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Suzuki September 30, 2015 posted by

Gorilla For Sale – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100

The big-bore sportbike can lead a hard life, racing from light to light, changing hands often - it's rare to see one survive without some half thought-out mods and undamaged, but here is the exception.  The GSX-R models were the right step for Suzuki after many years developing the GS and Katana, introducing the 750 and 1100 to the USA in 1986 and starting a dynasty.  Lightweight for the time, with the beginnings of alloy frame construction and a now legendary powerplant, the GSX-R1100 is a once and future flagship.

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1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

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Suzuki's 1052cc mill is air and oil-cooled, with a newly designed two-stage oil pump providing high pressure to the bearings and lower pressure feed to cool the internals.  The carburetted engine with double overhead cams generates 125 hp and 76 ft-lbs. torque.  It's laid in a cradle of aluminum extrusions welded to cast connectors and steering head, more heavily built than the 750 frame and quite rigid.  Only five speeds are required with all that torque.  41mm front forks are fully adjustable, and Full Floater monoshock rear shock is adjustable for rebound.  Twin 310mm disks are up front with 4-piston calipers, and a single 220mm disk follows.

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This GSX-R has almost 12,000 miles but it doesn't amount to even light wear over just about 30 years.  Surprisingly stock for a liter bike of a certain age, most have been "improved" or all the alloys polished, re-painted or even re-bodied.  Looks super in the pictures, just a couple of notes in the eBay auction:

Features:
Has original Air Box, Exhaust, all wire ties, all frame plugs, hardware, assembly check paint on bolt heads, original brush finish on frame. Runs as good as it looks. Bike is 99% original I’d say.

Whats NOT original:
Windshield
Battery (brand new sealed Yuasa brand)
Tires (brand new Bridgestone BT45s)

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Bidding started almost as soon as it was posted, and there's no telling what a time machine like this can bring.  Tests from the day praised the big machine's handling, torque and light weight, it'd be something to step back in time and smash an 11-second quarter-mile or straighten out Laguna Seca...

-donn

Gorilla For Sale – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Honda September 29, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

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A precursor to the iconic NC30 that was a sort of "mini RC30," the VFR400R was powered by the a 399cc, gear-driven V4 and had the bigger model's same ELF-designed Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm. Visual differences compared to the later NC30 include a more conventional, street-bike styled single headlight and bodywork, along with four bolts to hold the rear wheel in place, instead of a single large hub nut.

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This earlier iteration of Honda's jewel-like V4 used a more conventional 180° crank, whereas later NC30 versions used a 360° "big bang" crank and firing order for improved traction and tire life. The 180° crank engine should sound a bit more like a conventional four, with combustion events spaced more evenly throughout each engine revolution. You still get the distinctive whine of the gear-driven cams fitted to these engines however.

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Although the small V4 isn't as manic at high revs as other 400cc four-cylinders, it should have a much wider powerband and still rev to a screaming 14,000rpm. Grunt is ultimately limited by the miniscule displacement, but handling is superlative and these were [and still are] very popular in the UK as track-day bikes, although the 18" rear wheel does limit tire choice somewhat.

1988 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

From the seller: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

Imported legally this year from the UK with the idea of learning about  and testing the market as a possible business idea for the future.

When I received it, it would not idle, so, rather than clean the carbs, I opted for the more circuitous route and replaced the regulator/rectifier, coils, plugs, plug wires and battery as well as the starter solenoid for good measure. It ran better, but eventually I did clean the carbs and found the elusive idle.

The motor is sweet. Whining gear whir and a really nice howling exhaust note as it revs from clutch out at about 3000 all the way up to a redline of 14,000. Smooth and very torque strong powerband all the way up.

Also, as stated in the eBay post, the bodywork is original and a little rough on the two lower panels. The tank and balance of the beautiful old plastic is pretty nice in a slightly weathered patina appreciators sort of way.

I would like to mention the scale. The bike is small, the clearances around the engine and really throughout are tight and favor the small of hand. But, I am 5'10" and do not reach the bum stop under most riding conditions, so the ergonomics are semi comfortable and definitely not cramped.

Overall, this is a very sound , fun ride without the overkill of a larger superbike. I had an S3 400 Kawasaki that would pop your arms straight on the power, but this 400 is faster and more controllable in getting there. Like a RD400 but more muscular and with a much broader powerband. Throttle feedback is really fine. Would make a thrilling track bike or a good rider.

1988 Honda VFR400R L Fairing

Designed mainly for the Japanese market, a good number found their way over to the UK where they were popular as grey-market or "parallel imports." This example is a bit rough around the edges, as the seller clearly indicates, but these are the original panels and 27 years and 28,000 miles means some scuffs and scrapes and minor cracks are to be expected.

1988 Honda VFR400R R Side

The VFR400R is very rare here in the US, meaning this should be of interest to Honda fans here looking to complete their V4 collections or track day riders more concerned with corner speed than top speed. All-in-all, this bike lacks the endurance-racer styling and raucous "big bang" engine of later versions, but still provides the basic handling goodness that made these so popular in the first place.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale
Ducati September 29, 2015 posted by

Red, White and Green Pinstripes – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore

Following the 999 of 2003-06, Ducati returned to a more horizontal look to the superbike with the 1098.  Cadging another 100cc from World SuperBike rulemakers, the 1098 claimed 160 hp, but more importantly a small car-like 90 ft-lbs. of torque.  Improvements were made to the valve train and cooling system, mostly ending overheating and making the 7500-mile valve clearance inspection less likely to result in a shim change.

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2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore for sale on eBay

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The superbike that for some time claimed the best street-legal torque over weight ratio, the 1098S is capable of an 11-second quarter mile and 170 mph, leading some to say it's too much for the street.  The gold trellis frame and Marchesini  forged alloys have the chops to keep up.  All-Ohlins suspension helps out, with 43mm upside-down forks and monoshock on the single-sided swingarm.  Front brakes are 330mm with 4-piston calipers, and the rear is 245mm.  The two-into-one-into-two exhaust begins with a catalyst and ends with twin Termignoni carbon silencers.

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Originally owned by Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams, this 1098 has been treated to some nice updates and is looking for its fourth owner.  The second owner put most of the 12,500 miles on, and the third appears to have kept up with the maintenance.  Along the way it's acquired a few bumps but nothing major.  From the eBay auction:

Accessories from Ducati:

  • - Manuals, tool kit, 2nd key, code card
  • - Passenger seat
  • - USB Track software & ECU management software - dongle and disc (never used)
  • - Full Racing Termignoni Exhaust with Headers, Air Filter, Racing ECU and Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cans (Dealer Installed Option, all Ducati OEM)

Additional Accessories:

  • - Woodcraft Racing Rear-set Upgraded Peg Set with Woodcraft Brake & Shift Lever Option all in anodized black
  • - Integrated High Intensity LED Tail Light Kit with blinkers included custom made from CustomLED with Hazard's included
  • - Fender Eliminator Kit by CompetitionWerks – original fender with signals included
  • - Carbon Fiber Chain Guard
  • - Ducati Performance Slipper Clutch with Red Ducati Performance pressure plate
  • - Ducati Performance Bar Ends
  • - Ducati Performance Open Clutch Cover
  • - PUIG Light Smoke Desmo Windscreen

Recent Maintenance & Parts/Consumables included:

  • - Lithium Battery with trickle charger connector – installed 2015
  • - Michelin Pilot Power 2CT Front & Rear Tires – now with 600 Miles - Installed April 2013
  • - New D.I.D Performance Racing Grade Chain 525 in gold - Installed April 2013, 600 miles
  • - Ohlins OEM Fork-seal Overhaul Kit - (not just fork seals, but entire overhaul kit - Installed April 2013
  • - Ducati clutch spring replacement kit - Installed April 2013
  • - Ducati Clutch Pack - Installed October 2012
  • - Timing Belt Replacement & Valve Adjustment Major Service at 10,980 miles in 2012 by Ducati

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Tricolore editions number less than 1,000 and this distinctive paint will look super when the faux pas are taken care of.  The 1098 actually had a run even shorter than the 999, giving way to the 1198 after 2008.  With the factory upgrades to the model and the number of quality mods done, this 1098 should be a keeper, and more importantly a rider...

-donn

p.s. - the owner hints that his collection of 1974-2008 bikes may come to market, keep an eye on RSBFS...

Red, White and Green Pinstripes – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore
Ducati September 29, 2015 posted by

Form and Function: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

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We could argue all day long about the style of the unpopular but very effective Ducati 999 versus the 916-aping but also very effective 1098. I happen to like the striking Terblanche-styled older machine, but there's no arguing with the popularity of the restyled bike: they practically flew out of showrooms, adding credibility to my belief that, while Ducatisiti can be passionate about performance, they're also a very conservative bunch. But no matter how you feel about style, there is no denying that the Ducati 1098R is a serious road and track weapon.

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Internally, the 1098R shared little with it's more pedestrian brethren, with titanium connecting rods and valves to save weight and allow for a larger bore and shorter stroke. The 1098R actually displaced 1198cc, right on the limit for World Superbike v-twins. Interestingly, this is the exact opposite of the Panigale, where the R model is a bit smaller than the more road-oriented versions to meet those same requirements.

2008 Ducati 1098R Engine

Ducati had to lobby hard to get the rules changed to allow the bigger motor, and while they were able to use almost the full 1200cc allowed, those same rules changes meant they were very limited in terms of other tuning options. That made it tough for the factory to squeeze out more performance, but it means that the road bikes and the race bikes are closer than ever in terms of specifications, so this particular homologation special is very, very special indeed.

2008 Ducati 1098R Dash

With the included "race kit" installed, the twin made a claimed 189hp, but it wasn't just power that made this bike so impressive. In addition to the snazzy Ducati Datalogging Analyzer, the 1098R featured the first-ever traction control system fitted to a road bike: the DTC system which, unusually for something Italian, was far sexier in practice than it sounds.

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Activated by the installation of a performance chip that was part of the aforementioned race kit, the Ducati Traction Control system featured 8 progressively-less intrusive levels of control to help riders of all skill levels make use of that massive power without high-siding into the weeds. DTC was no newbie gimmick and was basically the same system fitted to Casey Stoner's MotoGP bike and Ducati's WSB machines.

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

  • Superbike 1,461 miles
  • Collector bike
  • Never downed or dropped
  • No scratches
  • Recently serviced
  • Original everything
  • Bike cover
  • Stand
  • Books and manuals
  • Title in hand

2008 Ducati 1098R Rear Suspension

This particular bike is barely broken in and looks to be in basically perfect condition, with under 1,500 miles on the clock, although the Buy It Now price of $20,000 may sound a bit ambitious at first.

But with just 300 imported to the US and a price of $40,000 new, one could also look at the Buy It Now price and think "wow, that's a pretty serious bargain." And for sure, these are collectibles in the making, as all Ducati's R bikes are. The question is, just how long will it before collectors are longing for the days when these cost just $20,000...

-tad

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Form and Function: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale
Aprilia September 28, 2015 posted by

Plain Vanilla ? – 2001 Aprilia RS250

Not the GP replica, but still a bantamweight champ, the streetable RS250 ( full VIN ) is a fun afternoon waiting to happen.  Built for the road from 1995-2002, the RS250 boasts 70-odd hp and just over 300 lbs.

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2001 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

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An interesting V-twin of only 249cc, the Suzuki-powered RS250 has Aprilia intake,  ECU, and expansion chambers ( with Arrow carbon mufflers ).  Power comes is strong at 9,000 ( ! ) rpm and redlines at nearly 12,000.  Kick start only, as a starter and bigger battery would push the weight up by almost 10 percent.  Lovely polished aluminum perimeter frame has matching banana swingarm, shaped to accomodate the expansion chambers.  Adjustable Showa 40mm upside-down forks lead the Sachs rear monoshock.  The Brembo brakes could handle a much larger bike - 298 fronts disks with 200 mm rear.  The monoposto layout is surprisingly comfortable for a full size adult.

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Only lightly used with under 3,000 miles, this RS250 looks pretty good in the limited photos.  There are some updates, new parts, and repairs that the owner describes in the eBay auction:

Couple scuff's in the graphics and little nicks in tail but have all new graphics for the full bike. 

Bitubo steering damper
Puig double bubble windshield
Piaa H3, H1 night tech bulbs
Pirelli diablo rosso corsa tires
Cromex coated exhaust chambers
Repacked silencers
Crank seals replaced
Front braided brake lines
Clear title
Extra two stroke oil

All new graphics (new)
Original windshield 
Original seat (new)
Under tail (new)
Glove holder (new)
License plate holder (new)
Clutch Crankcase Gasket (new)

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The owner also shares a nice youtube walkaround here.

Not locked onto the racetrack, the DOT RS250 can take you anywhere, and might be a rarer sight outside your favorite breakfast place than in the pits...

-donn

Plain Vanilla ? – 2001 Aprilia RS250
Ducati September 27, 2015 posted by

The Sum of Its Parts: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS for Sale

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS R Side FrontThe water-cooled Monster S4RS was a great engine in search of a bike. It was spawned from the original Monster that was itself the proverbial Franken-bike: frame from an 888, suspension and wheels from the 900SS-CR, and a dash that looks like someone ripped the idiot light cluster straight out of a Fiat. They've got very poor steering lock, thanks to that superbike frame, they're terrible for highway riding, and only seem to fit you if you're  5'8"... But they were an affordable, almost practical way into Ducati ownership, and were originally powered by the classic air-cooled L-twin engine that had all the performance most riders would ever need.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS R Side RearSo when they sold like the proverbial hotcakes, Ducati of course had to up their game, adding carbon bits and adjustable suspension for the "S" model and number of limited editions. Eventually, they gave the fans what they'd been clamoring for by sticking the water-cooled four-valve engine into the bike to keep it competitive compared to more modern alternatives from Triumph and KTM.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS DashBut to me, that's when the bike really jumped the shark. Obviously, a water-cooled engine needs a radiator, and then the RS version added a very trick, but still sort of tacked-on-looking oil cooler below the not-so-trick-looking radiator. And all those extra bits and associated plumbing looked like the afterthoughts they were, cluttering up what was originally a pretty clean design.

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And then there's the handling. While other bikes got the sport naked package right, the Monster RS didn't quite live up to the hype, in spite of top-flight Öhlins front and rear and superbike brakes. Basically, the 130hp 998cc Testastretta engine overwhelmed the chassis, making riding the bike less of a dance and more a back-alley street fight. And I mean, what's really the point of a 150mph naked bike? Aside from bragging rights?

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS for Sale

This is a 2008 Ducati, S4R Tricolore Testastretta.  This is a very rare bike, and to my knowledge is the only model in Utah or surrounding states. There were only 400 of these motorcycles produced in 2008.  This bike is number 52, as verified by the tag over the alternator cover.

This is a 999S, fully liquid cooled engine, Brembo brakes.  Mileage is a little over 18K.  Tires have approximately 85 miles on them.  They are Pirelli Diablo Rosso II's.  Pipe for Termignoni black carbon fiber pipes.  Chain is new and tight zero rust.  

This bike has never seen rain.  Stored inside and covered during winter months.  No damage, never been in an accident, layed down or tipped over.  All scheduled maintenance performed on or before schedule date by authorized Ducati mechanic.  

Includes bike storage stand

THIS IS A GREAT BIKE.

The parts that went into the S4 didn't quite gel into a complete motorcycle and, unless posing and wheelies are your game, the water-cooled Monsters might prove a bit of a disappointment. Fine, if that's what you're into, since the S4RS is very good at both activities. But there are better choices out there if you want a fast, naked twin.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Cans

That being said, the Tricolore S4RS is really the best-looking of the water-cooled Monsters, and this one looks like it's in extremely nice condition. It comes with a pair of shotgun Termignoni pipes already on the bike which, to my ear, sound much better than the Arrows often fitted. It otherwise appears to be completely stock, and that factory rear fender has my right hand itching to grab a hacksaw... The miles aren't the lowest, but Ducati engines can last a long time when well-maintained.

Unfortunately, there's been zero interest in the bike so far, with just about a day left on the auction and no takers yet at a $7,850.00 starting bid. I think these will one day have some real value but right now, prices of the early Monsters have bottomed out, possibly dragging these down with them.

-tad

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS L Side Rear

The Sum of Its Parts: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS for Sale

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