Tagged: 1000cc

1936 Brough Superior SS80 With Sidecar!

1936 Brough Superior SS80 R Front

The Brough Superior was the prototypical “superbike” of the prewar era, the “Rolls Royce of motorcycles” in an era when that meant performance, quality, and speed instead of ostentation and ornamentation. They were famous for their ability, and slightly infamous for being the preferred mount and ultimately fatal choice of T.E. Lawrence: he owned seven different Broughs during his life, with an eighth on order when he was killed in a road accident.

1936 Brough Superior SS80 Dash

Built between 1922 and 1940, the SS80 was powered by one of two, outside-sourced engines from either J.A.P. or Matchless, both displacing 1000cc’s and featuring side-valves. The higher-spec SS100 favored by Lawrence featured overhead valves for additional performance.

1936 Brough Superior SS80 R Side Engine

The “80” referred, not to the displacement in cubic inches or cc’s, but to the tested top speed: every SS80 was ridden and certified that it could meet or exceed that speed before it was delivered to its customer. If not, it headed back to the shop until it could.

And if it you think it sounds like “to its customer” means that each machine was built-to-order, you’d be correct.

As you’d expect from a machine that hasn’t hit its reserve at $61,000 the original listing contains quite a few excellent images of the finished machine, the work-in-progress, and the bike in its original, very rough shape. From the eBay listing: 1936 Brough Superior SS80 with Sidecar for Sale

This Brough has won best in show at prestigious events such as 2012 Del Mar Concours d’Elegance, the NTNOA’s 2012 Lake o’ the Pines bike show, and the AMA vintage days at Mid Ohio. As of today there are 51 miles on the odometer.  It starts runs, rides, and stops like a 1936 British motorcycle. Everything on it works as well as it ever did when new, perhaps even better. The front and rear tires are new Avons. The front is a speedmaster, the rear is a safety mileage.  The sidecar has an original Dunlop sidecar tire, which was difficult to obtain. The sidecar tire is in good enough shape to ride. In the trunk of the sidecar there are some neat accessories that make this restoration stand out.  There is a Brough Superior tool kit (original tools, newly produced tool roll) and a Lucas lightbulb holder. There is a top for the sidecar also stored in the trunk. It easily snaps on and off. No shortcuts were taken, and no expenses spared on restoring this Brough Superior. A lot of time and hard work went into the motorcycle you see here. Some photos show the motor rebuild in process, some of the bike before, and finally the finished bike after restoration.

1936 Brough Superior SS80 Overhead

You might think that “hey, this thing has a sidecar! It’s no sportbike!” well, considering that Brough offered a “sports” model sidecar, held a speed record with a sidecar-equipped machine, and were, in general, considered to be the very best motorcycles available anywhere at the time, we’ll give it a pass.

1936 Brough Superior SS80 L Side

This one appears to be powered by a Matchless engine, but I’m not well-versed in Brough-lore, so real or imagined experts should feel free to clarify for me in the comments! The sidecar is not the original item: none was found with the bike, but one was specified in the original documentation, so a period-appropriate example was restored to match.

Per the description, this is a meticulously restored, premium example of a truly historic motorcycle. Obviously out of the reach of most of us, but very exciting to see

-tad

1936 Brough Superior SS80 R Side

1979 Suzuki Wes Cooley GS1000

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Some times you run up against an auction that doesn’t seem to be the seller choice. Something the seller has to sell something dear to their heart, something they have spent time, money, and emotional currency in, and have to let it go. This 1979 Suzuki GS1000 does not seem to be one of those cases

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Sellers note

USED ITEM SOLD AS FOUND, I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT, NO TILE, NOT STOLEN, BUT I’M SELLING IT FOR PARTS ONLY. STORAGE AUCTION FOUND, WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET, ITEM LOOKS CLEAN BUT UNTESTED

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I think the seller is hedging their bets here. Is it a real Wes Cooley bike? I would not expect a Wes Cooley to come with a luggage rack, but who’s to say it wasn’t added by the previous owner.

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More from the seller

UP FOR BID A 1979 GS1000S WES COOLEY REPLICA, MADE IN JAPAN  WITH 62242 MILES, IN GOOD COSMETIC CONDITION. ONLY 500 OF THIS MODEL WAS MADE. COLLECTABLE FOR SURE.
PLEASE LOOK AT THE PRICE OF A SIMILAR BIKE LIKE THIS ONE WAS SOLD FOR?
NO TILE FOR THE MOTORCYCLE, MEANS FOR  PARTS ONLY, THE ITEM WAS FOUND AT STORAGE UNIT AUCTION,  IS AN UNKNOWN CONDITIONS, I GOT THE KEY BUT IS UNTESTED,  FEW DENTS ON THE TANK AND SCRATCHES ON THE ITEM, THE SEAT IS NICE WITH NO TEARS, IT COMES WITH A NICE RACK

I DON’T THINK YOU OR ME GET A GOOD DEAL LIKE IT!

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The GS100 S Wes Cooley replica was based on the standard GS1000E, and was the first Suzuki to offer a fairing. Only offered in 1979 and 1980, the Wes Cooley came with the option of both coil over rear shocks, and a pneumatic shock, similar to front forks. The tell tail feature was a larger rear wheel on the Wes Cooley to allow a little more rubber for the road. 90 hp at 8500 rpm would drive the bike and rider to a top speed of 135mph, with twin disk and single in the rear to slow you down.

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It looks like some of the bidders are trying to find out what it is as well. The vin is listed so if anyone is in the know, and they can tell us if this came from the factory as a Wes Cooley replica, it would help us all understand what this 1979 Suzuki GS1000 really is. BB

Don’t be an Ariel Square Four man.

Ariel got it’s name from a Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest”. Shakespeare’s Character was a airy spirit based on a messenger of the gods, Mercury. The company started with bicycles like a lot of other motorcycle manufacturers. One of the things that set them apart is that they made a motorized tricycle in 1898. I’d like to see one of those some day, sounds cool. In 1901 their first motorcycle was released it had a 211cc engine. They moved onto big singles and V-twins. Then in 1931 a 500cc square four was introduced. By the late 1930’s they had released a 1000cc square four. In 1953 they went to a four pipe square four. The bike you see here is a two pipe sq 4. A very unusual engine design with two cranks connected by a gear. This bike has a neat story of procurement from the seller. I like to here about bikes being taken down from the rafters and put back on the road.

1950 Ariel Square 4 For Sale on eBay

From the seller:

1950 Ariel Square 4 in excellent condition and with only 15,293 miles. Absolutely lovely bike, starts on the first kick, and rides perfectly. The 1000cc 4-cylinder engine is factory stock with no mods. Turn on the key, pull the choke, and starts easily on the first kick. Settles into a smooth quiet idle but has a very unique exhaust note that sounds like a V8 that snarls with revs above midrange (I’ve read that the sound is reminiscent of an Offenhauser racing engine). These are unusual engines; basically two vertical twins in one square block, with two separate crankshafts connected together with a large gear. Just rebuilt by Bancroft Vintage Motorworks; runs perfectly and without issue; no leaks, no noises. The 4-speed transmission shifts perfectly and the factory gearing allows relaxed 60 mph cruising while providing strong acceleration. Very pleasant bikes to ride; draws much interest at shows & bike night  events. The headlight (high & low beam), tail light, brake light, and horn all work properly and the speedometer is accurate. Perfect chrome gas tank with red & gold trim. Perfect black lacquer forks, frame, and fenders. The original decals from Ariel are still in place and the original dealer’s sticker (Johnson Motors on West Pico Blvd in Los Angeles, California) is still on the rear fender. There is no rust. Perfect original exhaust & mufflers. Perfect chrome spoke wheels fitted with Dunlop tires. Incredibly nice bike.

Note: I found this bike suspended from the ceiling over the bar in an Ohio restaurant, being used as a display. After much wrangling with the owner (who subsequently wanted my Velocette), I bought and brought it to Bancroft Vintage Motorworks since, although in perfect cosmetic condition, the bike had not been started or ridden in a few years. Mr. Bancroft disassembled & rebuilt the engine, repaired the electrical wiring, and went through the bike. A new battery, engine rebuild, carb rebuild, valve job, all new seals, all new fluids, and complete tune-up later, it started on the first kick and rode perfectly down the road. It now is fully road ready and will win trophies at virtually any show entered. It is still every bit a museum quality show bike but also a very capable rider as well. Gorgeous.

See additional full-screen size photos and other interesting vintage bikes at sportscargallery.com

This a very fine example of people trying new things to make their mark. The sq 4 has unique looks, sound and performance. I tend to like the unusual, it reminds me of a saying I heard somewhere, “if a bunch of people tell you it won’t work then your onto something special”. Sometimes they’re right and sometimes you leave a bookmark in history. Edward Turners 500cc OHC sq 4 left a mark that’s for sure.

~Buck

1980 Kawasaki Z1R

For Sale: 1980 Kawasaki Z1R

When the Z1 was first introduced by Kawasaki in 1972, many regarded it as the first real superbike. Four cylinders, 1000cc and disc brakes absolutely trumped the much heralded Honda CB750 at the time. As the Z1 evolved, it gained better componentry, a sportier seating position and a bikini fairing to complete the cafe racer look. The Z1R was the last of the Z1 series, and also was the basis for the very rare Z1R TC, a turbo charged model posted on RSBFS here and CSBFS here

From the seller:
Original owner has maintained and pampered this beauty like a baby since riding away from the dealer! Totally stock and original, smooth as silk with new front fork seals, suuuuper fast!, and absolutely totally perrrrrrfect!!!! This is truly a rare and classic gem!

With 43,000 original owner miles on the clock, this is one pretty well-loved bike. And while the mileage might be just a little high for a collector bike, it is perfect for a sharp-looking rider. At least you know it was used and not hidden away in a corner to rot. Chances are that this bike is in better functional condition than the museum queens that you might be lucky enough to find…

The Z1 was never what you might call a rare motorcycle. It is, after all, a mass produced Japanese bike from an era when fewer models were being cranked out over longer periods of time. Even so, the Z1R stands out as being the best of a very significant model run, and as such can stand tall amongst bikes built in far fewer numbers. Parts are still readily available and there are some devoted fans and forums to be drawn on as resources for restoration or repair.

This bike is looking for its next loving home. The seller has posted it with a BIN of $10,000. That is a LOT of money for a high mileage bike like this, but you only ever get one chance at a one owner bike. For more info and details, click on the link and jump over to the auction. And don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on CSBFS!

MI

1985 Moto Guzzi LeMans IV

For Sale: 1985 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000 IV

Although not nearly as coveted as the earlier Mk I bikes (like these here), this Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk IV is a direct decendent. It is also an all around better riding bike, thanks to updated chassis and suspension and factory motor upgrades. Time stands still for no one, not even the glacial Moto Guzzi group.

Sporting a cutting edge, GP-inspired 16″ front wheel for quicker steering, the classic LeMans bikini fairing , and the ubiquitous big v-twin, this Mk IV bike shows the evolution of the LeMans models that preceded it. The frame is essentially the same as the Mk III bikes, although the front fork has been upgraded. Power is up thanks to added displacement, larger carbs, and a different camshaft. Interesting fun fact: After the 16″ front wheel craze died down, later variants of the Mk IV model actually came from the factory with 18″ wheels.

From the seller:
A great find! Enjoy summer on this awesome collector’s bike.

Features:
European Jetting and Gauges (Kilometers)
Electronic Ignition
K & N Bub Exhaust
Corbin Seat
Comes with 16″ and 18″ Front Wheel
Recently Panted (Yellow/Red Paint)
Low Wear on Tires
Approximately 35,000 Miles (Mileage Gauge is in Kilos)

Free local (SF Bay Area, North Bay) pick-up and test ride OR able to ship anywhere in mainland US via Forward Air. Zip code for quote. Subject to payment approval.

These Guzzis are fairly rare – less than 2,500 of the Mk IV bikes were produced betweeen 1984 and 1985. The styling is polarizing; hard core fans of the classic LeMans models tend to dislike the angular appearance (first introduced on the Mk III), while the new design did update the look of the bike and bring new interest to the Guzzi lineup. Regardless to which camp you belong, there is no doubt that this bike has a rather striking appearance.

The paintwork is not original, as stated by the seller. I’m really not sure what to make of the combination, as I could not find a similar livery in any stock Moto Guzzi LeMans offering of the era. This bike also has a euro dash – but it is not clear that it was an add-on or the bike is grey market. The listed VIN is not a 17-digit number, so prudent buyers will ask for more information first.

This auction is on right now, and bidders have shown minimal interest thus far. There is still much to play for, however, should you wish to join the ranks of classic Guzzi ownership. At the time of this writing the current bid was $3,500 with reserve not met. That is still below fair dollar for a clean and cared for LeMans of any series. This bike is not original and has some relatively high mileage on it (although not very high by Guzzi standards), which will likely influence the ultimate sale. For more information and to get in on the action, . Good luck!

Now all I need to figure out is how to get a set of matching leathers like this guy…

MI