No Reserve: 1968 BSA 441 Shooting Star

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This 1968 BSA Shooting Star resided in a private collection for approximately 29 years prior to the seller’s acquisition last year. Shortly after purchasing the bike, he installed two new tires, a new battery, and a new Amal carburetor. The charging system was also upgraded with a modern rectifier, and an estimated 80 miles have been added since the work was completed. Power is provided by a 441cc single mated to a four-speed gearbox, and this B44 is now being offered at no reserve with a clean California title in the seller’s name. Finished in Peony Red, the bike features a 4-gallon fuel tank and color-matching side covers. Pitting is evident in the original chrome, and the factory-applied decals and emblems are present. New foam has been installed underneath the seat cover. The fiberglass fuel tank remains uncoated, though the seller has only run the bike on ethanol-free fuel. New Avon Roadmaster tires and tubes were installed on the wire wheels last year. The 441cc OHV single is equipped with a new Amal Concentric carburetor and sends power through a four speed manual gearbox. Stamping B253 is visible on the left side of the engine case, and the seller’s riding video is shown below.

171-Mile Cruise Scooter: 1999 Honda CN250 Helix

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This 1999 Honda CN250 Helix is said to have had a single previous owner and just 171 miles from new. Condition looks very close to new throughout, including crisp digital instrument displays, an unmarred saddle and bright paint. With just ~20 HP from a liquid-cooled four-stroke 244cc single, it’s never going to be quick off the line, but these long-wheelbase scooters make for very comfy cruisers, and with a ~75 MPH top speed, should be able to keep up with traffic without too much trouble. We bet it’d be a hit at Radwood 4. Find it here on Craigslist near Chicago, Illinois for $2,500. Special thanks to BaT reader Ilya G. for this submission. Despite having been made on the cusp of the 21st century, these relatively late model CN250’s look essentially identical to the first model introduced in 1986. The seller admits to a few very small flaws from its time in storage, but condition really does look excellent throughout. There’s a locking trunk that will swallow a helmet in back, and these long-wheelbase, feet-forward style scooters are way more comfy to ride than smaller city commuter-style models, with more room to stretch out and a much smoother ride. Here’s a look at the cockpit, and the digital instrument cluster below. Note the odometer reading. The muffler shows some light signs of use, but that’s pretty much the extent of obvious wear for this scooter. We used to see these tucked in behind big RV’s, but this one’s condition suggests it never saw much sunlight–the seller doesn’t say, but we’d guess it spent most of the past ~20 years in a garage. Reads most of the ad: “You are looking at an all original one-owner 1999 Honda Helix 250 with 171 (not a typo) original miles. This scooter is basically in the same condition it was when it rolled off the showroom floor, with the exception of a couple very small nicks and scratches. It was just ran through our service center and got a thorough inspection to make sure it was ready to put on some more miles. The pictures speak for themselves, this scoot is ready to ride.”

1958 Gilera 150 Sport

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This 1958 Gilera 150 Sport was purchased by the seller 3 years ago after being inspired by similar motorcycles at the Best of France and Italy show in Los Angeles. Benefitting from an older restoration that still presents well, finishes and details have been carefully recreated. Powered by a 150cc 4-stroke single linked to a 4 speed transmission, this bike was purchased in running condition but has been used primarily as a decorative piece since and the owner can not vouch for it’s current mechanical condition. This Gilera is sold with a clean California title in the seller’s name. Produced from 1952-1960, the 150 Sport was one of Gilera’s most successful offerings that appealed to younger sportsmen and small bore racers. The paint and brightwork all appear in good condition and this example features factory clip-ons, alloy wheels, and aftermarket bar-end mirrors. The Veglia speedometer appears unrestored with a lightly faded dial and pitted bezel. 26K kilometers are shown (16K miles) but the true mileage is unknown. Details include factory correct decals throughout, Gilera script footpeg rubber, and folding alloy passenger pegs. The matching numbers 150cc overhead valve 4-stroke single produces 7.5 HP and will reportedly propel the bike to 58MPH. No service receipts are available, and although it was purchased in running condition, this bike has been in storage and will require at minimum a battery and basic tuning to return to the street.

No Reserve: 1971 Harley-Davidson/Aermacchi Sprint SS350

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This 1971 Harley-Davidson/Aermacchi Sprint SS350 is an Italian-built single that was purchased by the seller in late 2017 along with three other motorcycles from the estate of John Parham, founder of J&P Cycles and the National Motorcycle Museum. Powered by a replacement 4-stroke 350cc single with a 4-speed transmission, this example was reportedly acquired by Parham circa 1999 and remained largely in storage for the subsequent years. Recent service performed by the seller included a carburetor rebuild, new voltage regulator, and fresh AGM battery as well as an oil change. This SS350 is sold with several spare parts and a clean Michigan title. Red paint and other finishes are shown up close in the gallery below. A dent can be seen on the right side of the tank, and the decals show signs of peeling. Pitted chrome can be seen on the handlebars and surface rust is noted on the exhaust system. The speedometer is said to work intermittently. The odometer reads just over 5,000 miles, a handful of which have been added by the seller. The 350cc horizontal single was sourced from a later SS350 and was originally rated at 25 horsepower. Features include a right-side shifter and left-side kick starter. The seller has rebuilt the carburetor, replaced the voltage regulator with a new old-stock Bosch unit, changed the oil, and swapped the battery for a modern AGM glass mat unit. A baffle in the right-side muffler is noted as missing. Although the bike still wears an Indiana plate with tags from 1999, the current title is from Michigan. The seller will provide several spares as well as sources for replacement parts, and is willing to deliver the motorcycle free of charge within 300 miles of Detroit, Michigan.

1974 Ducati 750 GT

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This 1974 Ducati 750 GT has been with the seller for 35 years and is powered by an air-cooled 750cc V-twin mated to a 5-speed transmission. The bike was recently pulled from storage and had the fuel tank cleaned, oil changed, and brake fluid flushed. The factory turn signals and air box have been removed, and other modifications include dual front disc brakes with drilled rotors, as well as K&N air filters. This 750GT is sold with a matching SS-style sport fairing, the removed parts, and a clean Connecticut title in the seller’s name. Finished in orange over black, bodywork shows a few scratches as well as some peeling on the front fender. Corrosion can be seen on the chrome of the front cylinder tower shaft, the headlight bucket, rear springs, and some of the spokes. Both the side stand and center stand are present and functional. A walk-around video describing some of the issues with the bike has been provided by the seller and can be seen above. The front fender suffered a dent when a water ski dropped on it several years ago. The front brakes have been converted to a dual disc system with drilled rotors. The Borrani shouldered aluminum wheels wear tires that are estimated to be 20 years old and should be replaced. The seller also recommends changing the fork oil. Controls are said to work, including the speedometer and tachometer. The 15,700 indicated miles are believed to be correct, and the seller has personally added about 4,500 over his longterm ownership. The turn signals have been removed, but the headlight, taillight, and brake lights function as intended. Corrosion is visible on the horn button housing. Power comes from a 750cc V-twin coupled with a 5-speed transmission. The engine has never been apart and still wears the lead seal applied at the factory. Considered to be the first of Ducati’s super bikes, the 750 GT was rated at 60 horsepower and good for a reported 125 mph. Factory-supplied Conti pipes show age-related discoloring, and modifications include aftermarket plug wires and dual K&N air filters. Recently the seller changed the oil, flushed the brake fluid, and cleaned the fuel tank. Included with the sale is a color-matched SS-style sport fairing. The original airbox, rear turn signals, front brake caliper, and master cylinder will also be included. A riding video can be seen below.

Dutch Leaning Three-Wheeler: 2014 Carver One

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This 2014 Carver One is leaning three-wheeler with a 660cc Daihatsu turbo four delivering 65 HP to the rears. So-called Dynamic Vehicle Control allows the front wheel and main body section to tilt up to 45 degrees while turning, reportedly enhancing cornering grip–we’re sure it adds some drama where it might be lacking from the unmodified Kei car engine. These Dutch-engineered and built tandem two-seaters might be kind of gimmicky, but Clarkson and a few other notable European journalists gave very enthusiastic reviews, and though these have since ceased production, they’re now being used as the basis for a car/bike/gyrocopter called the PAL-V. Find this one here at Gallery Aaldering in Brummen, Netherlands for 45k euros (-$55,500 USD today). Black metallic paintwork still shows pretty much as new, as do all exterior lights and carbon fiber trim. Entry is through a single conventional door on the vehicle’s left side, and visibility should be pretty good in every direction given the large greenhouse. The roof features removable rigid panels, and a soft top is also included for warmer months. The small cabin is finished in black vinyl and carbon fiber trim, and features all the usual controls found in a four-wheeled automobile. The 5-speed manual shifter is found beside the driver’s right knee, and there’s a stereo as well. The yoke-style steering wheel is an aftermarket item, though the factory item will also be included. Here’s a shot of the tandem seating arrangement.. Obviously it’s a pretty tight fit, but everything looks unusually well-finished for this kind of thing, which mirrors what reviews often reported. A turbocharged and intercooled Daihatsu four-cylinder sits within the stationary rear pod, and drives the wheels with 65 HP and 74 lb. ft. Though it’s not exactly a scorcher in the performance department, a 0-60 MPH time of eight seconds and a top speed of 115 MPH are respectable, and likely about as fast as you’d want given its tall, narrow body. No photos of the engine are provided. Here’s a press photo of the Carver at full-tilt–note the distance between the side mirror and the ground. Turn-in body roll is computer-controlled, and dependent upon the quickness of steering inputs, as well as the vehicle’s speed. For some great footage of this machine in action, check out this old Top Gear review.

Gear Cam Drive 15K RPM V4: 1989 Honda VFR400

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This 1989 Honda VFR400R is quite a special bike, being essentially a scaled-down version of its big brother VFR750R homologation special, right down to its 15,000 RPM, gear-driven quad-cam V4, Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm and iconic HRC livery. Designed for and sold primarily for the domestic Japanese market where restrictions made access to larger bikes relatively difficult, these 400-class bikes weren’t quite as quick as 750 variants (making ~60 HP or about half of de-restricted, non-JDM versions of its larger stablemate), but weigh around 40 pounds less and reportedly offer even better handling. This one’s summarized as being in very nice rider condition with 30k original miles and sorted mechanicals. Find it here on Japanese Classics in Richmond, Virginia for $5,500. Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission. The VFR400R was produced from 1986 to 1992, though these third-gen, ’89-on NC30 models are the most sought-after, thanks in large part to twin-headlight styling that mimicked the homologation RC30 VFR750R. This one is especially cool with its likely factory RC30-style HRC livery. The seller admits to a few cosmetic blemishes here and there, and a decent sized gallery of photos show some scratches on the tank but no obvious dents nor any easily noticeable fairing cracks or other damage. No fairing-off photos are provided, so here’s a cutaway of the gem-like 399cc V4, detailing its wonderfully complex gear cam drive. These third-gen models rev to 14,500 and make 59 HP–exactly half of de-restricted, non-Japanese market VFR750R’s. Says the seller: “The electric start allows the bike to easily fire right up. Idle is smooth and the power band is endless with peak torque hitting at 12k while the close ratio 6-speed gearbox shifts flawlessly. The carburetors have been rebuilt and a tune up was just performed.” The cockpit shows some fading and wearing of black painted and anodized parts, possibly suggesting the bike sat out under the sun for a few years–it could probably be cleaned up and restored without too much trouble if you’re looking for perfection, but it’s not distracting. While it’s true Honda built far more 400’s than 750’s (~3,000 made), these smaller bikes offer nearly identical styling and engineering for a fraction of the cost–check out this $38k 750 featured on BaT back in 2011.

1967 Harley-Davidson Aermacchi M50

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This 1967 Harley-Davidson / Aermacchi M50 was purchased by the seller 5 years ago as part of a package deal with a car and has been used primarily as a decorative piece since. Restored by the previous owner, the bike was in running condition when purchased but the seller has never ridden it and can not vouch for it’s current running condition. This M50 is currently registered as non-operative but comes with several receipts, a copy of the service manual, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Available for only two years before being replaced by the larger M65, the M50 was an inexpensive 50cc lightweight built by Aermacchi in Italy and sold by Harley-Davidson to compete with the influx of small bore Japanese cycles. Restored several years ago by the previous owner, this example has seen very little use. The odometer shows only 29 miles and was probably reset. The true mileage is unknown. The 50cc 2-stroke single is paired with a 3-speed transmission which reportedly propels the bike to a top speed of 45MPH and delivers nearly 100 MPG. The black paint and reupholstered seat present well, and all components were in working condition when the seller purchased it 5 years ago. The wheels and exhaust pipe were re-plated in 2013 and new tires added. Shifting is performed by twisting the left side grip. Details include correct grey colored Harley-Davidson logo grips. Service receipts from the restoration and a copy of the factory service manual will be included.

No Reserve: 1978 BMW R80/7

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This 1978 BMW R80/7 is finished in black with a gold pinstripe and shows 29k miles. Power is provided by an 800cc air-cooled flat-twin paired to a five-speed manual gearbox, and in 2009 the bike received a mechanical and cosmetic refresh. The seller has added approximately 500 miles since acquiring it in 2011. This /7 is now being offered at no reserve with nine years of records and a clear Iowa title in the seller’s name. The seller believes that the bodywork was refinished around 2009 and describes that it was performed to a high standard. The Wienmann aluminum rims are wrapped in Continental rubber and a set of front brake pads plus an aftermarket rotor were installed by the seller in 2013. The type-247 OHV flat-twin was used by BMW from 1969 until 1995. The bike retains a set of points, Bing carburetors, and the factory dual exhaust. A service performed at the end of 2017 included the installation of a new battery and oil change. Receipts and records dating back 2009 are included with the sale.

No Reserve: 1972 BMW R75/5 SWB

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