NCR has been building Ducati specials and tuning parts since their inception in 1967, although today their complete bikes are more high-end exotic lifestyle accessories for one-upping your Bimota Tesi-mounted buddies: their M16 is actually a massively-lightened Desmosedici that weighs in at 319lbs before you gas it up and is worth about as much as a nice suburban house. Because that’s just what the Desmo needed: a better power-to-weight ratio. Or, if your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the M16, their air-cooled M4 weighs 286lbs with oil but without gas…
But NCR also built the Isle of Man Ducati raced by Mike Hailwood, so their vintage credentials are bona fide: they’re far more than another titanium moto-jewelry manufacturer.
This massively-faired bike from 1978 includes an aftermarket but very cool “gear-gazer” clear cam cover that displays the gear-drive for the overhead camshaft on the rear cylinder in all its glory. And NCR’s signature one-piece tank-and-tail bodywork also features a distinctive unpainted strip on the side of the tank so the fuel level is clearly visible through the translucent fiberglass.
That enormous fairing looks like it will provide plenty of protection for high-speed runs, and the bike appears to be in excellent condition. The seller’s description of this road-biased bike is very spare, but luckily very clear photos are included. From the original eBay listing: 1978 Ducati 900 NCR for Sale
Incredible opportunity to own a real NCR. Stumbled on this bike, along with a 1974 Ducati 750 SS, while at a Mostra Scambio, in Rimini, Italy December 2001. Extensive top end work by one of the best bevel drive mechanics in North America
This would really be an excellent moment for the seller to do a bit of name-dropping: vintage performance circles are relatively small, and I’m sure buyers would love to know who had their hands on this one. And what does “extensive top end work” entail? Are we talking maintenance or performance work?
While in many cases, a spare description of a motorcycle simply implies that the seller assumes prospective buyers will know what they’re getting into, that isn’t necessarily true of NCR bikes: to my knowledge, none of them are really “stock.” NCR was always a race bike and parts manufacturer, the very antithesis of standardization, making valuation of this machine difficult. Although assuming the parts are the real-deal, anything genuine NCR is valuable, on top of the already desirable bevel-drive, desmo-head Ducati drivetrain.
Bidding north of $15,000 with plenty of time left on the auction, so we’ll see where this ends up.
Café racer-style conversions often result in bikes with more style than actual function: below-the-triple clamp clip on bars look really cool but they’re murder on the rider. Rearsets can be cramped, and those thin seats don’t have very much padding… So, if you’re looking for a classic ride that’s more accommodating for your, uh… classic joints, then maybe a “musclebike” like Kawasaki’s Z1 is really more your speed. And with the return of bikes like Yamaha’s XJR1300 to the US, your choice could even be considered “trendy…”
With an upright riding position, wide bars, and a smooth, torquey inline-four, hot-rods like the Z1 set the standard for performance in the 1970’s. While the owners of European motorcycles had to make do with abstract qualities like “handling” and “brakes”, the big four-cylinder bikes from Japan had it where it really counted on the straight-line streets of America. Something you could easily measure with a stopwatch, or in tire-smoke as you pulled away from every stoplight on a Friday night.
Introduced in 1973, the Z1 might seem like a belated response to Honda’s CB750, but it was in fact developed concurrently. But when Honda’s bike was first to market, Kawasaki went back to the drawing board, and took a page from the Hot Rod Handbook, deciding that there was no replacement for displacement: the Z1’s 750 was punched out to 903cc’s, made 82hp, and could reach a top speed of 130mph.
This Z1 has low original miles of 18,381 and is in superb running condition. Lights, turn signals etc., are in good functioning order.
This is a remarkable original factory numbers matching bike, with some light restoration to round it out. The original factory paint is nice and glossy and has only minor stone chips in the left underside of the tank. Much of the rear wheel was restored with fresh chroming of tire rim and correct new brass nippled spokes.
New sprocket tire and chain were added as well.
The exhaust has factory stamping but the left upper exhaust pipe is a DOREMI.
The valve cover has been polished not chromed the rear fender and front fender were disassembled and re-chromed as new!
The seat is a new reproduction seat and pretty much that and the one pipe are the only reproduction parts on this Z1
No surprises here just and honest original survivor nothing has been repainted!
Unfortunately, the Kawi’s appliance-like reliability meant that riders didn’t need to cherish them, and they didn’t inspire the kind of devoted care that the more idiosyncratic European brands enjoyed. With no need to join the Cult of Desmo or learn the Mysteries of the Isolastic, riders were free to use and abuse their bikes to their heart’s content, stopping only to top off with gas and replace rear tires. Eventually, many of them ended up with an accidental Mad Max aesthetic before they were parked up and discarded.
Now, as interest in bikes of this era increases, nice examples are very rapidly escalating in value. Not long ago, you could pick up decent Z1’s for a song, but those days are gone and even basket-cases are commanding real money. This bike certainly isn’t perfect, but represents what many buyers want to see: a bit of period patina with a light refresh.
So buy it and ride it, or park it up and fire up GoogleTranslate and head over to the Sanctuary website for some exotic resto-mod parts! Bidding is very active with very little time left, so jump in quick!
The Ducati Darmah was introduced in 1977 as a replacement for the unloved 860. A mechanical evolution of that machine, it represents the ultimate iteration of Ducati’s classic, bevel-drive engined roadster. It was fast and versatile, and prices have been relatively low, as the bike still falls into that transitional period between the classic 60’s and Ducati’s modern era.
The SS may get all the headlines, but the bread-and-butter Darmah paid the bills for Ducati. It featured an electric starter, relatively reliable Nippon Denso instruments, and a practical dual seat. The 864cc “900” made effortless power and returned admirable fuel mileage, making it a great useable classic.
This is a nice original 1982 Darmah. It has all original finish, including paint etc. Does have bub slip ons, everything else is stock. The 82 is an unusual year for the darmah. If you look at the books it says like 431 global production with zero imported to the U.S. I have heard that maybe 40 or so made it here. I have owned this for 12 years and it has been great. I have replaced little things like petcocks/fuel line, but otherwise it has been great. It has always been indoors in the desert so the metal quality is great, shiny with no corrosion at all. The seat cover has a small tear just from wear, Not much else to say, really. Just a great bike. The speedo/odo is in kilometers with mph as the smaller scale, so the mileage is actually kilometers. Ready to ride anywhere. Cases have never been apart. They still have the seal in place. I do have the front signals. They have never been on it since I have owned it.
Bidding is at just under $8,000 currently. If it stays in this range, you’re looking at a very affordable way to get into vintage, bevel-drive Ducati ownership.
Honda may have stolen Kawasaki’s thunder when they launched the groundbreaking CB750, signalling the beginning of the end for the European manufacturers’ dominance of the large-displacement motorcycle market. Kawasaki was already working on their own 750 four when the CB was released, and had to go back to the drawing board, come up with something to set themselves apart, or forever be stigmatized as the “me too” of the Japanese manufacturers.
And as we all know, bigger is better…
Released in 1973 with a full 903cc’s of displacement the Kawasaki Z1 was far and away the most powerful Japanese four cylinder available, producing 82hp and pushing the bike to a top speed of 130. In addition, the bike even handled relatively well although, like many Japanese machines of the time, it was happiest ripping along in a straight line.
But while it was an excellent machine that did the business with no fuss and sold well, that solidity was also it’s downfall: the Z1 was eminently usable, and owners used them mercilessly on track, street, and strip. Cheap and fast, people converted them, hot-rodded them, and left them to languish in barns and sheds and backyards when newer, flashier machines came along. So now, as prices rise, it’s become pretty hard to find nice, original machines. Like this one.
This bike is being reoffered due to buyer not paying. No out of country bidders please. You are bidding on a 1973 Z1-900 with clear Indiana title. The frame has some acid etching for overactive voltage regulator, mainly on swing arm. I have replaced the voltage regulator with a U.O.S. one. I rode the bike one last time about 10 miles, seems to have fixed the problem, but haven’t taken it on any long haul since. Pipes are very clean, missing two baffles, I had a 4-1 header on it. Put pipes back on to sell. Paint is original, look at pictures, has some imperfections. Bike had large crash bar but was replaced with chrome engine guards. There are two marks on frame where old bars were, see pictures. Chrome on motor parts is pitted in spots but chrome on pipes, fenders, rims, etc. is very nice. Missing seat latch pin on pan, lock works fine. Now the good parts; bike has been pampered by me and the previous owner. Has tank sealed and new petcock, fuel ling, filter. Carbs are smooth bore and have just been cleaned. Fresh tune up. All lights and turn signals work and cluster lights also. I have a 16” rim on back and upgraded shocks, rides nice. I left the motor paint alone to show the original condition of this bike. It starts easily and shifts and stops as nice as it looks. Comes with orinal 1973 owners manual, hard to find. Playboy sticker can be removed with heat gun. E-mail me is you have any question. You can buy Z-1’s redone, but what did they start with. This is your chance to buy a 1973 that is very nice and original. This bike will sell with no reserve, fair starting price.
This is a very solid example and, as the seller suggests: it’s only original once. The Z1 is becoming more popular for restorations and resomods, with a huge following in it’s native Japan, with companies like Bull Dock and Sanctuary turning out gorgeous machines. But collectors prize originality, and this bike has it.
I am very excited to see one of these turn up. This year is very hard to come by. I am curious to see what the inconsistencies will do to the price. The bike doesn’t run, isn’t put together completely and the exhaust might not be from the right year. Because the USD is so low right now a lot of these are going overseas. I have heard tales of shipping containers filled with these going to other countries. The seller seems to be honest now that the auction has time under it’s belt. Ask a lot of questions.
This is a really nice 1972 Kawasaki Z1 900 Serial # 5XXX. No Title, bill of sale only from previous owner. It’s in great condition and almost ready to ride. Health issues force sale. I just completed a rebuild of entire bike and tried to start it but discovered that there is a fuel leak between the two left carbs on the crossover tube. Has the correct twin disc brake up front and 5/8 master cylinder. Extremely early Z1 that is really hard to find. Rebuilt using mostly NOS parts and some repro parts.
Several potential bidders have asked about the bike in more detail. I want you to know that if you’re looking for a perfect bike then this one isn’t for you. It’s very nice but not yet complete. I’ve got too much going on to finish it so this is up to you. I bought the carbs because they are the correct ones for this bike and they were supposed to be rebuilt but they are leaking so something is wrong. Because of this the bike has not been made to run but it does have ignition and it did hit on some of the cylinders and was trying to start when I noticed the leak. Additionally, the paint is nice but not perfect. Finally, and I had this in the previous ebay ad, but somehow ommitted it in the relisting. The exhaust pipes are marked 76 so I think they are from a newer bike but I’m not an expert on this. Anyone who wants to withdraw a bid will have my blessing to do so. Haviing said all of that, I believe its still a one of a kind find and to the right buyer would be even better. Good Luck bidding!!!
I can’t even begin to guess at the price on this bike. They have been gaining popularity and value on almost a daily basis. The USD is down so international buyers are buying. The bike is very clean but missing parts and not completely original. There’s so many variables on this one I can’t put a finger on it. I’m going to be following this auction close. You can too by clicking right here.
We’ve seen this before on CSBFS as well as RSBFS: The selling off of a collection instead of parting the bikes out individually. Often this is done with a rare and unique collection, or one with a theme. Reference Instant Collection or Instant Collection #2 from CSBFS contributor Brian to see previous posts on this type of activity.
Today’s collection is a little different. These are semi-rare Japanese sportbikes from the 1980s. The biggest draw from this collection is the fact that all the bikes appear to be in reasonable, rideable conditon.
First up is this 1983 Honda CB1100F. We just shared a post on the CB1100F model here on CSBFS, and you can click here to see the previous CB1100F post. This bike looks to be in decent condition, and sports an unknown aftermarket exhaust, some engine case savers, and sundry bits of gold painted/anodized additions. The airbox has also been elimitated via the use of pod filters. See the above referenced post for values on these bikes, but note that as these are mass produced Japanese motorcycles, only clean, stock examples will bring top dollar.
Following in chronological order is this 1984 Kawasaki GPZ Turbo. This might be the rarest bike in the collection considering the numbers produced. The Turbo also appears to be displaying an aftermarket exhaust system, but the rest of the bike appears stock. Modifications to the engine are difficult to spot in pictures, however, so the reader is always advised to ask lots of questions before proceeding. For more info on these Turbo bikes, check out this post on CSBFS or this post on RSBFS.
Next up: a 1984 Yamaha FJ600. Following on the heels of the FJ1100, the FJ6 was a sport motorcycle with an air cooled engine. This was the last of the air cooled Yamaha sport bikes, but still did reasonably well against the competition despite the technology gap. This bike appears to be in stock condition, right down to the exhaust.
The next bike is this second year Kawasaki NINJA 900. Originally thrust on an unsuspecting world in 1984, the Ninja revolutionized the sportbike community overnight. This is a 1985 model, and has a Vance-Hines pipe connected.
The baddest boy in the collection? This 1986 Suzuki GSXR 1100. While not a first year model, the GSXR rocked the sportbike world by offering liter-bike performance in a package not much larger than previous generation 750s. This appears to be a well-kept model, but again is modified with a Supertrapp exhaust and filter pods in place of the stock airbox.
This 1985 Yamaha FZ750 was another radical bike from the mid-’80s. With the Genesis 5-valve per cylinder engine laid down at a massive angle to try to get more weight on the front tire, the FZ750 was successful both in the showroom as well as on the racetrack (Superstar Eddie Lawson piloted one in the day). Like most of the other bikes in this collection, this FZ has an aftermarket exhaust – in this case a slip-on from Two Brothers Racing.
The 1986 Honda VFR 750 is a pretty sought after machine. Part of the reason for this is that Honda, after developing the VFR line for years, put this model on a hiatus. When the model was brought back into the Honda lineup, it had morphed into more of a sport tourer than sport bike. This VFR offers gear-driven cams (gotta love that sound!), but looks a little bit used from the scant photos. Note the grime/discoloration on the engine, stand and exhaust on the left, and possible damage to the cases on the right. Even after all these years, this is one great bike.
Finally, the most recent bike in the collection: a 1987 Kawasaki NINJA 750. The ’87 Ninja was, by this time, a well-sorted machine. It was also unremarkable in terms of performance, styling and collectability. That is not to damn the bike with no praise whatsoever, but it does seem to dissapear into the background when placed in a crowd such as this. The bike presents itself pretty well, although the stain on left side fairing lower is concerning. This is also the one bike in the collection that the seller noted needed mechanical work. The good news on this one is that it appears to be totally stock – making it a survivor.
From the seller:
I am listing a collection of 9 motorcycles that I have been accumulating for a few years. These bikes were bought and put into climate controlled storage. They are all in good shape.. not show room condition. Most will start and run with a battery and carb cleaning. Some will need a little more. The only bike needing to be repaired by mechanic is the Ninja 750 which needs a starter gear. Most have original paint. I have many parts also available. Mileage is between 7-45k. All have clean titles.
What is not clear to me is why sell off a collection in this manner? While some of the bikes are desirable, they are lost amidst the noise of the whole package. Is the goal to make more on one sale versus selling them off individually? Unfortunately, it is impossible to place a value on the individual bikes here due to the lack of pictures and information – who knows how many miles each bikes has, any modifications make, and if any of the stock OEM pieces come with the bikes? Note that there is also a YZ490 motocosser, not pictured here, included with the sale.
This auction is on now, with a starting bid of $14,500 (no takers at the time of this post) and a BIN of $16k. Considering the mx bike as a freebie, the BIN represents roughly $2k per sport bike. Clearly some of the bikes listed here are worth more than that, so this might not be a bad way to get yourself some great motorcycles at a good price.
For more information or to contact the seller with questions, I suggest you visit the auction:
1978 black frame and tank with gold trim along bottom of seat.
Bevel gear drive desmodromic actuated valve designed engine—no belts.
Gold OEM alloy wheels by Speedline with new Pirelli Demon tires.
Starts by using either push button electric starter motor or kick start lever on right side.
Marzocchi rear shocks.
New Spec Battery.
Well balanced with cafe style handle bar and grand touring seating—a joy to ride!
Excellent cosmetically and mechanically.
While the Darmah ain’t no 750SS Imola, I have always liked the up-swept “duc” tail on the SD (a Darmah SS would be even better!). I think the asking price of $8950 is a bit high – in these tough times (and with winter coming), a price around the $6-7000 mark would be more realistic.
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