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Sport Bikes For Sale May 22, 2017 posted by Mike

RIP Nicky Hayden

With heavy hearts the world reacts to a champion taken too early. RSBFS staff share a moment of reflection for Nicky Hayden, with thoughts for the family, friends and fans left behind.

Track Bikes For Sale May 20, 2017 posted by Mike

Ripper: 2008 Yamaha R6 Graves Spec Racebike

Summer is here, and that means track days. For some, simply taping up the headlight, taillight and turn signals is enough for a "run what ya brung" session at their closest track. Others might want a dedicated track bike that dispenses with the tape prep and makes attending a course day easier. Finally there are those that require a track day missile; nothing short of being the fastest A group guy matters. It is to those A Group types that I speak with this one. Read on:

2008 Yamaha R6 Graves build for sale on eBay

From the seller:
2008 Yamaha R6 Race Bike with tons of upgrades and recently installed new race built motor with only 2 trackdays on it. Pictures are all recent and how the bike currently sits. This was a purpose-built head turning bike with all the engine and braking power to back it up. Over $20k just in parts, look at the list and add it up.

Price is - $12,000.00 Firm

Engine/Electronics:
2015 R6 SS Engine Build - Gary Dean (Formerly from Graves Motorsport) - $3000
2 Trackdays on new motor for break in, oil changed right after using Motul 300V
Graves Full Titanium WORKS Exhaust - $1500
Graves Velocity Stacks - $700
Graves Engine Covers - $350
Graves Block Off Plates - $50
Graves Progressive Throttle (1/4 turn) - $130
Flash Tune Race ECU Flash w/ Traction Control (Dual Settings) with switch - $1000
Power Commander Dyno Fuel Map downloaded to ECU (Custom Map)
Power Commander QuickShifter Thru ECU - $300
127.87 HP - 91 octane
131.44 HP - MR12

Body:
Sharskinz Race Body Work - $1100
SBK Paint 3 Color Matte Black w Gloss Fluorescent Yellow Paint Scheme - $1300
Graphics by DrippinWet - $100
Graves Race Seat Pad - $80

Wheels and Brakes:
Marchesini Forged Aluminum Rims w angled titanium valve stems - $2500
BRAKING SK Full Floating 310mm rotors - $550
Custom Made LIghtWeight Rear Brake Rotor - $250
Ceramic Wheel Bearings - $300
Custom Aluminum Wheel Spacers - $200
Galfer (Custom Tee Layout) Brake Lines - $300
Vesrah XXRJL Race Brake Pads - $160
Brembo RCS19 Front Brake Master Cylinder - $320
Rizomo Carbon Brake Guard - $250
CRG Clutch Pertch W Adjustable Lever - $260
PROTI Titanium Race Spec Kit F&R Brakes (pinch bolt, caliper bolt, f/r rotors and sprocket, cush drive) - $350

Drivetrain:
Superlite F/R 15T/46T sprockets - $150
DID ERV3 Gold Chain - $120
Graves Aluminum Chain Guard - $150
Custom CNC Aluminum Engine/Sprocket Case Saver - $300 (1 of 4 made)
Driven Axle Sliders - $150

Suspension and Controls:
Ohlins 30MM Kit Graves Spec - $1500
Ohlins Rear TTX Shock Graves Spec - $1000
Ohlins Steering Stabilizer - $600
Graves Rear Adjustable Suspension Link - $700
SATO Racing Rear Sets - $500
Driven Clip Ons (Custom Raw Aluminum Finish) with Gold Bar ends - $200
Driven Triple Tree (1 off design with raw aluminum finish “unobtanium”) - $300

This bike looks fantastic. The build is very sano, and I'm sure the performance is much more than a simple sum of the parts. And it is the sum of the parts that matters; you can't build this for what you might be able to buy it for. Nothing depreciates like last year's race bike, and the kings ransom spent on the upgrades to this machine are now but a princely sum. It likely will not appreciate. It will not get more rare or specialized; it will just get older. But if used as intended, what you have is a great bike for ripping off laps worthy of the top of the time sheets, while someone else spent the time, effort and money. That could be a good deal. I would love to see more pictures and more detail around how it all went together, but you can check it out here to see if I missed anything. Good luck!!

MI

Ripper: 2008 Yamaha R6 Graves Spec Racebike
Yamaha May 18, 2017 posted by Mike

Time Capsule: 1984 Yamaha RZ500

There is no doubt that RSBFS show the love for the big RZ. One of the most popular bikes searched for on the site, the Yamaha RZ500 combines race-boy naughty looks with a twin-crank V4 two-stroke, enough pipes sticking out the back to warn off possible tailgaters, and a GP-inspired 16" front wheel to reduce gyroscopic forces and aid in cornering transitions. If you like to ride and are breathing, how could this not elevate your heart rate?

1984 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

Never officially imported into the US, many RZs find their way to the States via Canada. This bike appears to be no different as it is still sitting in that Northern Wonderland, home to many exotics that Americans lust after. The seller has some experience with shipping across borders, and adds the following statement: I will crate and ship the bike to shipper of your choice in Vancouver BC included in the final sale price.

From the seller:
This 1984 RZ500 (RD500) was brought from the original owners estate. The original owner was a bush pilot who brought it new in 1984, rode it for a total of 2015kms until sometime in 1986/87 and stored it.

The condition of this bike is nothing short of astounding, all the original rubber and foam is supple , (excluding air filter element and battery strap). The battery was only slightly low in two cells, hence zero acid damage to the bike. The bike was lightly stripped, cleaned, lubed. The carbs where rebuilt. The bike runs beautifully, it currently has pre mix in it as well as running the pump.

Paper work from back in the day; 3 x Books, 1x Yamaha Canada transfer of off ownership, 1x Original ownership, invoice and receipt set for deposits, purchase off bike, including till receipts, 1x Assembly sign off sheet, 1 x 1st service paperwork, 3x insurance cover notes + all the current paperwork

Finding a RZ in this condition is pretty rare. Finding one with a documented history is even more elusive. And while two strokes do not require the same type of care as their four-stroke brethren, they do require care and feeding. When the condition of the bike in question matches up with paperwork from the time periods involved, you are a lot closer to that goal. Note that this does not mean the bike is perfect, nor does it mean that you - as a prospective buyer - are free from doing your homework. RSBFS always recommends interested buyers dig a little deeper when it comes to rare, older and hard to find machinery.

More from the seller:
Flaws; There are 2 mounting tabs repaired, cracks around left center mounting hole, and crack on belly pan. The tank was cleaned inside with metal rescue, it has not been lined. some minor rust flecks on underside of right lower exhaust and a ding. There is some flecking here and there on some of the olive fittings.The tach was not working in the vid, but has since started moving, i think it is sticky from sitting.

The bike runs and shifts great, however, the tires , brake pads, seals etc etc are 33+ years old, so indulging the inner Kenny right off the bat may not be a great idea.

The price of originality will always be higher than that of a modified machine. And in this case, the bidding internet certainly agrees. This low-mileage bike has several days to run at auction, with bidding already beyond US $16,500. How high will it go? All depends what originality is worth to the buyer. Note that this one is a Canadian machine and will still need to be imported into whatever country/state you are located, which may (or may not) be an easy task. Still, RSBFS recommends that you find the best example of the model you wish to purchase, as reconditioning and restorations are frightfully expensive. This one looks like the real deal. Check it out here, and good luck!!

MI

Time Capsule: 1984 Yamaha RZ500
Benelli May 17, 2017 posted by Mike

From Russia with Love: Benelli TNT 1130

OK - I admit it. I chose to write up this cherry Benelli TNT only because of the punny title. Well, that and it's a very unique bike in classic Benelli green. It has very low miles and appears to be in great condition. Above all of that, the seller claims the first owner was noted Italian singer and actor Adriano Celentano (you might remember him from the Italian-language Tarzan rip-off, Bingo Bongo - or not). With a signed tank and other indications that this bike was owned by someone famous in the past, this might well be the TNT you have been hoping for.

2004 Benelli TNT 1130 for sale on eBay

You'd be forgiven if you do no recall Adriano Celentano OR the Benelli TNT model. Both are acquired tastes, after all. Both are Italian. In the case of the Benelli, you are looking at the naked version of the Tornado 900, with a bump in capacity. Three cylinders of 135 HP goodness, funky side-mounted radiators, single high center exhaust, alien styling that puts Ducati naked bikes to shame and enough green paint to attract leprechauns, the Benelli was either a brilliant Engineering/Marketing move, or a last gasp attempt to remain solvent. Sadly, it was the latter, and Benelli fell into the hands of yet another owner. In this case, Benelli is under the ownership of Motor Group Qianjiang (Q.J. Group), a Chinese manufacturer of millions of scooters. Today there are no offerings close to this TNT (or even the Tornado) in the lineup.

From the seller:
Real 4060 kilometers
Condition is very rare, like new.
The motorcycle was in the collection of a Russian businessman who bought it in 2006 at a charity auction in Germany. In Russia, the bike traveled about 2,000 kilometers. Tires of 2004, all tubes, rubber bands of the year 2004. A total of about 1,000 motorcycle data were released. This motorcycle is number 23 (or 823). In the kit there is a book with a key and a flash drive (the instruction and the catalog of spare parts). Very beautiful and bright motorcycle. There is a complete set of documents. ORIGINAL ITALIAN !!!

I'm not sure about the rubber bands, but the rest of the bike seems to be complete and in great condition. And what a bike it is! Reviewers at the time universally praised the power and the handling, some claiming it to be the best naked bike of the current crop. Longer term tests highlighted some potential reliability issues with the bike, which is the more sobering concern; while Q.J. Group owns Benelli and manufacturers small-bore bikes bearing the name, they may not have spares available for earlier models. Knowledgeable readers with late-model Benelli parts experience are welcome to share what you know.

RSBFS is a global affair - as is motorcycle collecting. I'm pretty sure this will be a pass for our US-based readers, but for any of our Euro-Asian followers, here is one a bit closer to home. You might even know about Adriano Celentano, have seen his movies or own one of his albums! This TNT 1130 is a pretty rare model by most counts due to the financial and distribution situation with Benelli, yet looks as modern as the day it rolled out the factory door. Thirteen years is a long time in design language, but this one still speaks volumes. Check it out here, and then share your experience, expertise, or even just your opinion on this unique Benelli. Good Luck!!

MI

From Russia with Love: Benelli TNT 1130
Kawasaki May 16, 2017 posted by Mike

Blown: 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R

Originally released in 2013, Kawasaki claimed the H2 was the world's first supercharged production motorcycle (a sad nod to Roehr, notwithstanding). In street bike form, the H2 is a 200 HP contender. In the "R" format (delete lights and turn signals, add more boost, carbon fiber aero bodywork and slicks), this is a 300+ HP rocketship for the wealthy. Today's example is the R model - which was intended as a track day machine, hence the R stands for Race - but it could have just as easily stood for Rare. Not many H2Rs come our way, which is a shame. This is the fastest, most powerful production motorcycle on the planet by a long shot.

2015 Kawasaki H2R for sale on eBay

Looking like it was formed out of a billet block of dark matter, the H2R is a sinister machine. Appearances do little to mask what lies beneath; a 998cc inline four cylinder with a two stage supercharger. Far more linear than a turbo, the centrifugal blower unit produces on-demand power throughout the rev range. The H2R actually runs lower compression than the H2 street model, but makes up for it by dialing up the boost to 35 PSI. Along with a different cam profile and revised electronics tuning, the H2R rolls out with 310-325 HP (depending on whose dyno you trust). Although it is no featherweight (at some 475 pounds), the big motor more than makes up for the heft.

From the seller:
H2R SUPERCHARGED 330HP
EXCELLENT CONDITION
WITH KAWASAKI PACKAGE
SERVICE MANUAL
OEM TOOLS
NINJA CATALOGUE (800$)
NINJA USB
IT'S NOT H2

H2R TIRE WARMER (900$)
H2R FRONT AND REAR STANDS (1800$)

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD JUST FOR 3000$ IN 5 DAYS SHIPPING
CKD AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE. IMPORTED BIKE AND READY TO REGISTER IN ANY STATES,(YOU SHOULD PAY THE TAX)

I know what you are thinking: this is a bad muthah that is somewhat wasted by being a track day only type of bike (i.e. off road, as in not streetable). Apparently the DOT and EPA figured that no lights or turn signals and 300 ponies do not a great street bike combination make. Don't even get me started on the slicks. However this seller is willing to convert it to a street legal bike for just a bit more coin. Read on:

More from the seller:
I can modify for you to Street legal technically by adding headlight, tail light, turn signals, buzzer, mirrors, tires. as i heard in some states you can register it as street legal after you register as track then test in CHP then regiser again as street legal.

For some countries like middle eastern just with this modification it will be possible to register as street legal. The kit will be 2000$ additional to this auction.

Hard to tell which states will accept this and which won't, but you probably already know which one you are in if you are reading the pages of RSBFS. Is $2k a worthwhile expenditure to be able to scare your neighbors and out drag ...well... anyone? Maybe. After all, Kawasaki had something in mind considering the H2R still comes with a taillight and keyed ignition. Check it out here but be warned: This bike is as expensive as it is fast. Good Luck!!

MI

Blown: 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R
Suzuki May 16, 2017 posted by Mike

Vape Machine: 1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike

NO RESERVE - That is an ironic term considering that it covers both the auction as well as Suzuki's intent when designing the motorcycle. The RGV250 has risen to legendary status among riders and collectors due to its performance and balance (even Aprilia agrees, having purchased VJ22 power units for their own RS250 models). With a two stroke v-twin engine, aluminum chassis, upside down forks, asymmetrical banana / gull swing arm and racer bodywork (and riding position), the Gamma is what two stroke riders pick to ride.

1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike for sale on eBay

Today's bike is a VJ22 model incorporating commemorative Kevin Schwantz Team Lucky Strike livery. Lucky Strike bikes are reasonably rare in the world of Gammas, as they were produced in low numbers and only for limited markets; they were also not produced every year. As all Gammas are grey market bikes in the US to start with, the LS model (even though cosmetic only) is an extra bit of topping on what is (now) a street-legal registered motorcycle. Things just keep on getting better and better.

From the seller:
Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1992 Suzuki RGV22A Lucky Strike with only 10,809 kilometers (6717 miles). HIGHEST BIDDER WINS!

Just had a bath and ready for its photo shoot! This RGV250 two stroke runs like a raped ape, just like the day it was new. Its been serviced and ready to go with a new battery and new fluids. This RGV has been well loved and well ridden. Lots of scratches, rubs and notorious boot marks lol, but NO cracks in the plastic, NO broken tabs & NO dents in the tank. This bike would make an excellent candidate for restoration, or just wring it out as a weekend knee scratcher. Bike comes equipped with OEM mufflers and OEM stingers and the dry clutch sounds awesome. Suzuki owners manual, Suzuki drivers guide, first aid kit, Lucky Strike onboard tool kit and two keys. This RGV250 comes with a Utah State title and is titled as a motorcycle for street use.

One thing that jumped out at me is the dry clutch. Regular edition VJ22s do not come with this race-bred bit of trickery. The dry clutch is an Sport Production item (the SP model also included a close-ratio gearbox), which could either mean that the base bike is an SP, or the clutch was a retrofit to a standard LS-branded bike. I'm sure there are Gamma-pedia types reading this now, and I welcome you to chime in on the comments; let us learn from your collective wisdom. Other than that discrepancy, this appears to be a solid, imported smoker; there are requisite scratches from use over the years, but otherwise this is seemingly unmolested (i.e. OEM chambers and stingers, rear fender still attached).

The seller has listed this as a No Reserve auction. That means this bike is definitely going home with someone when all is said and done. The opening ask was a paltry $1,500, but there is good interest in the bike and the price is climbing quickly. While this is a titled and registered motorcycle in Utah, that does not guarantee your state will be as willing or complicit. As always, RSBFS recommends you check with your local constabulary prior to purchasing something not officially imported into the US (i.e. if you live in California, consider this an excellent track day steed). Check it out here, and thank you for smoking.

MI

Vape Machine: 1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike