Nicer Than Most: 1986 BMW R80G/S

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This 1986 BMW R80G/S has racked up over 94k kilometers over the last three decades, but remains in what’s claimed to be largely original and very well preserved condition. Translation is a bit rough, but it sounds like the engine was gone through about 14k kilometers ago by a BMW specialist, and the bike is now reported to run strong. These are great looking bikes in their factory colors as seen here, and condition appears to be as good as promised. Find it here on mobile.de in Essen, Germany for 9,200 euros (-$10,800 USD today). The bike still wears its factory paint scheme, and it looks to be holding up well all over. The tank, fenders, and plastics all appear to be free of noticeable damage, including the graphics. The seat is new, and it sounds like the front brake disc was upgraded to a larger unit. Note the monolever swingarm–it’s supported by a single shock, and doubles as the driveshaft tube for lighter weight and torsional rigidity. The simple instrument cluster houses a speedo and just a few warning lamps, all of which appear to be in good shape housed within their plastic bezel. The odometer reads 94k and change kilometers, but the seller notes a BMW specialist engine rebuild around 14k km back. An 800cc air-cooled boxer sends 50 HP to the shaft-driven rear wheel through a 5-speed transmission. Photo angles aren’t the best, but cosmetics look good here as well. We can’t spot any signs of oxidation, roughed up paint, or corroded hardware. Hoses and wires appear to be newer items too, though these details are left out of the seller’s description. These were known to be pretty competent dual-sport machines in their day, and could be outfitted with a number of factory and aftermarket accessories. Nearly 22,000 were produced over a seven-year period, and though they can still be found pretty easily, few are as nice as the one appears to be.

No Reserve: 1952 Matchless G80

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This 1952 Matchless G80 is powered by a OHV 498cc single and features a swingarm rear suspension. It has been stored in a climate controlled facility as part of the seller’s collection for the past ten years and is currently in non-running condition. A partial refurbishment was performed prior to the seller’s acquisition, and recent work includes rebuilding the Smiths speedometer. The engine turns over, but the spark is weak, and the seller notes that the six-volt battery needs to be replaced. This G80 is being offered at no reserve with a clear Iowa title in the seller’s name. Associated Motorcycles (AMC) resumed production of their the 348cc and 497cc singles in June of 1945, in the line-up was the Matchless G80 and its re-badged counterpart the AJS Model 18. The frame is of traditional lugged steel construction, with a bolt-on rear subframe, Teledraulic fork, and a swingarm rear that was only introduced three years earlier. The Jampot rear shocks would become ubiquitous with AMC singles from the era. The gloss black finish has been refinished in the past, and a reproduction solo-saddle has been fitted, along with a British license plate mount on the front fender. 19″ steel rims are laced to 7″ single leading shoe drums in the front and rear. The Smiths Chronometric speedometer has been rebuilt during the seller’s ownership. The 498cc dry-sump OHV single cylinder traces its roots back to the 1930’s and is known for its low-end torque, a result of its 93mm stroke and 82.5mm bore. This example does not currently run but the seller notes that it turns over and the spark is weak. The 6-volt battery will need to be replaced, but charging is handled by a dynamo mounted behind the cylinder, while a front-mounted Lucas magneto provides ignition. A chain drive primary and wet clutch deliver power to the Burman four-speed gearbox.

1966 Innocenti Lambro 450

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This 1966 Innocenti Lambro 450 was imported to California from Milan, Italy and was restored 10 years ago by the previous owner, who was the proprietor of a well-known Lambretta parts and restoration shop. The previous owner used only NOS and Italian sourced parts during the restoration, and work included modifying the 175cc Lambretta two-stroke single to 230cc with the addition of a Mikuni flat slide carburetor, reed valve, and custom expansion chambers. A stronger rear axle was also fitted, and no service records are available. The seller is an experienced scooter mechanic and has personally performed all recent maintenance, including a brake service. This Lambro is sold with a clean California title in the seller’s name. Named for a tributary of Italy’s Lombardy river, the Lambro was Innocenti’s light utility vehicle built from Lambretta scooter parts. The “450” was the last of the classic single headlight models and refers to its weight capacity. Reportedly restored over 10 years ago, the finish still presents well but is beginning to show its age with some paint chips,  dings on the bed, and corrosion on the hinges and rear leaf springs. The centrally mounted seating position leave little room for passengers, and the handlebar controls are similar to what you might find on a Lambretta scooter. The right hand controls the throttle and front brake while the left hand works the clutch and gear change. Rear brakes are hydraulic and operate with the foot pedal. A push button electric starter has also been added for convenience. The instrumentation is somewhat better, but the seller mentions that the odometer does not work, and the turn signals are inoperable although he believes it may just require a fuse. The transversely mounted 230cc engine is located under the seat and is reported to run strong. An electronic ignition, Mikuni flat slide carburetor, custom expansion chambers, and a reed valve increase  performance from 35-40 mph up to 55 mph according to the seller. The transmission is a heavy duty four-speed similar to what the scooters used but with a provision for reverse. A heavy duty rear axle was adapted from a later model to handle the increase in power. The underside shows signs of regular use with corrosion on the frame, exhaust, and brake lines. The seller states that they serviced the rear brakes in August 2017. No service records are available as the seller has performed all work personally during his brief ownership and will flush and replace all fluids prior to the sale. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-uoX9inNu4&feature=em-share_video_user&app=desktop

1965 Honda CL72 Scrambler w/ Belly Tank Trailer

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This 1963 Honda CL72 Scrambler was refreshed around 50 miles ago, including complete disassembly of the 250cc engine and 4-speed transmission. New pistons, rings, bearings, and seals were added along with new brakes, and the carburetors and generator were rebuilt. The frame was powder coated, and the tank, side covers, and fenders were painted. Additionally, the seat was rebuilt and reupholstered. A custom trailer constructed from an A-7 Corsair II belly tank is also included, and the combination is being sold as a pair by Cascadia Classic. The Honda has a clean Oregon title, and the trailer is sold on a bill of sale according to Oregon state law since its GVW is less than 1,800 pounds. During the recent refurbishment, the frame was powder coated and the tank, side covers, and fenders were painted silver. The seat was also rebuilt and reupholstered. New Avon tires and brakes were installed, and the bike has been kept in stock specification per the seller. Some chrome pitting and a paint scrape on the front fender are highlighted in the photo gallery below. Approximately 50 miles ago, the the engine and transmission were disassembled along with the rest of the bike. New pistons, rings, bearings, and seals were installed, and the carburetors and generator were rebuilt. The 14,735 indicated miles are believed correct, though documentation cannot confirm this. The trailer has functional brake lights and turn signals, in addition to a mounting ball assembly shown in the photo gallery. It rides on TA1000 torsional stub axles. Rolling stock consists of 7.00-16 Firestone Deluxe Champion tires mounted on 16″ wheels. Cargo dimensions are displayed above, and the trailer comes with both pieces that were cut from the top of the belly tank. They are displayed in the photo gallery. The seller states that he has towed the trailer for around 100 miles and it tracks straight at-speed. The CL72 is said to have a late 1963 VIN, though it is currently titled as a 1965 model.

Cool Custom Scrambler w/ Ural Sidecar: 2014 Yamaha Bolt

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This 2014 Yamaha Bolt has been heavily modified with a Scrambler treatment and now comes mated to a Ural-sourced sidecar. The build looks very well put together, and should offer massively improved performance, reliability, parts availability and comfort when compared to the ancient Russian-built Ural, while also maintaining similar off-road capability. We think it’s a great looking package, and the 3,400-mile-old bike can easily be disconnected from the sidecar thanks to plug wiring. Find it here on Craigslist in Gresham, Oregon for $12,900. Ural still builds and exports bikes to the US today, and though the design has seen a few updates since first put into production in 1941 (using already decade-old BMW designs and tooling taken as war reparations), they’re still very crude if interesting machines. This one’s style takes inspiration from its sidecar donor, but doesn’t try to disguise itself as something it’s not either. We really dig the scrambler vibe, as well as color and finish choices. From the ad: “This project is one-of-a-kind and mates an excellent motorcycle with a cool sidecar. Yamaha has only 3,400 miles and is clean title in perfect shape. Why would you want a crappy Ural motorcycle when you can get the performance and dependability of a Yamaha? Fuel-injected 950cc with Cobra exhaust, Bridgestone Trail Wing tires all around, Baja Designs headlight, all wiring is custom and if wanted you can easily detach sidecar from motorcycle, as wiring is on a plug. There are many hours put into this project and it shows.”

No Reserve: 1966 Honda CB450 Black Bomber

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This 1966 Honda CB450 is a largely stock example of the “Black Bomber,” the company’s first DOHC “big twin” produced from 1965-1968. Equipped with a 444cc twin and 4-speed gearbox, this example is said to remain clean and largely original aside from its mirrors and front fender. Located in the selling dealer’s Indiana collection, the bike is sold with period literature and a clean California title. Black and silver paint shows no major wear according to the seller, though a few of small chips are described on the forward edge of the chrome-sided fuel tank. The chrome, seat, and tires are said to be in similarly clean condition. Mirrors are Honda items but reportedly not original. Both tank badges show crazing. Instrumentation is limited to a tach, speedo, and odometer showing 142 miles, only a handful of which have been added by the seller. The bike has been stored indoors and maintained as a part of a large collection for the past eight years, and its prior history is unknown. The 444cc air-cooled parallel twin produced 43 horsepower at 8,500 rpm when new and was paired with a 4-speed transmission. This example runs well and sounds good according to the seller. The Black Bomber weighed 412 pounds dry and achieved a 102 mph top speed in period testing. Period magazines are included along with an owner’s book and Clymer shop manual. The seller’s collection is operated under a dealer license and a clean California title will be supplied for reassignment to the new owner.

One of 750 Eddie Lawson Replicas: 1983 Kawasaki Z1000R

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This 1983 Kawasaki Z1000R (VIN KZT00R002813) has reportedly been fully restored and looks very fresh in its hard-to-find white finish. Modeled after factory rider Eddie Lawson’s race machine, these street variants were known to be very capable handlers, and even featured flat-track style handlebars and piggy-backed Showa shocks that resembled Lawson’s race bike. Apart from modern rubber, this one looks about as close to a factory floor example as we’ve seen, and should be plenty of fun around a set of curves. Find it here on eBay in Victoria Point, Queensland, Australia for $16k USD OBO. Most of these bikes were delivered in factory racing bright green, and we haven’t seen many wearing white. It fits the bike well, and finish shows no real signs of age. The bikini nose fairing, square headlamp and high-mount mirrors are all typical design touches of the decade, and this one’s also equipped with an extended rear mudguard that gives it a neat ducktail. Chunky seven-spoke wheels wear correct gold paint, and utilize a twin-disc brake configuration up front. The cockpit features clean-looking instruments and switchgear, and no sign of weathering or corrosion on any visible hardware. The windscreen also looks to be in good shape, and the seat looks nearly new. The air-cooled twin-cam four-cylinder displaces 998cc, and was rated at 80 HP. Dry weight was nearly 550 lbs., so there’s a lot of mass to push around, but these bikes were quick and competent around curves for their day. Cosmetics down here look very good, with shiny black crankcase covers, exhaust pipes, frame bosses and hardware. We tried looking for dirt or fluid accumulation, but were unsuccessful. Given the low production run, values will likely climb in the coming years as nostalgia continues to increase in the sports bike market. There are still original examples to be found, but they’re becoming difficult to find in the kind of condition this one has been brought back to.

Shaft-Drive V-Twin: 1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

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This 1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport (chassis DGM9104OM) has been owned by the seller for the last 20 years, during which it’s been fitted with a few subtle upgrades to increase comfort and usability. It’s not mentioned whether the bike is a survivor or has been reconditioned at some point, but visuals suggest it could be the former, with 29k miles on the odometer. A bin of spare parts as well as some originals that have been removed will also be included, though we’d probably leave it as-is. Find it here on eBay in Portland, Oregon with no reserve. Photos are a bit distant so it’s tough to get a detailed read on cosmetics, but everything seems to be pretty good from 10 feet or so. Deep black paint appears to hold a good shine, the seat doesn’t show any rips or fading, while the polished fenders and pipes look good too. A set of BUB mufflers have been fitted and should sound really nice. The original pipes have been retained separately, and will be included in the sale along with other extra parts such as the original bars, fuel petcocks and a set of of head and crossover pipes that were never installed. Unfortunately there are no close-up shots of the 750cc V-twin, but it sounds like it’s in good running condition by the seller’s description. It breathes through twin Dell’Orto carbs fitted with K&N filters, and the original Le Mans-style shift drum has been converted to a more conventional one-down, four-up shift pattern.

Missed Opportunities: 111-Mile 1981 Yamaha TT 500

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This 1981 Yamaha TT 500 (VIN 2Y0000743) is the trail-only variant of the XT Enduro machine that sold well throughout the late 70’s. The bike is claimed to have accumulated just 111 miles since it was new, and remains in a highly preserved state. Its big 499cc single was just given an oil change and tuneup, and is said to start easily and run very well. These are great looking bikes, and plenty fast too. Find this one here on eBay in Abilene, Kansas for $5,800 OBO. Apart from a few minor scuffs to the plastics and slightly dulled white paint, cosmetics appear very good all over. Notably, head and tail lights were added at some point, but the lack of turn signals and gauges means the trail is still its home. The seat vinyl, fork boots, grips and tires all look very good, and there’s no sign of rust on the frame or its hardware. The OHC four-stroke was rated at 27 HP when new, routed through a wide-ratio 5-speed gearbox. The seller says an oil change and tuneup were just completed, and that the motor is in good overall health. Cosmetics look very good here too, with no signs of hardware corrosion, cable damage or surface oxidation. These versatile bikes were known as good trail handlers, and were pretty fast with plenty of low-end torque as well. Getting this one out on the trail and getting it muddied up for the first time might not be easy, but it’d definitely be fun.

Quattro non Sei: 1983 Benelli 654 Sport

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This 1983 Benelli 654 Sport is said to be entirely original, fully functional and in good running condition, though unfortunately the ad gives no historical background or servicing info. The bike is currently without its nose piece fairing, and though we don’t know if it’s included in the sale, we dig the naked look. Six-cylinder Benellis get all the attention, but this is a sharp looking and uncommon bike. Find it here on Gallery Aaldering in Brummen, Netherlands for 8,700 euros (-$10k USD today). Bright red paint retains a good shine from all provided angles, and there’s no evidence of damage to the fairings, side caps or tank that we can see. Graphics and badging look good too, and stainless pieces are bright and unmarred. The seat shows some minor fade and wear, but that’s expected on a machine that’s been ridden. Factory 12 spoke wheels are wearing mismatched, older-looking rubber. The cockpit makes use of clip-on style bars and a twin-dial instrument layout. A few issues worth noting here are slightly hazy warning light lenses and gauge glasses, but the rest of the plastic areas look good, and we don’t see any hardware corrosion. All electrics are said to be working properly, and there’s a bit over 12,200 kilometers shown on the odometer. Note the 9,500 RPM redline as well. The 604cc four breathes through a quartet of Dell’Orto carbs, and pushes 60 HP through a 5-speed transmission. There’s no mention of maintenance records or recent servicing, but the ad does claim that the bike runs well nonetheless. From a cosmetic standpoint the motor presents very well. While it maybe not as desirable as a Sei, this is still an interesting and fairly scarce bike, especially here in the US.