No Reserve: 1972 BMW R75/5 SWB

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Modified 1952 Vincent Series C Black Shadow

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This 1952 Vincent Black Shadow was owned for many years by racer John Ulver, who ran it at several sprint races and the Bonneville speed trials. It has been modified for these purposes, including vented front brakes, a smaller seat, removal of the front fender, larger carburetors, and more. Acquired by the selling dealer one year ago, this bike is sold with many of the removed stock parts, along with an extensive collection of performance spares as shown below. Power comes from a 998cc V-twin mated to a 4-speed transmission, but the bike is not currently in running condition. The seller reports that the engine and frame numbers are matching, though the original rear frame member has been replaced. This Black Shadow has not been street legal for several years, and it is now being offered with the spares and a clean California title. Modification for racing included removal of numerous components, including the factory seat and front fender. The rear fender was also bobbed, and drag bars were added along with a Black Lightning-style seat, rear sets, alloy wheels, and a fuel tank with a cut-out for the larger carburetors. The clutch cover, rear set plates, and seat brace were also drilled to reduce weight. Engine #F10AB/1B/8711 is said to match uniform frame #RC10611B according to the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club. The engine mating number is B59B, and the matching components reportedly confirm the bike as a March 1952 Series C Black Shadow. The 55 horsepower Black Shadow was considered the fastest street legal motorcycle of its time, and although internal modifications are unknown, larger carburetors and straight pipes can be seen. Corrosion is visible on many surfaces, including the engine case, which also shows several chips and scratches as detailed in the gallery. Performance modifications include vented front brakes, shouldered alloy wheels, and polished Girdraulic forks. The rear frame member (RC10747B) was replaced at some time in the past and is said to be the only numbered piece that is not original to the bike. Extensive spares are included, consisting of many of the removed stock pieces as well as various performance items. The stock seat comes with the bike, as do additional straight pipes, heads, carburetors, cylinders, fenders, and more as shown in the gallery below.

Custom 1973 Triumph T140V Bonneville 750

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This 1973 Triumph T140V Bonneville was purchased by the seller 3 years ago and was rebuilt in 2016 as a stripped down cafe racer by Brady Young at Seaweed and Gravel in Encinitas California. Powered by a rebuilt 750cc parallel twin with a 5-speed transmission, this bike now features a Suzuki GSXR 750 front end, Honda XR600 master cylinder, powder coated frame, clip on handle bars, “brat” style seat, and flat track pipes. This Bonneville is sold with a notebook of receipts and a clean California title in the seller’s name. The stock Triumph tank was refinished in metallic blue and the frame powder coated black. The front and rear fenders were removed and clip-on handlebars with leather wrapped grips and a smaller amber tinted headlight added. No gauges are present but the seller estimates around 1500 miles have been added since his purchase. The tail of the frame was bobbed with Hagon adjustable shocks mounted and a shortened gold chain. A “Brat” style seat was fitted, the license plate relocated to the inner fender area, and a small LED tail light attached below the seat frame. The front end features larger diameter upside down forks sourced from a Suzuki GSXR750 and wears a single 310mm disc with a 3 piston caliper. The master cylinder comes from a Honda XR600 and the powder coated wheels wear Bridgestone Battlax tires. As part of the customizing, the 750cc parallel twin was rebuilt and the cases powder coated black. Modifications include Mikuni round slide carburetors, foam Uni filters, and a Boyer electronic ignition with an Emgo coil. The T140 used the frame as an oil tank and the 5-speed transmission retains the original right side shift. The flat track-inspired pipes are covered in header wrap and have short silencers. The seller can provide receipts for all work performed in the last 3 years.

No Reserve: 1997 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic

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This 1997 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Soft Tail Classic was purchased by the seller two years ago from the widow of the original owner. Currently showing just over 18k miles, the bike is equipped with a windscreen, crash bar, accessory lights, and saddle bags. Power comes from an 80ci V-twin, which is mated to a 5-speed gearbox and has been fitted with a Stage 1 carburetor kit and a 2 into 1 exhaust. An oil change has been performed during the seller’s ownership, and a fresh battery was also added along with new tires. This Softail Classic is now being offered at no reserve with a fringed factory dual seat, a bolt-on luggage rack, and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name. The bike is finished in Vivid Black, and optional equipment includes a windshield, accessory lights, and crash bars. The seller notes a minor nick on the front fender, as well as a small chip and light scratch on the gas tank. A few scratches and a scuff can also be seen on the rear fender from where the pillion passenger seat was once mounted. The windshield was recently replaced due to age-related wear, and new whitewall tires were also fitted along with new rim bands and inner tubes. A Badlands run, brake, and turn signal module was added for safety and converts the rear turn signals into running and brake lights while still retaining turn signal functionality. Cargo can be stored in studded leather saddle bags mounted on either side of the rear wheel. The seller has added approximately 500 miles during his two years of ownership. Power comes from a 80ci V-twin mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. An aftermarket Thunderheader 2 into 1 exhaust and a Stage 1 carburetor kit have been added. No service records are available as the original owner was an aircraft mechanic who performed all necessary maintenance personally. The seller had the oil changed, the carburetor rebuilt, and a new battery installed by the local Harley Davidson dealer in 2016. A passenger pillion seat is included, as is a fringed Harley Davidson dual seat with removable driver’s backrest and a bolt-on luggage rack with passenger backrest. The seller has provided videos of both cold and warm starts and a brief drive by.

Ex-Dan Gurney 1975 Honda XL175

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This 1975 Honda XL175 was purchased new by Dan Gurney’s All American Racers Inc. and now shows just 1,085 miles. Gurney gave the bike to engine developer John Miller in 1979, who reportedly never used it and kept it on his ranch until his passing in 2014. The selling dealer acquired this Honda from Miller’s estate and has re-sealed the 175cc 4-stroke single and 5-speed gearbox. A selection of AAR memorabilia is included with the sale, including business cards from Gurney and Miller, stickers, and articles on AAR. This XL175 is now being offered by DENWERKS with California blue plates and the original California pink slip signed by Dan Gurney. The bike is finished in Honda Orange with black trim and silver fenders. Scratches are visible on the fuel tank and front fender, and lighting and mirrors are still in place. Newer tires are fitted. Instrumentation on XL175s included a speedometer and a tachometer through 1976. The instruments are said to work correctly, and 1,085 miles are shown on the 5-digit odometer. Power comes from a 175cc four-stroke single cylinder engine with a 5-speed gearbox. When the seller acquired the bike the engine was leaking, so the seller removed the engine and re-sealed it. An employee of the seller has ridden the bike about a mile, and footage of the bike running and moving on the seller’s property is included in the attached video. The seller has provided photos matching the original pink slip to the engine number, frame tag, and blue California license plate. A selection of AAR memorabilia is included with the bike, including magazine articles, business cards from Dan Gurney and John Miller, stickers and other small items. A walkaround and ride video is attached below.

Three-Wheel Drive: 1960 Moto Guzzi Mulo Meccanico

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This 1960 Moto Guzzi Mulo Meccanico isn’t the first military trike to be featured on BaT, but it’s definitely the most unusual. Known by the Italian Army as the Autoveicolo Da Montagna (mountain vehicle), it’s an all-wheel drive machine powered by a 750cc V-twin and intended to transport ground troops and field artillery over difficult terrain quickly–it could reportedly conquer inclines of up to 31 degrees. Caterpillar tracks could be fitted to the rear wheels, but a number of fatal accidents due to inherent instability at speed led to their discontinuation after just three years of production. The seller says this one remains all original and in perfect working order with all accessories including said tracks. Find it here at Garlatti Moto in Verona, Italy for 17k euros (~$21,300 USD today–see inventory page for price). Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission. The cockpit sports a thickly padded seat and integrated backrest, and the fuel tank is mounted directly behind and features a pair of storage lockers. The vertical hoop appears to be a grab handle for rear passengers, the bed is of a decent size, and the rig can reportedly tow/haul a combined load of 1,100 pounds. Tracks are seen sitting inside the bed–unfortunately no photos of them fitted are provided. A speedometer is the only instrumentation provided, and its odometer shows 3,357 kilometers. The front wheel assembly is quite an interesting piece of engineering, as it integrates a bevel gear system for the steering wheel, front wheel drive shaft, shock absorber and drum brake all in a monotube fork. Check out the wide gated shifter too, for selecting six forward speeds or one reverse. The V-twin is able to handle poor quality fuel due to low compression, and displaces 754cc with a power rating of just 20 HP–20% of which is routed to the front wheel. Other features include a waterproof ignition coil, and the ability to adjust track width on the fly. For reference, here’s a photo of another example fully kitted out with rear tracks, front tire chain, and spare wheel mounted behind the fuel tank. We’ve never heard of this model before, but this video gives a pretty good idea of its capability.

BaT Auction Success Story: 1996 BMW R850R w/ Sidecar A Joy To Ride

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This just in from the buyer of the 1996 BMW R850R w/ Sidecar that was purchased via BaT Auctions on 07/31/17 (link): “I’m incredibly happy that the auction for my R850R happened when it did. I’ve been riding since I was a kid and commuted daily on motorcycles for over 20 years, and the entire time I have been fantasizing and talking about a sidecar rig. Finally my wife got sick of me talking about it and told me if I took the class for the 3-wheeled endorsement (which is separate from a 2-wheeled endorsement in Washington State) and actually liked riding a sidecar rig I could get one. The 2-day class was scheduled for a weekend, and a few days before it started this auction popped up. The bike is perfect, modern but classic, clean lines, and the BMW boxer engine I always dreamed about next to the sidecar. It’s even in my favorite color. After I took the class I was in love, sidecar biking was definitely for me, so I told my wife and she said “Well, I guess you should start looking for one you like”, and I immediately pointed at the screen on my laptop and said “I want this one!”. She was very supportive and even watched the end of the auction from home and messaged me the entire time about how exciting it all was. The biggest problem was getting it shipped from Chicago to Seattle. Car shippers didn’t want it and motorcycle shippers didn’t know what to do with it. After almost a month I finally found a company that would ship it for about double what I originally planned, but they did a great job and got it here on time and in perfect condition, so I was happy about it in the end. I’ve been riding it as often as possible since, though the rainy Seattle weather doesn’t help,and put about 3K miles on it since it got here. The front Ohlins shock needed a rebuild, it was leaking and didn’t have any damping in it, but there is a great suspension shop not far from here and they know the guy who built the sidecar, so they rebuilt it and set it up for me perfectly. Everything else has been clean and utterly reliable and its a real joy to ride. Even my dogs like it! Adam C. @NinjaHamster“

Big-Tired Automatic: 1987 Honda TR200 FatCat

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This 1987 Honda TR200 FatCat (VIN JH3TE1208HK103297) is described as a low-hour, mostly original example in good rider condition. These unusual bikes were produced for two just years, and marketed as easy-to-operate machines for beginners with features like an automatic transmission and floaty ATV tires. They were also known to be really good in sand and snow, but mud and hardpack were challenging due to oversized rubber and the lack of power modulation offered by a manual clutch. The seller says this one fires up and idles properly, rides well and has a clean California title. Interestingly, it’s being offered at double the current going price for a #1 example, but finding another might not be so easy. Find it here on eBay in Corona, California with a $4k BIN. All TR200’s were sold in this Shasta White and blue color combo, and this one is fitted with front and rear load racks for an extra measure of utility. The plastic fairings, 1.9 gallon tank and seat vinyl are in pretty good condition, but some paint wearing can be seen in various spots like the wheels and lower frame. The seller mentions some areas have been touched up with spray paint, and tires look like they need replacement. The cockpit is very basic and provides no instrumentation. Grips, cables and guides seem to be in good shape, and we don’t see any broken or rusted hardware–both are definitely good signs. Drum brakes are fitted front and rear, and the latter can be operated by the left hand lever as well as a traditional foot lever. A 199cc four-stroke single pushes 13 HP through a 5-speed gearbox with an automatic clutch, and it’s equipped with both manual and electric start. Apart from the dented exhaust pipe and a crack in the sprocket cover, cosmetic condition looks good, and the seller says the motor has very low hours. These bikes had a dry weight of 264 pounds, and utilized a telescoping fork and mono shock to achieve suspension travel of six inches. This one would be a lot of fun out in the desert not to far east from where it currently resides, or out in the snow somewhere a lot further in the same direction.

No Reserve: 1975 Honda CB750 K5

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This 1975 Honda CB750 K5 is a stock example with a 736cc inline-four, 5-speed manual transmission, front disc brake, and four individual exhaust pipes. Acquired by the selling dealer in 2017 as part of a large Arizona collection, the bike has since received a carburetor cleaning as well as parts and maintenance including new intake manifolds, hoses, fluids, and a new battery. Described as a turn-key example showing 19k indicated miles, this CB750 is sold with an Arizona title. The bike is said to retain original Planet Blue Metallic paint and decals throughout. Factory equipment includes an electric starter, flat two-place seat, dual mirrors, and turn signals. Brightwork and lighting are detailed in a number of close-up photos below along with occasional blemishes including a cracked side cover. Instrumentation includes a 150mph speedometer and a tach showing an 8000 rpm redline. The motorcycle reportedly had a single owner prior to the Arizona collector and its 5-digit odometer shows just over 19k miles, which is believed accurate by the seller. The 736cc transverse air-cooled SOHC four is equipped with four Keihin carburetors and four individual exhaust pipes. Peak output was a claimed 68 horsepower in 1975. The engine had not been started for a number of years prior the seller’s acquisition, but is now running thanks to a carburetor cleaning, replacement rubber intake manifolds and hoses, fresh fluids, and a new battery. Power is sent to the chain-driven rear wheel through a 5-speed manual transmission. Suspension is by telescoping fork and rear swingarm, while wire-spoked wheels wear 19″ rubber up front and 18″ in the rear. New old-stock parts were reportedly used by the previous owner for any required maintenance, though records are limited to those from the recent work performed by the seller’s shop. A short start-up and riding video has been added below:

1958 BMW Isetta 600

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This 1958 BMW Isetta 600 is finished in a two-tone blue and white and equipped with US market lighting and bumpers. The previous owner reportedly restored the car in 2014, including a repaint and reupholstering of the interior, as well as refurbishment of the engine, transmission, and brakes. The seller purchased the car in 2014 and has taken it to local shows and events during his ownership. This two-door Isetta is offered with records covering the seller’s ownership, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. The Isetta 600 features a 66.9″ wheelbase, which is more than a foot longer than the standard Isetta 300. The car was repainted by the previous owner in two-tone white and blue with matching blue wheels. The front door handle caused some cracking in the paint, and the seller had the area around the handle and front emblem touched up. This example is equipped with standard US-market lighting and tubular bumper overriders. The 600 has two doors, one at the front and one at the right rear for rear seat passengers. The side windows open by sliding fore and aft rather than rolling up and down. The interior is upholstered in white vinyl with contrasting blue cloth on the seat faces. The exposed steering column passes through the cabin, and the lower casting forms the pedal mount. The 5-digit odometer shows 21k miles. The seller has trailered the car to shows for most of his ownership, and the true mileage is unknown. Power comes from a 26 horsepower 582cc boxer-twin mated to a 4-speed manual transaxle. The previous owner reportedly refurbished the engine, transmission, and brakes, though no records are available prior to 2014. The seller reports that reverse engagement is slightly stiff, though the selector rod assembly was inspected and found to be without issue by two different repair shops. The most recent service was performed in 2017 and included a fuel flush and new battery.