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Honda October 28, 2017 posted by Donn

Rev. 2.0 – 2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51

Honda joined the V-twin WSBK fray in 2000 and Colin Edwards won the inaugural season on the RC51. The SP-2 was introduced in 2002 and incorporated many lessons learned the first two years. Almost every aspect of the machine was improved, with a little more power and less weight. This example has been hiding in Queens, New York and shows only 2,295 miles.

2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 for sale on eBay

With the general layout of its nemesis, the RVT-1000R used a nicely oversquare 996cc twin, with the SP-2's whopping 62mm throttle bodies helping Honda stay on the right side of WSBK rules and deliver 136 hp.  Steering head angle was reduced to sharpen handling, and the swingarm from Edwards' racing machine was put into production with a loss of two pounds of unsprung weight.  Parts that were merely advanced were redesigned and lightened where possible, like fairing stays, alloy seat subframe, and ram-air intake which doubles as a fairing support.

This RC51's New York owner has taken nice care and made a few choice upgrades.  The Sato exhaust alone saves 10 lbs. and has been dyno-tuned.  Limited photos so an in-person inspection will be a must.  From the eBay auction:

This bike runs great with no problems or lights on and is extremely powerful.  The bike was put on a dyno machine and tuned perfectly.  The plastics are in great condition with some light scratches too the decals and a scuff mark on the front brake lever.  Never been in any accidents or stunted or abused in any way.  Always babied.  Through out the years I added all the upgrades.  This bike comes with ultra rare Sato Racing titanium exhaust, power commander, K&N air filters, CRG levers, black tinted windscreen, Sargent gel seat, PIAA bulbs, yellow high beam, Proton front turn signals, Michelin Pilot Power tires (like new condition) Pro Grip hand grips, Hot Bodies under tail and tire hugger, axle mounted LP bracket, new battery.  The bike has low miles but may go up because I ride it now and then.  This bike also comes with but not pictured the OEM bike manual, factory tool kit, OEM factory repair manual in binder, results from dyno machine.

 

Edwards went on to take WSBK in 2002 as well, and a Kentucky upstart won the AMA Superbikes on RC51 race number 69.  But the wind direction changed abruptly when FIM changed the rules to allow 1000cc fours, and Honda returned to their successful formula.  With just a few thousand produced each year, the RC51 isn't super-limited, but also not mass-produced.  The SP-2's many improvements make it the one to have if you're a fan.  And for an almost fifteen year-old motorcycle, the low miles and adult ownership make this RVT-1000R look even better...

-donn

Rev. 2.0 – 2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51
MV Agusta October 25, 2017 posted by Donn

The One – 2000 MV Agusta 750 F4 Oro with 1606 miles!

Cagiva bought the rights to the shuttered MV Agusta in 1991, and in 1998 introduced their first new motorcycle in fifteen or so years.  Designed and built to set the world on its ear, the F4 750 had many race-derived components and a pricetag to match.  This Oro is number 227 of 300 and has lived out its adolescence in careful hands and still has the factory original Pirelli Dragon tires.

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 Oro for sale on eBay

 

Designed by Massimo Tamburini, the F4 is striking from every angle and the specs read like an exotic motorcycle laundry list.  Ferrari helped design the radial-array four valve heads for the inline-4, and Tamburini himself had a hand in the 4-2-1-2-4 exhaust.  On the Oro, bodywork and fuel tank are carbon fiber, and magnesium wheels, frame connectors, and swingarm are anodized gold.  49mm Showa forks have quick release axle clamps, and the monoshock linkage allows ride height changes without changing shock settings.

 

Evidently on display since just after its first oil change, this F4 750 Oro's picture is next to "magnificent" in Webster's.  The gold magnesium just glows in the right light.  Pictures with Mr. F from FBF are icing on the cake.  The owner's comments from the eBay auction:

It is one of 60 imported into the USA by Eraldo Ferracci, the USA distributor for the MV Agusta, and number 227 of the 300 built  for worldwide distribution. Purchased in July 2000 from Fast By Ferracci, Willow Grove, Pa. and pictured on delivery with Eraldo at Budds Creek Motocross Track back when Elrado's Team Husqvarna raced there. 
 
Eraldo is pictured setting up the bike to my specifications. Some of the history and specifications of the F4 750 ORO are below. 1600 miles on this bike since its purchase, and it has always been stored in a climate-controlled environment. The bike is in perfect condition and comes with all original manuals. I think this bike will be a very good long-term investment and a great bike to have in any collection.

 

The Castiglioni brothers saw their vision for MV Agusta through and the F4 brought a few regional superbike wins back to the marque, but a factory race team wasn't in the cards.  The F4 engine proved to be the foundation of the revitalized MV, and though the model was more sensibly produced starting in 1999 with aluminum castings and plastic fairings, an Oro is worth pursuing.  This one appears to have the white-glove treatment and provenance to justify going wherever the bidding will take it...

-donn

The One – 2000 MV Agusta 750 F4 Oro with 1606 miles!
Ducati October 20, 2017 posted by Donn

What are the Chances? – 2002 Ducati 748S

As Ducati prepared the testastretta and over-under fairing design, the 748's days were also numbered. Though well-used with 20,000 miles, this matte-finished 748S has also been well loved, with great-looking fairings, fresh tires, and many carbon accents.

2002 Ducati 748S for sale on eBay

 

Though it gives away a quarter liter to the 996, the 748S makes 7/8 of the power at 98 hp, though at a substantially higher 11,000 rpm.  The free-er revving engine makes for more fun on the road, but also led to occasional plating failure on the rocker arms, most of which were covered by the factory when the bikes were young.  In most other respects parts are sized like the 996, in the S's case adjustable Showa monoshock and forks with titanium nitriding on the legs, and gold-line Brembo brakes.  With the help of quarter-turn fasteners, access to the works just takes a minute, and the now-classic 916 fairing lines exact their toll on the rider in stop-and-go traffic.

 

Coming out of silicon valley, this 749S is in the Senna commemorative livery, which save fly yellow is known to be the fastest Ducati color.  The matte gray fairings look great for their miles, as do the carbon Termis, fender, and numerous covers.  A couple of nice concessions to full-size adulthood are the HeliBar risers and the updated Öhlins shock and spring.  From the eBay auction:

The bike has lot of carbon parts. The front fender and the tank protector are made of matte carbon to match the matte color of the bike.

 Termignoni carbon full system, BCM race filter kit, Ducati Performance chip in the ECU.

 The fairings are all intact, no cracks, with brand new Ducati DZUS fasteners. Motodynamic LED integrated tail light with sequential blinker (really cool 😉

 HeliBars clip-on handlebars, the most solid and the most comfortable handlebars for Ducati superbikes.

 The bike also has a new chain and sprockets and the tires have about 1000 miles on them.

 The TiN front fork and the rear Öhlins shock have been serviced recently. The spring in the rear shock has been replaced with a stronger one and the bike's suspension has been adjusted for a 180-200 lbs driver.

 Have all receipts from previous owners, the complete service history. Had rockers checked and replaced accordingly and valve adjustment was done at the 12,000 miles service.

 Has some minor nicks and scratches here and there, typical for a 15 years old driver but the bike runs and drives perfect. 20,350 well maintained miles, most of them highway. I have all stock parts and the original Ducati Workshop Manual. I also have an extra coolant tank made of aluminum and a complete oil cooler set that's used on the 916 model.

 

The last year for the supersport-sized superbike, this 748S would be a nice catch, though a fresh valve adjustment would make the buy-it-now a lot more justifiable.  It might be the best choice for someone who intends to ride it, set up for comfort with fresh tires.  The smooth matte paint scheme could be considered trendy but seems to set off the silver frame, carbon trim, and red wheels nicely.  Nearing the end of the riding season at least north of the Mason - Dixon line, the Make An Offer button is enabled...

-donn

What are the Chances? – 2002 Ducati 748S
Buell October 16, 2017 posted by Donn

Fashionably Late – 2007 Buell XB12 Super TT

One of Buell's last Harley-powered models, the XB12 Super TT has a slightly longer and more stable XB2 chassis, powered by the 1203cc pushrod twin.  Styled as a super / hyper street machine, it's a great performer and snappy dresser.

2007 Buell XB12 Super TT for sale on eBay

Part of the XB2 upgrade was more fuel in the frame, and the STT has 4.4 gallons available.  The familiar Sportster powerplant is shrouded in the alloy perimeter frame, with Buell's Thunderstorm heads and downdraft fuel injection providing 103 hp and 84 ft.-lbs. torque. Showa suspension is fully adjustable and the signature 6-piston Zero Torque Load front brake provides a visual statement as well as great stopping power.  The binnacle fairing has a number plate look to it, as do the panels below the seat, adding to the short, spare, lightweight look.

The Illinois owner has put under 3,000 miles on this STT, and has kept it very clean, and apparently upgraded the suspension and seat, but doesn't shout about it in the eBay auction:

SUPER NICE ORIGINAL CONDITION NOT MUCH TO SAY OTHER THAN THESE ARE RARE AND IN MY OPINION THE NICEST LIGHTNING THAT THEY MADE. THE BIKE NEEDS NOTHING OTHER THAN A NEW HOME. I HAVE A FEW EXTRAS THAT ARE INCLUDED WITH THE SALE AS ONE OF THE PHOTOS SHOW. I MIGHT HAVE A FEW MORE MILES ON BIKE AS I WILL TAKE A COUPLE SHORT RIDES BEFORE STORING IT FOR THE WINTER.

The black forks are at least a cosmetic improvement, and the owner shows a more road-oriented white front fender on the spares page, which would be going on first thing if it were mine.  While the overall design might be an acquired taste, the STT reviewed as a great fun bike, no more or less practical than any other hyper, but the big torque makes it a leave-it-in-drive kind of ride.  Fully sorted might be a good way to describe the XB2, a mature though innovative frame design and bombproof Evo motor, along with Buell's funky solutions to some age-old motorcycle design issues...

-donn

 

Fashionably Late – 2007 Buell XB12 Super TT
Yamaha October 14, 2017 posted by Donn

Extreme-ly LE – 1989 Yamaha FZR750R / OW01 with 1277 Miles !

An iconic product of the WSBK race series, the Yamaha FZR-750R or OW01 was an homologation special which sold for more than twice what a more streetable FZR-1000 fetched, and cost Yamaha zillions.  Rather than a tarted-up road machine, Yamaha built the race bike - poorly suited for the road actually - equipped it for DOT inspection, and sold it to race teams and collectors.  Pre-owned by the latter, this OW01 was imported but never registered, and has been ridden only 1277 miles.

1989 Yamaha FZR750R for sale on eBay

Yamaha was playing a little catch-up after the first WSBK season, and prepared the FZR750R for 1989 year.  Based on a proper race engine, the OW01 has Yamaha's signature 5-valve heads, titanium connecting rods, and low-friction pistons with short skirts and only two rings.  Their EXUP exhaust valve adjusts exhaust flow and improves running outside of the 9,000-12,000 powerband.  The light alloy DeltaBox frame is thin but wide, capped by an aluminum fuel tank.  43mm conventional forks lead an Ohlins monoshock, and 4-piston Nissin brakes are up front.  Riding position in the full endurance fairing is uncompromising.

This Oregon owner has been a fine caretaker of #427, with no apparent wear or damage.  Even the footpegs are pictured, virtually unmarked.  It's without a stateside title, but some preparation for registration has been done.  From the eBay auction:

Out of the crate this is part of what you got for your money.

1.       Titanium con rods with light weight, short-skirt, stepped-top pistons.
2.       Hand polished ports on a big 5 valve head.
3.       Handmade aluminum fuel tank and handmade aluminum Delta box frame, etc.
4.       Huge magnesium Nissin racing calipers and 320 mm discs provide race quality stopping power.
5.       More magnesium parts to reduce weight.
6.       Quick release axle clamps.
7.       Light weight fiber cowling/fairing.
8.       Close ratio 6 speed gears.
9.       Ohlins adjustable rear shock.
10.     43 mm forks with full range of adjustment.

The OWO1 has the perfect balance of light weight, agility and power. The OWO1 represents one of the best handling and most exclusive Japanese sport bikes of the era and in my opinion, is one of the sexiest looking motorcycle design ever to come out of Japan.

Now about my 1989 OWO1 #000427

This a Japanese domestic model OWO1 with 1277 miles/2044 kilometers. Mileage and initial registration is documented on the Japanese vehicle registration form (shaken-sho). The Japanese shaken-sho is up-dated every two years through a physical vehicle inspection by the Japanese DMV.

This OWO1 is guaranteed to have never been raced. It is a beautiful motorcycle that is 100% stock except for two things. The original owner changed the single horn to a dual horn set-up for safety reasons. He also added a little more heat shielding to protect the light weight fiber cowling/fairing.

This bike has never been registered here in the U.S. You will receive the following from me after purchase so that you can register the bike.

  1.   (CBP form 7501(04/05). This form tells the DMV that customs has been cleared and the bike is ready to be registered.
  2.   A bill of sale
  3.   Because this bike is over 25 years old no EPA or DOT documents are necessary for registration.

This bike has been in storage for a while, so I have done the following before the sale. I have put in a new battery, changed the oil, filter, coolant, brake fluid, and spark plugs.

This OWO1 is extremely rare and beautiful. It is very hard to find one in this kind of condition. But, please keep in mind that it is not a new motorcycle so there are some minor blemishes.

Most OW01's went racing, with a dealer's team or privateers, and a factory race kit which added a few thousand to the already astronomical price.  Finding an almost un-used FZR750R has become a odyssey for some, since only a few hundred were made each year.  Though it never resulted in a championship, the OW01 made a healthy mark on WSBK, and under Carl Forgarty held the absolute lap record at the Isle of Man TT for many years.  From an era when factories' engineering chops could be seen and felt, fans speak reverently of discovering the little-known secrets of the OW01...

-donn

Extreme-ly LE – 1989 Yamaha FZR750R / OW01 with 1277 Miles !
Honda October 8, 2017 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R ( NC30 ) with spare Repsol fairings !

Sold for $8,600. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Since they were never offered stateside, the smaller V-4's have an undeniable cachet as well as sparkling performance and appearance.  The VFR400R looks for all the world like its 750cc brother and can just about keep up until a long straightaway.  On a no-reserve auction, this NC30 has been carefully refurbished and sports a spare set of bodywork and Ohio registration.

 

Though it uses a similar 399cc four-valve V-4 to previous generations, the NC30's used 180-degree crank timing, resulting in a "big-bang" sound and torquier power delivery.  The later VFR40oR's also moved the exhaust to the left side of the bike, showing off the 18-inch alloy rim with the single-sided swingarm on the opposite side.  Equipped to have aspirations, the NC30 had a 6-speed transmission, triple disk brakes and 41mm forks.  Though the factory color schemes generally revolved around racing red, the aftermarket has specialized in replica race liveries.

 

The California owner has gone over his NC30, and paid particular attention to the brakes, cooling system, and component corrosion, a common malady on gray-market machines.  He provides a comprehensive list in the eBay auction:

The bike is a 1992 NC30 Type 7 with Type 1 fairings.  She only has 6568 KM's on here which is about 4081 Miles.  The gauges are in km's so note from the pics you will see it reads 6568.
 
Here's what I've sorted out since I've owner her (I only put on 100 miles since purchased):
  • Subframe had some corrosion, pulled it off, had it sandblasted and put 4 coats of silver paint before reassembling.  Did the same with passenger pegs and assemblies.
  • Took off carbs, completely dismantled, cleaned them for the better part of a full day, cleaned out any grime, old gas residue etc.  Fixed the broken idle screw as well.
  • Installed new Factory quality carb boots as original ones were a bit dry and had small vacuum leaks.  Replaced most of the carb boot rings too as they were not ideal.
  • Flushed the cooling system twice before pulling apart and opted for brand new oversized, high flow aluminum radiators.  Original hoses were ok but seeing that the bike is 25 years old, I upgraded the hoses to high temp silicon as well.  And yes, I changed all of them including the one on the top of the motor that's difficult to get to.
  • I went ahead and installed new NGK spark plugs, fresh oil and a new oil filter.  Also went for a very nice quality (and a bit pricey) air filter to keep things clean.
  • Took the bike to about 90 on the freeway but brakes felt a little spongy despite having steel braided lines.  I flushed the fluid and noticed a tiny bit of fluid on caliper so I pulled them completely apart, changed all the seals, pulled the pistons and cleaned them up, sanded the calipers a bit to clean off the corrosion, put on a coat of primer and 3 coats of caliper paint.  Put on new brake pads as well.
  • Original chain was a bit rusty so I replaced the chain with a AFAM Grade 7, Super Heavy Duty Gold XS-Ring Chain.  While I was at it, installed a new hard anodized rear sprocket, a steel front sprocket (both stock gearing) and scrubbed the grime off.  The chain guide was a bit dry so I replaced that too.
  • Tank rubbers were dry and two were missing so I ordered all new ones from Japan and now the tank rests perfectly on the frame as it should.
  • I originally planned on keeping the OEM bodywork in storage and riding it with a new set of non original bodywork so you'll see in pics that I started to install it but then decided I wasn't going to keep the bike so rather then continuing to mod them to fit, I just packed them back up.  It's a BRAND new set of rothmans replica bodywork that includes the entire bike (not tank), new fender...literally every piece.  The replica bodywork is MUCH better than prior years, very vibrant in color, perfect stickers with a nice clear coat over the stickers.  They are still a pain to fit but I did most of it already and bought all the clips, spare signals so you don't need to switch them out and a whole slew of extra bolts and screws just in case I needed them.  Anyway, entire spare bodywork set will be included with bike.
  • The OEM tank colors do not match the Rothmans bodywork so I bought a spare tank that's also included.  As you can see in the pictures, it's in really great shape but has a small crease dent in the front.  It's in great shape other then that and would be an easy repair if you wanted to get it painted to match the back up bodywork.
  • Many of the bolts have been upgraded and changed out to replace some of the corroded ones.  You can see the pinch bolts, caliper bolts, many others in photos.  They added up $ wise too.
  • Bike will also include stock radiators (in fine shape), stock hoses if you want them and lots of spare parts I've gathered up. (extra pegs, an extra seat cover in black in case you don't like red, levers...etc)

 

The owner wanted the body to be as nice as the mechanicals, and purchased a Repsol replica fairing set.  Most of the way through fitment, he caught another project and decided to put this one up for sale with the original Honda fairings, and includes the Repsol as a spare including a fuel tank in factory paint.

 

October being the time for gutsy baseball, this NC30 is shown in various degrees of undress, and the auction is without reserve.  Someone will be riding this VFR400R home, as auctioneers used to say, and it is a great year.  Reviewed as the easiest of the 400cc group to ride fast, but a tad softly sprung, slightly under-braked, maybe a skwosh overweight.  The owner also has a work-around for California registration, which might make it do-able if that's a requirement.  Considering the low miles and new parts, this NC30 seems worth keeping a close eye on...

-donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R ( NC30 ) with spare Repsol fairings !