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Yamaha December 10, 2017 posted by Donn

1 Liter, 1 Owner, 1 Mile – 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE

Yamaha dreamed up a 50th birthday present for them and us in 2006, and made only 1000 copies. Serial number 002 was put in storage without even a celebratory ride and is available as new.  It's a show and go affair with Roberts-era racing colors and 174 hp.

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary #002 for sale on eBay

The R1 was first introduced in 1998, and improved over the years with fuel injection, underseat exhaust, more aerodynamic fairing, and 2006 was the last model year to use the 5-valve Genesis engine.  For this year the reinforced swingarm was extended, and a factory slipper clutch system added.  The commemorative edition has Ohlins front and rear, forged Marchesini wheels, and a data-logging race dash.

 

Presented by a Las Vegas specialty dealer, this LE looks showroom new.  No history to speak of, but they did say in the eBay auction:

Please enjoy viewing this 2006 Yamaha  R1 anniversary Limited edition.  It has been professionally "mothballed" in order to store it without damaging the bike. It has never been ridden and has 0 miles on it.  This is #2 of 500 made and #1 is in the Yamaha museum.  Included with this bike is everything that came with the bike along with a special tool kit only made for this bike.

 

Likely the mileage and low serial number will be of more interest than the late R1's reputation as a forgiving superbike, ready to rack up the miles.  The 50th anniversary is also a milestone as for 2007 Yamaha returned to a more typical 4-valve head.  Fun to think that a skilled rider could take this ten year-old superbike right out and ( after a stop at the tire dealer ) turn a 10-second quarter mile...

-donn

1 Liter, 1 Owner, 1 Mile – 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE
Honda December 8, 2017 posted by Donn

Veteran of Foreign Wars – 1988 Honda CBR250R

Our fans have recently been treated to a fairly steady stream of small-sports, most often nice and sometimes in mint shape.  But what if you could pick up a high-mileage rider and restore it on your terms ?  This former daily driver didn’t garner any bids last time out and is up again with a sensible reserve.

1988 Honda CBR250R for sale on eBay

 

Honda introduced the in-line four 250 in 1986, and the peppy mill revs to 18,000 rpm on its way to 40 hp.  Gear-driven cams provide a vintage whine, as well as low maintenance.  Updates for 1988 included dual headlights, single-disk front brake, and a revised fuel pump.  Despite its 350 lb. ready-to-ride weight, the CBR250R has relaxed middleweight ergonomics.

 

Almost certainly the victim of too many owners, this MC19 has no major damage, but wear, corrosion and rash in every quadrant.  Not extreme but fairly high miles, some new parts but needing much more.  From the eBay auction-

JDM 1988 Honda CBR250R with 33k kilometers (20,400 miles). New rear tire, windscreen, levers, rear brake pads, intake manifolds. Scratches, paint chips, small dents consistent with being 29 years old. See photos for details.

Yes! It has a clear California title in my name, ready to transfer to a lucky Honda fanatic. You aren't going to get many chances to own and experience one of Honda's most amazing little street bikes, so grab it while you can.

There are forums for these bikes, with a lot of available parts in Australia and Japan. Aftermarket bodywork kits are available from Hong Kong for less than $500 delivered in the US.  I bought new intake manifolds for less than $20 and a new windscreen for less than $25 delivered! The bike runs cool all the time and has no leaks anywhere.

 

Not being the best year or condition, it does appear complete and its Cali title might be its best feature.  Though it would be easy to blow the budget, it might be a feasible restoration if the new owner did most of the work and wasn’t a stickler for factory parts.  If you look back at my archives you know I’d rather review a mint oddball than a tired legend, but this CBR250R has great possibilities...

-donn

 

Veteran of Foreign Wars – 1988 Honda CBR250R
Bimota December 4, 2017 posted by Donn

Hometown Hero – 2009 Bimota DB7

After many years using superbike engines from Japan's leading manufacturers, Bimota started a new chapter with Ducati and developed a 1098cc testastretta-engined special. A Scottsdale collector-car dealer presents this bespoke superbike with only 1,621 miles.

2009 Bimota DB7 for sale on eBay

 

Ducati's modern and water-cooled L-twin develops 160hp and is housed in the complex and beautiful combination of oval-tube trellis frame, CNC side plates and carbon fairings.  Hard to explain the combination of high tech and craftmanship in a low-volume specialty like the DB7, but take a careful look at how the machined aluminum side plates interface with the frame, drivetrain, and fairing.  Marzocchi's 43mm Corse forks are up front, with a twin-reservoir monoshock damping Bimota's progressive-link rear.  Brembo four-piston calipers are radially mounted on Bimota's machined mounts with 320mm floating rotors.  Rearsets and levers are each another showcase for the CNC-machined aluminum artistry.

 

In impeccable shape, this DB7 still has its factory titanium muffler.  The eBay-based dealer has a wide selection of exotic cars available, and has great pictures but only a few words about the DB7, safe to assume anyone shopping for a DB7 will have at least some knowledge of the brand -

  • Only 1600 miles
  • Just serviced
  • One of the rarest super bikes produced
  • Call today for additional information

 

Bimota was on the mend in the mid-oughties and relied on Ducati for powerplants, which continues today.  The DB7 reviewed as a rewarding machine, slim and lightweight, and worth setting up correctly.  Production numbers are hard to verify but appear to be just 100 or so for the 2007-10 run, it was succeeded by the 1198cc DB8 which is still available.  A sparkling display of technical and manufacturing capability, the DB7 shown here seems a gem.  The ask is about what DB7's were fetching a few years ago, poised for appreciation, which should please the three dozen watchers on the buy-it-now...

-donn

Hometown Hero – 2009 Bimota DB7
Bimota December 2, 2017 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2001 Bimota V-Due Evoluzione Corsa with Zero Miles !

What could have been the Bimota BB-2 was called the V-Due and had Bimota's own engine, a modern two-stroke, fuel-injected 500cc twin.  However the army of engineers Bimota didn't have allowed the project to proceed with a faulty crankcase and caused a recall which virtually bankrupted the company.  In the throes of it the factory developed a race series and released a number of machines in racing trim, as the Trofeo, and then as customer Evoluzione Corsa machines, of which this example is presented with zero miles.

Bimota originally envisioned the V-Due as a GP racer, but sold road-ready machines to keep the lights on or homologate the design.  Powered like a liter-bike but weighing in like an F2, the new-technology 500 could have been a game changer.  Behind the upper edges of the endurance fairing were the oval aluminum tubes of the perimeter frame, suspended in front with 46mm Paoli forks, and in the rear by Ohlins monoshock.  The slippery monoposto was brought to a halt by 320mm Gold Line Brembo brakes.

The V-Due Evoluzione Corsa was delivered without signals or mirrors and with lights faired over, and carbon used liberally to keep the weight well under 400 lbs.  Twin Dell-Orto carburetors replaced the fuel injection, decals declared Evoluzione on the fairing.  The expansion chambers wind their way under the seat fairing and circle back to the twin carbon mufflers.  Antera designed and produced 17-inch alloys especially for the build.

Having never been fueled or started, this Evoluzione is in a display-ready class by itself.  While many have been ridden and worked on to address running issues, careful storage and preservation has resulted in a virtually perfect example.  Here are the owner's comments:

2001 Bimota Vdue 500 Racing (Evoluzione Corsa), as new and never been run. Complete with original stand, cover, mirrors, spare keys (still joined as from factory), owners handbooks and import/delivery literature. This bike has been carefully stored in climate controlled surroundings since import to South Africa in 2004. Before taking delivery, the seller sent her Ducati South Africa for a full run-through, hand turn, and check of everything. She has been prepared for storage, and remained in this state since. This is the Vdue to own, the 135hp version without the FI engine issues/peaky power delivery, numbered tags/vin (can be registered), and in my opinion the prettiest livery in motoGP guise – with the headlight blank, those race pipes and that digital dash - Rare, pure 90’s exotica.

Bimota suffered a short shutdown after the V-Due saga but regained their stature as a developer of exotic sports and racing motorcycles.  The company is currently focused on Ducati engines, and offers their Tesi frame as well as a more conventional sportbike and a city-sport.  With reports earlier this fall of another plant closure, Bimota's amazing story may need to be continued by a new investor.  The V-Due holds an interesting spot as Bimota's only bike with their own powerplant.

Justin's V-Due continues to be stored in South Africa, and he asks $39,000.  Please contact him by email - here -

Featured Listing – 2001 Bimota V-Due Evoluzione Corsa with Zero Miles !
Honda November 27, 2017 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1995 Honda RVF400R Restored by Speedwerks

As profiled in the 1984 edition of Cycle World's occasional "Forbidden Fruit" column, the RVF400R / NC35 was a world-beating junior but accompanied the legendary RVF750R / RC45 only to the home market.  RSBFS sponsor Speedwerks has given this example a new lease on life.  The 399cc V-4 has been comprehensively freshened with new fluids and filters, seals and tires, chain and titanium exhaust.  With Ohio title, it's ready for a new rider.

The NC35 had several nice updates to the earlier VFR400R, mechanical in the 41mm upside-down forks, Pro-Arm rear monoshock, 17" wheels front and rear, and cosmetic in the cat-eye headlights.  61 hp is available at a lofty 12,500 rpm, the gear-driven cams whining their way to the beat of the "big bang" crank timing.  Build quality and reliability was above the rest of the junior market, though the price was a dry weight of just under 365 lbs.

Speedwerks has been restoring and preparing sportbikes for more than 20 years, and the results of their experience are apparent here.  Painted and plated parts are correctly colored and finished, rubber parts renewed, and the aftermarket fairings have factory livery.  After the carb rebuild and new exhaust, a tuning session on the dyno was done.  Here are Steve's notes from the build:

Honda RVF400RR NC35. 33K miles, Clean US title, Fully Serviced and dyno tuned, runs and rides as new.
Demon titanium exhaust. Mobil 1 synthetic with Hi-Flo filter, Antifreeze flushed/filled,
Steel braided brake lines, bled with Castrol fluid and fitted with new Ferodo pads.
EK chain, Carbs rebuilt and jetted, new fuel lines and filter, NGK ER9EH plugs.
New Bridgestones fitted, RS10 soft front, S20 dual rear. Fresh fork oil and seals.
Bodywork is aftermarket and shows well, the paint is very nice.
This RVF is a good reliable rider, ready for a good home. Personal delivery available.

Speedwerks is asking $8999, contact Steve by email (steve@speedwerks.com) or visit their Facebook page.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1995 Honda RVF400R Restored by Speedwerks
MV Agusta November 25, 2017 posted by Donn

Private Dancer – 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910S

Suppose you managed a specialty motorcycle shop and were smitten with particular exotic high-performance model ? Easy access to aftermarket enhancements and ready hands might result in a farkle-fest like this 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910S.

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910S for sale on eBay

 

MV Agusta's brilliant in-line four was an natural fit into the trellis frame for the boutique naked bike, the 908cc hemi providing 139 hp.  The Brutale came with a great deal of the performance and technology of the F4, but in a less showy and easier ergonomic package for use around town.  The 50mm Marzocchi forks and single-sided swingarm look right at home on the 910S, though making the plumbing look good on the fuel-injected, water-cooled standard must've been a challenge.

 

The Vegas-based owner of Bellissimoto hasn't had much time to ride this MV, but evidently bought it with a few updates, and made a bunch more.  Just to gauge the level of detail, the 6,000-mile bike is shown parked on a full-length mirror, and pictured on the cover of The Robb Report magazine.  Looking like a " what-if ? " wish list, here's the rundown from the eBay auction-

Carbon Fiber Upgrades:

Tail - Intake ducts - Upper frame covers - Key guard - Radiator guards - Underseat side panels - Front subframe/headlight bracket - Exhaust guards - Heel guards - Front fender (both pieces) - Rear fender - Upper and lower chain guards - Lower radiator surround

Hard Part Upgrades:

Scotts Steering Damper - Rizoma Handlebars - Rizoma Rearsets - Oberon Bar End Indicators w/ mirror mounts - CRG Arrow Bar End Mirrors - Domino XM2 Race Throttle with cables - MotoCorse Reservoir Covers - MotoCorse Adjustable Folding Levers - MotoCorse Billet Fender Eliminator - MotoCorse Turn Signals - MotoCorse Frame Plugs (complete kit) - LuiMoto Team Italia Seat Cover - Custom Headlight Fairing and Aluminum Mount with ZG Windscreen and custom paint - Full Titanium MV Agusta Racing Exhaust - Marchesini Forged Magnesium Wheels

 

The Brutale can seem smaller in person than it looks it pictures, and reviewed as a versatile canyon carver with great handling, that only needs a backpack since it's hard to strap anything on.  The auction shows a teaser starting bid, not even covering the upgrades - but as any shop owner will tell you, modifications are really an investment in the riding experience and won't return dollar for dollar.  This should be a great high-end rider, and the auction offers to mount new rubber at a discount for the new owner.  In this case, the most exotic naked bike has been fitted with highest-end updates, lightly used and practically a show bike.  Hardly what comes to mind when you say, " used motorcycle "...

-donn