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Aprilia June 25, 2018 posted by Donn

TTBC Graduate – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory

Aprilia made neat black Haga and Edwards commemoratives on the 2003 RSV1000R, and continued applying the signature decals on the early 2nd generation Factory.  Rather than the black and Alice livery, the 2004 is an adult multi-grey, with the R's blue wheels.  The Factories had excellent components and this one shows just over 2,200 miles.

2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory for sale on eBay

The revisions for the '04 RSV are package-oriented, with the chassis geometry and powertrain being very similar, though improvements to the heads and intakes netted 143 hp.  The CAN-bus system was introduced on the gen-2, reducing wiring complexity, and the bodywork simplified and modernized.  Carbon is found on the side covers, mudguards, and air guides on the Factory, and Öhlins appointments also include the steering damper.  Radially mounted Brembo brakes are top of the line, and the O-Z wheels' wide flat spokes are forged.  The fairing is more angular than the earlier model, with a ram-air intake and dual headlights replacing Mickey.

This Ohio based RSV looks excellent and the Aprilia 60-degree twin should be tolerant of the long rest.  Not exactly a Colin Edwards replica, most sources credit the sticker to left over materials from the '03, but maybe a reader knows for sure.  Looks like stands are included.  Maybe someone can comment on the "informal" position of the carbon nostril in the nose.  From the eBay auction:

Factory R is Aprilia's base model for a superbike racer. All the Factory R features. One of 30 imported. Also known as the Colin Edwards replica. All top of the line Ohlins front, rear suspension and steering dampener. Brembo block calipers and pump master cylinders. Special OZ light weight wheels. Carbon fiber throughout. CRG levers. Arrow silencers. Showroom condition. 2200 original adult owned miles. These bikes are getting harder to find in this condition as most of them ended up as track bikes. No disappointments.

Edwards was reigning WSBK champ and MotoGP rookie when he rode for Aprilia, which was the middle of a three year effort for the manufacturer.  He went on to 10 more years in MotoGP, mostly with Yamaha but also Honda and Kawasaki.  Back home in Texas Edwards started the Texas Tornado Boot Camp, a four day school focusing on dirt track skills.  The 2004 RSV's had some nice updates from the first generation and the Factory is certainly the way to go.  The buy-it-now seems like a nice bargain for such low miles and high-end componentry...

-donn

TTBC Graduate – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory
BMW June 23, 2018 posted by Donn

Way Out of the Box – 2014 BMW HP4 Competition

BMW has liked to use some of their limited editions as technology showcases, and the HP4 Competition is no exception.  The 2014 special  S1000RR had traction control, dynamic damping control, racing ABS, launch control, and the list goes on.  Forgot to mention the nearly 200 hp  and dry weight well under 400 lbs.  With numbers like that, wheelie control had better be standard.

2014 BMW HP4 Competition for sale on eBay

Released in 2009 and meant to put BMW on the WSBK map, the S1000RR has been a significant competition and showroom presence.  The 999 cc four is seriously oversquare and runs quite high compression at 13:1, on its way to 193 hp.  Chassis and swingarm are aluminum, with castings and stampings both used, the swingarm being double-sided for strength.  Excess weight was in the crosshairs with full titanium exhaust and lightweight battery.  The HP4 was introduced in 2012 as a continuation of the HP marketing concept, and capitalizes on racing-derived electronics to improve things for the sport rider.  The ABS, suspension, and traction are all computer controlled and the system has modes for Rain, Sport, Track, and Slick operations.  Additionally, a speed-shifter is standard, a launch control routine makes a smooth start possible, and wheelie control has been improved for 2014.

This HP4  shows just under 6,000 miles, and looks damage-free.  Not sure how the HP4's are numbered, but though the triple tree isn't pictured, the sliders are numbered 5322.  Production should be under 1,000 for this model.  The Competition package includes the carbon under-tray and HP levers and rearsets, and also BMW racing blue finish on the wheels.  The N.J. owner keeps it to the point in the eBay auction:

2014 BMW HP4 Competition Edition (#5322) in completely mint condition, garage kept, less than 5500 miles, only one owner, lots of accessories, no falls, no drops, no damage of any kind, complete working order & ready to ride, if you don’t know what this is, then it's not the bike for you

BMW fought their way to a string of podium finishes, initially with Troy Corser, but probably the best year being 2012 under Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam.  The effort is currently a top-10 regular, run by Althea Racing who also enters the European Superstock 1000 series.  It's also a staple at the Isle of Man, Michael Dunlop taking the TT win just a few weeks ago.  Certainly the sportbike a lot of people said BMW should have been making much earlier, these days the HP4 is a track only beast, made in very low numbers.  The few HP4's don't change hands often, and the BIN seems like a pretty good value, surprising no one has snapped it up, or at least put a deposit on and have a dealer take a close look...

-donn

Way Out of the Box – 2014 BMW HP4 Competition
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
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