No Reserve: 1971 BSA 650 Lightning A65 Project

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This 1971 BSA A65 Lightning is a non-running example that was purchased new at Cycle World of Toronto on May 24, 1972. It was acquired by the seller in 2014 as a project that had been disassembled by its original owner in 1979. The motorcycle has since been re-assembled by the seller, though some outstanding needs remain and the 654cc OHV parallel-twin engine has not been started. It is equipped with a 4-speed manual gearbox and is now being offered for sale at no reserve with some receipts from the original owner, a new battery, and a clean Ontario title in the seller’s name. The Lightning was built in Birmingham and designed largely for export to the North American market. This example comes from the end of BSA production. The seller states that the component missing prior to re-assembly was the main kickstand spring. The bike retains its Dove Grey frame, and a bracket has been welded onto the right pipe of the dual chrome exhaust system. Some blemishes in the finish of the tank and peeling of the BSA emblem are noted. Instrumentation is straightforward and includes a Smiths speedometer and tachometer, with 8,688 miles indicated on the odometer. A new battery is included in the sale. The 654cc overhead-valve parallel twin is reportedly original and was factory-rated at 53 horsepower when new. The seller has not attempted to start the bike, and notes that the compression is low on one side. The carburetors were cleaned but will require further adjustment. Outstanding mechanical needs include electrical sorting, air intake boots, and installation of fuel lines. Receipts from the original owner indicate that the bike was last serviced in 1979. Additional images in the gallery depict the seller’s re-assembly of the motorcycle.

Twice Restored Featherbed: 1960 Norton Dominator 99

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This 1960 Norton Dominator 99 is a very attractive example that’s been ridden a fair amount but has also seen two restorations along the way, the most recent back in 2011. These 99’s are arguably the most desirable of the Dominator line, combining Norton’s famous (and at the time, world-class) Featherbed frame with the largest available 597cc parallel twin, and this one comes with known ownership history as well as documentation dating to new. Find it here on in Rosengarten, Germany for 9k euros (-$10,700 USD today). Inky black paint shows very well with no obvious flaws, and the various polished steel and chrome pieces look equally as nice. Cabling, hoses, and hardware seem like they may be newer, and there’s no sign of surface corrosion anywhere that we can see. A set of Smiths gauges are found mounted in the headlight fairing, and there’s 33,485 kilometers visible on the odometer. The 697cc vertical twin utilized alloy heads and a higher compression setup that bumped power up to 31 horses. The cleanliness of the engine casing and only a slight discoloring of the exhaust tubes suggest that the bike hasn’t been ridden much since the last restoration. These Featherbed frames were constructed by Reynolds, and provided excellent rigidity along with a lighter weight than pretty much anyone else in the industry at the time–as such it was at one time very popular to put other manufacturer’s engines in to Featherbeds, making for some very interesting hybrids. That said, we’re glad that this one retains its original engine and spec, and hope that it still does following an eventual third restoration as well.

No Reserve: 1993 Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic

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This 1993 Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic was ordered new by the selling dealer’s father. As the former owner of a motorcycle chrome parts business, the seller’s father modified this example with a number of aftermarket Harley-Davidson parts. The seller acquired the bike following his father’s passing five years ago and has only added approximately five miles since. Power comes from a 1,340cc Evolution V-twin paired to a 5-speed gearbox, and service in 2014 included a new battery, intake manifold seal, and fluids. This Harley-Davidson is now being offered at no reserve with a clean Florida title. The tanks and fenders are said to retain their original Vivid Black finish with pin-stripe accents. The seller notes the addition of numerous aftermarket chrome items by his father, with some light surface rust reported on some of the chrome. 16” wire-spoke wheels are wrapped in Dunlop tires from 2007 which the seller recommends replacing prior to use. Studded saddle bags and matching backrests were added. A period-car phone is fitted on the handlebars along with a bag and coin holder. A CB walkie talkie, gloves, sunglasses, and motorcycle cover are included in the sale. The 120 mph speedometer shows 25,977 miles, which are believed accurate by the seller. Only five miles have been added in the last five years. A cracked oil pressure gauge lens will reportedly be replaced for the sale. Power comes from an air-cooled, 45-degree 1,340cc Evolution V-twin mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Equipped with a single four-lobe gear-driven camshaft, the Evolution was used in a number of Harley-Davidson models during its 15-year production run. A receipt from Gator Harley-Davidson of Leesburg, Florida in December 2014 is viewable in the gallery. Work performed at that time included new fluids, spark plugs, battery, and seals. A walk-around and start-up video can be seen below.

No Reserve: 1957 Zundapp KS601 EL

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This Zundapp motorcycle appears to be a 1957 KS601 “Elastic” model with a 597cc boxer twin and 4-speed transmission. Built in post-war Germany, the relatively powerful engine and heavy-duty construction made these bikes well-suited to endurance or sidecar duty. Approximately 5,000 were produced including the US-only Elastic model, which was updated with more power and a different rear frame design to accommodate a revised rear suspension. Just 200 Elastics were reportedly built during late KS601 production, and this example has spent eight years in the seller’s Indiana collection. Basic KS601 models were typically finished in a pale green which leant the series its “Green Elephant” moniker. The Elastic model could be had in a number of colors, and the original hue of this example remains unconfirmed. Current black paint is shown up close in a number of photos below along with brightwork, badging, and a small tear in the right knee pad. A more modern two-place seat has replaced the bulky factory single-piece item, and a handful of trim pieces are missing. The taillight, rear shocks, and exhaust system also appear to be aftermarket replacements. Tires, brakes, and cables are all said to remain in good condition and all accessories function properly according to the seller. Just under 17k miles are shown on the 5-digit odometer. The 597cc boxer-twin produced 34 horsepower in Elastic trim. Fuel petcocks and 25mm Bing carburetors have recently been cleaned, and the fuel tank looks good inside according to the seller. General maintenance has been carried out by the collection’s mechanic over the past eight years. A 4-speed duplex chain driven transmission sends power to the rear wheel via a driveshaft rather than a chain. Suspension consists of a telescopic fork up front, while the Elastic model got a swing-arm setup to replace the plunger-style rear end of the basic KS601. Both wheels are equipped with drum brakes. The collection is managed under a dealer license and the sale includes a clean Arkansas title for reassignment to the new owner. The motorcycle is listed as a 1951 KS601 on the title, though its frame number 555255 appears to identify it as a 1957 KS601 EL.

The Best Alternator / Charging System Check I have ever found Thanks to J&P cycles blog

I’m reprinting this.  It is from J&P Cycles’ blog, about how to test your Harley’s charging system from end-to-end.  I haven’t seen anything better and I’m always looking…. See more goodness from J&P here.

  1. Battery Test: The battery needs to be a fully charged battery that has been load tested to ensure proper readings. If you are not working with a fully charged and functional battery, all other voltage tests will be incorrect. Most places like Auto Zone, Advance Auto, and Pep Boys will charge and test motorcycle batteries for free. Standing battery Voltage should be 12.5-13.2 DCV.
  2. Charging System Voltage Test: Start motorcycle, Measure DC Volts across the battery terminals (you should have a reading of approximately 13.2-15 DC Volts).
  3. Check Connections/Wires:Inspect the regulator/stator plug, and check the battery terminals for connection/corrosion. If everything seems to be in order, move on to number 4 below to determine if there’s a failed component.
  4. Stator Checks/Rotor Check:Each of the following tests isolate the stator & Rotor, If AC Output test Fails and Resistance Check, and Stator IB Test Pass then Rotor is at fault (Pull Primary covers and inspect rotor for damage).
  • AC Output Check:
  1. Unplug the regulator plug from the stator
  2. Start motorcycle and change Voltmeter to AC volts.
  3. Probe both stator wires with your meter leads.
  4. The motorcycle should be putting out approximately 18-20 ACV per 1,000 rpm. (Reading will vary depending on system, check service manual specification)
  5. Generic Specs:
  • 22 amp system produces about 19-26 VAC per 1,000 rpm
  • 32 amp system produces about 16-20 VAC per 1,000 rpm
  • 45 amp system produces about 19-26 VAC per 1,000 rpm
  • Stator Resistance Check:
  1. Switch your multi meter to Ohm x 1 scale.
  2. Probe each stator wires with meter leads and check resistance on meter.
  3. Resistance should be in the range of 0.1-0.5 Ohms. (Reading will vary depending on system, check service manual for specification)
  4. Generic Specs:
  • 22 amp system produces about 0.2 to 0.4 ohms
  • 32 amp system produces about 0.1 to 0.2 ohms
  • 45 amp system produces about 0.1 to 0.2 ohms
  • Stator IB test or Ground Check:
  1. Switch your multi meter to Ohm x 1 scale.
  2. Probe each stator wire with your positive lead on multi meter and the negative to ground.
  3. There should be no continuity to ground on either wire.
  4. If there is continuity to ground your stator is shorted to ground.
  1. Regulator Test: Each of the following tests isolates the regulator only, so if any of these tests fail, the regulator is at fault.
  • Identifying Wires:
  1. Battery Charge Lead– Wire going from regulator to battery positive.
  2. AC output leads– Wires coming from the Stator to regulator.
  3. Ground– Wire from Regulator to ground or regulator may be grounded via the physical bolting to chassis.
  • Regulator Ground Test: Insure the regulator body is grounded or grounding wire is fastened tight to a good ground (you should verify this by checking continuity from regulator body to chassis ground).
  • Fwd/Reverse Bias Test/Diode Test: This check is testing the Diode function to ensure it is regulating the AC current for the stator into DC Current.
  1. Switch multi meter to Diode Scale.
  2. Place your Multi meter positive lead on each AC output wire.
  3. Place your multi meter negative lead on the battery Charge wire.
  4. The meter should read voltage typically around .5 volts.
  5. Next, switch your multi meter leads putting the negative lead on the AC output wires and the Positive lead on the Battery Charge Wire.
  6. The reading should be Infinite.
  7. With your meter on the same setting, place your multi meter positive lead on the regulator ground wire or to the regulator directly, and then place your meter negative lead on the AC output leads.
  8. The meter should read voltage typically around .5 volts.
  9. Next, switch your multi meter leads putting the negative lead on the regulator ground and the Positive lead on the AC output wires.
  10. The reading should be Infinite.
  11. Note: Below is a table to show the readings:
Positive Lead Negative Lead Reading
AC output 1 Battery charge lead Voltage
AC output 2 Battery Charge Lead Voltage
Battery charge lead AC output 1
Battery charge lead AC output 2
Ground AC output 1 Voltage
Ground AC output 2 Voltage
AC output 1 Ground
AC output 2 Ground


1966 Ducati Diana Mark 3

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This 1966 Ducati Diana Mark 3 shows 3853 miles and is powered by a 249cc bevel drive single cylinder mated to a 5-speed transmission. Restored by a previous owner, the seller has added only 50 miles during eight years of ownership and reports that it runs and sounds great with all lights and controls in working order. Maintained by the sellers personal mechanic, there are no service records available but will come with clean Indiana title in the sellers name. Believed to have been previously restored, the paint and chrome finishes still appear to be in good condition. The seat, tires, and tank are all described to be in nice condition. It is believed that less than 4000 were built during a four-year production run with few surviving in street trim as many saw competition use. The 18″ wheels wear Michelin tires with a period tread and the rear shocks are adjustable. No records are available as the seller has had all work performed by a personal mechanic. 3853 miles are shown and believed to be correct, though no supporting documents are available. The large Veglia tachometer was unique to the Diana series and had an 8500 rpm redline. Power comes from a 249cc bevel-drive 4-stroke single cylinder mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. A case stamping is shown in the gallery below. The Mark 3 produced 30 horsepower and was the fastest 250cc street bike available when new. A Cycle World track test found that it was capable of a standing quarter mile in 16.5 seconds at 79.5mph and a top speed of 104mph that was faster than the contemporary Yamaha TD1 race bike.  

1963 BMW R27

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This 1963 BMW R27 is powered by its original 247cc single, which is paired to a 4-speed transmission and shaft final drive. R27s were the final shaft drive single produced by BMW, and feature an Earles Fork front suspension and rubber engine mountings. This example was acquired by the owner two years ago after it was reportedly restored by the previous owner. The bike has been maintained by the seller’s personal mechanic, and recently received a new battery, new points, set timing and carburetor tuning. No modifications are noted, and the bike is being sold by a dealer with a clean Indiana title. The R27 was an evolution of the preceding R26, and used many of the same elements as BMW’s larger boxer-twin powered bikes, including a front Earles Fork. The black paint on the seat, airbox, and headlight housing is intact with a good gloss. The seller notes some chipping on both fenders, and a larger scrape on the right side of the front fender that is shown in the gallery. The tires are older and show some cracking. 22,700 miles are shown, and this figure is believed to be accurate. Power comes from a 247cc 4-stroke mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. The R27 was rated to produce 18 horsepower, and was the only rubber-mounted vertical single produced by BMW. The bike has been maintained by the seller’s personal mechanic, though no service records are available. The last service included new points, and a general tune-up including set timing and carb tuning. A new battery is fitted. The engine case number is provided above, and the engine is said to be original to the bike. The chassis number is shown above, matches the engine stamping. No service documentation is available.

No Reserve: 1970 Ducati Desmo 350

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This 1970 Ducati Desmo 350 was purchased by the seller four years ago. It shows 5,316 miles which is believed correct, though documentation is not included. Power comes from a 350cc engine which breathes through a rebuilt 29mm Dellorto SS carburetor and is paired to a 5-speed transmission. Further alterations include a stainless steel mount for the original Veglia tachometer, a reproduction silentium silencer, a new header pipe, new chain, and a new ignition switch assembly. All cables are said to have recently been replaced, and this Ducati is now being offered at no reserve with a clean Indiana title. As shown above, the yellow paint on the fuel tank and trim was applied during previous ownership. Several paint flaws are highlighted in the photo gallery below. The frame and all other painted parts are claimed to be original, as is the chrome. There is a spot on the headlight where the chrome has peeled off, and the rear shock springs were painted silver by the previous owner. The fuel tank has recently been resealed. The black leather saddle was purchased from France by the previous owner. Two seam tears are highlighted in the photo gallery below. This Ducati rides on Borrani wheels wearing period Pirelli tires that show cracking and should be replaced. The original Veglia tachometer is on a stainless steel mount, and the seller claims that all lights are in good working order. The odometer currently displays 5,316 miles which the seller believes is correct, though no documentation is included with the sale for verification. The factory 350cc engine is linked to a 5-speed transmission and has been fitted with a recently rebuilt non-original 29mm Dellorto SS carburetor. The factory engine stamping is shown above.

1980 Honda CT 110

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This 1980 Honda CT110 is described as an unmodified example and was purchased by the seller from its second owner. The second owner lived in the Pikes Peak National Forest, and purchased the bike in 2005 to retrieve his mail. After getting too old to use the bike regularly, the bike went into storage in his home in Arizona. Power comes from a 105cc 4-stroke single cylinder engine with a 4-speed semi-automatic transmission. It was last serviced in 2014 by the Honda dealer. This CT110 is sold with a clean Arizona title in the seller’s name. Finished in Tahitian Red, this CT110 retains stock exterior accessories, including the exhaust heat shield, rear rack, and auxilliary fuel tank mounted under the left side of the rear rack. The original toolkit and seat are included as well. A correct Honda seat is currently fitted. Graphics and warning stickers are in place throughout the bike. Some wear is visible at the edges of several body panels. A sticker from Bluff Honda, a dealer in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, is present on the taillight lens. All of the lights are said to work correctly. The single combined instrument includes high beam, neutral and turn signal indicators. The 60 mph speedometer reads several miles per hour beyond the bike’s top speed on flat and level ground, and provides shift points for the four-speed gearbox. Just under 1,700 miles are shown. Power comes from a 105cc 4-stroke single mated to a four speed transmission with an automatic clutch. The 7.6 horsepower engine was reportedly capable of fuel economy above 100 mpg. The previous owner last serviced the bike at a Honda dealer in 2014, where it received fresh fluids and a general tune-up at that time.

1964 BMW R27

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This 1964 BMW R27 is a refurbished example in Dover White with a 247cc single and a 4-speed transmission. The final generation of BMW’s shaft-driven single-cylinder was produced from 1960 to 1966, during which approximately 15,000 were built. This example has been owned by the seller since 2010, when he reportedly purchased it from its third owner. The refurbishment work commenced shortly thereafter to include new paint, an engine rebuild, and more detailed below. Approximately 2,000 miles have been ridden since the work was completed. This R27 comes with an original owner’s manual and will be sold with a Connecticut bill of sale. The refurbishment work included sandblasting of the frame followed by a repaint from original black to factory Dover White under hand-applied black pinstriping. The finish is shown under bright sun and indoor lighting below, where close-up photos also detail the condition of brightwork, rubber, and other hardware. Polished wheels feature new aluminum rims and spokes, and are mounted with Metzeler rubber. Equipment includes a sprung Pagusa seat, hinged rear fender, in-tank storage compartment, factory hand pump, headlight-mounted mirrors, and turn signals mounted at the ends of new handlebars. Instrumentation consists of a functional reverse-sweep 90 mph speedo and a five-digit odometer with just under 17,500 miles indicated. The rubber-mounted 247cc overhead-valve single-cylinder “thumper” was rated at 18 horsepower in stock form and is paired with a 4-speed transmission. The engine was rebuilt during the 2010 work with new piston rings, bearings, and oil slinger, and the exhaust system was also replaced. Induction is from a non-original Mikuni carburetor whose rubber intake hoses are showing their age. An oil change has been carried out within the past year. Suspension is from a leading-link Earles fork/swingarm setup in the front and a rear springarm, one side of which incorporates the enclosed driveshaft. Braking power comes from drums front and rear, both of which were refreshed during the 2010 work. The refinishing work was carried out personally by the seller, with further photos from the process shown below. The motorcycle will be sold with a bill of sale and registration paperwork, as the state of Connecticut does not issue titles for vehicles of this age.