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Sales Report December 12, 2017 posted by Mike

Sales Summary – May 2017

Whether you are a collector or simply interested in values, let's take a look back at May 2017 and see what sold and for how much. Links to the original post on RSBFS included.


SOLD Bikes


1999 Bimota SB8R - SOLD for $9,103




2002 Ducati 998R - SOLD for $23,100



Two 1987 Honda NSR50s
SOLD for $3,050



1987 Honda VFR700F Interceptor - SOLD for $3,049



1988 Honda CBR250R MC19 - SOLD for $6,000



1990 Honda CBR250RR - SOLD as a Featured Listing!



1990 Honda RC30 - SOLD as a Featured Listing!



1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 - SOLD for $9,200



1992 Honda NSR150 SP - SOLD for $6,100



1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R - SOLD for $8,850



1999 Laverda 750S - SOLD for $4,350



1980 Suzuki GS1000S - SOLD for $15,477



1982 Suzuki Katana 1000 - SOLD for $8,300



1990 Suzuki GSX-R400 - SOLD for $5,600



1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22A - SOLD for $7,100



1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike - SOLD for $9,019



1984 Yamaha RZ500 - SOLD for $22,000



1989 Yamaha FZR400R - SOLD for $4,300



1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA - SOLD for $4,200

Unsold Bikes


2000 Aprilia RS 250 - no sale at $9,300


1990 Kawasaki ZX750F Ninja - No sale - listing ended


2004 Benelli TNT 1130 - No sale with a $10,000 opening ask


1997 Bimota SB6R - No sale with $20,000 opening ask


1997 Bimota YB11 - No sale with bids up to $7,600


2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika - No sale at $10,000


2005 Ducati 749R #0051 - No sale with bids up to $10,100


2005 Ducati 999R - no sale at $14,000


1985 Honda VF750F Interceptor with Full-Factory HRC Engine Kit - No sale at $13,900


2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R - No sale at $49,500


2012 MV Agusta F4RR - No sale at $17,000


1993 Suzuki GSX-R600 - No sale at $7,099


1970 Yamaha TR2 350 - No sale and zero bids at $9,900


Nico Bakker-Framed 1980 Yamaha TZ750 - No sale and zero bids at $25,000


1984 Yamaha RZV 500R - No sale with bids up to $13,777


2008 Yamaha R6 Graves Spec Racebike - No Sale at $12,000

Suzuki December 7, 2017 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750K

When Suzuki introduced the GSX-R750 (G model) to US buyers in 1986, the racing world was set on fire. With four-stroke, race-bred technology - devoid of the corny race-replica shortcomings - the original GSX-R was a privateer's dream. This was as close to a race bike as one could buy in a showroom, and Suzuki capitalized on that fact with lucrative sponsorship opportunities in both professional and amateur racing series. This first generation of the GSX-R is often referred to as "slabbie" due to the flat, narrow bodywork along the sides and rear of the bike. Notable chassis features included an aluminum alloy frame, adjustable suspension and large, ventilated triple disk brakes. But the big story was the motor: to save weight the GSX-R was air-and-oil-cooled. This setup was pioneered on the XN85 Turbo project, and resulted in a much lighter package than the liquid cooled competitors. Bottom line: The GSX-R was a formidable track weapon.

Featured Listing: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750K for sale!

Fast forward only a few years, and already there were significant changes. While the unique air-oil cooling was retained, 1988 (J model) introduced a shorter stroke power plant that could rev higher than previous models. Gone were the flatslide carbs, replaced by new, larger Mikuni "slingshot" carbs with vacuum-actuated slides. The newer carbs worked better at lower RPMs and ultimately made more power than the first generation setup. The bodywork gained some fluidity through subtle curves, although the paint scheme remained familiar and relatively traditional. Chassis changes included a stronger frame, a bigger front fork and new wheels allowing for wider rubber. With the additional performance and handling capabilities came an increase in weight. The 1989 (K) model was the culmination of these changes, producing a meaner, faster GSX-R - and a neo collectable in its own right.

From the seller:
This gorgeous 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750K "Slingshot" edition was brought to SUB moto service for a "make run" and ultimately a full restoration. Our service department took it apart, looked it over closely, any parts showing excessive wear and tear were repaired, refinished or replaced. This almost 30 year old GSX-R had held up well.

Its hard to believe that 31 years have passed since the US introduction of the original GSX-R. The model has held up well, and the J and K models have started to appreciate in value just like the slab-sided generations have done. The problem is finding a solid example of the breed. Three decades ago, these were mass-produced motorcycles of reasonable cost. Many found their way onto race tracks or (worse) into the hands of teenage squids who wanted to emulate Roberts, Lawson or Spencer. Today even a clean K model Gixxer is old and will likely need serious refurbishment. That is the appeal of this particular 1989 Suzuki GXR-R750 Slingshot - it presents well and has been thoroughly refurbished. This is a rider that you can collect. Or a collector that you can ride. Either way, you will be sitting pretty.

More from the seller:
It received a full service, new tires, all fluids were replaced and a complete carburetor rebuild including all rubber internal parts.. The original bodywork was sent out to be professionally inspected for any cracks or weak spots, Then repaired, gas tank cleaned out and everything repainted to exact factory specs even using an NOS Suzuki decal kit! All rubber pads and cushions mounting the tank and bodywork were also replaced. The original white wheels were sent out to be professionally powder coated, we cleaned and re-greased all the wheel bearings, reinstalled and then slipped on a fresh pair of Michelin Pilot Power 2CT's.

This GSX-R750K is not a concourse level restoration and really should be ridden and enjoyed, these are great bikes and a wonderful model series.

More from the seller:
Over $6500 spent in restoration! It will stand out in the crowd, Blue/White combo is always Suzuki's most popular and this one is a true classic. We just finished up some final details and it is ready to go!

If the beautiful pics are not enough to whet your appetite, check out the short video provided by the seller. Be sure and crank up the volume, as this Slingshot sounds fantastic! Take note of how clean everything looks. This is not just some used bike, but rather an example that really stands out from the crowd:

A few years from now (or a few years ago) you will be making comments like "I remember when the non-slabbie GSX-Rs were unloved and you could pick them up for nothing..." Those days are gone, as are many of the good examples of this breed. Good looks, great performance and a solid pedigree - what is there NOT to like of this generation GSX-R750? If there is a downside, I certainly can't find one. The K model does not have the distinction of being first generation, but other than that it is a superior motorcycle in every way to the earlier series of the line. With values on the rise, the time to get in is now. Check out this beautiful example courtesy of Seattle Used Bikes (a reputable shop in the Pacific Northwest) and be sure and tell 'em you saw it on RSBFS.

MI

Featured Listing: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750K
Ducati December 6, 2017 posted by Mike

Smart Bargain? 2006 Ducati PS1000 LE

The world of Ducati is littered with factory limited edition models. Many of these editions are simply visual; a different color of paint or a splattering of carbon fiber accessories. But make them in few enough numbers, and they become far more rare and desirable than the standard model on which they are built. Consider, then, the Paul Smart commemorative model. Created by grafting homage elements of the 1970 green frame 750SS racer onto the new SportClassic platform, the PS1000 LE was a truly unique machine in both form and function.

2006 Ducati PS1000 LE Paul Smart for sale

Built one year only, the Paul Smart edition was created to celebrate the milestone of a certain 1972 Imola race. Hoping to cash in on the nostalgia of the iconic green frame bevel drive desmo, designer Pierre Terblanche started with a standard SportClassic Sport 1000 model and added the visual elements of sliver paint on the plastics and of course the green painted frame. Chuck in adjustable Öhlins suspension front and rear, a steering damper, and lower clip-ons (which are a bit of stretch for smaller riders) and you have a fair bit of distinction over other SportClassic models. Worldwide, the Paul Smart was restricted to just 2000 examples.

From the seller:
2006 Paul Smart Limited Edition, PS1000LE DUCATI, Rare and collectable. This is a factory-made sort-of replica of the Green frame Ducati that legendary Paul Smart made famous. Only a few thousand of these made, less than 1000 came to the USA. Great condition, low mileage. Fast and beautiful. I have the factory racing ECM, but did not install it as it is plenty fast already. Termignonis installed. Stock exhaust included. Speedimoto Belt Covers, bar end mirrors, New battery, Rebuilt title, cosmetic damage only, rebuilt by Paul Smart expert using factory parts.

The interesting thing about Ducati limited edition models is that they really work - both as a functional motorcycle as well as an investment vehicle. By and large, most recent LE models are worth more today than when originally sold. Just take a look at a clean SuperLight, the internet sensation MH900e, or any of the other numbered editions released by Bologna. Paul Smart has name recognition amongst the Ducatsi faithful, and these PS1000 LE examples are behaving in a very similar financial manner than the limited edition models that preceded it.

Paul Smart models have been chasing upwards from the high teens into the $20k region, and we have seen asks as high as $30k. Historically, Ducati PS-LE models are decent investment vehicles provided they are original and relatively stock. That is where caveat emptor enters the picture. Literally translated into "let the buyer beware," the ask for this very pretty Paul Smart edition is a relatively scant $13,500. The details are clearly missing, but the tell is the rebuilt title. No question that accident damage is the cause. The real question is if these models will become coveted enough to warrant investment in a bike with a black mark on its permanent record. Check it out there, and then let us know what you think: bargain or bad call? Good Luck!!

MI

Smart Bargain? 2006 Ducati PS1000 LE
Suzuki December 3, 2017 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: Suzuki Carbon Katana Resto-Mod!

RSBFS has long been the leader in bringing you the best classifieds found online every day. Typically we focus on rare, original machinery and stay away from bitsa bikes, rat bikes and customs. Generally we ignore anything that devalues a collector steed. But once in a while we come across a bike done so well that we feel we would be doing our readers a disservice NOT to post it. Such is the case with this incredible Katana resto-mod. Far from a whored out 'Busa or the like, this is a tasteful build that reflects the true spirit of the 1980s - a period correct homage, if you will - while also bringing the bike up to a more current spec.

Amazing Suzuki Katana Resto-Mod for sale!

As stunning as the stock Katana was when first introduced at the cusp of the 1980s, the shape remains effective today. This was (and is) an aggressive looking motorcycle. In fact, it's hard to believe that the Japanese farmed out the design work to a German company; regardless of how it happened, the Katana remains one of the most polarizing motorcycles of the modern era. And this build simply reinforces the amazing shape and purpose of the bike, introducing modern technology such as carbon fiber and combining updated components to the existing platform; the original clearly shines through the updates. There is so much going on with this bike, that I will leave it to the seller to help explain the details:

From the seller:
Darren Begg of dB Customs has quickly established himself as a leader in world-class restomod builds. His builds often retain the original silhouette and paint scheme of the vintage sport bike while upgrading the powerplant, suspension, brakes, and switch gear. The results are high-powered icons of yesteryear, brought fully into the modern age — the true spirit of the restomod.

More from the seller:
Ray Mancini of Xtreme Motorsports, in Tennessee, built the motor. A 1260cc 173hp (@counter shaft) (110 ft-lbs trq.) was created for this Carbon Katana. Ray used a MTC Block,Webcam cams (.370/256), long hard weld rockers, his Stage 1 ported head with 1mm oversized stainless valves, top end oiler, HD case studs, under cut transmission and a balanced crank. 10.5-1 compression pistons fed by 38mm RS Mikuni carbs and relieved by a JayGUI Racing Exhaust finish it off. A Powder coated frame, Carbon Fiber Fuel tank cover and Carbon body work sourced from Japan keep it black.

More from the seller:
The build includes Brembo brakes, Öhlins Racing AB suspension, Dynatek Electronics ignition, OZ Racing wheels. Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires. Underbridged and modified Bandit 1200 Swingarm. Billet Triple Trees from Pulse Performance. Woodcraft Technologies rearsets, Speedcell battery, Koso gauge cluster, Yoshimura Japan Co.,Ltd. throttle and cables, GSXR 1000 controls. Rizoma Spy Bar Ends. Paint work by Sketchs Ink (all paint, no decals!). It is a one of a kind powerhouse bringing together the past and present! Titled in Arizona. Delivery available.

1980s Katanas remain a pretty hot item in the collector world. In 1981 this was the fastest street motorcycle available, bar none. But nothing introduced nearly 40 years ago can be considered in the same performance vein as anything remotely modern thanks to the inexorable march of technology. This is a bike that someone like Pops Yoshimura would have envisioned back in the day, had any of these parts been available. But this bike is more than just a sum of the parts. This phenomenal build takes the spirit and intent of the original Katana and multiplies it many times over.

There are many collectors in our ranks that own factory hot rods from a bygone age. And while in some areas these bikes can still deliver the goods, the inevitable truth is that performance benchmarks have not remained static over the years. Even something like an uber-rare oval piston NR750 will feel tame compared to today's crop of hyper 600s. Imagine being able to ride the dream machine from your youth, but with the power (173 HP!), suspension (Ohlins), brakes (Brembo) and handling that you've come to expect in today's world. That would be a true dream machine, and that is exactly what this Carbon Katana delivers. This is a one-off built by someone who did not pinch pennies; the results are obvious and the outcome is glorious. You could not replicate this for the asking price, making this both a dream AND a bargain. Check it out here, because this one will go as fast as it looks. What a build!!

MI

Featured Listing: Suzuki Carbon Katana Resto-Mod!
Ducati November 27, 2017 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: 2003 Ducati 998s Ben Bostrom

Built to commemorate the exploits of Ben Bostrom in WSBK, Ducati commissioned 155 units of a special liveried 998s for the occasion. With a fierce splash of color to celebrated the American rider, the Bostrom edition differs little from the standard 998s in terms of mechanicals, but pulls out all the stops with visual impact. This is a bike that stands out from the crowd and makes itself known - even when quietly parked. Crank over the desmo-quattro twin, however, and you will find motive power aplenty to push you along. And that is the great thing about this bike: It is a rare collectible, yet can be ridden (and serviced) like a more conventional (read: less fragile exotic) motorcycle.

There is not much more that needs to be said about the Ducati 998s. An evolutionary example of the vaunted 916 series, this superbike was a frequent winner on the track (WSBK) as well as the showroom. The Testaretta engine with fuel injection, liquid cooling and requisite Ducati desmo valve actuation (opening the valves via cams AND closing them mechanically) makes for some great noise. Adding to the symphony is the rattle of a dry clutch. Bodywork is carbon fiber, and the excellent Brembo brakes actually use thinner rotors to cut down on unsprung and rotational weight. The chassis follows the 916 chrome-moly trellis theme, and suspension duties are ably performed by fully adjustable Ohlins units.


From the seller:
This 2003 998s is #108 of 155 produced by Ducat to celebrate Ben Bostroms superbike championship. It is essentially a 998s with a VERY patriotic paint scheme. I t has beautiful Ohlins suspension front and rear and Marchasini magnesium wheels. Some other extras on this particular bike include a full titanium Termignoni exhaust with carbon cans, a Ducati Corse ECU, some really trick NCR rear sets and a bunch of carbon accessories. The bike came to me form a collector in NJ with 2200 miles on it. I put on another 2000 and it performed flawlessly. What a great example of the icons 916 range. I just had a full service performed including belts,fluid flush, and fork seals by the Ducati specialists at ECS. When ever this bike goes out it turns heads. It is in perfect condition and will make a nice addition to any Ducati collection.

So why only 155 units? One look at the nose and tail section of the bike should tell you why. B-Boz rode with number 155, and that is exactly how many Ducati made of this limited edition (and numbered) model. Adding to the value of this particular machine is a few tasty bits: the Termi exhaust (titanium and carbon) with matching ECU upgrade and NCR adjustable rear sets. With only a few thousand miles on the clock, this bike could provide you with many, many exciting miles. Conversely, with only a few thousand miles, this bike could easily be preserved as a collector for years to come. In fact, it likely could do both!

This seller has an impressive collection of rare sport bikes that will be listed on the pages of RSBFS. You can also check out some of the amazing bikes on his website: www.superbikeuniverse.com. We have seen some of these B-Boz edition models on RSBFS over the years, and they never fail to impress. Check out this wonderful and rare Ben Bostrom Edition 2003 Ducati 998s here. This is not an eBay auction, but you'd better move fast before this Italian take on Americana is gone!

MI

Featured Listing: 2003 Ducati 998s Ben Bostrom
Kawasaki November 26, 2017 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R or 1990 Kawasaki KR-1R – buyer’s choice!

When RSBFS last listed this 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R on our pages, we considered it to be a bit of a world exclusive. That should tell you the rarity of what we are talking about. But how do you describe TWO KR-1Rs in the same collection? Unicorn doesn't quite cut it. You are looking at two examples of what has to be the rarest of the 250cc two stroke set, both in amazing condition. Utah collector Gary has certainly amassed himself a magnificent cadre of bikes - and RSBFS has been honored to help him list many of those bikes on these pages. But this particular event takes the cake: pony up $20,000 USD and take your pick of either one of the amazing R bikes listed here.

The KR lineup is a bit of a dark horse in the quarter liter sport bike world. Never as popular as the NSR/RG/TZR set, the Kawasaki offering provided a solid chassis and a very powerful parallel twin. In fact, a KR series bike held the 250cc land speed record at Bonneville thanks to that Kawasaki power. Outside of Japan, the KR is relatively unknown, although it was exported to the UK and AUS/NZ in limited numbers. Even the aficionados who are aware of the KR-1/KR-1S/KR-1R family have likely never seen one in person. And while some will be quick to point out that the KR-1R model is really just a 1S with slightly bigger carbs and more power, the value of the model has evolved well beyond the cost of the parts. These are rare, coveted machines and will remain at the sharp end of the collector scale for the foreseeable future.


1989 Kawasaki KR-1R D1

From the seller:
The bike came from a Kawasaki collector in Japan. Motor is all stock. Stock carbs,
stock airbox, stock heads, ect all confirmed OEM Kawasaki. Fairings 100% OEM.
Windshield appears to be OEM. Two Keys.

Previous collector has cosmetically customized this KR-1R with Kawasaki OEM green
front fender, Beet rear sets and Beet exhaust and mufflers. Some suspension
components have been polished.


1990 Kawasaki KR-1R D2

From the seller:
This 1990 KR250-D2 is completely stock and has the black front fender. It has had the rear cowling and the lower cowling professionally re-sprayed. The upper and the tank and all other components are original. New tires, fork seals, braided front brake lines and chain complete the refresh. Comes with Utah title. Runs and idles like new. Bike has been tuned and has new engine fluids. 25,290km’s on the odometer. Bike came from a Kawasaki bike collector in Japan. It is very solid and runs surprisingly well for the mileage.


More details:

Price: $20,000 gives you the choice of one bike

Contact: rmurangemasters@aol.com



In case you have not noticed, it is not 1989/1990 anymore. The KR-1R - already rare when it was first introduced - has become a very exclusive tile in the two stroke collector mosaic. These were built by Kawasaki as sports production racers, and as such many (most?) were thrashed and cast aside. Those that survived often fell victim to sea air and corrosion common to the Japanese home market. In short, a clean and loved KR-1R is a rare survivor of a rare species. Here at RSBFS we always recommend that if you are in the market you should seek out the best example of a collector model that you can find - but how often can you find more than one example to compare? Today you can find TWO of these remarkable KR-1R models in pristine condition in one place - all you need to do is pick the one you want. Kawasaki isn't building any more of these, and the world's supply is low and getting lower. Resto mods and parts bikes may be available sporadically in the future, but you are not going to find bikes in this condition often. If a KR-1R is on your bucket list, you might want to act before these jewels appreciate even more. Contact Gary at rmurangemasters@aol.com to seal the deal. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R or 1990 Kawasaki KR-1R – buyer’s choice!