and/or Springsteen.

Springer can pretty much win major events riding a moped held together with duct tape and zip ties, but his history on this bike must have an impact on the collectability and indication of performance of this amazing build. This looks to be choc-a-bloc with top notch componentry, and the fit and finish look far beyond that of the usual historic race bike.

All of this quality, performance and history does not come cheap – but then a base XR750 is a pricey foundation to start with. This auction is going on right now, and the seller has set a BIN of $45,000. I would think it would be very difficult to source all the parts at that sum, much less put it together into a working, effective racer. Throw in the documented history of riders, and you have a very complete package for vintage racing and collection at a relative bargain.

Here is a great video of Jay Springsteen racing against the late Gary Nixon. Jay is astride an Hourglass Racing HD (it might be this very bike), with Gary seated on a Triumph 750. Some great stuff from those legends.

For more info, click the link and jump over to the auction. Check it out and share your thoughts on this one, as I think you will agree it is an exceptional build indeed!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale December 6, 2011 posted by

1972 Yamaha TD3

For Sale: 1971 Yamaha TD3

This classic Yamaha TD3 was the forerunner to the TZ series of two stroke race bikes. The TD was essentially an over the counter, customer racer. If you had the funds, you could purchase one of these and be relatively competitive as a privateer. While not uncommon in the 1970s, finding a dealer-supplied race bike today is an entirely different proposition; it still happens, but is very rare.

This gorgeous, vintage bike shows all the “go fast” parts that were considered trick back when the Beatles were still alive and together. This lightweight, double leading shoe drum brake is a great example of top level gear for racebikes circa early ’70s. Many great names rode and developed TD3 race bikes, and you can read Ian’s excellent post on a Don Vesco machine previously posted on RSBFS HERE.

From the seller:
Yamaha TD3 1972
Very Good Condition

Motor DS7
990 / 117 Motor and Frame
Matching Numbers
Bore mm / Stroke 54
CC 247
Compression 7.60
BHP 49
RPM 10.500
Ignition CDI
Timing 2
Mikuni Carburetor VM 345c
Prim Drive 3.22
Final Drive 34.16
Fuel LT 23
Oil 1500 cc
105 KG Dry Weight

Front Brake Lever Brand New
Not on Bike, Included
Other Parts Included

Bought from Fritz Augustin
Painted by DeAngelo
Assembled by Rob Vaeth

Never Raced Since Rebuild

The TD3 is a parallel twin, 250cc aircooled two stroke. This is stone-age technology for which much knowledge exists. Common RD series hop up tricks apply here (the RD being the Road model, the TD being the Track model), and parts are readily available. As such, these are popular bikes for restorations and collections – the end result is a quintessential looking 250 GP bike with classic lines. With nearly 50 HP in a 230-ish pound package, performance is more than adequate for anyone wishing to ride the machine in anger.

This auction is going on now, and while the bidding has been strong the price remains low: only $6,100 (with reserve not met) at the time of this writing. While lacking the racing history and name recognition of the Vesco machine (which was bid up to $10k without meeting reserve), this bike should certainly go for more than the current $6k bid. For more pictures (including very hi-res pics) and details, click on the link and check out the auction. Good luck!

MI

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale February 13, 2011 posted by

1962 Yamaha YDS1R (YDS2R) Restored In Los Angeles

This is a great looking, restored, YDS1R race bike on eBay!

Bike:  1962 Yamaha YDS1R

Miles:  TMU

Price:  $18,500/Offer

Location:  West Los Angeles, California

What makes a bike collectible?  Well, being the first production road racer from a multi-world-championship-winning motorcycle manufacturer can’t hurt.  The YDS1R was Yamaha’s first production road race bike and based strongly on the factory example–and which also lead to the TD1.  The YDS1R was originally a kit intended to be fitted to a stock YDS1, the kit enabled the bike to produce 30hp with a top speed of just over 100mph but was also a serious race bike in terms of maintenance and tuning.  Yamaha later offered the YDS1R as a complete bike and followed it with a YDS2R before finally releasing the TD1.  Read more about the YDS1R here.

The bike for sale here looks to be in outstanding condition with a 1st place trophy from the now defunct Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance.  Here is what else they list in the ad:

Yamaha YDS1R for sale, Very rare Pre TD1 Road racer. Original Asama Road racer Gas tank,
1-1/2″ Yazaki racing tach, complete. ready for show.
Ordani racing brakes, (I have original Brake you can choice)
International shipping available.

I’ll admit, I don’t know a lot about these bikes but based on the date shouldn’t this be a YDS2R?  Any aficionados, please comment and put me straight! See the bike with .

AG

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale August 31, 2010 posted by

1974 Yamaha TZ250A Freshly Restored In Washington State

This is a freshly restored TZ250A from Washington on eBay!

Bike:  1974 Yamaha TZ250A

Location:  Camano Island, Washington

This TZ250A comes to us from the same seller who is parting with his RG500.  They appear to be liquidating quite the desirable motorcycle collection and I wouldn’t hesitate adding them to your favorite sellers list.

This TZ250 has been completely gone through with a fresh engine rebuild, new bodywork/paint, NOS rear shock, redone expansion chambers and a redone tank.  A small spares package is included.  This A model looks perfect with it’s wire wheels and large disc breaks, which were changed for discs on the C variant.  This should definitely be considered if you’re looking for a TZ to vintage race or just add to the collection.  See the other TZ250’s that have crossed our desks here.  See this bike on eBay with a $10k opening bid.

AG