Best Factory Headers: 1975 Honda CB400F w/ Don Vesco Cafe Kit

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This 1975 Honda CB400F (frame CB400F1031181) would be noteworthy even in fully stock form, as these were great machines with a smooth, 10,000+ rpm four-cylinder, precise handling, one of the first production 6-speed gearboxes and some of the most beautiful factory exhaust headers ever fitted to a street bike. Fortunately you can still see those pipes sticking out from the front of its Don Vesco Cafe Royal fairings, and the ad claims extensive cosmetic and mechanical restoration as well, including a full rebuild of the gem-like SOHC four. Find it here on eBay in Powell, Ohio with a $10,500 BIN. Special thanks to BaT reader PGN28 for this submission.

Best Factory Headers: 1975 Honda CB400F w/ Don Vesco Cafe Kit

Though awkwardly angled, over-exposed photos do it few favors, we’re sure this is a killer looking bike in person. Even stock they’re very attractive little bikes, and with a wet weight of just ~395 pounds, sharp handling, a fast-shifting 6-speed and a smooth, responsive 37 hp from a 408cc SOHC, eight-valve four, they were also real standouts in the small-displacment sports/commuter bike market of the era.

Best Factory Headers: 1975 Honda CB400F w/ Don Vesco Cafe Kit

Check out the leather pads and low bars, the latter of which are still relatively high compared to the seat, at least by modern sportsbike standards.

Best Factory Headers: 1975 Honda CB400F w/ Don Vesco Cafe Kit

Reads the ad: “All new paint, powder coating and chrome. Every single part was cleaned, remanufactured, rebuilt, replaced or painted to new condition. Mechanically the bike is like new with engine being completely rebuilt with pistons, rings, main bearings, gasket, grommets , etc. It starts easily and runs strong. All systems work with new tires, brakes and electrical systems work.”

Best Factory Headers: 1975 Honda CB400F w/ Don Vesco Cafe Kit

Here’s those headers we mentioned in the opening. It looks like someone’s fitted an aftermarket slip-on muffler, but those four sculptural pipes are bone-stock.

 

No Reserve: Restored 1975 Honda Z50A Mini Trail

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This 1975 Honda Z50A Mini Trail was recently restored and is powered by a four-stroke 49cc OHC single paired with a three-speed transmission. The project was completed in 2019 and included refinishing the frame, telescoping front fork, and wheels. New parts include the gas tank, seat, handlebars, tires, and more. Z50 off-road mini bikes were first released in the 1968 model for the American market, and by 1972 featured full suspension and front and rear lighting. This Honda Z50 Mini Trail is now offered by the selling dealer at no reserve in Seekonk, Massachusetts with a bill of sale.

No Reserve: Restored 1975 Honda Z50A Mini Trail

The AK6 variant of the Z50A was produced only in Candy Ruby Red. Trail Performance Coatings of Papillion, Nebraska reportedly media blasted and powder coated the frame, telescoping front fork, swingarm, and foot pegs during the restoration. Fasteners and both axles were zinc plated by Industrial Plating in Omaha. A new fuel tank was acquired and installed along with new decals. The chrome fenders were replaced, and a reproduction side cover and taillight were also installed.

The 8″ wheels were power coated silver and mounted with new Bridgestone Trail Wing 2 tires and tubes. The wheel hubs were also refinished and fitted with new bearings. The front and rear drum brakes received new shoes. The video above includes a walk around, restoration information, and an engine start.

No Reserve: Restored 1975 Honda Z50A Mini Trail

A new black vinyl seat was installed during the restoration and features the Honda logo embossed on the back.

No Reserve: Restored 1975 Honda Z50A Mini Trail

The handlebars, grips, and hand levers have also been replaced. The handlebars can fold down, making the bike more compact.

No Reserve: Restored 1975 Honda Z50A Mini Trail

The four-stroke 49cc single-cylinder engine features a single overhead camshaft and was rebuilt as part of the restoration. The block was vapor blasted and fitted with a new cylinder head, piston, and rings. The carburetor was rebuilt and installed along with a new ignition system, including a coil and NGK wires. The three-speed transmission features a centrifugal clutch, and the engine’s serial number (Z50AE-6002933) is reportedly correct for a 1975 Z50A.

No Reserve: 1981 Honda CB650-A

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This 1981 Honda CB650-A has been maintained by the selling dealer for the last two years and was recently taken in on trade. Power is provided by a 627cc SOHC inline-four with a 5-speed transmission. The carburetors were recently cleaned, and in preparation for sale the tires, drive chain, and spark plugs were replaced, the front brake fluid flushed, and an oil change performed. 24k miles are currently shown, of which the seller has added approximately 50. This CB650 is now offered by the selling dealer at no reserve with the owner’s manual, factory supplied tools, and a clean Wisconsin title.

No Reserve: 1981 Honda CB650-A

The tank and covers are finished in Cosmo Black Metallic with red and gold pin-striping. The center stand is reported to have a few paint chips and corrosion, and some scratches are noted on other surfaces. The hand grips and front turn signals have been replaced with replica items, and reproduction muffler tips have been fitted. Chrome wire-spoke wheels wear new tires.

No Reserve: 1981 Honda CB650-A

Instrumentation consists of an 85-mph speedometer and a 10k-rpm tachometer separated by the warning lights. The hydraulic front disc brake fluid was recently flushed, and the left side handlebar control housing has an amateur crack repair but is reported to still function. Just under 25k miles are currently shown on the odometer.

No Reserve: 1981 Honda CB650-A

The SOHC 627cc inline-four was factory-rated at 63 horsepower and is coupled to a 5-speed transmission. The selling dealer has performed a carburetor cleaning, and prior to offering the bike for sale replaced the spark plugs and drive chain. The oil was also changed, and the valve cover gasket is noted to have occasional oil seepage on the left side.

No Reserve: 1981 Honda CB650-A

The tool roll is missing, but the factory supplied tools and owner’s manual will be included. A walkaround video with the engine running can be seen below.

2014 BMW R nineT

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This 2014 BMW R nineT is a factory cafe racer-styled motorcycle that shows just 4k miles. Power is supplied by a 1,170cc boxer twin coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Modifications include an Akrapovic muffler, Remus header, crash guards, a leather tank cover, and custom upholstery. This R nineT is now being offered by the selling dealer with its removed stock parts, some service records, and a clean Oregon title.

2014 BMW R nineT

This example is finished in silver over a black tubular steel frame and features a cafe-style tail cover. A leather tank cover and crash guards from Unit Garage have been installed, along with an aftermarket rearset kit.

2014 BMW R nineT

The R nineT came standard with inverted telescopic forks, as well as Brembo disc brakes with multi-piston calipers and ABS. 17” wire spoke wheels are wrapped in Roadtec Z8 tires.

2014 BMW R nineT

The solo seat is trimmed in red leather with black piping and stitching. A custom LED light panel replaces the factory rear taillight and fender assembly, and a vertical license plate bracket has been added to the rear swingarm.

2014 BMW R nineT

Instrumentation includes a 150-mph speedometer, a tachometer with an 8,500-rpm redline, and a digital odometer that shows approximately 4k miles.

2014 BMW R nineT

The 1,170cc boxer-twin is air cooled and was factory-rated at 110 horsepower and 86 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheel, while a Remus exhaust header feeds an Akrapovic muffler. An oil change was recently performed per the selling dealer, and the removed stock parts are included in the sale.

1957 Ducati 175 Sport

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This 1957 Ducati 175 Sport was the first production model from the manufacturer to be equipped with a bevel-driven, overhead-cam engine and weighed just 229 pounds dry. This example was acquired by the selling dealer seven years ago and has since received rebuilds of both its engine and transmission. The bike is finished in a factory-style red and gold scheme and is equipped with a Giuliari seat, drum brakes, Pirelli tires, a contoured “jelly mold” fuel tank, and an electronic ignition conversion. This Ducati 175 is now offered on a bill of sale in Indiana with records of the engine rebuild.

1957 Ducati 175 Sport

The bike has been repainted in the current red-and-gold scheme and features a Giuliari tandem seat, peashooter-style exhaust, hydraulic telescopic front forks, and a “jelly mold” tank. It retains front and rear lighting along with a license plate mount.

1957 Ducati 175 Sport

Replacement exterior hardware includes the fuel tank cap, fuel tank badges, and taillamp assembly. The bike is equipped with mechanical drum brakes, and the wire-spoke wheels are fitted with Pirelli tires.

1957 Ducati 175 Sport

Controls are mounted to a set of low clip-on bars, and a steering friction damper is affixed to the upper triple clamp. The seller notes that the ignition switch and keys, handlebar switch, and rear brake switch were replaced under his ownership. The 100-mph speedometer features a five-digit odometer showing 70 miles, though true mileage is unknown.

1957 Ducati 175 Sport

The air-cooled 175cc single-cylinder is paired with a 4-speed transmission and chain drive to the rear wheel. The engine was factory-rated at 14 horsepower at 8k rpm. The seller commissioned an engine and transmission rebuild by Syd’s Cycles in St. Petersburg, Florida, which included the following:

  • Piston, rings, wrist pin, clips
  • Custom one-off cylinder sleeve
  • Big-end connecting rod rollers
  • Lower tower gears
  • Bearings
  • Gasket seal kit
  • Crankcase control valve
  • Electronic ignition conversion
  • 12-volt alternator, regulator and rectifier
  • 12-volt coil, bracket hardware, and ignition plug wires
  • Clutch plate and springs
  • Ignition switch and keys
  • Spark plug
  • Fuel petcock and line

A cold-start video is viewable above, and three riding videos are viewable below.

No Reserve: 1974 Bultaco Alpina

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This 1974 Bultaco Alpina was recently acquired by the selling dealer from a longterm owner who modified it as a street-legal trials bike. Power comes from a numbers-matching 326cc two-stroke single paired with a five-speed transmission, and modifications include smaller handlebars, an aftermarket fuel tank, front fender, and seat. The seller recommends a general inspection before returning this bike to the road or trail. This Alpina is offered at no reserve with the factory fuel tank and a clean California title.

No Reserve: 1974 Bultaco Alpina

The fuel tank and front fender are finished in blue and show several chips and scratches. The seller notes that the frame has been touched up and the wiring for both the headlight and tail light will need work. Wire-spoke wheels feature alloy rims with dual sport tires.

No Reserve: 1974 Bultaco Alpina

A vertically mounted license plate can be seen on the alloy rear fender. A compression release lever is affixed to the low rise handlebars, and the ball end of the front brake lever is noted to be broken. No speedometer is fitted, and the true mileage is unknown.

No Reserve: 1974 Bultaco Alpina

The numbers-matching 326cc piston-port two-stroke single was factory-rated at 21 horsepower and transfers drive through a five-speed transmission with right side shift. Not much is known of the early history and no service records are available so the seller recommends a professional inspection before any extended riding.

No Reserve: 1974 Bultaco Alpina

The factory fiberglass 2.6-gallon fuel tank will be included. A brief walk around and riding video is provided below.

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

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This 1942 Harley Davidson WLA engine is said to have been built for WW2, but “has never been removed from its crate.” The story goes that the 45ci V-twin comes from a large collection of early Indian and Harley parts recently put up for sale, and it remains untouched, fully assembled and even timed according to the ad. A few of the crate’s panels have been removed to aid photography, but the engine otherwise looks just as it did when first packed away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin more than 75 years ago. Find it here on eBay in Arden, North Carolina for $13,500 OBO.

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

Harley-Davidson produced the WLA during wartime and constructed them to meet military specifications. The WLA was based upon the civilian WL platform, from which it sourced a majority of its parts.

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

Through the forties and early fifties, Harley produced over 90,000 of these war-ready bikes, while also building up a massive spares cache adequate to build many thousands more. That said, there can’t be many NOS parts left in the late 20-teens, let alone full motors.

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

The engine at hand is a side-valve 45 cubic inch unit. Harley also made a variant for the Canadian military, called the WLC. A detuned version was used in the Servi-Car three-wheeler.

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-TwinWaiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

Compression ratio for WLA’s was dialed in at 5:1, and their 25 horsepower could power bikes to 65 miles per hour, achieved at a 4500 rpm redline while hand shifting through three speeds. A 6-volt battery and coil with circuit breaker runs the electrics.

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

We admire the fact that the seller has appeared to resist the temptation of opening up the crate fully to reveal all of the goodies inside. Just like tearing through wrapping paper on a Christmas morning as a kid, opening up this crate will be half the fun for the buyer. All parts and tags appear to be untampered with, and the seller goes on to say: “The box inside we are assuming is the carburetor.”

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

Provided paperwork gives instructions on how to remove the engine from the crate.

1939 BMW R61

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This 1939 BMW R61 is finished in black and powered by a numbers-matching 597cc opposed-twin paired with a 4-speed gearbox. The bike was reportedly brought to the US by a service member and was stored for many years before being recommissioned by the current owner in 2012. It has reportedly been driven thousands of miles since completion of the work, including roundtrip from Oregon to Monterey, California. Modifications include an R5 front end, an R69 seat, and a stainless steel exhaust system. This R61 is now offered on dealership consignment with spare parts and a clean Oregon title in the current owner’s name.

1939 BMW R61

The black paint shows its age, and close-up photos of the bodywork, fuel tank, and fenders are provided in the gallery. Hydraulic telescoping front forks from a BMW R5 have been installed.

1939 BMW R61

Additional equipment includes a stainless steel exhaust system, a seat from a BMW R69, and a horn from a Pre-A Porsche 356. The front wheel rim was replaced by the current owner, and the brake shoes were relined. A spare rear wheel rim and the original front rim accompanies the sale, along with a pair of unpainted front and rear fenders, though the seller notes that the license plate is not included.

1939 BMW R61

The speedometer gauge needle is broken, and the odometer currently indicates 13 miles, though total mileage is unknown. Several spare gauges, housings, and associated parts are included and pictured in the gallery below.

1939 BMW R61

The 597cc opposed-twin is linked with a 4-speed gearbox. The top end of the engine has reportedly been rebuilt with new rings, valves, and custom guides. Additional maintenance performed under current ownership is said to have included overhauling the carburetors with new sleeves and slides as well as the installation of a cloth-covered wiring harness.

1939 BMW R61

Engine stamping #604769 matches that on the chassis plate pictured in the gallery. A start-up video is presented below.

No Reserve: 1981 Honda CM200T Twinstar

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This 1981 Honda CM200T Twinstar was sold new by St. John’s Honda and shows just over 1,000 miles. The original owner reportedly passed away shortly after buying the bike, and it was subsequently stored in his widow’s basement through acquisition by the selling dealer in 2019. The bike is finished in Candy Bourgogne Red and powered by a 194cc two-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed transmission. The bike is offered by the selling dealer at no reserve with the factory tool roll, owner’s manual, and a clean Oregon title.

No Reserve: 1981 Honda CM200T Twinstar

The tank and side panels are finished in Candy Bourgogne Red contrasted by a black steel frame and chrome trim. A chip is pictured the left side of the fuel tank above the Honda badge, and close-up photos are provided of the finish, striping, badging, and underside of the fuel filler cover.

No Reserve: 1981 Honda CM200T Twinstar

The bike retains factory 17″ front and 16″ rear chrome spoked wire wheels fitted with Bridgestone Mag.Mopus tires, with an S701 at the rear and an L301 at the front.  Cadmium plating is shown on the spoke nipples, and the wheel rim stampings are pictured in the gallery below.

No Reserve: 1981 Honda CM200T Twinstar

Instrumentation consists of an 85-mph speedometer in the left-hand housing, with three indicator lights in the right-hand housing. The break-in maintenance sticker is intact on the speedometer face, and just over 1,000 miles are shown on the 5-digit odometer.

No Reserve: 1981 Honda CM200T Twinstar

The 194cc two-cylinder engine was rated at 16  horsepower when new, and is paired with a 4-speed transmission and chain drive.

No Reserve: 1981 Honda CM200T Twinstar

The factory tool kit, tool pouch, owner’s manual, and manual pouch are pictured above. A walk-around and ride video is viewable below.

No Reserve: 1975 Honda Trail 90

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This 1975 Honda Trail 90 was reportedly displayed in the showroom at Bob Lanphere’s Beaverton Honda in Oregon from 1999 until its acquisition by the selling dealer earlier this year. The bike is finished in red with a matching engine cover and fenders, and power comes from a four-stroke 89cc single coupled to a dual-range four-speed transmission with an automatic clutch. Additional equipment includes an auxiliary fuel tank, a parcel rack, and 17″ wire wheels. This CT90 is offered by the selling dealer at no reserve with an Oregon title.

No Reserve: 1975 Honda Trail 90

The red paint was reportedly touched up under the care of Bob Lanphere’s Beaverton Honda, and the trim and accessories were partially replaced according to the selling dealer. Fading is noted on the plastic center bar cover along with a dent in the front fender.

No Reserve: 1975 Honda Trail 90

The CT90 was an off-road variant of the Honda Cub that featured knobby tires and a parcel rack. This example features chrome 17″ wire-spoke wheels and tubed tires. A supplemental fuel tank and helmet lock are mounted on the left side.

No Reserve: 1975 Honda Trail 90

The black headlight shell holds a 60-mph speedometer as well as a five-digit odometer showing approximately 2,000 miles. A locking lever on the handlebars allows them to be rotated for storage and transportation. The seller states that the neutral indicator lamp is inoperable and the turn signals do not self-cancel.

No Reserve: 1975 Honda Trail 90

The four-stroke 89cc OHC single is paired with a four-speed semi-automatic transmission featuring high and low ranges. Engine and chassis numbers are shown in the gallery below.

No Reserve: 1975 Honda Trail 90

A period brochure is included in the sale. A walk-around video is provided below.