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Ducati April 2, 2017 posted by Mike

B-Boz Beauty: 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition

Today is a bit about eye candy. Well, it's really all about eye candy. My day really comes together when I see a great machine photographed in a manner that really makes it pop. Today's seller has done just that, and I welcome you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sublime photos of a Ducati 998S in striking livery.

From the seller:
This one is #015/155, only 155 of Ben Bostrom special edition models made for this market.

This bike literally needs nothing. I just had EVERYTHING & anything serviced to get this bike ready for a new home. 6k service compete with fresh belts and valves within spec, new spark plugs etc. (Old belts come with the bike, as well as valve clearance sheet)

Everything has been done.

More from the seller:
Lots of period correct upgrades

Termignoni FULL 52 mm Titanium exhaust with ECU
Pazzo Racing Black Billet Levers
Heli-Bars clip-ons for comfort
Rizoma Sprocket Cover
Rizoma Clutch Cover
MPL Frame Billet Aluminum Frame Plugs
Billet Aluminum Adjustable RearSets
Carbon Fiber Heel Guards
Carbon Fiber Exhaust Guards
Evoluzione Turn Signal Integrator
-1 tooth Ducati Performance Race Aluminum Front Sprocket
Goodridge Red Steel Braided Clutch, Front and Rear Brake Lines
Ducati Performance Steering Head Bolt, Oil Breather, and Clutch Slave Cylinder, Red Pressure Plate and Springs
Billet Aluminum License Plate relocator

Awesome pictures and a great write-up by the seller regarding services completed and modifications made. I know that we here on RSBFS tend to prefer bikes in more of a stock condition for collector value, but you have to admire the dollars thrown at this limited edition Bostrom model - it looks absolutely sano! If you can live with the "Mr. Knievel goes to WSBK" graphics, there is little about this low-mileage, booming twin NOT to like. It appears the internet agrees with that assessment, as bidding has been pretty spirited on this bike. It is still under the reserve price, but getting closer with each wave of the virtual auction paddle. Check it out here, and then ride it like a Boz! Good Luck!

MI

B-Boz Beauty: 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition
Yamaha April 1, 2017 posted by Mike

No Fooling: 1988 Yamaha FZR400

April 1st has often been a day maligned by trickery. Even the hallowed pages of RSBFS have been besmirched by the occasional April Fools Day joke in past years. Not so this year. This year there are FAR too many excellent bikes available to waste time and web space on foolery. For example, 2017 seems to be the year of the FZR400 as evidenced by this fantastic find. This is a two-owner model that looks very clean and has obviously been well-loved. That is always good to see - especially with the Fizzers, as they are all too often raced, modded and generally abused.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

With an aluminum Delta Box frame wrapping itself tightly around the rev-happy Genesis inline four, the FZR400 emerged as the sweetest handling machine of the 1980s. Able to carry higher cornering speeds than comparable middleweights (or even open class bikes), the relative lack of power is more than made up for by conservation of forward motion. This is a bike that loves to be ridden, and rewards a smooth, committed rider most of all. The fact that it is also a very forgiving platform makes it all that much more approachable; you will be hard pressed to find negative reviews on this gem from Yamaha.

From the seller:
1988 Yamaha FZR 400. Owned since 2012 (2nd owner). Penske rear shock, Race Tech front suspension upgrades. Very good overall condition, blemishes represented in pictures. Kerker exhaust, Lockhart tank cover, 2009 swingarm, Includes original exhaust, Corbin seat, OEM service manual and many receipts from the original owner.

This particular machine has had some interesting mods. The suspension upgrades are non-destructive and warranted; technology has come a long way in 30 years, and some refresh/upgrades are definitely in order for a bike that has seen some use. Pipes and jetting are common to extract the maximum from what small displacement is available, and the original exhaust is available with the bike (nice!). The Corbin seat is another common mod. The swingarm update is curious; this is normally a cure for the limited tire selections due to the wheel size - but no mention is made of any changes there. Interested buyers might want to find out more. There is nothing inherently negative about this change, but there may be more to the story.

The market remains curiously soft on these smaller machines. In the US, there seems to be a general lack of interest in anything below 750cc. Of course the production numbers don't help the supply/demand equation either, as this was a mass-produced Japanese machine. Still, these hold their value much better than a comparable middleweight (say, a FZR600), and with parts growing scarce we may see an elevation in status for these underrated canyon carvers. Check it out here, and enjoy the glut of FZR400s this year - it may not last!

MI

No Fooling: 1988 Yamaha FZR400
Sport Bikes For Sale March 31, 2017 posted by Mike

What We’re Watching: March 31, 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!


1982 Laverda JOTA 1000

This appealing Jota 1000 is hours from finding out it's fate. By 3:00 PM PST it will either be sold (current bid at $14k with reserve still in place), or the auction will end. Your chance to see - and bid - on this wonderful piece of history is NOW. Don't blame us if it's gone....we tried.


1981 Benelli SEI 900

This bit of unobtainium is still available. Only HOURS left to go on what is essentially a brand new Benelli 900 SEI with partial break-in miles. Act quickly on this one, as the auction is ending before end of day EST. Good luck!


2002 Ducati MH900E with 129 miles

When the MHe was released on the internet in 2002, nobody could believe it. While mechanically not that special, it had aesthetics that have not been matched by nearly anything released since. Sure, it has been said that the riding position is torturous (maybe the reason for the low miles?), but nobody can deny the rate in which these bikes have appreciated in value. This one is over $20k with reserve still in place. Auction ends in the wee hours of Saturday morning, so brew some coffee, stay up late and don't let this one get away!


1983 Bimota KB3

This bike is HOT. Wiseco 1267cc big bore kit hot. It is also rare, with just over 100 kits being produced by Bimota. There are many people watching this one, so don't miss out. Auction ends Saturday morning (you folks on the East Coast may have to skip breakfast to catch it). The BIN is set at $18k. Will there be any takers? The clock is ticking!


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

Bimota March 28, 2017 posted by Mike

Not Quite Stock: 1983 Bimota KB3

One of the all-time classic marriages of Japanese power plant technology with hand-built racing frame know how all wrapped up together in a tailored Italian suit is the little Rimini company of Bimota. Founded by three like-minded individuals who liked to go fast (and look good doing it), Bimota utilized donor engines and transmissions to power new, hybrid creations. During this time, the Japanese had the best engine technology, but their general frame design had not yet evolved beyond the 1960s. Bimota had exquisite frame building techniques, but were not a full-fledged manufacturer of complete motorcycles; they preferred to concentrate on the chassis and bodywork aspects. It is this approach that defined the KB lineup: Bimota frame and bodywork (and sourced suspension) motivated by a Kawasaki power plant. The KB1 was a Z1000 powered machine, the KB2 relied on the GPz550 motor, and the KB3 opted for the bigger, badder GPz1100 lump.

1983 Bimota KB3 for sale on eBay

Today's KB3 is not quite the showroom perfect example one could hope for - it has a highly modified motor and is not entirely in ship-shape condition. Seller notes that it has not been run in a few years, that the rear brake caliper has an issue, and that there are some other bits of concern. Photos are included, but the orientation does not make them easier to decipher the true condition of the bike. Pics have been modified here on RSBFS to help save that crick you get in your neck when trying to view posted photos that are orientated 90 degrees from upright.

From the seller:
Bike was built with one original Kawasaki GPz1100 motor come with bike but has a 1267cc Wiseco motor in it now. Needs rear Brembo caliper rebuilt master is new NOS part. Bike generally in very good condition has not been run for three years as brakes needed work in rear.Has parts to be offered with bike like carbs as well as general engine parts.

Original owner of one of 112 Bimota KB3's produced with a Kawasaki GPz1100 motor as well as an additional stock mostly complete engine. Needs side case on stattor side as well as small other bits clutch rod etc. Need rear caliper rebuilt, speedo working but mileage indicator not working.

The early KB models are rare, rare, rare. They command big bucks, because there were so few manufactured - only 112 were produced. This was likely a kit-built bike, meaning the original owner build it up from the frame kit and a donor GPz. As such, there will always be some variances between two bikes of the same model, and smaller issues like the odometer not working are really quite common. These early Bimotas are as much about the skill of the assembler as they are the quality of the components.

This bike is located in Ontario, Canada - meaning US buyers will need to deal with importation. This is a Buy It Now listing, with the seller looking for $18,000 USD, or best offer. That is big bucks indeed for a bike that cannot be ridden, yet represents fair (if not a little high) money for a KB3 if the anomalies could be rectified without great expense. Check it out here, and share your thoughts on the early Bimotas, KB bikes in general, or KB3s specifically.

MI

Not Quite Stock: 1983 Bimota KB3
Sport Bikes For Sale March 26, 2017 posted by Mike

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Sport Bikes For Sale March 26, 2017 posted by Mike

What We’re Watching – March 26, 2017

Welcome to a new feature on RSBFS: What We're Watching. This feature will highlight 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!


1988 Suzuki GSXR-750

This Gen II GSX-R is clean, clean, clean. With 38 bids on it and a current price of $4,593 (reserve not met), this auction will still see plenty of action before close. But the close is coming quickly - 9:00 PM PST, today. If you long for a Slingshot model Gixxer, you'd be hard pressed to find something nicer.


1977 MV Agusta 800 Super America

Here is a bike that has not generated any comments on RSBFS, but has lit up eBay: Over 35 bids and up over $40K with reserve still not met. Auction closes by the time the folks get back from lunch in California on Monday; if you're on the East Coast you will need to check in on this auction early. MV Augustas of this vintage are coming around less and less frequently; you might want to check this one out before it's gone.


1998 Ducati CR Supersport

This basic, booming twin will likely become a lower-cost future classic. It doesn't seem to garner much interest today amid the superbikes and hyperbikes of current vintage, but this bike has some serious bones that make for a "buy now and hold onto it forever" sort of ride. Several of the past and current RSBFS crew ride Supersports for just that reason. No bidders on this one via ebay (yet), but auction does not end until 7:00 PM PST Monday. The price of entry is pretty cheap considering what you get.


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