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Bimota December 17, 2010 posted by Mike

What would Santa ride? 2009 Bimota DB7

For Sale: 2009 Bimota DB7

Can't you just see Santa, decked out in his red (leather) suit, delivering toys on this baby? Certainly much faster than reindeer, and far more stylish too. And with this particular bike being such a low mileage example with factory warranty, Santa won't have to worry much about the care and feeding of his tempermental Italian beauty.

From the seller:
A scratchless example of a rare 2009 Bimota DB7. Ducati 1098 powered with EVR slipper clutch, custom alacantra seat, and Zard slip on. All stock parts included. Guages were replaced under warranty and only show about 45 miles. Tires have less than 200 miles on them. Roughly 8 months of warranty left. Anybody serious about a bike like this already knows what it is. 386-566-2000 for questions or e-mail. I have more pictures in hi-res if needed.

The marriage of a Ducati 1098 powerplant and Bimota's unique chassis expertise - not to mention unquestionable craftsmanship - the DB7 is viewed by many as the ultimate Bimota superbike. Great handling, top-level componentry, and the exclusivity of owning a rare, hand-made motorcycle is what Bimota is all about. For other DB7s listed here on RSBFS, see previous posts HERE or HERE or HERE.

The going rate for a Bimota DB7 is just flat-out expensive. This particular bike, with low miles and additional add-ons, is priced right on the money compared to other DB7s we have seen, if not a bit under. With a BIN price under $23,000, this is starting to look like a deal. to jump over to the auction and beat Santa to the punch!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale December 16, 2010 posted by Mike

I’ll have a blue (smoke) Christmas: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

For sale: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

There is nothing like a nice RZ 350 to get you into the Christmas spirit. Admittedly this is not the nicest RZ we have seen in the pages of RSBFS, but it is the last legal, road-going two-stroke brought into this country by a major manufacturer - and that deserves a little oversight on our part. Besides, for those of us who find million dollar MHE twins a bit pricey, this bike fits nicely into more modest budgets.

From the seller:
USED 1984 YAMAHA RZ-350 WITH 2,482 MILES ON ODOMETER. WAS USED FOR RACING BY THE FIRST OWNER,THEN I GOT IT.
ALL OF THE DAMAGE WAS FROM THE FIRST OWNER, THE WINDSHIELD HAPENED IN MY GARAGE ,IT FELL OVER.
AT AROUND 2,000 MILES I HAD DONE:
TOP END REBUILT .025 OVER
NEW BRAKES
ALL FLUIDS CHAINGED
TIRES HAVE CRACKING
I PUT AROUND 475 MILES ON IT THIS LAST SUMMER
IT GOES LIKE A BAT OUT OF HELL
TOOMEY CHAMBERS
JETTED
ALARM SETSTEM
AS YOU CAN SEE THERES MINOR DINGS & DENTS
TANK BAG NOT INCLUDED
SOLD AS IS

The seller is not making any attempt to hide the damage, and from 30 feet away everything looks pretty minor. It even has Toomey pipes on it! After a glass or three of eggnog, I can almost hear the ring-a-ding-ding of Christmas. All you really need to do is ask Santa for a new windscreen and you will be able to deck the halls - as well as a few unsuspecting middleweights.

As described in previous RSBFS posts, RZ350s are fun little strokers that are getting harder to find. This one is not in ideal shape, but the major bits are all there. If you want to get in on the affordable classic collectable, this might be your chance! Click on over to the auction and

MI

Harley Davidson December 16, 2010 posted by Mike

1975 Harley-Davidson RR350 Grand Prix Racer

1975 Harley-Davidson RR350 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle

I must admit, I don't know a whole lot about The Motor Company's foray into GP roadracing. HD purchased 50% of Aeronautica Macchi's (Aermacchi) motorcycle division in the 1960s, and purchased the remainder of Aermacchi in the mid 1970s. From the Aermacchi division HD imported many two-stroke bikes as entry-level machines in the US. HD sold off the entire works to Cagiva in 1978.

It was from these Aermacchi years that HD entered the roadracing scene.

From the seller:
This is a very nice example restored in Germany and imported by me. The engine has been started once since the rebuild (rebuild documented by photographs) and I have the shop manual and some spares. It is not perfect, it has several small scratches from the import process. There is not a lot of information on these bikes available but one source does say that there were only 35 built. The 350cc was built for Walter Villas successful attempt to win both the 250cc and 350cc GP World Championships in 1975. The frame and engine numbers are as follows. *350/2c/2t/10027* on the frame steering neck and *350/2c/2t/10027 on the transmission case which is where the shop manual says they should be located indicating, to me, matching numbers. The bike has been stored for about 6 years. I have a matching RR250 listed on ebay in another ad and a 350 ERS also listed. I will deliver the bike to forward air for shipping, crating can be done by forward air. Shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. This is a very nice bike. Any questions please ask.

So what price does a piece of history like this bring? The seller claims that only 35 of these machines were created. Given the rarity of these bikes and the lack of recent auction data, that is a hard question to answer. The auction is at $8,200 at the time of this post, and the seller is apparently looking for more as the reserve has not been met. This could be a very interesting auction to follow, as the bidding has been relatively spirited. For more information, or to get into the action, .

MI

Harley Davidson December 15, 2010 posted by Mike

1975 Harley-Davidson RR250 roadracer

For sale: 1975 Harley-Davidson RR250 2 Stroke Water Cooled GP Racing Motorcycle

Here is another very rare Harely-Davidson roadracer, brought to us by the same seller of the RR350. This time, we are looking at the RR250 model. This came from The Motor Company's association with Aermacchi during the AMF years.

From the seller:
1975 Harley Davidson RR250. This is a very rare very complete example imported by me from England 7 or 8 years ago. I have not started it as it has been stored. It was run just prior to the import. It is not perfect, it has some surface rust from storage but it is easily rectified. This was originally a monoshocker but somewhere in its race history it was converted to a twin shock. The mono shock mount tabs are still there. It also has a single disc forward. There is not a lot of information on these bikes available but one source does say that there were 25 water cooled examples built each year from 72 through 76. The frame and engine numbers are as follows. *250/2c/2t/10118* on the frame steering neck and *250/2c/2t/10118* on the transmission case which is where the shop manual says they should be located indicating, to me, matching numbers. I do not know if the sequence of serial numbers began with the air cooled version. The bike has been stored for about 6 years.

Like its RR350 brother, this auction has attracted good attention. Value of this bike is difficult to gauge as we just don't see too many of these bikes crossing the block. If interest and bidding is any indication, though, this will be a good auction to watch. The current price is just north of $11k, with the reserve still firmly in place. To check out the action, .

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale December 15, 2010 posted by Mike

Just in time for Christmas: 1991 Yamaha TZ250

For sale: 1991 Yamaha TZ250

From the seller:
Mostly Original Track day bike.
Never Street Legal.
Been in storage for 3 years.
No Speedometer.
Stock Pipes.
To the best of our knowledge, All stock parts.
The reason we're selling is we have more TZ's.
Cleaned up and runs good

These TZ250s show up from time to time here on RSBFS - often enough that you probably already know the specs and details. If not, HERE is a previous post, as well as HERE and HERE. Regardless, what you need to know is these are fast two-stroke race bikes with outstanding handling compared to any streetbike today. Perfect for those track day excursions (you DO have a New Year's resolution to attend more track days, right?).

The asking price is very much in line with the going rate for these bikes. This one does not appear to come with much by way of spares (which does affect the value), but it still appears to be a clean, solid machine.

For more information and to jump into the action, .

MI

Honda December 14, 2010 posted by Mike

Stocking Stuffer: 1977 Honda MT125R

For sale: 1977 Honda MT125R completely original!

How is this for a great little Christmas present? An all original 1977 Honda MT125R race bike in exceptional shape! Sold directly by Honda via their dealer network, the MT125R was produced by Honda Racing Service Center (RSC) and made available to the general public. This was, for all intents and purposes, a true GP roadracer intended for closed-course competition. Randy Mamola got his start on a bike very much like this one.

Honda built this bike by borrowing heavily from the parts bin. Many pieces on the roadracer originated from the MT125 Elsinore dual-purpose bike. The engine is an air-cooled, single-cylinder two-stroke, coupled to a six-speed transmission. Horsepower was purported to be around 26. Just check out those tiny clip-ons!

From the seller:
I am offering for sale my 1977 Honda MT125R racing bike. This machine is completely original and does not appear to have ever been raced.

The MT125R is a factory produced race bike that draws from the very successful Elsinore CR125M motor crosser combining a modified CR engine with a unique frame, front fork assembly and a one-off faring tank and seat unit. The MTRs were manufactured for two years and used for a one make/model race series sponsored by Honda which ran in America and Europe. Many racers started their careers on MTRs.

This machine is as new! It has all of the factory items except the original stand. Included is the original MTR tachometer, mechanical front disc brake system and some spares including sprockets, jetting and copies of the factory literature. It incorporates the original MTR engine with a 34mm Mikuni carburetor, ultra close ratio gearbox and MTR pipe. The wheels have 1.60 DID rims with the factory Dunlop KR73/76 tires.

The bike was purchased in the condition you see it in now. When I got it, I checked the compression, started it up, rode it around the block and put it away. It runs perfectly. It is ready to race with the exception of needing new tires (the original tires are perfect for showing) and drilling/safety wiring all of the bolts. Or you can just place it in your shop or den and appreciate this beautiful little Honda factory racer as is.

This excerpt from Cycle World circa 1978 really tells what riding one of these bikes is all about. And with the New Year just around the corner, this would be the perfect way to set yourself straight with a resolution for more track days!

There is more information and pictures in the auction ad. The price, while higher than the MSRP when new in 1977 (which was just under $2k), seems entirely reasonable given the condition and the vintage of the bike. Your chance to own this neat little piece of Honda racing history is

MI