Classic Sport Bikes For Sale Blog

1974 Ducati 750 Sport

This 750 Sport is a photographic masterpiece! Really gives an impression of what it would look like in the den of our dreams.

1974 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

From the seller:

The Ducati on offer here is a 1974 750 Sport, Chassis number 755918, and Engine number 755868. This example wears an older restoration that has held up very nicely, retaining many original components and attributes with good paint and solid mechanical prowess. Currently, the odometer shows 7,288 miles, which is believed to be original. According to the current owner and consignor, this Ducati is a 3-owner example with the previous owner having purchased the bike from the original owner in the late 1970’s. The current owner and consignor purchased the bike from his friend, the second owner, in the mid-1990s. In 1997 he decided to undergo a complete and comprehensive cosmetic and mechanical restoration, which was carried out by Mike Duzik of Mikmar Motor Service in Paxinos, Pennsylvania with a total of almost $10,000 spent. The restoration began in November of 1997 and appears to have been completed 2 years later in November of 1999. Nothing was left untouched on the bike and the restoration was carried out in a very thorough and correct manner, as evident by the motorcycle’s excellent condition today, more than 20 years later. Detailed restoration receipts as well as photos are available in the documents section below. Once the restoration was completed, the bike was utilized and enjoyed sparingly in a caring manner over the next few years before it was parked around 2010. When the bike came to us recently on consignment, it had been sitting for a few years where it was started occasionally and putted around the neighborhood but had been lacking the attention that a thoroughbred Italian machine of this caliber requires to stay in peak condition.

Listed with a buy-it-now of $45,000. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Yamaha TR2 in Italy

A reader sent this in, available from Oini Motors. What an amazing looking bike! Thanks for the forward!

If you have an amazing find, send your submission to me directly: dan@motoringblogs.com

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from the seller (translated):

€ 15,000

Yamaha TR2 YZR 350cc, fully restored, very professionally, truly museum-like perfection.
Frame and engine with the same number TR2 900570.
The bike is in perfect condition, all original, even the hub.

Share your knowledge in the comments below!

1972 XRTT Road Racer For Display

1972 Harley-Davidson XRTT for sale on eBay

Reading is fundamental: This bike has a display motor fitted with no internals. Curious to hear thoughts and expertise in the comments on this one!

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from the seller:

Hi-Speed – John Steel’s Personal XRTT

For Sale
1972 Harley-Davidson
XRTT XR750TT
XR 750 TT
Road Racer
with Display Motor

The cases and motor parts are from a Grand National Champion #1 plate holder
Cases are documented with signed paperwork by GNC suitable for framing
The motor is set up as a display motor (no internals) and can be
completed if wanted at some point down the road as this bike was
built by John Steel as display at Hi-Speed

Dual Disc Brake Set Up as rider used in in the 1970’s
Everything else on it is as in 1972
Lots of original and NOS Parts
Original Calipers, Master Cylinders, Cables, Carbs, Shocks, etc.
(as raced in the early 1970’s)
Tires are rare / obsolete 1970’s race slicks
Stainless Spokes & Nipples for Longevity

The name on the tail and the #1 can be changed to your preference

It is an amazing bike to have on display in your dealership, shop,
museum, private collection, home or office.

This bike has been priced accordingly with a display motor.

We can ship overseas. Shipping will be calculated at time of purchase.

The bike can be crated for an additional fee of $450

Comes complete with Triangle Stand

Including:
Large Packet of Literature on XR & XRTT’s, Sales Brochure,
Parts Catalog & Manuals
Motor Cases History Documents
Autographed GNC Items

This bike is for competition use only and does not have a title

Honda RC 172 tribute

I know I just recently posted this CR750 tribute, but this is really well executed as well. My default is to always give preference to mostly stock and original bikes for this site, but on the other hand, when they’re this well done why not?!

1974 Honda CB350 Four RC172 Tribute For Sale on eBay

Bidding is off to a slow start and hasn’t cracked $3k with 5 days remaining, reserve not met obviously.

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From the seller:

Wow selling with mixed emotions my RC 172 tribute bike. It has all the right pieces that are next to impossible to get now….covid and wait times! Started as a super clean 350/4.
Swarbrick hand formed exhausts, Holtzwork hand formed aluminum alloy tank, 4 shoe brake, tarrozzi rear sets, NOS switch gear and grips, proper high shoulder alloy rims, cleaned-up electrics, fresh top end, tuned-up and reliable and ready to ride. Too much to list! Buyer will get full build pics.

Additional information: Yes the bike has removable baffles. If you want that Haliwood wail at 10rpm you can have it!
Yes that is a custom aluminum alloy triple. It’s a work of art.
There is a custom spot for the shorai battery under the seat. You have easy access to the trickle charger wire.

Front vented brake is off of a (period correct) water buffalo. It stops this little bike beautifully. I love the progressive feel as you trail brake into corners.

More questions

The front brake is a 4LS from a Suzuki GT750 – depending upon condition they sell for $500-1000 USD.

Holtzwork alloy tank with Monza cap- 1050 GBP plus shipping/taxes

Front forks from a 70’s CB550- stronger and a perfect upgrade path

Yes you could go to pods instead of Velocity stacks. Carbs will need slight retune.

Yes the original front fender has been worked to be visually more similar to RC fender. You could take it a step further and remove the rolled edge.

Yes this bike would qualify as period correct for vintage road racing.

6k Mile 1975 Kawasaki H1

Here’s a largely original and complete, unrestored Kawasaki H1! There’s some patina but nothing too serious to enjoy this bike just like it is and restore it later. The best part is the reserve is already met with a current bid of $6,500. Just about 3 days remain and I’ll be curious to see where it sells.

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1975 Kawasaki H1 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

INTRODUCTION:::

You are looking at a 1975 Kawasaki H1-F 500cc triple cylinder. This is an frame and engine matching all original unrestored example with only 6065miles on the speedometer. The motorcycle is in good running condition, cosmetically the bike is not perfect but it is complete and in nice shape for its age. But please feel free to read more about the specifics of this bike and look at the pictures for verifications, and feel free to ask any questions. International bidders are welcome to bid on this motorcycle but have to arrange shipping themselves…

MECHANICAL:::

The bike runs very well and fires up nicely even when cold; transmission sifts nice and smooth through all gears. We recently did a full service tune up on the bike, this included ultra sonically cleaning the carburetors and properly jetting them to stock factory specifications; all fluids were drained, brake fluid, two stroke oil, and transmission oil was all replaced, new drive chain, brake pads, spark plugs, cable adjustments and any other mechanical parts that needed to be replaced were changed so the bike is ready to ride reliably.

BODY:::

All of the body work is all original with the exception of the right side cover, which looks to be repainted. The tank is nice and clean on the inside, however the tank does has a dent on the right side near the back which can be seen in the pictures, but other than that all of the body parts are nice and straight with no major dents. All of the chrome parts do show some age but overall the chrome is in good shape with no major rust anywhere. For its age this bike is in good looking condition and is ready to ride.

Totally Refreshed 1970 Honda CB 750 Four K0

Here’s a beauty that’s been treated to a recent “minor restoration” as the seller mentions and it looks fantastic. While not a “sandcast” the condition of this motorcycle is unreal. Check out the cold start video included with the eBay listing below.

1970 Honda CB750 For Sale on eBay

From the seller:

1970 Honda CB 750 Four K0
Only 13,000 Miles!!
Clean & Clear Title
Minor Restoration Just Finished
Full Major Service Just Completed
Nos Factory Paint Gas Tank ( Has never has gas in it )
Portable Gas Tank Used For Service & Tune
Nos Factory Paint Side Covers
New Chain
New Rear Sprocket
New Dunlop K70 Tires
So Many More NOS Parts to List
This Bike Can Ridden or Be Museum Show Piece
$25,888 OBO

Share your thoughts in the comments, and good luck to buyer and seller!

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One Owner 1975 Norton 850 Commando with Under 3k Miles!


When are you going to see this again?! A one owner Norton 850 with a little over 2,700 miles!

I’m thinking about reviving this website. Shoot me an email if you’d like to be a contributor!

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1975 Norton 850 Commando For Sale on eBay

from the seller:

1975 Norton 850 Commando electric start, in a rare condition, all Original, 1 Owner, everything is clean and works, No accidents, No repaint, 2,755 mi. Runs great / I have all the paper work

Honda CR750 Tribute

I’m thinking about reviving this website. Shoot me an email if you’d like to be a contributor!

In the meantime, enjoy this tasty Honda CR750 tribute bike for sale on eBay!

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From the seller’s description:

In 1970, Dick Mann catapulted Honda into the limelight with his historic Daytona 200 win on a Honda CR750. After his success, Honda offered dealerships approx 200 factory CR750 race kits replicating the victorious CR750. The $10,000 kits were very expensive at the time, roughly $60,000 today! Not many were sold and many were recalled and destroyed for safety reasons….Honda didn’t want people getting killed on their new CB750 model! This particular bike was made as a tribute to those rare factory CR kit racers. This bike was raced vintage class in Sweden at the famed Anderstorp raceway for many years, retired, and then shipped to the U.S. for its CR makeover. We wanted to keep the bike as period correct 1970’s as possible. The motorcycle came with the longer wheelbase 1975 CB750F frame (CB750F-1016329) and a 1971 K1 race motor (CB750E-1078205). The vintage black 4 into 4 Swarbrick exhaust, gas tank, and Lytron oil cooler/filter were sourced from a local collector. The CR oil tank was made by AHRMA 750 racer Dennis Weinhold, and the billet aluminum adjustable foot controls were made by AHRMA racer Jarred Halloway. The CR seat cowl, fairing mount & hardware were purchased from Mead Speed UK. Custom made aluminum CR gauge mount with Smiths 100 PSI oil gauge and 12k Spanish reproduction tachometer. The front end is a 1978 CB750 F2 with dual disc brakes, progressive springs, new brake lines, safety wired bolts, and fork seals. Rear shocks are adjustable OHLINS. Rear rim is an alloy Morad 18″ and the front rim is an alloy “high wall” Akront 18″. Both have Conti Road Attack CR 2 race tires. The rebuilt motor has 1.0mm over pistons and rings making displacement from 736cc to 761cc. Shaved engine cases with charging system and starter motor removed. Cylinders honed, valves lapped and bronze valve guides installed. Norris race cam installed (spec sheet dated 1978). New heavy duty primary cam chains, overhead cam chain, roller, and guide. New braided oil lines,31mm Keihin CR Special carbs, and a Dyna electronic ignition and coils. Performance clutch plates, and heavy duty clutch springs. 13T primary sprocket and 48T solid aluminum rear sprocket with an RK 530H heavy duty drive chain. Clip on handlebars and steering dampener. Lithium Ion battery with charger. New carb intake boots, thumb release gas cap, CB750 petcock, and master cylinder brake cap all period correct 1970’s. Unlike Mann’s sunrise orange bike we painted the gas tank, seat, fairing and striped front fender in vintage Honda livery red and silver colors. Yellow “flash” and white number plates are also painted on. Kick start or rear roller start. Starts, runs, sounds, shifts and stops great!! Here is a chance to own a classic piece of Honda race history! This beauty is AHRMA race ready or waiting to be posed in a collection looking like it just rolled off the track. I have a clear non-op California title in my name.

A Rose by Any Other Name: 1969 Laverda 750GT for Sale

1975 Laverda 750GT R Side Front

Like Lamborghini, Laverda began building something other than fast, race-ready exotics. In fact, both manufactured agricultural machinery prior to branching out into supercars and superbikes, respectively. In Laverda’s case, that experience building durable, rugged farm equipment translated directly into motorcycles like this 1969 750GT, and the Laverda parallel-twins were famous for being over-engineered, with five main bearings in the engine, and for using electrical components sourced from Bosch and Nippon Denso. Reliability and build-quality were considered to be excellent when the bikes were new.

1975 Laverda 750GT L Engine2

Very early bikes had a 650cc displacement, but this grew to 744cc very quickly, owing to the expectation that the bigger engine would drive US sales. The bike weighed a little over 500lbs with fuel, and power was a very respectable 60hp for the 750cc version of the twin, with a top speed of over 100mph. The first Laverdas came to the US labeled as “American Eagles” instead of Laverdas, although many have been rebadged at this point. An American company that imported various bikes under a more patriotic brand, American Eagle had folded by 1970 and Laverdas were badged as Laverdas thereafter.

1975 Laverda 750GT Dash

It wasn’t that long ago that Laverda 750s were going for less than $5,000. They weren’t easy to find of course, but their collectability was in a bit of limbo and you could pick them up for a relative song. These days, even the earlier, “American Eagle” branded bikes are commanding nearly double that amount. The later 750SF or “Super Freni” has a distinctive, hairy-chested 70s vibe, with blocky styling and some vivid colors. But the earlier bikes like this one look much more like an Italian Commando, with that mini tank rack and the set of Smiths-looking gauges instead of the later, green-faced Honda-looking items… If you’re tastes run to the classic, the earlier Laverda twins offer power and reliability, with a dash of British class.

1975 Laverda 750GT Front Wheel

From the original eBay listing: 1969 Laverda 750GT for Sale

This is a very early Laverda 750cc GT. Frame and (matching) engine number: 1392. The ownership lists this bike as a 1969 model, but according to Tim Parker’s definitive Laverda reference (the ‘green book’) the serial number makes it a 1968 machine. One way or another, Laverda started the serial numbers for their twins at 1000, and they made a handful of 650s before upping the displacement to 750 – so this is one of the first 350 to 400 Laverda twins made.

I’ve owned this bike for almost 30 years. The speedo shows about 8,000 kilometers, but it was a new rebuilt instrument when I restored the bike about 8 years ago and doesn’t correspond especially well with the speedo drive gear, so that has very little to do with how far the bike has actually been ridden. It probably hasn’t seen an awful lot of use, however. It had been a basket job for about 10 years when I bought it back in the late 80s. I finally got around to starting a frame-up rebuild on it about 10 years ago.

The engine was completely stripped down and rebuilt – new pistons and cams, clutch plates, as well as any bearings, gaskets and seals that needed replacement. As you can see, it’s pretty pristine on the outside, and it’s just as clean inside, too. Since the rebuild it’s averaged about 1,000 kms (indicated) per summer, with oil changes every fall before going back into heated indoor storage for the winter.

It starts on the first turn of the crank, idles very steadily and pulls crisply to 6,500 rpm all 5 gears without any fuss or bother. Message me and I’ll send you a link to see a short video on YouTube showing this bike being started from cold as well as a bit of running footage.

10:1 ‘SFC’-type pistons were installed when I did the rebuild, as the original 7.7:1 compression ratio was a bit too laid back for modern roads, in my opinion. In combination with the 30mm square-slide carbs and medium-profile cams, this gives very torquey low-end and mid range response. Unlike some of the hairier (for their day) later Laverda twins, this set-up revs up from idle very smoothly and progressively — and makes for easily manageable around town riding. But it’s happiest loping down secondary roads at about 3,000 rpm – with the ‘cutback’ style Laverda pipes producing a nicely rorty, but not overly antisocial exhaust note. If you take a look at my YouTube video, you’ll get the idea.

This bike is very clean, but it’s not a museum piece. Over the years, I’ve gone over it from front to rear, inside and out, and I’ve sorted out a number of the Achilles’ heels that years of experience has taught me to look out for on Laverda twins in general and on this model in particular.

1975 Laverda 750GT L Engine

The seller’s description is much more detailed than shown above, but well worth a read: he obviously knows the bike inside and out, and is happy to share details of the restoration and the bike’s history, something that always inspires confidence. He even offers up post-sale “technical assistance” which has to be a first! Basically, if you’ve ever wanted an early Laverda twin, this might be worth a serious look. Bidding is very active on this bike, with very little time left on the auction. But the Reserve has not been met at $7,900 so it’s obvious that the seller is well aware of the bike’s increasing value. With under 8,000 miles on the clock, there’s plenty of life left in this Laverda: some parts can be scarce, but most of what you need to keep them running should be available, and the basic construction is extremely durable.

-tad

1975 Laverda 750GT R Side

Sophisticated Performer: 1957 Ariel Square Four for Sale

1957 Ariel Square Four L Side

A vintage luxury sports machine, the Ariel Square Four had, as the name suggests, four whole cylinders at a time when most motorcycles of the period had just one or two. Automobile components can get away with being heavy, but over-engineered solutions in a motorcycle application mean significantly reduced performance and, for years, four-cylinder engines weren’t compatible with twin demands of light weight and reliability. Inline fours can be tricky to package into a motorcycle, particularly when configured longitudinally, as was common before the Honda CB750. But the Ariel uses an interesting “square” format that features a pair of parallel twins, complete with a crankshaft for each. Not only did this solution offer up the power and smoothness of an inline four, the very compact design meant it could be squeezed into existing frames meant to house a parallel twin. No surprise, as the design was originally intended for BSA.

1957 Ariel Square Four R Side Rear

The first generation of Square Four displaced 500cc with a bump to 601 for increased torque, so riders using the bike as practical transport could more easily drag the weight of a sidecar around. That early overhead cam design had issues with overheating, as the square four configuration naturally has a hard time getting cooling air to the rear pair of cylinders. Suzuki’s later RG500 engine used liquid-cooling to get around this problem, but that was obviously not an option here.

1957 Ariel Square Four Dash

The engine saw a complete overhaul in 1937 with a shift from overhead cams to cam-in-block and pushrods, but a big jump in displacement to 997cc.  In 1949, the iron head became aluminum for a huge savings in weight and the version seen here is the final iteration, with four individual exhaust pipes, instead of the earlier pair of siamesed parts that make the bike look like it’s powered by a bulky parallel twin.

1957 Ariel Square Four Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1957 Ariel Square Four for Sale

Up for sale is a restored Ariel Sq4 This bike was completely restored 10 years ago and sat in a collection for 5 years.  I bought it and meet the person who restored it in Mass. He is good at what he does and the bike still shows very well. All the miles were put on by me, last being a 50 mile ride 2 years ago. The bike has been started and ran in the last few months. It will start right up and operate very smooth. There are no known problems. The restoration was both mechanical and cosmetic at the time. Buyer will be responsible for transportation from Pgh PA.

I’m assuming “Pgh” is Pittsburgh in this case. There’s very little time on this auction, with bidding up just north of $16,000 and the reserve not yet met.

1957 Ariel Square Four Tank

So what’ll she do, mister? Well that nearly full liter of displacement gave 45hp and the bike weighed a surprisingly svelte 425lbs, so the Square Four could very nearly “do the ton.” But while bikes like the BSA Gold Star were about ultimate performance, the Square Four was about the way in which it delivered that performance, and the smooth relaxed power and sophistication was really in a class by itself from the bike’s introduction in 1931 until it was discontinued in 1959, a remarkable production run for any motorcycle.

-tad

1957 Ariel Square Four R Side