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Yamaha September 13, 2018 posted by

Fanboy Alert: Rossi-Signed 2006 Yamaha R1 LE #46 for Sale

Later Yamaha R1s like this 2006 LE aren't really collectible as yet, but I'm sure they will be down the road, particularly when decked out in these very flattering colors that recall Kenny Roberts' racing machines. This was one of the last versions of the R1 to use the flat-plane crank engine, so Yamaha folks who like their R1s screaming will certainly be interested, as will fans of a certain elder statesman of MotoGP, who apparently has a long-standing relationship with the tuning fork brand...

Just 500 R1 LEs were built for the US market: the rest of the world had to share 1000 examples of the R1 SP that had basically the same specifications. The Öhlins suspension and magnesium Marchesini wheels seen here are standard LE fare, and the bike also featured a slipper clutch to help smooth downshifts. Otherwise, the LE was pretty much a stock 2006 R1, and shared that bike's minor frame adjustments that fine-tuned the handling and engine revisions that meant a claimed 175hp, giving the 172kg [379lb] dry bike the magic 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.

The 5VY R1 definitely has its virtues, but the big appeal here is the fact that this particular bike is #46 of the 500 R1 LEs produced. The serial number is obviously significant because it matches Valentino Rossi's racing number, and his signature on the tank and license plate are just what The Doctor ordered. Sorry, I just had to work in a bad Rossi pun there somewhere... No more, I promise.

The swoopy curves of this version are pretty restrained and it's a good-looking bike, although we've obviously moved on from undertail exhausts that increase cornering clearance at the cost of weight carried up high and toasted passenger buns. It looks especially sharp in the black-and-yellow graphics seen here that give the overall bike a bit of the old and a bit of the new, as they provide a visual link to Yamaha's racing history that stretches all the way from Kenny Roberts to Valentino Rossi.

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Yamaha R1 #46 for Sale

We are pleased to offer for sale this one of a kind unicorn 2006 Yamaha 50th anniversary R1 LE with only 1,566 miles. Now you might ask what makes this R1 LE a “Unicorn”? Well this R1 LE is number 46 of 500 and is autographed by “The Doctor” Valentino Rossi himself. If you are a racing fan you know who “The Doctor” is and is what really makes this R1 LE a collector’s dream bike. The 50th anniversary model is finished in a classic Yamaha Yellow/White and Black paint scheme and comes with magnesium forged wheels, brand new Michelin Power RS Tires, and Öhlins Suspension.

We offer financing and worldwide shipping. Please contact Michael at 630-936-2980 with any questions on this one of a kind Yamaha R1.

This is a low-mileage bike and the serial numbers and signatures make it more of a novelty than anything else, so if you're searching for an R1 to ride, you're probably best off looking elsewhere. Personally, this kind of bike interests me not at all, but I expect that for a certain type of collector it could prove to be very desirable. Considering how much interest there is in the listing, that seems to be true so far: bidding is very active, and up over $9,000 with several days left on the auction.

-tad


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Featured Listing September 13, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Sorted Harley-Davidson XR750TT replica

9.13.2018: Now on eBay. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Looking at strange beasts like the 2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that Harley ever had anything to do with road racing. Or turns in general, for that matter. Years and brand image have done much to erase the memory of the 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750TT, an honest-to-God, race-winning Milwaukee steed based around the firm's venerated 750cc flat track engine.

Harley built about 10 black and orange, fully faired examples of the XR750TT in '72, and in Cal Rayborn's hands they had a bunch of success in international match racing, despite putting out south of 100 horsepower, with most relying on front drum (!) brakes. The Lord works in mysterious ways, we guess.

Today's listing is a package:  The first bike is a turn-key replica of Rayborn's mount, albeit with some poetic license taken to tame some of the sketchiness of the original. For one thing, the builder stuck on a proper dual-disc brake setup. It also rides on a monoshock C&J frame and wears suspension from Ohlins and Forcella Italia. Beyond that, though, the bike is true to its roots, with a 1993 XR750 mill swaddled in lovely, delicate reproduction bodywork.

The second part of the package is a rolling chassis that is a nearly perfect replica of Rayborn's mount. The seller had intended to swap in the engine from the first bike to make a fairly faithful replica.

From the seller:

Harley Davidson XR750 Road Racer, C&J Frame Mono Shock, XR750 engine from 1993, Forcella Italia fork, Ohlins shock, Wire Wheels, complete Body Kit incl. fairing, partly new painted, new windshield, very good condition, runs great, race ready. Harley Davidson XR750TT Replika rolling chassis, complete except engine, Forcella Italia fork, Koni shocks, complete body kit, front wire wheel 18" and 16", many parts....

The Roadracer has been built in the late 90ies, based on a C&J Flattrack frame and a factory original 1993 XR750 engine.

Road racing fork Forcella Italia, Shock is Ohlins, brakes are high quality racing stuff. Equipped with the complete XRTT bodywork and Wire Wheels. This bike was raced by the pre owner in the late 90ies to middle 2000s at GrabtheFlag races and similar events in Europe.

The engine has been recently redone by the last owner and runs very good. I bought this bike 2 years ago and  rode this bike in 2017 only one day at a small race track for practice.

Additional there is a complete XRTT Replika Chassis with bodywork, only missing the engine. This bike was equipped with a XR1000 engine and was also raced in the late 90ies to early 2000s at european classic racing events. Fork is Forcella Italia, shocks are Koni, 16" and 18" front wheel.

My intention was to put the XR750 engine in the XRTT Replika Chassis, and ending up with a fine XRTT Replika, and buy a 90ies Sportster or Buell Engine for the C&J- Chassis and having a cool and powerfull Race Bike for Classic Races.

I would prefer selling as a package, for € 29000 OBO

Bikes are located in Berlin/ Germany.

Email: oldietech@t-online.de

The bike is across the Atlantic in Germany, but is very much worth the effort to import and turn into a once-in-a-while track day mount. With a full extra chassis waiting in the wings, there's little excuse to let it sit.

Bimota September 12, 2018 posted by

Artful Dodger: 2000 Bimota SB8R

The masters from Rimini were on a roll: From the tube-framed madness from the cusp of the 1980s to the aluminum beams as the 1990s approached, Bimota has always been in the frame game. But unlike many bespoke frame makers who concentrated only on the chassis, these Italian artists disguised as motorcycle makers ensured that their bikes handled the stage of the visceral world as well as the paved one. As such, Bimotas continue to delight with their strong visual presence, coupled with legendary handling and performance. All of this comes at a price, however - making riding a Bimota a relatively exclusive affair.

2000 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

Introduced in the years following the V-Due debacle, the SB8R returned to Bimota's more successful business plan of stuffing a 3rd-party engine and transmission into a motorcycle of their own design. In this case, power is courtesy of Suzuki's ripping TL1000R v-twin. This Japanese homage to Ducati's 916 mill is well known for being potent across the entire face of the tach, excelling at a high RPM rush not unlike that of inline fours. Devoid of the rest of the TL package (including the funky rotary damper), Bimota engineered a beast of a bike that was lighter and more precise than the Suzuki that donated its guts. It also looked far less porky then the Japanese offering.

From the seller:
This is an excellent original SB8R in the configuration it left the factory with a couple of small modifications (improvements). The light switch was modified so the headlight can be turned off, foot-pegs were replaced with European fixed position pegs, and the fueling system was modified to make it more rideable in street configuration.The fairings have original paint, carbon fiber parts have no cracks, all lights, turn-signals are original and working, tires have little wear, although they are at least 2 years old, so may want to consider replacing. Shocks don't show signs of needing seals, engine has no leaks, runs great, once it warms up (these are cold-blooded beasts). Brakes have plenty of wear left, recommend oil change for the engine, something I intended to do, but haven't made time. Bike is kept on battery tender to keep the (lithium) battery up.This is probably as close a time capsule as you'll find for an SB8R.

More from the seller:
This bike was purchased new from Ducati Bellevue on 3/2/2002. The 1st owner was a local Seattle aerospace engineer who rarely rode the bike. There were only 2 owners prior to my purchasing it in 2015.

The 1st owner made only one modification to this machine. His one mod was having a custom fuel trimmer or potentiometer made to work with the existing wiring harness. These bikes are known to have fueling issues due to the massive throttle bodies and this is where the potentiometer helps out. Unfortunately the potentiometer is old technology and the adjustment range was limited. The second owner installed a PCIII that was tuned by Nels at 2 Wheel Dyno Works in Woodinville, WA.

PCIII was installed by second owner to permanently wash out some of the fueling issues that was typical of the SB8R model and its huge throttle bodies. This bike accelerates easier through the rev range than before. The fuel trimmer that had been installed by the first owner was only finite and could not adjust or reach some of these issues in the rev range. This modification alone makes it rideable if you get stuck in traffic.

Braided steel clutch and brake lines (stock ones were rubber).

As mentioned above, the first owner added an Out-of-production Evoluzione SB8R fuel trimmer provided by a Bimota enthusiast in Colorado. This unit is more precisely calibrated with nearly infinite settings between 0 and 999. The Bimota trimmer has 8 positions total.

The arrow exhaust on the bike has been cored for better performance and sound. The result is outstanding in that it essentially replicates full racing pipes with much better performance and sound.

Always assembled with top-shelf suspension and brakes - Paioli and Brembo in this case - the SB8R reeks of class. From the huge snorkels that force-feed the air box hiding under the tank cover (the actual tank is the back half of that structure and extends downward centering/lowering the mass), to the way the huge exhaust cans poke out of the back seat, to the carbon-composite join plates of the frame to the exquisite swingarm with the embossed logo, everything looks expensive - and indeed it was a far more expensive motorcycle than its Japanese counterpart when new.

This particular bike looks to be in nice shape. With only 5,000 miles under the wheels, it has a reasonable number of miles and has been ridden without having been used/abused/trashed. There is plenty of evidence to know that the TL platform holds up well, making this one barely broken in. The haters will comment on the picture quality which makes it difficult to tell if we are looking at reflection or imperfection in the bodywork, but what we can see looks good. The seller appears to be knowledgeable about the machine and has 100% positive feedback, so I'm sure questions posed by serious buyers would be answered to satisfaction. With an opening ask of only $5,000, this Bimota is starting this auction in the basement. Interested parties should get in on the action now. This is the TL that Suzuki should have made; we're just lucky that the boys from Rimini were still around to give the TL motor some love. Good luck, and be sure and share your thoughts in the comments.

MI


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BMW September 11, 2018 posted by

Past Dream – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

The mid-2000's saw BMW put their flagship 1170cc DOHC twin into three very different motorcycles - a big super-motard, a hare-n-hound off-roader, and this, the HP2 Sport.  While both the motard and off-road machines were mega-size compared to the mainstream, the HP2 Sport fit better into the superbike genre and can show and go.  This 2008 is just ready for it's second oil change mileage-wise, but has been a collector's gem, farkled and serviced to a high level.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport for sale on eBay

Never giving up on the flat twin, the search for four valves led BMW to a complex chain-driven cam arrangement, and achieved 130 hp with 85 ft.-lbs. with the compulsory Bayerische reliability.  Instantly recognizable as part of the brand, it of course uses shaft drive, and the recent Paralever monoshock.  Up front is their newer Telelever suspension, with empty "fork" tubes and conventional shock absorber above the wheel.  Elsewhere it's all new, trellis frame, carbon fairing and self-supporting seat console.  The 2-1-2 exhaust darts under the engine to the catalyst and then underseat to the canister muffler.

Just shown by the original purchaser, the current owner has curated some nice mods and taken care of some maintenance concerns for the next owner.  The RR mirrors look less automotive than the stockers, and the SW Motech tank bag is a great no-mar solution.  New rubber might be considered if the buyer intends to push things hard.  From the eBay auction:

This bike is in immaculate condition with only 3,507 mile since new. Bike needs nothing as has just had the front forks redone with new seals and oil and both cylinder heads resealed with new BMW gaskets and new cylinder head sliders for good measure.

I am the second owner and purchased the bike from the original owner who had it in a collection thus the low miles. I have ridden it and done a few tasteful mods which are all simple bolt-ons and can easily be removed by the new owner as all original parts are included:

  • Ilmberger Carbon Fiber rear wheel hugger
  • BMW S1000RR mirrors with Sandbar Composites adapters (original mirrors included)
  • Puig windscreen (original windscreen included)
  • SW Motech quick release ring and tank bag (original fuel ring included)
  • Osram Nightbreaker headlight bulbs
  • Pitbull rear stand

Everything else is stock the way it rolled off the production line—perfect. Bike comes with two keys, owner’s manual, factory repair manual, factory training booklet, tool roll, and fanny pack.

Most often seen with few miles, the HP2 was a $erious commitment when new.  The secrecy around total production numbers warrants investigation by Wikileaks, but stateside imports for the 2008-10 years should be no more than a couple of hundred.  Glad to see such a special machine undamaged, but the low miles just scream missed opportunity.  Five days to run on the auction and bidding has been brisk but no challenge to the reserve.  Unlike trains, there won't always be another.  An epic ride for any fan of the brand or big twins in general...

-donn


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Ducati September 9, 2018 posted by

Super Single: 1993 Ducati Supermono for Sale

One of the most collectible Ducatis of all time, the Supermono isn't even a v-twin. It is, as the name implies, powered by a single-cylinder engine. If you're a bit confused by this and thinking, "Hmmmm... I don't remember there being any Ducati singles in the 90s..." you're not actually crazy. There weren't any Supermono roadbikes and only about 65 Supermono racebikes ever built between 1993 and 1995.

Race bikes are built to race, but are generally designed to conform to a very specific set of series rules. In Supermono's case, it was the European Sound of Singles, a single-cylinder class designed to support World Superbike racing. It won just about everything it was eligible to race in.

The reason is revs: where most big single-cylinder race bikes are derived from dirtbikes and hammering their riders to dust inside their leathers by 7,000rpm, the Supermono can happily spin up past 10,000. The Ducati's party trick? It's a single that thinks it's a twin.

Looking at the engine, it's pretty obvious that, in building their racing single, Ducati simply blanked off the rear cylinder on one of their liquid-cooled four valve v-twins, keeping the horizontal piston for a nice, low center of gravity. But they also used a dummy connecting rod that simulated the forces of the second piston, likely increasing friction and rotational mass compared to a normal single, but massively reducing vibration.

That ability to rev meant power as well, and the claimed 65hp at 10,500rpm from the 549cc engine gave the bike a serious advantage, compared to other bikes in the class. Later bikes had displacement increased slightly to 572cc for a bit more power. The rest of the bike was incredibly light weight, with liberal use of magnesium castings on the engine and a few other parts, so the complete Supermono tipped the scales at a featherweight 267lbs dry.

Brick-wall brakes from the much heavier 888 bring the bike to a very sudden stop when necessary, which probably wasn't all that often, considering the bike's cornering abilities. Interestingly, this one appears to have been upgraded with modern radial brake and clutch master cylinders, for improved braking and... clutching.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Ducati Supermono for Sale

1993 Ducati Supermono. #16 of 65. Originally delivered to Sweden.  

Video of #16 running https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tii5G9mm4wI

A new timing belt was fit prior to the video.

The video represents the last time it was ran.  It was set up for long term storage immediately after. Retrospeed, of Belgium Wisconsin was commissioned to prove that the bike was mechanically sound, change fluids and to set up for long term storage in February of 2014.

New slicks would need to be fit prior to track use.

Any and all questions can be directed towards Brady at Retrospeed 262-483-5399 

The owner, an Italian collector, is thinning his motorcycle collection to make room for a car purchase.

The Supermono is not titled, none were as they were produced for the sole purpose of racing.

The factory 955 Corsa in the last picture will be coming for sale soon.

The Supermono was never an entry-level racer like KTM's RC390R and was pretty eye-wateringly expensive even when new: $30,000 or so in 1993. These days? You're looking at something like this bike's $125,000 starting bid, which seems to be in line with recent examples. This particular bike is in far away Belgium... Wisconsin! Happily, the seller includes a video of the bike running before it was packed up for storage, so those of us who merely have the means to debate the values of these bikes can actually get a sense of what one might be like in person.

-tad


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