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Honda January 27, 2017 posted by Mike

Odd Import: 1983 Honda MVX250F

In the world of import two strokes, you may be intimately familiar with RGs, NSRs, RZs and the like. What you don't hear much about is the MVX. One of the oddities of the popcorn set, the MVX represents Honda's engineering might coupled with a healthy dose of experimentalism. Unlike the RD/RZ/RG set with parallel twins (or later, the RG V-twins), Honda pulled a page from their GP racing manual and created a V-3 triple cylinder machine. With a configuration similar to the Ducati L-twin layout - but with two front cylinders - the MVX was no wider than a parallel twin while showcasing an extra cylinder. Balancing the odd number of reciprocating parts was accomplished via a slightly heavier connecting rod on the 3rd, upright cylinder. The result was 49 horsepower at 9,000 RPM, with redline starting at 10,500 RPM.

1983 Honda MVX250F for sale on eBay

You would be forgiven to pass this off as a glorified moped - with flashy graphics but no street creds. After all, is that a drum brake up front?? In reality, what appears to be a drum brake is actually a clever inboard single disk. The centralized location eliminates the torque created by traditionally-situated single disk implementations, although heat buildup during extreme use would continue to plague the setup. Honda eventually adopted a conventional twin disk arrangement for the NS-series of bikes that were to follow.

From the seller:
The bike is imported from Japan.
Not registered yet in the U.S.
This bike is sold without title.
Low miles (2884km)
Engine number MC09E-1014852

The engine running to half a year ago, I stayed for a while. So, Cleaning of cab & spark plug. The color of the tank is slightly peeling off. Coating inside the tank

Part of the engine & frame that has been simple painted . A little cracked of single seat. The end of the stand is broken. Battery replacement required.

The seller has done a good job providing photos and video of the bike in question. Like the last bike from this seller, this MVX lacks any title. Given that the MVX never came near US shores (Japan and Pacific Rim countries were the sole recipients), getting this one licensed for road use might be a bit dicey. For its age and origination, this bike looks to be in great shape (which is not always the case with overseas imports). As always, RSBFS recommends that you do your homework and plan ahead if you have a hankering to act.

If you decide to act, better bring your wallet - the opening ask for this one is $5,800. We have not had enough history with these bikes to really derive a value, so it will be interesting to watch this one and see where it goes. The MVX is very rare in the US, but how much value does that add? What do you think? Does this 1983 Honda MVX250F tickle your fancy? Would you prefer this over a similar year two stroke from Suzuki or Yamaha? Check it out, then share you thoughts in the comments. Good Luck to the seller and all potential buyers!

MI

Odd Import: 1983 Honda MVX250F
Suzuki January 24, 2017 posted by Mike

New Arrival: 1983 Suzuki RG250 Gamma

Rarity is a curious question of locality. For US riders, the RG250 Gamma was always forbidden fruit (those residing in California were prohibited from even looking at pictures of these exotic machines). However in the home markets where small bikes rule, RG250s - as well as a host of other "exotic" small-bore rockets - are as plentiful as Honda Civics. Where you live has a great deal to do with the laws of supply and demand. As such, when we see the big RZs, RZVs, TZs, K1s and RGs, American riders tend to drool. After all, these are a delicacy in the otherwise land of plenty.

1983 Suzuki RG250 Gamma for sale on eBay

Although improperly listed as a Ganma (we are willing to overlook minor editing errors - after all RSBFS has been known to make them), it is unclear how much the seller knows about the history and condition of the bike. There are a number of photos and a video of the bike in question, so at least there is a willingness to provide as much info as possible to prospective buyers. The bike runs, and damage has been noted in both text and pictures.

From the seller:
The bike is imported from Japan.
Not registered yet in the U.S.
This bike is sold without title.
Original cowl , some re-painted, small dent & scratches.
Engine repainting, brake dragging, re-covered seat, changed to single seat
Some repair is necessary

This RG was recently imported directly from Japan. As is common with many such imports, corrosion and damage is prevalent. Because Japan is densely populated and real estate is at an absolute premium, most of the smaller bikes sit outside (usually alongside dozens - if not hundreds - of others). Proximity to the ocean accelerates the aging process, as does the occasionally tip-over or bump in the overcrowded parking locations where these bikes live. Nice to see that the spirit of modification is alive and well in the Far East. According to the seller, the saddle has been converted to a solo seat. I'm not sure what it looks like under the tail cover (that cover normally houses a second seat), nor is it clear what other mods a potential buyer may face.

There is also the issue of title. I'm sure this bike will be sold with a bill of sale, but if it has not been officially imported into the US then you will have some significant paperwork to do. If you know your state's vehicle code (and don't live in California), this may not be a tremendous hurdle. Or, you may be looking at a very cool track-day toy to make your fellow riders jealous. Either way, be aware that this is not a buy-and-ride-away sort of situation. Check it out here, and be sure and share your thoughts in the Comments section. Good Luck!

MI

New Arrival: 1983 Suzuki RG250 Gamma
Yamaha January 21, 2017 posted by Mike

Potential: 1992 Vance & Hines Yamaha FZR 600

In 1992 Yamaha released a special edition of the FZR 600, celebrating their partnership with Vance & Hines in the AMA 600 Supersport class. Each of these bikes received a special paint job complete with Vance & Hines decals, a V&H exhaust system and an edition number. You are looking at bike #245 of this one year only offering.

1992 Yamaha Vance & Hines FZR for sale on eBay

There was really nothing special about the Vance & Hines Edition model aside from paintwork and exhaust. The FZR 600 frame, engine, tranny and suspension remained stock FZR pieces. The big draw was the livery and the "boy racer" graphics. Although these were limited editions - approximately 600 or so were ultimately created - there was not enough difference from a standard FZR 600 to really make a difference; prices tend to be only mildly elevated from clean examples of non-V&H models.

From the seller:
1992 Vance & Hines COLLECTIBLE SUPERSPORT REPLICA FZR600 #245
First 9 pictures are of bike with 21k, runs great well maintained. Never Dumped while moving but fell over twice, once on each side. Crack and dent in front rim (not Shown).

Many More Parts - Another complete V&H Frame and swingarm - rear shock and linkage - front fork set and triangle - front rim, rear rim - Cowl Cage - cowl air tubes - wind shield - wiring harnesses - set of mirrors, additional seat, rear plastic and tank plastic, and another tank, complete carb set, and manuals. Also there are 3 more tank covers not in photos, 2 of 3 are unnumbered. (replacement covers). Also I have poster of bike and from 1992, Vance n Hines letter with matching serial numbers to bike. Title comes with bike also.

Part of the problem with the V&H model is the fact that they are cosmetic creations. Vance & Hines livery on a standard FZR makes for a convincing replica of the real deal. In the description, this seller indicates he has documentation matching the serial number to this bike; that is a good start to ensure the originality of the machine. Unfortunately, it looks like this bike will need some work. It is claimed that the damage seen in the pictures is due to tip overs at standstill. However I'm not sure how the cracked/dented front wheel came into this, and/or if it was related to the damage. Either way, this is a collectable that has potential provided you are willing to take on the work.

It's hard to predict how these replica machines will appraise in the coming years. History would suggest that they may appreciate slightly ahead of the curve of a standard model FZR. But given the basic foundation and the sheer numbers produced, there is relatively little to show that this will grow significantly in value over time. Still, it is a cool bike and deserves to be saved. With an ask of $4500 OBO, this could be an affordable way to add some unique color to your stable. Check it out here, and let us know what you think!

MI

Potential: 1992 Vance & Hines Yamaha FZR 600
Honda January 19, 2017 posted by Mike

Mr T: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

Time to jump into the Wayback Machine and make the trek back to the 1980s. Legwarmers are optional equipment here. What you are looking at is perhaps the most polished and complete of the factory Turbo bikes of the era. A technological tour de force of the time - along the lines of 2001: A Space Odyssey - the CX650 Turbo promised the next big direction for motorcycle motivation. Honda was experimenting with every engine configuration and size possible during these times, and the blown, traverse V-twin powering the CX series was but one of the contenders. The result of Honda's engineering might made it all work surprisingly well: the CX650 Turbo was known as the roll-on king due to the power available on boost. Even by today's standards this model pulls strongly through the gears and can shame modern machinery.

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for sale on eBay

The problems with all of the Factory turbo bikes - weight, complexity, unpredictability and cost - were never really eliminated. The inexorable creep of time provided better advancements in different directions (think V45 Interceptor & Hurricane). It didn't help that the Turbos were pricey machines in the showroom, and riders voted with their wallets; The dream of boosted power quickly fell by the wayside. An interesting step during a period of fantastic development, the boosted bikes from the 1980s are now becoming respected as potential collector items. Prices are very slowing inching upwards as finding a clean example becomes more difficult.

From the seller:
Here is a true survivor, all original, 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo motorcycle with 24,238 miles on it. From the factory this bike produced 100 horsepower and is capable of hitting 140 mph. This is a very rare bike because there was only 1,777 of them made and less than 1200 imported to U.S. and Canada. This bike ran the quarter mile in 11.95 seconds at 112.4 miles per hour and has average touring range of 243 miles. With in the last 150 miles I have done the following: new tires, brakes, starter, starter clutch, fork seals, springs and fork fluid. This bike has fresh oil and filter, new spark plugs, new differential fluid and cleaned the fuel system, and runs great, very fun to ride. This bike has not been painted and it good shape for its age. The bike has a minor oil leak and some minor body damage. The bike has clear title and is sold AS-IS, no warranty. The bike is available for viewing while it is up for sale. Shipping will be the buyers responsibility. This bike is not sold as a new bike, it is used and in good shape. There is scratches and some cracks in the plastic and stickers are faded. More pictures are available upon request.

All the Big Four Japanese manufacturers created Turbo bikes - and parts are scarce across the board. If you are in the market for Turbo, you'd be advised to purchase the most complete one you can find. As for Hondas, the '83 650cc model is miles ahead of the CX500 Turbo in terms of performance and general response. Weakness are few; aside from the scarcity of parts (such as bodywork), these machines are known to eat stators. It is not common to find one that will not charge the battery while otherwise running fine. Replacement requires you to pull the engine, and with factory parts no longer available you will need to source an alternate. But that is really the only warning here.

This bike looks to be complete, and pretty good overall despite minor cosmetic damage. The seller has provided good information and numerous pictures. Mileage is above average for the collector set, but it is always nice to see a bike that has been run as intended. These motors are good for many, many miles so that is not a real worry. If you are in the market for something different, this just could be your ticket. Check it out here, as the bidding has been low thus far - you might just find yourself with a bargain Turbo. Whoosh!

MI

Mr T: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo
Ducati January 17, 2017 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: Originale! 1997 900SS CR Supersport

Update 2.14.2017: The seller has confirmed this bike has sold via RSBFS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

To the Ducati faithful, the 1990s 900 series Supersports are the bikes that saved the company from ruin. Based around the Pantah "rubber band" motor, the desmodue (two-valve) mill is a torquey, lumpy motivator full of character and good manners. Fitted with evolutionary parts sourced from earlier Ducati superbikes (i.e. 851/888), The Supersport utilized a chrome-moly frame and a mixture of components depending upon the variant. There were three basic levels of the 900 offered during these years: The base model was the SS/CR, or cafe racer. The mid level was the SS/SP, or Sport Production. The top tier was the SS/SL, known as the Superlight. All were based on the same platform and engine, with some minor component and aesthetic upgrades between them.

1997 Ducati 900SS CR for sale on Ducati.ms

What you are looking at is the CR version of the SS lineup - and while many will point out that this is the lowest spec bike, it shares a tremendous amount of DNA with the others in the lineup - and carries itself well. Being a CR, this bike lacks the carbon fiber accents and makes due with a color-coded mud guard. The swingarm is steel - and blissfully safe from cracking (unlike the SP and SL models). The rear tire is a bit smaller (160), and the owner of a CR doesn't have to worry about tweaking the Showa suspension - other than rear preload, no adjustments are available. All the rest is the same as the other models. Being a 1997 - the penultimate year of this model - this bike wears the rare color of yellow. Previously reserved for the SL models only, yellow CRs are very hard to find. Even more rare: the overall condition of this bike. This could have just rolled out of a showroom.

From the seller:
1997 Ducati 900SS CR Supersport
• 714 Miles
• Only had 2 owners
• All original except for clutch cable
• Additional seat covered in Tan leather included
• Asking $8000 US
• Located in Florida

Ducati 900 SS/CR models are like Porsche 911s: There are always more specialty models in the lineup that have more stuff or less weight - but overall, it does not necessarily make them better. If you care about just getting out there, the CR is every bit as capable as the SP and SS models for a lot less scratch and a lot less fear of loss. And it looks JUST as good getting you there, while making the same booming L-twin noises that Ducatis are known for. This era Supersport is truly a great bike - which is why many of the RSBFS staff own one or have owned one.

This bike is just about the best 900 SSCR we have seen. The low miles ensure that it was not thrashed and trashed. No mention of belt service, but given the time it has been sitting that would be a low-cost insurance policy. The asking price for this beauty is higher than we normally see for a CR model, but then again we rarely see a yellow example in this kind of pristine condition. This bike is a stunner, is a rider, and has the bones to carry you for many, many miles. Check out the seller's ad here, and good luck!

MI

Featured Listing:  Originale! 1997 900SS CR Supersport
Ducati January 17, 2017 posted by Mike

1998 Ducati 996 Factory Superbike!

This is the sort of bike that sets the offices of RSBFS buzzing. Feast your eyes on an actual *factory* race bike. Not an RS version of a street bike. An actual "we are the Ducati factory and we are going racing..." sort of race bike. And not just any factory bike, but one piloted by the redoubtable Troy Corser. In fact, this is likely one of the machines that he rode in the '98 season (back to WSBK after an unsuccessful stint in 500cc class) - in a year where he narrowly missed the title. A crash in warm-up during the last round of the season resulted in broken ribs and a missed opportunity, relegating Corser to 3rd in the overall standings behind Carl Fogarty and Aaron Slight.

1998 Ducati 996 Factory Racer for sale on eBay!

When it comes to race bikes, rare is not enough. You need details, authenticity, and - where possible - proof. Since factory racers are not governed by motor vehicle registration bureaucracy in the same manner as a street machine, there is always the challenge of originality. It doesn't help that racers are constantly being modified during a season (and this one continued to race), further muddling the trail. With a signed letter purportedly outlining the provenance of this historic machine, a matching chassis number complete with NCR markings, and enough carbon fiber and electronics to make mere mortals weak in the knees, this bike certainly looks the business.

From the seller:
Frame#ZDMH100AAXB002311MF3#
engine 004945

Bike sell directly throught DUCATI SPA to DUCATI CORSE in November 1999
we have got documentation and use for Troy Corser
After Ducati rent to team R&D BF racing team with Aoki and Romboni for the season 2001 and finish De Cecco bought through ds Ducati Mr.
Ciabatti to make run Blora Paolo in the italian CIV
It has been kept in dry and ready to race condition.
And,this is not 996RS,It is real factory bike.(Totally different to RS,specially computer device,fork,brakes,engine..etc..)

bike is in italy, more picture avaitable

For most of us, this is an unusual bike that almost never surfaces. It is, in many ways, a holy grail of bike spotting. But unlike many of the collectables that we show on this site, this is not exactly something you can throw a leg over on a ride to 7-11 for a Slurpee. This is a purposeful track machine. But who would really risk this bike for a basic track day? Would you dare try to race it? The lack of spares is concerning, but the inability to replace the bike itself would scare me silly. All of which - more or less - makes this a wonderful piece of indoor artwork.

This is one of those "better bring your wallet" sort of situations. The ask for this rolling, booming, rib-breaking time-slice of WSBK is a cool $65k USD. That is actually not as sky-high as some race bikes we have seen in the past, but certainly a goodly chunk of change. Prices do not include transportation fees either. Located in Italy (where else?), this bike will need to be shipped assuming the buyer is not local. A very sweet reminder of WSBK dominance, this Ducati 996 factory racer is waiting for your call!

MI

1998 Ducati 996 Factory Superbike!