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Kawasaki January 31, 2016 posted by

Candidate – 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R

Back in the pre-interstate days of family car-trips, New England was peppered with small museums devoted to cars, trains, airplanes, trolleys, and occasionally motorcycles.  One such museum just east of Hartford, Conn. has an almost pre-historic Ninja up for sale, and while it's not running, it looks substantially original and might be a good choice for restoration.

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1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R for sale on eBay

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Updated in 1985 from the GPz-550, the Ninja 600R ( known as the GPz-600R in some markets ) employed a 16-valve head and had 75 ponies on tap.  Engineers at Kawasaki also re-oriented the alternator to slim the engine, and employed their first perimeter frame, though in steel tubing.  Suspension was air-assisted both ends, 37mm front forks with anti-dive and monoshock rear.  Triple disc brakes were good for the day, and 16-inch wheels helped handling.  The full fairing was primarily plastic which helped keep the weight under 400 lbs.

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20160130 1986 kawasaki ninja 600r right rear wheel

Listed by a long-time repair and restoration shop also housing a museum, the bike looks complete but ready for some TLC.  Thankfully no major surgery has been done, just low-profile front turn signals, SuperTrapp mufflers, and tinted windscreen.  From the eBay auction:

·        Turn Signals Work
·         Starter Works engine turns over and has compression
·         Needs New Coil Pack
·         Rated for 12.7 Second Quarter Mile Time at 125mph
·         Slip-On SuperTrapp Exhausts installed
·         Tinted Wind Shield installed

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20160130 1986 kawasaki ninja 600r right front wheel

Evidently needing ignition help ( which might lead to a carburetor cleaning ) this Ninja might be a nice bargain.  With some fresh fluids, seals and brake pads, this Ninja could return to the road and display the performance and handling which launched a dynasty.  Or if those classic good looks strike you, a full restoration and back to the gallery or bike show...

-donn

20160130 1986 kawasaki ninja 600r rear

Candidate – 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R
Triumph January 30, 2016 posted by

Classic in the Making: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale

1995 Triumph Speed Triple R Side

We sometimes equate the idea of rare sport bikes with "expensive." With exotic machines like the MV Agusta F4 or Ducati Superbikes. But for riders who don't need 180mph potential or the expense of an Italian superbike, there are plenty of very cool machines like this early Triumph Speed Triple.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple R Side Engine

Construction magnate John Bloor basically resurrected Triumph in the 1990s with a range of sport, touring, and standard machines based around a pair of engines that could be slotted into a simple spine frame to create just about any sort of motorcycle the market demanded. This concept made it easy to develop new models, but the resulting bikes couldn't be as refined or focused as purpose-built machines. But buyers were willing to trade a bit of performance for character and style and heritage.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple Clocks

The Speed Triple used the 855cc three cylinder version of the engine as opposed to the larger, 1200cc four that powered their sport touring machines. It was styled to evoke the naked sports machines of Triumph's past, but with relatively modern performance. They weren't cutting-edge sportbikes, but that wailing triple offered up soul in an era of boring appliances. Handling wasn't really racetrack-ready, but the Speed works well for backroad blasts and urban assaults.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple R Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale

Up for auction is a very rare motorcycle legend.  The model that impacted motorcycling for the new Triumph company, the SPEED TRIPLE.  In the mid-nineties, Triumph introduced the all new, 3-cylinder SPEED TRIPLE.  It came in two colors in '95, black and this one, "Fireball Orange." The SPEED TRIPLE proved to be their most loved model. It went fast, it stopped well, but most stayed in Britain and Europe. Here, it's a very, very rare Triumph and your chance to own something your friend have probably never seen before.

This particular Speed Triple, a 900cc model, has a great history and documentation. It comes with a clean Texas Certif of title, current Texas license plate, VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT from NMVTIS showing its history from 1998 forward in Missouri and the Texas with no bad history in the 4-page report. You receive 6 pages of service records over the last three years to verify its up-to-date service. We replaced the aftermarket petrol tap with a new correct one. The bike shows 16,900 miles and has stock exhaust system, the optional "Seat Cowl" piece as well as the orange grab bar for use with passengers. 
Specs show it produces about 100 hp(98 ps @ 9000 rpm) through a 5-speed box which it delivers to the road through rare, three-spoke Brembo wheels. And this is a bike that's 21 years old. No one will have anything this rare where you hang. Records, good history, rarity and a seriously fun ride all for not much money.
It is a used bike, sold "as is" to bidders only in the continental U.S.. We don't crate, but we will recommend a shipper and expedite their shipment of it to upi at your exense. It is ready to ride and includes the factory rider's handbook. The battery is fresh and the tires are very nice. The only damage we see is a bent in the side of the gas tank, shown in the images. It does not come with a tool kit and saddle appears to be very good without tears, etc. A bike this nice seldom comes along with this exclusivity, performance and importance as a collectors' bike.
1995 Triumph Speed Triple Ding
It's pretty easy to go on eBay or Craigslist and find a nice second or third-generation Speed Triple, but these early bikes are pretty difficult to find, especially in good condition. They were never sold in great numbers, have been pretty forgotten for a while now, and many have been well-used or neglected. These are normally priced nowhere near this bike's 7,000 asking price but, aside from that slight crease in the tank, this one is in extremely good shape, and that shiny orange paint is pretty appealing.
I think probably the seller is aiming a bit high at that price, but that's still pretty much chump change if you're looking for a rare, fun motorcycle and are into naked performance.
-tad
1995 Triumph Speed Triple L Side
Classic in the Making: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale
Kawasaki January 28, 2016 posted by

Gazelle – 1994 Kawasaki ZX-R250

What might've happened if progressive licensing had been adopted world-wide ?  Maybe herds of 4-cylinder DOHC 250's would be roaming North America.  Or could the wide open spaces and 5-day coast-to-coast rides have eventually nudged us toward 1300cc water buffalo ?  This gray-market ZX-R250 makes one wonder.

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1994 Kawasaki ZXR-250 for sale on eBay

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The ZX-R250 was built primarily for the Japanese market and was also know as the ZX-2R and ZX-RR.  Many found their way to Oz but they are quite rare here.  Rather than a commodity bike, the ZX-R250's were a showcase for Kawasaki engineering, way ahead of their time for 1988, and had competition from Honda and Suzuki.

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Just under two inches across, the pistons in a 250cc four have little mass to keep them from their nearly 20,000 rpm redline and 39-45 horsepower depending variant.  Seeming like a tabletop project, the diminutive double overhead cams and 4 Keihin carburetors fit across the aluminum perimeter frame.  Suspension was also state of the art with upside-down forks and Uni-Track monoshock rear.  Brakes were oversized at 300mm dual fronts and single rear.  The fairing is easy to confuse with a mid-size ZX-7R, with ram air tubes and dual seat.

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Not very well documented, but not showing much in the way of damage or corrosion, looks like it's been in storage for a while.  From the eBay auction:

This is not to be confused with the American spec zx250... these were serious little bikes. The motor is a 4 stroke, 4 cylinder that revs to nearly 20,000rpm. Power is listed as 45hp at 16,000rpm and wet weight is under 300lbs wet. These bikes are incredible. 

I also find it amazing that in the early 90's this bike came stock with hollow-cast wheels, and inverted forks... we didn't get that on most sport bikes till 10 years later(!) These 250c's were built to be special, and the riding experience shows it.

Aftermarket mods are limited to the HID's, carbon-can exhaust, and lithium-ion battery, all of which came on it. 

My bike was imported through a broker in Tampa and still carries the 12 digit Japanese VIN on a clean Florida title.

A neat full-featured sportbike, the ZX-R250 might take some getting used to, not many riders are ready to run 10,000 rpm or above regularly, and it'll be a requirement for the little four.  Maintenance and repair parts, because these bike were never here, could require attention to some .au websites, unless you have a friend in green.  But as most manufacturers are going with twins and singles for their smaller displacement bikes, a 250-four will be an exotic and fun thing...

-donn

 

Gazelle – 1994 Kawasaki ZX-R250
Ducati January 28, 2016 posted by

Track-Bred: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale

2007 Ducati 749R L Side3

We generally try to feature pristine, all-original bikes here on RareSportBikesforSale whenever possible. But although it looks like the fairing and paint on this Ducati 749R aren’t original and the bike includes none of the standard road equipment, it seems a shame to exclude a bike simply for being used as Ducati intended. Because although the 749R may not be considered the beauty its older sibling was, it was a highly effective track tool, with plenty of details aimed at racers and track-day riders not found on even the up-spec’d S-model bikes.

2007 Ducati 749R L Rear

Italian manufacturers have become famous/notorious for slinging expensive Öhlins suspension and a few carbon-fiber bits at a bike, slapping a numbered plaque on the top triple clamp and calling it a “special edition,” but Ducati’s R-model bikes are a different breed entirely. Often featuring significantly revised engine internals, bore and stroke that differ from production models, and adjustable suspension geometry, they are homologation specials designed to compete in various race classes, or at least allow specific parts to be used by race teams.

The 749R certainly fits that description, with liberal use of titanium parts inside the engine, a larger bore and shorter stroke, and magnesium bits designed to keep weight in check. The bike finally included a slipper clutch, radial brakes up front, and even the gas tank is different [larger]. The changes resulted in a 121 claimed horses, up from 108 in the standard 749.

2007 Ducati 749R L Side

In a massive change in philosophy from the 916-derived bikes, the 749 was designed with the rider in mind, and the monoposto bikes even featured an adjustable seat that moved fore and aft to suit riders of different sizes. Interestingly, the R had slightly less adjustability in the footpegs than the standard bike, since they needed to clear the larger-diameter exhaust as it snaked up to the underseat muffler.

From the original eBay listing: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale

You are looking at a track ready 749R, less than 1200 were made, this bike was custom made for AMA, lightweight swing arm, Leo Vince Exhaust, Ohlins suspension, race fairings, carbon fiber bits, the bike looks and runs amazing, I bought from a local dealer and have a title that says 1500 miles. It was recently serviced by a reputable Ducati shop here in town. The bike is ready to go track , racing or to look pretty in any collection. 

2007 Ducati 749R L Side2

The Buy It Now is set at $9,950 which, while pricey for a 749, is much less than folks have been looking at for more pristine examples. Really, unless you’re a collector just planning to store your 749R away for posterity, the 749R makes little sense as a roadbike anyway: the performance benefits over the 749S aren’t likely to be noticeable at remotely legal speeds and the more highly-strung engine and increased service costs don’t seem worth it, unless you’re a Ducatisti with a serious contrarian streak.

But if you’re not a fan of the Terblanche-designed looks, then this 749R might be the perfect race or track day machine: the traditional Ducati virtues are still there, you can’t really see the bodywork when you’re riding it, and you won’t feel like you’re violating priceless art if you crash!

-tad

2007 Ducati 749R L Fairing

Track-Bred: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale
Aprilia January 27, 2016 posted by

Ok for the street! 2009 Aprilia RS125

This one is a little newer than what we typically post here at RSBFS but it i s a street legal Aprilia RS125 and is the last generation that had the rotax powered two stroke.  While its not the fastest thing, it would certainly make any young squid the envy of his classmates.

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The Aprilia RS125 actually debuted back in 1992 with the RS125R Extrema. The little two stroke Aprilia survived for quite a few years and several generations, with the 4th generation 2006-2012* models being the final two stroke editions.  The 2009 version pictured here is powered by a liquid-cooled 125cc 2-stroke with fuel fed by a 28mm Dell’Orto carburetor via a reed valve intake and finished with a sleek left-hand exhaust that carries the exhaust gas away while allowing that distinctive two stroke roar to be heard by all.

*NOTE: In 2012 Aprilia introduced the RS4 125 which was powered by a single-cylinder four-stroke.

The 2009 was also the last year the little 125 wasb't shaped to look like the bigger Aprilia RSV1000.  I understand that a lot of manufacturers follow the "lineup family" model but IMHO the 2009 looks so much better than the RSV-derived versions that started the next year.   Perhaps its the cleaner nose lamps or the sponsor emblazoned bodywork  with the race-replica magnesium painted triple clamp, maybe its the polished frame and swingarm with the multi-spoke wheels, I don't know but it all comes together to make the bike look soo good, like it came straight off the track.

A link to a review of the 2009 RS125 can be found here.

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2009 Aprilia RS125 on ebay

Speaking of coming straight off the track, that is part of what makes this little 125RS such a little jewel.  Most 125RS were not street legal and to be honest, this is the first time I have heard that they could be made so.   But the current seller states that this particular one has had some work done to make it so, so someone is going to have a little rocket that is legal on the street.

From the seller's ebay listing:

  • Only 318 miles
  • Street titled in TX which can now be transferred to any other state.
  • All original OEM Aprilia street parts including the almost impossible to find "street" relays, wire harness.
  • OEM rearview mirrors, turn signals, horn, rear license plate assembly

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Is this little gem worth the $6,500 USD asking price?  As much as I love it, I think that price is a bit high.  According to the review link posted above, brand new these went for $5,499 USD and that happens to be the same price we last saw one of these go for here on RSBFS (+1 dollar).  Even though this one has been made street legal and is basically new, the asking price seems a bit high...I would think a fair price for this one would be between $5,800-$6,100 USD, depending on the age of the tires.

One final note:  I think this little Aprilia may actually be a bit of a sleeper for collectors;  it probably won't undergo any dramatic price appreciation, but it is a 4th gen bike which was the last two stroke edition of the RS125 and is street legal, so it should at least hold its value.   I would be looking to add this one to my personal collection if I had the funds available.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Ok for the street!   2009 Aprilia RS125
Ducati January 26, 2016 posted by

A Bit of Sunshine for Your Garage: Low Mileage 1997 Ducati 900SS for Sale

1997 Ducati 900SS R Front

A little something to brighten your day, this very yellow Ducati 900SS is pretty hard to miss: sell it to your significant other as a “safety feature” when trying to justify a purchase. Very few bikes look good in this color but I think the early to mid-1990s 900SS is one of them. In fact, I actually prefer it in yellow to the more traditional red, especially with a half-fairing fitted.

1997 Ducati 900SS L Side Detail

The SS was Ducati's bread and butter during this era, keeping the lights on while the 851 and 916 stole headlines. This particular iteration of the SuperSport was built from 1991 through 1998 and powered by the belt-drive Pantah engine, versions of which live on in today's air-cooled Ducatis. And honestly, considering the number of parts that swap between the air-cooled and early liquid-cooled bikes, I wonder how much Pantah DNA lives on in the Panigale...

1997 Ducati 900SS Dash

The two-valve Desmo v-twin may be safe to an indicated 9,000rpm, but that redline is largely decorative unless the engine’s been breathed on: with a power peak of 80hp claimed at a car-like 6,400rpm, these tend to have a strong midrange, but quickly run out of breath on top. Ironic for sure, considering that the desmodromic valvetrain’s claim to fame is a lack of springs that prevents high rpm float…

1997 Ducati 900SS Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Ducati 900SS for Sale

1997 Ducati 900 SS Low Miles only 9980 Miles
New head gasket, new lines, oil flush, battery.
Factory Standard Equipment Includes:
Aftermarket Racing Carburetor
Marzocchi Suspension
Brembo Brakes
Single Shock Absorber
Tubular Trellis Frame
Brambo Wheels

The seller also helpfully posted a cold start and walk-around video on YouTube, which features a good shot of the top yoke and the plaque that indicates this is a genuine "SP" version of the bike.

1997 Ducati 900SS Fairing

I’m really not sure if an “aftermarket racing carburetor” can also be classified as “factory standard equipment” or what that really means: when new, these were fitted with a pair of 38mm Mikuni carburetors. Generally thought to be jetted very lean to comply with emissions requirements, it’s very common to install a jet kit to richen things up a bit. Many folks also install a pair of 39 or 41mm FCR flat-slide carbs, depending on the bike’s state of tune. A pricey option for sure but, aside from the loss of a choke lever, the flat-slide carbs offer up a noticeable performance improvement. I’m not sure which option is in place but here, since the bike appears otherwise stock, I’d assume he’s simply referring to the original “high performance” items…

1997 Ducati 900SS Side Engine

This bike isn’t absolutely pristine, with some scuffing and dents on the exhaust and some grit and grime and a bit of faded carbon fiber. But these have been very affordable for a long time now and they offer humane ergonomics, good wind-protection, and can be very reliable when properly cared for, so it’s getting difficult to find them with such low mileage. This one has enough mileage on it to guarantee it’s not just been sitting in a shed its whole life, and those cosmetic issues should be easy to rectify with a quick trip to eBay. Or just put the old, worn bits in a box for the next guy, and slap on a set of Staintune pipes and some fresh carbon bits, then go riding! Honestly, for the prices these currently command, they really do represent a real bargain and an ideal way to affordable Ducati ownership.

-tad

1997 Ducati 900SS R Side

A Bit of Sunshine for Your Garage: Low Mileage 1997 Ducati 900SS for Sale

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