1965 Triumph Bonneville 650

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This 1965 Triumph Bonneville 650 is a matching-numbers example with 2700 miles on a 2014 nut-and-bolt refurbishment. New paintwork and cosmetic updates have been carried out, as well as a mechanical freshening that included a rebuild of the 650cc parallel twin and four-speed transmission. The seller reports that the bike has performed well over the two years since the overhaul, and it is described as a fully sorted example which is ready to enjoyed or displayed. Its condition is detailed in the photos and walkaround video below. The sale includes a clear Kansas title.


Originally finished in a blue and silver color scheme, the restored original sheet metal is now painted in two-stage black and English Cream set off by copper pinstripes. The finish retains a deep gloss on the tanks, covers, and fenders thanks to climate-controlled indoor storage. Minor flaws are reportedly limited to a chip in the frame’s steering neck along with a small touch-up on the underside of the tank as shown in the gallery.


Fasteners were removed and reconditioned as necessary, while the tubular frame was cleaned and recoated. Satin-finish metalwork looks smooth and even throughout, and the chrome shines well on the stock badging and tank-mounted “parcel grid.” Union Jack flags on the rear shocks are complemented by other stock and period decals. The headlight wears an aftermarket mesh guard, and a single mirror is fitted on the left handlebar.


Smiths gauges feature an instructional warning decal and an odometer that was zeroed at the time of restoration. Controls appear in order, and accessories are said to work as they should. The seat was reupholstered in the factory style to match the two-tone paintwork, and shows slight piping distortion but no signs of damage or wear. Rubber grips, knee pads, pegs, and bellows look fresh and show little wear.


Rated at 46 horsepower when new, the numbers-matching 650cc parallel-twin and four-speed transmission have been rebuilt and cosmetically refreshed as necessary. The motor is said to start on the first kick and run well since its overhaul. The bike has no current mechanical needs according to the seller.

Stock Amal carburetors have been tuned to provide the smooth idle demonstrated in the walkaround video above, which also reveals a throaty rumble through new dual exhausts showing minimal heat staining.


The engine stamp shown above matches number 16650 stamped on the frame tubing. A stamp for type T120SR is also present, with the “SR” thought by many in the vintage Triumph community to indicate a US-market “Sports Road” model.


The front suspension forks were rebuilt, and the drum brakes, rear shocks, and tires are described as being in fresh condition. The bike ride is said to ride and handle well at highway speeds or on twisty back roads.


The “Bonnie” is pictured above before its refurbishment with ape-hangers, turn signals, side bags, and other modern updates that have now been eliminated. Additional photos of the work performed are included, along with some past records and parts receipts.

1955 Messerschmitt KR200

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This 1955 Messerschmitt KR200 is a roadster conversion that has been modified with a more modern 250cc Honda Helix powertrain, electrics, cooling system, and rear suspension. First purchased in the US from Herbie’s Automart near Pensacola, the car spent its early days in Florida and Mississippi according to included documentation. The modifications were performed by a former Kentucky owner in the 1980s, and the car is said to remain a solid driver as demonstrated in the video below. The sale includes original purchase paperwork along with current registration and a clean Kentucky title.


Modifications are primarily limited to mechanical and interior items, and the body remains largely stock-looking. Robin’s egg blue paint is described as driver-quality, and looks respectable from a distance with a good overall shine. The finish is flaking away in some areas to reveal primer and surface corrosion underneath. Other imperfections include tape lines, painted-over fasteners and seam beading, and occasional cracking as detailed in the gallery below.


The original front bumper strip, metal trim, and aftermarket motorcycle mirrors look serviceable, if pitted and scuffed in places. Chrome headlight and plastic taillight nacelles have been painted body color. Red front wheels wear simple cream caps and older 180/400 trailer tires, while a scooter wheel is mounted in the rear with modern rubber. Lighting appears fully functional in the photos and video below.


The simple tandem-seat cabin has been recovered in utilitarian black vinyl and carpeting, both of which look to have held up fairly well. The sprung driver’s seat is adjustable fore and aft, while the fixed rear is a non-stock item. A side-hinged lid with a plastic windshield and weather stripping offer some protection from the elements, though neither a soft top or a windshield wiper are equipped.


The original aircraft-style swiveling tiller shows signs of use, but remains intact. Digital instrumentation from the donor Helix is mounted on a custom diamond-plate panel, which is reportedly fitted over the unmodified original dash. The factory clutch pedal and hardware also remain in place. Flooring shows areas of superficial corrosion under the black paint, but no rust-through is evident in photos. The odometer shows 5k miles, though the true mileage is unknown.


Under the rear cover, the original Sachs two-stroke and manual transmission were replaced in the 1980s by a 250cc water-cooled single and centrifugal automatic from a Honda Helix scooter. The transplant appears to be grafted on using a custom rear subframe, and also includes the wiring and cooling system from the Honda along with its rear suspension.


The updated powertrain continues to run well and makes the car quite usable according to the seller. The engine is said to start quickly and has remained dependable for several weeks’ worth of daily driving and a recent 200 mile road trip in triple-digit Oklahoma heat.

The video above shows the car being driven on surface streets and larger open roads, where it is reportedly capable of 65 mph with a single occupant or 55mph with a passenger.


Because it is a combination of two vehicles, the car was given a new Kentucky Assigned Identification Number under which it is currently titled and registered. The seller notes that retitling may be possible with the included original Florida title, documentation, and VIN plate depending on the laws in the buyer’s state.

Square Four for Three: 1948 Ariel “Squariel” w/ Watsonian Sidecar

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This 1948 Ariel Square Four is fitted with an interesting Watsonian sidecar, though the real point of fascination here is the bike’s unusual engine in which two vertical twins occupy the same case, with their cranks geared together to provide drive. The seller describes condition as original, though also admits to some restoration work–regardless of its history, condition looks truly excellent throughout. Find it here at Hyman in Saint Louis, Missouri for $42,500.


The Ariel looks to be in great shape, despite showing a few very minor nicks and other imperfections. The frame has been repainted at some point, but trim, badges, and hardware remain original, as does the seat. The engine casing covers and exhaust pipes look well-polished, and there are great details everywhere, such as the inverted fork, rear wheel guard, and dual-spring seat to name just a few.

The fully enclosed tandem sidecar is a Watsonian–founded in 1912, they remain one of the oldest manufacturers of sidecars still in existence. It’s an intriguing thing, with an unusual but attractive body shape, plenty of windows, a rollback canvas soft-top, a small luggage rack on the rear roof, and a decent-sized trunk in back.


Forest Green paint complements the gleaming black bike nicely, and the interior is fitted with handsome saddle colored weatherproof material. The tank wears an attractive, polished gauge pack, and Smiths instruments within still appear essentially as-new.


The 997cc eight valve four puts out 38 HP to the rear wheel, and should be capable of pushing the bike to speeds well over 100 MPH–at least without the sidecar attached. Torquey and smooth, the “Squariel” remain one of the most interesting British motorcycle engines ever built. Check out this great cutaway image for a clearer idea of its inner workings.


Described as completely sorted, the seller adds that the bike runs and rides well, adding: “No words might better describe the experience than these used in promotion of the Ariel Square Four, promising ‘Good performance and comfort with a genuinely refined feel.’”

1980 BMW R100RS

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This 1980 BMW R100RS has 85k kilometers (~53k miles) and was purchased by the seller six months ago from a dealership in Germany. The bike had been fully serviced in preparation for a planned ride to Alaska. The front forks were overhauled and the mechanicals have been sorted. In addition to the innovative frame-mounted fairing, the bike includes a set of hard shell pannier bags and a small rack just aft of the seat. It is powered by a 980cc OHV air-cooled boxer twin with a five-speed gearbox and the original tool kit is included.


The R100RS was designed by Hans Muth, and was BMW’s first motorcycle designed with the aid of a wind tunnel. Period tests of the bike and its new fairing showed a dramatic improvement in aerodynamics over the standard bike. The RS featured better aerodynamics over the standard un-faired R100, with a drag coefficient of .571 compared to .627. Roundel badges are yellowing and the paintwork is said to be original.


The seller intended to use the bike for a motorcycle tour of Alaska, and as such the bike comes equipped for touring. A small tail rack is fitted, as are a pair of hardshell panniers.


The five horizontal lines on the headlight are an aesthetic addition, not a defroster.


The instrumentation is in kilometers and includes a speedometer, tachometer, voltmeter, clock, and a selection of warning lights. The protection provided by the fairing was praised when the bike was new, though the angle of the windscreen could put airflow at collar-height for some riders.


Front brakes are twin discs, and the bike features an unusual arrangement where the front master cylinder is mounted beneath the fuel tank and is actuated via cable. The wheels are multi-spoke alloys with added webbing for strength on the inner parts of the spokes.


The 980cc air cooled twin was good for 70 horsepower when new, a fairly substantial figure for the time. A shaft drive transmits power from the five-speed transmission to the rear wheel.


The OEM toolkit is included along with a pair of spark plugs and a handful of fuses.


Like many BMW motorcycles, the R100RS is known for its durability. This example has been serviced and is said to be ready to ride.

Rare Trike Oddity: 1956 Poirier Voiturette Monoto XW5

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This 1956 Poirier Voiturette Monoto XW5 (chassis 1555) was recently unloaded from a collector in Belgium, making the big trip across the Atlantic just a few months ago. It’s further said to have been taken off the road some ten years ago, but is also reported to have run a few times a year since then. Reportedly, only a few thousand of these were ever produced, filling a niche for cheap, reliable city transportation for average citizens of a recovering post-war France. Find this one here on eBay in Johns Island, South Carolina with reserve not met.


The patina on this interesting trike is just about perfect, and it’d be ideal to leave it as-is. Apart from the worn olive paint and a few small dings, the tub looks pretty solid, and we can’t seem to spot any heavily rusted areas. A couple of notable features include drum brakes at all three corners and a prominent hand-operated gearshift lever. The windscreen isn’t currently fitted, but fortunately is included.

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The rear jump seat folds up and out of the way to allow access to the 5 HP 125cc Ydral two-stroke single, and outward appearances suggest it should be a dead-simple unit to wrench on. It hasn’t been started since brought over to the US, so current running condition isn’t known.

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A cool period advertisement shows that the trike was equipped for the road with a windshield, mirrors, and warning lights.

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It’s difficult to imagine a more interesting (or geeky) runabout for in-town duties, though a scarf, leather helmet, and goggles would pretty much be mandatory to complete the look.

1935 Sunbeam Model 9

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This 1935 Sunbeam Model 9 was recovered from an Egyptian warehouse in 2005 where it spent decades in storage. The seller acquired this project bike in 2015, and notes that few 1932-35 Model 9s are still known to exist. It is fitted with its factory 493cc engine, a non-original carburetor, Egyptian tires, and a recovered seat. It has been preserved by years in the dry Middle Eastern climate, and is in solid condition with an appropriate patina. Used parts, advice, and technical support are reportedly available through the Marston Sunbeam Club. This Model 9 was running a year ago and is a good candidate for restoration. It is sold with a bill of sale, but no title or other documentation.


Marston Sunbeam motorcycles were known for their quality and performed well in early TT races on the Isle of Man. Sunbeam motorcycles of this era were used by the British military in the Middle East, and this example is believed to be one of those bikes.


The motorcycle shows its age with surface rust, particularly on the chrome pieces such as the handlebars and levers. The petrol tank and fenders are believed to have been repainted in lacquer and are in fair condition. The frame and wire wheels still show some original lacquer with chipping and surface rust.


The Egyptian tires testify to the bike’s past, but the seller recommends replacement if the next over intends to ride it. The seat cover was replaced, though the seat frame is original. The optional tank clock is missing and the ammeter is not working.


The seller had the bike running a year ago, and rode it for a short time. The engine reportedly performed well, and the non-original carburetor has been sorted. The petrol tank was cleaned, sealed, and internally coated. The magneto was also refurbished, and is said to make good spark. The fuel system, oil system, and brakes are all said to work. The clutch has been adjusted, and new clutch plates are included.


The seller notes that the lack of a speedometer (the front hub is not machined to accept the speedo drive) is unusual for the model, and suggests that this may be attributed to the military specification.


The 3-speed AU-style Sunbeam gearbox has been rebuilt and all bearings replaced. It is said to shift smoothly through all the gears, and the starter ratchet mechanism is working. The fitted clutch inspection cover was crafted by a local tinsmith, and the sale includes a cast aluminum replacement cover that has not yet been installed. The dynamo still needs to be installed and though original exhaust valve lifting pin is missing, one has been crafted.


A broken clutch mechanism is believed to be the reason for its decades long storage. A section of the clutch rod has been sourced from a Triumph 650 and seems to fit. The clutch hub uses a press-fit roller bearing on its outermost point with thread damage where the locking disc screws in. The seller has used a spring to allow the clutch to operate properly. He has located an NOS threaded disc and the bike is now said to shift well through all gears.


The seller has enjoyed being the caretaker of this bike, but does not have time to complete the restoration and has decided to pass it on. Included in the sale is the rear number plate, an NOS replacement tail light, valve train components, and a number of spares.

No Reserve: 1969 Honda CT Trail 90

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This 1969 Honda CT Trail 90 was given a complete restoration around 2006. The restorer rode the motorcycle long enough to ensure that all systems were working as designed then drained all fluids and mounted it in the window of his Arizona motorcycle restoration shop for display. The current seller purchased it in 2011 and moved it to the San Juan Islands of Washington where it won second place in the motorcycles division of the 2012 San Juan Islands Concours d’Elegance. Since then it has been ridden sparingly on paved roads during the summers, with a full winterization / dewinterization service performed annually. The bike is being offered at no reserve, and the seller is donating all proceeds from the sale to his local animal shelter.


The body work was performed by Joe Aragon, a motorcycle restoration specialist in Pueblo West, Colorado. The swing arm, luggage rack, battery box, center stand, and chain guard were sandblasted and powder coated satin black. The fork ears, front fender brackets, frame, and gas tank were refinished in “Meadow Green Metallic”, a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck color, and the headlight bucket, down tube cover, and air box assembly were painted in Dupli-color silver. The bike has been ridden on-road only since the restoration and the paint remains clean and free of any notable defects.


The front seat foam was replaced and a custom double stitched vinyl seat cover was installed. A matching passenger seat pad was also custom built to match the front seat, and aftermarket shocks and springs were installed to allow for two-up riding. New Honda parts were sourced for the mirrors, hand grips, front and rear foot peg rubbers, rubber body plugs, and various grommets, bushings and washers. Most of the cables are no longer available from Honda so used cables were procured from eBay, cleaned and refurbished.


During the restoration a set of engine side covers from a 1975 CT90 were installed with new gaskets and seals. The muffler was stripped and painted with high temp black paint, and a cleaned and polished heat shield from a later model was installed. The dual range transmission with centrifugal clutch is in good working condition. A new chain was installed in 2009, and the carburetor was rebuilt in 2012. The engine oil is changed yearly, and all maintenance records are available since 2012.


New oversize IRC street tires in 3.00×17 were installed in 2011 with new tubes and rim strips. The rims were cleaned and polished with new Honda shoes, bearings and seals installed. The front end is from a 1970 Trail 90 and was disassembled and cleaned, with the lower fork tubes polished. The shock was refurbished with new fork seals, oil, and black rubber gaiters. The top triple clamp is from a 1978 Trail 90 which allows the handle bar position to be moved for transport on the rear of a RV.


An aftermarket solid state rectifier is installed and several eBay wiring harnesses were combined to complete a good working harness. All switches were cleaned or replaced with new bulbs installed. The horn and high beam work but the low beam is not working for some unknown reason. A six volt trickle charger is included.


The bike is sold on a clear Washington state title. The original 1969 Colorado license plate is included along with a shop manual. This nicely restored Honda is being sold at no reserve, with proceeds going to support a good cause.

NOS Motocompo Scooter Included: 1983 Honda City Turbo II Project

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This 1983 Honda City Turbo II (VIN AA1404773) is an interesting little JDM model with factory flares and graphics, not to mention an optional folding 50cc Motocompo scooter that goes in the trunk. The car itself will need work–it’s not running and has other issues, too–but the little Honda scooter is NOS with zero miles and even retains factory protective plastic on the seat. Find the pair here on Craigslist in Newburgh, New York for $7,500.

JDM - 1983 Honda City Turbo II RHD with Motocompo 50 cc Motorcycle

The car sounds to have been imported some time ago, the seller claiming that it was kept in a California museum for most of its life. We see yellowing paint and quite a bit of flakes and chips, too, but the seller says that dings are minor and minimal and that rust is limited to a one-inch spot in a wheel well. The interior isn’t shown in full frame, but is said to be clean apart from a small hole in the rear seat.

JDM - 1983 Honda City Turbo II RHD with Motocompo 50 cc Motorcycle

Power comes from a little 1231cc four shared with normally aspirated models, but at 100 HP (eight more in later Turbos), the compressor nearly doubled output. Mileage is given as 70,510km, though the car has been sitting for some time and isn’t currently running–the seller doesn’t speculate as to why, but the engine bay looks complete and all stock.

JDM - 1983 Honda City Turbo II RHD with Motocompo 50 cc Motorcycle

Though offered as a factory option (and also available in yellow and red), this car did not come with a Motocompo from new–the seller bought it as NOS and then imported it to go with the car. It’s said to have never been filled with gas or oil, and as seen here, even retains a factory fitted plastic protective cover on the seat. Condition looks and sounds to be very good, and the seller’s claims of $3k-$5k used value aren’t a stretch–this unused example could be worth quite a bit more to the right party.

JDM - 1983 Honda City Turbo II RHD with Motocompo 50 cc Motorcycle

Sale is for both car and scooter–the seller refuses to separate. The little hatch itself is definitely worth saving providing it’s not totally trashed and a good parts supply chain can be arranged. Here’s a slightly nicer one featured here earlier–the red stripes should be considered mandatory for anyone looking to restore this one.

1400 Miles for $2500: 1982 Yamaha XJ650 Seca Turbo

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This 1982 Yamaha XJ650 Seca Turbo is said to have just 1,400 miles, the seller further noting recent work such as rebuilt carbs and fitment of a new battery. Condition does look to be quite good, and the seller says that it’s both very fast and complete with the original tool kit and owner’s handbook. These interesting bikes are pretty scarce today, and if truly as good as claimed, this one could be very well bought at this price. Find it here on Craigslist in Garden City, Michigan for $2,500 firm. Special thanks to BaT reader Daniel R. for this submission.

1982 Yamaha seca 650j turbo 1400 miles

1956 Maserati Tipo 125 T2

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This 1956 Maserati Tipo 125 Turismo Lusso was imported to the US from Italy in 2008. The bike is represented as an original survivor that has never been restored, retaining its factory paint and fittings. This is a numbers-matching bike according to the frame-mounted data tag and stamped engine number. Its original condition is also recognized by Giovanni Salmi of Moto Maserati. The engine turns but has not been run since 2008. It has been used as a display piece in recent years and is offered by the selling dealer on a California bill of sale.


Maserati built motorcycles from 1953 to 1960, and they established a reputation for style and performance with notable success in competition. This is chassis #A5676, which looks complete with original details in place. The seller notes that the wheel rims have been replaced, though the spokes are still believed to be original. The exhaust system has also been restored with a clean chrome finish.


Interesting details include the above ACI registration medallion from 1963 and original Maserati grips and trim pieces.

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According to the chassis plate, this Tipo 125 TL left the factory with engine #A5533, which matches the stamping on the engine case pictured below.

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Although this Maserati has been on display-only for the past eight years, the engine is noted to turn freely. The bike will need some deferred maintenance addressed to be made roadworthy.


When new, the 123cc engine produced 4.8 horsepower at 5000rpm, which was enough to propel this 176-pound dry-weight bike to a top speed of 40MPH. The carburetor is a Dellorto and the transmission is a 3-speed.


This is an unrestored example of an interesting Maserati sport bike rarely seen today.