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Bimota April 4, 2011 posted by Mike

Italian Hothead: 1988 Bimota YB4 750 E.I.

For Sale: 1988 Bimota YB4 750 E.I.

Update 4.3.11: This listing was pulled by eBay but is back. Link updated.

It seems to be the season for rare, vintage Bimotas. First we saw Phil's post on the legendary SB3 (click here for more details), and then sharp-eyed RSBFS reader Zach pointed out that this 1988 YB4 is back on the market. This is not the first time we have seen this bike: the seller posted his entire collection of homologation racers on RSBFS last year (click here for the original post). While some bikes from the collection sold, the YB4 did not.

So what is a YB4? Take a Yamaha FZ750 5-valve Genesis motor, augment it with custom fuel injection, stuff it into a stout, twin-spar aluminum frame, wrap it in voluptuous, hand-laid 'glass, suspend it with the best Marzocchi forks of the day, and stop it with top line Brembos. Bimota built just enough of them in 1988 (200) to qualify for homologation status, allowing them to compete in World Superbike Championship. It didn't hurt that it was a winning package.

From the seller:
1988 BIMOTA YB4 e.i. 750cc
For you Bimota collectors and 80's - 90's superbike enthusiasts out there, on offer is this beautiful condition YB4 e.i. with an amazingly minimal 1,985 miles.

FYI: This homologation superbike special is for sale locally - so I reserve the right to end the auction early.

Yamaha FZ 750 Fuel Injected Engine
Marzocchi Forks
Brembo Brakes

If you have questions regarding this machine or would like to see additional photos, please contact me through eBay and I will send additional information to you.

With typical Bimota artistic attention to detail, this is a very beautiful motorcycle. Great handling, good power and exceptional light weight make this a very desireable collectable. Ultimately, Bimota created just over 300 of these YB4 machines over a two year run - and finding one in the U.S. is a rare event.

This bike is available on eBay again, and interest has been moderate. The current bid is up to $7,100 at the time of this writing, which is still below the reserve. There are lots more pictures and more information offered by the seller, and I encourage you to check out this rare bird if you are at all interested. Good Luck and tell 'em you saw it on RSBFS!

MI

Cagiva April 3, 2011 posted by Mike

Back to kick-ass motorcycles: 1987 Ducati 750 F1

For Sale: 1987 Ducati 750 F1

Fresh from our April 1 escapades (you DID realize it was April Fool's Day, didn't you?) comes this fantastic 1987 Ducati F1 in classic Italian tri-colore livery. Built during Ducati's dark days of the mid-to-late 1980s - sales were way down and Ducati was struggling financially - the 750 F1 was intended to evoke the company's TT racing success. The bikes were fantastic pieces: trellis frames, air-cooled desmo twins, Brembo hardware on both ends and Marzocchi suspension components. But with demand way down, Ducati simply did not import many - making these rare models to find today.

From the seller:
1987 Ducati 750 F1

Loud and fast Italian .40mm carbs,dry clutch,Open megaphone exhaust.Original condition,some nicks and scratches but excellent condition.Clear title.

This auction is current right now. The opening bid is set at $12,000, with no takers as of yet. The starting price seems a bit steep for a non-Montjuich model (which had higher performance and upgraded componentry), but this is indeed a relatively rare model and a significant piece of Ducati history. This is a no reserve auction, so the higher starting price is somewhat understandable. With a claimed 600 miles on the clock, this looks to be a relatively well preserved model ready to be ridden by its new owner.

For more pictures and more information, click on the link and . And let us know if you like this sort of stuff - or if we should go back to trikes and 'Busa customs. Send us some comments, as operators are standing by...

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale March 31, 2011 posted by Mike

Suzuki RG 250 Gamma with California title!

For Sale: 1987 Suzuki RG 250 Gamma with CA title

Predecessor to the RGV series of two-stroke v-twins, the original Suzuki quarter-liter "racebike with lights" was a parallel twin known as the RG. Introduced in 1983 and manufactured through 1987, the RG250 was very advanced for its day. The Gamma series was one of the first - if not THE first - mass produced sportbike with an aluminum frame. This RG model also sported a single shock "Full Floater" rear suspention, slippery aero bodywork, modern 4-piston brake calipers and an anti-dive fork.

This particular bike appears to be a MK III machine, including a power-boosting Automatic Exhaust Control (AEC) system. Unlike Yamaha's YPVS system which altered the height of the exhast port, Suzuki's AEC utilized a butterfly valve in the head to alter the capacity of the exhaust - thereby widening the powerband and increasing total power to approximately 50 bhp. Bolted into a sharp-handling chassis and weighing in at approximately 285 lbs, the Gamma offered racetrack performance.

From the seller:
1987 Suzuki RG 250. Looks good, strong runner. Has Avon Super Venom Tires near new tread depth. Has been run up Palomar Mountain, a worthy 7 mile steep climb from 2,200 to 5,500 feet altitude, with 230 Lb rider.

Milage shown on speedo is in Kilometers, converted to Mph in info area. Original paint except for upper fairing and front fender. Red Suzuki decal has some scratches but reproduction ones may be available on the net. Reg Expired 2007, but is on PNO , so no penalties.

Larger pictures can be e-mailed, direct if closer look for blemishes is desired. Bike always stored indoors , and run every couple of months to keep healthy. Have very large bike collection being thinned down to make more space.

This particular seller is a well known collector. His stable is said to include more than 300 bikes, and thus the "thinning the herd" comment is probably true. We don't see a lot of RG250 Gammas run through RSBFS, which speaks to their relative rarity. Considering this one has a valid California title (nearly impossible to obtain and a definitive price booster for CA buyers) and appears to be in reasonable condition, I would estimate that it will fetch fair market money.

So what is "fair market money" for one of these? Generally, a RG250 will run from $2,500 - $5,500 depending upon condition and model. The Walter Wolf editions tend to bring just a bit more - but not always; auctions can be fickle beasts. The reserve is apparently set just below $4k, which is about what this bike will likely sell for.

For all the pictures, details and more, . Tell 'em RSBFS sent you!

MI

BMW March 21, 2011 posted by Mike

Killer Boxer: BMW HP2 Sport

For Sale: 2008 BMW R-Series HP2 SPORT

As the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And this HP2 Sport has got to be about as close to Italian as BMW can get. When you think of an air-cooled, twin cylinder, underseat exhaust, carbon fiber bodywork, Ohlins suspension sportbike, Ducati or Bimota springs to mind. But in some ways, BMW has out-Ducati-ed that famous marque with this offering. Sporting 130 HP from the traditonal boxer motor, BMW has created a farewell icon; while boxers will continue on in the BMW lineup, all serious sporting duties will fall to the newly minted S1000RR.

When new, these bikes rivaled Bimota in pricetag: it took upwards of $25k MSRP to purchase one of these special machines - provided you could find one. Lately we have seen a few come available on the used market, but pricing has held pretty firm.

From the seller:
2008 BMW HP2 SPORT NON ABS MODEL. BUILT IN RACE COMPUTER. THIS IS THE $26K CARBON FIBER LIMITED PRODUCTION SPORT BIKE. THE MOTORS IN THE HP2 BIKES ARE ALL HAND BUILT AND ARE BALANCED FOR POWER AND SPEED.

THIS BIKE IS CLEAN AND DAMAGE FREE. THIS BIKE WAS A BMW LEMON LAW BUYBACK FOR TIME OUT OF SERVICE. BIKE WAS RETURNED TO BMW WHERE THE CARBON CANISTER WAS REPLACED, TIMING WAS ADJUSTED AND TIRES WERE REPLACED. THIS BIKE HAS WARRANTY UNTIL 3/5/2013. BIKE RUNS AS NEW AND HAS BEEN SAFETY CHECKED AND ALL OUTSTANDING RECALLS AND SERVICE CAMPAIGNS. BIKE HAS JUST HAD NEW TIRES INSTALLED AFTER PICTURES WERE TAKEN.

PLEASE CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS. 603-964-2877

WE SHIP.

PLEASE NOTE MILEAGE MAY VARY ALL AS BIKES ARE FOR SALE IN THE SHOWROOM AND ARE SUBJECT TO TEST RIDES.

Read the seller fine print: Mileage may not be accurate due to bikes being available for a test ride. Hmmm. A test ride is exactly the kind of thing that would help put my nerves at ease considering that this was a Lemon Law buy back. Of course the extended warranty certainly does not hurt. Those are nice aspects when negotiating with a dealer.

Value on these bikes has been very strong, although the previous owner and bike history may help with bringing that down somewhat. The current bid is at $11,211, which would be an absolute steal for this bike if the reserve had been met. It will be interesting to watch this one - a very desireable bike with a questionable history might be the incentive bidders need to try to snag one of these BMW rockets below the going rate.

To find out for yourself, . Read the score, look at the pics, and then tell us what you think. Is this something that you woud bid on? If you win, we want to hear about it!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale March 17, 2011 posted by Mike

Another of Kenny’s rides: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

For Sale: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 in MINT condition!

It's hard for me to pass up an RZ350; classic lines, last of the factory two strokes, King Kenny's signature... Lately, though, we have seen a lot of high-mileage, ratted out examples pass through eBay. Seems that more and more folks are cashing in on the rising values of these collectible buzz bombs from the 1980's.

This bike is different. Stone stock (including the hard to come by exhaust system which contains catalytic converters) with low miles, this is about as clean as one can hope to get in a used bike. If only more used bikes for sale looked like this one...

From the seller:

Offered here is my Kenny Roberts commemorative Yamaha RZ350 sports bike. I purchased this classic years ago and could not pass it up since it is such a rare find for a one owner, completely unmolested original bike with under 3,000 miles. The original owner only drove it for a few years and then stored it. He said it has never been down and that he changed the transmission oil every 1000 miles. The bike is totally stock and has not been performance modified in any way… still has the original Dunlop tires, brake pads, exhaust, etc. The only part I replaced was the original air filter which fell apart in my hand - a new foam 2 stage UNI filter was installed. This bike still has all of the original decals and stampings to my knowledge and the carb idle jets are still factory capped! The little details still are in tact… like part number tags, warning / cleaning decals, rubber brake bleeder caps, no lead fuel, catalyst, etc. This bike has a rubber seal that fits over the headlight behind the fairing which I have never seen from my exposure to these bikes.

Other than the tiny Snap-On sticker on the tank, this bike looks amazingly factory. It still has the typical mediocre toolkit, all of the EPA labels and reflectors, and stock tires (you may want to consider swapping those out before riding in anger). So what price for a showroom-fresh RZ350? Typically we see these bikes go for $3,500 on the low end, and above $7,500 on the upper end - but few are in this exemplary condition. This particular auction is popular: the current bid is up to $9,100 and in a few days somebody is going to ride off in a haze of wonderful blue smoke. The price may seem high, but it is the bidding - not some artificial BIN number - that is driving it there.

The seller has included a lot more pictures and text than we have room for here. Take a look - you won't be disappointed that you did. For all the information, to do some drooling of your own, or to bid on this two stroke time machine click on the link and . Good luck!

MI

Ducati March 14, 2011 posted by Mike

Affordable Exotica: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada

For Sale: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada

If there was any question that RSBFS is THE resource on the 'net for finding cool bikes and information, then this must surely be proof. Here is a pretty cool looking bike, a relatively rare model, all at a decent price. And Hey! The seller has thoughtfully used an earlier RSBFS post (copied verbatim) to describe this bike. For amusement, check out the seller's text (use the jump link below) with this post of a totally different 851.

That's right, folks. This one has 50 large on the clockface; somebody really rode this beauty. In all, that is not too surprising - these 4-valve Ducs are reliable, offer crisp throttle response via fuel injection, and put out pretty decent power. Handling is right up there with anything your buddies will bring to a street ride, and the Strada variant of the bike offers cozy seating for two - perfect for date night!

Normally we would include a few words from the seller here, but since the seller simply used our words for his bike, we'll skip that bit. Instead, let's take a look at some quick thoughts around this particular example. The wheels on an 851 were not red (the 1992 wheels on a Strada were black, if I recall), so these have been painted. The mirrors were color coded on this model year, so these look to have been replaced at some time. The windscreen has also been replaced with a smoked unit. The brake lines have been upgraded, and the remote resevoirs have niftly little leg warmers on them . The seat has been updated to a Corbin unit, and somebody hacked off the rear fender at some point to give it a DIY license plate relocate look. The rear hugger is also missing.

Rebuilds on a desmoquattro don't come cheap. That said, it is not uncommon for these to go well beyond that mileage. It's not likely that this bike has been babied, but if it was proprely maintained then it could be a candidate for inexpensive Italian status. If interested, I would contact the seller for more information and ask some tough questions. The price is set at $5250 which is not bad money provided the bike holds up to closer inspection. Good luck, and tell them that RSBFS sent you... and wrote the ad copy!

MI