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Featured Listing September 29, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2005 Honda RC51 SP2

The Honda RC51 got right to the point when it came out, knocking Ducati and the other Japanese brands off their seats at the top of the World Superbike grid beneath future MotoGP star Colin Edwards. To do it, they had taken a page from the Italians' book, relying on rules that let v-twins have 1,000ccs to take it to the 916 and 998. It won the title again in 2002, and accomplished the same feat in AMA Superbike with the peerless Nicky Hayden.

The RC51 did it all with reliability, aplomb and majestic build quality -- the only way Honda knows. It was a death blow to Suzuki's wayward TL1000R, which never really hit its stride as either a street or race bike, and it showed the Italians that mechanical sex can also be totally reliable. The critical numbers from the throaty, snarling v-twin are: 130-ish horsepower at the crank, and the better part of 165 mph on the big end.

This 2005 Honda RC51 looks incredible, wearing the pretty charcoal fairings of the later bikes, and blessed with the SP2's updated fueling system, which nixed spotty low-end fuel delivery from the SP1 machines. It has done just 5,000 miles, and wears a Sato titanium exhaust system and a custom-tuned Power Commander.

From the seller:

The RC is #189 and tastefully
modified with all original equipment mint and in my possession . The bike has under 5500 miles and has less than 1000 miles on the latest Q3+ Dunlop’s . Sato Banzai titanium exhaust, Kyle Racing tuned power commander and tail tuck kit.

The bike has never been down or repaired in any way. Spark plugs have been replaced at 4000 miles. Meticulously maintained. I am second owner . Have owned for last 1500 miles. Bike is is in top shelf working condition and needs nothing. Bike was built as is from zero miles . Has gear adjustment and speedo correction performed as well. As previously stated I never intended on selling but the 2017 CBR1000RR SP2 is on the menu. Although I haven’t completely convinced myself that it is a true legacy bike.

Brent, the seller of this magnificent beast, is asking $9,500obo and can be reached at 405-613-7607.

Yamaha September 29, 2018 posted by

Swimsuit Issue – 1977 Yamaha RD400

Mid-seventies the two-stroke era was winding down, most manufacturers were looking for ways to tie their new mid-size four strokes to their smoking forebears.  Yamaha stretched it out, keeping the RD-400 in the line-up until 1980.  For 1977 they offered cast wheels, all disk brakes and 14-second 1/4 miles.

1977 Yamaha RD400 for sale on eBay

In today's era of jamming a lot of complication into a small engine, Yamaha's air-cooled twin is a statement of simplicity - 44hp from 398cc without fuel injection, overhead valves, counterbalance shafts, etc.  It still requires a poke with the right leg to start, though at least oil injection is standard.  Light construction helped the RD make a quick getaway, the twin downtube frame, suspension and brakes are all right-sized for the mission and keep the fully-fueled weight well under 400 lbs.  Historically noisy, Yamaha did what they could with the generous mufflers and airbox to quiet things down.

Looking a few years old rather than its decades, this RD has been carefully stored, and recently returned to rideability.  This required rebuilds of the carburetors, oil injection pump, and brakes - refreshingly OEM parts are still available.  What wasn't required were cosmetics, which are excellent and original.  From the eBay auction:

This is a 1977 Yamaha RD400 VIN # 1A1304892    Verified by Libby's in New Haven, Conn.
In dry storage for 18 years.
Full disclosure right front fender is scratched. The front brake lever has been replaced.
The right muffler does not have any damage. 
The gas tank has a minor dent in the pin stripe. There is no rust or paint chipping.  
tank inside is perfect, no rusting no tank treatments . also new petcock valve OEM.
New chain and sprockets.
New front and rear brake calipers.
Rebuilt front brake master cylinder.
New rear brake master cylinder.
New tires.
New clutch cable.
Rebuilt carburetors
New TDR reed valves.
All new vent and fuel hoses.
New battery.
Rebuilt auto injection pump.
Too much to list. Original bodywork, pipes etc...
Starts 1st kick every time.

The RD400 was skinny all over - seat, tires, and powerband.  But a blast if you stayed in the envelope, as reviewers claimed if it wasn't lifting the front wheel in second gear, there was something wrong.  As the other big three were in transition to lumbering four strokes, it out-performed the competition and undercut them on price.  An unrestored bike of this age is unusual, as is this RD's alternate color, interesting as Yamaha later adopted blue for their race teams...

-donn


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BMW September 28, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport

There is no other way to put this: If you must have the ultimate expression of BMW's iconic two-cylinder boxer engine, the 2009 BMW HP2 Sport is your only option. The engine has been in rafts of special, technologically perfect, desirable machines, but it was never so focused, powerful and manic as here. It took the line's venerated torque curve, refinement and unique Germanness and turned it into a race bike engine. Around that mill, which was the first of its breed to have dual overhead camshafts, BMW draped carbon fiber by the sheet and a World Superbike-spec datalogger (no, seriously) dashboard. They kept the whole thing moving in the right direction with Ohlins suspension on both ends.

The bodywork was all carbon fiber, as were the valve covers, and the bike rocked forged wheels, fully adjustable footpegs and a quickshifter. it has taken the rest of the superbike world until now to come close to catching up with the blingy, technical prowess of this nine-year-old Bavarian.  The list goes on to include forged triple clamps and a bunch of other special parts, but the list of superlatives is getting exhausting.

Perhaps the best part of the HP2 is that it was never really meant to be much of a racebike. The telelever front end is heavy, the heads limit cornering clearance, and, what's more, it debuted as the S1000RR came on the scene. It was pure engineering obscenity, the expression of the wildest fantasies of some seriously nerdy German gearheads.

This one is an immaculate, 7,000-mile example with a bunch of tasteful aftermarket bits, including an uninstalled Power Commander 5. All the stock pieces (except the original battery) come with it.

From the seller:

Rare opportunity to own a 2009 BMW HP2 SPORT. Only about 250 HP2 Sports were ever brought to the US.
One of the most beautiful examples of a supersport motorcycle ever produced.
This motorcycle came with some of the best equipment from the factory:
MotoGP inspired 2D data logging dash
Quick shift
Full carbon fiber bodywork
Carbon fiber heads
Full Ohlins suspension
Forged wheels
Added:
Bar end mirrors with custom mirror block offs (have the stock mirrors)
Mini front turn signals (have the stock turn signals)
Shorai Lithium battery
Including the PitBull stand
Have all the paperwork, pink slip in hand, registered till Nov 2018, owners manual, PC5 never installed, will come with the BMW
This bike has been stored in my dining room and painlessly cared for.
Text if interested

The bike is located in Garden Grove, California, and is listed at $16,500 on Craigslist and CycleTrader. If you're interested, and, oh, you're interested, seller Matt can be reached at (714) 851-8093.

Buell September 27, 2018 posted by

Last Yankee Superbike: 2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS

There really isn't a way to describe quite how sad it is that Buell went the way of the dinosaur, but here we sit, with just a few examples of some truly American, truly brawny world-beating machines kicking around the Internet to remind of what once was. The wild, slightly redneck, fully awesome creations of an enterprising Harley-Davidson engineer, the bikes proved that there is life beyond cruiser for American muscle, wrapping taught frames around torquey, big-inch mills from Milwaukee. They were grassroots two-wheeled hot rods with factory backing. As American as burnouts and illicit Saturday night drags.

2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS for sale on eBay

The bikes may have had a rep thanks to their roots, but they turned and stopped with the best of them, and were prized for walking the walk as well as looking the part. Sadly, the company closed its doors in 2009, when Harley backed out of its 51 percent ownership stake. Shortly thereafter, Buell reformed into Erik Buell Racing, which kicked out the epic machine you see today. The 2012 EBR 1190RS was the carbon fiber-decked track-focused update of the 1125R, the company's comeback bike.

They made just 100 of the 1190RS, which could be had with a race exhaust system and ECU that dropped its weight to just 397 pounds with a full tank of gas. That mass was propelled by an absolutely maniacal 1190cc v-twin that made 175 horsepower. When tested by CycleWorld, the street legal 1190RS outpaced the 1125R that the company had been campaigning in AMA Superbike.

The example you see here is, as you might imagine, flawless, and has covered less than 25 miles. As much fun as it would be to crack down a backroad with the big twin at full chat, this bike probably belongs in a museum or a quiet private collection.

From the eBay listing:

Beautiful 2012 EBR 1190RS Vin 0051. One of less than 100 made! This bike was a factory race bike, straight out of the crate race ready. Carbon Fiber, Ohlins Forks.

This Erik Buell Racing EBR 1190 RS motorcycle is sold with a title.

NEW! Local pickup in Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

Or shipping can be arranged for an additional $500-$600 in the US.

Despite the scant description, the bike is a collector's dream that ought not be missed.


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Featured Listing September 27, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1994 Suzuki RGV250Γ VJ22 for Sale

Update 9.27.2018: Price is dropped to $9,500 or best offer. Good luck to buyers and seller. Contact Jeff by phone or text with your interest here: 310-729-8122. -dc

By the time the early 1990s rolled around, four-stroke performance motorcycles like Suzuki's GSX-R750 had gotten more powerful, more refined, and much heavier. Seriously, the GSX-R1100 of 1993 weighed in at 560lbs wet! Luckily, two stroke sportbikes at least remained pretty svelte. Although a little bit heavier than the original versions from the late 1980s, they still hovered right around 300lbs, which gave bikes like this Featured Listing 1994 Suzuki RGV250Γ excellent handling and decent acceleration, in spite of the limited power from the dirty little v-twin.

The RGV250Γ Gamma naturally used a twin-spar aluminum frame as was common in the class, along with a 249cc, liquid-cooled two-stroke 90° v-twin controlled by Suzuki's own electronic power-valve and ignition control system they dubbed "SAPC," an acronym for "Suzuki Advanced Power Control." The result was around 55hp in de-restricted form, although the original Japanese market bikes were limited to just 45hp.

This VJ22 is the second generation of the bike that followed the original VJ21 and was eventually superseded by the VJ23 that had very different looks and used an entirely new 70° two-stroke v-twin. Style for the VJ22 was similar to the earlier VJ21, but featured a distinctive braced swingarm and 17" wheels front and rear, instead of the 18" rear found on the VJ21.

Today's bike offers up retina-searing graphics that might have been considered dated and unfashionable until recently, but waves of nostalgia for 90s sportbikes have made this style cool again. Or at least have made it okay to admit that you always thought these vibrant colors were cool. It can be tricky to judge condition from photos, but this bike appears to be in exceptional shape, especially considering the age of the bike. Aside from that, it's been thoughtfully modified, properly maintained, and appears to be ready to go terrorize the local canyons or your local bike night with ring-a-ding noises and heavy two-stroke smoke.

From the Seller: 1994 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 for Sale

  • Australia model 17 digit VIN
  • 34mm carbs
  • De-restricted SAPC
  • Box original bodywork 
  • Racetech suspension 
  • Bike is fully serviced: carb clean and sync 
  • Oil pump bleed 
  • Fresh 2t Motul 710 
  • New spark plugs 
  • Idaho plates
  • Located in Redondo Beach, California.
    Contact Jeff with your interest by phone: 310-729-8122, call or text
    $9,500 obo

Well the 17-digit VIN should make it a bit easier to register in some states, which makes this one appealing to folks who want to ride their bikes and not just collect, display, or track them. Yes, it already has an Idaho registration, but I'm not sure how strict the Idaho DMV is and some states might still give you trouble without the right number of digits in your VIN. The asking price for this little two-stroke? $11,000. It's not one of the famous race-replica editions, but this example is ready-to-ride and looks very 90s with those neon graphics.

-tad

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