Month: February 2013

RD’s and GS’s all in one post!

Sorry. Been a little hit and miss this week. Been chasing electrical gremlins on the DR650.  All sorted out now.  Who would imagine a battery going bad after sitting in a cold garage for six months.  😛

Getting her set up for some traveling this spring to assorted shows and may even turn her into a full time commuter if the price of gas keeps going the way it has.  35-38mpg (Yes I’m a bit “harsh” with the throttle) sure beats my truck.

Anyhow…  here’s another victim of the spam filter.

Armando Barqueiro

Feb 15 (13 days ago)

to me
A few of my brother’s bikes over the years. He was a 2-stroke guy with his RD400’s but then became a BMW kinda guy, first with R65LS’s, three to date, and later with R100GS’s, he’s on his second. The latest one he’s made into an R65LS lookalike since he never rides off-road. The gold RD400 was very highly modified with DG heads, pipes and swingarm, Lectron carbs, home made rear sets and seat, fork brace, braided steel brake lines, Tomasselli clip-ons and a custom made (by me) wiring harness which allowed the whole front part, fairing, headlight and all instruments and controls to be disconnected and removed with one massive multi-wire connection (from a car) for ease of maintenance which there was always a lot. In one racing weekend he changed three left pistons due to a crankcase seal air leak. Good times and they aren’t over yet.

’82 GS1100L/California Sidecar, ’02 GSXR1000, ’86 Fazer, ’92 DR650, ’92 FZR600, ’00 DR400Z, ’00 TTR225







Sigh… I wish I had some “real” money. The latest offerings from Bonhams.


For immediate release (Images available on request)
20th February 2013
Motorcycle section of €13 million sale at the Grand Palais more than doubled its 2011 total at €857,625, with 87 per cent sold
The top-selling lot was a 1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle at €40,250, while two single-owner motorcycle collections realised a combined total of almost €600,000
The Bonhams Motorcycle department’s second visit to the historic Grand Palais in Paris on Thursday 7th February was a resounding success, with €857,625 realised – more than double the department’s 2011 sale total.
Two headline collections realised a combined total of almost €600,000. Top-selling lot in the Garelli Grand Prix Collection was a 1926 Garelli 348cc Racing Motorcycle at €29,900, while a 1917 Indian 7hp Powerplus led the way among the bikes of the late Claude Lesellier, selling for €28,750.
Top motorcycle lots were a 1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle at €40,250, a 1952 Vincent 998cc Series-C Rapide at €37,950, and a c.1941 Zündapp KS750 ‘Sahara’ Motorcycle Combination at €35,650.
Immediately after the auction, a 1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve was sold for €40,090.
The entire auction – Bonhams’ second visit to the venue following the spectacular success of its debut sale in 2011 – realised just short of €13 million from 86 cars, 84 motorcycles and more than 100 lots of automobilia, with successful bidders from 27 countries worldwide.
Ben Walker, Director of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department, said: “After starting the year with the department’s most successful sale ever in Las Vegas, we are delighted to have once again beaten our previous sale total on our second visit to the Grand Palais in Paris.
“We now look ahead to our spring Stafford sale at the International Classic MotorCycle Show on Sunday 28 April, hopeful that we can continue this run of success.”
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