Posts by tag: homologation

Honda July 3, 2013 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 available in California with only 4500 Miles!

Honda RC30 For Sale

A bike that needs no introduction amongst sportbike enthusiasts worldwide is the Honda RC30. Here is another remarkably well kept example for sale that has just 4500 miles. This auction has only 3 bids so far but is already up to $18500 reserve not met. According to our records, collector quality RC30s have been selling in the $22-25k range so bid accordingly if you want to own it!


1990 Honda RC30 For Sale on eBay


from the seller:

For sale is a mint condition 49-state 1990 Honda RC30 with 4,546 miles. Just in time for the US MotoGP race at Laguna Seca! 100% original example as it was delivered by the factory. Original stickers are still on the tank and screen. Exceptional condition both mechanically and cosmetically. No scratches, scraps or imperfections to disclose. Currently sits on a factory 17'' wheel off of an RC45 that I powder coated white. This is NOT included in the sale. I took off the 18'' wheel that came with the bike to preserve it, which WILL be included in the sale. There is also better tire options with the 17'' wheel. This is a zero issue bike that runs and sounds perfect. Those of you seriously considering this bike already know the racing pedigree and historical significance of the RC30.

Included in this auction:

1990 Honda RC30 (VFR750R)
Factory Paddock Stand
Owner's manual
Factory tool kit
Original keys (x2)
Original 18'' rear wheel and 17'' front wheel with BRAND NEW tires (Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart)



Ducati June 27, 2013 posted by

5 Noteworthy Ducati’s Available Right Now!

Since there's been so much push back on Ducati's this year, I figured rather than have separate entries for each of these they'd all share one big post together. Let's start with dessert first:

1995 Ducati 916 Corsa Factory Racebike For Sale

1995 Ducati 916/955 Corsa Factory Customer Racebike For Sale on eBay

from the seller's website:

As part of a larger collection of rare and high end Italian Motorcycles we have been asked to sell is a full-on Factory Ducati Race Bike. This 1995 Ducati 916/955 Corsa 916/ Racer Customer bike, vin# ZDM9165*004192*, 1 of 31, was built by Ducati for private use and sold here by Eraldo Ferracci in 1995. It was campaigned in California from 1995-1997 by it’s present owner. The bike won AFM Open Twins and California State Championship in the Open Twins Class in 1997 and is as raced condition today. The bike required a new fuel pump to start, but Hansen’s BMW of Medford, Oregon was able to locate the parts and be successful in bringing this very rare piece of Ducati race history back to mechanical life recently. A couple of interesting facts about the bike. There is no starter on the bike, it requires an external starting engine which is included with the bike. The other amazing fact is that it weighted 342 Pounds with a full tank of fuel as measured at Buttonwillow in 1996.

How about a Bayliss 998S with just 39 miles?

2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss For Sale

2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss For Sale on eBay

Or a Bostrom 998S with 6700 miles:

Ducati 998S Bayliss For Sale

Ducati 998S Bostrom for sale on eBay

from the seller:

This is a 2002 Ducati 998s Ben Bostrom limited edition super bike. It is built to commemorate Ben Bostrom's 998 and is signed by him on the gas tank with a clear coat on top. There were only 150 of these built. This is number 115.

Unlike the Troy Bayliss edition with 400 produced, the Ben Bostrom edition is much more rare and only seen in magazines or online. I've never seen one on the road or at exhibitions.

This bike is totally fresh with a new lithium battery, brand new tires and fluids. Belts are fresh and everything is stock except the exhaust which is a Marving Carbon. I have the original system as well. Some of the stock highlights are carbon fairings, Ohlins forks, Ohlins rear and Ohlins steering damper.

Continuing with the low mileage theme is the 2001 996 with 1100 miles:

2001 Ducati 996 For Sale

2001 Ducati 996 For Sale on eBay

from the seller:

I have for sale a beautiful, almost brand new Ducati 996 superbike with only 1082 miles! I just had the brake fluid flushed, oil change and the clutch fluid changed. This bike is in mint condition! It is very fast and handles better than any bike I've ever ridden. You will not be disappointed with this motorcycle! Marchesini wheels, Ohlins rear shock and Showa front shocks. All stock except a carbon fiber tank guard on the tank.

And finally, the original 916 with 1700 miles:

1996 Ducati 916 For Sale

1996 Ducati 916 For Sale on eBay

from the seller:

You are bidding on a 1996 Ducati 916 Super Bike with only 1700 Original Miles, I have owned this motorcycle since new and it has been in heated storage (my house) for its entire life

Good luck to buyers and sellers!


Ducati May 30, 2013 posted by

RC30 Contender: Ducati 888 SP4 (Italy)

Motorbike magazines of 20 years ago, often compared the Honda RC 30 and the Ducati 888 SP models. At the end, these bikes were the top of sport bikes. They represented the most exotic commercial bikes available and were also the most expensive. Both of them were real race replicas. When put at the test, the Honda didn’t deliver as much power as one would have thought and that’s why you could get plenty of HRC upgrades. Ducati on the other hand, packed really a lot into their Sport Production series. This SP4 is a great example.

888 SP4_1

The bike has 25.000 km and the seller mentions that it was only ridden on the road. It features a couple of extras like the Arrow mufflers and aftermarket mirrors, but I assume all original parts are available and included in the price. In addition the seller also offers a spare SP4 spec engine, with just 8000 km. Let’s get to some figures now:

The Ducati 888 SP4 is on sale for 17.500 EUR

888 SP4_2

This is inline with the cheapest RC30 you might find, but I guess, these won't be in as beautiful conditions as the seller mentions.

The spare engine is on sale for 6000 EUR

888 SP4_7

That is not cheap...

If you wish to have both, then you’ll get away with 22.000 EUR.

888 SP4_4

I have an 888 myself, even though this is only a Strada.  I can only mention that these bikes still ride very nicely, they are more comfortable then the 916 series and way more exclusive. They are also very reliable. Mine hasn't a high mileage and I have never had problems with it. More interestingly, from one of my trips in Japan, I collected a magazine dedicated to Ducati (you got the love how Japanese people can be so passionate about Italian bikes). On this magazine, there was an article about this guy who went twice through the speedometer mileage counter, and still loves his 888. Here’s a scan of that:




Well, I guess you need to be able to read Japanese...

I was told that that's what it says up there, if instead I was fooled and anybody has a different understanding, then please comment... :-)

Well, obviously both the Honda RC 30 and the Ducati 888 SP are amazing bikes, they have their own objective advantages and disadvantages in addition to whatever might be your personal taste. Best is to have one of each. One thing is for sure, 888s valuations have not yet reached the status of RCs and given the current Ducati misfortunes in both MotoGP and WSBK, the glorious 888 might spring back in the next years...

888 SP4_3


Ducati 888 SP 4 in Italy


Honda May 19, 2013 posted by

Honda RC30 Available in Southern Oregon

Honda RC30 For Sale

With the frequency in which these are becoming available, many folks are questioning just how rare these really are. However the excitement most feel when they spot one hasn't diminished a bit. This particular example sports the titanium HRC exhaust and a 17" Marchesini rear wheel for easier tire sourcing. Bodywork will need significant attention on this one before it's put on display, but on the flip side you could ride it the rest of the season without worrying about dinging up a museum piece like we usually see in an RC30. Opening bid is $12k but in the comments the seller refers a bidder to his website which reveals the asking price of $26,500. Considering other recent auctions, this may be a bit high but you never know who's in the mood on any particular day...


Honda RC30 For Sale on eBay


From the seller's listing (excerpt, much longer description at the auction):

The RC30 being sold here has 7533 miles showing. The body work is original but has two issues presently. The exhaust runs very hot on all of these bikes and has actually melted the lowers in several spots. While loading the bike in a trailer, it was scratched leading to some very unpleasant painting being done by an “expert” painter. He probably should have stayed with Crayons. The bike is presentable but is not show winning or ready for conquers judging. It is ready to be ridden and used if that is what your intent is. It was dyno tuned when the HRC Race Pipe was installed and using the HRC Racing Jet Kit. The dyno sheet is shown along with the manuals and Race Body work included with the bike.

Ducati May 8, 2013 posted by

Read Between The Lines: Ducati 916 SPA (UK)

Massimo Tamburini's greatest creation, the Ducati 916 stormed the world of Superbikes. Using a motor that was effectively the evolution of the Desmo power plant of the 888, the 916 had otherwise a radical new design. This included the most sexy figure in motorbikes’ history, a single rear swing arm and under seat exhaust, to mention a few. I remember one interview with Valentino Rossi, mentioning what a huge leap forward was the design of the 916 versus the previous rather “boxed style” (yet effective) 888. And so, between the Terblanche designed 888 and 999, Ducati produced the highly successful 916, 996 and 998 series. Perhaps, the most iconic motorbikes Ducati will have in the history books, thanks also to the almost absolute dominance in World Superbike Racing. Among the rarest of samples, we can find the 916 SP America.

Ducati 916 SP America (955 SP) For Sale on eBay in the UK


Produced in very few numbers to allow the entry into AMA races with a 955cc motor, the 916 SPA was a special among the already exclusive Sport Production limited versions. The SP featured a few carbon bits, a single seat unit and most notably an engine with important upgrades of intake, exhaust, pistons, con rods and cylinder heads. The SPA had in addition larger pistons and cylinders with a total capacity of 955 cm3. To recognize an authentic SP America, one would need to read the "ZDM955..." on the motor.


The model found in the UK, seems to have the right credentials as it was imported from the US.


At an asking price of 12000 £, this is one of the most expansive 916 you will encounter. But with less than 10000 km and provided this is a genuine SP America (you need to check the engine code) ,  it could be a rare find.

A few words from the seller:

DUCATI 916 / 955 SP A rare opportunity to own a stunning example of this prestigious machine.

 This is the SP model which has a 955cc SP engine

 Imported from the USA prior to first registration this bike was first destined for the American market but demand in the UK for Ducati was greater in the UK and it was common for imports from both the USA and Europe at this time.

 The bike has covered under 10k miles from new.

 The photos don't do the bike justice and anyone viewing would be delighted I am sure

 I will put a fresh mot on the bike prior to sale.

 Unfortunately I do not have the owners handbook or service book for the bike but I do have some old mot certificates and service receipts, including complete engine refresh from Ducati, dyno sheet and testimony.

 The V5 / registration document is in my name

 please note if i think you question is dumb, if you suggest its worth 5k and your 95 fireblade please dont be surprised if you dont get a response.

 Viewing welcome.

 This would be a great investment as the prices of these bikes are rising steadily now.

Apparently only 50 of them were ever sold to the public !


Yamaha April 10, 2013 posted by

Homologated and loving it: 1987 Yamaha FZR 750R


The world of rare and collectable motorcycles is a funny place. You can go months with never seeing a particular bike, and then you can find four of them in a very short span of time. Feast or famine is the general rule, and today we feast on yet another pre OW-01 homologated Yamaha, the Genesis-powered FZR 750R.


Todays R model hails from sunny Florida and sports only 5,392 miles on the clock. There is some wear noted in the picuters (and by the seller), but overall this looks to be a pretty solid example of the model. This homologated bike never quite took off like the vaunted OW series, making it a bit of a sleeper in the rare sport bike world. As a result, prices are far closer to reality - which is a good thing for those of you reading along.


From the seller:

1987 Yamaha FZR 750R homologated for AMA racing and only 200 were made.
The bike runs and rides Excellent!

5392 mileage is actual!

Bike has a few small scratches on the tank and rear seat cowl. Paint is original and shows a small scuff on the right side mid fairing as well. Over all in Great Shape! Please ask any questions before you bid. Only serious buyers please.


This auction just started and has several days left to run. Despite RSBFS catching this one early, there are already a number of bidders in the fray, and the auction is up to $2,076 with reserve still in place. Considering that there have been 3 previous models posted on Rare in the last several weeks, you can get a pretty good idea of the market (hint: use the search function). For more infomation and pictures on this bike, click the link and jump over to the auction. Enjoy the feast of these rare homologations while you can; no telling when the market will dry up on the early FZR-R models.