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Zero-Mile Display Piece: 1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR for Sale

1977 Harley XLCR L Side

A bike that was a bit ahead of it’s time, at least by Harley-Davidson standards, the stylish, any-color-you-want-as-long-as-it’s-black, cafe racer-styled Harley XLCR didn’t convince the ever-conservative faithful when it was introduced. The bike didn’t sell particularly well, which is a shame, because the XLCR is a bike that actually looked forward, instead of backwards for its inspiration.

1977 Harley XLCR Clocks

But although the look of the bike was meant to compete with Europe and Japan’s best, the bones and meat were pretty conventional: a 998cc pushrod Sportster engine with 9:1 compression and 38mm Keihin carbs put 61bhp through a drive chain to the four-speed gearbox. The frame was a parts-bin-special as well, with a Sportster front section matched with rear tubes and a swingarm from the XR750 race bike. Cast wheels added to the modern styling and triple disc brakes gave something approaching modern stopping power.

1977 Harley XLCR Tank

So it’s basically a mildly hopped-up Sportster in a black leather jacket and dark, mirrored sunglasses. Which is no bad thing, and possibly the coolest bike to come out of Harley’s AMF-era, a period of time where you bought a Harley because that’s the only brand you’d ever consider buying anyway…

1977 Harley XLCR Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1977 Harley Davidson XLCR for Sale

This legend is truth and it’s come back on the market. This XLCR was bought brand new in 1977 as a decoration in a livingroom.  It never goes on the street and stay completely original.  Even the Harley-Davidson test sticker stays on the headlight and the speedometer. I bought this motorcycle five years ago and it stays in my private collection in a a/c and smoke free place. As this motorcycle came from USA there is no duty to bring it back. I will help to any carrier for shipping. Still with a US title .  Buyer is responsible to make his own verification. Engine VIN: 7F01507H7.

1977 Harley XLCR Wheel

With zero miles on the clock, the seller is asking some serious money, and this time-capsule machine will obviously require some work if you want to put it back on the road, but that shouldn’t be too difficult, if you’re so inclined. But unfortunately, I expect that this bike will remain what it is right now: a very menacing display piece.

-tad

1977 Harley XLCR R Side

1983 Ducati 900S2 for Sale with ZERO MILES

1983 Ducati 900S2 R Side

Well this is something unusual.  A 1983 Ducati 900S2 that’s never been titled? Zero miles?  Never had gas in the tank?!  Who actually buys a road-burning Italian exotic, then immediately decides to tuck it away for the next thirty years?  Not me, but I’m glad someone does, so we have things like this to post.

The 900S2 was, excepting the Mike Hailwood “Mille”, the ultimate and final incarnation of the venerable half-fairing v-twin superbike.  Obviously, by 1983, the bevel-drive Ducatis were getting very long in the tooth, but funds were not there to develop a worthy replacement, so the process of development continued in an effort to keep pace with competing machines.

1983 Ducati 900S2 L Engine

Interestingly, these bikes did not have side-stands, only center-stands.  On earlier bikes, a folding handle was fitted to the left muffler carrier.  This machine has the later design, a simple loop in the carrier to aid in deploying the stand.  The fairing came from Ducati’s Pantah.

1983 Ducati 900S2 Dash

Really, the design was a compromise, a parts-bin special designed to offer something new and keep the wolves at bay.

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Ducati 900S2 for Sale

MSO – MANUFACTURER’S STATEMENT OF ORGIN . BOLOGNA/ITALIA ARE WORDED ON DOCUMENT. THESE ARE WHAT THEY PROVIDE TO THE DISTRIBUTORS BEFORE TITLING.

THIS BIKE HAS NEVER BEEN TITLED .  “CLEAR TITLE” WAS ELECTED DUE TO EBAY’S LIMITED OPTIONS WHEN PLACING AD. 

FRAME NO. – DM860SS092767

ENGINE NO. – DM860 095995

FUEL HAS NEVER BEEN PLACED IN TANK – CLEAN INSIDE

ORIGINAL BATTERY NEVER FILLED WITH ACID.

FACTORY ENGINE SEAL (PHOTO)

CHAIN NEVER INSTALLED ON SPROCKETS (NO LONGER HAVE CHAIN)

ODOMETER SHOWS “2” FROM PUSHING IN/OUT OF STORAGE.

HEADLIGHT RED DOT STICKER FROM FACTORY STILL ON HEADLIGHT.

INCLUDES ALL TWO OF EACH FACTORY KEYS, ORIGINAL TOOL KIT, MANUAL AND ALL DOCUMENTS .

WELL PRESERVED IN MINT BRAND NEW CONDITION. IF ANY MINOR IMPERFECTIONS,  IS HOW IT CAME FROM THE FACTORY. ORIGINAL TIRES, HOSES, RUBBERS STILL LOOKS FRESH/SOFT WITHOUT CRACKS. NO CORROSIONS OR FADINGS. BRAKES FUNCTIONS CORRECTLY WITHOUT FLUID LEAKAGE OR DAMAGE. CYLINDERS ARE LUBED AND ENGINES KICKS OVER WITH GREAT COMPRESSION. ALL SETTINGS REMAINS FACTORY. IT SHOULD START RIGHT UP AND READY TO RIDE JUST BY ADDING GAS AND MAKE SURE OIL LEVEL ARE FULL.  THESE VINTAGE BEVEL TWINS ARE BULLET PROOF SOLID, SOUNDS VERY EXCITING AND RIDES SMOOTH.  IT’S TEMPTING TO START IT UP. 

THIS IS A RARE CHANCE TO OWN A MSO VINTAGE DUCATI.  IT MIGHT BE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD IN SUCH CONDITION.

1983 Ducati 900S2 Tank

This is obviously a collector bike, not one to ride: it’d likely need significant work before it’d run well, and you’d destroy the whole “zero miles” thing immediately.  To me, it’s a curiosity, but collectors do dig on bikes like this that are perfectly preserved, not over-restored or resto-modded into something that appeals to more modern expectations for rideability and reliability: warts and all are preserved.

Or would be if, you know: you were actually going to ride it.

While at the time, the 900S2 was a last grasp at relevance for an obsolete sporting bike from a small, struggling manufacturer, it represents the nearly final incarnation of the iconic Ducati bevel-drive v-twin now.  I’m curious to see how this time-warp example will stack up against more classic 900SS styled machines when the dust settles.

-tad

1983 Ducati 900S2 R Engine

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