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Yamaha October 31, 2010 posted by Mike

1985 Yamaha RZ350 in California

For sale: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 2-stroke

Located in La Puente, California, this clean 1985 RZ350 provides you another opportunity to grab that elusive 2-stroke that you might have missed in the showroom back in the 80's. Although these bikes are not as rare as some of the hand-built Italian hardware we occasionally see on RSBFS, finding a good example of a survivor is difficult. Let's look at the bike:

From the seller:
Up for auction is a used Yamaha RZ350. The motorcycle is in very good condition overall and has low miles for its age. It is all stock except for the exhaust, they're Allspeed and they appear to have been ceramic coated. This motorcycle has a clear title and includes all service records from original owner. The bike has sat for approximately 3 years and has not been started, so I would assume the carbs are going to need to be cleaned and the fluids changed, plus it needs a new battery. I have a new battery I will throw in but I don't have the acid for it. This RZ350 ran great before it sat, it does have a very slow oil leak on the left lower side of the engine(had the leak when it was purchased). If you would like more pics please ask.

The mileage is listed at 7,647, which is not a lot for a bike this age. The bike is not completely original - it has aftermarket expansion chambers - but the modifications are period correct and definitely enhance performance. The exhaust is ceramic coated to boot!

The opening bid is quite reasonable for one a RZ350, and there is no reserve on this auction. This is your chance to grab one of these great bikes -

MI

BMW October 30, 2010 posted by Mike

2009 BMW HP2 Sport

For Sale: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport

Pity the BMW clientele: Up until 2008 BMW boxers were merely seen as gentlemanly transport. Sure, the bikes made long-distance touring easy, but performance was never on par with other Japanese or Italian hardware.

Enter the DOHC, carbon fiber clad, no excuses, 130 horses, image-changing HP2 Sport:

The HP2 Sport model, made in limited numbers and offered for sale at over $25k MSRP, is the holy grail of the boxer world. Which brings us to our seller's bike:

This example is a 2009 BMW HP2 Sport with low miles on the odometer.

Note the digital dash, providing MotoGP-like functionality and style.

BMW really went all out in an attempt to make this boxer current and competitive against both the Japanese and the Italians. Check out this great single-sided swingarm:

From the seller:
Like New, Never laid down

Never Raced

Clear Title

Low Miles

Sharp looking

Rare Model

Carbon Fiber accessories make it light weight

6-Speed

130 HP

1200cc

0-60 in 3.1 Seconds

There is no indication if this particular bike is optioned with the desirable ABS system, and scouring the pictures did not result in anything obvious. This model does come standard with a factory quick shifter, forged aluminum wheels, carbon fiber bodywork and Brembo radial-mount brakes. In all, it is a BMW tour-de-force

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Honda October 29, 2010 posted by Mike

The roll on King: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

For sale: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo with 16,000 miles

By 1983, three of the Big Four Japanese manufacturers had Turbo bikes in the showroom. Only Kawasaki was missing from the party, and wouldn't show up until the following year. For Honda, though, 1983 was a big year. The previous Turbo, 1982's CX500T, was not well recieved and they made a significant effort to change that with a major re-design: the 1983 CX650 Turbo.

From the seller:
Here is a rare Honda CX650 TURBO,in very nice shape. Not perfect,some nicks and scrapes. Never down at speed,onlt stand still tip over. Paint is in pretty good shape,tail section shows some aging[see pic]. Engine and drive train are very strong and tight. Was going to keep this,but decided to sell my collection of Turbo bikes{2 500 turbos,650 Seca Turbo}.Here is a chance to own a great sport touring bike and a classic at the same time.

As a one-year bike, these 650 Turbos are pretty rare. Sources at the Turbo Motorcycle International Owners Association place the number of imported units for 1983 at a mere 1,015. Interest in these bikes is strong due to performance; while the 1/4-mile times were average (11.95 @ 112.4 mph according to Motorcyclist magazine), the roll-on performance was nothing short of phenomenal. Even today this motorcycle can hold its own on the open road against much more modern (and larger) machinery.

This auction is going on now, and the current price is well in line with the going rate.

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale October 29, 2010 posted by Mike

1985 Yamaha RZ350

1985 Yamaha RZ350

2-stroke mania continues here at RSBFS. Here is a rare RZ350 in red/white for your enjoyment. This example has seen some use, but looks to be in good condition for its age.

There is very little information regarding this gem in the ad, although the seller lists it as a California bike with 8,959 miles. The auction has the bike mistakenly labeled as an RC350 rather than an RZ350, so that might keep some people from finding it. But not us!

Offered in the US for only a short period of time, this is the second (and last) year of the RZ350. Earlier (1984) paint schemes had the yellow/black with Kenny Roberts' signature, and the red/white without a signature. In 1985, Yamaha added Kenny's sig to the red/white paint scheme as well.

This bike sports a set of Spec II expansion chambers. As the OEM exhaust system contained a complex (and heavy) set of catalytic converters to help the bike pass EPA emissions, aftermarket systems helped to shed 15+ lbs and offered substantial performance improvements.

Although not quite as fast as the 550 four strokes of the day, the little RZ built up a strong cult following and continues to be an affordable collectable that is fun to ride. Check out this one here!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale October 29, 2010 posted by Mike

1993 Yamaha GTS 1000

1993 Yamaha GTS 1000

It's open for debate: What defines a sport bike? Given, this GTS1000 steps a little over the line into sport-touring country, but you cannot deny that it is unique and rare. It also looks incredibly clean and well cared for.

From the seller:
Very rare find in this Excellent condition. This GTS has New Dunlop Q2's front and rear, Corbin seat and best of all Full Ohlins Suspension! All service work is fresh with Repsol synthetics. This bike is as close to mint as gets.

With the James Parker developed front swing arm suspension, handling was purported to be excellent - especially under braking. Which brings us back to the question: What defines a sport bike? Well this one was good enough for Brian Catterson (then, Editor for American Roadracing, now Editor of Motorcyclist) to turn into a successful race bike.

Additional information on the GTS 1000 can be found courtesy of Motorcyclist magazine. You can also .

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Sport Bikes For Sale October 28, 2010 posted by Mike

1982 Yamaha Seca Turbo with 2,241 miles!

1982 Yamaha Seca XJ650 LJ Turbo

Back in '82, there was nothing hotter than a factory turbo bike. Honda fired the first salvo with their technology-laden CX500T, and Yamaha was close behind with the XJ650 LJ Seca Turbo. Differing from the Honda (and all other factory turbo bikes of that era) through the use of "blow through" carburation instead of fuel injection, these Yamaha Turbos are surprisingly reliable and durable bikes.

From the seller:
2241 Original miles! Great bike Great condition! Bike runs flawless. Tires are good for another season or two. Few minor defects (see pictures) But all around EXCELLENT BIKE! Windscreen in good shape, not yellowed.

I purchased the bike at a local dealer that said it sat since '84!!!!

Everything gone through by the dealer, carbs rebuilt brakes bled

PRICE IS NEGOTIABLE!

Here is your chance to own a survivor from the Turbo era. Approximately 6,500 units were created in 1982, and only 1,500 in 1983. After 1983, Yamaha discontinued the Turbo and dealers discounted the bikes heavily to get rid of them. While they offered impressive performance on the street, they had lackluster performance in the showroom.

There are some differences between the two years: The '82 bikes managed to produce only 7 psi of boost (versus 12 psi in '83), resulting in lower performance. The '83 bikes also had some suspension and chassis upgrades which make them slightly more preferable from a collector standpoint. A great source of information on these bikes can be found at the Turbo Motorcycle International Owners Association website.

This seller is asking $4,000 for the bike. From the pictures, the bike seems to be in reasonable condition for a 30 year old ride. Replacement parts can be difficult to source for these rare models, but many resources exist on the internet.

For more information and to , check out the ad!

MI