Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

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This 1942 Harley Davidson WLA engine is said to have been built for WW2, but “has never been removed from its crate.” The story goes that the 45ci V-twin comes from a large collection of early Indian and Harley parts recently put up for sale, and it remains untouched, fully assembled and even timed according to the ad. A few of the crate’s panels have been removed to aid photography, but the engine otherwise looks just as it did when first packed away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin more than 75 years ago. Find it here on eBay in Arden, North Carolina for $13,500 OBO.

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

Harley-Davidson produced the WLA during wartime and constructed them to meet military specifications. The WLA was based upon the civilian WL platform, from which it sourced a majority of its parts.

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

Through the forties and early fifties, Harley produced over 90,000 of these war-ready bikes, while also building up a massive spares cache adequate to build many thousands more. That said, there can’t be many NOS parts left in the late 20-teens, let alone full motors.

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

The engine at hand is a side-valve 45 cubic inch unit. Harley also made a variant for the Canadian military, called the WLC. A detuned version was used in the Servi-Car three-wheeler.

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-TwinWaiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

Compression ratio for WLA’s was dialed in at 5:1, and their 25 horsepower could power bikes to 65 miles per hour, achieved at a 4500 rpm redline while hand shifting through three speeds. A 6-volt battery and coil with circuit breaker runs the electrics.

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

We admire the fact that the seller has appeared to resist the temptation of opening up the crate fully to reveal all of the goodies inside. Just like tearing through wrapping paper on a Christmas morning as a kid, opening up this crate will be half the fun for the buyer. All parts and tags appear to be untampered with, and the seller goes on to say: “The box inside we are assuming is the carburetor.”

Waiting Since WW2: Crated NOS 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead V-Twin

Provided paperwork gives instructions on how to remove the engine from the crate.

1942 Harley-Davidson XA

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This 1942 Harley-Davidson XA has been with the selling dealer for 10 years and is powered by a 45ci (738cc) opposed-twin. Equipped with a four-speed transmission and shaft drive, the bike was converted from military to civilian spec by a motorcycle dealer in 1945 and is said to be in running condition. Features include a period “buddy seat,” saddle bags, and aftermarket hand grips. This Harley XA is now being offered in Indianapolis with a Virginia registration dated from 1946.

1942 Harley-Davidson XA

During WWII, the US Army requested that Harley-Davidson create a durable, low-maintenance bike with shaft drive. The resulting XA model (Experimental Army) was influenced by the BMW R71 in use by the German army. It is believed that just over 1,000 examples were produced before the decision was made to focus on a competing general-purpose vehicle, the Jeep. This example was converted for civilian use at some time in the past and is finished in red with a chrome headlight, taillight, and a later Harley-Davidson buddy seat.

1942 Harley-Davidson XA

Bodywork shows chips and scratches, and the seat is worn and has a tear in the cover. The mufflers have been removed and replaced with straight pipes, and period green Chicago Motorcycle Supply grips are fitted. Unlike previous Harleys, the XA was equipped with a left-side throttle, hand-operated clutch, and a foot shift.

1942 Harley-Davidson XA

The “cat-eye” instrument panel retains black-out paint and a brass ignition switch. The Stewart Warner speedometer is of the correct type, though the face is discolored and a replacement will be included. The five-digit odometer shows 26k miles. Both fuel tank caps have been replaced with chrome items that show dings.

1942 Harley-Davidson XA

The air-cooled, side-valve 45ci opposed-twin produced 23 horsepower in stock form when new, which is transferred to the rear wheel through a four-speed transmission and shaft drive. Features include 6-volt electrics, dual Linkert carburetors, and an oil-bath air cleaner. The seller reports that the engine runs but will require a thorough inspection prior to any prolonged use.

No Reserve: 1965 Triumph Mountain Cub

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This 1965 Triumph Mountain Cub was purchased new at Dewey’s Cycle Sales in Seattle, Washington, and is said to have remained with its first owner until purchased by the seller in 1995. Power is from an OHV 199cc four-stroke single paired with a four-speed transmission, and the bike is finished in yellow and black with polished fenders. The seller has added 200 of approximately 650 indicated miles in nearly 25 years of ownership, service during which has reportedly been limited to oil changes. This Mountain Cub is offered with factory tools and a clean South Dakota title in the seller’s name.

No Reserve: 1965 Triumph Mountain Cub

The bike is finished with a yellow tank, a black frame and solo seat, and polished aluminum fenders. Close-up photos in the gallery below show blemishes in the paint and discoloration of the engine case.

No Reserve: 1965 Triumph Mountain Cub

Chrome wire-spoke wheels wear factory-style Dunlop Trials tires that will require replacement if the bike is to be ridden. Remnants of several decals remain, including one on the right rear shock absorber from the original selling dealer.

No Reserve: 1965 Triumph Mountain Cub

Instrumentation consists of an 85-mph speedometer and a five-digit odometer showing just under 650 miles, approximately 200 of which were added by the seller including on a recent five-mile ride.

No Reserve: 1965 Triumph Mountain Cub

The Mountain Cub combined the 199cc four-stroke single used in the Sport Cub with the wide-ratio transmission of the Trials Cub. The engine features an aluminum cylinder head and a single Amal Monoblock carburetor, and produced 14.5 horsepower when new. The bike has reportedly required only oil changes under current ownership, and no service records are available.

One-Owner 2012 Triumph Thruxton Custom

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This 2012 Triumph Thruxton was purchased new by the seller from Branchville Motors in Ridgefield, Connecticut and was modified by Spooky Fast Customs of Scottsdale, Arizona between 2014 and 2016. Power is provided by an air-cooled DOHC parallel-twin, which is paired with a 5-speed gearbox and has been fitted with a 904cc overbore kit, ported heads, and performance cams. The bodywork was also repainted, and custom fenders, side covers, and a solo seat were added. This customized Thruxton has been ridden less than 500 total miles and is now offered with the original sales receipt, factory manuals, records of the modifications, and a clean Arizona title in the seller’s name.

One-Owner 2012 Triumph Thruxton Custom

Bodywork has been refinished in two shades of green with gold pinstriping, and the bike is fitted with aftermarket fenders, a custom seat, and fabricated side covers. The air box has also been upgraded and retro-style fork boots were added. The exhaust system has been fitted with header wrap and a pair of custom-fabricated megaphone mufflers. Painted wire-spoke wheels wear Pirelli Sport Demon tires.

One-Owner 2012 Triumph Thruxton Custom

The seat was modified with a storage compartment in the tail section, and the rear suspension has been upgraded with Progressive adjustable shocks. The taillight is a replica of a vintage Lucas item, the turn signals have been replaced with smaller hidden units, and LED lighting is fitted front and rear.

One-Owner 2012 Triumph Thruxton Custom

The stock Thruxton drop bars are finished in black, and VDO instrumentation consists of a 130-mph speedometer and a tachometer with an 8,500-rpm redline. Just 483 miles are shown on the digital odometer, all of which were added by the seller.

One-Owner 2012 Triumph Thruxton Custom

The DOHC parallel-twin is equipped with a 904cc overbore kit, ported heads, and high-performance cams. An upgraded performance clutch transmits power to the 5-speed transmission. Service has reportedly been performed by dealerships since new.

One-Owner 2012 Triumph Thruxton Custom

More than $12k was spent on modifications as shown on included receipts from Spooky Fast Customs. The original purchase receipt and factory manuals are also included and are shown in the gallery below.

No Reserve: 40-Years-Owned 1958 BMW R50/2

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This 1958 BMW R50/2 was first acquired by the seller as a college student in 1975. He kept the bike through 1995 when he sold it to a friend, and subsequently purchased it back in 1999. The bike is powered by a 596cc boxer twin mated to a 4-speed transmission with shaft drive, and is fitted with a solid-state voltage regulator, updated headlight, Denfield seat, and more detailed below. This R50/2 is offered with a set of Wixom pannier bags, a Wixom faring, and a clean Colorado title in the seller’s name.

No Reserve: 40-Years-Owned 1958 BMW R50/2

The bike is finished in black with white pinstriping, and the seller notes that a few areas of the smaller inner pinstripe have been retouched. A thumbnail-sized blemish is shown on the fuel tank, and a ding is described on the side of the headlight housing. A Denfield solo seat is fitted, and the seller notes that the rubber cover on the sprung pillion passenger seat shows some cracking.

No Reserve: 40-Years-Owned 1958 BMW R50/2

New Metzler tires were fitted within the last 500 miles, and the bike is fitted with an updated headlight bulb, newer rubber grips, and a chrome tail rack. The seller notes that rubber and plastic parts have been periodically replaced over the life of the bike.

No Reserve: 40-Years-Owned 1958 BMW R50/2

Per the seller, the original speedometer failed shortly after he acquired the bike in 1975, showing about 16k miles at that time. The seller fitted a new speedometer, and the bike now shows 23k miles, most of which were added by the seller.

No Reserve: 40-Years-Owned 1958 BMW R50/2

Power is provided by a 596cc boxer twin mated to a 4-speed transmission with shaft drive. Service records are available since 1979, and the seller notes that he has performed most of the maintenance himself since 1999, including fitting new cables, wheel bearing felts, and annual oil changes. The carburetors are currently jetted for Denver’s altitude with a 35 idle jet and 110 main jet.

No Reserve: 40-Years-Owned 1958 BMW R50/2

The factory tool roll is included but is not complete. The seller notes that the front-end lock and tool box are identically keyed, and two original keys are included.

No Reserve: 40-Years-Owned 1958 BMW R50/2

A set of Wixom saddle bags and a Wixom faring are included, with matching brackets for both.

1992 Honda XRV750 Africa Twin RD04

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This 1992 Honda XRV750 RD04 is a second-generation version of the dual-sport Africa Twin. It receives power from a 742cc 6-valve V-twin paired with a 5-speed gearbox, and equipment includes an Arrow exhaust system, pannier rack, and crash guards. The selling dealer acquired the bike from the second owner earlier this year, and it currently shows 75k kilometers (~47k miles). This Africa Twin is now being offered in Rammelsbach, Germany with a clear German title.

1992 Honda XRV750 Africa Twin RD04

Finished in black with white, red, and silver graphics, this RD04 is equipped with a set of aftermarket Acerbis hand guards, as well as engine-protection bars and pannier racks from Hepco & Becker. Closeups of the fuel tank, fairing, and windscreen are provided in the gallery below.

1992 Honda XRV750 Africa Twin RD04

Anodized factory rims measure 21” in diameter up front and 17” out back and are wrapped in a set of Metzler dual-sport tires. Braking is managed by double discs up front and a single for the rear. A new D.I.D chain and replacement sprocket were recently installed. Instrumentation includes 200-km/h speedometer and a 9k-rpm tachometer. 75k kilometers (~47k miles) are said to be shown on the odometer.

1992 Honda XRV750 Africa Twin RD04

The water-cooled 742cc V-twin utilizes three valves and two spark plugs per cylinder. Power is routed to the rear wheel through a 5-speed gearbox, and an oil and filter change was performed just prior to the auction.

1993 BMW R100GS Paris-Dakar

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This 1993 BMW R100GS Paris-Dakar was reportedly sold new in Montana, and the seller brought the bike to Illinois when he acquired it from a family member of the original owner in 2015. The bike is finished in a factory red and white scheme and is equipped with a solo seat, hard shell pannier cases, light guards, and more. The 980cc boxer twin sends power rearward via a 5-speed transmission with shaft drive, and the bike is fitted with Wilbers suspension components, an Endurolast alternator kit, and more detailed below. This R100GS is offered with factory literature and a clean Illinois title in the seller’s name.

1993 BMW R100GS Paris-Dakar

The bike features a factory red and white paint scheme with Paris-Dakar graphics on the fuel tank. The seller reports that the fuel tank was refurbished by the original owner. The bike is equipped with a factory solo seat, a tail rack, and an LED taillight and Clearwater front lights. The seller fitted Metzler Tourrace tires to the factory 21″ front and 17″ rear wheels, and installed new brake pads and shoes.

1993 BMW R100GS Paris-Dakar

The seller has installed a Wilbers 640 rear coilover shock and a Wilbers fork spring at the front. A set of locking hardshell pannier cases are fitted, and the left side item features a cutout for the factory exhaust.

1993 BMW R100GS Paris-Dakar

Instrumentation consists of a 120-mph speedometer, an 8,500-rpm tachometer, and a panel housing the warning lights. Approximately 23,300 miles are shown, 4,400 of which were added by the seller.

1993 BMW R100GS Paris-Dakar

Power is provided by an air-cooled 980cc boxer twin, which was factory-rated at 60 horsepower and 56 lb-ft of torque. The seller reports that the 5-speed transmission was retrofitted with a circlip at approximately 10k miles. An EnDuraLast brushless alternator kit has also been installed, and an AGM battery was fitted in 2018.

1993 BMW R100GS Paris-Dakar

Factory literature, a brochure, and documentation from the seller’s ownership are included.

No Reserve: 1977 Honda XR75

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This 1977 Honda XR75 was reportedly purchased new for the original owner’s daughter to ride motocross, but was put away in a San Fernando Valley garage not long after. The seller acquired the bike in early 2019. Power is provided by a 75cc single-cylinder engine paired to a 5-speed transmission, and the bike is equipped with a DG Tiger exhaust, Oakley grips, and other period modifications. The seller has recommissioned the bike with a carburetor cleaning, chain and cable lubrication, new fork seals, and more detailed below. This XR175 is offered with a replacement seat cover and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

No Reserve: 1977 Honda XR75

The bike is finished in Tahitan Red with a black seat. The styling was updated for 1977 with contoured side panels and enlarged fenders. Close-up photos are provided of the finish and decals, and a split is visible in the seat upholstery above the Honda logo.

No Reserve: 1977 Honda XR75

A set of air fork caps and fork protectors have been added to the front suspension, and factory adjustable coilover assemblies are fitted at the rear. The spoked wheels are fitted with polished rims and measure 16″ in diameter at the front and 14″ at the rear.

No Reserve: 1977 Honda XR75

PJ1 Lubricants stickers have been added to both sides of the factory tank, which also retains factory Honda graphics and warning labels. A protective pad is fitted to the center section of the handlebars, and a set of vintage Oakley rubber grips are installed in place of the factory items. The ball tip is broken off the clutch lever, and a bend is visible in the brake lever.

No Reserve: 1977 Honda XR75

The single-cylinder engine was enlarged to a full 75cc for the 1977 model year, and this example is equipped with a vintage DG Tiger exhaust. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a 5-speed transmission. The seller has cleaned the carburetor, lubricated the chain and control cables, changed the oil, and replaced the fork seals and oil.

A cold-start, walk-around and ride video is viewable above.

No Reserve: 1982 Honda CB750SC Nighthawk

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This 1982 Honda CB750SC Nighthawk was sold new in Wisconsin and was acquired by a high school teacher in the mid 1980s. A former student inquired about the bike after seeing the teacher at his ten year high school reunion, and became the third owner around 2008. Power is provided by a 750cc inline-four with four carburetors and a factory quad-outlet exhaust, and the bike is equipped with a 5-speed transmission and chain primary drive. Within the last year the bike has received new tires, spark plugs, fork seals, brake pads, and an oil and filter change. This Nighthawk is offered by the selling dealer at no reserve with a factory owner’s manual, tool roll, and a clean Wisconsin title.

No Reserve: 1982 Honda CB750SC Nighthawk

The bike is finished in Candy Flair Blue Metallic with a color-keyed frame and factory chrome graphics with red pinstripes. The seller describes some chips and marks, and close-up photos of the finish are provided in the gallery below. Factory wheels measure 16″ front and rear, and were fitted with new Kenda tires within the last year.

No Reserve: 1982 Honda CB750SC Nighthawk

The Nighthawk was equipped with a four-into-four exhaust system, with two outlets per side. The bike retains factory lighting, and a repaired seam is visible on the seat. A set of aftermarket foam hand grips are fitted.

No Reserve: 1982 Honda CB750SC Nighthawk

Instrumentation includes an 85-mph speedometer, a 10k-rpm tachometer, primary and trip odometers, and a a selection of warning lights. 27k miles are shown on the mechanical odometer, approximately 50 of which were added by the selling dealer.

No Reserve: 1982 Honda CB750SC Nighthawk

Power is provided by a 749cc double overhead cam four equipped with a quartet of 30mm Keihin carburetors. The Nighthawk was factory-rated at 70 horsepower with 56 lb-ft of torque, and sends power to the rear wheel via a 5-speed transmission and chain drive. Within the last year the bike received new spark plugs, fork seals, and brake pads, and the selling dealer performed an inspection and an oil and filter change.

No Reserve: 1982 Honda CB750SC Nighthawk

The factory owner’s manual is included, and the tool roll is pictured in the gallery. A walk-around and startup video is viewable below.

1,300-Mile 2017 BMW R nineT Racer

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This 2017 BMW R nineT Racer is a factory cafe racer-styled motorcycle that was sold new in Tigard, Oregon. Finished in Light White with M Sport graphics, this bike shows just under 1,300 miles and is powered by a 1,170cc boxer twin coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Factory equipment includes ABS, Automatic Stability Control, heated grips, chrome exhaust pipes, and 17″ spoke wheels. Approximately 100 miles have been added by the selling dealer, and an oil change was recently performed. This R nineT is now being offered for sale with a window sticker, a receipt from a June 2018 service, and a clean Oregon title.

1,300-Mile 2017 BMW R nineT Racer

Light White Paint is accented by chrome exhaust pipes and M-stripe graphics on the tank, nose fairing, and rear cowl. Alloy bar-end mirrors and an SP muffler have been installed, and the removed factory parts are included in the sale.

1,300-Mile 2017 BMW R nineT Racer

The R nineT came standard with Brembo disc brakes with ABS and multi-piston calipers. This particular example is also equipped with factory-optional Automatic Stability Control and 17″ spoke wheels, which are mounted with Metzeler tires.

1,300-Mile 2017 BMW R nineT Racer

The handlebars are positioned low on the upper fork bridge and feature heated grips. Instrumentation includes a 140-mph speedometer, a tachometer with an 8,500-rpm redline, and a digital odometer that shows under 1,300 miles.

1,300-Mile 2017 BMW R nineT Racer

The air/oil-cooled 1,170cc DOHC boxer twin features four valves per cylinder and wet sump lubrication. Factory-rated output was 110 horsepower and 86 lb-ft of torque. An invoice from a service in June 2018 is provided in the gallery, and an oil service was recently performed by the selling dealer.

1,300-Mile 2017 BMW R nineT Racer

A copy of the original window sticker lists the optional equipment and a total suggested retail price of $15,090. A riding video is provided by the seller below.