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1957 MV Agusta Superpullman for Sale

1957 MV Agusta Superpullman R Front

Today, we view the Italian manufacturers like MV Agusta, Moto Guzzi, and Ducati as makers of high-end, relatively exotic performance bikes, and they’re certainly not doing anything to dissuade us from thinking that. But most of these Italian marques got their start or a very big boost at the end of World War II, supplying cheap and stylish transportation to a population devastated by war. So while racing was a real part of their heritage, and seriously sporting machines a part of their model line up, it was their less expensive offerings that were perhaps more important to the bottom line.

1957 MV Agusta Superpullman Controls

Bikes like this little MV Agusta Superpullman. Interestingly, this bike has little mechanically in common with the other small-displacement MV Agustas of this era, and in fact has little to do with the regular Pullman. This little two-stroke made about 6hp and put those ponies through a 4-speed box. MV made both two and four-stroke models and this particular bike was designed to bridge the gap between economical, unintimidating scooters and more sporting, practical motorcycles, much like the Moto Morini Corsarino we featured recently. The little Superpullman was priced competitively, but did not sell very well and was discontinued after only a few thousand were sold.

1957 MV Agusta Superpullman L Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1957 MV Agusta Superpullman for Sale
This really neat bike (one of only 3000 of this model ever produced) is ready for instant use, starts at first kick, is running and riding well (where everything on the bike works normal/like should!) and is, because of all the nice details, color-scheme and appearance just a pleasure to look at.
It has been restored very long time ago and is now showing light patina again. Some of the cromed parts are not nice, as on places some chrome has come off* (especially on the handlebar and exhaust-system, though both wheels and many other parts are ok!).
..*Basically this is a matter of having things re-chromed, or just to simply leave things like they are.
The paint is showing a very small scratch on top of the fuel-tank and furthermore a couple of really very small markings are visible on places, though these can, in case disturbing, easily be touched in.
Like often the case with these models has also on this bike the front-suspension been upgraded, where still today the telescopic and correct period MV Agusta front-fork is giving the machine excellent roadholding (as well as a very comfortable ride!).
1957 MV Agusta Superpullman R Rear

This example has lovely blue paint as opposed to the more familiar MV red and silver. The bike is currently titled in Belgium, so keep in mind it may not be very easy to check the bike out in person. But the listing is clearly written with very nice photographs and the seller seems motivated to sell it anywhere it can find the right buyer.

If you’re looking for something small and classy to decorate your livingroom, or a neat little weekend toy and don’t mind hunting up spares, this could be your bike!

-tad

1957 MV Agusta Superpullman L Side

 

Oddball: 1982 Honda NCZ50B Motocompo Folding Motorcycle

1982 Honda Motocompo L Side

Okay, while the Honda Motocampo folding motorcycle isn’t really a “sportbike”in the traditional sense, I’m not sure there’s a “Weird Vintage Motorcycles For Sale” blog where I can mention this, so I’m posting this up here for fun.

The Honda Motocompo was sold between 1981 and 1983 as a compact commuter scooter to fit into the luggage compartments of subcompact cars, including the Honda City that featured a trunk designed specifically to fit the bike. Folded up for transport, the seat, bars, and pegs disappear into the bodywork and the complete 93lb package looks like a large, wheeled suitcase.

1982 Honda Motocompo L Side Ride

Powered by a 2.5hp, 49cc air-cooled two-stroke motor, the Motocompo is hardly fast, but it was never really intended to be.

Plus, anything you can bring to work and stage races in your office could bring motorsports to a whole new environment… I mean, this bike could open up entirely new audiences to motorcycle racing: your family doesn’t understand why you care about some diminutive Spanish guy who climbs all over his motorcycle at 200mph like a tiny monkey? Give them a knee-down demonstration around your living room during the holidays!

“Honey we’re late: my parents are expecting us for dinner!”

“No problem dear. The gifts are already packed, so I just need to grab my Motocampo and we can go.”

1982 Honda Motocompo bars

From the original eBay listing: 1982 Honda MCZ50B Motocompo for Sale

Honda Motocompo Folding Motorbike NCZ50B. 49cc Honda 2 stroke petrol engine. Manufactured between 1981 and 1983.Oil inject. Automatic clutch. As new condition. Registered for road use in New Zealand but never used. I’ve owned the bike since new.

These have become collectors items now. See You Tube for demo and internet for more information on this. The bike is at my brother’s place in Hamilton, New Zealand but I live in Australia now. I was going to use this for a caravan but will not be needing it now. It has only been driven about one kilometer or less. Can freight at buyers expense. Please contact for shipping estimate.

Engine is oil inject.

Freight to Los Angeles door to door is US$825 by air.

Or you could just fly out to New Zealand yourself and bring it back as carry-on luggage…

These are pretty rare outside of Japan, with only about 53,000 sold, and the starting bid of $3,500 is hardly cheap. But can you put a price on something so entertaining and practical?

-tad

1982 Honda Motocompo seat