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Yamaha August 31, 2016 posted by

Starting Small: 1985 Yamaha TZR250 1KT for Sale

1985 Yamaha TZR250 R Side Front

Designed as a natural evolution of Yamaha’s RD two-stroke sportbikes, the TZR250 helped set the tone for the entire class, and the bike featured a lightweight aluminum beam frame, full bodywork, and liquid-cooling for the twin-cylinder powerplant that produced a claimed 50hp with the help of Yamahas YPVS power-valve. Until the introduction of the 3XV version of the bike in 1991, Yamaha used a parallel-twin configuration although rivals from Honda and Suzuki quickly moved to v-twin engines. The TZR was cutting-edge when introduced but was quickly eclipsed by the sportier offerings from Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Honda until the 3MA reverse-cyclinder version was introduced, although that bike was never officially available outside Japan.

1985 Yamaha TZR250 L Side

Unlike some other small sportbikes of the 80s and 90s, including Yamaha’s own 3MA, the TZR250 came with 17” wheels front and rear. This could, in theory, could help with tire selection: there are lots of smaller “sportbike lite” Ninja 300s and CBR300s running around and certainly bikes like KTM’s RC390 cry out for sporty rubber in skinnier sizes. The single front disc and caliper probably won’t offer cutting-edge stopping power but, with good pads fitted, should pull the sub-300lb machine up well enough.

1985 Yamaha TZR250 Clocks

This example is fresh off the boat from one of the regular eBay importers, and looks very striking in this unfamiliar color scheme. If you’re comfortable with DMV shenanigans in your home state, keep an eye on this one. It's a little rough around the edges, with some scuffs and surface corrosion, but is complete and appears to run well.

1985 Yamaha TZR250 R Side

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha TZR250 1KT for Sale

The bike is just imported from Japan. Not registered yet in the U.S. Very good running condition sharp response of 2-stroke engine is still well. Can shift all gears very smooth. Brakes are work fine. Electricals are all working. Has YAMAHA genuine fairings, but has hairline cracks and chips and scratches on fairings. Fuel tank has some scratches. Will needs new tires and fork seals too. Speedometer looks YAMAHA genuine parts and shows 11,900 km = about 7,400 mi, but actual mileage is unknown. Has an original key.

This is an over 30 years old used bike. Sold as is with NO warranty NO refunds NO return.

1985 Yamaha TZR250 Engine

The seller also includes a video of the bike starting and running. The last TZR250 1KT we featured sold for $6,000 on the nose, so this one should probably fall somewhat lower given the recently imported status: the aforementioned bike actually had a NJ title. I happen to like the graphics on this one, although traditionalists may prefer the period’s seemingly more common red/white speedblock pattern, so I’m not sure how the color will affect interest in the bike.

Keep in mind that this is a no-reserve auction, so keep an eye on this little TZR as it might go for cheap.

-tad

1985 Yamaha TZR250 L Side Rear

Starting Small: 1985 Yamaha TZR250 1KT for Sale
Ducati August 30, 2016 posted by

Quite – 2004 Ducati 749R

Produced to homologate the 749 for World SuperSport racing, the 749R borrowed a great deal from the 999, but there was a lot particular to the introductory 2004 749R.  The example presented here is quite original and very well kept, ready to ride with new tires and recent maintenance.

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2004 Ducati 749R for sale on eBay

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20160829 2004 ducati 749r right rear

The 749R has a very different testastretta engine than the base model, the wider bore and shorter stroke making higher rpms possible.  Internals like valves and connecting rods are titanium, and help make the 118 hp, and much more with a less restrictive exhaust.  The classic trellis frame has an adjustable steering head, and supports Öhlins suspension front and rear.  The rear has progressive linkage to a box-section swingarm different than the sculpted swingarm on the non-R machines.  Brakes are radially mounted Brembos, 320mm fronts and 245mm rear.  Marchesini forged wheels are a very light Y design.

20160829 2004 ducati 749r right front

20160829 2004 ducati 749r left rear

Only the 2004 version of the 749R has carbon fiber fairings.  For 2005 a new plastic fairing was produced, one way to know the difference is the number of intakes in the nose, four for 2004, but just two for '05 and '06.  Interestingly, the 749R has a somewhat larger fuel tank, 18 liters over the usual 15.  For the 2006 model year, a standard 749 tank was fitted.

20160829 2004 ducati 749r left grip

20160829 2004 ducati 749r binnacle

Not often seen in such cherry shape, many 749R's went directly to the race-preparer and then the track.  Not that there very many - Ducati was required to build just 500, and though numbers are hard to come by, less than 200 made it to our shores.  This particular bike shows very well, with just over 3,000 miles.  From the eBay auction:

Completely original, collectable 2004 Ducati 749R - Number 185.  New tires (less than 10 miles), new battery, and recent service (changed fluids and belts).  No modifications. Bike is in very good condition.  Minimal scuffs and scratches to the paint or carbon fiber (see photos).  Owner has all keys.  Bike was never on a track/crashed.  All service performed by Fast by Ferracci in Philadelphia and Ducati of Santa Barbara.  One owner bike. Bike located in Southern California.

20160829 2004 ducati 749r left front wheel

20160829 2004 ducati 749r right rear wheel

Reviewers found great power and handling, though Ducati legacies as weak cooling and starting systems weren't revised until the next generation.  Unfortunately the marketplace frowned on the departure from the 916/996 styling, and the 999/749 were built for only a few years.  On this 749R the immaculate cosmetics, recent tires and heavy maintenance indicate overall good care.  If beautifully shaped carbon fairings have an effect on you, 2004 is likely the best year for this significant model.

-donn

20160829 2004 ducati 749r right tank

Quite – 2004 Ducati 749R
MV Agusta August 28, 2016 posted by

Uncompromising – 2000 MV Agusta F4 750S

Claudio Castiglioni was a young man when the venerable MV Agusta motorcycle brand was mothballed in 1980, and the company concentrated on their helicopter business.  Several years and many successes later, Castiglioni, as a principle of Cagiva, bought the rights to the name, and set to work reviving the brand.  The brilliantly performing F4 750S was the new company's first design, penned by Massimo Tamburini, with engineering help from Ferrari.  This example is basically unused with only 294 miles.

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2000 MV Agusta F4 750S for sale on eBay

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20160827 2000 mv agusta f4 750s left rear

Central to the F4 750's performance is the radial valve arrangement, Ferrari's chief contribution to the bike.  Fuel injection is courtesy of a Weber / Marelli partnership.  A middleweight with 126 hp, the 750S has a steel trellis frame but uses cast connectors at the attachment points for the single-sided swingarm.  The front suspension is Showa 49mm inverted forks, triple adjustable.  Brakes are bespoke Nissin 6-piston calipers over 310mm disks, and 210mm rear.  The sound system is 4-1-2-4,  foreshadowing a hallmark for the brand.

20160827 2000 mv agusta f4 750s front

20160827 2000 mv agusta f4 750s right rear

The owner must have taken care with how the bike was stored, it's immaculate and seems to be without fault.  From the eBay auction:

You are bidding on a basically brand new 2000 MV 750 F4. It has 294 miles but is still on it's MSO from MV as it has never been titled. It has a new battery and metal fuel disconnects other than that it is exactly as it arrived from MV. It was stored with aviation fuel so there were never any stale fuel issues. It starts, runs and works just as  it should.
It comes with it's original manuals, tools and paperwork.

I've had many questions regarding the title. As I said in the ad the bike is still on it Manufacturers Statement of Origin meaning the same document that the dealer gives to the DMV in any state. There should be no other taxes or penalties (other than what your state charges for registration) The bike was never registered because it was really never used except for the 294 miles that were put on when still new in 2000.

20160827 2000 mv agusta f4 750s binnacle

20160827 2000 mv agusta f4 750s rear

Tested as thrilling ride and beautifully built, the new MV made a cameo appearance in the 2004 film i, Robot, and plenty of dreams.  The exotic price and racey riding position has ensured they are rarely seen with lots of miles.  Also hard to fully exercise on the street since 80 mph arrives in 2nd gear.  Not many corners were cut in design and construction of the F4 750S, and the new owner will have an uncompromising example as well.

20160827 2000 mv agusta f4 750s cockpit

-donn

Uncompromising – 2000 MV Agusta F4 750S
Suzuki August 27, 2016 posted by

Rare Gixxer South of the Border: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE L Side Front

There may have been monoshock sportbikes prior to the GSX-R750, but the bike's ubiquity and accessibility helped it define the modern sportbike in ways that earlier bikes could not. And while it's true that, if you look up "sportbike" in the dictonary, you'll probably find a picture of a GSX-R, nice examples are getting very hard to find, since owners didn't generally lavish the same level of care on their reliably Japanese steeds that one would on something from Italy...  especially of the GSX-R750 Limited Edition model intended to homologate the bike for racing.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE R Side

When the GSX-R was introduced, water-cooling was specifically avoided to reduce weight and complexity, and the bike makes due with air and oil-cooling to keep temps in check. The bike used a distinctive alloy beam frame, along with fully-enclosed, very slab-sided bodywork, other characteristics that came to define the sportbike. The stock 18" wheels, however, give the bike's age away, and finding good, sticky rubber to fit the bike at your local motorcycle shop could prove difficult.

Designed to homologate certain features for various production-based race classes, the Limited Edition model as seen here is very rare, and came with a dry clutch, lightweight aluminum gas tank, solo seat, the longer, revised swingarm introduced in 1986, and Suzuki's electronic anti-dive forks. It was significantly more expensive than the standard bike but, as an homologation machine, that really didn't matter much to prospective buyers.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE L Side

Today, these don't command quite the value of a Honda RC30 or a Yamaha OW01, but are still extremely desirable and should prove to be a pretty solid investment. This example is hanging out in Mexico, and looks like it's in very nice shape, with relatively low mileage, although the wheels appear to be non-standard 17" items. Great if you plan to ride your machine regularly, not so great for collectors.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale

This is the very rare edition of 199 units only for the USA by Suzuki Japan. I'm the only owner that this motorcycle has had (I bought it in his box at Austin, Texas in 1988). It's not a copy. Surely it is one of the less than ten (may be five) in the world, in good conditions, but this one is in very good conditions.

Obviously, some of our resident experts can comment on the bike's authenticity, as an LE obviously can be faked, but at a glance it appears to have the dry clutch and anti-dive forks specific to this model, so that's a good sign. There are no takers yet at the $12,900 starting bid, which is certainly expensive for a Slabbie but, considering the rapidly appreciating prices for old Gixxers in general, combined with this examples homologation-special status, that seems like a pretty reasonable starting place for this bike.

-tad

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE Ride

Rare Gixxer South of the Border: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale
Triumph August 26, 2016 posted by

Four Cylinder Brit: 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for Sale

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 L Side

The sagas of some of the most well-known European manufacturers can read like film scripts, full of action and intrigue. But if Ducati’s story is a bit like an Indiana Jones movie, with death-defying thrills and narrow escapes from doom, Triumph’s history is a bit like a zombie movie, since they were basically dead and buried when John Bloor came along to resurrect the company. So how does a shambling, undead motorcycle manufacturer with limited resources and a less-than-stellar reputation for quality create a successful range of motorcycles from scratch? With interesting niche machines like today’s Daytona 1200.

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 Tank

Triumph’s bikes of the period were designed around a modular concept that allowed Triumph to develop a wide variety of motorcycles for different riders with a minimal cost. It also allowed them to quickly introduce new models and capitalize on market trends. Introduced in 1993, the Daytona was virtually identical to the touring Trophy, with new bodywork, suspension, and tires. But those small changes resulted in a bike that was much more than the sum of its parts.

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 Front Brake

The Daytona 1200 is much like the 900 in terms of character, only more so: the big 1180cc inline four isn’t so much a lightweight sportbike as it is an alternative to something like the ZX-11, a fast, big-bore GT. And while the other bikes in the class battled it out for top-speed honors, the Daytona wisely demurred and stuck with road-biased gearing that emphasized the beastly midrange stomp of the big four and gave the bike seriously rapid acceleration up to 100mph. The engine produced a claimed 147hp and 85lb-ft of torque, pulling around 550lbs wet. That horsepower number may not scream “high performance” but take a look at that torque figure: right on par with modern literbikes, although the Daytona obviously has more weight to lug around. Handling was very good, but limited by the bike’s 550lb wet weight, a downside of Triumph’s modular construction. Comfort was excellent as well, almost as if Triumph expected their customers to actually ride their machines…

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 Clocks

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for Sale

This is a one owner bike purchased from new. It has 5,093 100% original miles. This bike is 100% original except for the D&D exhaust system. It has never been in an accident of any kind. We have the original clean title, everything is authentic.

Very few miles have rolled under the wheels of today’s example. It appears to be in excellent condition, and includes an aftermarket exhaust that should reduce the weight slightly and increase the volume and quality of the noise, although D&D exhausts can be a little on the loud side. That $6,588.00 Buy It Now price is pricey for an old Daytona, but I bet you won't see one nicer anytime soon. The seller also includes a very nice, high-resolution video of the bike to give you a good idea of what you'll be buying.

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 Engine Detail

Triumph knew that their modular design was never going to compete directly with specialized bikes from the Japanese manufacturers, so they simply went their own way, and focused on maximizing the performance of their platform, improving the quality, and styled their products to appeal to a more sophisticated, mature rider who didn’t need to pretend they were going to win races on their machines. That may not have led to bragging rights at the time, but it made for a very well-rounded machine that's aged very well: styling is classic and the bike offers very real performance. All of the Daytonas, and even the later 595 and 955 versions are starting to increase in value of late. If you’re looking for a handsome bike with character and the ability to munch miles, a Daytona like this one might make an excellent addition to your stable.

-tad

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 R Side Rear

Four Cylinder Brit: 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for Sale
Ducati August 25, 2016 posted by

Low-Mileage Parts-Bin Exotic: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale

1995 Ducati M900 R Side

Ducati’s Monster was a wonder of parts-bin engineering and basically saved the company from financial ruin, becoming the company’s best-selling model of all time by a healthy margin and bringing Ducati’s mystique to the masses. The four-valve superbikes may have won the glory but they were highly impractical for daily use, expensive to maintain, and far too expensive for the average motorcycle enthusiast. But the Monster, introduced in 1993, used off-the-shelf components almost exclusively: just the tank, dash, seat, and a couple minimal body panels were exclusive to the model. The frame was from the 851 with some minor modifications to the tubing to allow a different airbox: apparently, the remote-reservoir shock from that model is a nice upgrade, if you can find one on eBay. The engine was the Pantah-derived 904cc L-twin from the air/oil-cooled 900SS, and the suspension and brakes were from the lower-spec SS-CR.

1995 Ducati M900 Dash

It was relatively cheap to manufacture, the standard bars and low seat height made it practical for a wide variety of users, and the handling good enough for its given purpose: urban riding, posing, and wheelies. Best of all, it was an Authentic Ducati and made Authentic Ducati Noises. Aside from your average Harley, you won’t likely find a bike with better aftermarket support than a Ducati Monster.

1995 Ducati M900 L Side Tank

You can throw money at the motor, stick on the suspension from a 748, fit a high-mount exhaust and go trackday riding. Replace everything on the bike with carbon fiber for a sleek custom show bike. Fit higher bars, a bikini fairing, some soft bags, and take it touring. That was almost the whole point: the Monster provided Ducati fans with a blank canvas so they could build whatever they wanted. Sure the limited steering lock sucked for city riding, and you have to deal with old-school Ducati service intervals: 6,000 valve checks and 12,000 timing belt changes can get a bit expensive if you pile on the miles and don’t do the work yourself.

1995 Ducati M900 R Side Tank

But the entry costs are incredibly cheap, with well-used examples available for as little as $3,000. Parts are easily sourced and these bikes are relatively simple machines, with only the unfamiliar desmodromic heads a barrier to your average home mechanic. This 11,000 mile example looks to be in very clean condition, with a ton of aftermarket parts and a Buy It Now price of just $4,500.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale

Third year of production of the original carbureted, air & oil cooled, 2-valve per cylinder L-twin in OEM Grey livery with Bronze frame and wheels, (the same as the bike featured in the Guggenheims "Art Of The Motorcycle" show and book in the late '90s.)  I am the second owner, since 2000.  This is a beautiful, low-mileage example; difficult to find in this condition.  It is a Cagiva-era bike so sports the elephant logos on many parts.  It has never been crashed, down or dropped.  Tank is clean, shiny metal inside; steering head bearings are smooth, swingarm bushings tight.  It has the desirable "V-2" cylinder heads.  The bike starts easily, idles properly and pulls strong through all 6 gears.  It features a number of aftermarket parts including:

  • Ducati C/F Bikini Fairing
  • ROADRACING billet aluminum mirrors
  • Corbin C/F cover seat w/Grey piping
  • C/F tailsection with integrated turn signals
  • Ventilated alloy clutch cover
  • Beringer clutch slave cylinder
  • C/F slip on exhausts
  • Airbox mod with K&N filter
  • Mikuni carbs jetted for intake/exhaust mods

The bike is current on service and is approaching it's 12K-mile belt/valve inspection.  Tires are older and, while showing plenty of tread, could stand to be freshened.

Included with the bike will be the OEM seat; factory toolkit and owner's manual, an additional period OEM instrument cluster with Tachometer, (the existing speedo will transfer into this unit.) A pair of C/F timing belt covers.

1995 Ducati M900 L Side Engine

Obviously, the new owner should be prepared to shell out some money for the upcoming service. The valve check is important, but the belt change is absolutely critical: a blown engine will turn your affordable exotic into an expensive garage decoration very quickly. Some of the carbon bits on this bike are from the lower end of the spectrum: you’d never mistake those DanMoto carbon cans for Termignonis, but they probably sound great and look much better than the stock items. And I’m familiar with that ugly War of the Worlds rear turn signal unit but I’d never actually seen on installed before, probably for good reason. Most kits used to clean up the rear of the bike require cutting a couple extended tubes off the end of the frame and many are worried that removing them will reduce the value of their bike. This kit kept the frame intact and incorporated more modern indicator lights into the sides. Definitely not to my taste, but easy to change if you don’t like it.

Overall, the Ducati Monster remains what it was always meant to be: an affordable entry to Ducati ownership. But that means that many examples have been thrashed and abused, making clean, low-mileage examples like this one increasingly hard to come by.

-tad

1995 Ducati M900 L Side

Low-Mileage Parts-Bin Exotic: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale

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