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Kawasaki January 24, 2018 posted by Aaron

Tennessee Stud: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 H1

The hard-edged Kawasaki ZXR400 is something of a rarity among grey-market Japanese 400cc sportbikes, as importers drag far more Honda VFR 400s and Yamaha FZR400Rs to our shores. For whatever reason, the Hondas and Yamahas seem to command most of the demand.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 H1 for sale on eBay

It's not for lack of trying on the Kawi's part, though. The ZXRs are known to mimic their epic ZX7 big brothers, bringing racebike handling and revs to a street package aimed at tiered licensing laws. Never as comfortable as their competitors, the ZXRs made their mark at the apex.

This 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 wears British registration plates in the pictures, though the seller shows photos of a Tennessee plate and title. The pictures don't show a whole lot of detail, but the bike looks very clean and well cared for.

From the eBay listing:

Here we have an ultra rare and cool looking 1989 zxr400 H1. It is Tennessee registered and ready to be ridden. This team green Kawasaki has lots of power for a 400, and is perhaps the fastest example of any of the Japanese 400 I've ever sampled. It suits taller riders better than the 400cc VFRs or CBRs. Handling is spot on as well as the brakes. This would make a fine lightweight class racing machine were one so inclined. Please contact me with any questions by texting or calling 423 747 3265.
A $300 deposit is due via PayPal within 24 hours of the auction's conclusion, and the balance within seven days. Please only bid on this item if you are serious and are willing and able to dispense with the transaction in a timely fashion. I will be posting several collector motorcycles for sale over the next couple of weeks, so please look for my other auctions. I can provide or arrange for shipping at a reasonable rate if needed. Thanks, and happy bidding!

If the video below fails to play, please visit my Youtube channel (Israel Gillette) and search for ZXR400 Test Ride

Bidding is low with the better part of a week to go in the auction, which means this could be a slick pickup to sort as riding season approaches the East Coast.

Tennessee Stud: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 H1
Ducati January 21, 2018 posted by Aaron

All original: 1994 Ducati 916

When the 1994 Ducati 916 was unleashed, it caused the motorcycle world to stand up so fast it promptly fell right back down on its ass. When the industry press and its leather-clad readership had finally quit seeing stars, what they were staring at was a genre-definer the likes of which hadn't come along since the '80s.

1994 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

The 916 platform went through myriad iterations and increases in displacement over the years, and there are plenty of 916 and 916 lookalikes available on every corner of the internet. Still, an unmolested first-year bike is a sweet find. With the exception of some dirt and grime, this 1994 Ducati 916 looks fully sorted and ready to go.

From the eBay listing:

Great condition survivor, not many left like this, never raced!
Italian model, registered in US
All stock, recently serviced by licensed Ducati shop, new tires, brake pads and lines. New timing chain done as a pre-maintanance.
Can help with crating and shipping at new owners expense.
Actual miles: 10,850

The ad goes easy on the particulars, but the asking price shows the seller knows what kind of lust these bikes inspire.

All original: 1994 Ducati 916
Ducati January 18, 2018 posted by Aaron

Pie in the Sky: $90k 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

To the average sportbike addict, the 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR stands alone among race replica bikes as the one that nailed all the details and defined the genre in a taught, carbon fiber-clad package. Honda saddled its RC213-VS with electronic nannies, a restrictive exhaust and a collectors-only asking price. Ducati engaged in no such silliness. They detuned, added lights, and slapped on a pricetag.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for sale on eBay

What's more, the Italians asked under $100k for their super-exclusive, experts-only racebike, and readily provided the few things you needed to truly go nuts. Despite their rarity, the bikes have depreciated since then, and nice examples regularly go for the same price as a BMW 3 Series. Most, that is, except this 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR.

While it is extremely low mileage, comes with all the factory extras, including the more business-minded exhaust system, $90,000 is a big ask, especially considering a brand-new Desmo was $72,500.

From the eBay listing:

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

1 of only 299 in the United States!

1 of 1500 Worldwide!

Owner never rode it.

Now is your chance to own one of the rarest motorycles produced by Ducati

Please Teddy With any questions 7278083284

The seller provides little in the way of description, but the pictures do a lot of the talking. Check out the gallery below and let us know what to make of the price in the comments.

Pie in the Sky: $90k 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR
Honda January 13, 2018 posted by Aaron

Rough and Ready: 1990 Honda CBR250RR

Deftone Cycles is known for importing and selling some of the finest grey-market Japanese sportbikes available on these shores, and the vast majority of their offerings are clean as crystal mechanically and cosmetically. The catch with immaculate classics, though, is that they can feel too precious to ride. This 1990 Honda CBR250RR presents no such conundrum.

1990 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

Greg at Deftone has made sure the 19,000-rpm hornet's nest is fully spry under its black and grey fairings, but has left it as is cosmetically. It bears the scars of its 28 years like badges of honor, each one begging you to take it out of the garage with little regard for bug detritus or the odd thunderstorm.

It is also a good candidate for a restoration, but what would be the point? It runs like a top, and it wasn't made for looking at. It was made for delinquency. For the kind of fun you can only have when you're wearing a tinted visor .

From the eBay listing:

Honda CBR250RR MC22. 9,883 Miles (15,909 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Mechanically Sorted. Cosmetically Challenged. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest OEM Bike. Things to note: This vehicle is for one who wants a restoration project or just wants to ride without a care. Please see Images. Fuel tank is Rust Free. Otherwise straight from the factory. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. MC22-1009*** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.” Imported into the States through all legal channels. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions.

The bike is priced according to its cosmetic flaws, which is all the more reason to jump on it. For the price of a thumper-powered Yamaha R3, you can sing the song of your people with gear-driven cams, a left fist full of angry bees and a blissful grin.

Rough and Ready: 1990 Honda CBR250RR
Suzuki January 6, 2018 posted by Aaron

Pristine stroker: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A

This 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP appears to be in the hands of our friend Gary in Utah, and like the lion's share of his bikes, it's nigh on perfect. The original fairings and tank show very few flaws, and from a glance the biggest blemish seems to be on the aluminum boot guard.

1996 Suzuki RGV250SP for sale on eBay

Based on frame number, this appears to be a T model VJ23A, which in stock form for the Japanese market was limited to just 40 horsepower. That should still be a laugh riot in a bike this small and light, but the 70-degree v-twin is well known for being capable of around 60 horses if you massage it right.

The VJ23s represent the latest and greatest in Japanese two-stroke technology. While they share v-twin architecture with the VJ21 and VJ22s machines that came before, the motor in the later machines shares almost nothing with its elders, from revised powervalves to a narrower vee angle.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A with only 32,741 kilometers (20,344 miles). Bike is in mint condition with only a few scratches on the left side upper, a few light handling marks and some rub marks on the heel guards. No dents in the tank, no cracks in the fairings, and has a very clear windscreen. Bike is completely stock and all fairings and components are 100% genuine Suzuki factory OEM. This bike is gorgeous! The previous owner took extremely good care of it. Lol, this bike was loved as a child. Comes with new battery, new fluids and new fork seals. Runs like the day it was new. This is a premium bike and very rare to find in this condition. Bike comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use. Text 801-358-6537 for more pictures and questions. Auction could end anytime as bike is for sale locally. $200 deposit due immeadiatly after auctions end thru PayPal. Balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person.

The bike has certainly been ridden, which makes its condition that much more impressive, and it comes with a clean Utah street title, so it should be good for another few years of high-strung fun.

Pristine stroker: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A
MV Agusta January 6, 2018 posted by Aaron

Used as Intended: 2013 MV Agusta F4-RR

The seller of this 2013 MV Agusta F4-RR seems to know little about its history or provenance, but it appears to have been mostly for track use up to this point, and sports a monoposto tail section devoid of taillights or provisions for license plates. The ad says the bike has a clear title, but the dealer isn't standing behind it as a street bike.

2013 MV Agusta F4RR for sale on eBay

That said, MV Agusta F4-RRs are scarce as dog feathers, so if the numbers come back clean it's still a worthy grab for someone. The RR version of MV's mighty F4 wears Brembo M50 monobloc brakes, cast aluminum wheels, Ohlins electronically adjustable suspension and switchable engine maps. Oh, and it pushes out around 200 horsepower that carts around not much more than 420 pounds.

From the eBay listing:

2013 MV Agusta F4-RR Track Bike
NADA Retail Value $19,780

1,229 Miles
White/ Red/ Black Paint
998 cm3 (60.9 cu. in.) Short-stroke inline four-cylinder engine with central cam chain and radial valves
Precise-shifting five-speed transmission includes overdrive fifth.
Final Drive chain drive
Liquid Cooled Fuel Injected
ELDOR electronics package with Ride-By-Wire system and four maps engine
Throttle sensitivity adjustable (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Max torque (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Variable Engine response (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Engine Braking (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
RPM limiter (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Inertial vehicle lean angle sensor
Traction control adjustable on eight levels
Electronic EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift)
Modular mixed structure frame with hand TIG welded tubular steel trellis and aluminum plates
Ohlins suspension with electronic control (F4 RR)
Brembo monobloc brake calipers (model M50 on the F4 RR)
This Bike runs and rides great. Very Fast and first year of production for this model
A great fun bike for the serious racer or collector.
Call or come by and talk to one of our sales associates today so we can get your knees in the breeze on this great Track Bike today.
This Bike appears to have been set up to be ridden on a closed track, so we are selling her as is, we do not know of any apparent problems. Because we have reason to believe she may have been run on a track we are selling her "as is", "with all faults" and for "Track use only" and the price reflects this. Any street use or ability to restore her to street use is NOT warranted. Further we do not Warrant, expressly or implied, that this bike is suitable for such use. This motorcycle has been modified for track use, thereby voiding any factory or seller warranty. The buyer is expected to practice due diligence when purchasing this bike and check all pictures and descriptions of the bike to insure it is what they want. If you have any questions please ask them before purchasing. FOR OFF ROAD USE ONLY. There are no warranties which extend beyond the description on the face hereof.

Some of these bikes are New Inventory and have not been through our shop yet. Some parts may not function or otherwise meet our quality standards and may be removed or replaced during our shop's inspection,any changes will be at our Service Managers sole discrection. The initial picture(s) represents a 'First Look' at the bike, so that you can get a general idea of the bikes condition.

The asking price under $12,000 seems a little low, but since the seller seems to know little about the machine and what its past life was like, there could be good reason for that.

Used as Intended: 2013 MV Agusta F4-RR