Monthly Archives: April 2011

Aprilia April 30, 2011 posted by

Saturday Reader Ride Round-up!

We got some great submissions this week from our readers. Take a look:

These two are from Dan in Canada:

1998 Aprilia RS250

1998 Aprilia RS250 For Sale in Canada

quote from his listing:

1998 Aprilia RS250, RS 250. 20615KM.
2 stroke V-twin engine, 140 KG, inverted fork, plastic tank. 100% original and unmolested condition. Never dropped, just like new. Registered in Quebec, legal for road use. 17 digit serial number. This is not a race bike converted for the road. This is the real deal.

and his 1990 Yamaha TZR250

Yamaha TZR250 For Sale in Canada

quote from his listing:

1990 Yamaha TZR250 3MA. 13400 KM. 136 KG
Bike is in excellent mechanical condition, plastics are 8/10. 2 stroke parallel twin. All original. Licence in Quebec and passed mechanical inspection. 100% original condition.

Good luck with these Dan!

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1987 Honda VFR400R For Sale in Jacksonville on Craigslist

1987 Honda VFR400R For Sale

quote from the listing:

It features a V-4 engine that's 400cc producing 60 hp @ 14,000 rpm. A one sided swing arm (Hondas Pro-arm) that has a Cam Gear Train which produces a distinct high pitched whine that sets this bike apart from others. I have all the paper work on the bike since it was shipped here to the United States. Everything from the original shipping invoices to oil changes and tire purchases. The bike has been meticulous maintained and is in 100% original collectors condition. The odometer reads 18100 KM which is approximately 11,246 miles. The bike has just been freshly serviced for the warm weather but misfortune has forced me to place the NC24 for sale. Recent service includes; All fluids changed, oil filter changed, front forks rebuilt, carburetors cleaned out and re synchronized, radiator fan replaced and front brake pads replaced. The bike runs great, starts right up and idles well. Tires still have nipples and are like new.

Great looking bike and well priced at only $3k with plates. Thanks for the email Jon and good luck with the sale!

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I'm considering making this a weekly feature. If you have a bike for sale that we should consider, check out your options and email me!

dc

Bimota April 29, 2011 posted by

Collector alert! ZERO miles 1999 Bimota DB4 up for grabs!

ZERO - as in not turned a wheel, nada, zilch, Z-E-E-R-O, miles 1999 Bimota DB4 with performance kit for sale in Michigan!

*update: as Joel and fellow RSBFS contributor Mike pointed out, the bike has 23 miles on the odometer, so strictly speaking it's not a zero mile bike.  Aside from the factory performance kit it has also an aftermarket clutch slave and a tinted windscreen.

While both these points do not detract the bike from what is it - a desirable and collectible, almost new Bimota DB4 - it is nevertheless not truly zero miles and not 100% original.*

From the same collector that brought you the zero miles Bimota DB1Bimota Laser TT KB2, and a 1977 Ducati 900SS (on ebay now!) here's another yet another zero miles Bimota from his amazing collection:

Up for auction is a 1999 Bimota DB4. This is a Brand New Zero Mile motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection.

The condition of the bike is fantastic and is like new. It has been upgraded with the performance kit which is a Corse Exhaust and Kehin CR special Carburetors installed (the stock parts have been saved and will come with the bike). It does come with the original tool kit and literature. It also has a free and clear title in the sellers name.

Please take a look at the large pictures to get a better idea of condition and email me if you have any questions.

** Visit this link to see higher resolution pictures http://imageevent.com/joejo20/1999bimotadb4 **

Really, what's there to say about ANY zero miles Bimota? It's very desirable and collectible for sure, but I'd be too afraid to ride it.  I like to ride my bikes and I guess I'm not a serious enough collector to have separate bikes for riding and for static display. $16,900 for a DB4 is a lot of money for sure, but how do you put a value on the fact that it's zero miles?!  Plus, if you are into that sort of thing, this is a low serial number bike (003) so may be worth just THAT much more...

This guy is a serious collector (just check out some of the other bikes in the background - Ducati NCR New Blue, Desmosedici, Ducati TT F1...) and I would love to see what else he will be listing for sale.  My only question would be - if my dad has such an amazing collection, why would I sell it?!

If you like having a brand new 1999 Bimota DB4 for display in your collection (and who doesn't?), .

ph

Ducati April 29, 2011 posted by

Heck With The Wedding: 1995 Ducati 888 SP5 In The UK

Heck With The Wedding:  1995 Ducati 888 SP5 In The UK

Now this is something to pay attention to in the UK, not some silly wedding.  Didn't we politely ask the Brits to leave years ago so we wouldn't have to witness such events?  Lets talk Ducati history though not American history!  They still look good don't they?  More than good, they just look "right".  There is nothing extra there, just a bare bones racing motorcycle disguised as a street bike.

 

Exclude the Supermono and former race bikes; are the 888 SP's the most collectible Ducati's?  How about this one: if offered a 2011 1098 Tri Color or a 888 SP4 or 5, which would you take?  I'd take the classic in a heart beat.

While looking up info on the SP5, I came across a good discussionon the SP4 vs. the SP5.  Guys were arguing the case for both bikes and then someone tossed in the info that the SP2 was the last of the SP's to be built in Ducati's race shop. Does that give it more points to Ducati purists?  Interesting stuff to say the least.

This particular example has traveled 8852 miles.  It is relatively stock with a Termignoni exhaust and White Power shock added to the mix.

Ah, the music that must come from there (see below).  It can be yours, .

This isn't the bike for sale but it would be a crime to have no audio with this post.

Ian

Ducati April 28, 2011 posted by

Ho Hum: Another DESMOSEDICI

For Sale: 2008 Ducati DESMOSEDICI D16RR

How can it be that we see another ultra-expensive, highly upgraded, very well cared for and low mile Desmosedici, and not start to salivate? Are we really so jaded by these mega-dollar machines that this becomes *just* another Ducati? Is it because these are not as exclusive (in numbers, not dollars) as was originally promised? Do the reliabilty and servicing issues related to a Moto GP bike for the street color our judgement? Are there just too darn many of these playthings for the idle rich laying around to really get our blood pumping?

Whatever the reason, I really don't care. I still want one of these - if only for the sound of that D16 motor at full song. Because deep down, I think we lost our fanatical way along the yellow-brick lined speedway and got exactly what we wanted - a Ducati Moto GP bike for the street. The real problem was that mere mortals couldn't afford it. And when Ducati realized they had a real sales winner on their hands (at $72k+ a pop, MSRP, thank you very much), they went with it. Fast forward to today and we now find it easy to loft grenades of criticism on these amazing bikes and the owners who threw piles of money at them. Sour grapes, say I. Just like the housing bubble, we experienced a biking bubble - and I think now is a great time to buy.

From the seller:
DUCATI DESMOSEDICI RR 16 . # 901 OUT OF 1500 . BIKES COMES WITH BRAND NEW ENGINE ( 0 MILES ) , DEFECTED ORIGINAL ENGINE WAS REPLACED UNDER 3 YEARS WARRANTY.
BIKE COMES WITH OVER $ 16 000 WORTH OF PERFORMANCE UPGRADES
- MOTO GP TITANIUM RACING EXHAUST ( $ 10 000 )
- BREMBO RCS 19 MASTER CYLINDER SYSTEM
- BREMBO NICKEL PLATED MOTO GP CALIPERS FRONT AND REAR
- STM ,, RACING EVOLUZIONE ,, 12T SLIPPER CLUTCH
- ALPHA SPEED CARBON MIRRORS
- HID LIGHTS
- CUSTOM MADE REAR LCENCE PLATE FRAME WITH LED LIGHT
- DUCATI PERFORMANCE DOUBLE BUBBLE WINDSHIELD
- THE BIKE HAS MOTO GP 2009 CASEY STONER EDITION GRAPHIC / DECAL CREATED AND PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED AND CLEAR COTTED BY ,, MSF DESIGN ,, COMPANY
- BIKE COMES WTH BAXLEY SPORT CHOK AND ,, CYCLE SHELTER,, - PLASTIC PLATFORM WITH SEALED TENT COVER
- BIKE COMES WITH ALL ORIGINAL STOCK PARTS INC. 2 EXHAUST SYSTEM , BODY PANELS , SLIPPER CLUTCH , CALIPERS , MIRRORS, BOOKS, ETC... WITH EVERY SINGLE BOLT OR SCREW
- I HAVE ALL RECEIPTS FOR PARTS , INSTALLATION, LABOR ....ETC...
- 3M PAINT PROTECTION CLEAR BRA IS APPLIED OVER THE BELLY PANEL
- STILL UNDER WARANTY UNTILL FEB. 2012
- ABSOLUTELY IMMACULATE SHOWROOM CONDITION.... TRULY UNIQE

OK - maybe you aren't Casey Stoner. But today you can *look* like him for a lot less than before. Here is a gorgeous D16RR in Stoner livery, plenty of high-dollar mods, zero mile engine AND factory warranty for LESS than a brand new Desmosedici would originally cost you. Sure, the cagers that you go screaming past will never know what it is you are on, but you will get some pretty serious respect from the folks at your favorite riding hangout.

This auction is current right now, with an opening bid of $55k. Sure, that kind of scratch is a far bigger pile of cash than many other bikes, but none have made quite the splash that the Desmosedici did upon release. And this particular bike with graphics and upgrades is pretty fairly priced in the market. To see more pictures and to get more information on this beauty, . Tell 'em you saw it on RSBFS - if you're not too jaded, that is.

MI

MV Agusta April 28, 2011 posted by

Oro Or America? Your Choice. 2004 MV Agusta Brutale Oro and 2006 Brutale America

Oro Or America?  Your Choice.  2004 MV Agusta Brutale Oro and 2006 Brutale America

Good news for those of you that like it naked and exotic (who doesn't huh?).  A couple of nice limited edition Brutale's are looking for new owners.

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Of course I have to start with the Oro.   Everyone knows when you see "MV Agusta" and "Oro" together it is a good thing.  Just like the limited edition F4 Oro's the Brutale Oro's got the good stuff; nicer suspension, sprinkles of magnesium parts, detail upgrades and of course more engine.  Here is the official list of goodies.

The details about the bike for sale:

The Serie Oro was an MV Agusta factory limited edition special. It was offered for one year only in 2004. Total production was limited to 300 machines for world wide distribution. The USA received only 22 units total according to the Cagiva importer. This Brutale Serie Oro is number 189. The authenticating gold plaque for this serial number can be seen on the upper triple clamp.

The standard 750 Brutale was in many respects a better handling, more refined machine than the larger displacement versions. The Serie Oro carried this refinement even further. This was accomplished through the use of exotic light weight materials in key components. Notably, the swingarm, swingarm support plates, triple clamp, and wheels are all Magnesium. The Serie Oro also came with a Ti Nitrided 50mm Marzocchi racing front fork.

Beyond the already high spec components that came from the factory on this rare machine, MV Agusta offered Brtuale owners a few more exotic parts. This Serie Oro includes the full titanium exhaust ($4,000 by itself) and Eprom chip. Also included is the Ohlins Brutale F4 rear shock ($1,500). This shock is unique to the Brutale. It was made specifically for the Brutale Serie Oro 750 and is no longer available from MV Agusta or Ohlins. 

This Serie Oro has 6000 miles on it now. It looks like new. It runs like new. The stock exhaust is on the bike now. I can put the Titanium exhaust on at no charge at the buyers request. In either case the Ti exhaust goes with the bike. This Serie Oro has the following upgrades:

Power Commander, Matris steering damper, Sato rearsets, Ferraci frame plugs, CRG mirrors, Omega eng. metal quick release fuel line fittings, fuel injectors were blueprinted by Doug Lofgren at Ducati of MN (this improved throttle response and really improved fuel consumption), billet exhaust hangars, front and rear wheel stands, C/F Corse fender. 15 tooth front sprocket.

Tires are decent but I will put a new set on prior to sale of the bike at no additional cost. Original tires are Michelin Pilot Powers. They work excellently on this bike. This bike sold new for $29,000 before any upgrades. The listed upgrades cost an additional $8,500. Someone is going to get an increadible deal on a very rare and beautiful machine. All maintenence has bee done before recommended intervals. This bike needs nothing. 

MSRP was originally almost $29,000! 

Oh my!  Let me gather my thoughts.  That is simply art and on a naked bike you get to show it off.

 

If it is a limited edition it must have a badge.  I haven't followed Brutale resale prices closely so I'm probably off on guessing a price but I would think it would be somewhere in the low 20's, possibly high teens.  This one is rare, clean, has low miles and some nice upgrades so I'd assume the reserve would be on the higher side.  .

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How about an "America" in of all places: Kuwait.  Go figure.   That isn't exactly next door but there were only 300 of these kits produced so if it is a must have it's time to call your local shipper.   The seller does state he is willing  to ship world wide.

Unlike the Oro the America was not a separate model but rather a kit you could order to add to your beloved Brutale.  There were two kits to choose from, the basic and full option.  This bike appears to have the full option kit.  Click here for all the details on it from MV.

Goodies from the kit include:

  • Carbon Fiber front mudguard
  • Carbon Fiber dashboard cover
  • Carbon Fiber oil cooler guard
  • Carbon Fiber ignition switch cover
  • Carbon Fiber right side air-box panel
  • Carbon Fiber left side air-box panel
  • Red/White/Blue painted plastic fuel tank
  • Carbon Fiber right side fuel tank panel
  • Carbon Fiber left side fuel tank panel
  • Carbon Fiber right rear cylinder cover
  • Carbon Fiber left rear cylinder cover
  • Blue right and left painted plastic tail section panels
  • Red "Alcantara" front seat
  • Blue "Alcantara" rear seat
  • Carbon Fiber taillight surround
  • Carbon Fiber upper chain guard
  • Carbon Fiber lower chain guard
  • Silver Marchesini ten-spoke forged aluminum front wheel rim
  • Silver Marchesini ten-spoke forged aluminum rear wheel rim
  • Engraved plaque with the number of the bike and matching "Limited Edition" certificate

 

I think the America one ups the Oro in the looks department (excluding those Ti pipes for course).  My eyes have grown weary of all the red MV's, it is nice to see something a bit  different like the America.  What I failed to find was an original price for the kit.  Nothing from MV Agusta is cheap but I'm curious what these ran originally.  Any RSBFS readers in the know?  If you are game for some long distance shipping .

The rest of the eye candy:

Ian

Sport Bikes For Sale April 28, 2011 posted by

Double Vision: 1985 And 1986 Walter Wolf RG500 Gamma’s

Double Vision: 1985 And 1986 Walter Wolf RG500 Gamma's

Before you run out and sell your wife's car, these two beauties are UK bikes again.  Knowing the enthusiasm of some Gammanista's though, they might have already booked a ticket to go pick one (or both) of these bikes up.  Rarely can you find one Walter Wolf RG500 let alone two prime examples at the same shop.  Don't expect any bargains either, the British like Walter Wolfs too.

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The 85 has almost 6000 miles on it:  is that enough mileage where there is no guilt about racking up more miles? 

Ok, so you are cool about putting some miles on her.  Are you worried about leaving your investment outside your local Hooters while you down some wings?  Yep,  the currency conversion (remember when the dollar was worth something?)  makes this bike roughly $23,000 for the Yanks.

I know it is only photos but she does look clean.  $23,000 clean?  I'm not sure.  If you've ever tried to get corrosion off an older bike the price tag might not seem too bad.

The facts:

HERE WE HAVE A VERY RARE CLASSIC EIGHTIES LIMITED EDITION SUZUKI RG500 GAMMA WALTER WOLF MK1.THE BIKE WAS FIRST REGISTERED ON 01/10/1985 & WILL GO ON A AGE RELATED PLATE 'B' PLATE.THE MILEAGE IS 9,484 KM'S THATS 5,928 MILES.LOVELY ORIGONAL PAINTWORK,SUZUKI TOOL KIT UNDER SEAT.STANDARD BIKE.VERY HARD TO FIND IN THIS CONDITION.

 

 

What dreams are made of.  How many of us have dreamed of owning an ultra rare Walter Wolf RG?  I don't know if it adds to the allure or not but this also a Japanese spec RG500.  I know most of you probably know they produced the RG400 for the home market but they also produced the 500 as well.  I don't know if it was produced in limited numbers there or readily available like the 400.  .

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I know most of us aren't going to the UK to purchase a bike but I really wonder if this one wouldn't tempt a few people.  It is the rare Japanese color scheme with the red wheels and seat and the dog gone thing has just over 2000 miles on the clocks. 

 Collector quality with the collector price tag.  There have been a few RG's in the States offered in the 20 grand range but this is the closest one I've seen that would be worth it.  This one will also set you back roughly $23,000.  I'm not sure how much closer you could come to a out of the crate Walter Wolf.

The details:

HERE WE HAVE A VERY RARE CLASSIC EIGHTIES LIMITED EDITION SUZUKI RG500 GAMMA WALTER WOLF EDITION.THE BIKES DATE OF FIRST REGISTRATION IS 01/07/1986.WE ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERING THIS BIKE AT THE MOMENT & WILL GO ON A AGE RELATED 'C' PLATE.THE MILEAGE IS 3,385 KM'S THATS ONLY 2,116 MILES,CONSIDERING THIS BIKE IS 25 YEARS OLD THE MILEAGE IS INCREDIBLY LOW.THE QUESTION IS DO THEY COME ANY BETTER THAN THIS,ONLY IF YOU COULD EVER FIND A BRAND NEW OLD STOCK ONE.A TRUE CLASSIC FOR THE SERIOUS INVESTER.IN EXCELLENT CONDITION FOR YEAR,HARDLEY USED.HAS NEW FRONT TYRE AS IT WAS LIGHTLY PERISHED.THE REAR TYRE IS ORIGONAL & STILL GOOD.EVEN THE SEAT IS STILL SUPPLE.HAS THE ORIGONAL FROM NEW TWO WALTER WOLF IGNITION KEY'S.ORIGONAL TOOL KIT UNDER THE SEAT & ORIGONAL SELLING LABEL WITH MODEL & CHASSIS NUMBER ON IT ON REAR NUMBER PLATE BOARD.

 

 

"Hey Nigel, can you hand me my keys?  Yeah they are the ones with the red "W" on them."  I know someone who would love a set of those keys!

Just a darn pretty piece of Suzuki history.  Maybe they will cut you a deal if you want both!   .

Enjoy the rest of the WW porn.

Ian

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