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Buell June 17, 2018 posted by Donn

One of Almost 100 – 1992 Buell RSS1200

The big domestic iron is usually made in generous quantities, but in the early days at Buell they were handcrafted in a suburban Milwaukee quonset hut.  The early RSS1200 monoposto was made for only a couple of years and totalled just 98.  This original owner put on just 12,000 miles during the 25-plus years of caretaking and improvements.

1992 Buell RSS1200 for sale on eBay

Buell shoehorned the 1200cc Sporty motor into the Battletwin-derived frame, using the patented Isoplanar engine mounts to keep the mirrors usable.  Beside the Marzocchi forks with Buell anti-dive, many of the company's durable concepts are there - the oversize single front brake, underslung pull shock, and shorty SuperTrapp exhaust.  The super sport fairing shows off H-D's finest, and the seat fairing is cleaned up without the folding pillion backrest used on the RS.

A proud single owner started out with a prototypical Buell and has been updating as well as keeping the cosmetics pristine.  A lot of Harley-powered Buells have had engine work, but the stocker has plenty of torque.  Components from the factory are good but the eBay auction details changes to the oil supply and venting, fuel tank, primary drive, and ignition:

I have sorted this bike over the past 26 years of ownership. It does not leak, smoke or puke oil. The breathers have been re-routed so there is no oil mess from the aircleaner. The upgraded oil pump with improved scavenging was fitted. The famously leaky composite fuel tank has been permanently repaired by installing a custom made aluminum inner tank inside the original tank. I retained the original Buell electric fuel valves. This bike is fully operational and trustworthy. White Power suspension front and rear, Performance Machine wheels and front brake, Wilwood Gambler rear brake are all original fitment from the factory and are flawless. A Buell accessory carbon fibre air filter cover is installed. The original (ugly) chrome cover will be included. The bike retains its original paint and graphics. All in excellent shape. It rolls on Avon 3-D Ultra Supersport rubber. Always garaged, never run in the rain. It is probably one of the nicest fully operational RSS bikes in the country. It does not leak thanks to James metal gaskets in the top end. Factory oil cooler and temp gauge. A Hayden self adjusting primary chain tensioner was installed right after purchase. Thanks to a Screaming Eagle ignition module it runs smartly to red line in every gear giving a top speed of about 132 mile per hour.

Unable to repeal the law of gravity, the RSS was overweight but handled well enough for some spirited riding.  Not overly photographed and asking a pretty penny, so as good as it looks, an inspection is mandatory.  The Westwinds have pretty good lineage from Buell's early race machines, though this is more of a sporting fun machine.  Many ads and auctions say " fly in and ride it home " but this one looks like that would actually be something to think about...

-donn

One of Almost 100 – 1992 Buell RSS1200
Featured Listing June 15, 2018 posted by Donn

Featured Listing x 2 – 1989 and 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 !

Not one, but two of the most sought after middleweights have become available because of a slight shortage of garage space.  The 1990 ( white tank and nose ) was purchased from RSBFS sponsor Moto2 Imports and the 1989 ( red tank and nose ) found locally.  A tune-up for the '89 put things right, traded bodywork with the 1990, and both are for sale.

1989 and 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 For Sale

The NC30 was built from 1989-92 and was the latest of three VFR400R generations.  The lightweight and sweet handler was meant for the Japanese market and their progressive licensing laws, but acquired a following in the U.K., down under, and lately here in the U.S.  Always equipped with a carburetted V-4 good for 59 hp, the later NC30 had a 360-degree big bang crank, exhaust on the left to expose the single sided swingarm, and sharp RC30 styling.  Gear driven cams impart a vintage whine to the 14,500 rpm rev limit, and offset tire sizes ( 16-inch front / 18-inch rear ) insure agile handling.

Both bikes are super clean, the '89 having an aftermarket monoshock and exhaust, and '90 is nice shape - having been recently delivered from Moto2.  Both have new voltage regulators, and a lot of spares are available.  Comments and gallery for each bike follow below.

1989 NC30 ( Type III Color - red tank and nose ): Overall, she's in very good condition

- Installed new Electrex regulator/rectifier
- Replaced all floats, float valves, correct needles (previous too rich) and full set of LiteTek carb gaskets
- Fairing is still good condition from the other '90 NC30; but has a few hairline cracks in the usual places (willing to include new Type I aftermarket set)
- Viper exhaust (OEM included)
- Hagon rear shock (OEM included)
- It's time for sprockets and chain change; parts in hand, just haven't gotten around to replacing.

1990 NC30 ( Type I Color - white tank and nose ): Overall, she's in excellent condition and needs nothing.

- Recently installed new OEM Honda regulator/rectifier for reliability (properly soldered all terminals)

The NC30's fair power, almost full size and low ready-to-ride weight have made it the standard for small sports.  Reviews from the day praised the easy riding balance and top build quality.  The 1990's Moto2 pedigree is helpful since a thorough going over by Speedwerks is part of their service, and the RC30 lookalike livery will make them wonder - if only for a time.  The 1989 has recent maintenance, some nice mods and backup fairing, exhaust and monoshock.

The owner Ken has made a deal with his better half to get it down to one bike and has his eye on a follow-on model, the RVF.  Located near Washington, D.C. he offers delivery in DelMarVa, or will prepare the bikes for pickup.  Ken asks $16,000 for the pair and can be contacted - here -.

-donn

Featured Listing x 2 – 1989 and 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 !
MV Agusta June 15, 2018 posted by Donn

Naked Super Sport – 2005 MV Agusta Brutale 750S

MV's 749cc Brutale was their first dabble in the naked sector after Cagiva's investment, and the F4 sportbike without fairings has stood the test of time and a few engine updates.  Compared to more specialized Agustas, the 750S or Strada used little carbon or magnesium but imprinted a very sporty feel and sound on the rider.  This example has just under 11,000 miles and should prove to be a nice introduction to the MV world.

2005 MV Agusta Brutale 750S

Coming over from the F4 750 in a slightly less peaky tune, the Brutale's engine still makes 127 hp at a lofty 12,500 rpm.  The chrom-moly trellis suspends the engine from above and is hung with 49mm Showa forks.  The 4-1-2 exhaust isn't constrained under the seat and makes its exit across from the single sided swingarm.  The aluminum frame connectors, and plastic fender and covers were a small step down from the Serie Oro, but adjustable suspension and 6-piston Nissin brakes reflect the overall quality.

This Brutale has just a few modifications, includes a rear stand, and its original catalyst for a prospective Cali buyer.  Replacing the patina-ed ignition switch cover would be a quick way to improve things.  The Pennsylvania owner keeps it short in the eBay auction:

Garage kept, 3rd adult owner, never raced, never dropped.
Everything in pictures goes with bike, plus correct oil and filters.
Mid pipe installed, but CAT comes with bike
Non OEM mirrors installed, OEM mirrors also along with sale.
Rear tire has less than 100 miles.

Reviewed as sweet handling and smooth, it doesn't have much of the cruel and ruthless the name implies.  It tackles the difficulties of hiding the plumbing and bracketry with a lot of style, and comes off a lot sportier in person.  This example seems about the middle of the pack, substantially stock but not fawned over, and unless the reserve is out of line, on target for a reasonable price...

-donn

Naked Super Sport – 2005 MV Agusta Brutale 750S
Kawasaki June 12, 2018 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 “Goose” Tribute

Rather than the bloated KZ1000P CHiPs workhorse, Mad Max's not-so-distant future police bike was more of a café racer with lights.  And a siren.  This owner gave a down-on-its-luck Z1000 LTD a makeover right up Goose's alley.

1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 "Goose" Tribute

The LTD turns out to be a nice choice for the Main Force Patrol build, with its slightly smaller and more responsive Mikuni carburetors with accelerator pump.  The 1015 cc's on the stock machine made 86 hp and 61 ft.-lbs. torque, though the PMC exhaust fitted here may release a few extra ponies.  Most of the LTD's other attributes are cosmetic, except for the 16-inch rear wheel which has been corrected to an 18.  Elsewhere it's standard Z1000 - endless torque, three big stainless disk brakes, and just a hint of secondary vibration.

Owner / builder Dave kept an eye on usability during the work, though it is the spitting image of the movie machine.  Airtech's decision to manufacture the bodywork was a key motivator.  The chassis and drivetrain were gone over, and only altered in terms of the imported PMC exhaust.  Execution is sanitary and graphics are spot on.  Bespoke rearsets led to rear brake updates and handlebar controls were modernized.  Dave says  this about the work:

Many components have been upgraded in the process and in and effort to make the bike as close to the film version as possible.

First off the 16” LTD rear wheel was tossed in favor of the correct 18” variety. This was sourced from a 1984 GPz 750 and completely refurbished with new bearings, spacers, paint, polish and clear coat.

The existing rear brakes were worn out and not worth saving, so the rear caliper is now a 1985 KZ1000P,  connected to a rear master cylinder from a 1996 ZX600, as required by the custom, billet rear sets from PDM Fabrication.  

The exhaust is a very rare, PMC 4-2 crossover system from Japan, that is a flawless recreation of the system that was on the movie bike. It also sounds brilliant. The carbs have been completely gone through, cleaned thoroughly and jetted properly for the exhaust and airbox combo.

Front wheel is the correct 19” factory mag, completely refurbished as well and sporting new bearings and spacers.

As stated, all the body work came from Airtech and was painted locally by Anthony at Bridge City Cycles

The matching Airtech seat pan was covered by Shelby Schafer and is a perfect fit over the tail section.

All the handle bar controls are 1996 ZX600 parts.  This isn’t screen accurate, but the quality is so far ahead of the vintage stuff, it’s worth it to have a slight inaccuracy. Also with a nod towards modern technology, the front master cylinder is from a 06 Yamaha R6 and the clutch perch is from the same ZX600.

The "Max" movies launched a fan cult that continues almost forty years on, and there are kits of MFP bodywork to fit 1/12 scale models of the Z1000, as well as Jim "Goose" action figures.  But this one you can actually ride.  Restoration and upgrades have resulted in a much safer and better-running Z1000.  It's sure to be the hit of any show, though younger riders might have to google MFP.  Dave asks $12,000 for the Goose tribute and can reached at (503) 348-1138 or emailed - here -.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 “Goose” Tribute
Honda June 9, 2018 posted by Donn

Once Smitten – 1990 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

If there was to be sportbike bubble, the grail-like Honda RC30 might be leading the way, prices rising as you watch, with collector auctions drumming up some truly outlandish numbers.  Still it is a venerable model which stood the WSBK universe on its head for a few years - lightweight, powerful, easy to ride, and just a few thousand exist.  This one has low miles, few modifications, outstanding condition, and a knowledgeable owner.

1990 Honda VFR-750R RC30 for sale on eBay

Bred and born for superbike racing, the RC30 has the goods, sometimes well hidden.  Titanium connecting rods and 360-degree crankshaft timing help make a torquey flexible 102 hp.  The single-sided swingarm is novel for the era, and quick-release front axle is also race-derived.  Rideability is enhanced by the factory slipper clutch, and the endurance racer fairing protects the monoposto up to its 149 mph top speed.

Careful enough that he raked the gravel in the photo shoot area, this might be a unique previous owner.  Evidently having owned a few RC30's over the years, this one was preserved and carefully modified with just a polished exhaust and matching 17-inch wheels from an RC45.  It certainly shows beautifully, even without the fairings, making the pictures a must-save for RC30 fans or owners.  From the eBay auction:

As you can see from the pics, the bike is in exceptional stock OEM condition and has no period performance modifications other than the wheels and exhaust noted above. The bike still wears its original paint, and it is in very nice condition for its age. As best I can tell, all of the original Honda warning stickers and decals are still in place and looking good. There are a few very minor nicks and scuffs here and there, but you have to examine the bike very closely to find them. The most notable are on the lower fairing chin (see pics) and a scuff on the right side of the original windshield (see pics). Some of what you see on the fairing chin is actually the clear plastic chip guard lifting around the edges and trapping a bit of dirt, but there are a couple of chips at the very nose of the “chin” (it is not cracked through anywhere to my knowledge). There are also a few areas around mounting points that show some minor stress cracking in the paint which is quite common for an RC30 with any mileage, but these are minor enough that I could not get them to show in the photos. The front of the lower forks also have some discoloration in a few spots which is also very common for these bikes (see pics). The above said, the overall appearance of the bike is excellent. 

 

The RC30's balance and powerband led it to a long career at the Isle of Man and under endurance racing privateers.  Reviews said it was light handling and Honda-easy to maintain.  Prices had been in the mid-twenties until recently, in varying levels of miles and restoration.  A couple of zero-miles examples have popped up this year, one selling at Bonham's for over $90K including commission.  Nothing like that here, but this is a great specimen that it wouldn't hurt to ride once in a while.  That is what it's all about, isn't it ?

-donn

Once Smitten – 1990 Honda VFR-750R / RC30
Ducati June 6, 2018 posted by Donn

Garaged Every Night – 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000 Biposto with 1,180 Miles !

As much as fans cringe when another nearly unused special hits RSBFS, mint examples naturally have the interest of buyers.  This lightly updated SportClassic was used as a display article for a garage customizing company, and is ready for a riding owner.

2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000 Biposto for sale on eBay

Designed by Pierre Terblanche, the SportClassics didn't break much new ground technologically, but tapped into the fuzzy good memories of past motos.  The DS1000 engine was a revelation, a winning combination of updated desmo valve angles, air/oil cooling, fuel injection, and updated electrics which provided a reliable 92 hp and sweet sound.  Suspension looked forward with 43 mm upside-down forks, and back with dual remote reservoir shocks.  Memories of cleaning spoked wheels must have faded since they are back aboard the SportClassic, and in alloy they complete the retro look.

With a lot of niceties from Rizoma, this monochromatic Sport 1000 looks almost new.  Cam belts are uncovered but guarded, and the wet clutch precludes the normal open cover.  Slightly shorter rear turn signal stalks are the perfect mod.  Having been wheeled in and out of the display garages for the past ten years, this Sport 1000 could use new belts, though valves should be ok and tires would be optional.  There should be a pillion seat under the café cover.  From the eBay auction:

This 2007 Ducati is in great condition and has been properly maintained and kept in my climate controlled garage. It has primarily been used in our RaceDeck Garage Flooring marketing/shows and  the occasional cruise in the canyons. The condition of this show-stopping motorcycle is like it was in a time capsule. Has never been dropped, runs fantastic and a great ride. 

As you will see in the photos, this Ducati Sport Classic is not only a show stopper, it is outfitted with the best accessories, such as Termignoni sport exhaust, Rizoma mirrors, Rizoma grips, numerous other Rizoma accessories, radiator guard, tank coat, Speedymoto, recessed taillights and license plate, Ducati Motorcycle cover, etc.

Looking good in garages of a certain age, the Sport 1000 reviewed as a quality all-rounder, and a rise in the handlebar height for '07 was welcomed.  Most likely a second or third Ducati for the lucky ones, the SportClassic's statement is in its non-aggression pact.  No race pace or sponsor ads, the Sport 1000 is just here for the good times...

-donn

Garaged Every Night – 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000 Biposto with 1,180 Miles !