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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!

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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
Honda September 16, 2016 posted by Dan

1990 Honda RC30 For Sale in California

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We've seen some quick sales of great examples late in the season (check out this ZX750M1 that sold in two days for $18k) and this RC30 in California could fit that bill as well. It is advertised with less than 10k miles and the opening bid is $22k reserve not met. Where do you think this bike will end up?

Have a great weekend,

dc

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1990 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

From the seller:

If you are looking for one of these, no explanation is required how rare and exotic this motorcycle is. hand built one by one and imported 300 only to state. She is in beautiful condition. She has Micron exhaust but comes with stock exhaust and bottom fairing in pristine condition as well. Rear wheel stand is also included. I have couple of boxes of NOS and extra stuff to go with. Only thing missing is the factory tool kit. I will only accept cash or bank transfer for payment. She is a 49 state bike.

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1990 Honda RC30 For Sale in California
Ducati September 5, 2016 posted by Dan

Featured Listing: 1994 Ducati 900 SS/SP with just 7,300 miles in Florida!

Update 9.15.2016: This bike is sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Today's Featured Listing is a personal favorite of mine, the Ducati 900SS/SP. While the Superlight is more collectable, the SP offers almost as much performance and character, but at a much lower price point. The SP was well loved during in it's day, as well as today, for being as sporting as needed yet comfortable enough to tour with. With it's chattering dry clutch, distinctive v-twin with dual exhaust, and that bright red paint, the 900SS/SP is all modern classic Ducati.

1994 Ducati 900SS/SP for sale on eBay

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The Sport Production (SP) model was a step up over the previous Supersport and CR models, featuring adjustable front and rear suspension, aluminum swingarm, wider rear wheel, full floating brakes, and nice carbon cosmetic upgrades for the fenders and clutch cover. These were only offered in the North American market and this is a very early one wearing the #012 number plate on the triple clamp.

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This particular example is on offer from Nick Anglada who runs the business Used Ducati Parts. He is a long time friend of RSBFS and is well known in the community for his expertise and large stock of parts to keep our bikes running and to bring some back from the dead. I have seen many of his posts on Facebook with his latest offerings and as the saying goes, no one wants to see how the sausage is made. Numerous bikes that looked good enough to be saved are routinely broken down as sold as parts. But even for Nick, this example is too original and shows too few miles -- it needs to be sold complete. It even still has all the warning stickers!

From the seller:

All original with warning decals in place. 7335 Original miles. This bike was drained a stored back in 2009. Just Serviced. Belts, battery, oil and filter, spark plugs etc. Also includes matching front tire that is not yet installed. All documentation is present including copies of the previous titles and owner's manual. Right lower fairing has scratches from transport as well as a small ding on the top of the tank also from transport. . Any questions or comments please feel free to call or text us at 407-347-3498. International shipping available. This will be Parted Out if it does not sell by the end of this listing. This bike will not be re-listed..

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At a mere $5,500 buy-it-now, this looks like a great example for anyone who's been curious about this model or has been waiting for a stock/uncut example to appear on the market. While it has a few blems, the pictures show a bike that is ready to enjoy the rest of the season and enjoy the view all winter in the garage.

Thanks for helping to support the site with a Featured Listing and good luck to buyers and seller!

dc

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Featured Listing:  1994 Ducati 900 SS/SP with just 7,300 miles in Florida!
Yamaha August 22, 2016 posted by Dan

1985 Yamaha RZV500 available in Wisconsin

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Here's a great looking, unrestored, Japanese market RZV500. The biggest difference between the RZ500 and RZV500 is the aluminum frame and even smaller production numbers compared to the ROW models. Mileage is a mere 7,400 and with 5 days remaining on the auction, the current bid is a little over $10k, reserve not met.

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1985 Yamaha RZV500 for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

If your looking at this ad then you already know what you want so I'm not going to list all the technical stuff for this bike you can look that up online. I have had this RZV500 for 12 years. I ride it about a 100 miles a year and put it away. It runs and rides great. Starts easy I have done nothing with the motor since I bought it just changed oil and tires that's about it. I did add the Lomas pipes and changed jetting the pipes are mild steel.The stock pipes will be included.

I am not an RZ Geek just someone who likes to ride 2 stroke on the road so I might not be able to answer all technical questions but I will try. As far as the condition it does have some cracking in the body work some mild oxidation in areas. About everything you could expect for an unrestored 31 year old bike. The one thing I did notice on my last ride is the directional will go on but not flash that is something I have not looked in too. Other than that everything functions as it should.If you need more photos of something specific I will be happy to provide them.


From the Q&A at the bottom of the listing:

Q: What's the difference between a RZ500 & a RZV 500 ? Thank you.

A: Hello, There are several differences some subtle and some not so subtle. here is a list of some differences. RZV500R (51X) Made exclusively in Japan Tachometer mounted red warning light that activates at the equivalent of 55mph. Hand-produced lightweight aluminium frame, fuel tank contents gauge activated by a rhs mounted function switch (uses water temp gauge to show fuel tank contents available), front suspension pre-load adjustable from dial on top of forks legs. Self cancelling indicators deleted. Production run limited to 1600 units only (all sold in the first week of release allegedly) The claimed dry weight of the RZ is 438 lbs. The claimed dry weight of the RZV is 418 lbs. I hope this answer's your question. Thanks for asking. Todd

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1985 Yamaha RZV500 available in Wisconsin
Suzuki July 20, 2016 posted by Dan

One Owner 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 in Miami

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One owner since 1987 and from the looks of it, it was taken care of by an adult. Everything appears complete and aside from the scratches on the one side, a very tidy motorcycle. With nearly 19k miles, this listing has a buy-it-now of $6,300.

dc

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for sale on eBay

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from the seller's listing:

1987 Suzuki GSXR 750. This is a one owner pampered bike that is completely original,unmolested and in amazing condition. It is blue and white which are the most desirable colors and runs and drives like new. It has a few small nicks and scratches which I have shown comprehensively in the photos. It is becoming almost impossible to find these in this condition so please don't hesitate if you really want one because this is the one. The first serious buyer to see this one will buy it.

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One Owner 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 in Miami