BaT Auction Success Story: Crazy in Love with Morgan Three-Wheeler

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This just in from the buyer of the 2013 Morgan three-Wheeler purchased via BaT Auctions last June (link).

“It’s been terrific owning my Morgan!  Everyone smiles and thinks I’m crazy. They’re right!  Crazy in love. The only one who gets it is my 13-year-old niece.  Even bigger smiles than mine.  

Thanks BaT!

David P.



Cult Classic: 4200 Mile 1989 Honda Hawk GT 650

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This 1989 Honda Hawk GT 650 is said to be entirely stock apart from a non-standard carb jetting, the seller further claiming 4,200 miles and near-museum quality condition. Among the very first commercially available naked bikes, these neat little machines have a strong cult following, and offer a single-sided swingarm, a torquey V-twin, super-comfortable riding position, and easy, light handling up to their modest, approachable limits. This one sounds like it could be the one to have if you’ve been searching. Find it here on Craigslist near Washington DC for $4,200. Special thanks to BaT reader Bob G. for this submission.

Internally codenamed RC31, keen Honda fans will recognize that means development immediately followed that of the sublime RC30–easily one of the most exotic and desirable sportbikes ever built. Though quite a bit less expensive (and powerful), a few neat engineering details carried over, including the use of Honda’s so-called “Pro-Am” single-sided swing arm. Says the seller of this example: “This usable collector bike has been stored in a climate-controlled room, with a battery tender. It is stock with the exception of a carburetor re-jetting performed at Coleman Powersports, and new tires (as a precaution, because of age). It has only about 4,200 original miles. Slight scratch on side of muffler and small abrasion on right instrument, otherwise pristine.”

The further note a recent Honda tech servicing and cleaning of the carbs, and entry-level 80’s sportsbikes don’t come much more reliable, interesting, or fun.

Last of the Marks: 1968 BSA Spitfire MkIV

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This 1968 BSA Spitfire MkIV (frame A65SB2507) is from the final year of Mark-series production, which started two years earlier with the somewhat confusingly named MkII. These final Spitfires featured a high state of tune right from the factory, squeezing out 54 HP from 654cc of parallel twin for over 120 MPH–easily among the world’s fastest production street bikes of the day. This one looks fantastic, and the seller says that it starts easy, shows no signs of drops or crashes, and remains easy to ride and comfortable despite the low-slung clubman bars. Find it here on eBay in Greenwich, Connecticut with reserve not met.

Reads the ad: “Gas tank doesn’t leak and should be drained if not in regular use. Ethanol is a threat, and there are some small pimples in the paint work. This bike shows no signs of having been crashed dropped or scratched. The clubman bars and Tomaselli clip ons with the large tank make it a good looking bike. It’s easy to ride and is not uncomfortable. We’ve looked after this bike for the last 15 years, it’s seen very little use and is now looking for a new garage to live in.”

BSA’s traditional twin is a great looking thing, and the seller says that this one remains original to the bike–the 4-speed gearbox sounds to be as well. They also report that the bike starts easily from cold after a bit of priming and a good kick, noting a quick settle to idle while warming. Concentric AMAL carbs “were recently reviewed and inspected for any swarf or residue.”

It’s a lovely view from the cockpit, even if those gauges are a bit of a visual disappointment after the rest of the bike.

Tracked Snowbike: 1975 Pozza Alpenscooter

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This 1975 Pozza Alpenscooter (chassis M05870132) is an interesting tracked snowbike sold around central Europe and even reportedly used by Italian Army mountain units of the day. The ad falls short of providing any info beyond some general history on the model, so we’re left to guess on most details, but the seller does let loose that the bike remains original. Find it here on Car and Classic in Genova, Italy for 3,500 euros (~$3,800 USD today).

The cockpit is as basic as it gets with two levers, a throttle, and not much else–no heated grips, wind deflectors, or GPS here. A gentle patina covers the entire bike, and suits a vehicle designed to be worked hard. The dual seat is worn around the edges, but still entirely serviceable, and the fuel tank appears to be an average two gallon size–an interesting choice for a machine designed to be used in remote locations.

The photo below illustrates the machine’s dual-wheeled track configuration, and it looks like the swingarm offers a fair amount of articulation. Note also the rear passenger leg guards and cargo basket fixed aft. There’s a small hitch mounted for light towing as well.

A 250cc two-stroke single powers the track, is started by a pull-cord on the right side, and looks fairly clean for something that’s probably around for a number of years. A newer plug and wire hopefully means this rig can get around under its own power.

Modern snowmobiles are incredibly fast and loads of fun, but you can’t lean them into turns, either.

Never Started: As-Delivered 1983 BMW R100

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This 1983 BMW R100 was imported new to England, and though registered shortly thereafter, remained in its original delivery crate until 1996. At that time it was fitted with new tires in prep for road use, but circumstances mean this never happened, and now 34 years since it was first built, the bike remains un-ridden–the seller reports it’s never even been started. Condition is as-delivered, with one mile showing on the odometer, and sale includes extensive documentation as well. Find it here on eBay in Sunderland, England for 10k GBP (~$12,300 USD today).

The bike is seen here resting in the seller’s hallway where it’s been sitting for several years. Reads the ad: “This bike was UK supplied new by the UK BMW main dealer, Alan Jeffries, in 1983, and although registered, was not removed from its crate until 2006. (I still have parts of the original crate).  At this point, the bike was going to be commissioned for the road, and a new set of tyres were fitted as a precaution. Two accessories were added at the time, the stainless rear shock absorber shrouds, and the satin black valve covers. These are easily removed if needs be, and i have the original, natural colour, valve covers.  A change of circumstances meant the bike remained in storage.”

Photos don’t do the bike justice, but everything including painted, plated or bare metal as well as plastics and rubber all show essentially as-new. The same goes for decals and badging, two nice examples of which are on display in the photo below. Gauges are crystal clear, and the odometer shows one mile traveled–this suggests that the bike has been started and ridden, if only once or twice at the factory more than three decades ago.

Underneath the saddle is an unopened tool roll, tire pump, and first aid kit, and the seller also notes still-boxed spark plugs,unopened, factory supplied oil bottles, and even the original battery. Factory break-in oil remains in the engine and gearbox.

Other extras include the original service booklet, sales brochure, unmounted registration plate and “other interesting period paperwork.”

Aircraft Mechanic Built Steam Trike: 1950’s Hensel Special

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This odd steam-powered three-wheeler was successfully titled as a motorcycle upon completion by its builder, Huntington Beach, California-based aviation mechanic Fred Hensel. The seller believes it was built in the late 40’s or early 50’s, and included expired California registration documents date from as late as 1966. Bodied from riveted aluminum in aircraft style, the seller says that the level of craftsmanship and engineering quality on display is very impressive, and though it’s been driven around on compressed air, the ad includes a disclaimer that no one should attempt to build pressure in the system as it exists–fair enough considering no one seems to know when it last ran under its own steam. Find it here on eBay in Rockaway Park, New York with reserve not met.

Reads the ad: “This is a fascinating, completely hand made, one of a kind steam motorcycle. I believe it was built in the 40’s by an aviation mechanic in California named Fred Hensel. It is not getting the attention it deserves in my small collection, and it has to be seen to fully understand what a mechanical work of art it is. It has rack and pinion steering, a two-part fold-up steering column, which folds up, and away, for entry into the vehicle. You could write a book on all of the insane engineering that went into it. The detail and craftsmanship that this man put into this vehicle is mind boggling. Anything that could me made by hand, was.”


Here’s a look at the rear, which appears to incorporate a second, similarly narrow rectangular door as the front left corner. Reportedly there’s a sunroof as well.


The seller’s steam knowledgeable friends have looked over the vehicle, and it’s believed to run on solid fuel–i.e. wood, coal and the like rather than propane or other gasses. More of their assessment is quoted in the ad: “The four pedals on the floor are, from left to right, parking brake, clutch, service brake (not connect to the master cylinder) and steam valve. Water is supplied to to the boiler by electromechanical injector pump. It is believed to be timed by an electrically driven cam operating a switch. Stepping on the right pedal will open the valve to the engine. To start the engine the piston must be in the middle of it’s stroke. To achieve that goal a lever has been built in on the chain sprocket. Moving the lever from side to side will bar the engine to starting position. It is an induced down draft with the chimney at the bottom. The blower is regulated by a rheostat. A damper controls airflow on both exhaust and intake.”

The inside is a mess of levers, pedals (four of them!), petcocks, taps, dials, hoses, and other improvised fittings. We’re not sure how it’d be driven, but engineering and construction were undoubtedly a labor of love for Mr. Hensel, and it’s simply cool to see that his contraption has survived.

91K Miles: 1993 BMW R100GS Paris Dakar

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This 1993 BMW R100GS is a Paris Dakar edition, which meant the addition of skid plates, crash bars and other tough-looking bits and pieces fitted to an otherwise standard bike. This one has a whopping 91k miles, but the seller says that it starts easily, runs well, and benefits from a recent service. Mods are limited to an aftermarket front fender and exhaust, though both factory original items are included as well. Find it here on Craigslist in Athens, Georgia for $5,200. Special thanks to BaT reader Hank R. for this submission.


Reads most of the ad: “This bike is in very original shape. Features include heated grips, headlight stone guard, auxiliary oil cooler, knuckle guards, a set of BMW hard bags and rear rack. The only changes made from stock are the addition of a SuperTrapp exhaust and a slightly larger front fender. The original exhaust and fender will accompany the sale along with a spare set of tires and spare Paris Dakar decals. 91,037 miles. Starts easily, runs great and has had a recent service.”


These bikes make good cruisers, and the extra ground clearance might come in handy for off-tarmac stuff. Provided it’s been properly cared for, the odometer reading shouldn’t be too big a deal, though we’d want to fit a proper set of knobblies ASAP.

Bizarre Beemer: Citroen 2CV-Based Custom Motorcycle

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This custom bike was built in 2013 and is heavily based around parts pulled off an old Citroen 2CV, including its air-cooled boxer twin, fenders and more. The seller says they’ve added 10k kilometers since completion, and though not the prettiest looking car-engined custom out there, it’s certainly pretty interesting. Find it here on eBay in Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenia with an $11k USD BIN. Special thanks to BaT reader Philip K. for this submission.


Reads the listing in its entirety: “All parts of the motorcycle from Citroen 2CV. Military colors and excellent transmission, electronic ignition, reverse, mono front fork, brakes front drum, back double drum and disc brakes. Driven three years and crossed 10,000 km.” Check out the fenders–each one appears to have been made from two halves of the donor car’s fenders at respective ends.


In at least one way, a 2CV-based motorcycle makes a lot of sense, as visionary lead engineer André Lefebvre is believed to have based the car’s boxer twin around existing BMW designs. This one’s a later 602cc unit, meaning just under 30 HP and a 4-speed gearbox.

Four for Forty-Five OBO: Vintage Beemer Collection Sell-Off

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These four vintage Beemers’ owner sadly passed recently, and are now on offer by whom sounds to be his widow. Described as unrestored but nicely preserved, running, and rideable, in chronological order the bikes include a 1956 R69 drivetrain in a Norton frame, two ’66 R27 single cylinders, and a 1969 R69S. Sale includes a large collection of new and used spares, and the seller would prefer to part with the bikes as a quartet. Find them here on Craigslist in Milford, New Hampshire for $45k OBO.


Says the seller: “These bikes can be ridden and enjoyed and are in very nice original shape with excellent patina. Not restored, but able to be put in a competition showing class as original, antique motorcycles.” Few additional details are provided, but they’re all interesting bikes, in particular the Norton-framed R69 and saddle-bagged R69S.


The Earles forks seen here among the spares likely belongs to the re-framed R69, and the seller says that parts include new and used items, many of which remain unopened. Various fenders, saddles, exhaust components, wheels and other things can be scattered among the collection.


Whether or not a buyer looking to drop forty-five grand on four vintage Beemers even exists remains to be seen, but we’re intrigued regardless.

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.

Over 80 additional good photos are viewable in the gallery below.