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Aprilia February 8, 2016 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2001 Aprilia RSW 250

Update 7.19.2016: No longer being offered. -dc

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Built from 1991-2007 the Aprilia RS 250 is a rare sight, except on RSBFS - but an RSV or RSW - the factory race machines are exponentially more exotic.  Over its long run the model has been ridden to championships by Moto GP stars such as Max Biaggi, Valentino Rossi, Marco Melandri, and Jorge Lorenzo.  A factory test mule, the 2001 RSW 250 offered here has been treated to a lot of factory upgrades, and would make a great start to a race effort.

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Though power isn't claimed for the 249 cc 90-degree two-stroke twin, it should be around 90 hp  at 12,000 rpm.  Aluminum-framed but with carbon fiber bodywork ( including seat console ), swingarm and wheels, with fuel this bike should weigh less than 300 lbs.  Ohlins and Brembo equipped front and rear.  Expansion chambers are titanium.

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Brought over from an Italian shop that had done a pristine restoration, this RSW 250 has turned only 200 miles since.  A nice collection of spares is included, including a rare set of carbon-carbon brakes.  The owner attempts list everything in the eBay auction:

  • Complete ATR carbon fibre bodywork including tank, self supporting seat unit
  • Carbon fiber swingarm that an A Kit part typically only available to factory teams
  • Carbon fiber wheels that were designed by Aprilia (and ATR) but manufactured by Ferrari (these wheels are effectively irreplaceable so the bike also has a set of magnesium Marchesinis if you actually want to ride it)
  • Brembo monobloc calipers
  • Ohlins front and rear suspension (and steering damper)
  • Full data acquisition with all sensors active (e.g., suspension travel, EGT, etc)
  • Titanium expansion chambers with DLR end cans
  • Motor has various magnesium A Kit parts (water covers, etc)
  • Motor was built about 200 miles ago with fresh pistons less than 20 miles ago and transmission is completely fresh
  • It is set up to run on VP Q16
  • 520 chain and sprocket conversion to avoid snapping chains (which was a frequent issue with the lightweight racing chain) but lightweight factory chain and sprockets includes along with a small selection of 520 sprockets
  • Carbon fiber battery (but like the wheels effectively irreplaceable so aluminum version also included)
  • Battery charger included
  • Spare titanium expansion chambers (not really spare but if you know anything about these bikes you already know that there were a litany of expansion chamber types that could be used to vary the power delivery)
  • Spare pistons and gaskets

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Whether you were an up-and-coming rider or a skilled club racer, finding a bike like this could make a career.  Appearing ready to load in the trailer and head south, this RSW 250 looks prepared for competition and has adequate spares to at least get rolling.  Details and contact information can be found on the eBay auction or at the Racing Bikes For Sale facebook page.

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The owner also has a 2002 RS 250 Cup available with significant spares available, which could also be a less exotic but exciting alternative.  See the eBay auction or Racing Bikes For Sale page.

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Featured Listing – 2001 Aprilia RSW 250
Triumph February 5, 2016 posted by Donn

Centennially Speaking – 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i CE

Celebrating the company's hundredth year of motorcycle manufacturing, Triumph created a Centennial Edition of their sportbike, the 955 cc injected triple.

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2002 Triumph Daytona 955i CE for sale on eBay

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The Daytona was introduced in 1997, and the 2002 was re-designed and improved with Gareth Davies' assistance.  The perimeter frame is aluminum, and though most '02+ models had a double-sided swingarm, the Centennial was single-sided.  Brakes were 4-piston 320mm fronts, and 220mm rear.

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The CE was very limited at 200 examples, but not so with power - 149 hp courtesy of forged crank, con-rods and  pistons.  Aston ( British Racing ) Green was the one-year color, with Union Jacks here and about.  The Centennial also had carbon side covers and mud guards.

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Looking very good with just under 5,000 miles, the Daytona here has been subject to some in-depth study of the charging system, dampers and final drive.  The owner states in the eBay auction:

The 2nd gremlin is if you change sprockets certain ratios will cause unnecessary chain guide wear. I have tried various combos. Stock ratios on the 2002 CE with the single sided swingarm is 18/42. I always like adding teeth to the rear sprocket only. I have a 45,46,48 etc in the 530 pitch. And in the 520 pitch I have a 19 tooth up front and a 49 in the rear. The 19/49 520 pitch is on the bike now. I like it out of all ratios and pitch. With this set up no wear at all on the chain guide. Also crazy acceleration .

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With some interesting mods but no damage and adult color scheme, this could be a Triumph to return to stock and enjoy.  The big triple is a durable powerhouse, and the bike is not overweight at just over 400 lbs.  A good rider ( maybe after a new rear tire ) with room for a pillion, but in this case a special year for Triumph and the Daytona.

-donn

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Centennially Speaking – 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i CE
Kawasaki January 31, 2016 posted by Donn

Candidate – 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R

Back in the pre-interstate days of family car-trips, New England was peppered with small museums devoted to cars, trains, airplanes, trolleys, and occasionally motorcycles.  One such museum just east of Hartford, Conn. has an almost pre-historic Ninja up for sale, and while it's not running, it looks substantially original and might be a good choice for restoration.

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1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R for sale on eBay

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Updated in 1985 from the GPz-550, the Ninja 600R ( known as the GPz-600R in some markets ) employed a 16-valve head and had 75 ponies on tap.  Engineers at Kawasaki also re-oriented the alternator to slim the engine, and employed their first perimeter frame, though in steel tubing.  Suspension was air-assisted both ends, 37mm front forks with anti-dive and monoshock rear.  Triple disc brakes were good for the day, and 16-inch wheels helped handling.  The full fairing was primarily plastic which helped keep the weight under 400 lbs.

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Listed by a long-time repair and restoration shop also housing a museum, the bike looks complete but ready for some TLC.  Thankfully no major surgery has been done, just low-profile front turn signals, SuperTrapp mufflers, and tinted windscreen.  From the eBay auction:

·        Turn Signals Work
·         Starter Works engine turns over and has compression
·         Needs New Coil Pack
·         Rated for 12.7 Second Quarter Mile Time at 125mph
·         Slip-On SuperTrapp Exhausts installed
·         Tinted Wind Shield installed

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Evidently needing ignition help ( which might lead to a carburetor cleaning ) this Ninja might be a nice bargain.  With some fresh fluids, seals and brake pads, this Ninja could return to the road and display the performance and handling which launched a dynasty.  Or if those classic good looks strike you, a full restoration and back to the gallery or bike show...

-donn

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Candidate – 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R
Kawasaki January 28, 2016 posted by Donn

Gazelle – 1994 Kawasaki ZX-R250

What might've happened if progressive licensing had been adopted world-wide ?  Maybe herds of 4-cylinder DOHC 250's would be roaming North America.  Or could the wide open spaces and 5-day coast-to-coast rides have eventually nudged us toward 1300cc water buffalo ?  This gray-market ZX-R250 makes one wonder.

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1994 Kawasaki ZXR-250 for sale on eBay

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The ZX-R250 was built primarily for the Japanese market and was also know as the ZX-2R and ZX-RR.  Many found their way to Oz but they are quite rare here.  Rather than a commodity bike, the ZX-R250's were a showcase for Kawasaki engineering, way ahead of their time for 1988, and had competition from Honda and Suzuki.

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Just under two inches across, the pistons in a 250cc four have little mass to keep them from their nearly 20,000 rpm redline and 39-45 horsepower depending variant.  Seeming like a tabletop project, the diminutive double overhead cams and 4 Keihin carburetors fit across the aluminum perimeter frame.  Suspension was also state of the art with upside-down forks and Uni-Track monoshock rear.  Brakes were oversized at 300mm dual fronts and single rear.  The fairing is easy to confuse with a mid-size ZX-7R, with ram air tubes and dual seat.

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Not very well documented, but not showing much in the way of damage or corrosion, looks like it's been in storage for a while.  From the eBay auction:

This is not to be confused with the American spec zx250... these were serious little bikes. The motor is a 4 stroke, 4 cylinder that revs to nearly 20,000rpm. Power is listed as 45hp at 16,000rpm and wet weight is under 300lbs wet. These bikes are incredible. 

I also find it amazing that in the early 90's this bike came stock with hollow-cast wheels, and inverted forks... we didn't get that on most sport bikes till 10 years later(!) These 250c's were built to be special, and the riding experience shows it.

Aftermarket mods are limited to the HID's, carbon-can exhaust, and lithium-ion battery, all of which came on it. 

My bike was imported through a broker in Tampa and still carries the 12 digit Japanese VIN on a clean Florida title.

A neat full-featured sportbike, the ZX-R250 might take some getting used to, not many riders are ready to run 10,000 rpm or above regularly, and it'll be a requirement for the little four.  Maintenance and repair parts, because these bike were never here, could require attention to some .au websites, unless you have a friend in green.  But as most manufacturers are going with twins and singles for their smaller displacement bikes, a 250-four will be an exotic and fun thing...

-donn

 

Gazelle – 1994 Kawasaki ZX-R250
Ducati January 25, 2016 posted by Donn

Rare Duc – 1988 Ducati 750 Paso Limited

Shortly after Cagiva's agreement to use Ducati engines, they bought controlling interest in the company in 1985, and breathed some design and engineering funding into the company.  Responding to competition from the east, the Castiglionis hired Bimota founder Massimo Tamburini to design the new 750 cc model.  The result was the Paso, with full fairing concealing the 750F1 engine and 5-speed, named for Ducati racer Renzo Pasolini, who died in an accident at Monza in 1973.

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1988 Ducati 750 Paso Limited for sale on eBay

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Cam drive now by timing belt instead of bevel gears, the air-cooled 748 cc desmodue developed 73 hp.  Use of a two-barrel Weber carburetor required the  rear cylinder to be reversed.  Doubly odd for a Ducati, a square-tube frame, none of it visible, hidden beneath the curves of the all-encompassing tupperware.  Marzocchi air adjustable forks are 42mm, and at the back is an Öhlins monoshock.  Three similar-sized brake disks, dual 280mm fronts with 270mm rear.

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Not quite sure what makes this particular Paso a Limited, exhaust system, livery perhaps ?  There were only 50 Limiteds, but any Paso constitutes a limited edition as sales never took off and production over the five years was just a few thousand.  A ground-breaking design, very well resolved, and this one in super nice shape, collector quality.  The owner shows off the lovingly detailed mechanicals without the bodywork.  From the eBay auction:

Rare Duc!  Excellent Condition.  In storage since 2006 (ridden occasionally) when it was completely serviced by dealer and any and all updates and repairs were done.  Runs strong, despite original Weber carb's reputation. Barnett Clutch Pack. New battery. New Michelin tires. Comes with Corbin Seat and original seat. Standard U.S. exhaust in black chrome (never used), (has Euro exhaust on since new). Euro tail light. RKA Tank Bag. Ducati Red powder coated wheels to match belly of fairings.  All original parts plus Ducati and Clymer Repair Manuals. Some spares. Certified by Ducati Museum to be 1 of only 50 produced. Owner is former dealer.

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Not without its faults, the 750 Pasos suffered rideability issues with a flat spot in the torque curve, and while 16-inch wheels helped turn-in, tire selection has been lacking and occasionally impossible.  Still it reviewed as a  supple handler, hiding its weight well and cradling the rider.  Tests from the day poke fun at Cagiva for using the fairing to save money by not having to design and finish the drivetrain for display, just what Tamburini would have had you believe as he was pulling the plastic over your eyes...

-donn

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Rare Duc – 1988 Ducati 750 Paso Limited
Honda January 23, 2016 posted by Donn

Snowmageddon Special – 2013 Honda CRF 450 Timbersled SX 120

Maybe it's the current snow depths from Arkansas to Maryland measuring in feet, not inches ( and still mounting on the eastern seaboard ), but this offbeat machine is looking perfect for the northern Mississippi valley and northeast.

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2013 Honda CRF 450 Timbersled SX 120 for sale on eBay

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Based on the Honda CRF450R, the owner has added the Timbersled Snowcross kit, which is revertable for three-season wheeled use.  The CRF450 was comprehensively revised for 2013, and is a great base for this multipurpose machine.  A four stroke thumper with titanium intake valves, the 449 cc engine is fuel injected.  No claims for power output from Honda, though a 450 is a big offroad bike.  Suspension is from KYB, massive 48mm forks and monoshock rear, both ends have travel of more than a foot.

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The Timbersled kit replaces the swingarm and has a 10-1/2" wide rear track and its own twin Fox shocks.  The track is driven by a covered chain and gear from what would've been the rear sprocket.  The ski attaches to the forks with Front Flex Arm technology, supporting the front end in deep snow but steering like a narrow tire.

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The owner started with a 10-hour CRF450 and made some nice updates before adding the Snowcross kit.  From the eBay auction:

Bike Additions
Pro Taper bars
MSR bark busters
Black Excel Rims
Red Talon Hubs
FMF Slip on Muffler
MSR Rear set footpegs

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Appearing to be the just-for-fun project at a northern Michigan Harley dealer, this CRF / Timbersled combo is spotless.  Low hours and control updates complement the bold graphics.  If the upper peninsula was a short drive and Wisconsin an overnight ferry ride away, this bike would be a great way to keep your trail riding going year round.  For the rest of us in the eastern U.S., it almost makes sense this week...

-donn

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Snowmageddon Special – 2013 Honda CRF 450 Timbersled SX 120