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Found on eBay: 1974 BMW R90S

Found on eBay: 1974 BMW R90S 

As much as we admire people who spend the time and the money to fully restore an old motorcycle, bikes like this 1974 BMW R90S remind us that they're only original once.

BMW's line of air-cooled bikes are known for their longevity and simplicity, especially the early Seventies models. This R90S shows just more than 62,000 miles on the odometer, and appears to be in very nice shape for its age. It still wears its original Black/Smoke paint, a highlight of the R90S models, along with the original seat cover.

The bike had new tires just 300 miles ago and saw recent serverice at a BMW dealer. Though the seller mentions the paint is somewhat faded on teh fairing, tank and tail, we like the fact that this is a bike that could be bought, ridden and maintained without the worries of a new nick here or a scratch there. Someone should buy this and continue to rack up the miles on it.

To visit the auction for this 1974 BMW R90S, go here. 

To read the Motorcycle Classics review of the BMW R90S, go here.  

 

Found on eBay: 1938 Triumph Speed Twin

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Listed with no reserve, this 1938 Triumph Speed Twin is a bike that rarely comes up for sale, and with a starting bid of just $4,000, there's a chance that somebody is going to get one heck of a deal.

According to the auction, the engine turns over with what seems to be good compression. The transmission shifts through the gears smoothly and firmly, finds neutral easily. The body seems to be in fair shape, despite the "dent/crease" at the top front of the fuel tank.

The auction also mentions that the bike currently wears the wrong headlight and supports, but that it does include the original toolbox.

To visit the auction for this 1938 Triumph Speed Twin, go here. 

To read the Motorcycle Classics story on a later 1959 Triumph Speed Twin, go here. 

 

 

Found on eBay: 1979 Kawasaki KZ1300

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This restored 1979 Kawasaki KZ1300 has just under 36,000 miles and looks to be in prime shape for many more. 1979 was the first production year for the KZ1300, and the auction states that the previous owner of this bike spent several thousand dollars performing a fraome-off chassis and engine restoration.

Although it wears a non-stock 6-into-1 exhaust, it otherwise appears to be in very nice, stock condition. The bike is available at National Powersports Distributors in Pembroke, New Hampshire.

To read the Motorcycle Classics story comparing the Benelli Sei 900, the Honda CBX 1000 and the Kawasaki KZ1300, go here. 

To visit the auction for this Kawasaki KZ1300, go here. 

 

Found on eBay: 1968 BSA Firebird Scrambler

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Though this BSA sounds like it needs a little tuning to be ready for the road, it appears to be in fine original condition. The Firebird Scrambler debuted in 1968 with both high exhaust pipes and lights, and it sold reasonably well.

According to the auction, this bike wears its original gast tank. Though the paint appears to be in good condition, the auction doesn't mention whether it's original or whether it's been repainted. The chrome looks to be quite nice, and the bike appears to be a low-mileage survivor. The speedometer needs to be rebuilt, and one of the Amal Concentrics needs to be gone through, but if you've been looking for a BSA scrambler, this might be just what you need.

To visit the auction for this 1968 BSA Firebird Scrambler, go here. 

To read the Motorcycle Classics story on the BSA Firebird Scrambler, go here.  

 

Found on eBay: 1983 Honda CB1100F Super Sport

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This highly modified Honda CB1100F is just too cool to pass up. It started life as a stock 1100F, when a dealer pulled it right off the dealership floor and, with just a few mods, took it racing at Daytona.

According to the auction, Tryg Westby of Tulsa, Okla., was a Honda dealer and club racer back in the 1980s. In 1983, Tryg pulled the bike off the dealership floor to race it in the Open Super Stock division at Daytona. With just a few minor mods, the bike won its inagural race. After a short but successful career in Open Super Stock, Tryg decided to modify the bike further to race in the premier Open Super Bike Class. The bike features an 1125 pist kit, SuperTrapp header, EPM Magnesium wheels and a long, long list of unobtainable parts.

To read the whole story, visit the auction for this 1983 Honda CB1100F here. 

To read the Motorcycle Classics feature on the Honda CB1100F, go here. 

Found on eBay: 1983 Honda CX650E

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If this bike looks familiar but you just can't put a finger on why, you're not alone. Yes, it looks sort of like a 1983 Honda CX650T, the turbocharged V-twin that was availabile in the U.S. for just one year. But the fairing looks different somehow, and it's missing the giant "Turbo" lettering on the exhaust. Why you ask? Because it's not a Turbo.

This 1983 Honda CX650E is the non-turbo version of the CX650 that was popular in Europe, but never sold in the U.S. This particular bike was brought onto the continent through Canada and now lives in Florida. According to the auction, the bike is much the same as the Turbo, "but with out the heat, spool-up time, and low reliability of the turbo bike."

The CX650E shares the same liquid-cooled and shaft-drive set up as the Turbo, and the listing says this bike has no issues other than an "intermittent squeak in the rear suspension somewhere, and faded graphics. Otherwise starts, runs, shifts, stops perfectly. And looks great doing it."

We think it would make a great all-around ride, and the joy of having something unusual just adds to the fun. To visit the auction for this 1983 Honda CX650E, go here. 

To read the Motorcycle Classics article on the 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo, go here. 

Found on eBay: 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport

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Though we often feature fun and affordable bikes, this week we came across an auction that we just had to share. No, your eyes aren't lying to you. That really is a green-frame Ducati 750 Super Sport, and yes, it really is for sale. But boy is the price a stunner.

As we put together this blog, the current bid is $77, 211, and the auction says that the reserve has still not been met. Accoding to the listing, the motorcycle is part of a collection that is being sold, and the odometer reads just 11,702 kilometers (or 7,271 miles). The auction states that the bike is in fantastic condition, although it has been repainted at some point. It is missing it's mirror, which should be on the left handlebar, and there is a scuff on the left exhaust, but it comes with a Ducati tool kit.

The listing doesn't list anything about how the bike runs, as it hasn't been started or run since it's been in the collection. But if you're buying the bike at this price, the cost of getting it up and running isn't probably much of a concern to you.

To visit the auction for this 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport, go here. 







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