1997 Ducati 916 Biposto

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This 1997 Ducati 916 is powered by a Desmoquattro 90 degree V-twin coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox and utilizes a single-sided swingarm and steel trellis frame. It has been part of the seller’s collection since 2003 and currently shows 20,495 miles. Modifications include an aftermarket set of clip-ons and a pair of carbon fiber silencers. Maintenance performed within the past 100 miles includes a valve adjustment, timing belt service, and replacement of the original clutch. This 916 is now being offered with a clear Indiana title. Designed by Massimo Tamburini and released in 1994, the 916’s styling was a major departure from its predecessor the 888. It would remain in production until 1998 when it was replaced by the 996 and later the 998. This example is equipped with a Biposto tail, and the rear license plate holder and passenger footpegs have been removed. Underneath the fairing is an aluminum subframe, and a chromoly trellis frame finished to match the three-spoke 17″ wheels. The currently-installed Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa tires have approximately 100 miles of use. Base model 916s came equipped with 43mm Showa forks from the factory, and a single Showa shock with rising-rate linkage in the rear. 320mm stainless rotors and a pair of four-piston calipers are fitted up front and handle the majority of the braking. 20,495 miles are shown on the odometer, approximately 10k of which were added by the seller during their 15 years of ownership. Power comes from a liquid-cooled 916cc 90-degree V-twin which sends power through a multi-plate dry clutch and a six-speed gearbox. Desmodromic valve actuation means that the camshafts are responsible for opening and closing each of the 8-valves, and fuel is delivered with a Weber-Marelli fuel injection system. Approximately 100 miles ago, Commonwealth Motorcycles in Louisville, Kentucky changed both timing belts, re-shimmed the valves, replaced the original clutch, changed all fluids, and performed a nut-and-bolt inspection.

Lucky for One – BMW R80 Cafe Racer

Everyone wants to be remembered for something. For Portugal’s it roCkS!bikes that something is great looking, monocoque bodied custom motorcycles. Run by Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos, a pair of motorcycle obsessed engineers, it roCkS!bikes has built a reputation that has earned them a place as one of Yamaha’s invited Yardbuilt builders, joining the ranks of Shinya Kimura and the Wrenchmonkees. Along with their fascination with motorcycles IRB (it roCkS!bikes) also happen to be café racer aficionados using the classic style as inspiration for most of their builds.

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1977 Ducati Sport Desmo 500

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This 1977 Ducati Sport Desmo is powered by a 500cc parallel twin coupled with a 5-speed gearbox and was equipped from the factory with a twin down-tube frame, clip-on handlebars, rear sets, and a solo seat. Within the past two years, the bodywork was repainted, and a set of Dunstall silencers were installed along with Metzler tires. The seller has added approximately 30 miles since acquiring the bike in late 2017, during which time he has replaced the battery and changed the fluids. Now showing 14,605 kilometers (~9k miles), this Sport Desmo is being offered with a clean New York title in the seller’s name. The tank, solo seat, and fender were repainted in the original red with a custom center white stripe by the previous owner. A small crack is present on the left-side panel, as is a chip in the paint near the reupholstered seat. Two-year-old Metzler tires are fitted on the Borrani alloy wheels. Triple Brembo discs handle braking, two up front and one out back. A set of chrome Dunstall mufflers have been installed in place of the original Contis, and some pitting is evident on the hardware. 14,605 kilometers (~9k miles) are shown on the Veglia speedometer. The 500cc parallel twin utilizes a 180-degree crank, desmodromic valvetrain, two valves per cylinder, and a 9.6:1 compression ratio. Fuel is delivered with a pair of Dellorto carburetors, which were recently removed and cleaned by the seller. Factory rated output was approximately 50 horsepower when the bike was new.

Caffeine fix – Barista Harley Davidson Sportster

Motorcycles and coffee are two items that appear on my list of things that I can’t live without, which is rather fortunate. Through my observations, motorcyclists spend a great deal of time in and around cafes, just like musicians seem to spend a lot of time in and around bars. The never-ending search for the perfect road will always feature a visit to a cafe. This gravitation towards places to get a caffeine recharge and to meet with fellow riders is exactly how the term ‘Café Racer’ came about. The undeniable connection between cafes and riders became the inspiration for this bike, the aptly named BAR!STA.

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1955 AJS Model 20

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This 1955 AJS Model 20 is powered by a 498cc parallel-twin and utilizes a Teledraulic fork and rear swing arm. The longterm previous owner reportedly purchased the bike at the age of 16 in Thailand, and eventually relocated it to the US. A refurbishment was performed in the early 2000s, and the seller acquired the bike about three years ago. Within the past two months, a new battery and tires have been installed. This Model 20 is now being offered with a clear Mississippi title in the seller’s name. Associated Motorcycles Limited (AMC) released the AJS Model 20, along with its brand-engineered counterpart the Matchless G9, in 1949. The Model 20 received a chrome fuel tank with blue, black, and gold accents, while multiple components were carried over from AMC’s single cylinder line-up. Some signs of age are present in the brightwork, rubber, and black finish. Original components such as tank badges, jampot rear shocks, and rear-mounted tire pump have been retained. Braking is managed by 7″ drums in the front and rear, and a new set of Avon tires have been installed within the past two months. A 120 mph Smith speedometer is housed in the headlight shell and currently shows 714 miles. Actual mileage is unknown. The air-cooled parallel-twin displaces 498cc and uses overhead valves, an equal-length twin exhaust, and single Amal carburetor. Individual aluminum cylinder heads are utilized with a cast iron cylinder, and the pistons meet the three-bearing crank with a pair of connecting rods made from Hiduminium, an aluminum alloy developed by Rolls Royce. Charging for the 6-volt electric system is managed by a front-mount dynamo, while the ignition system utilizes a magneto mounted behind the cylinders. Behind the pressed steel cover is a chain drive primary and wet clutch, which sends power to the Burman four-speed gearbox. The seller recently cleaned the fuel tank and carburetor and performed a valve adjustment. A few small oil leaks are present.

No Reserve: 1965 Heinkel Tourist 103 A2

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This 1965 Heinkel Tourist 103 A2 was purchased by the seller two years ago from its second owner of 20 years and shows just under 7,700 miles. German aircraft manufacturer Heinkel turned to building desperately-needed ground transportation in the decades following WWII, including cars, motorcycles, and scooters. This example is powered by a 174cc single which benefits from a recent valve adjustment, oil change, and conversion to a single battery, and shifts through a 4-speed manual gearbox. Modifications include a color change performed prior to the seller’s purchase. This Tourist is offered at no reserve with a clean Washington State title. The Tourist was generally regarded as one of the most well-appointed motor scooters produced, and well over 150,000 would leave the factory between 1954 and 1967. This example was repainted by the previous owner in its current red. A brief walk-around video is provided above, while badges and trim are captured in detail in the gallery below. The tubular steel frame is mounted with pressed steel body panels and a solid aluminum floor panel. All but the earliest Tourists featured a push-button ignition and 12-volt electrical system and has been converted to a single battery since the photos have been taken. The electric start system is said to work as it should here along with other accessories, including the headlight, taillight, turn signals, and horn. Pitting is present on the trim ring of the VDO speedometer, which contains an odometer registering just under 7,700 miles. The 174cc OHV four-stroke single drives the rear wheel via a chain housed within the swingarm to prevent oil from coming in contact with the rider. This example was serviced with a valve adjustment and oil change two months ago and has been ridden roughly 100 miles by the seller. An idle demonstration video is shown below.

The Missing Piece – Puzzle Garage Honda Rebel

In 2015 Italian restauranteur Alessandro Dell’unto rented a small workshop space 500m from his restaurant. Why? Because when he’s not refining his latest offering of culinary delights Alessandro spends his time-wrenching on motorcycles. It’s an unusual recipe (pun intended) but ones that seem to have hit a chord as the bikes he’s built have gained more attention than he’d ever planned. His last build, a CB750 based café racer, was so well received that it landed him the opportunity to create this, Europe’s first custom Honda Rebel 500.

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Riding Gear – Fuel Sergeant Waxed Pants

If you’re the kind of rider who spends their weekdays on asphalt and their weekends on dirt these new riding pants from Fuel Motorcycles will serve you well. Inspired by the uniform of the 7th Calvary the Fuel Sergeant Waxed pants merge timeless styling with modern safety technology.

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Evolutionary Design – Autofabrica Yamaha XSR900

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of meeting the Muharremi brothers, the duo behind the United Kingdom’s ‘Auto Fabrica’. At the time of visiting their workshop Yamaha Motorcycles had just released the XSR900 and to my surprise, Bujar and Gaz had one sitting in their garage. They divulged details of a Yamaha Yardbuilt project based on the new platform which we promised to keep under wraps until the finished bike was released and today we can finally reveal the fruits of their effort, the Auto Fabrica ‘Type 11’.
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No Reserve: 1968 BSA 441 Shooting Star

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This 1968 BSA Shooting Star resided in a private collection for approximately 29 years prior to the seller’s acquisition last year. Shortly after purchasing the bike, he installed two new tires, a new battery, and a new Amal carburetor. The charging system was also upgraded with a modern rectifier, and an estimated 80 miles have been added since the work was completed. Power is provided by a 441cc single mated to a four-speed gearbox, and this B44 is now being offered at no reserve with a clean California title in the seller’s name. Finished in Peony Red, the bike features a 4-gallon fuel tank and color-matching side covers. Pitting is evident in the original chrome, and the factory-applied decals and emblems are present. New foam has been installed underneath the seat cover. The fiberglass fuel tank remains uncoated, though the seller has only run the bike on ethanol-free fuel. New Avon Roadmaster tires and tubes were installed on the wire wheels last year. The 441cc OHV single is equipped with a new Amal Concentric carburetor and sends power through a four speed manual gearbox. Stamping B253 is visible on the left side of the engine case, and the seller’s riding video is shown below.