I have an obsession with classic motorcycles and cars and that is no secret to anyone that knows me. I’ve been known to be called the “Craigslist Killer” which isn’t because I’m avoiding jail time, but because I can swoop down like a bald eagle after a walleye on the Fourth of July. No holding back, this is America baby. Except for when the motor blows like the Honda I bought last month which you can read about here. Anyways, I always want to share this with my friends and sometimes they listen because they are my friends and good people and other times they tell me to stop talking. I like to drive,borrow,buy,sell,flip,flop, jalop or top crop, I’ll take it all. So I decided I want to share some Craigslist finds on some classic and retro styled bikes found on “the list” (as the kids call it) with everyone who might just be in the market
So I’ve always been a Honda guy, but these little 2 stroke Yamaha’s are really starting to jump out at me. I love the sound and look of these dirt bike style DT bikes and this one is a truly different type of animal. Not bolt left unturned and I think for a city shooter this would make for a noisy and fun little bike. Be ready to tinker though because once you swap out the oil injection and go for pre-mix I’ve heard these can get a little finicky and tough to keep running properly.
The BMW motorcycles have a reputation of being able to go 100,000+ miles and not even bat an eye which is always a good thing. The flat twin engines not only look really cool, but also are said to make some pretty decent power. If I’m not mistaken I believe this model should bring you right around that 60hp mark with something like 960cc’s. This bike looks great from the pictures provided and that color scheme works perfectly with the tasteful modifications. I’d love to own one of these someday, but at 4k I’ll have to wait a little longer.
This bike grabbed my interest because of the work that has already been done looking to be pretty solid. Rebuilt carbs and some exhaust wrap are always two good things to see and with a little bit of a different seat setup I think this could be a very sharp looking bike. The tracker style with the seat the way it is doesn’t quite scream show quality, but it does provide a nice overall look. Not sure what’s going on this that tank design sticker malfunction, but hey to each their own. For $1,500 bucks this isn’t a bad starter bike that looks like a ton of fun for all level of riders.
The XS650 is the bread and butter for Yamaha Café Racer builds and this one looks to be about 90% of its way to awesome. Who doesn’t love a good Gulf livery on something and with just a little bit of loving this XS could be a sweet coffee shop cruiser. Those handlebars would have to go for maybe a nice set of flat bars or clip ons and a bit of an oil leak fix to make this XS650 a winner.
I haven’t personally driven a Moto Guzzi V7 but that chrome tank has got to stand out in a crowd. I haven’t always seen the greatest reviews on comparing these for the money to maybe a new Triumph or Honda, but this thing looks pretty damn good and that is hard to argue with. A shaft driven 750cc must get the power down pretty well and I think you wouldn’t see too many of these when you were out on a normal afternoon Sunday cruise which is always a plus in my book. Disc brakes and a baby windshield have to make this the most rideable bike in this weeks bunch although it will cost you a pretty penny.
Keep your bookmark bars ready for the next installment of Craigslist Café Finds on Two Wheeled Tuesdays going forward.