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Moto Guzzi November 16, 2015 posted by Donn

Muscle Beach – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro Sport

Using the innovative Daytona 1000 engine, and occupying a more boulevard bike place in the line-up next to the 1100 Sport, Guzzi's V10 Centauro was fun as a styling exercise and a powerful grocery getter.  Though the basis for the modern V-twin was designed in 1971 by Lino Tonti, a significant upgrade was made in the late 1980's which resulted in the 4-valve single overhead cam engine.  The 1997-2000 model bridged the gap until the fuller line of 1100cc machines was ready for the showroom.

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1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro Sport for sale on eBay

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Actuating the four valves from a cam in the upper side of each cylinder head, and with fuel injection, the 992cc twin results in 95 hp and 65 ft-lbs. torque.  In a departure from their dual downtube, the V10 uses a tubular backbone frame with the engine serving as a stabilizing member.  Suspension recieved some attention with WP of the Netherlands supplying inverted forks, and monoshock for the shaft drive system.  Brembo supplied 320mm floating front brakes with 282mm rear.  The bodywork is a 90's look back at the Le Mans, with small headlight fairing and chin spoiler in a bold two-tone arrangement, with the engine also finished in gray.

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Looking very good save some rash on the right head from what appears to have been a zero-speed tipover, this Centauro has a sorry 1,500 miles.  Head protectors should've prevented that but were possibly added afterward.  The only upgrade appears to be the polished Staintune exhaust.  Not much about the history is available but the California dealer says this in the eBay auction:

This bike is one of only roughly 3,600 made over a period of 1997-1999, only a fraction of that were imported into the U.S. making this a very unique cycle. It starts up, runs, and rides great. is equipped with a Staintune exhaust and a "chip" to remap the efi. The bike was a one owner bike before we acquired it. From what I can tell it is still on the original tires.

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A peculiar beauty, this half-man half-horse is a good one for Guzzi-sti or fans of Italian design.  There is even a fan site with a lot of good info.  Reviewed as a torquey, fun-to-ride powerhouse, the lean running of 1990's EPA requirements have likely been solved by the aftermarket exhaust and chip.  Parked for too long to put right into service, the new owner will want to do all the rubber and fluids before departing.  If not for the track or cross-country, the Centauro is a pretty distinctive way to get around town...

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-donn

Muscle Beach – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro Sport
Buell November 12, 2015 posted by Donn

Never Dull – 1996 Buell S1

Not long after Harley-Davidson purchased a 49 percent stake in Buell Motorcycles, the company introduced their more mass-produced bikes, the 1995-96 S2 Thunderbolt touring bike, and curiously afterward, the S1 Lightning sportbike in 1996-98.  With total production of about 5,000 units, the S1 was a nice success for Buell as they tooled up for the succeeding X1.

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1996 Buell S1 Lightning for sale on eBay

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Using the 1203 cc Harley-Davidson derived V-twin, the Lightning has 101 hp and 95 ft-lbs. on tap.  The 5-speed transmission drives a clean, quiet kevlar belt instead of a chain.  The trellis frame is largely made from bent tubing and is complemented by the shapes of the intake and stainless exhaust.  Forks are adjustable 40 mm inverted, and the rear monoshock is mounted low, next to the muffler which is short to reduce the effect on handling.  Brakes are innovative, a single 340mm disk up front and 230mm rear, thought being that the single disk with 6-piston caliper will be lighter than a dual disk setup.  What bodywork there is looks very trim, a little bikini fairing and stubby seat console.

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The owner of this Buell has evidently spent some time with a tin of Nev-R-Dull, can't see the 10,000 miles in the polished aluminum, and stainless.  Many of the accessories and controls have been billet-ized, as well as a carbon muffler and Corbin seat.  There has even been some engine work to make things flow a little better, as well as an updated front brake.

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The as well owner keeps his comments spare and clean in the eBay auction:

1996 - S1 Buell Motorcycle. Clean, clean, clean. Low miles, PM wheels, Front EBC rotor, All billet aluminum accessories, Carbon fiber, Bartel's muffler, Bartel's air cleaner, Mukuni carb, Ported heads, American cylinders, Corbin seat. All stock parts, front and rear stands included- 91 HP.

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Our editor generally advises we arm the asbestos pj's when a Buell rolls out, and no it'll never be very racey, but it's not terribly overweight.  The big twin reviewed as a quirky ball to ride, not perfect, but a great alternative, maybe not your one and only.  This one looks nicely appointed and well cared for...

-donn

Never Dull – 1996 Buell S1
BMW November 11, 2015 posted by Donn

Not-So-Heavyweight Contender – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

After the R1100S and the BoxerCup marque series faded into the German sunset ( and just before the introduction of the game-changing S1000RR ), BMW breathed some new life into the big opposed twin models with an additional 50-ish cc's, four valves per cylinder, and a lot of advanced design work.  Leading off with the ground pounding HP2 Enduro in 2007, they followed in 2008 with a streetfighter and the HP2 Sport.  Without denying its sport-touring heritage, the HP2 Sport was BMW's uncompromising track weapon.

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2008 BMW HP2 Sport for sale on eBay

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Hanging in the beautiful tubular frame as a stressed member, the 1170cc engine has dual overhead chain-driven cams responsible for 130 hp and 85 ft-lbs. torque.  The stainless exhausts make their way under the bike, away from the rider and up to a canister muffer in the tail.  Integrating the usual brackets in carbon fiber, the full fairing and seat subframe are self-supporting.  BMW's Telelever front suspension has intrinsic anti-dive properties, and the rear Paralever encloses the driveshaft, both damped by fully adjustable Ohlins shock absorbers.

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Brembo radially mounted 320mm brakes are up front, with a 265mm disk at the rear.  Wide forged aluminum wheels are painted the bold blue of the frame.  Race-derived features such as the quick-shifter and digital dash complete the package.  The designers were able to bring the half-fuel weight in under 400 lbs., an achievement for any 1200cc bike, which pays dividends every ride.

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Looking very good for its 12,000 miles, the HP2 offered here appears stock except for bar-end mirrors.  Though ABS eventually was available, this early model could be considered more sporting.  The second owner is a collector thinning the herd, and states in the eBay auction:

For selling consideration i am offering this 08 Bmw HP2 Sport, is a very early model, no Abs.

i always wanted to own a Hp2 Sport because i have heard nothing but superlatives about the bike, loved the looks but couldn't convinced myself to drop $19000 for a used one so i patiently waited until i got a fantastic deal, purchased as a package with few other bikes i ended up owning the bike i was waiting for.

i rode the bike all summer,put about 1000 miles on her,absolutely no problems,had a lot of fun,bike is just as advertised,gorgeous looking, loaded with high end components and the highest of german engineering at hearth. I am fortunate enough to own several bikes and this has to be up there with the prettiest of all.
I would consider the bike to be in Great condition, has minimal wear from riding almost 12000 miles, few small chips on the cylinder  heads covers, belly pan, has on crack in the clear coat on the front fairing, maybe the size of a dime. Is all stock, no modification or alterations, i went with a bar end mirror because the stock were useless.

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With its light weight, modern design and premium components, this is a pretty special Beemer.  The factory continued to send teams to endurance races, and though instantly eclipsed by the S1000RR, the big twin will always please fans of the marque, and surprise some with its performance.  BMW durability speaks to the value of this bike, a great rider with a lot of great rides left...

-donn

Not-So-Heavyweight Contender – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport
Aprilia November 10, 2015 posted by Donn

Carbonated – 2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Racing

Aprilia's "Thunder" bike, the Tuono is based on the RSV Mille Superbike, with a bikini fairing and adapted for tubular handlebars.  Introduced in 2002, the model was made in modest quantities until it was succeeded by the V4 1100 in 2011.  The "Racing" special edition offered here has several mechanical upgrades from the base model and a lot of gorgeous carbon fiber details.

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2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Racing for sale on eBay

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As many Aprilias have done, the Tuono uses the very successful Rotax 998 cc V-twin, dry-sumped this time, with Aprilia's own intake, fuel injection system and exhaust resulting in 126 hp and 74 ft-lbs. torque.  The aluminum frame has formed twin spars welded to the steering head and frame connectors, and an aluminum seat sub-frame.  The aluminum swingarm is supported by a fully adjustable Boge shock with progressive linkage.  Up front the 43 mm inverted forks are Ohlins fully adjustable.  An Ohlins steering damper helps keep the adjustable bars from over-reacting to acceleration.  Clutch action is aided by Aprilia's Pneumatic Power Clutch, which uses engine vacuum to provide a slipper clutch-like response when downshifting.  Brakes are radially mounted Brembo front calipers on 320 mm disks, with 220 mm rear.

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Almost everything that isn't aluminum on the Racing edition must be carbon fiber, including the fenders, belly pan, seat fairing, bikini, ram air scoops, radiator shrouds, and oil tank.  All that carbon helps the "transformer" looks of the Tuono, at least for me.  In this case the accent is the black painted nylon fuel tank, and the colorful graphics on the seat fairing and belly pan.  The gold anodizing on the brake carriers, forks, and handlebars adds a nice highlight.

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Showing 17,500 miles, this Tuono looks great and appears undamaged.  Some customization has been done - a Remus exhaust, Corbin seat, and Rizoma signals and mirrors.  The Illinois dealer says this in the eBay auction:

Brembo Brakes

Remus Revolution Exhaust

Ohlins Rear Mono Shock

Ohlins Adjustable Steering Damper

Anti vibration Double Countershaft

Dynojet Power Commander Tuner

Aluminum Footrests

Rizoma LED Turn Signals

Rizoma Grips

Rizoma Mirrors

Our 2003 Aprilia Tuono is in pristine condition inside and out. It has a clean Carfax and Autocheck and has been very well maintained.

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Free of the bronze anodizing on the base Tuono, this Aprilia street fighter is very high tech and looks it.  Not much about maintenance in the auction, but the Rotax double overhead cams are gear and chain driven, and with any luck the valves have been looked after.  The close relation to the RSV Mille has rewarded the Tuono with great handling, without too much arm and shoulder pain.  A naked bike running an 11-second quarter mile and a 157 mph top speed is a bit of a head scratcher, but as a the saying goes, too much of a good thing - is wonderful...

-donn

Carbonated – 2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Racing
Suzuki November 9, 2015 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1985 Suzuki RG500 for sale in Australia

Update 11.9.2015: Back on the market and with a lower opening bid. Good luck to buyers and seller. -dc

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As new, unrestored, low miles, mint - we have all seen these phrases accompanying motorcycle classifieds.  Rarely does a factory GP replica survive 30 years with only 3,200 km. and without a mark.  The low number of owners might account for how this RG500 survived the decades in such condition.

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Inspired by their GP successes in the late 1970's and early 80's, Suzuki introduced the RG500 as a street machine for the 1985 model year.  Though production ended only three years late due ever-tightening emissions regulations, the 498cc, 93 hp machine is the stuff of legend.  Developed for racing, the square four two-stroke is a powerhouse, twin crankshafts with gears driving the primary shaft.  Despite Suzuki's efforts with its Automatic Exhaust Control, it's a peaky engine, starting to really scream as you cross the 6,000 rpm mark.

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Around 350 lbs., the light weight helps make it a handler, assisted by staggered 16-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, and Full Floater rear suspension.  The aluminum box frame is welded to cast steering head and swingarm mounts which accommodate the footpegs.  There are four individual exhaust expansion chambers and mufflers, two under the seat and two next to the swingarm.  Dual 260mm discs ride floating buttons up front, and a 210mm disc in back.

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Seeming to be recently rolled out of a 1985 showroom, there's no evidence of wear or corrosion anywhere on this RG500.  The 3rd owner states in the eBay auction:

3200 KMS ONLY WITH FULL PROVENANCE FROM NEW
COMES WITH ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL WITH SERVICE HISTORY, 2 ORIGINAL KEYS, FACTORY SERVICE MANUAL, MICHELIN A48 AND M48 TYRES, GENUINE SUZUKI RACE STAND, GENUINE SINGLE SEAT, ETC
BIKES IS UN RESTORED AND IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES IN THE WORLD TODAY
ENGINE REGULARLY HEAT CYCLED AND JUST SERVICED WITH COMPLETE CARB KIT AND RUNS LIKE NEW
BIKE IS TOTALLY AS YOU WOULD HAVE PURCHASED IN 1985 NOT A MARK ON IT "AS NEW"
ALL GENUINE PLASTIC FAIRING PANELS AS NEW

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As close as could be to a 500cc GP Gamma for the road, there are accounts of Kevin Schwantz riding an RG500 from a English dealership ( after mechanics changed wheels, forks, and carbs ) in the 1986 championship TT at Assen, placing 2nd, and returning the bike to the showroom the next week.  Though an example like this seems to belong under glass on a fairly high pedestal, you could go through it and prepare for vintage racing, or title and register it for the road.  After transferring what appears will be pretty serious funds, the choice will be a great privilege.

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-donn

Featured Listing – 1985 Suzuki RG500 for sale in Australia
Yamaha November 8, 2015 posted by Donn

Firsts, Lasts – 1984 Yamaha RZ350

At least in the USA, the two-stroke engine was winding down in the mid-1980's, as the State of California ratcheted down emissions, and the Federal Government applied the fleet concept to motor vehicle manufacturer's emissions.  The final few years were a hodgepodge of catalysts and evaporative emissions canisters, but the sweet handling bikes were quite memorable in their light weight and peaky powerplants.

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1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

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One of the first perimeter frame motorcycles, the RZ350 has no center backbone, the frame tubes follow and support the bottom of the fuel tank as they progress back toward the swingarm pickup points.  The 347cc engine is cradled in between the bottom tubes and generates 60 hp.  At the small end of the Yamaha line-up,  the RZ350 had plenty beside the 9500 rpm redline to interest experienced riders.  Yamaha's Power Valve System has motorized control of the exhaust port height, extending the torque band substantially.  Fairly conventional front suspension with monoshock rear.  Brakes are triple 265mm disks, and tires are the same front and rear - 4.10 x 18.  But the low weight is what helps all those features work better, with half fuel the bike weighs just 371 lbs.

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30 years old with just over 2,100 miles, this survivor is in amazing shape.  Original turn signals are still there, along with plastic trim and reflectors on the radiator, and filler panels below the front of the fuel tank.  The single seat looks great, though the dual seat fairing is also included.  From the eBay auction:

What an incredible time capsule! Runs flawlessly. Look at close up of carburetors, still has the factory idle screw setting.
I have only owned this bike a short time but I did have the brakes flushed, tires changed and cable lubed. I have decided not to
ride this bike because the mileage IS so incredibly low (2135).
I have the original tires (pictured) and I have the dual seat cover (pictured). The only flaws are tiny and there are two of them on the tank (pictured).
Inside the tank is a baffle, it has slight rust on it. This one has the red frame! Not sure how many came with the red frame.
I believe even though it does not have the signature on the cowl it is still the Kenny Roberts special RZ.

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Identical to the Kenny Roberts signature edition in every way except the paint ( and signature ), the red, white and blue model has its own appeal.  At this age new caliper seals and brake lines would have to be considered, as would checking the wheel and steering head bearings.  But if you were inclined to continue this beauty's modeling career, they could stay as they are...

-donn

Firsts, Lasts – 1984 Yamaha RZ350




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