Monthly Archives: December 2009

Cagiva December 31, 2009 posted by

Cagiva Mito Evo 1

Located in Oakland, California is a Cagiva Mito.  This bike isn't registered nor titled but has been available for quite some time--hence why I decided to post it.  The seller doesn't state much about the specific bike for sale but from the photos it looks to have some cosmetic damage while looking to be overall very original and in okay condition.  The asking price of $4,200 seems to be high especially compared to the California Titled 2000 Evo II I posted previously.  If you'd like to make an offer, see the Craigslist ad here.

AG

Aprilia December 30, 2009 posted by

Private Collection in New Jersey

I haven't see this website before but, Motorcycles For Sale Classic, is apparently a broker for a collection of motorcycles out of New Jersey.  It looks to have been recently updated but has some obvious errors--make sure to contact the seller by phone to confirm anything on their site.  Anyhow, these are some of the bikes that are still available that I found interesting:

  • 1977 MV Agusta 850SS with 1,791 original miles.
  • 1977 Ducati 900SS with 2,500 original miles.
  • 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition with 2,358 original miles (Vance & Hines exhaust fitted).
  • 1985 Suzuki RG500 with 385 original miles.
  • Yamaha TZR250 with 22,245 miles.
  • 1984 Yamaha RD500 with 31,600 miles.
  • A second Yamaha RD500 with less miles.
  • Aprilia RS250 with 610 original miles.
  • 1995 Cagiva Mito.

These aren't all the bikes listed on the site--and more appear in the background of photos--but again, I would caution anyone against acting too quickly.  The website listed features errors and older dates but, I haven't seen these photos featured anywhere else and they all look to be correct and from the same location.  Titles and registration isn't mentioned and only a few bikes have asking prices.  Regardless, take a look at the site as it may be an undiscovered mine!

AG

Honda December 30, 2009 posted by

Top 5 Most Popular Bikes on RSBFS for 2009

As 2009 comes to a close, it's a time that we give thanks and reflect on the year that was. In keeping with that theme, here are the most viewed bikes on the site this past year:

#5 - 1998 Suzuki RGV 250 SP Lucky Strike Replica in Washington

#4 - 1988 Suzuki GSXR 750 Slingshot: Beautiful Survivor For Sale with Upgrades

#3 - 1994 Honda NSR 250 Rothmans For Sale in Reno

#2 - 1988 Suzuki GSX-R 1100: Clean and Recently Rebuilt Motor


#1 - 1996 Honda Repsol NSR 250 SP MC28 #143 For Sale

Of course #1 had a sort of unfair advantage as it was part of a new addition we're working on for feature listings and it had a prime spot in the sidebar on all pages for several months. But that doesn't take away from the fact that it was an awesome listing!

Leave a comment and tell us what your favorite was this year or what we can keep an eye out for next year!

dc

Suzuki December 30, 2009 posted by

1986 & 1989 Suzuki GSXR’s with 15 miles total!

This is one of those moments in your life that you may never experience again. For me it is one of those things that you think may be out there somewhere, but are just unsure until you see it. All I can say is "WOW, Absolutely Amazing!" Can you believe these are being offered for sale? Can you believe they even exist in this condition? I think it is awesome that they are being offered to the public and not to Barber or kept closed in private circles. Anyone care to guess what the reserve is?

From the seller:

YOU KNOW WHAT THESE ARE, SO I WON'T GET TOO MUCH INTO DETAILS.

THE 1986 LIMITED HAS 10.5 MILES AND IS IN "AS NEW" CONDITION, ORIGINAL OWNER RODE IT 10.5 MILES AND PARKED IT. IT IS 99% PERFECT, MINUS 1% FOR SOME TARNISH ON SOME OF THE HARDWARE. THE BIKE HAS A CLEAR US TITLE.

THE 1989 HAS 5.2 MILES AND IS IN "AS NEW" CONDITION, BIKE IS 100% PERFECT, HAVING ALWAYS BEEN STORED INSIDE & HEATED. THE BIKE HAS A BILL OF SALE ONLY AS IT WAS A JAPAN ONLY MODEL

These are already rare bikes, but to throw the "as new, 15 miles total" into the mix puts them in a whole new level of collectible RSBFS.

We've posted a couple of 86' GSX-R LE's recently, but the only differences between regular and LE GSX-R's were a dry clutch and solo seat tail section. However, the RR version had numerous differences, but they were never brought to the US. Some of the differences included, but aren't limited to, 40mm Slingshot Carbs, close ratio gear box, single seat and an aluminum gas tank. Personally, I'm digging the red number plate on the tail section. I'm going to keep an close eye on the auction and I'll let everyone know how it ends.

Cheers!

dd

Kawasaki December 29, 2009 posted by

1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 —— Rare Survivor

Our RSBFS Scout Jim is at it again and once again he has sent us a beauty.

A 1989 ZX-7 survivor with only 5821 miles and it looks fantastic! Located in Greensboro, NC this 20 year old gem looks to be all stock down to the rear mud flap that is still in tact.

Most of these were either trashed, bashed or crashed on the track, but this one somehow escaped the torture.

The 89'/90' (H1/H2) ZX-7's weren't produced in the 7R Homologation versions like the 91'/92' (K1/K2), but the H1/H2 represent Kawasaki's first steps into the modern Replica Racer era. Kawasaki built a winner out of the box with the ZX-7 and in 1990 Doug Chandler won the AMA Super Bike Championship in only it's second year of production.

Just in case anyone wants to know... These babies produced a whopping 84hp at the rear wheel and weighed in at over 500lb wet. Now, that is not so good by today's standards, but wasn't too shabby back in the day.

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Seller says:

This bike is a true collector's item. Completely factory and in pristine condition. Must see to believe!

The owner has a lofty price of $8,999.00 on Kawasaki's first year Super Bike. That is pretty steep considering the 7R I posted, that had everything going for it, only sold for $9,855.00. Now, I know there are some die hard ZX fans that follow our site so if your collection is missing the 89' give these guys a ring see what can be worked out.

Cheers!

dd

Exclusive December 28, 2009 posted by

A Unique Opportunity in Australia: 1967 Vincent Egli & 1968 MV Agusta 500/4

Rupert has emailed us to help spread the word about his classic sport bikes that are being offering for sale at $200,000 for the pair. The bikes are located in Australia and he notes they can easily be shipped to the U.S.

The 1968 MV Agusta 500/4:

quote from the seller:

1968 MV Agusta 500/4
A RECONSTRUCTION

By 1968 MV had won eleven 500cc World championships. Some with the triple and some with the four. Famous MV champions were Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Tarquinio Provini, Carlo Ubbiali, and John Hartle.

The machine you are viewing was inspired by the owners teenage awe of unaffordable 60`s MV`s. To realize a dream, it was built in 820 hours between 2004 and 2007, using as many original MV parts as possible. Where original parts were not available, replicas were made from drawings, photos & technical information. The aim of the project was to reconstruct this rare machine capturing its essential characteristics.

Parts were sourced from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, NZ, the US, UK, and Australia. Finding and aquiring parts, especially the engine, frame and hubs, consumed at least 40% of the project time. It would not have been possible without the many clubs, dealers, manufacturers and knowledgeable individuals contacted. Communication, often in other languages, was by mail, `phone, fax, SMS and email. Many interesting conversations were experienced in the process. There are few who have MV knowledge and the most reliable and communicative were found in Germany. The British were easily the costliest, most insular, and unco-operative. The Italians by contrast were found to be helpful, friendly, & warmly sentimental.

There are about 15 racing 500/4`s. Some of them in the MV Samarate museum. However, as they did not reach production, only three roadgoing 500/4`s are known to exist. The one you are viewing, one in the US and, another in Germany. Unlike the shaft drive1968 750S which produced 72HP and weighed (naked) 240kg, this machine has a faired mass of 150kg and is chain driven. Light and agile, it produces 65hp @ 11500 rpm and 5.9kg/m @ 6200rpm. Modern Dellorto carburettors & electronic ignition have been fitted to improve safety and flexibility.

The matching four leading shoe magnesium brakes are of Daniele Fontana design and made by Angelo Menani of Sedriano, Italy. There was no provision for speedo drive at the hub so a Swiss VDO digital instrument has been adapted.
The curved ‘feminine’ silencers are of original shape. They were made at great expense by Giovanni Magni, son of Agostinis` mechanic, Arturo Magni. Hand levers were made to the MV pattern by Tronconi and Novelli s.n.c., Milan. Associate company Motocicli Veloci supplied the alloy clip-ons & some small parts made from ergal. The tank & fairing are of MV pattern by Magni. Seat & narrow front guard are original. The wheel rims made from Borrani tooling by San Remo and Akront. Forks are Ceriani. Shocks Marzocchi. Paint finish and badges are 60`s matched.

The owner is an engineer, thankfully with career experience in procurement. . He ‘mortgaged his mother-in-law’ to fund the reconstruction. As a guide, a 2007 BMW car could be bought for the same outlay. But you ask...”Does it go ?”
Answer.... “Is it true that Dolly Parton can`t fall on her face ?”

and the Vincent Egli:

quote from the seller:

AUSTRALIAN HISTORIC MOTOR CLUB
BLUE MOUNTAINS, NSW AUSTRALIA.

VINCENTS from the 1930's to 1955 were known as the ‘Fastest production machines available…...”A fact, not a slogan”.. Vincents 998cc engine produced more horsepower than all its British and most of its foreign rivals. It was sought after for both road and competition use. In 1967 a Swiss engineer, Fritz Egli, observing the rise of Japanese multis, decided to extend the competetiveness of his racing Vincent by reducing weight and improving the cycle components. He designed and made a motorcycle which became a legend. Its roadgoing derivative sold on the Continent and in the UK, through dealer Roger Slater. However, the Vincent company had ceased business in 1955 & the limited supply of Vincent engines in 1967, meant that less than 150 Eglis were made..

Fritz designed a ‘space’ frame with a large diameter top tube for oil, and a simple but robust triangulated rear section carrying conventional shock absorbers.. He introduced Italian 4 leading shoe brakes and to some, a mechanical Campagnolo disc brake.
These he assembled inside alloy rims made by Borrani. The forks were mostly Italian,
and later, Eglis were fitted with an Avon Marchenal bikini fairing..

Characteristics of his championship winning design include the ‘ banana’ tank, nickel plated chrome moly frame, a 5 inch Shadow instrument, and long conforming front alloy mudguard having two stays.

The machine here was built in about 780 hours by owner/engineer Rupert Moran over a period of three and a half years. It cost about the same as a Falcon or Commodore. The build is largely to Fritz`s pattern using original components where possible from around the world to achieve his essential 1967 features. It has an improved Black Shadow engine rebuilt, and some frame components from Terry Prince…once Fritz`s assistant. Like the original, Italian designed brakes, forks, and rims are used. Sourcing rare components and finding long lost skills to replace others, were the main build difficulties.

Of course, modern materials and manufacturing techniques have allowed sympathetic improvements to roadworthiness, handle-ability and finish. The front wheel for example, is 19inch instead of 20, because only 19inch tyres were available in an appropriate speed rating at the time of build. Capturing the essential features was the main aim.

I have to say honestly that while these bikes are absolutely gorgeous, I have no expertise with motorcycles of this vintage. I'm hopeful that some of our readers will find them of interest as Rupert notes these bikes are for sale due to health. Please email him directly for further information and pictures.

Good luck with the sale Rupert!

dc

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