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MV Agusta July 31, 2017 posted by

Tribute – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R Senna

As a motorcycle executive, Claudio Castiglioni had the ability to put together a fitting tribute to his friend ( and MV collector ) Ayrton Senna.  Proceeds from the limited edition supported the Brazilian youth services foundation bearing the late driver's name.  The second F4 numbered edition commemorating Senna, the F4 1000R features 173 hp and state of the art construction and components.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R Senna for sale on eBay

Agusta uses the familiar inline four cylinder engine with 16 valves, but hemispherical combustion chambers and radial valve layout deliver extraordinary power for 998cc's.  The latest Weber / Marelli electronic fuel injection insures tractability at sub-sonic speeds.  The MV trademark four-two-four calliope peeks out from under the seat.  Suspension and brake components are race-derived, from the 50mm Marzocchi forks to the lightweight adjustable Sachs monoshock, to the Brembo monoblock Serie Oro brakes.  Forged Marchesini alloys are directly from the GP department.

Presented by a Florida luxury vehicle dealer, this Senna has just 1,544 miles and is pictured on the factory carpet and rear stand, though a shot of the number plate would be helpful.  For all intents a new machine, closer than usual to 2017 new considering how advanced the 1000R was to begin with.  The dealer says this in the eBay auction:

This bike is one of just 65 SENNAs imported into the U.S. from Italy.  300 models were made and distributed worldwide, this bike has ONLY 1,544 ORIGINAL miles, has always been well maintained, adult-owned, never dropped.  It is in excellent condition.  I have the original Senna bike cover and wheel stand as show in the pictures.  The F4 1000 Senna is a special edition of the F4 1000 R released in 2006. It is similar to the 2002 F4 750 Senna in spirit, but has some changes to the paint scheme and an alcantara seat. This model comes with the 174 horsepower (128 kW) engine and has also the upgraded Brembo Goldline radial brakes, forged silver Marchesini wheels, a 50 mm titanium-nitride coated Marzocchi upside down fork and a lightweight Sachs racing rear suspension (in high & low speed range adjustable rebound and compression damping). Only 300 were produced.

Looking reserved in black, silver, and gray with red accents and alcantara seat, the Senna is an elegant statement.  Performance, materials, and techniques are in a three-way competition.  A gorgeous engineering exercise, and a fitting special edition recalling the unparalleled driver.  Little doubt it will remain with few miles, serviced and detailed more than ridden, but nice to know that if called upon, the Senna could respond...

-donn

Tribute – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R Senna
Aprilia July 31, 2017 posted by

A quick 50: 2000 Aprilia RS50

When it comes to two strokes, this is how the rest of the world generally sees them: smaller bikes for entry level riders and cheap transportation. Common across Asia and Europe, small-displacement bikes fall into either the scooter or the repli-racer category. Each has its own merits, although the scooter category is the most popular. Thankfully, manufacturers realize that young riders aren't always sensible; some are motorsports enthusiasts. Thus, the small-bore repli-racers exists. And we should be happy they do. Otherwise, we might never see the likes of this 2000 Aprilia RS50 in California.

2000 Aprilia RS50 for sale in California

Utilizing a single cylinder, reed-valve inducted two stroke engine designed and built by Derbi - an uber-successful small street and race bike manufacturer, now owned by Piaggio - you can think of the RS50 as a more adult sized version of the Yamaha YSR50. Thus, in addition to its use as a young rider training tool and object of general abuse, these RS50s are also popular in mini-bike racing events. If you are an adult looking at one of these machines thinking "gee, that looks like fun" you would certainly be right. There is nothing quite like flogging a smaller, slower motorcycle to the limit. And with decent chassis and suspension components, that limit may be a bit higher than you anticipate (yet still tremendously safer than doing something similar on your Panigale R).

From the seller:
Up for sale is my 2000 Aprilia RS50. Current registration and pink slip in hand! Clear title! Runs great! I rarely ride it so it needs to go!

4,686 appx miles!
Electric start!
24mm CPW Mikuni flat slide carb
Carbon fiber reeds
Arrow full exhaust
New EBC HH front brake pads

Near new (only about 200 miles and 1 ½ years old) Pirelli Diablo dry weather racing tires. My friend spent $300 on them!

I was told by the previous owner it has a 70cc KRD kit on it. Please see the last 3 pictures of the engine with the fairings removed. It is pretty quick so I believe it (and I own several 50cc 2-stroke street bikes)!

I do not know the history of this other than I bought it from my friend about a year ago, and he only owned it for a year or two, so you are buying it as is!

With a big-bore kit, this RS50/70 should be even more fun to flog - especially around a go-kart track or similar closed course. That may be the likely history behind this bike, given the mods and Pirelli slicks that are currently fitted (although the bike retains lights, signals and license plate for street use). If you are looking for a toy to play with when the big bikes just feel too big, or if your inner child (or actual child) is crying out, this could be $2,500 well spent. Check it out here. It is certainly quite a rare model for the US, and looks like it could be a ton of fun. There are some red flags regarding history, mods and rash, but as a whole it could worth looking into. Good luck and have fun!!

MI

A quick 50:  2000 Aprilia RS50
Aprilia July 30, 2017 posted by

Where There’s Smoke… 2000 Aprilia RS250

It's always a wonderful morning when a quick perusal of "stuff for sale" nets a smoker looking for a good home. Makes me feel like I'm doing the world a real service, like finding foster homes for stray animals. In this case, the animal in question runs on premix and has the potential to scream like a banshee. Nice! Today's stray is an imported Aprilia RS250, brought to this country by a US military member (yet another reason to thank a vet for their service). It has very low miles and appears to be quite clean. It's also looking for a good home.

2000 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

Aprilia created the RS250 series to celebrate their GP success in the quarter liter class. Streetable versions of the RS250 were built from 1995 - 2002, with minor cosmetic changes coming in 1998. And while Aprilia is a well-respected motorcycle manufacturer in their own right, they turned to Suzuki when it came time to build the RS250. Utilizing a Suzuki-sourced VJ22 V-twin, Aprilia made minor changes in the packaging, bolted on a RS250-specific set of chambers and updated the ECU to their own specs. Otherwise, you can expect similar sounds, feel and performance to the motive power of a RGV250. The rest of the bike is pure Aprilia, with a twin spar aluminum frame, upside down forks, a curved swingarm, and race-tuned aero bodywork.

From the seller:
This is a 2000 Aprilia RS250, street legal motorcycle that was originally imported by a US military person many years ago. I have owned it since 2008. It has a 17-digit VIN number, and is insured, licensed and completely street legal. I have always stored it inside a heated garage at my home. As you can see by the photographs, it is extremely clean and well maintained. It has 4,484 total miles and is in all original condition, including the original tires. The only non-stock part on it is a tinted windscreen. I have ridden it a couple of times a year since I've owned it, and I always drain the tank and fuel system between rides. I have always used Motul 710 full synthetic two cycle oil in the injection system. It has a few scratches on some of the bodywork and decals, and I was told that these scratches occurred during shipping to the US. I never doubted this explanation since the bike shows no signs of having ever been crashed. It is in excellent mechanical condition, and it runs and rides like a new motorcycle. All lights and instruments work as they should, and there are absolutely no problems or issues with anything. Included in the sale are the original toolkit and the rear passenger seat that came with the bike when new. I also have a new replacement windscreen that I will include in the sale. The one on the bike is scratched, and I bought a new one to replace it, but never installed it. This is one of my all-time favorite motorcycles, and I am only selling it to help fund the purchase of another rare motorcycle.

The RS250 is not exactly rare in the sense a RC30 or OW-01 is rare. However they are definitely on the "more buyers than available stock on hand" scale of supply and demand. Even so, they are not terribly expensive. This is true even though these may be some of the most modern (chassis, suspension, brakes, electronics) street-going two strokes available to US buyers. With a 17-digit vin and clear title, you'd be in like Flynn at your local DMV - California residents, as usual, need not apply.

This auction is just getting underway, with a current bid below $1,500. There is a reserve in place, so this bike may not be getting a new home any time soon; time will tell here. Meanwhile, readers are encouraged to search the RSBFS archives on these wonderful machines, given that we have seen quite a few pass through our pages. Doing your homework is the best way to ensure you chase after the right bike, for the right price. Check out this 2000 Aprilia RS250 here, and ping us back in the Comments section if you have one of these or have ridden one. Good luck!!

MI

Where There’s Smoke… 2000 Aprilia RS250
Yamaha July 30, 2017 posted by

Bargain or Basket Case? 1985 Yamaha RZ500

** Not Actual Bike. For illustrative purpose only.

RSBFS is all about the rare machine in exceptional condition. This is NOT that kind of post. This is, shall we say, an experiment. As many of our readers exhibit extensive mechanical knowledge, how about a rare and desirable bike that requires a little bit of work? Put on your rose-colored "I can see the potential here..." glasses and dive into this 1985 Yamaha RZ500. Long a staple of US-based two-stroke desires, the big RZ is one of the more popular smokers in existence. With great examples capable of eclipsing $20k in today's market, does sweat equity mitigate the price or is this just another pile of parts? Read on before you make your decision.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Project Bike for sale

Known as the RD500LC in some markets, the RZ500 was Yamaha's repli-racer knockoff; having experienced tremendous success on the racetrack thanks to the exploits of Kenny Roberts and the PJ1-sponsored YZR500 GP machine, Yamaha hoped to parlay that into success on the showroom floor. Between 19854 and 1986, these 500cc, twin crank V-4 machines allowed street riders to exercise their inner Roberts or Lawson - everywhere but the US. Given the importance of the US market and the lack of EPA acceptance of anything as dirty as a two-stroke, the big RZ did not have a long model life span. Today it is considered rare and coveted by collectors. That is what makes this opportunity potentially (insert rose-colored glasses here) interesting.

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 500 in the works, I have most the parts (approx. 99.7%) including New Aftermarket Fairing kit with some new hardware (Tank cover not included). Windshield, Brakes, Tires, Chain/Sprocket, Wheel Bearings, Rims Powder Coated, Upgraded Hi Performance Ignition, Throttle Cables, Battery, Air filter, Gas Cap, Exhaust gaskets, Oil caps and plugs, Thermostat. Seat recovered. Some of these items have not been installed. Engine starts/runs but only been tested on cap full of fuel. Needs a bit more to assemble/finish YPVS needs setting up/repair. left handle bar cap missing, one mirror cracked. Need seat key/lock Fuel tank refinished in White Main photo of completed bike for reference only.

While the seller claims that the bike is mostly there, restoration experts would warn you that there can be a LOT missing in that final 0.3%. And that only refers to the parts list. Unless you have extensive experience assembling this model, have an original example that you can use as reference or are clairvoyant, you may find putting this puzzle together a bit more work than anticipated. And considering that this puzzle is good for speeds well over the ton, you had better ensure that the pieces are assembled correctly.

The general consensus is when collecting you should strive to find the best example of what you want; the cost of restoration usually exceeds the cost of what you could buy a better example for in the first place. Methinks this may be one of those cases, unless you are purchasing simply because you want a project. If you want a RZ500 to ride, my recommendation would be find one that is ready to be ridden. The seller is looking for $8,200 Canadian (works out to be $6,542 USD) or best offer. Cheap and interesting, or crazy and incomplete? Check it out here first, and then jump back and share your thoughts in the Comments section. Is this a project you would tackle? Good Luck!!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale July 29, 2017 posted by

Handcrafted Performance: 2009 Ecosse Iconoclast for Sale

What's that you say? All of your bike-night buddies keep upstaging you with their Superleggeras and Desmosedicis and RC213Vs? Those crippling racebike ergos would leave you in agony the next day anyway... If you want to one-up those crotch-rocket poseurs, and money is no object, look no further than this Ecosse Iconoclast that retailed in 2009 at a cool $80,000. You are very unlikely to run into another one, ever, as only 11 were built to be sold on the 20ltd.com luxury goods website.

With today's sophisticated technology, something "handbuilt" isn't necessarily better or higher performance: more robots mean less human error. But there is undeniable exclusivity and cachet that goes along with something that was built by actual craftspeople. Even if this isn't your style, you can't help but admire the craftsmanship on display. Information is pretty sparse and road tests even rarer, as you might expect with so few built.

Keep in mind that, although that looks like just another Harley-engined custom, the engine is bespoke, an all-aluminum, 45° v-twin with 2000cc with a square 108mm x 108mm bore and stroke. That monster motor puts 135hp and a frankly terrifiying 140 ft-lbs of torque through a Baker six-speed gearbox created specifically for this application. The complete bike is no featherweight, but with a dry weight of 460lbs and with premium Öhlins suspension at the front and rear, the pretentiously-named Iconoclast can get a serious boogie on. Stopping should be no problem either, with a pair of six-piston ISR brakes up front.

From the original eBay listing: 2009 Ecosse Iconoclast for Sale
This is an Ecosse Iconoclast motorcycle that I purchased new several years ago for $80,000. It is a 2 liter twin which is equivelant to 120 cubic inches. Everything, all the parts, are of the highest quality, the attention to detail is without equal.  More information is avaiable at ecossemoto.com and by doing a search on the Internet where there are some magazine articles, etc. The bike is in excellent condition with approximately 1000 miles on it.  I have had other motorcycles during this time but due to healh issues I have not been riding for a while. The Ecosse is located in Southern California, between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. You can see it pretty much any time.
The asking price for this bit of hand-built motoring mayhem? A screaming deal at $34,995. No, an Ecosse Iconoclast is probably not really a sportbike. Sure, the craftsmanship is stunning and the performance is there, but the overall effect is more musclebike than actual road-racer. And it's definitely not subtle, but if you're looking to make a two-wheeled statement regarding both the size of your wallet and your appreciation of hand-built motorcycles and want to go fast while doing it, this is your best option.
-tad
Handcrafted Performance: 2009 Ecosse Iconoclast for Sale
Honda July 28, 2017 posted by

Not-So-Basic Black – 1990 Honda NSR250R in South Africa

Most often seen in much racier livery, the 1990 Honda NSR250R / MC21 was a comprehensive update from the previous  MC18.  This South African example creates a subdued excitement in black with grey accents, and quite original with 3,800 miles it's a great candidate for re-location.

1990 Honda NSR250R ( South Africa ) for sale on eBay

 

The 249cc two-stroke twin ( and its 45 hp ) on board the NSR250R remained quite similar throughout the nine year life of the model. The electronic control unit controlling ignition, carburetion and reed valves was frequently updated, and PGM-III incorporates throttle and gear position sensors in the interest of widening the torque band.  The revisions for 1990 included a beefier chassis and curved "gull" swingarm, which allowed more room for expansion chambers near the footpegs.  Wheel sizes were matched at 17" and the rear was widened to 4-1/2 inches.

 

Coming out of Cape Town, this NSR250R has very low miles for its age and appears to have had careful garage mates.  Often gray market offerings have led a full life of junior licensees, and sometimes pictures only cloud the issue, but this one looks excellent.  Part of the ECU was tasked with restricting top speed and this has been worked around, as well as an aftermarket exhaust.  From the eBay auction:

Derestricted, jetted for sea level and fitted with full JHA expansions.The engine is in superb condition, starts first kick everytime even when cold.Low mileage combined with mind blowing performance makes this one not to be missed.The screen has some discolouration due to age. The tires were replaced recently as the original factory tires had plenty of tread but were cracked from being on the vehicle for 22 years. A complete service,including replacing brake pads and and two stroke oil has been done less than 500 Km ago.

 

The world has certainly gotten smaller and the owner's shipping estimate seems to make sense even from that far corner.  Perhaps an inspection by a local shop could be arranged, putting some condition questions to rest.  Still the number of tasks to legally bring this bike to your garage shouldn't be underestimated.  This excellent NSR250R might be worth the effort for the collector with the right-sized opening in his garage...

-donn

Not-So-Basic Black – 1990 Honda NSR250R in South Africa

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