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NCR December 26, 2017 posted by

1978 NCR-Ducati 900SS

Along with serving as Ducati's skunk works and occasional racing department, the N.C.R. motorcycle design studio and fabrication shop made ( and continues to make ) some very special road machines. This commemorative of Mike Hailwood's 1978 TT win is located in Italy and seriously collectible.

1978 NCR-Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

So rare that this might be a unicorn or one of just a handful, this N.C.R. was evidently built in the early 1980's on a 1978 900SS donor, using the aircooled 864cc bevel-drive engine.  Race fabricator DASPA built the frame, with bespoke suspension, Brembo single-puck calipers, N.C.R. exhaust, and fairings from a factory 1979 MHR.  The cockpit is race-derived with only a rev counter under the windscreen, clip-ons and rearsets.

From an Italian eBayer showing some Ducati parts and fine watches, this N.C.R. fibs about its age, the bodywork having rich color and many aluminum parts polished up.  From the eBay auction:

This pristine example underwent the works of Nepoti & Caracchi Racing in the early 80's, using an original 900SS as base platform, to become a street version of the NCR race motorcycles that were racing those days.  1979 model tank-seat and fairing, original, original paint ( fairing has been retouched recently to correct small issues like chips here and there not from falls ).  DASPA frame. Campagnolo magnesium rims ( recently checked and repainted ).  NCR racing exhaust 2-into-1.  Dell'Orto carbs. mild cams.  Veglia tacho is original from period not recent replica, and has both kick and electric starter, which was a common combo for "endurance" configurations at those time.  Everything works perfectly on this Ducati, motor sounds great, no strange noises, no smoke, no oil leaks.

Started in only 1967 by Bolognese founders Nepoti, Caracchi and Rizzi, the R stood for racing after Luigi Rizzi parted ways with the company.  Since then they have built and managed the racing of many Ducatis the corporation didn't have time for, and more recently created some exquisite designer road machines.  Likely a side project for a special client, this 900SS is an interesting mix of late 70's and later MHR hardware, with a nice helping of N.C.R. unobtanium.  It has turned a km or three in the past and wouldn't hurt to be ridden a bit on its way to the display stand...

-donn


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KTM December 24, 2017 posted by

The year that was: 2011 KTM RC8R

For a too-brief period of time, KTM offered a raucous 1195cc 75 degree V-twin encased in a stout trellis frame and enveloped in bodywork that could only be inspired by origami sculpture. And while the RC8 turned heads on the street, it took the upscale model "R" model to make a real impact in the racing community. Alas KTM had bigger fish to fry than AMA and FIM Superbike series (heading to MotoGP, Moto2 & Moto3), discontinuing the RC8 lineup a few short years later. KTM CEO and President Stefan Piere actually stated to the press that KTM would no longer produce a street-going superbike as he did not believe it was morally responsible for the company to create something that could not be utilized safely on the street. Thankfully examples like this 2011 RC8R are still available on the used market.

2011 KTM RC8R for sale on eBay

The introduction of the "R" coincided with a bump in displacement from 1,148 to 1195cc across the entire RC8 lineup. But the R offered much more than just a bigger bang. Relatively unique to KTM, the RC8R provided for a vast array of adjustments similar to what you would expect on a race bike. From levers to pegs, suspension and sub-frame height, the RC8R was an open book for a rider who knew what they wanted. And when set up correctly, the RC8R could be as potent as any of its peers, as proven by Chris Filmore in AMA Superbike competition.

From the seller:
2011 KTM RC8R
3,372 miles
Mint condition
License plate fender eliminator kit
Original license plate bracket in perfect shape
New tires, plus an extra set of tires

This example looks pretty impressive. With only 3,372 miles on the digital clocks, today's example has not traveled very far down the highway. The fender elimination kit gives the bike an extremely clean tail. And while mods are nearly always frowned upon, the inclusion of the original pieces in the sale mean this bike can be returned to stock shape if desired. Until then, I would revel in the sharp looks of this beast and ride the heck out of it.

The seller is asking $10,900 in a Buy It Now auction format. That is pretty much in the ballpark for one of these models in this condition, if not a little on the upper side of the range. Thankfully the seller is open to offers, so there may be some Christmas spirit left in this relatively rare Austrian beauty. Check it out here and make the man an offer - KTM won't be building them like this any longer. Good Luck!!

MI


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Yamaha December 23, 2017 posted by

Christmas Green: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

'Tis the season for seasons greetings, wish lists and good old fashioned commercialism. RSBFS tends to see a lot of great bikes in the week prior to Christmas, and this RZ500 is no exception. With clean plastics, upgraded suspension, a Rick Lance rebuild and an impressive list of updates, this particular RZ promises to be one of the better examples viewed this year - provided you are OK with what can best be called a resto-mod instead of a stone-stock specimen. The upgrades may be a downside for some, as it has been well established that collector machines have the greatest potential when 100% stock. For those that ride, however, some mild breathing spices up the sauce that makes these bikes so special. Intrigued? Read on!

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

Regular readers of RSBFS will already know the stats, specs and strengths of the RZ500. Still, a bike of this class deserves a quick, remedial refresh: 500cc of two stroke power, arranged in a V formation and sporting twin cranks (think of it as a siamesed pair of 250cc twins), reed valve induction, and individual tuned exhaust pipes for each of the four cylinders. On the chassis side, the RZ offers a mild-steel perimeter frame (aluminum look silver paint notwithstanding), a mono-shock rear suspension, adjustable front forks and the GP-requisite triple disk brakes. All of this is wrapped in sexy plastics with Yamaha racing stripe livery. Touted as a GP bike for the street when it was introduced, the big RZ is one of the prime imports that remain the lust of the American riding set.

From the seller:
1985 YAMAHA RZ500
Offering from my collection ( 2Stroke Passions) one of my best...
I am a true enthusiast and have been for over 50 years . I am not a soulless flipper ... All my motorcycles are stored in a climate controlled dehumidified facility and i ride them.

1985 RZ500 V4. 2stroke complete rebuild and upgraded to better then new . No stock ones problems. Less then 1000 miles since acquired 2012 (20,050 actual before Complete rebuild ). ***Notice I use the word rebuilt not restored I will not abuse or miss use that term . To me restored means to make as news and (original) as possible. This RZ has been made better then new , dependably usable . No expense spared ... Anyone that truly knows RZ500’s know that stock ones were a good place to start they have issues . This one doesn’t :). All proper maintenance and upkeep up to date... Rode last weekend for annual children’s toy ride , ran perfect... big smiles...

More from the seller:
This bike is of Canadian vintage and is Titled and registered here in the States (Arkansas). The motor is freshly rebuilt and performance tuned by the premiere RG/RZ 500 specialist, Lance Gamma (Rick Lance)). The motor is at factory first overbore and assembled with all correct and OEM stock Yamaha parts with modestly ported cylinders and milled heads new gaskets,seals,hoses,. The exhaust system is a beautiful set of Tommy Crawford chambers which are over 30 pounds lighter than stock and have a seamless power delivery with quiet tone. The shock is a premium Wilbers unit with adjustable ride height helping the bike to turn sharper along with a front end overhaul firming up the notoriously soft forks. EBC HH pads improve the braking performance and a Lance Gamma Supplemental Radiator helps even out temps front to rear and keep the motor cool. Manual Fan switch. Stock Petcock fix. Much more. No issues... If you are looking for a stock collector piece to keep your other mildly interesting bikes company, move along. There's nothing to see here. If however, you are wanting to discover for yourself what all the hoopla was about at the release of these bikes some 32 years ago (you remember, GP bikes for the street? What were they thinking??), this is one which will bring you up to speed, so to speak. It simply begs to be ridden. Runs great,wonderful machine. More pictures and Videos available ...

This seller appears to be a true enthusiast, and has built himself an awesome looking RZ. Employing the likes of Rick Lance ensures performance AND reliability, and the listed modifications enhance the overall function of this rare machine. This is very clearly a rider, despite the clean appearance and sano presentation. It's hard to find anything not to like about this one - that fact that it has been properly imported into the US and titled is even better. If I had to pick any nits, it is the lack of mileage information and/or pictures of the gauge cluster. The eBay listing notes zero miles, but that is obviously not the case. The rebuild/refurb does roll back the clock a bit, but it would be nice to know more of the history of the machine.

This is one of the better RZs we have seen this past year. As a result it should be no surprise it is also one of the most pricey RZs we have seen. This seller is looking for top dollar here. From a rider perspective, I can live with the $25k ask. From a collector perspective, this bike represents one fewer of the dwindling number of original RZ500s left in existence. And while that might raise the bar for the remaining stock examples, what does it mean long term for collecting a non-original specimen? I would imagine that there will be no lack of lust for the RZ500 in the future, and one that looks (and likely runs) like this one will continue to grow in value; great will always be worth more. Check this one out here - and note that the seller is open to offers. Good Luck!

MI


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Yamaha December 22, 2017 posted by

Plain and Simple: 1987 Yamaha FZ600 for sale on eBay

The Yamaha FZ600 broke cover in 1986, right as the fully-faired sportbike wave seriously started to swell, and helped start the careers of myriad young racers and hobbyists. When it debuted, it was aimed squarely at the Honda CBR600F and the Kawasaki Ninja 600 and gave its competitors some serious worries at the racetrack.

1987 Yamaha FZ600 for sale on eBay

By 1988, though, the FZ600 had been replaced with the faster, more aggressive and more advanced FZR600, which took the brand to a new level of success and status. That left the FZ as an inexpensive, easily modified and user-friendly entry-level street bike and club racer. As such, they’re rare in nice, unmolested condition.

This 1987 Yamaha FZ600 is the exception to that rule, with just a couple cracks on the right side fairing to show for its 30 years. The seller says it has not been raced, which is a good sign, and the only real deviation from stock is a period-correct Yoshimura exhaust.

From the eBay listing:

RARE 1987 YAMAHA FZR600. 4 CYLINDER - 4 STROKE. UNMOLESTED NEVER RACED -- ORIGINAL. 6 SPEED YOSHIMURA EXHAUST. GAS TANK , FRONT FAIRING , SEAT , REAR COWL , AND LEFT HAND FAIRING IN GOOD SHAPE. DAMAGE ON MID AND LOWER RIGHT HAND COWLING. BUT FIXABLE. TWO SMALL CRACKS ON WINDSHIELD THIS CYCLE RUNS AND SHIFTS GREAT.

The ad doesn’t mention maintenance or recent repairs, so it’s a good bet that the bike could use a good once-over, even with only 10,000 miles on the dial. The FZ600s likely will never command huge money, but they are fun, fast, simple and relatively easy to get parts for.

With a little fairing work, this one would make a nice addition to a vintage sportbike collection.


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Yamaha December 22, 2017 posted by

Racing Sport: 1993 Yamaha TZR250RS for Sale

Update: A reader reached out to note that, "The forks are missing the compression and rebound clickers, those are R forks." Seller replied back to us, "I pulled out the books and it looks like the first year for the RS model was a 3XV8 which had the same forks as the standard R model. The next year, 3XV9 and 3XVA came with adjusters." Thanks to SmokinJoe B for the note and Gary for the response. -dc

Yamaha's two-stroke TZR250 was always a bit of an odd duck in the quarter-liter sportbike class. The first-generation TZR was the much more sophisticated follow up to the RD series of bikes and was pretty widely available everywhere but in the US, while later examples like the 3MA and 3XV seen here were only available outside Japan as grey-market or parallel imports and are considered exotic, even in markets where two-stroke sportbikes were common.

Early 1KT and 3MA TZRs used parallel twins, but the final 3XV version finally adopted an "if you can't beat them" philosophy and changed to a small 90° v-twin to match the competition from Honda and Suzuki. The new v-twin displaced 249cc and was backed by a six-speed gearbox. Like the NSR, it featured computer-controlled ignition and Yamaha's YPVS power valve system. In spite of all the trickery, it produced the usual 45hp, limited by the expected Japanese governmental regulations.

The rest of the specification was pretty similar to the rest of the class as well: a 278lbs dry weight with a stiff aluminum beam frame like other bikes in the class, in this case an evolution of Yamaha's Deltabox, with a banana swingarm to allow the bike's distinctive asymmetrical exhaust to tuck in close to the bike's centerline.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Yamaha TZR250RS Racing Sport for Sale

Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1993 Yamaha TZR250RS with 16,709 kilometers (10,382 miles). This is the dry clutch Racing Sport model that everybody wants. Bike is in beautiful condition with a few scrapes and scratches. Tank is in perfect condition. All fairings are 100% genuine Yamaha OEM. Upper fairing appears to have been professionally re-sprayed. Bike has a tremendous amount of curb appeal. This RS is a solid rider and is ready to go. Full service just performed with new battery and fluids. Bike runs flawless. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use.

Merry Christmas!

Bidding is up to just $6,100 with a couple days left and the reserve has been met! As rare as all of these two strokes have been up until recently, I've seen quite a few Hondas and even a few Suzukis, but the various iterations of the Yamaha TZR are still uncommon here in the US, especially in clean condition with OEM bodywork. I'm not clear what "beautiful condition with scratches and scrapes throughout" means exactly, but I'm assuming it means it's been well cared-for and the paint looks good, but has the usual minor blemishes a bike picks up through normal use: a scratch on the tank from a belt buckle, a scuff on the tail from a boot while swinging a leg over, a scrape where another bike parked too close at a bike meetup.

-tad

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