Posts by tag: homologation

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.


Kawasaki March 20, 2013 posted by

Not Your Average K1: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R

Pompano Beach, FL – 16,000mi -- $5,700 with Reserve


Are you looking for that sportbike with classic looks and racing history, but needing some current technology? Then stop and take a look at this 1992 ZX-7R. The ZX-7R was homologated for World Superbike use and featured an aluminum tank, flat-side carbs, adjustable suspension and more horsepower than the standard model of the time.


Original complaints about the flat-side carbs were that low speed riding wasn’t as smooth as the base ZX-7. We all know that with proper tuning, these were screamers on the race track, but for those who aren’t rocketing out of pit lane, the seller as replaced these with the standard carbs (don’t worry, the flat-side are included). The bike also features a host of upgrades, including the front end off an ’09 GSX-R750.


More from the seller:

The bike have a full Muzzy exhaust with Dynojet carb kit on 38 mm CV carbs from a regular 1992 ZX7 model plus a K&N airl filter.
Why the vacuum carburetors?,so make it easy to ride at low RPM.
I have the CR FLAT SLIDES carbs on a box,with the throttle cables ,airbox and manifolds.
The bike have as well a rear Penske race shock,steering damper,Woodcraft rearset,Vortex clip ons with matching purple bars (same color as the word NINJA at the fuel tank).
The bike have a profesionally installed front end from a GSXR 750 2009,with a custom billet top triple clamp with radial pump and brake calipers,rotors,carbon fiber fender,wheel (power coated to match).So you get current brake power and suspension,plus save couple pounds.
For collectors I have the stock front end as well:forks ,triple clamps,brake calipers,rotors,wheel,fender,axle,clip ons,etc.
The bike have Galfer SBK steel braided brake lines.Very expensive ones.
And lightweight 520 chain with lighter sprockets,and almost brand new Bridgestone tires.
I have all the stock parts beside the stock exhaust.
As you can see all the upgrades are done for a professional tech.
Bike have a clean Fl title on hand and everything works perfect.

Sure this may not be a bone stock example of one of the coolest bikes ever, but it is still one of the coolest bikes ever. To me, the ZX-7R K1 represents the allure of what homologated specials from the early 90’s were all about. Bidding is already active and up to $5,700, but the Reserve remains in place with roughly four days left. If youre interested in the Kawi classic, then check out the auction here and place your bid!


Sport Bikes For Sale February 27, 2013 posted by

1987 Yamaha FZR750R Genesis For Sale

Metuchen, NJ – 5,769mi – $5,200 Reserve not met

87FZR750R_14 We all know that the Yamaha FZR750R (OW-01) is highly collectible and low production homologated special that doesn’t come up for sale often. Because of this, that bike is pure unobtanium for 99% of people. The precursor to the OW01, the FZR750R Genesis, is however more attainable and not quite as rare. Granted, you don’t see these popping up for sale with as much frequency as the rest of the FZR line, but they do present an opportunity to ride something rare, cool, and a fraction of the price of the OW01.


The FZR750R Genesis featured a 106hp engine and Yamaha’s DeltaBox frame which was advanced for street use at the time. The FZR750R was homologated for AMA racing and only 200 examples were made, which actually means less available than the OW01. The last digits of the VIN on this one shows “266”, so I am not exactly sure what implications that has as to production numbers. The bike for sale here is very clean with less than 6k on the clock. The only modification is the Yoshimura pipe and the original is included with the sale.



From the seller:

This auction is for a 1987 Yamaha FZR 750 RT. This motorcycle has some historical significance as it was the precursor to the phenomenal FZR750RR (OW01). To homologate the FZR 750 RT for AMA racing, Yamaha had to import 200 street-spec 750’s This is one of those 200 made for the US market. This machine has less than 6K miles on it and it is in immaculate condition. There are no notable scratches, scuffs, dents, dings, etc… It is as perfect as it can be; and I don’t hesitate to say it is truly in museum quality condition. Many of these motorcycles ended up on the racetrack, but this one has never been raced, crashed or abused in anyway. This machine has spent the vast majority of its life being stored in a showroom. After I purchased this machine, I rode it about once every two months on a 20 mile loop to go through the gears. There were absolutely no mechanical issues and it operated perfectly. I had no problems with the engine, transmission, clutch, brakes, exhaust, electrical system, etc… The bike has always been stored in a climate controlled environment and I’ve never ridden it in inclement weather. Given the number of motorcycles I had, I took the motorcycle to the local dealer and prepped it for long term storage about 2 ½ years ago. It’s been sitting in my den since. With the exception of the exhaust, the machine is 100% stock. I do however have the original exhaust and it is included in this auction; as are various other miscellaneous parts and documents. I believe I possibly have several oil filters, sparkplugs, handlebar grips, owner’s manual, etc.. I’d have to go into my storage area to get a complete list. While I consider this machine as very special, I’ve enjoyed owning it and believe it’s time to let someone else include it in their collection.

Asking prices for these bikes were around $5k a couple of years ago, but given that the market for clean vintage sport bikes is always on the rise combined with the fact that these really don’t show up often and in this condition, I would say that $6k-$7k isn’t unreasonable. I would be all over this bike if it was closer and I had the cash on hand. I got a feeling this is going to be one of those future collectibles that will become increasingly harder to come by. If you feel the same way, then jump over to the auction here and have a look.