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Honda August 22, 2014 posted by

Mile High: 1990 Honda VFR 750 RC30 in Colorado


When it comes to bikes that generate a lot of interest on RSBFS, few can rival the RC30. Known in Honda parlance as the VFR750R and originally available in trim levels specific to Japan, Europe and North America, the RC30 was a homologated version of the dominant race bike of its era. While many will point to the Ducati 916 as the iconic sport bike, the RC30 continues to draw the sort of stares, lust and money unknown this side of a Supermono. The bikes are relatively few, the interest is always very high, and bargains can be found ever so occasionally. We here on Rare are lucky enough to count several RC30 aficionados as regular contributors, and as always we look forward to comments and insights on this particular example. Presented by a dealer, located in Colorado, and looking clean but not perfectly minty, this RC30 shows fewer than 7,500 miles on the clock. Check it out, and then check back here and share your thoughts. If you have RC30s on the brain, is this the one you want?


1990 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
This is a low mileage restoration. Very nice and is ready to ride or put in your collection. Only 7,338 original miles!



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Bimota August 21, 2014 posted by

Inside Job: 1997 Bimota SB6


A bike with serial number 001 might be the cat's meow, but bikes lovingly stored inside, well presented with high resolution pictures, and offered with low (read: almost no) miles will be what drive the pricing curve upwards. This 1997 Bimota SB6 is just such a bike. This is a great example of the breed, sporting only 49 miles since new. It's always ironic how locating one rare bike invariably spawns a rash of similar machines - this is the second SB6 this week. Everything seems to go in cycles, and we appear to be in a Bimota vortex at the moment. So step into your hot tub time machine and let's jump back to 1997!

1997 Bimota SB6 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
Reluctantly for sale is my new 1997 SB6 Bimota. I purchased the bike from a Bimota dealer who has a collection of over 30 Bimota’s going all the way back to when Bimota raced two strokes. The dealer had two SB6s and agreed to sell me one. I have documentation from the dealer to verify the mileage on the bike. The dealer serviced the bike before I took delivery; I rode the bike around the block to make sure it ran properly, then removed the tank, drained the fuel and parked the bike in my den. I moved it outside to see if I could get better pictures but the paint has such a gloss that it reflects everything around it. The pictures don't do the bike justice. The bike is all original, including the tires with the exception of the Bimota cool air kit and carb jetting. The dealer also has a tri color SB6 and liked the black wheels so he had the wheels on this one powder coated black, they are perfect and in my opinion look much better than the original silver. This is my fourth Bimota (YB6, YB10 and two SB6s). The 42 miles were put on the bike when it was delivered to the dealer to get it tuned properly then put in his collection and the last 7 miles were when I took it for a short ride to confirm the tune.


When Bimota built a bike during this era, they took the power train and major electrical components from a donor - in this case, a GSX-R1100. This allowed Bimota to save the development cost of these items, and allowed them to focus on performance, handling and just basic good looks. This grew from the kit building phase of Bimota, where a buyer would receive a frame, bodywork, and sometimes wheels and suspension components. All the rest came from a donor bike - the engine, trans, electrics, lighting, gauges and what have you. Slowly but surely, Bimota began creating whole bikes, and eventually they built honest to god factory-level machines. While they continue to use donor power, the rest is very much Bimota.


This bike looks fantastic for its age. If you believe in the collector adage that you should buy the very best example of a model you can find, this may well fulfill your SB6 bucket list. With monster power, stunning looks and handling that is relevant to this day, this Bimota will make someone an awesome ride... or artistic expression in your den if you prefer. Check it out here!


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Suzuki August 20, 2014 posted by

COMMENTS WANTED: Gray Market 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22


Most of my posts on this site are of bikes commemorating a rider who rode the same model to glory, or a bike having some cool 1st generation technology.  But this post is going to be a little different.

When I was a younger the MotoGP series consisted of 125, 250 and 500cc machines, so my dream bikes were the big thumping machines like the Cagiva 592.  NOTE:  If you don't know why the Cagiva 592 was so special, I suggest you do a little browsing on Youtube.

When the top level MotoGP series moved over to the big 4 strokes so did I, and soon I was lusting after things like the ZX7R and OW01.   Two strokes kind of fell off my personal radar, but lately I have been thinking of adding one to a little collection I am starting to build, with the RGV250 being the target.

Now the good news is that I have managed to convince my girl that another bike won't be an issue.  The bad news is I don't really know enough about the RGV (and early 90's two strokes) to determine if a particular example is good or bad.  So I thought I would do this post and readers with more two stroke experience and/or experience with this model can comment and share their thoughts.  I think it would be useful to both myself and other readers who are also not as familiar with these bikes, if someone can share info about what to look for when considering buying one of these classic two stroke bikes. Remember, we were all ignorant about bikes at one time!


1991 Suzuki RVG250 VJ22 for sale on eBay

This is a gray market 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 in the classic Suzuki Blue and White bodywork.  It looks to my eyes to be in excellent condition, and the seller provides a decent amount of photos and info about the condition, The seller also indicates that he has a US title, which seems to be the big challenge with gray market bikes.  Plus it seems to have uber low kilometers/mileage.


So is this bike worth the asking price of 7500 USD?   Is this a bike more for collectors or for daily riders?  I look forward to reading the comments section of this post and seeing what the two stroke faithful on this site think.  NOTE:  While I know some people will say "if you really want it, get it regardless of the price",  I would like to keep the discussion focused on the merits of this particular RGV250 from a value standpoint.


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Bimota August 19, 2014 posted by

Looking out for #1: 1995 Bimota SB6 Serial Number 001


In the world of collectibles, numbers matter. Key numbers are how many were produced, and how many people want one. The number of miles is pretty important, as is matching numbers in some cases. US-based buyers will be interested in the VIN number - fewer than 11 digits can create a registration hassle in some states. But to own the first bike produced in a series - the number 1 machine - is a whole different ballgame. This Bimota SB6 is listed as just such a bike. It is unknown how much of a difference the #1 bike in a series makes in terms of pricing, but I would guess it has to do with how coveted the bike in question might be. The Bimota SB6 is a popular model for the Rimini company (we see more "SB" models on this site than any other Bimota model). Does a serial number "001" make this super rare? All the cool cats seem to think so. Check it out here, and then visit the comments section and let us know what you think. Are you looking out for #1?


1995 Bimota SB6 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
1995 Bimota SB 6, 1st Year sn # 001. GSXR 1100 motor based sport bike.
For serious collectors, the chance to get a sn # 001 bike.



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Ducati August 19, 2014 posted by

The Price of Perfection: 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera

I’m not one to gush over a bike, and usually, this sort of thing doesn’t interest me: a limited-edition Italian superbike with tons of possibly pointless bling thrown at it, colorful anodized and blacker-than-black carbon everything, the slightly matte rainbow glow of titanium piping, all stuck to the bike to make it more “exclusive.”

But the Ducati Superleggera isn’t really that bike.

2014 Ducati Panigale Superleggera R Side

Many of these I’m sure will end up cocooned in heated garages, squirreled away in collections, never to turn a wheel in anger, except for an annual roll-out into the sun where they will sit, blinking dazed into the light, while they're licked clean by owners too terrified to damage their investments and egos by putting miles on something this unforgiving. But these bikes were built to be ridden, not collected...

Normally, bikes like these are the province of Ducati-specialists NCR, who can actually improve your Desmosedici by making it both lighter and more powerful. But Ducati took a page out of NCR’s playbook book and just built their own nearly unobtainable special.

This is the superbike, perfected.

Not “perfected” like a BMW S1000RR HP4, with techno-geek sophistication and nods to everyman affordability, but with every part lightened, replaced, or improved in infinitesimal ways, cost-no-object. The frame replaced with… Well, it never had a frame to begin with, but the normally aluminum airbox/headstock is replaced with cast magnesium…

2014 Ducati Panigale Superleggera Subframe

The price for the finished bike? Well the Buy-It-Now price on this one is $66,995...

From the original eBay listing: 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera for Sale

Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of motorcycling history!!  With only 500 units being made worldwide and only 200 slated for the U.S., Ducati says once those are sold, that will be it for the Superleggera

The rest of the listing is just a reprint of specs. Which is sort of pointless, if you asked me, but what else is there to say? There’s no history for this example, with 32 miles on the clock. No mods, no customization, nothing but the window sticker, and some included “race” bits that includes an Akrapovic titanium exhaust.

2014 Ducati Panigale Superleggera Dash

Weighing in at 390lbs with a full tank of fuel, more than 70 pounds less than the aforementioned BMW, with 200 claimed horsepower at the crank, you’d have to add weight to be legal in any racing class. With no regulations to conform to, this thing is lighter than a World Superbike. In fact, it doesn’t meet the requirements for any race class. It’s pointless. It’s useless. It’s better than you are, better than you will ever be, a testament to the idea of speed.

These bikes aren’t friendly: the electronic aids aren’t there to help you go faster. They’re there to allow you to go faster, if you have the skill to exploit them.

2014 Ducati Panigale Superleggera Front Wheel

And I’m sorry, but I think we can safely say that you don’t. Honestly, you will probably be faster on that BMW: this isn't some smooth, refined experience. It's an animal. A brutal, terrifiying, hairy-chested thing. You must be THIS tall to ride this ride. Under 18 not admitted without parent or guardian.

2014 Ducati Panigale Superleggera Clutch Cover

Look, I was never really a fan of the 1198. While the 999 maybe took too many stylistic chances, the 1198 didn’t take enough: basically a modernized 916, it was sleek, but bland. The Panigale, on the other hand, looks like nothing else, and is much more exciting for going its own way. The Superleggera just turns the volume up to 11, to indulge in one last cliché.


2014 Ducati Panigale Superleggera Triple Clamp

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