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Buell October 15, 2018 posted by Mike

NOS: 2013 Buell 1190 RS Carbon Edition (NEW!)

There have been a few interesting Buell-related offerings on the pages of RSBFS as of late, each with an interesting history. This particular model is a 1190 RS Carbon Edition, one of the few produced by Erik & Co after his acrimonious divorce from H-D. Powered by something meatier than a muted potato-potato sound, this Rotax powered beast was at the apex of Erik's design brilliance, and the best chance an American motorcycle had at taking the fight to the Japanese and the Italians. Sadly it was not in the making, as financial woes eventually liquidated the Buell factory. But the 1190 RS model was a standout, introduced first as a racer (RR model), and then homologated for street use (100 units). This particular example claims to be farm-to-table fresh, right out of the box.

NEW 2013 Buell 1190 RS for sale on eBay

The 1190 RS was essentially built on the bones of the excellent 1125 R - the first modern Buell to introduce Rotax power. The Rotax mill was born in Austria, bored in Michigan, received new pistons from SoCal, and a few other beef ups on the way to 1190cc and nearly 180 HP. Suspension is top shelf of the top shelf: 30mm Ohlins cartridge forks similar to what you would find on a contemporary AMA Superbike or WSBK machine. Slipper clutch by Swiss firm Sutter (you might know them by their Moto2 efforts). Tweak and tricks are everywhere on this bike, bringing curb weight way down, and performance sky high. Figure 370 lbs curb weight. Got your attention? When Cycle World tested the 1190 RS at Road America, Geoff May (then EBR factory rider) was on hand and commented: “This thing is too good to be a streetbike. It’s faster than my 1125RR.”

From the seller:
Beautiful 2013 Carbon Red EBR 1190RS Vin 0017. One of less than 100 made! This bike was a factory race bike, straight out of the crate race ready. Carbon Fiber, Ohlins Forks.

THIS VIN 0017 BIKE IS STILL IN THE CRATE!

This Erik Buell Racing EBR 1190 RS motorcycle is sold with a title.

NEW! Local pickup in Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Or shipping can be arranged for an additional $500-$600 in the US.

EBR went into liquidation in 2015. Assets were sold at auction, and an attempt was made to re-start the production lines. Sadly, that effort ceased production in 2017, leaving the world without much in the way of Buell tech. Fortunately, there are a good number of survivors - many with low miles. Today's example has lower miles than most - a reported grand total of 4. That is pre-delivery test mileage at best, making this to as new as a new EBR-era Buell as you are likely to get. The bike looks fantastic, and clean in the un-ridden way you might expect. No sight of a crate around (the ad does mention that it is still in the crate - which would make photography difficult), but otherwise looks to be legit. That also explains the Buy It Now price of $26,999. The seller is open to offers, however, so you might just get into the EBR game for less. Check it out here, and then jump back to the comments and share your opinion of Buell. Do you have a favorite E.B. model? Let us know, and good luck!!

MI

NOS: 2013 Buell 1190 RS Carbon Edition (NEW!)
Honda October 1, 2018 posted by Mike

Doppelganger: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30

In the world of collector motorcycles, few are as recognizable - or as valuable - as the vaunted Honda RC30. Built to dominate Superbike racing, the VFR750R RC30 was released as a homologation machine in limited numbers and continues to appreciate in value. Love the RC30 looks but not the price? What is a rider to do? RSBFS suggests you take a gander at the excellent VFR400R NC30 - the twin baby brother to the Superbike. Yes, you give up about 53% in displacement. But what you get is the same great looks in the sweetest handling middleweight ever built, and even bigger break on the collector price.

1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for sale on eBay

Like the bigger brother, the NC30 features a V-4 with gear driven cams. This arrangement produces the flat, hypnotic sound so characteristic to these models. Four valves per cylinder and a "big bang" firing order aid in providing a wider powerband, although the limited displacement only brings about 60 ponies to the party. But that party keeps going on and on - up to 14,500 RPM. And dry weight is a scant 362 lbs. There is a lot to love about having just a little bit less, and with the aluminum perimeter frame, the single sided swingarm, the adjustable suspension and the race track grade brakes, you are not giving up a lot.

From the seller:
You are looking at a 1989 Honda vfr400r - nc30. The Honda vrf400r was legally imported from Japan and now has a legal Washington State clear title. This vfr400r is the baby brother of the nc30 which was a 750cc model, the 400 is light nimble and the perfect machine for a tight race track or mountain roads. This particular vfr400r has very low 9646 miles (15,524 kilometers), and the bike is mostly all original and in exceptional preserved state.

More from the seller:
The body work is in perfect condition, there are absolutely no cracks on any of the body panels and there are absolutely no scratches anywhere on the body panels. Some of the body panels were touched up by a very good painter who only touched up the areas that needed it and preserved the original paint. The frame is in great shape with no major scratches or nicks and the motor is nice and clean. The wheels are perfect with no rock chips or scratches anywhere. Overall cosmetically this bike is perfect with the exception of the muffler which had a small weld repair around the heat shield areas, but other than that this bike has no cosmetic flaws.

More from the seller:
The bike runs and rides perfect, and it shifts smoothly through all 6 gears. The carburetor was recently ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted, and a full service tune-up was performed which included new, spark plugs, chain, air filter, EBC brake rotors, brake pads, oil change, and fluids flushed. All of the lighting, switches and electrical components work as they should.

More from the seller:
This is a great opportunity to buy a very rare near perfect condition 1989 Honda vfr400r. These bikes were never imported into the USA and very few were exported outside of Japan to any other countries so it is a very rare Honda model. If you need any additional pictures or have any additional questions please feel free to email us. Domestic & International buyers are welcome to bid but must arrange the shipping themselves. We will however be glad to assist with any loading of the motorcycle. We have helped with the shipping of motorcycles across the country and overseas for other customers in the past. Please feel free to bid as long as you make the shipping arrangements.

NC30s are all imported machines of the gray variety; Honda chose to not officially market them in the United States. And while the 400cc model was not limited in the same numbers as the RC30, finding a clean one that is properly registered is not an everyday occurrence. With damage free bodywork, great presentation and under 10,000 miles, this VFR400R NC30 might be just what you are looking for. Check out all of the details here, and look through the high-res pictures. With the current bid below $7k (and reserve still in place), this particular example has a lot of folks watching. The price is still under market, so you might want to get in line now. The NC30 is a fantastic sport bike in its own right, and these models hold value well. If you are sitting on the fence, this one might be your sign. Good Luck!!

MI

Doppelganger:  1989 Honda VFR400R NC30
Ducati September 19, 2018 posted by Mike

Walks like a Duck: 1991 Ducati 851 Strada

Ducati is responsible for some of the most iconic motorcycles in the world. They are also purveyors of more marketing ploys than any other manufacturer, as evidenced by the endless parade of Limited Edition models. Therefore, words like "special" and "rare" are used so often as to appear meaningless. But limited numbers aside, Ducati has made some revolutionary leaps along its long history, cementing their place in motorcycling history with truly milestone machines. Not content to simply evolve one step at a time, at certain points in history Ducati doubled down on a new idea, catapulting forward along the performance curve. The introduction of the 851 was just such a moment. Today's bike, a 1991 851 Strada, is a good example of that revolution.

1991 Ducati 851 Strada for sale on eBay

If you think about the major technological jumps prior to the late 1980s, Ducati went from being a small bore, single cylinder manufacturer to producing twins. The L-twin configuration evolved over time, but was invariably a small step forward along the same route. The introduction of the Pantah could be seen as a leap, but in reality that move was more towards efficient production than outright performance. The Pantah was essentially the same air-cooled, two valve desmo twin as the bevel drive that came before, with only mild steps in go-power. With the 851, however, Ducati turned their own ideas of performance on its head. Simultaneously introducing liquid cooling, fuel injection AND a four valve, desmo actuated head, the 851 was a massive step forward from a technology perspective and performance. Did it work? Raymond Roche, participating in World SBK, took 3rd overall in 1989, was champion in 1990 and came in second in the two years to follow.

From the seller:
Ducati 1991 851 Strada, mostly original condition 14,600 miles.

Stored in Las Vegas Nevada for 8-12 years by the 2nd owner. Condition was not damaged or crashed.

Work that's been done since Nov 2017:
Major service including valve and shim adjust, new cam belts installed, degree the cams and clean and adjust throttle bodies by a qualified Ducati service tech.

New parts include:
fuel pump
fuel filter (Mahle)
Air Filter (BCM)
all fuel lines, inside the tank and out, plus clamps
cam belts (Exactfit)
radiator hoses and water pump hoses (Samco)
clutch master cylinder (Brembo)
front brake master cylinder (Brembo)
stainless steel clutch line (Galfer) and slave cylinder
chain (DID)
sprockets
Dunlop Q3+ tires
oil (15/50) full synthetic and Ducati filter,
tinted windscreen (Zero Gravity)
lithium battery (Shorai LFX18A1-BS12)
new voltage regulator

Plus, brakes have been flushed and radiator has been flushed. Left and right fairings have been painted.

Also I chose the very rare, period correct carbon Termignoni high mount exhaust and they sound beautiful. There is also a header modification, see pics. Other special parts included are rear Ohlins shock with remote adjuster. Ohlins steering damper.
Included with the bike are the original mufflers, passenger footpegs, owner's manual, one key and original windscreen.

Like many Ducatis, the 851 was released in a few different flavors. What you see here - the Strada or street edition - was the base model. This is not a homologation bike, although the basic platform is the same to the SP series. The Strada was the most streetable, complete with a passenger pillion hiding under the color coded tail cover, and nifty passenger grab handles that pivot out from beneath the seat. 1991 and 1992 were the last years of the 851 - the 1992 SP versions of this model actually contained a 888 motor, although the Strada remained an 851. But this speaks to the robustness and longevity of the basic mill, as even the 888 eventually became a 916 while still being badged as an 888. This is a milestone bike for Ducati, and the platform that won SBK victories and birthed the 888 and legendary 916.

Today's 851 Strada example looks to be in great shape - with wonderful photos. Mileage is reasonable considering you are looking at a 27 year old performance bike. There are a few added farkles in the manner of tinted windscreen and carbon bits, and the high-mount carbon Termis which look great. They interfere with the passenger pegs, however, so those have been removed (but are available with the sale). The Ohlins upgrades are choice, to be sure. The add ons and upgrades do not cause concern. The seller notes that both sides of the fairing have been painted - with no comment as to why. It may have been simply cosmetic, as there is no real evidence of the bike being down. Either way, it looks great in the pictures, appears to be very clean and cared for, and with those Termi cans I'm sure it sounds incredible. A big plus is that all services have been recently completed.

Well-preserved 851 examples have held up in value reasonably well. This was a watershed bike for Ducati, and it continues to be a sought-after model. This particular bike sits below $6k at time of writing, with reserve not met. No telling how high the reserve is set, but I would estimate somewhere around $7-8k would be in the money. We have definitely seen these cross the auction block for less, but the market can be a funny thing. Just check out some of the comments on the more rare examples of Ducati exotica featured in the pages of RSBFS to read comments such as "I remember when you could pick up one of those for just $xxx..." Check out the auction here, as this bike is currently a bargain. Will it close that way? What is the current market temperature for a beloved Ducati model (albeit non-homologation base model)? Watch on, and good luck!!

MI

Walks like a Duck:  1991 Ducati 851 Strada
Featured Listing September 15, 2018 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa

If there was ever any question about RSBFS bringing you the best classifieds online every day, this Featured Listing of the ultimate Italian unicorn should erase all doubts. Nor is this gem hidden in some far-flung corner of the globe, but rather in the continental U.S., Seattle, WA. If you've been drooling and dreaming about a MGS-01, there will never be a better opportunity than now - this very nearly brand new beast awaits a new home.

Featured Listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa!

Moto Guzzi made a statement the way only Moto Guzzi could: building a racer to go after the legendary 916 racebike. As audacious as that sounds (and given the winning streak of that other Italian machine), Guzzi pulled out all the stops to meet the goal. While in difficult straights from a financial and business perspective, Moto Guzzi still had the kind of legendary cachet to make a splash on the world's stage. Employing well-known design and speed merchants Ghezzi & Brian with a miniscule 9-month commission, the MGS-01 (Moto Guzzi Sport - model number one) Corsa (race only) made its debut at the Intermot show in Munich, Germany in 2002. The result stunned the press and the public, and set tongues wagging about a massive comeback from the world's oldest motorcycle manufacturer in continuous production.

From the seller:
How do you even begin to describe this bike? The bike that was never meant to be?? This bike was purchased in November 2006 by a collector and has been stored away until 2014 when Moto International “woke it up” for its first time. It was taken around the block and then placed back into environmentally controlled storage again until it arrived here at SUB last week. 1225cc of Italian Thunder, one of a kind for sure. Bike comes with rear stand, a garage cover and a spare set of race bodywork.

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa – under 5 miles – ZGULRRA004M10045 – $55,000.00

Contact: Dave at Seattle Used Bikes (dave@seattleusedbikes.com)

While potentially tame by today's standards, one look at this large cubic centimeter v-twin belies anything but. Passe use of air cooling shows deep roots, but with a deep oil sump and large oil cooler hidden behind the headlight area the MGS-01 is an Italian take on the air/oil cooled first generation GSX-R. Technology rears its head in the form of the 4-valve heads and includes special hi-temp metallurgy to ensure high RPM longevity. The big slugs that slide through the ceramic-lined cylinders are specialty items from Cosworth. Ultimate power came in at 122 HP at 8000rpm, with a 83 lb/ft wall of torque at 6500 RPM. The tranny is an upgraded six-speed unit. The frame was a one-off, suspended by Ohlins front and rear, and riding on specialty OZ Racing wheels. Braking is brick-wall solid stopping power thanks to radial mount Brembos with floating rotors. Although shaft drive is retained, this is a no-holds barred racebike.

There are some who may not view this as a legitimate racer - which flies in the face of Mike Baldwin winning an AMA championship on a Guzzi 850. The DNA is there, the roots are there, but unfortunately the finances and follow-through were not. Moto Guzzi, first acquired by Aprilia - who was later acquired by scooter conglomerate Piaggio - continues to market a few motorcycles based on the successful V7 concept, but the MGS-01 was the last of the real thunder. And while the world held its collective breath for a new model to appear with lights and horn, sadly none arrived. Thus, the racer (the wealthy gentleman's track day bike) is all that remains of the project. An estimated 150 Corsas were scheduled to be built, with as few as 50 to be sent to the US. In typical Italian fashion numbers are very hard to corroborate - but rest assured that you are looking at something very rare and very special indeed.

This particular example has but 5 miles - total. Long a collector museum piece, VIN number "...0045" was brought to life in 2014. This is as close to new - with veracity of having been run - that you can get, and far better than most of these (few) models we have seen. The price is very much in line with historical numbers, and represents a bargain compared to where this bike will go. This model is part myth, part miracle and utterly magnificent. The legend of the MGS-01 has grown since inception, as has the waiting list for an available example. If you are in the market, RSBFS recommends you contact Dave quickly - this is one bike that will not hang out for long. Good Luck!

MI

Featured Listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa
Honda September 15, 2018 posted by Mike

Smokin’ in the boys room: 1998 Honda CBR600 Smokin’ Joe’s

The Honda CBR600 is a legendary motorcycle. Introduced as the Hurricane in some markets, the CBR600 was Honda's answer to the middleweight sport bike conundrum. Long celebrated as a "do anything" type of motorcycle, the CBR600 was a mainstay in the showroom, in satisfied owners' garages and in the winner's circle of racetracks around the country. It is the racing connection that brings us this, uh, special livery. It is easy to look at this 20-something and make Prince jokes, deriding it as a Purple Rain homage. But you see children, way back in the stone age motorcycle racing was sponsored by something other than energy drinks. Alcohol and tobacco were the deep pockets that funded many a racing exploit, and this Smokin' Joe's replica celebrates Honda's success in AMA.

1998 Honda CBR600 Smokin' Joe's Replica for sale on eBay

Joe Camel - the cartoon spokes-animal mascot for Camel cigarettes (owned by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company - who also owns the Lucky Strike brand) - was the basis for the Smokin' Joe's racing livery. This "smooth character" festooned both the race team as well as this replica model. This is usually the area in the post where we say how this Special Edition bike is different than the standard model that you could buy for less dosh from any dealer in the country. But really, Joe Camel stickers and the purple paint scheme is all that there is to this particular model. The rest is pure, stone stock, Honda CBR600F3. That is not a bad thing, as this is a very well regarded model that lived in glory though 2006. The name made a resurgence in 2011 - and continues to this day - however these models are considered the same line in name only.

From the seller:
1998 Smokin Joes - CBR-600 SE - Race Replica

Purchased from original owner - I acquired the bike 12+ years ago - The Owner was an Helicopter Mechanic.

Mechanically And Cosmetically this bike is a 10.0 Out Of 10. Excellent condition for a 21 year old ICON in the Motor Cycle World. I want to place this bike with the one serious collector who understands what it is and appreciates it's excellent condition.

I've posted as many HD pictures as ebay allows.

If you're a serious buyer and need pictures of something else - you can ask.

It has been perfectly mothballed & stored in my museum over last 12+ years.

This Motorcycle is titled in Oregon. Totally stock other then a little tail clean up - The bike comes with ALL The OEM Tail Parts Removed For The Tail Clean-up. If the winning buyer wants them you'll need to work out with your shipper having them come with Bike in a box when shipped - OR - I can package them up for you but you'll need to cover the shipping costs.

The SJ model is a unique addition to the CBR600 lineup. This is a two year only motorcycle, but unlike other limited editions this was not a contiguous offering; it was only available in 1996 and 1998. Available in North America and Australia, there were a reported 500 units of the 1996 bike, and 1,500 examples of the 1998 model imported. Those numbers qualify this bike as rare, although many will point out that these are really just "kit" bikes; new fairings and stickers result in yet another SJ replica. As a result, there are more than a few faked Joe Camel Hondas floating around. This does not appear to be the case in this instance, however all SJ bikes can be verified through the VIN sequence. As always, RSBFS recommends interested buyers to do the requisite homework.

Values for Joe Camel scooters have not exactly skyrocketed. Today the whole concept of an animated mascot hawking addictive cancer sticks seems distasteful, at best. With most alcohol and tobacco advertising banned from motor sports, this replica represents a different era and a very different palette. Sporting fewer than 2,500 miles and claimed to be a museum-quality example (although the Micron pipe looks oddly out of place on a Yosh-sponsored bike) the opening ask for this particular bike is a strong $5,995 (no reserve!). For those who are willing to forego the auction and must have it right now, the BIN stands at $7,750. Those are big numbers for a relatively standard CBR600 that failed to generate any serious collector value. This bike is clean enough to be worth a look (check it out here), although the auction has had no action as of yet. Is the Smokin' Joe's Racing replica a legit RSBFS model, or just the work of a colorblind paint sprayer? Jump to the comments and let us know. Good Luck!!

MI

Bimota September 12, 2018 posted by Mike

Artful Dodger: 2000 Bimota SB8R

The masters from Rimini were on a roll: From the tube-framed madness from the cusp of the 1980s to the aluminum beams as the 1990s approached, Bimota has always been in the frame game. But unlike many bespoke frame makers who concentrated only on the chassis, these Italian artists disguised as motorcycle makers ensured that their bikes handled the stage of the visceral world as well as the paved one. As such, Bimotas continue to delight with their strong visual presence, coupled with legendary handling and performance. All of this comes at a price, however - making riding a Bimota a relatively exclusive affair.

2000 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

Introduced in the years following the V-Due debacle, the SB8R returned to Bimota's more successful business plan of stuffing a 3rd-party engine and transmission into a motorcycle of their own design. In this case, power is courtesy of Suzuki's ripping TL1000R v-twin. This Japanese homage to Ducati's 916 mill is well known for being potent across the entire face of the tach, excelling at a high RPM rush not unlike that of inline fours. Devoid of the rest of the TL package (including the funky rotary damper), Bimota engineered a beast of a bike that was lighter and more precise than the Suzuki that donated its guts. It also looked far less porky then the Japanese offering.

From the seller:
This is an excellent original SB8R in the configuration it left the factory with a couple of small modifications (improvements). The light switch was modified so the headlight can be turned off, foot-pegs were replaced with European fixed position pegs, and the fueling system was modified to make it more rideable in street configuration.The fairings have original paint, carbon fiber parts have no cracks, all lights, turn-signals are original and working, tires have little wear, although they are at least 2 years old, so may want to consider replacing. Shocks don't show signs of needing seals, engine has no leaks, runs great, once it warms up (these are cold-blooded beasts). Brakes have plenty of wear left, recommend oil change for the engine, something I intended to do, but haven't made time. Bike is kept on battery tender to keep the (lithium) battery up.This is probably as close a time capsule as you'll find for an SB8R.

More from the seller:
This bike was purchased new from Ducati Bellevue on 3/2/2002. The 1st owner was a local Seattle aerospace engineer who rarely rode the bike. There were only 2 owners prior to my purchasing it in 2015.

The 1st owner made only one modification to this machine. His one mod was having a custom fuel trimmer or potentiometer made to work with the existing wiring harness. These bikes are known to have fueling issues due to the massive throttle bodies and this is where the potentiometer helps out. Unfortunately the potentiometer is old technology and the adjustment range was limited. The second owner installed a PCIII that was tuned by Nels at 2 Wheel Dyno Works in Woodinville, WA.

PCIII was installed by second owner to permanently wash out some of the fueling issues that was typical of the SB8R model and its huge throttle bodies. This bike accelerates easier through the rev range than before. The fuel trimmer that had been installed by the first owner was only finite and could not adjust or reach some of these issues in the rev range. This modification alone makes it rideable if you get stuck in traffic.

Braided steel clutch and brake lines (stock ones were rubber).

As mentioned above, the first owner added an Out-of-production Evoluzione SB8R fuel trimmer provided by a Bimota enthusiast in Colorado. This unit is more precisely calibrated with nearly infinite settings between 0 and 999. The Bimota trimmer has 8 positions total.

The arrow exhaust on the bike has been cored for better performance and sound. The result is outstanding in that it essentially replicates full racing pipes with much better performance and sound.

Always assembled with top-shelf suspension and brakes - Paioli and Brembo in this case - the SB8R reeks of class. From the huge snorkels that force-feed the air box hiding under the tank cover (the actual tank is the back half of that structure and extends downward centering/lowering the mass), to the way the huge exhaust cans poke out of the back seat, to the carbon-composite join plates of the frame to the exquisite swingarm with the embossed logo, everything looks expensive - and indeed it was a far more expensive motorcycle than its Japanese counterpart when new.

This particular bike looks to be in nice shape. With only 5,000 miles under the wheels, it has a reasonable number of miles and has been ridden without having been used/abused/trashed. There is plenty of evidence to know that the TL platform holds up well, making this one barely broken in. The haters will comment on the picture quality which makes it difficult to tell if we are looking at reflection or imperfection in the bodywork, but what we can see looks good. The seller appears to be knowledgeable about the machine and has 100% positive feedback, so I'm sure questions posed by serious buyers would be answered to satisfaction. With an opening ask of only $5,000, this Bimota is starting this auction in the basement. Interested parties should get in on the action now. This is the TL that Suzuki should have made; we're just lucky that the boys from Rimini were still around to give the TL motor some love. Good luck, and be sure and share your thoughts in the comments.

MI

Artful Dodger: 2000 Bimota SB8R




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