Top 5 Bike-uriosities Week of October 31 2016
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. In England - 1978 MV Agusta Magni 861
Arturo Magni was brought on by MV Agusta's racing department in 1950, and during his tenure he played an instrumental part in their 75 World Championships. While he'd also go on to play a big role at Moto Guzzi, the Magni name is most closely associated with MV thanks to bikes like the 861. It was the first motorcycle Magni built with his sons once they started a company specifically to build factory specials like this. The 861 started as a 750S and then was bored out to a displacement that you could probably guess.
Those 861cc were good for about 95 horsepower, and the weight of each bike varied depending on the level of build that a customer requested. I've seen numbers quoted between 400 and 440 pounds. For more on this partnership between Magni and MV Agusta, check out this article on Motorcycle Classics - they call it "the bike MV Agusta should have built."
This example has quite a history of owners, having spent some time in the collection of Nick Mason (Pink Floyd's drummer) and Klass Zwart (the founder of Ascari automobiles and the private race track in Spain). It has just under 22,000 miles on the odometer and is said to be in "fine running order" after a recent service. Find this Magni for sale in Mereworth, Kent, United Kingdom for $79,081 here on Godin Sporting Cars and Motorcycles.
2. Cow Glide – 1993 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail FLSTN
Commonly called the Mooglide or the Cowglide, this bike was more formally known as the Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail FLSTN, or the Nostalgia. 2,700 examples were created, and the changes were entirely cosmetic. But what changes! Raven Black and Birch White paint with red pinstripes complemented seat and bag accents with a "cow-fur" design. I don't get it.
Harley initially said this would be a one-year only bike, and the production run sold out quickly. Then Harley decided to keep making the bike, though they made a few changes (and stopped the limit of production) for a few more years. If you're looking for the true limited bikes, you need to focus on the '93 models. For more information on the Cow Glide, check out this article from Amy Irene White.
It's hard to tell which of the 2,700 this bike is as the corresponding photo is blurry (looks like 2,592), but it's being offered by the original owner who has thrown several chrome OEM accessories on it - front end, controls, passing lamps, luggage rack, and backrest. The bike shows 21,183 miles on the odometer. In it's nice shape (and you have to love original owner bikes), but the price definitely reflects it. Find this Harley for sale here on Craigslist in Walnutport, Pennsylvania for a hefty $17,500.
3. Ready to Ride - 1970 Triumph Bonneville
If you're looking for a classic British bike to ride regularly, it'd be tough to go wrong with this recently restored Bonnie. It has just 85 miles on a rebuild of the top end to complement the new paint job and plenty of new parts sprinkled throughout.
This example (VIN: CD43735T120R) was originally 'bought and built as a weekend rider' but the seller is looking to downsize. The top end rebuild included Carrillo rods, new rod bearings, bored cylinder head, a seven-plate clutch more, and more. The frame has been powdercoated, and it's got a new stator, new carbs, new wheels...you get the idea. The paint was redone but there's a chip in the rear fender that the seller documented. Find this Bonnie for sale in Rancho Cordova, California with bidding up to $6,800 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay.
Take the Moto Guzzi V11, add some higher spec components, black paint scheme, and limited production numbers, and you get the Scura. Approximately 700 examples of the Scura were built, and they were upgraded with Ohlins suspension (fork, shock, and steering damper), carbon fiber panels, and a single disc clutch/aluminum flywheel that was supposed to be more aggressive, though there are reports of higher-than-normal failure rates.
In fact, while I was looking into clutch/flywheel issues, I stumbled upon this thread...which happens to have been created by the seller of this exact bike. Sounds good for the next owner, as this bike (#599) hasn't had a problem. The next owner will also get to enjoy lots of great upgrades like a Mistral exhaust with crossovers and carbon fiber slipons, K&N air filter, PCIII, Ghezzi Brian carbon fiber chin spoiler, Tekno saddle bags, Pazzo adjustable levers, and more. For more on the Scura (which translates to "dark"), check out this review from Carole Nash. Find this Moto Guzzi Scura for sale here on Craigslist for $6,500 in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Built as a tribute to the World Championship-winning 0W70 YZR500 works bike that Kenny Roberts rode, the Yamaha RZV500R was the first production bike in the world with a 2-stroke V4 engine. The 499cc engine put out about 60 horsepower and the bike weighed 381 pounds. For more information, check out this write-up on RZ/RD. Or, enjoy this video:
This bike was offered in Japan and a few other markets (but not the US), so it's a rare find nowadays. In some markets it was also called the RD500LC, which should remind you that it's liquid cooled. It had reed-induction and Yamaha's Power Valve System.
This specific RZV500R has 7,400 miles and it was somehow titled in California after being imported here in the 1990s. In 2004 it had the fuel drained and then put into storage, so it will need a service before it hits the road again. While the bike is said to be in 'wonderful shape', it's not a trailer queen. If you're into 80s Japanese legends, you'll want to keep tabs on this seller because he's also going to be offering a Yamaha RZ350, Honda NS400R Rothmans, and a 0-miles Suzuki RG500.
Find this RZV for sale in Red Wing, Minnesota with bidding up to $10,200 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay.