Auction Preview – Michael John Szafran Estate in North Carolina

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Sorry for the short notice, but I was just told about an interesting auction that’s happening tomorrow (Saturday, March 28th) in Rolesville, North Carolina. It’s the estate sale for someone who I suspect had a similar taste in motorcycles as many of you, a gentleman named Michael John Szafran. 7 of his 9 bikes are up for sale, and together they form a great collection.

Click here for a list of all 7 motorcycles, but my three favorites are:

1. 2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika – the final year of the BCR, which was offered in a red/white/blue livery as opposed to the blue/white of 2003 and 2004. The 2005 model had a Laser exhaust and a taller seat, and the options for ABS and heated grips were removed. I guess that makes it “sportier”, even if the original was an awesome all-around streetbike and less of an outright sportbike anyway. This one has BMW saddlebags, Ventura rear rack, Corbin seat, and 21,260 miles.


2. 2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia – One of the rarest versions of the V11, the Coppa Italia was built to commemorate Guzzi’s challenge for the National Naked Bike Championship of the Roadster Cup in their home country of Italy in 2003. To properly pay tribute to a racer, this Coppa Italia was adorned with top of the line components like Brembo Gold Line brakes, Ohlins forks, shock, and steering damper, and an optional $2,000 exhaust. This one looks to be stock with 12,111 miles.

3. 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore – In 2006, Ducati went a little crazy with their naked sport bike and stuffed it with a 998 superbike motor, radial-mounted Brembo brakes, and Ohlins suspension. It was the ultimate expression of the Monster – and at that time Monster sales were half of Ducati’s entire portfolio. In 2008, Ducati went a step further with the Tricolore. 400 examples were built, and 250 of those made it to the US. This one is #20 and it’s got a Desmoworld carbon fiber/titanium exhaust, Sargent seat, saddlebags, Pazzo levers, and Rizoma reservoirs. 8,535 miles.

The rest of the lots include a 2008 Triumph Bonneville, 2003 Triumph Daytona 955i, 2017 BMW RnineT Racer, and a 2017 BMW RnineT in the special Black Storm Metallic paint job. If you’re not able to attend in person you can bid online after registering, however there’s a premium of at least 15%. Click here for the lots, and good luck!

This bike-uriousity brought to you by John G!

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