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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Suzuki May 31, 2018 posted by

Canadian Stroker: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

Suzuki's RG500Γ "Gamma" didn't actually use a detuned version of the racing RGB500's engine, but at least shared that machine's square four two-stroke configuration, so it looked and felt like it could have been developed from the real thing. The specifications were certainly unlike anything else on the road: twin cranks, disc valves, four cylinders and 498cc, surrounded by a lightweight aluminum frame.

A quartet of very compact Mikuni flat-slide carburetors tucked in on the sides of the engine and fed the liquid-cooled two-stroke, a six-speed cassette gearbox kept the engine on the boil, and Suzuki's "Full-Floater" suspension system and anti-dive forks helped put the power to the ground.

That square four turns fuel and air into a combination of power and heavy smoke that dribbles out of the four separate exhausts at idle. Once "on the pipe," it puts a claimed 95hp through the impossibly skinny 120-section tire, enough to easily motivate the 340lb dry weight. Handling and braking were both exemplary in 1986, but have obviously been far surpassed.

The feeling is still there though and, in spite of Suzuki' Automatic Exhaust Control power valve that helped give the lightweight machine a more manageable powerband, the bike was still a very raw experience. Which is exactly what makes it such a desirable bike today: it's a race-replica that does more than just look the part.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

The bike has never been plated or crashed.  Have owned it since 1990.  Very low mileage, very fast and reliable, 1 -2 kick starts (usually 1).  The only mar on the cosmetics is 4 small dimples , the result of a board sliding over and contacting the tank while in storage.  Can put the winning bidder in touch with the shop that did the engine work.  The shop owner races a gamma in vintage Class, he is the predominate specialist in Eastern Canada.  The entire engine, including the crankshafts and powertrain have been rebuilt and/or inspected, the invoices exceeded $6,000 US and can be emailed to the winning bidder.  My storage people can also do crating, export documents and shipping (Div. of Tippet Richardson Int.)  Shipping are dependent on destination, an advanced quote can be provided.

There hasn't been much activity so far, but the opening bid was set at $18,000 and the seller is in Canada, which may be limiting interest in the bike. While I think this color and graphics scheme is very flattering, it may also be that purists prefer the classic blue-and-white Suzuki scheme. Hopefully, we'll see some interest over the next couple of days!

-tad

Canadian Stroker: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale
Aprilia May 30, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale

"A man's got to know his limitations," Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry famously deadpans in Magnum Force, a film which happens to feature several Italian motorcycles, none of which are an Aprilia RS250 like this Cup Challenge bike. The decision-makers at Aprilia must have been fans of Clint Eastwood though, as they took that advice to heart: when they were planning the RS250, they stuck with what they knew and kept the frame design and styling in-house, while leaving the engine and transmission to an established manufacturer with vastly greater resources and expertise.

Instead, they used the 249cc v-twin from Suzuki's RGV250. Power for the RGV was listed at just 45hp, so the RS250's claimed 70 horses made it seem like the Aprilia version must have been outrageously modified, tuned to the absolute hilt. The reality was that Japanese restrictions meant all the home-market two-strokes were officially limited to 45hp, and were all capable of similar outputs when properly tuned and de-restricted. In fact, those in-the-know claim that Aprilia's modifications  pretty much amounted to a set of engine cases with "Aprilia" cast into them, and that 55hp at the rear wheel is a much more realistic expectation.

No problem: the Suzuki twin was plenty powerful and tuneable, with good parts availability and a high-strung character that complimented Aprilia's masterpiece of a frame, an aluminum beam unit that looked great and worked even better: reviewers then and now often refer to the RS250 as being one of the best-handling motorcycles of all time. Weight was pared to the bone and the bike was kick-start only. With about 300 pounds to stop, the triple Goldline Brembos were almost overkill, considering the same setup was used to effectively halt the much heavier Ducati 916 and the massive Moto Guzzi Sport 1100...

So the bike fit the standard quarter-liter mold: aluminum frame, asymmetrical "banana" swingarm to clear the expansion chambers, kick-start, and agility instead of brute strength. But where the Japanese bikes were often decorated with wild graphics and bold colors, the Aprilia kept things classy in elegant, basic black. Some of the earlier models featured race-replica graphics and colors, but even those were pretty understated, compared to other bikes in the class.

The Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge version was created to compete in a one-make race series late in the model's life. It was never really intended to be a roadbike, but did come with an actual VIN so some have been converted, as you can see here: this example does the bare minimum to make it road-legal and looks that much cooler for it.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge Edition. Original owner. Titled and registered here in AZ since new. Street legal and plated. 2 stroke twin. 6 Speed. Never damaged or raced. Some track days over the last 18 years. 5400 miles since new. RS50 taillight and rear turn signals. Small Piaa headlight with switch and brake light switch to keep the DMV happy. New battery, oil service and fork service. Fresh coolant and brake fluid as well. Carburetors and power valves were also cleaned and synched. Factory service manual and some gearing go with. If you want to show up at bike night and be a bit different here’s your ride. The smell of castor smells like victory. Mechanically and aesthetically in excellent condition.

Well, this might have a couple nods to streetability that will "keep the DMV happy" but your mileage, as they say, may vary, depending on where you live. Honestly, all RS250s here in the US are "grey market" bikes and only quasi-legal at best here in California. That's part of what makes CA titles so valuable for bikes like these: if your RS250 doesn't already have one, it's unlikely you'll be able to get one. Then you're forced to register your bike in your Arizona-living buddy's name, and end up riding around hoping the CHP doesn't give you a hard time when they pull you over... This one has clearly been enthusiast-owned and miles are very low. Although it's really a converted race bike, the "road legal" equipment installation is pretty slick and unobtrusive. And reversible! Bidding is pretty active over on eBay and there's plenty of time left to get a bid in, so head on over and take a look!

-tad
Featured Listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale
Bimota May 29, 2018 posted by

Motown – 2000 Bimota SB8R

Bimota was fighting its way back from the V-Due debacle and brought forward the SB8R, based on Suzuki's 996cc V-twin.  This example appears to have components from an SB8R Special, sporting all carbon bodywork and so even lighter.  It hails from an area more known for NASCAR but should be at home on any back road.

2000 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

The WSBK Series was in Bimota's plans when their designers looked into the SB8R, and though that wasn't to be, the design is a smashing collaboration between the boutique frame and mass-market powertrain manufacturers.  The aluminum perimeter frame has carbon connectors and 137 hp on tap from the Suzuki engine.  Bimota's engineers tweaked the fuel injection with 59mm Marelli throttle bodies and underseat exhaust, resulting in a more SBK experience, as does the adjustable Paioli suspension.  Carbon fairing and carbon seat subframe lead to a ride 45 or so pounds lighter than the TL1000.

The owner hints that this is a race bike on its way back to road duty, and though there are no mirrors or signals, it looks way too nice to have ever actually done a race season.  Maybe a premium track day machine.  From the eBay auction:

Spectacular all carbon fiber bodywork steals the show at motorcycle gatherings.  The awesome intake sound through the huge snorkels is hard to describe and really enjoyable.

Starts, runs, rides perfectly.  Fantastic canyon or track day motorcycle.

Great ride due to its light weight (395 lbs dry),  fully dialed suspension, torquey TLR engine (though with Bimota's own EFI and throttle bodies), and awesome Arrow race exhaust note. Engine and transmission gone through with everything returned to stock configuration.

All new fluids and ready to go except needs new street tires -- pick per your preference. Carbon fiber clip on handle bars, special race rear set foot controls, Arrow carbon fiber racing mufflers. All the trick stuff that Bimota did on this design such as the self supporting carbon fiber subframe/tail, hybrid aluminum-carbon fiber main frame, mean intake snorkels, rear shock placement (forward for mass centralization)...

Even Laverda patron Francesco Tognon couldn't turn the tide at Bimota, after their WSBK sponsor bailed early in the season.  Revitalized in the early 2000's, the company has a new race team and a line of bespoke machines.  Very special but not in the giant killer way of the race-derived SB8R generation.  This auction has seven days to run and appears to have had a starting bid but no reserve.  Something to keep an eye on...

-donn

 

Motown – 2000 Bimota SB8R
Featured Listing May 28, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Collector quality 1995 Honda RVF400!

There's nothing like comfort food and family on Memorial Day, and in that spirit, we present this 1995 Honda RVF400. These little grey-market rippers and their ilk have been our bread and butter, our comfort food, here at RSBFS and this glistening example is particularly tasty. It has quite clearly spent its life indoors under the watchful eyes of a caring collector, and the attention shows.

1995 Honda RVF400 for sale on eBay

Though the bike is registered for road use in Arizona, it has only seen 2,100 miles over its life. Unlike the vast majority of grey market imports we feature, this one was brought here nearly 20 years ago. In a nod to US standards, the speedometer has been treated to a MPH sticker overlay, though we'd rather use the stock gauges and do mental math.

The RVF400 was famed for truly being a miniaturized RC45, blessed with jewel-like build quality, flawless handling and the attention to detail Hondas of the era were famous for. Road tests from the time not that they're a little heavier than some of their competitors, but more than make up for it when the going gets twisty.

From the eBay listing:

I purchased this bike from a friend of mine who got it from another friend of ours, over the last 15 plus years it has only been stored on display in a climate controlled living room or office. It came over from Japan in the late 90's so it displays none of the typical corrosion or wear as many of the bikes that have lived in Japan and been exposed to the climate there.

I have looked over many years in the States and in Japan and have never seen another NC35 with these miles in this condition. I truly believe this is one of the finest anywhere in the world, let alone in the U.S. I am sure there is a zero mile one out there, ( I did not see one at the Collection Hall in Motegi! ) but I think you will be hard pressed to find another in this condition with these miles...and yes it is titled.

Last week after deciding to sell the bike I pulled the carbs and gave them a quick cleaning (bike was previously stored without fuel) and the bike starts, runs and idles exactly how it should. I have not ridden it as I do not want to put any miles on it. I pulled the lowers and photographed the bike so you can see exactly what you are getting.

The bike has brand new tires but they are several years old...so if you intend to actually ride it, new rubber and a change of all the fluids would be a good idea, but the bike was stored with fresh oil, coolant, brake fluid. Will come with a brand new battery installed and a small amount of Avgas in tank / carbs so will be turn key.

The bike is currently titled, plated and 2018 tags in Arizona with original 11 digit Japanese VIN.

Both original keys, original owners manual, and tool kit.

Passenger foot rests are not installed or shown in photos but I have them and they go with the bike!

100% stock, original, there is a MPH overlay on the speedo that could be removed. Everything works as it should, all lighting, electrical, etc....as it should, it is basically a NEW bike!!

Two small scratches in left lower as shown in photos, tiny bit of touch up on the H on right side lower, no rash, cracks, broken tabs. Inside of fuel tank is like new.

If you could step back in time to the 90's and buy a nearly new RVF400 that had been babied and only had a couple thousand miles on it, this is what it would look like. It is probably the nicest bike out of all in my collection, and over the years of buying NC30's 35's and NSR's I have never really seen a grey bike this nice and original. One's like this really no longer exist in Japan, and if they did they would bring well over $10k as decent ones at auction are already over $6000 and climbing now. The NSR prices are already out of sight.

There are a LOT of pictures here, please take a moment to check them all out but do not hesitate to contact me if you need me or have a question about a certain part of the bike!

I can ship most anywhere in the lower 48 for $499, if you are within 500 miles of So. Cal I think I can ship it for under $400 with Haul Bike, the best (safest) shipper I have used. You are also welcome to pick it up and inspect in person. Happy to assist with a shipper of your choice as well...and I would be willing to ship overseas, please contact for a quote to your nearest port.

Thanks to its condition and legality, the seller has set the reserve above $5,000. For a bike this rare and special, that shouldn't phase the dedicated collector.

Featured Listing: Collector quality 1995 Honda RVF400!
Honda May 28, 2018 posted by

A Couple Hours Remaining on Memorial Day: 1990 Honda RC30 in Costa Mesa

Just a quick post to keep an eye on this Honda VFR750R currently on eBay. We've seen this one come up on Craigslist several times but it's the first time in my memory that it's been on eBay. Current bid is $25,600 reserve not met and just a couple hours left.

1990 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

What you have here for your consideration is a 1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R homologation race bike of which only 300 were imported into the USA to make eligible to race.
This bike was not built at the Honda factory instead it was hand made at the Hamamatsu HRC race plant and for it's time was an amazing thing to behold with honeycomb frame, multiple magnesium parts and specialties to make it lighter along with the single side swing arm which was a 1st in the industry along with the high revving V4 gear driven cam engine that red lines at 12500 on 49 state models.
The bike has been serviced with all fluids changed, new battery and new tires and has a clean title only covering 6900 miles and also has a lot of HRC parts including exhaust system, carb cooler tray, radiator, temp gauge along with other internals and also has marvic wheels so you can run decent rubber which it has new tires on.
The bike was serviced a while back and has sat since and needs to be run.
You don't see these once in a blue moon or an eternity so here is your chance to own the fabled Honda RC30 to add to your collection.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BfUi44InJX9/

We hope you're enjoying the long Memorial Day weekend, and thanks to all Veterans for your service!

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A Couple Hours Remaining on Memorial Day:  1990 Honda RC30 in Costa Mesa

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