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.

1970 Honda Mini Trail 70 H

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This 1970 Honda Mini Trail 70 H was purchased by the seller approximately 12 years ago and has travelled less than a mile since a cosmetic restoration. Believed to be one of the earliest restored examples, this CT70HKO was built in May, 1970 and was one of the first to leave the factory out of approximately 65,000 made. Power comes from a 72cc air-cooled 4-stroke single-cylinder mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. The steel frame has been refinished in Candy Emerald Green and many NOS parts were sourced during the restoration. It is sold on a bill of sale with a 1970 California black-plate, SF Honda license plate frame, original sales material, owner’s booklet.

The pressed steel frame has been refinished in the original House of Kolor Candy Emerald Green and new decals have been fitted. Many NOS Honda parts were replaced or renewed during the process, including the chrome pieces, lenses, and rubber items.

An original Honda seat was sourced from an NOS supplier for the cost of $1,500, and the appropriate Bridgestone 4.00×10 tires are installed on the pressed steel wheels. The chrome fold-down handle-bars are said to lock and swivel properly.

The Nippon Seiki speedometer is specific to the 4-speed CT70HK0 and shows just .8 miles since the restoration was completed. The seller notes that most of the correct cables and wires are present, but that the wiring for the Hi/Lo switch has the wrong color sheathing.

The 72cc single-cylinder and 4-speed gearbox were also cosmetically refreshed, and the appropriate finishes and hardware have been renewed. This is an early production motor as indicated by the engine stamping #100182. Chassis #100190 is pictured in the gallery.

The 1970 California black plate is included with the sale, along with the original owner’s booklet and a NOS Honda San Francisco license plate frame.

Featherbed Four: 1963 Norton & Squariel Custom

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This custom is believed to have been built in Pasadena around 1963, combining a Norton Featherbed frame and Ariel Square Four engine into one very interesting motorcycle. Featherbed frames were among the most advanced and best handling of the day, and though popular for Triumph and other engine swaps, this is the first we’ve heard of one being fitted with a Squariel. Named Esquire per original paint remnants on the aluminum tank, the seller reports that it’s ready to ride following a recent tune and fresh tires. Find it here on eBay in Bend, Oregon with a $22k BIN. Special thanks to BaT reader Paul C. for this submission.

Says the seller: “Reportedly built at the Milne Bros. shop in Pasadena, California around 1963, this is the marriage of a 1956 Ariel Square Four drivetrain and a 1959 Norton Featherbed chassis and is a true vintage hot rod. Much of the British motorcycle industry’s best is represented in this custom. Originally named “Esquire,” the aluminum tank still shows original patina. The seat has been professionally recovered in leather. New stainless steel spokes on original Dunlop alloy wheels. New tires and fresh maintenance make this a completely ready-to-ride vintage classic.”

Here’s a look at the unusual Square Four, which is essentially two vertical twins whose cranks have been geared together in order to provide a single driven shaft into the 4-speed transmission. There are no details on what the recent tuneup consisted of, but the seller does note that the bike’s charging system remains weak, adding that it’s adequate for a day of riding anyway.

Though not the most powerful or sporting motors ever built, these twin-crank fours are nonetheless mechanically fascinating, and they make a pretty cool sound too. In combo with this frame and nice, high handlebars, it should make for a unique, comfortable cruiser with a good turn of handling thrown in as a bonus. Fix the charging system, change the I’s on the tank to A’s and enjoy.

Old Bike Hoard Sell-Off: Guzzis, Nortons, Beemers, BSA’s & More

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This seller is unloading a big collection of mostly European bikes and parts, all in various states of completion and decay. Among them count three Nortons, three Beemers, a couple of Ducatis, a pair of Moto Guzzis, a Squariel, and “more BSA’s than I care to count.” There’s even a two-wheel drive Rokon among the group. Find them all here on eBay in Phoenix, Arizona with an unmet $40k starting bid and additional reserve.

Above is one of two Guzzis, both of which are Ambassadors. One’s from 1970 and the other, blue bike a ’71. Both are described as good, solid, largely complete bikes. There’s three Nortons as well, including a Commando and an Atlas to go with the Model 19S seen below. The seller offers more detail regarding each bike in the full listing, but the 19S is reported to have been about 95% restored when its previous owner passed away.

Here’s a look at the 196X Ariel Cyclone, “I know what you’re thinking but this isn’t Buddy Holly’s old bike,” says the seller. Described as solid and complete but in need of work, it reportedly ran when parked and includes a spare engine and “other associated parts.” The other is a Square Four, and though no model year is given, these interesting twin-crank bikes were made from 1931 to 1959. Said to be 90% complete, it’s been disassembled for a restoration that thus far hasn’t happened.

A Velocette and the other big Guzzi…

The Commando, a Beemer, and lots of other stuff like a small 60’s NSU, a Royal Enfield from the same era, and a rare Anker JLO. Be sure to check the ad and take a look through the photos for a clearer idea of exactly what’s on offer here.

This Rokon two-wheel drive is a cool find, and though missing the front drive chain, otherwise looks pretty complete as well as very restorable.

Says the seller: “If it’s in the pictures its included (there’s stuff included that you don’t see in the pictures, too). I have lots of other random parts that are included and maybe a bike or two I forgot to mention. If I own it and it’s motorcycle related it’s included. I also have a few manuals and repair books that are included. It took me a long time to find and acquire all these bikes, I hope the buyer will enjoy them as much as I did.”

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.