Posts by tag: homologation

Yamaha October 18, 2013 posted by

Heaven Sent: Yamaha FZR750R OW-01 (Switzerland)

We all know what this is right ?

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The glorious FZR750R (aka OW-01). This bike is probably one the most exclusive, rare and historically significant serial production motorbike ever produced by Yamaha. This is a true Race Replica, in the sense that it is a race bike with lights fitted on...About 500 of them were produced at the end of the 80s, making the OW-01 a more rare find than a Honda RC30. 30 years later and this Yamaha still looks the business. With that big and squared tank, thin seat, low handle bars, and intake pipes between you and the windscreen, smaller headlights vs. the distant parent FZR1000, this is still an awesome ultra aggressive looking bike. And the good news is, that it sin't only about the looks, every component of this 750 is designed with the purpose of achieving lightweight and performance. This is still a fast and raw motorbike. It has carburettors,  it wants to be revved and it will surprise you with a power urge accompanied by a distinct sound of road legal race bikes that have not been replicated (apart form the ambitious Desmosedici of Ducati) in too many years (Honda might come back with the 5 cylinder RCV but probably that's not going to happen unless the global economy recovers).

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The other even more important, news is that the above spectacular model, with just short of 17.000 km, is on sale in Switzerland at, hold yourself... 12.000 CHF = 13133 $ ! This is the best value for an OW-01 I have seen in a long, long time. If you are looking for this bike in particular, or if you just have 13 grands at disposal and you read RSBFS regularly, you'd be a fool not to snap this one before somebody else will.

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW-O1 in Switzerland

The following video from British MCN's Micheal Neeves says it all:

As I said a few days ago, the season for great deals has just begun, but this will be difficult to beat for a while...The challenge is on...

Claudio

Ducati October 14, 2013 posted by

Sport Production Mark 3: Ducati 851 SP3




There are very few more iconic Ducatis than this one: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3. This bike, featuring the increased capacity motor of 888cc, is what started the modern history of Ducati in Wolrd Superbike. They rarely come on the market as their owners tend to be quite jealous. Despite this, the model found on ebay in UK had 2 previous owners and is now ready to be moved on to the next Duc lover. I personally ride an 888 Strada and I love its dynamics. It has loads and loads of torque and if you keep it between 6000 and 8000 rpm it pulls really hard. The almost flat power curve in that range combined with the super solid handling, makes a great combination on fast sweeping roads. All you need, is 3rd and 4th, and you will be able to make an impressive pace. My Strada is not really a light bike, it is quite heavy actually, but that again that makes the front wheel stick to the ground and it allows for very precise lines, provided you give it right inputs. The SP specials were never imported where I live, but I remember them, already in 1995 fetching huge prices in the used market in Italy.

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for sale on eBay

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The colour scheme of this, with the white frame and logos, dark grey wheels and the upswung pipes is as classic Ducati SBK racing as it gets. I love this bike and, whoever will be able to bring it home, can be sure that this is a real investment. The current bid (at the time of writing) is 5200 GBP with the reserve not met (obviously). With still quite some days to go, expect this to rise to way more considerable amounts.

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Here's a few words from the seller:

1991 DUCATI 851 SP3
RARE HOMOLGATION MODEL.

A RACE BIKE ON THE ROAD.

ONE OF APPROXIMATELY 500 MADE WORLDWIDE IN 1991.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT INCLUDED:

TUNED 888 ENGINE.
OHLIN SUSPENSION FRONT AND REAR.
FACTORY RACE FRAME.
CLOSE RATIO GEARBOX.
ALLOY TANK.
CAST IRON BREMBO DISCS.
RACE EXHAUST.
ALLOY REAR SUBFRAME.
ECCENTRIC REAR RIDE HEIGHT ADJUSTER.
2 PREVIOUS ENTHUSIAST OWNERS.
HAS A FEW MODS: LIGHTWEIGHT DYMAG WHEELS, GOODRIDGE BRAKE AND CLUTCH STAINLESS STEEL LINES AND FITTINGS, OBERON BILLET CLUTCH SLAVE CYLINDER.
THE BIKE HAS DONE 31,316 KILOMETERS WHICH IS 19,752 MILES FROM NEW.
HISTORY, RECENT BELTS, SERVICE AND NEW REAR TYRE.
MOT TILL AUGUST 2014, TAX TILL END OF MONTH.
MOTOR CYCLE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.
REMEMBER IT IS 22 YEARS OLD, SO IT DOES HAVE SOME AGE RELATED MARKS AROUND IT.
HOWEVER IT DOES LOOK GREAT.
NOT 100% STANDARD BUT CLOSE.
BIKE READY TO GO.
ANY QUESTIONS THEN PLEASE CONTACT ME.
THANKS FOR LOOKING.

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If you want to acquire a piece of history, a great sounding and handling true Ducati twin and if you want something that in many ways is more original than an RC30, this SP3 Nr.290 could be for you.

Good luck to new buyer...you have all my envy :-)

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Claudio

Sport Production Mark 3: Ducati 851 SP3
Honda September 26, 2013 posted by

RC30 Madness: Choose One (Switzerland)

Here we have two Rc30s. The most special one is a true rarity, as it is a new bike! I love the ad saying "New... is new ! no pictures needed..."

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This rare example is obviously looking for a collector. What's the asking price ? It is 40.000 CHF = just short of 44.000 $

As we don't come across a new VFR750R very often, I reckon the asking price is aligned to the current market. If you are a collector this might the right one for you !

Form the same seller, comes a very usable and equally sexy low mileage RC30 kitted with a full Termignoni system (a rarity on its own) and a rear 17" wheel:

Honda RC30 with 16900 km in Switzerland

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Both the original larger diameter wheel and the Honda exhaust system are included in the price. With just 16900 km, the asking price is set at 23.000 CHF = about 25000 $. I have been watching this second model for a few weeks since the middle of the summer. The price seems to go a bit up and down. I believe I have seen this varying between 19.000 CHF and 21.000 CHF but now for some reason, it went up to 23.000 CHF. I guess I should have bought it earlier...The thing is that here in Switzerland, there are about 6-7 RC30s on sale and the prices seem to have increased somewhat as the biking season comes to an end. This clearly goes against the natural trend of lower prices in winter. I always recommend to look for a bike in winter, as the offer is usually high and prices are more negotiable. I guess this doesn't really apply to RC30s and their potential customers. Winter is on our doorstep here, in the morning I ride through thick fog, cleaning my visor from the condensation with the dirty gloves every 300m...

On the other hand I am sure that soon a bunch of exciting rare sport bikes will come to the surface at interesting prices, I guess this simply doesn't apply to models so much sought after like the Honda RC30 and RC45...

 

Claudio

RC30 Madness: Choose One (Switzerland)
Honda September 18, 2013 posted by

Homologation Week continues: 1994 Honda RC45 in Florida

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If you were eyeing the clean Yamaha OW01 in Holland we posted earlier this week but want something closer to home, how about this awesome looking RC45? Sure there will be brand loyalists amongst the RSBFS fan base - but at this stage does anyone care if the OW01 &OW02 series machines were than the RC30 & RC45 variety? Today they are all very rare and very hard to come by - and matched (or bettered) by most non-homologation sportbikes of recent vintage. Given that my collection is devoid of homologation machinery, I'm pretty sure I would take any of the above if the keys fell into my hands. Yamaha purists might want to look away, but the rest should read on.

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1994 Honda VFR750R RC45 for sale on eBay

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Known as the Honda RVF750R RC45 in full name parlance, the RC45 was a step forward from the RC30; essentially the same motor configuration and transmission were used, with the engine recieving fuel injection, a shortened stroke for more RPM and head tweaks for breathing. Many of the RC45 advancements were shared with the oval piston NR750, showing Honda's goal of supreme engineering along with a Henry Ford approach to platform use.

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From the seller:
US spec 1994 HRC RC45 for sale. One of only 50 produced for the US market in 1994 with 20 or so delivered to private race teams... very rare bike.

This bike is in excellent condition with only 7611 miles. It has aftermarket indicator lights and Marchesini wheels but I have all the originals to make the bike look just as it did out of the factory.

I don't have any time to ride it... It could be yours.

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A US specification RC45 is down approximately 18 horsepower from the European variant - but that power is relatively easily "found" again with a wiring change to the fuel injection unit. Many believe that the RC45 is one of the rarest of the Honda models to be found these days: from a total of 200 produced only 50 were imported into the US, and of those at least 20 went directly into the hands of race teams. That doesn't leave many street bikes left, which is why these do not come up for auction very often.

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The priviledge of owning a piece of HRC history does not come cheap. This particular bike is listed with a starting bid of $25,000 USD, with a reserve in place. No takers thus far, but this is early days for this one. Check out all of the details here, and then give us your thoughts on owning a homologation Superbike - would this be it in a "money is no object" sort of world? It just might be in mine (minus the funky turn signals). Good Luck!

MI

Homologation Week continues: 1994 Honda RC45 in Florida
Honda August 26, 2013 posted by

French Specification Honda RC30 For Sale

Honda RC30 For Sale

Probably the #1 RSBFS fan favorite is the Honda RC30. This example is for sale in Canada and isn't the usual museum queen we usually see. This one has nearly 12k miles and has it's share of flaws. It's been on eBay for a few days yet bidding hasn't even reached $5k (edit: 12 hours later, bidding has jumped to $14k). While it's clearly not going to meet reserve that low, this could be an opportunity to get a fixer for not much cash. The seller's description seems to indicate he's aware of it's flaws. Maybe the reserve matches...

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Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

Very Rare and collectible hand built by Honda homologation Race bike

French spec complete with Rare Bol D'or insignia

Legally imported by me from France 2.5 years ago complete with original documentation and correct import papers

I will assist with shipping and will crate if need be at buyers cost

very low mileage at 18,900 kms

it runs perfectly and would either make a good restoration base with paint or an occasional rider (if you are feeling brave) I would get the paint done but cash is tight so the bike is priced with this in mind

there is also a small shallow dent in the top rear of the gas tank

overall the bike is in good condition a few scratches here and therebut more significantly the bike was driven off a curb and crunched the bellypan also the previous owner in their wisdom installed crappy aftermarket indicators (it appears that fairings were drilled)there are numerous paint chips on the fairings and a paint blister on the seatand the exhaust tailpipe has a stress fracture this can be welded

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French Specification Honda RC30 For Sale
Ducati July 27, 2013 posted by

One Owner 2001 Ducati 996SPS with just 1000 Miles!

2001 Ducati 996SPS For Sale

Here's another well preserved collectable, a 2001 Ducati 996SPS with 1025 miles in New York. The 996SPS is similar to the 916SPS that came before it, but it's lighter, has Ohlins front and rear, the 5 spoke rims, and stronger engine internals. Not originally intended for road use, this example has had the necessary lighting, kickstand, and mirrors were added by the owner.

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2001 Ducati 996SPS For Sale on eBay

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from the seller:

For sale today is my 2001 Ducati 996SPS. I am the original owner of this bike purchased from Gold Coast Motorcycles in New Hyde Park, NY in 2001. It was ridden carefully and sparingly over the ensuing years. It has always been stored in a climate controlled garage and has never been damaged, raced, or abused in any way. It is in as new condition!The dealer installed the necessary items such as turn signals, mirrors, sidestand and tail lamp to make the bike street legal (at a cost of over $1000). It comes with all the original documents, books and keys. It has been maintained by my personal mechanic with regular fluid changes and maintenance miles.This is a chance to own a time capsule bike for substantially less than the original $25K cost in 2001.

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One Owner 2001 Ducati 996SPS with just 1000 Miles!
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