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Yamaha December 9, 2016 posted by

Titled in AZ: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

The two-stroke race-replicas like this Yamaha RZ500 represent a brief, very exciting time in motorcycling. The 1980s were a difficult time for bikes as well as cars: technology was leaping forward while emissions legislation stifled performance at the same time it attempted to save the planet. Eventually, manufacturers would find ways to work within or around these laws and increase performance to the point where today's 190hp literbikes, with incredibly sophisticated engine management software, ABS, and traction control, are useable by mere mortals without fear that they'll die the first time the throttle is wound to the stop. But the RZ500, Suzuki's RG500 and, to a lesser extent, Honda's NS400R were pretty wild for their time. They weren't the fastest bikes on the road, but they combined light weight and decent power in a package that rewarded skilled riders.

The RZ500, also known as the RD500LC in some markets, was motivated by a liquid-cooled 50° two-stroke V4 that featured twin cranks, with midrange torque boosted by a pair of YPVS power valves and lubrication handled by Yamaha’s Autolube oil-injection. Some engine parts were cast from magnesium for lightness and are clearly labeled "MAGNESIUM" for maximum bragging rights. A balance shaft smoothed out vibrations, which had the intended effect of allowing the frame and other parts to be lighter, as they weren't required to withstand as much vibration, while simultaneously making the bike smoother and more civilized, a feature that ended up backfiring on Yamaha a bit...

The claimed 88hp was transferred to the 18" rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox with a wet clutch, while the front end featured anti-dive forks and a 16” wheel. Packaging all four expansion chambers into a compact sportbike meant some unusual choices were made and the rear shock was mounted horizontally under the engine to clear up some space for the upper cylinders’ expansion chambers, as well as the battery. The Japanese-market version of the bike, the RZV500R used an aluminum frame in place of the steel part to save weight and offset that bike's reduced 64hp and, if you're not concerned about that bike's generally lower value, might make for a serious hot-rod when de-restricted...

The bike was never officially available for purchase in the USA, but many found there way here via grey-market import from our northern neighbors in Canada. Compared to Suzuki's RG500, the RZ500's most direct competitor, it was heavier, a bit less powerful, and noticeably more "civilized." It's still a 500cc two-stroke though, and power, although aided by the displacement and the YPVS, still has a pretty pronounced two-stroke powerband and that distinctive stroker sound. These have been generally less desirable than Suzuki's race-replica, but interest in this forgotten class has seen a steady increase in values.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

A one-owner bike; I’m the original owner. Km: 14,678 ­­­Mileage: 9,120. Purchased November 15, 1986 from Year Round Yamaha in Calgary Alberta. Located in Glendale, AZ.

Details

This RZ500 is an original, completely stock example with no modifications whatsoever.  Full documentation including original Bill of Sale, all receipts, and complete maintenance and repair logs since new. Legally imported to the USA from Canada in June 1997. All import documents included. Clean Arizona title.

Includes

Both original keys, original owners manual, original tool bag and complete original tools, Yamaha Service Manual (Canadian Version), more than 100 OEM spare parts including many hard to find spares. Comes with magazines featuring the RZ500 from the period and a TAMIYA RZV500R model kit.

Condition

Very nice original condition, unmolested, unmodified, and extremely well looked after bike. There is nothing missing and all fasteners are correct OEM. The paint and metal work are excellent. There is a fairing crack in the lower left side fairing. This is covered by the belly faring and can’t be seen; however this should be repaired at some point. The bike is currently licensed and insured in Arizona and runs as it did when new.

Repair History

The bike has had two “garage accidents” resulting in a dented gas tank and a cracked upper fairing. The gas tank dent was professionally pounded out and repaired without any body filler. The fairing was plastic welded. Both the fairing and gas tank were expertly painted by Art Line Painting in Toronto. The bike also had a 3 MPH tip over resulting in scratches to the left fairing. This panel was also touched up by Art Line Painting in Toronto. The paint repairs are excellent and completely match the OEM paint. See photos or ask for specific photos and I’ll provide them. The motor has been repaired twice; once in 1994 (6,672 KM) to replace a crankshaft bearing and once in 2002 (10,656 Km) to replace a crankshaft seal. In both instances, no short cuts were taken; all seals, o-rings and gaskets were replaced in addition to the failed part.  

While the mishaps the seller describes are unfortunate, they're to be expected when talking about a bike that's 30 years old, and the repairs indicate the kind of attention that's been lavished on the bike to keep it in top shape. From the photos, it appears to be in excellent, if not perfect cosmetic shape and, as the seller indicates, been kept in original condition. The bike's titled status is a bonus if you're looking to use it on the road, but would also make a pretty nice collector.

-tad


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BMW December 7, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 2008 BMW HP2 for Sale

There's a proud tradition of independent motorcycle builders "sportifying" some very unlikely machines: CBXs converted into monoshock cafe-racers, heavily modified Swallower Moto Guzzis with chain drive and Hossack front ends, even venerable RZ500 engines stuffed into R6 frames. In the case of the HP2, BMW built their very own factory eclectic performance motorcycle by taking the quirky, flat-twin R1100S powerplant and adding high-spec parts to create a bit of an odd-duck sportbike, but one with real-world ability.

Certainly, if you were designing a sportbike from scratch, you likely wouldn't build it around an air-cooled 180° twin with shaft-drive. But throw in a set of DOHC heads with radial valves, titanium connecting rods, fully-adjustable ergonomics, and a self-supporting carbon-fiber seat/subframe, and the performance intentions of the bike start to look more convincing. A 9,500rpm redline and 128hp were Ducati superbike territory just a few years ago and that power, while not class-leading, comes with a big lump of torque for brisk, if not eyeball-flattening performance from the claimed 392lbs dry machine.

In theory, BMW's Telelever front end should offer up improved performance under heavy braking, but reviewers of bikes so equipped generally felt they were a bit vague in terms of steering feedback. However, the HP2 reviews were very positive with regards to the handling and feel of the bike, and those Brembo monoblock brakes provide plenty of stopping power. Keep in mind, the HP2 might seem weird to ride at first if you're used to inline fours: that shaft-drive means increased inertia and the bike lacks a slipper clutch as delivered, although one is available for the bike. And while cornering-clearance is generous for road-use, the standard suspension settings can have the heads touching down at extreme lean angles, so track-day junkies should plan accordingly and see about raising the rear ride-height.

Really, you get the feeling the whole thing was helping to set the stage for their S1000RR by establishing that BMW could create a sportbike that didn't rely on generous helpings of nostalgia and a reliance on "character." Obviously, this falls somewhere short of the bar set by the RR in terms of outright performance, but it's surprisingly capable, given the limitations of the platform. Of course, high performance parts can mean expensive replacement costs, and BMW does recommend those titanium rods be replaced at the 30,000 mile mark... Luckily, that service is a long way off for today's Featured Listing.

From the seller: 2008 BMW HP2 for Sale

Only 1125 miles. Added it to my collection in 2008. Looks and runs well. Bike always stored indoors, and run every couple of months to keep healthy. Have very large bike collection being thinned down to make more space. Overall, a pretty well preserved bike.

64 year old owner, former bike wrench and former shop owner. Every effort has been made to show condition of bike with pictures . Can e-mail better, larger pictures directly, on request. Bike in good cond, though no warranty expressed or implied. Sold AS - IS .

Payment by cashier check, must clear for bike to be released. Chase or Wells Fargo the quickest. Cash, in person, works, too. :o)

Today's HP2 has obviously spent more time being admired than being ridden, with just 1,125 miles on the odometer, but that might make it ideal for someone who wants to admire it: it's certainly a striking bike, with tons of cool details and the low miles means you'll get plenty of time riding it before you start to eat into the value. Aside from some discoloration on the exhaust pipes, it looks to be in excellent condition, as it should be with such low miles. The seller also includes a video of his collection and a short clip of the bike going around a corner, so we know it will both start and turn. The asking price for this bike of kit is $15,000 which is steep, but the HP2 is most definitely a rare and collectible bike that can also get a wiggle on and a surprise a few people at a track day.

-tad

MV Agusta December 7, 2016 posted by

Legendary – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna #109/300

A now-legendary presence at any formula car race, Ayrton Senna won three F1 championships but succumbed to injuries sustained in a 1994 crash at Imola.  The Senna edition of the MV Agusta F4 1000 is a tribute and benefitted a charity formed in his honor, and has some significant improvements in the numbered edition of 300.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna #109 for sale on eBay

  

Using the 998cc engine Agusta had recently re-designed from their F4 750, revised Marelli fuel injection put the Senna well into a new power category with 174hp.  The red trellis upper frame used alloy frame connectors and held 50mm Marzocchi forks and Sachs monoshock.  Brembo gold-line 6-puck calipers are radially mounted and squeeze 310mm front rotors with 210mm rear.  The fairing design uses shades of carbon, black, gray, and the red frame and Alcantara seat to elegant advantage.

  

Nicely photographed by a Miami specialty dealer, this F4 1000 has but 1,700 miles and appears flawless.  With its excellent sub-systems, and priced around $30K when new, no owner upgrades are required or expected.  Along with a video showcasing the exotic sound - here - , the owner comments in the eBay auction:

This is the excellence of MV Agusta, in honor of Ayrton Senna, the legend. Senna has graced the F4 1000 with exclusive characteristics such as:
State of the art engine making 174 HP, 998 CC liquid cooled, fuel injected, four Cylinder inline engine with 6 speed manual transmission. A new injection system, the Weber Marelli 5SM, for better power control. The most advanced Brembo four-caliper radial brakes available. Carbon fiber fairings. Quad Titanium racing exhaust. Bike runs extremely well and is like new! Always garage kept.

  

Despite seeming to need a special edition for every season, the MV Agusta cycles were very well designed with help from friends like Ferrari and beautifully made.  The performance was at least equivalent to the superlative materials.  With the new ( and used ) prices requiring a singular rider, an F4 1000 sighting would be notable.  Seeing a Senna edition - with its understated design and exclusive components, even among MV's - that would be an occasion...

-donn


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Aprilia December 6, 2016 posted by

Cali Plate: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

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A mix of sleek styling and proven Japanese power, the Aprilia RS250 was the Italian company's entry into the hotly-contested quarter-liter sportbike class battles and intended to take the fight to Honda's NSR250, Yamaha's TZR250, and Suzuki's RGV250. The monochromatic style was a far cry from the vivid speedblock and tiger-stripe designs of the Japanese competition and has aged very well, and I bet plenty of folks would think this is a new, or nearly new machine.

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The RS250 borrowed its 249cc liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin from Suzuki's high-strung RGV250, retuned for more power. Weight was competitive, at around 300lbs dry so the claimed 60hp made the bike plenty quick, with typical two-stroke power-delivery and serious agility. A sculpted beam frame provided a stiff foundation and the asymmetrical "banana" swingarm kept the bike's expansion chambers tucked in close to the bike for maximum cornering clearance. If those brakes look familiar, they're the very same Brembo units that stopped just about every other Italian sportbike of the period and are plenty powerful, considering those bikes were at least 30% heavier than the little Aprilia...

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I happen to prefer the earlier bodywork seen here, but later bikes have plenty of style as well, although their very 80s-looking dash is an acquired taste... Unfortunately, it's a little hard to see in the low-resolution photos that accompany the listing. The bike does include something that's a bit of a Holy Grail for RS250 fans though: a California license plate.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Starts and runs may need some minor tuning. Have a sticker kit not perfect a few of the stickers are wrinkled thanks to FedEx. Have a rear seat cover that is purple. Arrows pipes, Toby steering damper.  

CA PLATE !!

Bidding is up to $5,000 with the reserve met and just 24 hours left on the listing. The photos are pretty poor, which is a real shame since miles are low and, aside from a couple of minor scuffs, it appears to be in good cosmetic condition. I wonder how much more interest there would be in the bike if the seller had bothered to include a few decent pics and maybe a short video of the bike, along with a better idea of what "may need some minor tuning" might mean.

-tad

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Bimota December 5, 2016 posted by

New Hope – 2000 Bimota SB8R

Drawing on his experience re-invigorating Laverda, industrialist Francesco Tognon's similar approach to Bimota involved development of a slightly less exotic and more saleable motorcycle.  The resulting SB8R used Suzuki's TL-1000 L-twin in a carbon-aluminum hybrid frame, and put Bimota on the comeback trail.

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2000 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

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A showcase for early carbon-fiber production techniques, the SB8R used alloy twin spars and headstock keyed to carbon lower frame connectors, as well as a predominantly carbon fairing and self supporting seat sub-frame.  The 996cc Suzuki twin generated 138 hp after Bimota's comprehensive massage of the induction system, with 59mm intake horns and race-worthy shower injectors.  Suspension is fully adjustable at both ends, 47mm Paoli forks with rear monoshock.  Semi-floating 320mm Brembo disks are up front with a 230mm rear brake.  The carbon upper fairing incorporates fresh air intakes, making a big visual statement above the fuel tank / airbox and blocking any view of the handlebar switches.

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Shown in the midst of a little Italian collection, this SB8R could use a weekend at the spa, but looks complete and correct, with just a scrape here and there to show for its roughly 8,000 miles.  Either much better pictures or inspection would be great to really establish condition.  From the eBay auction:

2000 BIMOTA SB8R, SUPERBIKE IN GREAT CONDITION, RUNS INCREDIBLE, SOUNDS FANTASTIC, RECENT SERVICE, NO ISSUES, LOW RESERVE,  BIKE COMES WITH REAR WHEEL STAND, CLEAN LIEN FREE CALIFORNIA TITLE, WE AT BUYERS EXPENSE CAN SHIP WORLDWIDE, BIKE IS ADULT OWNED AND CHERISHED FROM NEW, SEXY AND RARE...

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With chain driven cams, maintenance on the big twin should be less than the Italian 996 it aspired to be, and parts availability will likely be easier.  Opposite for the Bimota-specific parts, which might take some research and lira to get ahold of.  The big carbon fairing reviewed as a little clunky design-wise but great protection for the rider as speeds climbed over the ton.  For whatever reason, more SB8R's are seen on the used market, but even higher production for Bimota meant only a few hundred each year.  Bimota weathered the late 1990's and went on to more exotic and less practical machines, but the SB8R is a signature Bimota, with an interesting but production powerplant and GP-inspired chassis design...

-donn

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