1971 BMW R50/5 with Stoye Sidecar

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This 1971 BMW R50/5 motorcycle is fitted with a rare Stoye sidecar and Heinrich tank, and was purchased by the seller five years ago from the original owner. The 42k indicated miles are not believed to be accurate, and total mileage is unknown. Cosmetically, the bike shows a few scratches and some patina. The bike was sorted by Scottie’s Motor Works in Santa Clara, California within the past year. Receipts for recent service are included, showing a total of $8k for engine and suspension work, new tires, cosmetic upgrades, and the installation and upholstery of the sidecar. The seller notes that the bike runs strong following recent service, tracks straight and is stable at speed. 2k miles have been added over the seller’s ownership. This BMW R50/5 is sold with a California title in the seller’s name. The bike features some modifications including lower-profile Euro handlebars and low-mount mirrors fixed to the headlamp guard. The seat is a Denfeld Police Solo piece. Rear lamps from a /2 model were installed on both the sidecar and the bike. The front lamp shows a crack in the lens, though the seller notes that high/low beams and turn signals all function as intended The sidecar is a Stoye ‘Canoe Nose’ body, said to be authentic and believed to be of 1950’s vintage. The body is mounted on a Stoye #2 frame, and painted in a matching color scheme with a 50’s-pattern BMW roundel. A Stoye plate is shown in the gallery. The sidecar has a suspended body and is mounted to the bike with a DCM subframe. The seat was fabricated and installed last year, with matching black vinyl upholstery and white piping. The contoured Heinrich tank is also an authentic piece sourced by the seller on a trip to Germany. The filler cap is found underneath the aluminum tank cover. The 42K miles indicated are not believed original, and total mileage is unknown.  The seller notes that the speedometer recently stopped functioning, and has sourced an NOS gauge core that will be included in the sale. The 498cc air-cooled twin-cylinder motor breathes through a Bing slide carburetor, and the rear wheel is shaft-driven. The engine was serviced last year, and maintenance performed includes a full fluid flush, replacement of the front seal, and ignition service. The gearbox is the stock 4-speed manual. A full list of items addressed during the most recent service can be found in the gallery. The fork was overhauled with new boots, bumpers, seals, and oil. Tires were replaced and balanced, and a new wheel and tire installed on the sidecar. The VIN and date of manufacture can be seen on the factory plate above. A matching number is found on the crankcase, and corresponds to R50/5 production numbers, though the plate states that the bike is an R60/5. A full gallery of images of the bike can be found here.

1965 Honda CR93 Clone

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This 1965 Honda CR93 clone is based on a CB160 frame with a CL175 engine and transmission. The seller, Honda expert Bill Silver, sold this bike with its original engine back in 1999 and purchased it back at auction a few months ago. The seller has self-published several books on the history and service of early Honda Motorcycles. The original CR93 was a homologation bike, and only around twenty were built as street bikes. This clone is currently titled in the seller’s name in California and registered with non-op status.

The original CR93 was built for homologation purposes, and featured a four valve, DOHC 125cc twin mated to a close ratio 5-speed gearbox. This bike is a general visual match for an original CR93, though it uses a two-valve twin from a US market CL175. The seller and previous owner utilized period-correct Honda parts wherever possible to complete the build, including sourcing lights and instruments from other models.

The aluminum seat and tank are both custom made for this bike, as the CB160’s backbone frame is somewhat wider than an original CR93. The turn signals front and rear are stock Honda items, and the taillight is an early CB72 piece, which matches the item used on CR93 street bikes. A Benly 125 tank badge is fitted, along with custom hand-painted pinstriping to complete the look. The full frame has been powdercoated black.

A flat grand-prix style seat is fitted. The seller notes that the present riding position is comfortable for riders about 5’8″ or 5’9″ tall. Controls are mounted on stock CB77 footplates, and are currently mounted in their forwardmost positions. The rear brake actuator is currently mounted in the middle position to avoid interference with the exhaust, though the seller states that it is still easy to operate for the rider.

CB160s were not originally equipped with a tach, or a provision for a tachometer drive on the engine. Thanks to the CL175 engine swap and the use of a late K3-model tach drive, the seller was able to use a late CB77/305 Super Hawk instrument binnacle in the stock CB160 headlight shell.

The original 160cc engine and four speed transmission have been removed in favor of a 175cc unit with a 5-speed transmission from a CL175. This two valve engine modified with earlier style power-jet carburetors, reverse cone mufflers, and small cone filters. The bike features a solid state regulator/rectifier, and all of the electrics are in good working order. The seller has fitted an updated 5ohm coil for optimal rideability. This bike is equipped with an electric starter and has a full sized battery.

The brakes are original CB160 drums front and rear laced to alloy AKRONT ribbed racing wheels.

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 ruotedasogno.com 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.