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Improving Upon Perfection: 1967 Vincent Egli Vincent 1000 for Sale

1967 Egli Vincent R Front

Today’s 1967 Egli Vincent is a very rare machine, with just 200 ever built. In the 1960s, motorcycle frame design was still something of a black art, and a whole cottage industry sprung up to support the folks looking to make their motorcycles handle better. Companies like Rickman, Spondon, and Dunstall set up shop, sometimes literally in a shed in the backyard, to construct stiffer, lighter frames than the factories seemed able to produce.

1967 Egli Vincent L Rear

Fritz Egli, a former motorcycle racer started out by creating his first re-framed Vincent from his very own racebike. That bike was designed to compete in hillclimbs and was used to win the Swiss Open Class Championship in 1968. Adding a frame to the Vincent Black Shadow might seem like a retrograde step, considering the “C” models were basically frameless. But Egli’s design added stiffness and kept weight down, while allowing the use of a more conventional telescopic front fork.

1967 Egli Vincent R Engine

Girder front forks are theoretically an improvement over a telescopic design, but the original Vincent parts have a reputation for instability, likely because period dampers hadn’t yet reached the required level of sophistication. Certainly, a conventional telescopic unit would allow the bike to be more easily set up for racing and the fitment of more modern brakes, both of which would be priorities for a racing machine like the original Egli Vincent.

1967 Egli Vincent Dash

More than 3,000 Egli-framed bikes were produced in total, but very few feature Vincent’s iconic and very beautiful 50° v-twin. Some of his most stunning creations were based around Laverda and Ducati powerplants but those bikes generally handled pretty well straight from the factory. Like other frame builders, Egli found the most financial success building new frames for the affordable and powerful Japanese fours, although he also built frames for the six-cylinder CBX and even the wild-and-wooly Kawasaki two-stroke triples.

From the original eBay listing: 1967 Egli Vincent 1000 for Sale

A fantastic opportunity to buy an ICON. Fitted with desiderable HRD serie B engine, Black Shadow speedo, touring set up, centre stand for easy starting, this is the perfect bike for the rider. It is just serviced and UK registered as 1967 Egli Vincent.

Ride, parade and collect! Bulletproof investment.

1967 Egli Vincent L Engine

Interestingly, Egli is still in business today, and apparently can still be convinced to knock up a new frame from time to time if you ask nicely and bring a suitcase full of crisp Euros…

There are a couple days left on the auction, with bidding north of $20,000 and the reserve not yet met. This is far less than you’d likely spend on an original Vincent and it possesses all that bike’s character and charm in what is likely a far more usable package, with additional rarity thrown in as a bonus.

-tad

1967 Egli Vincent L Side

Tea with Hot Sauce: 1967 Triumph Bonneville with Tracy Bodywork

1967 Trimph Bonneville Tracy R Front

While this Triumph Bonneville with Tracy bodywork is really more dirt-track than actual sportbike, but it’s cool and rare enough I thought it was worth a post.

1967 Trimph Bonneville Tracy L Engine

During the wild-and-woolly 1960s and 1970s, body kits could be found for all kinds of cars and bikes and change your workaday VW Bug or UJM into something much more individual. Some were complete garbage, and some were of very high quality. Tracy Nelson’s Fiberglas Works’ were of the latter variety. Based out of Santa Cruz and inspired by Craig Vetter’s creations, Tracy designed one-piece bodywork that replaced heavy steel tanks, side panels, and seat with one-piece replacements that both lightened the bike and lowered its center of gravity.

1967 Trimph Bonneville Tracy Dash

When Tracy kits turn up, they tend to be decked out with wild period paintjobs or metal-flake custom insanity and are sometimes grafted on to home-brew choppers of dubious quality. This example keeps things simple and is a very appropriate baby blue that really shows off the bodywork to good effect.

1967 Trimph Bonneville Tracy Rear Suspension

From the original eBay listing: 1967 Triumph Bonneville with Tracy Bodywork for Sale

Built by: B & D Cycles Triumph Restorations of Clinton, WI.

Cosmetically in beautiful shape as well. 

Tracy body is solid and finished in high quality “Team Triumph” blue/white. Tank was properly lined to resist ethanol fuel damage to fiberglass.

Not many of these Tracy bodies survived the ’70s in this nice of condition… or at all.

Stored in a climate controlled environment and ridden on a fairly regular basis.

Numbers matching T120 frame and motor. TR6 head (had to be used to fit the Tracy body kit). 

Engine was completely rebuilt a couple of years ago. 

Bike has Clubman bars, Bates headlight and Mighty Mite electronics with capacitor.

Reverse magaphone mufflers, ’68 front wheel and brake assembly laced to a Borrani Shoulder rim.

Tires and tubes are excellent. 

Bike is ready to ride and enjoy right now. No worries.

VERY STRONG RUNNER!! PLENTY OF POWER!!

A VERY cool, clean and unusual bike for not a lot of money. 

You will NOT park next to someone on another Triumph like this… period. 

1967 Trimph Bonneville Tracy L Tank

The seller also helpfully includes a walk around tour and a cold startup video. With just a couple days left on the auction and a starting bid of $4,650, I’m surprised there’s been little interest so far. It looks this might go for far less than a similarly stock Bonneville and offers up a bit of American hot sauce to spice up your Brit-bike Earl Grey.

-tad

1967 Trimph Bonneville Tracy L Rear

Unicorn or Black Pig? 1967 MV Agusta 600 4C6 #001 for Sale in France

1967 MV Agusta 600 R Front

Well here’s something you don’t see every day, although this four-cylinder MV Agusta 600 is the kind of thing that could spoil forever your image of MV as the manufacturer of the most beautiful motorcycles in the world. Fans of the ferocious red race bikes were certainly excited to hear that MV would be releasing a road-going four-cylinder machine, but the new bike was greeted with stunned silence instead of cheers. With that snout-like rectangular lamp and black paint, it’s pretty easy to see how easy it was for the bike to quickly earn the “Black Pig” nickname…

1967 MV Agusta 600 L Front Detail

Count Agusta, like his four-wheeled counterpart Enzo Ferrari, was primarily interested in racing. The company may have been started, like so many Italian companies of the era, building practical transportation in the years immediately following World War II. But their hearts were always in racing, and like Enzo, Agusta basically tolerated roadgoing production as a means to an end.

1967 MV Agusta 600 Engine Detail2

Pitched as a “touring bike” the 600 made a claimed 60hp at 8,000 rpm and weighed in at a piggish 485lbs wet. The new four-cylinder included MV’s characteristic shaft-drive that was supposedly included so that privateers couldn’t simply buy a bike off the showroom floor and compete against factory teams.

1967 MV Agusta 600 L Front

From the original eBay listing: 1967 MV Agusta 600 4C6 for Sale

Here is available for sale, or for exchange why not, a huge monument on two wheels, the ultimate Graal for the best collector: MV Agusta #199-001, the very first MV Agusta 4 cylinder road registered bike ever built, the very first of approx. 1200 other legendary MV/4 ever built from 1967 to 1977 ! Nothing less than the fully original, never restored and very well preserved MV Agusta #001, coming with its complete original paperwork as when sold new: original libretto, original 1967 MV Agusta invoice and much more… Definitely a unique opportunity to buy today, at a still reasonable price, the next M USD motorcycle !

Yes, exchange or part of exchange possible, an even more rare and unique opportunity for you to catch an absolute masterpiece of the MV Agusta legend, and more generally of the motorcycle history, without pulling money out of your pocket, but only some dusty stuff from your over filled garage why not…

So much to say about MV #001, its exceptional history, as far as its so well preserved original condition… Just one word, about the original varnish beautifully turned yellow with years , originally sprayed by the MV factory on engine #001 only: the strict same varnish used on some other legendary italian sports car’s early engines, like the first 1965 Lamborghini Miura prototype engine, to prevent possible oil porosity issues on the very first sandcast engine… A part of the legend I said…

No silly exchange offers please, only very serious and motivated requests will be answered with many detailed other pics…

One of the greatest historic motorcycle is available for sale today, waiting now for its new owner, it will have to be the most discerning collector, with the best motorcycles or even the most exclusive red cars all around, or the best museum only…

Finally, here is the good thought for the day: Count Agusta’s MV #199-001, the very first road registered 4 cylinder MV, would be perfect next to Enzo’s 166 Inter, the very first road registered V12 Ferrari… But it’ll be just too bad that finding the legendary 166 Inter # 001 promises to be an impossible task… otherwise for an obviously much more expensive amount anyway! 

1967 MV Agusta 600 Engine Detail

Less than 150 were made and all were painted black. Magni still makes a kit to convert the shaft-drive MVs to chain-drive, saving some weight and getting the bike closer to the spirit of the racing machines. Install the kit, swap in a simple round headlight and you’ll end up with a bike with that gorgeous sand-cast engine and an engine note to die for.

Just make sure you carefully box up those original parts…

-tad

1967 MV Agusta 600 R Front2

Little Hog: 1967 Harley Davidson Aermacchi 250 Sprint

1967 Harley Davidson Sprint 250 L Front

I normally don’t post too many Harleys on the site, simply because not many fit within our mission statement, aside from the odd XRTT that shows up for sale. But this little 250 Sprint looks very nice and fits the bill.

1967 Harley Davidson Sprint 250 R Side Rear

When Harley decided they needed a range of smaller displacement bikes to supplement their existing models, it made sense to go to an outside company, rather than try to reinvent the wheel and, by the early 1960’s, they owned a stake in Aermacchi, an Italian builder of small-displacement motorcycles. In the end, the relationship did not work out, as Harley fans never really embraced the little Italian singles: shades of their relationship with MV Agusta. Harley had the savvy to buy a really interesting asset, but lacked the vision to make the relationship work.

1967 Harley Davidson Sprint 250 Cockpit

The Harley Davidson-branded Aermacchi was powered by a 246cc OHV single that produced just 21hp and could push the little bike to a top speed of 76mph. Wet weight was just 270lbs, with good brakes and excellent handling. This was obviously a bit of a joke to the lumbering, muscular behemoths favored by Harley, but many can still be found circling racetracks at vintage events.

1967 Harley Davidson Sprint 250 Engine Detail

From the original eBay listing: 1967 Harley Davidson Aermacchi 250 Sprint TV replica for Sale

All the sheet metal is straight and dent free from a European only TV model found in Italy and mounted on a stock US model 67 H with a few changes outlined here.. The front fork is pre 67 to mount the very rare Ala Verde Road race style front fender.  The handlebars use the early solid mount triple clamp instead of the wobbly rubber mount and the handlebar is the 61/63 low rise European spec bar with attached lever perch’s. Handlebar clamps are first year super rare 61 sprint only aluminum cast and polished type. Exhaust header and muffler are NOS and Saddle is perfect with no defects. Chrome is very nice with some oxidation spots on rear rim and handlebar.

Rims are original Radaelli with painted spokes in very nice shape with vintage Pirelli tires, rideable but not suggested for spirited cornering. Front brake is more powerful later double actuated type. All wiring is stock and unmodified and all electrical is functional. Paint on tank is scratched here and there as it is I believe original as found used from Italy with factory paint . The rest of the paint is matched but the tank is more orange. Toolbox’s are perfect with no battery box rot. Battery is NOS Safa just activated. Overall looks great. The frame paint is very nice factory original. Bike starts on one or two kicks and shifts and stops perfectly. On startup after sitting some time you will likely see a puff of smoke and this is common with the horizontal cylinder configuration and clears up right away. Motor is unmodified. Carburetor filter assembly will tuck vertically into tank pocket but I believe it breaths better and looks cooler as seen. Also includes very rare center stand and retains the original side stand as well.

1967 Harley Davidson Sprint 250 Rear Suspension

In Italy, bikes in this class were built as durable transportation, but here in the US they were used as beaters or starter bikes and often discarded. They’re worth resurrecting: like old air-cooled VW’s, Aermacchis are durable and infinitely rebuildable, but require regular maintenance. Mechanically simple and honest, easy to work on, they make ideal starter classics. With a Buy It Now price of almost $6,000, this is a pricey example, but would make a great introduction to vintage biking for a young person or someone of smaller stature.

-tad

1967 Harley Davidson Sprint 250 R Side

Flying the Flag, Sort Of: 1967 Harley-Davidson 350cc Racer for Sale

1967 Aermacchi 350 Race Bike L Front

Today’s Harley-Davidson isn’t exactly a Harley. Looking for a quick way into the sporty middleweight market, Harley purchased 50% of Aermacchi’s motorcycle production operation in the early 1960’s. Rebranded as Harley-Davidsons, they clearly didn’t have much in common with the big v-twins from The Motor Company, other than that classic logo. Aermacchis were mechanically simple, but lightweight and nimble, with a history of racing successes in various forms of competition.

1967 Aermacchi 350 Race Bike R Rear

In fact, I’m sure it was a pain for shops and dealers, since they now had to have complete sets of both English and Metric tools! And historically, we know how that usually goes for outsiders who come into conflict with Harley’s entrenched mindset both inside the company and among their legions of dedicated fans: by 1978, they’d sold off Aermacchi.

1967 Aermacchi 350 Race Bike R Cockpit

Over at eBay, you can read a bit more about Aermacchi’s history in the very detailed original listing: 1967 Aermacchi 350cc Racer for Sale

With so much intermingling of parts and specifications, a race bike is often made up of from the best components for the job. So it is with the unquestionably beautiful bike offered here. It consists of a 350cc dry clutch motor in a 1967 Sprint H style frame, an Ala Verde style peanut-shape tank, and a twin-leading shoe front brake. Built to race, the bike was then subject to a comprehensive and complete restoration and since has been meticulously stored and displayed in a prominent Southern California collection. With only shake down miles on the rebuild, the bike will need re-commissioning before returning to the track. I would suggest tires in that.

Although he never rode the bike, it was signed by Mert Lawwill’s, who saw it at a concours event and expressed his appreciation for the quality of the build. Beautiful as it unquestionably is, the bike is ready to start and run or to take pride of place as a museum exhibit, such is the quality of the restoration and build.

 1967 Aermacchi 350 Race Bike Numberplate

These make excellent vintage race bikes, with good parts availability and plenty of tunability. They may lack the manic excitement and outright performance of a two-stroke, but they’re much more durable, meaning less time wrenching and more time riding. So if you’re looking to dip your feet into the vintage racing scene, and a Honda CB is just too pedestrian, this might make a great choice: the Buy It Now price is $9,900 which, while far from cheap, represents a pretty good price, considering the preparation that’s gone into this bike.

-tad

1967 Aermacchi 350 Race Bike L Side

Little Starling: 1967 Moto Guzzi Stornello Sport for Sale

1967 Moto Guzzi Stornello Sport R Side

Characterful little bikes like this don’t really exist anymore: today, 125’s and 250’s are starter bikes and commuters, designed to offer maximum value and a dash of style and color. But under the skin, they’re designed and built as cheaply as possible, and often look pretty nasty if you look too closely.

1967 Moto Guzzi Stornello Sport Dash

Make no mistake, the Stornello or “Starling” in Italian, was designed to be built cheaply, but, like many small Italian bikes of the 50’s and 60’s, although designed as practical, affordable transportation, still managed to infuse some style, class, and quality.

1967 Moto Guzzi Stornello Sport Seat

Equipped with lower bars, a racing seat [here replaced with a solo saddle], cut-down fenders, lightweight wheels, and increased fuel capacity, the Sport version of the little Stornello produced a bit more power than stock, a thundering 8hp from the 123cc motor. That may not sound like much, but the long-stroke, undersquare engine made good torque in the best Guzzi tradition.

1967 Moto Guzzi Stornello Sport Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1967 Moto Guzzi Stornello 125 Sport for Sale

All original accept horn and rear view mirror. Finish and all body parts with original patina clear coated. All mechanical components completely gone through. Engine: complete rebuild including Valve guides, valves, piston, rings, sleeve honed, new wrist pin, new kick start return spring, complete gasket set, cases buffed and detailed. Motor starts on first kick every time, all electronics work. Aftermarket turn signals added for safety. Tires are ok and original. Single saddle is correct and original from Italy but original American long seat is included. Not many of these in the US and this one turns heads. Current Indiana Title, plated

Condition: All original as found in barn, completely disassembled cleaned and assembled with original barn rust spots, all fender and case rust was treated and clear coated to preserve the look. Tank perfect, no rust, no clear coat. Italian seat and parcel rack has been added but original large seat is included. New wiring harness, lights and turn signals added for safety, original 6 volt system. Engine complete top to bottom rebuild, piston, rings, wrist pin, value guides, valves, kick start return spring and carb. Cases and cylinder buffed and detailed. Exhaust original all the way back. I am the second owner, found this bike in a barn in Ohio where it had been sitting for the past 20 years

1967 Moto Guzzi Stornello Sport Front

With a “Buy It Now” price of $3,000 for such a sweet little piece of history, although those turn signals would have to go: a nice set of small, black LED signals would do the same job, draw less current, and be far more subtle than the bits currently fitted. A very cool bike for a pretty low price.

-tad

1967 Moto Guzzi Stornello Sport L Side

Pristine Vintage Racer: 1967 Yamaha TD1-C for Sale

1967 Yamaha TD-1C L Front

Yamaha introduced their TD1 race bike in 1962 as an over-the-counter ride for professional race teams and privateers. The machine went through several updates before the TD2 was introduced in 1969, and this “C” model from 1967 was the final version of the bike.

1967 Yamaha TD-1C R Rear

Race bikes generally epitomize The Ten Foot Rule when it comes to aesthetics: if it looks good from ten feet away, it’s good enough. Especially when you’re dealing with grassroots or privateer efforts: when you ride hard, you’re going to crash, so the last place you want to spend your resources is on a paint job, since that’s going to be obliterated the first time you lowside… But this one bucks that trend, and is restored to what appears to be a very high standard.

1967 Yamaha TD-1C R Front

Rarity and value aside, there are owners who remorselessly flog their valuable vintage cars and bikes on racetracks. And while part of me recoils in horror at the thought of some weekend-warrior with more money than skill stuffing their nearly irreplaceable machines into a wall or hay bale, another part of me is immeasurably grateful that I’m able to see and hear these classics being used as they were intended.

1967 Yamaha TD-1C Dash

While this one has not been actively raced since being restored, the seller is clearly extremely knowledgeable and the original listing features a very comprehensive list of the work that’s been done to this one and a well-written history of the bike and its owners/riders, so pop over for a look.

1967 Yamaha TD-1C Engine

From the original listing: 1967 Yamaha TD1-C for Sale

This Investment Quality 4th Generation TD1-C Rebuild incorporated as many ‘original to the bike’ parts as practicality and availability allowed. The crank is fresh and true, the excellent condition cylinders have good original chrome, and the proper “C” windowed pistons have new rings, pins, and small end bearings. The transmission, H/D clutch, and straight-cut primary drive are all correct Daytona bits in excellent condition – the close ratio gearbox has been shimmed and adjusted.

The original ‘black wire’ M200 Magneto was cleaned, serviced and adjusted. The 27mm Amal/Mikuni smooth-bore carburetors and remote floats were also dismantled, cleaned and inspected; the float isolator is sound. The kick-start mechanism had already been removed (a very common practice of the time), and the clutch cover had been trimmed to save weight. The paint and finish on all but the mag cover is factory original.

The matching numbers cases are free of any damage or welds; no engine failures appear to have ever occurred inside or out. All rubber seals and engine gaskets have been renewed. The frame, swing arm, fork legs, and fairing brackets were stripped, carefully inspected for cracks or damage, and received a quality repaint; original early Yamaha racer paint is generally poor, and this one definitely needed a do over.

The wheels were taken down, hubs serviced, rims and spokes polished then restrung and trued, with period correct race tires installed. Most sundries excluding the grips and pegs are original to the bike and polished up well; cables, pivots, shafts and contact surfaces were all cleaned and lubricated. The forks have been rebuilt with modern seals. The bike has been assembled and safety wired in fine race tradition.

The original seat cover still looks great, with no splits or tears. Every part of the bike has been detailed, refinished, polished or replaced.

The fairing was missing – a new unpainted AirTech TD1 Replica is installed. Note: due to Import Laws of the time, fiberglass fairings were not allowed on incoming U.S. market bikes – the TD1 would have originally been sold without a fairing.

1967 Yamaha TD-1C Rear Suspension

The asymmetrical paint scheme is particularly striking, with some of the original period red paint and lettering on one side and fresh white paint on the other. And, on the mechanical side, the build features a heavy-duty clutch as an upgrade to the notoriously fragile unit Yamaha originally fitted.

1967 Yamaha TD-1C L Rear

While the bike is probably more suited to display, due to increasing rarity and the amount of money that’s gone into the restoration, it’s also been built to “do the business” and should just require gas and fresh tires before hitting the track. The seller mentions that the engine has been “well-lubricated internally for long-term display”, so all the moving parts should still be ready to move, not seized-up into a very evocative, vintage-styled paperweight…

-tad

1967 Yamaha TD-1C R Side

1967 Ducati Mark 3 Vintage Racer

1967 Ducati 250 Mark 3 Race Bike L Side

With all the laurels they’ve earned for wins on track and ink expended, or keys keyed, to express the love for the raucous bark of their v-twin motorcycles, it’s easy to forget that Ducati, like most manufacturers, got their start making single-cylinder motorcycles.

1967 Ducati 250 Mark 3 Race Bike R Side Front

For much of the motorcycle’s history, they were practical, inexpensive transportation first, racing machines a distant second, and you can’t get much more simple and reliable than the good ol’ single-cylinder. “Thumpers” are simple to design and manufacture, have fewer moving parts to break or need adjustment, and can be made in a huge range of displacements. In addition, their torquey power delivery and strong, friendly character make them excellent tools for the street.

1967 Ducati 250 Mark 3 Race Bike Dash

A small manufacturer couldn’t hope to compete in terms of sophistication with industrial giants like Honda, so Ducati stayed with forms of racing that played to their considerable strengths. While the Ducati Mark 3 may have been only a 250cc machine, the Diana Super Sport was the fastest 250 on the market at the time and could top “the ton” with relative ease. It did not feature Ducati’s now ubiquitous Desmo positive valve operation and used traditional springs, but it was a thoroughbred in every other way.

1967 Ducati 250 Mark 3 Race Bike L Engine

This example has been fully prepped for the track and includes a metal belly pan, unusual dry clutch, and a four leading-shoe front drum brake from a period Suzuki for some improved stop to go with the engine’s uprated poke.

From the original eBay listing: 1967 Ducati Mark 3 250cc Vintage Racing Motorcycle

1967 Ducati A.H.R.M.A. legal in 250 GP and eligible to bump up to 350 GP class.
This bike has been developed over the past twenty years and last raced in 2013.
The frame is Ducati with custom fork crowns and Ceriani forks.
Rear shock mounts by the owner with Progressive Suspension Shocks.
The front brake is Suzuki 4LS and the rear brake is stock Ducati.
The engine uses a Euro Red crank, Arais piston, Megacycle cam, and Ducati rockers with light weight valves.
The dry clutch is from Italy. The crank has been balanced to minimize vibration.
The bike uses a total loss ignition with points and coil. It has a Scitsu tachometer.
Spares include sprockets, cables, pegs, shifter, levers, battery, and jets.

With just a single bid for $5,999 and the reserve not yet met, it’s unfortunate this bike hasn’t found a buyer yet, with three days to go. It seems like a great turnkey way to get into the vintage racing scene, something I’d really love to do myself.

1967 Ducati 250 Mark 3 Race Bike L Grip

There’ve been a number of really neat vintage racing machines up for sale recently on eBay, track bikes and race-eligible machinery that looks well-prepared and ready to go. These seem like they’d be a good bet for a buyer: obviously used harder than many pampered street machines, the upside is that they’re owned by gearheads and racing requires certain minimum safety and therefore maintenance standards be met. If you’re trusting your life to something you’re going to be pushing to the limit, your standards for just what constitutes “safe” do tend to go up a bit…

1967 Ducati 250 Mark 3 Race Bike R Rear

In addition, my personal experience with bikes and cars is that, the more you use them, the better they work. Sitting collecting dust in a garage or showroom is bad for bikes: tires and hoses dry out and crack, gaskets weep, parts seize and rust…

-tad

1967 Ducati 250 Mark 3 Race Bike R Side

 

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.

-tad

1967 Moto Morini Corsarino L Side

1967 Ducati Diana MKIII

1967 Ducati Diana 250 R Front

Fans of modern motorcycles become so used to the short product cycles of Japanese machines, the two-year grind of mechanical and cosmetic updates to keep the product fresh and moving off of the sales floor. But that all changed with the recent stock market crash. These days, a 2014Yamaha R6 looks virtually identical to one from 2006 except for paint and graphics.

It’s easy to forget how many classic models were in production for years, with relatively few changes. Ducati’s 250 was introduced in 1961 and the machine continued in Mark 3 guise until 1974.

1967 Ducati Diana 250 Carb Detail

The Ducati Diana 250 Mark 3 was lacking in cubes, but not in sophistication. Introduced in 1962 the Diana featured a five-speed gearbox and Ducati’s complex and tunable bevel-drive, single overhead cam engine..

Light weight and a tuned powerplant pushed the 249cc machine beyond the 100mph mark to an as-tested top speed of 104, making it the fastest 250 in the world at that time, and one of the best handling, as well. It wasn’t cheap, but this sort of pedigree seldom is.

1967 Ducati Diana 250 Tool Box

From the original eBay listing: 1967 Ducati Diana Mark 3 for Sale

It is a 1967 English model Mark 3, which replaced the Mach 1 model (simple decal engineering) from that year on & has all of the near-impossible to find original hardware on it: the correct rear sets with the curved brake lever, the smooth fork crown, the proper clip-ons & hand controls, the proper 150 mm headlight & switches. The brake light assembly is original.  The brake light switch is original too. The Veglia tach, drive, & mount are original units, not replicas. 

The engine is the original, proper Mach 1 spec unit, with hot cam & 29mm carb, which has been gone completely through by a competent pro motor bike mechanic.  I had the original header pipe re-chromed & a new header nut. 

My intent was to keep this bike as my special Sunday morning ride unit.  To that end, I did change a couple of things: I replaced the original steel San Remo wheels with perfect Borrani Records (WM1 front/WM2 rear), & had them laced with stainless spokes. The tires are racing compound Avon Roadrunners, never ridden.   The seat is a NOS suede insert Giuliari Mach 1 unit that has never been ridden.  It has the pseudo megaphone that I had Sid Tunstall (well known Ducati specialist) make (with Conti innards to hush it up a bit) & the original NOS front number plate covering the headlight (not shown in photos), it looks exactly like the old brochure pictures for the “race kit”.  One other thing that I did was replace the battery ignition with a magneto unit (“Green coil”) that they had for a brief period of time – my idea being the ability to ignore the issue of worrying about a battery when I got the urge to ride it.  I still have the battery ignition too though.

1967 Ducati Diana 250 Dash

Okay, I’m sold: I have a fetish for those old Veglia tachs, and will probably just buy one online at some point to keep around as decoration, or as an accessory for a future purchase. I love that it basically starts at 2,000rpm and has that little red hash-mark redline.

Bidding is up to $7,600 with the reserve not met and 3 days to go.

-tad

1967 Ducati Diana 250 L Front1967 Ducati Diana 250 Dash Side