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Sport Bikes For Sale January 31, 2017 posted by

Bonhams Las Vegas 2017 Recap

While I've known about the Mecum and Bohmans auctions in Las Vegas for several years now, this was my first chance to go. We found a great package for the Bellagio and decided to make a quick trip of the event. Unfortunately we were only able to make it to the Bonhams sale but as a first taste of live auction action, we were not disappointed. Not to mention they had dozens of bikes that fit the RSBFS niche. I've highlighted a handful below with some shaky videos and quick snapshots.

Many thanks to Nick and Jared at Bonhams who graciously gave me the nickel tour just minutes before the auction began. I look forward to returning someday soon as a registered bidder!

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RSBFS notable sales:

This 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR, one Owner with 1,500 miles sold for just $36,000 before premium!

Here is a 1985 Honda VF1000R with 4 Miles that sold for $11,500 before premium.

And an RSBFS favorite, a 1985 Yamaha RD500LC with 1,279 Miles sold for $20,500 before premium.

But this 2003 MV Agusta F4 750 Series Oro with 0 miles didn't sell at $40k bid.

This 1984 Ducati 748cc TT1 Road Racer was a featured bike at Bonhams but failed to sell at $80k.

I was curious about this extensively upgraded 1997 Ducati 900SS/SP, which sold for $6,800 before premium. The description states there is a history files documenting $20k in work!

The MH900e market seems stable with this example showing under 5,000 miles and reaching a sale at $18,400 before premium.

This Laverda RGS1000 was bid up to $9k but did not sell.

I didn't get to see this one, but this Bimota YB8 Furano is shown as sold at $13,000 before premium.

I also wasn't able to see this Ducati 851 Tricolore with the race kit. It doesn't show a sale price. Did anyone catch what the final bid was?

Out of sheer curiosity, this Cagiva Gran Canyon sold for a mere $3,450 including premium. Nice buy!

For all the sale results, check out the results on the Bonhams website.

My snapshot gallery:

Bonhams Las Vegas 2017 Recap
Yamaha January 31, 2017 posted by

Top of the Heap: 1996 Yamaha FZR400RR SP

Another "direct from Japan" offering available on ebay this week is a FZR400RR SP model. RSBFS has only seen one of these bikes come through our pages, way back in 2011, and I urge you to read Ian's excellent coverage on the model in question. The last bike we saw was a UK spec machine, while this one resides in its home country of Japan. What you need to know: When it comes to Yamaha 400cc machines, this was the top spec, ultra rare edition of the FZR set. Everything else is simply from the stone age.

1996 Yamaha FZR400RR SP for sale on eBay

The march of progress is inexorable; yesterday's breakthrough is tomorrow's antiquity. That is especially true in the cutting edge world of performance motorcycles. What was spectacular 21 years ago is still enchanting today, but not likely as mind-blowing as it was then. Still, starting with the basic Fizzer 400 - widely regarded as a handling gem even today - and going whole-hog "price is no object" mad in the R&D facility produced what was essentially a Fizzer on crack. Meant for the track, the RR SP model featured some tasty carbon, solo saddle, fully adjustable suspension, bigger binders, modified intake, flat slide carbs, special exhaust and more. Nothing was left on the R&D table when Yamaha called it done.

From the seller:
YAMAHA FZR400RR SP

VIN: HK31A-102176
Year: 1996
Mileage: 40,385km (Meter is changed to Aftermarket. Real mileage is unknown)
Condition: Running well. Body work has scratches, cracks and touch up paint.

MODIFY
Front fork,Triple clamp and Top bridge TZR250R 3XV of up side down forks
Carbs FCR32
Meter Aftermarket
Front brake caliper Brembo 40mm
Ignition coil UOTANI SP
Front wheel 17*3.00 Rear wheel 17*4.50
Winkers, Tail light LED

Shipping : We'll put it into the wooden crate and ship by surface.
We'll enclose Japanese original title, and also Sales Certificate and Bill of Sales issued by us in English. Shipping cost: The bid price includes shipping cost to overseas, and it's charged from our office in Japan to the nearest port to your address. We expect you'd pick it up at the port and arrange the land transport to your address by yourself. The other cost, such as the handling cost, duty fee, tax, etc. which will be charged in your country, they're not included there.

My research indicated that 1994 was the last of the 400s from Yamaha, yet this is listed as a 1996. Maybe one of our super-sharp readers can help fill that gap for us. Regardless, numbers are very low for the RR SP model, and limited to the few countries in which they were released (hint: the US was not one of them).

The seller is offering to crate the bike and ship it world wide, and will include some importation paperwork. The rest will be up to you, which may be difficult depending upon where you live. Those in the US should consider this carefully, as nothing is more tragic than purchasing a bike that cannot be used legally. However this would make for a very potent track-day weapon, so there is that angle to consider. Check it out here and remember: we may not see another one of these for another six years! Good luck!

MI

Top of the Heap: 1996 Yamaha FZR400RR SP
Yamaha January 30, 2017 posted by

Buy Direct: 1990 Yamaha FZR250R in Japan

Here on RSBFS we see quite a bit of commerce concerning bikes that have been imported from where they were originally sold to areas where they were not. The laws of supply and demand apply regardless of geography, regardless of DOT and regardless of EPA. But why wait for someone else to do the work for you (and pick up the potential profit)? What if you could reach out to a foreign region, pluck a tasty morsel of exotic goodness, and bring it back home yourself - such as this FZR250R ... Interested? Read on.

1990 Yamaha FZR250R for sale on eBay

In Japan, small bikes rule. This is partially due to the space limitations and density of the country, but more to do with training and cost of licensing. There is a steep increase in the price of a license as you go up in capacity, making larger bikes not viable for most riders. Thus, most manufacturers offer some serious hardware in the smaller classes. Take this FZR250R as an example: While only 250cc, it sports an in-line four cylinder liquid-cooled motor with 4-valves per pot. Redline is an insane 18,500 RPM, with max power in the 45 HP range. A Delta box perimeter frame gives all the pieces something to mount to, and braking duties are handled by triple disk. There are also some concessions to cost in the form of non-adjustable suspension (rear preload only).

From the seller:
Yamaha FZR250R 3LN3

VIN: 3LN-279194
Year: 1990
Mileage: 34,700km
Condition: Running very well. It has tiny scratches but looks very good condition.

Shipping : We'll put it into the wooden crate and ship by surface.
We'll enclose Japanese original title, and also Sales Certificate and Bill of Sales issued by us in English. Shipping cost: The bid price includes shipping cost to overseas, and it's charged from our office in Japan to the nearest port to your address. We expect you'd pick it up at the port and arrange the land transport to your address by yourself. The other cost, such as the handling cost, duty fee, tax, etc. which will be charged in your country, they're not included there.

The US has recently been blessed with an upsurge in the quarter-liter market. For decades we have suffered with bargain-basement Kawasaki Ninja 250 models as our sole sporting representation. While adequate as a beginner bike, the first few generations of this model were firmly grounded by price. Lately, however, we have seen that change. A war is going on in the sub-400cc categories, bringing technologically advanced hardware to what has previously been seen as the scooter set. With the Big Four now bringing new 250-300cc products into the US, this FZR250R may not seem quite so exotic - but in 1990 this was a major player that could contend with the two strokes of the time.

Located in Japan, this FZR250R is looking for a new home somewhere else in the world. It's not a perfect example, but overall it looks pretty clean. The seller will crate and ship to your nearest port, and it comes with a bill of sale and paperwork apparently recognized in the US. There is still the question of titling the bike in your state, but with the appropriate paperwork that should not be too different than titling any other used bike. Caveat: Not all states apply; Japanese home market bikes generally do not have a 17-digit VIN, making registration all but impossible in some locales (think California, as an example). Check it out here, look closely at the pictures, and - as always - ask questions. Buying direct from Japan is not quite the same as buying in person, but you're not likely to see one of these on Craigslist any time soon. Good Luck!

MI

Buy Direct: 1990 Yamaha FZR250R in Japan
Ducati January 30, 2017 posted by

Low-Mileage L-Twin: 2000 Ducati 996S for Sale

In creating the 996, it might look like Ducati simply slapped a set of fresh decals onto their 916, with an extra "9" replacing the "1." But the development of the 916 into the 996 and finally into the 998 saw a lot of gradual changes under that very pretty and iconic skin. Introduced in 1999 as an evolution of the 916, the 996 featured exactly what is says on the tin: a 996cc four-valve L-twin engine with many upgrades, including the displacement, from the earlier 916SPS, although it used different camshafts for softer power delivery and 112 peak hp. Proper fuel metering for big twins can be tricky, and the 996 used a pair of injectors per cylinder for improved power and response.

With a whole range of S, R, SPS, and even RS versions of the 916/996/998, it can be a bit tricky to navigate all the differences between different Ducati superbikes. In general, the S bikes represent a step up from the base model in terms of looks and handling, with some carbon fiber bits and suspension upgrades, although performance is largely unchanged. So the 996S seen here was basically a regular 996 with the springy bits front and rear upgraded to shiny gold Öhlins bits from the stock Showa components.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Ducati 996S for Sale

Showroom condition Ducati 996S. This is not the regular 996, this is the S. This is number 298 made. Termignoni half system slip on pipes in carbon fiber and black. New tires fresh inspection. Block of plates for mirrors. 2,000 miles on bike. ALL RECORDS. I bought it from a collector 4 yrs ago. Comes with stand. I did take off the rear blinkers for a sleeker look.  I just use my hands to turn. NEVER TRACKED and to my knowledge never in the rain. Always stored inside in my living room. Tires are brand new. Custom black frame, triple tree, wheels  and front number plate professionally painted. I also have new air filter just put in. I think this is one of the best 996s in the country. To me it looks FLAWLESS. Firm on Price. Adult owned and ridden. No trades. Clear title.

From the photos, this appears to be a nice bike and, as we know, complete maintenance records are critical for any Ducati so the fact that the seller has ALL THE RECORDS is a bonus. Unfortunately, I think plenty of collectors will balk at that "custom black frame." Even if it was done, as the seller indicates, to customize the bike and not to hide damage, it's something that would require complete disassembly to put back to stock, and that's probably going to hurt price. Luckily, the seller is asking a very reasonable $7,500 for this bike which, if the mileage is correct, could mean a very nice bike for someone who's not worried about owning a perfectly original example of this classic Bolognese superbike.

-tad

Low-Mileage L-Twin: 2000 Ducati 996S for Sale
Honda January 29, 2017 posted by

Hello Beastie: 1991 Honda CBR1000F

1991 Honda CBR1000F on eBay

In the late 1980's/early 1990's the major Japanese motorcycle manufactures all seemed to follow the same 3-level market segment philosophy.  At the bottom end were the learner bikes of 125cc or 250cc,  in the middle were the 750cc machines including Limited Edition repli-racers that could go to the track with a few modifications.  Finally in the top segment were 1000cc machines, big bikes that could do both big speed and big distances in comfort.   In this 1000cc (and up!) segment the results included machines such as the Kawasaki ZZR1100/ZX11 and our featured bike, a CBR1000F.

The CBR1000F actually launched in 1987 and originally followed the Honda "Hurricane" naming convention.   A redesign came in 1989 with improved bodywork including a much improved front fairing.   At the same time the Hurricane moniker was was dropped and the big beastie became known simply as the CBR1000F.

For anyone interested in the details of the changes, click here.

The big Honda wasn't designed to win any awards for feather touch handling, and at nearly 500 pounds wet you weren't going to pick it up by yourself if it tipped over.  But it would track straight and true against crosswinds that would blow smaller bikes around.   Basically it was exactly as advertised; a big bike that could do big miles smoothly via big speed.

This particular CBR1000F looks to be in excellent shape.   The OEM seat, already quite comfortable, has been upgraded to a Corbin unit and the front windscreen looks to be non-OEM but otherwise everything looks to be stock and in good condition.   The seller indicates the bike has recently come out of storage and has been refreshed but does have a few light scratches and is in need of fresh rubber.  The only issue I can see i some damage t0 the riders left exhaust which might mean the bike has gone down once but no damage is apparent in the bodywork.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • Only 16,500 miles
  • New fork seals
  • New battery
  • Been in storage for over a decade, just taken out and reconditioned by Honda technician.
  • Carbs taken apart cleaned and adjusted to factory specs
  • Tires are in decent shape but would replace 
  • Bike does have numerous scratches/scuffs...all small scratches/scuffs and might be able to buff out but wanted to disclose all flaws.

So what is this bike beastie worth?   Is it worth more than its current no-reserve Ebay price of $1,326 USD?  Before you do a double take on that price, based on ebay recent sales history, this does seem to be about the current asking price for the early 1990's CBR1000F.  But those bikes don't look as good as this one, so I would expect this price to move up a bit.

While the Honda CBR1000F probably won't ever appreciate in value, its still a very good bike with the bulletproof Honda reliability that was common of the early 1990's.  The condition and low price of this one seems like a great opportunity for anyone who is looking to keep their main bike for the track but add something a bit more "grown up" to their garage and at a very, very good price.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Post Script - the same seller is also offering a 1986 Kawasaki 1000R in that's more appealing, click here for details.

Hello Beastie:  1991 Honda CBR1000F
Honda January 28, 2017 posted by

Endurance: 1979 Honda CB900F DHOLDA Edition

Among the modifiers, tuners and hot rodders of the motorcycle world, the lines can be drawn between the majors and the minors. The majors contain those that made the jump beyond tuner - be it kit producer or full-fledged manufacturer. I'm thinking the likes of Rickman, Bimota, Spondon, Harris, NCR and the like. The minors are full of extremely talented - but smaller scale output - organizations that often specialize in one type of make or model or focus on racing classes. Think Kalex & Speedup (concentrating around Moto2 racing), or any of the individuals that started careers improving race bikes (e.g. Tony Foale). This group also includes boutique builders such as Lance Gamma (who, incidentally offer services beyond RGs) and Nico Bakker (who is capable of designing/building anything). This list is potentially endless, and I'm sure readers can rattle off a dozen potentials. One such entry that must be included in this group is the D’Hollander family out of Belgium.

1979 DHOLDA Honda CB900 for sale on eBay

Focusing on Honda specifically for racing - and specializing in Endurance events - D’Hollander combined his own name with that of Honda to create the DHOLDA brand. While the beginnings were small (the grandfather originally made bicycle frames, before moving to mopeds), DHOLDA can be credited for winning at least one major Endurance event every year throughout the 1970s. We are not talking club-level racing either: 24 hours of Francorchamps (Spa), 24 hours of Barcelona, 1000 km at Mugello, and of course, the Bol D'Or. Into the 1980s and beyond, DHOLDA migrated into SuperBike, SuperSport, SuperMotard, as well as stock classes (i.e. 600), always with Honda. Alongside the business of racing DHOLDA created a business catered to street riders with go-fast parts and tuning services. It is from that side of the DHOLDA organization that this wonderful period CB emerged.

From the seller:
Welcome to a great opportunity. This is a very rare DHOLDA CB900F European Spec CB900F tuned by famous DHOLDA of Belgium race tuner Jean D'Hollander. Please feel free to google "DHOLDA Honda". This bike is Honda Racing History heritage, not sure if ever actually used in competition. I believe it is one of a handful of tuned bikes much like AMG is for Mercedes. The bike engine has been bored to 1000cc and the head has been reworked as is the custom exhaust and carbs. I have been in touch with Mike D'Hollander who is Jeans son and now runs the famous tuning company along with his sister. He indicated that his father, before he passed away in 1995 was big on building these king of incredible bikes. I have the emails and willing to forward them to you. The history of the bike as far as I know is it came to the USA in 1980-81 from Europe. It has all European gauges (look at speedo KPH) so it shows 13219 kilometers which is just over 8,000 miles. This is very low mileage! It sat in an air conditioned warehouse until recently. I have gone through the bike and cleaned most of the grime and dust off it and got it looking pretty decent.

More from the seller:
Everything works on this bike. The tank is coated and clean. The carbs could probably use a cleaning but work fine. The engine is a high compression, all four cylinders about 200psi(very nice) and it burns no oil,no smoke at all. Engine is tight and has no leaks at all, not a drop of oil. It revs like the devil, with plenty of power. I estimate over 100hp, maybe 110-120hp. It has a custom fairing-fiberglass and Euro headlight with switches for parking,head lights and high beam, each position controlled by rider. The brakes are good but tires are probably 30 years old with tread but should be replaced. I rebuild the rear brake master cylinder with fresh fluid both front/rear brakes and new oil/filter. Hope I didn't miss anything but please ASK QUESTIONS! 718-551-4451. I would like whomever gets this bike to be able to appreciate the provenance and history. Maybe it belongs in a Museum but I am a regular guy who loves to find these kind of rare bikes and passes them on to the right person that has the ability to display and store them. Currently I have a clear Florida title.

It is not exactly clear what tuner services and modifications were bestowed upon this bike. It wears the Endurance-style fairing made popular during the era, replete with dual headlights necessary to light corners through the long nights of 24-hour races. It also sports a significant bump in capacity with a big-bore kit and who knows what other engine wizardry DHOLDA was capable of during this time. Any way you look at it, this bike looks serious; dated, perhaps, but serious.

DHOLDA is not only still around, as an organization DHOLDA is thriving with both racing and street tuning sides of the business. As long as it's a Honda, they have solutions that can improve your ride or race. And if the old-school Endurance stance is your look, check out this very cool DHOLDA Honda CB. The BIN price is $11,900, with the auction near $5k with reserve still in place. As always, let us know what you think!

MI

Endurance: 1979 Honda CB900F DHOLDA Edition

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