View Post

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 …

View Post

1977 Benelli Phantom 2C Elettronica

In Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

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 …

View Post

Restored Model 13 – 1964 Bultaco Mercurio

In Spain, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Mercurio again did not meet reserve, this time despite 16 bids up to $3,601 on eBay. 4-7-19 Update: Almost a year later, this Mercurio is back up for sale. Nothing seems to have changed since bidding stalled out at $3,733 last time, but here’s your chance if you missed it in June. Find this Bultaco for …

View Post

1976 Honda CB750K

In Japan, Standard by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This CB did not meet reserve despite 36 bids up to $6,050 on eBay. The Honda CB750 was successful in ways that the brand could have only dreamed of. Four cylinders have long been known for pushing the boundaries of affordable performance, but that legacy began with the CB750. Its solid platform has remained relevant even today. …

View Post

2004 BMW R1150R Rockster

In Germany, Standard by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

BMW announced the Rockster prototype in 2002 with asymmetrical headlights and an attention grabbing paint scheme. Despite being a parts bin bike, it caused enough of a stir to go into production. Though heavily based on the standard R1150R, the Rockster was the first boxer engine to have twin spark cylinder heads that later became standard fare. Other differences from …

View Post

2003 Yamaha FZ1

In Japan, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Yamaha FZ1 is an under-appreciated bike. Introduced in 2001, it gave you the power of a modified R1 engine (145 hp) with all-day ergonomics. Low-end power suffered compared to the competition, but it was silly amounts of fun over 8,000 rpm.

View Post

2018 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

In Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Svartpilen 401 sold for the BIN of $5,125 on eBay Next week I’ll be at the launch of the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701, but the little brother 401 has been available for some time. I prefer it over the Vitpilen 401, and Nathan agreed in his review of both bikes last year. Here’s one with less than …

View Post

1980 Honda CB750K Custom

In Japan, Standard by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

The greatness and pedigree of the Honda 750 is well documented, but the DOHC version is not as coveted. The engine stepped away from the original 750, which was designed to (from the side) look like a Triumph twin. This is one of the reasons the SOHC 750 was and, is sought after by café bike enthusiasts. One could argue …

View Post

Dutch Police – 1952 Sparta NL250

In Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Sparta did not meet reserve with 20 bids up to $1,136. Sparta was a Dutch company that started as a bicycle manufacturer called Verbeek & Schakel. They started building motorcycles in ’31 with Sachs motors, and they would go on to use Villiers, JLO, and Victoria motors, including the 9 horsepower Victoria two-stroke engine in this …

View Post

1953 Bianchi Bianchina

In Italy, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Bianchi did not meet reserve despite 16 bids up to $3,300. While the “Bianchina” name was also used for a car made by a spinoff of Bianchi (called Autobianchi), in this case it applies to a 2-stroke 125cc motorcycle with an elegant pedestrian slicer.