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Aprilia October 21, 2014 posted by

Pavarotti on Speed: 2001 Aprilia Falco RS

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Avis car rental used to have an advertising campaign that said "we try harder". Aprilia is kind of like the Avis of Italian motorcycle brands; they historically have had to try harder, to take the occasional chance on something different.  Just before being bought by Piaggio, Aprilia produced several bikes that were representative of this philosophy, that were a bit "different",  including a sport standard known as the Falco.

The Falco was intended to compete in a new "de-tuned sport roadster segment" that was launched when Honda introduced the VTR1000F Super Hawk.  The segment soon had bikes from other major manufacturers, including the the Ducati ST4 and Suzuki's TL1000S.  But buyers didn't really appreciate any of the new segment models, preferring the harder core full streetbike race replicas and the whole segment kind of died off after about 5 years which is kind of a shame as all the bikes in the segment were interesting bikes in their own way.

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2001 Aprilia Falco for sale on ebay US

Angular styling and a half-fairing give the Falco a unique look while still providing decent weather protection but the Falco wasn't really intended to be a sports-tourer (this was offered as another model, the odd looking Aprilia Futura).  The Falco was not as radical as its sister race-replica Mille; where the RSV was tall and uncompromising, the Falco has a lower seat and less extreme footpeg positions so riders sat 'in' the Falco rather than 'on' it, which made for better cornering with confidence.  But the Falco had many of the same components as the Mille including the same brakes and the same basic engine  although it was tuned more for mid range grunt that top end performance.

A Motor Cycle News review of the Falco declared: "Less is sometimes more. By making its roadster less extreme than the RSV Mille sportster it's based on, Aprilia broadened its appeal and produced a motorcycle that's both easier and more fun to ride."

A YouTube review can be accessed here.

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So whats it worth?  Well this particular Falco looks to be lightly modified with different turn signals and an aftermarket exhaust.  Also the standard mirrors have been removed which according to reviews is a good idea due to vibration causing blurriness.   Mileage is 20,000 miles and while price is above KBB retail values, there is only a $1000 USD difference between first bid and buy it now so this seems to be primed to move to a new owner.

-marty/dallaslavowner

NOTE:  As far as I can tell, this model has not been posted on RSBFS previously so I expect to see lots of comments!


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Yamaha October 20, 2014 posted by

Smoking Smoker: 1980 Yamaha TZ350 with Nico Bakker Frame for Sale

1980 Yamaha TZ350 R Side

I seem to be headed backwards in time with my recent posts… This Yamaha TZ350 is a little bit older than I’d normally write about here, but was too cool to pass up.

Yamaha’s water-cooled TZ bikes were pure production roadrace motorcycles with no direct street versions. Weighing in at about 250 pounds [dry] with about 65hp, they were produced between 1973 and 1981. The TZ350 went through a number of iterations, coded “A” through “H,” with constant improvements to keep them competitive.

In 1976, the first major revisions to the frame appeared, and used a monoshock rear suspension that replaced the early dual-shock version. This particular bike, however, does away with the factory frame and substitutes a very cool piece from Danish specialist Nicco Bakker.

1980 Yamaha TZ350 R Side Unfaired

Interesting, while the Nico Bakker frame is a rare, high-performance accessory, it may also have been necessary: the “F” and “G” model TZ350’s apparently had a tendency to fail around the headstock, due to the thinner-gauge tubing used, requiring reinforcement or replacement.

In either case, Nico Bakker is well-known for his racing efforts, although he had a hand in developing the Zane-era Laverda roadbike frames as well, and while those bikes do have their flaws, the frame is definitely not one of them.

1980 Yamaha TZ350 L Side Unfaired

From the original eBay listing: 1980 Yamaha TZ350 with Nico Bakker Frame for Sale

This bike won the Latino American Championship 1980 Rider Eduardo Aleman
Special frame “Nico Bakker” Holland-made, the best aftermarket complete frame for TZ250/350 in this years.
Special Yamaha TZ350 engine, very fast, 6 transfers [a reference to the 6-port cylinders that were introduced on the 1979 model? -td]
Special Krober ignition and Krober electronic tachometer
Special Yamaha big radiator for better cooling and more power
Special 18” magnesium wheels “Campagnolo and 3 aluminum Zanzani floating disc brakes with Yamaha magnesium calipers and Brembo front radial pump.
Special pipes.
Very light bike: 75% Poggipolini titanium and ergal bolts.
This bike was rebuilt with new seals, bearings, rings, etc. Ready to race.
We also have other same bike and frame, no speical parts $13,999USD+ shipping worldwide

I normally try to reprint the original eBay listing as posted, but the editor in me couldn’t keep from making some updates/translation to make it readable...

There are a few days left on the listing, and the bike is being offered at $15,999. If you’re looking for a classic racer to actually ride, this might be the ticket: with just enough racing history to be cool, and lots of cool go-fast bits.

-tad

1980 Yamaha TZ350 L Side


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BMW October 19, 2014 posted by

Ride like Larry: 2011 BMW S1000RR Larry Pegram AMA Superbike

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Today we have a very interesting offering. Typically, non-exclusive bike models that are mass produced cannot be considered rare. However celebrity ownership sometimes can make a non-rare bike considerably more notable. It helps if the celebrity in question is related to the motorcycle world. In this case, the owner was well-known AMA Superbike contender Larry Pegram. You won't see a "never raced" message here, because what we are looking at is one of Larry's race bikes from his stint with BMW. And while nothing depreciates like last year's race bike, historical ownership can play a hand in raising the value of ex-race bikes for collecting purposes. On face value, what we have here is a used S1000RR with some cool components and a bunch of funny stickers. But that is a cynical view, no? You would be hard pressed to purchase a used RR model and make the kind of mods that this one has on it. On the other hand, you would at least have a street legal bike on your hands. So that makes this a terrific track-day weapon, or a collector. Which is it to you? First and foremost, Larry's butt once graced the seat pad - isn't that cool enough?

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2011 BMW S1000RR ex-Larry Pegram AMA Superbike for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
Up for sale is Larry Pegrams AMA Superbike. I bought this bike from Larry himself on 6/18/2013 when he was unloading his BMWs in lew of switching to Yamaha. This bike has everything as his "A" bike, just missing the digi dash and oversized radiator.

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More from the seller:
Since buying it, I have kept very detailed logs of every track day I have done - how many miles I put on it, what I changed, when I changed the oil, etc. and will pass that along with the sale. I bought the bike with 1472 kilometers on the odometer, and it currently has 2391 kilometers on it; meaning I rode it only 571 miles in the course of 1.5 years.

Check out the complete details here - the seller has done a great job describing the bike and its current condition. It's worth a look. Good Luck!

MI


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Kawasaki October 18, 2014 posted by

Nice Ninja: 1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1

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Just a quick post this time. This is a 1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1. This is the 2nd generation of Kawasaski 750cc ZX/Ninja bikes and the slightly hotted-up version of these (the 750R) would be used as the basis for the bikes ridden by Scott Russell in 1990 to win hat won the AMA 750 Supersport Championship. This is the non-R/street version and looks to be in pristine shape.

Note: While the H1 version isn't currently as collectable as the later R versions, they do seem to be starting to appreciate and are certainly easier to use on a daily basis as their engines aren't tuned as high.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1 for sale on Ebay

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Here is what the seller had to say about the bike:

"You are bidding on a very nice all original 1989 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7. These bikes are pretty rare and are becoming highly collectible in their original shape. This bike is one of the better examples you will see. Take a look at the pics and you will see just how nice it is. It actually looks better in person.
The only change has been made to the bike is the Yoshimura pipe, everything else is very original. This bike runs strong and everything works. As you can see the paint is in great shape and still has lots of high gloss. The seats are in excellent shape as well. There is a small scrape on the left side of fairing, however there are no cracks or rips in the fairings. The bike has recently been tuned and it fires up and shifts with no problems. The battery is new as well oil changes and maintenance. The tires are still in decent shape. I do hold a clear title on the bike. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I do have bike advertised with a few local clubs and reserve the right to end the auction early if the bike is sold. "

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Its certainly is nice to see one of these that hasn't been hacked apart, repainted or had its frame/wheels polished. Mileage is listed as about 18,000 miles but the 750 engine was the configuration with most development effort behind it and was pretty much bulletproof. The bike would definitely need some new tires, also the brake fluid looks a little dark in pictures but seller indicates recent fluids so it may just be the lighting in the pictures or slightly older pictures?

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So what's it worth? Well since the late 80's/early 90's 750cc configuration seems to be hot right now, its not really surprising the bid price is already over KBB retail and the reserve isn't met yet. Personally I think this is probably going to appeal more to someone who wants to relive a bit of their misspent youth than a serious collector or perhaps someone who wants to introduce a youngster into what it was like "back-in'the-day".

-marty/dallaslavowner


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Ducati October 17, 2014 posted by

Low-Mileage Italian: 1988 Ducati 750 F1 for Sale

1988 Ducati 750F1 L Side

Okay, so here's the thing: all of my early opinions about the 750 F1 were informed by Mick Walker's Illustrated Ducati Buyer's guide where the bike got one freaking star. I’m not sure where I put my copy, so don’t crucify me if I got that bit wrong, or if you have an updated edition where he revised his opinion, but it really stuck out in my mind.

The review absolutely hated the F1: “uncomfortable, extremely unreliable, and slow,” were words I remember being applied, with a big heaping of distain…

1988 Ducati 750F1 Dash

Powered by a 750cc version of Ducati’s air-cooled, two-valve Desmo v-twin, the F1 was styled after the TT1 and TT2 race bikes. The Pantah engine is eminently tunable to make serious power, and many of the criticisms leveled at the bike can be rectified. Early bikes were definitely down on power and quality, but gradual improvements improved the package, and the 1988 bikes are generally considered to be the best of the bunch.

1988 Ducati 750F1 L Front

These occupy a very interesting place in Ducati history, as they form a bit of a bridge between the older BatBike-looking Pantah models and the much more modern 900SS bikes. In addition, the bike’s rarity has caused values to skyrocket in recent years: for a long time, you could get one of these for less than the price of a good 900SS/CR. But looking at the asking price on this example, you can see just how much that’s changed.

1988 Ducati 750F1 L Grip

The original eBay post reads a bit like a poetry slam and includes lyrics from Chris deBurgh’s “Lady in Red” [seriously]. Excerpted from the full listing: 1988 Ducati 750 F1 for Sale

Yes
another RARE beast
that came to AMERICA!!!
the beloved F1

3188 original miles
original dated (dot) coded tires to prove it
close to MINT
ALL ORIGINAL PAINT

STUNNING ITALIAN CRAFTSMANSHIP
11 SECONDS IN THE 1/4 MILE
OBNOXIOUSLY LOUD!!!
HIGH MAINTENANCE of course

fluids have been drained for
about SIX years. seafoam creeper
used in tank and pumpers. this was also the
last time it was running. what's it sound like.....
exactly like a 427 corvette
NO KIDDING-ask the neighbors

missing bits and pieces, but very, very original.
ALL ORIGINAL PAINT
wrong exhaust (but i love em)
EXTRAS INCLUDED

It’s great that the seller is so passionate about the bike. But what "bits and pieces are missing"? And what extras are included? He also may be overstating the "stunning Italian craftsmanship" a bit in ALL CAPS and, as a carbed, air-cooled Duck owner, I'm not sure if calling the bike “high-maintenance” is a good selling point, or even true. Definitely a case where grinning, hard-sell enthusiasm may be getting in the way of important details…

1988 Ducati 750F1 L Engine

There's something a bit crude about the F1, something sort of clunky-looking, but these do make a staggering bellow when breathing through open pipes: I saw one at a track day recently with a pair of oval high-mount pipes and fresh paint that looked and sounded the business.

With 5 days left on the listing and a $24,500 asking price, this seems very high, even considering the 3,200 miles on the clock. Although with plenty of lurkers… sorry, I mean "watchers," who knows what this will go for and what the seller might accept as a best offer.

-tad

1988 Ducati 750F1 R Side


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