250-Mile 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

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This 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR is one of 1,500 produced and shows just 250 miles. Based on the GP6 MotoGP bike, the RR features a dry weight of approximately 377 lbs thanks in part to carbon fiber bodywork and Marchesini wheels, and receives power from a 989cc desmodromic V4, which carries a factory-rated output of 200 horsepower at 13,500 rpm. Equipment also included a 6-speed manual gearbox, Öhlins suspension, slipper clutch, and Brembo brakes for an original MSRP of approximately $72k. This example has resided in the seller’s private collection for 10 years, during which it has been used for a handful of local car shows and featured in a Discovery Channel HD special. This Desmosedici RR is offered with factory books, accessories, and a clear Maryland title in the seller’s name. Rosso GP was the only color offered on the Desmosedici, though two graphics packages were available. This example comes equipped with Team Version graphics featuring broad white fairing stripes. The bodywork is molded in carbon fiber with a ceramic-carbon blend utilized in the tail section, which houses the exhaust silencer. A horn, headlights, tail lamps, turn signals, and license plate mount came fitted from factory. The engine is a stressed-member and a steel trellis frame connects the engine and steerer, while a carbon fiber subframe supports the rider. The aluminum swingarm is comprised of pressed, forged, and cast sections and pivots directly from the engine. The rear shock and TiN-coated 43mm USD forks were supplied by Öhlins, with each featuring preload, rebound, and high/low compression adjustments. Brembo 4-piston monoblock brake calipers are actuated by a radial master cylinder and clamp 330mm rotors up front. Forged and machined 7-spoke magnesium wheels from Marchesini measure 17″ up front and 16″ in the rear. Bridgestone developed the BT-01 Uno tire specifically for the Desmosedici RR, and a set remains installed. Instrumentation is provided via a Corse multifunction dash, which also displays ambient air temperature and comes equipped with a lap timer. Just under 250 miles are shown on the digital odometer. The 90-degree “twin pulse” V4 features a sand-cast case and cylinder heads, Pankl titanium connecting rods, four gear-driven camshafts, and desmodromic actuation to control the 16 titanium valves. Power is delivered to the 6-speed cassette-type gearbox through a dry multi-plate slipper clutch. Engine management is from Magnetti-Marelli, as are the individual 50mm throttle bodies. Exhaust gases leave through a 4-2-1 system with upward facing exits on the top of the tail section. A short video is provided above. One recall has reportedly been tended during the seller’s ownership, and a collection of factory books and accessories accompanies the bike.

1200-Mile 2017 Morgan 3 Wheeler

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This 2017 Morgan 3 Wheeler is a black over Mulberry leather example that was purchased new by the seller and shows just over 1,200 miles. A 1,901cc S&S V-twin sends power to a single rear wheel through a 5-speed manual transmission, and the car is equipped with revised front suspension and improved cooling compared to earlier models. This Morgan is registered as a motorcycle in Texas and offered with books, a record of the sole service performed during the seller’s ownership, and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name. The exterior is finished in black with matching painted wire wheels, cycle fenders, and headlight buckets. The vehicle retains stock mirrors and Brooklands-style screens. A rear mudguard is concealed under the rear bodywork. Morgan revised the 3 Wheeler front suspension in 2014 in an effort to reduce bump steer and tire wear, and specified the Urban Cooling Kit as standard from 2014 on. The body is equipped with bosses for fitment of a tonneau cover. The interior is trimmed in Yarwood Mulberry leather with an engine-turned dash and black rubber floor mats. The seller notes that this particular interior color was an $800 option when new. A banjo-spoke steering wheel is fitted, as are heated seats. The centrally-mounted aircraft-style instrumentation includes a digital odometer showing just over 1,200 miles. The 1,901cc S&S V-twin sends power to the rear wheel via a 5-speed Mazda gearbox with torque deflection disc and bevel drive. An AR Stage I exhaust and intake were installed by the factory, and the seller notes that these one-year only pieces increase the performance and flexibility of the S&S V-Twin. A 1,000-mile fluid service was performed in September 2017. An additional photo of the underside is provided in the gallery below. The original books are included in a leather-bound portfolio, as is an invoice from Morgan Motors of New England for the 2017 fluid service. The car is still under warranty, and will be covered through April 2020 or 30k miles, whichever comes first. A video of the car running and driving is viewable below.

No Reserve: 1973 Yamaha RD 350 Custom

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This 1973 Yamaha RD 350 has been with the seller for a year and a half and was refurbished in 2008 by the previous owner. Fresh paint was applied, and the 350cc two-stroke twin was rebuilt with upgraded DG heads and expansion chambers. The 6-speed gearbox was also rebuilt, and the braking system was gone through as described below. The seller has added less than 300 of the 12k indicated miles and describes the bike as light and quick. This RD350 is now being offered at no reserve with two binders and a CD detailing the rebuild, as well as transferable Vermont registration as Vermont does not issue titles to older vehicles. The fuel tank, side covers, and headlight shell were stripped and repainted 
House of Kolor Orion Silver metallic. The frame was media blasted and painted black Imron with a clear coat. The swing arm bushings were replaced with needle bearings, custom rear sets were fabricated, and Works shocks fitted to the rear. The wiring harness, battery, and rectifier were replaced. The seat has new foam and was recovered in black with grey piping that matches the bodywork. The front end features a steering dampner, custom triple clamps, and polished fork tubes with new inserts, springs, seals, and boots. The brake master cylinder was replaced and a new disc brake caliper was added along with steel braided lines and drilled rotors. The wheels feature new rims, spokes, tubes, and tires. Just over 12k miles are indicated, less than 300 of which have been added by the seller. New control cables have been installed and the lights, horn, and signals are functional. The 350cc two-stroke twin and 6-speed transmission were rebuilt by LD&R Machine in Berwick Maine. The cases wear a custom finish and the crankshaft was balanced. New rods, bearings, and pistons were also installed. The cylinders were ported and polished and TZ 350 reed valves added. The radial cylinder heads are DG ” Gold” items, and DG expansion chambers with silencers have been fitted. Both are period aftermarket pieces that are no longer available. The carburetors were rebuilt with a boost bottle added, and a new oil pump and electronic ignition were installed. The seller has added fresh fuel and synthetic two cycle oil. A binder with spacifications about the engine rebuild and a CD with service information is supplied. A separate binder contains information about the assembly. A brief start up and running video is provided below.

No Reserve: 1959 Heinkel Tourist 103-A1

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This 1959 Heinkel Tourist 103-A1 was purchased by the seller two years ago from the family of the second owner, who acquired it from a Las Vegas auction house in 1961. 
The 175cc 4-stroke single is paired with a 4-speed transmission, and a cosmetic refresh performed by the seller included touched-up paint, polished trim, and a recovered seat. Mechanical work consisted of a valve job, new piston rings, a carburetor rebuild, electronic ignition upgrade, new brakes pads, and Teflon control cables. This Heinkel scooter is sold with the owner’s manual, a reprint of the parts book, service manual, a spare tire cover, period aftermarket windscreen, and a clean Massachusetts title in the seller’s name. The Heinkel Tourist was produced by aircraft manufacturer Ernst Heinkel AG and offered improved aerodynamics and rider protection. Finished in Goldoliv with black trim, this bike is one of about 200 A1 models that were imported to the US. It was stored for several years in a wood shop where a layer of sawdust reportedly covered the factory paint. Dings and scratches are visible, and the seller repainted the leg shield and wheels. A USB port was also added in an existing hole through the bodywork. The cast aluminum floorboard was bead blasted, and the aluminum bumpers and levers polished. The seat was reupholstered with new foam and a cover supplied by the Heinkel Club of Germany. Several rubber gaskets were replaced and three new Continental tires with fresh tubes installed. A walk-around video with the engine idling is included above. The speedometer indicates just under 11k miles and is believed to be correct. The control cables were upgraded with Teflon items that do not require lubrication. Both the grips and the rear view mirror were also replaced. The 175cc 4-stroke single is equipped with a Dynastart electric starter and a 4-speed transmission. Access to the the engine and gas tank is provided under the seat, but the entire rear section is removable for any major work. The gas tank was cleaned and sealed with KBS tank sealer, and a new fuel tap was added. The engine was refurbished with a valve job, cylinder hone, new piston rings, a rebuilt carburetor, new motor mounts, and an electronic ignition upgrade. The front shock absorber, brake light switch, and brake pads were also replaced. Recent maintenance included adjustment of the shift cable. All work was performed by the seller, a marque specialist who has won a number of awards with other Heinkels. The original owner’s manual and reprints of both the parts book and service manual will be included along with the spare tire cover, the removed points plate, and a period aftermarket windscreen. Parts support can reportedly found from the Heinkel clubs of Germany and the UK. Two riding videos are attached below.

Rare Oakland-Built Streamliner: 1947 Salsbury Model 85 Scooter

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This 1947 Salsbury Model 85 Scooter is only the second featured on BaT, and is claimed to be a “quite respectable” restoration if not a 100-point job. Blending a CVT transmission, easy-to-use foot pedals and distinct styling, the Model 85 (offered in Standard and DeLuxe trims) was intended to be a legitimate substitute for a car. Rare anywhere with less than 1,000 made, this particular Model 85 is said to run nicely and be a joy to ride. Find it here on Craigslist in New Rochelle, New York for $8,500. Special thanks to BaT reader Avi F. for this submission. Salsbury scooters debuted in 1936 and were originally produced out of a plumbing shop in Oakland, California. With a 1.5 HP Johnson engine and continuously variable transmission, riding was easy but progress slow. With the introduction of this Model 85 in 1946, long flowing lines and an aerodynamically inspired design joined a larger engine, the same CVT transmission and foot pedals to create an inexpensive alternative to second-car ownership. Sheet metal and paint look excellent on this example, the white lettering and Salsbury logo provide some visual pop, and we’re guessing that the seat and bumper guard have been redone. The scooter’s great lines join together nicely at the rear forming “ample” locking storage. The ad notes that “all of the electronics work as they should” which we assume means the head and taillights are functional. The speedo appears to be a newer Auto Meter piece rather than the original unit. Interestingly, the ignition switch is only used to turn the scooter off; a kick starter brings it to life. Unique for the time, Salsbury used foot pedals instead of hand controls. This was done to ease the transition between car and scooter and make riding on two wheels more familiar. While not shown in the ad, the gas pedal connects to a ~6.5 HP four-stroke air-cooled 320cc single that’s said to run nicely thanks to a recent service, new engine mounts, drive belt, cables and a cleaned carburetor. Reportedly good for ~50 MPH, a Model 8 could make a really cool pit bike or around-town errand runner.

No Reserve: 1949 Gilera 125 Turismo

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This 1949 Gilera 125 Turismo comes from the first year of the model’s production and is powered by a 125cc 4-stroke single paired with a 4-speed gearbox. It features a Girder fork and Borrani rims, as well as a solo saddle and rear luggage rack. The bike has resided in the seller’s private collection for the past 13 years and was recently serviced in preparation for the auction. This Gilera is now being offered at no reserve out of Indianapolis, Indiana with a bill of sale. Bodywork includes a full set of fenders and red fuel tank with the chrome “fish-eye” Gilera logo. The battery resides underneath the saddle, though it is removed in photos. A Girder fork is utilized up front along with a swing arm in the rear, and friction dampers are fitted at each end. Borrani aluminum rims are laced to twin-shoe aluminum drums, and the tires are reportedly older with signs of cracking. The air-cooled 125cc OHV single is a 4-stroke engine and stressed-member of the frame. The 4-speed gearbox is shifted on the right side, and induction is through a single Dellorto carburetor. A video of the bike running can be viewed below.

1956 BMW R69

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This 1956 BMW R69 was originally purchased from Max Restle BMW in Biberach, Germany, and was acquired by the seller from Iowa six years ago in poor condition. A restoration was subsequently performed with fresh paint, chrome, and a total rebuild mechanical components, including the matching-numbers 594cc twin, 4-speed transmission, and final drive. The odometer has been set to zero, and no miles have been added since the rebuild. This R69 is sold with transferable New York  registration in the seller’s name. Originally finished in black, the bike was repainted Dover White as part of the refurbishment. The frame, forks, and swingarms were stripped to bare metal, primed with a zinc coating, and powder coated. Pin striping was applied by Mark Weld, who also restored the original dealer plate mounted to the front fender. The Earles fork and rear swingarm have been reconditioned with new pivot bearings, and the hubs have been properly shimmed with new pre-loaded wheel bearings. Early-production wheel hubs feature a single cross-spoke pattern and 18″ deep-shouldered Weinmann aluminum rims which wear new Heidenau “C” block tires. The R69 offered a manual ignition advance mounted to the clutch perch and a steering damper in the center of the headset. Accessories include a Denfeld solo seat, Hella bar end signals, Albert headlight mirrors, and a chrome headlight guard. Control cables and the wiring harness were replaced, and the headlight shell is said to be the correct dished variant used only on the R69. The reverse sweep VDO speedometer has been rebuilt and the odometer zeroed. No miles have been added since the restoration. Power comes from a 594cc horizontally-opposed twin with a 4-speed transmission. The engine, transmission, and final drive were disassembled and the cases bead blasted before a high-temperature clear coat was applied. The crankshaft was rebuilt by Chris Chambers and the cylinders bored to 73mm, second over with new Kolbenschmidt pistons. Bearings, seals, and gaskets were replaced, including the spherical rear crankshaft bearing. Mechanical components were reportedly rebuilt to factory specifications with NOS or rebuilt original parts when possible, and hardware is said to retain its factory markings. Matching engine and chassis numbers can be found in the gallery, while further details and photos of the restoration are available here. The bike is sold with transferable New York registration, as the state does not require titles for older vehicles.

1966 BMW R27

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This 1966 BMW R27 is powered by a matching-numbers 247cc single paired with a 4-speed transmission and reportedly received a mechanical refurbishment from BMW specialist Bench Mark Works. The bike is said to remain largely stock aside from a Mikuni carburetor, which was recently cleaned along with installation of a fresh battery. This R27 was purchased in 2011 by the seller, who has since kept it as part of a large collection and ridden it only 20 miles. It is sold with a clean Indiana title in the seller’s name. The tank and fenders are finished in traditional black with white pin striping and show signs of age-related wear. A dent is pictured on the top of the rear fender as well as paint loss on the headlight shell. Features include a Pagusa sprung saddle seat, tank-top tool box, and frame-mounted air pump. The front suspension is an Earles fork leading-link swingarm setup, while the rear uses a traditional swingarm that incorporates the enclosed driveshaft. Braking is from drums at both ends. The 247cc overhead-valve single was rated at 18 horsepower in stock form and is paired with a 4-speed transmission. The engine is rubber-mounted to reduce vibration and induction is from an aftermarket Mikuni carburetor. A mechanical refurbishment was reportedly carried out by BMW specialist Bench Mark Works, while more recent maintenance performed by the seller’s personal mechanic included a new battery and carburetor cleaning. Chassis number 383018 is shown on the data plate above, and matches the engine stamping in the gallery below. No service records are available.

1961 Benelli 50cc Racing Bike

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This 1961 Benelli is believed to be one of four factory bikes constructed for the 1962 50cc World Championship and the Isle of Man TT race. Power is provided by a 50cc 2-stroke single mated to a 4-speed transmission. Unfortunately the bikes were eventually to prove uncompetitive in racing, and this example passed through the hands of several prominent collectors before being purchased by the seller six years ago. It was featured on BaT in early 2012, and the seller has used it primarily for display purposes. This Benelli racer is now being offered on a bill of sale out of Indianapolis, Indiana. The Benelli 50cc race bikes featured specially-constructed frames but used stock moped forks and wheels. The steering head was sourced from Campagnolo bicycle parts, and fiberglass fairings were added. The early race history is unknown, but this example shows paint chips and stress cracks in the fairings consistent with competition use. The windscreen is broken, but the seller can provide the missing piece. Clip-on handle bars are equipped, and shifting is accomplished by a moped-style left hand twist grip. No instrumentation is provided, and stock triple clamp retains the perch for handlebars. The fuel tank is reported to be the original steel item. The 50cc 2-stroke single was capable of 10,000 rpm and is linked to a 4-speed transmission. Performance modifications consist of improved porting, megaphone exhaust, and a larger Dell’Orto UA 17 S carburetor with velocity stack. Cooling slots have been cut in the magneto cover. Gearing is for the track with a 27-tooth rear sprocket and a 13-tooth front sprocket, which gives it a 9.09 to 1 ratio good for speeds up to 75 mph. The unusual 2.25 rear tire is the same as fitted to the race bikes in period, and the megaphone exhaust is reported to add power as well as decibels.