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1951 Vincent 500 Comet – $48,000
SELLER SAYS: Awesome and very rare Vincent Comet 500cc. It is very rare to get one like this, un-restored. In good condition for its age. Everything works including speedo, lights etc. Runs well, new tyres. Has a new wiring harness so lights (hi and low beam), brake lights, amp meter on head, and horn all work. I have paperwork from the day it was sold in 1951. Matching numbers. Has some new cables and I have kept the old ones and some other spares including decal set. Hand-painted number plate. Some rust on rims and muffler. Paint work is not too bad for a 67-year-old bike. Offers starting from $48,000. Can ship it anywhere at buyer’s cost and can provide a video of the bike running. Contact Murray on 0409103719.
1973 Norton Commando 850 Interstate – $16,000
1985 Moto Guzzi 650 Lario – $6,000
SELLER SAYS: Not too many of these around. 650cc 4 valve. Shaft drive. In good condition. Brakes overhauled, new Pirelli tyres, wheels rebuilt and powder coated, new fork tubes and seals, new stainless steel exhaust, Dyna Electronic ignition, new swing arm and steering head bearings, rear drive rebuilt. A real classic that is learner approved. On club concessional license but can arrange full license. Contact Steve on 0413678604.
2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade – $6,990
SELLER SAYS: Candy red and silver. Power commander 5. Full arrow exhaust. Tinted screen. Seat cowl. Just serviced. Great condition. 39,000km. Contact George on 0449885621.
2005 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa – $11,800
SELLER SAYS: Beautiful machine to ride. In extremely good condition. New tyres. Suzuki service history. Dyno tuned with Dynojet Power commander and flat gear shift fitted, plus free flow race air filter. 4-3-2-1 Yoshimura exhaust and hubby nobs. Very enjoyable bike to ride with more horsepower then you ever need. I still have the original exhaust if you wanted to return to standard. Only genuine buyers please, no test pilots. This is a very serious bike. Contact Adam on 0408916785.
1994 Honda RVF400 with full Tyga kit – $5,000
SELLER SAYS: Bike was purchased December last year and ridden a couple of times. 22,000 km on clock. Full RC211V Tyga kit. TSR carbon exhaust, with titanium pipes. ($2k value new). Tyres are about 1k old. Awesome little LAMS bike. These come with USD forks standard. All specs easily found online. These are holding value well and should rise over the years. Has aftermarket grips and levers (I’m not sure on brand, very comfortable though). No test rides unless you have the cash. Contact Adam on 0424480820.
2007 Full custom chopper- $37,000
SELLER SAYS: 300 rear end, BDL open primary drive, 96 cubic inch S&S engine, right side belt drive, Dakota digital speedo, billet rims, air compressor installed ready for airshock setup. Stretch seat and tank. Nice rake (not too long). Custom display stand to go with bike. 6,xxxkm. Will have normal WA bike rego. Contact Dave on 041107257.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I’ve always admired people who put in the time, expertise and money required to build custom choppers, and this one of Dave’s looks beautiful. It won ‘Best bike on show’ at the 2016 WA Hotrod and Street Machine Spectacular and, if he doesn’t sell it in the meantime, Dave’s planning to show it at the 2017 West Coast Lowdown. Or you could buy it and enter the show and have your name on the trophy instead of his. Learn more about S&S engines here. (And in case you’re interested, The Lowdown has a Facebook page here.)
2003 Harley Davidson XL1200C – $7,000
SELLER SAYS: Beautiful bike in excellent condition. Does not miss a beat. Has recently had a full service of oils and carb, including dyno tune. Only selling to buy a brand new bike. Stage 1 Air Cleaner, La Pera solo seat, Burley Slammer suspension, 36,000km, Screaming Eagle II exhaust, Anniversary edition paint. Heaps of rego (mid December). Contact Mike on 0405260983.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: With nearly 15 years but less than 40,000km under its driven belt, this is a low-cost way into big Harley Sportster ownership. The Sportster is one of motorcycling’s most successful and longest-running bloodlines, stretching back (unbroken) to 1956. H-D made less than 2,000 of them back in ’56, presumably wanting to test the water and see whether the buying market would like them. And it sure did. I found an excellent article here.
1974 Triumph Bonneville T140V – $10,500
SELLER SAYS: All original, not restored. Runs perfect. USA-spec bike. New tyres. If you’re looking for a classic, this is it. Contact Brad on 0498060794.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This very original mid-70s Bonnie looks nice. We’ve just tested a new retro Bonneville (report here) but this bike of Brad’s is the real deal.
2008 Triumph Sprint 1050ST ABS – $4,500
SELLER SAYS: The sports bit: 125bhp, 1050cc triple in a sweet handling chassis with adjustable suspension. The touring bit: ABS brakes, lockable and removable saddle bags and a comfy seat for rider and passenger with a relaxed riding position. Contact Wayne on 0428817930.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Honda’s VFR and Triumph’s ST range are my two favourite affordable sports tourers in the second-hand market, and this ST1050 of Wayne’s is a great example. This bike comes with factory panniers and looks to be in great shape — all for $4,500. I found a review of the ’08 model here.
2001 Ducati 996S – $11,900
SELLER SAYS: Ducati 996S with 22,000 kms. Tinted screen, carbon front guard, aftermarket Termignoni mufflers, aftermarket chip, lighter action clutch slave. New OEM screen, new OEM red front guard. Standard mufflers near new and other spares. Contact Gary on 0439909512.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Just gorgeous, the 996. I found a useful article about buying a second-hand Ducati sports bike here.
2005 Kawazaki ZX10R – $6,600
SELLER SAYS: Immaculate bike that’s just not getting ridden. Someone could have allot of fun this summer, but it’s not for the faint hearted! It’s got big power and a lovely sound. Registered until late February. Low kms (26k), Akrapovic exhaust system. Three sets of different style handle bars. Plain rear seat panels x2 and some more extra bits.
This is the ultimate track bike and very fun on the road! Contact Mike on 0407104451.
2000 Honda VTR Firestorm 1000 – $3,500
SELLER SAYS: This is an imported bike currently showing 18,769 miles (around 30,000km) on the clock. Mechanically sound with Staintune pipes. Tyres are good. The indicators are a bit annoying early in the morning … may be just a relay or minor wiring issue. Comes with paddock stand. Rego is due on the 23/09 but I’ll put another 3 months rego. This is my asking price. Test rides are okay but you have to give me a valid license, and if you stack it you can consider it yours! I will not respond to low ball offers. It’s at a reasonable price for it’s age. Happy to answer any questions. Contact Gianni on 0402435544.
1978 Honda CB750F K7 – $5,000
SELLER SAYS: Regretful sale of a Honda Classic. Good condition with a variety of extra parts included. Registration expires 13/01/2018. Call or text anytime. Contact James on 0412954708
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Five grand for a clean, licensed and running single-overhead-cam 750/4? Please, someone, grab it before I do. I think 1978 was the last year of the SOHC motor, making this bike of James’ one of the last of the original breed. There’s a nice read here.
1957 Puch 175 twingle – $7,500
SELLER SAYS: Twingle-engined 175 two stroke, totally unrestored and untouched from the factory. Sold in America as a Sears Allstate or in Europe as a Puch. This bike has had a full engine rebuild: new piston, rings, gudgeon pin and retainers, new head gasket, and runs like a dream. Running and registered. Opportunities like this don’t come along every day. May be interested in swaps for something different. Contact 0412076010.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: How nice is this? Check out the swoopy lines rearward from the tank – love it! Twingle engines were twin-cylinder two strokes, harboured under a single combustion chamber and, therefore, a single cylinder head. (If I’ve got it right, early versions breathed in through one cylinder and out through the other.) The configuration was more successful than you might think and was manufactured by a bunch of manufacturers from the early 20th century right through to about 1970. A supercharged twingle Puch won the German Grand Prix in 1931, so they must have been pretty efficient engines. There’s an informative article on the twingle engine here.
1975 Rickman Honda CR CB750 – $17,000
SELLER SAYS: Rickmans in any form are not offered for sale very often, and this is an opportunity to own one of the less than 780 Rickman Honda CRs produced. This bike has been used primarily as a club bike, and has done very few miles since a restoration several years ago. The bike is fitted with most of the original 1970s equipment, including Betor forks, Scarab Brakes, Boroni front rim and adjustable bars. Both wheels have just been rebuilt with a new rear rim, stainless spokes, new bearings and Avon Roadrunner tyres. Carbies were rebuilt with new kits. The motor has been subject to a complete rebuild. An electronic ignition has been installed. The bike is currently on club plates. Contact Peter on 0408950074.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I can remember when this was the most desirable motorcycle on earth. In the early 1970s, Japan overtook Britain (both literally and figuratively) in the motorcycle performance stakes. Honda’s CB750 Four and then Kawasaki’s Z1 900 set new standards for big bikes. Some old codgers and bike historians will tell you the Japanese bikes had inferior suspension, brakes and handling to the Brits (and Italians), but I suspect the truth was this: the Japanese bikes were producing more horsepower than the Poms and the Italians, and frame and brake technology just weren’t up to the job. Meanwhile, two English brothers who shared a love of motorcycles and a surname of Rickman were building wonderful frames for (British) dirt bikes. The Rickmans created a huge reputation for turning big Triumphs into scramble bikes (remember the Metisse?). When the brothers Rickman turned their efforts to building frames for Japanese road bikes — and especially the 750/4 and Z1 — they become legends. This bike of Peter’s captures a moment in time when Japan’s horsepower was finally harnessed in a package that could handle and go around corners. There’s an entertaining story about an American Rickman Honda here.
1970 Norton Commando 750 – $14,500
EDITOR’S COMMENT: From the time when Brittania ruled. And aren’t those exhausts wonderful? Before Japan gave us four cylinder superbikes the Brits entertained us very well with two. I had a long chat a couple of months ago to a West Australian chap who builds cylinder heads for Commandos and ships them all over the world. It’s not a bad read. See the story here.
1986 Suzuki GSXR750 – $8,000
SELLER SAYS: Japanese import G model. Good original condition with 40,000km on the clock. All the hard-to-find original factory parts: fairings, exhaust, airbox and wheels.
Just went over the pits in July. Could use a respray as there is sun damage to the paint. Contact 0421465042.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: An early Gixxer that has survived the years without being butchered. Some tidying up should reap rewards in terms of its value and man-cave cred, but I’d maintain it by using it. Great bikes, and historically important. Learn more about the GSXR lineage here.
1974 Suzuki GT550 – $11,500
SELLER SAYS: Suzuki GT550 triple two stroke. 1974 model. Restored and rebuilt. Nothing to spend. Great and rare collectable/investment. Contact James on 0409612214.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The very first motorcycle I ever travelled on was a three-cylinder two stroke Suzuki. It was a GT380, little brother to the 550. I was pillion to one of my brothers’ bike-riding friends. I was about 10 years old and, if my memory serves me well, we hit 80mph along a suburban street in Albany. (It must have been fun because here I am, 44 years later, still banging on about fast bikes.) The GT series — 380, 550 and 750 — were the last hurrah of Suzuki’s two strokes, giving way to the GS, then the GSX then the GSXR. There’s a good article on the 550 here.
1988 Moto Guzzi Cafe LeMans – $8,000
SELLER SAYS: My beloved Cafe LeMans began life as a heavily-faired 1988 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000 sports tourer. I made a bunch of modifications to create the cafe racer of my dreams, including lightweight hi-tech Ballistic lithium battery, rear-set pegs, Malossi velocity stacks, custom Porsche paint, and the grooviest seat you ever will see. It’s a ride bike, not a show bike, so you can hit the cafe strip, the freeway or the highway without fear of a stone chip or bug splatter. The bike is low and light, a joy to ride and looks perfect. Well, I think so anyway. But it’s time to go. See more pics here. Contact Peter on 92917734 or text 0467073574.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: What can I say? This is one of my bikes. I love this Guzzi. Gosh, I even cut up my old Daniel Boone suede jacket for the upholsterer to make the seat. I will undoubtedly regret selling this bike but life is short, I’m hankering to buy a modern(-ish) sports bike, and financial realities demand the Guzzi must go before something else can come. Might swap for a 748 or 848 Ducati, a Buell XB12R, or an exceptional Triumph Daytona. There’s an interesting contemporary review on the ’88 LeMans 1000 here.
1980 Honda CX500 custom – $5,000
SELLER SAYS: Custom cafe racer / brat. Air-brushed rusted metal paint. Good running order, sounds great. Vintage style tyres with plenty of tread. Registered until January 2018. Contact 0402596241.
EDITOR SAYS: I used to own a CX500. It was a dark brown ‘Custom’ model, which meant it had a stepped seat, raised bars, and an almost-baby-chopper stance. It wasn’t especially fast or good handling or beautiful, but it was kinda quirky and it faithfully carted me to work and back from Kalamunda to Subiaco for a while. Fast forward 30 years and CX500s have become favourites with the custom crowd and, I must say, there are some terrible ones out there. But this one looks very cool. It would be a good choice for the upcoming Distinguished Gentlemans charity ride! I found a site with some great pics of more tastefully customised CXs here.
1971 Bultaco Lobito – $3,500
SELLER SAYS: Only done 1306 miles. It has been refurbished & powder coated. Re-spoked wheels and new rings. Just needs wiring and fork seals installed (parts already available and will be given if purchased). Only requires new horn and dip switch to be fully up and running. Contact Ken on 0417916907.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: When I was in my mid-teens, a friend of mine had an old Bultaco in his shed. I think it was a 175 and I’m pretty sure it was a Lobito. It belonged to his father and, every now and again, my mate would drag it out, fire it up, and take it for a ride. It was very loud, the kickstarter was on the wrong side and it was, well, unfashionable compared with our RMs and CRs. But it was surprisingly fast and looked like it would go forever. A few years ago I heard the old Bully had been restored (again) so, yes, it probably will go forever. I’m sure the Japanese motocross bikes we were riding have long since gone. The Bultaco company has long since gone too, but it was hugely successful back in the day. Read about the birth of Bultaco here.
1985 Suzuki RG500 (pre-production) – offers
SELLERS SAYS: This is a genuine new, never been started RG500 that was previously used by Suzuki Australia as their show / demo / promotional bike prior to the release of the RG500. It was never a “spanner” bike for dealership apprentices to practice on. The bike is what it is. The only thing I have added is the single seat option. It also comes with many books, brochures, factory Gamma stand etc, no longer available. There is no VIN plate. I will export world-wide at buyers expense. The bike is as new and has a supporting letter of authenticity from Suzuki Australia. This bike is not suitable for someone who wants to ride it! It is a collectors bike only. The bike shows 9km on the odometer from being pushed around at various shows by Suzuki Australia. Contact 0417957294.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I have inspected this bike in Perth, and it’s amazing. See the story here.
1978 Ducati 900 NCR replica – $24,000
SELLER SAYS: NCR Replica built on an SSD frame. Works shocks and springs, 0ne-piece glass tank and tail piece, tank Caswell epoxy sealed, high flow fuel taps, “VeeTwo” built Desmo square case race engine, including V2 cams, nikasil-plated one-piece alloy barrels, forged pistons, ported heads, 3 dog gear box, VeeTwo straight cut primary drive and clutch basket, 40mm carbs, modified oiling system, Sachse adjustable ignition system. Engine only run in, no racing. Genuine NCR lightweight race exhaust system, Tommasini quick action throttle, Veglia tacho, Avon race tyres.The rest speaks for itself. Will be a very quick bike in the right hands. Genuine enquiries please message me to discuss further and contact details, regretful sale. Contact John on 0429660014.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I spotted this bike on show at this year’s York Motorcycle Festival, and I’m delighted to have it for sale here at Bikes For Sale. Ducatisti all know the story well but, for the rest of us, it warrants re-telling that 1978 was a stellar year for Ducati; probably the most important year in the company’s history. It was the year that 38-year-old Mike Hailwood came out of a self-imposed 11-year-old retirement to win the Isle of Man TT on a NCR-prepared Ducati 900. Before the race, most people laughed him off as a bald-headed old has-been on an archaic piece of machinery that didn’t have a hope against the Japanese multis — but he kicked all their arses. Read a more detailed version of the story here. This bike of John’s has been built for the racetrack (or the Dalkeith man cave) but, if you were brave and keen, it would be possible to get it licensed. Now wouldn’t that be fun! If you’re interested, there’s an Australian company that will take your bike to the Isle of Mann for next year’s TT. Visit them here (and, if you have a conversation, be sure to mention The Bike Shed Times).
1973 Triumph Daytona – $14,000
SELLER SAYS: Matching frame and engine numbers (KH16553). Full frame-up restoration; harness, new paint to original colours, too many new parts to list in full. Engine has been overhauled by professional shop (rings, valves, springs, valve guides, skimmed head). New clutch, strong engine, all works as it should. West Australian bike ready to licence. Rides real well. A must-see to appreciate. All new correct parts. Contact Marty or Les on 0439014643.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Triumph used the Daytona name to commemorate Buddy Elmore’s win at the 1966 Daytona 200 at Daytona Beach, Florida, riding a Triumph T100T Tiger 500 twin. It was Triumph’s first-ever Daytona victory, with an average speed of 96.6 mph. By 1967, it was an official production model with the designation T100R Daytona 500. Learn more here.
1970 Triumph Bonneville T120R – $18,000
SELLER SAYS: 1970 T120R recent U.S.A. import, full professional restoration, new paint to correct colours, matching engine and frame no’s ED51690. Very strong engine, performs as it should, everything in working order, we have just put in the finishing touches, all correct except the 2 windtone horns which are proving very difficult to source anywhere. Rides very well, too many new parts to list a great example of a 70 Bonnie. This bike is to be registered and licenced ready to ride before sale. Both of these bikes restored by two old Triumph enthusiasts, we will sell or keep if no serious enquiries. Contact Marty or Les on 0439014643.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: No, we haven’t inadvertently put the same photo on two different adverts. But we did have to take special care that we didn’t get them wrong. These two bikes are being offered by the same sellers who clearly know a thing or two about old Trumpys. Some folks will tell you the T120R was the best-ever Bonneville. Learn more here. It sure looks sweet.
1987 Ducati 750F1 Special – $22,000
SELLER SAYS: This bike is registered in Western Australia, and is an Australian-delivered bike. The bike is tuned and very collectable. The Special tune parts and work includes gas-flowed heads, high compression pistons, 40mm Dell’Orto carbs, tuned and dyno’d motor, Campagnolo magnesium rims (reduced unsprung mass), M1R (851) front end, Ohlins rear shock (adjustable while riding), upgraded brakes (larger diameter front with reduced diameter rear disc) and race pipe. The sale includes all the original Ducati F1 hardware and a large collection of spares and extra parts including Laguna fairing kit, spare wheels, dual seat, exhaust system and many more. (Email Peter at The Bike Shed Times here for a full list of spares and extra parts.) Contact Tim on 0404232841.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Doesn’t this look just perfect? There’s not a single bike on this page that I wouldn’t love to have in my shed but this 750F1 of Tim’s is probably my favourite listing — as much for its place in history as its raw classic sports bike performance and (likely) future economic value. The 750F1 probably saved Ducati. The marque was on the ropes in the mid 1980s, before Ducati upsized and beefed up the belt-driven Pantah to create a race bike worthy of the Ducati badge. That bike got trophies flowing back into the Ducati cabinet and, as sure as night follows day, the sales figures recovered and the good ship Ducati had wind in its sails again. There’s a good read on the F1 here with comprehensive stats and facts, and some more history.
1994 Ducati 600SS – $4,800
SELLER SAYS: 62,000 kms. Good cond. Current rego. Ready to ride or suit restore. $4800 ono. Contact 0410411559. EDITOR’S COMMENT: Meanwhile, seven years newer and $17,200 cheaper than Tim’s F1, we have another bike that can lay claim to being a direct descendant of the Pantah. I wonder how it would look with a bikini fairing, silver paint, gold wheels, and a few decal flashes in blue and orange? Hhhmm. I found an interesting article here.
1981 Yamaha XT500 – $6,500
SELLER SAYS: This is a matching numbers classic refurbished 1981 Yamaha XT 500 in excellent condition. Custom spray job in Ford XR5 Pearl Orange. Registered in June 2017. Front raised by 6″. Lots of cash spent with receipts to show. Engine is a good runner with only the top end redone. Stainless steel spokes, powder coated rims, stainless steel Power flow exhaust, new cables, new electrics. Must be seen to be appreciated. Advertised on Gumtree for $7,000. Contact George on 0439762177.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Ok, I’ll be honest — the stepped orange-and-white seat, chrome shocks and raised front end aren’t my style. But I’m not the fashion police and I’m still happy to have this bike on Bikes For Sale because it’s an ’81 XT500 and it looks to be in outstanding condition and has clearly been whacked hard with a wallet. The XT is one of everyone’s favourite 1980s bikes, so there’s no shortage of information about them out there in www.land. I found a good read here.
1977 Benelli 750 Sei – $29,999
SELLER SAYS: Very rare motorbike in fully restored and immaculate condition. Starts first time and is free of electrical issues usually experienced with these bikes. Price is firm; if you can’t afford it or want to offer less, please don’t enquire. More pics and info available. Contact 0417770855.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This was the world’s first mass-produced six cylinder sports bike. Benelli got its engine inspiration from the Honda CB500 four, then added an extra cylinder on each side. Honda got its revenge with Japan’s first six, the CBX1000, and then Kawasaki joined the fun with its gargantuan (322kg!) KZ1300. The Benelli was the more sporty of the three (even after it grew to 900cc). I found a great article which recalls the era that gave birth to the 750 Sei here, and a good read comparing the CBX, the KZ and the 900 Sei here.
1989 Suzuki GSXR750RK – $25,000
SELLER SAYS: UK delivered limited edition homolgation model. I purchased this when I was living in the UK, and imported it back here when I returned. Upgrades include Ohlins road and track forks, Suzuki factory XRO4 magnesium triple clamps, Dymag CA5 wheels, Brembo axial monobloc GP calipers with 320mm racing discs, WP rear shock, custom-made exhaust. It’s done only 9000 miles (15,000 kms). Frame, engine, swingarm in excellent condition. Body work good, but needs a little attention in a couple of places to be perfect. I could return the bike close to standard for someone wanting a stock example, as I have a lot of the standard parts and can source some of what I don’t. The upgrades could be removed and the price negotiated accordingly. It’s only travelled a few miles since I have owned it, so I have decided to sell it. Recently recommissioned, runs and sounds great. Contact Simon on 0412174941.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: A very special bike, this one. All the ‘regular’ early GSXR history (see below), but this one’s incredibly low miles, tasty upgrades and homologation history will appeal to a collector. A quick tap on Google tells me the wheels alone are worth around $3,500. No wonder she’s parked inside on her very own bunny rug! I found a little bit of information about the RK here (and you can check out those Dymag wheels, here).
1989 Suzuki GSXR750 – $6,000
1996 Laverda 668S – $6,800
SELLER SAYS: Laverda 668S One of only 300 built, this great ridable investment will be worth some serious money in the future. It is in very good original condition. It features a 668cc parallel twin, 4 stroke, DOHC,4 valve/cylinder engine putting out 70 hp at 8000 rpm. Timeless styling only the Italians can achieve and always a head turner. The handling is impeccable and riding never fails to induce a grin. There are no known mechanical faults and a low 23,600km. Situated in Geraldton. Contact 0428467112.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Hands up anyone who’s never heard of the Laverda 668S? Yep, me too. But here it is, alive and well and living in Geraldton. When I think of Laverda it’s the Jota that comes to mind first, a late 1970s 1000cc triple-cylinder superbike that was good for 146mph and was, for a while, the fastest production bike on earth. The company fell on tough times in the 1980s but was resurrected in 1993 by Italian millionaire Francesco Tognon who had a pretty good crack at putting the marque back on the map. It was a short-lived success, unfortunately, but it did produce the 668S which looks like it would be a lot of fun. You sure aren’t likely to park alongside another one out front of the Dome cafe! I found an interesting Laverda-focused website here.
1972 Honda CB500 Four – $8,700
SELLER SAYS: Possibly the best original example of the CB500 Four in WA. Classic styling and speed that saw CB500s such as this entered in the TT Isle of Man in 1973. This CB has been lovingly brought back to life since purchasing it from the previous owner. The four carbs have been completely rebuilt and balanced, engine and gearbox rebuilt and hand polished. The tank has also been cleaned and sealed. The paint is near new with only a few chips. Like the owner, this bike is sleek, slim and fast. Unlike the owner, it is a low mileage machine and rides clean and smooth. No trades, swaps or tyre kickers please. Contact Al on 0434166945.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Al’s right about the Isle of Man heritage. Several CB500 machines had glory on the Isle in the early ’70s. Bill Smith won the 1973 500cc TT Production race on one, 8.2 seconds ahead of second place Stan Woods on a two stroke Suzuki T500 twin. Ah, those were the days … Learn more here.
1980 Ducati Darmah SD900 – $18,000 ono
SELLER SAYS: Ducati for sale. Ground-up rebuild of roller, and motor has new rings and is not yet run in. New paint, rubber, Conti pipes and 40mm carbs. It is not rego’d but it will go straight over the pits. Contact Richard on 0409966577.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Love these. The Darmah was like a civilised 900SS back in the day, with a pillion seat for the girlfriend. They were very well received and earned a reputation for a high standard of finish and impressive reliability — things that were considered most un-Italian at the time. There’s a very good road test article here.
2013 Ducati 1199s Panigale – $19,500
1992 Honda CB750 cafe racer – $13,500
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Building a cafe racer is fraught with risk. Sometimes people take perfectly good bikes and make them look bloody awful, and other times people start with bloody awful bikes and then prove the old adage: you can’t polish a turd. Richard, on the other hand, has done everything right here. A great old-school performance bike, made better. Love that front disc! Check out some more cafe’d 750 Fours here.
2013 Harley Davidson Sportster Iron – $13,000 ono
SELLER SAYS: Sportster Iron. Engine stroked from 883 to 1200cc, very throaty sound and designed for faster take off response. 4250km. Progressive shocks (lowered) give a very comfortable ride. Badlander seat with quick release pin and rear pegs for passenger. Handle bar fuel gauge. Vance and Hines Pipes with Tuner upgrade. Screaming Eagle air cleaner. ABS brakes. FOB keyless start. Clean and tidy bike parked indoors. Front mount pegs riding position with matching handle bar grips. Trickle charge kit for battery to stop battery failure (new battery and spare). Just about everything you can do to this bike has been done. Contact Ryan on 0405385396.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Very cool modern-day Sportster, beefed up with a bunch more cubic inches and plenty of mods cons. Learn more about the 2013 Sportster here and about the Sportster’s long heritage here.
1980 Suzuki GS1000G – $2,600
SELLER SAYS: Thousands spent on this bike before being stored. Vance and Hines pipes. Carbies rebuilt and polished. Inlet manifolds replaced. Grips, mirrors badging etc. Might require a front tyre to licence but runs well and is a great classic bike. Priced to sell. Selling where is as is. Sorry no swaps or trades. Contact Kim on 0435831520
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The second ‘G’ in the GS1000G name means this bike is a shaft drive and was basically Suzuki’s first big four stroke sports-tourer. You could also get an X (the basic model), an E (sports), an L (cruiser), a K (fairing and panniers), S (sport), M (Katana), and an A which came with an automatic transmission. The engine is pretty much the same across the variants: big, strong, fast and very reliable, capable of huge mileages if they’re treated well. There’s an informative American website dedicated to the GS Suzuki, including a review on the 1000G, here.
2010 Ducati 848 – $9,500
SELLER SAYS: For sale is my immaculate 2010 Ducati 848 with all the fruit: Carbon fibre fairings, colour matched lower fairing, Termigoni exhaust, ASV brake and clutch levers, passenger footpegs (OEM), rear pillion seat for passenger (OEM), pillion seat cover, Ducati battery trickle charger. Includes rear wheel stand and original fairing. Always kept indoors or in garage. Never been dropped or damaged. Just paid rego. Sufficient deposit required for test ride (serious buyers only please). Contact Rick on 0406529601
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I think Ducati’s 848 has become my favourite mid-size second-hand sports bike. Despite a small (?!) engine, they are proper fast, sweet handling, very light, and just stunning to look at. And now with a few years under their belt, prices have come down to maybe-I-can territory. This one of Rick’s looks gorgeous, with change from ten grand. There’s a good review here (and be sure to read the owner comments down the bottom of the story).
2008 Honda DN-01 –
SELLER SAYS: Selling very cheap. Don’t miss this opportunity. Near $2000 worth of extras. Mechanically perfect, showroom condition. Stunning looking bike. Reliable. Low kms. Well-presented Honda technology. Safety features very strongly, especially combined ABS braking, great lights, indicators, and mirrors. Excellent roadholding, cornering and low speed stability. Very well balanced. Automatic and manual gear shift, shaft drive, powerful engine and good fuel economy. Very comfortable riding even for two. Full size Givi top case side panniers. It is rare and beautiful bike. Contact Adrian (text or call) on 0406343000
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Another great example of Honda’s willingness to break the mould and build bikes that no-one else would dare, the DN-01 copped some so-so press when it was first released because bike journos tied themselves in knots trying to categorise it. A few years on, people have relaxed a little, and we are seeing this bike for what it is — a beautifully-made, futuristic-styled mid-sized (700cc) town and highway bike that’s built for safety and comfort, but with enough oomph to do the job and have some fun. I found a good review; read it here.
1999 Yamaha YZF-R1 – $4,750
SELLER SAYS: Completely stock collectible 1999 R1. Genuinely one of the nicest examples I have seen. 44,000 KMs, Mechanically A1. This is the last of the carburettored R1s; no ABS, no traction control. I’ve owned this for three years and it’s been completely reliable and hassle free. I have just taken my last ride on it and it’s ready to pass on to its next owner. Brembo brakes are sharp, discs great, no lips, chain and sprockets have only done a couple of thousand so are nice and tight. No rips or tears in the seat, grips and bar ends are original, levers too. Paint is A1 as is swing arm and forks, no leaks from shocks. It’s still has the original tool kit. Comes with alloy paddock stand. Contact 0432024193.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a first-generation R1, so the ‘collectible’ claim holds water. The early R1s were a revelation when they first appeared, raising the bar for open-class super bikes and giving Honda’s Fireblade something to think about. Like the ‘Blade, the R1s design brief was to use best-available technology to create a bike that weighed as little as possible, went as fast as possible, and handled better than anything else out there. The brief was filled very well — so well, that designers were told to ‘tone it down a bit’ when the second generation came around in 2000. This looks like a much-loved and lightly-used example of the breed. Learn about the R1’s history here.
2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 – $8,500
SELLER SAYS: In awesome condition. Gets kept inside. New tyres, well looked after. Won’t find another like it! Contact Katie on 0447448765. EDITOR’S COMMENT: Almost a decade later, and the R1 was still an uncompromising mega-performance superbike. I found an interesting article comparing a slightly breathed-on ’08 model with a 2014 model. You can read it here.
2008 Honda CBR 1000RR Fire Blade – $8,000
SELLER SAYS: It’s only got a little crack close to the left mirror. Overall in excellent condition. Prefer text due to work. Contact Glann on 0450429500. EDITOR’S COMMENT: More of a Honda person? The Fireblade’s roots go back to 1992, making it the grand-daddy of the modern superbike. There’s a good retrospective yarn here.
1983 Harris (Triumph) Bonneville T140 – $7,800
SELLER SAYS: This bike has been completely rebuilt and rewired from the ground up. Total bare-frame restoration with full documentation. The list of new parts is extensive so it’s easier to list what has not been done: The tank has the original tobacco sunburst paint and presents very well. Side covers are also original finish. Wheels have the original chrome which has some pitting but is very presentable. Mufflers are original and have some scratches but presentable. It is missing one original foot peg but a temporary fix is in place to allow the bike to be ridden. Other than that everything on the bike has been refurbished or replaced with new parts. Starts first kick and rides excellent. The twin disks and brembo calipers that were factory fitted on this rare Harris model provide exceptional braking and the Italian Paoli forks are a major improvement over the Triumph design. This bike has not been modified at all and is restored to original condition as it came from the Harris factory. This is a rare bike. The last of the vintage Triumph Bonnevilles and the best handling and riding machine. Left hand gear change. Brembo front and rear disk brakes, Paoli forks, 750cc motor. These rare bikes are appreciating in value. Bike is not currently licensed but would not have any trouble passing a license inspection or put on club rego. Contact Piers on 0411557892
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Like to own a bike with a great back-story? Well here’s a beauty. Piers’ headline on this advert reflects the story. Strictly speaking, this is not a Triumph. It’s a Harris. Confused? Triumph went broke in 1983, and a bloke named Les Harris was one of the bidders to buy the Triumph name. He was out-bid by fellow Brit John Bloor who was more interested in the Triumph real estate than its machines. Meanwhile, Mr Harris already owned a warehouse full of Triumph parts and had surrounded himself with former Triumph workers who knew how to build bikes. So a deal was done, and Mr Bloor allowed Mr Harris to build Bonnevilles under licence until Mr Bloor got his act together. Triumph buffs already know this, of course. Mr Bloor still owns Triumph motorcycles and his company is now building tens of thousands of bikes a year. Mr Harris died in 2009 at the tender (?) age of 69. But for a period in history, he carried the Triumph torch. The Harris bikes dipped heavily into Italy and Germany for parts (like the Brembos and Paolis) so they were rather exotic. Learn more about Les Harris here.
1960 Harley Davidson Panhead – $26,500
SELLER SAYS: Ground-up restoration. Everything has been done. Been on the road about 10 years and I’ve done about 2500km in that time. Great reliable bike that starts first time every time. Not original is the tanks (5 gallon, for touring) and the engine cases are delcron (for durability). Has a cyclelectric 12v generator with electronic regulator, new screen and bubble bags. Everything else is original Harley. Contact Wayne on 0438977741
EDITOR’S COMMENT: What a sensational-looking big Harley and, dating all the way back to 1960, it reaches deep into Hog history. Keep in mind this is only a couple of years after bikes started being produced with rear suspension; that’s right, it was suspension on the front and just a sprung seat right up to the late 1950s. I couldn’t find any articles on the ’60 Panhead, but I found a great yarn on the ’64 DuoGlide and Panheads in general here.
1980 Harley-Davidson XL1000 Sportster – $8,500
SELLER SAYS: Just restored. Motor rebuilt by Doc’s of Waterbury Ct. New 20-over pistons. Rebuilt heads with new valves, guides, springs. Andrews Y Cams, JIMS lifters, rebuilt oil pump, Barnett clutch with Barnett clutch cable. S&S E Shorty carburettor and S&S cable. New drag pipes, V-Twin wiring harness with new relays, ignition switch and chrome handle bar switches. New battery. New custom speedo & tacho gauges with new braided cables. New wheel bearings and seals, new brakes and brake lines. New fork springs with new seals. 10″ rear struts and a nice set of shocks. New tires (21″ Avon in front and 16″ Harley-Davidson Dunlop rear). New chain and sprockets. New 12″ ape hanger bars. Red Pearl flake paint with new tank and chrome petcock. New pegs, and so much more. Bike only had 14,600 miles before restore. It only has less then 100 miles since being restored. The bike has always been stored indoors and never been down. It comes with the original owners manual. Contact Scott on 0408952557.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Eight-and-a-half grand seems like a pretty good price for a nice old Ironhead Sportster 1000, even without the long list of improvements and new parts recently lavished on this bike by Scott. H-D has been making the Sportster, uninterrupted, since 1957 — so you sure can’t argue with its heritage! I found a great article on the history of the Sportster; you can read it here.
2002 Moto Guzzi Nevada 750 – $4,700
SELLER SAYS: Nevada Classic 750 in nice condition for its age. Runs and rides as it should. Everything works; good tyres, new battery and long licence. This Guzzi makes you smile every time you ride it. Registered until May next year. 70,000km. Contact 0407982503.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: When most people think of a cruiser, they tend to think of huge machines with huge motors (Vulcan Kawasaki or Harley) or baby choppers (Virago 250 or VT Honda). And that’s all well and good if you’re either … how do I put this delicately? … rather small or rather large. But what if you’re neither small nor large, and you want a few horsepower without half a tonne of metal? I reckon Moto Guzzi’s 750 Nevada owns the mid-size cruiser market. The little 750 (sounds odd, doesn’t it?) boasts ample urge, a low seat height, plenty of room and grunt to accommodate a pillion, and enough style to colour-match your partner’s Gucci handbag-backpack. And don’t you love that seat? I found a brief article on the Nevada here, and if you read down to the bottom you’ll find a bunch more Guzzi-related reading.
1950 Single Pot Matchless 500 – $14,000
EDITOR’S COMMENT: How cool is this? Pop the missus in the sidecar, give her a kick (the bike, silly), and head for the beach for the day. Bliss. Matchless was one of the first super-successful British bike manufacturers, achieving racing success and sales success through the first half of the 20th Century. It went belly-up in the late 1960s but left behind some marvellous machinery. Learn more here.
2009 KTM RC8 1190 – $12,000
SELLER SAYS: Older owner. Bike is in very good condition. Has aftermarket exhaust, Power Commander. 141hp at rear wheel. No test rides without a deposit. Will swap for a BMW R 1200s. Contact John on 0497357987 (Pingelly).
EDITOR’S COMMENT: How nice is this? I had a good chat with John, and he told me he bought the RC8 because he badly wanted to own a beautiful big sports bike before he got too old. The itch has now been scratched, so it’s time to move the RC8 on to a new home. (I offered to swap the KTM for my old Guzzi, but couldn’t tempt him. Sigh.) The RC8 was KTM’s spectacular debut into the superbike war. Previously a dirt bike specialist, the Austrian company created this bike to audaciously take on Ducati (and everyone else) with a track bike you could ride on the street. Learn more here.
2007 MV Agusta Brutale 910R – $9,800
SELLER SAYS: This bike is in excellent condition. It is the upgraded version of the 910S, featuring lighter wheels, Brembo radial brakes, upgraded front and rear suspension, and hand-polished intake ports. 17,000km. Serviced by Corse Motorcycles, Bayswater. Very quick, beautiful to ride. No test rides unless cash in hand. Contact Bob 0408 499 252
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I wonder what old man Giovanni Agusta would make of this beauty? The old Count was born in Sicily and created the Agusta company in his own name in the 1920s, building helicopters. When Giovanni died, the company passed to his wife and four sons. Two of those sons, Vincenzo and Domenico, were more into bikes than helicopters and, in the aftermath of World War II thought it would be fantastico to start building motorbikes. So they did. The economic logic was all about Italy needing cheap transport after being bombed to smithereens by the Allies, but Vince and Dom’s passion was really about making bikes that went really fast. Much more fun, hey? Their first bike was built in 1945 and by 1948 they had a race team and an Italian Grand Prix trophy, thanks to their two-stroke 125cc race bike. The brothers kept the fast-bikes passion burning through the ’50s and ’60s by winning, wait for it, 17 consecutive 500cc world championships. Not bad. But when Dominic died in 1971, the whole thing started to go pear-shaped. The company went belly-up in 1980. Cagiva bought the MV Agusta name in 1991 and resurrected the marque, sticking with the old formula of building way-cool way-fast way-expensive sports bikes. Count Giovanni’s original company still exists and is still building helicopters, but these days is part of a bigger aerospace and high-tech defence company, Leonardo S.p.A. Learn more about MV Agusta’s history here.
2009 Buell Lightning XB12S – $12,250
SELLER SAYS: This is a great bike to ride and has good fuel economy easily making it to Dongara on a tank. I have owned this since 2012 with 5000 km on the clock and done many rides to Geraldton. I have it serviced every 5000 km and keep it garaged at all times. Reluctant sale but moving overseas soon. Just fitted new battery and 12 months registration. Steeped in innovation. A true street fighter. This is what comes to mind when you thing Buell. This bike is ready to go, own a piece of automotive history. After riding this, you won’t go back to a conventional bike! Fuel and oil stored in the frame of the bike, outer-wheel brake disc, etc. Contact 0487307096.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I have promised myself that I will own a Buell before I die. (Hopefully not just before I die.) I love the look of the Firebolt, but if you spend some time researching on the ‘net, you’ll find Buell boffins rate the Lightning as the archetypical Buell. I found an excellent article that could have been written just for me. Read it here.
2010 BMW K1300R SE – $12,000
SELLER SAYS: Immaculate condition. Always garaged. Two Brothers Black series carbon fibre exhaust. Carbon fibre rear tyre hugger. K&N air filter. Absolutely stunning bike; nothing more to do. Full service history by Auto Classic & BM Bikes.Very fast, aggressive sports naked. All the features — Full electronics pack, ESA (electronically adjustable suspension), ASC (Automatic Stability Control), Quick Shift Assist, TPC (Tyre Pressure Monitoring), ABS (anti-lock brakes), heated grips, sports wheels, tinted screen. And all the performance: 1/4-mile in 10.63 secs, power 173bhp, torque 103ftlb, weight 228kg, seat height 820mm, fuel capacity 19 litres. Price negotiable. Contact 0416774930.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I reckon these K-R series Beemers are the ugliest motorcycles ever made. But it seems they are one of the most competent motorcycles ever made, too. Owners and the bike press rave about them, and it seems they do everything brilliantly. If you need convincing, read some of the comments here.
2002 Honda CBR954RR Fireblade – $6,700
SELLER SAYS: Immaculate factory condition, only 13,XXX genuine kilometres on the clock. Mechanically perfect condition, starts first time every time. Never had any issues. Just had a full oil change. New tyres. (Front tyres still have the centre hairs.) Never been raced or dropped. All parts from factory as standard. Registered till end of August. Test rides welcome. Contact Vas on 0414646238.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: All super-successful long-running bike models go through the same cycle of development; they are ground-breaking when they first come out, then everyone else catches up. Then they get a major upgrade, then everyone else catches up. Then they do it again. And on it goes. When we look back on history, the first-release models are the most collectible and the ‘major upgrades’ are next. The 2002 Fireblade 954RR was one of those major upgrades that leap-frogged Honda back into the lead of the superbike stakes. I found a review from back in the day; you can read it here.
2016 Triumph Thruxton 1200R –
SELLER SAYS: Better than brand new. Just had first service. No issues. Bikini fairing added. Running nicely and freed up ready to go. Amazing motor. Brakes and suspension superb. Read the reviews, you won’t be disappointed. Comfortable to ride, not too racy in riding position. A true café racer. Cheaper than new. No offers. Contact Kevin on 0407450262 (phone is best).
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I have just spent a couple of weeks getting to know a Triumph T120 Bonneville, which runs pretty much the same engine as this almost new (1500km) Thruxton. I must say, I’m somewhat smitten by Triumph’s 1200cc twin engine. Compared with the T120, this bike of Kevin’s adds another 17 horses (to nearly 100), a café racer stance, Brembos, Showa forks, Ohlins shocks and a much more sexy exhaust. And that bikini fairing looks perfect. Beautiful! There’s a good read here.
1985 Honda NS400R – $14,000
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Hard to find, huge fun and steeped in history, Honda’s two-stroke triple cylinder NS400R was born from Freddie Spencer’s world championship title on a 500cc version in 1983. The street-legal 400 was only made for two years (’85 and ’86) which presumably explains why they don’t come up for sale very often. The motor needs lots of revs to perform, and then perform it certainly does! This looks like an excellent example of the breed. There’s a good read here.
1974 Kawasaki Z900 – $11,000
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Motorcycle royalty here, with a bike that takes us back to the start of the four-cylinder four stroke Japanese superbike war. Honda’s CB750 was the first of the multis, but there wasn’t really a war until the Honda was challenged by a serious rival. The Z900 stepped up and punched the Honda in the gob, and they’ve been at it ever since. I found an excellent read on how the big Kawasaki came to be — read it here.
2002 Kawasaki ZX9R – $5,500
SELLER SAYS: Mint condition ZX9R. Beautiful ‘Comet’ metallic blue. Best in Perth. Yoshimura Trioval exhaust. Many extras. Always garaged. Needs to be seen to be appreciated. Contact Gareth on 0419941500.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Fast-forward almost 30 years from the Z900, and Kawasaki’s 900cc sports bike has changed a lot — but still loyal to the brief of well-built crazy-fast street-legal sports bikes. This one of Gareth’s looks like it’s been pampered. You can read a road test from back in the day here.
2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 – $8,750
SELLER SAYS: Immaculate GSX-R1000. Only just bought it, but things have changed so I need to pass it on. The bloke who had it before me was very particular in keeping it covered and out of the elements. Only done just under 7,000km which is barely breaking the bike in! It has all the stuff you would ever want on it: Two Brothers exhaust, tail tidy, pillion seat and pillion cover, tinted windscreen, Power Commander, racing stand, and bar-end mirrors (not pictured). Includes brake and disc locks. I work odd shifts so if you can’t reach me, leave a message and I’ll get back to you. Contact 0466280970.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Suzuki has been a big player in the open-class superbike bout since it added the letters ‘X’ and ‘R’ to its GS750 in 1985. It’s come a long way since then, with the addition of the 1100cc version in 1988 and some major updates along the way. This one has done very few miles and looks schmick. Learn more about the ’09 model here.
2012 BMW S1000RR – $17,900
SELLER SAYS: I reluctantly offer my BMW S1000RR for sale. Lovingly cared for since new. Immaculate condition. Never raced or dropped. 5100km. Handle bar heaters, sports muffler and race foot pegs. Contact Phil on 0414666029.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I recently read a claim that BMW’s S1000RR accounted for almost 25 per cent of all sports bikes sold around the world in 2010. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the claim, but I am prepared to believe the broader notion that Beemer’s top-end superbike has sold its socks off since hitting the market in 2009. Mad-fast and uber-high-tech, these things boast 163hp in rain mode (what the heck?), 193hp at full whack, and come with every bit of modern trickery including wheelie control (for obvious reasons). And they look bloody gorgeous. This one of Phil’s is barely run-in with a bit over 5000km on the clock. I found an excellent article written back in 2012 here.
1942 Harley Davidson WLC / WLA – $35,500
SELLER SAYS: This bike is a 1942 WLC made by Harley-Davidson for the Canadian army during World War 2. The bike found itself in service in South East Asia during the war and was brought to Australia after the war. It was fully rebuilt and restored by a local Busselton owner about 25 years ago. It has only done 2600 miles since then. It became the private bike of the then-president of the Bunbury Harley and Indian Owners Club. I bought the bike about 8 years ago and being a qualified Harley-Davidson mechanic I have maintained the bike in mechanically A1 condition. It starts first kick, is fully licensed, rides surprisingly comfortable, paint is in very good condition with a few minor imperfections, the chroming is showing its age. I have all the original parts to make it back to its original format such as the windscreen, rear centre stand, crash bars, original handlebars, horn, fishtail exhaust and many spares, workshop manuals etc. The bike is currently being displayed at Aravina estate in their classic car and motorcycle gallery. Please call and we can arrange a time to meet there to view the motorcycle. I can email more pictures with close up details. Contact Phil on 0438386012.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: It’s hard to believe the world was virtually awash with ex-war service Harleys back in the late 1940s. The American army (and the Canadians too!) had thousands of them; but they become surplus to requirements as soon as hostilities ended. Countless were pushed into the back of a barn in locations all over the world. Most rotted away, but some — like this one of Phil’s — were eventually dragged out and restored to their former glory. I found a bunch of information about the WLC on a website here. 22-7-17
2008 Ducati Desmosedici – $95,000
SELLER SAYS: Divorce, being s@#^%#d over by a business partner, a stale property market in the west, and having to donate more in tax than any one Australian should have to in a lifetime, has forced my hand in having to place this amazing machine on the market. This was intended to be a family heirloom passed on to my children and grandchildren. Now here is your chance to kick the down-trodden down a little further. The Desmosedici RR Limited Edition, Unlimited Passion, the only road-going replica of the GP6 raced in the 2006 Moto GP world championship and celebrates Ducati’s return to Grand Prix racing. Hand built in the Ducati factory in Bologna, Italy. Construction number 1226/1500. This is an extremely regrettable sale. See more pics here. Contact Barry on 0419907075.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Ninety-five grand for a nine-year-old sports bike? Yup, that’s right. I spoke with Barry this week and, as you might deduce from his words above, he’s not very happy about selling his Desmosedici. The 197hp (at 13,800rpm!), 171kg (dry), V4-powered Ducati was apparently created to help fund Ducati’s return to GP racing, and it’s about as exotic as motorcycles get. Barry’s asking price makes this neither the cheapest nor the most expensive Desmosedici for sale in Australia, but I’m pretty sure it’s the only one for sale in Perth. There’s a long article on the bike here, a shorter snack here, and a very brief Wikipedia piece with links to a bunch more reading here. Oh, and in case you hadn’t worked it out, the word ‘sedici’ is Italian for 16 (as in valves) and, as number 1226 of 1500, Barry’s was one of the last ones made. Think I’ll pick up a Lotto ticket on the way home from Bunnings …
2006 Triumph Rocket III – $11,850
SELLER SAYS: My Triumph Rocket III is a beautiful red and chrome cruiser that turns heads whenever I take her out. The power is just unbelievable and combined with her superb handling and inherent rider and passenger comfort, this bike a real beauty on the open road. Amazingly she feels as light as a 250cc bike when she is up and running in city traffic. She has always been garaged and has received the best of care since she was first registered. This bike comes with some extras which makes this bike great value, including electric heated grips, leather tank cover, gel-filled rider’s seat with adjustable backrest, full windscreen, interchangeable half windscreen, full bike cover, and leather Panniers. Contact Oliver on 0488203539.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: There are many cruisers on the market these days, but Triumph’s 2300cc Rocket grabs attention like no other. It’s visually dominating, it’s comfortable, and it sure has presence on the road. But really, it’s all about the engine. What a beast. With a jaw-dropping 221 Newtons of torque at just 2,750rpm, the monster triple goes like a, well, rocket when you lean on the throttle. By comparison, Harley’s not-to-be-sneezed-at V-Rod produces 111 Newtons at 7,250rpm. There’s a contemporary review here.
1983 Honda CM250TB – $5,500
SELLER SAYS: Customised twin-cylinder Honda. Has original wheels, mufflers, switches, pegs, forks, carbs (recently cleaned), engine and headlight, but most else has been replaced or upgraded. Custom mirrors, fender, seat, battery box, paint (by Motorcycle Panel & Paint). Triumph handlebars, integrated tail light and indicators, cafe racer-style rear frame modification, after-market speedo and tacho. Many new parts (including coil, plugs, plug leads, battery, horn, tyres and front brake pads). Every nut and bolt has been either chromed or black-coated. Contact Simon on 0439328535. EDITOR’S COMMENT: I saw this bike at the York Motorcycle Festival, and it’s a stunner. Very hard to believe it’s more than 30 years old — if you ignore the carbies, it would pass for a new bike. At it’s heart, it’s a 250cc twin-cylinder four stroke Honda which means it will probably run for another 30 years before it even needs an oil change. Tough as nails, easy to ride, and easy to own. I found a short thread with some nice pics to show you what it looked like before Simon waved his wand over this one. See it here.
1981 Triumph Bonneville T140E – $15,500
SELLER SAYS: Beautiful condition, well maintained by Ben British Imports in Malaga. Full history and receipts. Price is negotiable. Contact Ian on 0420665332 EDITOR’S COMMENT: I like the look of this. By the early 1980s Triumph was on the ropes but building its best-ever bikes – and this one of Ian’s looks like a beautiful example. With disc brakes and a left-side gear shift, the ’81 T140 was very civilised. Actor Richard Gere rode one of these in the American chick-flick An Officer and a Gentleman and liked it so much he went out and bought one for himself. I found a surprisingly entertaining article on celebrity bike riders here.
1976 Yamaha YZ125C – $8,000
SELLER SAYS: This bike has had a full restoration. Started with a very incomplete bike and built it with all NOS (new, old stock) parts. Only parts not new are the wheel axles and the swingarm bolt. Motor had a complete rebuild by Ray Easson motorcycles. Frame was sandblasted and painted in two-pak. Engine and frame numbers match. I have not started the motor and have not put fluids in it yet. Asking price is less than parts alone so if you want to ring me to tell me what its worth I will be happy to tell you what I think its worth. Not interested in negative comments or text messages. Contact Mick on 0417940543 EDITOR’S COMMENT: In 1976 my big brother bought a brand spanking new Suzuki RM125A motocrosser, and I was as jealous as a 14-year-old could be. A year or two later his bike became mine and my love affair with twin-shock RMs began. As a result, YZ Yamahas, KX Kawasakis and CR Hondas became the enemy — especially the YZ because of its revolutionary cantilever rear suspension. Those ultralight Japanese 125 two strokes of the mid-70s represented a fascinating period in bike history, catapulting the Japanese manufacturers way ahead of everyone else in technology as well as global sales. There’s an American guy named Tom Ewing who collects and restores 1970s dirt bikes, including some wonderful MXers. Check out his website here.
2008 Buell 1125R – $7,950
SELLER SAYS: I have for sale the sought-after American-built Erik Buell motor bike, a 2008 Buell 1125R 25th Annversary signature edition. She has an after-market Termignoni exhaust pipe and tuning kit. This bike is in excellent condition. Awesome handling with just 1814km on the clock. Contact 0451026980. EDITOR’S COMMENT: The Buell story is one of motorcycling’s greatest tragedies, I reckon. Young Erik was a gun designer working for Harley-Davidson, and went out on his own in 1983 to build Harley-based sports and adventure bikes. They were quirky, clever, full of character, and handled superbly thanks to a whole bunch of effort to keep the weight centred and low. H-D bought 49% of the company in 1993, and bought it lock-stock-and-barrells in 2003 — only to pull the plug on the brand in 2009 by which time there were more than 130,000 Buells blasting around the planet. Early Buells ran Harley engines, then engines that looked like Harleys but were Buell’s own, and then the 1125R like this one, which runs a twin-cylinder Rotax. Learn more about the Buell story here, and check out an interesting article comparing the 1125R with a Ducati 848 here.
1971 Triumph T25T – $10,000
SELLER SAYS: Rare T25T Blazer. Contact Mark on 0403779952. EDITOR’S COMMENT: Okay, so I don’t know much about the 1971 Triumph T25T, and Mark hasn’t given us much to go on either. But that engine looks like a BSA to me, which makes sense because BSA and Triumph were one company in the early ’70s (although I thought that happened in ’72, not ’71). No matter. Great looking motor, hey? I also know that the Blazer (as in trail-blazer) was once the main character in a very bad 16-minute movie. If you have nothing better to do (and I mean nothing) you can watch it here. I also found an interesting thread on a Triumph forum that casts some light on the little Triumph. Read it here.
1978 Yamaha RD400 – $5,500
SELLER SAYS: Yamaha RD400 (Daytona?) in excellent condition. Bored out to 440cc. Comes with older and new seats and lighting. Call now and get a piece of motorcycle history. Contact Ant on 0430502157. EDITOR’S COMMENT: I spoke with Ant about this bike and he told me it might be an RD400 Daytona. The Daytona was the final incarnation of Yamaha’s wonderful RD series which has roots way back into Yamaha’s founding years and was eventually strangled by the emissions-centric world of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Ant bought the bike believing it was on of the limited edition Daytonas, but hasn’t been able to confirm it. Either way, the 440cc twin-cylinder two-stroke engine guarantees a whole bunch of fun. There’s a great yarn on the Daytona here.
1977 Triumph T140 Bonneville – $18,000
SELLER SAYS: Silver Jubilee Limited edition Bonneville, one of one thousand made to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. This bike comes with receipts for over $10K of engine rebuild completed less than 1500 miles ago. New paint, new tyres and nothing at all to spend on this very rare bike. Call for more details or more photos. Contact Dion on 0419988226
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Gotta love the Brits, don’t you? Can you imagine Holden releasing a special edition Monaro to commemorate Malcolm Turnbull? Ok, it’s not quite the same … Dion’s Triumph was a collector’s special the very day it rolled out of the Meriden factory, and has been one ever since. Learn more about the T140 here.
1975 Norton 850 Commando – $22,000
SELLER SAYS: Electric-start 850 Mk3. This matching number very original bike is believed to have travelled only 4256 miles from new! You will not fault this exceptional bike. Starts easy every time due to the Tri-spark ignition upgrade. Motor was recently overhauled due to a manufacturing fault but has been completely and professionally rebuilt to the highest standards. You simply will not find a better or more original example of this super-bike! Contact Dion on0419988226
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Hang on a minute. Is this the same Dion who owns the Silver Jubilee Triumph Special, listed one up the list? Yes, it is. Dion tells us he will probably only sell one his British masterpieces (whichever one goes first). But he has a long-standing dream to own an X75 Triumph Hurricane, so he just might be tempted to sell both these bikes and chase the dream. This 850 features an electric leg to save yours, and the Tri-spark ignition is pretty much a must-have on these beautiful old machines. Incidentally, we have posted a story about another nice Norton 850 and the Commando’s place in history (read it here). And check out a dummies-guide-to-Commandos here.
2005 Harley Davidson Sportster Custom – $27,950
SELLER SAYS: Built by Wenley Andrews at Mean Machines, Perth. Custom Harley Sportster. Build took more than 500 hours. Featured in Pipeburn magazine and scores of other publications world-wide. Contact Geoff on 0430912709
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I’m rarely lost for words, but it’s hard to know where to start. A beautifully executed custom H-D which looks kinda-cafe, kinda-racer, kinda-hot-Hog. Those front forks are GSXR Suzuki, and the engine has been punched out from 883 to 1200. Wouldn’t mind a ride, hey? Take a look at the bike’s very own website here and that Pipeburn article here.
1999 V8 Boss Hoss – $35,000
SELLER SAYS: Blue 350ci Chevrolet motor, registered until December. Nothing to spend. Spare pipes and top box with original United States speedo (mph). Ring if you have any queries. Contact Kim on 0408947662
EDITOR’S COMMENT: So you want a bike with a big engine, you say? Well, here you go — 5.7 litres worth of V8 Chev should be enough, surely? The American Boss Hoss company has been producing these gargantuan beasts for nigh-on 25 years, so they’re not a Johnny-come-lately by any means. We tracked down an article which had a closer look at the Boss story from around the time Kim’s bike was made. It’s an interesting read. Check it out here.
1998 Ducati 996 – $14,500
SELLER SAYS: Single seat conversion. This bike is in very good condition. It has had a full riders restoration since coming into my possession. Power Commander fitted. Has had camshafts and rocker arms replaced. Fuel pump sender nut etc. New rear tyre, clutch plates, belts, front wheel bearings. In the five years I have owned it, I have sorted all the factory faults costing dollars and soaking up many hours. Negotiable on price within reason. Reference on bike and owner available. Contact Damien on 0448999522 (Geraldton)
EDITOR’S COMMENT: It’s just not another week with The Bike Shed Times without at least one big red Ducati is it? I love the look of the 996. They’re getting a bit long in the tooth, I know, but this one of Damien’s looks to have had some recent wallet love. And to be honest, I’d probably just polish it a hundred times, and roll it into the lounge room (no-one ever uses that stupid piano anyway) and just stare at it for an hour every day until I die. Sigh. A nice 996 read here.
1980 Husqvarna CR390 – $10,500
EDITOR’S COMMENT: If dirt bikes can be beautiful, which they can, then twin-shock Husqvarna motocross bikes are gorgeous. Lance has kept this 390 away from the race track for a decade, showing great restraint and, I reckon, more wisdom than most. I restored a slightly-later model 430 a few years ago (did a good job too, even if I do say so myself – story here) then thrashed the poor old girl until it looked like just another old chook chaser. Wish I hadn’t … If you must get it dirty, there’s a club where it will look right at home. See their website here.
1939 BSA B25 Competition – $45,000
SELLER SAYS: Purchased as a restoration project and the result is beyond expectations. Only 406 miles on a fully rebuilt motor and gear box. Has brand new tyres. Any further inquiries don’t hesitate to contact me. Text only please. Contact Tim on 0414247231
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Just stunning, isn’t it? I believe the B25 Competition was a 350cc dirt bike, designed to take on the International Six Day Trials. There was also a 250cc B25 (the ‘Starfire’) which was produced much later (late 1960s) and was a little road bike. The early ‘Competition’ model was more at home in the mud. This one of Tim’s looks like a wonderful example, and if you throw it in the mud someone will probably shoot you down dead, and then nick the bike. Learn more here.
1973 Honda CR250 Elsinore – $6,500
SELLER SAYS: Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a restored ex Australian Championship racer with very highly modified engine. Extremely fast and extremely rare, with factory forged crankshaft. This is a very rare early production model and the most desirable collectors model. Genuine enquiries only. Contact Kim on 0407966650
EDITOR’S COMMENT: If I were cashed up, I would buy this bike in the blink of an eye. The forged (as opposed to cast) crankshaft identifies this as one of the very first Elsinores — Honda’s first two-stroke, it’s first dedicated dirt bike (i.e. not a modified road bike) and, I reckon, one of the most historically significant motorcycles of all time. Honda founder Soichiro Honda supposedly announced in 1960 that Honda would never build a two stroke. When he found out some of his team were working on the Elsinore, he told them “this had better be the best in the world”. Great stuff. I don’t know the story behind this particular bike, but it sounds like it’s something extra special. I’m sure Kim would fill you in. Learn more here.
1973 BMW R60/5 – $7,700
SELLER SAYS: Barn find bike in original condition. I changed the oil and started her up; everything is working. Bike is from Germany and comes with import approval papers. Will only need a battery and service and be ready for licensing and riding. She is having leather panniers, and the turn signals are the original aluminium ones. I’m happy to licence the bike for $500 for new battery, inspection and 6 months rego. Contact BJP on 0438827337
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I read a fascinating article recently which asserted that BMW almost abandoned motorbikes in the mid-1960s, believing bikes were going out of fashion and the big bucks were all in cars. Fortunately for us, the bike bods in BMW fought back. The R60/5 was part of that fightback. Read the story here. 17.6.17
1976 Yamaha RD200 – $4,500
SELLER SAYS: Beautiful bike in good original condition. Electric and kickstart. Two stroke, goes like the clappers. Was bought unlicensed, had some work done on it by the guys at 66 to get it on the road. Have all the paperwork. Reluctant sale due to move. Contact Charlotte on 0425394879.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Doesn’t this look sweet? The RD200 was an undersized town bike that over-performed. The engine was potent enough to be fun but it was the diminutive size that made it lots of friends — light and low, it was more like a hotrod 125 than a downsized 250. Love the paintwork and the chrome. There’s an entertaining read here.
1997 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade – $4,500
SELLER SAYS: Three owners from new including myself who purchased in 2013. Loved and very well maintained throughout. Spent $2200 on major 50,000km service and tune at 50,800km including steering bearings, fork seals, new regulator rectifier and new battery. Comes with Devil black chrome power pipe, ew Michelin Pilots front and rear, 17” front rim (upgrade from original 16”) and disc rotors. This bike is in excellent condition, great to ride and low km’s for its age. The engine always starts first turn over and sounds sweet. The gearbox is tight, never misses a gear. Rides like a new bike, very quick, pulls up quick, just as good to cruise around town. Reluctant sale due to also having a ’98 ‘Blade and not being allowed to keep both. Still not sure I,m selling the right one. Comes with matching black helmet, Large size. Contact Richie on 0459210000.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: A reminder that Honda has been building beautiful big sports bikes for a long time, this ’97 model of Richie’s is the 919cc version that was a big hit 20 years ago. It sure doesn’t look 20 years old! At four-and-half grand you could just about hide it under the grocery bill and sneak it into the bike shed without the missus noticing. Well, almost. I found a good read on the history of the Fireblade; you can read it here.
2004 Honda Rune – $39,000
SELLER SAYS: This Honda-imported bike is a collectors item. Only a handful were sold in Australia by Honda and this is one of them, complete with Australian compliance plate. Only one bike per dealer in America got one. This bike has the Goldwing engine and was the follow-up to the Valkyrie. Only built in 2004 plus a few in 2005. Unique looking front end. One needs to Google the reviews to get a full understanding of this beast. Only a few have made it to Australia and most are private imports with no compliance, and speedo’s that are in miles, not kilometres. This bike includes optional Corbin seat and panniers, shield and an option to extend the handlebars. You will not find another bike like it. Has won ‘best at show’ both times entered. Contact Lou on 0419927105
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I’ve always admired Honda for its willingness to create bikes that no-one knew they wanted. Honda loves a challenge, especially an engineering challenge, and they’re ballsy enough to put their creations out there on the showroom floor and not just roll them out for “concept” feedback. It takes a lot of courage (and a pocket full of Yen) to break new ground as Honda did with the XR75, the CR250, the CX500 turbo, the CBX1000 and, of course, the Goldwing-meets-a-stretch-limo Honda Rune. Legend has it that each Rune cost Honda $US100,000 to build, but they sold for just $US25,000 in the US, and about $AU50,000 here in Oz. The standard of finish was extraordinary as Honda set out to build a bike that would look as good as anything to come out of a custom bike shop (a similar philosophy to the Honda Fury of today). The engine is a souped-up Goldwing motor which apparently pushes the 385kg machine along at a surprising rate. Not that such things matter. This is a beautiful, historically significant piece of machinery. You won’t bump into another one down at Bunnings this afternoon, that’s for sure. There’s a good read here.
1997 Ducati 900SS – $7,900
SELLER SAYS: Good condition. Just had major service, all oils fluids changed, new cam belts, valves shimmed. Omrae mufflers, Ventura bags and rack, service manual and original mufflers included. Contact Grant on 0417180065.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: With two-valve heads and carburettors performing the fuel duties, this lovely looking 900SS owns a spot in history. There’s an informative article on the Ducati SS lineage here.
2012 Kawasaki ZX14R – $7,000
SELLER SAYS: Kawasaki ZX1400R in good condition, in sought after green/gold colour. Fully documented service history, new Pirelli Angel tyres, new chain and sprockets, recently serviced. Nothing to spend. A lot of bike for not a lot of money! Genuine reason for sale. Contact Kim on 0409 775 041 or 9293 2346
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I’ve just read an entertaining road test report on the 2012 ZX14R — and I’ve got to say it’s enough to put you off buying one of the fastest-on-the-planet bikes when they are first released. Why? Because the (American) article reminded me that these wonderful beasts were $US15,000 (call it $AU20,000) just five years ago — and here we have Kim from Kalamunda selling his for $7,000. Ouch. And I’ve seen this bike, and it’s schmick. Here’s a quote from that Cycle World article: “The 14’s power dominates like King Kong in a parakeet cage. None of us can ride this thing and not be blown away by the massive thrust. The more riding talent the rider has, the more enjoyable this bike proves to be. Newbies were shocked and scared and shocked and scared, and that was just the first two gears. They got more panicked after that.” Sounds like fun, hey? Read the rest of the story here and watch an interesting little TV show about the ZXR here. And if crazy-fast is your thing, you’ve got to read our story on the Kawasaki H2R and BMW’s upcoming HP4Race, two bikes that have side-stepped the 300km/h limit because they’re ‘track only’. But be warned, they’re a bit more than seven grand. Read our story and see some nice pics here.
2008 Saxon Sceptre – $17,500
SELLER SAYS: Selling my 2008 Saxon Sceptre (built in Arizona, USA) Chopper as it’s time to find him a new home. Great fun to ride and the ‘whole package’ is a great looking motorcycle! Has a 96 cubic inch S&S motor, 6-speed gearbox, rego until May for the realistic price of $19,000. Contact Steve on 0417 099 286. Test ride only if you leave me the equivalent value!
EDITOR’S COMMENT: It’s all top-shelf stuff here. The Saxon company has been making choppers in Arizona and shipping them all around the world for a dozen years or so now, while S&S has been making engines — mostly bolt-out bolt-in replacements for Harleys — for donkey’s years. S&S started out making high-performance pushrods for Hogs in the 1950s. (British sports car maker Morgan used a front-mounted S&S engine in one of their cars for a while, too.) Learn more about S&S here. In case you’re wondering, 96 cubic inches is about 1575cc. And yes, there are people in Perth who specialise in these bikes (Supercycles in Osborne Park spring to mind) so you won’t have any problem getting it serviced and such.
1948 Triumph Tiger 100 – $20,000
SELLER SAYS: Bike is in excellent condition. Starts easy. Mechanically sound. Contact Andrew on 0427491747
EDITOR’S COMMENT: When Triumph released the 1948 model of its 500cc twin-cylinder Tiger 100, it’s advertising brochure said this: “The Triumph Tiger 100 is an ultra high performance sports machine with a specially tuned engine capable of completely satisfying the desires of all who wish to travel fast and far.” And who am I to argue with that? The Tiger comes from a time when telescopic front forks were cutting edge and rear suspension was a sprung seat. This one looks just gorgeous. (Incidentally, I believe the ‘100’ in T100 was a signal that the Trumpy was good for 100mph. What a hoot it must have been at that sort of speed!) Read more about the Tiger here.
1964 Triton – $22,000
SELLER SAYS: Norton featherbed frame, Triumph Bonneville engine. Too many hand made parts to list here. Keihin carbs and a host of modern parts like electric start and modern wiring. Commando rear hub, 4LS front brake, roadholder forks. Lightweight mudguards from DomiRacer. Tacho drive taken from timing cover. Plenty of stainless steel, would suit someone with a polishing fetish. Engine is a Triumph Bonneville America, 790cc and 270 degree crank, stock apart from the carb upgrade and the open pipes sound fantastic. Gear shift is upside down, racer style, 1 up 4 down. I have some standard carbs if you want them. Frame is an original slimline featherbed from a 650cc Atlas, the engine plates are welded in for extra rigidity and there is a secret to getting the engine in and out of the frame, buy the bike and you buy the secrets that went into it’s construction. Will negotiate for the number plate (TRITN). Not interested in a trade unless you have a Vincent single. No time wasters, I’m in no hurry to sell. The price is firm at $26,000 for a unique, hand made motorcycle. Phone Steve on 0450070453.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The ultimate vintage custom, and check out that front brake; what a corker! We can thank the circa 1950 Norton Manx and the world of lightweight car racing for giving us the first Tritons. Car racers loved the 500cc Manx engine, creating a surplus of engine-less Manx ‘feather bed’ rolling frames. Triumph engines filled the gap quite nicely. Read a bit more about Tritons (and one in particular) here.
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