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Ending Soon – 1956 FB Mondial 175 F2 Bialbero

In Italy, Race by Abhi0 Comments

4-26-17 Update: I’m not entirely sure what’s happening here, but after this bike was listed at $50,000 with no interest, the seller is now relisting it with an asking price of…$1 million. I’m confused. What’s the point of a listing like this? I try not to comment on the value of bikes I feature too much, but this obviously isn’t …

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High Potential – 1978 Moto Guzzi CX100

In Italy, Less than 5k, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Aesthetics are subjective, so I’ll just say I’m not a huge fan of how this bike looks. But the seller has had it for 17 years and done a tremendous amount of work to the mechanical side of things. Unfortunately, he has to let it go because he’s moving overseas. I think that with a little bit of cosmetic attention, …

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1984 Moto Guzzi SP1000 with Sidecar and Trailer

In 3 Wheels, Italy, Touring by Abhi0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I featured a modern Harley with a sidecar and trailer, and the general consensus (understandably) was that you’d be better off with a truck. While that might be true, I still find these combinations interesting – triply so when it’s a classic Italian, the sidecar allows the bike to lean, and everything is painted to match!

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Incomplete Restoration – 1973 Benelli SS250 SuperSport

In Italy, Less than 5k, Standard by Abhi0 Comments

In 1962, Benelli and Motobi merged, and Benelli acquired Motobi’s engine designs in the process. Over time, the Motobi motor evolved into 175, 200, and then 250cc variants. Like General Motors did with Chevy/Oldsmobile/Pontiac etc, Benelli and Motobi practiced a bit of brand engineering: the Motobi motor ended up powering a motorcycle known in the US as the SuperSport and …

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1969 Ducati 450 Scrambler

In Dual-Sport, Italy by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Post Listing Update: This Scrambler was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown. Ducati of the ‘60s and ‘70s had a history of being between extreme financial peril and a rosy business outlook. The Scrambler series was conceived and delivered during one deep, dark period of potential business failure and had a significant impact on the very next period …

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Street Fighter – 2005 Ducati 999R

In Custom, Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Whenever Ducati puts the letter “R” at the end of a model, you know that bike is going to be special. That was indeed the case with the 999R, which Ducati built for AMA homologation. In 2004, Ducati sold just 50 examples of it in the states. More were sold in 2005 at a $29,995 MSRP – $7,000 more than …

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1970 Moto Guzzi Ambassador

In Cruiser, Italy by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Moto Guzzi first started testing the by now iconic longitudinal 90 degree V-Twin in 1966. Released as the 700 CC V-7 in 1967 it was updated in 1969 as the 750 CC Ambassador (or V-7 Special in Europe) Incredibly to me Guzzi was in state receivership for financial reorganization at the time. To say that the Ambassador sold well (particularly …

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Ex-WorldSSP Racer – 2016 MV Agusta F3 RC

In Italy, Race by Abhi0 Comments

Was yesterday’s gorgeous MV F4 World Superbike Racer a little too rich for your blood at $129k? Do you still want a taste of what it would be like to be a factory MV racer? Let’s look at World SuperSport instead, where (again thanks to Newport Italian) you have the opportunity to acquire last year’s 2nd place winner.

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1967 Wards Riverside 250 Benelli

In America, Italy, Standard by Tom Wacker0 Comments

If you grew up in the 1950s and ‘60s rural America (like I did) one of the really big things to watch for was the current editions of the Montgomery Wards and Sears catalogs. You could buy ANYTHING by mail from these two giant retailers. And you could certainly tell the interests of the whole family by the worn sections …