Monthly Archives: June 2018

Yamaha June 30, 2018 posted by

1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance & Hines #505

Not a very collectible model, but Donn spotted this one coming out of a collection in Portland. We've covered it previously and currently it's under $3k, reserve met.

dc

1992 Yamaha FZR600 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

1992 Yamaha Vance & Hines Limited Edition
Number 505 of 600.

From The Factory with "This" Edition . . . .

- V & H Steering Damper

- Full Stainless Steel Exhaust System - Dyno Tuned for proper jetting

- Forced Air - Pressurized Air Box

- Customized Factory Paint Job Matching the then - Vance & Hines Race team

- Painted & Polished Wheels Front & Rear

- Polished Engine Cases

- Air Spoiler On Rear Tail Section Fairing

Added -

Color matched Second Look operator seat & passenger seat

Rear Cowing covering the passenger seat for operator only look

This bike has been in my Museum Collection for quite some time now . . . It does have a "State of Oregon - Special Interest Plate" for M/Cs over 25 years old that qualify - and is good forever - never has to be renewed. If the buyer lives in Oregon the plate will go with the bike - If the buyer is out of the state of Oregon I will keep the plate and transfer it to one of my other museum bikes.

RECENTLY - Tuning re-verified - It started right up - idles correctly - Drives correctly etc. Has new coolant. Has new engine oil & filter. Front & Rear brake fluids Flushed and replaced.

While in the Museum the below was done for Function and display Purposes - As It was driven occasionally to M/C Shows/events - Items not in any order . . .

New Battery

New Tires

New front & Rear Brake Pads installed

New Spark Plugs
Carbs and fuel rails Rebuilt & SYNC UP

Valve Clearances set

New coolant installed

New OEM Air filter installed

New fuel filter & new Petcock installed

New Gold chain & sprockets installed

New Clutch Cable installed

The bike is in EXCELLENT mechanical and Cosmetic condition and needs nothing.

Here Is the Link to the You-Tube Video showing a walk around and start up -

PLEASE - review the video as I've included a lot of info in it that's not in the text here.

1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance & Hines #505
Ducati June 29, 2018 posted by

Trick Track Single: 1995 Ducati Supermono for Sale

Some bikes take time to find their audience, but the Ducati Supermono was always going to be a classic. Created to compete in the Sound of Singles race series that supported World Superbike in the mid 1990s, the Supermono was a bit of a throwback to Ducati's past: a pure racebike with exotic components, quality suspension, some very innovative technology and, as the name suggests, just one cylinder.

Single-cylinder engines are lightweight, torquey, and mechanically simple, which makes them ideal for offroad applications and economic commuters. But they aren't all that suited for modern sports motorcycles, since vibrations caused by one cylinder limit maximum revs and therefore horsepower, and can be more than a little unpleasant for the rider at sustained high rpm, unless numb hands and blurry vision are your thing.

Ducati had a solution and, as is typical of companies with limited resources, it made use of as much existing hardware as possible but with an interesting twist. The new engine used most of the liquid-cooled, four valve v-twin engine from the 888 and 916, but with the rear cylinder blanked off, which seems simple enough. But here's the twist: a dummy connecting rod was fitted to approximate the force of a second piston and connecting rod of the missing vertical cylinder.

Ducati ended up with a 549cc single that could rev to 11,000rpm happily and made 65hp with a dry weight of 267lbs, although a larger, 572cc version came along in 1995. Brakes were the same as the much heavier 916,  so stopping power could be considered adequate and the bike handled as well as you'd expect. The bike was liberally sprinkled with carbon fiber: the gauge cluster, fuel tank, rearset brackets, and the self-supporting rear subframe were all made from the material. Engine cases, triple clamps, and wheels were all lightweight magnesium.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati Supermono for Sale

Probably one of the most collectible sport bikes of this generation, enter the Ducati Supermono racer. This 1995 model is one of only 25 produced in 1995. Total production from 1993-1995 was 67, rare. The most unique attribute is the way Ducati did the motor, using an 888 Corsa motor and counterbalancing system consisting of a second attached to a lever pivoting on a pin fixed in the crankcase, hence the name "doppia bielletta" [double con rod].

This is a one-owner bike out of a 60+ bike private collection. Original bill of sale, docs, etc. The bike is in stellar condition.

Approximately 67 were made between 1993 and 1995 and, as you'd expect from the mission statement, most were raced, and quite successfully: it pretty much dominated any class where it was allowed to compete. Styling was by Pierre Terblanche and is pretty much perfect: lean and efficient and spartan. You can clearly see the influence this design had on the revised 900SS, but the style doesn't quite translate: on the Supermono it looks clean and technical and light, but on the Super Sport it looks fussy and contrived. So what price perfection? Well this one has an eye-watering $149,000 starting bid, which shockingly seems a pretty fair place to start, considering what other examples have sold for.

-tad

Trick Track Single: 1995 Ducati Supermono for Sale
Kawasaki June 29, 2018 posted by

Outer Limits – 1974 Kawasaki H1F Mach III

Prehistorically speaking, Kawasaki came just behind the Honda CB750 in the nascent superbike sweepstakes, but just ahead in the 1/4 mile.  The lighter weight two stroke triple had a wheelie addiction, and a substantial power-to-weight advantage, if not being a dream to handle.  This H1 is an older restoration and comes to you with a few foibles but excellent cosmetics.

1974 Kawasaki H1F for sale on eBay

The H1 had a classic twin downtube frame but innovative two-stroke triple.  Three 28mm Mikunis fueled the engine and oil injection was automatic.  For a 500, a 12.5-second quarter was a revelation, but period single front disk and rear drum at least kept exuberance rational.  Improvements over the six years of production improved the Capacitive Discharge Ignition system and standardized the unusual N-1-2-3-4-5 shift pattern.

This late Mach III looks better than excellent with most metals looking almost new, and there's very little plastic aboard.  The Ohio owner divulges that the odometer is hopelessly optimistic, and colors are from an H2, but beside the K&N air filters it appears complete, stock, and un-muddled.  A steering damper is installed which appears stock but from an earlier year.  From the eBay auction:

Mostly stock bike with air intake pods, dual piston front brake caliper and aftermarket exhaust. Older restoration with paint and chrome in above average condition. Starts up on 2nd or 3rd kick and shifts through gears smoothly. No dents in tank, scratches or cracks in plastic. Tank has been lined. Oil injection system is complete. Gauges, lights and turn signals all in good working order. Seat and seat pan in excellent condition. Recently replaced drive chain. Mileage on speedo is not correct. Paint scheme is the H2 color, black/purple.

Reviews showed the chassis to be un-cooperative with mid-corner direction changes and rough roads in general, but once the inadequate brakes were planned for, the power slowed the passage of time.  In the better part of valor, a friend of mine in the late '70s sold his shortly after lifting the front wheel with his fiancé on the back.  Neither designed or built for longevity, few have survived in this condition, the restoration here done on a nicer example.  Bidders are off to find the reserve but the auction still has five days to run...

-donn

Outer Limits – 1974 Kawasaki H1F Mach III
Aprilia June 28, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Barely broken in 1997 Aprilia RS250

Update 7.3.2018: I've been informed that this bike has sold! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Today's featured listing comes to us from a seller whose bikes we have written about a number of times, but is a first-time featured seller. The guy has moved some pretty impressive metal in the past, but for his first feature he chose something truly special, a 1997 Aprilia RS250 with fewer than 700 kilometers on the clock. As a bonus, it carries a California street title, so it should be a fairly slick process to get it out of the garage and on the road as riding season hots up.

1997 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

The little ripper came to this county more than 20 years ago, but was cooped up in a dealership's display for the first six years of its life. After that, the first owner rode it extremely sparingly until it came to our seller, who picked it up earlier this year. He set about adding a list of choice modifications and repairs and now presents it as a very ready, very sorted example of one of the finest handling bikes ever minted. We'll let him tell you what's what:

1997 Aprillia RS250, 2 owner bike, super low miles and California titled and registered. I purchased this bike a few months ago from the original owner. From what I was told he bought the bike in 2003 from Aprilia of Oceanside. They had used it as a display in the dealership since ‘97. From 2003 to April of this year the bike only accumulated 387 km. As soon as I purchased the bike it was time to make it road worthy. The brake master cylinders both needed service to unplug the bleed back holes. The carbs were taken apart and all the jets were either replaced or cleaned. All fluids were also replaced and I went about tuning the bike. Having owned two RGV250's in the past I decided to change to ignition and SAPC boxes for a Zeeltronic unit. I used an old SAPC box for the connectors so didn't need to cut or splice the harness. This upgrade makes tuning much easier and the bike really responded and runs clean from idle to redline now. My two RGV's both had the common power valve failures of loose pins so it was an easy decision to replace the power valves with the Cougar Red Valves that don't have this problem. Bike runs flawlessly and rides like a proper GP 250 replica should. The tires were also changed because who wants to take a chance with rubber that old. As far the condition of the rest of the bike there are some scratches on the tailpiece and a few nicks on the tank. Nothing that would be hard to repair, just finding original decals can take some time. I have owned more 2-stroke bikes than I can count, the fun factor with this one is off the charts. Only selling because I'm turning 60 and have no more desire for riding on the street. I work for Ferrari here in So Cal and wrench on old 2-strokes for a hobby. Getting ready to make the transition and try my hand at working on bikes for a living.

Check out Ron's website here: https://www.ronsvintagemotorcycles.com/

If the description isn't enough, check the following three videos for further proof:

If you're on the hunt for one of these little beasts, this one ought to jump to the top of your list. There are few enough miles to almost say you got it new, it sits ready to roll and it has had every potential problem area addressed. The seller is asking $12,000 for a machine that is not likely to lose value any time soon. He can be reached at ron42rogers@netscape.net

Featured Listing: Barely broken in 1997 Aprilia RS250
Ducati June 27, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Carbon-Bodied 2002 Ducati MH900e for Sale

Update 8.12.2018: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Italian bikes are sometimes accused of putting style before function, but I think it's more accurate to say that they prioritize performance and style over comfort and practicality... But in the case of the Ducati MH900e, style was far and away the most important priority, and everything else came after. Penned by Pierre Terblanche, the MH900e was meant to evoke Mike "The Bike" Hailwood's race-winning Isle of Man TT NCR-prepped machine and the replica MHRs that followed. The "e" at the end of the name was for "Evoluzione" as the bike is the spiritual successor of those storied machines.

The MH900e's concept bike looks are wild and impractical, but its beating heart is Ducati's long-serving oil and air-cooled two-valve L-twin. Displacing 904cc, the twin pumps out an honest 75hp at the rear wheel along with respectable midrange torque. It's obviously not a powerhouse, but the 410lb machine has Ducati's race-bred frame geometry and quality suspension at both ends. The riding position is committed, with a long reach to low bars over the tank, high rearsets, and a tall seat that requires long legs if you want to put your feet flat at traffic lights.

Frankly, there are just two things really stopping the bike from being a great back-road bike like the later Sport Classics: the brutal ergonomics and the insane, Harley Sportster-sized fuel tank. The ergonomics you can justify, but the tiny, 2.2 gallon tank means about 90 miles between stops, even with the two-valve twin's surprisingly decent mileage. It's a little shocking, since the bike looks like it'd have a generously-sized fuel cell, but most of what you're looking at is apparently an airbox.

Luckily, California Cycleworks makes a much larger 4.6 gallon unit that doesn't require any permanent modifications to the bike to install. It appears to still be available and would make the bike much more practical. With just 2,000 produced between 2001 and 2002, they're rare and valuable enough that most seemed doomed to a life as display pieces, but that's a shame, considering the excellent handling, solid reliability, and easy-to-service engine.

From the Seller: 2002 Ducati MH900e for Sale

Ultra Rare 2002 Ducati MH900e for sale

Limited production 1812 of 2000
Mileage: 4,500 Miles
US bike from Oregon
Clean title like new condition
Price: $19,600 $18,000 USD

Factory upgraded Ducati Performance carbon fiber bodywork and tasteful parts including:

  • DP Clutch Cover
  • DP Slave Clutch Cylinder
  • DP Signals
  • Speedy Moto Pressure Plate & Basket
  • Rizoma Handle Bar Grips
  • Rizoma Mirrors
  • Staintune Slip-on Exhausts

Bike comes with:

  • Owner plaque
  • T-Shirt
  • Rear stand

All services done. Timing belts changed in 2017. New tires. Needs nothing. Bike is as is and does not come with additional parts.

Bike is located in Vancouver BC Canada. Serious inquiries only. No PayPal. Wire or cash only. The bike can be easily exported back to the US because it is an US bike. Shipping can be arranged at buyer’s cost.

Price in USD

It is unfortunate that the original bodywork and other parts don't seem to be included, but the Ducati Performance panels are obviously an appropriate modification and look great, even if exposed carbon fiber reduces the visual ties to the red and silver of the original NCR bikes. The bike also includes a set of Staintune exhausts that look very similar to the stock system but let the bike sound more appropriately Ducati-ish. Considering the prices of Sport Classics these days, the $19,800 $18,000 asking price seems pretty reasonable, and is in line with other examples of the MH900e that we've seen lately.

-tad

Featured Listing: Carbon-Bodied 2002 Ducati MH900e for Sale
MV Agusta June 27, 2018 posted by

From the Racing Department: 2016 MV Agusta F4RC for Sale

The second generation of MV Agusta's superbike as exemplified by this F4RC was more sophisticated, more refined, but no less dangerous. It's not really a question of power: there are obviously plenty of other literbikes with similar [or better] power-to-weight ratios. It's the general sense of wildness, an absolute willingness to murder you if you get too familiar with it. I was speaking with a husband and wife over the weekend about one, describing how it just feels far more serious than something like an Aprilia RSV4 that makes similar power and weighs about the same. At the end, she said, "It has no pity." Which I think pretty much perfectly sums up the MV Agusta F4: it does not suffer fools gladly.

The team working on the second generation of the F4 faced a big challenge: how do you update a motorcycle that is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful designs of all time? How to you revise it so that it looks noticeably more modern, yet still maintains clear visual links to the earlier bike? I do prefer the original Tamburini bike, but it's hard to argue that MV didn't knock it out of the park: it's a bit more angular, a bit more technical, but still retains the overall shape and proportions that made the previous design so iconic.

Perhaps most importantly, the electronics are far more sophisticated and a huge leap forward for the bike, with 8-level traction control and multiple engine power maps for throttle sensitivity, torque, engine braking, and response. Your ego might make you think you need whatever the equivalent of "RACE" mode is, but for most riding, I'm sure a less-aggressive map would help the bike's tendency to wheelie and generally try to kill you. Honestly, with the kind of power this thing makes, it will always feel fast. Power was up significantly: even the "entry level" F4R made a claimed 195hp at the crank, and this 2016 F4RC was supposedly good for an outrageous 212hp. From cold, it still has the distinctive loping idle and a hard-edged, exotic wail when revved, but overall it feels far more refined than the earlier bike.

Ergonomics were improved as well, although that really isn't saying much and the bike is still pretty uncomfortable for anything like regular riding. Unfortunately, heat is still a significant problem and the F4 will still roast your thighs and try to boil over if you get caught in traffic. Keeping an eye on the temp gauge is difficult though: the updated LCD gauge cluster and blue lighting looks very sophisticated, but is difficult to read at a glance.

Interestingly, the bike wasn't even all that expensive when it was introduced in 2010, comparatively speaking. Sure, there was a premium to be paid for owning and Italian exotic, but the new F4 was priced just a few thousand dollars higher than a Yamaha R1, and while performance was similar, there's no comparison in terms of the bikes' styles. These days you can pick up a nice, low-mileage F4R for $12,000 and people will still think you're riding a bike worth ten times that. Seriously: I've overheard those conversations. Unfortunately, this particular F4RC is much closer to what the hoi polloi might be expecting, and the bike's asking price is a cool $35,995 although maybe those are Canadian dollars...

I'm generally not a fan of race-replica graphics, especially on a premium Italian motorcycle, but I think the RC red-white-green looks pretty sharp. The biggest draw for me is that stunning Termignoni exhaust that addresses the only real design element of the second generation F4 that I find disappointing. The organ-pipe setup on the first generation bike is terrific, but the revised design tried to maintain the four undertail pipes with an updated style that used squared-off tips, and generally looked like it was trying too hard. The twin Termignoni cans suit the bike well and sound amazing.

From the original eBay listing: 2016 MV Agusta F4RC Reparto Corsa for Sale

Used like new, very rare motorcycle MV Agusta, F4 RC Reparto Corsa AMG, 2016, 237 miles (380km), must see.

WSBK Ready, 212 Hp, Only 250 built around the world in 2016. Limited warranty available, not included, call us for details.

Price based on local pick-up, shipping available worldwide.

Contact us to check the shipping and/or customs fees according to your location.

Applicable sales tax.

Race ready motorcycle, it is up to the buyer to take the information according to his locality for the possibility of road registration.

We are not partners with Uship and do not confirm the accuracy of their quotation, call us for a more accurate price.

http://www.motosillimitees.com/fr/powersports/occasion/mv-agusta-f4-rc-reparto-corsa-amg-212-hp-2016/10766748/

Motos Illimitées

Well this is obviously being offered by a dealer and there isn't much information about the bike's history. But as usual with a bike that has so few miles, there probably isn't much to tell. If you want a nice F4, you certainly don't need to pay this kind of money, although it's pretty comparable to top-shelf Ducati Panigales and a bargain, compared to the Superleggera. Modern MV Agustas don't get much more collectible than this.

-tad

From the Racing Department: 2016 MV Agusta F4RC for Sale

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