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.

1973 BMW R75/5 LWB

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This 1973 BMW R75/5 is offered by the owner of a BMW motorcycle restoration shop, who purchased the bike four years ago and has given it a full restoration. The R75/5 was the top of the line model for 1973 with a 50 horsepower 750cc flat-twin good for a top speed of 110 mph. This example was completely disassembled and refurbished both cosmetically and mechanically, with very few miles ridden since. The only parts not restored or replaced were the seat and tires, as the seller wanted to preserve the patina of the original seat and felt most buyers would prefer to choose their own tires.

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The gas tank and fenders were repainted using a single stage enamel, and the frame and subframe were also restored. The pinstriping was redone by Tommy “The Itch” Otis and matches the factory pattern. There is no notable damage to the fresh paintwork.

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A new headlight chrome ring was installed and the aluminum trim was polished. All exposed fasteners have been cad plated to match the original finish. New mufflers were also installed.

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The 750cc flat twin is believed original and was rebuilt with the following work performed:

  • Cylinders honed and new piston rings installed
  • New timing chain, chain tensioners, and seals
  • Cylinder heads rebuilt with new valves and hardened valve seats
  • New seals and gaskets as needed
  • Fuel tank interior cleaned and coated with Red-Kote liner
  • Rebuilt carburetors
  • Fuel petcocks rebuilt and new fuel lines installed
  • New ignition points and condensor
  • Ignition advance unit rebuilt
  • New clutch and clutch plates
  • Replaced driveshaft U-joint and rubber boot

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The restored frame and partially disassembled engine are pictured above. The transmission and final drive were both inspected and found to be in good condition. The front fork was rebuilt with new seals and bumpers. New brake, clutch, and throttle cables were also installed.

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The speedometer was rebuilt by Palo Alto Speedometer and all other electrical components are fully sorted. New rubber foot pegs and hand grips have been installed. The seat cover was in good original condition and the seller opted against replacing it, but is willing to install a new cover at no charge if the buyer prefers.

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The tires have some wear but are in usable condition. The seller has connections with a tire distributor and is happy to facilitate buying and mounting a new set of tires per the buyer’s preference.

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The bike is sold with a clean California title and the original blue California plate will be included for an in-state buyer. The seller has numerous photos of the restoration process, some of which can be viewed in the gallery below. Matched fork and seat locks in working order will be included. The bike has been ridden only a few shakedown miles since restoration and is ready for the next owner to enjoy.

Phoenix Gold Metallic: 1976 BMW R90/6

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This 1976 BMW R90/6 looks incredible in rare Phoenix Gold Metallic, which despite its name appears to be much more of a green. The seller says that frame and engine numbers match, and that it starts, runs, shifts and brakes well. Condition looks to be very good, and the bike has a few very nice upgrades like low Euro market handlebars, electronic ignition and new, good quality side cases. Find it here on BMW MOA in Clearwater, Florida for $7,500. Special thanks to BaT reader Paul C. for this submission.

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Hand laid double red pinstripes are a very nice touch, and tie in with similarly colored factory 900cc markings on the side covers. The tail rack might be a bit much, but it should be easy to remove. Low Euro market handlebars are definitely a worthy upgrade over the taller standard US items, and the seller says that Metzeler tires have good remaining tread. The brake master has been relocated from under the tank to the right side of the handlebars, and electronic ignition has been fitted as well. The original gauges were replaced by a previous owner thanks to a dead odometer.

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Sale includes a nearly full factory tool kit, a new battery, a BMW shop manual, microfiche diagrams, a Luftmeister exhaust, a windscreen, a new diode board, cables, original key, points and condenser and more.

1971 BMW R75/5 Motorcycle

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This 1971 BMW R75/5 is a past Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance class winner and was the subject of an extensive restoration by its previous owner. This example has only been ridden about 300 miles since the restoration was completed in the mid 2000s. The bike is said to remain in very good condition and is sold with an open trailer that features a large wind deflector. Many receipts from the restoration are included, and document the engine work, replacement parts used, paintwork, and more. The selling dealer is offering this R75/5 with a clean Oregon title in the current owner’s name.

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The /5 series bikes were a major step forward for BMW Motorrad, with improved ergonomics and electronics compared to earlier BMW Boxers. In addition to being the first series of BMW bikes manufactured solely in Berlin, the /5 incorporated a new points-style ignition system rather than magnetos, and an electric starter. The boxer twin and shaft drive are traditional BMW motorcycle features.

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The restoration of this example was completed about nine years ago, and the bike went on the show circuit not long after. The restoration used only correct stock parts, including the grips, screw-in metal badges, and wire clips. The paintwork is rich and glossy, with correct hand-painted pinstriping and rubber side panels on the tank.

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Included in the sale is a BMW-themed open trailer. The trailer is fitted with a large wind deflector that should help to keep the bike clean during transport.

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The odometer shows just under 62k miles, although this figure is not believed to be accurate. The glass facing on the instrument pod shows no fogging.

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The white-piped seat upholstery is taut and correct, with correct grab handles on the rear part of the seat.

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The under-seat area is very tidy, with an original manual and tool roll present and complete.

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Correct 32mm Bing CV carburetors are fitted, and the exhaust shows little to no discoloration. The only modification is a hidden harness for a trickle charger.

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The bike was shown after the restoration was completed. It received a 100 point score and Best in Class at the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance in 2007, as well as 98 points at the 2010 BMW Motorcycle Owners of America meet in Redmond, Oregon.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.