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Sport Bikes For Sale April 20, 2017 posted by Mike

What We’re Watching – April 20, 2017

Welcome to What We're Watching. This feature highlights some of the auctions we are following - especially those that are about to close. Handy if you're curious about where values are going, or just want to snipe in at the last minute to score a deal!


1989 Yamaha FZR750RR/OW-01

If you're looking to close out your week with a bang, here is our recommended pick. Sure, it's the de-rated Japanese home market spec configuration - but it is an authentic OW-01, which we see only very, very rarely on these pages. The best news is that it is already housebroken! You've got 24 hours left before it's gone, and bidding has steadily increased. A full $27,500 USD will end the auction early. Otherwise, watch the bidding and try to score a bargain. Good luck!!


If you like what you see, move quickly. Every auction listed above will closed by tomorrow - at the latest. Don't forget to sign up for our free email service, and never miss a great deal on a rare bike again. Good luck and happy sniping!

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Sport Bikes For Sale April 19, 2017 posted by Mike

What We’re Watching – April 18, 2017

Welcome to What We're Watching. This feature highlights some of the auctions we are following - especially those that are about to close. Handy if you're curious about where values are going, or just want to snipe in at the last minute to score a deal!


1987 Yamaha SRX250



Less than half a day left on what is essentially a really cool toy bike. Not many SRX models exist in the US these days, and the 250 model is the one most likely to be abused. This looks like a clean example of a fun little tidler. No takers at the $2k opening ask, and the clock is ticking.......


1989 Honda NSR250 MC18



You're either a smoker or you're not. You've got 24 hours to decide. After that, this clean Featured Listing will be gone. Looks like the first $8,199 will take it, although the seller is open to offers. Don't wait too long - figure out the kind of rider you are and then grab that bike!


1991 Honda VFR400R NC30



Our last Featured Listing NC30 sold in mere hours of being available. I'd one is still up in Canada, but looks good and is priced right. The seller is looking for $6,800 for adoption paperwork, but is open to reasonable offers. Hard to find in the US, this seller knows how to ship and can help with the importation. Wait until the last minute if you must, but don't be surprised if someone grabs it before you.


If you like what you see, move quickly. Every auction listed above will closed by tomorrow - at the latest. Don't forget to sign up for our free email service, and never miss a great deal on a rare bike again. Good luck and happy sniping!

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Bimota April 16, 2017 posted by Mike

The Joy of SRX: 1987 Yamaha SRX250

Today we find a fun rare model that is - for once on RSBFS - totally affordable. The Yamaha SRX series included multiple displacements, although in the US we only received the XT-derived 250cc model and the XT-based 250cc machine. Home markets also included a 400cc variant. Based around a nimble, single cylinder air-cooled engine, the SRX models were extremely narrow and light, focusing on nimble handling and flick-ability rather than oodles of HP and straight line speed. The design was neo-British old school, and the overall package was unique and usable. Unfortunately for Yamaha, these were not great sellers, and the US models were limited to only a few editions over the 12-year global run. The 250 suffered the worst fate; a single year availability in the US over a 2-year model span. Then it was gone like it was never there at all....

1987 Yamaha SRX250 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Up for sale is my 1987 Yamaha SRX250. This bike is super rare and only imported the the US for one year. The motorcycle is super clean for being 30 years old. The bike is all stock and runs, drives, stops and idles very well. It has 10,708 miles. The bike is missing the side mirrors. The engine is 249cc with a 6 speed transmission. The engine shares many parts with the Yamaha XT250 enduro which was produced for many years. The tires will need replacing at some point. Inside of the fuel tank is pristine. The bike has a brand new battery. All controls work as they should, turn signals, horn, kill switch, ect....

I have yet to see another one on the road. The bike gets comments everywhere it goes. The bike is a blast to ride and has plenty of power.

The antithesis of the Ninja 250R and as far away from the Honda 250 Rebel as it could get, the SRX250 looked to have carved out its own niche. But the 1980s were not about small displacement bikes, and although attractive and utterly practical, the smallest SRX lost out to lack of interest. It was a practical bike that held the promise of a lot of fun (as much fun as 17 HP will get you), but small displacement and wild introductions of Hurricanes, Ninjas, Turbos and GSX-Rs ultimately buried that fun in a sea of noisy performance.

Today the SRX is a loved model (the 600 version much more so, since we are all capacity bigots). Honda has come closest to recreating the magic with the CBR250, and with a different era upon us is actually moving a fair number of units. The little CBR will never reach the rarity or novelty of the SRX250, but then again a marketing failure is an expensive way to create a future rare model. Check it out here. Sure it's more of a toy than a true canyon tool for many - but it's very rare, very cool, and very, very affordable. What's not to like?

MI

The Joy of SRX:  1987 Yamaha SRX250
Honda April 14, 2017 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda NSR250R in Canada

What do you have when you locate a nice NSR250R MC18 in Canada? You have a cool smoker that is *almost* in the States. And while Quebec may seem very far away from your US-based locale, it is quicker and easier to bring a tasty bit of forbidden fruit down from Canada than to import one all the way from Japan or Australia. Think of Canada as the quick check-out lane in the grey market grocery store. (Note: Canada has much to recommend, and offers great value above and beyond grey market bike access). North of the US border you will find many fantastic creations never officially imported into America, all looking for a good home.

1989 Honda NSR250R for sale on eBay

Today's example is a MC18 variant of the NSR250R. The NSR is the bread and butter of the two stroke grey market world. With a 90 degree vee twin motor, aluminum frame, six speed gearbox, wet clutch (only the SP versions had the dry clutch) and full-race bodywork, the NSR was as close to Grands Prix racer as one could get for the street in the late 1980s. Today it remains one of the most coveted imports in the US, with clean, titled examples fetching bid dollars.

From the seller:
Rare, unique and totally OEM 1989 MC 18 with only 6000 km on the clock. We went to great lengths to save all fairings in order to preserve its originality. Pipes and all mechanical components stock and in really good working order/condition. Plugs changed, air filter cleaned and oiled. Wheels are freshly powder coated. Upper and lower cowlings have been restored and painted. The bike has some age related marks, scratches but no major bruises and no sign of track use of major accident. Brakes and rotors, chain, sprockets and tires are all within specs. The bike is corrosion free. This 250 CC V Twin two stroke is a blast and handles like few other machines. Comes with safety check is delivered in the province of Quebec, shipping available for all of North America.

6,000 KM equates to about 3,728 miles. That seems very low for the given year, but many of these bikes saw only occasional use. The seller notes that the plastics have been reconditioned, and the pictures show a clean and good looking example. No real info on maintenance, engine refresh/rebuild, etc., so again, do your homework. These models had a crank assembly that was not rebuildable - and Honda ran out of spares years ago. More knowledgeable RSBFS readers might be able to share info on replacement alternatives should the service life be a concern. Otherwise, this looks like a solid example of an early NSR250R.

This seller is familiar with shipping bikes over the border, so US buyers might have a bit of assistance there. Legally registering an imported smoker is difficult in many states, so plan first and then act. This bike is being offered for $8,199 or best offer - a tidy sum to be sure. However a quick troll of the RSBFS archives shows this to be a fair offer; most of the recent examples were looking for more, although they were already in the US (although not necessarily titled). Check it out here, and if you decide to hit the grey market import check-out line on this machine, be sure and visit the Comments section and let us know all about it. Good Luck!!

MI

Honda April 14, 2017 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R in Canada!

Hot on the heels of this Featured Listing VFR400R that sold in just 3 hours, we find a Canadian NC30 that is looking for a new home. Since these models have never been officially imported into the US as a federalized vehicle, we have to source them from somewhere else. Therefore, allow me to introduce you to our closest neighbor and economic partner, Canada! Home of ice hockey, maple syrup, and of course all the rare models that never quite make it to the US - such as today's fine 1991 VFR400R.

1991 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

As stated often in these pages, the VFR400R is the total package. It looks fantastic, like the baby brother of the RC30 (which it is). With dual headlamps, aluminum perimeter frame, sexy quasi-racer (biposto) bodywork, and single-sided swingarm, this bike simply has presence. But beauty runs deeper than some glossy livery. Thumb the starter and revel in the whine of Honda's immaculate V4 with gear-driven cams. There is simply no other sound in the world like it. And with a redline into the 14,000 range, the turbine power delivery belies the nearly 60 HP these bikes produce. In all, these are the real deal - using compact geometry and light weight to the ultimate advantage of speed.

From the seller:
1991 VFR 400 (NC 30) with 55000 km on the clock in very good condition. Bike is super clean and mechanically ready to hit the road. Chain, sprockets, rotor and pad thickness as well as tire wear all within specs and beyond. Well degreased, corrosion gone at 95%. Just done: powder coat on wheels, front fender, tank and upper cowl. Bodywork is chinese but has a nice snug fit and quality finish. The machine has a few age related marks but no battle scars or tell tale signs of severe crash. It has been thoroughly inspected. Valves clearance has been checked at 52000 km and were within specs. This bike is an absolute hoot to ride, super light and incredibly responsive, and the sound.....:-). Comes safetied if delivered in the province of Quebec. Can be shipped throughout North America.

Although the bike has 55000 km it runs like an absolute charm, this engine obviously has Honda's legendary reliability and is bullet-proof.

As an import, this NC30 is an all Kilometer deal. Clocks are in KMs, and there are 55 big ones racked up over the years. That equates to some 34,000 odd miles. Higher mileage compared to many VFRs that we see, but not a deal killer. For a high-strung, rev-happy motor, these V4s are surprisingly durable. Maintain them well, and they will keep on giving. The seller does indicate some work has been completed, which is a plus. The plastics are not original, but they look reasonable from the photos. Serious buyers might want to ask more questions and obtain additional details before completing a long-distance purchase, but that is nothing out of the ordinary in these situations.

The best part of this deal - for our US readers at least - is that the seller is familiar with shipping bikes over the border. That means less unknowns for the buyer if the bike is coming State side. Registration becomes the new issue in your chosen state, so do your homework ahead of time lest you be left with a really clean, really cool living room specimen with no plates (I wouldn't argue if this were my track day bike, but some collectors might be giving out some dirty looks). The seller is looking for $6,800 or best offer for this Quebec-based beauty. That is right in the ballpark for one of these models, if not a little high for the overall condition. If you missed our last NC30, you might want to move more quickly on this one. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R in Canada!
BMW April 14, 2017 posted by Mike

Pugilist: 2003 BMW Boxer Cup

I know there are some RSBFS faithful out there that refuse to believe a BMW can be sporty OR rare. I beg to differ. As such, I offer you this 2003 Boxer Cup machine, created by BMW to capitalize on what was essentially a one-make Battle Of The Twins series. As #172 in a 200-bike limited production, it is justifiably rare - even if this is really an upscale version of the R1100S model. As for the sporting equation, I rely on the likes of Reg Pridmore, Randy Mamola, and Kevin Schwantz to comment; all have been competitors on BMW twins. Sure, at age 77 Reg could probably beat all of us on track even if he were riding a motorized skateboard, but each of these professional riders has shown the possible performance attainable from the bikes out of Bavaria.

2003 BMW Boxer Cup for sale on eBay

With carbon fiber fender and mudguard, a full belly pan, carbon valve covers with cylinder head pucks, twin under-seat exhaust, Ohlins suspension on both ends and a special setup that raises the rear of the bike to aid in cornering clearance, the Replika machine is as sporty as you could get in the BMW world during this time. Evoking the 5 year racing series was a marketing coup for BMW, and with model-specific graphics (including Mamola's replicated signature on the fairing) this BMW promises to be something different.

From the seller:
Thank you for viewing my favorite moto: 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika
This rare bike is amazing to ride! Comfortable, smooth, fast, and people love the timeless design. If you have made it this far into my listing, then I don't need to write 10 pages explaining the Boxer Cup racing series and the limited production of very rare commemorative Bimmers that were sold around the world. Specifically, this moto is a great example of a well-preserved and maintained R1100S BCR that has always been adult ridden, never dropped or even leaned on, garage-kept, and will always be a fan favorite to every type of rider.

More from the seller:
I purchased this from a private owner in spring of 2016, had it enclosed shipped from Florida, and loved every second of riding it. Sadly, I am moving and need to downsize for the time being. The spark plugs, all fluids, and tires were replaced at 7,300 miles (shortly before I purchased it). This bike is nearly spotless: I'd rate the condition of it around a 9.3/10 with only stress cracks on the windscreen, a few very minor scratches on the gas tank, seat cover, and a few chips on the lower front of the bellypan. I have pampered this moto for 3,000 miles, and most of them are highway from weekend adventures. The rear tire is starting to show a little wear, but should easily perform for another 2,500-3,000 miles before replacing.

Sure, it was not until the S1000RR and piles of money that BMW finally met the competition head on in World Super Bike - but the Boxer Cup paved the way. This example is very, very clean. Miles are certainly low for what we all know to be a dead reliable lump of a motor, and unlike some of the high-strung Italian supermodels you can ride this one through some pretty decently sized service intervals. It's everything you would expect from a BMW twin, with a little extra cachet, performance and exclusivity. Check it out here for all of the details and some great photos. Then jump back into the comments section and share your thoughts on the Boxer Cup - genuinely good race series, or mad marketing ploy von Deutschland?

MI

Pugilist: 2003 BMW Boxer Cup