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One for the Moto Giro: 1958 MV Agusta 125 Turismo Rapido

1958 MV Agusta 125 Tourismo L Side

While both modern and vintage motorcycle enthusiasts generally associate the name “MV Agusta” with expensive, exotic, competition-oriented motorcycles. But without more affordable, readily-available machinery like this little 125 Tourismo Rapido to plump up the company’s bottom line, much of their famous racing success would have been impossible.

1958 MV Agusta 125 Tourismo Engine Detail

Certainly even when this bike was new, the name MV Agusta was associated with top-tier racing success. But the 125 and 175 models were designed to be sold by the bucketload to help finance those successful exotic machines. These were very popular, due to their quality construction and extremely frugal fuel consumption.

1958 MV Agusta 125 Tourismo L Tank

The bike used a four-stroke engine to add refinement to the package: two-strokes make plenty of power for their weight, but they’re rattle-y, dirty, and generally antisocial. Handling was excellent, even if power was unremarkable: bore and stroke for the overhead valve single were “square” at 54mm each, for a total of 123.6cc that put 6.5hp through a four-speed box.

1958 MV Agusta 125 Tourismo Speedo

From the original eBay listing: 1958 MV Agusta Turismo Rapido

Very rare and hard to find – original vintage MV Agusta – Turismo Rapido 125 cc – Legendary Italian Design at it’s Best. I personally hand selected and purchased this Bike in Germany from a private collector who had the Bike completely restored all to Factory specs in Germany about 9 years ago. No money has been spared not only to restore the Bike but also to preserve history.

At the beginning of the year I decided to display the bike at two well known shows here in Florida, my goal was to find out if the US Judges do have that trained eye needed to appreciate a bike like this one and the precision German craftsmanship going into a Restoration, THEY DID: 

On January 31st. the Bike made 2nd. PLACE – in European Bikes – at the – DANIA BEACH ANTIQUE MOTORCYCLE SHOW – and it made – BEST IN CLASS – at the Prestigious – BOCA RATON CONCOURSE D’ ELEGANCE – on February 22.nd 2015 – They did not skimp on the Trophy either, it is made by TIFFANY & CO. – Both awards goes with the bike, they belong to the bike and they are documented.

The 1958 Year marks the last year of this model and you’ll not find to many in all red. I’ll include some factory pictures that will show the bike with a black / red seat plus I found one factory picture showing the all red seat. In one of the pictures you’ll see Magura – plus a serial Nr. that’s the Manufacturer & nr. engraved in the handle bar, only the original MV Agusta handle bar has that, you’ll not find it in the after market parts.

I would grade the bike a 9 ( from 1 to 10 ) – you’ll find some very minor flaws like a small paint chip here and there and in one picture you’ll see a very minor surface rust spot on the rear rims chrome. There is nothing really that can take anything away from the overall Beauty of this bike. It is already a show winner but this is not just a bike for show you can actually ride this every day. I just changed the Engine Oil.

If you want to come by and check the bike out before you bid on it, that’s very welcome. The bike is so special that I keep it in the living room to my wife’s delight.

1958 MV Agusta 125 Tourismo Rear Suspension

These seem like such fun machines and are far more durable than their exotic nameplate would suggest, since they were originally designed to provide regular transportation with a dash of style. And with 40,000 of them sold during their lifetime, keeping one running shouldn’t be impossible, considering we’re talking about a sixty-year-old motorcycle. This would be a great way to participate in classic events like the Moto Giro, or just make a great weekend ride for puttering around your neighborhood.


1958 MV Agusta 125 Tourismo L Front

1967 Moto Morini Corsarino for Sale

1967 Moto Morini Corsarino R Side

As you may have picked up from previous articles, I’m a big fan of both Italian bikes and small-displacement machines. There’s just something so fun about them, something sporty, but not too serious that strikes the right chords for me. In an era of 2000cc v-twin cruisers and 180bhp sportbikes, bikes like that remind us that there’s more to motorcycling than size, that maybe your first motorcycle really shouldn’t be a Suzuki Hayabusa.

And this little 1967 Moto Morini Corsarino expresses that perfectly.

1967 Moto Morini Corsarino Decal

As you may have guessed from the little pirate decal, “corsarino” translates to “little pirate, which pretty perfectly evokes the spirit of this machine. Intended for younger riders just getting into the world of motorcycling, it gave Moto Morini an affordable, entry level product to get their hooks in early.

There’s not much performance here, but the sexy looks and sporty name would be ideal for a young person looking for some mobility to help them explore their bourgeoning independence.

1967 Moto Morini Corsarino Dash

The 48cc motor was actually a four-stroke, unusual in a sea of two-stroke competitors, and although early models got by with a 3 speed twist-grip shift, this later example has a four-speed foot-shift gearbox. These big-bike features gave the Corsarino a much more adult character than its more moped/scooter-like rivals.

From the original listing: 1967 Moto Morini Corsarino for Sale

1967 moto morini corsarino model z t 49 bike is in perfect condition has been stored since new. only 79 original miles.. .you will not find one as good as this.. .this is a rare find, in this condition.

As you can see, there’s not a ton of info here, although the background in several pictures suggests a good home full of bigger motorcycles that I’m sure are great role-models.

1967 Moto Morini Corsarino R Side Day

These things are really cool, and I’d love to have one in my garage. Bidding is up to $3,500 with the reserve not yet met. It has extremely low miles and is certainly rare, although it does seem like the seller may be aiming pretty high for what was intended to be a budget-friendly learner. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but it looks to be in nice shape. Obviously, there are probably a few issues that would need to be addressed before putting this on the road, but if you’re looking for an original showpiece, you certainly won’t find one with lower mileage.

Or uglier handlebars. Seriously, no matter what the buyer plans for this, they need to go.


1967 Moto Morini Corsarino L Side

1967 Aermacchi 350 Road Racer for Sale

1967 Aermacchi 350 Road Racer R Front

Looking to get into vintage racing, but don’t want to rescue some barn-find wreck? This very nice Aermacchi might fit the bill. Or you can just park it up in your living room and admire it.

1967 Aermacchi 350 Road Racer Engine2

By the early 1960’s Harley Davidson bought a stake in the Italian manufacturer of small-displacement road and race machines. They were looking to expand their model range to include something small and light, with European flair, and Aermacchi’s simple, reliable singles seemed a good fit. But then, as now, the Harley faithful didn’t really take to the idea of something that was actually sportier than a Sportster, and the relationship didn’t really end well…

1967 Aermacchi 350 Road Racer Dash

While outclassed at the time by the escalating small-displacement power wars going on in the late 1960’s, the durable 350 was popular among racers then, and remains so today. This particular bike is extremely nice, and the photos, taken in bright sunlight show it off well.

From the original eBay listing: 1967 Aermacchi 350 Road Racer for Sale

For Collector or Racer. The motor on this 1967 Aermacchi 350 Road Racer has been rebuilt by Aermacchi specialist Feruccio (Frank) Giannini of Giannini Racing (check his web site).  Fitted PVL electronic self-generating ignition. Dry clutch, 11:5 TI piston, and high torque cam. Race or show, these road racers still can be found in the winner’s circle. Sold with a Bill of Sale. the stand comes with it.

This motorcycle was recently purchased at Mecum Las Vegas Auction January/2014, but my racing days are over. You can find it in on their web site, lot 328.

I have used Uship or Haulbikes for shipping. Shipping is buyer’s responsibility, buyer pays all shipping. Must be picked up at my home in San Marcos CA

1967 Aermacchi 350 Road Racer Front Brake

This one might need a bit of fettling, since it looks like it’s been more show than go for a while, but it sounds like the important prep work has been done here: just blow out the cobwebs and go. If you aren’t the fastest bike on the track, you’ll surely be on one of the sharpest-looking bikes: I love that dry clutch peeking out through the slotted cover!

1967 Aermacchi 350 Road Racer Right Rear

If you’re thinking about going racing and don’t fancy trying to compete with a bunch of don’t-believe-they-can-die 19 year olds on shrieking, 180hp literbikes, this might be a great, hands-on way to get into competition with something you can easily wrench on yourself. Parts and advice should be readily available, as there is a strong internet community that revolves around these. Remember: it’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow!

I’d just fit one of those Vegia white-faced tachs I love so much and try not to think about how goofy my 6’2” frame might look hanging off this at speed…


1967 Aermacchi 350 Road Racer L Front

1964 Moto Morini Corsarino for Sale

1964 Moto Morini Corsarino L Front

“Tiddler Week” continues with one I’ve never seen before: a 1964 Moto Morini Corsarino. Corsarino translates to “little pirate” so it’s clear this bike was intended to introduce youths and learners to the world of motorcycles, giving Morini an entry-level product to hopefully keep buyers “in the family” as they moved up to a bigger bike. Interestingly, this bike is powered by a 48cc four-stroke, making it very unusual for the class and making for a more refined experience when compared to the rattly little two-strokes that usually powered such inexpensive machines.

1964 Moto Morini Corsarino R Rear

Early Corsarinos featured a three-speed, twist-grip shift similar to a scooter, but later examples like this one switched to a four-speed foot-shift that was more in keeping with the “real” motorcycle style. I’m not sure if Morini ever actually produced an actual “SS” model. I expect this is just the builder’s name for this particular customized, racier example.

1964 Moto Morini Corsarino R Tank

Unfortunately, the original eBay listing doesn’t have much useful information: 1964 Moto Morini Corsarino for Sale

Really fabulous Moto Morini Corsarino “Little Pirate” Has won its class in numerous shows. Including the prestigious Harvest Classic.
It is rare to find A Corsarino of this quality it appears to be all original.
This Morini runs great and needs nothing. Please look at the detailed pictures carefully as they really tell the story.

1964 Moto Morini Corsarino Dash

Luckily, the listing does in fact include a bunch of pictures, and they are pretty great. You’ve got to love that little cartoon pirate!

1964 Moto Morini Corsarino Tools

Bidding seems pretty slow so far, and I really have no idea what a bike like this is worth. But it seems like it’d be a pretty great addition to anyone looking for a small-displacement bike. This thing is cool as hell, and I seriously wish I had the cash to drop on it. If it breaks and you can’t find parts for it, you could at least park it up in your livingroom and look at it!


1964 Moto Morini Corsarino R Side



1973 Honda CB CB500F

For Sale: 1973 Honda CB CB500F

Vintage race bike for the street! If the “cool” factor of a vintage Honda CB500F isn’t enough for you, how about one with real vintage racing creds? If THAT is still not enough for you, how about a vintage Honda CB500F with real vintage racing creds that comes complete with a title, license plate and everything you need to be a vintage hooligan on the street? I’m pretty sure I have your attention now!

Launched in the early 1970s, the CB500 was a four cylinder, four stroke powered bike designed to be a scaled down CB750. It was smaller and lighter than its larger brother, but power was down as well (bhp was reported to be in the 45-50 range). Handling was reported to be much better than the larger 750, and CB500 models were raced successfully – including TT events such as the famed Isle of Man.

From the seller:
Up for auction is my 1973 CB500F. I bought this bike at Jerry Woods’ Auction in Deland in March of 2000. The bike was raced in Fl. CCS’s Vintage Classes in 2000 and rebuilt for the next season at the end of that year. It was raced in 01, and 02 in CCS, WERA, and AHRMA. In 2002, it won both LW and HW Vintage classes in Fl CCS. At the end of 02 it was rebuilt to it’s current configuration, 651cc’s. In Feb 03, I took it to Jennings, Fl., to participate in the dual AHRMA/WERA event. I crashed badly on another bike that weekend, which ended my racing days. The only time on this engine was a few practice laps that weekend, and the bike has been sitting since then. I recently pulled the engine and have gone completly through it, rebuilding the head, and re-ringing the pistons. Since finishing this rebuild, the engine has less than 100 street miles on it.

The bike is presently set up for the street. Below is a description of the components of the bike:

Engine: 12.3:1 compression; Completely rebuilt CB750F carbs; New throttle and choke cables; Custom intakes; Head ported and just rebuilt by BPM; Web Cam # 58B; Complete Dyna S ignition, with isolated 12V wiring, and new ignition wires and caps; New battery; New Cometic 65mm, .043 copper head gasket; Oversized cylinder studs; 64mm CB750 modified pistons; Falicon crank; R&D Motorsports undercut transmission; New oil pump; New complete Barnett clutch; New starter; Ignition advancer welded to full advance; Yoshimura hand bent exhaust with baffle; 18/34 gearing;

Frame: New fork seals; Dual front drilled brake rotors; Calipers just rebuilt; Steel braided front brake lines; Progressive front springs; Koni rear shocks; Steering stabilizer; Tommaselli clipons; Lester mag wheels, 18″ rear, 19″ front; Oil cooler; Oil pressure gauge; Rickman styled aluminum fuel tank; Sigma BC800 bicycle computer; Rear sets; Fairing;

Spares: Honda factory shop manual; Complete Kerker 4-1 exhaust, not pretty, but functional; 2 complete gasket kits with extras; 2 complete engine seal kits; 1 new Cometic 65mm, .032 copper head gasket; 1 new Cometic 69mm base gasket; Race fairing; 2 sets of front springs; 2 sets of stock intake manifolds, 1 modified; Stock cylinder studs; Race belly pan; Used, but good, front sprockets, 13, 14, 17; Used, but good, rear sprockets, 35, 36, 37, with a new 38.

Vintage racers will always be an interesting lot. There are lots of unknowns, often costly modifications and many improvements to the chassis and running gear. Without a documented history of famous riders or races, these bikes generally sell for less than it would cost to create. The fact that this one is titled means that the next owner not only picks up a bike with some panache and a cache of spares, but one that can be used on the street as well.

This auction is going on now, with a few days remaining. The current bid is only up to $2k, with the reserve still in place. Depending upon how high that resereve is set, this striking CB500F might find a new home for a song. For more details and information, click on the link and check out the auction. Good Luck!


A Reader’s Ride: 1975 Honda CB 400F Super Sport

For Sale: 1975 Honda CB 400F Super Sport

From warm and sunny San Diego, CA comes this fantastic survivor: a 1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport. CSBFS and RSBFS follower Ryck pinged us about having to put his pride and joy up for sale – and we thought that this is exactly the kind of bike that CSBFS readers would love to see.

The Honda CB400F is a classic sport bike icon. Largely regarded as a technical tour de force, the original 400F was introduced in 1975 and ran through 1977. From a marketing perspective, the little 400F made little sense; bigger bikes were all the rage, and Honda’s own CB750 and CB550 Four models were displacing the British invasion. In reality, Honda was flexing some serious motorcycle muscles with the little Super Sport, proving to the world that it had the manufacturing capability to bring such wonders to life.

The most visual element of the CB400F was the swooping four-into-one exhaust system as seen in this photo. Together with the rest of the cafe-racer inspired styling, the impressive four cylinder, four-stroke engine, a six-speed transmission and a front disc brake, the 400F both looked good and performed well.

From the seller:
You are bidding on a un-restored museum quality example. All stock from the paint down to the original Bridgestone Super Speed tires. The chrome has some minor pitting and spokes have some surface rust and the left side engine covers have some cosmetic damage where fuel leaked at one time. The only thing that is not stock is the muffler and the headlight brackets and I do have the stock headlight bracket/turn signal assembly and the rear turn signals-from 36 years of storage/moving around one of the rear turn signal brackets is bent slightly and the front ones just look goofy so I left them off. I rebuilt the carbs with oem Honda gaskets, adjusted the points, timing and valves this summer. The engine runs perfect- all they way up to the red line- well not quite red line I took it up to 9k and I only did that one time myself just to test the engine and let me tell you it just makes the most glorious sound from that 4 into one exhaust!!! Clear title and it is currently registered and insured-I ride it at least once a week around the neighborhood and take it to the local bike nights and it always draws a crowd. The gas tank and side panels are original paint and have not been retouched in any way there is one very slight dent on the top of the gas tank – you have to really look to see it- I couldn’t even get a picture to come out good enough to see the dent. The handlebar switches are original and still have bright red markings and every thing works as it did from the factory, there is only some slight fading on the master cylinder body and the paint is coming off the front caliper. It comes with the tool kit,owners manual and it still has the tool box cover. This is a once in a lifetime buy and there is no reserve.

There were two different generations of 400F, with only minor variations. Today’s featured bike is a Gen I model. Color choices were Red or Blue for Gen I machines, and Red or Yellow for Gen II bikes, with different font and lettering styles on the tank and side panels. Both generations are considered collectables, and prices have been creeping up from the basement into reasonable levels as of late. With low mileage and in clean, presentable condition, this bike is definitely one to consider.

A desireable model in true “survivor” condition with low miles – that is a CSBFS find. The fact that this bike is located in “no rust” California is just icing on the bike collection cake. Check out the no reserve auction here. Good luck, and don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on CSBFS!