While Craigslist sorts itself out and all the aggregators figure out how to get past the lawyers,I’m not going to do as much advertising,but I thought I’d talk about collecting and motorcycle collection management. Look for a few more articles in the upcoming days.
If you had your ultimate motorcycle collection and could only have ten bikes,what would they be and why?
- Gilera Saturno
- Pre-War Moto Guzzi Single
- Parilla 250 (Got that one!)
- Moto Guzzi V7 Sport (Drum Brake Model)
- F.B. Mondial 200X
- Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport (Drum Brake Model)
- Velocette Venom (Late 60s)
- Flying Merkel
- Moto Morini Tresette
- Laverda 750S
Ok. You don’t see a Vincent or a Brough. I’m not in the mood to be the custodian of a bike with that much heritage simply because riding it and living with it would be a complete pain in the butt after awhile. The Velocette represents the best of British Engineering and quirkiness,plus they are just too damned beautiful.
The Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is just the best damned looking naked there is,unless you like the Laverda. The Morinis represent the best of Italy from the 1950s and 1970s. The SetteBello is possibly the best Giro bike to have,and the 3 1/2 is probably the best bike built between 1970 and 2000 (I’ll argue that point!)
1947 Gilera Sport
The Parilla is just amazing and I can prove it. The Mondial is the bike that inspired Honda,and if you’ve ever heard one running…
Flying Merkel –Just soooo choice.Runners up? Ariel Square Four,Knucklehead,Indian Scout,BSA Rocket/Lightning,Gilera 175SS,Guzzi Falcone,Guzzi LeMans I,Ducati 750s,Norton Atlas,Pre-1960 BSA Gold Star,Guzzi Eldorado Cop model,Matchless G50…
What’s your ten? Do they have to be original,or???Send pictures.
Another BSA 441. Lotsa Beezer stuff.
Ducati 200. Complete. $4200
Does everyone want 5 figures for half-restored Honda CLs? Really?
This bike was originally imported as a Laverda Jarama. It has been “upgraded to Jota”specs over the years and is for sale here on Craigslist. The bike is in Orange,CA.
This bike was taken apart when new and built with what was in-period state of the art equipment. Modifications include:
- hi-compression pistons
- Laverda 4/C cams
- Axtell-ported head
- 36mm Dellorto carbs
- modified and reinforced frame
- relocated (lowered) and lightweight battery
- custom-made rearsets
- floating rear brake
- custom-valved suspension
- N.O.S. Pirelli Phantoms
The bike is fresh and owner says it is a great runner. He’s owned it since 1979. Very low mileage reading 1473 miles.
The Craigslist in the San Francisco area (South Bay) shows this beautifully restored 1952 Royal Enfield.. The owner has sent me the url for the ad and would be excited for our readers to see it,so here it is in all its glory. What a pretty bike!
After many years in a private collection,this beautifully restored 1952 Royal Enfield has surfaced to find a new home. Spectacularly restored 20 years ago at the cost of more than $8,000 in 1990s dollars,the present owner purchased the bike off of the showroom floor at Mean Marshall’s in 1993!
This 500cc thumper served as the prototype for the eventual Indian Woodsman and Tomahawk that was marketed by Indian starting in 1955. Though by that time it had lost its cool lightweight alloy fenders and the gorgeous alloy headlight nacelle. Many Art Deco designs and lines can be found in this very cool old machine. The colors,polished alloy cases and especially the striped chrome rims really set this bike apart from a lot of the other bikes that one sees on display in your typical retail window,restaurant,or living room. With the economy doing what it has been doing,old vehicles are proving to be one of the more safer investments while providing wonderful eye candy in the interim. Priced to sell quickly @ $6800 trade/obo please call 510.214.5454 for an appointment for viewing and purchase. Thank you for your interest. Lots more documentation available from the Royal Enfield club in the UK as well upon request.
******* UPDATE!!! Today put in fresh gas and it started perfectly on the second kick!! Went right to a beautiful idle and once warmed up,wonderful!! This is truly one very fine machine! You’d better hurry if you want to add this bike to your collection! Priced to sell quickly @ $6800
Jeff,living just north of Detroit,has this gorgeous Rickman Honda from 1974 for sale. You just want to never stop looking at it. I’ll bet the ripping canvas sound from those pipes are awesome. Find it here on ebay.
This is the real deal. Imagine a Honda 750 motor in a frame/suspension setup that actually HANDLES? Real brakes? Crisp line in the corners? That honkin’exhaust out back?
1974 Rickman CR750 #4146G
You have the opportunity to own what may be the finest restored example of this iconic machine on the planet. This bike has undergone a complete 100% nut and bolt restoration by The Honda Doctor,Phil White. Phil’s Cycle opened their doors in 1967,and have serviced,customized and restored Honda motorcycles for 45 yrs. No time or expense was spared to make this into a beautiful museum quality bike,with the reliability of a Honda.
- Although the odometer reads 13,316 Miles,this is essentially a new bike with less than 50 shakedown miles The motor has been completely rebuilt.
- The motor has been disassembled,cases painted,and all bearings,seals,rings,and gaskets replaced with correct OEM Honda parts when available and with the highest quality replacement parts when OEM parts were unavailable.
- Carburetors have been rebuilt and all replaceable parts have been replaced.
- Cylinder head,cover and all shiny parts have been professionally polished to a mirror shine.
- The Rickman nickel frame,swingarm and center stand are in beautiful shape,with no damage,all nickel parts have been professionally polished to a mirror shine.
- All fasteners and hardware have been professionally zinc plated.
- The correct HM341 exhaust and headpipes are in like new condition,with no bumps,scrapes,scratches or damage.
- The original hubs and Borrani rims have been professionally polished,and the wheels have been re-laced,trued,and balanced;fresh rubber has been mounted.
- The original AP Lockheed brakes (calipers,master cylinders) have been rebuilt and restored to as new condition. any replaceable parts were replaced.
- The original Girling shocks are in beautiful shape.
- The original all fiberglass tank has been sealed with Caswell tank sealer to make it impervious to any modern fuel additives.
- The tank,side covers,seat,front fender,and fairing sports fresh new correct modern paint.
- The windshield is brand new and correct from Gustafsson’s.
- The seat/saddle is professionally upholstered in leather.
Although you probably won’t,there is no reason why you couldn’t ride this bike daily. Everything works exactly as it should. No disappointments!
I know Jeff. He’s the guy with this bike. I’ve been up to his place,and he has lots of just great stuff. Most excellent taste in bikes. At the moment,I hate Jeff,because he’s selling this bike. Not because he’s selling it,but because he’s selling it when I’m in between “buying times”. I talked with him extensively before he purchased this 1974 Moto Morini Strada and brought it home. It’s now on eBay here.
I had designs on this bike. It’s a great runner. It’s blue. It’s got the cool drum-brake setup.
- ll original except for carburetor air filters.
- headlight isnt working. I think the bulb is burned out.
- there is some rust on the original san remo chrome rims.
- no dents/dings or damage to tank,sidecovers,or stainless steel fenders.
- needs some polishing to make it really nice.
- paint is good,but not show quality.
- seat cover has detached from the seatpan in the rear. you’ll need to use some spray adhesive to re-attach it.
- some light rust on the original lafranconi mufflers,and the head pipes.
- paint it red and black,buy a bump seat,replace the cam with a sport cam,and put a 4ls front brake,and you’ll have a nice 3 1/2 drum brake sport. the only person that will know the difference is you.
- I have applied for a title,it should arrive in the next few weeks.
- ask questions. I can answer most any questions you may have.
I can hold the bike for a month after payment is received. I can work with you and your shipper,I can also recommend a shipper,or you can use uship.
This is nearly a 40yr old motorcycle,so there are no warranties.Please do not bid if you do not have the funds to purchase this bike.Bike is also advertised locally,so I retain the right to end the listing at anytime.
Buy this bike or not. Make me an offer on my V7 Classic. I’ll buy the Morini. This is a great bike and I hope it finds a good home! Jeff’s a good guy,straight shooter,and this is one helluva bike.
So few of these in the United States! This is an Early Production Moto Guzzi 750S is on eBay,from Moe at Cycle Garden in Hunington Beach (Los Angeles area). Moe is a very well known Moto Guzzi expert.
I’ve met Moe,and he’s the real deal. He states:
I am selling my very original 1973 Moto Guzzi Black/Red 750S,frame #14255 motor #033824. I believe this is one of the very first S models made. Still has a V7Sport ID tag,Guzzi changed to a VK1 prefix right after this was made. Euro Sports and S models did not have matching frame and motor #’s. I bought this machine in 1997 from Crea Vincenzo in Reggio Calabria in Northern Italy. when 750S models where not sought after yet,now the prices are going crazy.
This is an un-restored bike,very nice original condition. We put progressive shocks on her,and someone has changed the toolbox locks,this was done before I got it. Rear main seal drips and needs to be changed eventually,and seat does not like to sit flush with the frame,I would need to re-upholster to fix this issue,as the foam is so thin on this model. Front tire is ok but not great. It has the original 750cc motor,original starter,paint work is nice looking for original paint. it’s a great street bike,and fun as hell to ride. We have cleaned the bike up,and general maintenance over the last 14 years. This bike was on the cover and featured in MotoEuro magazine in 2006.
I can add a one year unlimited miles warranty on the drive train for an extra fee. Has current registration and insurance in California in my name. So easy Export! I use Kiwi shipping http://www.kiwishippingusa.com/contact.htm and or Western Shipping America 310-834-7899 for shipping to AUZ and NZ. I can deliver to LAX/LA Harbor area for free. Contact these shippers direct for quotes.
I can help arrange worldwide shipping!