Monthly Archives: December 2016

Honda December 31, 2016 posted by

Ready to Race: 1993 Honda RS125 NF4 for Sale

The very last post of 2016 is this slightly scruffy, but ready-to-race Honda RS125. It's not a display bike, it's a full-on racing machine, ideal for a new racer who's learning the trade, or a veteran who just likes bikes that weigh less than they do... At just 160lbs partly-fueled, these offer up more performance than you might expect, given the minuscule displacement: the 54mm x 54.4mm bore and stroke give 124.4cc, and the little two-stroke produced somewhere just north of 40hp.

Small-displacement two-stroke race bikes sound like a tinkerer's dream, requiring constant attention and tuning to keep them in top shape and competitive, although the RS125 is relatively simple and designed to be torn down regularly, so that's not as much of a chore as it would be on a production-based motorcycle. A pure racing Grand Prix motorcycle, an RS125 was the first step on the road to the firey 500cc monsters that were the top dogs of the two-stroke era: Loris Capirossi and Dani Pedrosa both won 125 championships on RS125s.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda NF4 RS125 for Sale

This is a GP race bike, no title, no reg, no bill of sale. Not an NSR road bike. New top end 0 miles/0 min. on plating/ piston/ring/reed/ new 95 reed cage. Will have to go thru a few "heat cycles" before 1st race. Some top end spares (2-new Wossner, 1-coated HRC pistons).

Starting bid is just $3,500 with no takers yet and several days left on the auction. Details in the listing are spare but, if you're really in the market for an RS125, it probably tells you enough to pique your interest and I'm sure the seller can answer any questions you might have about this little machine.

Happy New Year everyone!

-tad

Ready to Race: 1993 Honda RS125 NF4 for Sale
Ducati December 30, 2016 posted by

Streamliner – 1990 Ducati Paso 906

Backing away from a near mid-eighties bankruptcy, Ducati updated the Paso with a 904cc desmodue, water cooling and 6-speed transmission. The result was sporty and tourable, and this one appears stock and undamaged.

1990 Ducati Paso 906 for sale on eBay

The Paso, named for fallen rider Renzo Pasolini, broke a great deal of new ground in 1986, with its square-tube frame, single Weber carburetor, and all-covering soap bar body.  Famed designer Massimo Tamburini's first Ducati project, it revived the showroom at least enough to result in two substantial revisions.  The 1989-90 Paso 906 had 77 hp and 63 ft.-lbs. torque available, with Marzocchi suspension front and rear.  In step with the times, the 906 used 16-inch wheels to help the heavyweight turn in.  Some of the best faired turn signals ever and opaque windscreen give it a smooth futuristic look.

With just a handful of cell phone pictures, more investigation will have to be done on this particular 906.  Miles are on the low end with 14,000, and the distinctive blue paint looks good.  The Florida-based cycle parts dealer says this in the eBay auction:

This bike is in mint condition with low miles it runs and rides great also has a brand new front tire.

The 906 reviewed as a welcome update in the engine bay if still a challenge when pushed hard.  The final update in 1991 brought electronic fuel injection and 17-inch wheels, but for Ducati purists the package was a little too quiet - visually and aurally - and sales stalled out around 1000 per year.  The stealth bodywork attracts a lot of attention even now, and the blue makes it reactionary's Ducati.  For that nuanced rider, this Paso would be worth a look-see...

-donn

Streamliner – 1990 Ducati Paso 906
Suzuki December 29, 2016 posted by

Sensible Upgrades: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

One of the most desirable sportbikes of the 1980s, the Suzuki RG500Γ was in a class of basically two with the Yamaha RZ500. Powered by a two-stroke square four it shared with no other bike in Suzuki's lineup, the Gamma was intended to evoke their Grand Prix racebikes, which led to an interesting dilemma: two-strokes were still king in the racing world, but their smoky emissions and poor fuel-consumption were dooming them to irrelevance in the real world. And while quarter-liter two-strokes continued well into the 1990s, "big" 500cc two-stroke fours from Suzuki and Yamaha lasted for just a couple years.

The Gamma's 400lbs and 100hp weren't cutting-edge numbers even in their day, but the relatively light weight and 500cc power meant that, although there were faster bikes in a straight-line, the Gamma had that magical combination of agility and top-end hit that two-stroke fans find so addictive. Or maybe burnt two-stroke oil has some sort of narcotic effect? Sure, yesterday's Triumph Daytona would probably kill it in any quantifiable measure of performance, but what would you expect from a thirty year-old motorcycle?

Today's example is very sharp-looking and has been modified to use wider 17" wheels front and rear. Purists might balk, but finding sticky [and safe] modern rubber to fit those very skinny [120 wide at the rear!] stock items might be difficult and I think it improves the look of the bike, although aesthetics are certainly subjective.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

GAMMA, totally refurbished, Lance Gamma tune, top end, pipes. Carbs bored, air filters, ride height adj, RaceTech forks, Fox shock, GSX-R400 rims, new body work and paint. Bike comes with owners manual, shop manual, custom stand, race stand, cover, and Suzuki leather jacket size 48. Bike runs and idles perfectly. If u have ever wanted one, this is the one. Don't let this pass you up, bike will only appreciate.

Digging back through our archives, it doesn't look like this example has graced the pages of RSBFS. Obviously, restomods can be a bit divisive, but I'm a fan as long as they're done tastefully and this one looks pretty class, assuming that carbon dash is real carbon fiber... Even the slightly updated graphics on that solo tail look great, and it has the required Lance Gamma tune. The price for this pristine, tastefully-modified Gamma? A cool $23,000. That's pretty steep, but the bike looks sharp enough to justify that kind of cash, and if you've been looking for a lightly-modified RG500, this might be the time to dig deep.
-tad
Sensible Upgrades: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale
Bimota December 28, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2000 Bimota DB4 with Performance Kit

Update 12.28.2016: Now listed on eBay as well. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

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After dabbling with Japanese powertrains, Bimota formed a long-standing relationship with Ducati, and used the 904cc desmodue in several designs. The DB4 used an extraordinary alloy trellis frame to help keep the kg's off, updated the cams to add top end, and this DB4 has a carburetor / exhaust power kit.

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The oval-section alloy frame weighs just 5 kg., and has 43mm Paoli forks in front, with alloy swingarm and Ohlins monoshock out back.  Brembo supplies the brakes, 320mm fronts with 230mm rear.  The modern-looking bodywork provides an easy seat height and was supplied with or without lowers, this owner showing off the carbon clutch cover, which complements the carbon front and rear mudguards.

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This DB4 has been treated to a comprehensive performance upgrade including Moto Course exhaust, and Keihin carburetors, accomodated by an updated fuel tank.  From the Las Cruces, NM Craigslist posting -

It has the Moto-Point Performance Kit on it that consists of a handmade Corse Ti exhaust, Kei-Hin FCR Flat Slide Carbs, Air Filters, New Fuel Tank, Oil Cooler Lines, All Stainless Brake & Clutch Lines, and a few other little bits. All stock parts have been retained as you can see in the photos and come with the bike. I also installed a Ducati Corse Carbon open clutch cover and sprocket cover. It runs well and is a blast to ride, also sounds amazing!

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This original-owner machine has only 6,500 and change miles, and the tri-colore paint looks great.  Fairing lowers and take-off parts are included.

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The DB4 reviewed as a sharp-handling lightweight, needing just a few more ponies, and this owner has taken steps to provide them.  Very rare with only a few hundred total production, and just a handful in the U.S.  The owner asks $13,000 and can be reached via his Craigslist ad or on eBay.

-donn

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Featured Listing – 2000 Bimota DB4 with Performance Kit
Honda December 28, 2016 posted by

1991 Honda VFR400 NC30 for sale in Canada

Oh Canada! Home to some of the most coveted bikes never imported into the US (yet still completely accessible to those in North America), our friends to the North have often been the source of wonderful importation machinery. Call it trickle-down ridernomics - from Gammas and RZs to NSRs and other fine two-stroke machinery, to four-stroke exotics; much of what was not originally imported into America originally is here due to the availability and proximity of Canada.

1991 Honda NC30 for sale on eBay

The VFR400 is also known as the NC30, which denotes its similarity and likeness to another classic machine: the RC30. Like its big brother, the NC30 has a screaming V4 engine with gear driven cams, an aluminum twin-spar chassis and that wonderful single-sided swingarm. While originally designed to facilitate faster tire changes during endurance races, single-sided swingarms eventually became a critical design element across many manufacturers (e.g. Ducati 916).

From the seller:
Beautiful NC 30 with normal age related wear up for grabs. This bike is indeed the replica of the famed RC 30 and it mimics it right down to all details which made the RC so great. Superior brakes, handling, acceleration (for such a small machine) and a complimentary 14500 rpm screaming engine. Fluids changed, engine runs smoothly and pulls well through the gears. For those who are not used to JDM bikes, they are a hoot to ride and this one is no exception. One of the most enjoyable machines of all times!

Not many pictures and not too much info on this one (check it out here). The mileage listed is likely in KM, making this an approximately 33,500 machine. The current bid is USD $1,719.67, which is a real bargain at the moment, although a reserve is still in place. If you live in a state where importing an older bike is a possibility, this could be a good one for your collection. Good luck, eh?!

MI

1991 Honda VFR400 NC30 for sale in Canada
Triumph December 27, 2016 posted by

SE Yes – 2008 Triumph Daytona 675 SE

Developed from the TT600 but returning to Triumph's 3-cylinder roots, the Daytona 675 was a brilliant middleweight. The SE was primarily a black and gold color exercise but this one looks great with low miles.

2008 Triumph Daytona 675 SE for sale on eBay

The 675cc triple is quite oversquare and claims 123 hp in a smooth way.  The twin aluminum spar frame has a matching swingarm and fully adjustable suspension on both ends.  The design also uses radially mounted front brakes and 3-into-1 underseat exhaust.  Weight has been kept under control and the 675 is capable of an 11-second quarter.

Coming out of an Illinois dealer, this SE looks cared for and has just over 13,000 miles.  The aftermarket rearsets are a good color match for the fork tubes and it has a Two Brothers exhaust fitted.  From the eBay auction:

This 2008 Triumph 675 Daytona Special Edition has only 13,113 miles and has had all of its maintenance performed. This bike is immaculate and comes with frame sliders, axle sliders, tinted shield, Two Brothers exhaust, and much more. This bike is ready to ride and all it needs is a good home!

The 675 scored well with journalists and went on to racing success in super stock classes under many privateers.  A nice success for Triumph, and still an interesting find in the 600cc neighborhood.  The SE has classic good looks and this trade-in looks like a nice example...

-donn

SE Yes – 2008 Triumph Daytona 675 SE

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