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Triumph September 8, 2018 posted by

Well-Aged British Beef – 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 with just 1,340 miles !

John Bloor's new Triumph engineers had a modular solution for their line of of four-stroke engines - all had 76mm bores and strokes were 65 or 55mm depending on multiples of 250 or 300cc.  The big 1200 was their atom smasher and had two balance shafts in the crankcase to smooth things out.  This time machine was parked halfway to its first oil change and has been professionally re-commissioned.

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for sale on eBay

Hard to call a company that had been manufacturing motorcycles for more than a hundred years an upstart, but the re-constituted Triumph was just that - with their new road-pounding 1200, good for 147 hp and 85 ft.-lbs of torque.  More GT than sport, it was big in every sense, plenty of room and stability for two, massive 6-speed powertrain, adjustable Kayaba forks and monoshock, 310mm Nissin disk brakes.  The generous fairing carried dual headlights and allowed the rider to hide from the 160 mph wind.

 

Right up the road from upstate Albany, this Daytona begs to have its back story told.  How a machine perfect for the mostly suburban and rural area could have been parked so soon after riding it out of the dealership is a mystery, like the missing front signals.  The overall condition says back of the garage storage but thankfully missing the big tank dent and tipover that usually happen during nearly 25 years under a blanket.  From the eBay auction:

Super low mile, one owner  Daytona 1200. This Daytona was purchased back in 1995 from Berkshire Motor Works in Schenectady NY. I have all the original paperwork from when the bike was new. The bike is totally stock and has been ridden only 1300 miles from new!  The bike was taken to a local British bike specialist in Scotia and had a $900. Service. The carbs have been rebuilt, new air filter, new battery  and fresh oil change. The bike has never been down or crashed. Everything on the bike works as it should. I have new front turn signals on order.

 

The Daytona 1200 reviewed as very smooth, heavy without really feeling it, the relaxed riding position making for a nicer long trip.  Not destined to compete with sportier liters and 1100's from Japan, the 1200 was more in line with the boutique Europeans.  It's a lot of bike for the buy-it-now, but new rubber has to be factored in, and though the carbs have been cleaned, the condition of the tank should be determined.  As owners of black machines would tell you, after a serious detailing this Daytona will look really good - for about a half hour...

-donn

 


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Yamaha September 7, 2018 posted by

Street-Legal Stroker: 1992 Yamaha TZR250RS for Sale

Yamaha’s TZR250 doesn’t seem to command the same prices or attention as Honda’s NSR. Which is interesting, considering it's similar in terms of weight and performance, and the TZR is generally even rarer in every market outside Japan: both the 3MA and 3XV versions were officially sold in the Japanese market only, although plenty found their way to the UK, Europe, and Canada via “parallel import” laws.

Certainly, the TZR isn’t lacking in technology: the 3XV packs an electronic engine-management system to rival Honda’s PGM-IV that controls the ignition advance, the powervalve, and the carburetors’ fuel mixture. Yamaha’s Deltabox frame is light and stiff, and the RS version seen here adds a dry clutch, close-ratio box, and later models even included fully-adjustable forks. This example goes a step further and has been upgraded with Öhlins forks and a Nitron rear shock.

Ultimately, the package closely mirrored the rest of the class: 90° liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin displacing 249cc, an aluminum frame, a six-speed gearbox, and the de rigueur powervalve to boost the two-stroke’s limited midrange. The seller is asking $11,500 for this updated, well cared-for example.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Yamaha TZR250RS for Sale

You are looking at a super clean, well maintained and a hard to find TZR 250RS. The RS model comes with close ratio gear box, RS paint scheme, fully adjustable suspension and dry clutch. I upgraded the front forks with Ohlins components, Nitron R1 rear shock, Brembo calipers, Brembo pads, braided brake lines and full floating rotors. Maintenance was done which includes fresh Motul fluids (coolant, brake fluid and transmission oil), carbs been cleaned/synced. Bike is street legal, titled, registered and insured in NJ. Everything on the bike is OEM all original with the exception of the upgrades mentioned. You will never find another one in this condition. 

This one has been up for sale more than once in a couple different places, but appears to be very clean and comes with a New Jersey title, which is a nice bonus for anyone looking to ride their stinky little sportbike. The biggest question here is: has the bike been de-restricted? Collectors may not be too worried, but anyone looking to ride this anywhere outside a very tight, technical racetrack or a very twisty back road will want more than the government-mandated 45hp. The Japanese government, obviously: the US government regulates many, many things, but horsepower is not one of them.

-tad


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Ducati September 6, 2018 posted by

An Original: 1995 Ducati 916 Monoposto

If "916" were the punchline, the joke would surely start out with: "These two Italians walk into a bar...." And while it is true that the 916 was the love child of Massimo Tamburini's striking design and Massimo Bordi's shrieking new v-twin, the 916 was no joke. This was a watershed bike for Ducati - catapulting it into overnight fame (the world conveniently forgetting that Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and sons had been in business since the mid-1920s, and successfully selling motorcycles since the 1950s). The world's press organizations ran out of superlatives to describe the visual impact of this revolutionary motorcycle - backed up by a string of World Superbike championships for Carl Fogarty. Pricey and rare, the 916 reset the sporting motorcycling performance bar - far higher than any other motorcycle available in the day.

1995 Ducati 916 with 1,300 miles for sale on eBay

Utilizing components and approaches that are commonplace today, the Ducati 916 broke new ground 24 years ago. Mass centralization and packaging resulted in an impossibly narrow frame, tight cockpit and ideal weight distribution. The single-sided rear swingarm - a nod to racing and speedy tire changes - dominated the right side view. Exhausts were tucked up high and tight under the seat, an arrangement that enhanced ground clearance (introduced by Honda's revolutionary NR750). Ohlins suspenders were fitted front and rear, as were top-notch Brembo binders. The motive power was courtesy of an updated/uprated 851/888 mill, liquid-cooled with 4-valves per cylinder (desmo actuated, naturally) and fuel injected. Peak power (114 HP) was at a stratospheric 9,000 RPM - very impressive numbers for a twin.

From the seller:
11 months, 609 miles since the following:

- Cam belts
- Battery
- (2) Michelin 4-GT
- Fuel pump
- Slave cylinder upgrade (Yoyodyne)
- Battery cable upgrade
- Brake\Clutch fluid and coolant flush
- Coolant hoses
- Front\Rear suspension complete rebuild
- Spark plugs and air filter
- Oil change (synthetic) and filter

Adult owned and ridden. Maintenance above has been performed by a very reputable shop in Hudson Valley, NY. All Ducati quirks have been replaced and/or upgraded. Only OEM or better parts and materials used. I will provide all documentation and associated costs. Bike runs beautifully, is set up for a 212lbs rider and has Kakimoto carbon slip-ons. Mileage is not a typo..1,300. Bike needs nothing.
Serious inquires only.

Early gen 916s are certainly on the collector list. This was such a revolutionary machine that it continues to stand out nearly a quarter of a century later. Follow on releases widened the focus by offering models with two-up seating (bi-posto), as well as even sharper offerings in the form of SP and SPS (precursors to the R model). But it is the original model - the standard issue, monoposto format - that started the fire that continues to burn so brightly to this day. So successful was this design that Ducati continued to evolve this silhouette through the 996/998/1098/1198 series. Even the Panigale contains elements common to the 916, as does the MV Agusta F4, thanks to Tamburini's influence.

This particular 916 is a 1995 model. Mileage is listed as 1,300 with pictures to prove it. For such an iconic motorcycle, that seems tantamount to sportbike treason. Apparently half of the miles listed were put on the bike in the last 11 months, back when the last major service was done. Props to the seller for having a complete service completed. Speaking of service, the 916 was more service-intensive than contemporary Japanese bikes, but time has proven that the shorter maintenance window is not really problematic. With original vivid red livery, gold frame and matching wheels and swingarm, this is a neo classic that will turn heads for decades to come. This is the bike that started a new revolution in design and performance. The $10,250 opening ask has yet to be answered, but for a clean bike in this type of condition with this few miles it's not a bad place to start. Check it out here, as we don't see too many original 916 models come our way. This is a good looking example of the bike that dropped a hand grenade into the Japanese-dominated market place - is that enough to make you want to pull the pin? Good Luck!!

MI


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Featured Listing September 5, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1996 Honda RVF400R for sale in Canada

As the little brother to the legendary RC45, the 1996 Honda RVF400R in some ways got stuck playing second fiddle to the faster bike. That isn't exactly fair treatment, though, as the screaming little gear-driven V4 had the character and handling to make a very good case for it being a world-class standalone machine.

They have had something of a resurgence lately, as people who want the thrill of a bike whose main weapon is momentum and value mid-90s Japanese build quality gobble these up on the grey market. Were it not for their rarity, they make a true case for themselves as an everyman sportbike. They're not overly expensive, they're reliable, and they suit new and experienced riders.

This one has an aftermarket powdercoat job on its wheels, but the bodywork is apparently all original and looks to be in good shape. The seller says it currently serves daily rider duties. It has a few easily reversed mods, and the seller is providing the original pieces should a new owner want to take it back to stock.

From the seller:

I have a Honda rvf all original body panels,it's a daily rider.
The bike has a Tyga rear tale section on the bike right now.
Bike comes with all original parts, also has a HRC upgraded ECM
Tires are a year and a half old, brakes are one year old, it has HEL stainless steal brake lines.
Wheels are powder coded white not black.
Over all condition out of ten would be a 8.
Let me know if you need any other info.
Attached are some pictures
We are from St. Jacobs,( just outside of Waterloo) Ontario, Canada.
Asking $8000 US or best offer.
Thanks a Dave
Phone- 5195728811

The asking price is in line with what we see these bikes go for, despite the fact that buyers on the southern side of the border will have to contend with importing a bike that is newer than 25 years old. With the market as hot as it seems to still be for bikes like this one, that shouldn't be too awful a prospect.

Buell September 5, 2018 posted by

Buell, Interrupted – 2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition

Erik Buell regrouped after Harley retired the brand and began as he had before, with a racebike design followed by a flagship superbike, followed by a more affordable machine.  The 1190RS was their big money racer-with-lights, with direct lineage from the -RR.  Though 2012 was the introductory year, a few were made for 2013 as the company transitioned to the -RX.

2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition

Buell had peeked over the engine horizon in 2007 with the 1125cc Rotax-based engine, and the 1190 was a descendant, a 72-degree V-twin with four chain/gear-driven cams.  Channeling 175hp through two small contact patches requires electronic intervention, with 21-setting traction control and a vacuum-actuated slipper clutch.  Classic Buell concepts such as fuel-in-frame, ZTL front brake, mass-centralized muffler, and oil in the swingarm are all present.  Öhlins turned to their racing department for the 43mm cartridge forks, and twin-tube rear monoshock.  The bodywork for the carbon edition is hand-laid and gorgeous, and helps the 1190RS stay under the 400 lbs. mark.

Evidently kept in its shipping crate until a year ago, this -RS looks new and hasn't reached the break-in oil change yet.  The orangey-red accents look great with the carbon and it's gonna wake the neighbors without the twin secondary mufflers some 1190's came with.  Seems like there'd be a back story for a crate unopened for four years, but here's what the owner would divulge in the eBay auction:

No. 7 of 35 2013's. New MSRP, set-up like this was just over $50,000. Original owner. Factory race exhaust (Euro) with 93 octane race ECU; extra carbon rear fender; lots of Ti and a Lithium Battery Tender. 500 miles +/-. Gentle street break-in miles only. Not quite fully broken-in. I am a retired championship winning racer/mechanic and treat my bikes with respect. Comes with all original parts as well as an uninstalled full Bazzaz system with the quick-shifter and remote. Comes with all the original parts. 

I uncrated it last fall. It has never been in the rain. It has always been garaged or in my living room (all last winter).  The engine is hand-built and full of exotic parts. This is literally a race-bike - with lights and mirrors. It has the most immediate power delivery of any street bike that I've owned (of well over 100).  Original MSRP for replacement engine is $27,000+. The suspension is from Ohlins' race catalog - not the normal street and track line which is less exotic. Excellent condition. One tiny stone chip in the clear coat. 

I will include a 1/2 case of the required AMSOIL full synthetic racing oil and filter for the break-in service. Also all of the stuff that came with it including EBR tie-downs and the EBR crate tarp.

EBR's new machines enticed some enterprise-level investors, but even 999 looks and Panigale performance couldn't hold back the red ink for more than a couple of years.  Though it's a very together machine, and any savvy Aprilia wrench could make repairs, lack of support is factored in to the sensible BIN and low-ball bids.  Probably better for a shop owner or their very good customer than a one bike garage.  While we wait for Erik Buell's next chapter to unfold, this -RS is a pleasant daydream...

-donn


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