1957 BSA DBD34 Gold Star

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This 1957 BSA DBD34 Gold Star was purchased by the seller seven years ago and subsequently restored by British motorcycle specialist Tim Bardsley of Ontario, Canada. Powered by a 500cc OHV single mated to a 4-speed transmission, the bike has reportedly been rebuilt to stock specifications, including new paint, refreshed chrome, and rebuilt mechanical systems. It has been used primarily as a display piece, and only 50 miles of the 23k indicated miles have been added since the restoration was completed. This BSA Gold Star is offered with a clean Florida title in the seller’s name. Produced for 25 years in both 350cc and 500cc variants, the Gold Star was used primarily for racing and dominated European TT races. It also won numerous road race, flat track, and off road competitions in the US. This example has been rebuilt in street trim and is finished in silver and black with chrome details. The paint, chrome, and upholstery were renewed as part of the restoration, with all fasteners cad plated as originally supplied. The chrome Dunlop rims wear a combination of a ribbed Avon Speedmaster on the front and a Dunlop K70 at the rear. While many Gold Stars were equipped with clip-on handlebars and rear-set foot controls, the seller has found them impractical for anything but the track, so this example is fitted with standard bars and controls for street use. Instrumentation consist of an 8k-rpm tachometer, an ammeter, and a 100-mph Smiths chronometric speedometer. 23k miles are shown on the odometer. The 500cc OHV single was rated at 40 horsepower from the factory and features an alloy barrel and cylinder head, as well as a 1.5″ Amal GP carburetor with a velocity stack. The 4-speed transmission shifts on the right side and transfers power to the rear wheel via chain drive. A manual compression release aids with kick starting, while a Lucas magneto provides the ignition and a Lucas generator powers the lights. No service records are available, the oil was changed and the magneto cleaned within the last year. Videos below show the bike running and parked.

6,400-Mile 2015 BMW F800GS Adventure

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This 2015 BMW F800GS Adventure shows 6,400 miles and is powered by a 798cc parallel twin paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The bike is equipped with the Fully Loaded package including ABS, LED fog lights, ESA suspension, and more. Headlamp and fog light guards are fitted along with pannier and tail bag mounts. New factory tires were installed in 2017, and an oil change was performed within the last few hundred miles according to the seller. This F800GS is offered with partial records and a clean California title. White fuel tank sides are contrasted by grey radiator farings, black plastics, and a black tubular frame. The bike is equipped with silver pannier mounts as well as a tail bag mount above the taillight. New factory-Style Heidenau all-terrain tires were installed in 2017. The bike is equipped with the Fully Loaded Package, which encompassed the Premium Package, Comfort Package, and Active Package and included ABS, stability control, heated grips, LED foglights, Electronic Suspension Adjustment, an onboard computer, and a center stand. Guards are installed on the headlamps and fog lights. Analog instrumentation includes a 160 mph speedometer and a tachometer with an 8,500 rpm redline, supplemented with a configurable digital display containing the odometer, gear indicator, fuel gauge, and other functions. The water-cooled 798cc vertical twin features four valves per cylinder and was factory rated at 77 horsepower when new. The 6-speed manual transmission sends power to the rear wheel via a conventional chain drive. The seller notes that only routine services have been performed, including a recent oil change. The inverted front telescopic fork features 9″ of suspension travel, with 8.5″ afforded by the rear swingarm. Brembo disc brakes are installed front and rear.

No Reserve: 1978 Honda CB550 “Cafe Overkill”

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This 1978 Honda CB550 was customized and named “Cafe Overkill” by Jeff Stephens of Godffery’s Garage in Burlington, Wisconsin. Powered by an air-cooled 550cc inline-four with a 5-speed transmission, the bike has been modified with polished aluminum bodywork, a custom-fabricated swingarm, oversized forks with dual disc brakes, Ducati fenders, and Akront wheels. The engine was reportedly rebuilt with a ported cylinder head, modified camshaft, electronic ignition, larger carburetors, and hydraulic clutch. This CB550 was acquired by the seller two years ago and is sold with a rear wheel stand and a clean Illinois title in the seller’s name. The bodywork is finished in polished aluminum with black accents, and the frame is powder coated in red. The fuel tank and seat pan are custom items from Benjie’s Cafe Racer, while the fenders and headlight are modified Ducati pieces. The headlight ears are cast aluminum, and a Lucas tail light was sourced from an unspecified 1950s British car. The handlebar base and gauge mounts were removed from the top triple clamp, and Telefix clip-on handlebars were fitted to the fork tubes. Instrumentation consists of a Honda Racing tachometer with LED warning lights built into the face. The clutch and brake master cylinders are Nissin radial items with the reservoirs hidden behind the headlight. No speedometer or odometer are present, though under 500 miles are believed to have been added since the build was completed. The front suspension features 50.4mm over fork tubes modified with CB450 external springs and a Tarozzi fork brace. The dual disc brakes were drilled and the brake adjusters removed from the fork lowers to allow free floating. Braided stainless steel brake lines are from Slingshot Cycles. A Daytona multi-setting steering damper has been fitted, and 18” Akront shouldered rims with stainless steel spokes wear Dunlop K81 tires. The rear swingarm was custom fabricated by Frame Crafters and features dual inboard gas shocks. Tarozzi rearsets are mounted on custom aircraft aluminum brackets. The rear brake plate has been drilled for ventilation, and the 4-into-2 stainless steel exhaust was fabricated by Benji’s with heel guards and billet aluminum clamps. Power comes from an air-cooled 550cc inline-four with a 5-speed transmission. The engine was reportedly overhauled as part of the build, though supporting records are unavailable. The seller can provide a detailed list of modifications performed, including: Ported cylinder head Web camshaft and valve springs DYNA electronic ignition and coils Engraved clear acrylic timing cover Keihin CR26 Carburetors with K&N filters Ported intake manifolds modified with balancing tubes Randakk’s oil filter adapter Yoyodyne hydraulic clutch Clutch cover vented with oil sight glass added Front sprocket cover vented with oil pressure gauge added Electrics relocated under seat Inverted Odyssey dry cell battery Pressure gauge added directly to oil pump Oil temperature gauge added to billet filler cap A walk-around video can be viewed below.

Black Plate 1966 Honda CB450

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This 1966 Honda CB450 has been with the current owner for 20 years and is believed to have remained in the Los Angeles area from new. Power is from 444cc parallel-twin mated to a 4-speed transmission, and an electronic ignition was installed in 2015 along with a new wiring harness, control cables, starter, and more. Finished in black and silver over a black frame, this CB450 is now being offered on behalf of the current owner with service records since 1998, a California black plate, and clean California title. The bike features silver painted fenders and a black tank with polished sides. Some paintwork has likely been carried out in the past, and larger scratches are pictured on the trailing edge of the front fender and on one of the fuel tank mounting feet. Smaller marks are described elsewhere. The seller notes that the black vinyl seat appears to be original, and the cover is affixed with rivets. The seat carries the Honda logo across the rear panel. The mirrors have been removed, though the bike retains factory lighting and mufflers. Note the California black plate from 1966 mounted out back. The speedometer and tachometer are contained in a single gauge pod which is integral to the headlight housing. 478 miles are shown on the vertical 5-digit odometer, though the true total is unknown The 444cc vertical-twin is paired with a 4-speed transmission and is equipped with dual 32mm carburetors. A recent compression test reportedly showed 160 psi in both cylinders. An electronic ignition conversion was performed in 2015, and a new starter was also added along with new cables for the throttle, clutch, front brake, speedometer, tachometer, and more as detailed in an attached invoice. Records since 1998 are pictured in the gallery below, and a reprinted copy of the owner’s manual is also included.

1970 Triumph Tiger 650

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This 1970 Triumph Tiger 650 was purchased new from Wilson’s Triumph in Fresno, California and acquired by the selling dealer eight months ago from a friend of his father. The bike is finished in Spring Gold and powered by an air-cooled 650cc parallel twin with a 4-speed transmission. The single Amal carburetor was sleeved in 2014, and a basic tune-up and oil change were performed within the last year. This Tiger is offered with a PDF of service records, narratives from two previous owners, and a clean New Jersey title. The tank and fender are finished in Spring Gold with black striping. Blemishes include chips on the frame, peeling of the factory-style decals, and corrosion on several fasteners. The stock rubber fork boots have been removed. Chrome wire wheels wear older Dunlop K70 tires. Smiths instrumentation consists of a 10,000 RPM tachometer, a 150 MPH speedometer, and a 5-diigt odometer showing approximately 5,200 miles. The headlight shell contains a Lucas ammeter, warning lights, and headlight switch. The air-cooled 650cc parallel twin is paired with 4-speed transmission featuring right-side shifting. Unlike the contemporary twin-carburetor Bonneville, the Tiger 650 used a single Amal carburetor, here resleeved by AH Motorsports in 2014. A tune-up and oil change were reportedly performed within the last year. The side-hinged seat gives access to the battery and oil tank. Minimal service records are available, though narratives from two previous owners will be provided to the new owner.

No Reserve: 1982 Yamaha XJ650

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This 1982 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim is powered by a 653cc DOHC 4-cylinder with a 5-speed transmission and was modified by a previous owner with a bobbed frame as well as a replacement seat, handlebars, instruments, shocks, and exhaust system. The bike was purchased by the seller a year and a half ago, and subsequent service at O’Hanlon Motorcycles in San Fransisco, California included a valve adjustment, carburetor rebuild, rewiring, and oil change as well as replacement of the valve cover gasket, intake manifolds, fuel hoses, fuse assembly, and relays. This XJ650 is offered at no reserve with recent records and a clean California title in the seller’s name. The fuel tank and front fender are finished in satin green, while the engine case, frame, and wheels are painted black. The rear fender has been removed and custom side covers fabricated from sheet plastic. Superbike-style handlebars wear bar-end mirrors, and adjustable gas shocks are fitted. The frame was cut behind the shock mounts, with the resulting openings filled with shotgun shells. An LED tail light is mounted below the custom seat, and the license plate has been relocated to an axle mounted bracket. The instruments have been replaced with a digital tachometer as well as a smaller 140-mph speedometer that houses an odometer showing 1,500 miles. Approximately 500 miles have been added by the seller, with total mileage unknown. The stock headlight is wired for only a low beam setting and is fitted with custom turn signals. The 653cc DOHC four produced 73 horsepower in stock form and transmits power through a 5-speed transmission with shaft drive. Work under current ownership included a valve adjustment, carburetor rebuild, and rewiring along with replacement of the valve cover gasket, intake manifolds, fuel hoses, fuse assembly, and relays. The seller mentions that as an air-cooled bike, extended rides will occasionally cause it to run hot and the RPMs will rise. Debris is also said to enter the fuel system when the fuel tap is in the reserve position. A 4-into-1 exhaust system flows into a megaphone muffler. The carburetors were re-jetted, calibrated, and synched for optimal performance with the exhaust. Records for the recent work will be included along with several from previous owners.  

1975 Yamaha DT 400B

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This 1975 Yamaha DT 400B was refurbished by the selling dealer’s shop over the past four years with new paint and plating, a rebuild of its 397cc 2-stroke single, new bearings for its 5-speed transmission, a rear end overhaul, machined stainless fasteners, and other subtle modifications. It has since been displayed at several shows including the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California to illustrate the capabilities of the seller’s shop. This DT400 is offered with build records and a California title. The frame and other components were reportedly stripped and epoxy coated before being refinished in PPG single-stage satin urethane. Surfacing primer and a sealer were used on the body panels, which were then repainted in Yamaha Yellow and silver using House of Kolor top and clear coats. The chrome was refreshed by Sherm’s Plating in Sacramento, and fasteners were replaced with stainless steel items machined to replicate the originals. The fuel tank and side covers wear custom-painted graphics in the style of the factory-applied decals. The seat was reupholstered over the existing foam, and rubber trim and seals were replaced. Instrumentation consists of a 100 mph speedometer and a 10k rpm tachometer with internal warning lights. Both gauges have been rebuilt with new faces, wiring, and cables. The odometer was reportedly zeroed and 57 miles have been added since. The mirrors and control cables were replaced, and wiring was routed through the handlebars. Power comes from an over-square 397cc 2-stroke single with a radial finned head and 32mm Mikuni carburetor. The engine was rebuilt from the crank up with components replaced, machined, or upgraded where appropriate. A recent break-in service included re-torquing of the fasteners and adjustment of the cables, chain, headset, and brakes. The swingarm was machined to accept bronze bushings with thrust washers, and the wheels were rebuilt with new spokes and Shinko Trail Wing tires. New brake shoes were fitted and arced to the drums, and the stock Thermal-Phase rear shocks were overhauled. Receipts from the rebuild process will be provided, and photos taken during the work are shown in the gallery below.

2008 Triumph Scrambler 865cc

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This 2008 Triumph Scrambler is powered by an 865cc parallel twin mated to a 5-speed gearbox and was reportedly modified when new with FCR 39mm flat-slide carburetors, upgraded front and rear suspension, a flat-track bar, aluminum wheels, custom trim, a suede seat, and more. This Scrambler shows just under 4k miles and is offered by the selling dealer in Oregon with a clean Texas title. The fuel tank is finished in red and white, and the rear fender has been cut down to a smaller size. A small dent and several scratches can be seen in the gallery below. An HID headlamp is fitted in front and an LED strip is installed in the rear. Number plates displaying “71” have been added to the front and sides. Adjustable preload caps and Race Tech cartridge emulators have been added to the front suspension, and Hagon adjustable shocks have been fitted at the rear. Excel aluminum wheels were powder coated in black and mounted with TXC 80 tires. Braking upgrades include a Pretech 6-piston caliper up front. A Mule stainless steel flat-track bar features custom aluminum and brass covers for the brake master cylinder and clutch. A single electronic Acewell gauge is fitted and the odometer shows just under 3,900 miles. The seat has been recovered in custom brown suede. The 865cc DOHC parallel twin features Keihin-FCR 39mm flat-slide carburetors with high-flow air cleaners. A high-flow petcock valve has also been added. A 5-speed gearbox sends power rearward through a 520 chain conversion with aluminum countershaft and rear sprockets. Heat shields protect the rider from the gold ceramic-coated exhaust piping.

BaT Event Coverage: 3600 Miles on Pre-1929 Bikes @ Motorcycle Cannonball

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We’re grateful to BaT reader wallyworldmt for the following photos of this year’s Motorcycle Cannonball, a grueling, fantastic sounding event for riders of bikes built before 1929. The route for 2018 stretched 3,600 miles between Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon, which would be quite a distance to cover on even a brand-new, fully-faired, heated-handgripped Honda Goldwing, let alone on a 100+ year-old single-cylinder, hard-tail, bone-shaker with a leather belt final drive and bicycle pedals for starting. Here’s what he had to say: “This year’s Motorcycle Cannonball, which ran from Portland ME to Portland OR, passed through Montana last week. These are all pre 1929 motorcycles and covered just over 3,600 miles in 15 days. The oldest bike was a 1909, which dropped out prior to Montana, but the oldest still running was a1911 (#9). Being from Montana, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to shoot some photographs.  I have enclosed a link to the photo shoot I did during their run from Billings, MT to Great Falls, MT last Wed. I thought it might make a good feature for the BaT readers. If of any interest, pick and choose any you would like to publish on the site. Thanks for your consideration.” We’ve included them all here, Wally. Thanks again not only for the excellent photos, but for putting another cool event on our radar screen too! Photo Gallery