Monthly Archives: May 2015

Honda May 31, 2015 posted by

One Owner 1988 Honda CBR1000 Hurricane with less than 4500 Miles!

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In terms of what collectors look for, this one ticks most of the boxes: one owner, never modified, and low miles. The question mark for me on this one is the styling, which to my eyes hasn't aged terribly well compared to the next generation CBR1000 to follow it. Nonetheless for the right Honda enthusiast collector, this one should find a new home without too much trouble.

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1988 Honda CBR1000 for sale on eBay

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from the seller (converted to lowercase):

THE LAST OF THE HURRICANES.

HONDA EXECUTIVE PURCHASED NEW,IT IS A TRUE ONE-OWNER BIKE. THIS IMMACULATE MACHINE IS VIRTUALLY INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM NEW. STARTED AND USED LIGHTLY ON A REGULAR BASIS TO KEEP THE SEALS AND RINGS LIVE, COMPLETELY STOCK AND UNMOLESTED, IT HAS NEVER BEEN DROPPED NOR IN AN ACCIDENT AND HAS BEEN GARAGED ALL ITS LIFE. ITS NEVER BEEN IN THE RAIN.

3 COLLECTABLE "HURRICANE" HELMETS INCLUDED-SEE PICTURES (FOR DISPLAY ONLY- TOO OLD FOR USE AS PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR.)

ALL NUMBERS MATCH. FACTORY SERVICED ALL ITS LIFE AT AMERICAN HONDA HEADQUARTERS IN TORRANCE, CA.

THE RARE ACCESSORY SEAT COWL IS INCLUDED AND MAY BE REMOVED FOR TWO-UP RIDING.

THIS BIKE WAS FEATURED IN THE APRIL 2006 EDITION OF RIDER MAGAZINE (INCLUDED-SEE PICTURES).

FAST AND COMFORTABLE, IT NEEDS NOTHING AND IS ROAD READY WITH GOOD PERIOD TIRES THAT ARE JUST A FEW YEARS OLD. INCLUDED IS THE ORIGINAL (UNOPENED) TOOL KIT, OWNERS MANUAL AND SHOP MANUAL. THERE IS SOME MINOR SCRATCHING ON THE RIGHT-SIDE EXHAUST COVER. YOU REALLY HAVE TO LOOK FOR IT TO FIND IT,

I LOVE RIDING THIS MOTORCYCLE AND ALTHOUGH I HATE TO PART WITH IT, I HAVE TOO MANY BIKES AND NEED SOME ROOM IN THE GARAGE. YOU'LL LIKELY NEVER SEE A HURRICANE 1000 IN THIS SHAPE UNLESS YOU KNOW OF ONE IN A CRATE SOMEWHERE.

One Owner 1988 Honda CBR1000 Hurricane with less than 4500 Miles!
Aprilia May 30, 2015 posted by

Noale Carbon Dream: 2004 Aprilia Nera in the UK

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Here is a bit of carbon fibre dreamery from Italy, an engineering flight of fancy if you will...a 2004 Aprila RSV 1000 Nera.   Listed for sale on gumtree but apparently located in Ireland near Belfast, only 200 of these beauties were built back in 2004 during a time when Aprilia dreamed of launching an ultra-exclusive "dream series" of bikes.   Carbon fibre everywhere, Ohlins suspension, Brembo braking, lightweight titanium used not just for the exhaust but all the bolts and fasteners, magnesium wheels...it all came together in what was to that point the most light-weight (under 400 lb) and powerful RSV1000 Aprilia had ever offered.

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Personally I don't think the pictures of this bike do it justice...the full carbon fibre bodywork with just a hint of glaze looks incredible in the sunlight and in person the bike looks incredibly purposeful....kind of like a stealth fighter, very function oriented but not raw.

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2004 Aprilia Nera for sale in the uk

The Nera was was marketed as a bike for the "cognoscenti', for people who knew how rare and special is was intended to be.  Aprilia even offered a dream package with its dream bike; on top of the $30,000 USD sales price buyers could plop down another $10,000 for an invitation to attend a MotoGP track session in the country of your residence, exclusive memorabilia, and a customized set of leathers.

While Aprilia was aiming high with its $40,000 dream package, it soon found out that aiming high and hitting the mark are two different things. Despite the first bike going to actor Matt LeBlanc of Friends TV show fame and overall excellent reviews, rumor has it that not a single buyer took Aprilia up on the additional "dream package" and that many of the bikes languished on the sales floor for more than a year. Perhaps its not surprising that the company soon ran into financial difficulties and in 2004 Aprilia and Moto Guzzi were acquired by Piaggio who quickly put an end to engineering flights of fancy like the Aprilia Nera/dream series and Moto Guzzi MGS-01.

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The base Aprila RSV1000 has proven to be a very reliable motor and this particular product of Noale is listed as having only done 5000 miles so its barely broken in but no service information on this bike is offered.  Realistically fluids and fresh rubber would have to be factored into the price.

Speaking of price, the last few of these we have been fortunate enough to have on RSBFS seem to have gone for prices around 6000 GBP/$12,000 USD so while the asking price of 7250 GBP price is about double of a standard RSV its still right in line with the price trend on these and is actually the lowest price I have seen for one of these to date.  Perhaps that's due to its location.

If full on carbon, exclusivity and italian-ness are what you crave, you probably cant do much better than a Aprilia Nera; the 200 unit production number already qualifies the Aprila RSV 1000 Nera as a Rare Sportbike. But I have to be honest say I don't think the Nera will be a bike that undergoes dramatic price appreciation anytime soon. It is undeniably beautiful and rare but its not based on a true race bike, didnt herald the launch of any major technology and the performance wasn't significantly different from the standard RSV1000 it was based on.  The Nera is instead a bit of designer dreaming that I doubt we will likely see again soon...then again so were the Delahaye and Henderson motorcycles so you never know..

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Noale Carbon Dream:  2004 Aprilia Nera in the UK
Ducati May 30, 2015 posted by

Bet it All on Black – 3 Custom Ducatis

Unusual to see three well done customs pop up at the same moment, as "well done" can be pretty subjective.  While customs are not RSBFS's specialty, this trio of black Ducatis caught my eye, and maybe you'll enjoy them as well.

Three Custom Ducatis ( Black ) for sale on eBay

2007 Ducati 696 Monster Cafe Racer

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This 2007 Ducati 696 Monster Cafe Racer has a Sport 1000 flavor with retro badged and striped half-fairing.  Lots of new parts in the cockpit and neat monoposto looking seat.  Freshly serviced, the Monster-based bike should be a sharp handler.

From the eBay auction:

One of a kind built at Beverly Hills Ducati.  The bike is a 2007 Ducati 695 Monster.  New Build includes 1970's style Custom SS fairing w/clear wind screen (both tank and fairing are custom painted with Vintage Ducati emblems and racing stripe).  Front end includes new clip-ons, Rizoma grips, Rizoma resevoirs, Rizoma mirror, Brembo slave cylinders & CRG adjustable levers.  Also included, Fresh tuneup, New brake pads, New rear sets, new tires, High tech speed superbright l.e.d. turn signals, Custom made café seat & High performance Leo Vince exhausts.

2007 Ducati Sport 1000S Custom

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The exquisitely photographed 2007 Sport 1000S is pared down to the bare minimum but finished to a very high level.  With no carbon or billet parts, all the magic here has a vintage look, though many of the hard parts are from later Ducatis.

The Portland-based builder, Digital Directiv, states:

Many builders like to take pride in doing everything themselves, but at the expense of the final product. I’m not one of those guys. Everything has to be perfect and if someone is an expert at what they do, I’m not afraid to involve them in the project. That’s why I recruited some of the best in the business to help me out. Chris from Masic Industries was enlisted to refinish every nut and bolt back to factory new condition and the only one I trust to coat the mildly-modified frame and wheels. Also done there was the mirror-like polishing of every aluminum part including the engine covers. All seams and casting marks were removed before many of the parts received a brushed finish; a feature also taken from the unique MH. Jeff Johnson of Ill Eagle Designs hand-formed the one piece aluminum solo tail section that mounts using the stock seat latch for easy removal. He also adapted the Monster 1100 headers into an amazing underseat exhaust capped by Cone Engineering cans. Ginger from New Church Moto was the only choice to make the sexy hand-stitched suede seat and matching pad. Tying it all together is the bottomless black and charcoal paint laid down by Tony’s Customs.

2008 Ducati 1098

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Using more carbon fiber and powder coating than the others combined, this 2008 Ducati 1098 is re-finished and upgraded, previously the owner's track bike.  Every system has been overhauled and / or upgraded, and comprehensive maintenance makes it seem ready to go.

Too much to list here, but the owner makes these comments in the eBay auction:

The sale of the bike will include the following OEM/Extra parts: Passenger seat, Passenger rearsets, OEM rear midnight black seat, Extra set of carbon fiber mid-side fairings.

I'm the second owner, the bike has been maintained throughout its life at Ducati AMS Dallas.
The following has been recently done to it - Past 3000 miles or so. Yes this Ducati visits the track, thus the upkeep and upgrades.

Though it rarely results in more value, sometimes a bike has to be refinished if not rebuilt.  Laid down or just run out, it's the owner's opportunity to try something, a combination of components or finishes that wasn't available from the factory that year.  These three bikes have a lot of personality as well as a very professional presentation.  If the right cyclist comes along, and does their homework, everyone could wind up happy.

- donn

Bet it All on Black – 3 Custom Ducatis
Harley Davidson May 29, 2015 posted by

Italo-American GP Machine: 1977 Harley-Davidson RR250 for Sale

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Today's Harley-Davidson RR250 may be new to most of you. We don't get the opportunity to feature Harley-Davidson motorcycles on this site too often, unless we're talking about throbbing pushrod v-twins hiding in quirky Buells. And all the "boat-anchor" jokes aside, Harley has plenty of racing heritage, although mostly outside of what interests most of us: roadracing. But back in the 1970's, Harley took advantage of its partial ownership of small-bore specialist Aermacchi to mount a successful Grand Prix racing program.

1977 Harley Davidson 250GP R Side

These bikes were basically a pair of Yamaha dirt bike engines welded up, and that kept running costs very reasonable and should make parts relatively easy to source today. The resulting motorcycle was actually lighter than the Yamaha's TZ machines and proved to be very competitive: starting in 1973, Harley-badged Aermacchi two-stroke parallel twins won three 250cc championships in a row, and bikes were raced as late as 1978.

1977 Harley Davidson 250GP L Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1977 Harley-Davidson RR250 for Sale

Harley Davidson RR250

Gran Prix Year 1977

Bimota Frame

Water cooled

Twin Cylinder

Ex-Official Machine

Fully restored

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The listing is obviously very spare, and doesn't tell us much about the bike. Does it run, or is it intended as a display piece? If it's an "ex-official machine," were there any notable riders or successes?

The bike is located in Rimini, Italy, but that's no surprise, since there weren't too many opportunities for these bikes to race in the US. And since it's never going to be registered for road use, importing it shouldn't be too difficult. Regardless, it looks like it's in excellent physical shape, so collectors can be sure it'll look great displayed in your living room.

-tad

1977 Harley Davidson 250GP L Side

Italo-American GP Machine: 1977 Harley-Davidson RR250 for Sale
Ducati May 28, 2015 posted by

Pre-Poggipolini – 1982 Scuderia NCR 600 TT

Around the corner from the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale, NCR founders Nepoti, Caracchi, and Rizzi began to modify and race Ducatis in 1967.  Their lightweight chassis and race team became a presence in endurance racing, winning the Isle of Man TT in 1978 with Mike Hailwood aboard.  Early in the trellis-frame's development, Pantah-based 600cc bikes were built to Tourist Trophy specifications ( by more than one tuner ), and this NCR 600 ready for the road may be more rare than a factory TT2.

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1982 Scuderia NCR 600 TT for sale on eBay

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Most of the Ducati V-twin 600cc engines have 80mm bore and 58mm stroke, displacing 583cc, though there was an 81mm bore update, displacing 597cc and using 40mm rather than 36mm Dell-Orto carburetors.  In the neighborhood of 60 hp is available mostly north of 6000 rpm, with two-into one exhaust, dry clutch and 5-speed transmission.  Three 260mm Brembo disk brakes provide the stoppage, very light looking 18-inch wheels suspended by 35mm forks and monoshock rear.  At a weight which should be just over 300 lbs, handling this bike will be a joy.

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Though one might want to fit air filters for the road, the discretely lighted 600 TT displayed appears ready for a ride.  The owner's comments mention a 2005 restoration, and the bike looks at least excellent, though there is no odometer, it's nearly 35 years old.  The alloy tank, half-fairing and monoposto seat fairing look unblemished, as does the frame.

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From the eBay auction:

Believed to be one of only two 600cc street bikes made by the legendary Ducati race team. The 600 TT is purely a NCR design, where the better known TT2 is more a Ducati product. Approximately seven NCR 600 TT race bikes and two street bikes were built. This bike was most likely built in Germany from a kit.

Unable to pass the ultra strict type certification the bike was placed into storage. It resurfaced in 2005 and was restored and rebuilt and serviced. Still unable to be used in Germany it was advertised for sale in 2012. I purchased it, and imported it into the United States. The bike has barely been used since being built.I have ridden it a few times, where it performed flawlessly.

It has a clean correct Tennessee title. The condition is excellent. The only non standard parts are the turn signals. The only fault is a small dent in the exhaust system.

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Pedigree would seem critical for a bike with this kind of buy-it-now, and perhaps the previous owner, restorer, or NCR can provide a paper trail.  Unrecognizable on the road, a vintage Italian track day would be a good day out for this machine, hopefully it will not be relegated solely to display.

- donn

p.s. - After being purchased in 2001 by Poggipolini, an aerospace and motorsports titanium concern,  NCR continues to thrive hand-crafting exotic parts and Ducati-based bikes.

Pre-Poggipolini – 1982 Scuderia NCR 600 TT
Yamaha May 27, 2015 posted by

The one you’ve been waiting for – 1989 FZR1000

BEAUTIFUL 1989 FZR-1000 on eBay

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We've seen a rash of FZR-1000s here on RSBFS lately and I dare say that this is the nicest one yet.  This 1989 model was crowned as "Sportbike of the Decade" by Cycle World and for good reason.  While the GSXR-1100 and ZX-11 were adding horsepower and weight, the FZR-1000 was getting more and more focused.  It was certainly still a contender for the top speed numbers, but was quite a bit lighter on the scales and that resulted in a more balanced machine.  The red, white and blue color scheme is beautiful and it shows off the sexy Deltabox frame perfectly.  For those looking for originality, this one appears to still have the factory signals, mudflap and chain guard, which is pretty rare these days.

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 The seller's eBay listing is almost completely void of any details, but the pictures do a lot of talking.  You can check out the listing here: 1989 Yamaha FZR-1000 on eBay

Beautiful example of the late '80s model FZRs...low mileage, paint and bodywork in outstanding shape! Needs tires and could use a carb-sync/tuneup. New battery and all electrical and mechanical working great! Real head turner.

Oh, and it's only 5 minutes away from me.  I feel an argument with the wife coming on...

The one you’ve been waiting for – 1989 FZR1000

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