Top 5 Bike-uriosities - Week of March 6 2017
At Bike-urious, we’re spending all of our time finding the most interesting motorcycles that are currently for sale for you to drool over (and maybe empty your wallet for).
1. Unexpected Flat Tracker – 1962 Ducati Diana 250
According to the seller, this Ducati Diana was at one point a dirt track racer - though there's unfortunately no proof of it in the listing. How awesome would it be to see some vintage photos of this thing sliding around? It has spent the last decade on display in a museum, and the seller says before it was stuck in show mode that he or she 'restored it to its racing glory'. This would definitely turn some heads at a vintage flat track event!
As part of the restoration, this bike (VIN: 7519134765) got a lot of work. The frame was powdercoated, the bodywork was repainted, and the exhaust was ceramic coated. It features S (the predecessor to Progressive Suspension) shocks, a Mikuni carb, Tomaselli clutch lever and a custom manifold. To help with flat track duties, the shifter and brake levers are both on the right side.
Find this Diana for sale in Spokane, Washington with bidding up to $2,025 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay.
The ‘fuel crisis’ of 1973 put an end to the rapidly developing horsepower wars from motorcycle manufacturers. Everybody went to lighter, more efficient bikes that got better gas mileage with less emissions. It was the beginning of the end for the two stroke road bikes. Kawasaki had introduced the Z1 in 1972 which remained the king of performance and horsepower until Honda introduced the CBX in 1978. It turns out that Kawasaki had their own six-cylinder in the works and the Z1300 was introduced as a 1979 model. An inline six that developed 120 horsepower.
The Z1300 was a huge motorcycle that weighed over 700-lbs., naked. But it wasn’t all about speed and horsepower with the Z1300. Right from the start Kawasaki gave it a touring option with Vetter fairing, bags and top box. The big touring motorcycle was born. With it’s 5.6-gallon fuel tank, comfortable seat and seating position and ultra smooth ride 200-mile unbroken laps were possible. Thousand mile days were available to the masses.
The 1979 Kawasaki Z1300 used a 1286cc (75.1 CID) four-stroke, liquid-cooled dual overhead cam, Inline six cylinder motor with 3 Mikuni two barrel carbs that made 120-horsepower. A five speed transmission and a brand new shaft drive put the horsepower on the ground. Exhaust was a business like six-into-two affair with a stiffened frame and extensively tested geometry made it a very rideable machine in spite of the 710-lb wei.ght.
This 1979 Kawasaki Z1300 (VIN# KZT30A000500) is in Azle, Texas and it is listed as a 7,700 miler that ‘runs as good as it looks’. Owner’s manual and original tool kit are included. The bike is sitting on the first bid of $5,000 here on eBay.
3. Brought Back to Life – 1957 Husqvarna Model 32 Sport
Husqvarna Motorcycles, as we know it today, was first founded as a weapons factory by order of the King of Sweden in 1689. The company was based in Huskvarna, Sweden, and a couple hundred years later it began making motorcycles around 1903. This switch to motorcycles came about after a successful line of bicycles got them thinking about life on two wheels. Husky won their first Grand Prix races in 1933 and soon after that became a legend within the industry.
In 1953 Husky started to gain fame in the newly organized motocross (Belgium) segment with their lightweight single cylinder two-stroke bikes being willing candidates for the new sport. In 1955 Husqvarna introduced the Silverpilen (Silver Arrow) model built specifically for off road. Husqvarna still made and sold extreme lightweight single cylinder two stroke street motorcycles at the time, namely the Model 30, 31 and in 1957 the Model 32. The bikes all weighed less than 75 kg (165-lbs.) due to license requirements in Sweden, where even 16-year olds could ride, so long as their bikes weighed less than 75 kg. That requirement was changed in 1959 to a 125cc engine limit. Husky offered a variety of add ons to their Model 32 including braced handlebars, a motocross seat, package trays and baskets. The Model 32 was a multi purpose beast that is still sought after today.
The 1957 Husqvarna Model 32 used a 120cc air-cooled two-stroke single cylinder motor with a three-speed transmission. Front suspension was a ‘rubber band’ set up and the rear was rigid. Drum brakes on both wheels and a total weight under 165-lbs. made it a pretty good commuter bike.
This particular 1957 Husqvarna Model 32 Sport is in Westerville, Ohio and is listed as ‘not restored but brought back to life’. The seller lists some modifications from stock, and has included pictures from before. The bike has a Buy It Now price of $6,000 here on eBay.
Doug and Caleb Frasier have been collecting motorcycles for over five decades, and on April 8th, they'll be auctioning off over 200 of them through Thummel Real Estate and Auction.
The collection is impressive, though it's unclear what condition everything is in. Still, it's mostly 60s/70s Japanese bikes with plenty of Italian and Spanish bikes to round out the collection. There's also a few rarities like a Pointer Super Lassie, a Beta Premier 125, and something I've never heard of before - a NSU-powered Lube Condor. I have featured a Lube Yak in the past, though...
If you'll be in the area, you can watch/bid on Saturday, April 8th at 9am (motorcycles start at noon) at 230 S. Main in Burr Oak, Kansas 66936. Good luck!
5. Restored - 1951 Vincent Black Shadow Series C
The Black Shadow might just be the most famous motorcycle ever built, with an iconic history thanks to moments like Rollie Free's bathing suit speed run on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Black Shadows were handmade, and less than 1,700 were built in total. In the words of Hunter S. Thompson, "If you rode the Black Shadow at top speed for any length of time, you would almost certainly die."
In a time when cars were putting around at 45-miles per hour, a Black Shadow could comfortably cruise at twice that or hit a top speed of over 120-miles per hour thanks to the 55 horsepower 998cc V-Twin engine. The name was a reference to the black enamel finish on the motor, which stood out when other bikes typically featured polished or chrome finishing.
This example (VIN: RC8521B) was recently restored, after which it won the Rode Drive Concours d'Elegance in 2016. It is said to be numbers-matching and in pristine condition. It was recently on eBay where it did not meet reserve at just over $140k. Considering that's the current sale price, I do not know why the seller did not let the bike go in the last auction. Looks like they were trying to see what the market would bear (or a more cynical person might say that some inflated bidding was going on). Either way, find this Black Shadow for sale in Los Angeles, California with a BIN of $140,000 here on eBay.
Which would you put in your garage?