I recently found myself looking for vintage bikes …again. Austin, TX has a great biker community and it seems to get bigger each year. There is definitely a young diverse crowd of customizers and restorers here so sometimes the good finds get snatched up quick. Here are a few of my recent finds, I know a few of them are still available.
- Gilera 125. The bike didn’t run, needed a ton of work but a great find nonetheless.
- 1974 BSA Lightening 650. This bike was priced pretty high but I liked it a lot. I test rode the bike and the engine seemed to be strong with good compression. It was strange having the rear brake and shifter on opposite sides of what I consider normal.
- 1971 Honda 100 Enduro. This was the best of five Honda’s for sale in this barn. Although it was not running I was still temped, this bike needed just a little TLC and restore and it would be a fantastic bike. All five are still available, if I can get the price down I may have to pull this trigger on this bike.
- A look at all five of the Honda 100’s. If I remember correctly they were 1970-1974, all different years. Would be remarkable to purchase and restore all of them.
- Moto Morini
- Old single cylinder Ducati 50 SL. I am a huge Ducati fan and I really liked this bike, I couldn’t find a date on serial number but was told it was a 1963 model. Esthetically the bike is in great condition, however, it has quite a few missing parts and is far from being able to run. Would be a great project bike if you have the time and money.
- I believe this was an old Gilera but I cannot be positive. It had an attachment as well which looked like a sidecar but I believe it was a trailer of sorts. Being in such rustic condition this thing would probably be a nightmare to restore but I found myself intrigued and I looked the bike over for at least 20 minutes. I wondered where this bike had been during its good days, I wanted to know its story.
- One more view of the old bucket of rust.
- Honda 90