Four Miles: 1973 Rokon RT340 TCR Automatic

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This 1973 Rokon RT340 TCR (chassis RT340170) is described as an “authentic, original survivor” in “museum condition.” The bike has had just two owners, and was recently brought out of long-term hangar storage. Reported to start, run, and stop well, the odometer shows an incredible four miles, and though the seller is unable to confirm this figure, condition suggests it could be true. Find it here on eBay in Canton, Georgia with a $15k BIN.

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Bright yellow paint just flat-out works on a vintage Enduro bike, and paint finish still looks essentially new here. Condition of plastics as well as the tank seem to back up long-term storage claims, and even the wheels retain their black paint with no apparent scuffs or marks. The bike reportedly had its frame powder-coated some two decades ago, and the only non-original item noted in the ad is a rack-mounted, leather-bound tool kit. Tires are old and cracked but look great–hopefully something appropriately vintage looking can be sourced should the new owner actually add some miles.

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The cockpit is as spartan as they come, with a simple plate-mounted speedo and magnified stopwatch holder. Another cool feature is the roll-chart mechanism mounted just below the speedo, that enabled the rider to scroll through maps during the ride and provided better visibility through magnification. Who needs a smartphone with GPS anyway?

This 335cc Sachs-built two-stroke single was good for 37 HP from the factory, and bikes were reported to be quite fast in a straight line, though handling reportedly left a little to be desired. A pull-cord start gives more backwoods reliability over an electric setup. The bike’s signature CVT was designed to keep the engine in its peak 6k-7k powerband, but was incapable of providing compression braking, definitely a mark against its maneuverability.

More well-used 340’s typically sell for under $5k, but will this one’s extraordinary level of preservation justify a 200% price increase? We’ll have to wait and see, but in the meantime, it’s simply good to study a rare and interesting bike in unheard of condition.

1962 Ducati Bronco 125 Dry Lakes Racer

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This 1962 Ducati Bronco 125 has been owned by the seller for 14 years and set a record at El Mirage in the 125cc gas pushrod class on July 12, 1998. The bike has been stored indoors and not started for 10 years, though the motor is said to turn over. The seller reports that the 125cc OHV single-cylinder and frame are original, but the bike has been modified considerably for race purposes. The sale includes a vintage AirTech fiberglass fairing, a period parts catalogue, and an SCTA Dry Lake Speed Trials Rules and Records book for the year 2000. This Ducati is sold with its SCTA logbook and a bill of sale.

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The tubular steel frame shows minor corrosion and some paint that has chipped over time. The wheel rims also show some corrosion, and the spokes are said to be in good condition but are in need of tuning. The tires will need to be replaced due to age.

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The vintage AirTech faring shown in the above photo is not currently fitted, though it is included in the sale and could be reinstalled.

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The frame still wears its Ducati identification tag stamped with its specifications.

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The 125cc overhead valve, single-cylinder motor is said to be original and is paired to a 4-speed transmission. The pushrod engine shows a “Ducati Meccanica” winged circular design and “D” logo embossed into the brass plaque on the side of the aluminum flywheel cover. The seller says the engine turns over, but has not run in about 10 years.

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The carburetor will likely require a complete rebuild before the bike will run, and the fuel system is in need a good cleaning. The clutch is said to be in good condition.

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In 1998, the previous owner rode this bike to a record of 77.71 mph in the 125cc pushrod gas un-fared class (A-PG) at El Mirage dry lake in California. The SCTA logbook entry can be seen above.

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With an interesting past and solid bones, this dry lakes record holder would make for a fun restoration project that could be brought back as a vintage racer or street bike.

1959 Gilera 150 Sport

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This 1959 Gilera 150 Sport was produced prior to Gilera’s buyout by Piaggio and acquired by the seller four years ago. 500cc Gileras won Grand Prix championships six times in the 1950s, including four championships in a row from 1952 to 1955. This example is powered by a 150cc single-cylinder and has completed three historic Motogiro events. A mechanical rebuild is said to have been performed by the previous owner, and the bike wears an older repaint. The seller describes it as reliable and has maintained it at his vintage motorcycle shop. This Gilera is sold with a clean California title in the seller’s name.

The bike is cosmetically standard and retains its original instrument-in-headlight binnacle, seat, and gas tank. All of the lights and the horn are in working order, though the taillight lens is cracked.

The previous owner used this bike as a backup for his Ducatis on one Motogiro in Italy and two in California. It has now completed three events reliably, which the Ducatis were reportedly unable to do.

The paintwork shows a decent shine with crisp edges between the red, black, and white paint, though some orange peel and other imperfections are visible. Original-type graphics are present.

Rust repair is present on the underside of the fuel tank, and the area has not been repainted. The odometer shows 16k kilometers (~10k miles) and is believed accurate.

The seller has provided a walk-around and cold startup video.

Wheels are original San Remos and are laced to drum brake hubs. The tires are older and are starting to crack.

Fairly little brightwork is present, but the polished cast aluminum and the few pieces of chrome have healthy finishes. The single muffler is a correct item and wears a “Gilera Approved” stamping.

No service records from the previous owner are included, though they reportedly performed a mechanical restoration of the bike. The seller has performed additional work at his own shop, including replacing the shift seal, adjusting the points, setting the timing, replacing the spark plug, performing a valve adjustment, and adjustments of both brakes. Per the seller the bike starts on the first kick, and the charging system has proven very reliable over the 400+ miles added since going through it.

Two drive-by videos have been provided, one above and a second that can be viewed here.

Sharp V-Twin: 1979 Moto Morini 500

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This 1979 Moto Morini 500 is said to remain original, and despite a saddle in need of some new stitching, overall the bike looks nicely kept. These “big” twins are a pretty rare sight on US shores, and the low-ish handlebars, blacked-out running gear and reserved, minimal styling makes for a very handsome machine. Find it here on eBay in Grant, Florida with a $4,500 BIN.

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A few light scratches and nicks are present in the paint, but seem like they’d be hardly noticeable from a few feet away. Overall, frame and engine finish still shows very well, while stainless fenders and mag wheels are as nice as one could hope for on a nearly 40 year old bike. Even the chain guard exhibits a good shine. Per the included video, the seller says the 46 HP motor has been serviced, and the carbs refreshed. The brakes were also bled, while a new battery and two new fuel petcocks were installed.

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The cockpit is pretty straightforward, with large, easy-to-read twin analog gauges. 37k kilometers are what’s shown on the odometer, so the bike has clearly been enjoyed All lenses and trim pieces look clear and undamaged. Moving aft, the seat cover needs some restitching near the front end, but otherwise appears to be holding up pretty well. All electrics are said to be operational.

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These bikes were known to be sprightly performers, and their small size and good economy means this one would likely excel as an around-town commuter, all the whole offering loads more style and performance than the average scooter.

No Reserve: 1956 NSU Max Spezial

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This 1956 NSU Max Spezial is a largely original motorbike with 8,740 miles showing on its factory frame, 247cc single-cylinder engine, and 4-speed transmission. The seller recently acquired this example from an estate where it had been stored indoors for many years. After cleaning the fuel system, installing a new battery, and filling up the tires, the bike is said to run and drive with all systems and electrics fully functional. This NSU is located in Kansas City, Missouri and is now offered with its instruction book, an original tool kit, and clean Wisconsin title.

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The Max Spezial model was produced from 1954 to 1956 and weighed approximately 165 kg. (~363 lbs.). This example is believed to retain largely original paint with some prior paintwork present on top of the front fender and headlight housing. There are scratches and flaws present as expected with a 60 year old bike, but overall this NSU presents well in pictures.

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The seller has inspected the frame (#1293749), which is said to look solid and crack-free. The frame number falls in line with the 247cc engine’s stamping (#793542) according to this website, which leads the seller to believe both units are original. A photo of the engine stamping is shown in the gallery below.

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These bikes featured 180mm alloy drum brakes that now work well after several shake-down rides. Non-original brake light switch and tail light wiring is present, though both components are in order along with the horn and headlight.

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The functional odometer reads 8,740 miles which is believed to be correct.

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The 247cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine was quoted at 17 horsepower @ 6500rpm when new, which could propel the Max Spezial to a top speed of 126 kph (~78 mph) without a passenger. After purchasing this bike, the seller cleaned the fuel system, installed a new battery, and filled up the tires. This NSU is said to start easily and run smooth with a nice engine note and positive shifts from the 4-speed transmission.

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The factory toolkit appears to be complete, showing a consistent patina that matches the motorcycle itself.

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The factory instruction book is also included and this bike is being sold with a clean Wisconsin title.

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These NSUs have become relatively rare sights. This largely original example presents the opportunity to ride it as-is or clean it up and restore as desired.

Modified 1966 Norton Atlas 750

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This 1966 Norton Atlas 750 was purchased by the seller 6 years ago. It has been heavily modified to match his vision of a reliable British bike with the looks and stance of a Café racer, but wrapped in raw metal, unpolished surfaces, and natural oxidization to make the result feel vintage. The build was completed two and a half years ago by the seller, who describes the bike as best enjoyed on café runs using twisty B-roads. This unique Norton is now offered with a clean Ontario title.

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The build included a full tear down followed by a blasting and powder coating of the frame. It incorporates a long list of upgraded parts and yet delivers a bike that looks like it has not been rebuilt at all, with plenty of tarnish and patina.

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The cosmetic touches include a custom seat pan and oil tank, LED tail light, Sprint aluminum fuel tank, and Akront alloy rims with a high flange in the rear and a low flange up front. The front drum brake is from a Suzuki GT750 4LS that has been modified to bolt right up to the Norton Roadholder forks, which have alloy internals. The Race Tech springs provide a sporty spring rate.

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Instrumentation consists of a Trail Tech digital-dash for revs and speed, while the custom-fused wiring harness is negative-grounded and draws from a 12V dry cell battery. The motocross-style bars are attached to a Seeley upper triple clamp with ProTaper bar clamps.

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The counter shaft sprocket was increased by 2 teeth to give the bike more legs, though the seller notes that it is not well suited for highway cruising.

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The non-original 750cc engine was rebuilt by the seller and run-in on a dyno to get the set-up and jetting on the single Mikuni carb tuned correctly. The seller notes no major mechanical needs, though the transmission seal is weeping. Additional powertrain modifications include:

  • Norton works racing cam
  • Superblend bearings and Black Diamond valves
  • Steve Maney 2-into-1 race exhaust
  • Belt drive primary with a custom stand-off for high output stator
  • Electronic ignition
  • Spin-on oil filter

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The bike has been ridden just 1000km since the rebuild, and the engine is reported to run crisply and start easily with one or two kicks.

Project Rotorbike: 1977 Hercules W-2000

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This 1977 Hercules W-2000 (frame 480005069) is claimed to be untouched and original, and by the looks of things, it was stored away indoors for awhile as well. These German machines were the first production motorcycles to feature a Wankel-type engine, and only 1,800 were ever built. This particular example isn’t offered with an overwhelming amount of information, but the ad does note that it hasn’t been started for an undisclosed amount of time, and thus may need a number of things before it’s road ready again. Find it here on eBay in East Haddam, Connecticut with no reserve beyond an unmet $5k opening bid.

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The bike wears a gentle patina all over, and some pitting can be found on the chrome bits, but we bet it would clean up nicely with a solid few days of work. Lighting lenses appear undamaged, while seat vinyl and tire rubber look good as well. All told, it’s the sort of machine you could throw a leg over and enjoy without worrying over every nick or scrape it may encounter.

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The cockpit layout is typical of the era, and employs a swept riser bar for a comfortable, upright position. Controls and accessory switches all look to be intact, and cables don’t appear rotted. The handsome blue paint still looks good for its age, and holds a decent shine.

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The air-cooled, Sachs-made rotary was good for about 30 HP in stock form, and this one has just shy of 3,200 miles recorded. The seller says the bike hasn’t been started under their tenure, and a timeline of when it was last on the road last isn’t given either. The casing shows some slight oxidation, and a bit of minor pitting can be seen in various spots, but overall cosmetics aren’t too shabby. A second rotary engine from a snowmobile is also included in the sale.

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Initially criticized for being under-powered and over-priced, hindsight has lessened the impact of the model’s innate flaws, allowing these interesting and unusual bikes to be appreciated for the engineering marvels they are. This one looks like it’d make a fine rider as-is once the triangle is spinning smoothly once more.

1960 Norton Dominator 99

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This 1960 Norton Dominator 99 is a restored example of one of the first featherbed frame-equipped models. The featherbed frame was groundbreaking for the day, and offered a combination of rigidity and lightness not seen in the company’s previous offerings. The bike was repainted during the restoration, and has a high quality finish with only a few minor defects. This 600cc bike and its 500cc predecessor paved the way for the later sporting Nortons. It is sold with a clean Indiana title in the seller’s name.

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The Dominator name debuted in 1949 on the plunger-frame Model 7, but was brought into the modern era with the Featherbed frame on the Model 88 in 1952. The double-downtube Featherbed frame was lighter and stiffer than most contemporary frames, and afforded excellent performance for the day. The paintwork, saddle, and bars are all new, and the bike appears unmodified.

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Some scuffing is apparent on the inner part of the forks from the front fender installation.

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The brightwork and knee pads appear to be in very good condition, with intact black enamel around the Norton name. Cabling appears to be correct with mid-cable adjusters and neat routing.

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The odometer shows 537 miles and was likely reset when the previous owner restored the bike. The Dominator’s instrument layout includes a speedometer and amp gauge mounted on the headlight, along with the large raised ignition switch. All of the electrical components are said to be in working condition.

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Like most British bikes of the period, the Dominator used a non-unitized engine. The 4-speed transmission has its own case and does not share oil with the engine as on the majority of modern bikes. The 600cc twin is based on the Norton Model 7 of 1949, albiet enlarged and fitted with an alloy cylinder head. It is said to start and run well, and the chrome exhaust headers show little discoloration from use and heat cycling.

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Engine #91275, can be seen above and corresponds to the frame stamping. The “14” is stamped by the Norton tag on the engine case and as a prefix on the chassis tag, and confirms this as a 600cc Dominator 99.

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An original parts book, and a slightly later owner’s manual for the same model are included with the bike. There are no past service records for the bike, though the seller’s mechanic has performed some general maintenance.

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The seller describes this bike as running and riding well, and will cruise at 80 miles per hour.

Early Big Twin: 1913 Harley Davidson 9E for Restoration

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This 1913 Harley Davidson Model 9E is said to have been found intact on an Iowa farm some five years ago, rather than pieced together from various pieces of different bikes as is frequently the case for similar machines. As the seller points out, these very early V-twins are less common than remaining singles, and this one appears to be largely complete and restorable, too. Its engine is seized but soaking, and may yet come unstuck–fortunately timing gears look well preserved under the new, reproduction cover plate, and rust sounds to be limited to a corner of the tank. Find it here on eBay in Brick, New Jersey with reserve not met. Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission.

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Though the bike wears a consistent patina all over and its original paint is long gone, it does appear to be largely complete with few pieces missing, and from what can be seen here, the frame looks pretty good too. The year before this bike was built HD introduced the sprung seat fitted here, which would continue to be used on hardtail V-twins well into the late 50’s.

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These were relatively large, expensive machines, and were reportedly capable of 50 MPH. Note the bicycle like arrangement used for starting, as well as one of two new G&J reproduction tires.

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Though seized, the 61 cubic inch (just under 500cc per cylinder) V-twin is still a lovely looking piece, with intricate, high quality castings and many eye-catching details. The reproduction timing cover fits in well here, and fortunately these early twins’ simplicity should mean that many worn and irreplaceable parts might be replicated on a lathe or CNC mill–expensive work, but worth it for something this special.

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Removal of said new cover reveals precision manufactured gears that look to be in great condition for being over 100 years old–a little cleaning and lubing and they should be re-usable. The seller notes a rust hole in one corner of the tank that will need to be repaired, however.

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These are striking bikes when done up properly, and even coated in a thick layer of surface rust this one is still seriously compelling. Restored to running condition and with original colors, it could be a stunner.

No Reserve: 113-Mile 1987 Yamaha YSR50

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This 1987 Yamaha YSR50 is an unmodified minibike from the first year of production with 113 miles from new. Designed to be a scaled-down and street-legal lookalike of period Yamaha racers, the fully-faired pocket bike was produced from 1987 to 1992 and became one of the company’s most popular models in the late 1980s. The bike sparked an active aftermarket following as well as ushering in the careers of numerous young motorcycle racers, and is still commonly used in spec racing. The seller acquired this example from long-term warehouse storage with approximately 100 miles on it, still wearing its original temporary Ohio paper license plate. The bike is said to run well after a carb cleaning, fresh battery, and oil change.

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White and silver paint are described as original along with the red 1980s-era race graphic scheme. The Dunlop sponsorship stickers were likely period additions. A variety of chips, scratches and marks on plastic fairings and both full-sized mirrors are said to have been picked up in storage over the years, and are detailed in the photo gallery below.

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Minimal trim is largely intact including rectangular side reflectors, though the turn signals are missing despite the presence of a stock signal switch and wiring. A variety of instructional and warning stickers are retained throughout. Stock 12″ wheels wear 3.5″ front and 4″ rear Dunlop rubber that looks to be original, bearing 1986 date codes and still featuring unworn molding fingers.

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Up top, a simple instrument panel houses a single 50 mph speedometer with neutral, high beam, signal, and oil level indicators. Grips and controls look fresh, and seat pads appear nearly unworn. Corrosion appears limited to isolated, superficial areas on chassis parts and otherwise bright fasteners.

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Power is supplied by the original air-cooled 50cc two-stroke single that made 7.1 horsepower at 8800 rpm when new. The bike was good for a stock top speed of just under 40 mph. After removal from storage, the seller cleaned its single Mikuni carburetor, changed the oil, replaced the original battery, and added fresh gas.

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The bike is said to start quickly and run well since the work was performed, and the seller says it rides and shifts as it should with no notable mechanical issues. Shifting is from a 4-up, 1-down 5-speed gearbox. Varnished fluids are visible around the steering tube and other areas of the sportbike-style chassis, while the fuel petcock shows vestiges of red paint.

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Documentation is unavailable but the sale includes the Ohio temporary plate the bike was discovered with, as well as its original tool kit and a spare key. A bill of sale will be provided with Connecticut transferable registration, as the state does not require titles for vehicles over 20 years old.

A video of the bike starting has been provided, below.