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Ducati November 25, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: Brand New Tricolore Ducati 851 Superbike Kit Bike

Ducati 851 Superbike Kit Tricolore

While we've seen the occasional Tricolore Ducati here at RSBFS, we've only seen one other 851 Superbike Kit offered before and that was 5 years ago! This example is our latest Featured Listing and it has never been started.

1988 Ducati 851 Superbike Kit for sale on eBay

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From Ian Falloons book, Ducati Desmoquattro Sportbikes:

As Ducati was a manufacturer producing fewer than 50,000 motorcycles a year, the homologation requirements for World Superbike required 200 units of the 851 to be built for 1988. This homologation machine was known as the 851 Superbike Kit [...] Known as the "Tricolore" because of the distinctive red, white and green color scheme, 207 Superbike Kits were produced; 54 going to the United States so that the 851 could be homologated for Superbike racing.

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From the seller's eBay listing:

Brand New bike stored since new. As Homologated in "Race form" with headlight, tail light and no speedo or turn signals. Factory Conti Black Chrome slip ons, Marzocchi M1R Forks, Braced Swing Arm, Marvic Magnesium wheels,Pankl Ti Rods & other parts that set it apart from the 851 Strada.

Absolutely original throughout including all panels and paint, decals, Michelin Radial Slicks- Original battery never filled. No Kit spares come with the bike. 2 Dealer owners & 2nd private owner.

Minor flaws or age affected areas are:
Stress crack in right upper fairing just into paint, no damage to upper
Paint on MC reservoir caps bubbled around edges
Engine paint lifted in 1-2 spots on upper surface
Rear shock travel bumper gone from dry rotting

Bike was at some point previously stored with intake velocity stacks open and exposed as there is no air filter element, so we took the top end apart for a peek and re-assembled with new timing belts and gaskets. Oil was changed for inspection as well but original filter left in place. A 26 year old never started bike would not be something you just dump gas in and fire up without some further overall inspection. It is still dry of fuel, coolant and clutch fluid. Clutch was disassembled and plates glass beaded being plain steel and having some rust on the surface. There is nothing to hide and bike presents excellent for age.
International buyers welcome with proper export quality crating & help available with shipping arrangements. Bike is available for inspection in Eastern PA.

Note: MSO is from original dealer and was reassigned to second dealer. Kept that way for proof that it has never been titled. Bill of sale will accompany original MSO.

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With a buy-it-now showing a $41k asking price, only serious Ducatisti collectors need apply. But with so few of these produced worldwide, and even fewer kept in near-new condition, this is indeed a special opportunity. Good luck to buyers and seller, and Happy Thanksgiving!


Honda November 26, 2015 posted by

Have Prices Peaked? Very Clean 1990 Honda NSR 250 MC21 for Sale

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 R Side

Although the Honda NSR two-stroke sportbikes were by no means "starter bikes" and were very high-performing motorcycles, they were still relatively affordable and often bought by riders not flush enough to afford the taxes on bigger bikes. Basically: young hooligans bought them. Because of this, nice examples are pretty thin on the ground in their home markets.

The recent flood of affordable "grey market" Japanese two-strokes here in the US offers up our first real opportunity to sample bikes that still get the British motorcycle press all dewy-eyed and nostalgic. Unfortunately, caveat emptor is the order of the day, since many of these little nippers were thoroughly thrashed when new.

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 L Side

The NSR250R featured a 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin backed up by a six-speed cassette gearbox and, from the factory, these were limited to 45hp by Japanese regulations. But there is plenty of additional power waiting to be unleashed by a US owner and, with a sub-300 lb dry weight, this could certainly embarrass many bigger sportbikes in anything but a straight-line race.

This MC21 wasn't just a continuation of the earlier MC18, it was a ground-up redesign and featured a banana or "gull-arm" swingarm, PGMIII electronically-controlled carburetors, and 17" wheels at both ends, making tire choice a bit easier today. Although the bike used carburetors, the PGM system created a three-dimensional ignition map for each cylinder, based on throttle-position, revs, and gear.

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 Gauges

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 for Sale

I am selling my 1990 Honda NSR 250R MC-21 two stroke motorcycle. For those unfamiliar with this bike, it is the street version of Honda's legendary 250cc Moto GP race bike, the NSR250. Despite it's small displacement, this is not a beginner's motorcycle! The two stroke engine is very powerful for its size and the bike weighs in at less than 300lbs. On a twisty road, it will leave larger displacement bikes in the rear view mirror. Plus the sound, feel, and power delivery of the two  stroke engine is unlike any four stroke motorcycle. The MC-21 model was brand new in 1990, and was a huge step up from the earlier MC-16 and MC-18 models. In addition to new body work and the super sexy gull-arm swingarm design, the MC-21 utilized the PGMIII ECU from the RC30 superbike, giving it true 3D ignition. Suspension was upgraded and the rear wheel diameter was decreased from 18" to 17" to fit the most advanced tires. The bike is in overall great condition, with 11,117km (<7,000 miles) on the clock. There are a few minor scratches on the bodywork (see pictures) but no other significant damage. The bike kick starts from cold on the first try and runs/revs very smoothly.

Honda never sold this bike in the U.S. as the EPA banned most two stroke powered road vehicles in the '70's. As such, they are extremely rare. There are a handful of these bikes in the U.S., some here legally, and others illegally. In general, two strokes less than 25 years old are still banned by the EPA, so use caution if you are looking at a similar bike that is newer than 1990. This bike was imported legally by myself directly from Japan, and I have all the US Customs paperwork to verify its legality. I also have a clean and clear Virginia title in my name, which has an 11 digit VIN that matches the bike's frame number.

Photos: The first seven photos show the bike from various angles, front & rear tires, the speedo/odometer in km. The remaining photos show the following marks & scratches: left front fairing, right lower fairing, right upper fairing, left lower fairing, right seat fairing, left seat fairing, and right handle bar.

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 Front Fairing

This bike isn't in showroom condition, but looks very clean and appears to start easily and run well from the included video. There's a bit of surface rust on some of the fasteners and some scuffs at the edges of the bodywork, but nothing jumps out that should scare off potential buyers.

There are just four days left on this auction, with no takers yet at the starting bid of $5,000. Considering these were virtually unobtainable just a few years ago, has the market been flooded?


1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 Rear

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Ducati November 25, 2015 posted by

We should all age so well:
Fresh 1995 Ducati 916 with 7850 miles

Has it really has been over 20 years since the 916 debuted?  Back in 1995 the blood beauty from Bologna Italy appeared in the USA and was a sensation, a bike that tempted with a form that couldn't possibly match the function...but it did.  The shape became a signature for Cagiva (who owned Ducati at the time) and was replicated in the lineup via the 748/Cagiva Mito and continued on in the 996 and 998.

The Tamborini penned design was so iconic that it still appears in lists of important designs in motorcycle history by authorities like the Guggenheim Museum.  In a retrospective on the 1990s, Motorcyclist magazine simply stated, "1994: Ducati 916 debuts. Did anything else happen that year?"

Note: The 916 was introduced in 1994 but didn't become available for sale in the USA until 1995, so even though this is 1995 model it is a first year edition in the USA - Marty


1995 Ducati 916 (Cagiva stamped) for sale on eBay

This lovely survivor appears to be a basic 916 edition, which is also referred to as the "Strada".  It isn't as exotic as the SP or SPS versions that followed it so it probably won't appreciate in value dramatically and it lacks the refinements of the 996 and 998, including most significantly the better riding position.  Also even though it has some Cagiva stampings on it, the VIN# leads me to believe this is not an early Varese produced model.

On the plus side condition looks to be quite good, it has under 8,000 miles and I am pretty sure there is a Bimota in the background so it seems safe to say this one is owned by an Italian bike fan and possibly a collector.

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According to the seller has had some recent services.   However I don't see any mention of fresh tires/rubber or the all important belt maintenance so some additional monies would probably be needed to get this one back on the road.

Here is what the seller has to say;

  • First-year-in-the-USA unmolested Ducati 916 in excellent, low mileage condition.
  • Almost completely stock
  • Starts immediately and runs perfectly.  Brand new lightweight Lithium-Fe battery just installed
  • Oil & filter changed, forks serviced 30 miles ago.
  • Sargent seat
  • Termi mufflers (stock Ducati mufflers included in sale)
  • Evoluzione clutch slave cyl and braided steel brake lines are the only mods done to this survivor bike.
  • Some very small flaws- typical scrapes on the wheels due to tire changes, a small and barely noticeable ding on tank, very small chip on the tank about 2" in front of the gas filler.


Is this clean early edition 916 worth the $7,000 USD asking price?  Well the last one of these we had on RSBFS looks like it went for about $6,900 USD so the price is right in line with that one. However right now prices for these seem to be a bit all over the place; I found the following current listings with a range from $4,000 to $16,000 for a couple of SPS editions.

I know some would make a case that the 916/916SP/916SPS and later 996 amd 998 appear here on RSBFS so often that they aren't really rare sportbikes.  This one looks to be in very good shape but it isn't completely stock, the seller indicates a few minor blemishes and it is the Strada model which does not seem to be highly sought after by collectors.  But the 916 was probably THE bike that took Ducati from being a still struggling mid-level manufacturer to object of lust for a generation.   I think this one might appeal to someone who originally lusted after one and couldn't afford it at the time...perhaps good for weekend rides and then life as a living room object d'art the rest of the week.


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Nico Bakker November 24, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Nicholas Cage Nico Bakker Barracuda

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When it comes to collectible machinery, it helps to have a rare and desirable model, or something from an exclusive manufacturer, or something with super low miles, or something that was once owned by someone famous. Or in this case, all of the above. This super rare, Nico Bakker Barracuda (with vaunted Suzuki TL1000 power) was built exclusively for Nicholas Cage. Yes, the one with Ghost Rider film creds to his name. Talk about one in a million, here is a bike that can tick all the right boxes on every level. Star power never hurts, although it is seldom the single driver behind a collectible. Rather, this Barracuda, designed and constructed by the true Dutch Master known as Nico Bakker, could be the only one of its kind imported into the United States. You want rare, I challenge you to find a more meaningful or significant opportunity than this.


From the seller:
Bakker is a firm that specialized in re-framing Japanese engines and the Bakker Barracuda features a steel tubular frame with alloy swingarm and a strong and reliable powertrain from the Suzuki TL1000. They also incorporated some of the best components available from around the globe.

The most interesting aspect of the Barracuda is that you can adjust the chassis in a number of different ways. The ride height, steering angle and even the swing arm height can be altered. Nico Bakker is still building bikes to order in their Dutch factory.

The bike being offered here is a Nico Bakker framed “Barracuda" that was originally built for the actor Nicolas Cage.


Nico Bakker is still building bikes in the small town of Heerhugowaard, Holland (about an hour north of Amsterdam). You can see more about Nico Bakker from this RSBFS visit to his shop. The pride and workmanship is clearly evident. Nico's catalog includes many different machines, and he will build any of his past designs to order. Of course none of them would have the star power of this Nicholas Cage machine, and you would still have to contend with the commissioning and importation of the bike. In this case, all that has already been done.



More from the seller:
The studios must have curtailed his riding soon after he imported this bike, as it only has 1,232km (765 miles) on the odometer, and is basically a new bike that has been in a collection ever since Cage owned it. His name and signature are still on the California title, and this will be included with the sale. The bike was recently brought out of the collection for a battery replacement and servicing. It starts instantly and runs like new. This is as close to a “new” 15 year old bike that you are likely to find!

Could possibly be the only example here in California or even in the entire United States? Perfect bike for a museum or collection.

The VIN number is: "BAKKER 007" - How cool is that?

Located in Ventura, California. Will assist with shipping and inspections are welcome. Price is $25,000

Interested parties can contact the seller by email.


From Nicholas Cage (taken during an interview for Ghost Rider 2):
Question: Do you collect motorcycles?
Cage: I used to. I don't anymore. I used to have a pretty interesting library of motorcycles.

Question: What was the pride of your collection?
Cage: The pride is called a Nico Bakker Barracuda, a motorcycle build in the Netherlands, "the beautiful Bakker Barracuda, a bike I loved tremendously. Unfortunately I had to sell it", regrets the actor. "Unfortunately due to some strong Iife insurance policies I am not allowed to ride bikes any more unless I am working.”


I have personally talked to Nico and heard him discuss this particular motorcycle; how one Barracuda was imported to America for a famous movie star. Even without the Hollywood connection, this is a fantastic motorcycle with true pedigree bloodlines. With proven Suzuki power, great looks, handling and the exclusivity that comes from a professionally hand-built bike, you could do far worse with your two-wheel investment dollars. Look closely and move quickly; you may never see such a unique combination of frame and fame again.



BMW November 23, 2015 posted by

Cloaking Device – 2007 BMW R1200S

Made in relatively low quantities and just in 2006-07, BMW's R1200S was their lightest, most powerful sport-oriented bike to date.  Hidden in the standard silver or black ( yellow and silver/red stripes were available ) the able performer disappeared into the background of the track days and canyon runs, but held their own and were often ridden home afterward.

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2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

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Using a single overhead cam to actuate four valves per side, the R1200S used 12.5:1 compression and a lot of forged internal parts to come up with 122 hp and a whopping 83 ft-lbs. torque.  In a departure from the R1100S that preceded, the 1200 had a steel trellis frame, using the engine as a stressed member.  The stainless two-into-one exhaust winds it way underneath and eventually to an underseat muffler.  BMW's Telelever is hung out front, with great anti-dive and suppleness mid-turn.  Their shaft drive and single-sided Paralever are at the rear, both with Ohlin's dampers. Front brakes are 310mm, and 265mm rear.  Though it was available, I don't see the wheel speed sensors, indicating ABS is not on this bike.  The angular upper-only fairing blends nicely into the fuel tank, and the seat fairing is very sporty, with a little afterthought for the pillion.

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With only 2,100 miles, this bike should and does look pretty mint.  No rash on the lower valve covers, a common tipover indication, only a small scuff on the right.  The sole upgrade appears to be Heli-bars which move the heated grips up and back a couple of inches.  From the eBay auction:

Beautiful 2007 R1200S in garage kept mint condition. 122 HP, very fast,agile and light. All recalls done by dealer. Heli bars installed for a more comfortable ride, original clipons included.

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After 90-odd years of development, the 1170cc twin is thoroughly modern, but recalls the brand's beginnings.  Though it was succeeded by the DOHC HP2 Sport and now the R1200RS, the S is still a rider's machine, and is actually little lighter than the RS.  Though the heritage is more sport touring, there's plenty of sport in the R1200S.  The buy-it-now seems optimistic, but you could make an offer.  No race decals or loud paint, but nothing looks better than black, at least for the first hour after you wash it...


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