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Yamaha November 8, 2017 posted by Aaron

Tax Evader: 1987 Yamaha FZ700

The late '80s dawned with a series of ominous signs: The economy turned south, Full House debuted, I was born and the tariff on Japanese bikes over 750 cc shipped to the U.S. was in its full, dreadful swing. That meant that some of the decade's meanest street/track machines were prohibitively expensive to buyers on these shores, and Japanese factories needed to get a little creative.

The 1987 Yamaha FZ700 you see here is a direct result of the U.S. market's bow to Harley Davidson, a de-stroked, slightly neutered version of Yamaha's mighty FZ750. The 700 makes fewer ponies, but will feel torquier and is a little better suited to exclusive street use. It also wears skinnier forks and one-size-fits-all 267 mm discs at both ends.

This bike has covered more than 26,000 miles, though that should not be a concern if it has been looked after. It shows signs of a low-speed laydown, though it looks like the damage, while certainly ugly, is mostly cosmetic.

From the eBay listing:

This vintage rocket is a tremendous value. Other than minor easily repairable cracked fairing damage and side pipe scuffs this sport bike is beautiful, mechanically sound and ride ready. Recent service included a tune-up, brake line flush and coolant flush.

After riding and collecting motorcycles for many years I would like to give one piece of advice then I'll shut up. Whether it is my bike or anybody else's, do your self a favor, spend the money it takes to buy the best, most mechanically sound bike that has been well cared for and gone through, because it will be FAR less expensive in the end. Don't make the rookie mistake I have made in the past on "barn-finds" that A. needs a mechanic that knows what the hell they are doing at B. $100 bucks an hour to C. fix and replaces parts, tune etc. because it will C. cost thousands and hundreds in transportation D. for a bike that you will not ride in 8+ months.

Any honest offer is not an insult so if you like it message me.

Despite not having the fire-breathing reputation and pedigree of the racier stabelmate, the FZ700 is nonetheless a cool bike, and with its one-year-only status and interesting historic context, it remains collectible and desirable.

Tax Evader: 1987 Yamaha FZ700
Ducati November 7, 2017 posted by Aaron

Rad and Retro: 2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000S

This 2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000S has covered just 6,300 miles since it left the showroom, and has very few blemishes to show for its 10-year tour of duty. Along the way, it has been given suspension bits from RaceTech, sexier side covers and belt covers and wears a set of sticky Dunlop Sportmaxes.

2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000S for sale on eBay

This is the first year of the faired Sport Classic for the masses. For 2007, it only came in red with a white stripe, and differentiated itself from the standard Sport Classic with the cowl from the Paul Smart edition bike and lower handlebars.

From the eBay listing:

6,300 miles, lovingly maintained in showroom mechanical and cosmetic condition. New Dunlop tires. Some aftermarket add-ons by previous owner (Race Tech suspension, sliders, covers), but otherwise original. Always garaged, never raced, no track days, never laid down.

I ride this bike less than 1000 miles per year, mostly nice weather weekends. It's a really beautiful machine - very precise, responsive, strong, smooth, powerful.

I have a vintage BMW R90S coming out of a year-long frame-off nose-to-tail restoration, and my wife will kill me if I keep both these bikes. Bike is in San Francisco; I can recommend an excellent shipper who specializes in collectible cars and motorcycles, and coordinate pickup on this end.

The unfettered, elegant steel structure keeps the bike on the south side of 400 lb dry, despite this model year carrying a wet clutch, dual-shock swingarm and pillion seat as opposed to its previous year's single-shock monoposto setup.

While they are not particularly rare, the Sport Classic range cuts a gorgeous profile, and they are not seen as often as the rest of Duc's mid-aughts lineup. With updated modern suspension and mechanicals, they deliver a ride that belies their styling.

Rad and Retro: 2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000S
BMW November 7, 2017 posted by Aaron

Carbon to the Core: 2018 BMW HP4 Race

With the exception of the swingarm, engine, chain and paint, basically everything about the 2018 BMW HP4 Race is made of carbon fiber. Bodywork? Check. Wheels? Yep. Frame? You bet.

2018 BMW HP4 Race for sale on eBay

That's right, the frame is made of the black stuff, molded using a special technique to increase rigidity and strength. The wheels, too, employ a special weaving method, lending strength to their lithe waist band. The result is a bike that tiptoes across the ground at 377 pounds with a full tank.

Just 750 of these bikes will be sold worldwide, with 215 horses and a full complement of World Superbike-worth suspension and electronics. This bike is number 240, and sits at BMW of Manhattan, where it will be on display until the 17th of November, after which it can be taken home.

From the (short) eBay listing:

Number 240 of 750 units worldwide.
For track use only.

Additional taxes and fees may apply. Contact dealership for additional information and details.

*Vehicle in stock and on showroom floor for display until Friday November 17th.*
*Vehicle cannot be delivered/picked-up before Saturday November 18th.*

It isn't likely that a bike this collectable will ever get ridden in true anger, but BMW said when it was launched that the oh-so-delicate carbon parts were designed such that the least expensive and important parts would fail first if you prang it, saving the frame and wheels. Don't ask us what that means.

Still, if you have $78k lying around, you could do much worse for your coin.

Carbon to the Core: 2018 BMW HP4 Race
Suzuki November 6, 2017 posted by Aaron

‘Busa in the buff: 2008 Suzuki B-King

Ah, the Suzuki B-King. The rarer cousin of the Suzuki Hyabusa, the B-King is the juicehead king of the naked muscle bike segment, Suzuki's answer to an unasked "what if ..." The outward appearance of the B-King whiffs a little heavily of Axe body spray and hair plugs, but beneath lies a sharply put together street bike with a real mean streak.

2008 Suzuki B-King for sale on eBay

When the B-King rolled into dealerships in the mid-aughts, it drew praise for being all-day ride worthy, while still being a true tire-lifting hooligan with just a twist of the throttle. With 200-section tires and a wet weight nearing 600 pounds, it never really made any corner carving pretenses, but would cover a quarter mile in well under 10 seconds.

It's probably for the best that the B-King didn't make the sales figures that the Hyabusa did, as it really should be left to professionals and the truly idiotic courageous.

The 2008 Suzuki B-King here is very clean, but clearly was ridden, and has racked up a tick over 12,000 miles in its nine-year life. The bulky, distinctive stinger-stlye stock exhausts have been ditched for carbon Yoshimura mufflers, which should give it a nice bark.

From the eBay listing:

2008 SUZUKI B-KING 1300

BUY IT NOW FOR $5499.00

Call/Text ADAM SADLER at 740-296-3496

JUST IN ON TRADE, REALLY CLEAN 2008 SUZUKI B-KING 1300 SPORT BIKE. GREAT SHAPE AND GREAT LOOKING BIKE. YOSHIMURA EXHAUST AND ONLY 12313 MILES. CALL ADAM SADLER AT 740-296-3496 TO CHECK OUT THIS BIKE!!! EMAIL ME DIRECTLY AT ASADLER@XTREMEMG.COM

As unsubtle and silly as the B-King truly is, there is sometimes no avoiding the fact that deep within me lies a knuckle-dragging redneck, and something about a 180-horsepower, power wheelie with a speedometer wakes up the urge to be That Guy at every stoplight between here and the honky tonk.

‘Busa in the buff: 2008 Suzuki B-King
Ducati October 28, 2017 posted by Aaron

Simple, Clean, Classic: 1995 Ducati 900SS/SP

There are exactly no words I can type that will more accurately or adequately describe the bike before you than Hunter S. Thompson's legendary CycleWorld review. So, before you go any further with me, please give it a read.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay

Keep in mind, readers, that dear Dr. Gonzo was scared silly by a bike that pumps out a paltry-by-today's-standards 80 horsepower. That isn't cause he didn't have the stones; think of it as a testament to what you really need, and where the line that delineates normal from excessive actually is.

The Ducati 900SS/SP you see before you, number 321 of the production run, is in excellent shape and has been very well kept over its 22-year, 18,000-mile life. The sellers give scant details, but says the bike  recently was serviced and wears a brand-new set of Dunlop Q3s. They do not mention the all-important timing belts.

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From the eBay listing:

Super Clean and well maintained 1995 Ducati 900 SuperSport SP #321, Termignoni Slip On Exhaust, Carbon Fiber Front Fender, Rear Fender Hugger, Belt Covers and Clutch Cover, New Dunlop Sportmax Q3's, frsh oil and Brake and Clutch Flush all services are current. This is an 8.5 out of 10.

With a Buy-It-Now just north of $7,500, this bike cannot be called inexpensive, but already is an icon, and its rarity and desirability will climb in equal measure.

 

Simple, Clean, Classic: 1995 Ducati 900SS/SP
Bimota October 27, 2017 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: Beyond Sorted 2000-mile 2000 Bimota SB8R!

The Bimota SB8R is a special machine on a regular day,  but this featured listing takes the rarity and prestige up a couple notches, as it is bedecked with a list of mega-expensive, unobtanium parts that would make a World Superbike team blush.

The most obvious is the unpainted, full-carbon bodywork, which encapsulates Bimota's hand-built frame and the powerplant from a Suzuki TL-1000R. The tank is also a full-carbon fiber piece from an SB8K. We'll just let the seller list the rest of the $45,000 upgrade package in just a minute. Its length and breadth are truly astounding.

On top of the choice list of farkles, the bike has covered just 2,000 miles in the last 17 years, and has been with its original owner the whole time. It was purchased new at Bob Smith/MotoPoint in Pennsylvania. The only possible knock on this machine is that the current owner sold off all its factory pieces to fund the modifications. Be that as it may, you can find a factory original SB8R if you look, and you likely will never see another like this one.

From the seller:

2000 Bimota SB8R. Purchased new from Bob Smith/MotoPoint, the original USA importer in Pennsylvania. 2000 Original miles. Never down, never scratched. Over $45K into the bike. Beyond customized with thousands spent and many years of modifications. Replaced all original factory plastic panels with true carbon fiber including tank from an SB8K. All other replaced factory parts were sold to fund the modifications. All graphics including stripes and logos are decals and can be removed for different look. Pampered from day one. Always garaged and covered. No stories, just an honest, impeccably maintained bike. As with all Bimota’s, very fast, very agile. Sold with clear title in my name. Located in Colorado. $21,000.00 OBO

List of modifications:

DYMAG CARBON/MAGNESIUM 5 SPOKE WHEELS 17X3.5 FRONT 17X6 REAR

MOTO CORSE TITANIUM SLIP-ON EXHAUST

MOTO CORSE CARBON CLIPON BARS

DYNOJET POWER COMMANDER V

RIZOMA MASTER RESERVOIR

RIZOMA SLAVE RESERVOIR

RIZOMA CLUTCH RESERVOIR

RIZOMA GRIPS

RIZOMA BAR ENDS

RIZOMA FENDER ELIMINATOR KIT

RIZOMA TURN SIGNALS

ALTH ROTORS

MICHELIN PILOT POWER TIRES

MAGICAL RACING (JAPAN) CARBON MIRRORS

RACEBOLTS ANODIZED ALUMINUM FASTENERS

MARCHESINI ANODIZED RACE FUEL CAP

MOTO CORSE FUEL TRIMMER

STAINLESS STEEL BRAKE LINE KIT

CUSTOM WINDOW CLUTCH COVER

CUSTOM ANODIZED PRESSURE PLATE

PITBULL FRONT AND REAR STANDS

FACTORY BIMOTA COVER

FACTORY EURO SPEC SB8R HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLY

FACTORY SB8RS GOLD BILLET/CARBON FOOTPEG ASSEMBLIES

FACTORY SB8RS GOLD REAR SPROCKET

BREMBO RACE GOLD BRAKE AND CLUTCH LEVERS

FACTORY SB8K CARBON FUEL TANK

FACTORY UNPAINTED CARBON TAIL SECTION

GUSTAFSSON WINDSCREEN

CUSTOM CARBON SIDE PANELS

CUSTOM CARBON BELLY PANELS

GOLD ANODIZED FRAME CAPS

GOLD ANODIZED TAIL SECTION MOUNTING BOLTS

GOLD ANODIZED FRONT SPROCKET RETAINING BRACKET

MOTO CORSE CUSTOM SUEDE SEAT ASSEMBLY

MOTO CORSE CARBON SHIFT ROD

STM ANODIZED PRELOAD ADJUSTERS

Needless to say, copying this bike for the $21,000 asking price would be impossible, even if you could find the right pieces and parts. The bike is located in Colorado, and seller John Fankhauser can be reached at 720-427-9561.

Featured Listing: Beyond Sorted 2000-mile 2000 Bimota SB8R!