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Featured Listing July 12, 2018 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 “Goose” Tribute

Update 7.12.2018: Price dropped to $10,500. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

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
Ducati July 12, 2018 posted by Donn

DesmoNue – 1993 Ducati 900SS

Ducati has carved out an enormous niche in the super-sport area, with some compromises on the sporting intentions of their superbikes, but often more versatile and plenty of fun.  This 900SS was parked after a year or so of use and recently re-incarnated, a happy beginning to its next chapter.

1993 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

A descendant of the 851 and Paso, the 900SS uses the 904cc desmodue, with belt driven cams.  Mikuni carburetors were less fiddly and helped deliver 84 hp.  Adjustable Showa dampers were a nice upgrade and ergonomics were relaxed a bit.  The full fiberglass fairing has the classic Ducati lines.

This Cali SS looks unblemished by its 5,049 miles or the long nap.  Though it's not a limited edition or racy example, refreshed it looks like a new 1993.  The owner shows off the clean in un-faired photos.  From the eBay auction:

Found this in a garage in Lafayette California. And hadn't been run since 1995
Replaced Timing Belts
Flushed the tank, cleared the lines, New Fuel Pump and filter
Rebuilt the Carbs with OEM parts
New Tires, Battery, flushed the brake lines, oiled the cables
Soaked the Chain and Re-oiled
Cleaned, Cleaned and CLEANED AGAIN!!
It Runs and Performs AMAZINGLY!!! AND FAST!!!!

Reviewed as an all-day performer, the 900SS had classic good looks and at the time was called Ducati's best ever.  Maybe a memory lane trip for the next owner, or picking up dad's bike ?  Obviously not new new, but instead of 25 this one looks just a few years old...

-donn

 

DesmoNue – 1993 Ducati 900SS
Ducati July 9, 2018 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1991 Ducati 851 S3 FBF Replica

Update 7.31.2018: Price reduced to $12,000 USD or best offer. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Ducati's four-valve foray, the WSBK-winning 851 desmoquattro is destined for collectibility.  Meanwhile the Weber fuel-injected superbike is a rideable feast.  Rare as 851's are stateside, this Ferracci replica is 1,000 miles closer to Oz than JFK, and may interest collectors anywhere on the globe.

1991 Ducati 851 S3 FBF Replica for sale

Ducati put together a complex basket for all their eggs in the 851, fuel injection, water cooling, and four-valve desmodromic heads.  The package claims 110 hp, but the brilliant torque is the stuff of legend.  Big Showa suspension and big Brembo brakes are at the end of the trellis frame.  A generous windshield guards the rider stretched over the long tank.  If you have a sporty pillion there is a spot under the beauty cover.

Robbie's 851 looks quite good and substantially stock.  Recently serviced after an extended hiatus, it has clean injectors, new cam belts and tires. 

From the seller:

This very rare jewel is being offered for sale to enthusiasts and collectors by the present owner.  Qualified people will understand the rarity of this exceptional motorcycle.  This bike is in very good condition.  Runs like a train!  Has recently had new tyres & cam belts fitted.  Due to extended storage the complete EFI system has been refurbished, the bike has received a complete service and tune up by the experts.

The bike is completely original and unrestored. Well maintained and never dropped. Also features Tecnomagnesio wheels and, fully adjustable Showa fork and Ohlins rear shock.

Bike is located in South Africa.

The 851 divulges its racing heritage, being much more comfortable in a fast sweeper than in a "technical" corner.  In the hands of the factory race team, it had a great career and won the Superbike World Championship in 1990, with the very similar 888 taking the honors in 1991 and '92.  Robbie asks $12,000 USD or best offer and requests offers on 27-82-410-0787 or e-mail - here - .

-donn

Featured Listing – 1991 Ducati 851 S3 FBF Replica
BMW July 8, 2018 posted by Donn

Footloose – 1983 BMW R65LS

BMW's R65 was introduced as a junior model to the R90 and an update to the R60.  Hans Muth was enlisted to style the LS, with his signature triangular fairing and orangey-red bodywork with enigmatic white alloys.  This one has been hidden away and revived a couple of times, with an extraordinary 4,629 miles and show-bike condition.

1983 BMW R65LS for sale on eBay

Not really much new mechanically, with the moderately oversquare two-valve twin pushing just 50 hp through the automotive dry clutch, 5-speed, and of course shaft drive.  Conventional forks and dual rear shocks are traditional, though black exhausts and dual front disks note a sporting intention.  Fairing, tank and side covers are trim, accented with black details and bare aluminum castings.

Every bike of this age will have some stories to tell, and for this example, most involve long periods in the garage and an occasional return to service.  Expected white wheels are unpainted on this one, perhaps an update to the color scheme as the model was halfway through its life-span in 1983.  So clean it's displayed with mirrors underneath, the deep sump sparkling.  Sacrilegious though it would be to replace them, the faded rondelles are a distraction.  From the eBay auction:

The bike has given 45-55 mpg for the last year’s fuel economy at altitude.  The finish on the original paint that draws eyes and comments wherever I go.  The paint ...THE PAINT... this Hennarot Red is so perfect you’ll have to put on sunglasses from the shine , just never exposed to the elements or left in the sun !  This bike has only 4627 original miles on it and is in a perfect state of tune.  In the last 100 miles I’ve adjusted the valves, balanced the carbs , this puppy just purrs like a sewing machine, not a wisp of oil leakage anywhere !  The original Continental tires still have great tread left on them and can probably go another 3000 miles before replacement , or leave it in it’s Concours shape and bring it to Pebble Beach now !  This LS has great handling with a glassy ride in the 60’s and 70’s mph , a 5.5 gallon tank gives plenty of range.

Never really compared to leading supersports of the day, R65LS was a nice handling gentle-person's machine.  The scale of the R65LS suited smaller riders, and the weight was less than other Beemers.  Engineering and build quality was of course for the long haul.  Muth's design was a flash in the pan for BMW but has held up well.  Even for a gorgeous example, the owner has named a serious starting bid and it will be interesting to see how it goes...

-donn

Footloose – 1983 BMW R65LS
Bimota July 2, 2018 posted by Donn

Cult of Personality – 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio

Bimota was on the rebound from their 2001 bankruptcy when the Ducati dual-spark 1000 caught their designers' eyes.  The naked / standard Delirio was midway through a beautiful friendship between the companies and was in production until 2011.

2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio for sale on eBay

Penned by designer Sergio Robbiano, the Delirio has the wonderful 992 cc desmodue, somehow finding room for underseat exhaust and 93 hp.  And while the trellis frame is familiar, the aluminum frame connectors and swingarm ends are special.  For a naked there are a surprising number of carbon covers and fairings, even a scoop for the oil cooler.  The premium suspension and brakes insure it will be an exciting way through 4.2 gallons.

Likely having had several maintenance services on its way to 3,800 miles, this Delirio had the required major service last year.  Ready for lots of trouble-free miles, as the owner relates in the eBay auction:

Very low miles, meticulously maintained, last services by Bimota Spirit in Raleigh, NC in March 2017, flushed fuel tank, tested and flushed fuel pump, changed and adjusted timing belts, oil & filter changed, adjusted and cleaned chain, flushed front and rear brake fluid, and comes with new tires. This beautiful exotic Italian naked bike was hand made by Bimota in Rimini, Italy, it comes with a 1000 cc Ducati DS highly evolved air cooled L Twin engine, with twin-plug form, it has several carbon fiber pieces such as front and back fenders, side panels, belt covers, and clutch cover, Brembo brakes & clutch master cylinders, Zard Exhaust, and 2nd generation ECU board. Hardly used, except for a few weekend cruises with friends, and never ever tracked or raced. This is a very rare and exotic bike, be one of the few Bimota owners in the world.

The DS liter is revered as one of the most fun engines around, this time in a designer package.  Bimota has moved on to a edgier-looking naked Impeto ( as well as a naked Tesi ! ) but you can rest assured there won't be another parked at the coffee stop.  Early on a student of Tamburrini, Robbiano was taken way too early in a motorcycle accident.  The award-winning DB6 is a fine record of his time in Rimini...

-donn

Cult of Personality – 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio
Kawasaki June 29, 2018 posted by Donn

Outer Limits – 1974 Kawasaki H1F Mach III

Prehistorically speaking, Kawasaki came just behind the Honda CB750 in the nascent superbike sweepstakes, but just ahead in the 1/4 mile.  The lighter weight two stroke triple had a wheelie addiction, and a substantial power-to-weight advantage, if not being a dream to handle.  This H1 is an older restoration and comes to you with a few foibles but excellent cosmetics.

1974 Kawasaki H1F for sale on eBay

The H1 had a classic twin downtube frame but innovative two-stroke triple.  Three 28mm Mikunis fueled the engine and oil injection was automatic.  For a 500, a 12.5-second quarter was a revelation, but period single front disk and rear drum at least kept exuberance rational.  Improvements over the six years of production improved the Capacitive Discharge Ignition system and standardized the unusual N-1-2-3-4-5 shift pattern.

This late Mach III looks better than excellent with most metals looking almost new, and there's very little plastic aboard.  The Ohio owner divulges that the odometer is hopelessly optimistic, and colors are from an H2, but beside the K&N air filters it appears complete, stock, and un-muddled.  A steering damper is installed which appears stock but from an earlier year.  From the eBay auction:

Mostly stock bike with air intake pods, dual piston front brake caliper and aftermarket exhaust. Older restoration with paint and chrome in above average condition. Starts up on 2nd or 3rd kick and shifts through gears smoothly. No dents in tank, scratches or cracks in plastic. Tank has been lined. Oil injection system is complete. Gauges, lights and turn signals all in good working order. Seat and seat pan in excellent condition. Recently replaced drive chain. Mileage on speedo is not correct. Paint scheme is the H2 color, black/purple.

Reviews showed the chassis to be un-cooperative with mid-corner direction changes and rough roads in general, but once the inadequate brakes were planned for, the power slowed the passage of time.  In the better part of valor, a friend of mine in the late '70s sold his shortly after lifting the front wheel with his fiancé on the back.  Neither designed or built for longevity, few have survived in this condition, the restoration here done on a nicer example.  Bidders are off to find the reserve but the auction still has five days to run...

-donn

Outer Limits – 1974 Kawasaki H1F Mach III