Fresh Fizzer: 2600-Mile 1988 Yamaha FZR400

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This 1988 Yamaha FZR400 is claimed to be a one-owner bike that’s been garaged since new. The seller adds that there’s just over 2,600 miles on the odometer, and that the original manuals, spare keys, and a few uninstalled performance parts will be included. A strong aluminum “Deltabox” frame, well-tuned suspension, light weight, and a high-revving, 65 HP 399cc liquid-cooled four made the model memorable, and as they never sold in huge numbers here in the displacement-obsessed North American market, they’re always a special sight. Find this one here on eBay in Whitehall, Pennsylvania for $7,500 OBO.

Full-faired 80’s sportsbikes tend to be either very good looking or very awkward, and we’ve always thought these Fizzers fell easily into the former category. This one appears to be in fine shape, with clean fairings, good paint, and tidy looking aluminum components, though there is some yellowing of what looks like a protective finish applied to the frame. Color-matched tri-spoke wheels utilize dual discs up front, while a preload-adjustable mono shock resides under the rider.

No fairing-off engine or frame shots are provided, but we do get a nice closeup of the cockpit, The odometer mirrors the seller’s claims, and gauges look super-clear and crisp with simple white lettering on a black background–no fussy LED bar graphs needed. Some worn paint on the brake fluid reservoir is the only nitpick we can muster.

The liquid-cooled, transverse four employs twin cams and breathes through a quartet of Mikuni carbs, delivering ~65 HP to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox. The model was known for being a screamer (note the 14k RPM redline), and there are plenty of reports of riders taking the little four past 15,000. Hopefully the uninstalled “period performance parts” include a Yoshimura exhaust.

1986 Honda CT110

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This 1986 Honda CT110 reportedly has just 25 miles and was acquired by the seller approximately one year ago. Only half a mile has been added during his ownership, and this bike is said to be original down to the factory tires, spark plug, paint, and all fittings. Powered by a 4-stroke 105cc air-cooled single paired to a dual-range 4-speed transmission, this Honda is now being offered in unrestored condition with a clean Massachusetts title in the seller’s name.

This bike was originally purchased from Sport Shack Honda in Berlin, New Hampshire with the original dealer tag still attached as highlighted in the photo gallery below. The seller states that it comes from the final year of production for the US.

All of the factory paint remains with flaws including some fading, corrosion, pitting on the chrome, and a scrape on the front fender that has rusted. The seat, trim, fittings, factory tags, and mentioned flaws are all detailed in the photo gallery.

The original date-coded tires are reported to be rotten and will need replacement if the next owner desires to ride the bike. The lighting, horn, speedometer, and turn signals are said to function properly.

The odometer shows 25.5 total miles. The seller states that in his one year of ownership he has added only half of a mile.

The 4-stroke 105cc single-cylinder includes CDI ignition and has been left stock down to the original spark plug. It is mated to a dual-range 4-speed manual transmission. Approximately six months ago fuel was added, a new battery was installed, and the engine oil was changed.

The factory data tag is pictured above and shows the model year.

Subtle V4 Restomod: 1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor

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This 1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor is described by the seller as a restomod, and quotes a 2014 Practical Sportsbikes article on the build in which the tester wrote that “The overall effect is understated, subtle, and very much as if Honda themselves had developed the bike.” Changes include an RC51 front end complete with brakes, a VF1000R swingarm, an Akrapovic/HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) carbon exhaust and more. Though expensive, complex, heavy, and ultimately not quite as sharp as competition from Suzuki and Kawasaki, these V4 bikes saw Honda really push the limit of then-current road bike technology, and this one sounds to have sharpened things up nicely while retaining the model’s iconic looks. Find it here on eBay in Colorado Springs, Colorado with reserve not met.

Says the seller: “I built this from a solid 1984 Interceptor in 2008-2009. It was featured in the June 2014 issue of Practical Sportsbikes Magazine as a “Special Brew.” It runs excellent and handles great. I do ride it. The cams are excellent. I had found two 1000 Interceptors previous to this but both of those had bad cams and rockers. This one has no such issue. Just over 27,000 miles on it.” The cam issue noted by the seller was a real headache for Honda with its early street V4’s, and premature engine failures were common, dealing quite a blow to the company’s hard-earned reputation for rock-solid reliability.

Honda tried everything from larger cam oil jets to harder lobe material, but ultimately the issue was discovered to be poorly matched cam bearings. Apparently Honda put too much faith in new automated bearing manufacturing processes, and in their hubris decided that hand-matching these components was no longer necessary. This explains why some bikes were effected while others weren’t, with future dependability boiling down to pure luck of the draw when it came time for heads to be built up at the factory.

Here’s the 998cc V4 in question, a 90° design with twin cams per bank operating four valves per cylinder. Some versions of this engine (starting with the homologation VF1000R) would trade chain cam drive for stacked gears, but they all made good torque for such oversquare, revvy motors, delivered with a sound unmistakable for anything else. This one should be good for around 113 HP. Note the factory hydraulic clutch, operated here by an upgraded VTR1000F master cylinder and stainless lines.

Despite the changes made to this one, it still remains easily identifiable as a classic Interceptor, even with that excellent carbon front fender leading the way. The seller admits to a few scratches and similar minor flaws here and there, but overall condition looks and sounds to be excellent.

Early Goldwing Powered Trike: 1984 Tri-Magnum

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This 1984 Tri-Magnum is an early Honda Goldwing-powered trike kit that takes its model year from the donor bike. The seller says it was completed seven years ago following a two year build process, adding that it’s fast and handles well. Plans are still available for this kit, which apparently incorporates a standard VW Beetle front end mating up to the donor two-wheeler’s frame and drivetrain (minus front fork, fairings and such) via some sort of custom bracket. This one actually looks pretty cool, but with “no reverse, no heat, and no air conditioning,” not to mention no opening windows in its tilting, one-piece canopy, some further sorting will be in order to make it usable for more than a few minutes at a time. Find it here on eBay in Fairfax Station, Virginia with reserve not met.

The Suzuki mudflap is a bit misleading, but these kits were apparently designed to take any number of donor bike transplants. Styling is very 80’s, but actually pretty well resolved around the rear 3/4 angle. Taillights look a lot like Cortina items but aren’t, and we like the way they tuck up under the bodywork like jet nacelles. Graphics and wheels are well-chosen, but that canopy needs some ventilation added to make things livable inside the cabin–fortunately simple, flat sides with a fairly large surface area should make this fairly straightforward.

The cabin features a seat with two headrests, but it’d be awfully tight with a passenger inside, and the seller has fitted an instrument panel, sequential shifter, and what looks like part of the donor bike’s hand controls where they’d sit anyway. The seating position is pure early 70’s concept car.

The engine bay isn’t photographed very well, but looks like it could use some tidying anyway. This is an earlier, flat-four version from a 1984 GL1200. and should be good for around 94 HP and 78 lb. ft. of torque.

From ’87 on, the Gold Wing switched to a flat-six design with electric reverse which could be very helpful here–the extra ~6 HP and 32 lb. ft. of torque would be welcome too. Still, with a bit of tidying things could present much better in back, and being a Honda it should be reliable and easy to work on.

Early Open Cab: Restored 1953 Piaggio Ape

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This 1953 Piaggio Ape is an early, open model that’s reportedly been restored at some point in the past. These utilitarian machines are still in production today after nearly 70 years, though they’ve evolved into enclosed-cab vehicles with a few amenities. Apes (ah-pays) have been put into service around the world as rickshaws, pizza delivery vehicles, and garbage trucks just to name a few, and though the history or running condition of this one isn’t revealed, it looks ready to go. Find it here at in Reggio Emilia, Italy for 14,475 euros (-$15k USD today).

Sage Green is a good match for this little workhorse, and the removable wood-paneled bed extensions are neat too. Paint appears to have been done well, but it also looks like many of the dings and scrapes accumulated from a life of work were left in place–a nice touch. One of the coolest/most terrifying features is the jump seat mounted just to the left of the driver–the passenger gets one foot rest, and a small grip handle between the legs to hold onto. Note also the front suspension setup.

A compartment under the bed houses a spare tire. Note other niceties such as a swing-down tailgate, load tie-down hooks, and shields that protect the running lights from damage.

A 150cc two-stroke powers this machine, and was the most powerful motor that could be optioned at the time. Obviously top speed was never a strong point, but they reportedly made enough torque to climb city hills fairly well.

It would be very cool to see this thing out on the streets somewhere as a shop runabout or even as a small business delivery bike once again, but given its age and history, it will probably end up in someone’s garage. That’d be fine too, but if you bring a passenger on rides, be sure they’re the hearty type.

Low Hour 3-Wheeler: $1500 1980 Honda ATC185

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This 1980 ATC185 is described by the seller as a first-year example with no broken plastic, a healthy engine and gearbox, and very low hours. The trike reportedly sat parked in a garage for many years, and the ad even provides closeups of still-intact mold nubs on fat, OEM balloon tires. One of the rear wheels has a dented rim lip, but it looks repairable, and overall the impression is that a little detailing could have this one looking as good as it’s claimed to run. Find it here on eBay in Woodbine, New Jersey with a $1,500 BIN.

Honda is often credited with inventing the “modern” blueprint for ATV’s with the introduction of the ATC90 in 1969, These later, bigger engine bikes followed the same basic layout, including a fixed rear axle with suspension provided via large, low-pressure, all-terrain tires–that said, the 185 marked a departure in that a more traditional tube frame replaced the stamped steel used in earlier Honda three-wheelers.

Condition looks good, though plastics and metal alike seem like they could stand to be cleaned and polished. Decals appear to be nice as well, and the engine/gearbox case and exhaust fairing do look quite fresh, suggesting that claims of low hours could be true. The seat, pegs, and grips all show very well too, though the rear wheels are both in need of refinishing, displaying quite a bit of surface corrosion and scratching.

The seller says that this set still retains their molding nubs, and a few closeups within the ad seem to confirm this. Here’s a closeup of the right rear wheel, clearly in need of some mild repair work.

The 185 retailed for $1,248 when new in 1980, and at around 300 pounds, the 180cc four-stroke single and 5-speed with semi-automatic clutch should provide adequate performance. The seller says this one runs and shifts very well, though with a recoil pull-cord, hopefully it starts easily too.

Built in the UK Circa 1958: Norton-Vincent Cafe Special

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This “Norvin” combines a Norton Featherbed frame and Vincent Rapide V-twin, the seller reporting that this fantastic looking combination was first registered in England nearly 60 years ago. The ad doesn’t touch on running condition, but condition is reminiscent of a well-cared for, possibly largely original bike, and though now Stateside, sale includes what look like original number plates. Find it here on eBay in Saint Louis, Missouri with no reserve beyond an unmet $50k starting bid.

Reads much of the brief ad: “Offered for your consideration is an excellent original example of one of the first hybrid custom motorcycles. The name Norvin comes from the combination of Norton Featherbed frame and Vincent V-twin. This particular machine was first registered in the UK in 1958. The bike still retains its number plates and last registration, and is remarkable in that unlike most other builds ,the wideline Featherbed frame was modified so as to not have to resort to cutting off the transmission of the Vincent crankcases. A wonderful example of an original performance cafe racer.”

Vincent motors are always spectacular looking things, and this 998cc unit was originally fitted to a Rapide. Factory rated at 45 HP, the seller doesn’t touch on running condition, but everything looks in order here. Vincents were expensive, high-quality, and powerful machines, and in combo with the then state-of-the-art frame, should make for a great riding bike.

$50k+ is steep, but as far as original cafe builds go, they don’t come much more desirable than this.

No Reserve: 1967 Velorex 16/350

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This 1967 Velorex 16/350 is a rather unusual three wheeler that the seller acquired from longtime BaT user Mr. Vespa back in 2012. Mr. Vespa had previously brought the car over from Hungary in 2002. While early Velorex cars used a leatherette exterior covering, this example is instead wrapped in Igelit, which is a PVC-based covering. This Jawa 350cc powered car has been displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and is sold on a bill of sale by BaT user billo317.

This Velorex was reportedly restored in Hungary, and wears Igelit exterior bodywork. The body consists of several panels affixed with twist and snap fasteners, which allow them to be removed easily for cleaning or maintenance.

Like the rest of the bodywork, the convertible top is removable. The top framework is shown here with the top removed.

A small leather mouse made by the Hungarian restorer comes with the car as a memento of its past.

There are some small dents on the metal cycle fenders. The taillights and turn signals mount through the Igelit portion of the rear bodywork.

The dash and floors are wooden, and the only instrumentation is a Skoda-sourced speedometer. Red vinyl interior is in good condition and includes a pair of storage pockets on the doors. The car is started using a flat-blade screwdriver rather than a key to activate the ignition, and then the starter is activated separately using the Dynastart system. The previous owner included a set of handling instructions for the car.

Power comes from a 350cc Jawa twin backed by a four speed transmission. The engine is little altered from motorcycle specification. The seller’s mechanic has maintained the car during his five year ownership, though the car has only been used on short jaunts around his shop. The Jawa engine carries engine #572-003794.

The fuel tank, which bears a strong resemblance to a standard Jawa tank with altered mounting brackets, sits over the driver’s legs, and the battery resides at the end of the passenger’s footwell. The tubular structure is in good condition, and wears nicely applied brown paint.

Some past documentation is included, along with handwritten operator instructions from the previous owner.

Folding Travel Scooter: 1962 Centaur FS4

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This 1962 Centaur FS4 folding scooter (serial 200159) is claimed by the seller to be a mostly original, unrestored example with just a few pieces that have been exchanged for newer ones. Further described as being a good running and riding machine, these portable scooters were marketed toward small boat and plane owners, got upwards of 100 MPG, and sold fairly well in their day. Folding is accomplished in a relatively easy three-step process, and is claimed to take about 60 seconds. Find it here on eBay in Fayetteville, Arkansas with no reserve.

Grayish-blue paintwork shows some patina, but looks pretty good for the most part–likewise for the chromed handlebars and headlight bucket. The seller claims tires are factory originals, which will surely need to be replaced prior to any riding. A neat matched-set of factory optioned saddlebags are included, and remain in good shape apart from some rodent damage seen on the right side. A couple of issues worth noting are a bent handlebar and missing seat strap. On the plus side, a new headlamp and grips have been fitted, and there’s swing-out foot rests for a rear seat passenger.

A Clinton 50cc two-stroke powers this machine with all of 5 HP, but somehow still manages to afford a 400 pound load capacity and a top speed of 40 MPH. Starting is accomplished by a pull cord handle seen on the right side just forward of the saddlebag. The seller says that the motor holds good compression, and that its CVT trans remains in nice shape as well. Mileage is given as 1,234.

It’s interesting to note that the front wheel actually detaches from the fork for stowage inside the engine box.

The photo below shows the scooter in fully transformed transport configuration, and it’s not hard to see how the bike is more than capable of being stowed almost anywhere, especially with a dry weight of just 90 pounds.

The original Motocompo looks almost like a period toaster all folded up and ready to pack in the back of your Chris Craft or Skylane, and even incorporates a sealable fuel vent to prevent leaks regardless of stowage position.

Advanced & Unusual: 1951 Nimbus Model C w/ Sidecar

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This 1951 Nimbus Model C is an interesting Danish bike utilizing an OHC, air-cooled inline-four and shaft drive, a layout with roots traceable directly back to their similarly configured 1919 model, the seminal “Stovepipe.” It’s also worth noting that Nimbus was the first to offer a telescoping front fork in 1934, a year before BMW. This one looks to be a military example, and is said to have spent decades in a museum. Regardless it’s now reported to start easily and run well through all gears, though the clutch is slipping and will need to be adjusted or replaced. Find it here on eBay in Scottsdale, Arizona with reserve not met.

Reads the ad: “You are bidding on a true survivor, A 1951 Nimbus with sidecar. Nimbus was a Danish-made motorcycle with an inline four-cylinder with external rockers and a stovepipe exhaust. This bike was in a museum since the early 60’s with true mileage. The bike starts on the first kick, runs through all the gears, and brakes well, but the clutch is starting to slip. I take the bike for a ride almost every other week to keep her legs stretched. The original title was lost years ago, but I can get an Arizona title if you wish. I’ve had the bike for about two years.”

The engine is a 749cc unit with an unusual overhead cam/exposed rocker setup seen in detail here. This one was probably set up for sidecar duty from new, with a 3-speed gearbox allowing a top speed of around 55 MPH or so.

Check out that key–very cool. Mileage is give as just under 10k, which corresponds with what’s recorded on the Smiths combination metric speedo/odo unit–call it 6k miles.