Tagged: twin

Teutonic Trackday Terror: 1973 BMW R-Series Endurance Racer for Sale

1973 BMW R-Series Endurance Racer L Front

BMW’s boxer twins have long been associated with old men, heated grips, and hard luggage. But there have been racing Beemers as long as there have been Beemers and the quirky, shaft-drive “air-head” bikes are durable and can be extremely quick when properly prepared. This particular R-Series bike includes a veritable who’s-who of German race and top-shelf performance parts, with Silent Hektik twin-plug points-less electronic ignition [they also do Guzzis!], a Werner Fallert deep oil sump, restoration work by Hinrich Hinck, and uprated Lockheed brakes to replace the reportedly unimpressive stock front stoppers.

1973 BMW R-Series Endurance Racer R Rear

The original listing also mentions Gus Kuhn, whose name is proudly displayed on the side of the bare-metal tank. Gus Kuhn was a British racer, tuner, and dealer during the 1950s and 1960s. Although he died in 1966, Gus Kuhn Motors successfully raced Nortons and BMWs, eventually becoming one of the top BMW dealers in the world. It’s not clear from the listing if this is an actual Gus Kuhn machine or one simply intended as a tribute.

1973 BMW R-Series Endurance Racer Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1973 BMW R-Series Endurance Racer for Sale

Gus Kuhn Endurance, Marzocchi Lockheed GP Kroeber, Silent Hektik ignition, short piston engine overhauled

We have bought this Endurance Racer in Great Britain. Together with our friend Hinrich Hinck we decided to restore this very nice classic racer. We wanted to get as possible a high degree of originality. But we also wanted to build a very good racing machine and together with the experienced Hinrich Hinck we have done it.

The result: engine overhauled by BMW engine specialist Israel with short piston, Fallert oil pan,  Lockheed GP brakes, Marzocchi front fork, 18 inch rim, Kröber rev counter, aluminium fuel tank, Silent Hektik ignition, double spark,

Now it is ready to race for classic events.

1973 BMW R-Series Endurance Racer Engine Detail

Please note that the bike currently resides in Germany but, since it’s in no way road-legal, at least there’s no question as to whether or not it can be registered here in the US. There’s plenty of time left on the listing, with six days still to go, and bidding has not hit the reserve. At just over $3,000 that’s no surprise. Given the components, preparation, and that gorgeous bare-aluminum tank, this should be worth double that figure, assuming the right eclectic buyer can be found.


1973 BMW R-Series Endurance Racer L Side

Reader’s Ride: 1976 Honda CB360T for Sale With 690 Miles!

1976 Honda CB360T R Front

The parallel twin is an engine synonymous with classic motorcycles.  In the era before the “multis”, when Honda and Kawasaki and Suzuki mass-produced their four-cylinder engines, a twin was the perfect way to get power, light weight, and handling in a compact, motorcycle-friendly package.  The classic Nortons and Triumphs often featured this engine configuration, but the Big Three Japanese makers certainly made a few as well and, as you’d expect, they did it with their usual attention to detail.

While British and Italian twins were often sports models, typically Honda twins were jack-of-all-trades middleweights.  They were relatively cheap to buy, fun to ride, and dead reliable.  Basically the same virtues they have now.  While low prices mean many are being chopped up to make cheap café racers and bobbers, here’s one little Honda twin that may just be too nice to molest.

1976 Honda CB360T L Engine

From the original eBay listing, and available for sale from one of our readers:

Honda CB360T for sale.

This classic, vintage 1976 HONDA CB360T motorcycle has been restored roughly 10 years ago. It’s been on display in a private collection with 690 original miles, with clear title in hand.

Fuel tank is dry and treated, sump has clean oil and motorcycle was in excellent running condition when stored.

1976 Honda CB360T Dash

The text in the listing is pretty spare, but the pictures speak for themselves.  Honda sold thousands of their 350 and 360 twins, but really nice ones are getting rarer and rarer as people use them up and discard them.  I’d normally advocate the bobber and café conversions that often consume these bikes, but it seems a real shame in this case: it’s in beautiful shape and has just 690 miles on it from new!

These bikes had a 356cc engine tuned for a broad, usable band of torque and a 6speed transmission, a relative rarity in that era.  While no road-burner, the 360T was a sweet-handling, unintimidating bike.  While the price on this one may reach well beyond what a normal CB360 would fetch, collectors should snap up this bike and squirrel it away.


1976 Honda CB360T R Tank

Reader’s Ride: Moto Morini 3½

Moto Morini 3 L Side

Today, we a have a cool reader’s ride from Charlotte: a very clean Moto Morini 3½ for sale.  Click on the link for the original Craigslist post.  Morini is very much the forgotten Italian marque: they never had much of a presence in the US, since they never really made a big-bore machine to compete in the North American market, and their smaller machines never had quite the cache of a Ducati or Moto Guzzi.

Moto Morini 3 R Side

The 3½ was a classy little machine blessed with world-class handling and returned excellent fuel mileage, although the 344cc 72° V-twin’s provided fairly unimpressive power.  The overall look is simple and classic, but the motor contains some interesting technology: it featured a six-speed transmission, belt-driven cams, and “Heron” heads that have a flat underside and parallel valves.  Combustion in a Heron-head engine occurs in the concave surface of the piston top.

This relatively unusual configuration was also used in the small-bore Guzzis and provided simplified manufacturing and impressive fuel economy.

Moto Morini 3 Dash

The 3½ was introduced in 1974.  I’m not sure what year this particular example is: it appears to be an early, drum-braked model, as later versions had a single or optional dual-disc front.  The seller is asking $8,500 for this rare little machine.


Moto Morini 3 L Side Rear

1971 Laverda 750SF for Sale

1971 Laverda 750 SF L Side

One of these days, someone will revive the Laverda brand but, until then, we’ll have to make due with browsing the classified ads for vintage machines like this 1971 Laverda 750 SF.  Laverda got it’s start the way so many Italian motorcycle companies did, getting the postwar population mobile.  Their early business consisted of small-displacement bikes for racing and street.  But the writing was on the wall, and the company knew it had to build bigger machines to compete on the world stage, especially in America.

1971 Laverda 750 SF Dash

The 650 parallel twin debuted in 1966, with a 750cc version ready by 1968.  The machine it powered was fast and reliable, but expensive.  They were heavy bikes, nearly 500lbs fully fueled, with a 112 mph top speed and stable handling. The powerplant was very smooth for a parallel-twin, but still characterful and strong.

The original eBay listing contains very little information about the bike, but it looks clean and : 1971 Laverda 750 SF for Sale

1971 Laverda 750 SF R Engine

I normally prefer these in classic Laverda orange, but this blue example is stunning.  It’s an early example, with simpler Smiths-looking clocks, knee pads, a different fuel tank with a pronounced dip where it meets the seat, and the huge drum brake that gave the bike it’s SF [“Super Freni”] designation.

The body of the eBay listing contains very little information, but the photos are excellent and show a bike that looks to be in tip-top shape.  I’m saving my pennies for one of the Laverda triples, but I have to say, I’d be very tempted to snap up one of the SF’s if the right one came along.


1971 Laverda 750 SF Headlight

1973 Honda CB350 Cafe Racer for Sale

1973 Honda CB350 L Side1973 Honda CB350 R Side

Honda’s CB 350 was a do-it-all middleweight when new, but has become a cheap entry point for modern customizers who’ve made it the foundation for everything from bobbers to the café racer you see here: they’re durable, easy to find, and parts are readily available.  Not to mention that the parallel twin lump gives the machine classic Triumph or Norton lines at a bargain price.

And your floor will stay largely oil-free.

In its time, the bike was Honda’s best-seller, with over 250,000 sold.  Actually displacing 325cc’s, the little parallel-twin lump put its 35hp through a five-speed transmission and pushed the machine to a claimed 110mph.

1973 Honda CB350 Tank Detail1973 Honda CB350 Dash

Link to the original eBay listing: Award-Winning 1973 Honda CB350 for Sale.  This bike appears to have been rebuilt from the ground up to a pretty high standard:

Gasser Customs original 1973 CB350 just won at the 64th annual Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona and she’s officially for sale! Contact us today to lock in this one of a kind award winner before it’s gone!!! Featuring a huge assortment of our custom parts including Gasser Customs brand new original stainless steel scrambler pipes, top triple tree, fenders, fiberglass cafe seat, you name it, it’s on there…that’s why this girl took home the hardware in Pomona!!!
.25 over pistons
Complete valve job with cylinder head planing
New cam chain
New clutch with springs
Front end completely rebuilt
Rear end completely rebuilt
GC bobbed front fender
Brakes completely rebuilt
New Bridgestone Spitfire rubber
GC original stainless scrambler pipes with tapered mufflers
Fiberglass cafe tail section
Custom pinstriping
Aluminum drilled and polished by GC
Carburetors completely rebuilt and jetted for pod filters and exhaust
New cables

These little Honda café racer are all the rage right now, and understandably so: they’ve got a classic look and feel, are easy to work on, and don’t require quite as much devotion and cash as a vintage Brit-bike.  This one is selling for a premium, but looks to be a well turned-out little bike.


1973 Honda CB350 R Engine Detail1973 Honda CB350 L Engine Detail

Very Green 1972 Laverda 750 SF for Sale







I’ve written about the “Super Freni” Boys from Breganze in the past, so my love for the overbuilt Italian twins is pretty well known but oh, it’s so green, so impossibly green! Loud, Italian, and classy, with retina-searing paint.  Not a bike for introverts, then.

An evolution of the earlier 650 twin that was Laverda’s entry into the big-bore sportbike wars of the late 60’s and early 70’s, this early 750 is equipped with the enormous drum brake that gave the machine its SF initials.  Laverda used the best parts available when constructing their machines, so they had a reputation for reliability that spits in the face of Italian, we-use-leftover-pasta-to-insulate-our-wiring stereotypes.

The bikes were fast and very stable, if a bit heavy, owing to their overbuilt nature: the Laverda family actually started out making agricultural machinery and their attention to rugged detail bled through into their motorcycles.  Laverdas weren’t exactly nimble, but they were fast, they held a line, and they held together, which is more than could be said for many of their contemporaries.

I actually really like this color.  Although it’s obviously more commonly associated with Moto Guzzi, the seller claims it’s pretty close to a factory Laverda hue although from a different model year.  The photo quality isn’t the best so it’s hard to tell for sure exactly, but it’s a pretty vivid green my eyes, my eyes!

From the original eBay listing: Very Green 1972 Laverda 750 SF for Sale

“Completely restored. Every nut and bolt. Every. Bearing. Seal gasket. Very Rare 1972 Laverda 750 SF. Rare because not many 750 SFs were equipped with Nippon Denso speedo and tach with Lucas switch gear and Bosch headlight also correct for the 1972 is the Lucas signals and reflectors..  100% correct restoration except for the paint. Paint is closer to the factory 1973 color. 1972 was a darker green that was not the best looking green. Completely rebuilt from front to back. Including correct for release in 1972 New Dunlop TT100 tires. Rebuilt engine 1st over ASSO pistons. Rebuilt crank using Carrillo rods. Crank was rebuilt at Mongoose engendering  . All new valves and cam bearings. High volume oil pump.  Correct Boranni rims. Updated swingarm to bronze bushings. Rebuilt gauges with new gauge faces. All new cables. All new stainless steel exhaust headers and mufflers. Nothing has been left untouched. Rebuilt using mostly stainless fasteners . Has only done about 2 miles. Engine still needs breaking in.”

Considering how durably constructed these Italian twins were originally, this rebuilt machine should last a lifetime.  Actually, several lifetimes: you’d probably want to consider it an heirloom, since it will very likely outlast its next owner.


Laverda in Green and Red

These Red and Green Italians are far apart, but both available. One in the land of L.A., the other in the land of the UK.

(RIDES LIKE A BEAST ON HEAT ) Here we have a genuine Slater Bros, Steve Finch Laverda Mirage and is number 7 of 25 ever produced as a limited version, ( PHOTO OF CERTIFICATE ) This bike has undergone a complete ground up overhaul restoration approx 10 years ago and has been stored indoors as a future collectors bike, Engine No: 1850 Frame No: 1850 Comes with all docs, V5c, Lots and lots of old Mots to show mileage, various receipts, Certificate from Slater Bros Dated 16.1.79, Original keys, Factory manual, HPI Checked, 5 owners from new, part exchange more than welcome, Here’s your chance to own a piece of 70s history, lovely lovely condition for the year, repainted in original Mirage green but could easily be painted back to the Steve Finch colours

This is how the British advertise their , sexual innuendo, name dropping, and color confusion. When looking for information about the Slater Brothers and Steve Finch, I was able to find a discussion on the Laverda forum. It appears that Finch is a well known painter, and the Slater Brothers ARE Laverda in the UK. Those on the forum asked why the seller would drop the name of a painter, giving a limited number run, then state that the bike could be “repainted” to the Steve Finch colors. You have to wonder what value there might be in original paint under the current paint?

The Laverda itself is a 1115cc in line three cylinder, with some nice numbers. 86hp, 7350rpm with a top speed 126.8. Not bad, even if your not sure what kind of green paint covers it. We have shown other Laverda here on CSBFS, and some of the newer incarnations over at RSBFS, but this is the first green one, and therefore special.

How far would you travel to get a Laverda? If you are not ready to hop a plane, or try to fill out the forms necessary to import something Italian, you can also just cruise Craigslist.

Very Rare and collectible 1983 Laverda RGS 1000 Red Sport Touring Classic Italian Style . 981 cc , Marzocchi Suspension , Brembo Brakes , Laverda in house ( indestructible ) 6 spoke alloy wheels , Dual seat with solo seat
rear cover , 5 speed transmission , fully adjustable foot pegs and controls , Executive Factory Optioned Fairing Coves , Extra Parts , Manuals , Etc . These Laverda’s were built to last a life time . This bike has 45,000 miles from new

The later model RGS loses some cc (only 981) but gains a few rpm (up to 7900), add a couple mph (to 130) over the older Mirage. This RGS also has a stylish fairing were the Mirage for 1978 was naked.

Laverda has always been one of the forgotten Italians, even calling themselves “American Eagle” when they first came to America. But when you start looking at them, and For Them, you can see why they have a following.


1975 Laverda 750 SFC replica in Marina, CA

1975 Laverda 750 SFC replica with 13,179 miles for sale on eBay. Bike is located in Marina, CA.

The 750 SFC is one of Laverda’s more collectible models (the other being the Jota) but they have always demanded quite a high market price.  Perhaps this would fit the bill of a affordable and rideable classic:


There’s a great article on the 750 SFC available HERE and also some good background on Laverda and the various models on Wikipedia.