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Buell April 11, 2012 posted by

And Now Something Different: 1990 Buell RS1200/5 Westwind

And Now Something Different:  1990 Buell RS1200/5  Westwind

 

They don't always have to be handmade in a small Italian workshop to be considered rare.  I'm on a roll this week of posting bikes I have very limited knowledge of and the Buell RS1200/5 continues that.  The seller is a little unsure of the actual year of the bike;  debating between a 1989 or 1990.  The numbers I saw claimed only 7 produced in 1998 and 95 produced in 1990.  What savvy RSBFS reader can solve the model year mystery?  Now you may notice the /5.  That  is the designation for the two seat model.  I can't seem to find production numbers on the two seat version and they may be included in the numbers above.  It's never simple.

Yes, if you are used to Ducati's and Bimota's it is a little funky looking.  Owners sure seem to love them though.

 

Because of its' somewhat funky looks you might overlook the fact the RS1200 had some nice features.  The frame was a unique design to help eliminate vibration.  The bodywork was all designed in house.  The brakes were of Buell's own design.  The wheels are Performance Machine, the exhuast is from Super Trapp and the forks are Marzocchi units.  The Harley Sportster engine put out approximately 60hp and was untouched internally.

 

The auction details:

This is a very early production Buell from what ive read one of the 1st 100 this could be a 1989 model but titled as a 1990 its hard to get specific info ive found a couple 1990s and this bike was an earlier production Its not a 1991 they have a diff front fender. It is very original inc paint,chrome,fiberglass,tyres and original wheels. we put a battery in it and fresh gas last year it started and ran good. I brought it home started it and rode it about a mile it ran great shifted nice it was very responsive and everything worked  motor sounded good shifted the same and I will guarantee this mechanically no trans problems motor noises smooth! From there on its the buyers. Dont bid or buy this if you dont know anything about bikes and just want to ride.It will need complete servicing and going over as its been sitting a long time.A great addition to a collection. These are very rare and hard to come by you may never see another

 

The seller doesn't go into any detail in the information he provided but in the auction title he claims the bike was owned by Arlen Ness.  Not sure if that is a selling point but good for  some trivia and talking point over a beer.

 

 

The photos make it out to be an awfully clean bike.  The auction has drawn some interest already but there is a reserve on the bike which hasn't been reached, as of this writing.  I did see some talk on a forum of a RS1200/5 selling in the $5,000 range.  Anyone have input on a price?

 

Snag an American exotic here.

 

By the way, have you seen what Eric Buell has been up to lately?  Mighty nice!!

 

Ian

Buell January 4, 2012 posted by

1998 Buell S1W ex Pascal Picotte race bike

For Sale: 1998 Buell S1W ex PASCAL PICOTTE racer

Update 1.4.2012: The seller has contacted us to let our readers know this bike is still for sale and now just $6k. Please email the seller directly with inquiries. Good luck with the sale Doug!

We don't see too many H-D era Buells on the pages of RSBFS. This is not a comment on the collectability or desirability of Erik Buell's creations, but rather that the latter stages of H-D-owned Buell were less exclusive than most collectors would prefer. It takes some serious history to make one of these bikes stand out - and today's S1W has exactly that. Imagine owning the bike on which Pascal Picotte WON - while he was a Harley-Davidson factory rider no less. Great stuff!

In fact, RSBFS posted this exact bike in 2010, when last it was up for sale. Check out Doug's excellent article on this bike here.

The H-D Race of Champions, run during the annual HOG Rally, situated riders on identically prepared motorcycles. In this case, the bikes were Buell S1W models with minor modifications. After his victory, Pascal signed his race winning bike. Ultimately all the bikes were sent to dealers, where this one ended up.

But it doesn't stop there. In addition to the Pascal Picotte racing history, the seller has used this bike to set numerous land speed records (including sidecar records). Like many "vintage" racebikes, this Buell has continued to build a history of competition - to the point where this bike has a pretty impressive resume, and would be appropriate for collecting, track riding or even street riding.

From the seller:
Pascale Picotte's Buell S1W race bike

This is one of 13 bikes pulled from the Line and Factory Race prepped for the Race of Champions at the 15th Annual HOG Ralley.

This particualr bike was ridden by Pascal Picotte who was a HaArley Facory Racer at the time. HE WON this race on this bike. This bike has Picotte"s Racing # (21) and is signed in several locations

Following the race all the bikes were given to the Leading BUELL dealers at the time.

I purchased this bike 3 years ago. I removed all the Signed bodywork and have used the bike to set several ECTA land speed records in Pushrod classes, It currently holds 5 records and won the final year MAXTON MILE bike points series and will be featured on the ECTA poster next year.

In addition to what is pictured:
Flat black Duracoat Small tank
FLat Black Duracoat Large tank
Flat Black S1W tail section
FLat Black painted Racing fairing
Flat Black front fender ( forget what model I got it from, but more Aero than the S1W fender)
Aftermarket Footpegs
Teather Kill Switch
Dyna Ignition Module
Various Jets
Steering stabilizer
GP Shifter kit
Base Plate for LSR Sidecar (Holds 3 Sidecar Records)
To maximize gearing I converted to a Chain, and have several sprockets, still have the Pulley's if you wanted to convert it back.
Clip Ons

The Sidecar mount was designed and built as was everything else so it could be put back to Pascal Picotte form with no damage

NOTE: WP SHock Shown in photos was replaced on recall (Front Shock Eye Failure issues) Has a enclosed Showa Shock now

This bike does not have a title, however I have enough Notarized paperwork from the Harley/Buell dealer I purchased it from you should have no problem getting title if you wanted to use this bike as a Street bike. Where Else can you find a practically new S1W

Note that the pictures offered by the seller here do not necessarily reflect the latest state of the bike. The seller claims a list of additional items (which may or may not be on the bike), as well as a chain conversion (but the bike pictured still has the Buell belt drive attached). As always, we encourage prospective buyers to contact the seller for more information and pictures.

This is a pretty neat piece of history, and even though it is not a Pascal Picotte race winning Superbike, it is still very cool. This auction is going on now, and the starting bid is only $2,500 with reserve in place. There is also a BIN for $7,000 Now just $6k. Please email the seller directly with inquiries.

MI

Buell October 14, 2011 posted by

1989 Buell RR1200 and 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 Available Now in Canada

Good morning! Please welcome our latest site sponsor, Kia West in Coquitlam, BC with two featured pieces currently in their inventory.

First up is this great looking and barely broken in 89 Buell RR1200 with just 152 miles!

The history of this RARE motorcycle is part of Harley-Davidson's success in Canada. Legendary enthusiast, racer and man behind the largest importer of Harley's in the world (Trev Deeley) brought this machine into Vancouver as one of only three ever to be imported into Canada. I am sure that Trev did all he could do to promote Buell, simply because of Buell's brilliance and innovation as a motorcycle racer. Stories of this RR1200 in the window of Deeley's east Broadway motorcycle shop are consistent...so many traffic rear-enders distracted by the Buell in the window...the machine was removed from it's display. From the spot light to the warehouse; that's where the RR1200 sat for some time. One of Trev's racing pals eventually purchased the RR1200 and moved it into his private collection. Never registered. 152 miles of demo. Sales brochure and original price tag included. Serviced and ready to show or vintage track.

Read our writeup on this Buell RR1200 Battletwin from May.


And this 93 Moto Guzzi Daytona with just 7141 miles on the clock:

Moto Guzzi is a genuine Italian motorcyle manufacturer. It is one of seven brands currently owned by Piaggo. Initially established in 1921 in Mandello del Lario, Italy. The company was noted for its historic prominence in world wide racing. In addition to a series of industry innovations, including the first motorcycle wind tunnel. What we have here is a unique and very, very rare opportunity. You have the chance to acquire one of these limited production machines. This is number 13 of 34 brought into the US.

Read our writeup on this 93 Moto Guzzi Daytona from July.

Many thanks to Kia West for helping to support Rare SportBikes For Sale!

-dc

Buell May 19, 2011 posted by

Bullish on Buell: 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin

For Sale: 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin 1 / 34 NOS never titled

Erik Buell started his engineering career at Harley Davidson, but left H-D to pursue an opportunity to market Buell Motor Company 750cc two stroke racebikes to privateer teams competing in the AMA Formula 1 series. The racebike stint was short lived, as the AMA discontinued the series in favor of Superbike less than a season later.

Buell then turned to streebikes. He obtained a large quantity of XR1000 motors via his contacts at H-D, and he used these to create the RR1000. Between 1987 and 1988, Buell delivered 50 bikes to customers, placing the Buell Motor Company on the map. When his supply of XR1000 motors ran out, Buell adopted the new H-D 1200cc Evolution engine, upgrading the bike and making the necessary changes to package the new powerplant. Through the 1989 model year, Buell created an esitmated 65 RR1200 bikes; this is one such machine.

Notice how these early Buells contain many of the iconic features seen on later bikes. The Uniplanar engine mounts - to allow the engine to be used as a stressed member while still isolating the vibration of the big twin - continues to be a patented feature on modern Buells. This bike also shows the under-the-engine suspension and exhaust - both necessary compromises to package the big twin.

From the seller:
The history of this RARE motorcycle is part of Harley-Davidson's success in Canada. Legendary enthusiast, racer and man behind the largest importer of Harley's in the world(Trev Deeley) brought this machine into Vancouver as one of only three ever to be imported into Canada. I am sure that Trev did all he could do to promote Buell, simply becauce of Buell's brillance and innovation as a motorcycle racer. Stories of this RR1200 in the window of Deeley's east Broadway motorcycle shop are consistant..."so many traffic rear-enders distracted by the Buell in the window"...the machine was removed from it's display. From the spot light to the warehouse; that's where the RR1200 sat for some time. One of Trev's racing pals eventually purchased the RR1200 and moved it into his private collection.

Never registered. 152 miles of demo. Sales brochure and original price tag included. Serviced and ready to show or vintage track.

Very rare, very low miles, and never registered - to be honest I'm not even sure where to begin concerning pricing on this one. Thankfully, there are many bidders out there who are currently showing the way. While the auction opened below $1k, bidding has been very brisk; at the time of this writing the price has risen to over $14,000 and the reserve is still in place.

This bike is a very unique piece of motorcycle history. With its aerodynamic wrap-around fairing, color scheme straight out of the 1970s, thundering performance and interesting back story, the next owner will be very lucky indeed. To check out the pictures and details or to watch the sprited bidding, . Good luck!

MI

Buell October 26, 2010 posted by

American Exclusive: 2000 Buell X1 Millennium #115 of 800

2000 Buell X1 Millennium #115 of 800

How about a little love for an American limited edition motorcycle?  Poor Buell has had a rough year due to the strategic brilliance (can you sense the sarcasm?) of HD management. There are signs of encouragement out there though for Buell fans. The new 1190RR race bike looks pretty stout and I believe Buell is working on a street version of that bike.  If the stories are true Buell had a higher spec street bike in the works right before HD pulled the plug.

The X1 Millennium is a what I would call a cosmetic limited edition. For surviving the millennium you get a silver frame, silver paint scheme, silver headers (getting the theme here?) , polished foot pegs (hmmm, ok) and a special limited gas cap with your bikes number on it. It's a miracle this bike was ever ridden because if you remember we weren't supposed to survive the chaos after the world went bonkers on 1/1/2000. It has been ridden but not a whole lot, it has under 6,000 miles on it. 800 of these were produced but only 400 ended up staying in the US so you shouldn't run into too many.

One of 800 Millennium Editions built. Bought new by an adult collector. Garaged and covered, excellent condition, loaded with extras from American Sportbike Accessories. New shock, runs perfectly, no issues. Mileage is approximate. Rare bike and the ultimate cool street fighter.

I'm not enough of a Buell expert to spot the accessories mentioned by the seller.  A quick email to the seller should solve the mystery.  If you are interested to know what is out there for an X1 I found this X1 Millennium on Youtube that has been modded a bit.

#115 on Ebay is listed as a classified ad for $6,500.  With a little searching I have a feeling you can find one a bit cheaper but it is all about condition and miles as well.  .

IK

Buell August 23, 2010 posted by

1998 Buell S1W Pascal Picotte race bike

1998 Buell S1W Pascal Picotte race bike

Mileage: 0 - it's a racer!
Price: $10,000.00

Race prepped for and ridden by Pascal Picotte is this S1W racer. Oddly enough, this looks very similar to a bike that my first road race instructor used, for me and my classmates to follow him around, at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. It was 1999 when I first saw one of these up close and personal and I must say that when in race trim they are quite impressive. And that’s not to mention how fast they are when being piloted by ex-factory super bike riders like Pascal and my instructor Scott “Z-man” Zampach.

We featured Pascal's VR1000R a few months back and I thought that was a pretty cool opportunity in itself. If, by chance, you picked that one up you now have a chance to add to your Pascal collection with yet another Factory prepped racer.

Have a look:

Pascal Picotte

From the seller:

1998 Buell S1W Pascal Picotte race bike

One of 13 S1w's pulled from the line and factory race prepped for a H-D Factory rider Spec race at the 15th HOG rally. Picotte won with this bike

Bike features a Non production but factory color scheme, Picotte's number plates, Picotte's signature several places on the bike.

Immediately after the race these bikes were given to the largest Buell dealers as show bikes for the shops.

This bike has Bill of Sale only although could easily be made to be street legal

Pretty cool bike for any collection-

Contact the seller at tekebird@yahoo.com

Cheers!

dd