Monthly Archives: September 2014

Yamaha September 30, 2014 posted by

The Whippet: 1986 Yamaha SDR200 for Sale

1986 Yamaha SDR200 R Side Front

There’s an interesting ongoing discussion in the comments section on this site regarding exactly what qualifies as a “rare sport bike.” Bikes seem to fall into three general categories: exotics like Bimota or limited-edition Ducatis. Bikes that weren’t rare when new, but have become rare simply because good examples have become scarce through attrition, like the early GSX-R models.

But my favorite are the quirky, unusual bikes that are rarely seen outside of their home markets, or failed to find an audience when new. This Yamaha SDR200 definitely falls into that third category.

1986 Yamaha SDR200 L Rear

It’s not glamorous, or especially powerful. There are no bits of carbon bodywork, or titanium fasteners, or magnesium engine cases. It does feature a delicate, gorgeous trellis frame and swingarm combo that looks more “Maserati Birdcage” than “Ducati Monster.”

1986 Yamaha SDR200 R Side

With its three-quarters scale proportions, this bike would probably not be the best choice for many “American-sized” riders. But if you’re petite, or don’t care that you look a bit ridiculous as a big man on a little bike, this might be a perfect, unusual ride. It certainly isn’t tame: with 34bhp on tap from the two-stroke single that featured Yamaha’s YPVS power-valve system, 6 gears to play with, and only 230 pounds [dry] to push, this thing should be an absolute laugh-riot. With those skinny tires, at or near its 100mph top speed, I’m sure people you’ve passed would be convinced they’d just been blown off by a jet-powered bicycle!

1986 Yamaha SDR200 R Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Yamaha SDR200 for Sale

This bike has 13,700km on the clock (8200 miles) but has about 500 miles on the complete restoration. I had this bike taken down to the bare frame (see pics), everything was gone through. I doubt you will ever find one like this again, it was a fun project and somewhat taxing at times finding parts but they do exist, there is a large cult following in Japan and a company that specifically specializes in SDR200s. This bike is currently registered and plated here in California good until February of 2015.

I will try to recall the best I can the mechanical here. The motor was taken apart and installed a new piston ring set and piston, base gasket, head gasket, fork seals, clutch basket, alternator gasket, oil pump gasket, water pump gasket, water pump seal, needle and seat for the carburetor, float bowl o-ring, airbox to carb boot, new triple clamp bearings, new wheel bearings, new steering bearings, new swing arm and linkage bearings, new air filter, new battery with trickle charger, and new chain. These items were replaced not because they had to be, but I wanted it new.

1986 Yamaha SDR200 Rear

It’s pretty easy to see why this thing earned the nickname “Whippet”, and tt strangely reminds me of the Sachs MadAss: there's something playful about it. The design is fully-realized and mature, even if the bike's raison d'être is hooliganism.

The seller is asking $6,200 which seems like a whole lot of cash for a quirky little two-stroke with no racing history, regardless of how much money he’s sunk into the restoration. On the other hand, if you are a fan of these, I’d imagine you won’t see another one this nice in the US anytime soon, and the price is fully one-tenth the price of a Ducati Panigale Superleggera, which makes it seem a bit like a bargain…

-tad

1986 Yamaha SDR200 R Front

The Whippet: 1986 Yamaha SDR200 for Sale
MV Agusta September 29, 2014 posted by

Rebirth, Italian Style: 2000 MV Agusta 750 Carbon/PROTOTYPE

What is art?   For a long time the belief was that a motorcycle could not be art because "art can never have any other purpose than itself".  But the folks at the Guggenheim museum in New York thought differently and their 1998 display the Art of the Motorcycle was the most popular event at the museum in decades.  Of course the fact that they had a Ducati 916 front and center probably helped.  The 916 was designed by Masimo Tamburini and probably did more to transform Ducati from little known Italian motorcycle manufacturer to high end luxury item than any other bike in their history.

While for a lot of people the 916 would have been a career defining moment, Cagiva design house chief Massimo Taburini went on to design yet another jaw dropping blend of art and function and thereby relaunch an epic manufacturer into the new century.  I am referring of course to the MV Agusta 750 F4.

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Its hard now to explain the impact the new MV Agusta 750 F4 had when it was introduced. Bike design had become focused on blending function and weight (or as Colin Chapman is known for saying, "simplify, then add lightness").  The Honda Fireblade/CBR900 was the standard bearer of this philosophy and while bikes like the Fireblade were a technological tour-de-force, they inspired appreciation but not lust.

Into this setting came the rebirth of MV Agusta with the 750 F4, a drop dead, sexy red, narrow bodied bit of Italian exotica that didn't have the eye gouging 90's-style graphics packages. Plus it came with a rear end that was unlike anything else out there.

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2000 MV Agusta 750 ORO for sale on eBay

The first generation of the F4 model released to the public was the F4 750 Serie Oro and only 300 examples were produced, with only 60 being brought into the US.   A few seem to pop up on RSBFS repeatedly but this is not one of the previously listed bikes.

The Oro was significantly different from the standard 750 F4 models which followed it.   Many parts such as the swingarm, frame side plates and wheels were made from magnesium and were anodized gold for consistency with the name 'Oro' (which is Italian for gold).   All painted parts, such as fairings, seat cover, front mud guard and even the fuel tank and air box are made of carbon.  Also the Showa fork has fast detach axle clamps and according to the seller, the engine casing is different as well.

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So what's it worth?   Well on the plus side it has ultra low mileage, looks pristine and is 1 of the 60 series Oro bikes in the US with all the upgrades listed above.  But on the minus side MV Agusta went down the same road Ducati did, offering multiple "limited editions" of the bike which kind of diluted the appeal (I'm referring to you, Nieman Marcus edition) so it won't blow them away at bike night.  Also, the 1000cc engined bike introduced in 2005 is a more popular option with a lot of riders.  Lastly, a standard MV Agusta 750 seems to go for around 9k, so the asking price of 32k on this one seems a bit high but perhaps this bike will appeal to a collectors of 1st edition and zero mile bikes.  One thing is for sure, Tamburini knew how to "artfully" blend form and function.

-mg

Rebirth, Italian Style: 2000 MV Agusta 750 Carbon/PROTOTYPE
Honda September 28, 2014 posted by

Shade of Grey: 1993 Honda VFR400 NC30

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The Honda VFR400 model - also known as the NC30 or Baby RC30 - is one of the bikes that defines the grey-bike movement. It's not all about two strokes with a side of ring-a-ding ding when it comes to rarities and imports. Models with actual moving valves (disk and reed valves notwithstanding) also qualify. And in this group, the little NC30 is a real gem. Sporting a V4 configuration with gear driven cams, no other 400cc bike can match the sound of the VFR. Throw in RC30 themed body work, a single sided swingarm, and enough Honda technology to back up the looks, and you can see why the NC series is seen as the pinnacle of the 400cc segment. Style, power and sophistication - it's the Honda way.

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1993 Honda VFR400 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
1993 Honda VFR 400 NC30 CALIFORNIA STREET PLATED LOTS OF SPARES!!

Rare 1993 VFR 400 NC30, correctly titled as 1993 Honda with 11 digit VIN, current 2014 tags and has been CA titled over 15 years!

This is one of my project bikes I am clearing out as I have not had time to work on it over the last year, I need to finish another bike and the NC needs to go.

There is a large number of spares that come with the bike, some new some used, lots of good stuff and a couple thousand dollars worth new.

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This particular bike is not exactly mint nor museum. That is not uncommon for these models, and many have had a pretty hard life. The seller indicates that this one could likely use a complete disassembly, cleaning and so forth. The good news is that there is a CA title and a ton of spares included. If you are looking for ride-away condition, you best look elsewhere. However if you are in the mood for a project, this one likely has your name on it. Check it out here (along with a lot of seller details and more pictures), and let us know what you think. Good luck!!

MI

Shade of Grey: 1993 Honda VFR400 NC30
Triumph September 27, 2014 posted by

A Pair of Threes: Two First-Gen Speed Triples for Sale

1995 Triumph Speed Triples

A plucky spirit and old-world charm were ultimately no match for the industrial might of the Japanese and Triumph was gone by the early 1980's. The motorcycle landscape was changing rapidly, and they simply couldn’t keep up with the pace. So when construction magnate John Bloor changed his plans to raze the Triumph factory to build housing tracts and instead decided to resurrect the famed company, he knew something new was needed. In order to give the reborn company the versatility to create new models and respond to market trends, as well as create interesting, niche motorcycles with minimal risk, a new philosophy was needed.

The modular design resulted in a pair of engines mated to a versatile spine-frame that lent itself to a variety of configurations and eventually included supersports, adventure-touring, sport-touring, cruiser, standard, and café-racer styles. That café racer was the very first Speed Triple, and I just happened to find two prime examples this week: a very rare and very nicely prepared track bike and one of the best street examples I've seen in a very long time.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple Challenge Replica L Front

While the bikes that resulted from the modular design weren’t as refined as Japanese alternatives, they were successful, setting the stage for the company’s current line-up. Trading on character and heritage instead of outright performance, it’s no surprise that the 1200cc four-cylinder models were less successful, and the entertaining 900cc [actually 855cc] triple came to take center stage, a formula that’s worked so well for them since.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple Challenge Replica R Side

To promote the Speed Triple, the new bike was campaigned in a one-make race series name, originally enough, the “Speed Triple Challenge.”  The first bike is a replica of those track-only bikes, and features many difficult-to-obtain parts.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple Challenge Replica L Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Speed Triple Challenge Replica Track Bike for Sale

 I believe it has been said that these are fastest in Black.  It was and orange bike converted to all black just for color choice and not due to damage.  I have had this for a couple of years and have been converting to represent the Speed Triple Challenge series bikes. It has a serious amour of love, attention and $ put towards it. First of was finding all the black panels.  Bike has the Sebring/ factory race header with an Arrow titanium exhaust can, front end was ton through and re springer by Race Tech. Penske, $$$$, remote resivor rear shock. Keihin fcr39 race carbs installed and add a great intake sound. Specially sourced Sprint Steering Damper with proper brackets sourced new from UK.  Front and rear fenders are Carbon Fiber from the factory special Super III. The carbon has been professionally re surfaced and clear coated, will not fade in the sun like all the others. Six piston front calipers are also from a Super III and are an incredible performance option. Custom made carbon numberplate and tank pad. Wheels have been restored and painted in a grey metallic that just set off just right. Bike is set up for the strew with lights and bilkers. I have only used it 300 miles in two track days in the past two years. Tires are Pirelli Super Corsas and are still good - only 300 miles on them.  So, this is not your run of the mill early Speed Triple, it has thousands of dollars of rare and unobtainable rare parts, just try and find them.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple Challenge Replica R Tank

But according to most of what I’ve read about the early Hinkley bikes, trying to build one for the track is really like teaching a pig to rollerskate so, unless you like tilting at proverbial windmills, perhaps it’s best to look at an example that’s for use on the street.

Like this very, very clean and very, very orange example: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale

1995 Triumph Speed Triple R Side

Never restored, never repainted, never crashed first generation Speed Triple. I hunted for 2 years to get this one and secured it from a collector in Tucson AZ. Being dry climate and hardly used, it was cosmetically perfect, but had a bikini fairing and bar risers added. I had Cascade Classics of Portland OR completely go through it to get it back to stock, then started from there to refine it more. I have enjoyed riding her around Oregon backroads, sometimes taking my kids for rides, but now it doesn't get used. When I have time for riding I use the Ducati or Aprilia sport bikes. My policy is: if I don't ride it she has to go; hence selling the one bike I said I will never sell!

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Beautiful condition original Speed Triple that made the Hinckley bikes famous

Period 1995 Super III exhaust system. Tuned for this exhaust (much time/money here). Runs better than new (dyno charts prove it)

Invested $2,000-$3000 per year whether it needed it or not e.g. new rubber hoses on engine, flushed/cleaned radiator overflow tank, fitted new front brake pads with modern Triumph safety pins.

At oil/filter changes, oil comes out looking new. Uses no oil whatsoever. No rattles or noises. Silky smooth power

Never had engine apart, never crashed, never restored, never repainted, seat never recovered. Cam covers removed at 9,000 miles to check valve clearance; didn't need adjustment.

What comes with bike: Woodcraft clip-ons, Triumph brand period bikini fairing, OEM mirrors, unpainted cowl, spare orange grab rail, race 3-1 headers, workshop plus owners manual, all original documents: DMV docs, service receipts, original 1996 bill of sale etc.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple Dash

The original Speed Triple can, along with the Ducati Monster, be credited with popularizing the naked sports machine trend. Other manufacturers may have gotten there first, but those bikes [CB1, Hawk GT, Bandit400, etc…] are relative footnotes. It’s easy to see the Speed’s charm: a powerful, throbby engine with just enough handling for a sporty morning blast through the twisties, and enough individuality and sex-appeal to make the rider feel special.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple R Side Engine

All the different era Speed Triple bikes have their charms, but the first of the line always has some extra bit of excitement about it. I really like these, especially their generally rock-bottom prices. It’s the kind of bike I’d never own as my only bike, but I’d love to have space in my garage so I could have one as a slick daily hack. That means neither of these are really the right bike for me. But if you’re looking for a collectible early Speed3, you are very unlikely to find one in better physical shape that hasn’t been sitting in a crate since the 90’s. Honestly, I am always trolling for these and they’re never this nice and only rarely this orange. It’s pricey, but you probably won’t find a better one.

And if you’re looking for a seriously one-of-a-kind track-day or race bike, your search is definitely over. Just don’t buy it if you don’t like answering questions about your ride: any time that thing is parked up, people are likely to wander over and ask about it.

-tad

1995 Triumph Speed Triple L Side

A Pair of Threes: Two First-Gen Speed Triples for Sale
Aprilia September 26, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: 2011 Aprila RSV4 APRC SE – Max Biaggi Special Edition

9.27.14: This Featured Listing sold in just 1 hour, a new RSBFS record! Congratulations to both buyer and seller! If you have a very good to excellent condition sportbike, that is priced to sell, contact me about purchasing your own Featured Listing. -dc

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC Max Biaggi R Side

Aprilia has a history of producing bikes that feature shall we say functional aesthetics. From the bulbous but incredibly effective original RSV through the dangerously angular restyle and the pterodactyl-ous Dorsaduro and brutally-ugly Tuono, their bikes may not be pretty, but they sure do the job, and they do it with tons of charisma. And the current Aprilia RSV4 certainly follows this trend of looking functionally over-styled, with a strange, finned tailpiece and triclopean face.

This particular example features the very trick Austin Racing exhaust (from the UK, not Texas) and race-replica colors to celebrate Max Biaggi's Rossi-free success in World Superbike. It's a very clean, tastefully upgraded bike with less than 2,000 miles on the clock.

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC Max Biaggi Rear Brake

The RSV4 features one of the most comprehensive and cutting-edge electronics suites available on a motorcycle at any price, coupled to one of the best-sounding motorcycle engines ever built. Everyone loves the sound of the Yamaha R1 with its flat-plane crank, but it basically sounds like it wants to be a V4. Just like the one in the Aprilia. It’s powerful, flexible, exciting, and sounds amazing, even with a stock exhaust. But who has one of those, anyway?

I’m torn as these are simply awesome machines, with performance and pedigree. But I do wish the style was just a bit more subtle... But if it isn't beautiful, you can’t argue with the tiny dimensions. It’s an amazingly compact motorcycle, and hugely effective, winning comparison tests all over the world while the race bike tears up World Superbike. You can find bikes with more straight-line speed, or ones that are more user-friendly, or cheaper. But it’s simply the best overall package available anywhere.

From the seller: 2011 Aprila RSV4 APRC SE - Max Biaggi Special Edition

Bike has less than 2,000 miles on it, and to be honest, I've been having so much fun on my Honda Grom, my Aprilia just sits around.
Full service recently completed by MotoCorsa here in Portland, OR.
Updated with Titanium Austin Racing Exhaust
Special ECU mapping by AF1 (well known in the Aprilia world)
Austin Racing fold-up levers and mirror block-off plates
Bike is immaculate and was well-loved.
Additional photos available upon request.
Bike comes with all original equipment, including a special edition Max Biaggi motorcycle cover!

Priced to sell at $14,000.00!!! SOLD!

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC Max Biaggi Cockpit

I love this bike and at $14,000 this is a screaming deal. Just pull off the Max Biaggi bodywork and hang it on your office wall, fit this with some black race bodywork, and ride the wheels off it. Or just park it in the driveway and rev the hell out if it to impress your neighbors.

-tad

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC Max Biaggi Rearset

Featured Listing: 2011 Aprila RSV4 APRC SE – Max Biaggi Special Edition
Yamaha September 26, 2014 posted by

OW-00? 1988 Yamaha FZR 750RU

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For those who follow and collect homologation machines, the OW-01/02 series bikes are the crown jewels of the Yamaha lineup. But before the OW nomenclature, Yamaha homologated another racing machine - the FZR 750RU. While not quite as rare, coveted or expensive as the OW bikes, the 750RU is a great collector machine. It has timeless lines, great performance, historical significance and was built in limited numbers. We have see a few of these on RSBFS (search for FZR750RU here), and they always seem to be well received. This particular example has just under 13,000 miles, and is located in Rhode Island. The seller indicates that it is not totally stock, but can include some of the original pieces with the sale. The opening ask for this bike is $5,500, with a reserve in place. That might be a bit high for a starter, as there have been no bids as of yet.

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1988 Yamaha FZR 750RU for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
Own a piece of history with this rare vintage bike. Not many were made and few are still around. This bike is in great shape and has low mileage below 13,000 Miles. Never raced and some parts are not original as listed in the condition section.

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MI

OW-00?  1988 Yamaha FZR 750RU

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