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Honda November 19, 2017 posted by Aaron

Oval-piston wonder: 1992 Honda NR

Back in the early '90s, Honda was still known for pushing boundaries with build quality, poise and panache unrivaled among its competitors. Throughout the decade, Big Red claimed some truly great accomplishments that dragged motorcycling further toward the coming millennium. But in '92, Honda spat out one of its craziest street creations on record, the 750cc V4 NR.

The NR was not a homologation model as much as it was a celebration of the brand's grand prix and endurance racers of the late 1970s and 1980s. It sported oval pistons that allowed eight valves per cylinder and required eight connecting rods, for an engine design that resembled a four-cylinder V8.

The bikes, which are heavy by today's standards and pump out a now-modest 114 hp, rarely change hands, so any opportunity at one should be taken seriously. This 1992 Honda NR sports 5,000 miles, a lot for a bike of which just 300 examples were built. It appears to show some wear accumulated along the way.

From the eBay listing:

If you are looking at this motorcycle, you know what it is. Ready to ride or show. Outstanding condition., , The Honda NR (New Racing) is a v-four motorcycle engine series started by Honda in 1979 with the 500cc NR500 Grand Prix racer that used oval pistons. This road going NR750 uses elliptical piston with curved long sides. These bikes are rarely for sale. Great value for money., Will be sold as is off the container with all VAT and Duties paid and entered onto the NOVA system, due instock appx end feb 2018, SELLING WHAT WE ARE HAPPY TO RIDE OURSELVES,UK-WORLDWIDE DELIVERY, over 150 more bikes available on the MOTORCYCLEGIANT website.

The bike is for sale through an English dealer that is importing it from Japan. Under most circumstances, that could spell a deal breaker, as there are much easier ways to get your hands on a a bike. In the case of the NR, though, the waiting and paperwork will be well worth the struggle.

Bimota November 16, 2017 posted by Aaron

Still Fuel Injected: 1998 Bimota V-Due

There were a lot of things that led to the Bimota V-Due's inauspicious fall from grace, mostly related to costs and hype that would ultimately spell disappointment when the bike finally broke cover. But by far the bike's worst flaw was its positively heinous fuel injection system, which was designed to keep the bike in compliance with emissions regulations while keeping a two-stroke's characteristic light weight and simplicity.

1998 Bimota V-Due for sale on eBay

The fuel delivery system was so poor that many of the bikes were retrofitted with carburetors at Bimota's expense, which not only sank the company, it rendered the bikes offroad-only toys for the well-heeled, and not the stylish, fancy street racers the factory had envisioned. Added to the injection problems were oiling issues that seized pistons, electrical gremlins and poor crankcase sealing as the result of badly-cast engine cases.

The 1998 Bimota V-Due shown here is one of the few that runs well, with both its fuel injection and street legality intact. The seller says this bike was one of a handful that were purchased out of the company's unsold stock by Piero Caronni, who set about fixing the promising-but-terrible machines. It has 417 kilometers on the clock from new, though the 500cc v-twin has zero miles on a rebuild that apparently fixed its original gremlins.

From the eBay listing:

Please see video (link below) and if you need more pics or information just let me know.

For most reading this you know all about the Bimota V-Due for those that don’t a quick google will tell you all you need to know. There were less than 500 Bimota V-Due’s built.

I’ve had this V-Due for 18 months and bought it from a UK V-Due collector with the intention of preparing it for trackday use. The reality is that its far too good to be used on track hence the reason for selling it.

What makes this bike rare, and the one to have, is that not only does it run, and run well but its one of what is believed to be less that 100 injection V-Due’s left in the world. On another point most of the V-Due’s seem to end up in private collections and never used and I’m hoping that this bike will find an owner wanting to take it on and develop it further. Obviously it’s not my concern once it’s sold.

When I bought the bike I knew it had electrical problems preventing the bike running for more than a few seconds. I’ve spent the past year diagnosing the problems and a combination of improving earth connections and other wiring, changing HT leads and fuel line connectors have solved the problem and the bike runs well and now just needs run in. The engine has Zero miles…..

This V-due would have a been an unsold stock bike when the Bimota business failed in 2001. Piero Caronni the then technical director for the V-Due at Bimota bought all the V Due stock when the Bimota factory closed. It was then first “sold” by him to Mr Sascha in 2005 in Germany. The German owner then sold it to the previous UK owner before me in 2016. In 2014 the previous owner sent the engine back to Piero to have it rebuilt. All the mechanical issues relating to the original engine was sorted and left perfect, Piero’s words, not mine. The previous owner then purchased new twin ECU’s, again a problem area in the original bike, bought new coils, and rather than refurbishing the original fuel injectors bought new improved ones from Piero.

The bike has a total of 417kms from new, with zero miles on the engine and it is in original condition and specification other than the rear indicators having been changed to something less obtrusive. Original indicators are still available new from Classic Bimota Parts in Italy. Also included in the sale are the original coils, HT leads, and twin ECU’s. I’ve also got the original owners handbook - with wiring diagram intact. The German transport documentation (from Mr Sascha) to allow a new V5 to be applied for in the UK. Also comes with a rare Bimota V-Due brochure and magazine pull out. Bike also has both keys.

The next owner may want to consider what to do next? Thankfully there is a keen and growing following of developers and riders and just recently released from promap-europe.com is a new improved “piggy back” ECU along with revised injectors that further improves ride-ability. Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BIMOTA500/?ref=br_rs this is the way to go if you want to ride this bike regularly.

There is a small pin head chip to at the front of the tank that could be dabbed in, personally i’d leave it. The right hand side of the fairing mid section has had a repair to a stress crack (known issue) that could be improved on at some stage. Other than that and a very few light scratches associated with being 20 years old the overall condition can only be described as “as new” certainly the bike with a little detailing could be presented as concours.

In summary this is a serious collectors bike that can be used and enjoyed, one of the last remaining fuel injected bikes, an appreciating asset. Only a change in my needs for a trackway bike mean this bike is for sale.

The bike is located in Lisburn just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland, just 10-20mins from all airports or ferry terminals. I can arrange transport to anywhere in the UK at cost if required. Viewing recommended.

While I have make an offer really the price is what I'm prepared to sell for, if you want to offer me your RC30 and a bucket of cash, well yes then i'd have to rethink. If you have something special then let me know.

Armed with new ECUs, wiring and fuel injectors, the bike should (emphasis on should) be ready to enjoy. For those in the EU or Britain, registration should be a relative breeze. The story will be different on this side of the pond, though that will change once the bike meets the 25-year mark.

To further make his point, the seller has included a video of the bike starting, idling and revving:

Even as a track or display-only machine, the Bimota V-Due is odd and interesting enough to warrant serious collector consideration.

 

Still Fuel Injected: 1998 Bimota V-Due
Bimota November 15, 2017 posted by Aaron

Hen’s Tooth: 1983 Bimota SB4S

Hailing from a time when Bimota had its pick of mass-produced engines to stick into lovely bespoke frames, this 1983 Bimota SB4S is a one-of-34 machine from a factory that wasn't exactly known for its production capacity. What makes this SB4 so rare is that it is fully faired, setting it apart from the other 200-odd SB4s built.

1983 Bimota SB4S for sale on eBay UK

Under the gorgeous red-and-white bodywork lies a Suzuki Katana 1,100 engine, which was about the baddest mill money could buy at the time, and brings the weight savings and simplicity of air cooling to the party. As mentioned, the bike sports a hand-welded frame of Bimota's own design and crafting, and the best suspension money could buy at the time.

From the eBay listing:

Super rare and stunning Bimota SB4 SS

Only 34 factory built full fairing bikes were made and this bike has been sat in a collection and never used

Powered by the incredible Katana GSX1100 engine and fitted with the best forks and brakes that money could buy this was the ultimate sports bike of its day

Terrific value and a solid investment to ride or collect

Making this bike even more special is the fact that it is a zero-mile machine. It was purchased and stuck in a collection, making it a truly unused and untested time capsule. The machine is available through eBay classifieds in the U.K. for £15,885, or about $20,000.

 

Hen’s Tooth: 1983 Bimota SB4S
Kawasaki November 15, 2017 posted by Aaron

Nice Original: 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R

As the fall riding season winds down on the East Coast, the sportbike market has tightened up, with the year's choicest machines long since spoken for or mothballed for another shot at a big sale come spring. There still are some gems to be had, though, and this 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R is one.

1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R for sale on eBay

It's the perfect green-white-purple Kawasaki livery, its bright green fairings set off by violet wheels. It has covered 24,000 miles; lots for a sportbike, but nothing to be afraid of if it was well looked-after. The bodywork wears a scuff or two, but is overall in really nice condition.

From the eBay listing:

For sale is a very nice condition 1996 Kawasaki ZX7R Ninja. Very hard to find in this condition with ONLY 24K miles...that's only 1,000 miles a year !!! Only the 1996 had the purple rear end and wheels which are highly sought after in stock colors!! This bike runs excellent. It has Yoshimura exhaust that shines like new. Also authentic ASV levers and if you know bikes you know these levers are NOT cheap !!! The bike will come with a New Hampshire certified VIN verification registered by a authorized dealer representative on official NH state VIN verification forms. If needed, I will get it registered if you are from a state that will only accept prior registration (NH does not title bikes past year 1999.)

This would be a great bike to catch the waning days of the season on, or to save for Indian summer winters we have been having lately. Or you could use the time between now and longer days to sort what needs sorting for a really good rider next year.

Nice Original: 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R
Ducati November 14, 2017 posted by Aaron

Built to the Hilt: 2006 Ducati PS1000LE

As special editions to begin with, Ducati Paul Smart 1000LEs generally see duty as garage queens, left largely stock and original. This one certainly has led a pampered existence thus far, but clearly was owned by someone who did not know the phrase "leave well enough alone."

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

The list of additions is long, but includes a Termi exhaust, two Schedoni seats, and a smattering of pieces from Rizoma. Cosmetically the bike is immaculate, and given its ultra-low mileage, it should be mechanically sound, too, though it might benefit from a once-over to make sure time hasn't eroded its rubber and plastic parts.

In anticipation of mid-aughts Ducati nylon fuel tanks' propensity to swell in the presence of ethanol fuel, the seller is including an unused, OEM gas tank.

From the eBay listing:

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE Limited Edition bike. IMMACULATE!! Always garaged. Never dropped. Perfect condition. Rare bike in as new condition. ******Comes with an OEM replacement tank that has never been used. Also, has not one, but TWO Schedoni seats (one tan, one black; both suede). Extras include:

Titanium Termi 2 into 1 exhaust

Titanium NCR rear sets, shifter and rear brake pedal

FLEDA LED rear light system

FLEDA front turn signals

Bar end mirrors

Rizoma grips

Rizoma reservoirs

Brushed aluminum chain guard

Elusive OEM lower fairings with #16

NCR titanium gas cap

Rizoma open clutch cover

Rizoma brushed aluminum belt covers with clear windows

CRG Brake and Clutch levers

Too much to list all. Have all original parts that were removed as well.

Bike can be seen in Manhattan Beach, CA. Buyer to arrange shipping from Los Angeles, CA

Good Luck! I reserve the right to sell outside of eBay and cancel auction at any time.

Being a Paul Smart bike, and one laden with aftermarket bits and bobs, the asking price is upper-echelon. With ten days left in the sale, the bike has attracted a few followers at its $29,500 asking price.

Built to the Hilt: 2006 Ducati PS1000LE
Sport Bikes For Sale November 13, 2017 posted by Aaron

Import Eligible: 1988 Honda CBR400RR

We have seen our fair share of VFR400Rs and lightweight, two-stroke screamers on home soil this year, but Honda's pint-sized inline-four sportbikes have stayed fairly scarce, except for a few examples here and there. The other side of the pond is another story, where the rev-happy "training" bikes can be had for a song.

1988 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

This 1988 Honda CBR400RR wears Honda's striking black-and-orange livery from the period, the seller says he has been restoring the bike over the last three years. The fairings have been polished, and they apparently are supplemented with a replacement set. No word on the originality of either.

The vendor claims that the frame, suspension and engine have been rebuilt over his time with the bike, though it has not been ridden. It needs a choke cable, and some carb fiddling to be 100 percent.

From the eBay listing:

Hi this is my Honda cbr400rr nc23
This really is an awesome bike I have owned it for 3 years and been restoring it...never been ridden on the road this I have owned it but has been started and ran frequently ,however I now need to sell due to saving for a house and lack of room.
The bike is 35 years old however for this age immaculate.
Fairing were professionally polished
The following has been taken apart cleaned and rebuilt with new parts;
Frame
Engine
Front suspension
Rear shock
Front and back wheels
Bearing all round
Brand new A16 race can
Rear hugger
Radiator
Ecu
Battery
Brand new rep sprayed tank and tank cap
Bar ends
Carbon yoke cover
Carb seals replaced and serviced although never used

All electrical work fine
Also have a brand new spare fairing set that will also come with the bike and original exhaust

Problems
Need new choke cable and carbs need setting up for idol
Bike is currently SORN due to restoring

Anymore info or for an offer feel free to message

The Buy-It-Now is set at £1,400, or about $1,835 at today's exchange rate. It could be a decent pickup for a fun backroad bomber for our readers in Britain, or a decent option for import for U.S. buyers, though import, duties and titling the bike will eat any savings on the purchase end PDQ.

 

Import Eligible: 1988 Honda CBR400RR