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Aprilia January 1, 2015 posted by

RareSportBikesForSale.com 2014 Year in Review

2014 Year in Review

Happy New Year from all of us at RSBFS! We enjoyed a great 2014 setting many new records. Nearly 750k visitors stopped by, we're well past 53k fans on our Facebook page, and 2.6m pages were viewed. To the best of our knowledge, 101 bikes were sold to RSBFS readers, 78 on eBay and another 23 that sold via our Featured Listing service!

We've compiled some notable lists to reflect on what was 2014 on RSBFS and what will help shape 2015. Thanks for reading and can't wait to see what 2015 will bring.

-dc

Top 10 Featured Listings by Pageviews:

2008 Ducati DD16

27 Miles

$53,000

1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona

2,039 Miles

$6,900

1986 Honda NS400R

11,107 Miles

$9,995

1987 Yamaha FZR1000

29,013 Miles

$3,200

1995 Ducati 916

19,169 Miles

$8,000

2006 NCR Millona One Shot

Unknown Miles

$39,995

2002 Ducati MH900e

650 Miles

$19,995

1989 Yamaha RZ350

7,208 Miles

$8,000

1990 Honda NSR250

700 Miles

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1989 Honda RC30

6,524 Miles

$25,000

1990 Honda RC30

32,000 Miles

$26,000

1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750

2,645 Miles

$8,350

1999 Erion Honda CBR900RR Nicky Hayden

Unknown Miles

Reserve Not Met $10,000

1986 Bimota DB1

0 Miles

$30,000

1985 Kawasaki GPZ750

9,500 Miles

$8,100

2001 Ducati 996SPS

1,025 Miles

$13,433

1986 Suzuki RG500

30 Miles

$36,900

1988 Honda RC30 HRC

Unknown Miles

$32,101

1985 Yamaha RZ500

0 Miles

$30,000


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1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

900 Miles

$10,000 Open Bid, Reserve Not Met

1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750RR

11,500 Miles

$22,000

1983 Suzuki RGB500

Unknown Miles

$34,000

1986 Suzuki RG500

30 Miles

$36,900 Open Bid, Reserve Not Met

1989 Honda RC30

6,524 Miles

$25,000

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Honda NSR250

16,700 Miles

$8,500

1994 Ducati Supermono

0 Miles

$125,500

1986 Suzuki RG500

16,500 Miles

$34,000

1994 Honda NSR250

7,368 Miles

$9,000

1986 Bimota DB1

0 Miles

$30,000


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Benelli November 13, 2014 posted by

Classic Sportbike Recap: Benelli, Moto Morini, and a Dunstall Norton

If your biking interests occasionally run to the historical, take a look at some recent entries over at our sister site: Classic Sport Bikes for Sale. This week featured a Benelli Tornado, the Italian alternative to big-bore British parallel-twins, a jewel-like Moto Morini 350, and a rare Dunstall Norton Commando

1974 Benelli Tornado 650S L Front

With a 642cc parallel twin and a top speed of 117mph, you could be forgiven for thinking you were reading about a classic British roadster. But this 1974 Benelli Tornado had a short-stroke engine that loved to rev and, even stranger, was actually oil-tight... Read more over at classicsportbikesforsale.com

1984 Moto Morini 350 K2 L Rear2

With a jewel-like 344cc v-twin, this Moto Morini 350 K2 emphasized brains over brawn, offering brilliant handling and a wealth of innovative technical details. Moto Morinis have long been bargains of the vintage Italian bike world, but prices are finally on the rise and this one is in amazing shape... Read the full article over at classicsportbikesforsale.com

1969 Norton Dunstall R Front

The 1960's were a golden age of motorcycling innovation, when ambitious and talented tuners could knock up machines in their backyard sheds and compete against the world's best. Some, like Paul Dunstall managed to turn their success into a thriving business, making go-fast parts for a whole range of British bikes... Read more about the Dunstall Norton over at classicsportbikesforsale.com

Classic Sportbike Recap: Benelli, Moto Morini, and a Dunstall Norton
Benelli October 11, 2014 posted by

Flashy and Green: 2005 Benelli Tornado Tre

Tornado_1

These Benelli Tornado Tre machines have a unique look and feel that is unlike any other exotic. It is a strange beast in some ways, yet the flaws and foibles seem to ingrain the bike with a character that makes it stand out from the crowd. Yes, it is a triple. Yes, the radiator is mounted behind the engine and trans. Yes, this is the model with the funky turbine style radiator fans in the tail. Yes, this is the company that is no longer in business (and was last owned by a Chinese consortium). While this is not the more collectible LE model, this bike looks to be in outstanding condition and available from the original owner. That is what you want when you are considering a marque or model that has limited parts availability. Low miles and obvious care make this a great example of the breed. Bidding starts at $6k - not too high to open considering the condition. Let's see where it goes!

Tornado_4

2005 Benelli Tornado Tre for sale on eBay

Tornado_3

From the seller:
Original owner, motorcycle shipped from Italy to California for setup and then to Texas where it has been garaged, total mileage @ 1,275, routinely started up to running temperature and ridden 1/4 mile and then back to storage. All documentation on file.

Tornado_2

MI

Flashy and Green:  2005 Benelli Tornado Tre
Benelli August 28, 2014 posted by

Corsa Triplo: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Novecento Limited Edition

Tornado_LE_1

Located in Southern California is this gorgeous Benelli Tornado Tre Novecento Limited Edition. The LE model is the hot setup in the Tornado Tre world; with up-rated components and sharper focus, this was the model utilized as the basis for competition on the racetrack. Numbered and produced in low (homologation) numbers, the LE was a very expensive alternative to the base Tornado Tre. If there is any criticism of the LE model, it is that it is too similar to the base bike - only sharp eyes will spot the differences that an LE brings to the party. If you are expecting your extra cash to raise the bling level and make a statement, the Tornado Tre LE is a bit of a functional mute.

Tornado_LE_4

2003 Benelli Tornado Tre LE for sale on eBay

Tornado_LE_16

From the seller:
You are bidding on a very rare 2003 Benelli model Tornado Tre Novecento Limited Edition. 150 models were produced worldwide to homologate the base LE model for World Superbike competition. This bike is #130. Less than 30 bikes were imported into the USA. This bike is an original owner motorcycle, always garaged, never down, never raced in immaculate condition. Oil/filter change and new battery July 2014.

This bike differs from the base model in the following respects:
Full carbon fiber bodywork, fenders and fuel tank
Carbon fiber clutch cover
Sand cast engine cases
Dry clutch
Adjustable swing arm pivot
Ohlins suspension front and rear
Marchesini forged aluminum wheels
Titanium muffler for Benelli by Arrow

The bike comes with the OEM muffler and a separate Benelli race kit case containing: swing arm pivot inserts
swing arm shaft
rear sprockets
Custom factory cover/case with Benelli labeling
Benelli rear paddock stand
Battery Tender

Tornado_LE_21

If you are curious about the naming, it's all pretty simple. The "tre" refers to the three cylinder engine. "Novecento" is Italian for 900. The engine is placed so far forwards that the radiator was relocated to the back. The turbine fans are not a gimmick; they pull air through the radiator at slower speeds. Most reports indicate that the Tornado Tre is a competent machine - perhaps not the fastest or most potent - but decent power and handling wrapped up with character. These are pretty rare motorcycles. Check it out here and let us know what you think!

MI

Corsa Triplo: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Novecento Limited Edition
Benelli July 16, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: 2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 for sale in Georgia

I've been keeping my eyes open for a nice Benelli Tornado to write up for a while now. These represent a reasonably successful attempt to resurrect the storied Italian brand and they're supposedly still producing variations of this bike, although the company was bought by the Chinese Group Qianjiang and are currently being built there.

Modern Benellis were showing up with decent regularity as untitled holdovers or low-mileage speculator bikes until recently, but have since become scarce. Have sellers given up or have they been snapped up and squirreled away?

2008 Benelli Tornado Tre 1130 for sale on eBay

2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 R Side

Originally developed as a three cylinder, 900cc machine that was teased at the 1999 Milan motorcycle show, displacement for production bikes was upped when it became clear this would be a streetbike and displacement limits for racing could be safely ignored. Think of this as the big-displacement Daytona that Triumph never built.

Reviews at the time flattered the style [duh] and the bike featured some very interesting design features, including a radiator tucked up into the tail section that kept the weight of the engine as far forward as possible. A cool design feature emphasized by brightly-colored fans to help pull air across it, but I wonder what that’s like for riders and potential pillion passengers…

2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 Tail

Power, especially for the 900cc version, was not top-of-the-class, but it was very smooth and characterful. Although early models had somewhat iffy fueling at lower revs, this got better over time and is relatively easy to fix.

2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 Dash

Parts availability could be iffy moving forward, as the dealer network was never much to write home about and is likely much, much worse now. FastBikes magazine has been running one as a long-termer and back issues might make a great resource for tuning, parts, and substitutions that could be made to work. That end-can would be the first thing to go if I bought one, and I'll bet any number of other parts could be modified to fit: a stubby little low-mount can from Arrow would probably clean up the rear nicely.

2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 Tail Section

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Benelli Tornado for Sale

Light scratches, possibly dings or dents, might be missing a nut or bolt.
Comes from the factory loaded with all kinds of premium parts that beg to be ogled.
It would be prudent to have a fair amount of exotic experience to own this beast.
The riding design and eccentricities of the bike will demand a strong confident hand,
otherwise you will end up on the pavement along with a hefty repair bill.
Its design is something to behold. The ram air intakes run the entire inner length
of the bike to the rear section where it forces the air onto the radiator concealed within
the rear cowling.
To add to the impressive looks, there are two fully functioning fans in the rear that kick on to pull air over the radiator when it hits a certain temperature.
The bike comes with a cd copy of the service manual and a few spare parts.

2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 Tank

This is one of those bikes I'd love to have in my fantasy garage. There are faster bikes for less money, and parts may be a pain. But the styling is distinctive and very pretty, and the bike is fast enough to challenge all but the very fastest riders. Although with bodywork like that, this probably isn’t the best bike for hard-core track days…

When you can ride something as rare and elegant, I think the trade offs are worth it.

-tad

2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 Front

 

Featured Listing: 2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 for sale in Georgia
Benelli October 23, 2013 posted by

Pasta Chow Mein: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Limited Edition

Tornado_LE_1

Take classic Italian styling and design, and merge it with Chinese money and manufacturing efficiency. Throw in a slightly odd 3-cylinder powerplant, a rear-mounted radiator, and the best possible components across vendor shelves. Replace aluminum with magnesium. Toss in a dry clutch. Drape in carbon fiber. Build it by hand, plan to make very few, and number each one. What you end up with is the very handsome, very rare, Benelli Tornado Tre Limited Edition. How rare are these silver/green beasts? RSBFS has only ever posted one.

2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Limited Edition for sale on eBay

Tornado_LE_2

An interesting cross between a Ducati Superbike and a Japanese four, the Benelli three cylinder concept allows for a good rev range and very tidy packaging. The rear mounted radiator (and somewhat goofy twin "turbo" fans in the tail) have a very real purpose: to allow the motor to be pushed further forward in the chassis for a better front weight bias. They also tend to allow the bike to run a tad hot in traffic - keep the revs and the speed up and you'll never have an issue.

Tornado_LE_5

From the seller:
***VERY RARE Benelli Limited Edition-(NOT A 900 Tornado Tre-not same)***
First Reasonable Offer Bike IS SOLD
DO NOT WAIT-SELLING NOW!!!!!!

********Exclusive 1of18 in USA 1of131 Worlwide*********
< New MSRP in 2003 was $39990.+ < Thousands in Factory extras(keeping forever).....was ----Factory kit includes: --Race kit --Sprockets --Special Tools --Cover Street and Race Exhaust System --Carbon Fiber Gas Tank as well as aluminum ---Purchased by me from Benelli --Multiple Full Service Packs --Grips/Levers/Bar Ends -- The last available Titanium body mount matching machined fasteners etc --NEW tires (flat spots from crate? crack inside? you never know....old from crate even properly stored-I take NO chances --TWO Factory Service and Prep CDs including race tuning with kit -- Starter Recall Kit(mine was Benelli serviced and checked and does not/will not need but you never know BOUGHT ALL THE STUFF POSSIBLE DUE TO THOUGHTS OF OCCASIONAL RIDES MAYBE-AND WAS KEEPING FOREVER -BUT I COULDNT.... Have all documents and IS FL TITLED. 1 of only 3 of the 18 in USA to qualify to be US titled. The other 15 remain on MSO for UK or Italy. All are in high end collections and few know of this bike.

Tornado_LE_9

Benelli conceived the Tornado Tre and the LE model while undergoing a glorious Italian renaissance of the brand. Started in 1911 and surviving as one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in Europe, Benelli failed to make a go of it and was sold into receivership. Purchased by a Chinese corporation (the motor Group Qianjiang), Benelli continues to exist - seemingly without the former glory. Parts can be difficult to source, although I understand that they are still available if you look hard (and far) enough.

Tornado_LE_7

This Tornado Tre LE has an opening bid of $9,999 - with no bidders yet. This would be a screaming deal for a low mile (reported as 13!), very rare machine. The BIN price is set at $25,900, which is probably fair when compared to the rarity and original MSRP, but likely high for the interest in one of these Chinese-Italian steeds. That is a shame given the quality and design of this very capable and unique motorcycle. But that is also how free enterprise works. Check out all of the details here, including LOTS of pictures and more details/text by the seller. Good luck!!

MI

Pasta Chow Mein: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Limited Edition