Monthly Archives: September 2009

Kreidler September 30, 2009 posted by

A Very Rare Opportunity: 1981 Kreidler Factory Short Stroke Race Bike For Sale

Chris emailed to alert me that his very rare Kreidler race bike was for sale. You can see the listing on RaceBikeMart.com for 60,000 GBP (about $96000 as of 9/30/09):

1981 Kreidler Factory Short Stroke Race Bike For Sale

I asked Chris for some more detail and here is his reply:

Yes the old pic is from when the bike was raced as a Rudge in the 80s.

The bike was purchased from Herbert Rittberger (Kreidler team manager/tuner) in 1981. It has the factory short stroke engine which is 36mm. The frame was made by Bakker and the swing arm is alloy. It has a special Dellorto carb and this is angled back to improve the flow into the crank case. This means that the crank is blanked on the disc vale side and the ignition is now on the clutch side of the engine. It has two radiators, one in the nose-cone, and one in front of the engine. It has very few parts in common with the production bike.

After buying the bike in 81 the new owner decided to re paint and re badge the bike as a Rudge as he owned the rights to the name. This was raced with some success in and around Europe, and i have a few magazines and race reports to back this up. The bike is now back in its correct colours and is truly stunning with 22bhp on tap -- it goes like a missile!

A very cool looking bike and a nice bit of history. Good luck with the sale Chris,

dc

Aprilia September 30, 2009 posted by

Wednesday Rapid Post: Wes Cooley Project, Bimota SB6R, Ducati 851, and Aprilia RS125

Squeezing in a quick post between meetings today with some interesting finds. Enjoy! -dc

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1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley on Craigslist for $1850 (24k miles, California):

Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For SaleSuzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale

quote from Craigslist:

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley - RUSTED ROUGH NOT RUNNING - MOTOR TURNS - 24K-BRAKES FROZE - TANK RUSTED THRU- ALL ORIGINAL COMPLETE FOR RESTORATION

This bike seems to be priced pretty high considering how much work it needs done and compared to previous GS1000S bikes listed on this blog. But if the buyer can work a deal, could be an interesting project for this winter.

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When I got my eBay alerts this morning, I spotted the little thumbnail for this gray SB6R. I didn't realize the came in gray... Check out this (Seattle, $9500 buy-it-now, 5300 miles):

Bimota SB6R For SaleBimota SB6R For Sale

quote from seller's listing:

[...] From what I am told, the 1st owner was a serious bike collector from Florida. I was able to contact the salesperson from 2004 and he tells me the bike was always meticulously maintained by that 1st owner. We are also led to believe that the 1st owner carried out basic performance mods such as upgraded camshafts, mild cylinder head porting, carburetor rejetting, fuel system sorting, racing exhaust, different rims, upgraded calipers, etc. I do not have specific info on the internal engine mods but both Jay and the salesperson from '04 recall the bike being represented as such. I can tell you the bike runs strong, crisp and way better than the stock SB6R I had in 1998.

So why the heck is the bike this color? Funny you should ask! Jay did not care for the solid red paint scheme as delivered from the factory. He removed all the bodywork sometime in early 2006 and handed it to a well known local Seattle bike painter to create what Jay thought would be the ultimate paintjob for his expensive piece of Asian/Italian finery. Three years later Jay finally got fed up and picked up his bodywork which had been sanded and prepped for painting but that was all. He wanted to ride so he bought many cans of grey Krylon and went to town. [...]

Again, compared to other SB6 Bimotas listed on this site, this seems high regardless of how much expense has gone into this bike. If we were talking about a garden variety GSX-R or Ninja, I'd give the Krylon painted bodywork a pass, but not on a Bimota!

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Yep, another Ducati 851. Isn't it great owning your own website so you can be this self indulgent? Self: Yes! Check out this :

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quote from the eBay listing:

I just picked the bike from Hansen’s BMW Ducati in Medford, Or where they completed over $1500 of service on the bike. The bike needs nothing but more gas. It is currently titled in California if that is a concern to your titling issues. Besides being incredibly beautiful, it has some very rare and historic parts bolted to it.

Make sure to read the full description on eBay. This bike reportedly has $40k in upgrades and work, and apparently a history to back it up. There is an interesting thread on the Ducati 851/888 mailing list debating what the value and sale price value look like. Most agree that it's worth mid-teens but won't likely get over 9-10k at auction.

Update 10.6.09 - This auction ended at about $4900 reserve not met.

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Finally, Ari spotted this street legal RS125 on the Bay Area Two Stroke forums (1400 miles, $8500):

2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California

quote from the forum listing:

I have a 2009 RS125 California plated bike for sale.
Mods are as follows:
1. 154cc Big bore kit
2. 34mm carb (properly jeted).
3. Intake manifold.
4. V-force reeds.
5. Arrow pipe.
6. Euro wiring harness, lights, switches, mirrors, etc.
7. Seat cowl
8. Carbon Fiber Chain Gaurde
As i said it's registered and has around 1400 miles on it. Very fast, runs excellent !

Seller is definitely asking a premium for this one as it's nearly impossible to get something like this registered in California. But I sat on one at last year's Seattle Motorcycle Show, and it's a beautiful machine. So light and the craftsmanship is awesome! Thanks for the submission Ari!

dc

Suzuki September 29, 2009 posted by

1983 Suzuki GS XN85 Turbo For Sale: Brand New, 0 Miles!

Yes you read that title correctly; this is a brand new, never titled motorcycle in New Hampshire! And it's one of only about 1100 ever built. Check out this :

quote from seller's listing:

THIS ONE OF THE LAST KNOWN NEW ONES IN THE WORLD. WE BOUGHT IT FROM ELLSWORTH SUZUKI IN ELLSWORTH MAINE IN 1989, IT HAS THE ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL, TOOL KIT, WARRANTY REGISTRATION CARD, A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL MSO, AND A DUPLICATE MSO ISSUED BY SUZUKI. THIS NOT BEEN TITLED YET OR REGISTERED FOR THE WARRANTY.

Admittedly, I don't know much about these bikes. Unfortunatley the unofficial XN85 site is offline as of this writing. But I did come across this nice article on Faster and Faster regarding the XN85:

The XN85 was cutting-edge stuff for its time, with a 16-inch front wheel, low clip-ons, rearset foot pegs, Suzuki’s ‘Full Floater’ monoshock rear suspension, and anti-dive plumbing in the Kayaba front forks. The engine was an air-cooled, fuel-injected, turbocharged, eight-valve, 673cc inline-four, mated to a five-speed gearbox. Power output was a modest 85 horsepower at 7000rpm.

That more horsepower than my Ducati 750SS makes, and it's supposedly a decade newer!

Should be a great opportunity for a collector to add a cult status bike to their collection. Thanks for the tip James!

dc

Suzuki September 28, 2009 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG 500 Gamma buy-it-now $14,500

RG 500 Gamma's don't come available that often, but this one is on ebay.  This has been ridden with 24,000 miles and is not stock, but is still very nice with modern, tasteful upgrades.  Take a look at it and judge for yourself.

The owner has a lot to say about the bike as it has extensive modifications.  I am by no means an expert, but can certainly appreciate the big 2 strokes. 
 

This is a 1987 Suzuki RG500, I am the second owner and have owned it since 1988. The engine was completely rebuilt by BDK Race Engineering in England in 2005, and was bored to 570cc and tuned to stage 3, both crankshafts where completely overhauled with new seals and bearings. The engine has Mark Dent exhaust pipes, but I will also include the original exhausts if required. The frame is a standard RG500 frame, but I have fitted the front end from a RGV250. The front forks where modified by Maxton racing in England to account for the weight of the RG and rider and I also have a Maxton Rear Koni shock absorber fitted which was also modified for my weight and that of the bike. The rear swing arm is a standard RG swing arm with additional bracing. The front wheel is an RGV250 17" front wheel and the rear is a 4.5 inch CMA. The bike handles very well (far better than stock). The front fairing is an RGV fairing modified to fit the bike and the rear seat and bodywork is a modified copy of the stock RG500 body work. The engine has a NOVA gearbox (standard gearbox cannot take this level of tune) and straight cut primary gears, I have an adjustable ignition pickup fitted (from Mark dent) and am running a standard CDI. The jetting was setup by Micah at AF1 Racing in New Braunfels where the bike made 107HP on his dyno. It was then run on a dynojet 250 (without any changes to the engine) 2 weeks later where it recorded 126hp. The difference is just down to the opportunistic readings that dynojet tend to give, but it’s good for bar stool racing.

Needless to say the bike is quick and has covered about 2000 miles since the tuning work was performed and has not had any mechanical or electrical issues. The engine also has a Shift shaft support plate to help improve the shifting mechanism, but it still suffers from the standard dragging clutch of any RG500, making locating neutral difficult at times (there is nothing wrong with the gearbox!). The carburetors have been offset bored to 31.5mm and are running Mark Dents ITG individual filters and have high flow ball valves fitted. The tires are in good condition with plenty of life left in them. I have fitted a small hugger on the rear wheel to keep the rear exhausts a bit cleaner, the rear of the bike was raised almost 1 inch by Maxton to improve the handling and ground clearance. The rear axle was replaced with a much larger axle (17mm to 25mm) to further increase the rigidity of the swing arm.

Bike is located in Austin, TX so it should be well kept.  I would liked to have seen more close up pictures of the bike to better represent the condition.  The seller states he has the reserve set at $13,000 so it is possible that this bike could be had for that amount.  I did a quick search and didn't find many to reference the price to so if anyone has information send it in and I'll post it up.  Enjoy!

dd 

 

Yamaha September 27, 2009 posted by

1978 Yamaha RD400

Located in Spokane, Washington is a fantastic, original, 1978 Yamaha RD400 race bike.  This bike is in the same condition that it was last raced in 1981, and looks very good with no obvious damage and only slight patina.  This bike comes with an extensive period memorabilia collection, some of which this bike appears in.  The bike is priced fairly at $5,500; but the seller is accepting offers.  This is a quote of the entire ad to give you a history of this bike and what is included with it:

This is a 1978 Yamaha RD400 that was purchased out of Escondito California brand new and built into a race bike that competed in the Southern Californias ARRA and AFM race series from 1978 - 1981 then stored correct......... and it sits now just as it came off the race track in 1981. Most these bikes were either junk or got molested for parts which makes a bike like this, a complete unrestored full race bike with the paper history it has pretty rare! I bought this bike from the original owner/racer who kept the bike in great shape and also had a ton of paperwork on it. The motor had a fresh build with only one race on it then was pickled, it pulls very hard!!!! Bike is ready for the track, just needs to be unstored and new tires put on because it still has the old slicks on it from '81

Original ownership certificate, owners manual and warranty guide from escondito yamaha

Mods
TZ full race bodywork, electronics, wheel set, Tony Smith built motor with handmade matched expansion chambers, custom big reed blocks, lectron carbs, specialized aluminum swingarm, mulholland rear shocks, re worked front forks with air, ack rearsets, tapered head bearings, adjustable steering damper, clip ons, steel braided brake lines, fully safety wired

Receipts
TZ cdi mag assembly, black box, full race bodywork, Tony smith motor mods and handcrafted expansion chambers, westach cylinder head temp gauge, mulholland shocks, lectron carbs

Racing stuff
A signed letter from Keith Code with the envelope dated 5-12-78 explaining what his riding school (now known as california superbike shcools) consists of and what he hopes to teach you, an original copy of his instrucional riding/race manual dated 11/76 which according to his website is before his school even opened, they are claiming 30 year anniversary this year ('09) and well before the famous twist of the wrist series. Also have an old California superbike school brochure with Eddie Lawson on it

AFM (American Federation of Motorcyclist) competition racing license ('79), number assaignment card, 4 race programs ('78-'79) race schedule ('78 ), 3 competition rulebooks ('78-'79)
ARRA (American Road Racing Association) 12 newletters (78-81), standing regulations, 10 race programs, 1981 race schedule and a points standing sheet from '79 which show Cooley, Lawson and Oliver

Brochures
ack rearsets, westach cht gauges, mulholland shocks, lectron carbs, goodyear slick tire band, 2 Tom Hayner racer supply cataloges (78-79), specialists 2 performance cataloge

Other
20+ cycle news from ('79-'83) and I believe this bike/racer is listed in reults in 1 or 2 of em, I have to go through and check for sure though, old motorcycle sport book by bob greene, cycle mag feturing the rd400 from 11/77, official program from the champion spark plug 200 at laguna 6/83, Kimberleys Grang Prix bike team guide #1 which talks about yamaha gp racing from '82-'85 including Roberts, Lawson and even Graziano Rossi who is Valentino Rossi's father

Bike also has bunch of jetting lectron needles, extra head gaskets,rear sprockets, plugs, chain pieces, master link and tool, # plates and other stuff needed for a day at the track all from that era.
The Windscreen is broken but I have a new in the box from gustafson racing. The guy said one of the Toomey brothers pushed him into the grass back in the day and he dropped it, also has a small dent on the left side of the tank.
I'm probably also forgetting some stuff, any questions just ask

If you're in the market for a vintage racer or classic piece of art, this bike should be considered!  See the bike on the Pacific Northwest Riders Forum here.

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AG

Honda September 26, 2009 posted by

2004 Honda RVT1000R (VTR1000R) RC51 Nicky Hayden

Located in Los Angeles, is a 2004 (SP2) Honda RVT1000R with two original miles! Normally, I wont post RC51s--regardless of how much I like them--because they are quite prevalent but this one is quite special at two original miles. The bike has a new battery and a recent tune-up. The bike comes with the back seat, sticker kit, and tool kit. The seller is looking for all the money at--the original MSRP of--$11,599. I have seen a few 2005-2006 (The OTHER paint scheme, but the last two years) with under 5k miles for around $8,000; but this bike is quite special being a desirable SP2 with two miles . If you're an odometer snob, this bike is for you (I'd still like to see the odometer however, as most bikes are delivered with around twenty miles). The bike still even has its original brake light, license plate mount, and curb feelers; I hate the rear fender eliminators! See this bike on Craigslist here.

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AG

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