Monthly Archives: August 2011

Aprilia August 31, 2011 posted by

Craigslist Finds Spotted by Our Readers

Our mailbox is bursting at the seams this week with Craigslist finds! Some of these we may have posted before or on our Facebook page, but archived listings often don't have fresh contact info or prices. Take a look:

From Victor, a 1987 Yamaha TZR250 in San Diego

From R.G., this 2008 Ducati Monster TriColore

and this 2007 Aprilia RSV Mille R 1000 Factory in Boston

And a Yamaha R7 in Cleveland from GD:

Hungry for more interesting finds? Check out our classifieds area where there have been some recent additions. Add your listing for only $5/mo!

dc

Sport Bikes For Sale August 31, 2011 posted by

Springtime And Square Fours: 1986 Suzuki RG500

Springtime And Square Fours:  1986 Suzuki RG500

Update 8.31.2011: Back on eBay with one day left. Good catch Mike!

It looks like there will be one less two stroke marauding the hills of Kentucky this Spring.  Your neighbors might disagree but these cool Spring mornings and evenings need to filled with the sound of  rattling two strokes. 

Before you ask:  there was no mention of a title in the auction.  Doesn't mean there isn't one but you'll have to ask the seller.  What you do have is a pretty nice RG500 in basically stock condition.  It has what might not be the most popular paint scheme but definitely one of the rarest.  Nothing major jumps out at me that has been changed.  Hopefully the solo seat was just laid on there for the photos and isn't that ill fitting.  The lower looks like it isn't fitting very well either.  Who doesn't start to sag a bit when they get older though!

Is she a high mileage bike?  You'll be happy to know she is one the lower mileage RG's I've seen lately: 9,283 miles.  One thing that did catch my eye was the wheels.  I'm not sure they are the original color.  Every bike I saw on the net had black wheels with this paint scheme.  I've learned to never say never though.  Suzuki could have made 5 bikes for Luxembourg that had this paint with red wheels.  Most importantly you've got another bike here, well over 20 years old and it looks to have no major changes.  The front blinkers look to be after market and the mirrors looks a little different as well.  The gas cap might have been on the receiving end of some paint too.  A few stickers might be MIA.  Usually there is a "Suzuki" sticker on the lower and a "Full Floater Suspension" close to the rear passnenger pegs.  Minor stuff (unless it has been repainted)  but I'm sure the eagle eyed RG fanatics notice it.

 

There were some seriously sweet carbon cans on Ebay a few weeks ago that would look awfully good back there.  Maybe some Jolly Moto's to go with them?

Here is what the seller has to say:

For Sale low mileage, 9282 miles-14,938 km . I have owned this bike since 2003. It has been in storage and garage kept. Bike has original paint and bike is mechanically and esthetically sound. This bike is very clean to be 25 years old. The color of this bike is the black, white orange and red, the most rare color that was available. Anyone who knows anything about the RG 500 Gamma know they are highly collectible.

Without knowing about the title I'm staying away from guessing a price.  The starting bid  was set low so I'm sure we are no where near the reserve as of this writing.  If it is titled I don't see a reason why someone wouldn't want it. You can place your bid here.

Ian

Sport Bikes For Sale August 31, 2011 posted by

Grey Market Minibike: 1986 Yamaha TZR125

For Sale: 1986 Yamaha TZR125

RSBFS readers know we love grey market import bikes - especially the two strokes. But those bikes are often prohibitively expensive and impossible to register in many states (such as CA). If you are not ready to pony up the big bucks for a Lance RG500 Gamma or RZV500 - or God forbid a RZ/RG hybrid - perhaps starting smaller is in order. Sure, you could go the NS250 route, but prices there are rising faster than ever. What's a dedicated smoker fan to do? How about looking into some of the cool 125cc machines available?

Originally released for the Japanese home market as well as Europe, the TZR125 might seem somewhat familiar. Sporting a Deltabox frame, the TZR's sporting intent is instantly recognizable. The 125cc two stroke single is liquid cooled, and power is enhanced via a Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) just like the RZ350 and RZ/RZV500. Braking duties are handled by a single disc in the front and a drum in the rear (later variants offered a rear disc). All in all, it is a lightweight, tidy package meant to bring out your inner Grand Prix daydreams on a bicycle budget.

From the seller:
Ultra rare, STREET LEGAL, Street bike, California registeration fees paid in full Two-Stroke Collector's Dream Kilometer gauges ( 11,000 kilometers, only about 7000 miles) Just serviced new YUASA battery runs fantastic! one kick, every time! nice Power Pros exhaust NEW FORK SEALS! Steering Head bearings serviced/adjusted new chain fresh oil Yamaha mirrors very light weight super fun to ride very unique, i doubt you'll ever see another one on the road!

The seller is correct - this is NOT a bike you will see often in the US. It appears to be in pretty good condition for its age, and is certainly a unique offering even by RSBFS standards! For those of you wondering about the fairing, these bikes did not come with one as standard. Given the markets in which this bike was meant to play, fairings add cost to both the purchase price as well as insurance. Keeping the bike naked makes it lighter, cheaper and more damage resistant.

Ask yourself: why do you ride what you ride? If your mount of choice was chosen to keep ahead of your buddies, show off at stoplight drag races or eclipse triple digit speeds on the street with regularity, then this is not the bike for you. If you revel in getting the most out of what you ride - if you value quality of experience over quantity - then this might just fit perfectly as a first step into grey market collectables. The best part? It's relatively cheap!

This rare, unique and California titled buzzer is being offered at only $2,999! For more information, pictures and a chance to contact the seller, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck, and be sure and tell 'em you saw it on RSBFS!

MI

Ducati August 31, 2011 posted by

2004 Ducati 749R For Sale in Canada

Our latest feature listing comes from Kenny in Calgary. He's offering his thoroughly sorted Duacti 749R, #378. Take a gander at this beaut:

This is one of the early models that came stock with the carbon fiber fairings for those who know the 749R. For those not familiar with what sets the R apart from other models, it was a homologation special from the factory to compete against the 600cc inline 4 Japanese bikes in competition. Upgrades from the standard model included full Ohlins suspension, radial Brembo brakes, slipper clutch, larger fuel tank, forged Marchesini rims, magnesium head cover, larger titanium valves and rods, a shorter stroke and larger bore for quicker revving, and of course special badging and number plate.

From the seller:

I am selling my ’04 Ducati 749R Superbike. Asking $13,000 with stock pipe and ECU, or $18,000 with full Ti Leo Vince race pipe and Nemesis ECU with Lamda auto tune. It is the ’04 with carbon body panels, #378. 18,000k’s.

I built this bike for myself and did all the things I wanted to do to others’ bikes but no one would pay for. My background includes building motors and track tuning for Ducati Canada, Yamaha Canada, Suzuki Canada, and several very competitive private teams, also machining and building hotrod Harley engines

ALL stock parts plus the bike has recently been fully sorted with inspection and replacement of every shim in the suspension & chassis, bushings, seals, bearings repacked or replaced, new fluids, new brake pads, rebuilt calipers, Marchesisni forged and CNC’d wheels, new chain and sprockets, new wider and flatter black Driven clip-ons, carbon tail action, carbon rear wheel hugger, and more.

Motor has new factory slipper clutch with Barnett basket, new timing belts, 4 new trans gears (the rest are perfect), all shafts shimmed properly, crank pin polished, crank balanced, new rod bearings, new Pankl rod bolts, new rings, diamond bore deglaze, machined for more compression, ported heads, fresh (light) multi angle valve seat grind, new Ti exhaust valves, all valves shimmed within .01mm of factory minimum spec, cams degreed, new race air filters, aluminum cam drive pulleys, and more.

Someone will benefit from all this loving! I feel this is the finest street Ducati model.

I can be reached at:
phone: 403-324-4062
email: austinke@telus.net

I live in Calgary at present, soon to be in Nelson BC, in Canada.

Sounds like an outstanding machine that has benefited from proper upgrades and recent maintenance. Good luck with the sale Kenny!

dc

Honda August 31, 2011 posted by

Red, White and Bitchin’- 1990 Honda CBR1000F

Location: Saltville, Virginia

Mileage: 33,000

Price: Auction, BIN $4,000

In the 1990 liter-bike world the CBR1000F (or Hurricane until Honda pulled the name) wasn't the most aggressive model on the market. The GSX-R 1100 and FZR 1000 were more track focused, edgy machines. However, the CBR brought a lot of things to the table that made it appealing to many riders. Honda build quality, still serious liter bike power and ergonomics that would't pretzel you meant a pretty solid choice for many everyday riders. I also happen to think the bike looks good, even today. I stood in awe of many a CBR1000 as a younger man. That awe still sticks with me.

Only a few more picks of this one-

Info from the seller-

FOR SALE

1990 HONDA CBR1000F 'Hurricane'

33K miles

Red/White/Blue Color Code: NH193K

Excellent Condition - 9

Superb Build Quality, Fit, and Finish!

All Decals/Stickers as from factory.

PRICE: $4, 000

Mods/Upgrades

Corbin Gunfighter in Royal Blue Connelly Leather

Second Look Tank Bra

Throttlemeister

K&N Airbox Filter

Fresh Michelin Pilot Roads

New Sprockets/Gold Chain

Carbs Rebuilt/Synced

New Battery

All work done by Atlas Honda of Bristol, Virginia.  Sale includes original owners manual, tool kit, and navy blue seat.  More pictures available upon request.

Buyer responsible for shipping arrangements.

The seller highlights some modifications (the Corbin I'm sure is an upgrade from stock, but the original is included if desired). The rest looks to be good modifications and maintenance. The overall condition looks good too for a 21 year old bike, a testament to the quality Honda consistently puts out.

So, the question here is the price. The seller is looking for $4000 BIN. That's quite a bit for this bike considering there's 33,000 miles on the clock. Granted, clean versions of these bikes are not really around anymore. And this bike, if it has a solid maintenance history, should run for many, many more miles. I will also say again, I think this bike looks as good today as back when it was new.

But still, I think you should ask yourself if this bike is worth $4,000 to you. If you have decided it is, make the jump.

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale August 30, 2011 posted by

1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 on Craigslist

For Sale: 1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01

Next to import two strokes, the WSB homologation 750 sportbikes are definitely a favorite around the RSBFS corporate office. And of those homologation bikes, the OW01 is quite possibly the most rare of the bunch. While not as successful as the Honda RC30 and RC45 on the track, the OW01 definitely held its own with numerous race wins with the likes of Eddie Lawson and Dave Sadowski (just to name two).

Because these bikes are a favorite of RSBFS staff, we have posted quite a few - sometimes the same bike as it trades hands. Staffer Alex points out what makes these bikes so special: "The short stroke motor breathes through four 38mm flat-side Mikuni’s, five valves, hand finished porting, lightweight pistons, titanium connecting rods mated to a close ratio transmission. This results in 108RWHP at 12,500RPM."

From the seller:
EXTREMELY RARE 1990 Yamaha Factory Superbike FZR750R OW01 12,200 miles
1 of 500 produced - Serious Inquiries Only - More information available upon request for serious buyers. Part of a Private Collection

With relatively low miles (although somewhat high for such a rare collectable), the bike looks to be in great condition. As always, we strongly recommend contacting the seller for more details and information if you are serious about this particular bike. This is especially true of Craigslist bikes due to the limited pictures and text.

The seller is asking $17,500 for this rare beauty - and if all checks out it is certainly worth that kind of money. Note that the OW01 has not risen to the level of the RC30 (yet), and as such represents a good deal in the world of WSB homologation specials. To reach out to the seller, click the link and hop over to the Craigslist advert. Good luck!

MI

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