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Sport Bikes For Sale April 9, 2017 posted by Mike

What We’re Watching – April 9, 2017

Welcome to What We're Watching. This feature highlights some of the auctions we are following - especially those that are about to close. Handy if you're curious about where values are going, or just want to snipe in at the last minute to score a deal!


2002 Ducati 998

If it's after lunch in California, then this one is gone. This fly yellow 998 is sure to turn heads - if not by the color, then definitely by the sound! LOTS of people are watching this Buy It Now classified, and given that the seller is open to offers, someone might score a deal under the $6,998 asking price in just a few short hours.


2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition #015

The reserve is off and this bike will be going home with someone before the end of the day! Currently at $13,000, where will it end? We anticipate additional action before this one closes (10:00 PM EST). Don't miss this opportunity at a rare, Ben Bostrom 998s Ducati Superbike.


1986 Suzuki GSXR750 Limited Edition

This is the bike everyone should be watching. GSX-R LE models are seriously rare, and very desired by collectors globally. This one is beautifully photographed, and appears to be in fabulous shape. Bidding is only at $13,100 - which is below reserve. The last LE we saw on Rare *started* at $13.5k, so expect to see several thousands of dollars added before this one is over. Check it out here, but hurry: this one is over by 7:15 PM PST today.


1982 Laverda Mirage 1200 TS

If you miss everything else, this Italian classic awaits. Still open until Monday evening, this auction is up to $10,100 with moderate bidding. Looks like there is good interest in this rare-in-the-US model, and although the reserve is still in place I would expect for it to lift soon. You have time, but you will also have competitive on this wonderful Laverda. Good Luck!


If you like what you see, move quickly. Every auction listed above will closed by tomorrow - at the latest. Good luck and happy sniping!


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Laverda April 6, 2017 posted by Mike

Seeing Things: 1982 Laverda Mirage 1200

On the block today is one of Laverda's best kept secrets: The Mirage 1200. Created as a bit of a parts-bin special, the Mirage fills a distinct niche in the Laverda triple lineup, providing a naked cruiser, a half-faired sport-cruiser, and the full-blown TS sport touring edition (which we see here) all from the same basic bike. The Mirage is powered by the familiar 180-degree triple, but punched to 1200cc and fitted with a different cam profile from the other models. Jota bits are utilized throughout - such as the Jota-spec exhaust - but some items like the handlebars and seating position are unique to the Mirage.

1982 Laverda Mirage 1200 TS for sale on eBay

The engine modifications move the Mirage away from the raucous, sporting intent of the Jota, and the overall effect is a more civilized "Executive Express" type of feel. The large fairing provides decent wind protection, and gives the Mirage TS a polished look - much more so than the brutish, bare-bones fighters Laverda built their name on. This was to be a Laverda that you could go out and ride - often and far. Unfortunately, triples are inherently imbalanced (even the 180 degree motors), and vibration at speed was a persistent fly in the Mirage's high-speed transport ointment. The new additions came at another cost: weight. There are over 30 lbs added to a similar spec Jota in order to create a Mirage, which tips the scales at a burly 542 lbs. With only 73 HP available, performance is more inferred than experienced.

From the seller:
Here we have a 1982 Laverda Mirage 1200 TS with only 24k miles. This is a late 1200 series 2 and one of the last with the wonderful 180 degree crankshaft, giving this bike a lopey idle and great sound. If you're not familiar with this crankshaft configuration, the outer pistons rise and fall together while the center piston is offset at 180 degrees. This example is a South African market bike and was originally sold by Roma Guzzi LTD, in Johannesburg South Africa and it was imported to the US in 1993. While in the US it's lived all of it's life in hibernation while stored in a detached garage in Ohio until just last month.

More from the seller:
Upon possession of this exotic motorcycle I immediately began the resurrection process. The carbs were completely rebuilt and new O-rings, float valves and seals were installed. The Brembo brake calipers and master cylinders were completely overhauled and new seals, O-rings and pistons were installed. This bike got a thorough inspection and what was not roadworthy was replaced with new or NOS parts. The ignition pick-up wires were so bad that they turned to dust with the most gentle touch (something common on these bikes). These wires along with the outer silicone sleeve were replaced. The front forks also received new seals and fluids. This bike did not receive a frame-off restoration and it is not a trailer queen, it is meant to be ridden. Front and rear tires look good and they don't show any cracking, however, they are the original Metzelers it wore when it left South Africa and are over 24 years old. Bike shifts through all the gears and it brakes work as they should. Throttle response is very good and crispy. The clock currently shows 40,067 Km which is a little over 24k miles. The serial numbers are matching frame and motor #3444.

The seller has done a decent job describing this machine. True, it is not exactly the loving, original owner putting his baby up on the market. Still, there has been some work done to make this bike as presentable as it is, and plenty of decent photos. This is not a new machine, and there are some rough edges to some areas of the bike - certainly expected after 35 years of use. But it is also a reasonably rare machine, especially here in the US (you will note that the gauges are primarily in KMs). There appear to be a few slight modifications over the years as well - the oil pressure gauge does not appear to be OEM, and the Mirage originally came with a 3-into-2 exhaust, not the single pipe currently fitted.

Pricing on a Mirage model is difficult, at best. We have only featured one other such model on the pages of RSBFS, and that was a half-faired, non-TS model. Valuation should be comparable with a similar age Jota, or even RGS. There has been enough interest in this auction to pull the bidding above the $8k mark, with reserve still in place. Given the rarity of the model in the US, this one could go much, much higher. Curious to hear from our RSBFS sharpshooters on their thoughts - I know some of you are Laverda experts and might have more to share. Check it out here, and then jump back to the Comments section to let us know what you think!

MI

Seeing Things: 1982 Laverda Mirage 1200
Honda April 6, 2017 posted by Mike

Obtainable: 1993 Honda CBR900RR

After a spate of Laverdas, Benellis and unobtainable Ducatis, this loved and used 900RR is a breath of fresh air. Here is a bike that begs to be ridden - and you CAN ride it because it is not a zero mile, museum quality garage queen. This is something mere mortals can own. And given that it is a first gen RR Honda, mere mortals *should* own one. At least once.

1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Created with the singular goal of mass centralization, the CBR900RR was essentially an upgraded CBR600 chassis stuffed with slightly less than a 1-liter powerplant. A true factory hot rod, this was literally the size of a middleweight - but punched in a much, much higher weight class than that. It may see a bit tame today in the eyes of 200 HP rockets from the Big Four and BMW, but in the early 1990s this was revolutionary. The CBR900RR was the poster child for the hyperbike. It was all about handling and speed, and the 900RR delivered. In time the line evolved to the 929RR and 954RR, but the bike that started the revolution was this one: the Honda 900RR.

From the seller:
This is a great example of a classic un-molested low miles fireblade.

Comes with a clear Nevada title in hand with keys ready to ride home today.

14k miles (if you aren't familiar with the 900rr they have legendary longevity when it comes to Japanese sportbikes look into it)

Also has original tool kit, original front turn signals, service manual, And also Original brake reservoir cover and matching tank cover (not shown in photos)

This is an absolutely iconic sport bike, and most consider this color scheme to be the most sought after of the bunch, It just has that look of the 90s. I won't toot its horn too much as I will assume most people know what it is.

The seller has included a video of the bike in question as well. You have been forewarned: jump to the 1:02 mark, or turn your speakers off. The canned music is truly horrible. Thankfully the video includes the bike running, which makes up for the first minute of torture:

This is a used bike that has some 14k on the odometer. Like most vehicles that are nearly 25 years old, this one has some minor aging issues. The seller notes the various items in the ad. The Two Brothers exhaust looks and sounds good. I'm not a big fan of the rear fender delete (or the saggy turn signals), but it looks like a pair of stock units are included in the sale; these look like the front stalks, so you might need to inquire about the rears. Other than that, this appears to be a pretty well-kept survivor.

The best part of all of it is that this is a no reserve auction. Somebody is going home with a new-to-them motorcycle by the end of it all. Bidding is currently in the $3k arena at time of writing, and there are several days remaining before the gavel comes down. Bidding has been relatively active, which shows that there is interest in both this model as well as this price range. Check it out here. We do not see all that many first gen 900RR models, and when it comes to valuation these are likely the first to serious appreciate. Share your thoughts in the Comments section, and Good Luck!!

MI

Obtainable: 1993 Honda CBR900RR
Sport Bikes For Sale April 5, 2017 posted by Mike

What We’re Watching – April 6, 2017

Welcome to What We're Watching. This feature highlights some of the auctions we are following - especially those that are about to close. Handy if you're curious about where values are going, or just want to snipe in at the last minute to score a deal!


1980 Honda CB750F 900cc HRC Superbike replica

This fantastic, period-correct build is hot. RSBFS readers have unanimously voiced their approval for this sort of bike, and at least one reader is in the bidding war. Many more are sitting on the sidelines watching. With 24 hours to go, this one remains below reserve; by Thursday lunchtime on the West Coast this one will be all over. The BIN is set at $8,500, but a well-timed bid could net it for much less. The auction is here - don't miss it!


1988 Yamaha FZR400

It's Fizzer season on RSBFS! We have seen a lot of these bikes lately, in varying conditions and prices. This one is in respectable nick, and currently a bargain on the bidding side (although the reserve is still in place). Just a touch over 24 hours remaining, meaning that by end of day Thursday it will be history. If you really need a Fizzer 400 - and who doesn't?! - this might be your best chance!


If you like what you see, move quickly. Every auction listed above will closed by tomorrow - at the latest. Good luck and happy sniping!


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Honda April 3, 2017 posted by Mike

Modified Monday: 1980 Honda CB750F Replica Racer

From the Pacific Northwest comes this throwback vintage racer replica that pushes all the right buttons. RSBFS normally shies away from customs or heavily modded machinery, but this particular CB750-based bike is an exception. The build quality and detail is evident in the photos. This is a proper build, lovingly and artistically faithful to the Superbike era of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The seller has provided some crisp photos as well as the interesting history behind the bike. In fact, I'm going to let him tell the whole story. Read on.

1980 Honda CB750 Hot Rod for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is a 1980's period piece built by the 1st owner decades ago. One day the November, 1979 Cycle World issue arrived in his Seattle area mailbox. On the cover was Kazuo Yoshima of Ontario Moto Tech ripping a wheelie on his fire breathing custom modded CB750F.

The man was smitten by the article. He saved his pennies and on 4/4/80 bought a new 1980 Honda CB750F. Over the course of the next decade, he built the closest thing to a street legal HRC factory Superbike that he could.

More from the seller:
In 1990, after 10 years obsessing over this machine, it spit spark plug #4 out of the cylinder head as it was being ridden on the highway. The bike was towed home. Owner #1 never rode it again.

He still loved and cherished it though. It sat on the centerstand in his garage and received monthly wipe downs and polish jobs over the next 2 decades of inactivity. In 2009 I bought the bike. That makes me owner #2.

More from the seller:
I immediately took it to see Walter Myers and George Dean who are local Seattle vintage Honda motorcycle gurus. At first it was thought the head would have to come off. However, they were able to repair the plug threads without doing that. The entire bike was gone through and made operable. A lot of time was spent on the carburetors, jetting and tuning.

A big service bill later, I had a period 80's toy that pulls 93.8 rwhp on a modern dyno. It runs and "fuels" better than it ever did way back then thanks to modern equipment and very capable tuning professionals.

5 years later (2014) I had Walter wake it up again. New tires, fluids, forks seals, a battery, etc. Since that wake-up call I've ridden the bike every once in a while to local events to keep the juices flowing.

More from the seller:
The paint and cosmetics are stunning. It looks like it was painted yesterday. Aki's in Seattle/Ballard (they painted it in the 80's) is still around. The actual painter is still there. Owner #1 was (and still is) a professional vehicle detailer at one of those wicked expensive places. The bike's appearance reflects the labor of love that he put into it over 29 years of ownership.

To summarize, in the 80's, the engine was sent to Ontario and punched out to 900cc. It has Keihin 31mm smoothbores. A Kerker pipe. A Cal-Fab swingarm. EPM Italian racing wheels. Hondaline rearset footpeg kit. Drilled and pinned swingarm bushings. Works Performance shocks. Trick/cool bits, nla parts and period touches everywhere.

A 1980 CB750F came with an 85mph speedometer as did every vehicle sold in the USA that model year. A different speedo unit from a 1979 CB750F that reads to 150mph was sourced and installed back then. The indicated mileage is 30k. The actual miles are conservatively estimated to be around 4000 and probably a fair bit less.

More from the seller:
This is a well sorted 1980's hotrod Honda. It has been brought back to life and preserved in its original form to the best of my ability. It isn't some unrideable bucking bronco. An enthusiast with an understanding and/or appreciation of vintage machinery can ride it around like a normal bike. It is an absolute hoot and looks/presents exactly like it did in the 80's. I will add that it sounds really cool.

Includes a large amount of spares, service manual, valve shim chest of drawers, both factory keys, build sheets/notes, dyno sheet, etc.

This is a wicked-cool looking bike - with a "don't mess with me" sort of muscular stance. This is everything a CB750 was NOT back in 1980, and still makes a powerful statement today. Pity that the noise this machine must make doesn't come through via photographs. I can just imagine the lumpy, raspy, angry burble at idle. Heck, I'd consider buying this one just for the soundtrack! This isn't setting eBay on fire at current, with the latest bid in at $1,775 and a reserve in place. Check it out here and let us know if our instincts are correct - does this type of build belong on RSBFS? Good Luck!!

MI

Modified Monday: 1980 Honda CB750F Replica Racer
Sport Bikes For Sale April 2, 2017 posted by Mike

What We’re Watching – April 2, 2017

Welcome to What We're Watching. This feature highlights some of the auctions we are following - especially those that are about to close. Handy if you're curious about where values are going, or just want to snipe in at the last minute to score a deal!


1991 Ducati 851


This one owner 851 is only hours away from a good home (if you're reading this on Monday morning, it's already gone). With super low miles and a fabulous presentation, this would be the 851 to get if you were in the market for one. And who wouldn't want an iconic Superbike like this to add to the stable? Act quickly; you might be able to swipe this one up for fair money. Good Luck!


1998 Ducati Supersport Final Edition

Silver Bells are ringing for this wonderful FE model Ducati Supersport. It's really hard to go wrong with a 2-valve Ducati, even if they lack the outright horsepower of the liquid-cooled, 4-valve models. These are burly, basic machines that communicate all sorts of great sounds and vibes. Current bid is only $3,850 (with reserve in place). What will the next 24 hours bring? Check it out here before it gets away!


If you like what you see, move quickly. Every auction listed above will closed by tomorrow - at the latest. Good luck and happy sniping!