373-Mile 1983 Honda Trail 110

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This 1983 Honda Trail 110 has 373 documented miles and is powered by a 105cc 4-stroke air-cooled single cylinder engine. The 4-speed manual transmission features a dual range sub-transmission for uphill climbing and has an automatic clutch. This example was acquired by the seller at an estate sale and was reportedly sold new in Seattle. The second owner purchased it in 1990 and kept it garage stored. The bike has a new air filter, battery, and spark plug, and an owner’s manual documents mileage over the years. The bike is being sold with the factory tool kit, original paperwork, an extra key, and a clean Washington title.


The red paint shows a deep luster and the body maintains its original paper stickers on the frame and engine. A small crack on the left side cover from an overtightened screw is noted and there are a few small wear marks in the red plastic, but no other damage is readily apparent. The seller elected not to touch up the paint and to leave everything in the original state as purchased from the previous owner’s estate.

Chrome and brightwork shine well with no pitting or chipping evident on the trim, skid plate, or exhaust pipe shield. The rear luggage rack appears equally nice in supplied pictures. The Trail 110 is equipped with a spare gas tank and helmet-holder just below the rack.

Rubber is said to remain soft, while shocks and springs are reported to be in good condition. Lenses are uncracked and clear while all electrics work properly as detailed in the provided video below.

A walkaround video is shown above. The 105cc 4-stroke air-cooled single cylinder engine made 7.6hp @ 7500 rpm when new and fuel economy was listed at 140mpg. Honda Trail 110’s were sold new in the U.S. up until 1986.

A 2:1 ratio gear reduction box allowed for 4 “low” gears which aided in uphill climbs. The running gear utilizes an automatic centrifugal clutch and with dual range the bike effectively has eight gears.

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Period-Style Triton Build: Cool Triumph/Norton Mashup

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This bike combines a 1967 Triumph TR6R parallel twin and ’63 Norton Atlas Featherbed frame. Started in 2007 but just recently finished, these so-called Triton builds were once popular in the late 60’s and early 70’s British cafe scene, and this one is off to a great start with lots of excellent period-style components as well as a rebuilt engine and gearbox. A nice alloy tank with Triton decals is available for an extra $800 if the fiberglass item isn’t your thing–either way we think it’s a nice looking machine. Find it here on eBay in Laredo, Texas with an $8.750 BIN. Special thanks to BaT reader Frank for this submission.

1963 Custom Built Motorcycles Triton | eBay

Says the seller: “On offer is a custom-built classic “Triton” cafe racer based on a ’67 Triumph TR6R Trophy 650 twin engine in a ’63 Norton Atlas slimline Featherbed chassis. There are no two Tritons alike, this one has its own special bits and features, as they all do. It’s a good runner, but needs a few minor details sorted to the buyer’s liking. This project was started way back in 2007, and has only just been fired up in August of this year. It has only been ridden on a few short test rides up and down the block.”

1963 Custom Built Motorcycles Triton | eBay

The twin has been treated to all new gaskets, seals, bearings, bushings, valves and guides, as well as .020 oversize pistons, new rings and more. The primary chain and clutch are fresh as well, and the 4-speed gearbox has new seals, bearings, and bushings–shafts, gears, and forks are said to remain in excellent shape. Carbs are new Mikuni VM slide throttles with pancake K&N filters, and exhaust dumps through standard Triumph headers into the seller’s choice of new round mufflers (seen here) or used megaphones.

1963 Custom Built Motorcycles Triton | eBay

Clip-ons are new Thomaselli items, while the rearsets come from Tarozzi. Period Domi Racer gauges are a nice match for each other and the bike, but the speedo may need ratio work to read accurately.

1963 Custom Built Motorcycles Triton | eBay

The Featherbed frame is fitted with made-for-purpose aftermarket billet aluminum engine adapter plates, and the swingarm runs a 3/” high-grade steel spindle upgrade kit with sintered bronze bushings. Norton Roadholder forks have been overhauled with new bushings and seals, but still need gaiters fitted to protect against water entry. Triple clamps are billet, and rear shocks are new Girling lookalikes. The front brake is a Norton twin leading-shoe item, and the rear is a single leading shoe drum, also Norton.

1963 Custom Built Motorcycles Triton | eBay

Akront alloy rims have been professionally re-laced, and tires are Pirellis. Though “new,” they were first purchased in 2008 and might be a good idea to replace prior to riding much.

NOS Small-Bore GP Bike: 1980 Yamaha TZ125G

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This 1980 Yamaha TZ125G is described as an NOS bike that’s never been raced or even run. These small displacement two-stroke GP bikes weigh next to nothing, which in combo with lots of revs, narrow but explosive powerbands, and good aero made for surprisingly fast and exciting racing. New Old Stock claims don’t seem totally off-base–the bike is remarkably fresh looking, even with a handful of small flaws. Find it here on eBay in Zionsville, Indiana with a $10,500 BIN. Special thanks to BaT reader Robert S. for this submission.

1980 Yamaha TZ125G | eBay

Says the seller: “This pristine example has never been run or raced and is a NOS bike. The bike has been part of a private collection and has been stored in a climate controlled environment its entire life. It is ready for display, but if you wish to race it, the bike will require a thorough inspection of all systems and critical parts. The bike comes with unmounted fairing, stand and a crate of factory spares.”

1980 Yamaha TZ125G | eBay

A walkaround video on YouTube shows off the bike to good effect. In it, the seller provides a lot of good closeups, and accurately describes engine and gearbox casings as looking very fresh. All safety wires remain in place as well, and bodywork looks very good overall despite an unfortunate tank dent and a scratch on the rear fairing.

1980 Yamaha TZ125G | eBay

Here’s a look at the included spares package, all NOS and in a cool Yamaha factory crate. Contents include 15 cylinder gaskets, 15 piston rings, 10 side case gaskets, two unspecified manifolds, 14 main jets of varying sizes, 105 “various O-rings, seals and gaskets,” 10 clutch plates, three countershaft sprockets, 25 circlips, six rear sprockets (presumably of different sizes), an extra crankshaft assembly, two cylinders, an extra head, five pistons, and miscellaneous pieces like brake pads, a throttle cable, and unspecified bearings.

1980 Yamaha TZ125G | eBay

A spare seat cushion and unmounted fairings go with the bike as well. This thing would be seriously cool even as an expensive office or rec room decoration, but ideally someone will sort it out and finally get it out on track where it truly belongs.

Daytona Orange w/ RS Fairings: 1974 BMW R90S

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This 1974 BMW R90S looks great in Daytona Orange with R100RS fairings, and condition too appears to be quite good. The seller doesn’t provide a lot of detail, but appearances suggest that running condition should probably be just as good. Hard BMW OEM panniers and a high windshield should make this one a fine long-distance cruiser, too. Find it here on mobile.de in Etten-Leur, Netherlands for 7k Euros (-$7,450 USD today).

BMW R90S Sporttourer in Etten Leur

Daytona Orange is a striking, very period-style color, and along with RS fairings, windscreen, covered headlight, and ducktail seat, it makes for quite an interesting profile. Paint finish looks good all around, and trim and lenses show just as well. A tool roll resides under the seat along with extra room for accessories, and dual hard panniers up the storage capacity even more. These bikes came equipped with wire spoke wheels, but we dig the period snowflakes fitted here.

BMW R90S Sporttourer in Etten Leur

The cockpit is very clean, with good-looking plastics, grips, hardware, and instrument faces. The windscreen is also clear, as are mirrors. The knob mounted to the fork crown adjusts the hydraulic steering damper.

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The photo below highlights the aero fairings, and shows them to be in good condition. Glossy paint is found everywhere, with no hints of cracking, rock chips, or other damage. Note the twin-disc front wheel that featured drilled rotors on the later models.

BMW R90S Sporttourer in Etten Leur

The air-cooled boxer displaces 898cc and was good for 67 HP off the factory floor. Backed by a 5-speed transmission, it routes twist through a shaft drive in traditional Beemer style. The odometer on this example reads 97k and change kilometers. Another improvement for these Series II bikes was the addition of a strengthened crankshaft and redesigned main bearing, which contributed to greater reliability.

BMW R90S Sporttourer in Etten Leur

We’re fans of sport tourers from the 70’s and 80’s, and this model is one of the most interesting examples we’ve seen recently. Provided it’s as sorted as appearances hint at, a machine like this could easily serve as a daily commuter, then load up for a quick weekend getaway when needed.

Green & Orange Airhead: $5500 1974 BMW R90/6

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This 1974 BMW R90/6 looks like and sounds to be a nice rider, the seller suggesting that it would be equally at home being used as a commuter or long-distance cruiser. Green is a pretty unusual color for these bikes, but in combo with an OEM-style fairing and a nice solo Corbin saddle, it works really well here. Find it here on Craigslist in South Lake Tahoe, California for $5,500 or trade for listed vehicles. Special thanks to BaT reader AMF for this submission.

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Further helping its looks, the bike appears to be fitted with a lower set of Euro market-spec OEM handlebars, a much more cohesive style when compared with the virtual ape-hangers fitted to US models as standard. Primary green with orangey-red pinstripes is a very 70’s look, but we think it works very well. Elsewhere, chrome and stainless shine nicely, and the above-mentioned Corbin leather solo saddle is a nice piece. The yellow open-face helmet is a nice match, too, but may not be included.

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No mechanical details are provided beyond the mention of electric and kick starting options, but condition sounds to be good and things certainly look to be in good order from here, with no visible oil weeping or head damage, the latter of which is a good indicator of the bike having been dropped in the past.

Unrestored Runner w/ Great Patina: 1952 Simplex Servi-Cycle

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This 1952 Simplex Servi-Cycle is claimed to be virtually all original excluding its tires, the seller further claiming that it starts, idles, runs, steers, rides and stops very well despite having accumulated just 10 or so miles in the past 15 years. Simple, rugged machines built in New Orleans and largely unchanged from 1935 until 1960, this one has a wonderful patina and color combination. Find it here on eBay in Reno, Nevada for $7,500 OBO.

1952 Other Makes Simplex Servi Cycle | eBay

The seller believes that the bike may be a lifelong Reno resident, claiming that their father remembers it being on display in the front window of a local bike shop where he was employed. Afterwards it’s said to have been in the Harrah Collection. The ad notes a few small dings and scratches, as well as as some light checking and a handful of other small, character-adding flaws, but overall condition looks outstanding, and we agree with the seller that these types of things only emphasize a machine’s originality.

1952 Other Makes Simplex Servi Cycle | eBay

Tires have been replaced, but are said to be exact replicas of the originals. Elsewhere, part of the Simplex-designed and built magneto’s cover has been J-B Welded to fix a crack, and the seller rightly recommends it be removed, repaired and re-polished. Despite this issue, the bike’s proprietary 130cc twin-plug, rotary valve, two-stroke single is said to be in excellent health. The drive belt has a few teeth missing, but the bike is said to accelerate and cruise well regardless.

1952 Other Makes Simplex Servi Cycle | eBay

Roughly four horsepower goes through a continuously variable transmission, and top speed should be about 40 MPH. Conceived as inexpensive and lightweight (~135 pounds) machines for young or beginner riders, Simplex’s founder Paul Treen was previously a Harley-Davidson dealer, and Milwaukee’s rejection of this concept was the impetus for production of Treen’s own design. Note the holes in the rear fender, which are believed to have been for a rack. Seat leather is original and shows some very nice weathering, but will need a few loose seems repaired with new thread.

1952 Other Makes Simplex Servi Cycle | eBay

As pointed out in the listing, these machines’ inexpensive, utilitarian nature meant that they were often ridden hard and simply tossed away at the first sign of real trouble, making even good restored examples pretty rare today. This one is probably the nicest we’ve ever seen.

Running Project: 1964 Velocette LE MkIII

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This 1964 Velocette LE MkIII (frame 641634) is being offered as a running, mostly original bike in need of some mechanical attention. Cosmetics look decent, with an attractive, light patina covering most surfaces, but one of the twin cylinders has a compression issue and fires erratically. These bikes were originally conceived as inexpensive, comfortable, and easy to operate machines, but advanced engineering kept prices high, and the model eventually became best known for its adaptation by British police. This one might be tricky to fix, but definitely seems worth the trouble. Find it here on eBay in Costa Mesa, California with reserve not met.

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Paint is noted to be original with the exception of a few small areas that have been retouched. There’s some light oxidation present here and there, but none seems to have advanced further than the surface and could probably be stopped from progressing fairly easily. The seat cover is also said to be original, and the somewhat dingy panniers appear to be as well. Tires look old, but hold air and have plenty of tread remaining.

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Instruments on these MkIII models were moved from leg fairings to a more conventional location on the headlight housing–also note the interesting ignition placement. Paint oxidation is a bit more noticeable here, and gauge trim shows some pitting. Instrument glass is a bit cloudy as well. The two gallon fuel tank just aft of a high-mounted glovebox is noted to have been cleaned and painted.

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These 192cc four-strokes were water-cooled, rubber mounted, and heavily silenced. As a result, they’re reportedly unusually quiet and comfortable to ride. Eight horsepower might not sound like much by today’s standards, but it was plenty for the style of riding this bike was designed for. This motor has over 27k miles logged so far, but will need a rebuild as the right piston currently misfires.

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The carb and fuel petcock were rebuilt at some point, and the bike retains its factory 6V electrical system. While not as cool or quirky as the earlier model’s hand-operated shift lever, this one’s pedal shift 3-speed gearbox is said to operate smoothly. The kick-start lever isn’t currently working, though the seller says it can be bump-started easily.

Factory Scrambler Style: 1968 Yamaha DT-1 Project w/ Parts Bike

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This 1968 Yamaha DT-1 is from the first year of production, and though not running at the moment, the seller says it will fire briefly on starting fluid, and overall condition looks ideal for restoration. A spare parts bike is included towards that direction, and it retains its headlight and gauges should the next owner wish to return to stock road/trail spec. Find them here on eBay in Reno, Nevada with no reserve beyond an unmet $1,500 starting bid.

1968 Yamaha Other | eBay

These were some of the very first Yamahas sold in large numbers in the US, and were preceded by lots of market research in which the company determined there to be a strong demand for machines with built-in off-road capabilities, a niche at the time mostly fulfilled by relatively exotic and expensive European made bikes like Ossa, Husqvarna, Bultaco and so on. Others built scramblers from British parallel twins, but Yamaha was among the only to offer a modestly priced, factory trail-ready dual-purpose bike in the US at the time.

1968 Yamaha Other | eBay

The bike shows evidence of a prior, partial, amateur restoration, as the tank, fenders and side panels have been repainted. The tank itself shows a bit of yellowing from some spilled gas, and is said to contain a bit of rust as well. The original seat is a bit tattered and will need to be recovered, but the stock taillight remains in place, and the parts bike seen below includes both gauges and headlight as well. The seller believes the oil injection pump has been bypassed, a fairly common occurrence back in the day.

1968 Yamaha Other | eBay

Says the seller: “The bike is not running at this time, it does kick over and I sprayed some starting fluid in the carburetor and it did momentarily fire. So there is spark and it will run, I can’t not guarantee it though because I haven’t actually heard it run and drive. It was amateur restored a long time ago and has been sitting for a long time. I do not have a title for the bike. I will provide a bill of sale for both bikes. Overall, this is a good bike to restore or just get running and use as a cool vintage dirt bike.”

Fully Automatic Racer: Low-Hour 1978 Husqvarna 390

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This 1978 Husqvarna 390 Automatic was purchased by the seller from its original owner two years ago. Bought as a pair, this one’s been restored, with attention spent on mechanicals as well as cosmetics, though it sounds to have been little used from the start, the seller speculating only 15 hours of riding time prior to being put into dry storage in 1980. These bikes have a very interesting back story involving the Swedish army, as well as some equally fascinating engineering–the 4-speed gearbox’s unusual but elegant inner workings for example, as well as the fact that its fitted in a full-race frame. Find this one here on eBay in Huntington Beach, California with a $7,500 BIN.

1978 Husqvarna 390 Automatic | eBay

Reads the meat of the ad: “Purchased from original owner in 2014. Bike has been completely worked on and tuned by Uptite Husky in Santa Ana, California. Runs as new, race-ready. Totally restored, frame and swing arm powder coated, exhaust ceramic coated. All new NOS clutch shoes, springs and related parts in transmission. New tires. Original paint on tank. Original seat. Has been in dry storage since 1980. I bought two of these from the original owner, who purchased this one for his wife in 1979. She may not have had 15 hours on the bike. She failed to allow it to idle before engaging the transmission. That’s why I needed to replace the 1st gear clutch parts with NOS parts. I did not restore the wheels, as new buyer may choose to ride in vintage events. I will include an extra green tank, original owner’s manual, and a California pink slip. A Husky speedometer will be installed.”

1978 Husqvarna 390 Automatic | eBay

According to this very interesting link, Husky originally developed these bikes in response to a request from the Swedish military, which required soldiers to be trained and fully adept at Enduro-style riding in as little as one week, the idea apparently being that once freed from having to manipulate a clutch and gearbox, green riders could instead focus on balance, weight transfer, and other riding techniques.

1978 Husqvarna 390 Automatic | eBay

From the above link: “Most of the bike was a direct lift from existing Huskys. This included the reed-valved, single-cylinder two-stroke engine and all the chassis. Only the gearbox was unique to the Auto and this fitted inside a regular Husky engine case. The heart of the gearbox was the clutch mechanism. Initially, drive was taken up by a centrifugal clutch, and then a series of a dog clutches engaged sequentially locating higher gears.”

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They continue: “It was brilliantly simple and even more brilliantly effective with bomb-proof reliability and faultless changes even under full power.” The article’s writer goes on to speculate that sales were ultimately hurt by the lack of engine braking and very slightly slower performance, largely thanks to four gears rather than the six in conventional Husky race bikes of the time.

Big Shaft-Drive Six: 1982 Kawasaki Z1300

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This 1982 Kawasaki Z1300 is one of a small handful of straight-six road bikes offered over the years, and though sold with minimal information, the bike is suitably unusual–and apparently well-preserved–to warrant a closer look. Offered over a ten-year period ending in 1989, this earlier, carbureted and conventionally sprung example will be slightly down on power compared with later, fuel-injected and air suspended bikes, but 120 HP and 85 lb. ft. is still impressive for a nearly 35 year old machine. Find this one here at Carollo Moto Classiche in Bassano del Grappa for 7,500 euros (~$8,200 USD today). Special thanks to BaT reader Paul C. for this submission.

Kawasaki Z 1300

Unlike Honda’s CBX, Kawasaki went with water-cooling, shaft drive and just two valves per cylinder. Displacement was nearly 250cc bigger than with the other Japanese six, and an undersquare bore/stroke (62 x 71mm) made for a more torquey, less revvy delivery. This one looks very well-preserved, though the ad is minimal and makes no mention of originality or the accuracy of 3k and change recorded kilometers.

Kawasaki Z 1300

Though quick, handling wasn’t great, and as such these big bikes are best suited to long, straight roads. This one appears to be all stock, and is an especially rare find in Europe–expense and thirst for fuel limited sales, especially outside of the US.

Kawasaki Z 1300

Here’s an interesting factory promotional cutaway image. Though quite big by bike standards at just under 1.3 liters, the bike’s relatively long stroke and small bore kept dimensions compact.

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Rare, mechanically interesting, fast and pretty good looking too, we don’t see these bikes for sale very often, especially as nicely preserved as this one appears to be.