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Honda January 31, 2012 posted by

Rare Honda: 1992 Honda VFR400 NC30

For Sale: 1992 Honda VFR400 NC30

This Honda VFR400 - better known as a NC30 - might be going to a new home soon. The new owner will be a lucky man (or woman) indeed! Stated to be fully original and in "museum quality" condition, this bike has just over 9,000 miles on the clock and is purported to be a stone, stock example of the breed. Unfortunately the pictures offered with this auction are way too small to be of value, but this is still a very interesting auction.

The NC30 is one of the more searched bikes on the RSBFS website. Next to the 250cc and 500cc smokers, the 400cc class is next in line when it comes to a rabid fan base. There have been many arguments regarding the relative merits of the NC30 vs FZR400 or even the GSX-R400. In the end, the upshot is the same: these are bikes with 600cc capable frames, brakes and suspension, but weigh in much less than the larger bikes. The 400cc mills are potent (especially at 12K+ revs!), and these are often coveted for trackday bikes for this reason.

From the seller:
Pristine Honda 400cc sport bike that is a blast to ride because of its smaller physical size and high revving engine. Japan-market model not imported into the U.S (speedo in Km = 14,773). Does have a clear Florida title. 100% stock with no modifications from OEM. Bike is part of a museum collection. Bike was "put away" 5 years ago by a certified Honda mechanic with 40 years in the business - Correct fluids drained, tank and exhaust system fogged with oil, all joints and cables lubed, etc. (note; there is no battery in this bike but it is easy to get one). All you need to do is put in a battery, gas up, and fire it up to go. Few unmolested NC30s with a U.S. title exist and none at this low price.

Aside from the tiny photos, this bike has a lot going for it. Apparently other bidders think so as well. While the reserve has not yet been met, the current bid is up to $4,050 and the BIN is set for an even $6k. When you look at some of the more used NC30s that have passed through these pages and brought in $4,300 or higher, those numbers do not seem that out of line. Of course it all hinges on the condition of the ride. The words sound good, but we would love to see more pictures!

This video is not of the same bike, but gives you a little better idea of a similar make/model, including sound. Love the sound of those gear driven cams!

For the complete scoop on this rare and seemingly well-loved VFR400, click the link and jump over to the auction.

MI

Ducati January 31, 2012 posted by

Pickled Duc: 1988 Ducati 750 F1

Pickled Duc: 1988 Ducati 750 F1

Update 11.29.2011: Back on eBay, links updated. -dc
Update 12.30.2011: Back on eBay, still $24500. We originally posted in September 2011. Links updated, -dc

Pickling is about the only thing that hasn't been done to preserve this Ducati. She is prepped for the solitude of a museum or perhaps your Ducati collection. This particular F1 made an appearance back in July on RSBFS while listed on Craigslist. The asking price of $24,500 has remained but the seller is open to offers. I can sum up pretty much everything else for you quickly: it is mint.

I don't know if it could have looked any better back in 88. From what I can gather, this is an "S" model. It was a slightly updated version of the 1986 F1. Dual mufflers, passenger seat and a front fender from a Montjuich were the key differences. Only 84 were produced. I do not know if that number is for U.S. market bikes or total production.

Yes, your dad is telling the truth. Cagiva did own Ducati at one point. They basically brought it back from the dead. I know it is just a decal but that is a cool element to the bike.

The story on her:

DR. T FINEST HOUR!!! THIS PANTAH POWDERED BEAST SWEPT THE TT CIRCUIT IN THE MID 80'S. PRETTY MUCH BONE STOCK EXCEPT FOR "BUB" EXHAUST (ORIGINAL OWNER INVOLVED IN THE BUB 300MPH SALT FLATS MACHINE). SOUNDS LIKE A CORVETTE 427 BIG BLOCK WHEN RUNNING,,,ORIGINAL FACTORY TIRES STILL PERFECT, DATED CODED ON SIDEWALL TELLS THE STORY. NEVER DROPPED, RACED OR DAMAGED. 100% ORIGINAL ITALIAN PAINT, PERFECT GLASS. STORED INDOORS ALWAYS. 36mm OPEN AIR DELLORTO'S WITH MALOSSI VELOCITY STACKS. IN MUSEUM MODE NOW, ALL FLUIDS DRAINED, CYLINDERS FOGGED, CARBS FOGGED AND TANK FOGGED. WILL NEED TINKERING, FLUIDS AND BATTERY TO GET RUNNING.

 

It has traveled a gingerly 3188 miles. I'm going to assume the asking price is a bit rich considering it was not snapped up during its' Craigslist listing. Is it just overpriced or has the soft market hit Ducati prices? Maybe we really are in a recession.

If you are intrigued, >make the man an offer.

Ian

Yamaha January 30, 2012 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ350 LC Now Available at SpeedWerks

Following the great looking Ducati 851 they sold recently, SpeedWerks is now offering this very sharp and original RZ350. As typical their pictures and description speak for themselves:

1985 Yamaha RZ350 on eBay from SpeedWerks

From their listing:

Now, a few of these are coming up for sale lately, but find an original one with stock exhaust as clean as this. 2 owners from new this Yamaha RZ has survived the test of time,the need to modify,the racetrack and is in phenomenal stock condition as pictured. High resolution images at: picasaweb.google.com/116165546705552642509/RZ350StockOriginalKennyRoberts#
copy paste and go! if you click the magnifying glass you can blow em up which will answer most aesthetic questions.
Modifications include.......NOTHING! stock exhaust system,stock,hand grips,stock era 1985 tires (which should be replaced due to age only.IMO)

This RZ was purchased from the same gent. at the Delaware shore at the same time we purchased his original oil cooled GSXR. see pics; picasaweb.google.com/116165546705552642509/RZ350StockOriginalKennyRoberts# copy paste and go! if you click the magnifying glass you can blow em up which will answer most aesthetic questions. Modifications include.......NOTHING! stock exhaust system,stock,hand grips,stock era 1985 tires (which should be replaced due to age only.IMO) This RZ was purchased from the same gent. at the Delaware shore at the same time we purchased his original oil cooled GSXR. see pics; raresportbikesforsale.com/1991-suzuki-gsx-r-750-in-exceptional-original-condition-for-sale/ Both were just cleaned and serviced, no frame off restoration was needed, as they were "very" well cared for. He was in his early 50 and used to manage the parts dept. at a dealership in Md. My friend was contracted to remodel his house and the costs had forced him to part with his cycles. My friend shot me some cell phone pic's which show how the bike was received. When I saw what he had we hauled ass down and grabbed em. The bike was fully serviced with all new fluids,the brakes were rebuilt and new pad's installed.

The carbs were rebuilt,new air filter installed. A new DID zvm x-ring chain, compression test and a set of plugs. most maintenance needed due to sitting on display in his garage for so many years. If he wanted a ride he usually took the GSXR he said.(hence low miles) The tank is clean and one key works everything! All electronics function as new. The stock oil injection has fresh oil and was bled / adjusted. Manuals and documents with machine. This machine come with the all elusive Yamaha Factory solo seat and the 2 up seat also. The windscreen is stock and in great condition. His wife had dropped a ladder against the left side upper fairing years back which scratched it. which we had professionally retouched by Johnny at Move Motorsports, Johnny paints all our bikes at Speedwerks and his work is 2nd to none. All photo's on the picasa link should show every detail from under the bodywork to the finished product, What you see is exactly what you get, references avail upon request. We have been doing this for almost 20 years and we pride ourselves on delivering great "rare" machines all over the world. Please ck out raresportbikesforsale.com to see some of our past sales and restorations.">raresportbikesforsale.com/1991-suzuki-gsx-r-750-in-exceptional-original-condition-for-sale/

Both were just cleaned and serviced, no frame off restoration was needed, as they were "very" well cared for. He was in his early 50 and used to manage the parts dept. at a dealership in Md. My friend was contracted to remodel his house and the costs had forced him to part with his cycles. My friend shot me some cell phone pic's which show how the bike was received. When I saw what he had we hauled ass down and grabbed em.

The bike was fully serviced with all new fluids,the brakes were rebuilt and new pad's installed. The carbs were rebuilt,new air filter installed. A new DID zvm x-ring chain, compression test and a set of plugs. most maintenance needed due to sitting on display in his garage for so many years. If he wanted a ride he usually took the GSXR he said.(hence low miles) The tank is clean and one key works everything! All electronics function as new. The stock oil injection has fresh oil and was bled / adjusted. Manuals and documents with machine.

This machine come with the all elusive Yamaha Factory solo seat and the 2 up seat also. The windscreen is stock and in great condition.

His wife had dropped a ladder against the left side upper fairing years back which scratched it. which we had professionally retouched by Johnny at Move Motorsports, Johnny paints all our bikes at Speedwerks and his work is 2nd to none. All photo's on the picasa link should show every detail from under the bodywork to the finished product, What you see is exactly what you get, references avail upon request. We have been doing this for almost 20 years and we pride ourselves on delivering great "rare" machines all over the world. Please ck out raresportbikesforsale.com to see some of our past sales and restorations.

If you're new to the RZ350, a quick search of our archives on the RZ350 will help fill in the blanks on what these bikes are all about.

If you're new to SpeedWerks, check out a handful of the previous bikes we've been proud to help promote on this site:
-1991 Ducati 851
-1989 Yamaha FZR400
-1998 Derbi GPR50
-NSR250 MC21
-91 GSX-R 750
-89 FZR400
-NSR250SP MC28
-RS250 Cup

Good luck with the sale Steve!

dc

BMW January 28, 2012 posted by

Go Different!-’04 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

Location: St. Augustine, Florida

Mileage: 14,641

Price: Auction, currently $6,400 with no reserve

Here's a chance to take home a sportbike that is certainly different than the conventional sportbike known to many. First, BMW builds some killer bikes, but it wasn't until the recent S1000RR that they got into the in-line four game, a format many are familiar with. And they knocked that one out of the park. The HP2 Sport is a killer machine, and similar to the R1100S, features the boxer motor too. To go even further, this bike also has a shaft drive and features BMW's telelever front suspension. It's a different way to go for sure. But in a world where much is the same, different is a nice break.

Here's what the seller has to say-

If you are waiting for the right Boxer Cup Replika to come along..this may be the one.

This stunning 2004 Boxer Cup is in totally stock condition.  It is in the classic configuration of no ABS or heated grips, a powerlet on the left side is the extent of the options added.

This motorcycle is offered with no reserve price.

It has 14,641 miles on it and has never been down or abused in any way.

No aftermarket or performance parts have been added.

It had it's 600 mile and 12,000 mile check done by the dealer and everything related to those services is documented.

The dealer removed the cannister and performed a recall item (the number of the recall is noted on the repair order).

At 14,000 miles I changed all the fluids, synthetic all around, with new crush washers and a Bosch Oil filter.

This bike runs perfect.  Rock solid idle, great performance for it's 98hp, quick start even in cold weather.  It had a new battery about 5,000 miles ago and a set of Pilot Road 2's were put on at 10,645.

All the Boxer Cup stuff comes with it.  There is the die cast model (never unboxed) the lapel pin, the adhesive backed pin for the triple tree, the tricky cable type key ring, the DVD, race calender, certificates of authenticity, manuels, etc.

All the tools are all there, never used as far as I can tell,  the tire repair kit is intact and never used or opened.

This beautiful BMW is #289 of 300 made in 2004.

There are a few stone chips on the front of the belly pan, a scratch near the left hand suspension tube (I've got a picture of that) and a place on the upper right edge of the windshield that a parking sticker was on and it appears to have marred the plastic forever (there is a picture of that as well, look at the bicycle through the windscreen and you will see it is slightly blurred).

This bike leaks not one drop of anything, has always been stored indoors (and looks it) has no descernable oil consumption and averages about 42 miles per gallon.

I believe you would be challanged to find a 'Cup like this anywhere on the market.

Winning bidder will be responsible for pick up or shipping (I would be pleased to help) .

This bike is a perfect "fly and ride" candidate, condition is such that a cross country trip would be no issue at all.

Also, Bike week is coming up in Daytona so you could drive down, do bike week, and take it home.

The winning bidder must post a non refundable $500 deposit within 24 hours of the closing bid. 

I have clear Florida title.  This bike is 100% ready to go.

And more photos for you-

The seller highlights the maintenance and care for the bike, which all looks pretty solid. BMW's are known for their outstanding build quality and can go to the 100,000 mile mark. The seller highlights some small cosmetic issues, but nothing major. There's no reserve on the auction so this thing is looking to move.

These go in the $8k to $10k range, so you may be able to get a great deal here. If you are looking for something different and still killer, then make the jump!

-RN

 

Sport Bikes For Sale January 27, 2012 posted by

The Lost R1? Yamaha R1-Z 250

The Lost R1? Yamaha R1-Z 250

Where have these darn things been hiding?   What a solid looking bike: a two stroke twin wrapped in an eye pleasing package.  Simple yet sexy.  The RZ-1 is another in a line of Japanese domestic bikes that never saw the light of day on foreign shores.  That is kind of hard to imagine with the cult following the RZ350 has.  These were produced in 1991 and 1992 (I think) but would look  right at home in a dealership  in 2012.  Update the headlight, forks and swing arm and you are in business Yamaha.

 

This particular bike is located in the UK and has underwent a complete rebuild with custom paint.  There isn't much to say, it just looks good.

 

From what I gather, the R1-Z uses the early  TZR parallel twin engine.  Being a domestic market bike they have the usual 45hp restriction.  I'm sure it could be unplugged with a little work.  Maybe without a fairing for protection you'd be happy with the 45hp.

To cut costs sometimes they'd go single disc upfront on these sort of models; not so with the R1-Z.

 

Come on Yamaha, work some overtime on direct injection and you are in business with this bike.  With the popularity of naked bikes and the built in RZ350 crowd I bet you couldn't keep them in the showroom.

Damn, I like this bike!  Check this one out with a TZR swing arm and upside down forks.

Since you can't count on Yamaha,  you might just have to snap this one up at auction.

 

 

Here is a Japanese test of a modded and standard R1-Z

Ian

 

Sport Bikes For Sale January 27, 2012 posted by

’02 GSX-R 600 Movistar Telefonica Limited Edition

Location: Bellflower, California

Mileage: 8,789

Price: Auction, $5,500 BIN

I love bikes that come with race livery like this '02 GSX-R 600 in limited edition Movistar Telefonica graphics. Granted, the bike is no different mechanically than a stock '02 GSX-R 600, unlike some custom fairing, limited edition bikes that come with upgraded performance parts. But a stock '02 is going to give you plenty of fun in itself. The killer graphics will help everyone else notice you're having a good time.

Everyone here probably knows that the fairing is designed after an RGV500 ridden by Kenny Roberts. Clearly a much different bike than a GSX-R 600, but a cool tribute anyway.

Here's more photos-

From the seller-

Super clean Suzuki Gsx-r 600, limited edition Movistar Telefonica. Under 9000 miles, runs and looks great. Stored inside garage. Custom FMF pipe, new tires, maintiance done regularly. One small dent on top of gas tank with little scratch. Also one small scratch behinde back seat. Comes with rear seat attachment. Feel free to ask questions!

This bike looks basically stock except for the exhaust and frame sliders. Those aren't huge issues, but for pure collectors, originality is always key. Mileage isn't an issue and the seller describes that the bike has been stored inside and has had regular maintenance. The seller also mentions two cosmetic issues that seem small but you may want close up photos.

It's hard to say how collectible this bike will become. The $5,500 BIN price sounds a little high, but you may be able to get it for less. And if you want a cool bike that isn't hugely expensive and may be a collector down the road, this could be your bike. If you agree, check the auction and place your bid.

-RN

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