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1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi for Sale

1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi R Front

MV Agusta is certainly familiar to people who buy expensive, Italian garage jewelry and fans of fragile, price-no-object track tools.  They’re also familiar if you’re a fan of vintage motorcycle racing.  But MV also has a history of small-displacement sporting machines that they’ve been tapping into more recently, a line of simpler machines that could be bought and ridden by ordinary folks with a desire for elegant transportation on a realistic budget.

1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi L Side Panel

First shown in Milan in 1973 and produced between 1975 and 1977, the 350S Ipotesi [“Hypothesis”] was styled by the famous Giorgetto Giugiaro father of the original Lotus Esprit, Maserati Ghibli, and countless other icons. The Ipotesi featured a strong, angular style that mirrored Giugiaro’s automotive designs.  Internally, the bike was largely unchanged from the earlier 350, an air-cooled parallel twin with overhead valves operative via pushrods and rocker arms.  Triple discs provided stopping power, a relative rarity among machines of this class.

Interestingly, the bike featured MV’s electronic ignition instead of points and was available with or without the fairing shown here:

1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi Dash

1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi for Sale

This bike was originally sold in Italy and has just over 10,000 original km (just under 6,300 miles). Gary Kohs (former owner of the MV Agusta Collection) purchased this bike on my behalf in Italy in early 2011. The bike comes equipped with the rare, factory fairing. The bike was repainted at some point in its history (tank and body work), but is otherwise completely original and unrestored cosmetically. When the bike arrived, all of the mechanicals were gone through by Stan Lipert of Northern Ohio Ducati (Stan appeared on episodes 10, 11 and 12 of Café Racer on Velocity Channel).

He also helpfully lists the work that has been done recently on the bike.

He’s asking $10,500 for the privilege of owning this very rare machine.  I’ve no idea what these normally go for, as I’ve never seen one before, but the bike looks to be in very good condition, and that seems a pretty small price to pay for such an exotic and interesting bike.


1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi L Rear


1976 Ducati 860 GT for Sale

1976 Ducati 860GT Yellow L Front

Just a couple days ago, we posted one of the classic “round-case” Ducatis.  Today, we have the later follow-up model, the 860GT, dressed in very cool but slightly faded period colors. The sharp creases of the new bodywork and engine cases were penned by Giorgetto Guigiaro, clearly in the same angular design headspace as when he designed the original Lotus Esprit and VW Golf/Rabbit.  Perhaps if he’d been channeling the same muse as when he designed the gorgeous Maserati Ghibli and DeTomaso Mangusta, the 860GT would have been better received…

These are pretty elegant-looking bikes, but it’s clear that Ducati fans can be a conservative bunch: when the bike was introduced, the styling was very polarizing and this was reflected in disappointing sales.   But sinking sales and a financially- imperiled Ducati just mean that modern collectors in search of vintage style and impeccable pedigree  can pick one of these up at a much more reasonable cost.

1976 Ducati 860GT Yellow R Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1976 Ducati 860GT for Sale

Up for auction is a 1976 Ducati 860 GT. A very nice original bike. Has 18,224 actual miles. Runs great and shifts through all  gears. Chrome on exhaust, wheels and other small parts is typical Italian chrome with some blistering and some loss. All the paint is original. Fenders are faded. Tank and side covers are nice with tank only having one small ding on the rt side and some chip from normal use. Has been sitting without fuel and was put away as a running bike with no known problems other than the tachometer is broken. Light switches on the bars have been replaced but work. Small ding in the bezel of the speedometer. Tires are Conti Blitz and are like new. Mufflers are stock and not dented or rusted out.

1976 Ducati 860GT Yellow R Engine

In spite of it’s relatively controversial styling, Ducati still managed to make and sell plenty of these, so availability and the less classic looks have kept prices relatively low. Although with the round-case model values headed ever upward, prices for these are also increasing.


1976 Ducati 860GT Yellow R Rear

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

1976 Laverda 3C 1000 for Sale


Laverda Triples are big and burly, like Italian Kawasaki Z900s: manly machines with stiff controls, tall saddles, and stable handling.  Bikes heavy enough to bend their own center stands if you’re not careful…

The 3C was Laverda’s follow up to the line 750 “Super Freni” twins, a multi-cylinder answer to turbine-smooth, big-bore competition from Japan.  It had the displacement, power, and physicality to be in the hunt with those machines, but lacked their smoothness: the early 180° camshafts made great power and an unholy noise, but produced vibration to suit the bike’s aggressive character…

1976 Laverda 3C 1000 for Sale. The orginal eBay listing suggests that the seller is pretty meticulous and is upfront about the fact that, while the condition of the bike is excellent, he is not 100% sure the mileage is accurate because the speedometer cable has been repaired at some point.


When I bought the bike the tail pipes had been plugged but there was gas in the tank and what appeared to be the original battery. The tank had rust in it so I had it boiled and lined by a local radiator shop. I put new Bridgestone tires on front and rear. The front and rear calipers were rebuilt with OEM parts. The rear master cylinder was replaced with OEM rebuilt. I installed a new battery and purchased a new starter. In the last 2 weeks I had the carbs removed, rebuilt and synched and the bar which activates the rear brake repaired. The oil was just changed, new plugs, and air filter was cleaned. My mechanic also added 3 stone gas filters which are not stock. I bought two side covers and badges and had them painted by a local painter.

The bike sat in dry storage for approximately 25 years and its cosmetic condition was quite good. I believe the tank is in original paint but I’m not sure. There are some marks, nicks, and scratches on the tank. The right side Laverda emblem also has some blemishes. It can be replaced as it is a screw in emblem. The chrome, exhaust and fenders are in excellent condition. Some of the handle bar and plastic around the lights are pitted but nothing (my opinion) that takes away from the bikes beautiful lines. The seat has a tear in the seam. The black frame has chips and could use paint in places. The tail painted are has about a 2″ crack by the pin stripping. The turn signals, horn, and lights all work.

Yesterday was the first day I rode the bike and the gentleman who worked on it explained it should have the chain adjusted as it is too tight and also have the sprockets cleaned. I would also change all the brake pads which are available on Ebay or from Laverda spare specialists. I use Columbia Car and Cycle in Canada. The owner, Wolfgang is a wealth of knowledge and just first class when it comes to ordering Laverda parts. Really nice man….. I have a new pair of hand grips that will go with the bike. The bike starts up quickly and sounds great.

I do not play games and try to be very accurate with my descriptions. The bike shows 8600 miles which at first I believed to be accurate. Once I looked into the bike more I noticed that the speedo/odometer cable was repaired at some time. If it was it may have more miles then the clock says. Everyone who looked at it believes it is a low mileage example. The speedo and tach are crystal clear and have not seen much sun or weather. I only add this about the cable as I have no other paperwork with the bike to verify mileage. I do have paperwork for almost everything I have done which will be included with the bike.

I do not have a BIN and will not disclose reserve. I do not want to trade for anything. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. I will allow bike to be shipped overseas but please look into prices before you bid. The bike comes with what looks to be an original tool kit, a shop manual and one set of keys.


As I’ve stated previously: if I’m buying a Laverda, I’d prefer an orange one. But this one looks to be a very nice example.  Famously overbuilt, this is a perfect choice for the vintage bike enthusiast who wants to actually ride their ride, not simply show it off or hide it away in a heated garage.



1976 Moto Guzzi LeMans

When I first got into Motorcycles I didn’t care for the looks of the Moto Guzzi V-twin or the shaft drive. I didn’t discount them as a well made bike, just something I didn’t think I’d want to own. Then I saw this bike and read of it’s background and I am sold. The seller is very descriptive.

1976 Moto Guzzi LeMans MK1 for sale on eBay

1976 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans 1 (engine #070695)

One of the classic Italian sport bikes.

First year of the 850 LeMans (with round CEV tail light)

I have owned the bike for the past 23 years having purchased it in October of 1989. During that time it has been maintained by well known and regarded east coast (CT) mechanic Phil Cheney (now at Max BMW in Ct.). The odometer shows 32,607 miles of which I put on approximately 4,000.

In 1995 I had the bike refreshed cosmetically, painting the frame, tank, fenders, fairing etc and the wheels were bead blasted and repainted as well. At the same time a dyna electronic ignition was added.

It has a couple of interesting parts:

1)  it has the very rare straight cut close ratio gear set/transmission (#ZD26073)

2)  it has a BUB exhaust (which has been jet hot coated and sounds incredible).

The tires have less than 50 miles on them and the rear shocks are new as well (Icons)

The bike is in generally excellent condition.

The warts ?

1)  There is a dent in the bezel of the tachometer (it was there when i bought it) (see photo)

2)  there is a small scratch on the right side of the tail section (see photo)

3)  there are some minor scratches on the jet hot coating of the right exhaust where some boxes were set against the pipe while stored (the bike has never been down) (see photo)

4)  The paint is flaking off of the 850 LeMans badging on the right side panel (see photo)

5)  The metal on the some of the lines shows light rusting (see photos)

6)  The seat is from a MK II and has been recovered in leather (on the bike when I bought it). Not really a wart as most of the original MK I seats cracked where the seat met the tank and have generally been replaced.

Also with the bike will come a complete set of workshop manuals as well as a Haynes manual.

Such a unique bike, with the injection molded seat looking part of the tank and the flat black pipes. It’s like they new exactly what people wanted and gave it to them. I could just look at it all day but if it were mine more time would be spend riding it I’m sure.

Happy Bidding! Click here.


A Z1 without the price tag, well sorta

I’ll never really comprehend what manufacturers are thinking when they dumb down a top seller. If you’re into sport bikes I’m guessing you might also be into good handling, fast acceleration and being able to put a stop to it when a cage pulls out in front of you.That’s why I’m a little perplexed at Kawasaki’s decisions in the late ’70’s. They built the Z1-900 in 1973 and it was the first bike to beat the land speed record held by the dude in the speedo on a Black Shadow(Rollie Free). It put Honda’s CB750 on it’s ear and seemed that Kawasaki was on it’s way to building the fastest bikes in the world. Then in 1976 the Z was changed to KZ. They put smaller carbs on it and tuned it differently. They lost 10hp by doing this. Wait, they went backwards in horse Power? Why would you do that? Isn’t it a race to the top? I’m not really certain of what caused them to make those changes for sure but that’s about the time emissions were coming into play. I’ve also read that the Z1’s were hard to ride in stop’n’go traffic. It seems they attempted to smooth out the beast.

With all that said, I am an owner of a 1977 KZ1000 and it’s still a pretty capable bike. Unless you’re a professional rider I doubt you’d really even be bothered or notice the changes. So when I see pre 1980 Kz’s I always take notice. In my opinion you get a bike that’s very close to the coveted Z1 but at half or less than half of the price of a Z1. If you want a classic super bike but you’re on a budget these bikes are an excellent choice.

Here’s what the seller of this very clean example has to say about his bike.

This is a low mileage example of Kawasaki’s 1976 kz900 that has been freshened up rather than restored and has maintained it’s stocker features and look.

All of the body parts are original to the bike (including kz900 side cover emblems) and were professionally stripped and painted with finished with three coat of clear (and tank is rust-free). The blue paint is not a brilliant, primary blue but rather one with softer tones that looks great in sunlight (and more appropriate for Kawasaki paint of the ’70’s). The white 1/4″ stripes were added on tank and tail to make it reminiscent of the Z1 schemes of 1974 and 1975 models.
When the bike was acquired, it ran well, the condition of the chrome was above average, it had low miles and the frame condition was great. Rather than restoring it, the following is a list of what has been completed (or commented on) to make this a great finished example:

Original seat- one scuff mark towards the front but hardly noticeable, and two tears around the edges which are small and cannot be viewed with seat down;
New control blocks on the handle bars (controls for blinkers, lights, signals, on/off);
New stocker hand grips;
New Kawasaki tank badges;
Shorty black stem mirrors;
New chrome gauge covers;
Shorty LTD front fender;
New grab rail;
Vance & Hines classic chrome header;
New engine covers with fresh zinc plated screws
Points cover has custom smooth finish;
Engine painted with black enamel (it was like that when the bike was acquired-
rather than strip it, the engine was thoroughly degreased, rinsed and it looks great);
New battery with Battery Tender charging cable;
Z1-R cafe handle bar (expensive item that was on the bike when acquired).
The new parts were recently acquired at Z1 Enterprises, and the bike has very few miles since these additions. One item that I failed to catch was the absence of the black plastic battery box. They are readily available and will have to be added by the new owner if desired (but certainly not necessary). The bike is an excellent runner…very responsive and the carbs have been adjusted properly. And, the majority of the parts on the bike are original to it which many enthusiasts fine appealing. They include the wheels/ spokes, front and rear fenders, turn signals, kick start, brake pedal, brake assemblies front and back.

The bike has been painted and parts changed but they kept it in a stockish style which scores points in my book. it seems a lot of the parts are repops or actual Kawasaki replacement parts specific to the bike. Like I said before if you’re looking to get a classic super bike I highly recommend this one or one from the same era. So what are waiting for? Go check it out!


Reader Ride: 1976 Moto Guzzi LeMans M1

One of our favorites, the Moto Guzzi LeMans hardly needs an introduction around here. Brent emailed if we’d list it and of course I’m always happy to help with a piece like this!

From the seller:


I would like to submit my father’s 76 Guzzi LeMans M1 for your review. I am attaching several photos of it to accompany the ad.

Here are the particulars that he has given me so far:

850cc engine that has been fitted with a 1000cc Factory Big Bore kit
48k+ miles
40mm Dell’ortto Carbs
K and N Air Filters
Arlette Rear Sets
All 3 Rotors are machine bored for ventilation
New Brake Caliper Pucks
Harpers Outside Oil Filter Kit
Bar-End Mirrors
New Michelin Tires (<200 miles) He is asking in the neighborhood of $8500 for it. He lives in Tucson and needs to have the buyer pick up the bike. Brent

If you’re interested, please email the seller.

Good luck with the sale Brent! If you have a classic sport bike for sale, email us and we’ll see about getting yours on the site too.


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale Exclusive: For Sale 1976 Ducati 750 SS

We’d previously posted another bike for sale by this Belgian gentleman and he wanted our readers to have first crack at his current offering before he posts it on eBay.

The original 750 SS was based around the round-case, bevel-drive engine and designed to compete in the Formula 750 production-based race series.  The bikes finished 1-2 in their inaugural race at the 1972 Imola 200.

Powered by Fabio Taglinoni’s 748cc V-twin engine, the bike sent its 73 hp through a five speed gearbox.  Overhead cams were driven, not by chains or belts, but by a system of tower shafts and bevel gears that gave the “bevel-drive” Ducatis their name.

It also featured the famous desmodromic valvetrain used on many of Ducati’s twins and singles.  For those unfamiliar, this is a system of cams and rocker arms that both open and close the valves, forgoing traditional valve springs.  It was intended to eliminate valve-float that can occur at high revs.  Modern valve spring technology has made this system somewhat superfluous, but it was effective at the time and remains Ducati’s trademark.

This was the genesis of the classic Ducati V-twin: cylinders splayed at 90 degrees, with the front cylinder nearly parallel with the ground.  Twins with this configuration are often referred to as “L-twins”.

The engine cases were redesigned in 1973 to have a more angular look and are referred to as “square-case”.

From the seller:

For Sale: 1976 Ducati 750 SS Desmo

Rare model, only about 460 “square case” 750’s were built, so it’s as rare as the Imola Replica.

Two owners from new.

Original bike: correct Borranis, Contis, carbs, etc.

Complete Rebuild 10 years ago, about 6,000 summer miles since complete restoration.

Superb condition: starts, handles, rides, and sounds like only a real SS’s does.

Open to serious offers

The seller lives in Belgium but can assist with worldwide delivery.

Contact at: info@ducati.be

The 750 SS is one of the holiest of holies among Ducati collectors and these bikes are much sought after.


0 miles (none, zip, zilch) 1976 Suzuki GT550

A study in patience, restraint, self-discipline, willpower. That is all I can say when I see a zero mile bike. But reading the back story provided for the seller of this 1976 Suzuki GT550 it appears that a wooden crate helped keep the miles low.

From the seller

You are looking at a rare opportunity to own a brand new 36 year old motorcycle. This 1976 GT550 was originally in the collection of the original owner of Stubbs Suzuki in Houston (Stubbs is still going strong and the bike is on display there at this time). After his passing the bike remained in the family’s possession until it was sold in 2000 still in the crate to the man I purchased it from. He proceeded to assemble the bike but never put fuel in it or tried to start it. It has acquired .7 push miles since being assembled.  I have owned the bike for the past two years, displaying it at my home and at last years Barbers Vintage Days in the VJMC display; it was featured in the latest issue of Moto Retro Illustrated.  Chrome is excellent all around.  Tires are obviously hard but still hold air fine and don’t even have any dry rot cracks. Since it was never sold to the public it has never been titled

First offered in 1972 with the GT380 and larger, water cooled GT750, a fresh out of the box a GT550 would give you numbers like 50hp from 543cc of two-stroke power. This would push the rider and 441 lbs of bike to a top speed of 110mph. Because this bike is still fresh, you can expect those numbers to still be relevant, no depreciation of performance because of age. I would almost be willing to say this is a 2011 model year GT550.

Traditionally GT stands for Grand Tour and create images of speeding along the highways and buy-ways for hours at high rates of speed. This was possible because of the patented Ram Air system, which protected you from seizing the engine, which was very popular with 2-stroke riders of the time. A review in Cycle World says that you and your friend can go anywhere in the United States at 85mph.

A little more detail on condition

* Deterioration of the clear coat on parts of the engine.

* Small line crease in left rear of tank near seat

* Quarter sized spot of rust directly under gas cap; probably from condensation dripping down.

* Some paint rubbed off the right handlebar switch.

* The rubber on the slide linkage cover has degraded; it is almost like tar.  If you touch it it will come off on your hands.

* Right fork leg has some scratches.

* Right front fender stay has some chrome imperfections.

The seller is upfront with the condition willing to point out any flaws even with such low Zero miles. As you can see, the seller provided lots of good pictures, worthy of a brochure for this 1976/2011 GT550. BB