Top 5 Bike-uriosities – Week of June 12 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). Here's our favorite finds from the last few days!
1. Folding Scooter – 1968 Minimo Joky
The Minimo Joky is a rare folding scooter with a frame made out of aluminum. Because it weighed 60 pounds, it was apparently quite popular with yacht and glider owners - the former would get around the harbor and the latter would use it to get to a phone after landing. They're nearly impossible to find in the United States and are even somewhat rare in their home market of Germany.
The 48cc two-stroke ILO motor produced about 1.7 horsepower and was capable of propelling the scoot to about 18 mph. This example was imported by a previous owner in 1985, and the seller has had it for the last four years. The seller runs it once a year, and it's said to be in good running shape. It has a rebuilt carb, and a few new parts: tires, tubes, and chain.
Find this Minimo Joky for sale in Portland, Oregon, for $500 here on Craigslist.
2. Bored Out and Turbocharged – 1982 Suzuki Katana
Thanks to a 1400cc motor and a Rajay F40 turbo, this Katana has enough juice to back up the iconic angular styling.
The man responsible for the Katana's space-age looks is Hans Muth who was BMW's chief of styling who was brought on by Suzuki to spice up their design language. He told his bosses in Japan that they, "had the most technically advanced bikes, but their design was uninteresting!"
Hans and his team – Jan Fellstrom and Hans-Georg Kasten – were brought on to make Suzukis more visually striking, and their first response was the Katana prototype. For more on '82 Katana, check out this article on Motorcycle Classics. The inline four motor wasn't a slouch - thanks to 90 hp, the bike could hit 140mph. But that apparently wasn't enough for the owner of this example (VIN: JS1GT72A7C2100071).
This bike has 21,000 miles on the odometer, but it's unclear how many of them were put on after the motor was converted into a monster. In addition to the turbo and bump up to 1400cc of displacement, this bike features a welded crank, Dyna ignition, high flow oil pump, heavy duty clutch, undercut gears, water injection system, a fork brace, upgraded shocks, and plenty more. Per the seller, if you tone down the boost you can run all day on pump gas.
Find this crazy Katana for sale in Kalispell, Montana for $9,000 or best offer here on Craigslist.
3. 1 of 9 – Bandit9 Eve
Brought to you by RideApart contributor Tim Huber
Bandit9 is by far one of the most creative companies building motorcycles today. Their designs are objectively unique and creative as hell. Though Bandit9's bikes are technically small production runs, these machines are still pretty rare and incredibly well priced considering the quality and character of their motorcycles.
This bike was designed by Daryl Villanueva and uses a 1976 Honda 125cc engine housed in a seldom-seen steel unibody frame/tank. Similar to a car's unibody design, the Eve's setup also functions as the tail-section and connecting points for both the front and rear suspension, (other than the swing arm). The Eve's hand-worked unibody is finished in chrome with bronze accents, which accentuates its atomic-age UFO looks. This small-displacement creation is is one of nine built with the bikes being offered in 90cc and 125cc option.
In addition to 125's gorgeous, hand-built unibody, there are a handful of other custom parts that make up this bike such as exhaust and routing, "Cattle-skin leather seat", controls, handmade rearsets, aluminum indicators, and Quartz glass brake-light. This is by far one of the most unique two-wheelers out there, though I imagine its looks are pretty hit or miss to most people.
Here's a promotional video:
The bike apparently does NOT have a title and is being sold from a collection. The fact that the bike only has two miles on it makes it far less suspicious, as does the (EPA/DOT 25 year compliant) paperwork the seller has, which would enable you to – in theory – get a title for it. You can find this bullet of a 125 for sale in Fletcher, North Carolina, here on CafeRacersForSale with a price of $9,500.
4. Gentleman’s Tourer – 1985 Moto Guzzi California II
Moto Guzzi has been making motorcycles for close to 100 years. At the end of the 1960s, it produced its first transverse twin, after decades of small-displacement singles and twins, to power the iconic V7 line. Moto Guzzi also produced smaller displacement, but no less potent, V35 and V50 models. In the 1960s, the Los Angeles Police Department consulted with Moto Guzzi on a purpose-built law enforcement bike based on the V7, and the result was the Moto Guzzi California. Displacement was bumped to 850cc for their required performance, and the bike was built to LAPD specs: floorboards, left hand shift, provisions for extra lighting and luggage. and a large, bullet-proof windshield. The California spawned a long line of Guzzi cruisers that are still being made today.
By 1985 the California had grown to 948cc and was renamed the California II. This bike is one of those later, larger models. It has been in one family since new, and the owner has extensive records as well as service manuals and the all-important "Guzziology", the Guzzi owner's bible of sorts. He has done quite a bit of work recently on the bike, and it has several functional upgrades – air and oil filters, Dyna ignition, etc. – as well as full bags and that lovely Swanee Aerofoil fairing.
Mileage is only 26,800, barely broken in for a well-cared for Guzzi. With all the work recently done on this bike and it's documented history and commission, this Guzzi is a steal at $3,900.
You find this Guzzi here on Craigslist. It is located in Macon, Georgia.
5. Street Legal H2R Replica – 1974 Kawasaki H2
Kawasaki brought back the H2R name with its newest missile-on-wheels, but for fans of two-stroke machinery that storied name represents a legendary racer based on the H2 triple. This bike is a restomod replica with a custom frame and modern components in the suspension, brakes, and wheels. The seller thinks this is an improved version of the actual racer - but the only way to know is to ride both. Good luck with that!
Per the seller, the TIG welded frame is made of DOM tubing and the geometry was "designed with input from racers and based on the best handling modern sports bikes." The 750cc two-stroke triple engine has been completely rebuilt, the electronics are modern, and a set of Mikuni VM34 carbs handle the fueling. The suspension and brakes stay in the Kawasaki family as they're from a modern ZX-6R. The motor runs on pump gas and it has a stock compression ratio at 155 PSI.
For a little preview of an actual H2R, check out this video of Tom Sykes riding his original H2R racer and Kawi's new Ninja N2R.
The frame (VIN: H2F-32461) started as the numbers matching unit to the motor, but most of it is new. It was bead blasted to bare metal and then primed and painted. The bodywork is from Airtech and is apparently "fabricated from the original Team Hansen molds" though the tail section has been modified. The fuel tank has a custom steel tank inside to make it street legal, capacity is 2.5 US gallons.
Find this H2R replica for sale in North Providence, Rhode Island with bidding up to $17,100 here on eBay.
Which would you put in your garage?