Three-Wheel Drive: 1960 Moto Guzzi Mulo Meccanico

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

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

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

Big-Tired Automatic: 1987 Honda TR200 FatCat

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

No Reserve: 1975 Honda CB750 K5

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

1958 BMW Isetta 600

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

1942 Zundapp KS750 Project

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This 1942 Zundapp KS750 is a project that was previously owned by VW collector Dana Steele, who was killed in an accident earlier this year. His collection was subsequently passed to the current owner, including this roller Zundapp, which suffered some kind of internal engine failure during Steele’s ownership. A large cache of spares is provided, including two engine cases, numerous cylinder heads, two transmissions, and many smaller parts as shown below. The bike has been partially repainted in tan, though numerous components are said to remain in unrestored condition. This Zundapp is now being offered on behalf of the current owner by BaT regular Wob with a clean California title. The Zundapp KS750 was developed from the civilian KS600 for use in the German military. The original specification called for a top speed of about 95 km/h and a payload capacity of some 500 kilograms, the equivalent of three fully equipped soldiers. Minimum operating speed was about that of a walking soldier, which is facilitated by the high-low range gearbox featuring eight forward gears and four reverse gears. The open driveshaft powers a lockable differential which sends power to both rear wheels. The three 16″ wheels feature hydraulic drum brakes with asymmetric braking on the two rear wheels. All three wheels are identically sized and can be interchanged. The front fork is a girder type, with springs concealed in the reinforced steel fork members. This bike has been partially repainted in Afrika Korps tan, including the frame, fuel tank, sidecar and fenders. The ammo boxes, headlight bucket, and wheels appear to be unrestored. A speedometer/odometer is the only instrument. 3,000 kilometers (~1,900 miles) are shown, though the true mileage is unknown. Though the motorcycle itself is a hardtail, the sidecar features a rudimentary leaf spring suspension. Seating is available for three, including the operator, sidecar passenger, and a second passenger on a sprung pillion seat aft of the operator. The 751cc flat-twin has been removed due to a suspected bad rod. The engine is currently disassembled, and numerous parts come with the bike as shown above. Two crankcases, two transmissions, numerous cylinder heads, and a wide array of other smaller parts are included. More than 300 boxes of parts came from the Dana Steele collection. What is pictured is only what is currently known to belong with the bike. More parts may be available in the large parts cache and will be added to the supply of spares as they are found. The seller recommends that the winning bidder allot time to search through the collection of parts for potentially useful items.

1968 Bultaco Metralla MK2

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This 1968 Bultaco Metralla Mk2 has been owned by the seller for 10 years and was completely rebuilt by marque specialist Ken McGuire 35 miles ago in 2015. The original 250cc 2-stroke single was rebuilt and is paired with a 5-speed transmission. Modifications include Progressive Suspension gas shocks, a Mikuni carburetor, and a K&N air filter. This Metralla is sold with all replaced original parts, a service manual, and a clean Michigan title in the seller’s name. The MK2 Metralla was introduced in 1967 and for a brief period was the fastest 250cc street bike available, setting a lap record at the 1967 Isle of Man TT race. The complete bike weight in at only 250 pounds and the 32hp 250cc single enabled a top speed of over 100 mph. Approximately 5000 were built from 1967-74. Various thumbs-up badges and the tool box are shown below. The paint, chrome, and polished aluminum surfaces were reportedly addressed during the restoration. The gas tank, fenders, and side covers are freshly painted, while the seat is said to be an unrestored original with some wear to the suede center panel and rear lower edge. All control cables and both levers have been replaced, and a new wiring harness was installed with new switches. Alterations from stock include Progressive Suspension gas shocks with powder coated springs. The seller notes that the correct rubber chain cover is not installed, the speedometer is not connected, and the horn is not attached. All removed parts are said to be included and are shown in the gallery below. The twin leading shoe front brake is vented and has new shoes. Shouldered Akront alloy wheels have been trued and feature stainless spokes with new Michelin tires. All wheel bearings and the steering head bearings have been replaced. Power comes from a 32hp 250cc two stroke paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The engine stamping matches the frame stamping (2302439) and the transmission was inspected for wear during the restoration. A Mikuni carburetor with a K&N air filter was added and the original pieces are included with the sale. The exhaust, chain, and petcocks were replaced with new items. The original oil mixer has been removed so fuel must be pre-mixed, or oil mixed in the tank. The seller reports that the engine runs well. Complete invoices for the rebuild are included, but no service receipts are available prior to the seller’s purchase. All original parts that were replaced will also be included. The seller has only added 35 miles since completion due to a leg injury.

187-Mile 2012 BMW F800GS Triple Black

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This 2012 BMW F800GS is a stock Triple Black model which has been ridden under 200 miles from new. As the dual-sport entry in BMW’s F800 line, the GS comes equipped with longer suspension travel as well as a host of other offroad-oriented accessories as described below. This example remains in the collection of its original owner, who purchased it for use on a tour of Africa but was unable to make the trip. It is sold with an Arizona title. The Triple Black model came with black paint over a grey frame, silver double swingarm, and anodized black suspension fork. All paint and body parts remain original with no chips, scratches or other blemishes according to the seller. Black-rimmed wire-spoke wheels are mounted with Pirelli Scorpion Trail dual-sport tires. The motorcycle is optioned with defeatable anti-lock braking and heated grips, while other stock and accessory equipment includes a luggage rack, top case, engine guard, skid plate, center stand, and hand guards. A digital trip computer is also present and shows 187 miles on its odometer. The 798cc parallel twin sends a factory rated 85 horsepower to the chain-driven rear wheel through a 6-speed manual gearbox. Braking power comes from a pair of twin-piston Brembo front discs along with a smaller single-piston version at the rear. Registration and insurance have reportedly been kept continuously up to date during the seller’s ownership, while maintenance as part of the collection includes charging of the battery and a brief local ride every 30 days.

50-Years Owned 1951 Vincent Rapide Series C

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This 1951 Series C Vincent Rapide is a recently restored example that was given to the current owner as a disassembled project in 1967. It was put together and used infrequently for several years until being entrusted to Marty Dickerson, a Vincent racer and builder who held the un-streamlined Black Lightning record at Bonneville for many years. The 998cc V-twin and integrated 4-speed gearbox were rebuilt to Shadow specs approximately seven years ago by Southern California Vincent expert Mike Parti. In 2014, Mickey Peters of Bakersfield, California began a $41k restoration. All new fasteners and other assembly components, essential to a well sorted Vincent, were sourced from the UK and used in the build. A Black Shadow speedometer was added along with a coil ignition, Series D center stand, a concealed electric starter, and a Ducati clutch. A rare, period-correct Olicana aluminum fairing was also restored and has been installed. This Rapide has been ridden just over 700 miles since the restoration was completed in January 2016, with considerable sorting accomplished since. It is now being offered for sale by the current owner’s son with documentation of the restoration, as well as a letter of authenticity from the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club and a clean California title. Air Force JAG officer Capt. Tom Culver gave this bike to the current owner in a dissembled state 50 years ago along with an intact 1948 Vincent White Shadow. It was moved from San Francisco to Santa Barbara and initially assembled by Vern Carr, a mechanical engineer and inventor. The owner and his brother rode both bikes for a number of years until they were sent to Marty Dickerson in the early 1970s. The White Shadow was sold on behalf of the current owner for $750, and a restoration of the Rapide was initiated. Work progressed slowly, and over the years the matching-numbers uniform frame member and rear frame member were used for Marty’s other projects. When the current owner reacquired this Rapide in the mid 2000s, Marty gave him a 1950 Rapide uniform frame member (#RC4560) and a 1952 Black Shadow rear frame member (#RC10611B) as replacements. These items are now incorporated in the bike, though it is registered as a 1951 because of the engine stamping. The tank and Olicana fairing were repainted in black during Mickey Peters’ 2014-2016 restoration, with custom gold trim and correct decals added to both. The major mechanical components, including the forged aluminum Girdraulic front forks and rear swing arm, were freshly powder coated. The fenders are new polished items from the UK, and all other components were re-chromed or re-plated as required. The rims and stainless steel spokes are also replacement period-correct items, and new Avon tires have been mounted. New fasteners and assembly components were also sourced from the UK and installed during the restoration. The original seat was rebuilt and reupholstered, and many additional photos of the work in progress can be found in the gallery below. A Series D center stand with a long torque arm has been added, making it easier to park and release the bike while seated on the saddle. The original rear stand and duplex side stands remain fitted. A Black Shadow speedometer was acquired many years ago by Marty Dickerson and has recently been re-calibrated. The odometer currently shows just over 700 miles, reflecting the distance covered since the restoration was completed, including a recent tour of several hundred miles at the national Vincent meeting in Montana. A concealed electric starter from Francois Grosset has been added and is operated with the red button seen above, though the the bike can still be kick started using the original handlebar-mounted compression release. The air-cooled 998cc V-twin (#F10AB/1/7518) was rebuilt by the late Vincent expert Mike Parti about seven years ago. The internals have been upgraded to Shadow specs, increasing rated horsepower from 45 to 55. The engine remains unpainted at the insistence of Parti, who was a purist. The generator appears outwardly stock but has increased charging capacity in order to accommodate the electric starter, coil ignition, and upgraded lighting. A modern battery and Ducati clutch have also been added, and reportedly eliminate the sometimes difficult Vincent starting regimen. The 4-speed gearbox is part of the power unit and was also rebuilt by Parti. A period Vincent rider’s handbook is included along with receipts and a CD of images documenting the restoration. A selection of these items can be seen in the gallery below. The letter from the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club Machine Registrar can be seen above, confirming ownership history and the serial numbers of the main components. A number of vintage motorcycle collectors and motorcycle journalists have ridden the bike, reportedly complimenting its operation and handling. A video of the longterm current owner explaining the history can be seen below, along with a video of his son’s friend riding the bike. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sQqfBzzHoU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcTM5KWsHoo

1965 Ducati Diana Mark 3

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This 1965 Ducati Diana Mark 3 has been ridden only 10 miles over 29 years with the seller, who has used it primarily for display. The bike is powered by a 250cc single-cylinder with a 5-speed transmission. The seller purchased it from a former Ducati dealer with a reported rebuilt engine, and recently changed the oil, replaced the spark plug, and cleaned the points. This Mark 3 is sold with a factory tool kit, owners manuals, and a clean Tennessee title in the seller’s name. The Mark 3 weighed only 250 pounds and produced 30 horsepower new, making it the fastest 250cc street bike available when new. A period Cycle World test found that the Mark 3 was capable of a standing quarter mile time of 16.5 seconds at 79.5mph with a top speed of 104mph –faster than the contemporary Yamaha TD1 race bike. The paint is reported to be original with age related chips and scratches. The gas tank is an older repaint of good quality with clean internals, but the seller also has a tank with original paint and will offer the buyer a choice between the two. Minor surface rust can be found on the rear fender tip and the chrome shows signs of pitting. The front fender and tool box logos are also faded. The early production Mark 3 featured smaller scrambler style fenders with 18 inch wheels. The seller mentions that it wears older race tires that should be replaced if returned to the road. The Veglia tachometer was a unique feature of the Diana Mark 3 and had an 8500 rpm redline. 7730 miles are shown on the odometer but can not be verified as correct. The number plate with flyscreen is a period accessory. Factory clip-ons wear period Grand Touring grips, and all controls are reported to work well. Power comes from a matching numbers 250cc bevel-drive 4-stroke single cylinder mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The engine is believed to have been rebuilt several years ago by the former owner, who was a Ducati dealer. Features include magneto ignition, factory rear set foot-pegs, and a megaphone exhaust. The bike was in storage for several years before the seller changed the oil, replaced the spark plug, and cleaned the points. The factory tool roll is included as well as a service manual, and the original owner’s manuals. No service receipts are available as the seller has personally performed all necessary maintenance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuP0XNmRnAQ The seller has added a video to illustrate the running condition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pl_9R0Cw50