Posts by tag: I-4

Suzuki September 11, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1988 Suzuki GSX-R250

Most of us can probably count on one hand the times we've seen small displacement super-sports in the flesh, outside of an auction or show.  Grabbing the most power out of a quarter-liter, two-strokes predominate - but here is an inline four from Suzuki, with 2-inch pistons and a sound like few other boy-racers from the eighties.

Accompanying the second-generation GSX-R's, the 250 used water cooling, and though specs are hard to come by, some sources show a single carburetor.  Limited to junior-spec 45 hp, peak power comes at 14,000 rpm, and the tach doesn't even register below 3,000.  Elsewhere the build is more like a larger bike, conventional forks and Full Floater rear, as well as 300mm dual front brakes and 17-inch cast wheels.  Dual seat and passenger pegs are there, but probably not for adults.  The dash is full-featured and the fairing also, but the package weighs under 350 lbs. with a full tank.

Coming from Gary's surprisingly deep collection, this GSX-R has under 2,000 miles and Utah road title.  Factory fairings are in outstanding shape, and the 4-into-1 exhaust has been chrome plated, which in a Lite beer ( tastes great / less filling ) kind of way, shows well inside the fairing and is easier to keep nice.  Imported earlier rather than later, this GSX-R escaped the outdoor storage and multi-riders almost expected in the gray market.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This baby GSXR is one of my favorites in my collection because it's one of the funnest rides in a tight canyon that you can ever have. 

Up or sale is a RARELY seen 1988 Suzuki GSX-R250 inline four with only 3,119 kilometers (1,938 miles). Engine redlines at 18,000RPM. It's a screamer! Bike is completely stock. Runs like new. Gorgeous cosmetic condition with only a few tiny stress cracks and handling marks. Right side cowling has been repaired. There were some little stress cracks under the right blinker. Bike looks amazing! Ultra hard to find in this condition from Japan. Hardly any corrosion or rust. Very little patina. All fairings are 100% genuine original Suzuki OEM. Bike sits as it came from the factory except for the chromed OEM exhaust. Originally it was black.  This baby Gixxer has been pampered and well taken care of. A true garage queen.

The buy-it-now seems fair for the sporty rarity, though the new owner should cultivate friendships down at the Suzuki dealer since except for a few expendables, parts for the R-250 might take some doing.  But with ultra-low miles this will likely remain a special sunny-day ride or show machine, guaranteed to be the only one at the rally or coffee stop.  For a fan of the marque with a stable of 750's, this could be just the accent...

-donn

Featured Listing – 1988 Suzuki GSX-R250
MV Agusta September 4, 2017 posted by

Rhymes with Orange – 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910R

Happy Labor Day !  ( hope you got the bike out over the long weekend ! ) - donn

A naked like nothing else, the MV Agusta 910R was built with an exciting powertrain, premium components and a nice Castiglioni Research Center badge.  The almost-liter inline four is derived from the F4 superbike, and makes 139 hp, thanks in part to hand-polished intake ports.  The eBay dealer doesn't share much history, but it has under 7,500 miles and a clean stock appearance.

2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910R for sale on eBay

 

On the rebound from their short Malaysian ownership by Proton, Agusta developed the Brutale as an exciting luxury-naked.  Its wide trellis frame envelops the transverse engine and bolts to cast frame connectors.  State-of-the-art 50mm Marzocchi forks are fully adjustable and the monoshock has separate adjustments for high and low-speed movements.  Similarly, the brakes are the best available, 320mm disks with radially mounted monoblock calipers.  The sloped headlight and signature winged fuel tank give way to a solo seat with removable pillion cover.

 

The previous owner added a mini windscreen and bar end mirrors, but otherwise it's as delivered.  Most reviews reference Brembo brakes and Sachs monoshock, but Nissin brakes from the F4 and an Ohlins shock are pictured.  Likeable upgrades all around.  Beside a ding in the left bellypan, some water-spotting is visible in the photos, possibly the bike was left to air-dry or washed with something too aggressive.  Maybe a pre-purchase inspection wouldn't be a bad idea.

 

The Brutale is smaller than one would expect from the displacement and name, it's low and almost diminutive, but the engine and exhaust put the lie to that straight away.  Super quick and capable, attention areas on the Brutale include chain tension and coolant level, not too much of either avoids problems.  Dealers aren't in every town, but the engine has a good reputation.  The current Brutale now has 1090cc, with an 800cc little brother.  The 910R fits right between and though I know it's the wrong question, isn't 140 hp is enough for an unfaired bike ?

-donn

Rhymes with Orange – 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910R
Bimota August 6, 2017 posted by

Big In Japan – 1988 Bimota YB7

Seen on RSBFS back in May, this YB7 is still available, links updated to current auction. - donn

Bimotas have always had a fan base in Japan, and the YB7 was dreamed almost specifically for their progressive licensing laws.  Just 399cc and 352 lbs. dry, it's a rarity with only 321 made over 1987-88.  The engine was well-mannered thanks to EXUP, and smooth handling made for a very rideable welterweight.

1988 Bimota YB7 for sale on eBay

 

From Bimota's billet period, the YB7 has gorgeous metal work, the big twin beam frame joined with machined connectors.  The triple tree is another art piece, as are the adjusters on the aluminum swingarm.  The monoposto bodywork is shaped and painted to recall the superbike YB4, which took the TTF1 honors in 1987 under Virginio Ferrari and had a shot at the WSBK crown !  Matched with oversized Marzocchi forks, Öhlins monoshock, and Brembo brakes, the YB7 did more than look the part.

  

Presented by a regular RSBSF reader, this very rare Bimota YB7 has but 6,000 miles and looks all original and very good.  The tank cover / seat console is unmarked save a corner of the foam seat, and the lightweight lowers show only a few stress cracks.  Engine side covers take the most abuse and could be refinished or replaced easily.  From the eBay auction:

Very rare Bimota YB7, 400cc Yamaha motor, never sold in USA, Japan bike only, very light and loaded with high performance goodies, hand built in Italy, very collectible and hard to find in USA, mine comes with IL clean title, was imported years ago from UK.  Bike is in very good condition, very little miles and use, been sitting indoors show room for few years now, took her out, cleaned the carbs, new battery and oil, starts and runs like a dream. Everything is original, no mods or alterations, tires were replaced few years ago, look like new but are a little old, has few scratches and nicks from normal use, some spider web cracks in the clear coat just like any other Italian bike from that era, the side motor covers are losing their finish and paint peels off but nothing too dramatic, one big scratch in the right fairing, one small piece of the seat foam broken off, I am sure there are more imperfections but this was a very light body hand molded and was never perfect from the beginning. Öhlins rear shock,  fully adjustable fork, light Bimota wheels, full floating rotors. 

 

The YB7 reviewed as one Bimota that was pleasant to ride in traffic and on the racetrack.  The well-balanced engine and chassis made it a great novice machine as well as a fine F3.  Almost above the big four's fray because of premium construction and pricing, the YB7 benefitted from Yamaha's excellent driveline.  Having recently been freshened up to ride, this YB4 needs just a couple of cosmetic details addressed to look really special as well...

-donn

 

Big In Japan – 1988 Bimota YB7
Honda August 3, 2017 posted by

Kentucky Commemorative – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition

Intended as a celebratory livery in honor of Nicky Hayden's 2006 Moto GP championship, the Repsol-stickered superbike is now a more somber reminder of how instantly things can change.  The second generation in-line four had a nice bump in torque and slightly quicker steering, but didn't give up the steady handling and great build quality.

2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition for sale on eBay

After retiring the RC51 and returning to an I-four for WSBK, Honda had more resources to throw at the CBR flagship, and all the more reason with a new championship.  The first-gen CBR1000RR was only a couple of years old, so incremental changes were in order - a touch more compression, slightly different valve porting, revised steering geometry, larger but thinner brake disks, and the result was a skwosh more powerful and a smidgen lighter, though still heavier than the competition.

This Fireblade's Florida caretaker has limited mileage to just over 6,000 and made several updates, looking excellent and undamaged.  From the eBay auction:

One of the few remaining of the only 300 produced for 2007.  Mint condition, one owner.  Power commander, Boz Bros. moto GP exhaust,  flush mount front turn signals, tail light/blinker combo, plate relocater, HID's, oem second seat cover and carbon fiber extras. Never seen rain and always sleeps under a cover!  This bike was produced after Nicky Hayden won the moto GP in 2006.  Unfortunately he has recently passed away after a biking accident in Italy.  I would hope to see the bike in the hands of a collector to honor Nicky's legacy. Thank you for looking.

Reviews of the CBR1000RR confirmed the solid feeling, and that the bike was composed at speed, almost deceptively fast.  Integration and testing by factory riders and engineers are the usual reason, leaving not much to chance.  After all, this sort of machine is generally found no more than ten feet from the showroom door.  A couple of this owner's mods might not be your taste, but all are easily reversed.  Hard to argue the overall condition, any more than the great championship team colors.  The MotoGP laurel on the tank is a small tribute to a hardworking and humble champion, who wore his dad's racing number 69, and was bicycling for fitness ( after a morning run ! ) in the middle of the WSBK season...

-donn

Kentucky Commemorative – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition
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