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Suzuki August 15, 2017 posted by

Fierce Little Pup: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf for Sale

Looking very much like someone washed an RG500 in hot water, Suzuki's RG250Γ "Gamma" featured two fewer cylinders and half the displacement, but was still packed full of race-bred technology and performance. Built between 1983 and 1987, the quarter-liter Gamma was never officially imported to the USA, but some have found their way here over the years from Canada, and their age means that more are now finding their way here in shipping containers to feed starving hordes of US two-stroke enthusiasts.

Performance available belies the mere 247cc displaced by the liquid-cooled parallel twin, as the government-mandated 45hp had its midrange boosted by Suzuki's Automatic Exhaust Control power valve system, with even more available in markets outside Japan. Skilled pilots could exploit that limited power by working the six-speed gearbox to keep the engine in the meat of the narrow two-stroke powerband, and stopping power from the triple-disc DecaPiston four-piston brake setup was excellent. Anti-dive forks were probably more useful to the marketing team than to riders, but the bike did have excellent handling and a light weight of 286lbs dry, thanks in part to the aluminum frame, although grip from the skinny 80s tires will be limited if you're used to wide modern radials.

"Walter Wolf" may sound like the name of a James Bond villain, but in reality he was simply an eccentric businessman who made his fortune in the Canadian oil business and used that fortune to sponsor several Formula 1 racing teams in the late 1970s, followed by touring cars in the early 1980s, as rich folks are wont to do. The color scheme was an unusual choice, but I happen to think the dark blue-and-red race replica colors are the most flattering for the slab-sided Gammas, although the traditional white-and-blue obviously has many fans as well.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf Replica for Sale

Very original 1986 Suzuki RG250 Gamma Walter Wolf import that has not been running in a while.  I am a collector and imported it from Japan.  Appears to be an original Walter Wolf, not a clone. The only parts that seem not to be original are possibly the brake and or clutch levers and the clip-ons or handle bars.  Over all in good original condition for its age, minor dings, scratches, not running.  Turns over and feels like good compression. Will need going thru, tires, carb kit, brake work, battery, etc, my gut says that with battery, carb rebuild and fresh gas you will have a runner.  I do have both mirrors, one off now for easier storage.  Happy to send more photos and or video.  Prefer buyer to come see in person so they see what they need to see.  Seat has small cut and tank small dings.  Overall the body panels are in nice shape and someone put plastic sheet protection tape on areas to protect paint, etc. Clock reading 9130km. Florida title.  I can help arrange shipping, have worked with a few shippers recently.  All payment funds must be fully cleared before shipping. RZ TZR NSR RGV KR1 NSR250 RGV250 TZR250 Gamma.  Questions welcome.

Very original import that has not been running in a while. The only parts that seem not to be original are possibly the brake and or clutch levers and the clip-ons or handle bars. Appears to be an original Walter Wolf, not a clone. Over all in good original condition for its age, minor dings, scratches, not running. Turns over and feels like good compression. Will need going thru, tires, carb kit, brake work, etc, my gut says that with battery, carb rebuild and fresh gas you will have a runner. Happy to send more photos and or video. Prefer buyer to come see in person so they see what they need to see. Seat has small cut and tank small dings. Overall the body panels are in nice shape and someone put plastic sheet protection tape on areas to protect paint, etc. Clock reading 9130km. Florida title 

I believe some markets made do with stock Suzuki gauge faces, but the blue and red Walter Wolf items are a good indicator that this is the real thing. Obviously, this one will need some refurbishment, but nothing outside the ordinary for a bike of this age. The cosmetics aren't perfect, but the bike looks complete, and is claimed to be very original which counts for much among collectors. And if you're not into math, that kilometers reading on the odometer means the bike has just 5,673 miles on it. With a Buy It Now price of $4,750 the seller seems to be realistic about what this bike is worth, considering the worn cosmetics and non-running condition, so if you want an 80s two-stroke sportbike and your finances won't stretch to an RG500, this might scratch that itch.

-tad


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Honda August 14, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – As New 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP !

Update 8.17.2017: We have been notified that this exceptional bike sold in just 48hrs! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Rarely can I sit for a 90-slide show, slowly fading between pictures. But our featured listing for today caught me doing just that, savoring each close-up of this museum-quality 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP.

 

Too recent to be imported to the U.S., the 249cc twin was intended for the home market, and the Sport Production variant for knowledgable fans of Moto GP and the marque.  The 249cc twin was made from 1984 to 1996, the final three years with PGM-IV electronic control of ignition and exhaust valve timing, and top speed regulation.  All MC28's had 40 hp,  dual 276mm front brakes, 17-inch wheels and Pro-Arm rear.  The SP had fully adjustable suspension, dry clutch, and magnesium wheels.  And of course the Repsol livery in celebration of Mick Doohan's championships.

 

The second owner has cared for if not curated this NSR, with just 1,900 miles, it looks better than showroom.  Since 2006 he's ridden just a few miles, but arranged Califonia road registration, a great value for the next owner.  Click - here - for the Photobucket Gallery, and the seller has this  to say about the bike -

Much of the graphics are decals can become brittle or blemished over time, should they get scratched or scraped they can easily peel or become permanently marked.  The decades I have been an NSR enthusiast I can’t recall a time I even heard of an MC28 in this condition for any price, with California registration on top of that.  With 1000 Repsol MC28’s produced they were for the domestic Japanese market only, the majority spend their time exposed to the elements in Japan.

Seeking a serious collector who is specifically looking to add this model to his or her collection in an exclusive transaction.

 

1996 found Honda in the midst of a five-year romp in the Moto GP 500cc class, and had won the 250's in 1991-92 with Luca Cadalora aboard.  A lot of the 250cc Grand Prix learning was transferred to the MC28, and while there was plenty of competition, the Honda reviewed as the best balanced and had better build quality.

 

Most often I lament that special bikes are left on the dais for only visual enjoyment, but in this case preservation seems the best course. 

-donn

Ducati August 14, 2017 posted by

Recovered Racer – 1998 Ducati 916

After an 18-month refurbishment, this 916 has a fresh carbon fairings and race engine.  While a detail here or there might need attention, it has a long list of mods resulting in a nicely presented and special 916.

1998 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

Relieving the 888, the 916 started a new dynasty and made a lot of 1994 best bike lists.  Much of the machine was derived from Ducati racebikes - trellis frame, single-sided swingarm, dry clutch, underseat exhaust, and instantaneous access to the engine.  The folded headlight fairing was designed by Massimo Tamburini and became a sportbike icon.  In the five years from 1994-98, the torquey 916 won four Superbike World Championships.

This is an ex-privateer's racebike, and for all the fun of turning a road bike into a racer, bringing a race machine back to the street can be tougher.  The owner answered the challenge of integrating all the great mods and beautifying the lot.  This bike has had some updates for the track, and some on the way back to the street.  With a built race engine, 1098 front end and race dash, the owner added a full carbon fiber body, including the fuel tank.  Here's one paragraph from the long description in the eBay auction:

This build was year and a half effort; acquiring the right mix of parts to make a Duc that I’ve never seen. This bike’s been to many events, and it is an original.  It has carbon fiber Ducati performance bodywork, fuel tank, air intakes, airbox, front fender, rear fender, foot guards, chain guard and Arrow exhaust.  The only major part that isn’t carbon fiber is the wheels; they are Marchesini 10 spoke forged magnesium wheels (3.50" x 17" Front and 5.50" x 17" Rear).  The Marchesini 10 spoke wheel weights with bearings front 6.04lbs, and rear 7.76lbs, very light, so I stayed with the 10 spokes.  The inside of the fuel tank has been coated with Caswell epoxy gas tank sealer to prevent leaks and protect the carbon fiber.

With this 916 coming up on 20 years old, a reliability comparison between stock and modified would be more of a pain management exercise.  This build might suit a tinkerer or an owner with access to a good repair shop, as when service is required, it won't quite be covered by the maintenance manual.  In return, the new owner will have a one-of-a-kind 916, race-engined with classic looks but many more modern components.  Located in a north Dallas suburb, arranging an in-person inspection by a friend or a shop might be a way to start...

- donn

 


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Yamaha August 14, 2017 posted by

First-Year Hot Rod: Modified 1998 Yamaha R1

When the 1998 Yamaha R1 debuted, it quickly dispatched the undisputed king of the streets, the Honda CBR900RR, with a lither frame, more focused suspension and roughly 20 more horses than the suddenly-underwhelming Honda.

1998 Yamaha R1 for sale on eBay

At the top of most magazine comparison tests even today, it was arguably the R1 that kick started the literbike craze, helping to relegate a crop of race-replica 600s to the "beginner bike" category in the minds of wannabe Rossis the world over.

Even in 1998, the R1 sneaked in under 400 pounds dry and spat out a still-impressive 150 horsepower.

The example here looks clean and has been extensively worked over, though the ad offers scant details and virtually no description.

Obvious changes are Dymag carbon fiber wheels, trick Ohlins suspension pieces, Brembo brakes, an Akrapovic exhaust and a one-piece superbike-style handlebar setup.

The seller claims the engine carries "performance" pistons and cams, but does not specify beyond that. The bike also has a carbon fuel tank and fenders, Mikuni rearsets and a Sergeant seat.

From the eBay listing:

1998 YAMAHA R-1 PLEASE FREE TO CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS WWW.SPECIALIZEDMOTORS.COM OFFICE 954-622-0466 CELL ANTHONY 954-540-8495

Inline 4 Cylinder 1000cc Engine
High Performance Pistons And Cams Dyno Tuned
Ohlins Road And Track Forks With Graves Carriers
Ohlins Rear Shock With Titanium Spring
Dymag Carbon Fiber Wheels

Brembo Rotors
Brembo Billet Front Calipers
Sargent Seat
Carbon Fiber Fuel Tank And Fenders
Superbike Handlebar Conversion
Stainless Steel And Titanium Akrapovic Exhaust
Mikuni Rear Seats
520 Chain Conversion
Chrome Engine Covers
Quick Shifter

The Buy-It-Now is set at $6,900, a price no doubt inflated by the myriad additions. With six days left in the listing, we'd say the ask is in the ballpark, but it will take a special buyer to pull the trigger.


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Bimota August 13, 2017 posted by

Italian Charm: 1999 Bimota DB4

Bimotas are not exactly known for their scary antics and cartoonish horsepower. They are instead renowned for being rolling exhibitions in balance, handling and craft mastery. The brand has had it share of screamers -- the 1100cc SB6R and the Suzuki TL-1000R-powered SB8 come to mind -- but it isn't their stock and trade.

1999 Bimota DB4 for sale on eBay

This 1999 Bimota DB4 is right in the brand's wheelhouse: a pretty, handmade frame, boutique suspension pieces and hand-laid bodywork wrapping a character-rich and adequately powerful engine.

Sporting the mill from a 1990s Ducati 900SS, which had its fuel injection jettisoned for a set of carbs, the DB4 claimed a modest 80-odd horses when new. Even with the torque available from the big twin, this thing won't make you a light-to-light hero.

Those ponies, though, must only haul around about 365 pounds, and a fully-adjustable Paioli fork works in concert with an Ohlins shock to allow the bike to carry what speed it can muster with little drama and maximum efficiency.

The low-mileage example here looks to be in excellent condition, albeit with signs of use and a few marks that show its age. The seller notes some changes from stock, but provides little detail.

From the eBay listing:

SPECIALIZED MOTORS and SPECIALIZED MOTORCYCLES
Specialized is offering another limited collectible Motorcycle out of our Museum. This Bimota DB4 is a ART as well as PERFORMANCE . Please feel free to call with any questions thanks specializedmotors.com anthony -954-540-8495 cell

900cc V Twin
Very Limited Production Motorcycle
Ducati Powered
Keihin Carb Conversion
Billet Adapters To Raise Handlebars
Brembo Brakes Front And Rear

Buy-It-Now is set at $10,500, which is right in line for these bikes. It's a stack to pay for a nearly 20-year-old bike, but the rarity and artistry are second-to-none, and certainly could not be replicated for that money. The sale concludes in 18 days, giving you plenty of time to arrange the funds and shipping.


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