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1960 Moto Guzzi Galletto

In Italy, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Galletto was pulled off eBay due to an error in the listing. Carlo Guzzi was one of Moto Guzzi’s three co-founders back in 1921, and he was the brainchild behind a scooter/motorcycle hybrid called the Galletto (cockerel in Italian). Over approximately 15 years of production, 75,000 units were sold.

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Italian Two-Stroke – 1957 Moto Guazzoni

In Italy, Standard by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Founded in Milan in 1935 by one Aldo Guazzoni, a seasoned mechanic, engineer, and motorcycle dealer, Moto Guazzoni was a moped, trike, and motorcycle manufacturer operating into the late 1970s. The company first got its start making mopeds, but eventually pivoted to producing utility three-wheelers (think Italian H-D Servicar)—churning out utilitarian trikes similar to MV Agusta’s Motocarro and Moto Guzzi’s …

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2001 Aprilia Futura RST1000

In Italy, Sport, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

For many, the Aprilia Futura was poorly named – the angular design felt more “80s anime” than “bike of the future”. Still, it was a sport-tourer with an emphasis on sport, and it was powered by a motor based on the unit found in Aprilia’s repli-racer RSV Mille. Combine that with a comfortable seat and factory hard bags and you …

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5 Miles – 1986 Bimota DB1

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Post Listing Update: This DB1 did not meet reserve despite 10 bids up to $18,100 on eBay in Willoughby, Ohio. The Bimota DB1 is a critical bike in Bimota’s history – in fact, it’s credited with saving the company from near-certain bankruptcy. Two pieces of curved fiberglass came together to create the distinctive pearl white bodywork surrounding a Ducati 748cc …

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1 of 23 – 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio Azzuro

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Post Listing Update: This DB6 did not get any interest at the opening bid of $25,000. The DB6 Delirio was a naked standard with styling unlike any other Bimota. It was powered by Ducati’s dual-spark air-cooled V-Twin, and it was the “cheapest” Bimota in the lineup, though it’s hard to call any bike cheap when the MSRP was over $30,000. …

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1996 Aprilia Moto 6.5

In Italy, Less than 5k, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Phillipe Starck is a well-known French product designer and motorcycle enthusiast. In the mid 90’s, he combined those two facets to design the Aprilia Moto 6.5, an in-town runabout that oozes style – but is it the kind of style you like? They are rare finds as they were never imported to the US, which normally translates to high asking …

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1977 Benelli Phantom 2C Elettronica

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Post Sale Update: This Phantom sold for $2,750 after 1 bid on eBay. A twin of Moto Guzzi’s 250TS, the Benelli Phantom 2C couldn’t compete with bikes like the Yamaha RD in outright feats of speed, but it countered with Italian style and quality components: Borrani rims, Marzocchi forks, Veglia instrumentation, and twin Dell’orto carbs. They’re rare finds, and this …

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Le Mans Fairing – 2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia

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Post Sale Update: This Coppa Italia sold for $8,800 after 22 bids on eBay. A very limited edition of the V11, the Coppa Italia was very well spec’d, with Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, an optional $2,000 titanium exhaust, and more. I’ve seen estimates between 40 and 50 for the number imported into the US. Every example I’ve seen in the …

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319 of 2000 – 2001 Ducati MH900e

In Italy, Sport by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

Mike Hailwood was a legend. Short story: 9 World Championships, 76 Grand Prix wins, and 14 Isle of Man Victories. The full story, which I can’t recommend enough, can be found here on his official website. At age of 40 (which doesn’t seem as old as it used to) in 1978, he came out of retirement to win the Isle …

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1981 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

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Post Sale Update: This Monza sold for $6,328 after 35 bids on eBay. When Moto Guzzi first released the V50 in the late 70s, they were met with a tepid response from an American market that preferred bigger bikes and expected smaller bikes to be cheaper. To help the model stand out, Guzzi released a sportier version in 1980 called …

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1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

If you’ve had your heart set on a Aprilia RS250, the ultimate expression of the model might just be the Max Biaggi replica Chesterfield Edition. One of the best-handling bikes ever made, the RS250 was the result of Aprilia working some chassis magic around a tweaked engine from a Suzuki RGV250.