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Ducati December 31, 2015 posted by

Wideout – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore

In a little high-stakes WSBK poker, house designer Giandrea Fabbro penned a treatment reverent to the 916 and 996, and powerplant engineers prepared an 1100 with a few beneficial changes to the valve train - just before the rule czars increased twin displacement to 1200cc.  The 1098 was a nice success for Ducati but was shortly succeeded by the 1198.  The 1098S-Tricolore was just the thing for an NFL wide reciever with a new long-term contract.

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2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore for sale on eBay

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A return to Ducati's superbike roots, the 1098 had a lower look and two-one-two exhaust.  Claiming 160 hp and a whopping 90 ft-lbs torque, verifiable by the digital dash and analysis software.  Beside standard superbike fare of DOHC big twin, trellis frame, and dry clutch, the -S sports Termignoni carbon mufflers, forged Marchesini wheels, fully adjustable Ohlins dampers, and carbon fiber just about everything.  The Tricolore paint with gold highlights is just the icing on the cake.

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Nicely presented, this 1098 has just break-in miles and a few nice updates in the lever, seat, clutch cover, and windshield departments.  Otherwise it looks stock and undamaged, with good tires.  From the eBay auction:

Offering my 2007 Tricolore. It has been loved and is in perfect condition. Full Ohlins suspension, Termi exhaust, Suede seat plus original, Carbon fiber rear fender hugger, Yoyodyne clutch slave, new Michelins, new lithium battery, full 3M clear paint protection kit, adjustable levers, SSR open clutch cover, Ducati pressure plate, Tinted windshield. 3100 miles (may go up slightly if weather permits). Always covered and kept in climate controlled storage. Always full synthetic oil.

Original owner was NFL player Reggie Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles. All recalls have been completed and documented.

Sale includes all books and records plus both keys, stock windshield and stock seat.

Note* Stock mirrors have been reinstalled. Bar end mirrors were removed and are not included in sale.

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A beauty and a special 1098, and not an easy bike for the road, Ducati took the R-variant to the WSBK banquet in 2008 and 2011 ( with 1198 cc engine ).  Difficult to demo and sometimes even to inspect this time of year, the low miles, right keys, and documentation is reassuring.  Regardless of the miles, the cam belts will want changing, so put that in your bid computer.  Owned originally by a starting Eagles wide receiver Reggie Brown, who never had time to rack up the miles, after a couple of injuries was fighting for his starting spot, and is now coaching college ball in Georgia.  Happy New Year, Dec. 31st is not too early to think spring !

-donn

 

Wideout – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore
Honda December 30, 2015 posted by

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em… 2005 Honda RC51 RVT1000R for Sale

2005 Honda RC51 R Side

The Honda RVT1000 SP-2 might lack the drop-dead sex appeal of a Ducati, but Honda's legendary reputation for build-quality and reliability offer up a charm all their own. Back in the mid-1990s, Ducati was seeing unprecedented success on and off track with Massimo Tamburini's brainchild, the 916 and its derivatives. On-track, it could be argued that rules for v-twins gave the blood-red Bolognese bikes an unfair advantage, but success on the street was the result of styling that dripped sex.

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Of course, the Japanese manufacturers decided "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" and introduced their own v-twin sportbikes designed to trounce Ducati at its own game, with varying degrees of success. Suzuki's TL1000S made a splash initially, although maybe not for the reasons they'd hoped, while the supposedly more racy follow-up TL1000R was a disappointment on all fronts. The Honda VTR1000F "SuperHawk" was introduced in 1997 to... crickets, mostly. Much more a sporty bike for the street than a serious racetrack refugee, it was cursed with bland styling and a tiny fuel tank that seriously curtailed the all-day backroad adventures the flexible twin and comfortable handling would otherwise have inspired.

2005 Honda RC51 Dash

But the SuperHawk was never really intended to beat the Ducati in terms of pure performance. That was left to the VTR1000 SP-1 that was far from the lithe design you'd expect for a supposedly Ducati-beating motorcycle, with a broad fairing and bulky styling. But the bike ditched the SuperHawk's camchains for sexy gears, and the Honda is dead reliable, sounds sexy as hell, and can be serviced at your local dealer, a big plus in many parts of the country. Unfortunately, the handling wasn't really all that sharp, and huge throttle bodies designed for top-end power made low-rpm fueling pretty chunky...

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By the time the RVT1000 [Argh! Acronyms! VTR, RVT... Make up your mind!] SP-2 rolled around in 2002, Honda had refined the formula and while power was up only slightly to 133hp, the bike was much smoother overall, and handling was significantly improved. Fuel range still sucked but, considering this was intended to follow the RC30 and RC45, that slight flaw can probably be forgiven.

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From the original eBay listing: 2005 Honda RC51 RVT1000R for Sale

Only 6361 miles
$7,000 in upgrades
Black and gray color, last model before the RC51 was discontinued in 2006.
Marchesini magnesium light weight rims front and rear
Sato High
Mount Bonzai exhaust with titanium mid pipes and carbon fiber cans
Dyno Jet Power Commander III with Dan Kyle map
Sato adjustable rear sets
CRG adjustable shorty brake & clutch levers
European rear tail section with led lights (cleanest looking one made)
New Michelin 2CT Pilot Power front & rear tires
New DID o-ring gold chain
Greggs flush mount front turn signals
Puig tinted racing windscreen
Front and rear bike stands
Bike cover
Battery
tender hookup
15 tooth counter sprocket (front)
Café mirror
Have stock parts
Garage kept
Never down
Never on track
2nd mature experienced owner
Just performed maintenance service: Repsol full synthetic oil, front and rear brake and clutch fluid service
Excellent condition
Super fast and expert riders only
Pink slip in hand
$12,200 / best offer

This particular bike looks very sleek in black, something that can't quite be said for the more common red and silver scheme. Mileage is very low, and the bike has had some very tasteful and useful modifications thrown at it, although the $12,500 asking price seems very high.

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The RC51 is still very much a bargain sportbike, but they're relatively rare and many have been lovingly cared for. Stone-axe reliability, solid handling, and big-twin boom make this a great bike and, if you can stomach the price, this might be a good one to sock away in hopes that it one day reaches RC45-levels of collectibility.

Hint: don't bother. Just ride the hell out of it instead.

-tad

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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em… 2005 Honda RC51 RVT1000R for Sale
Yamaha December 29, 2015 posted by

60th Anniversary Colors – 1985 Yamaha RZ-350 Kenny Roberts

Updated from the RD350 in 1983, the liquid-cooled RZ350 was a pint-sized powerhouse for the company, and though it wasn't sold after 1986 in the U.S., it stayed another 10 years in other markets.  Yamaha has returned to the Kenny Roberts-era yellow and black for their anniversary this year, but you'll need connections to get that signature on your new R1 or R6.

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1985 Yamaha RZ-350 for sale on eBay

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Putting a big fun factor in the small displacement end of the dealership, the RZ350 put 60hp under a 375 lb. motorcycle.  The two-stroke twin had oil injection and YPVS, Yamaha's electrically variable exhaust port which helped stretch the power delivery somewhat.  Each muffler had a catalytic converter, and a temperature alarm to keep the cats under control.  The frame had four light tubes around the engine, a forerunner of the perimeter frame to come.  The lightweight theme continued with aluminum wheels same size front and rear.  Forks are conventional with rear monoshock, and brakes are dual front disks of 267mm with single rear.  The bodywork is beautifully designed, handlebar-mounted bikini with chin fairing trying to send some air over those pipes.  Side covers and seat fairing stretch the color scheme to the taillight.

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The RZ350 on offer looks great for its 30-plus years, with expansion chambers and Rizoma handlebars.  Bodywork appears undamaged and smaller plastic bits appear to be all there, must've been garaged a ways from the south Florida sun.  From the eBay auction:

WHEN ONLY THE FINEST WILL DO.  ABSOLUTELY STUNNING ORIGINAL 1985 YAMAHA RZ350 KENNY ROBERTS.  THIS ORIGINAL RZ350 IS AMAZING.  ORIGINAL PAINT.  NEW BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX TIRES FRONT AND REAR.  ONLY 17K ORIGINAL MILES.  STARTS FIRST KICK.  EVERY LIGHT, TURN SIGNALS, HORN WORK PERFECTLY.  THE ENGINE RUNS FLAWLESSLY.  TRANSMISSION IS SMOOTH SHIFTING.  SEAT IS PERFECT.  COMES WITH TOOMEY EXPANSION CHAMBERS.  ANY SPOTS OR MARKS YOU SEE IN THE PICTURES IS JUST REFLECTIONS, THERE ARE NO SPOTS OR MARKS.  TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT ALL 24 PICTURES.  THIS MAY WELL BE ONE OF THE NICEST RZ350 ANYWHERE.

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At least looking lighter than the fully faired F1 model that followed, the RZ350 reviewed as a sweet handler and despite the YPVS, a little sleepy below 5000 rpm, but then pulled nicely right to the 9500 rpm redline.  The peaky Yamahas were wrung out on the street and track, and it's rare to see one in this kind of shape.  A bargain at more than double the 1985 MSRP, like you needed an excuse to go to Naples this time of year...

-donn

60th Anniversary Colors – 1985 Yamaha RZ-350 Kenny Roberts
Suzuki December 28, 2015 posted by

As Seen on CSBFS: 1982 Suzuki RGB500 Mk7 XR40!

1982 Suzuki RGB500 for sale

This gorgeous Suzuki RGB500 is for sale in California and Tad wrote it up on our sister site, Classic SportBikes For Sale. Here is an excerpt:

Ridden by such luminaries as Barry Sheene and Randy Mamola, the two-stroke Suzuki RGB500 was eventually developed into the dominant machine you see here, but it went through a significant evolution following its introduction in 1974. As you’d expect, the bike always had power to spare, but high speed handling was suspect at first.

By the time the 1982 bike rolled around, Suzuki had moved to a “square” 54mm x 54mm engine for a grand total of 495cc. It was far more reliable than previous iterations and featured the same stepped cylinders seen on the RG500 Gamma road bike that had the rear pair of cylinders raised up slightly higher than the front pair. With a dry weight of 292lbs and 120hp, the bike could reach speeds of up to 170mph, which is pretty terrifying considering the tire technology of the time.

dc

1982 Suzuki RGB500 for sale on eBay

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from the seller's listing:

1982 RGB500mk7 XR40

This is not a street bike folks, this is the real deal, A real factory Suzuki GP road race bike... This bike has the stepped square 4 motor with magnesium crankcases, magnesium carburetors, and dry clutch... The Chassis is loaded with magnesium, Titanium and Aluminum, stuff you would expect to find on a factory race bike... First year of "Full Floater" monoshock suspension... Chassis number 42 motor number 49... Bike is in unrestored, excellent condition, just as it rolled off the race track in 1982... This bike from part of the team Heron Suzuki stable, bike has been museum store in Japan since last raced... these bikes are tad more rare than a TZ750 and much more powerful... It is the perfect bike to dominate vintage racing and is eligible for the "classic TT" in Phillips island This is a rare opportunity to own a real factory GP bike, don't let it slip by, you'll be sorry if you do...

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KTM December 27, 2015 posted by

Right Off the Bat – 2008 KTM RC8 Limited Edition

KTM's first superbike was introduced on the 2005 show circuit using the 999cc Duke engine.  When production began in late 2007 the 1148cc LC8 was ready and though it was updated the next year, the bike was a success and the factory has campaigned it in AMA and World Superbikes.

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2008 KTM RC8 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

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KTM developed the 4-valve 75-degree V-twin in record time, and it provides 152 hp and 88 ft-lbs. torque.  The engine is almost 10 kg. lighter than comparable powerplants, which helps the WP ( a KTM subsidiary ) upside-down forks and monoshock do their job better.  Brembo radially mounted calipers hug 320mm front disks and 240mm rear.  The styling separates the RC8 fans from those who make parenthood jokes about the angularity and color schemes.

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Number 42 of a Special 2008.5 Edition of 50 ( Red Bull and Akropovich editions didn't come out until 2010 ),  this monochromatic treatment has a lot of carbon as well as exhaust and chip.  A surprising combination of 2250 miles and new tires, also a new lithium-iron battery, it's a beauty to behold.  From the eBay auction:

This is the rare 2008.5 model in stellar condition, #42 of 50 imported into the US. Numbered Plate (metal) included.  

Brand new Michelin Power Sport 3 tires.

It has the Power Commander on the bike, with a custom map from England tuned to the QD Exhaust, a big investment. The bike runs flawlessly with stellar throttle response and power..

All the Akropovic flat carbon bits are perfect as well. The entire tail piece, front and rear fenders, clutch guard are all Akropovic matt carbon. The original tail section is included, immaculate also.

It has orange anodized KTM billet covers installed for clutch, and both brake reservoirs. Then, CRG levers; orange silicone coolant hoses, as well as front and rear axle sliders. Includes R&G tail tidy, and KTM genuine accessory bag, it is made for the RC8 by KTM and plugs into the two holes you see in the tailpiece, which are controlled by the seat latch. Lastly, gorgeous R&G rearsets from England.

The carbon tank shield is from Australia.  I replaced the seat with a carbon fiber pattern-imprinted leather beauty from Corbin. Perfect fit and nicely parallel orange stitching. Original included with sale.

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The flat white, black frame and carbon look cool, with signature KTM orange playing peek-a-boo.  Outstanding digital dash and centralized-mass exhaust is better resolved than many.  Real-world ergonomics have slightly larger seat and higher bars than you might initally expect, but very adjustable, and the bike tested quick and comfortable.  Performance was substantially equal to a Ducati 1098S, their inspiration and competitor.

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Nicely accessorized by the owner with tankbag and cover, there're also no cam belt worries on a KTM, using a gear and chain system.  This Austrian upstart looks ready to go for some post break-in miles !

Right Off the Bat – 2008 KTM RC8 Limited Edition
Sport Bikes For Sale December 26, 2015 posted by

Media Day at the NYC Motorcycle Show

Winter break continues at the NYC edition of the International Motorcycle Show, Happy Holidays all! - dc

The smooth ride provided by RSBFS continued as I received a press credential for the last Progressive International Motorcycle Show of 2015, their ten-city tour almost half complete.  Didn't see Flo, but there were a lot of folks in Progressive colors, kudos to them for sponsoring and welcoming the media before the crowds...

There would soon be a custom bike on each carpet pad and about a thousand people in this aisle.

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It had been a good walk over from Penn Station and there was coffee and muffins and a short welcome from the Progressive show managers.  A full day of presentations by manufacturers was in store, the girls in blue and white herding us from stop to stop.  Fortunately they had gotten the memo about motorcyclists being free spirits and we were able to wander a bit as there was plenty to catch the eye.

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Royal Enfield was the first stop, they are organizing a US dealer network and have a new cafe racer model, the Continental GT.  Showing a flat black custom treatment done by the importer, they are go for launch on the retro craze.

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I detoured through the KTM display on the way across the show floor, their RC390 single and RC Cup were at the front of the booth, but I found the 1290 Super Duke R Special Edition pretty captivating.

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Triumph showed only the Bonnevilles, in every variation.  The 900 and 1200cc twins are going to leave a bruise in the other retro hopefuls, especially when their Scrambler arrives mid-2016.

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Honda had a lot to say about their side-by-sides but eventually focused on the RC-213V-S which at $184,000, if we could sleep in it would almost make sense.  Conceptually hard to beat a street legal GP machine.  They neglected to even mention the merely incredible CBR-1000RR.

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The Africa Twin is back after a long respite, they  brought along one of the originals, so cool.

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Cutaways were my treat of the event - R1 above, ZX-10R below.  $15K gets you a great deal of engineering these days.

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For all the yawns awarded the Victory brand, they deserve a great deal of credit for their prototype-engined Pikes Peak entrant and a production-engined custom built by an Austrian drag racing champ ( I know you don't see those words together very often ).  The factory flew Urs Erbacher in for the show and he spoke very well about the project and the company.

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Suzuki has a comprehensively revised GSX-R in the works but the 1986 race bike was the gem at their display.

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Ducati had a beautiful pavilion with all the Superbikes, Multis, Hypers, Diavels, and Monsters, and a separate deck for the Scramblers, but my pick was the "little" 959 Panigale.

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Yamaha must've commissioned an additional race bike for every racer they sponsored, as they were real and perfect.

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The R3 looked very do-able especially with Graves options and colors.

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And celebrating their 60th with a momentary return to the old winning colors.

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Hard to compete with Indian for chrome, pastels, and suede fringe, especially as they are now backed with Polaris engineering.  Hats off to Indian for sponsoring a veterans' ride to Sturgis, and this year they will be supplying a number of trikes.

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BMW wound up the morning with their duplex exhibit, but didn't show the 310R I wanted to see, as it won't be out until later 2016.  Here a K1300S and a Nine-T custom.

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I had to bail before lunch and missed Friday afternoon's festivities, but was able to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and ride in Sunday morning to see the rest, this time with mob, plus the vendor area.

I spoke to two innovators - BikeMinds ( .com ) does some pre-shopping for accessories and also allows you to share your customizations with others.  Fusar has a helmet camera which interfaces with your phone, one of the features being a recording of the most recent minute of video until you press a handlebar mounted "save" button to store a cool event or maybe an incident.

Sadly the organizers ended the free bike parking, as one of the security guards told me, " because people keep blowing s*** up", but I was able to wedge the ST4S in between a full dresser and a police car, all within easy reach of a fire hydrant.  Rode down to 25th and 9th to meet my friends for a late lunch and took advantage of the recent mid-street parking - 9th Avenue now has a bicycle lane, island parking, a travel lane, a bus lane, what seems to be a double-parking lane, and parking on the right.  Slow, but it's still a kick to ride in Manhattan.  In December...

-donn

Media Day at the NYC Motorcycle Show

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