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Suzuki March 31, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Coming Directly: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side

The Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica is one of the most collectible sportbikes of the 1980's, combining maniacal two-stroke power-delivery, big cubes, a state of the art suspension, and an evocative race-rep paint job.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Side Rear

It's always fortunate when someone is born with such an appropriate and evocative name, and Walter Wolf certainly fits that description. An Austrian-born, Canadian oil tycoon and racing sponsor who supported UK racing teams at the highest levels of both two and four-wheeled competition.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Dash

Powered by a water-cooled "square" four cylinder that used two parallel twins geared to a common crank to produce 100bhp, the Gamma blew the competing RZ500 out of the water in most quantifiable performance measures, although that bike obviously has its rabid fans as well.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica

The bike is in very good condition but it does have however 2 small cracks in the body work that have been plastic welded that were there when I purchased the bike over 14 years ago from the last owner that had it in storage for about 10 years. You can see them in the pictures and there are some very light scratches on the LH lower expansion chamber that you can see also. There looks that there might be a very small piece of plastic that is cracked from one of the tabs that is on the mid panel but it is covered by the upper so you will not be able to see it from the outside if you look at the bike. Other than that there are two spots on the foam pad that is around the instrument panel that have some sun burn from the wind shield which is a very common problem on these bikes.

The bike is not perfect, since it has two or three small hair line cracks in the body work that have been fixed but for a 29 year old bike that has 9951 km on it, it is very close. I would say it is a 9.5 out of 10 and the cracks are very hard to see unless you know where they are and I point them out to you.

The bike is in storage at the moment but before I sell it I will take the carbs. off and have them ultrasonic cleaned and have them synched.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side Rear

This example may not be flawless, but it's about as close as you're likely to get, and in very original condition with low miles.

These aren't the most elegant-looking bikes, a little bulbous to my eye, but the blue/red/gold paint on the Walter Wolf bikes really flatter the shape. 100bhp may not sound like much, but keep in mind the light weight and slightly abrupt power delivery certainly make for an entertaining ride, an a valuable one to boot.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Side Front

Coming Directly: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica
Aprilia March 30, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Fast and Collectible: 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Colin Edwards Edition

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Colin Edwards didn't ride an RSV in World Superbike, but he did ride for Aprilia Cube in Moto GP, and this edition of the talented v-twin Aprilia was inspired by their unfortunately troubled GP efforts.

The Mille was designed to compete in races and in the showroom against, and grab a slice of Ducati's v-twin pie, the RSV didn't simply mimic their formula. Instead of the standard 90° twins usually chosen for sporting twins because of their inherent smoothness, Aprilia contracted with Rotax to build a more compact 998cc 60° motor that allowed more freedom to position the engine in the RS250-derived frame for optimum handling. Twin balance shafts were included to smooth the engine and keep vibrations to an acceptable level.

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The bulbous fairing and jet-exhaust and stealth-fighter paint certainly look like nothing else on the road, but provide better wind protection and more rider comfort than the 916's sleek fairing, especially for taller riders. Reliability is generally excellent, and service intervals are much longer than Ducati's of the same period.

The R version saw the inclusion of Öhlins suspension front and rear, with a matching steering damper and forged wheels and a dash of carbon fiber. The Colin Edwards Replica is a bit of a paint-and-tape job compared to the standard R, but that's no bad thing considering the performance of that machine, although it did include the exhausts you see here, a different airbox, and bigger throttle bodies.

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From the original eBay listing: 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Colin Edwards Edition

Rennsport Naples is proud to offer this extremely rare 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R 1000 - Colin Edwards Edition #75 of 460 worldwide! (Only 50 were brought to the States).

This Superbike is ready for the track or your collection.

2 prior owners. (Same family).

100% stock!

Runs and sounds incredible! All maintenance recently done. Clutch and brake fluid is clear.

Stock factory Brembo Brakes.
Stock Ohlin front forks and rear shocks.
Akrapovic titanium Aprilia factory exhaust system.
Carbon Fiber is all over the bike. Front and rear fenders, Air intake panels, Exhaust mounts.
Blue factory OZ racing wheels.
Original undertail and tag mount. Factory grips and bar-ends. Factory mirrors.

Have 2 keys and owner manuals.

Rennsport Naples was founded by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. All of the vehicles we sell are clean, smoke free and well maintained.

Call us today to come view this thrilling Aprilia for yourself. (If you are out of the area... Feel free to call for a "on phone complete walkaround").

We are well versed in door to door shipping of automobiles and motorcycles around the States and will export anywhere in the World

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The dual exhausts of this bike are a huge improvement, I think, over the bulky standard single-sided item. Maybe v-twins just look better with twin exhausts?

The Mille managed to blend Japanese build and reliability with Italian style and handling. Basic bikes are fitted with very good components as standard, and represent the cool bike bargain of the decade, unless you're a collector or a serious track junky. Race-biased performance enhancements of the R model make them ideal for track-rats who want some Italian style and feel on a budget. Race replicas like this Colin Edwards lie at the top end of RSV pricing, but they still represent serious bang for the buck compared to special edition Ducatis.

-tad

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Fast and Collectible: 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Colin Edwards Edition
Kawasaki March 27, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Low-Mileage Ninja: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 H1 for Sale

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 R Side

Sometimes overshadowed by the GSX-R750 and a bit of an late arrival to the endurance-racer party in the late 1980's, the Kawasaki ZXR-750 sold well, but few are around today, especially in such beautiful condition. The styling is very handsome, although it obviously helps if you're a fan of Kawi's lurid green paint...

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 L Rear

Powered by a 749cc inline four that made a modest 105hp, the ZXR was still good for a top speed of over 150mph. Unlike Honda, Kawasaki didn't build homologation specials like the RC30 for WSB racing, although serious hop-up kits were available to turn the ZXR into a fire-breather for track use: these motors can be easily tuned to much higher outputs, although naturally with a corresponding loss of reliability.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 Dash

Both the ZXR-750 and the later ZX-7R were famous for their mid-corner stability and front-end feel. You sit in the bike, rather than on top like you would on a Ducati 916, and the tank is fairly long, with those air tubes to pressurize the airbox do intrude a bit, so long arms do help a bit.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 Front Wheel

Brakes were decent when new, although they will obviously benefit from modern pads and braided lines: this one looks like it still has the original rubber bits, although it's hard to tell from the pictures.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 H1 with 2,500 miles for Sale

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 with less than 2500 miles on it now, since it was new... Bike speaks for itself. Runs and handles like a new bike should. I still ride it occasionally so mileage will change slightly.

Turn key gas-n-go. Has been serviced and is ready to ride. Needs nothing to be enjoyed.

If you're looking for perfection go buy a NEW one! This bike is 26 years old and it looks and runs fantastic for its age. The black paint on the frame (by previous owner) is removable but doesn't bother me so I haven't finished removing it. I only did the one side since I have had it.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 R Rear

While the Yoshimura pipe is probably more appropriate for a period Suzuki, it still looks cool and gives the bike a very throaty growl and an evil, metallic intake rasp, as you can see from the video. The black-painted frame on the one side is a bit odd, but it sounds like that should be easy to fix before spring is in full swing. The headlights also look like they might not be completely stock, although additional visibility is always welcome and easily changed, if you prefer dim, older-style originality...

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 L Rear Wheel

Although at under $5,000 the reserve has not been met, with under 2,500 original miles, this might be a good opportunity for fans of Team Green to pick up a very nice example for a reasonable price.

-tad

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 R Side Front

Low-Mileage Ninja: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 H1 for Sale
Honda March 23, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Featured Listing: 1997 Honda NSR500V2 for Sale

Update 7.7.2015: I've been notified by the seller that this bike has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Built between 1996 and 2001 and powered by a 499.7cc two-stroke v-twin, the NSR500V2 was the stablemate of Honda's V4 bikes, and provided a simpler, less expensive option for privateer racers. Cheaper to run and easier to maintain, it was an ideal machine for less well-heeled teams looking to compete in top-level racing, and allowed them to fill out Moto GP grids.

And unlike the V4, which Honda would only lease to the teams running them, the V2 was actually available for purchase.

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Weighing in at a featherweight 227lbs [103kg] dry the 100° v-twin produced a claimed 135 bhp. It couldn't compete in a straight line against four-cylinder rivals, but high corner speeds allowed it to lap at a similar pace. Although it was down nearly 40hp compared to the V4 machines, it was much lighter and easier to ride, with a broad spread of power and better handling that allowed it to race against and even win with surprising regularity against factory four-cylinder machines.

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Like all genuine racing machines, these are exceedingly rare. Only 22 were built, and of course some have not survived, making today's bike a very rare opportunity.

From the seller: 1997 Honda NSR500V2 for Sale

This Honda NSR 500 V2 we offer for sale was part of 4 machines imported by Honda France starting in 1997. This example was entrusted early 1997 to the team Tecmas Honda Elf and the rider Régis Laconi to race in the 500cc World Championship. Subsequently sold to a private collector, who fully serviced it with new pistons and crankshaft, had it repainted in the Repsol livery and used it for a number of classic events in Europe covering approximately 300 km. In 2008 it was sold to a Spanish collector.

The fork and shocks were overhauled. The engine received new pistons, rings and rods. A new clutch was fitted and the bike received new Dunlops, type KR106 in the front and KR108 in the rear. The front brake disks are new Lorraine carbons with new brake pads fitted. The magnesium water pump is also new…

The bike was 100% overhauled being started on a roller and never used since.

It is stored with standard carburetor setting (rich) and dry (no water to avoid rust and damages to the new magnesium pump, for the same reason no gas in the tank and no brake fluids).

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Accessories, books and a comprehensive spares package come with the bike:

  • Sete Gibernau’s original Repsol leathers, helmet and boots
  • Honda Maintenance Book
  • Front and rear stand
  • 2 batteries
  • 1 set Honda steel front brake discs with brake pads (new)
  • 1 set of exhausts (without silencers)
  • 1 set of gas cables (new)
  • Set of front and rear sprockets
  • 2 NGK spark plugs (new)
  • Set of main and pilot jets
  • Seat foam (new)
  • 1 set of clutch discs (used)
  • 1 tool to remove rear wheel.
  • 2 heads (used)
  • 2 complete pistons (used)
  • 1 magnesium water pump (used)
  • Set of engine gaskets (new)
  • 1 set of carbon reeds (new)

This bike was fully overhauled by GT Motorcycles Ltd.

About price, I want 120000€. (will consider offers)

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At current exchange rates, that makes this just north of $130,000. It's also interesting that it comes with Sete Gibernau’s leathers. I wonder what a bit of Eau de Gibernau adds to the value. He did ride a V2 to several podium finishes in 1998 and 1999, although it's not clear that he rode this exact machine...

NSR 500 3 Gibernau

If you dare to ride it, it'd be the ultimate track day machine. It'd also be ideal for vintage racing or track days, although you might want to have a line on some replacement plastics before riding it in anger.

Interested parties can contact the seller by email here.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1997 Honda NSR500V2 for Sale
Ducati March 23, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Very Classy Cafe: 1995 Ducati Leggero by Walt Siegl

1995 Walt Siegl Ducati 900SS R Side

We don't often feature custom bikes here on RSBFS. Custom bikes are often so in love with their own custom-ness that they feel the need to shout about how special they are. Walt Siegl's Ducati Leggero, on the other hand, has a polished, production-quality, as if Ducati continued making the Sport Classic line.

1995 Walt Siegl Ducati 900SS L Side Rear

The devil, they say, is in the details, and a Leggero may look fairly conventional, but the goal here is the motorcycle, simplified and perfected, according to one man's vision.

From his website: "With the Leggeros, I’m using classic sport design elements that are clearly recognizable as such. That includes almost all aspects of the build, from exhaust to frame design. And with today’s brakes, modern suspension components and fuel injection systems, I’m able to build a truly contemporary motorcycle. I’m getting the best out of the really great characteristics that Ducati has engineered into their bikes, while making everything lighter and stronger. With the two-valve engine I need less components, so the design is much cleaner.”

1995 Walt Siegl Ducati 900SS L Side Rear

Frames are 4130 chrome moly steel tubing and styled in keeping with the original unit from the 900SS but lighter. Bodywork can be either full-kevlar or kevlar with laminated carbon fiber. The two-valve, air-cooled Ducati "L-twin" that powers the Leggero is obviously no powerhouse, but is considered one of the most charismatic engines of all time and can be tuned to provide real power with surprising durability. Engines are blueprinted and tweaked with traditional Ducati tuning tricks to make reliable horsepower with the characteristic Ducati midrange punch.

1995 Walt Siegl Ducati 900SS L Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati Leggero by Walt Siegl

You are bidding on a custom Walt Siegl Ducati that was built for Tyler Hays, owner of BDDW, in 2013. It is highly collectible, one of Walt's first edition Ducati builds. Walt is a renowned mater builder and builds some of the most techologically advanced and tasteful custom motorcycles today. Estimated retail: $29,000

  • Donor Bike: 1995 Ducati 900 SS

  • Engine: Blue printed. Light weight Pistons. Light weight fly wheel. High performance 39 mm Keihin flat slide carburetors.

  • Suspension: Fully adjustable Showa fork. Fully adjustable Showa mono rear shock.

  • Brakes: Brembo front and rear calipers. Brembo hand controls. WSM rear sets

  • Wheels: Cast aluminum Brembos

  • Tires: Dunlop Q2

  • Exhaust: WSM stainless system

  • Body work: WSM Kevlar tank and tail

  • Frame: WSM light weight chrome moly tubing chassis

  • Electrics/electronics: Moto Gadget speedo ( analog and digital). WSM harness with Moto Gadget electronic M-unit ( eliminates relays )

  • Guaranteed running and a free tune-up and care-for demo from Walt Siegl himself

There's a great clip of the bike rumbling away here.

1995 Walt Siegl Ducati 900SS Tank Detail

I might take issue with the seller's claim that Walt makes "technologically advanced" motorcycles. I think the phrase he's looking for is "beautifully crafted." Based around Ducati's venerable two-valve engine, these are obviously not state-of-the-art. But that's hardly the point.

1995 Walt Siegl Ducati 900SS L Side Front

Depending on the specification, these bikes can use some stock components, such as rearsets and the coffin-style reservoirs and switchgear you see here. I'd change those up as soon as I got the chance with some later-model units, and considering the craftsmanship on display, I'd prefer something other than the refinished, but otherwise stock three-spoke Ducati wheels. But those are elements easily fixed, with a huge variety of options available. Want something classic? Alpina makes some very nice spoked wheels that will accept modern, tubeless tires. Something a bit more bling? Go with a set of nice, gold Marchesinis. Or go super-lightweight with set of black, BST carbon items...

All-in-all, you're looking at a very rare motorcycle, and so far there's plenty of interest in the bike, although it hasn't reached anywhere near the seller's stated "retail value" or the reserve, with just a couple days left on the auction.

-tad

1995 Walt Siegl Ducati 900SS L Side

Cagiva March 20, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Bite-Sized Italian: 1998 Cagiva Mito125

1998 Cagiva Mito L Side Rear

At a glance, it'd be easy to mistake this frisky little Cagiva Mito for something else... Looking for all the world like a 2/3 scale Ducati 916, right down to the instruments and the transverse steering damper mounted to the headstock, it's really just that aluminum beam frame that gives the game away. Ironically, the Mito is much, much rarer, especially in the US, than it's bigger, more mature cousin.

1998 Cagiva Mito Dash

The Mito was introduced in 1989 and powered by a water-cooled 125cc two-stroke single that put out 34hp and used a seven-speed gearbox to keep the peaky little motor on the boil. Ridden to victory in the 1994 Italian 125cc championship by none other than Valentino Rossi, this little race-replica is a sharp-handling little machine, and while 30-odd horses may not sound like much, consider that it's coming from just 125 screaming cubic centimeters...

1998 Cagiva Mito Cockpit

Earlier bikes had a less 916-ish design, but the bike was restyled in 1994 by, not surprisingly, Massimo Tamburini himself.

1998 Cagiva Mito R Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Cagiva Mito for Sale

When I saw this  machine for the first time I was sure that it was a 916 Ducati like the one I have owned since 1995.(designed by the same designer). The difference was the 7 speed gearbox which was my first clue that it wasn't a 916.The Mito is quite rare in the USA cuz the 2 strokes are not popular here in the states. They are very popular in Europe and in fact in some countries can be ridden by younger riders with the speed reduced. In fact it would only register the equivalent of 65 mph(its KM equipped).After modifying with racing parts I was seeing 112 mph(180 km) on the speedo. My investment is over $8000.00 plus labor. The machine has only 399KM and now is for sale(too many toys).

This machine has never been raced ,only ridden on the street to prove the package. If you are an inspiring racer there is a class for it here in the USA ,or its a crazy cool street rod.

1998 Cagiva Mito Front

The Buy it Now price is set at $6,000, with plenty of time left on the listing. That is a lot of cash for a 125: an Aprilia RS250 would provide similar lightweight performance for less money. But, as good-looking as that bike is, the "baby 916" aesthetic of the Mito really can't be beat and, if you're a collector, you're unlikely to find a more original, low-mileage example. Especially with just 399km on the clock, it'd be a shame to thrash this the way the builders intended.

-tad

1998 Cagiva Mito R Side Fairing

Bite-Sized Italian: 1998 Cagiva Mito125