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Ducati June 2, 2011 posted by Mike

1990 Ducati 750 Supersport

For Sale: 1990 Ducati 750 Supersport

This is what one might refer to as Ducati's "awkward years." Between the baby-cute 1970 Supersports and the razor-sharp 916 era of the late 1990s comes the teenage stage where, when looking back in perspective, bikes evolved in some ways but not in others. In this case, the design of the bike does not look 1990, but rather closer to early 80's, if not downright end-of-70's. Performance of the Pantah-based engine, however, was well ahead of its earlier counterparts.

Don't get me wrong - these are still fantastic looking bikes, and they offer classic Ducati features known and loved the world over. The cockpit looks the same as any next generation Supersport. The trellis frame is clearly evident. The "rubber band" motor, first introduced in the Pantah back in 1980, continues in evolutionary form to this day. The aesthetic look, however, reaches backwards rather than forwards (reference this older Ducati TT, which carries the same look). It is hard to believe only a couple of years separate this 750SS with the next generation such as this Superlight.

From the seller:
Here is a great opportunity to own a rare classic Ducati, my understanding is that there were less than 1300 units produced of this bike in 1990, and only a few hundred were shipped to the U.S. I purchased the bike from the second owner who claimed the bike has never been in an accident, and being a motorcyclist and Ducati mechanic I went over the bike thoroughly and found absolutely No Damage, with the exception of a missing rear blinker lens and aftermarket bar end mirrors, Amazingly the bike was is great condition except for the years of neglect. The previous owner purchased the bike from Mountain Motorsports in Ontario Ca. with 3401miles indicated on the original Ca. title. He had the bike serviced at Pro Italia and had it fitted with new tires less than 2 years ago. Unfortunately there is no service work history to back up what has been done, but in speaking with him he knew the name of the mechanic who worked on the bike, and I can confirm that it was done by a reputable service technician. I purchased the bike with 4892 original miles and proceeded to do a complete clean up, and went through everything to get her back on the road.

Now, readers might start thinking that I'm not down with this Desmo - but that would be wrong. These 750cc desmodue bikes are fantastic additions to any collection. This one just happens to be one of the last models of the previous generation Supersport - spanning the 80s and 90s - and looks a bit more dated than the "1990" model year might suggest. That is not said to take away from its performanceor desirability, but this bike is stuck between some pretty fantastic eras for Ducati and might not get the attention it deserves.

Bidding on this bike has helped prove my point. At the time of this writing, only 4 bids have come through, pushing the auction up to $3,050 with reserve not yet met. Now, this is never going to be an extremely high dollar motorcycle, but depending upon where the reserve is set this could be an extremely affordable classic. Consider this 750SS posted last year here on RSBFS: The asking price was $5,495.

For more information, more pictures, and to get yourself into the bidding for this one, . Good luck!!!

MI

Honda June 1, 2011 posted by Mike

Small package, big fun: 1989 Honda CB-1

For Sale: 1989 Honda CB-1 / CB400F / NC27

The Honda CB-1 was meant to be the spiritual successor to the heralded CB400F Supersport of the 1970's. As such, it is a cafe racer sports bike with a small displacement, four cylinder engine. This time around, however, techology has improved such that the bike is liquid cooled, and sports a 16-valve head as opposed to the 8-valve, air cooled original.

The CB-1 is not an grey-market import bike - even though it is rare enough to be considered one. The truth is that smaller-displacement motorcycles have traditionally not sold very well in the US; Americans tend to think of anything below 750cc as an entry level motorcycle. That is a real shame, as the 400cc class of bikes available today are quick, lightweight, agile and surprisingly affordable fun.

Although they are not well known, this is not the first time that we have posted a CB-1 on RSBFS. Check out this CB-1 that was posted by Doug. You can also check out this cool site for some more info on this particular model.

From the seller:
The Honda CB-1 is a small and light naked sportsbike with a straight-four 399 cc. The Honda model code is NC27. In contrast to all other models of the Honda CB series, the name is written with a hyphen. In some countries it was sold as Honda CB400F as an attempt to connect the model with the original CB400F of 1975, with which it has nothing else in common.

The bike was first introduced in 1989 and built until the end of 1990. Originally developed for the Japanese market, the CB-1 was also officially sold in the USA and Canada. Lots of additional information about this bike can be found by doing a search on the internet.

This bike runs great and rides even better! New EBC front brakes and Dunlop Qualifier tires. It is in very good condition. It does have a small ding in the tank and one in the tail that were touched up. It has fresh oil and is ready to go!

The CB-1 offers about 55 HP and a dry weight in the 370 lb range. Mix in a short wheelbase, and you have the capability of a real monster when the going gets tight and twisty. And while the CB-1 does not have the ultimate top-end rush of the FZ400, it does offer significantly greater mid-range usable power.

This particular bike has approximately 18,000 miles on the clock, and is sporting a Kerker slip-on. It is not clear from the seller what other modifications have been done, and the seller has noted the minor damage to both the tank and the tailsection. There is also some key rash on the top of the triple clamps, which is likely commensurate with the miles on the bike.

So how much for 400cc fun? This auction is going on now, with a current bid of $1,575 and reserve still in place. The BIN is $2,395. The only other CB-1 we have posted on RSBFS was closer to $2k, and it had lower mileage. Depending upon where the reserve is set, there is still a good deal to be had. Interest has been moderate.

For your chance to snag this great little bike, . Good luck!!!

MI

Bimota May 27, 2011 posted by Mike

Vintage Bimota: 1984 Bimota KB3

For Sale: 1984 Bimota KB3

After all of the comments on the Buell BattleTwin I last posted, I figured this time around I'd better find something equally rare and significant, but significantly more beautiful. Mission accomplished! Feast your eyes, RSBFS reader, on this gorgeous Bimota KB3.

Like the KB2 we posted here on RSBFS last month, the KB3 features a chrome-molly perimiter trellis frame wrapped around a stock Kawasaki powerplant. In the case of the KB3, power is delivered by a 1000cc engine, as opposed to the GPz 550 mill in the KB2. While overall size is up a bit, so is the power.

And unlike the Buell referenced earlier, this Bimota is draped - in typical Italian style - with drop-dead gorgeous bodywork meant to be both aerodynamic AND stylish. I doubt anyone would question whether or not they succeeded in those goals.

From the seller:
This 1984 1000cc Bimota KB3 has very low mileage and is in start-up, ready-to-ride condition. The bike, a rare example, is one of only 112 produced. Introduced in 83, the KZ 1000 J model engine is surrounded within a beautiful frame that is both strong and light. Many of its design features and materials are copied on today's current sport bikes.

This KB3 has been maintained carefully on a regular basis. The details are stunning and the paint work and metal finish are exceptional.
See it running and being ridden recently this past week on a youtube posting.

The gas tank been properly rust proofed. The fuel valve is new. A new battery was installed prior to posting. The controls show very little wear from use.

What good is a picture of a beautiful Bimota if there is no sound? Here is a short video offered by the seller.

Keep in mind that these early Bimotas were kit bikes; Bimota supplied the frame, forks and fairing, and the buyer supplied a donor motorcycle from which was taken the electrics, switchgear, engine and trans. And while just over 100 of these kits were produced by Bimota, every bike is different depending upon the whims of the owners who put them together. This makes this a rare bike, and a one of a kind motorcycle all at the same time!

This auction is going on now, and bidding has been moderate. The current bid is just over $12,000, with the reserve still in place. The KB3 is a very desireable, and ultimately collectable bike. Engine parts are very easy to find - thanks to the Kawasaki KZ heritage - making this a collector that can be ridden without total fear of damage.

The current price is WAY under the book value for this bike, and I would expect this to hit an easy $20k before the reserve comes off. For more info, more pictures and to get in on the bidding, . Good luck, and tell 'em you saw it on RSBFS!

MI

Buell May 19, 2011 posted by Mike

Bullish on Buell: 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin

For Sale: 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin 1 / 34 NOS never titled

Erik Buell started his engineering career at Harley Davidson, but left H-D to pursue an opportunity to market Buell Motor Company 750cc two stroke racebikes to privateer teams competing in the AMA Formula 1 series. The racebike stint was short lived, as the AMA discontinued the series in favor of Superbike less than a season later.

Buell then turned to streebikes. He obtained a large quantity of XR1000 motors via his contacts at H-D, and he used these to create the RR1000. Between 1987 and 1988, Buell delivered 50 bikes to customers, placing the Buell Motor Company on the map. When his supply of XR1000 motors ran out, Buell adopted the new H-D 1200cc Evolution engine, upgrading the bike and making the necessary changes to package the new powerplant. Through the 1989 model year, Buell created an esitmated 65 RR1200 bikes; this is one such machine.

Notice how these early Buells contain many of the iconic features seen on later bikes. The Uniplanar engine mounts - to allow the engine to be used as a stressed member while still isolating the vibration of the big twin - continues to be a patented feature on modern Buells. This bike also shows the under-the-engine suspension and exhaust - both necessary compromises to package the big twin.

From the seller:
The history of this RARE motorcycle is part of Harley-Davidson's success in Canada. Legendary enthusiast, racer and man behind the largest importer of Harley's in the world(Trev Deeley) brought this machine into Vancouver as one of only three ever to be imported into Canada. I am sure that Trev did all he could do to promote Buell, simply becauce of Buell's brillance and innovation as a motorcycle racer. Stories of this RR1200 in the window of Deeley's east Broadway motorcycle shop are consistant..."so many traffic rear-enders distracted by the Buell in the window"...the machine was removed from it's display. From the spot light to the warehouse; that's where the RR1200 sat for some time. One of Trev's racing pals eventually purchased the RR1200 and moved it into his private collection.

Never registered. 152 miles of demo. Sales brochure and original price tag included. Serviced and ready to show or vintage track.

Very rare, very low miles, and never registered - to be honest I'm not even sure where to begin concerning pricing on this one. Thankfully, there are many bidders out there who are currently showing the way. While the auction opened below $1k, bidding has been very brisk; at the time of this writing the price has risen to over $14,000 and the reserve is still in place.

This bike is a very unique piece of motorcycle history. With its aerodynamic wrap-around fairing, color scheme straight out of the 1970s, thundering performance and interesting back story, the next owner will be very lucky indeed. To check out the pictures and details or to watch the sprited bidding, . Good luck!

MI

Honda May 18, 2011 posted by Mike

.45 Caliber Fun: 1994 Honda RVF750R RC45

For Sale: 1994 Honda RVF750R RC45

Collectable Bimotas are neat, and zippy little two strokes and 400cc microbikes look like fun, but in the collector world very little compares to the true and rare homologation bikes. You see, in the wide world of motorcycling, homologation bikes serve a very real purpose - they make the legality of a stock-based roadracer a possibility. Since racing rules are often written around a "stock streetbike" as the foundation, manufacturers offer a limited number of racebike-based street bikes to satisfy that rule. This keeps their bikes legal at the racetrack, and offers a rare opportunity for the unwashed masses to actually put hands on one.

There is much debate in the collector world regarding the desireability of the RC45 versus its older brother, the RC30. While the RC30 does look more the part and is more distinctive than the average Honda sportbike, the RC45 is a more modern, more potent and more limited (in numbers) weapon. At the end of the day, though, they both bring pretty similar money at auction.

Check out the seller's specs on this one:


This is my RVF750R 1994 RC-45. I purchased this bike in 1995 from a collector with only 112 miles on it. The bike currently has 519 original miles. Water has NEVER touched this bike, neither rain or wash. The bike has always been stored in a room with low humidity and A/C.

BIKE IS VIRTUALLY NEW!!!

In 1996 I purchased from HRC the following racing kits:
Electrical Racing kit, Engine Racing Kit

Currently on the bike ALL HRC PARTS:
Full HRC motor built by HRC in Torrance, CA over 160 horsepower. 10 miles on motor.
Endurance 6 gallon aluminum tank with quick fill
Ram air tubes and full air box with velocity stacks
Fuel regulator, injectors, modified throttle bodies
Works single pipe exhaust set
Rear sets both sides with carbon heat shield
Works upper and lower radiators
Bike also has the complete front end off Eric Bostroms 1998 RC-45 Erion Racing bike including works 46 mm Superbike forks magnesium Brembo Calipers, Brembo rotors, radial brake and clutch masters, remote front brake adjuster
Marchesini 17" front wheel
Billet triple trees

You've got to admit - that spec sheet sounds very impressive. An HRC motor? A works front end off of Eric Bostrom's bike? Electrical and Engine racing kits? Works radiators? Trick quick-fill tank? It's almost a travesty that this bike has only 519 miles on it; just hearing it scream its way to redline might be more than the average mortal can stand!

But wait - there's more! In addition to the impressive kit already installed ON the bike, the seller has also included many spares and original OEM parts to go WITH the bike! This deal is starting to sound better and better!

From the seller:
New HRC parts in HRC boxes:
Stock gas tank conversion kit
17" x 3.75" Mag front wheel
17" x 6.25" Mag rear wheel
Remote oil cooler set
Sprint stator
Clutch set ( I have 2)
Many optional HRC Trans gears
Update swing arm and linkage
Upper radiator
Foam gauge holder and HRC gauges
Aluminum gage holder and front stay
HRC dual muffler set complete
Complete HRC electrical harness including PGIFI controller, HRC battery and battery holder, race ECU and holder box, tach and water temp gauge

Also included with the bike is all stock parts that are bubble wrapped, tagged and bagged:
Stock rear stand
All books and tools including all HRC books and shop manuals
All motor take offs included

So what can you do with all this stuff? What will it sound like? How will it all work? Well, I found this great video of the late Joey Dunlop (February 25, 1952 - July 2, 2000), Order of the British Empire and general RC45 expert. Here he is lapping the Ulster GP circuit during a practice session:

RC45s are solid $25k bikes. Outfitted racebikes with history easily cover the $30k plus range. This bike is somewhat between a collectable, unmodified streetbike and a racebike, as it is modified but has no history. It does, however, come with very desirable mods, many spare pieces, and a clean FL title. This auction is live right now, with the current bid just over $20k. Bidding has been very heavy.

For your chance on the rarest of the rare, . Good luck, and tell 'em you saw it on RSBFS!

MI

Bimota May 7, 2011 posted by Mike

Funny Front End? 1995 Bimota Tesi 1Dsr

For Sale: 1995 Bimota Tesi 1Dsr

Nobody has consistently astounded the motorcycle world quite like Bimota. The small boutique builder based in Rimini, Italy continues to impress with a flair for artful style and technical innovation. This is as true today as it was back in 1991, when the first Tesi 1D was introduced to the world. Today's bike, a stunning 1995 Tesi 1D-SR model, looks as radical today as it did back then.

The original Tesi 1D was powered by a Ducati 851 engine - a watershed powerplant from Ducati, with desmoquattro four valve heads, fuel injection and liquid cooling. The Tesi 1D-SR was powered by a 904cc evolution of that motor; the bigger bore creating even more motive power and torque. Am I the only one that sees a little Ducati Paso in that bodywork?

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1995 Bimota Tesi 1D SR. This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. My dad is the second owner. The bike has 115 miles on the odometer. This was a special order through the Bimota distributor and only 2 were ordered this way. It has the latest chasis but the older body style. The condition of the bike is fantastic and it does come with a free and clear title.

With hub center steering, digital instrumentation, top-shelf Brembo stoppers, fantastic enclosed bodywork, trick composite three-spoke wheels, proven Ducati v-twin power, and the exclusivity of a limited production work of art, the Bimota Tesi 1D-SR is a true collector target.

This particular bike has travelled only 115 miles in its pampered lifetime. The seller claims this is a custom order direct from Bimota, one of only two models with this frame/engine bodywork combination. I don't know how to verify this (perhaps some of you RSBFS Bimota experts can chime in here), but the VIN number supplied ends in a very, very low 002.

This bike comes from the same unbelievable collection that brought us the KB2, DB1, DB4, as well as assorted rare and desireable Ducatis (green frame 750ss, 750 Sport, 900ss). Most have been very low mile bikes, some no miles at all. This one has travelled enough that you know it works, but not so much for it to incur damage and wear.

As for pricing, these bikes are rare enough to make an estimate difficult at best. It is immaculate, desireable, exclusive and titled. The auction is currently in the $10k range, with reserve not met. This one will definitely eclipse the $20k mark before it is done, but it remains to be seen how high the reserve is set. To check out more pictures of this amazing motorcycle, click the link and . Good Luck!

MI