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Featured Listing July 10, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Gorgeous One-of-500 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RR

The formula for out-of-the box racers has ever been simple: take the street bike, throw in more air and fuel, nip, tuck and trim, and generally make everything less comfortable. Then, cut production, raise the price and call it a special edition. Yamaha is in the midst of making history with its unbelievable R1M, but before all that came the 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RR.

It weighed less than the normal version, and went back to the original Gixxer's longer-stroke motor. It was aimed at amateurs and club racers, but could be run as a straight-up streetbike. Not that you'd be able to stomach the agony for more than a few minutes at a stretch, but that didn't matter, did it?

Today's featured listing is a gorgeous example of the model, despite having covered an almost alarming 15,500 kilometers. It's one of a very few that got imported to South Africa, which is where it resides. It's an early bike at number 47.

From the seller:

For sale, this very rare and collectable 1989 Suzuki GSX/R750RR Limited Edition, race replica. Only 500 produced worldwide! This is number 47. Excellent original condition. Even though this is a Japanese model, it has been fully de-restricted and makes full power i.e. Carbs and Jetting, Exhaust, Ignition module.Completely original except for de-restriction. Perfectly maintained, Never raced, Never dropped, Unrestored. Recently serviced and all fluids changed

For avid collectors only. No chancers please! Call Robbie at : 082 4100787 or e-mail directly to boss@bolandbikes.com. R250 - 280K Reasonable offers considered.

The price is listed between 280k Rand, or roughly $21k USD, which is before you pay to import it, assuming you don't live in South Africa. These things are on their way up, and the way Japanese bikes have been trending, that doesn't seem poised to turn around any time soon.

Ducati July 10, 2018 posted by

Racer Replica: 1995 Ducati TT2 Replica for Sale

The original listing for this 1995 Ducati TT2 Replica includes some good general information, but I'd love more specific details about the components. The seller mentions the frame was supplied by Roy Thersby, but did he build the frame, modify the frame, or just paint it? At a glance, it appears to be from a 90s SuperSport, which makes sense, considering the rest of the running gear. So it appears that what we're dealing with here is a fully-built 90s 750SS with brilliant retro-bodywork and paint. And headlamps. Those massive, retina-burning headlamps.

The original TT2 that inspired this build was a lightweight, Pantah-powered racebike displacing 597cc with a Verlicchi frame and Marzocchi suspension. Built between 1980 and 1984 the bike was very successful in competition and ultimately spawned the Ducati F1 road bike.

The engine in this replica is a 750, but it's looks to be the 90s version, since both carburetors live in the engine's vee: the 80s Pantah-engined bikes had both facing rearward, with the vertical cylinder's jutting out awkwardly towards the rider's knee. And the wheels are clearly 17" parts, in keeping with the 90s theme. Great for finding modern, sticky rubber, but not the most authentic-looking, if that's the goal, since the original used 18" hoops. And why choose non-adjustable front forks on this bike? Even set up properly, I'm surprised the builder didn't at least use the adjustable units available on certain 900SS models, since the upside-down forks give the game away anyway that this isn't really an 80s race bike.

Not doubting the craftsmanship, but there are some other choices I'm not big on, starting with the Koso instruments. I'm sure they're reliable and legible, but I don't really like them on recent Bimotas and I really don't like them on a retro-looking special. Something classic from MotoGadget would have given similar function with a much more appropriate look. The bar-end signals are a cool touch, but a bit too shiny for my taste and the grips and Union Jack tank pad are way too modern. And the M4 exhaust is perfectly fine on a GSX-R750 but a "classic" Ducati? But all that is relatively easy to change to suit the new owner's preferences anyway.

If it sounds like I don't like this bike, you'd be wrong: I'm really just picking nits and all of these minor issues are easily forgotten, looking at the red-and-yellow bodywork and those awesome endurance-racing headlamps. And although the listing doesn't go into too much detail regarding the engine, the Pantah engine can be tuned to make good power and, in a lightweight package, should make for a very entertaining bike.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati TT2 Replica for Sale

For the Ducati connoisseur, this beauty will enhance any collection. Frame came from British Ducati legend Roy Thersby. The bike was built by vintage Ducati guru Scot Wilson as his personal ride. Scot is the owner of Italian Iron Classics in Tucson, AZ. I've had the pleasure of owning a couple of Scot Wilson's builds and they are very carefully planned and meticulously executed.

The 750 engine was built by Tom Hull of Phoenix to "Pro-Thunder" standards with Carrillo rods, dual spark, lightened internals and all the special bits you'd expect. The engine was moth-balled after a rule change, acquired for this build and has about 1,000 miles on it. 40mm Del Ortos, fork set by Computrack. GP shift but could be changed. The bike was just serviced, all fluids changed, fuel tank cleaned, carbs cleaned and carefully checked over. It's ready to go.

The bike is street legal, has a clear Massachusetts title and goes like crazy. Headlights are Hella style as used for endurance racing. Bar-end turn signals are installed so the bike will pass my state registration inspection. The paint is as good as it gets and looks as fresh as the day it came from the painter's shop. If you are looking at this bike I don't have to tell you about Ducati F1-R's or TT2's. I've had the opportunity to do a (very careful) track day at a Ducati event and the bikes gets lots of attention. If the track's not your thing you could proudly show it at any event and it would draw a crowd.

While undeniably cool, bikes like this are always tricky when it comes to determining value. They're not collectible in the conventional sense, in that they're not real race bikes or limited-production factory machines: they've been built using high-quality components, but they're basically really nice lash-ups, "bitsas" made from the very best bits. Of course, a real TT2 would likely sell for far more than the $22,500 the seller is asking, and considering the quality and names attached, I'm thinking this is a pretty damn good deal as long as the lack of originality doesn't bother you, and you're ready for the snobs to give you static when they ask you "is it real?" But honestly, if anyone gives you a problem, you should just blind them with those massive Hella lamps.

-tad


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Honda July 9, 2018 posted by

1987 Honda NS400R available in Massachusetts

Here's a great looking NS400R that is available in the Northeast. The seller notes that it is not all original but it represents well to my eyes. They don't surface too often in North America and are a bit overlooked compared to the 500cc 2 strokes of the same period. Check out our recent posts on NS400R's for comparison.

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1987 Honda NS400R for sale on eBay

from the seller:

Here we have is what by many is considered to be one of the Unicorns of the grey-market 2-stroke motorcycles, and a beautiful example of a 1987 NC19 NS400R. I have personally never seen one of these for sale in the US, and the ones I've seen over seas are bringing quite high prices so this is a rare opportunity to own one of these gems. This was Honda's street-legal offering in the big-bore 2-stroke market although not as aggressive or powerful as the Yamaha or Suzuki 500cc competition.

With the Yamahas and Suzukis are fetching close $20K for clean examples, this Honda is even more rare than the others for a bargain in comparison.

This one may not be for the ultra-discerning collector, as it is not 100% original but a gorgeous example, the previous owner did a nice restoration and paint, with very high quality fiberglass bodywork, in fact this bike was so well maintained, it started up right off the container without the need of a fuel system or carb-clean!

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-Fully serviced
-Mechanically all orignal, with 24K miles on the clock
-Compression test and coolant flush performed
-Stock expansion chambers with ZEP silencers
-24K miles and fresh paint
-Bodywork not original but of very good quality fiberglass with great paint


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Ducati July 9, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1991 Ducati 851 S3 FBF Replica

Ducati's four-valve foray, the WSBK-winning 851 desmoquattro is destined for collectibility.  Meanwhile the Weber fuel-injected superbike is a rideable feast.  Rare as 851's are stateside, this Ferracci replica is 1,000 miles closer to Oz than JFK, and may interest collectors anywhere on the globe.

1991 Ducati 851 S3 FBF Replica for sale

Ducati put together a complex basket for all their eggs in the 851, fuel injection, water cooling, and four-valve desmodromic heads.  The package claims 110 hp, but the brilliant torque is the stuff of legend.  Big Showa suspension and big Brembo brakes are at the end of the trellis frame.  A generous windshield guards the rider stretched over the long tank.  If you have a sporty pillion there is a spot under the beauty cover.

Robbie's 851 looks quite good and substantially stock.  Recently serviced after an extended hiatus, it has clean injectors, new cam belts and tires. 

From the seller:

This very rare jewel is being offered for sale to enthusiasts and collectors by the present owner.  Qualified people will understand the rarity of this exceptional motorcycle.  This bike is in very good condition.  Runs like a train!  Has recently had new tyres & cam belts fitted.  Due to extended storage the complete EFI system has been refurbished, the bike has received a complete service and tune up by the experts.

The bike is completely original and unrestored. Well maintained and never dropped. Also features Tecnomagnesio wheels and, fully adjustable Showa fork and Ohlins rear shock.

Bike is located in South Africa.

The 851 divulges its racing heritage, being much more comfortable in a fast sweeper than in a "technical" corner.  In the hands of the factory race team, it had a great career and won the Superbike World Championship in 1990, with the very similar 888 taking the honors in 1991 and '92.  Robbie asks 180K Rand or $13,000 and requests offers on 27-82-410-0787 or e-mail - here - .

-donn

BMW July 8, 2018 posted by

Footloose – 1983 BMW R65LS

BMW's R65 was introduced as a junior model to the R90 and an update to the R60.  Hans Muth was enlisted to style the LS, with his signature triangular fairing and orangey-red bodywork with enigmatic white alloys.  This one has been hidden away and revived a couple of times, with an extraordinary 4,629 miles and show-bike condition.

1983 BMW R65LS for sale on eBay

Not really much new mechanically, with the moderately oversquare two-valve twin pushing just 50 hp through the automotive dry clutch, 5-speed, and of course shaft drive.  Conventional forks and dual rear shocks are traditional, though black exhausts and dual front disks note a sporting intention.  Fairing, tank and side covers are trim, accented with black details and bare aluminum castings.

Every bike of this age will have some stories to tell, and for this example, most involve long periods in the garage and an occasional return to service.  Expected white wheels are unpainted on this one, perhaps an update to the color scheme as the model was halfway through its life-span in 1983.  So clean it's displayed with mirrors underneath, the deep sump sparkling.  Sacrilegious though it would be to replace them, the faded rondelles are a distraction.  From the eBay auction:

The bike has given 45-55 mpg for the last year’s fuel economy at altitude.  The finish on the original paint that draws eyes and comments wherever I go.  The paint ...THE PAINT... this Hennarot Red is so perfect you’ll have to put on sunglasses from the shine , just never exposed to the elements or left in the sun !  This bike has only 4627 original miles on it and is in a perfect state of tune.  In the last 100 miles I’ve adjusted the valves, balanced the carbs , this puppy just purrs like a sewing machine, not a wisp of oil leakage anywhere !  The original Continental tires still have great tread left on them and can probably go another 3000 miles before replacement , or leave it in it’s Concours shape and bring it to Pebble Beach now !  This LS has great handling with a glassy ride in the 60’s and 70’s mph , a 5.5 gallon tank gives plenty of range.

Never really compared to leading supersports of the day, R65LS was a nice handling gentle-person's machine.  The scale of the R65LS suited smaller riders, and the weight was less than other Beemers.  Engineering and build quality was of course for the long haul.  Muth's design was a flash in the pan for BMW but has held up well.  Even for a gorgeous example, the owner has named a serious starting bid and it will be interesting to see how it goes...

-donn


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