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BMW August 5, 2014 posted by Marty

Christmas Malcom Forbes Style: 1982 Krauser MKM1000

Update 8.5.2014: First posted in December of last year, this unique bike is back on eBay and a few thousand cheaper. Thanks for the heads up Mike! Links updated, -dc

Back in the late 70's/early 80s, BMW motorcycle's were not exactly "sportbike" oriented. Enter Mike Krauser, president of Krauser Inc which was at the time the world’s largest manufacturer of detachable luggage for motorcycles. Krauser Inc was especially well known for the luggage they made for BMW motorcycles and Krauser was a big fan of BMW – he considered them to be the total package at the time in terms of quality, simplicity, and durability.

1982 Krauser BMW MKM1000 for sale on eBay

BMW Krauser For Sale

Krauser undertook an effort to design a road machine that would be top of the line and working with designers, the result was an entirely new concept in frame design wrapped around a BMW engine. The end result was sold as the BMW Krauser MKM 1000. Weighing just 496 pounds wet, the MKM was lighter than all of its competition, including the Ducati Super Sport and the Moto Guzzi Le Mans.

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Despite a production run of only 100 over only two years, the bike was an instant classic due to it’s distinctive style and 70 horsepower – the most powerful stock airhead that was produced at the time. The extra power was due to optional proprietary Krauser 4 valve heads which unfortunately weren’t very reliable but the high price at the time (14,000 USD) meant that the MKM1000 was usually "a millionaire’s ride" anyway. And according to the seller, that is exactly who the original owner of this bike was, none other than Malcolm Forbes Sr., creator and publisher of Forbes Magazine.

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This particular example is said to have only about 3,800 miles on the odometer and included with the bike are the original Krauser rear stand, the original Krauser Build Book for the bike, and also the paperwork from Forbes Magazine.

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Lastly, according to the seller this very bike will also be featured in an upcoming classic bike magazine article, to be published early in 2014.

Want to learn more about Krauser? Link to a review is here: http://www.beemergarage.com/documents/mkm11802.pdf

MG

Thanks to everyone who forwarded the unique bike to us and to Marty for the guest article! -dc

Christmas Malcom Forbes Style:  1982 Krauser MKM1000
Sport Bikes For Sale August 2, 2014 posted by Marty

Sweet Loris: 1995 Aprilia RS 250 Loris Reggiani Factory RS250 race replica

I had a long post written up about how almost every motorcycle company creates a limited edition bike to celebrate a successful rider, how this can result in anything from a Hailwood MHR to a Bostrom 998, etc, etc.   But then my girl told me I was being overly loquacious (one of the risks of dating someone who got 1600 on her SAT's I guess) so here is the short version.

Here we have a 1995 Loris Reggiani 250 race replica, #485 out of 500 produced.   Loris Reggiani was the motorcycle racer who brought Aprilia their first 250CC MotoGp championship win, a win which occurred at the Misano track in Italy and which paved the way for a cascade of triumphs including 52 World Championships in the last 22 years.  So to summarize, an italian motorcycle company had its first championship win, does it with an italian rider, it occurs at an italian racetrack, and it launches a multi-decade run of success?  How could they not issue a commemorative bike?

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1995 Aprilia 250 Loris Regiani Replica

This particular bike was listed previously on RSBFS but by a different seller so it looks like the new owner has decided to part ways with it. The previous post about this bike on RSBFS  provides good info about why this bike is special and I am not going to repeat it here, click on the link directly above if you are interested.

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I think this bike will appeal to both collectors and someone who would use it as a regular rider.  Previously the bike sold for about %7,500 USD and I am thinking it will reach that number again.

 

On a personal note, I will be bidding.

 

martin/dallaslavowner

KTM July 27, 2014 posted by Marty

No Bull: 2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovic edition

The RC8 was KTM's first attempt at a big sportbike and wow, what a first attempt. Right from the start it was designed to compete directly against Ducati’s 1098/1198 Superbikes as well as the Big Four Japanese liter class bikes. When it debuted in 2008, the RC8 received positive but not glowing reviews, mostly due to the way it looked. "...looks like a stealth fighter crashed into a motorcycle factory"..."Certainly wasn't designed by an Italian..."..."Haven't we had enough undertail exhaust bikes already?"...

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Once people started really examining the bike, it became apparent that while the looks of the bike were a bit unusual, in typical Austrian/KTM fashion it was actually form over function. The RC8 was developed with racing in mind, spent long hours in the wind tunnel during development and was almost infinitely adjustable when it came to setup, including the following components.

  • Front brake lever : Ok, thats available on lots of bikes, so no major bonus points there.
  • Clutch lever: Surprisingly still unavailable on many modern motorcycles.
  • Handlebars: The conversion from almost sport-tour-y to racebike is accomplished with four bolts and fewer minutes.
  • Seat: Not just the seat but the entire subframe, altering seat height from 31.7 to 32.5 inches in mere minutes.
  • Foot pegs: Lots of legroom when set in their lowest position yet still difficult to drag. Virtually unlimited ground clearance when in their high position.
  • Shifter: Adjustable for length (3 positions), leverage and GP-shift conversion.
  • Brake pedal: Nub adjustable for length in 3 positions.
  • Rear ride height: An eccentric allows simple adjustment over a 12mm range.
  • Gauges: Separate displays for street or track, most available via a pair of toggles on the left clip-on. The Road setting has displays for trip meters, clock, fuel mileage, miles to empty (best- and worst-case scenarios), trip time and ambient temps. The track setting has displays for lap timers, top speed, max rpm and race duration.

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After introducing the standard RC8 in 2008, in 2009 KTM introduced the racing model,designated as the RC8R. The RC8R had several advantages over the standard RC8, including more power, different steering angles, and lighter wheels. And then to go one step further, in 2010 KTM produced two separate 25 unit limited-edition series with Akrapovic titanium exhaust systems and updated ECU's, designated as the Red Bull and Black Akrapovic editions.

2010 KTM RC8R - Black Akrapovic edition for sale on eBay

Here we have one of the 25 black Akrapovic edition bikes with only 1650 miles. This particular bike is listed as being # 8 of 25 for the black Akrapovic edition and overall the bike looks good, although the standard rear tail unit has been removed (a common update) and replaced with a tail tidy.

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So whats it worth? Well KBB lists retail value for a standard 2010 RC8R at 11k but there are no prices available on KBB for the Akrapovic editions. Also, the Red Bull edition seems to be a bit more popular than the black Akrapovic, probably due to the Red Bull graphics being less of a contrast to the orange frame. But given the low miles and rarity of the edition, I would expect reserve price to be somewhere north of 13k. And since these bikes actually include some technical updates and the titanium Akropovic exhaust system, they will probably increase in value over time so maybe get yours while you can?

DISCLAIMER: I own a 2010 red bull edition RC8R that I picked up last year

-marty/dallaslavowner

No Bull:  2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovic edition
Cagiva July 25, 2014 posted by Marty

Hail Hail: 1983 Ducati Mike Hailwood (MHR) in AZ

Joey Dunlop, Agostini, Fast Freddy Spencer, Wayne Rainey, Mike Hailwood, and Valentino Rossi, all have had legendary careers in motorcycle racing.   But only a very few were able to endure over multiple decades, and even fewer managed to do it with a break in-between.   Seriously, to take a multi-year break from racing and then return is impressive in itself, but to come back and win a major race is the stuff legends are made of.

Mike Hailwood was one of the few who managed this feat.  Mike “The Bike” Hailwood won the Isle of Mann TT race 12 times including what many historians consider to be the most dramatic Isle of Man race of all time, the 1967 Senior TT against his great rival, Giacomo Agostini.  In 1978 Hailwood returned to motorcycle racing after an 11 year hiatus and won the legendary isle of Man TT again, this time on a Ducati.  A few years later, Ducati produced the 900MHR to commemorate the event and the bike was an instant hit.

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1983 Ducati 900ss Mike Hailwood Replica for sale on eBay

From a production numbers standpoint, the Hailwood replica is actually not that rare (see production info here) but it still always seems to draw interest from avid motorcycle fans.   The seller indicates that this is bike was previously in Japan and that the bike has the optional factory big cams and Conti pipes. The seller also lists lots of recent refreshes including:

  • new Pirellis front and rear
  • new brakes
  • new cush drives
  • new battery hold down, tank hold down, battery tray.
  • New rebuild on the rear master cylinder.
  • New fuel lines (correct green) and clamps.
  • New alternator harness.
  • New steering head bearings.
  • New turn signals.
  • Petcocks reworked.
  • Carbs looked over at Ducati Phoenix (the carbs were rebuilt by the Woods Bros in Cal in an earlier workup).
  • EFX clipons installed. but have original ones.

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The seller includes both standard and hi-res photos as well as a link to a video walk around in the auction.  This particular MHR certainly appears to be in immaculate condition.

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While bidding on this one has been minimal at this point (the reserve is still in place), the current price is right at the KBB retail limit.  Past MHRs featured by RSBFS have been bid up over $15,000 so I think this one will get a bunch of last minute bids.

-martin/dallaslavowner

Hail Hail: 1983 Ducati Mike Hailwood (MHR) in AZ
Bimota July 24, 2014 posted by Marty

Featured Listing: Rare by Design — 2007 Bimota DB6 Azzurro

I remember reading that collectors look at four criteria when assessing a vehicle for rarity/desirability: age, number produced with a particular configuration, technological impact, and availability in the country being sold in.  What is interesting is that while some vehicles become rare, some are created to be that way right from the beginning.  These vehicles are often referred to as commemorative or limited editions, and are typically more expensive than the standard model.  Many sportbike manufacturers now offer limited edition models, especially the Italian bike companies such as Ducati,  Bimota, MV Agusta, and Aprilia.

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Here we have a 2007 Bimota DB6 Azzuro being offered as a classified ad here on RSBFS.  The Azzuro is a limited edition variant of the Bimota Delirio model which is a standard style bike from Bimota, kind of a Bimota take on the Ducati Monster .  The Azzuro has the same Ducati 1100s air cooled engine which produces about 98 horespower, but is more stripped down than the Delirio.

According to the seller,

this particular bike is number 4 of 23 limited editions that were made to commemorate the Italian World Cup champs in 2006.12 of these bikes went to the team members and 11 were sold to the general public.

This bike has quite a few extras which I've listed below.

-Zard slip-on mufflers
-Rizoma mirrors
-Rizoma brake & clutch reservoir mounts
-Brembo RCS radial brake & clutch cylinders
-New Balistic battery
-Pirelli Rosso II tires with less than 500mi
-Bimota service software & cable
-Fork cap tool
-Forks sprung and seviced for 185lb rider(stock springs included with purchase)

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The Azzuro has only appeared once before on RSBFS and this one is priced right in line with KBB prices for a Delirio.   So if you were considering a Delirio anyway, this might be an option.

-Marty/dallaslavowner

Featured Listing:  Rare by Design — 2007 Bimota DB6 Azzurro
Kawasaki July 23, 2014 posted by Marty

Gobsmackingly Green: 1979 Kawasaki KH400 with Dyson superbody

NOTE:  This bike probably belongs over on the RSBFS sister website, Classic Sportbikes for Sale.  Also, its an eBay classified ad, not an auction.  But its so amazing that I just I had to ask Dan to post it here -Marty

Imagine for a moment you are at a local bike night/meet up. Probably some classic and recent bikes are in attendance, perhaps there is even some Italian exotica.  And then this pulled up.  No doubt your reaction will be the same as mine; a sudden disconnect between your brain and your mouth causing you to stutter "W..W...W"  as you trying to form phrases such as "Whats THAT?!", "Wow!", "Whoa!", "Wicked!", and finally "Want IT!!!!"

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1979 Kawasaki KH400 with Dyson Superbody

IT is a 1979 Kawasaki KH400 equipped with a Dyson superbody kit.  I will admit I had to spend some time on the web to learn about this bike but from what I have been able to find out, the Kawasaki KH400 was a bonkers bike to start with; engines were air-cooled, three-cylinder, two-strokes.  Can you just imagine what that would sound like?

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And to top that off  there is the Dyson bodywork.   Back in the mid 70's Designers Ian and Tony Dyson began designing and selling racing-style-but-street-legal fairing/bodywork kits, which they preferred to call "Superbodies”.  The most common and famous of these was a kit built for the middle weight Kawasaki triples.

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Now before you begin checking your bank balance, take a few deep breaths and consider the following;  the bike is located in the UK, which for those of us here in the US would mean paperwork and fees.   Also, its difficult to find any sales history for bikes like this so a realistic price is tough to come up with but given its outstanding condition, rarity of the bodywork kit and low indicated miles/kilometers there is probably not going to be much negotiating room with the dealer who is selling it.

But can't you just image the fun it would be to be the one who rides up with this awesomely green three cylinder two stroke making the noises a real motorcycle makes and sees all the jaws drop?  I know I can.

-Martin/dallaslavowner

Gobsmackingly Green:  1979 Kawasaki KH400 with Dyson superbody