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