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Kawasaki September 18, 2017 posted by Aaron

One Complete, One in Pieces: Turbo’d 1975 Kawasaki KZ900 and 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000

Here's a weird one. This seller in Oklahoma has two turbo'd Kawasaki Z bikes for sale in two separate auctions and in two very different states of disrepair. They wear identical paint schemes, and the seller says they come from the estate of a good friend.

1975 Kawasaki KZ900 Turbo for sale on eBay

The original owner bought the complete 1975 Kawasaki KZ900 brand-new and then added a Blake turbo kit and his own Turbo logo and paint job. The seller says the bike does not run, and the thick layer of dust and rat's nest of wires poking from under the right side cover back that story up.

The same gentleman bought the 1977 KZ1000 to build what the seller calls "a real hot rod," and it comes with an American Turbo Pak, among a vanload of other spares. It is unclear whether this project was complete before being disassembled, or if it never got off the ground in the first place. Either way, the '77 will need a lot of love to be whole again.

As grubby and daunting as these two bikes are, they are from a unique, frenetic time in the evolution of sportbikes. They came at the end of America's obsession with the muscle car, and before the collective interest had discovered corners. Though they are not as collectible as a factory-optioned Z1TC, they are a rare and incredible look into the not-so-distant past.

The auctions have little time left, but are no reserve, so the high bidder is taking home a full garage worth of intense, rewarding project.

From the eBay listings:

'75:

NO RESERVE

I'm selling this on behalf of the widow of the one and only owner of this bike. Randy bought this Kawasaki Z1 brand new in 1975 and then added the Blake turbocharger and his own spin on the paint scheme. His old riding buddy has lots of stories about how fast the bike was. BUT, Randy then bought a second bike to build into a real hot rod. That bike is listed separately, partially disassembled, and comes with a large number of extra parts.It's possible many of those parts will fit this bike, but they're being sold right now with the 1977 KZ 1000 with the American Turbo-Pak. (See our other auction.) These bikes have been in his garage for years and are not in running condition. Sold as-is, where is.

Ideally the same bidder will win both auctions and keep this great collection of authentic hot rod Kawasaki history together.

'77:
NO RESERVE

I'm selling this on behalf of the widow of the owner of this bike.  Randy bought a Kawasaki Z1 brand new in 1975 and then added a Blake turbocharger and his own spin on the paint scheme.  His old riding buddy has lots of stories about how fast the bike was.  BUT, Randy then bought a second bike (this one) to build into a real hot rod.  That bike is listed separately, partially disassembled, and comes with a LARGE NUMBER OF EXTRA PARTS.  It's possible many of those parts will fit both bikes, but they're being sold right now with this 1977 KZ 1000 with the American Turbo-Pak. (See our other auction for the 1976 Z1 with Blake turbocharger.)  These bikes have been in his garage for years and are not in running condition.  Sold as-is, where is.

Ideally the same bidder will win both auctions and keep this great collection of authentic hot rod Kawasaki history together.
There is just over a day left in the bidding for these insane machines, so click through and make your play, if you dare.
One Complete, One in Pieces: Turbo’d 1975 Kawasaki KZ900 and 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000
Aprilia September 15, 2017 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: Aprilia RS250 from Speedwerks

This Aprilia RS250 is being sold by Speedwerks, good friends of RSBFS and a meticulous bunch whose offerings are always top notch. This quarter-liter ripper is no exception, having recently undergone a thorough mechanical and cosmetic freshening. The long list of new stuff includes Brembo brake master cylinder, pads and lines and a set of sticky Bridgestone 090s.

The RS250 is essentially the lights-and-mirrors version of Aprilia's RSV grand prix bike, and employs a 90-degree Suzuki VJ22 two-stroke v-twin. The RS line was one of the last serious street-legal two-stroke featherweights, and should feel more like a modern motorcycle than some of Japan's older options.

Though the VJ22 is limited to 45 horses in Japanese trim, Aprilia did what they could with the CDI box to change that, and Speedwerks have added custom exhausts, re-jetted the carbs and fitted a CDI that gives the twin its full complement of ponies. As it sits, the bike should be good for somewhere around 60 horsepower.

The benefit of a thorough going-over with new paint, graphics and bodywork shows; this thing is ludicrously pretty for an aged, all-or-nothing canyon carver.

From Speedwerks:

Very nice example of Aprilia's 250cc Two Stroke Sportbike. This particular machine has undergone a full service and 'rider restoration' in our shop. Engine was inspected, serviced and all fluids replaced. Carbs were rebuilt with new lines and filter installed. tested on our Dynojet chassis dyno.
Power valve drains fitted, NGK plugs and new air filter. New OEM Brembo master cylinder fitted and new brake pads, steel braided front brake lines. New Bridgestone 090 tires, along with a new DID x-ring chain and battery.
Full Power S.A.P.C. (ECU).
The fairings are original and were professionally resprayed in the factory gloss black, the tail section and decals are 3M 1080 series carbon fiber. All components of this machine operate and function as they should. Titled and ready to ride.
Post sale transportation, parts and service are available. Ck our Facebook page for more cool gray market bikes for sale. /speedwerks. Any questions please email or call. 302-672-RACE
In business over 25 years, Speedwerks specializes in rare sportbikes and road racing motorcycles. From a frame up custom/restorations to general service, we are your full service shop.

Speedwerks Sportbike Service
101 Weston Dr. suite-8
Dover,De 19904
(302)672-RACE

With a fresh chain and tires and a clear title, this thing should be ready for a nice long run in a lucky enthusiast's garage.  Contact Steve at Speedwerks directly for more: steve@speedwerks.com $7,900 firm, nationwide delivery available.

Featured Listing: Aprilia RS250 from Speedwerks
Yamaha September 15, 2017 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: Low-mileage 1993 Yamaha FZR1000

This 1993 Yamaha FZR1000 from featured seller Gary is museum quality, having covered just 3,000 miles in its 24 years over two owners. The paint and 90s-tastic graphics are scratch, ding and mark free, which is nearly unheard of for a U.S.-market literbike of this vintage.

1993 Yamaha FZR1000 for sale on eBay

Gary's FZR is from near the end of the bike's eight-year production run, and features Yamaha's innovative Exup system, which allowed Yamaha to run super aggressive cams without sacrificing a placid street idle, and gave the bike a smooth powerband from the bottom end to red line.

By 1993, the 145-horsepower FZR1000 was beginning to show its age, as the Honda CBR900RR was on its way to turn the literbike market on its head. Still, the line had managed to top comparison tests and ten-best lists for the previous few years, and left an indelible dent in perceptions of what sport bikes could be.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a Minty almost new condition 1993 Yamaha FZR1000 with only 3,018 miles. This is a domestic model with only two owners. This FZR looks like it has 3 miles on it, not 3000. Completely stock just like the day it rolled off the assembly line. Original tires in excellent shape no cracking. Original brake pads, chain and sprockets in original mint condition. Fairings 100% genuine original OEM Yamaha. Fairings and fuel tank in flawless condition. Bike has just been serviced with new battery and new engine fluids. Needs nothing ready to ride. No rust or patina. Not a speck of rust inside the fuel tank. Bike has been a living room Queen most of its life. Museum quality collector.

Comes with Utah state title. There are cheaper FZR's on the market but not in this condition. This is a premium bike. Please text 801-358-6537 for more photos and questions. $500 PayPal deposit. Balance accepted by check, bank wire or cash in person.

As a breed, the FZR1000 is not at all rare. They were made in their thousands and sold admirably in the U.S. market. What makes this bike special is the scant mileage, new condition and ownership history. It is original down to the brake pads, chain and sprockets, though if you're going to ride it, we would suggest freshening those parts as well as the tires. The auction has just over a day left, so hurry past before the opportunity is gone!

Featured Listing: Low-mileage 1993 Yamaha FZR1000
MV Agusta September 13, 2017 posted by Aaron

1 of 65 in the U.S.: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna 1000R

MV Agusta spat out a raft of tribute bikes based on its insane F4 1000R in the mid to late aughts, but perhaps the closest to the company's heart was the F4 1000R Senna, named for Ayrton Senna, the late three-time Formula 1 champion. Senna had been a close personal friend of Claudio Castiglioni, MV Agusta president and father of the Ducati 916 and Monster and the MV Agusta F4 and F3.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R Senna for  sale on eBay

The 2007 bike followed a 2002 Senna Edition F4, but was harder-edged than the previous version, and was blessed with a longer list of special suspension and go bits. Like the "standard" F4, the 2007 Senna made 174 horsepower at the crank, which was good for 0-60 in under three seconds, a high-nine-second quarter mile and a top speed within a gnat's eye of 190 mph.

Cosmetically, the bike sported the color-me-obvious grey and red paintwork bearing Senna's name, a contrasting red Alcantara seat and silver forged Marchesini wheels.

Mechanical changes include titanium nitride coating for the 50 mm Marzocchi USD fork, instead of the standard carbon nitride, the Sachs rear suspension is adjustable for high- and low-speed rebound and compression damping and braking is handled by Brembo Goldline monoblocs.

The F4 listed here is in excellent condition, as you would expect from an extremely rare and exclusive bike, and has clearly been stored inside. It has covered 4,700 miles since new, which is actually more than we would have guessed.

From the eBay listing:

The Senna is a special edition of the MV Agusta F4 1000R. With different paint, an alcantara seat, upgraded Brembo brakes, forged silver Marchesini wheels, a 50 mm titanium-nitride coated Marzocchi upside down fork, and a lightweight Sachs racing rear suspension this edition is truly special.

The 174 horsepower engine will help you get this one of 300 (only 65 brought to the US) bike moving.

Contact us with any questions. Financing and warranty available.

With three days left in the sale, the bike has not attracted any bids. Buy-It-Now is set at $25,000. Comments are open, so let us know your thoughts below.

1 of 65 in the U.S.: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna 1000R
Ducati September 12, 2017 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1,600-mile 1991 Ducati 851 Strada Biposta

Today's featured 1991 Ducati 851 Strada is an excellent specimen of the machine that pushed Ducati from the pages of history and far into the modern era. It was the first bike to rumble out of Bologna wearing Desmoquattro heads and fuel injection and it settled once and for all that Ducatis should be red.

1991 Ducati 851 on Nashville Craigslist

Added to its newfound technical prowess, the 851 was as adept at capturing imaginations as it was at collecting speeding tickets. A spate of race wins didn't hurt, but the bike's purposeful stance, impeccable color scheme, Guns of Navarone sound and dare-to-be-different attitude built an aura that wins alone cannot.

Mechanically, the 851 was at once innovative and regressive. The desmodromic heads on the Pantah-based 851cc v-twin, were from a time before cantilevers had given way to valve springs. But there were four valves per bank, and though it revved low, the engine made great use of electronic fuel injection and high compression to push out about 100 horses. Long after everyone else had moved on, Ducati was making good with rattly old-world technology.

That big, laconic mill was stuffed into the brand's signature steel trellis frame rails and hung with Ohlins suspension on each end, which meant that the 851 was light, flickable and fast, and offered totally different power characteristics to its Japanese competitors. Where the beasts from the East needed to be wrung out past 10,000 rpm to really scare you, the 851 did the job just shy of 10,000, with a rumble rather than a shriek.

This 851 has spent the majority of its 26 years with one owner, covering well under 2,000 miles before coming into our seller's hands. Blemishes on this bike are limited to a few pox on some of the aluminum pieces and some age marks in front of the rear tire. The seller claims it was stored inside its whole life and has never seen rain, and its condition backs that up.

If you plan to ride the bike, you would do well to replace its aged Pirellis. The seller doesn't mention them, but we'd be surprised if they are not the original set.

From the Craigslist post:

For Sale: Museum Quality 1991 Ducati 851 Strada Biposta Superbike but made for the road. It is a one-owner bike with approximately 1,605 miles on it (yes less than 2k miles) always stored inside and properly and meticulously maintained throughout its 26 year life. Bike has never seen or been ridden in the rain. You could search long and hard but you will not find one in this condition and with this few miles. I have all documentation from the original dealer invoice, ownership card, original owners manual, two original keys, full shop manual, original race stand, original brochure, and many other documents, articles, magazines featuring the bike as well as all of the maintenance records. Over $2k recently spent on full maintenance by Ducati Dealer. This is a bike that will only go up in value over the years. Current valuations on Hagerty's puts the value of the bike between $25k-$30k (see below)

Specifications:
Manufacturer Ducati
Production 1987-1992
Successor Ducati 888
Class Sport bike
Engine - 851 cc (52 cu in), 90° V-twin, fuel injected
Power - 93.00 hp (67.9 kW)) @ 9,600 rpm
Transmission - 6 speed, chain drive
Frame type -Tubular steel trellis frame
Brakes -Front: Dual disc - Rear: Single disc
Tires -Front: 120/70-17
Rear: 180/55-17
Weight ~430 lb (200 kg) (dry)
Fuel capacity 20 litres (5.3 US gal)

This bike is a dream to ride and will stand out from all of the other bikes. You rarely ever see these bikes. I purchased the bike to add to my collection and will keep it if it does not sell. Only willing to sell if the price is right. Again, this bike will only go up in value. No rides without cash in hand. Clean and clear title in hand. Bike is as-is with no written or implied warranties. The pictures do not do this bike justice. It is a rare find.

Feel free to call, email or text with questions. Due to the scammers out there, I will not respond to suspicious emails or text messages. If the ad is up then the bike is still for sale. I will delete upon selling the bike.

The seller's ask is between Hagerty's assessment for one of these in between #2 and #3 condition, according to the supplied value chart. If the pictures are anything to go on, we'd say that is right in line.

 

Featured Listing: 1,600-mile 1991 Ducati 851 Strada Biposta
Honda September 12, 2017 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: Ex-Jim Granger 1990 Honda RC30

Update 9.12.2017: Price reduced to $28,500. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Jim Granger is widely considered royalty among the cognoscenti in U.S Honda RC30 circles, having owned and tweaked a raft of the rare V4 beasts over the years. What you see here is a 1990 Honda RC30 that Jim owned for the better part of its life, adding go bits from the HRC parts bin along the way.

We can't say for sure which one of Jim's RCs this is, but check out this forum post describing power figures for a brace of mild and wild RCs he built at some point:

Jim Granger's RC30: 123rwhp skimmed block, stock pistons, stock cams,
un-cut stock heads HRC spec porting, HRC exhaust, flatslides, HRC ignition

Jim Granger's 133rwhp RC30: Same as previous plus custom stainless valves
(std size), race spec valve job, 91 HRC cams, multiple
assemble/disassemble "clearancing" . Dyno fuel flow indicated 1 jet lean,
approximate 3 hp per operator.

Seller Jay told us this bike's engine has never been opened, so we wouldn't expect those numbers from it, but keep reading to see the tasty pieces it did pick up in Granger's stewardship.

The predecessor to the also-legendary RC45, RC30s found glory both in short-circuit superbike racing and on the longer, scarier road courses of England and Northern Ireland with names like Robert and Joey Dunlop aboard.

The grocery list of rare and unobtainable parts on this bike is very long, but includes HRC jet kit, radiators, rear shock, fork internals, wheels, a Moriwaki dry clutch setup and a one-off Yoshimura exhaust. The changes, though subtle, are wide-ranging and strategic, and will give the bike slightly more than the stock 118 horsepower and sharpen its responses on all fronts.

No internal modifications also mean the engine has never had to come apart for any reason, and in true Honda fashion, it has performed reliably with regular maintenance. It is also fully street legal, and retains the stock clipons, rearsets, turn signals and lights. It is decidedly not superbike-spec, and that makes it almost more desirable.

The seller says Jim owned and rode the bike for more than 20 years, adding about 10,000 road miles to the clock in that time. The mileage currently reads just over 21,000, but Jay says about half of those miles came from Granger adding mileage to the odo in order to register the bike in California.

In Jay's words:

Jim Granger's 1990 RC30

This was Jim's personal RC30 from 1991 till 2014 when I bought it. Jim is the US RC30 guru, no one can question his love or knowledge of these bikes. I've ridden it about 800 miles, 50 in the last week. Most of its time with me it was on display in my buddy's office or living room.

This girl has history, some of it I might get wrong, hopefully Jim will correct me. Jim bought it from someone in the southwest and had to add almost 10,000 miles to the odometer the register it in California. Then it spent it's time in his shop and in the mountains of So-Cal racking up another 10,000 or so miles, the current Odo reading is 21,537. When I bought her she had been "sleeping" for a few years in his shop, he woke her back up with fresh fluids, tires and anything else she needed. Recently I changed the oil and bled the brakes and clutch and replaced the battery, she is ready to ride.

She has a bunch of cool parts in this list, but I bet I missed a few:

HRC 17" Magnesium wheels
HRC full floating and vented front rotors with HRC calipers
HRC front axle
HRC fork internals with external adjusters
HRC Radiators and Temp gauge
HRC jet kit (I think)
Moriwaki DRY CLUTCH ) (imagine a Japanese refined Ducati dry clutch sound, F'ing musical)
HRC Aluminum bodied rear shock
HRC rear ride height adjuster
A one off Yoshimura full exhaust with a period carbon can
PFM iron rear rotor
HRC breather tank
Modified rear subframe
Braided lines
Aftermarket 520 chain and sprockets
A lot cool aluminum hardware here and there

She has a lot of the practical stock parts, like the stock rear sets, stock clip-ons and bar-ends, stock turn signals and lights. She is just as comfortable and easy to ride as the day she left the factory. Her motor is stock, has never been removed or apart and has never had any problems. A bunch of the cool parts came from Freddie Spencer's RC30 program like the wheels, clutch and suspension.

This girl has been meticulously cared for, she has never been crashed, never fallen off the stand or anything like that. But she does have a few blemishes, look carefully at the pictures, ask questions, I want to make sure you know what you are getting. I've taken over 30 pictures, the latest one after I rode her to work this morning (8/21/17). The upper hasn't been painted, but the pearl white is a bit off, maybe it was kept near the welder or got some extra sun. The bike has a few chips and marks but nothing besides the pearl white really worth highlighting. Take a look at how great the fork lowers look, she is in great shape. What you see is what you get, she doesn't include any other parts (except her factory rear stand), no tool kits or manuals.

Ask questions, ask for pictures, please understand what this bike is and what you are buying. Asking $30,000. Jay@boonehonda.com

If that email results in a bounce, use Jay@motorcycleleatherexchange.com

The $30,000 $28,500 asking price is a big number, to be sure, but RC30s are only getting rarer, and this one is in largely unmolested condition, and comes with the provenance of Jim Granger in its ownership history. For more pictures or to make an offer, contact Jay directly at the address above.

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Featured Listing: Ex-Jim Granger 1990 Honda RC30