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Aprilia February 4, 2018 posted by Mike

400 Miler: 2009 Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory

I never really understood "new in the box" type of people. As I kid I did not hang out with the action figure collectors who liked to look at their as-new packaged Star Wars figures. I prefered to use my toys, breaking them occasionally. As I grew up, little changed (except maybe the frequency of breakage). Fast forward many years and I do not regret the immediate satisfaction over using that which I wanted; be it what is now a collectable toy or - much more importantly - a collectable motorcycle. Ownership to me implies ultimate control, and the ultimate luxury of doing what you want; and I've always prefered to ride rather than to ogle, to risk damage rather than participate in stagnation, and to get things dirty rather than spending all of my time cleaning. That's why this advert jumped out at me. Here you have a 2009 Ape RSV 1000R Factory that was new in the box - and this seller decided to open the box and take it for a spin or two. I say Bravo to him!

2009 Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory with only 400 miles!

The Aprilia RSV 1000R is well known as a v-twin torque monster. The 60 degree, liquid cooled cylinders are fueled by computerized fuel injection and a proprietary ram air system. Four valves are operated by DOHC, and engine cases are a combination of aluminum and magnesium to save weight. Expect approximately 145 HP from one of these beasts; more than enough to keep your riding buddies in sight during spirited canyon carving. And it is during canyon carving (or on the race track) that the Factory bits really come into play. The Factory is essentially an upper spec RSV, containing fully adjustable Ohlins forks, rear shock, and steering damper. Specialty forged aluminim wheels (designed through finite analysis to produce the strongest wheel with the least amount of weight) reduce unsprung and rotational weight. The alumimun frame and swingarm are standard RSV bits, although the Factory augments the visuals via anodizing and polishing various pieces. Topped off with carbon fiber bodywork pieces to further reduce mass, the Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory is as well put together as any bike you are likely to find in the class. They were not cheap to start with, but the attention to detail makes the difference.

From the seller:
09 Aprilia rsv 1000 R factory with 400 miles. I purchased the bike new in the box and about 2 years ago i took it out the box and registered it and ever since it's been in my climate controlled garage, The condition is what you would expect from a motorcycle with 400 miles.

I must admit that I would really love to know more about how the seller came across a crated Factory and the circumstances aound the purchase. Did he agonize at all about cracking the seal and devaluing a zero mile example by 35% or more just by uncrating it? My guess is that any anxiety felt was instantly replaced by sheer joy at the booming twin exhaust and the sound of the bike on full song. But at only 400 miles, this particular model is not even broken in. I can only guess that the 400 miles travelled have not been excessively hard on the bike. And the condition seems to agree. The pictures show a clean example of a great motorcycle - as you would hope. No telling if the crate is still available, but given that this one has been ridden at this point, the collector value for a zero mile bike with all the fixin's is gone. So how much for a truly awesome model Aprilia that appears to be in excellent shape? The seller is looking for $9,800 - which is a bit dear for a used motorcycle. Thankfully the seller is open to offers, so there may be some opportunity for this Factory model yet. If you are in the market for a used Ape and looking for the best you can find, this very low mileage, nearly-new example might just fit the bill. Check it out here, and then share your thoughts in the Comments section whether you would have unboxed this monster or left it wrapped up like an action figure. Good Luck!!


400 Miler: 2009 Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory
Sales Report January 31, 2018 posted by Mike

Sales Summary – September 2017

Late Summer / early Fall is one of the best times to move a bike; you've had all summer to ride, yet the weather is still good enough to make buyers interested in purchasing an outdoor toy. Late Summer 2017 was as good as it gets - the supply of bikes was great and the general quality was quite high (with a few interesting exceptions). Whether you are a collector or simply interested in values, let's take a look back at September 2017 and see what sold and for how much. Links to the original post on RSBFS included.

SOLD Bikes

Aprilia RS250 from Speedwerks - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)

2009 Aprilia RS125 - SOLD for $3,401

1999 Bimota SB8R - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)

1992 Ducati Superlight - SOLD for $10,199

1983 Honda CB 1100F - SOLD for $6,900

1988 Honda CBR250R Hurricane - SOLD for $4,000

1990 Honda NSR 50 - SOLD for $3,050

Ex-Jim Granger 1990 Honda RC30 - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)

1994 Honda CBR900RR - SOLD for $4,990 after relisting

1996 Honda NSR250R SE - SOLD for $8,550

1990 Honda CBR250RR from Deftone Cycles - SOLD as a Sponsored Listing! (pricing data not available)

1990 Honda CBR1000F - SOLD for a bargain $2,247

1990 Honda NSR250 MC21 - SOLD as a Featured Listing for $6,350!

1975 Kawasaki Z1 with Blake turbocharger - SOLD for $4,150

1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 - SOLD for $1,526

1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 - SOLD for $3,000!

1995 MZ Skorpion Replica - SOLD for $5,500

1990 Suzuki RGV250SP - SOLD for $9,655!

2000 Daytona 955i - SOLD for $3,202

1993 Yamaha FZR250R - listed as SOLD for $2,181

2000 Yamaha YZF-R1 - SOLD for $5,000

Unsold Bikes

1984 Bimota SB4S - No sale with bids up to $14,600

2007 BMW R1200S - No sale and zero bids at $3,000

1991 BMW K1 - No sale and zero bids at $5,500

2012 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition - No sale at $26,500

1980 Ducati Super Sport - No sale at $35,500

1992 Ducati 750SS - No sale at $3,000

2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition - No sale at $11,000

2005 Ducati 999R - No sale at $24,000

2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000SE - No sale at $17,500 with listing ending early

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR - No sale; listing cancelled

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore - No sale at $13,995

2008 Ducati 1098R - No sale at $19,995

1986 Honda GB400 - No sale and zero bids at $1,999 opening ask

1990 Honda CBR250RR - No sale at $4,850

1991 Honda VFR400R - No sale at $4,399

1993 Honda NSR250R SE - Listing ended early with a $11,500 ask

2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol - No sale at $10,500

2014 KTM RC8R - No sale at $8,300 and 9 bids

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona - No sale at $10,000

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 - No sale with listing ended by the seller and bids up to $20,000

1999 MV Agusta F4 Serie Oro - No sale with bids up to $17,000

2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna 1000R - No sale and zero bids with a $14,000 opening ask

2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910R - No sale at $6,499

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo - No sale at $7,000

VIN #1, Engine #1 1985 Suzuki GSXR 1100 - No sale (listing cancelled) at £150,000

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition - No sale at $20,000

1995 Suzuki GSX-R750 - No sale and zero bids at $3,000

1992 Yamaha TZR250 3XV - No sale at $8,500

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!!


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:

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!!


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 " 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 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!!


Dusty deal? 1982 Ducati MHR900