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Aprilia March 30, 2015 posted by

Fast and Collectible: 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Colin Edwards Edition

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Colin Edwards didn't ride an RSV in World Superbike, but he did ride for Aprilia Cube in Moto GP, and this edition of the talented v-twin Aprilia was inspired by their unfortunately troubled GP efforts.

The Mille was designed to compete in races and in the showroom against, and grab a slice of Ducati's v-twin pie, the RSV didn't simply mimic their formula. Instead of the standard 90° twins usually chosen for sporting twins because of their inherent smoothness, Aprilia contracted with Rotax to build a more compact 998cc 60° motor that allowed more freedom to position the engine in the RS250-derived frame for optimum handling. Twin balance shafts were included to smooth the engine and keep vibrations to an acceptable level.

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The bulbous fairing and jet-exhaust and stealth-fighter paint certainly look like nothing else on the road, but provide better wind protection and more rider comfort than the 916's sleek fairing, especially for taller riders. Reliability is generally excellent, and service intervals are much longer than Ducati's of the same period.

The R version saw the inclusion of Öhlins suspension front and rear, with a matching steering damper and forged wheels and a dash of carbon fiber. The Colin Edwards Replica is a bit of a paint-and-tape job compared to the standard R, but that's no bad thing considering the performance of that machine, although it did include the exhausts you see here, a different airbox, and bigger throttle bodies.

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From the original eBay listing: 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Colin Edwards Edition

Rennsport Naples is proud to offer this extremely rare 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R 1000 - Colin Edwards Edition #75 of 460 worldwide! (Only 50 were brought to the States).

This Superbike is ready for the track or your collection.

2 prior owners. (Same family).

100% stock!

Runs and sounds incredible! All maintenance recently done. Clutch and brake fluid is clear.

Stock factory Brembo Brakes.
Stock Ohlin front forks and rear shocks.
Akrapovic titanium Aprilia factory exhaust system.
Carbon Fiber is all over the bike. Front and rear fenders, Air intake panels, Exhaust mounts.
Blue factory OZ racing wheels.
Original undertail and tag mount. Factory grips and bar-ends. Factory mirrors.

Have 2 keys and owner manuals.

Rennsport Naples was founded by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. All of the vehicles we sell are clean, smoke free and well maintained.

Call us today to come view this thrilling Aprilia for yourself. (If you are out of the area... Feel free to call for a "on phone complete walkaround").

We are well versed in door to door shipping of automobiles and motorcycles around the States and will export anywhere in the World

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The dual exhausts of this bike are a huge improvement, I think, over the bulky standard single-sided item. Maybe v-twins just look better with twin exhausts?

The Mille managed to blend Japanese build and reliability with Italian style and handling. Basic bikes are fitted with very good components as standard, and represent the cool bike bargain of the decade, unless you're a collector or a serious track junky. Race-biased performance enhancements of the R model make them ideal for track-rats who want some Italian style and feel on a budget. Race replicas like this Colin Edwards lie at the top end of RSV pricing, but they still represent serious bang for the buck compared to special edition Ducatis.

-tad

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Ducati March 29, 2015 posted by

Feeling Foggy are ya? – 1999 Ducati 996S

1999 Ducati 996S Foggy Rep on eBay

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I'm going to level with you RSBFS readers... this one breaks my heart.  You see, it was for sale a mere 10 miles from me for just $4,500!  After 4 hours of text begging with the wife, I finally convinced her that this bike was a sound investment and we should take money out of savings so I could buy it.  I called and the guy said "Sorry, sold it 10 minutes ago."  My dream was crushed.  I have a feeling that I'll be crying myself to sleep when it finally sells.

OK, on to the bike itself!  The Ducati 996 was an evolutionary step forward from the legendary 916.  It retained all of the beautiful style of the original 916 but got a bump in power from an increase in displacement, two injectors per cylinder and a redesigned airbox.  This particular one has had some additional changes including the 5 spoke Marchesini wheels, Termi exhaust as well as an SPS carbon fiber airbox. 

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The seller has some maintenance information and details about the modifications that you can read that in the eBay listing here: 1999 Ducati 996S on eBay

The engine was rebuilt in 2002 under factory warranty (I have receipts for proof) by Gold Coast motorsports in New York at a cost of $5900.
At the time the bike has 10k miles. I do not know the maintenance history after this point. I cannot say if the bike was serviced or not after that point.
I can say the bike is clean, drips no oil, doesn't smoke and it runs fantastic. Obviously is sounds great with the Termi slip ons.

This one is badged #20 of around 200 996S's imported in 1999 ( the tailcone has a 996SPS Fogarty decal ). No shortage of confusion about the Fogarty "Foggy" replicas unfortunately, most information indicates that the 996 Foggy replicas were a UK-only deal ( to homologate the 996 engine ). Readily available replica decal kits didn't help matters. Perhaps a dealer-applied kit ? The U.S. received a Foggy tribute Monster in 2001.

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Mike M. and Donn


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Yamaha March 28, 2015 posted by

Thunder Ace! 1996 Yamaha YZF1000R in AUS

Here is one we haven't had on RSBFS since 2008, a Yamaha YZF1000R which is also known as the ThunderAce.

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1996 Yamaha 1000 YZF Thunderace on ebay australia

The introduction of the Honda CBR900RR/Fireblade pretty much made every other 1000cc+ sporbike  look over-sized and overweight.  The major Japanese manufacturers quickly recognized that the Fireblade required a response but each responded in a different way;  Kawasaki marketed their 750cc ZX7 and ZX7R based championship pedigree while beginning to follow Honda into the 900cc segment (eventually producing the ZX9) while Suzuki focused on creating an ultra-light GSX-750R. As for Yamaha, the company was in the middle of a major restructuring and didn't have a comparable bike in the pipeline. Yamaha instead did a bit of "tinkering" and in 1996 brought out the YZF1000/ThunderAce.

The YZF1000/ThunderAce took the 145 bhp four-cylinder engine from the FZR1000 and slotted it into a modifed YZF750R frame. When it was announced in 1995, motorcyclists magazines expressed worry that the YZF 1000 would be a bit of a "parts-bin-special".  But in typical Yamaha fashion, Yamaha took the existing bits and tweaked them while offering some nice new goodies in the package.  The ThunderAce came with a re-tuned engine to improve mid-range power with the result being usable power from as low as 2000 rpm and additional thrust which increased incredibly quickly as the revs climbed.

As the reviews at motorcyclist.com wrote,

"At 3500 rpm it gets serious, and by 5000 the big Yamaha launches you into orbit, pulling cleanly with seamless, linear power all the way up to its 11,500 rpm redline.  Carburation is good with no flat spots or hesitation.  The bike launches you down the road showing 70 mph in first gear and 100 mph in second....Keep on redlining it in each of the gears and you'll find yourself heading for what feels like a world land speed record with an indicated 170 mph showing on the dials flat out in top gear."

Yamaha also equipped the ThunderAce with some comfort oriented features that the CBR900RR/Fireblade didn't have, including a much better pillion/passenger seat setup than the Fireblade, a larger fairing that offered better wind protection/comfort on long rides, comprehensive instrumentation and plenty of luggage mounting points.  The ThunderAce also marked the first appearance of Yamaha’s new four-piston brake calipers, which make other bikes six-piston designs look out of date

Note:  The same brake calipers later adorned Yamahas seminal R1, the bike which finally eclipsed the CBR900RR/Fireblade.

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This particular ThunderAce is located in Melbourne Australia and shows 38,600 kilometers which translates to about 24,000 miles.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • starts first time, never dropped or raced
  • 4 small marks on bodywork
  • a small 1 cm piece of the pillion seat is torn but an easy fix,
  • over all bike is very good condition but has been sitting for a long time

 

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While the condition isn't perfect I don't see any evidence of major damage or modifications.  Minor changes seem to be mostly cosmetic; a possibly trimmed license plate holder, an aftermarket windscreen and a tank scratch protector.

So now we come to the question of whether this ThunderAcee is worth the $3,100 AUD/$2,500 USD asking price.    Since the bike has been parked for a while, fresh fluids and rubber would probably be required and this cost should be considered.   Also, while the YZF1000 meets the rare sportbike criteria of not selling in huge numbers, it doesn't really have any tech or racing pedigree or other factor that could causes a major appreciation in value "down the road" for a collector.  On the other hand, you never really know which bikes will suddenly become the hot collectible...and this is a 1996 model which was the first year of the ThunderAce and first or last year bikes are typically the ones that collectors crave.

So to put it simply its a bit rare and needs a bit of work/money invested.  Personally I think this is a great opportunity for someone to get a a good all around 1000cc sportbike that they could enjoy and still stand out at their local bike night.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner


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Yamaha March 27, 2015 posted by

Cheap Thrills – 1994 Yamaha FZR1000

1994 Yamaha FZR1000 on eBay

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Yamaha's FZR1000 brought a lot to the table.  It was a bike that did a lot of things well.  It was lighter than the competing ZX-11 and GSXR-1000 and every bit as fast.  It was also fairly comfortable for a sportbike which made it a very capable highway hauler.  It also wasn't shy, as you can see by the colors here.  Love it or hate it, you couldn't miss it.  Pick a color in the rainbow and it's in there somewhere.  The FZR1000 would eventually be phased out by Yamaha's game changing YZF-R1, but not before being dubbed Cycle World's "Bike of the Decade" at the end of the 80s.

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This particular example appears to have been well cared for during it's 20+ years, only amassing about 1000 miles per year in the process.  The owner lists some basic maintenance and history in his eBay listing seen here: 1994 Yamaha FZR1000 on eBay

Hello, and thank you for viewing my listing.  Up for sale is my 1994 Yamaha FZR 1000.  I've owned it since 2009, and it's been a great bike!  The only maintenance that I've had to do is to fix the speedometer shortly after I purchased it, and replace the fork seals (2012), other than that it's just been tires, batteries, and oil changes.   It runs great with no issues whatsoever.  The plastics are in near perfect condition with only a very small blemish here or there.  It has the solo seat option, which I think makes the bike look much sportier.  The pad on the solo seat has worn through a bit from riding (see photos).  It's been stored indoors the entire time I've owned it, and I'm pretty sure, for it's entire life.  The original owner of this bike was a certified Yamaha mechanic, and he was very meticulous about maintenance.

The more I see these FZR1000s, the more I find myself wondering why I don't own one?  It's fast, it's comfortable, it's affordable and those colors just make me smile.  I think I need to start making space in the garage...

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Kawasaki March 27, 2015 posted by

Low-Mileage Ninja: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 H1 for Sale

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 R Side

Sometimes overshadowed by the GSX-R750 and a bit of an late arrival to the endurance-racer party in the late 1980's, the Kawasaki ZXR-750 sold well, but few are around today, especially in such beautiful condition. The styling is very handsome, although it obviously helps if you're a fan of Kawi's lurid green paint...

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 L Rear

Powered by a 749cc inline four that made a modest 105hp, the ZXR was still good for a top speed of over 150mph. Unlike Honda, Kawasaki didn't build homologation specials like the RC30 for WSB racing, although serious hop-up kits were available to turn the ZXR into a fire-breather for track use: these motors can be easily tuned to much higher outputs, although naturally with a corresponding loss of reliability.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 Dash

Both the ZXR-750 and the later ZX-7R were famous for their mid-corner stability and front-end feel. You sit in the bike, rather than on top like you would on a Ducati 916, and the tank is fairly long, with those air tubes to pressurize the airbox do intrude a bit, so long arms do help a bit.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 Front Wheel

Brakes were decent when new, although they will obviously benefit from modern pads and braided lines: this one looks like it still has the original rubber bits, although it's hard to tell from the pictures.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 H1 with 2,500 miles for Sale

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 with less than 2500 miles on it now, since it was new... Bike speaks for itself. Runs and handles like a new bike should. I still ride it occasionally so mileage will change slightly.

Turn key gas-n-go. Has been serviced and is ready to ride. Needs nothing to be enjoyed.

If you're looking for perfection go buy a NEW one! This bike is 26 years old and it looks and runs fantastic for its age. The black paint on the frame (by previous owner) is removable but doesn't bother me so I haven't finished removing it. I only did the one side since I have had it.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 R Rear

While the Yoshimura pipe is probably more appropriate for a period Suzuki, it still looks cool and gives the bike a very throaty growl and an evil, metallic intake rasp, as you can see from the video. The black-painted frame on the one side is a bit odd, but it sounds like that should be easy to fix before spring is in full swing. The headlights also look like they might not be completely stock, although additional visibility is always welcome and easily changed, if you prefer dim, older-style originality...

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 L Rear Wheel

Although at under $5,000 the reserve has not been met, with under 2,500 original miles, this might be a good opportunity for fans of Team Green to pick up a very nice example for a reasonable price.

-tad

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 R Side Front


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