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Bimota April 25, 2015 posted by

What Could Have Been – 1997 Bimota V-Due

1997 Bimota V-Due on eBay

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On paper, it was everything that we all asked and begged for... a roadgoing version of the 500cc two stroke monsters that we watched Mick Doohan and crew wrestle around the track in Grand Prix racing.  Unfortunately two strokes, for all of their performance legend and lore were burdened with characteristics that some (The Fun Police) found distasteful.  They were loud and dirty and smoky and anybody who rode one became the scourge of the neighborhood.  The Japanese manufacturers had left two strokes in the past and they weren't coming back.  Until Bimota decided to take what would ultimately prove to be a suicidal risk.  The numbers were there.  110hp and a claimed 300lb dry weight was the closest thing that any of us would ever get to our GP fantasies.... and it was beautiful.

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Unfortunately and catastrophically for Bimota... the V-Due just wasn't sorted out.  The initial excitement was quickly tempered by some scathing reviews by the European press and when customers eventually rode their machines they all stunk.  Customers reported seized engines, oil leaks and a power delivery that was so erratic that the V-Due was practically unrideable.  Many simply returned their bikes to the dealships.   The initial diagnosis blamed the fuel injection and Bimota attempted to remedy the situation by retrofitting carbs, but it was too little too late and the damage was done.  Bimota filed for bankruptcy in 1999.  Several years later, with new investors and properly sorted out, a few hundred V-Dues resurfaced as new 2003-2004 models with carburetors.

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This particular model is basically showroom new, with only 47 kilometers on the clock and given it's dubious legacy, you have to wonder if that's because it never worked.  The seller's ad doesn't mention anything about the running condition, but it does state that it's still fuel injected... so proceed with caution!  1997 Bimota V-Due on eBay UK

BIMOTA 500 V DUE 500 1997 Covered only 46 KM from new in immaculate condition complete with both keys. Bike is originally from Germany will be registered to the new owner supplied with a UK V5 and new 12 months MOT. Very rare investment opportunity fuel injection 500 cc Two stroke model.

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Suzuki April 24, 2015 posted by

One Clean RG: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

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Today's ride is a 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma. For all those who criticized the last RZV we posted for being too modified, this RG appears to be mostly stock and OEM, with noted exceptions. Like the last big smoker, this one also appears to have a California title. If the mileage is correct, the kilometer conversion works out to be just under 12,000 miles. Currently located in the great state of Illinois, this bad boy would be a terrific addition to any collection. As always, RSBFS recommends that you do your homework on any collectible machine, and especially a gray-market import. Depending where you live, importation and registration could be tricky.

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1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
This is a Re List, previous buyer was in Hawaii and turned out the bike needed some mods (amber turn signals, dash in mph,certificate of import) to regiater there and i was not willing to alterate the condition as is .Rare opportunity to own a very special bike, never imported into US , the Rg500 Gamma was considered by most the closest think to a GP bike ,this one came from Canada, has Ca title. The provious owner intented to sell the bike in 1997 but the deal fall through, ended up buying a different bike and he never got to register or ride this one, even the title is signed over and dated with that date . I brought the bike home, cleaned the carbs, changed all fluids, ordered a new clutch kit ,fuel lines, petcocks and air filters from Lance Gamma and bike started after few kicks. with the exception of these upgrades and maintanance i had done to it is all original, pant is beautiful , has few small dents, scratches but no rust or manor damages,very clean ,dry and solid. Rides like a dream, i got to put few hundred miles on it but the tires are old and weather in Chicagi is still very cold. Comes with Ca title, manuals and one key.

The white belly pan is an aftermarket piece (looks geat) but i have a brand new oem belly pan i ordered from Japan. Also the cusion for passenger is included . This bike is for the purists as much as for the enthusiasts wanted to ride it as much as to show it.

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This RG has an opening ask of $16,500. That may seem a bit high - and is likely why there have been no takers yet - but the aforementioned RZV easily topped $20k in bidding. For those interested in something closer to stock, this is a tasty alternative that should soothe the blue smoke cravings in your soul. Check it out here, and let us know if you would prefer to park this RG, or the more heavily modified RZV in your garage or man cave...or both! Good Luck.

MI


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MV Agusta April 23, 2015 posted by

Race bred – MV Agusta F4 750 S EVO3

A dynasty like no other, MV Agusta won 63 world championships from 1948 through 1980, in all classes of Moto GP.  After the death of the founder's son Count Domenico Agusta in 1971, the drifting trademark was revived by Cagiva in 1991, which re-introduced MV Agusta cycles in 1997.  Now-legendary designer Massimo Tamburini had recently completed the Ducati 916 and leg the Cagiva Research Center in their efforts, consulting with Ferrari on the new design, especially the hemispherical combustion chamber.

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2003 MV Agusta F4 750 S EVO3 for sale on eBay

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A true exotic, the F4 was built in very low numbers of around 300 per year, and generally cost more than double what more popular machines could ask.  The radial array of 4 valve per cylinder is derived from the Ferrari Formula 1 engine, generating 137hp at 12,500 rpm.  The bodywork, which was carbon on the 1998 show bike, is mostly fiberglass, as the magnesium parts of the original F4 are now generally aluminum.  Brakes can only be considered extreme with 6-piston calipers gripping 310mm front disks.  The often-copied underseat exhaust has 4 small mufflers.  A lovely and light package, capable of 170 mph.

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This MV has 9,500 miles and upgrades include carbon bits and wheels, and lower profile rear lighting.  From the eBay auction:

Solo seat version.
Excellent condition!!!

 
Upgrades include: 
Carbon fiber fenders, exhaust guards, ignition guard, etc.  
Marchesini wheels.  
Aftermarket rear lights / turn signals
Also included:
Extra Pirelli Diablo tires ( 2 front, 1 rear)
bike cover.
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Factory improvements to the F4 750 were mostly cosmetic in 2003, as MV Agusta prepared the 1000cc model for introduction.  The one has some nice improvements, and is looking to be in excellent shape, with spare tires and matching leathers ( if you're 5'10" and 155 lbs. ).
-donn

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Bimota April 23, 2015 posted by

Carbon Fiber Fantasy – 2000 Bimota SB8R

2000 Bimota SB8R on eBay

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Bimota managed to carve out a nice little niche in the sportbike market by taking existing engines from established manufacturers and packaging them in their own sexy Italian style.  The Bimota SB8R might be the epitome of that idea.  Starting with the positively stonking 135hp 996cc v-twin from Suzuki's Tl1000R, Bimota surrounded it with a twin spar frame that was half aluminum and half carbon fiber and then draped it in striking carbon fiber bodywork.  The giant carbon fiber air inlets seem to be a "love it or hate it" part of the style, but either way, they are certainly a trademark design element for the SB8R.  The generous use of carbon fiber and other weight savings tricks resulted in a motorcycle that still had the great power of the Suzuki but weighed almost 75lbs less.  That's a recipe for fast any way you cut it.  Production was very limited with only 150 total units sold, so act fast if you want one of your very own!

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This beautiful Bimota appears to be in near flawless condition.  The seller also list a few minor modifications that he's made in his eBay listing seen here: 2000 Bimota SB8R for sale

any ways the bike has had recent oil and fluids changed  and is in near perfect condition. I will say it is as I bought it from the importer , which I got it right out of the crate. so anything you think or see that is not right, well, its the way it came.

with the flowing exceptions.

stainless steel brake lines installed from brand new

moto corsa exhaust installed at brand new.

digital fuel trimmer, installed at brand new.

SB8RS bimota rearsets installed slightly after purchase

clear clutch cover and custom made flywheel with Barnett Kevlar clutch set, installed slightly after purchase.

one tooth smaller front sprocket and billet sprocket cover. installed slightly after purchase.

recent brisk sparkplugs

recent shorai battery.

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Yamaha April 22, 2015 posted by

One Mean RZ: 1985 Yamaha RZV500R with California title

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When it comes to 500cc GP bike replicas, the Yamaha RZ is king of popularity. It may not be the outright favorite two stroke out there (far too many Gamma fans to walk out onto that ledge), but it was built in reasonable numbers and seems to be a readily available model for those seeking smoke. This particular RZ is a "V" model - meaning it has the coveted Japanese market aluminum frame. And while the stock RZV was de-rated in power for the home market, this one seems to have quite a few mods thrown at it (although no mention made of removing the restrictions).

1985 Yamaha RZV500 for sale on eBay

From the seller
1985 Original RZV 500cc, V-4, 2-stroke, Stock RZV Aluminum Frame, Stainless-steel Lomas pipes , Marchesini Rear Wheel, 5.5 x 17, Marvic Front Wheel, 3.5 x 17,1992 FZR1000 Front End, Sunstar rotors, Galfer brake lines,Honda Hawk 650 Swingarm, Works Performance Rear Shock, Under seat oil tank, Air filter is a Unifilter in stock air box, Stainless allen bolts throughout the chassis, California Titled and Registered, 4311 km

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These two pictures are all we have of this rare, California legal beast. The bike looks sharp and obviously has had a lot of parts thrown at it in an artful sort of way. The tail section is clean and purposeful, and really shows off that single-sided swingarm. Don't get me started on those chambers, as I could stare at the welds all day long. I like the beefy forks and triple clamps as well. Nice stuff. Check it out here if a whiff of castor oil starts your day on the right foot. Bidding has been spirited and this one is already over $13k with a few days to go. How high will this one run? Check it out and let us know what you think!

MI


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