MV Augusta stock is definitely on the rise. With the resurgence of MVA bikes available new (now priced closer to “normal” – with modern day performance to match), interest in older bikes has grown. Given MV Augusta’s great history on the racetrack, there have always been significant models which are highly sought after by collectors. Today, however, we are seeing the smaller bikes make a big push for pricing parity. Collectability is going up, as witnessed by this post from Brian on another ’72 MV Augusta 350, or this post on an even older 125.
MV Augusta began building bikes in 1954, but the name has been around manufacturing circles much longer than that; Count Giovanni Agusta first started an aviation concern in 1923. In post-war Italy there was a need for inexpensive, efficient transportation, and the MV Augusta motorcycle division was created for just that purpose. Initially marketing small two strokes for the masses, MV Augusta grew to dominate World GP racing with such names as Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood John Surtees and Phil Read. At their peak, MV Agusta collected 17 consecutive 500cc GP titles.
From the seller:
This is a rare opportunity to own a 1972 MV Agusta 350B. The guy I purchased this bike from, purchased it from the original owner in Italy. It has less than 4,800 km on the clock. It is in original condition and is in great running order. Paint is original, except that the tank was repainted by the previous owner. I have cleaned and greased all bearings, replaced front fork seals, fork and engine oil are fresh. Brake linnings are like new. Everything works. Tachometer has a crack in the lens (see pic). This is an awsome bike to ride. This bike is ready to be ridden or placed into a collectors hands. Currently licensed and registered in Alabama.
If you have been lusting after one of these svelte red and silver racing machines, this might just be your chance. This particular bike has nice curb appeal (used but not abused, by the looks of the pictures), and is a decent enough size to ride without getting run over by traffic. The fairing looks great, and the spoked wheels and drum brakes really nail the authenticity of the era.
For more information, more pictures and your chance to bid on this beauty, click on the link and jump over to the auction. There is not much time left on this particular offering, so you might need to act quickly. There has been only light bidding thus far, with the current price sitting at just over $8,000 with reserve still in place. The BIN number is set way up at $15,000, so if the reserve comes off soon this could be a real buy.
Good luck, and make sure you tell ’em you saw it on RSBFS!
For Sale: 1984 Yamaha RZ 350 and 1985 Yamaha RZ 350
It’s really hard to miss these bumble bee yellow RZs. With their bright Yamaha / Kenny Roberts graphics and twin cylinder, 350cc two stroke engines and boy racer good looks, they continue to be very popular on this site and over on RSBFS. Here we have not one, but TWO nice examples of the breed.
This ’84 model bike is very clean, and looks to be quite original. It still has the original exhaust system, which has catalytic converters hidden in the exhaust pipes to help it squeek past the EPA. Those pipes are heavy and far from the optimal expansion-chamber shape for maximum power, so they are usually the first casualties when the modification man comes to visit. The bike has 17k on the odometer – which is more than we usually see on these bikes – but the condition is such that one wouldn’t really notice it; the cleanliness speaks for itself.
From the seller:
This is a clean original 3 owner1984 Yamaha R350 Kenny Roberts Edition in excellent condition with 17,490 miles and runs excellent. This bike is in 99.9% OEM condition, the only parts not OEM are the stainless steel braided lines, the carb vent hoses, fuel lines, a fuel shut off, and the “warning” sticker is missing from the wind screen. The carburetor was completely rebuilt with new internal parts including OEM metal reed valves, floats, hing pins, needle valve sets etc…. In addition to this, all of the coolant lines have been replaced, the rubber inserts in the foot pegs were replaced, I replaced the handle bars because the black coating was rubbed off, the rubber on the kick start was replaced, and any clamp or screw that was not perfect was also replaced. All replacement parts were Yamaha OEM parts and I have ALL of the parts that I took off the bike. The power valve controller along with the ignition module both work flawlessly. The bike speaks for itself. This bike runs strong and the engine has not been rebuilt. Every cable and hose is run properly per the Yamaha OEM spec and every zip tie, hose clamp, rubber bands, vent hose, etc is run per the Yamaha OEM specification. The fairings look beautiful, the tires are near new with virtually no wear. I will also include a 3 ring binder with the Yamaha micro fiche copied for this bike, the original manual under the seat, and the Yamaha Factory Service Manual.
The flaws: the coolant lens on the dash has 2 small cracks in it, the paint around the brake master cylinder is partially missing from coming in contact with the fluid, there are 3 small paint chips in the gas tank (one on each side and one on the top).
While there is no doubt that this RZ is in fine looking shape, there is an anomaly with the appearance of the engine: The cylinder jacket on this particular bike is unfinished, where on a stock RZ it is painted black. Often, this is the result of an engine teardown and top-end rebuild. The seller claims that a previous owner “cleaned” off the cylinder, but I will leave the judgement up to you. Aside from that issue and the loads of spare parts (seems odd to have that many mods and “spares” for a 99.9% OEM correct bike), this looks to be about one of the best RZs that I have seen in a while. For more information, more pictures, and a chance to own this beauty, check out .
The second RZ today is also a yellow/black model, but is from 1985. Not much changed on these bikes over the 2-year span of their existence in the US, but this bike is a little different than the first. Note the aftermarket exhaust system, which places the bike in a higher state of tune. If done correctly, the carbs will have also been re-jetted to take advantage of the pipes’ breathing ability. Note also that this one has a solo seat cover, which does give the bike a more sporting look.
From the seller:
The bike we are offering here came from a collector in his early 60s. He never raced the bike and always kept it out of the elements. It has 12,000 miles on it and runs and rides magnificently! Cosmetically it is beautiful. There are some small paint checks under the decals (very common for these). These are getting impossible to find that haven’t been trashed. Great investment!
This bike also looks great. The expansion chambers are a period correct modification, and really make a substantial difference in power. The solo seat was a factory/dealer available option if I recall correctly, and enhances the bike’s looks and value. This one also has some engine curiosities, however. Note on this ’85 bike the engine is painted entirely black – which is how it came stock – but the head has also been painted black. Normally, there is a white rectangle with the letters “YPVS” (Yamaha Power Valve System) in black, but here they have been painted over. Again, this points to a possible top-end rebuild somewhere along the line, although not a guarantee. Those interested should contact the seller directly for more information.
For more information, more pictures, and details on how to contact the seller, check out .
Since these were not terribly expensive machines, most of them have been thrashed within inches of their lives. It is nice to find two great examples still around. Prices are definitely on the rise for these little screamers, so if you are in the market to collect one this might well be your chance. Good luck and don’t forget to stock up on 2-stroke oil!!!
Welcome to that other Italian motorcycle manufacturer. Sure, you’ve heard about Ducati, know about Bimota, just read about Laverda, and now we’re throwing a Moto Morini your way. If you are a regular reader on RSBFS, though, you will note the similarities to this post here.
Based around a 72 degree air cooled vee twin designed in the early Seventies, the base 3 1/2 produced approximately 35 horsepower at 8,500 RPM. This model, a 3 1/2 Sport, benefited from some additional chassis bits (clip on bars, Veglia instrumentation, and a steering damper) along with a bump in compression. The Sport engine was good for 38 horsepower at 8,500 RPM.
From the seller:
HERE IS MY 1978 MOTO MORINI SPORT, VIN NUMBER 14738, A REAL SPORT WITH THE “S” ON THE ENGINE.
I HAVE OWNED THIS BIKE FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, STARTED IT SEVERAL TIMES AND FINALLY ACTUALLY RODE IT TODAY!! – JUST TO SAY I HAD BEFORE PUTTING IT UP FOR SALE! A VERY RARE AND COOL BIKE!
I AM SELLING IT TO GET CASH FOR A BIKE TOUR TO ALASKA THIS SUMMER. I HAVE ENJOYED HAVING IT AROUND AND LOOKING AT IT LONG ENOUGH-IT IS YOUR TURN NOW. VERY, VERY NICE OLD BIKE AND ONE OF THE BEST HEAD TURNERS I HAVE EVER HAD!!
YOU MAY SEE A FEW OLD DUCATIS, LAVERTAS, MOTO GUZZIS, PASS YOU ON THE ROAD-BUT NOT ONE OF THESE!
LOOK OVER ALL THE PHOTOS, I TOOK THEM TODAY. THE BIKE HAS NEW PIRELLI TIRES, GOOD BATTERY, STARTS EASY BUT MIGHT NEED CARBS TUNED A BIT, (HASN’T REALLY BEEN ON THE ROAD IN YEARS)
THIS IS A NICE, RARE BIKE AND YOU DO NOT SEE THEM WITH THE RACING FAIRING ON ‘EM. I FOUND THE FAIRING ON EBAY WITH THE CORRECT MORINI MOUNTS A COUPLE YEARS AGO AND MOUNTED IT THIS WINTER.
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED IN THIS MOTORCYCLE!!
These little Moto Morini motorcycles are reported to have sharp, responsive handling. In the day, they were offered with some pretty top shelf componentry, and were priced on par with much larger bikes such as the Honda CB750. Obviously straight line performance is of no comparison to the bigger bikes, but the 3 1/2 could run circles around the Honda on tight, twisty roads.
As far as price goes, there is not a tremendous amount of data to go on. The bike in the RSBFS post mentioned above was bid up to nearly $4,800 without meeting the reserve. This bike is currently at $2,800, with the reserve still in place. Expect to pay between $5,000 and $6,500 for a clean, low mileage 3 1/2. For that kind of money, you get a good looking, sweet handling bike that is very unique. Not bad return on your hard earned collector dollar!
For more information and your chance to bid on this great looking Italian dream, . Good luck, and tell ’em you saw it on CSBFS!
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