Pace Learn: A brilliant-rare MV Agusta 750S America and extra


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Should you’ve acquired cash to burn, there’s a super-rare MV Agusta 750S America along with your title on it this week. However in the event you’re simply shopping, we’ve additionally rounded up a customized Yamaha TRX850, a zany electrical bike with oodles of 80s attraction, and a slick Triumph avenue scrambler from Tamarit Bikes.

1975 MV Agusta 750S America
For Sale: MV Agusta 750S America This 1975 MV Agusta 750S America is just not solely unquestionably and undoubtedly beautiful, however it’s additionally extremely uncommon. It’s one in all solely 200 produced within the America’s inaugural 12 months—and, extra considerably, it bears the body quantity 009.

When the 750S America was launched, manufacturing bikes 001 via 008 had been delivered to MV Agusta members of the family, board members, and Giacomo Agostini. That makes this explicit bike the primary 750S America to be delivered outdoors of MV Agusta’s inside circle.

1975 MV Agusta 750S America
009 was initially despatched to MV Agusta’s sole US importer on the time—Commerce Abroad Company in New York. Curiously, it was used as a check bike for bike publications after which went on to function an exhibition piece at numerous commerce reveals.

The bike was owned by Commerce Abroad Company’s proprietor, Chris Garville, till he gave it to his brother in 1984. A while after that, 009 went on to a brand new proprietor, earlier than being restored in November of 2016 by the late MV Agusta vendor and guru, Perry Bushong.

1975 MV Agusta 750S America
The restoration was extremely meticulous, bringing the bike again to a better-than-new situation. The 789 cc DOHC inline-four engine is a murals in itself. The four-cylinder heads bolt to the crankcase individually; the entire thing is an essay in sand-casting perfection.

The one factor we like greater than the engine is the four-into-four Kay Engineering exhaust system. There are additionally Scarab entrance brakes, Borrani alloy rims, Ceriani forks, and adjustable Sebac shock absorbers. The 750S America was marketed as a premium, cream-of-the-crop bike (tailor-made to the American market), and it actually reveals with a components checklist like that.

1975 MV Agusta 750S America
The suede seat appears to be like like an important place to sit down, particularly behind that lengthy, low, and comely tank that bears the signature of John Surtees. Surtees was a legend of the racing world (on two and 4 wheels), and he signed the tank for the proprietor in 1994. (Photos of this signing are included with the bike, together with a mountain of different components and instruments.)

Criminally, the odometer solely reveals 5,200 miles—with solely 25 of these ridden by the present proprietor. Should you’d prefer to convey this piece of engineering artwork out of retirement your self, then you definitely’d higher head over to Carry-a-Trailer the place our mates at Moto Borgotaro have listed it. Bidding at the moment sits at $33,000 and ends in seven days, so that you’d higher be fast about it. [More]

Yamaha TRX850 café racer by ETTO Motorcycles
Yamaha TRX850 by ETTO Bikes Regardless of its parallel twin engine, the mid-90s Yamaha TRX850’s most important rival was the Ducati 900 SS. It had a half fairing, a trellis body, and a sport-like driving place—even when it didn’t have the dealing with prowess or the pedigree of its Italian opponent.

Ian Davis of ETTO Bikes prefers his bikes to carry out flawlessly and look barely extra bare although. He makes a speciality of conventional sheet metallic fabrication and suspension, and he’s put these expertise to good use customizing this 1996 Yamaha TRX850.

Yamaha TRX850 café racer by ETTO Motorcycles
“I really like the entire 50s café racer ‘ton-up’ scene, and wished to construct an homage to the fellows and ladies that took a poorly dealing with bike and tried to enhance it, to hit that magic ton,” says Ian. “So the donor bike needed to be a parallel twin that wanted bettering.”

The very first thing Ian did was ditch all of the manufacturing unit bodywork, focussing on crafting light-weight options. The entire entrance fairing has been deleted and changed with a single spherical headlight, hung from brackets on a brand new entrance finish. The entrance finish was lifted from a Ducati 749 and sprung for Ian’s weight and driving fashion.

Yamaha TRX850 café racer by ETTO Motorcycles
The tank was handcrafted by Ian himself from aluminum. It’s saved him 3 kg [6.6 lbs] of weight alone, and options an inner breather and a flush-fitting race gas cap.

Subsequent, the subframe was lopped off to make room for a customized aluminum unit. Straddled by a Honda RS250 race seat, it appears to be like much more purposeful than the inventory fiberglass tail.

Yamaha TRX850 café racer by ETTO Motorcycles
The swingarm from a Yamaha YZF750 was grafted on and braced, with light-weight Marchesini wheels fitted fore and aft. There are Brembo brake parts at each ends of the bike and a Nitron NR1 rear shock to maintain the experience plush. The Ducati 749 additionally donated its handlebars, with Ian deciding on LSL rear set foot controls.

The engine was jazzed up with 40 mm Mikunis, a Domino quarter-turn throttle, and an outsized stainless-steel exhaust system, full with reverse cone mufflers. Ian has dyno-tuned the previous TRX, managing to get it as much as 87 bhp. Along with a 66-pound weight reduction program, it will possibly now boogie with the perfect. [Via]

Bonfire E custom electric bike by Loose Screw
Bonfire E by Free Screw German customized bike builders Free Screw are bringing the 80s again with their newest construct. Based mostly on a Bonfire E, an electrical bike from Black Tea Motorbikes, they’ve made some outlandish mods to spritz up the approachable electron dealer. And we find it irresistible.

The inventory customary Bonfire E is a nice-looking bike—paying homage to classic, smaller-capacity Japanese scramblers. It’s designed for city and suburban commuting, however nothing stops you from ripping down a dust street to play in muddy puddles.

Bonfire E custom electric bike by Loose Screw
The Free Screw gang began by tearing the brand new bike down so as to add their private touches. The very first thing to go was the inventory ‘gas tank,’ with one other tank from an previous KTM moped taking its place. The angular strains are extra 80s, and there may be now a bonus storage space beneath the hinged flap.

The Bonfire E electrical motor comes devoid of any stylistic prospers, so the crew had so as to add their very own. Laser-cut metal plates now adorn the perimeters of the motor enclosure, with a stomach pan-slash-bash plate to match. The brand new panels, together with the matching entrance and rear fenders, add as much as give the Bonfire E a far sassier vibe.

Bonfire E custom electric bike by Loose Screw
As for the management space, the bars are from LSL and the clear grips are from Hookie Co. A Thunderbolt LED headlight from Koso sits up entrance, together with Kellerman Atto indicators (which additionally do double obligation on the again as taillights and switch alerts). It is likely to be a model new bike, however that didn’t cease the Free Screw crew from rewiring it with parts from Motogadget and Axel Joost.

Bonfire E custom electric bike by Loose Screw
A customized seat rises onto the tank, and is completed in white and purple leather-based. It’s lengthy and chunky, and sits fairly in opposition to the customized paint job that Free Screw’s good friend, Viktoria Greiner, laid down. Viktoria painted a Bell Moto 3 helmet to match too, creating the right driving accent for the brand new Bonfire E.

The Free Screw Bonfire E may function silently—however it’s loud differently. Extra of this, please. [Via]

Triumph Bonneville street scrambler by Tamarit Motorcycles
Triumph Bonneville by Tamarit Bikes Tamarit is again at it with one more customized Triumph. This time they’ve taken an air-cooled Triumph Bonneville, and turned it right into a slick avenue scrambler with all of the trimmings.

Because the Spanish store’s customs builds go, this one feels a bit extra delicate. However its the simplicity of it that makes it one in all our favourite Tamarit creations but.

Triumph Bonneville street scrambler by Tamarit Motorcycles
The obvious element is the considered use of rose gold nickel-plated finishes. Adorning bits of the engine and some different key components, it’s a stylistic determination that might have gone horribly mistaken—however we reckon Tamarit has nailed it. The finishes on the larger components are echoed in smaller touches, just like the customized tank badges and filler cap.

The entrance finish has been blacked out, with CNC-machined yokes added for additional stability. A grille-covered headlight sits between the forks, with a small Motogadget speedo floating above it. Tamarit rewired the bike with a Motogadget controller too, and there are a number of different components from the German electronics firm strewn over the Bonneville.


The again finish of the bike was chopped and looped, with an LED tail gentle built-in into the brand new hoop. The seat has been thinned out and modified with customized lightning bolt upholstery. It now additionally extends onto the tank, in a approach that has us questioning why Triumph themselves didn’t do that from the manufacturing unit.

Customized quantity plates mould round outsized pod filters from Free Spirit in Italy. The fenders are new too, as is the ‘tail tidy’ association on the again. A set of YSS shocks prop up the rear, whereas chunky Continental TKC80 tires supply some go-anywhere grip.

Triumph Bonneville street scrambler by Tamarit Motorcycles
One other good mod is the Triumph’s belt drive conversion. Tamarit says that together with decreasing upkeep and energy loss resulting from friction, the belt drive produces much less noise. Though, we’re unsure it issues a lot, provided that the bike now sports activities twin Zard mufflers on shortened headers. [Via]

Triumph Bonneville street scrambler by Tamarit Motorcycles