Posts by tag: Carbon Fiber

BMW March 14, 2018 posted by

What could have been: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport

In 2008 BMW launched the ultimate boxer sport bike, the HP2 Sport. An offshoot of the stillborn GP racer project (which management wisely decided could not be competitive in a straight up fight), BMW instead released a no-compromise sporting twin of uber-exclusive status. Limited in numbers and impossibly expensive, the HP2 Sport was a brief, flashy prelude to the more conventional S1000RR. I've been eyeing this example for a bit, and decided it was finally time to share with RSBFS readers.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport ABS for sale on eBay

The BMW HP2 Sport is a bit of a dichotomy. Long known as the gentleman's transport, BMWs staid reputation was based on longevity, quality and composure; out and out sporting intent was conspicuously missing. Incorporating all of the traditional elements of BMW - including the boxer twin and shaft drive - the HP2 Sport stretched the boundaries of what was possible. New cylinder head design opened up the airways with four valves, yet were shorter than older 2-valve assembly. That new dimension, bolted onto cylinders that were placed a bit higher on the bike, made for better cornering with less risk of touching down the heads during spirited cornering. Power was up - way up - with an estimated 130 HP on tap. While nothing compared to the following S1000RR's 200 ponies, this was a high water mark for a factory boxer. Top level brakes (Brembo) and suspension (Ohlins) complimented the package, along with a generous sprinkling of carbon fiber. Test riders universally liked the HP2 Sport, outside of the price tag and the limitations of the boxer packaging. By 2012 the HP2 Sport faded into the sunset, and with it the future of the boxer as a serious sporting platform.

From the seller:
For the BMW Motorrad enthusiast - a 2009 BMW HP2 Sport ABS in absolutely pristine condition. Freshly serviced by A&S BMW in Sacramento, it's been fitted with a rare Fat Cat slipper clutch (with less than 100 miles since installation). As used on the race versions, this Suter-designed clutch is the final piece that transforms the torquey HP2 into a fluid track day or backroad delight. Very few HP2 Sports have been equipped with one as they are hard to find (this one came from England) expensive to buy and install, but worth every penny on a big-bore high performance twin like the HP2.

This motorcycle has been garaged, covered, and impeccably maintained since new. Never dropped or down and in perfect mechanical and cosmetic condition. BMW made an iconic engineering statement with the HP2 Sport by building a very limited production, hand crafted "factory special" featuring DOHC radial valve heads, exotic internals and carbon fiber bodywork from an F1 constructor (signed by the technician who built each piece). The result was the highest performance BMW boxer twin ever made (136bhp), featuring sublime handling, ABS brakes, a factory-installed quick shifter and the first carbon fiber subframe on a production motorcycle. This bike sparkles with carbon fiber valve covers and tail light assembly, milled-from-billet foot controls/clip-ons/upper triple clamps, Motek MotoGP-style instrumentation (with programmable displays and lap timers), Magura levers, forged aluminum wheels, BMW's patented telelever/paralever front/rear suspension with fully adjustable Ohlins shocks and Brembo radial-mount monoblock calipers. The best components available were used in constructing these machines.

More from the seller:
Approximately 230 HP2 Sports were imported into the US (BMW kept the actual number confidential) and they will never make another Boxer like this one. A blue-chip collectible motorcycle that's a revelation to ride - it represents the ultimate evolution of the classic air/oil cooled BMW boxer motor, wrapped in bespoke carbon bodywork and mated to a lightweight chassis with world-class components. Understandably, it draws a crowd wherever it goes. The track stand (pictured) is also included. Original MSRP was nearly $27,000, and prices for exceptional examples like this now are on the rise.

The HP2 Sport was available as a base model, or with ABS. The option list was short, with both models benefitting from the same excellent componentry throughout. Price wise, this was a $25k+ motorcycle in 2008 - which was a princely sum. Prices for used models have slowly dropped as they infiltrate into the secondhand market, but overall the valuation of these bikes has persisted. What we are likely seeing is the common pricing dip prior to an eventual rise in overall values. This is a limited edition, very special model motorcycle that should present well for years to come. This is exactly the type of model that will appreciate in the future even if it was not as appreciated as a sport bike when first introducted. This particular model looks to be in very good condition, has a reasonable number of miles, and has been listed several times on eBay. The price point has slowly moved downwards since the first listing, making this example a good (possible bargain?) candidate. Bidding starts below $15k, which is in the range for the model. Check it out here, and if you're a BMW fan (airhead, oilhead, brick or inline) hit us up in the Comments and share your thoughts. Does the HP2 Sport push the right buttons for you? Good Luck!


Aprilia February 4, 2018 posted by

400 Miler: 2009 Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory

I never really understood "new in the box" type of people. As I kid I did not hang out with the action figure collectors who liked to look at their as-new packaged Star Wars figures. I prefered to use my toys, breaking them occasionally. As I grew up, little changed (except maybe the frequency of breakage). Fast forward many years and I do not regret the immediate satisfaction over using that which I wanted; be it what is now a collectable toy or - much more importantly - a collectable motorcycle. Ownership to me implies ultimate control, and the ultimate luxury of doing what you want; and I've always prefered to ride rather than to ogle, to risk damage rather than participate in stagnation, and to get things dirty rather than spending all of my time cleaning. That's why this advert jumped out at me. Here you have a 2009 Ape RSV 1000R Factory that was new in the box - and this seller decided to open the box and take it for a spin or two. I say Bravo to him!

2009 Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory with only 400 miles!

The Aprilia RSV 1000R is well known as a v-twin torque monster. The 60 degree, liquid cooled cylinders are fueled by computerized fuel injection and a proprietary ram air system. Four valves are operated by DOHC, and engine cases are a combination of aluminum and magnesium to save weight. Expect approximately 145 HP from one of these beasts; more than enough to keep your riding buddies in sight during spirited canyon carving. And it is during canyon carving (or on the race track) that the Factory bits really come into play. The Factory is essentially an upper spec RSV, containing fully adjustable Ohlins forks, rear shock, and steering damper. Specialty forged aluminim wheels (designed through finite analysis to produce the strongest wheel with the least amount of weight) reduce unsprung and rotational weight. The alumimun frame and swingarm are standard RSV bits, although the Factory augments the visuals via anodizing and polishing various pieces. Topped off with carbon fiber bodywork pieces to further reduce mass, the Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory is as well put together as any bike you are likely to find in the class. They were not cheap to start with, but the attention to detail makes the difference.

From the seller:
09 Aprilia rsv 1000 R factory with 400 miles. I purchased the bike new in the box and about 2 years ago i took it out the box and registered it and ever since it's been in my climate controlled garage, The condition is what you would expect from a motorcycle with 400 miles.

I must admit that I would really love to know more about how the seller came across a crated Factory and the circumstances aound the purchase. Did he agonize at all about cracking the seal and devaluing a zero mile example by 35% or more just by uncrating it? My guess is that any anxiety felt was instantly replaced by sheer joy at the booming twin exhaust and the sound of the bike on full song. But at only 400 miles, this particular model is not even broken in. I can only guess that the 400 miles travelled have not been excessively hard on the bike. And the condition seems to agree. The pictures show a clean example of a great motorcycle - as you would hope. No telling if the crate is still available, but given that this one has been ridden at this point, the collector value for a zero mile bike with all the fixin's is gone. So how much for a truly awesome model Aprilia that appears to be in excellent shape? The seller is looking for $9,800 - which is a bit dear for a used motorcycle. Thankfully the seller is open to offers, so there may be some opportunity for this Factory model yet. If you are in the market for a used Ape and looking for the best you can find, this very low mileage, nearly-new example might just fit the bill. Check it out here, and then share your thoughts in the Comments section whether you would have unboxed this monster or left it wrapped up like an action figure. Good Luck!!


400 Miler: 2009 Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory
Bimota December 4, 2017 posted by

Hometown Hero – 2009 Bimota DB7

After many years using superbike engines from Japan's leading manufacturers, Bimota started a new chapter with Ducati and developed a 1098cc testastretta-engined special. A Scottsdale collector-car dealer presents this bespoke superbike with only 1,621 miles.

2009 Bimota DB7 for sale on eBay


Ducati's modern and water-cooled L-twin develops 160hp and is housed in the complex and beautiful combination of oval-tube trellis frame, CNC side plates and carbon fairings.  Hard to explain the combination of high tech and craftmanship in a low-volume specialty like the DB7, but take a careful look at how the machined aluminum side plates interface with the frame, drivetrain, and fairing.  Marzocchi's 43mm Corse forks are up front, with a twin-reservoir monoshock damping Bimota's progressive-link rear.  Brembo four-piston calipers are radially mounted on Bimota's machined mounts with 320mm floating rotors.  Rearsets and levers are each another showcase for the CNC-machined aluminum artistry.


In impeccable shape, this DB7 still has its factory titanium muffler.  The eBay-based dealer has a wide selection of exotic cars available, and has great pictures but only a few words about the DB7, safe to assume anyone shopping for a DB7 will have at least some knowledge of the brand -

  • Only 1600 miles
  • Just serviced
  • One of the rarest super bikes produced
  • Call today for additional information


Bimota was on the mend in the mid-oughties and relied on Ducati for powerplants, which continues today.  The DB7 reviewed as a rewarding machine, slim and lightweight, and worth setting up correctly.  Production numbers are hard to verify but appear to be just 100 or so for the 2007-10 run, it was succeeded by the 1198cc DB8 which is still available.  A sparkling display of technical and manufacturing capability, the DB7 shown here seems a gem.  The ask is about what DB7's were fetching a few years ago, poised for appreciation, which should please the three dozen watchers on the buy-it-now...


Hometown Hero – 2009 Bimota DB7
Ducati November 27, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 2003 Ducati 998s Ben Bostrom

Update 3.9.2018: Seller indicates that this bike is SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Built to commemorate the exploits of Ben Bostrom in WSBK, Ducati commissioned 155 units of a special liveried 998s for the occasion. With a fierce splash of color to celebrated the American rider, the Bostrom edition differs little from the standard 998s in terms of mechanicals, but pulls out all the stops with visual impact. This is a bike that stands out from the crowd and makes itself known - even when quietly parked. Crank over the desmo-quattro twin, however, and you will find motive power aplenty to push you along. And that is the great thing about this bike: It is a rare collectible, yet can be ridden (and serviced) like a more conventional (read: less fragile exotic) motorcycle.

There is not much more that needs to be said about the Ducati 998s. An evolutionary example of the vaunted 916 series, this superbike was a frequent winner on the track (WSBK) as well as the showroom. The Testaretta engine with fuel injection, liquid cooling and requisite Ducati desmo valve actuation (opening the valves via cams AND closing them mechanically) makes for some great noise. Adding to the symphony is the rattle of a dry clutch. Bodywork is carbon fiber, and the excellent Brembo brakes actually use thinner rotors to cut down on unsprung and rotational weight. The chassis follows the 916 chrome-moly trellis theme, and suspension duties are ably performed by fully adjustable Ohlins units.

From the seller:
This 2003 998s is #108 of 155 produced by Ducat to celebrate Ben Bostroms superbike championship. It is essentially a 998s with a VERY patriotic paint scheme. I t has beautiful Ohlins suspension front and rear and Marchasini magnesium wheels. Some other extras on this particular bike include a full titanium Termignoni exhaust with carbon cans, a Ducati Corse ECU, some really trick NCR rear sets and a bunch of carbon accessories. The bike came to me form a collector in NJ with 2200 miles on it. I put on another 2000 and it performed flawlessly. What a great example of the icons 916 range. I just had a full service performed including belts,fluid flush, and fork seals by the Ducati specialists at ECS. When ever this bike goes out it turns heads. It is in perfect condition and will make a nice addition to any Ducati collection.

So why only 155 units? One look at the nose and tail section of the bike should tell you why. B-Boz rode with number 155, and that is exactly how many Ducati made of this limited edition (and numbered) model. Adding to the value of this particular machine is a few tasty bits: the Termi exhaust (titanium and carbon) with matching ECU upgrade and NCR adjustable rear sets. With only a few thousand miles on the clock, this bike could provide you with many, many exciting miles. Conversely, with only a few thousand miles, this bike could easily be preserved as a collector for years to come. In fact, it likely could do both!

This seller has an impressive collection of rare sport bikes that will be listed on the pages of RSBFS. You can also check out some of the amazing bikes on his website: We have seen some of these B-Boz edition models on RSBFS over the years, and they never fail to impress. Check out this wonderful and rare Ben Bostrom Edition 2003 Ducati 998s here. This is not an eBay auction, but you'd better move fast before this Italian take on Americana is gone!


Featured Listing: 2003 Ducati 998s Ben Bostrom
MV Agusta September 4, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1999 MV Agusta F4 Serie Oro

9/4/2017 Update: Significant price decrease and a live auction now underway! Links updated. -MI

The rebirth of MV Agusta in 1998 was a storied affair, a huge investment, and was centered around the introduction of the F4. The F4 was a single model that represented the direction of the new company, encompassing both style and substance. The style came from the Cagiva Research Center with legendary designer Massimo Tamburini (co-founder of Bimota and designer of the Ducati 916 series). The substance was a powerful one-two punch of history and performance. The result was phenomenal, beautiful, and utterly exclusive.

The first 300 F4s that were released worldwide were Serie Oro machines. The term "Oro" refers to the golden color of the components. But this was not mere paintwork or some marketing ploy. Instead, MV Agusta took the old-fashioned route and sculpted a bike out of unobtainium. The metal components that might be aluminum on other bikes were created in magnesium on the Oro. Magnesium is a magic material that is lighter in weight than aluminum, just as strong (or stronger in some cases), but more difficult to work with. It is an expensive, labor-intensive method to lose weight, and shows the extent of the craftsmanship that went into the launch of the F4. Components created in magnesium on the Oro include the striking wheels, frame side plates and the huge swingarm.

Exotic materials did not end with the metals. Carbon fiber usage is extensive on the Oro, including all of the painted and unpainted bodywork, the tail section and the entire gas tank. Today carbon fiber is ubiquitous - seen nearly everywhere. In 1999, this was still aerospace and F1 material, and the labor to produce these pieces was far higher than other mass production methods, including injection molded plastics (ABS) seen on many bikes of the era. The overall silhouette of the bike is familiar, yet unique. The F4 has earned many accolades as one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever produced, and it is easy to see why. It is the culmination of where Tamburini started with the Ducati 916; more aggressive in some places, yet rounder and softer in others. The MV Agusta colors of red and silver highlight the proportions wonderfully.

All was not simply style, however. For motivation, MV Agusta created an all-new 750cc powerplant. It is a 750cc inline four with DOHC, but there is much more here as well. Engaging with the engineering genius of the Ferrari F1 team, MV Agusta created a cylinder head with the valves arranged in a radial pattern for maximum airflow and combustion efficiency. To this they added electronic wizardry in the form of multipoint fuel injection and an induction discharge electronic ignition to complete the package. The organ pipe exhaust system (4-2-1-2-4) serves both as a powerful visual focal point at the back of the bike while also routing the exhaust plumbing up high out of the way, aiding in cornering clearance. The noise of an F4 at full song is beautiful music indeed.

On the chassis side, the six piston front calipers and the master cylinder were development updates from the Cagiva-Nissan partnership in 500cc GP racing. Both Pirelli and Michelin - at the behest of Tamburini - created special tires to suit the F4 model specifically. Suspension features include a MV Agusta-spec front fork built by Showa that includes quick release front axle clamps - yet another bit of attention to detail that shows the agonizing efforts MV Agusta went through to create the Oro.

From the seller:
1999 MV Agusta F4 Serie Oro
No 279/300
Mileage: 7800mi
Fantastic condition and ridden regularly. The only blemishes are a 3/16” scratch on the left side fairing (see close up fairing image) and there are some rock chips on the wheels that have been touched up (see wheel images).

7500mi service (including valve adjustment) recently completed and the rear wheel bearings were replaced as a pre-emptive measure at the same time (these are the two major maintenance items to watch out for on the early F4s).

Includes tool kit, owners manual, factory rear stand, both "gold” keys

I encourage prospective buyers to view the F4 in person if possible or ask any questions they may have via e-mail:


Price: Asking $36,000 OBO $32,000 Buy It Now or LIVE eBay auction

MV Agusta was determined to return to the sport of motorcycling where they once dominated with an effort worthy of the name. In the Oro, they succeeded in building both a very special motorcycle and one that works exceptionally well. That takes time, and tremendous finances. The rumor is that the Cagiva 500cc GP program was killed to help fund the F4 development, freeing up both cash reserves and engineering staff. That's how serious the rebirth of MV Agusta was in 1998, and that is how much effort went into creating the Oro model.

The MV Agusta Serie Oro is a rare and special machine. These bikes were frightfully expensive when new, and this immaculate example looks to be priced right in the range for a well-loved Oro today. With extremely limited numbers in the US (estimated at approximately 60), each individually numbered bike has the identification that makes it exclusive and distinctive. Looking good while going fast will never be a problem on this F4; your exclusivity is virtually guaranteed. And thanks to bikes like this Serie Oro, the legend of MV Agusta lives on. Contact for more details.


Bimota August 19, 2017 posted by

Spec-ial-ity – 2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica with Under 1,000 miles !

Even among specialty manufacturers like Bimota there are favorites, where performance and style have somehow met in a synchronicity better than other models.  The SB8K is one such example, the first bike produced after the company was resuscitated in the early 2000's.  The fresh design, techniques, and materials were spot-on and even resulted in a couple of WSBK race wins.

2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica for sale on eBay

Using the 996cc Suzuki TL-1000 mill, Bimota engineered their own and intakes and a moving fuel injector system which optimized the fuel delivery position relative to the throttle butterfly.  The resulting 143 hp had the big twin's wide torque band and was packaged in a lighter hybrid frame with aluminum beams and carbon fiber connectors.  The body and fuel tank were also carbon, finished to a level usually only seen on Bimota's billet aluminum components.  Oversize Öhlins forks are fully adjustable, as is the rear monoshock.  Radially mounted Brembo brakes, OZ wheels, and Termignoni exhaust complete the picture.

As you might expect from a bike with under 1,000 miles, things are stock and very clean.  Shouldn't be any maintenance issues with the hybrid chain and gear cam drive.  Likely the new owner could change the fluids and rubber and ride away.  From the eBay auction:

This bike has spent most of its life in living rooms, 866 miles. 

(kilometers shown in picture) Beautiful near perfect bike, built with a profusion of light alloys and carbon fibre.  Many parts meticulously machined from aluminum alloy.  The motor was taken from the Suzuki TL1000R and has been highly tuned by engineers to deliver more output and torque at all engine speeds.  The SB8K is the only production bike in the world to use Bimota's very own Radial Injection.  Some paint chipping by titanium panel chips on side fairings,(easily touched up) and some small scratches on lower fairing under bike, I assume from loading (not visible unless fairing is removed).  Runs perfect, pulls like a freight train.  Carbon fibre everything including parts of the frame, Has OZ Wheels, Ohlin struts and shocks, Brembo Monobloc calipers, 385 lbs. 134 horsepower!

The SB8K reviewed as a big machine, but sharp, with light weight and handling, and hard suspension.  Bimota's tune camouflages the Suzuki engine, and power delivery is linear.  The rarity and low miles will probably keep this Santamonica on display, but it could be pressed into service at any time.  Named for the Superbike World Championship track in Rimini, Italy ( and not the West Hollywood suburb ) the Santamonica was a great re-start for Bimota, and a great oughties exotic...



Spec-ial-ity – 2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica with Under 1,000 miles !