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1975 Laverda 750 SF2 – $16,500
SELLER SAYS: Fairy original 1975 Laverda SF2 in excellent condition. Originally imported from England. A matching-numbers bike that has had a lot of money spent on her in the last year: tyres, shocks, mufflers, fork seals/oil, DMC 2 ignition/neulogy coil, carbs redone, kevlar friction discs/plates, clutch springs, primary chain, etc. From what I can tell, this is an original single front brake disc/hub unit. Only a handfull of SF2s came out with the single disc units before switching to the twin disc set up. Very uncommon. Great bike; selling to fund another Italian classic. Price is (slightly) negotiable. Genuine buyers only please. Contact George on 0455114484.
1988 Suzuki GSXR 1100 – $16,000
SELLER SAYS: A show-winning 1988 GSXR1100J; last of the “slabsides”. I’ve owned her for just over eight years and in that time she has gone through a ground-up restoration. She is an original Australian model with matching engine and frame numbers. Long list of restoration and improvements, including complete engine/gearbox strip and rebuild, new 38mm Mikuni Flat slide carbs with new pod filters, full Yoshimura 4-into-1 race exhaust, later GSXR1100 17″ rear wheel, 2006 GSXR600 front end, new Nitron race rear shock set up for 90kg rider, new tyres, etc. She has only covered 3200km since the rebuild (originally 79,000km) and I have changed the engine oil and filter every 500km. She now goes, handles and stops like a modern sports bike. She won best Japanese bike in the 2015 Perth Motorcycle and Scooter show, voted by the public. (I have a nice trophy to prove it.) She will come with all the original parts if you ever wanted to put her back to standard. I have put well over $25,000 into her (the engine work and paint job alone cost nearly $10,000). Genuine buyers only please, and road test at my discretion with the asking price in cash in my hand. Contact Steve after 4pm on 0406607246.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Special with a capital S, this one. The slab-side GSXR Suzukis continue to grow in status among collectors because they go back to the very start of the R line. There’s a comprehensive article on the birth of the GSXR on Wikipedia, here.
1963/75 Harley Davidson Sportster – $6,500
SELLER SAYS: This bike has been built from the ground up. It is licensed as a 1963 Harley Davidson, but the motor is a 1975 1000cc Shovelhead. It has 6 month rego, everything is new, very low km. Runs an oil cooler, SS carburetor, comes with a few spare parts. Primary drive has been converted from chain to belt drive. Has a couple of spots where the chrome is starting to flake on handle bar controls and chain guard. This Harley is called a crossover as the gear change is on the right hand side and not the left. These bikes are becoming very rare in Australia. Prepared to negotiate price. Contact Ralph on 0456221405.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This looks very nicely done. The Sportster line has been a huge success for H-D, dating back to 1957 and still being made today. The H-D company has a fascinating history and has fought through history’s toughest times. It was the biggest bike manufacturer in the world after WW2, producing more than 28,000 bikes in 1920 and with dealers in 67 countries. When the Great Depression hit, sales plummeted. In 1933 they sold just 3,703 bikes. Amazing stuff. Learn more here.
2016 Harley Davidson Evolution 1340cc – $14,000
SELLER SAYS: This bike has also been built from the ground up and took three years to complete. The bike has only done around 600km. Everything is new. It has twisted front spokes, a 200-wide rear tyre, runs a hyper-charger carburetor, has an oil cooler, and an air cushion seat. Price includes a second seat and two different exhausts. Six months rego. Comes with all paperwork and receipts. I am prepared to negotiate on price. Contact Ralph on 0456221405.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The bad-boy chopper look was synonymous with H-D in the late ’60s, an image catapulted into legend by the movie Easy Rider with Peter Fonda and a very young Jack Nicholson in 1969. (The film cost $400,000 to make and grossed $60 million at the box office.) People have been building H-D choppers ever since. They are much more civilised nowadays but still have that Easy Rider vibe.
1942 Harley Davidson WLA – $22,000
SELLER SAYS: Harley Davidson WLA Type II Barn find! Unearthed from a collection of vintage motorcycles. Engine number 42WLA87xx. 45ci side valve twin cylinder engine. Production dates 10 Dec 1941 – 15 Feb 1942. Bike is in exceptional condition for its vintage. Finished in beautiful gloss black with chrome trim. It is believed bike was brought over from Queensland circa 1989 before being put into storage. Bike appears to be complete, however it is uncertain when it was last started and run. Price includes a spare set of 42WLA crankcases and various internals and engine parts etc. Inspection will not disappoint. Will consider reasonable offers but not interested in any trades. Contact Tim on 0417948402.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: There have been a few WLAs surfacing in WA just lately, but not many as unmolested as this one of Tim’s appears to be. I’d be tempted to adopt a minimalist approach to any restoration – leave the paint and patina as it is and just concentrate on the mechanicals. And ride it lots. Great stuff. I found an excellent article on the WLA’s place in history — and motorcycles’ place in war — here.
1977 Triumph Bonneville – $14,500
SELLER SAYS: Just 1030km since concours rebuild to 100% original. Trophy winner at recent show (best British, best original). Happy to box up and freight Australia-wide. Contact 0439418605.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: If I close my eyes and conjure up an image of the Triumph Bonneville, this is the very bike I see — this shape, this colour, that seat, those handlebars. Triumph was in deep poo by the late 1970s, and production volume had ground to a trickle. This one found its way out of the factory and here to Oz, and today looks as good as new. Well, probably a whole lot better actually. There’s a comprehensive article on the history of Triumph motorcycles here.
2007 Ducati Monster SR4 – $9,450
SELLER SAYS: In good condition. One owner from new. Very low kilometres. Never dropped. Recent (June 2017) full service with new timing belts, hydraulics flushed, new brake pads, air filter etc. Contact Nigel on 0400757249.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: We listed a very nice 750 Monster last week (it’s just down the page a bit) from the late 1990s, but this one of Nigel’s is a very different proposition. The ’07 SR4 really was worthy of the ‘Monster’ name, with that classic cafe racer attitude but a hot 997cc motor kicking it down the street like race bike. A found a good road test from back in ’07 here.
1973 Honda XL 350 – $1,500
1952 (Redditch) Royal Enfield Bullet – $6,500
1983 Honda CB1100F – $7,500
SELLER SAYS: Nice and original except for the period 4-into-1 exhaust. It is an American model with the nicer alloy wheels. The bike is in very good condition but not mint (usual scratches and bumps). Mechanically the bike is brillant and pulls like a train; a really great classic to ride. Contact Celia on 0417643928.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: A modest tidy-up would no doubt deal with the scratches and bumps on this early Honda muscle bike, which looks to have come through the decades mostly unscathed. I spoke with the owner this week who says it appears to have done just 13,000 miles! I found an article which outlines the 1100F’s place in history. See it here.
1998 Ducati 750 Monster – $5,000
SELLER SAYS: Early Ducati Monsters in good condition are becoming rare. This bike would suit a Ducati enthusiast or someone looking to return to motorcling. It is a very clean, well cared for and maintained Ducati Monster in original condition. Has aftermarket mufflers fitted and the original mufflers are available. Full history available. The owner bought the bike in 2014 and has brought the bike up to Club display and running standard. It has appeared at two Italian Ovest shows, Perth Cafe Racers rides and several Distinguished Gentlemans rides. The bike has been professionally serviced at Frasers and Eurocycles and has only travelled 4000 km since 2014. This bike runs and handles impeccably (with the usual “Ducati-isms”) and is a very enjoyable ride. The owner is retired and downsizing his motorcycle collection. Price is slightly negotiable. Contact Kevin on 0437760174.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I can scarcely believe the Monster has been around since 1993. Geez, I’m getting old. With its on-show L-twin engine and trellis frame it will always be the modern incarnation of the Pantah in my mind, even though the Pantah wore a race fairing and was substantially less user-friendly. The Monster has been a huge success for Ducati, supposedly accounting for 40 per cent of the company’s sales through the 1990s, and was originally planned to be sold with a Cagiva badge. This 1998 750 of Kevin’s looks like an excellent example. Learn more about the Monster’s history here.
1962 Honda 305 Dream – $3,900
SELLER SAYS: I think it’s a CA77. Original unrestored condition. Will run but hasn’t been started in a few years. I believe it’s a 1962 and possibly one of the first batch of Honda motorbikes brought to Australia. Too many projects; would like to find a good home for this one. Contact Richard on 0409997660.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Love these. Honda’s sales assault on the world pretty much began with the C-series, and you have to remember 305cc was a big motor back in the early 1960s. This one of Richard’s is still wearing its original clothes and would be perfect for a restorer or a leave-it-aloner. (If you like this bike, you’ll love our story on the West Aussie bike collector they call Toad. Read it here.)
1975 Yamaha XS 650B –
SELLER SAYS: Matching numbers original unmolested bike. Originally a low-kilometre US import by a South Australian dealer. I bought it from him seven years ago and finished off the detail bits. Tuned and serviced by 66 Cycles Garage in Fremantle. Everything works, starts first hit and runs beautifully. Crushed legs from rooftop fall means bike has only done a couple of hundred kms since purchase. Can’t use it, so it will be sold. Sale price includes a 1977 XS parts bike. Contact Mick on 0437517361.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Mighty hard to find, 650 Yams as original as this one. They were great bikes — superior in most ways to the Triumph Bonneville on which they were shamelessly based — and sold well. As a result, as they got older they got cheaper; and most fell into brutal hands where they were either thrashed to death or chopped into Triumph-lookalike choppers. This one of Mick’s sidestepped all the butchers and looks a treat. There’s a nice read on the 650’s lineage here.
2009 Triumph Rocket 3 – $10,500
SELLER SAYS: Very low 27,500km Rocket Roadster in excellent condition. Nothing to spend. Brand new tyres and battery, willing to negotiate. Contact Albert on 0459206666.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: With it’s bigger-than-anything 2.3 litre engine, a rear tyre so fat it would look at home on the Jeep, and enough torque to propel its huge 360kg mass at sports bike acceleration rates, Triumph’s Rocket 3 really is a modern classic. The bike was born back in 2004, aimed squarely at the USA and hoping to win sales from Harley-Davidson. It didn’t work — Harley riders ride Harleys, you see — but it proved a big hit in the UK and there are more than a few rocketing around Australia, too. History buffs will tell you the name Rocket 3 actually belonged to a BSA triple. The same engine also lived in Triumph’s Trident, and the two English sisters were, for a while, the fastest bikes in the world. You can read more about the original Rocket 3 / Trident here and a good review on the modern-day Rocket here.
1972 Jawa 350 Californian – $4,500
2011 BMW S1000RR – $8,750
SELLER SAYS: Full log book history, 72,000kms daily rider. Just been serviced. One owner. New rear disc. Rear tyre new. New alternator (3x months). Brand new chain and sprockets. Clean looking bike and great to ride. Comes with ABS, traction and wheelie control, and four engine modes. Quick Shifter. Akropovic slip-on exhaust. Has a small clip-on tank bag. Price reflects the kms 🙂 Contact Chris on 0409101297.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: A S1000RR with a price tag under $9k? Gracious! This was BMW’s first boots-and-all crack at a superbike, and it was an absolute corker from day one. Huge power, top-shelf kit and typical Beemer high-tech trickery made it a desirable street or track weapon. I spoke with Chris this week and he says he can be a bit hard to contact at the moment, so best to drop him a text and be patient. I found a good yarn on the RR here.
2002 Aprilia RSVR Mille R – $12,500
SELLER SAYS: I used to go to Rick Gill Motorcycles and gaze at this bike through the window after watching Haga and Corser during the 01/02 superbike seasons. I didn’t have $40k to buy the bike, but the dream never died and I eventually purchased the bike out of Sydney. Hasn’t been ridden in two years. Öhlins suspension and steering damper, Brembo brakes front and rear, carbon everywhere. A true Italian masterpiece. Contact Leighton on 0413192690.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: A lovely piece of exotic moto history here. When I think of Aprilia, I immediately think of two bikes — the Suzuki-engined two stroke race replica RS250 and this bike of Leighton’s; the V-twin Rotax-engined 1000cc RSVR Mille. Aprilia started life making bicycles shortly after the Second World War and went on to produce a string of successful dirt bikes, picking up a bunch of domestic motocross titles in Italy in the 1970s. The long association with Austrian engine manufacturer Rotax started in the mid-80s, and its first serious crack at building a Superbike was the first RSVR Mille in 1998. Aussie Troy Corser and Japan’s Noriyuki Haga proved the Mille was the real deal in the early 2000s. Corser won five World Superbike races in 2000, almost delivering Aprilia a WSB title in its first attempt. Learn more about the company here and the Mille R here.
2001 Ducati 748R – $16,748
SELLER SAYS: This Ducati 748R, number 253, was manufactured on 12/2000 making it a MY2001, and first delivered in Adelaide. With extremely low (less than 6,000) kilometres due to it being part of a larger collection of motorcycles, it is in excellent original condition and has been maintained and serviced by Ducati specialists on an regular basis. It has many additional carbon pieces by Ducati Performance such as air tubes, rear fender, chain guard etc. Currently fitted with a set of Akrapovic titanium slip-ons and a 50mm link pipe. The stock exhaust, all other OE parts and two original keys are included with the sale, plus a hard-to-obtain workshop manual in English. In August 2017 a full service including new timing belts was completed by Corse Motorcycles. With a rich racing heritage, these ‘R’ models are destined to appreciate in value. Currently in Australia there are barely any 748’s for sale, so don’t miss the opportunity to own this premium example, one that will satisfy the most particular purchaser. Assistance with interstate shipping can be arranged. Available for viewing at Clean Ride on Guildford Road in Bayswater. Contact Roberto on 0411770508.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Sex on wheels, I reckon, Ducati’s 748 and 916. This is the highly desirable R spec and, with just a handful of kays on the clock, looks like one for the lounge room (and an occasional blast on a track). There’s a short review and some gushing owners’ commentary here.
2016 Ducati 959 Panigale – $15,500
SELLER SAYS: 02/2016 build 959 Panigale in Arctic White Silk colour. Under 3700kms on the clock. Registered until end of April 2018. Tyres – Pirelli Diablo Rosso – 90% good. Comes standard with improved ABS (no fade as on the 899). Auto-blipper up and down as standard. Second owner, purchased with 2000 km on the clock, service booklet with first check and run in oil change recorded, next due at 12,000 km. It is a registered, fully-certified motorcycle. IT WAS an economic write off with only superficial damage which I changed for all new parts. Carbon headlight cowl and carbon bottom cowls from Germany – Carbonworld.de with standard white mid-section panels. Italian Vulture transfers on mid and tail cowls to dress it a little. Original bottom cowls available. I have my eye on a tourer for summer hence me wanting to part with the fiery Princess. Priced to suit, all receipts and sighted receipts are specifically recorded on engineer’s certificate check sheet. Contact Paul on 0419368069.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: It’s not hard to find a near new 959 Panigale for sale in Perth, but it’s very hard to find one that looks as nice as this one of Paul’s. I found a good test article here.
1946 Triumph Speed Twin 500 – $6,000
SELLER SAYS: For sale is my Triumph 1946 Speed Twin. Yes, 1946! Very hard to find, first year after the war and for civilian use not military. Correct numbers for frame and engine, 90 percent of original parts. Also some spares available. Extra clutches, forks and coloured fork springs in boxes not included in this sale but can be sold seperate. (Will have good set included in sale). Bike was stripped when purchased and started to be reassembled prior to being stripped for paint and restore. No time and would like to see this project finished. Contact Mal on 0428131331.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: In the history of motorcycles, Triumph’s Speed Twin warrants a substantial chapter. It was arguably the first thoroughly competent big British twin, and it catapulted Triumph onto the global stage when the Americans fell in love with it (and bought it by the shipload). I found a great article on an American website here.
1988 Moto Guzzi LeMans –
SELLER SAYS: A classic 1000cc Italian thoroughbred; unmolested, unrestored, West Australian-delivered and less than 90,000km on the clock in almost 30 years. One loving owner for the past 13 years. Comes with all the top-shelf kit from the late ’80s — twin 40mm Dellorto carbs, Brembo brakes (linked), Lafranconi silencers, Marzocchi shocks etc. Probably the most original Mk5 in Australia. Still in frequent use. This is the model with the desirable 18″ front wheel; the last and best of the original LeMans line. Suit collector but perfectly useable as a regular rider. Glorious on the open road (and the most fun I’ve ever had on Mundaring Weir Road). See more pics here. Contact Peter on 0467073574.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is one of my bikes, so when I say it’s one of the best classic motorcycles ever made and an absolute bargain at anything less than $20k, you might guess I’m biased. The original LeMans was an 850, but it was the LeMans 1000 that gave Guzzi racetrack cred, thanks to American Dr John Wittner (Google him for endless tales.) I found an excellent warts-and-all review of the almost-identical 1986 LeMans (accompanied by a short piece on Dr John’s bike) here. (It takes a while to load, but it’s worth the wait.)
1965 Norton Atlas – $15,300
SELLER SAYS: Fully rebuilt and improved with upgrades. Belt drive. TLS front brake. Mikuni carb. Electronic ignition. New oil pump with Commando gears. New pistons. Reground and balanced crank. New valves and springs. New alloy wheels and tyres. New seat. New rear brake shoes and drum/sprocket and chain. Remote oil filter. Oil pressure gauge. New cables, bars and levers. New stanchions, springs and seals etc, etc Too much to list. Starts and rides perfectly, better than new, with all the right mods. Matching numbers. 1700 miles since rebuild. Contact Dave on 0429917141.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The forerunner to the Commando, the 750cc Atlas ran from 1962 to 1968 and, apart from Norton’s works race bikes, was responsible for the global adoration of the so-called ‘featherbed’ frame. This bike of Dave’s looks stunning, and has obviously been whacked hard with a heavy wallet in recent times. Learn more here.
2013 Bimota DB7 Oronero – $45,000
SELLER SAYS: Bimota DB7 Oronero, Number 31 of 31 made. Only aware of two in Australia. Never crashed or dropped. Comes with standard tank currently fitted and carbon tank as well. Set of race fairings and exhaust, used on track once. Not in a rush to sell, comes with factory cover etc. Contact 0451060787.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Anything wearing a Bimota badge is a special thing indeed, but this DB7 is especially special. I spoke with the owner this week and he told me he originally bought number 28 of 30 DB7 Oroneros, only to have it badly scratched up in an underground Perth carpark. After telling his tragic tale to the Australian Bimota importer, and the importer telling the same tragic tale to the lads back in Italy, Bimota agreed to build another one as a replacement. So this is actually Oronero number 31, of 30. If you don’t know anything about the DB7 Oronero, it’s a Ducati 1098 engine wrapped in a carbon-fibre frame. Top shelf? You stand tall on the top shelf and then jump a bit to reach this one. I found a nice yarn by Alan Cathcart (with some excellent pics) here.
2003 Honda VTR 1000 SP2 – $14,500
SELLER SAYS: For sale is this beautiful SP2, third owner. Done just over 20,000km, she’s equipped with Power Commander 3 & Yoshimura slip-on. Sounds great! Needs a service. Just paid 6 months rego. Need a good home. I don’t have time to ride anymore! No low offers, not in hurry to sell unless it’s close to asking price. Contact Hung Le on 0429444800.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I really like the look of this. Honda’s answer to the Ducati 916, the SP2 (and its predecessor SP1) were created to win a World Superbike title – and it did in 2002, with Colin Edwards behind the bars. They were considered too expensive back in the day, but are now collectible and immensely rideable. With a measly 20,000-ish kays on the clock, this could be one for the lounge room or ride it like it’s meant to be ridden; far, hard and fast. British online bike mag MCN say this: “The Honda SP1/2 oozes class. There’s little doubt that Honda lost money on each one of them, even at ten thousand pounds a pop. Beautiful machined alloy parts, an exquisite swingarm on the Honda SP2, top notch Showa suspension, stunning brakes – the Honda SP series bikes are a techie’s delight to look at – and the dashboard looks like it came straight off a Suzuka endurance racer. Spartan but sexy.” Learn more here.
1976 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead FLH – $15,000
SELLER SAYS: Looking to sell my Electra Glide. Runs great. Comes with some spares. Make an offer. Contact Danny on 0408254114.
1953 Excelsior Consort F4 – $3,750
SELLER SAYS: 1953 Excelsior Consort (98cc Villiers engine). These don’t come up very often. All complete. Hasn’t been started in a long time. Motor turns over. Will need to purchase a new kick start lever. Great original bike and would be a great addition to anyone’s collection. Bike is located in Kalgoorlie. Contact Dale on 0438682272.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Isn’t this just beautiful? It’s almost enough to make a bloke want to build a rustic old-school shed out of second-hand jarrah and corrugated iron, just to give it somewhere to live. I can’t claim to know much at all about the Excelsior; you’ll know more if you spend some time on a website I’ve found, here.
1986 Ducati 750 F1 – $18,500
SELLER SAYS: Great machine. Runs well. Verlicchi exhaust. 40mm Dellorto carbs. Front brake upgrade (originals supplied). Not concourse but a good one. 56,500km. Lithium battery with charge point. On club historic registration (not transferable). Some spares available by negotiation. Contact DJ on 0404450880.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I reckon these are the best value classic Ducatis on the market at the moment. Yes, I know $18,500 sounds like a lot of money for a 30+ year old bike, but the mix of historical significance and old-school performance will make them appreciate. Well, I think so anyway (but don’t sue me if I’m wrong). Anyways, unless your surname is Zuckerberg and your first name is Mark, you probably can’t afford a green frame 750SS, and this nice F1 would make mighty fine alternative. Learn more here.
1978 Rickman Kawasaki – $15,000
SELLER SAYS: Rickman Kawasaki barn find. All original parts (have original wheels). Fresh import from overseas. Needs re-comissioning. Comes with a file of receipts and records collected over the years. Contact 0416240115.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I can hardly believe we have two Rickmans on offer here on Bikes For Sale; this Kawasaki and a Honda further down the page. The British Rickman brothers made a name for themselves building frames for dirt bikes, but hit the big time when they tamed the 750/4 and the Z1. There’s a brief but very good read about their story here.
1958/59 Cezeta 175 project – $2,500
SELLER SAYS: I have a 1958 or ’59 Cezeta project, in need of a builder. The body (bottom pic, above) is in excellent condition with all panels included, plus some spares. Seat base and tank(s) need rust repair. Comes with rebuilt motor plus complete motor and drive train in unknown condition. Many spares for 501 and 502 for trade. Front fork is 502 but 501 forks available from suppliers in eastern Europe. Engine is a 175cc Jawa (same as motorbikes) and all engine parts are available new. Too many parts to list (but I have photos). Photo above (the top one) is a restored 502 NZeta (practically identical to Cezeta on which the NZeta was based). Asking for $2500 for scooter and parts. Contact Ian on 0438798980.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Just to be clear, the top photo is not the bike that Ian is selling. We decided to run a photo of what the Cezeta would look like, once rebuilt, to help people (like me) not familiar with Cezetas. As you might guess, the bike came out of the Czechoslovakian CZ/Jawa entity. They were bigger than most scooters of the day — longer and with a bigger motor, with the fuel tank up front and big luggage compartment under the seat — and were very popular in Europe in the ’60s. They are back on the European market today as funky electric bikes, still with the big-nose styling of the originals. I found some info on the old Cezetas here and the new ones here.
1980 Harley-Davidson XL1000 Sportster –
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 handlebar switches. New battery. New custom speedo and taco 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 than 100 miles since being restored. The bike has always been stored indoors and has never been down. It comes with the original owners manual. Contact Scott on 0408952557.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I thought eight and a half grand seemed like a pretty good price for a nice old Ironhead Sportster, let alone one with all the improvements and new parts lavished on this bike by Scott. But now he’s knocked $2k off the price, so it now seems a snap! H-D has been making the Sportster, uninterrupted, since 1957 so you can’t argue with the heritage. I found a great article on the history of the Sportster. You can read it here.
SELLER SAYS: Very rare model. New suspension, discs, tyres, clutch, sprockets, chain, battery. Rides beautifully and sounds like they used to! Reluctant sale but it is not getting the attention it deserves as I am establishing a new business. Contact Gary on 0419878577.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: A wonderful old Duke with an interesting place in history. Those of us old enough to remember when Ducati released the 750 Paso will recall the love-it-or-hate-it reaction to the Paso’s styling — completely wrapped in bodywork and nothing like the racebike-with-lights look that we all recognised as the Ducati look. Well, the ’88 Sport was pretty much Ducati’s answer to the Paso haters. It took the thoroughly modernised Paso motor, plonked it into an F1 frame, and wrapped it with more racebike-style bodywork. A much more pleasing result, I reckon. I found a great review from back in the day, here.
2013 Ducati 1199R Panigale – $30,590
SELLER SAYS: Immaculate example of arguably the best motorcycle available. Regretful sale of my 1199R Panigale. The bike is in immaculate condition and has lived its life inside and only ever ridden in good weather. It has Ducati aftermarket rearsets that cost $1100. Other than that it is original and like new. Contact Peter on 0413734466.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Meanwhile, 25 years into the future, Ducati’s top end twin cylinder sports bike would look like this. The Panigale certainly looks like a descendant of the 750 Sport rather than the Paso, doesn’t it? And its numbers are stunning. 0-60mph in 2.98 seconds. 195 horsepower. Dry weight: 164kg. Amazing stuff. Peter’s assertion that this might be “the best motorcycle available” is okay by me. By the way, the ‘R’ in the name puts this bike on a higher step than the regular ‘S’ Panigale. It stands for Race, of course, and comes with a bunch of extras to make it even better on the race track. Learn more about the 1199 here. And some more here.
2015 MV Augusta Revale – $11,500
SELLER SAYS: Bargain of the century at this price. Never been ridden in the rain. Was purchased new with the additional $5000 Corse kit. Has near new tri-composite tyres. There are very few examples of this bike in Australia. It is like buying the bike new, without the $25,000 price tag. This would make a fantastic track bike. (I have never taken it out, but perhaps you will.) I am now retired and have far too many toys that I have to pay rego and insurance on. No offers of swaps, serious buyers only. I can help get finance if needed. May consider a small trade-in of an enduro bike and remainder in cash. Has all the fruit; Quick shifter, ABS, Traction Control, slim LED indicators, sports tail light and number plate carrier. On-bar rear vision mirrors and knuckle protectors. Skid pins fitted but never needed, suede seat additional. Factory fitted cover that cost $450. I am a 50-year-old bloke who knows how to look after his gear. Contact Nigel on 0418900081.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Once upon a time, someone thought it would be a good idea to put fat road tyres on a dirt bike. It was a great idea with huge fun to be had, and the bike style was termed ‘motard’. Then someone said, hey, why don’t we put a bigger engine in the same sort of frame, and call it a ‘super motard’! Very cool! And then someone said, hey, let’s stop pissing around and put a superbike engine in the bloody thing. Way cool! And so the ‘hypermotard’ was born. I’m a recent convert to the modern MV Agusta line; stunning bikes, beautifully made. With the Revale, MV took the already-bonkers Brutale 800 triple and cranked up the bonkers knob to full volume. I found a good read about the Revale on a British newspaper website here.
2011 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster – $9,800
SELLER SAYS: Condition is like new. Has done just under 10,000kms. Contact Graeme on 0407607226.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Our brief article on the new Bobber-based Speedmaster (here) attracted plenty of interest this week, reminding us all that the Speedmaster has actually been around for quite a while now. The chopper stance, low seat height and punchy big twin engine are all classic Trumpy hallmarks, making this appeal to Triumph tragics and newcomers alike. I found a good review on the 2011 model here.
1972 Triumph Bonneville – $10,000
SELLER SAYS: 1972 650 Bonneville. Excellent condition. Contact Shane on 0418928766
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Triumph’s iconic Bonneville was born as a 650, way back in 1959, and became a 750 in 1973. That makes this ’72 model of Shane’s one of the last bikes from the first chapter. Check out the groovy front brake, complete with an air scoop to keep those brake shoes cool. Love it. I found a website with heaps of info about the 1972 model. You can see it 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. Will consider swap for a bike that is either cool, old, cafe racer or a combination of all three. 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
1971 Honda CB750 K2 – $12,000
SELLER SAYS: Unmolested. Ground-up rebuild in 2014. Prior to that it was last registered in 1992. New wiring harness, paint and powder-coated frame. Rear wheel re-chromed, otherwise all original condition. 21,500 miles. More photos available on request. Contact Brian (call not text) on 0418937173.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I’ve seen this bike twice; first at the 2016 York Motorcycle Festival when it was in the show and shine, and then at the 2017 York Motorcycle Festival when it was parked in the town hall foyer. It stands out from the crowd because it looks so (as Brian says in his comments) unmolested. Many a restoration gets carried away with too much spit and polish, creating a patina that’s overdone when compared with original machine. Not this one. Brian told me the bike was a basket case when he bought it, and it’s been meticulously brought back to service — but it looks like a machine that’s just been well looked after for a very long time. I found an entertaining article comparing a K2 with a modern Honda Four here.
1973 Triumph Daytona –
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 –
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.
2 x 1974 Suzuki GT750 – $5,000
SELLER SAYS: Two (2) Suzuki GT 750 water cooled two-stroke triples. One complete, not running, 73,415 km. One in bits, all parts available, 18,000 km. Workshop manuals available. Please note: Both bikes require full restoration. Best suited to enthusiast/restorer. Contact Dave on 0401653820.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Like the idea of bringing a big, fast, old Japanese superbike (or two) back to life? Got some spare time on your hands? I can fix that for you. A pair of wonderful old Suzuki kettles, guaranteed to keep you out of the kitchen for quite some time. The GT750 was the world’s first mass-produced liquid-cooled motorcycle and was Suzuki’s answer to the Honda CB750 Four. It’s remembered for the water cooling and for being a smooth highway bike, but they were actually very quick too. The engine is closely related to the 500 Titan twin, but with an extra jug and a water jacket to hide the DNA. Learn more here.
1968 Royal Enfield 350 Bullet – $5,500
SELLER SAYS: I bought this to restore, but now I have no time. It has some new parts fitted. Paperwork back to 1968. I had it running but that’s all I did. Looks like it was last registered in 2012. It’s getting hard to find cheap vintage bikes now. Restore or ride as is. Contact Neil on 0436204555.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Not big, not fast, not Japanese, but yes old and yes very cool. You could restore this one to its original glory, but I think it looks wonderful as it is. The Bullet was first made in 1955 and you can still buy a new one today; made in India but with a genuine connection to the British mothership that started making bikes in 1901. Being made in 1968, this one comes from a time when Royal Enfield was part of Britain’s Norton-Villiers empire. I’m interested in the name on the tank — note the lack of ‘Royal’. The company did sell some bikes as ‘Enfield’ rather than ‘Royal Enfield’, and I’m guessing this would be one of them. Another reason to avoid the full-on restoration, I reckon. Learn more here.
1989 Yamaha V-Max – $7,000
SELLER SAYS: Low kilometres, very good condition, much admired, very powerful legendary V4 V-Max. Just serviced. Good tyres, registered until December. Owned for approx 12 years. Contact Tim on 0431230123.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Quirky styling and brutish dear-God-hang-on acceleration ensure Yamaha’s V-Max owns a place in moto-history. If my memory serves me well, this was the quickest motorcycle on earth for a while, even quicker than the race-replica sports bikes out of Japan and Italy. You can still buy a new V-Max, so buyers are still loving the DNA. Read the history here.
2006-2016 custom Suzuki Hayabusa – offers
SELLER SAYS: This is a custom rolling chassis that I had built in England in 2016 and imported to Western Australia, fitted with my own stock 2006 Hayabusa motor. The bike has just been registered as a 2016 Individually Constructed Vehicle. This has taken two years to build. This whole bike is handmade. The frame, tank, triple trees, wheels, forks, rear sub frame, every weld on this bike is done by hand with world-class TIG welding from head to foot. The frame, tank, swinging arm and rear subframe are custom designed, made from a lightweight aircraft grade 7020 series alloy that can not be bought off the shelf. Open to sensible offers. Contact Doug via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I first saw this bike at this year’s Japanese Bike Show at Burswood, then saw it again (and heard it!) at the York Motorcycle Festival. It is an amazing piece of kit. The frame has roots the go back to Spondon Engineering, a British outfit that built racing frames for two stroke Yamaha’s back in the 1970s. I have had a close look at the bike and interviewed its owner-creator. See the story here.
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.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Now here’s a rare bird! The Vincent motorcycle company has a fascinating history and is probably best known for its 1000cc V-twin Black Shadow. That Shadow engine came to be when Australian engineer (and then Vincent-employee) Phil Irving gazed at a couple of drawings of two Comet motors sitting on a desk, overlapped, loosely creating a V shape. “Hey, there’s an idea,” he thought. The rest is history, as they say. I spoke to Murray about this bike and he tells me he can only find four Comets for sale in the world right now, and most of them are rebuilt or lack the important matching numbers. Wonderful stuff. Western Australia is home to probably the world’s best collection of Vincent motorcycles. Read about it here.
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.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Looking very much like a baby LeMans 1000, the Lario is a great midsize all-rounder. Pretty quick, too, apparently. If you’ve never owned a Guzzi but like the idea, you need to get to know Perth’s Guzzi guru, Mario Poggioli at Thunderbikes in Bassendean. Read his story here.
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.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I know modern Fireblades aren’t all that difficult to find, but I invited George to list this ’08 model on Bikes For Sale because I reckon this model — and especially in this colour combo — is the best-looking ‘Blade ever produced. I can’t believe how cheaply these things are selling. Criminal, I reckon. Learn the Fireblade story here.
2008 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.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Just a good, honest ‘Busa — one of our favourite big bikes and, of course, one of the fastest motorcycles ever made. Rumours persist of an all-new Hayabusa coming soon. We took a retrospective look at the Hayabusa story a while ago. See the story here.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 about this bike 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.
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.
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.
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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