Homemade Frankenstein – BMW R65 Chassis with a Honda V8
Post Sale Update . After 17 bids, this crazy bike sold for $1,925.
We don’t even know what to call this, so we’ll forget the naming and just describe what we see. Take one frame from a 1979 BMW R65. yank the engine and instead throw in a V8 formed by two 4-cylinder Honda 350 engines housed in a custom crankcase and crossplane crank. Oh yeah – it runs EIGHT Mikuni carbs.
Have fun syncing those.
Before you read any more, you just have to listen to this thing fire up. We can’t stop watching the first 30 seconds of this video over and over again, so just enjoy:
Unfortunately, there’s a catch. The seller notes that his creation has developed a knock, and though he thinks the issue might be a broken piston, one gets the idea that he’s done working with this and just wants to move on. Want to learn more?
The Kneeslider seems to have been the first source on this bike back in 2010.
Find this crazy contraption for sale here on eBay with bidding currently at $1,209 in Newton, Kansas.
1962 Matchless G80
Post Sale Update . After 21 bids on eBay, this Matchless G80 did not meet reserve at $6,850.
Built for nearly 20 years, the Matchless G80 was a big, beautiful 500 single that it’s a great choice for riders who do their own work. Parts were designed to be rebuilt instead of replaced, and of the classic singles, this bike is probably the best supported of them all.
By the time this bike came out, Matchless had already been partnered up with AJS under the parent company of AMC for decades. Compare it to GM releasing similar cars under the Chevy/Pontiac/Oldsmobile brands. The equivalent to this bike was the AJS Model 18. Producing just 28 horsepower, the G80 was never designed to be quick, but it was easy to ride, comfortable up to about 60 miles per hour, and returned excellent gas mileage. Looking for more information?
Your best bet is the AJS/Matchless Owner’s Group on Yahoo.
This specific Matchless G80 has spent several years in the current seller’s collection. Black is our favorite color on these bikes, and the seller makes the (fair) claim that this is one of the few classic British bikes currently for sale that you could actually ride without having to worry about expensive services right off the bat.
Find this Matchless G80 for sale here on eBay with bidding at $4,550 in Chicago, Illinois.
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