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Honda March 1, 2015 posted by

Smokin’ Joes Honda CBR600F3 with…. 1 mile?


 1996 Smokin' Joe's Honda CBR600F3 on eBay

If you're like me, you grew up watching Miguel Duhamel at the front of AMA Superbike and Supersport races throughout the 1990s. The Smokin' Joe's livery is probably his best known ride and this was as close as the masses could get to it.  If you want this one for your collection, it's going to cost you as the seller's starting bid is $8000.  Why so much, you ask?  Well if the condition shown in the first picture didn't grab your attention, the odometer should.


That's right RSBFS readers, you just hopped in Doc Brown's time machine and went back to your local dealer showroom circa 1996.  The seller adds a little more information in his eBay listing here:

However, in this case, the pictures say enough:

Brand New, Never titled, never started. Smokin Joe Edition. Signed by Miguel Duhamell. Has only been on display. Custom built pipe built for the bike by Supertrapp.


I'm a small time collector, but I also like to ride my bikes... so I'd have a very hard time not taking it out for a spin.  However, at this point I don't think you can.  It has been cemented into display status and should probably stay there.  So what is it worth to you to have something that NOBODY else has?  No miles, never been started, signed by Miguel himself.  Let the debate begin now.

Mike M.

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Honda February 28, 2015 posted by

Future classic?: 1993 CBR900 in blue and white

Here is a 1st gen CBR900RR/Fireblade with the desirable blue and red bodywork.  Although these were produced in large numbers, they 1st gen has started to appear on a lot future classic lists and collectors are starting to snap them up.


1993 CBR900RR with blue and red bodywork for sale on ebay

As noted in the ZX-9R post earlier this week, when the CBR900RR/Fireblade came out it was a hammer blow to both the 750 and 1000cc market segments. Led by design chief Tadao Baba, Honda created something not seen before;  a ultralight 899cc inline 4 powered motorcycle that weighed no more than the competitions 750cc models.

NOTE: For anyone who is interested/unfamiliar with the story behind the genesis of the CBR900RR/Fireblade, there is an excellent write up of the development history of the CBR900RR at

The CBR900RR/Fireblade not only made a lot of 750cc bikes look slow, it also made most 1100/"big-bore" bikes look overweight.  The CBR900RR/Fireblade was 75 pounds lighter than the Yamaha FZR1000, 114 pounds lighter than the Suzuki GSX-R1100 and an astonishing 144 pounds lighter than the Kawasaki ZX-11.

Reviewers gushed about the CBR900RR/FireBlade, naming it bike of the year in 1993.  The bike won reviewers and riders over not by excelling in one category but in almost all categories; more power than a 750, more comfortable than any other "repli-racer" currently on the market (especially when compared to the GSX-750R), lighter and more agile than anything in the 1100cc class, and typical Honda excellent build quality


This particular CBR900 has a fairly low 13,000 miles but isnt perfect and has had multiple previous owners.   Also it would be good if more pics were available but the seller indicates he can provide these to interested parties.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • Not in off the showroom condition, has some marks on the plastic
  • 2 small cracks one behind the seat and one on the right rear
  • would have the carbs cleaned if you win the bike
  • the stator cover has some marks on it as well-the owner before me said it was not down but I can not say for sure


Previous posts for these on RSBFS seem to show a price hovering between 3-5000 USD right now and given the condition of this one, I would think somewhere in the middle of that range will get someone this bike.  Carbs would need to be cleaned, and probably fresh fluids, pads and rubber too but the seller indicates they will include a fresh battery.

I know some RSBFS readers will say that the CBR900RR/Fireblade bike isn't really a rare sportbike due to the high number produced.  But people used to make the same argument about the 1st generation Suzuki GSX-750R and now thats considered a classic rare sport bike.   Like the GSX-750R, the CBR900RR/Fireblade really shook up the motorcycle world when it was introduced.  It wasn't that many years ago that you could get a 1st gen GSX-750R really cheap but thats all but impossible now.  1st gen CBR900/Fireblades seem to be another bike that is starting to climb quickly in value and desirability for collectors (there is even one at the Barber museum).  This may be a rare opportunity for collectors and/or fans to get one in the desirable blue and red bodywork while prices are still pretty reasonable.


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Kawasaki February 27, 2015 posted by

900cc of Green: 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R

I seem to be on a 900cc theme lately; earlier this week it was the Suzuki RF900, now its a lovely 2002 Kawasaki ZX9R.


Back in the early 1990's, the 750cc class was the configuration that was closest to the bikes being raced in WSB/Motogp.  Bikes like the ZX-750R and GSX-750R came equipped with technology similar to the bikes being raced in World Superbike/MotoGP.  Meanwhile the big-bore 1,000cc-plus class offered bikes which were ultra-powerful but were big and heavy.

During this time period Kawasaki was fortunate to be selling a lot of bikes in both classes.  Kawasaki's ZX-750R was a sales champ, flying out the door to riders who wanted the experience of a street legal racing- homologation bike.  Sales were further helped by the fact that Scott Russell was winning championships on a ZX-7 based machine. Also the street legal ZX-7R seriously outclassed the similarly priced GSX-750R which still featured a perimeter frame and an oil-cooled engine.   Meanwhile Kawasaki was also selling lots of its ZX11/ZZR-1100, a hyper-speed king that held the title of the fastest production motorcycle on Earth.

While Kawasaki sales were booming, Honda was designing a game changer; the CBR900/Fireblade.  Upon its introduction in 1992, the CBR900/Fireblade blew away the separation between the 750cc and 1100cc classes.  Suddenly there was a bike that gave big-bore class power with 750cc weight and handling.

Faced with the CBR900/Fireblade onslaught, Kawasaki responded in 1994 with its own 900cc superbike effort, the ZX-9R.   The ZX-9R was originally intended to compete with the CBR900/Fireblade but smaller manufacturer Kawasaki didn't/couldn't commit to a entirely new design for the ZX-9R.  The result was that the ZX-9R was almost 30 kg (66 lb) heavier than the FireBlade.  This meant that even though it made about 15 bhp more than the FireBlade, this advantage was nullified by its size, weight and resulting reduced agility.  Faced with the weight issue, Kawasaki positioned the ZX-9R as a more stable and comfortable alternative to the Honda with more straight-line speed.


2002 Kawasaki ZX-9R for sale on ebay

Even though it couldn't directly complete with the Honda, reviewers found the new Kawasaki to be excellent, with top notch handling, ground clearance, braking and wind protection.  Incremental changes were made from the introduction of the ZX-9R in 1994 to the last generation/F Series editions in 2002/2003 (which is what this seller indicates this bike is).

A very detailed review of the 2002 ZX9R can be found here.


This  ZX-9R looks to be pristine, with the only items that look questionable being the turn signal indicators and possibly a missing rear mudguard. Note:  Inquiries to the seller are that what appears to be a dent in the exhaust canister are merely a reflection.

Mileage is stated at 4733 and this appears to match the shown odometer.


Here is what the seller has to say

  • MILEAGE IS 4,733.


Is this last generation ZX-9R worth the $4,995 USD Buy-It-Now price?  Well the opening bid matches the KBB retail price and given the low mileage of this bike, the price seems pretty fair.  New owners would likely want to invest in new tires and a general fluid update but would then have a very clean last generation ZX-9R.  Since first and last generation bikes are typically the ones with the most value to collectors, this one could be a smart buy before prices start to pop up.


Note:  For anyone who might prefer the 1st generation ZX-9, there happens to be one of these also for sale on ebay right now.  Click here to see the bike (but note the lack of title availability).

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Yamaha February 26, 2015 posted by

Fast Fizzer – 1987 Yamaha FZR1000


One of the "new classics" that is beginning to appreciate in value, the FZR-1000 can still hold it's own. The FZR-1000 made over 145hp and was significantly lighter than the ZX-11s and GSXR-1100s of it's era. Top speed was around 165mph which is still plenty fast, even today. Because the obnoxious color fads of the 1990s hadn't started yet, these early Yamahas are adorned with subdued but classy color schemes and this particular example looks great in it's classic red, white and blue.  Just two years later, Cycle World would go on to call the FZR-1000 it's "Bike of the Decade."

1987 Yamaha FZR1000 For Sale on eBay


From the seller's eBay listing

Show quality, Original, Stock, un-molested example. LOOK at the rust, no pitting, no scratches, excellent paint, graphics, seat, instruments etc., Look at the swing arm, brake caliper and footpeg bracket photos....clean as new. Exhaust is amazing, plastics- perfect.Tank clean etc. Just serviced -Cleaned, synced carbs rebuilt calipers with all new caliper kits, changed all fluids, filters,  new master cylinder. No disappointments,- this bike definitely belongs in a showroom or a collection, just needs a good home where it can be well cared for. good luck bidding


As you can see, despite being almost 30 years old, this one is very clean and appears to be bone stock, other than the tires (obviously).  The stock exhaust, turn signals, reflectors and even the chain guard are all there.  The indicated 16,000 miles means well under 1000 miles a year, which is just enough exercise to keep her in good running condition.

Mike M.

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Bimota February 25, 2015 posted by

Hand-Built Italian Style: 1983 Bimota SB4 for Sale

1983 Bimota SB4 R Side

In an era of mass-produced sportbikes, it's easy to miss the details that made bikes like the Bimota SB4 so special. Virtually every modern manufacturer makes concessions to mass-production, and machines that, at first glance, look gorgeous can get a bit ugly in the details. MV Agusta's F3 675 is a beautiful sleek, wasp of a motorcycle, but the stock clip-ons are obviously a cost-saving measure... But these early Bimotas, although far from perfect in terms of performance as-delivered, feature an attention to detail that is virtually extinct.

1983 Bimota SB4 Tank

Powered by the durable and tunable 1075 air-cooled Suzuki GSX four-cylinder and five-speed transmission, the SB4 continued Bimota's tradition of fitting reliable Japanese engines into state-of-the-art frames. That frame was made from chrome-moly tubing with machined aluminum side-plates and helped the bike achieve a svelte dry weight of about 405 lbs. The SB4 rolled on 16" modular wheels fitted with radial tires, another pair of exotic features on a bike from an era of bias-ply tires.

1983 Bimota SB4 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Bimota SB4 for Sale

Bimota SB4 1100cc

model year 1983

VIN 00229

Built alongside the HB2 was the SB4 using Suzuki’s 1100cc Katana power plant, this is the rarer fully faired model painted up is the one off stunning Bimota race colours and is in amazing excellent condition throughout

Ride and collect! Bulletproof investment.

Bike is currently located in Stowmarket, England but i can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem.

We can supply US contact as reference.

1983 Bimota SB4 Swingarm

Bidding is active and currently sits at $7,600 with the reserve not yet met. With just 272 built, the SB4 is exceptionally rare and offers a great value with top-shelf construction and a distinguished pedigree. If you're looking for a bike that has real potential to appreciate, these early Bimotas are pretty hard to beat.


1983 Bimota SB4 L Side

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