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Yetman-Framed 1963 Honda 250 Racebike for Sale

1963 Honda 250 Race Bike R Front

I’d like to be able to tell you what we really have here, but the listing simply says it’s a 250 Honda Road Racer. Factory Honda 250cc racers of the period were generally sophisticated four-cylinder or even six-cylinder machines, although there was the CR72, a parallel-twin race bike. So is this a full-on racer, or a converted street bike? without a shot of the bike sans fairing, it’s hard to tell and I’d be happy to have any experts weigh in the comments. The frame won’t give you much hint: it’s not the original and is claimed to have been built by Yetman.

1963 Honda 250 Race Bike L Rear

Dave Yetman was an innovative, seat-of-the-pants motorcycle enthusiast who, after crashing his CB77, found it was more economical to build a replacement frame for it, using welding skills he learned working on Formula Vee cars. At the time most motorcycles used cradle frames, whereas Yetman used thin-tube, “trellis-style” frames that used the engine as a stressed member. His frames were almost impossibly light: the resulting CB77 frame was only eight pounds, compared to the original’s 30!

1963 Honda 250 Race Bike R Tank

In business making frames throughout the 1960’s for roadracing, off-road, and drag racing applications, Yetman was like an American version of Rickman or Nico Bakker, creating bikes that were lighter, faster, and better-handling than what you could generally get from the factory.

1963 Honda 250 Race Bike Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 1963 Honda 250 Road Racer for Sale

Motoexotica is pleased to present this extremely rare and beautifully preserved 1963 Honda road racing motorcycle which features a 250cc four stroke twin cylinder engine and a Yetman racing frame. Bike is also equipped with 5 speed transmission, 26mm Mikuni carburetors, twin leading shoe front brakes, magnesium triple trees, full safety wiring, and more.

As part of a collection, this bike has been a static display piece for several years and has not been started or run recently. Overall condition is excellent with some patina on original parts but no broken or damaged pieces and parts that we are aware of. This bike is a fantastic piece of motorcycle racing history and is sure to start conversations wherever it sits.

It’s a shame that this bike is currently a display item, but I’d expect it should be possible to get it into running order without too much difficulty. Bidding is up to $3,700 with the Reserve Not Met and a couple days left on the auction. Perhaps if the seller included a bit more history, it’d get the bidders’ juices flowing…

-tad

1963 Honda 250 Race Bike L Side

 

1963 Ducati Diana 250 for Sale

1963 Ducati Diana 250 L Front

Well, this is always a pleasure to find: a classic bike in beautiful shape with clear photography and a detailed description. While other manufacturers found sales success in the US with the bigger-displacement machines that are so popular here, Ducati continued to plug away with its more European offerings that emphasized handling over outright power. The Diana featured very sophisticated specifications for such a small machine, including a “unit” design for the engine and gearbox, all-aluminum construction, and a overhead cam driven by a distinctive tower shaft that can be seen on the right side of the engine.

1963 Ducati Diana 250 R Rear

A combination of light weight and a broad spread of useable power meant that the tiny machine could compete with much larger bikes and still handle curves like an outright racer.

The natural light, detail shots do show some very minor imperfections, but that’s no shame as the seller freely admits to actually riding this little jewel. It’s also not completely original, as this particular example has basically been brought up to Diana Mark III spec with valve, carb, and cam upgrades that allowed power to be boosted at the expense of a narrower powerband, which was in turn mitigated by the extra gear in the transmission.

1963 Ducati Diana 250 R Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1963 Ducati Diana 250 for Sale

This is a rare, early Diana before the more common red/black MK III model.   But the engine has been upgraded to the MK III specs with MK III Cam, SSI 27 carb, high compression piston, and 40mm intake valve, 36mm exhaust (I think, don’t remember for sure).  Some features of this model and this particular bike:

7 rib early brake drums
Borrani WM1/WM2 rims
Painted spokes per original
Original tread pattern Chin Shen tires
Front brake Ferrodo linings, turned to fit drum per vintagebrake.com
Nimh 5 cell battery (no acid) and disconnect inside tool box
Clear title (states 1964, most Ducatis I have bought are titled the year following build)
Good kick start gears and upgraded spring
Seat carcass and cover newly made
Aluminum castings carefully cleaned to retain original finish, no bead blasting!
Has correct “stilleto” clutch and brake levers.  Very cool and not PC.

Engine has been rebuilt with all new bearings, piston, guides, valves, etc.  It hasn’t been run in 5 years but I squirted gas in the carb this morning and it fired right up!  Tank is clean and dry.  Does not leak oil, feel free to display indoors but it would be more fun to ride!

Things not correct with the bike:

No choke cable to carb.  Doesn’t need it.
NOS muffler has same diameter as header pipe.  SS tubing sleeve connects the two.  (Reproduction muffler readily available)
High handle bars discarded for the lower ones on the bike.  This model sometimes came with clip-ons which are readily available.
5 speed engine per explanation above.  There is no visually apparent difference.  4 speed engine cases (included) match title.

1963 Ducati Diana 250 R Tank Detail

Bidding is up to $6k with the reserve not yet met, but that’s no surprise, given the condition. This is one of those “if you’re looking for one of these, this is the one to buy” situations, and I’d expect any additional expense will be well worth it. Maybe not completely original, but it’s hard to argue with the results. Even the updated 5 speed box makes good sense, and the original 4 speed is included if you feel the need for that sort of authenticity.

The seller states that you should “feel free to display it indoors but it would be more fun to ride” and I heartily agree!

-tad

1963 Ducati Diana 250 R Side

1963 Benelli 175 for Sale

1963 Benelli 175 L Dash

Another small-bore sporting machine from the same seller that brought us the Moto Morini Corsarino, same lack of real detail, same nice photos. These lightweight, economical bikes were designed to fill a similar niche as the competing machines from Moto Guzzi, Ducati, and Laverda: the very real need for inexpensive, reliable transportation for an economy rebounding from the Second World War. They were designed to bring a bit more style and athleticism to the table than a scooter, but fulfill primarily the same purpose.

1963 Benelli 175 R Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1963 Benelli 175 for sale

We do not have any history on this beautifully restored Benelli, except that it won “Best of Show” at the 2013 Dallas Mods & Rockers Motorcycle Show.
We are certain that the Benelli cognoscenti could shed more light on the history of this bike than we can.
The frame number is H8210 and the engine number is HS14392. There are detailed pictures of both the frame and engine numbers in the gallery of pictures.
This Benelli runs perfectly and needs nothing. It is certainly MotoGiro capable. Please look at the detailed pictures carefully as they really tell the story.

1963 Benelli 175 L Engine

Luckily, the listing also includes a response from the bike’s builder, and it seems maybe there’s a bit more to this machine than meets the eye…

This is Jason Small. I’m the one who built this bike. This is a 1967 riverside 250 that I built to look like the 175 Benelli. I replaced nearly everything with new nos parts minus the seat and mufflers which are Ducati Elite parts. I replaced the generator which came with new points and condenser, power regulator, the headlight was a brand new nos headlight with new electrics in it, fork seals, tires, stainless fasteners on 90% of the build, nos speedo, all new cables, chain, new shocks ect. Anything that I needed to replace was replaced with new parts and not used. Good luck with the sale. The owner is a good man and is solely responsible for my passion of small Italian motorcycles. If you have any questions on the bike please feel free to ask.

1963 Benelli 175 Dash

So what we have here is really a bit of a hot-rod, with mix and match parts to create a bike that fits the builder’s singular vision. This is a seriously classy little machine with just 24 hours left on it. Bidding is just north of $2,000 right now, with the reserve unsurprisingly not met yet. With its mixed bag of parts, this may be a bit of a mongrel, but sometimes mutts make the very best pets!

-tad

1963 Benelli 175 R Dash

 

1963 Harley Davidson KRTT Factory Racer

1963 Harley Davidson Racer L Side

With Harley’s current emphasis on chaps, vests, and attitude, it’s easy to forget that they were a real force in racing for many years.  When I first saw this bike, I thought it was an Aermacchi, but peeking out from behind the fairing is the rear cylinder and enormous air-cleaner of Harley’s iconic air-cooled v-twin.

1963 Harley Davidson Racer L Engine

Made between 1952-1969, the KRTT was powered by a side-valve, 750cc engine.  It was a brutal machine, the antithesis of the light, flickable superbikes of today, but it was effective.  They were fast, but tiring to pilot and were eventually outpaced by lighter and nimbler competition from Europe.

1963 Harley Davidson Racer L Rear

Not much information in the ad, but this one is certainly worth your curiosity. From the very emphatic original eBay listing: 1963 Harley Davidson Factory Road Racer

1963 KRTT, RESTORED SOME YEARS AGO BY JEFF GILBERT, MOTOR BY GARY BRAY
BEEN IN A PRIVATE MUSEUM FOR YEARS, AND IN MY COLLECT FOR A COUPLE AS WELL.. ALWAYS IN CLIMATE CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT!!
ONLY A HAND FULL BUILT, AND NOT MANY REMAIN.. 1ST YEAR FOR THE FAIRINGS USED IN R/RACING, PER AMA.. MR-4 CARB., RIBBED BRAKE DRUMS,H.D TACHOMETER,FAIRBANKS MAGNETO,19″ ALLOY RIMS,GELL COAT FUEL TANK, ETC-ETC-ETC..
RESTORED AS THE 1963 DAYTONA 200 WINNER, RALPH WHITE #15 BEHIND THE CONTROLS! CAN NOT LOCATE WHAT MOTOR # WAS ON THAT WINNING MACHINE, SO NOT SURE IF THIS IS IT OR NOT.. BUT, I DO HAVE RECORDS SHOWING WITH THIS ENGINE #, THAT EDDIE WIRTH, MANHATTAN BEACH, CA. RACED THIS KR@ THE SPRINGFIELD MILE,50-MILE EXPERT EVENT, IN DIRT TRACK FORM, WITH # 94X-IN 1966..
DISPLAYS WELL, POSSIBLY MORE HISTORIC THAN WHAT INFORMATION HAS BEEN FOUND SO FAR.. I HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS MACHINE TO THE POINT, WITH FUEL AND OILS, SHE RUN!
1963 Harley Davidson Racer Dash
This is a very rare machine and appears to be in beautiful shape.  Painted up in what is, I think, the best interpretation of HD’s iconic orange and black paint scheme ever, this KRTT is perhaps too collectable to see actual use, especially since the listing implies that more research is necessary to determine the bike’s full racing history.  Seems a shame though: I’m sure it vibrates like a dryer full of hammers, but it’d be worth the numb hands to turn a couple laps on a bike like this.

-tad

1963 Harley Davidson Racer R Side

1963 Greeves 250cc

Greeves is not something posted very often on Classic Sport Bikes and after doing a little research on them it’s for good reason. There was very few of these bikes ever made. Greeves was in business from 1952 to 1977 and only made the road racer 250 for about 5 years. Greeves also put out very few bikes per year making this a very rare example of race history.

We try to stay away from  promoting dealer’s auctions on our blog to avoid conflict but I just couldn’t resist passing along this unique and rare race bike. The bike comes with a title so if you’re really crazy you could ad some lights and ride this thing on the street. My guess is it will be tucked away into a private collection or museum though, which seems even crazier to me. Bikes were made to be ridden and ride this I would. Would you believe that for brief period of time a British bike was know for it’s reliability? Well it was and this was the bike.

1963 Greeves 250cc For Sale on eBay

Seller’s Description:

Fully restored 20 plus years ago and it has never been started. It’s beautiful. It would make a great addition to anyones collection or your ready to go vintage racing.

Haha, Pretty short bike of info. He goes onto give the history of the model and the specs of the bike as it came from the factory. I would suggest checking out the auction and watching the video posted in it. That’ll give you the information need to decide whether you want to bid or not.

Click to bid now!

~Buck

1963 Triumph T120 Bonneville

“Attention Collectors” is how the seller starts discribing this Triumph Bonneville offered now on eBay. I think more then just collectors should be interested in this bike, specifically anyone who is into classic motorcycles, any brand, any model. The reason being is that this bike is one of the Classic Classics, the best of the best.

By 1959 Edward Turner had left a huge mark on the British motorcycle industry, and the T120 was going to be his last effort for Triumph (he continued to “work” during retirement.) Based on the parallel twin that he made famous and had become omnipresent, the 650cc was an evolution of the T110 Tiger. It was given a name to celebrate the efforts of Johnny Allen at Bonneville in getting a Triumph engine to go 193.3mph in 1955 and 214.17 mph in 1956.  Though a legal battle raged between Triumph and the FIM over recognition of the records, the press generated was able to drive the sale of the Triumph Bonneville in the US, enought so to sell 28,000 Bonnevilles in 1968 alone.

 From the seller

            ATTENTION COLLECTORS ! If you are looking for a museum quality bike to show or ride then this will be the nicest 1963 650 Bonneville T120 that you’ll see on eBay for a long, long while. ( Especially judging by what’s currently on there 🙂 ). As you probably already know this stunning bike is the first year of the unit construction Bonneville and still shares a few parts with the last of the legendary pre-unit Bonnies such as chronometric instruments and forks. This matching numbers bike runs perfectly and has a whopping 856 miles since restoration. Cadmium plating on all original hardware including spokes. It’s currently fitted with the original “Made In England” Dunlops but if you intend to ride it more than show it I would recommend new tires.

The seller states that the pictures tell the rest, and they do show a well detailed motorcycle, one that could show, but will it go?

Following in the tradition of giving the potential top speed in the name (T100 100mph, T110 110mph) you could expect that the T120 would have a top speed of 120mph, but test from the time give a top speed of 115mph. But as the records set at Bonneville show, there was room for improvement, and in 1960 the Bonneville got a new twin Carburetor cylinder head to help open up that potential. When first design the engine and transmission were separate (pre-unit) this 1963 T120 is the first year in which the engine and transmission were case together, giving a Unit construction. This plus a redesign in the frame crated a stiffer and more stable bike, making it safer to explore the speed available.

This looks like a bike that could go into a museum as a representation of the 1960 motorcycle. But why? I will always have a hard time seeing a motorcycle as anything other then something to enjoy with the engine running and the wheels turning.

BB