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Bimota December 13, 2017 posted by

Classic Superbike: 1988 Bimota YB4 Race Bike for Sale

It's fitting that the last couple of Bimota YB4s we've featured have been race bikes, since the YB4 was a competition machine first, and a road bike second. In fact, only a racing version was built at first, until World Superbike homologation rules required 200 roadgoing examples be built. The YB4 competed head-to-head with the best Japan could build, first in Formula 1, and later on in the new World Superbike series, an amazing feat for such a tiny manufacturer.

First produced in 1987, the YB4 was powered by Yamaha's 749cc five-valve "Genesis" motor and six-speed gearbox, which it ironically used to compete against Yamaha's OW01. Weight for the roadbike was 396lbs dry, and both versions used Bimota's stiff, lightweight aluminum beam frame and swingarm, so handling was predictably sublime.

Before their untimely demise, Bimota had become a manufacturer of expensive toys for well-heeled collectors or the occasional race team maybe looking for something to differentiate themselves from all of those very competitive Kawasakis and BMWs. There's nothing inherently wrong with recent Bimotas, but the Japanese Big Four and the Germans have caught up, and they didn't provide the kind of competitive advantage that bikes like the YB4 offered to racers and road riders of the 1980s.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Bimota YB4R for Sale

1988 Bimota YB4 Racing, ex-Steve Williams Team Fowlers Yamaha UK VIN: YB4*000027

4th overall in the 1988 World TT F1 (Superbike) Championship  - that year Fogarty won it, second Joey Dunlop, both on Honda RC30. This bike was also in the top ten results of TT IOM 1988 and 1989.

Rare opportunity to acquire a piece of the early Superbike era and of Bimota history. Bike is genuine, complete and working with the right patina, fitted with the correct carbs engine with magnesium sump.

Letter of verification by Dennis Trollope with the bike.

Parade, race and collect!

Bike is currently located in 33080 Roveredo in Piano, Italy but i can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem. I can supply US contacts for reference.

This example comes to us via a seller that should be familiar to RSBFS and CSBFS readers. I've never met him, but he obviously has great taste in motorcycles. There is very little time left on the auction, and bidding is up to just north of $5,600. Bimota values in general and pretty low right now, but this particular machine I'd hope would buck that trend: it's got racing history and plenty of patina. It's obviously a bit scruffy around the edges, but that's pretty much par for the course with well-used racebikes.

-tad

Classic Superbike: 1988 Bimota YB4 Race Bike for Sale
MV Agusta July 31, 2017 posted by

Tribute – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R Senna

As a motorcycle executive, Claudio Castiglioni had the ability to put together a fitting tribute to his friend ( and MV collector ) Ayrton Senna.  Proceeds from the limited edition supported the Brazilian youth services foundation bearing the late driver's name.  The second F4 numbered edition commemorating Senna, the F4 1000R features 173 hp and state of the art construction and components.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R Senna for sale on eBay

Agusta uses the familiar inline four cylinder engine with 16 valves, but hemispherical combustion chambers and radial valve layout deliver extraordinary power for 998cc's.  The latest Weber / Marelli electronic fuel injection insures tractability at sub-sonic speeds.  The MV trademark four-two-four calliope peeks out from under the seat.  Suspension and brake components are race-derived, from the 50mm Marzocchi forks to the lightweight adjustable Sachs monoshock, to the Brembo monoblock Serie Oro brakes.  Forged Marchesini alloys are directly from the GP department.

Presented by a Florida luxury vehicle dealer, this Senna has just 1,544 miles and is pictured on the factory carpet and rear stand, though a shot of the number plate would be helpful.  For all intents a new machine, closer than usual to 2017 new considering how advanced the 1000R was to begin with.  The dealer says this in the eBay auction:

This bike is one of just 65 SENNAs imported into the U.S. from Italy.  300 models were made and distributed worldwide, this bike has ONLY 1,544 ORIGINAL miles, has always been well maintained, adult-owned, never dropped.  It is in excellent condition.  I have the original Senna bike cover and wheel stand as show in the pictures.  The F4 1000 Senna is a special edition of the F4 1000 R released in 2006. It is similar to the 2002 F4 750 Senna in spirit, but has some changes to the paint scheme and an alcantara seat. This model comes with the 174 horsepower (128 kW) engine and has also the upgraded Brembo Goldline radial brakes, forged silver Marchesini wheels, a 50 mm titanium-nitride coated Marzocchi upside down fork and a lightweight Sachs racing rear suspension (in high & low speed range adjustable rebound and compression damping). Only 300 were produced.

Looking reserved in black, silver, and gray with red accents and alcantara seat, the Senna is an elegant statement.  Performance, materials, and techniques are in a three-way competition.  A gorgeous engineering exercise, and a fitting special edition recalling the unparalleled driver.  Little doubt it will remain with few miles, serviced and detailed more than ridden, but nice to know that if called upon, the Senna could respond...

-donn

Tribute – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R Senna
MV Agusta July 20, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini #192

Massimo Tamburini was a founder of Bimota, head of design at Cagiva, and designer of the legendary Ducati 916. The Castiglioni brothers commemorated Tamburini in 2005 with a special edition of the F4 1000. The very leading edge machine had variable-length intake runners, single-sided magnesium swingarm, and full carbon bodywork. The numbered edition of 300 packs a 173 hp wallop and shows how things could be done in billet and carbon.

Onboard the technology showcase, MV Agusta's Torque Shift System moved the intake horns to provide better low rpm response, in the style of Formula 1 cars of the era. Frame connectors are magnesium alloy and brakes are 6-piston Nissins. The company's Engine Brake System adds a bit of air and fuel to the intake on over-run, smoothing downshifts.

As though just 2,500 km and museum-quality storage wasn't enough, the owner claims the most original as-delivered set of artifacts and collectibles to be found. Hard to disagree, with a list like this:

In addition to the great state of vehicle ( exactly equal to new ) is probably the only complete F4 Tamburini that was delivered at the time of purchase:

This amount includes:
1) Delivery box (delivery of MV Agusta motorcycles to dealer)
2) Limited edition plate
3) Official MV Agusta stand/easel
4) Double keys
5) Handbook
6) Double booklet coupons
7) Original advertising for the SENNA model, that was delivered to all the Tamburini buyers
8) MV Agusta Corse  accessories book delivered with the purchase of the bike
10) Original Purchase invoice
11) MV Agusta official show rug
12) Double exhaust race and road legal...

Consider an MV Agusta and you open yourself to three or four times the cost of a comparable production sportbike.  But the engineers have been paid, the exotic materials purchased, the shops organized around a short run of special bikes.  Agusta trademarks like the 4-2-4 exhaust and winged fuel tank are accompanied by new techniques, materials, and electronics.  Fittingly pictured in a sculpture garden, it's hard to say the Tamburini's original owners didn't get their money's worth.  At the ask of €34,000, it looks ready for the next event.  The bike is in Italy and interested parties can contact Riccardo: zagostyle@hotmail.it

-donn

Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini #192
Sport Bikes For Sale May 21, 2010 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma From The Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum

This is a titled & registered RG500 in California!

Bike:  1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Walter Wolf Edition

Price:  $15,500USD

Location:  Solvang, California

Mileage: 20,000km

Located in Solvang, California is a 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in Walter Wolf colors.   This bike is available from the collection of the Slovang Vintage Motorcycle Museum.  They state that the bike is entirely original and has 20,000km (12,427mi) on it.  They state that the bike has been titled & registered in California for many years.  No service or damage history is provided.  Now, all my information says that the Walter Wolf Edition bikes were MY '87 only but, I'll trust the Solvang Museum and assume that they were also produced at the end of the 1986MY.

The RG500 is what many consider to be the ultimate, large displacement, road-going two stroke ever produced.  The RG500 was based on the RG500's that won world championship's during the late '70's and early '80's.  The street going RG's featured a 498cc, square-four, two-stroke with rotary valve and exhaust port valves and 4x28mm Mikuni flatside carburetors working together to produce 95HP at 9000rpm (83RWHP).  The GP replica also featured 38mm conventional forks with anti-dive, adjustable pre-load and an adjustable mono-shock out back.  The magic was in the aluminum frame however, the RG produced 95HP while only weighing in at 175kg (385lbs) wet!

Some side history about Walter Wolf Racing:  Walter Wolf Racing was a UK Formula 1 race team that competed from 1976 to 1980 and is one of the reasons Williams F1 is where it is today.  The cars were finished in a distinctive Black/Red/Gold scheme which is referenced on the replica RG.  Walter Wolf also had an attraction to Lamborghini's and has some very distinctive specials produced during the early '80's.

If this is a real Walter Wolf replica, and I don't doubt that it is, it is the rarest RG500 produced--that I'm aware of.  This bike looks to be in fantastic condition from the sole picture present as you would expect for a museum bike.  The asking price is $15,500 which is right where we see standard RG500's so, I would call this a good price for what you're getting if it can be verified to be 100% original.  See the bike on Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum's website here.

AG





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