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Buell December 18, 2017 posted by

Fundamentally – 1996 Buell S1 Lightning with 23 Miles !

When introduced in 1996, the S1 Lightning was a little easier on the bank account and slightly improved in the power-to-weight department.  Way back to basics, this all original Lightning has just 23 miles and needs only a new collector.

1996 Buell S1 Lightning for sale on eBay

Buell's second production motorcycle, the S1 incorporates some usual Buell features like the 1203cc Sporty engine with belt drive, patented isoplanar engine mounts, tube frame, with horizontal pull-shock and muffler.  The later rim-diameter front disk brake is hinted at but this single disk is more conventional.  Undersized bikini fairing, fuel tank, and passenger seat all indicate a short-haul fun machine, and the 101 hp / 95 ft.-lbs. drivetrain made shifting the 5-speed more or less optional.

Right down to the rarely seen plastic rear fender, this Buell really is new-old-stock.  The owner indicates it was originally in the collection of Robert Petersen, publisher of Hot Rod, Motorcyclist, and many other magazines.  Pictures show it to be spotless through the glare.  From the eBay auction:

This is the cleanest Buell you will ever find. It has just 23 miles on yes 23 it had 11 on it when it left the Peterson museum and was serviced and they test rode it for 12 miles. I have not started it but the factory battery still has a charge. The fuel was drained. This bike is as it left the factory. Not a mark on it anywhere and the paint is as bright as it was at the day it left the factory as its never been outside.

Buell had their ups and downs, but a surprisingly long and innovative run from the Battletwin to the 1125R some 22 years later.  The S1 was only made for a few years, and around 5,000 examples.  Outdated when introduced, the S1 vibrated to the potato-potato beat, and was somewhat overweight for being naked.  But beloved by some for its brawny basic-ness.  No doubt there is a H-D dealer or collector who'll want this first-year S1 for the display stand...

-donn

Fundamentally – 1996 Buell S1 Lightning with 23 Miles !
Buell October 16, 2017 posted by

Fashionably Late – 2007 Buell XB12 Super TT

One of Buell's last Harley-powered models, the XB12 Super TT has a slightly longer and more stable XB2 chassis, powered by the 1203cc pushrod twin.  Styled as a super / hyper street machine, it's a great performer and snappy dresser.

2007 Buell XB12 Super TT for sale on eBay

Part of the XB2 upgrade was more fuel in the frame, and the STT has 4.4 gallons available.  The familiar Sportster powerplant is shrouded in the alloy perimeter frame, with Buell's Thunderstorm heads and downdraft fuel injection providing 103 hp and 84 ft.-lbs. torque. Showa suspension is fully adjustable and the signature 6-piston Zero Torque Load front brake provides a visual statement as well as great stopping power.  The binnacle fairing has a number plate look to it, as do the panels below the seat, adding to the short, spare, lightweight look.

The Illinois owner has put under 3,000 miles on this STT, and has kept it very clean, and apparently upgraded the suspension and seat, but doesn't shout about it in the eBay auction:

SUPER NICE ORIGINAL CONDITION NOT MUCH TO SAY OTHER THAN THESE ARE RARE AND IN MY OPINION THE NICEST LIGHTNING THAT THEY MADE. THE BIKE NEEDS NOTHING OTHER THAN A NEW HOME. I HAVE A FEW EXTRAS THAT ARE INCLUDED WITH THE SALE AS ONE OF THE PHOTOS SHOW. I MIGHT HAVE A FEW MORE MILES ON BIKE AS I WILL TAKE A COUPLE SHORT RIDES BEFORE STORING IT FOR THE WINTER.

The black forks are at least a cosmetic improvement, and the owner shows a more road-oriented white front fender on the spares page, which would be going on first thing if it were mine.  While the overall design might be an acquired taste, the STT reviewed as a great fun bike, no more or less practical than any other hyper, but the big torque makes it a leave-it-in-drive kind of ride.  Fully sorted might be a good way to describe the XB2, a mature though innovative frame design and bombproof Evo motor, along with Buell's funky solutions to some age-old motorcycle design issues...

-donn

 

Fashionably Late – 2007 Buell XB12 Super TT
Buell February 14, 2017 posted by

Uppity – 2008 Buell XB12R Firebolt

Erik Buell created a few career's worth of rider's motorcycles, but they were also for the thinking rider.  The XB12R grabbed a few engineering concepts and hung on.  Centralized mass, low unsprung weight, and and frame rigidity were the factory's goals, and by all accounts they succeeded.  Harder to quantify issues like handling and fun factor are addressed by the short wheelbase and big V-twin.  Lightly updated, this XB12R is a badge-carrying 25th Anniversary edition, and looks great for its nearly 21,000 miles.

2008 Buell XB12R Firebolt for sale on eBay

Based on the Harley-derived 1203cc muscle, the XB12R sports 84 ft.-lbs. torque and makes do with a 5-speed trans.  Innovations such as fuel carried in the alloy chassis spars and oil in the swingarm are special to the XB series, belt drive, Zero-Torsion-Load front brake, and Uniplanar vibration absorbing engine mounts are Buell paradigms.  Futuristic but not really a glamour solution, the frame-mounted fairing has a bit of an angry bird thing going, but it works well with the big Showa fork tubes and padded frame elements.

Though the brand is again between sponsors, Erik Buell began as a Harley-Davidson engineer and racer, and started manufacturing his own designs in 1983.  This red and gray model has a few nice updates, current maintenance, and has also largely been left un-remuddled.  From the eBay auction:

There is a brand new, highly regarded, Drummer SS exhaust installed and the race ECM was
reprogrammed (by IDS, the builder of Buells race ECM's)  to match, precisely, the configuration of the Drummer, the K&N intake filter and the expected minimum octane fuel (92) to be used.
 
 The rear light has been upgraded to the 2010 rear LED light. There has been a new cooling fan installed in the last month as well as a new drive belt, front sintered brake pads, new rear pads, engine oil and filter were changed, transmission oil changed, clutch cable and head set bearings were checked. In the last 60 days both forward and rear rocker boxes were removed, machined and resealed, there is a new set of NGK plugs, and a recent AGM battery.

With its light weight and flexible power unit, the Firebolt tested as a great-sounding and turning sport machine, with simplified maintenance.  The limited choice of updates speaks well of the owner, as the engine has an ocean of mods available, and sportbikers love customization.  This XB12R really wants little more than fresh tires and a new rider...

-donn

Uppity – 2008 Buell XB12R Firebolt
Ducati December 14, 2016 posted by

Two Up – 1988 Ducati F1B

With an eye on several "Battle of the Twins" races series, Ducati brought the 750 F1 forward with a minimum of new engineering and development dollars.  The bikes are now revered for their stripped down sensibilities and this particular F1B is a gem with under 4,000 miles.

1988 Ducati F1B for sale on eBay

  

Descendant from the Pantah and 600TT2, the 750F1 used cam belts and twin Dell'Ortos to achieve the landmark 100 hp per liter, or 75 hp from the 748 cc L-twin desmodue.  The fuel tank rests in the steel trellis frame with fabricated swingarm.  Almost vintage in character, the right-side up forks complement single-adjustable monoshock, with 280mm Brembo brakes.  Very light but full coverage fairing has seat fairing as well.

  

This F1 looks very, very good, as it should for the high starting bid.  Some mishap has befallen the solo seat but the SoCal owner has a replacement biposto, which might actually make the bike more enjoyable with its more flexible seating position.  As the eBay auction states:

RARE LAST YEAR DUCATI F1 750, F1 750S, THE LAST OF THE REAL DUCATI'S, THERE WERE ONLY 134 1988 F1 750 IN USA, NEAR MINT CONDITION, ONLY 3972 ORIGINAL MILES, I LOST THE COVER FOR SINGLE SEAT WHILE MOVING, I THINK IT'S AVAILABLE IN EUROPE, IF I KEEP THIS F1 750S, I'LL CHANGE TO THE RACING SINGLE SEAT, ABOUT 150.00...

  

Of course the "last real Ducati" is entirely a matter of perspective, but one can hardly argue the lack of mission creep in the short F1 model run.  No concessions to touring or daily utility, it's all you need for an afternoon in the twisties and nothing more.  Sure there are a handful of race replicas existing with their circuit city names, but the 750 F1 presented here would be an outstanding rider or nice addition to the collection...

-donn

Two Up – 1988 Ducati F1B
Kawasaki April 9, 2013 posted by

80s Flashback? 1983 Kawasaki GPz 305

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The fact that Kawasaki upped the small bike ante in 2013 by bumping the 250 Ninja up to 300cc and thus creating a new category is some pretty old news; check out this wonderful GPz 305 back from 1983. During this time - and prior to the introduction of the 205R which did not come to the US until 1986, the 305 was Kawasaki's entry level sport bike.

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From the seller:

Here is a 1983 GPZ305 with 4400 original miles, this was a bike that was ahead of its time in 1983 with belt drive, cafe styling and mag wheels. I bought this 4 years ago from a lady who won it in a raffle brand new and it had only 863 miles on it then. I used it as a daily driver for a couple years and now bought a larger bike and dont use this one anymore even though I thought I would. the bike is not perfect but is an excellent survivor and gets compliments all the time. I just put a new battery in it tonight and it fired right up. needs nothing, gets 70+mpg and very nimble to drive. This bike was voted top street bike under 450cc by Cycle World magazine 11/83 issue.

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This wonderful survivor is a somewhat rare bird. 305s don't come up often, and when they do they are often trashed. With graphics similar to the bigger GPzs, belt drive (kevlar) for zero maintenance and a peppy, air cooled parallel twin, the GPz 305 would make a great entry level bike and a decent commuter. It would also round off the range of GPZs, in the event anyone is collecting the full lineup (don't forget about the home market GPZ 250 and 400 while you are at it!). For more info, click the link and jump over to the auction. With mild interest and a current bid of only $1,025, this could be a fun bargain for somebody. Good luck!

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