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Sport Bikes For Sale January 17, 2018 posted by Dan

Bonhams Las Vegas 2018 Preview

Bonhams also has a motorcycle auction next week in Las Vegas. The don't have as many lots but certainly have some gorgeous bike available. In particular the RC30 and OW01 listed have unbelievably low miles.

Their auction is one day only on Thursday the 25th at the Rio. Bonhams provides estimates for their auctions which we've included on our selections below. Feel free to comment with your thoughts, and good luck to buyers and sellers!

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Tom McComas Homologation Specials

1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 14 Miles! JH2RC3007LM2000118

Bonhams Estimate: $40,000 - 50,000

1991 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 74 Miles! 35J-002145

Bonhams Estimate: $30,000 - 35,000

Other Select Lots

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE ZDM1WABP56B001584

Bonhams Estimate: $12,000 - 16,000

1987 Ducati F1 750 Laguna Seca 11,000 Miles ZDM750LS750207

Bonhams Estimate: $23,000 - 26,000

1985 DUCATI-NCR 850 HRTT36

Bonhams Estimate: $80,000 - 120,000

1975 MV Agusta 750S America

Bonhams Estimate: $85,000 - 100,000

1977 MV Agusta 850SS

Bonhams Estimate: 98,000 - 110,000

1982 Laverda 1200TS Mirage 10,725 Miles ZLVMLNDA5C0000036

Bonhams Estimate: $14,000 - 18,000

Bonhams Las Vegas 2018 Preview
Sport Bikes For Sale January 16, 2018 posted by Dan

Mecum Las Vegas 2018 Preview

While the collector car world kicks off it's auction season this week with the Scottsdale auctions, motorcycle collectors and enthusiasts wait for the following week for the Las Vegas events with their exclusive motorcycle events. Here are a couple dozen that stood out to us with most coming from two collections at the Mecum auciton. We take a stab at guessing sale values and hope you'll chime in with your estimates in the comments as well.

Good luck to buyers and sellers!

dc

Bob Weaver Collection

1988 Buell RR1200 1B9RR11G5J2133008

Our Estimate: $20,000


1993 Honda CBR900RR 8,300 Miles JH2SC802PM104757

Our Estimate: $8,500


1994 Honda CBR900RR with 419 Miles JH2SC280RM202085

Our Estimate: $7,000


1986 Honda VF1000R Very Low Miles (32?) JH2SC1604GM100402

Our Estimate: $10,000



1999 YAMAHA YZF-R7 OW02 697 Miles JYARM0111XA000401

Our Estimate: $27,000


1992 KAWASAKI ZX7RR 1 Mile! JKAZXDK14NA007139

Our Estimate: $23,000


1991 Yamaha FZR750RR OW01 8,710 Miles JYA3JVN07MA002114

Our Estimate: $25,000


1999 Laverda 750S Formula 5,006 Miles ZLVSSA107X0001340

Our Estimate: $9,000


1987 Suzuki RG500 Restored HK31A101535

Our Estimate: $17,000


1988 Ducati 851 Kit ZDM851S85009

Our Estimate: $16,000


1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight 4,725 Miles ZDM1LC4N9PB006479

Our Estimate: $12,000


Jeff Schwartz Collection

1985 Honda VF1000R Early Production, Fiberglass Panels JH2SC160XFM001811

Our Estimate: $12,000


Honda RC30 JH2RC3004LM200092 11,280 Miles

Our Estimate: $30,000


1988 Bimota DB1 SR DB100779 No Reserve

Our Estimate: $18,000


Other Lots

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited JS1GR75AXG2107015

Our Estimate: $18,000


1988 Bimota YB7 ~6,500 Miles

Our Estimate: $8,000


1986 Yamaha RZ500 19,500 Miles JYA52X003FA04759

Our Estimate: $14,000


1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 13,300 Miles MC181106212

Our Estimate: $8,500

Mecum Las Vegas 2018 Preview
Not For Sale September 17, 2017 posted by Dan

Facebook Reader Rides

We recently ran a contest for a new cover photo on our Facebook page and the results were really awesome to take in. The contest was simple:

Post a pic in the comments of this post of your favorite Rare SportBike **in your current stable** Most likes by Sunday wins and gets a RSBFS shirt as well!

The winner of the contest is this stunning Ducati SuperSport build titled Loudbike California Special:

A stunning bike and of course as a SuperSport owner and fanatic myself, I was pleased to see it win. It's definitely more built up than what we typically feature for sale on the site but I appreciate the enthusiasm the owner demonstrated in rallying so many likes to win. Congratulations!

Here are some of the other runner ups with the most likes:

Unfortunately this informal method of collecting submissions and votes exposes that Facebook is not the best platform for this type of contest as many quality submissions were buried in the 140+ submissions and never got the attention they deserved. Like these:

Regardless it was a fun experiment and we look forward to running the next contest. Thank you to everyone who participated and to all the great RSBFS readers!

Please note: These were submitted as reader rides and to our knowledge are not for sale.

dc

Bimota April 20, 2017 posted by Dan

Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale is this Sunday, April 23rd!

Any of our UK readers going to the Bonhams Spring Sale this weekend? Browsing through the book there are plenty of RSBFS worthy standouts. We'd love to hear your report on the action! If you'd care to share your experience, pictures, or purchases, please email us or comment on this post. Thank you in advance!

dc

Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale

Sport Bikes For Sale January 31, 2017 posted by Dan

Bonhams Las Vegas 2017 Recap

While I've known about the Mecum and Bohmans auctions in Las Vegas for several years now, this was my first chance to go. We found a great package for the Bellagio and decided to make a quick trip of the event. Unfortunately we were only able to make it to the Bonhams sale but as a first taste of live auction action, we were not disappointed. Not to mention they had dozens of bikes that fit the RSBFS niche. I've highlighted a handful below with some shaky videos and quick snapshots.

Many thanks to Nick and Jared at Bonhams who graciously gave me the nickel tour just minutes before the auction began. I look forward to returning someday soon as a registered bidder!

dc

RSBFS notable sales:

This 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR, one Owner with 1,500 miles sold for just $36,000 before premium!

Here is a 1985 Honda VF1000R with 4 Miles that sold for $11,500 before premium.

And an RSBFS favorite, a 1985 Yamaha RD500LC with 1,279 Miles sold for $20,500 before premium.

But this 2003 MV Agusta F4 750 Series Oro with 0 miles didn't sell at $40k bid.

This 1984 Ducati 748cc TT1 Road Racer was a featured bike at Bonhams but failed to sell at $80k.

I was curious about this extensively upgraded 1997 Ducati 900SS/SP, which sold for $6,800 before premium. The description states there is a history files documenting $20k in work!

The MH900e market seems stable with this example showing under 5,000 miles and reaching a sale at $18,400 before premium.

This Laverda RGS1000 was bid up to $9k but did not sell.

I didn't get to see this one, but this Bimota YB8 Furano is shown as sold at $13,000 before premium.

I also wasn't able to see this Ducati 851 Tricolore with the race kit. It doesn't show a sale price. Did anyone catch what the final bid was?

Out of sheer curiosity, this Cagiva Gran Canyon sold for a mere $3,450 including premium. Nice buy!

For all the sale results, check out the results on the Bonhams website.

My snapshot gallery:

Bonhams Las Vegas 2017 Recap
Suzuki December 11, 2016 posted by Dan

Relist 2: Stunning 1987 Suzuki GSX-750R with 700 Miles available in Florida

Back after 2 years and offered by the same seller, it looks like this pristine GSX-750R hasn't turned a wheel in anger since the previous listing.   Still a beauty and a bike that will likely continue to appreciate in value over time - Marty

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for sale

Orginal post by our fearless leader Dan Crouch

Some of the Japanese, mass produced, modern classics we post can be classified as survivors. Not this one. This is a collector owned example and it shows like new. Survivors are great as they provide most of the experience you remember when they were new but regardless of how well kept, it's still used. This is even more extreme in that it represents as new and has been cared for to maintain that status. The buy-it-now of $16,500 $18,500 USD certainly reflects that but this is one of those examples where you have to ask, where and when will another example of this quality be available?

UPDATED LINK:  1987 Suzuki GSX-750R for sale on eBay

Previous ebay listing can be accessed here.

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From the seller:

  • Third owner, original owner was the drag racing legend Don "the snake" Prudhomme.  Was stored in a climate controlled race shop it's whole life with him.  It's now stored in my garage with climate control also.
  • Everything works like new, the only thing i see is the bottom of the mirrors have a couple very minor scuffs,and there is a small scratch above the rear grab handle above the tail lamp.  The tires are not even dry rotted but they should be replaced if the bike is going to be ridden.
  • When the second owner got it there were some minor bumps and bruises to the lowers and the mid fairings,and a small scratch on the front fender and fairing.  He sent them out to TC concepts and had them professionally redone to perfection, as well as the solo seat cowl cover.  He also had the carbs redone and the engine oil replaced with the filter (he thought it was the original oil).  He then put about 50 miles on the bike.
  • The original marker plate goes with the bike.

 

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Now for the question - is this pristine bit of Slab-sided goodness worth the Buy-It-Now price of $18,500 USD?  Well from what I have been able to find this bike was originally sold back around 2012 for about $12,500 and was then relisted again in 2014 for $16,500.  Now the asking prices is $18,500 so thats a $6000 price appreciation over 4 years which seems a bit aggressive to me.  Overall I think the current value of this one is probably between $14,000-$15,000 (here in the US)...still pricey but the value of these probably isn't going to go down anytime soon.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Relist 2: Stunning 1987 Suzuki GSX-750R with 700 Miles available in Florida