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Featured Listing July 10, 2018 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: Gorgeous One-of-500 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RR

Update 7.31.2018: Price reduced to $18,000 USD or best offer. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

The formula for out-of-the box racers has ever been simple: take the street bike, throw in more air and fuel, nip, tuck and trim, and generally make everything less comfortable. Then, cut production, raise the price and call it a special edition. Yamaha is in the midst of making history with its unbelievable R1M, but before all that came the 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RR.

It weighed less than the normal version, and went back to the original Gixxer's longer-stroke motor. It was aimed at amateurs and club racers, but could be run as a straight-up streetbike. Not that you'd be able to stomach the agony for more than a few minutes at a stretch, but that didn't matter, did it?

Today's featured listing is a gorgeous example of the model, despite having covered an almost alarming 15,500 kilometers. It's one of a very few that got imported to South Africa, which is where it resides. It's an early bike at number 47.

From the seller:

For sale, this very rare and collectable 1989 Suzuki GSX/R750RR Limited Edition, race replica. Only 500 produced worldwide! This is number 47. Excellent original condition. Even though this is a Japanese model, it has been fully de-restricted and makes full power i.e. Carbs and Jetting, Exhaust, Ignition module.Completely original except for de-restriction. Perfectly maintained, Never raced, Never dropped, Unrestored. Recently serviced and all fluids changed

For avid collectors only. No chancers please! Call Robbie at : 082 4100787 or e-mail directly to boss@bolandbikes.com. R250 - 280K Reasonable offers considered.

The price is listed is now $18k USD obo, which is before you pay to import it, assuming you don't live in South Africa. These things are on their way up, and the way Japanese bikes have been trending, that doesn't seem poised to turn around any time soon.

Featured Listing: Gorgeous One-of-500 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RR
Aprilia June 28, 2018 posted by Aaron

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 17, 2018 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: Cherry 2004 Ducati 999

Update 6.28.2018: This bike has sold to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

It's pretty rare that someone selling anything, whether it's a motorcycle or a tennis ball, is totally honest about the condition it's in. As dedicated Craigslisters, we come to accept that "no rust" really means, "stored at the bottom of the Atlantic." It's a fact of life.

This 2004 Ducati 999 is the exception. The seller says the only signs of use are wear on the front brake rotors, and he's not kidding. OK, fine, if you want to nitpick, the odometer does not say zero and the tires are not the ones it left the factory on. But beyond that, the description is accurate.

The 999 followed the iconic and better-loved 916-998 series, but are deserving stars in their own right. The bikes won the World Superbike Championships in '03, '04 and '06, and threw in a British Superbike Championship in '05 to make a four-year run of championships.

The bike listed here is a base 999, which means it carries none of the expensive tchochkes of the S and R models. From the seller:

No holds barred, I cannot ride a Ducati. I am too large, too old and need a cush in the seat department to make it more than 50 miles at a whack. I am “one of those”. I guess that was same conversation about “you can’t trust anyone over thirty” forty years ago. It is just a separation of reality and perceptions with little gray areas in-between. But I am not prejudice! “Someone of my best friends ride Ducatis”. What is the world coming too?

Which leads us to this absolutely gorgeous, Ducati Red, one geriatric owner, bought new at Hansen’s, almost no miles 2004 999. We get a lot of bikes in, mostly in excellent condition, unabused with minimal signs of use. And then there is this bike.

The only signs of use you can see are the front brake rotors. Nothing else shows any signs of use. All of the factory stickers are still in place, even the ones on the mirrors. Not a single bolt was modified, nothing changed, nothing added. It still has the factory clutch cover! It is in as close to new cosmetic condition as when it was delivered as vehicle could be having been driven 7,600 miles.

The 999 was the base model of the range, but that meant in reality, $10,000 less at the dealer, 15hp less than the R version and 15#’s heavier and more than adequate suspension. I had a riding friend who received the greatest of joy riding his 999 standard and beating up the R model bikes at track events in the day owned by “checkbook” enthusiasts. It was a great bike, more than most could realistically handle and a bargain for the time.

Our selling price of the motorcycle is $6,495. VIN# ZDMIUB5T04B008511 and miles are 7,639. For other interesting bikes and collectable vehicles, visit our web site http://www.automaniagp.com , 541 479 8888 or come by and see us at 895 SE Gladiola Drive, Grants Pass, Oregon, 97526. Oregon Dealer DA1287

Short of a dealer leftover FZ-07 or an SR400 or something, there ain't much you can find in this condition for that price. I hate to gush, but honestly. Get on it.

Featured Listing: Cherry 2004 Ducati 999
Suzuki June 11, 2018 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23

Update 9.14.2018: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Representing maybe the only way to smoke, be cool and rep Lucky Strike, this 1997 Suzuki RGV250V is one of just 120 export-model RGVs in Kevin Schwantz-aping Lucky Strike graphics. The export models got smaller rear sprockets, different airbox lids and exhaust cans and were de-restricted to around 50 horsepower, up from the JDM 40.

The last of a long line of reliable, light, simple and terrifying Japanese two-stroke sportbikes, the RGV250 VJ23s rocked a 70-degree v-twin that is rumored to have been capable of 70 horses when full uncorked. With just 300-ish pounds to push around and the breed's characteristic on/off powerband, RGs are not mounts for faint-of-heart novices.

Even though this 1997 example is a 'V' model, which indicated it was destined for export, seller and friend of the site Alan says he imported it to England from Japan in 2012. It got a refresh in 2013, and has been used since then. Despite the miles, it is in excellent to immaculate condition, with just one minor blemish near the taillight.

From the seller:

For sale

My last rgv250v
This is a factory lucky strike and and is completely stock
This example was imported from Japan myself in 2012 and is unrestored and in superb condition.
Nothing needs doing to it and the usual consumables have been replaced.
It has currently been winterised and is showing 19001km
The vin run for these is as follows
Vj23a-102099 thru to 102218,just 119 bikes that’s it.
This bike is 102164.
It has a tiny mark on the rear edge of the LH rear panel,but that’s it.
It’s fitted with new conti sms.
This bike has been used since I recommissioned it in 2013,and is not a museum piece.
Look at the pics,any questions I’ll do my best to answer them.
Compression on both pots is around 145psi, and included with the bike is a complete spare top end kit and all the handbooks/sales leaflet.
Price is £14k firm plus shipping.
I’ve sold two others this last year for similar money ,not many left bog stock in this condition.

The asking price for this beast is breathing on $20,000, and that is before the cost of shipping it and importing it to the U.S. It's a steep ask, but the Lucky Strike-liveried VJ23s are rare beasts and should climb some in value.

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23
Honda May 28, 2018 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: Collector quality 1995 Honda RVF400!

Update 9.6.2018: This bike is now SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

There's nothing like comfort food and family on Memorial Day, and in that spirit, we present this 1995 Honda RVF400. These little grey-market rippers and their ilk have been our bread and butter, our comfort food, here at RSBFS and this glistening example is particularly tasty. It has quite clearly spent its life indoors under the watchful eyes of a caring collector, and the attention shows.

1995 Honda RVF400 for sale on eBay

Though the bike is registered for road use in Arizona, it has only seen 2,100 miles over its life. Unlike the vast majority of grey market imports we feature, this one was brought here nearly 20 years ago. In a nod to US standards, the speedometer has been treated to a MPH sticker overlay, though we'd rather use the stock gauges and do mental math.

The RVF400 was famed for truly being a miniaturized RC45, blessed with jewel-like build quality, flawless handling and the attention to detail Hondas of the era were famous for. Road tests from the time not that they're a little heavier than some of their competitors, but more than make up for it when the going gets twisty.

From the eBay listing:

I purchased this bike from a friend of mine who got it from another friend of ours, over the last 15 plus years it has only been stored on display in a climate controlled living room or office. It came over from Japan in the late 90's so it displays none of the typical corrosion or wear as many of the bikes that have lived in Japan and been exposed to the climate there.

I have looked over many years in the States and in Japan and have never seen another NC35 with these miles in this condition. I truly believe this is one of the finest anywhere in the world, let alone in the U.S. I am sure there is a zero mile one out there, ( I did not see one at the Collection Hall in Motegi! ) but I think you will be hard pressed to find another in this condition with these miles...and yes it is titled.

Last week after deciding to sell the bike I pulled the carbs and gave them a quick cleaning (bike was previously stored without fuel) and the bike starts, runs and idles exactly how it should. I have not ridden it as I do not want to put any miles on it. I pulled the lowers and photographed the bike so you can see exactly what you are getting.

The bike has brand new tires but they are several years old...so if you intend to actually ride it, new rubber and a change of all the fluids would be a good idea, but the bike was stored with fresh oil, coolant, brake fluid. Will come with a brand new battery installed and a small amount of Avgas in tank / carbs so will be turn key.

The bike is currently titled, plated and 2018 tags in Arizona with original 11 digit Japanese VIN.

Both original keys, original owners manual, and tool kit.

Passenger foot rests are not installed or shown in photos but I have them and they go with the bike!

100% stock, original, there is a MPH overlay on the speedo that could be removed. Everything works as it should, all lighting, electrical, etc....as it should, it is basically a NEW bike!!

Two small scratches in left lower as shown in photos, tiny bit of touch up on the H on right side lower, no rash, cracks, broken tabs. Inside of fuel tank is like new.

If you could step back in time to the 90's and buy a nearly new RVF400 that had been babied and only had a couple thousand miles on it, this is what it would look like. It is probably the nicest bike out of all in my collection, and over the years of buying NC30's 35's and NSR's I have never really seen a grey bike this nice and original. One's like this really no longer exist in Japan, and if they did they would bring well over $10k as decent ones at auction are already over $6000 and climbing now. The NSR prices are already out of sight.

There are a LOT of pictures here, please take a moment to check them all out but do not hesitate to contact me if you need me or have a question about a certain part of the bike!

I can ship most anywhere in the lower 48 for $499, if you are within 500 miles of So. Cal I think I can ship it for under $400 with Haul Bike, the best (safest) shipper I have used. You are also welcome to pick it up and inspect in person. Happy to assist with a shipper of your choice as well...and I would be willing to ship overseas, please contact for a quote to your nearest port.

Thanks to its condition and legality, the seller has set the reserve above $5,000. For a bike this rare and special, that shouldn't phase the dedicated collector.

Featured Listing: Collector quality 1995 Honda RVF400!
Laverda May 24, 2018 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1974 Laverda SF2

In 1974, the Laverda SF2 was roughly equivalent to an R1M, though at the time, twin disc brakes sufficed for high technology. Over-engineered and powerful, the bike in its day was as fast as it was premium. They aren't easy to find in any condition, let alone fully restored.

1974 Laverda SF2 for sale on eBay

This one, which is located in a dusty corner of New Mexico, has been treated to a full engine and transmission rebuild recently  and wears an older cosmetic restoration. The seller says it isn't perfect, or entirely correct or original, but it will make a great riding addition to a Euro bike collection.

The seller went over the bike's attributes in great detail, so we'll let him take it from here. From the eBay listing:

1974 Laverda 750 SF2

First introduced at the 1966 Earls Court Show the big Laverda twin was a 650. Barely 100 were made before becoming a 750 in 1968. As production was about to begin, in 1968, four prototype twins were entered in the Giro d'Italia and all four finished in the top ten. The factory officially began racing in 1969 enjoying considerable success in long distance events like the Barcelona 24 hours and the Bol d'Or. These successes lead to the production development of the road bikes. In 1971 two intrepid Italians, one just 20 years old, took a pair of production 750s on a 34,000km ride from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska. They actually started in Buenos Aires, then to Tierra del Fuego, then to Anchorage, Alaska (if you'd like to read more about this adventure pick up a copy of Jean-Louis Olive's book Raid Tierra del Fuego - Alaska ISBN 9782956254812

A bike that was built to stay built. Laverda's own foundry sandcast the alloy engine components. The crankshaft is a pressed up full roller affair with a duplex chain drive to a camshaft running in ball bearings. Ancillaries were all top shelf components; much of the electrics including the starter and generator by Bosch, suspension by Ceriani, rims by Borrani, switchgear and instruments by Nippondenso (starting 1974), etc.

By 1973 the 750 shared carburettor and valve sizes with the illustrious SFC. The SF2 of 1974 introduced disc brakes. The first production bike with twin front discs. Further reading can be found online at RealClassic uk , simply search for Laverda SF750.

This example of the SF2 is an older restoration which has recently benefited from a full mechanical rebuild of the engine and gearbox, carbs, front suspension, brakes. It has also been fitted with fresh tires, drive chain and battery. This numbers matching bike sports the optional solo seat with locking glove box. It is finished in a dark metallic grey close to one of the 17 factory shades offered on these machines. This is not a concours machine by any means yet it is an attractive and reasonably correct (seat should be satin black, pattern silencers and stainless brake hose) rider in sound mechanical condition. If I were to do anything toward modernization it would be to upgrade the rear dampers to Koni or Ikon units. Included is the original exhaust crossover box, indicator stalks and owners manual. Please ask if you wish for specific images.

Something you'll appreciate, as a rider, is the ease of service by the owner and the absolute reliability of its operation. Simple to maintain it begs a "How to keep your Laverda 750 alive for the complete idiot" (with apologies to John Muir). However, the esteemed Mssrs. Tim Parker and Phil Todd have conspired to produce the Twin and Triple Repair & Tune Up Guide; ISBN: 9780979689109 aka "the Green Book". Get one. There are also international forums and facebook pages for the marque.

With a total production run, of all models 650/750, being something less than 19,000 units you'll be fortunate to see one on the road (compare this to something like 150,000+ Norton Commandos) or at a bike show. This is a good time to saddle up on a relatively unknown and undervalued, sporting machine known for its stable handling and inspiring reliability. For mountain residents I can jet for your altitude.

As it is for sale locally (Santa Fe -Taos CL) and may be removed from auction do consider the buy it now option.

The bike is on Craigslist in New Mexico for $12,000, though the bidding is at just over $8,000 with three days left.

Featured Listing: 1974 Laverda SF2




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