No Reserve: 1966 Honda CB450 Black Bomber

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This 1966 Honda CB450 is a largely stock example of the “Black Bomber,” the company’s first DOHC “big twin” produced from 1965-1968. Equipped with a 444cc twin and 4-speed gearbox, this example is said to remain clean and largely original aside from its mirrors and front fender. Located in the selling dealer’s Indiana collection, the bike is sold with period literature and a clean California title. Black and silver paint shows no major wear according to the seller, though a few of small chips are described on the forward edge of the chrome-sided fuel tank. The chrome, seat, and tires are said to be in similarly clean condition. Mirrors are Honda items but reportedly not original. Both tank badges show crazing. Instrumentation is limited to a tach, speedo, and odometer showing 142 miles, only a handful of which have been added by the seller. The bike has been stored indoors and maintained as a part of a large collection for the past eight years, and its prior history is unknown. The 444cc air-cooled parallel twin produced 43 horsepower at 8,500 rpm when new and was paired with a 4-speed transmission. This example runs well and sounds good according to the seller. The Black Bomber weighed 412 pounds dry and achieved a 102 mph top speed in period testing. Period magazines are included along with an owner’s book and Clymer shop manual. The seller’s collection is operated under a dealer license and a clean California title will be supplied for reassignment to the new owner.

One of 750 Eddie Lawson Replicas: 1983 Kawasaki Z1000R

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This 1983 Kawasaki Z1000R (VIN KZT00R002813) has reportedly been fully restored and looks very fresh in its hard-to-find white finish. Modeled after factory rider Eddie Lawson’s race machine, these street variants were known to be very capable handlers, and even featured flat-track style handlebars and piggy-backed Showa shocks that resembled Lawson’s race bike. Apart from modern rubber, this one looks about as close to a factory floor example as we’ve seen, and should be plenty of fun around a set of curves. Find it here on eBay in Victoria Point, Queensland, Australia for $16k USD OBO. Most of these bikes were delivered in factory racing bright green, and we haven’t seen many wearing white. It fits the bike well, and finish shows no real signs of age. The bikini nose fairing, square headlamp and high-mount mirrors are all typical design touches of the decade, and this one’s also equipped with an extended rear mudguard that gives it a neat ducktail. Chunky seven-spoke wheels wear correct gold paint, and utilize a twin-disc brake configuration up front. The cockpit features clean-looking instruments and switchgear, and no sign of weathering or corrosion on any visible hardware. The windscreen also looks to be in good shape, and the seat looks nearly new. The air-cooled twin-cam four-cylinder displaces 998cc, and was rated at 80 HP. Dry weight was nearly 550 lbs., so there’s a lot of mass to push around, but these bikes were quick and competent around curves for their day. Cosmetics down here look very good, with shiny black crankcase covers, exhaust pipes, frame bosses and hardware. We tried looking for dirt or fluid accumulation, but were unsuccessful. Given the low production run, values will likely climb in the coming years as nostalgia continues to increase in the sports bike market. There are still original examples to be found, but they’re becoming difficult to find in the kind of condition this one has been brought back to.

Shaft-Drive V-Twin: 1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

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This 1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport (chassis DGM9104OM) has been owned by the seller for the last 20 years, during which it’s been fitted with a few subtle upgrades to increase comfort and usability. It’s not mentioned whether the bike is a survivor or has been reconditioned at some point, but visuals suggest it could be the former, with 29k miles on the odometer. A bin of spare parts as well as some originals that have been removed will also be included, though we’d probably leave it as-is. Find it here on eBay in Portland, Oregon with no reserve. Photos are a bit distant so it’s tough to get a detailed read on cosmetics, but everything seems to be pretty good from 10 feet or so. Deep black paint appears to hold a good shine, the seat doesn’t show any rips or fading, while the polished fenders and pipes look good too. A set of BUB mufflers have been fitted and should sound really nice. The original pipes have been retained separately, and will be included in the sale along with other extra parts such as the original bars, fuel petcocks and a set of of head and crossover pipes that were never installed. Unfortunately there are no close-up shots of the 750cc V-twin, but it sounds like it’s in good running condition by the seller’s description. It breathes through twin Dell’Orto carbs fitted with K&N filters, and the original Le Mans-style shift drum has been converted to a more conventional one-down, four-up shift pattern.

Missed Opportunities: 111-Mile 1981 Yamaha TT 500

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This 1981 Yamaha TT 500 (VIN 2Y0000743) is the trail-only variant of the XT Enduro machine that sold well throughout the late 70’s. The bike is claimed to have accumulated just 111 miles since it was new, and remains in a highly preserved state. Its big 499cc single was just given an oil change and tuneup, and is said to start easily and run very well. These are great looking bikes, and plenty fast too. Find this one here on eBay in Abilene, Kansas for $5,800 OBO. Apart from a few minor scuffs to the plastics and slightly dulled white paint, cosmetics appear very good all over. Notably, head and tail lights were added at some point, but the lack of turn signals and gauges means the trail is still its home. The seat vinyl, fork boots, grips and tires all look very good, and there’s no sign of rust on the frame or its hardware. The OHC four-stroke was rated at 27 HP when new, routed through a wide-ratio 5-speed gearbox. The seller says an oil change and tuneup were just completed, and that the motor is in good overall health. Cosmetics look very good here too, with no signs of hardware corrosion, cable damage or surface oxidation. These versatile bikes were known as good trail handlers, and were pretty fast with plenty of low-end torque as well. Getting this one out on the trail and getting it muddied up for the first time might not be easy, but it’d definitely be fun.

Quattro non Sei: 1983 Benelli 654 Sport

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This 1983 Benelli 654 Sport is said to be entirely original, fully functional and in good running condition, though unfortunately the ad gives no historical background or servicing info. The bike is currently without its nose piece fairing, and though we don’t know if it’s included in the sale, we dig the naked look. Six-cylinder Benellis get all the attention, but this is a sharp looking and uncommon bike. Find it here on Gallery Aaldering in Brummen, Netherlands for 8,700 euros (-$10k USD today). Bright red paint retains a good shine from all provided angles, and there’s no evidence of damage to the fairings, side caps or tank that we can see. Graphics and badging look good too, and stainless pieces are bright and unmarred. The seat shows some minor fade and wear, but that’s expected on a machine that’s been ridden. Factory 12 spoke wheels are wearing mismatched, older-looking rubber. The cockpit makes use of clip-on style bars and a twin-dial instrument layout. A few issues worth noting here are slightly hazy warning light lenses and gauge glasses, but the rest of the plastic areas look good, and we don’t see any hardware corrosion. All electrics are said to be working properly, and there’s a bit over 12,200 kilometers shown on the odometer. Note the 9,500 RPM redline as well. The 604cc four breathes through a quartet of Dell’Orto carbs, and pushes 60 HP through a 5-speed transmission. There’s no mention of maintenance records or recent servicing, but the ad does claim that the bike runs well nonetheless. From a cosmetic standpoint the motor presents very well. While it maybe not as desirable as a Sei, this is still an interesting and fairly scarce bike, especially here in the US.

One-Owner 1990 Honda GB500 Tourist Trophy

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This 1990 Honda GB500 Tourist Trophy shows just over 5,600 miles and was purchased new by the seller as a dealer leftover in 1994. Designed to pay homage to British bikes from the 1950s and 60s, the GB500 is equipped with a 498cc SOHC air-cooled single and a five-speed gearbox. This example remains stock aside from a Supertrapp silencer and a painted rear fender. It has been serviced by the seller during his ownership and recently received a pair of Bridgestone BT45s and a Shorai battery. This example is now being offered with the original fender and exhaust, factory tool kit, and a clean Kansas title in the seller’s name. Initially offered in Japan and then parts of Europe shortly thereafter, the GB500 was only sold in the US between 1989-1990 in one color scheme. This example retains the original black-green finish, and the seller has replaced the chrome rear fender with a NOS unit that has been de-chromed, finished to match, and fitted with a smaller rear tail lamp. Dry-weight is just under 350 pounds, and the steel frame uses a traditional twin-shock and telescopic fork arrangements. The bike also features 18″ D.I.D polished-aluminum wheels along with a front disc brake and a rear drum. A pair of Bridgestone Battlax BT45s were recently installed by the seller. The 498cc single is derived from the XL600 engine and was factory rated at 38 hp and 26 lb-ft of torque when new. It uses a gear mounted balance shaft to help keep vibration down, a dry-sump oiling system, and a wet-plate clutch with a five-speed gearbox. The seller has replaced the original silencer with Supertrapp unit. The original exhaust, rear fender, tail light, and under-seat tool kit are included with the sale. A video taken by the seller can be seen below.

Never Titled Rotary: 1975 Suzuki RE5

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This 1975 Suzuki RE5 is from the middle of a three-year production run and is said to have been in storage from 1975 until recently. The bike has never been titled, but did rack up 3,079 miles as an aftermarket fairing demonstrator according to the seller. It shows some use, but overall seems nicely preserved and even includes dealer repair tools and a boxed NOS fuel tank. Last running a year ago, the bike will need to be gone through prior to starting again, but apart from the sissy bar it looks to be all stock. Find it here on Craigslist in Anderson, Indiana for $6,500. Gauges are housed in a pod whose shape is repeated in the taillight. The front brake is seized but an NOS repair kit is included and overall condition looks very good despite some pitting on various pieces of brightwork. Some polishing compound and elbow grease will probably go a long way, and judging by the apparently excellent condition of the original tank, its paint finish and decals, there should be no reason to swap on the included NOS item. The green-tinted gauge cluster “dust cover” slides back to fully reveal the gauges, a neat touch by Giugiaro who was commissioned to style these bikes. Late production ’76 models dispensed with the “tin can” instrument pod in a failed effort to attract more buyers. Here’s a look at the 497cc single-rotor Wankel, factory rated at 62 HP. These were heavy bikes at just under 575 pounds wet, and even with liquid cooling they had a tendency to run hot. They made for comfortable, virtually vibration-free cruisers though, and remain undeniably interesting from a technical standpoint. Note the big radiator and standard exhaust, the latter of which was fitted with an OEM decal warning: “DO NOT MODIFY THE EXHAUST SYSTEM. IT IS DESIGNED TO GIVE MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE WITHOUT EXCESSIVE NOISE.”

No Reserve: 1996 BMW R850R w/ Sidecar

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This 1996 BMW R850R has been fitted with a DMC sidecar and Öhlins rear shock as well as a number of other accessories and upgrades as detailed below. The selling dealer acquired the bike five years ago and is its fourth owner. It was purchased with the intent of utilizing the sidecar for his dog, who reportedly remains uninterested after many attempts. The clutch and rear main seal were replaced at 32k miles, and the odometer now shows just over 48k indicated miles. Described as ready to ride, this R850R is sold with records back to the second owner and a clean Illinois title. The DMC model M72D sidecar was sourced at a reported cost of over $6k before accessories, color-matched paint, and professional installation. A matching OEM tri-spoke wheel and BMW badging were fitted to lend a factory look. Sidecar upgrades include a windscreen, apron, fuel can, 12-volt charging port, and Hella driving light, as well as a luggage rack mounted over the rear storage compartment. Metallic green paint is described as presentable overall with a handful of scratches and other blemishes from use. Additional touches include a Parabellum fairing, aftermarket seat, hand guards, BMW hard-sided saddle bags, and tank protector. Factory switchgear is detailed in close-up photos below. Instrumentation includes a 150 mph speedo as well as an OEM accessory tachometer and clock. The odometer currently shows just over 48k miles, 3k of which have been added by the seller. The 848cc air-cooled, four-valve “oilhead” boxer twin uses Bosch electronic fuel injection and was rated at 73 horsepower when new. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a single-disc dry clutch, 5-speed transmission, and shaft drive. Suspension includes a Telelever front fork and a single Paralever rear swingarm upgraded with an Öhlins shock. A brief video is included to show the motorcycle running and driving. Service records from the second owner are described as extensive and include replacement of the clutch and rear main seal at 32k miles. Fluids were last changed at the end of the 2016 riding season.

No Reserve: 1968 Honda CL90

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This 1968 Honda CL90 is a Scrambler model which has reportedly been in California since new. The Scrambler was mechanically similar to other Honda 90s of the period but featured off-road touches including a high mounted exhaust, extra rear fender clearance, and a handlebar brace. This example is described as largely original by the seller, who has ridden it approximately 1,300 miles since purchasing it from a friend 21 years ago. Recent work includes cleaning of the carburetor jets and replacement of the speedometer cable. The motorcycle is sold with a clean California title in the seller’s name. All CL90s came with silver-painted tanks, here faded and showing the occasional ding or scratch. Pressed steel frames were available in three colors including the black seen here. Brightwork shows its age throughout, including a rear fender bearing an STP decal that was given to the seller by Richard Petty. The condition of the tank pads, seat upholstery, handgrips, and other soft items is shown in close-up photos below. Simple switchgear is also detailed along with the Denso speedometer and 5-digit odometer, which currently shows just under 8,200 miles. Wire wheels wear older tires with extensive sidewall cracking. A black California license plate is retained out back, and the seller notes that its registration tag has now been brought current through 2018. The 90cc 4-stroke, overhead-cam single made eight horsepower from the factory for a claimed top speed just north of 60 mph. The 4-speed transmission uses a standard hand-operated clutch and was reportedly rebuilt to fix a failing second gear soon after the seller’s purchase. Walk-around and start-up videos have been added below. https://youtu.be/lVK3KRnE7Wo https://youtu.be/inklrxdSBc4

Exotic Homologation Special: 442-Mile 1985 Honda VF1000R

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This 1985 Honda VF1000R (VIN JH25C1602FM001933) was stored indoors for the last 27 years according to the seller, and has been ridden only 442 miles since it rolled out of the factory. Condition looks excellent in accordance with these claims, and the jewel-like, gear cam drive V4 was just given a tuneup as part of a larger mechanical refresh. These bikes were built to satisfy homologation requirements for Honda’s entry into the F1 class, and though a bit on the heavy and soft side for a sports bike, they remain important, technically fascinating pieces of Japanese motorcycle history. Find this one here on eBay in Richmond, Texas with reserve not met. We dig the full fairings, windscreen and twin taillights these bikes come with, and especially the HRC colors. From top to bottom the bike presents largely as new, which if described accurately it pretty much is. Honda’s adjustable, anti-dive fork is fitted with twin 285mm discs, and while new and correctly-sized rubber was fitted here, a slightly larger-than-stock tire was chosen for the rear. The cockpit maintains a like-new appearance with good-looking instrumentation, hardware, and plastics. The handlebars are adjustable clip-ons, and the seller says all control cables have been lubed and adjusted. The steer tube was also checked and adjusted, and all chassis fittings were checked and re-torqued as needed. The 998cc V4 employed gear-driven dual camshafts that enabled more precise valve timing and higher power output, though at the expense of some extra weight and noise–the latter of which is actually a big part of the appeal for many. Output was rated at 120 HP with an 11k RPM redline. An aftermarket top-end oiling system was added to help remedy a known factory oil starvation issue, the battery and spark plugs have been replaced, and both cooling and brake systems have been flushed–new stainless lines are noted as well. In back, the shock has been upgraded to a custom-valved Hagon coilover. Though heavier and not as finely balanced for track work as its cross-brand rivals at the time, these bikes were known as great high-speed runners, and ultimately helped set the mold for the sublime MkI VFR750 and all subsequent V4 sports tourers, a line which continues to this day. These special machines don’t come up for sale all that often, and this one’s low mileage and excellent state of preservation definitely make it a standout.