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Yamaha January 30, 2018 posted by Mike

Well Presented: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

[1.30.2018 - The eBay listing on this nicely-described RZ500 was pulled before we could post. The bike does not appear to be available, but enjoy the right way to present a bike. MI]

Every once in a while RSBFS staff come across a bike that is both rare AND honestly represented. The latter is often as rare as the machine itself. And speaking of machines, today's offering is no less than the vaunted Yamaha RZ500, a twin-crank V-4 two stroke patterned after the big GP bikes of the day. With a GP-inspired 16" front wheel, full bodywork, and exhausts poking out of the tail section shotgun style, the RZ500 has long been a lusted after model by collectors and riders alike. And this particular bike is so nicely documented by the seller that I will let them take over the narrative at this point. Read (and drool) on!

From the seller:
This is my 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale. This is a Canadian Version. This is one of the legendary models that Yamaha built for the street use and if you are already looking at this posting, you may be knowing how valuable these bikes are. The bike is absolute fun to ride, not restored, not molested.

It was imported to USA back in 1986 by the previous/ first owner and he had the bike all these years taken well care of. I bought the bike 2 years back thinking that I will keep it forever as a collection.

Now that I have bought a new house and moving in, I have a lot of financial priorities to take care of and I find no other way than letting this bike go. I myself is a picky person when it comes to things I buy and this bike is really worth it. The joy of riding a 2 stroke in power band is something that you won’t get in any of the new generation bikes as per what I think. The RZ500 is one of its kind that really needs to be known.

More from the seller:
When I bought the bike it was all original untouched in any way. I decided to do a complete engine rebuild as the bike itself was 30 years old and I thought it’s a fair thing to do to make the bike completely reliable to ride myself.

A complete engine rebuild was done by the famous 2 stroke specialist Rick Lance (very well known for Lance Gamma) in October 2016, little over a year ago. No expenses were spared. All the engine seals and gaskets were replaced. New first oversize pistons were installed. All genuine Yamaha parts were used for the rebuild. Anything and Everything related to the engine was taken care of. The water pump, oil pump, YPVS etc. work perfect as they should. It is using stock carburetors and exhausts. I did the break-in run and was carefully done. The bike has run only 580 Kms after the engine rebuild. All fluids were replaced at the time of engine rebuild. However I replaced the engine fluids again and topped up the 2t oil two weeks back because I did the break-in run and thought it would be nice to.

The bike starts usually in one or two kicks and settles to a nice idle and runs real smooth through all the gears.

More from the seller:
A new fuel petcock was installed, and as per Rick’s recommendation, a supplement fuel tap is also installed which is really required for these bikes for shutting off fuel completely from flowing to the system when the bike is not in use, and this is the only additional fitting on the bike other than the stock setup and as per me I really like the supplement petcock as it is very useful and really convenient.

New battery was installed at the time of the engine rebuild and is still almost as new.

Rear brake calipers were completely removed and serviced. However, I would like to change the brake pads for more efficient braking. Just did not get the time to do it, now the new owner could 🙂 (A set of brand new EBC brake pads along with the set of caliper pistons and kit goes with the bike. See the list of items I am giving away with the bike for more details).

The Tires are not new but they are in good condition Metzeler tires. However it’s up to the new owner whether he/she decides to put on a new pair before doing any serious fast riding.

All the electrics work on the bike as they should, the Turn Signals, headlight, rear/brake light, meter lights, horn etc.

Everything on the bike is original. The bike is really clean and well maintained. The pictures speaks for themselves.

More from the seller:
Please read below for the drawbacks and negatives as I think it is and important to mention.

1) The body kit is replaced and is a brand new Australian made high quality kit and price runs over $1000. The body kit was replaced because the bike fell down on the drive way (while parked on kick stand) when I was moving things to my new house. It broke the right side lower cowling screw attachment at 2 points.

2) The right side exhaust also got a scratch mark when it fell which I thought of leaving it alone. (Please see the picture)

I bought a separate super clean gas tank from a seller and got it repainted by a high end professional. High quality DuPont paint was used for the paint job and the color matches perfectly with the new body kit. As said please refer to the pictures and you can see the quality.

This is a 32 Year old bike and will have its own minor blemishes and drawbacks as you could imagine. Please don’t expect a 100% perfect showroom condition bike. There is no warranty or guarantee expressed or implied.

More from the seller:
The bike is currently located in Houston, Texas. It has a clear Texas title in my name.

The reserve price I have kept is very nominal and reasonable as per the market price. I have no intentions to make any profit out of selling it, and I am not a business man.

I hope it finds an owner who is just enthusiastic and a bike lover just like me.

How's that for some detail? Gotta love the attention this seller has put into the advert - and based on the photos one can only assume the same treatment was bestowed on the bike. Sure, it has some use and the pipe rash and replacement plastics are a ding to sanitary originality. The rebuild from a reputable shop is a check in the plus column. The big RZ is the most common of the 500cc smoking set here in the US, but that does not make it cheap by any means. Bidding has started out very slow on this one, and the auction sits at just over $10k with reserve in place. I would expect a bike like this to fetch in the neighborhood of $15k, so there is time and room to move if you are so inclined. Check out all of the details here and enjoy a collectable classic that is begging to be adopted and ridden like its repli-racer looks might suggest. Good luck!!

MI

Kawasaki January 28, 2018 posted by Mike

Boosted Optimism: 1985 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo

You are looking at what Cycle magazine dubbed the fastest motorcycle of 1985. Ripping off a quarter mile faster than liter bikes of the day, the Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo took the latest fad and turned it into a very sharp weapon indeed. Easily the most potent of the Turbo set, the GPZ750 Turbo pushed the boosted boundaries further than any of the Big Four. Yet despite the performance possible, Kawasaki failed to achieve success with their Turbo offering - much like the rest of the Big Four. Turbos screamed with graphics, torque and power, but generated few sales.

1985 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo for sale on eBay

Kawasaki bolted a Hitachi HT-10B turbocharger in front of the engine, positioned as close to the headers as possible to reduce lag. Utilizing digital fuel injection, the air-cooled, transverse four-stroke in-line four was otherwise comparatively simple in design. Kawasaki engineers raided the parts bin, adding some strengthening to the normally-aspirated GPz750 block handle the Turbo pressure. The top end came from the more conservative KZ650, lowering the compression ratio to a range more compatible with a turbo and pump gas. Expect approximately 95 unfettered horses from this combination.

From the seller:
YOU ARE LOOKING AT A 1985 KAWASAKI GPZ 750 TURBO THAT I HAVE OWNED SINCE NEW. THIS BIKE LIVED ALL OF ITS LIFE IN A CLIMATE CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT. THE BIKE HAS NEVER HAD FUEL IN ITS TANK, NEVER BEEN STARTED OR HAS HAD ANY ELECTROLYTE PUT INTO THE ORIGINAL BATTERY. MOTORCYCLE WAS PICKLED WHEN NEW AND MAINTAINED THAT WAY THROUGH OUT ITS LIFE. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY ARE STILL OUT THERE IN THIS CONDITION, I'M THINKING VERY FEW IF ANY. BIKE IS STILL ON MSO, NEVER REGISTERED. I HAVE ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL AND BROCHURE. THIS IS A CHANCE TO OWN A BRAND NEW PIECE OF MOTORCYCLE HISTORY. I HAVE MORE PHOTOS IF NEEDED. TIRES ARE STARTING TO SHOW THEIR AGE WITH A LITTLE CRACKING ON THE SIDES, REMEMBER THEY ARE 33 YEARS OLD. PAINT IS FLAWLESS AS IS THE REST OF THE BIKE. PUT IT IN YOUR OFFICE OR MUSEUM , IT IS CURRENTLY IN ONE OF MY LIVING ROOMS.

The Turbo era has remained a relatively underperforming element of the collecting world. Sure, Turbo bikes are rare and unique - and slowly (glacially) gaining in value over the years. However they have failed to ignite the collector world just as they failed to ignite showroom fires back in the 1980s, and just as they failed to deliver on "literbike performance" from a smaller package. One might be willing to call the entire Turbo era a wholesale failure according to nearly every standard by which we compare motorcycles. Those might be harsh words, but the unfortunate reality of this particular segment of our two-wheeled universe. These words, by the way, come from an owner...

This particular Turbo GPz is perhaps the last "new" bike of its type in the world. Zero miles, never filled with fuel and original battery and tires make this a unique find for the right collector. And it would need to be a collector, as after sitting this many years unused, considerable care would need to be taken to turn this back into a rider. But riding it would destroy the value of this zero mile example, making this a museum piece at best. And what price does a brand new 1985 model go for? Would you believe six figures? Me neither. Props to the seller for asking a huge sum, but not riding the fastest quarter miler back in '85 does not necessarily escalate the value tenfold. Yes, it can only be new once - but few bikes make it to the $100k milestone (and those are far more coveted models). Still, it is a cool time capsule worth looking at. Check it out here, and then jump to the comments and share your thoughts and experiences with Turbo bikes. Good luck!!

MI

Boosted Optimism: 1985 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo
Sales Report January 22, 2018 posted by Mike

Sales Summary – August 2017

The summer of 2017 was a good one when it came to the supply of bikes. Whether you are a collector or simply interested in values, let's take a look back at August 2017 and see what sold and for how much. Links to the original post on RSBFS included.


SOLD Bikes


1993/1994 Bimota DB2 - SOLD as a Featured Listing after a price drop to Price drop to $9,000!


2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica - SOLD for $13,000


1986 Ducati 400 F3 - SOLD for $5,299


2001 Ducati MH900e - SOLD for $19,572


2014 Ducati Superleggera in WSBK Spec - SOLD at a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)

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1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 AMA Superbike - SOLD as a Featured Listing for $55,500!


1973 Bimota HB1 350 - SOLD for $4,549


1989 Honda CBR600F - SOLD for $2,150


1996 Honda NSR 250 SP - SOLD as a Featured Listing in just 48 hours! (pricing data not available)


1996 Honda RVF400 - SOLD as a Featured Listing for $8,800!


1982 Kawasaki GPz1100 - SOLD for $5,800


1984 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo - SOLD for $13,900


1997 Kawasaki ZX-7R - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1983 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza - Sold for $4,000


Zero-Mile 1985 Suzuki RG500Γ - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 - SOLD for $5,150


1987 Yamaha TZR250 - SOLD for $4,450



1987 Yamaha TZR250 - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1991 Yamaha R1Z - SOLD for $6,101


1994 Yamaha YZF 750 R - SOLD for $3,500


Yamaha FZR400RR 3TJ - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory BSB Superbike - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)

Unsold Bikes


1997 Aprilia RS250 - No sale at $8,300


1988 Bimota YB7 - No sale


1993 Bimota YB10 Dieci - No sale at $8,900


1999 Bimota DB4 - No sale as eBay listing ended early


2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio - Listed as No Sale at $30,000 with listing ended early


2003 Derbi GPR-r 80cc - No sale at $2,000 opening ask


1984 Ducati MHR Mille - No sale with bids up to $16,205


1988 Ducati Paso 750 - eBay listing ended early


1995 Ducati 916 - No sale at $18,590 (although the seller indicated to RSBFS that it eventually sold to a collector)


1997 Ducati 916 Strada - No sale with bids up to $4,900


1998 Ducati 916 - No sale with bids up to $5,000


2010 Ducati 848 Nicky Hayden Edition - No sale at $6,200


Two 1982 Honda MB5s - No sale at $3,535


1984 Honda NS250R MC11 - No sale and zero bids at $2,500 opening ask


1984 Honda VF1000F - No sale at $8,000


1986 Honda NS400R - No sale with bids up to $10,438


1987 Honda NSR250R - eBay listing ended early


1987 Honda VFR400R NC24 - No sale at $5,900


2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition - No sale; listing ended early


1989 Kawasaki ZXR400H1 - No sale with bids up to $4,050


2016 Kawasaki H2 - No sale at $18,900


1986 Moto Morini 350 K2 - No sale with bids up to $3,555


Ex-Doug Polen Suzuki GSX-R750 - No sale at $4,950


1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf - No sale at $4,750


1997 Suzuki RGV250 - eBay listing ended early


1998 Suzuki TL 1000R - No sale at $6,900


1986 Yamaha FZR250 - No sale at $4,200


1988 Yamaha YSR 50 - No sale and zero bids at $2,800


1992 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP - No sale at $7,500


1994 Yamaha TZR250RS - No sale at $6,056


1997 Yamaha YZF1000 - No sale with bids up to $2,025


1998 Yamaha R1 - No sale at $6,900


2006 Yamaha MT-01 - No sale at $12,000

Ducati January 19, 2018 posted by Mike

Dusty deal? 1982 Ducati MHR900

Collectable motorcycles - especially those from the late 1970s through 1980s - are on the rise. Values have been notching up to the point where many of us can remember when "...you could buy one for (insert paltry sum here)..." This is true of practically any desirable bike in recent memory; for every bike there is a bubble developing. This certainly holds for memorable Ducati models - on the ropes in the late 70s & early 80s, Ducati fought back with a replica model dripping with nostalgia. Hopelessly outgunned by the technology of the Japanese, the 1982 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica recalled a more successful time for the Bologna factory (specifically, the Isle of Man TT win in '78), and traded outright performance for repli-racer glorly. Today these are 5 figure collector models with a strong following.

1982 Ducati MHR900 for sale on eBay

Essentially an offshoot of the 900 Super Sport of the day, the air-cooled twin utilized a bevel drive to actuate the two-valve desmo heads. Claimed power was a reasonable 64 HP, which was decent in the day. Today this is a laughable sum achievable by entry level cycles, but there is nothing that can compete with the onslaught of time and tech. The pros of power delivery included usable torque throughout the rev range, and a very narrow profile. This was capitalized by the straight section trellis frame, enabling confident handling and impressive lean angles. Improved Marzocchi suspension and upgraded brakes elevated the original MHR from the standard SS. Additional chassi details included magnesium wheels and a model specific fuel tank feeding 40mm Dell'Ortos. Bespoke Conti mufflers completed the visual effect.

By 1982, the differences between the 900SS and the MHR shrunk down to all but bodywork and graphics. Magnesium wheels were replaced by more durable aluminum units. The model-specific gas tank survived, as did the larger carbs. But the real difference between the standard SS and the MHR was the bodywork; a large flowing fairing, tight talk section and new side panels all emblazoned with the star power of Mike Hailwood. Depending upon sources, an estimated 7,000 MHRs were built between 1979 and early 1986. Cagiva's takeover of Ducati in 1985 spelled the end of the bevel twin and the MHR model line.

From the seller:
Here is your chance to buy an extremely rare Ducati that simply does not come up for sale very often. I have owned this bike for over 25 years including back in Australia and brought it to the USA over 15 years ago. I never bothered to title it here as it was in my personal Ducati collection and I rode it very rarely, it had a noisy gearbox bearing on 5th gear so I gave it to a friend who was starting his own European bike repair shop and he was going to take his time and replace the bearing and freshen it up a bit...5 years later I had to take it back in the condition you see it here, I have all the parts safely stored in a plastic tote and it is complete, and the engine covers etc have all been polished. This motorcycle was invited to a special event of hailwoods held at daytona speedway where I got to meet nobby Clarke, Pauline and David hailwood and they all signed my tank, sadly those signatures have all faded but there is pics on the internet somewhere of the meeting and then signing my tank, I also got to ride this bike in the procession lap on the banked track where I got to open her up..I always swore I would never sell this bike and if I don’t get the money I’m asking I doubt I will.this is a matching numbers bike.. I have taken pics of the bike before I cleaned it...it has been in my air conditioned warehouse for the last 10years and will need a good going over, new Tyres etc...cleans up extremely well..

Ducati specs vary greatly within a given model year - partly due to the relaxed attitude of the Italian manufacturer during this time frame, and partly due to the initial destination of the bike in question. For example, US-based bikes came devoid of the Conti pipes due to noise regs (thank you, Mr. EPA). Thus is it not uncommon to find some variances in bikes built in the same year - making collecting a bit more of a challenge. What is stock and original can change from region to region.

This particular seller has committed every sin that RSBFS preaches against when it comes to the advert: Pictures are few and poor, and show a bike that could use a bit of cleaning. Instead of telling us that it "...cleans up extremely well..." it would be of great help to show us - by cleaning it up and *then* taking pictures. Nobody knows what the fiberglass looks like, the condition of the paintwork, etc. It also doesn't help to see that this is not a running bike - and may not be complete. I won't even ask why the rear cylinder is missing when the stated issue was a bearing in the tranny (maybe a bevel expert can help us out there). These are all very important items considering the starting bid opens at a cool $22k USD. Now a clean MHR is will definitely top $20k in today's collector market, but this one feels a bit closer to basket case than concours. I'm not sure the rarity of the model warrants a piecemeal example at this price, and thus far the internet agrees with me at zero bids. Check it out here and share your thoughts. Good luck!!

MI

Dusty deal? 1982 Ducati MHR900
Sales Report January 14, 2018 posted by Mike

Sales Summary – July 2017

The summer was HOT when it came to the supply of bikes. Whether you are a collector or simply interested in values, let's take a look back at July 2017 and see what sold and for how much. Links to the original post on RSBFS included.


SOLD Bikes


1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin - SOLD for $19,601


1986 Ducati F1B - SOLD for $8,751

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2001 Ducati 748R - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing information not available)


2004 Ducati Monster S4R - SOLD for $5,800 as a Featured Listing!


2009 Ducati Sport 1000 - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing information not available)


2007 Ducati Sport 1000S - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing information not available)


1985 Honda VF1000R - SOLD for $13,000


1990 Honda NSR250R - Reported as SOLD for $3,995


1983 Kawasaki GPZ550 - SOLD for $2,600


1994 Kawasaki ZX-9R - SOLD for $4,200


1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S - SOLD for $15,000


1990 Suzuki RGV250SP - SOLD as a Featured Listing for $7,400!


1985 Yamaha RZ500 - Listed as sold for $8,200 Canadian (approx $6,540 USD)


1995 Yamaha YZF600 - SOLD for $2,000

Unsold Bikes


2000 Aprilia RS50 - listing pulled early


2000 Aprilia RS250 - No sale with bids up to $8,200


2008 Bimota DB6R - No sale at $14,999


1974 Ducati 750 Supersport - No sale and zero bids with a $190,000 opening ask


1975 Ducati 900 SS - No sale at $37,600

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1992 Ducati 888 Corsa - No sale at $59,900


1995 Ducati 916 - No sale at $18,590


2005 Ducati Monster S4R - No sale at $7,500


2009 Ecosse Iconoclast - No sale at $34,995


1982 Honda CB1100R - No sale at $12,700


1995 Honda CB1000 - No sale with listing pulled early


1995 Kawasaki ZX-9R - No sale at $5,600


1974 Laverda 750 SF2 - No sale with bids up to $14,400


1982 Laverda Jota - No sale with one bid at $20,000


2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia - Listing pulled early


2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R Senna - Listing pulled early


2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 312RR - No sale and zero bids with a $10,000 opening ask


1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 - No sale at $7,200


1989 Yamaha TDR250 - Listed as SOLD for $7,150, but then subsequently relisted

Laverda January 12, 2018 posted by Mike

Relic: 1982 Laverda Jota 1000

Named after a Spanish dance conducted in triple time (triple, get it?), the Laverda Jota was an Italian superbike designed for high speed travel. Featuring a 1000cc inline three cylinder, the Jota line ran from 1976 through 1982 - and witnessed the inception of the downfall of this iconic motorcycle (and farm equipment) manufacturer. By the mid 1980s Laverda was in serious trouble. Relying upon the basic underpinnings of the Jota, Laverda attempted to reverse their fortunes with the RGS / RGS Executive and the nostalgically named SFC. When those models failed, Laverda submerged into receivership. They resurfaced a few times with attempts to rebuild the brand under new ownership, but ultimately sank from view completely. Today the brand is owned by scooter magnate Piaggio, who have shown no interest in furthering the Laverda lineup. As a result, this 1982 Jota could be seen as the last of the true Laverdas - the heyday of a bygone era.

1982 Laverda Jota 1000 for sale on eBay

The Jota enjoyed two distinct periods of existence related to crankshaft timing. The original 1000cc triple featured a 180 degree crank configuration - the center piston on the bottom of the stroke when the outer two were at TDC - giving the bike a distinctive lope at idle and a unique character while underway. It was not until the end of the run (the very final year) that Laverda introduced the 120 degree crankpin arrangement. Evenly spacing the 360 degrees of revolution, the 120 degree crank provided for a smoother idle and less vibration while underway. These were important elements, as Laverda was struggling to compete with the technology onslaught of the Japanese - especially the developing four cylinder examples.

From the seller:
This very original survivor Laverda Jota is a remarkable example of a special motorcycle. Considered the top European superbike of its day the Jota was a performance showcase for Laverda and had a very successful racing career. Rated at around 90hp, it could exceed 140mph, making it the fastest production bike of the era. Race versions went on to win the UK Production series in 1976, '78, '79 and '80

This Euro-Spec Laverda was purchased from a collector in Italy and recently imported to California. Very low original mileage with only 22K kilometers. (13,670 miles .. Bikes has odo and speedo in kilometers and kph). Overall cosmetic condition is excellent, showing very minor weathering and no significant flaws or faults. Paint, bodywork, seat, wheels, chrome, instruments, tires etc. all in nice shape.

This bike is very original. Has had an original replacement ignition at one point. Wheels correct but color not standard and cylinder casting appears to have been painted black, might have new rings. Completely maintained and recently serviced, runs and rides like new.

The original Jota is a terrific platform; it's a great bike that has raw, visceral appeal. It is a big block hot rod with the looks and noise and exclusivity that only a Italian thoroughbred can provide. The paintwork shines, the frame narrows the view to the engine, and well, the air cooled triple delivers. This is pure energy in a retro form. For a price. The Buy It Now is nearly 18 grand - $17,975 to be exact. That is not an outrageous number for a proper Laverda. We have also seen this bike before at auction, about a year ago. Back then, this one was bid up to $14k and change, failing to meet reserve. What will happen this time around with a BIN auction instead? The seller is open to offers, so there may be some room to move on this marvelous throwback - and I'm thinking somewhere between the ask and the last auction result is a good place to target. Check it out here for all the details, and then determine if you are a 120 degree or 180 degree sort of collector. Maybe you go both ways - in which case this one would fill a hole in your collection quite nicely. Viva Italia, and good luck!

MI