Posts by tag: Racing

Laverda November 17, 2014 posted by

Tangerine Dream: 1975 Laverda SFC for Sale

1975 Laverda SFC R Side

This Laverda SFC is bit of a throwback to another era, when you really could buy a motorcycle, ride it to the track, rip off the lights, and actually compete at the professional level. Sure, there are classes today that require bikes to be largely stock, but this Laverda is really more like the equivalent of a World SuperBike machine. With a headlight.

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It’s just too bad that Laverda name-owners Piaggio don’t have room in their lineup for a revived Laverda. Their modern sporting range is taken up by Aprilia and their retro-sport line is all Guzzi, but I could see Laverda as a sort of Italian alternative to Triumph: practical, real-world sportbikes and standards with only a dash of nostalgia. It almost worked when they revived Laverda in the 1990’s. Unlike many of the other recent stabs at brand-revivification, the Zane-era bikes were actually affordable, and they still make for a pretty cool Ducati alternative. Down a bit on outright power, but with superlative handling.

1975 Laverda SFC Dash

Of course, you’ll get a lot of, “Laverda, who makes that?” at your local bike-night. But that’s okay. My personal experience is that only the very best kind of people know Laverda. I have a battered old Laverda t-shirt and it attracts attention everywhere I go. Random strangers approach me in restaurants, in the checkout line at the grocery store, even at IKEA to ask me about it.

So Laverda is gone, but not forgotten, and this 1975 SFC really helps to explain the love people have for the orange bikes from Breganze, Italy.

1975 Laverda SFC R Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1975 Laverda SFC 750 “Elettronico” for Sale

VIN 18300 Engine 18300

This is "the real thing", numbers on the register and it is the rariest and most desiderable model of the serie, the "Elettronico" of 1975. On top of this it has a works race history being raced by Giuseppe Uberti Foppa (works Laverda rider listed also in the SFC register book) at the 500kms of Monza in 1975, with certification signed by him.

The bike was restored in the Factory in the early 80's and kept as a jewel since, totally original genuine parts, even the fiberglass body, throttle, all small bits, no repro's or nos.

Bike is "on the button" with even new tyres, showroom conditions. The best i have seen in the last 20 years! Bulletproof investment. Bike is currently located in Italy, 33080 Roveredo in Piano (Pordenone) but i can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem. We can supply US contact as reference.

Built between 1971 and 1976, the SFC or “Super Freni Competizione” was an homologation-special with an engine full of race-spec parts that pushed power to 80hp and road-legal lights and signals tacked on as a nod to streetability. Many SFC’s show up for sale with those parts packed away safely in a cardboard box…

1975 Laverda SFC R Grip

Not especially light, but very stable, the Laverda parallel twins were renowned for their durability. The 750cc engine featured five main bearings and parts not built by Laverda were sourced, regardless of origin, for their quality: Ceriani suspension, Bosch ignition, and Nippon-Denso electrics.

Only 549 were ever produced, making this one rare and very desirable machine, and the signature on the tail section and pristine condition only make it more so.

-tad

1975 Laverda SFC L Side

Tangerine Dream: 1975 Laverda SFC for Sale
KTM July 27, 2014 posted by

No Bull: 2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovic edition

The RC8 was KTM's first attempt at a big sportbike and wow, what a first attempt. Right from the start it was designed to compete directly against Ducati’s 1098/1198 Superbikes as well as the Big Four Japanese liter class bikes. When it debuted in 2008, the RC8 received positive but not glowing reviews, mostly due to the way it looked. "...looks like a stealth fighter crashed into a motorcycle factory"..."Certainly wasn't designed by an Italian..."..."Haven't we had enough undertail exhaust bikes already?"...

ktm rc8 arakapovic for sale

Once people started really examining the bike, it became apparent that while the looks of the bike were a bit unusual, in typical Austrian/KTM fashion it was actually form over function. The RC8 was developed with racing in mind, spent long hours in the wind tunnel during development and was almost infinitely adjustable when it came to setup, including the following components.

  • Front brake lever : Ok, thats available on lots of bikes, so no major bonus points there.
  • Clutch lever: Surprisingly still unavailable on many modern motorcycles.
  • Handlebars: The conversion from almost sport-tour-y to racebike is accomplished with four bolts and fewer minutes.
  • Seat: Not just the seat but the entire subframe, altering seat height from 31.7 to 32.5 inches in mere minutes.
  • Foot pegs: Lots of legroom when set in their lowest position yet still difficult to drag. Virtually unlimited ground clearance when in their high position.
  • Shifter: Adjustable for length (3 positions), leverage and GP-shift conversion.
  • Brake pedal: Nub adjustable for length in 3 positions.
  • Rear ride height: An eccentric allows simple adjustment over a 12mm range.
  • Gauges: Separate displays for street or track, most available via a pair of toggles on the left clip-on. The Road setting has displays for trip meters, clock, fuel mileage, miles to empty (best- and worst-case scenarios), trip time and ambient temps. The track setting has displays for lap timers, top speed, max rpm and race duration.

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After introducing the standard RC8 in 2008, in 2009 KTM introduced the racing model,designated as the RC8R. The RC8R had several advantages over the standard RC8, including more power, different steering angles, and lighter wheels. And then to go one step further, in 2010 KTM produced two separate 25 unit limited-edition series with Akrapovic titanium exhaust systems and updated ECU's, designated as the Red Bull and Black Akrapovic editions.

2010 KTM RC8R - Black Akrapovic edition for sale on eBay

Here we have one of the 25 black Akrapovic edition bikes with only 1650 miles. This particular bike is listed as being # 8 of 25 for the black Akrapovic edition and overall the bike looks good, although the standard rear tail unit has been removed (a common update) and replaced with a tail tidy.

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So whats it worth? Well KBB lists retail value for a standard 2010 RC8R at 11k but there are no prices available on KBB for the Akrapovic editions. Also, the Red Bull edition seems to be a bit more popular than the black Akrapovic, probably due to the Red Bull graphics being less of a contrast to the orange frame. But given the low miles and rarity of the edition, I would expect reserve price to be somewhere north of 13k. And since these bikes actually include some technical updates and the titanium Akropovic exhaust system, they will probably increase in value over time so maybe get yours while you can?

DISCLAIMER: I own a 2010 red bull edition RC8R that I picked up last year

-marty/dallaslavowner

No Bull:  2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovic edition
Suzuki February 13, 2014 posted by

Stamina: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 Endurance Racing Team factory bike

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Listed as a factory Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) machine, this GSX-R750 really looks like a winner. There is not a lot of info on the bike in question, I found this great Suzuki SERT photo gallery on the Asphalt & Rubber site. This bike looks very much like the '89 vintage pictured, save for the number. Located in Singapore, this bike has a starting bid of $30k USD.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 SERT for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
1989 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) Race Motorcycle
This is NOT a replica, this is the real thing.
All original except for missing windshield, replaced front tire and fuel Petcock.
Fairings have been re-sprayed and done up with period accurate details.
Runs well and starts very easy with amazing power. This bike was raced in 24 Hr Le Mans and was left in a warehouse for more that 15 years.
Frame number 16R-001, engine number RR57X-100022
Buyer to pay for pick up from Singapore.

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MI

Stamina: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 Endurance Racing Team factory bike
BMW January 1, 2013 posted by

Wanna race? Buy this Pegram BMW S1000RR

Location: Philadelphia, PA  Mileage: 700  Price: Auction

S1000RR

S1000RR

The BMW S1000RR blew up the sportbike scene when it was dropped on the world in 2010. BMW hadn't really built anything like it before, and most of their sportbikes to that point were quirky and well built but not particularly devastating machines. The S1000RR changes all of that. It was the most powerful 1000cc bike available and set a new mark for all other builders to catch up. It also took its place in the racing world and hence you have this: A Pegram race built S1000RR. A stock 1000RR will crush, so this is even better.

The seller's words-

2011 Larry Pegram S1000RR

This bike only has 700 miles on it.

full parts list:

-Full LARRY PEGRAM Armour Bodies Plastics

-Full Ohlins forks (tuned @MDM)

- Fully adjustable Ohlins rear shock (tuned @MDM)

-Ohlins steering damper

-Woodcraft Clip-ons

-Brembo brake master cylinder

-Sato case cover

-Woodcraft Frame sliders

-Full Akropovic Exhaust

-Front and rear Vortex Sproket set

-CHAIN

-Vortex rear sets

-K&N air filter

This bike was purchased from Larry Himself. All work was done at the Pegram Factory in Ohio. 

Note this bike does not have the AMA spec ecu/engine. 

Full abs and traction control. The bike was used for 1 race in DAYTONA. Bid with confidence, this bike has never seen the floor, never dropped, ect. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE BIKE. Race ready. 

This is a full turn key race bike for anybody that is looking to race in 2013.  The only reason this bike is remotely for sale is to help fund my sons race season in 2013. NO RESERVE ! 

Please if you have ANY questions, do not hesitate to email me.

I can deliver the bike if you are near my area. Please contact me for more info in shipping. 

And pics-

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For those who wanna know more about Larry Pegram, go to links here and here. Clearly, Larry has been a successful AMA racer and went to the S1000RR recently after having a career on Ducati.

This bike clearly is ready to race and the seller points out that it doesn't have AMA spec engine and ECU and was raced once. It has a full compliment of killer parts including a fully adjustable Ohlins set up. With all of that goodness you should be able to get on the track and race your brains out. Hopefully you know what you're doing, cause this bike is gonna move.

If racing is in your blood and you have some spare cash, this could be your ticket. To jump into racing, go place your bid!

-RN

Kreidler September 30, 2009 posted by

A Very Rare Opportunity: 1981 Kreidler Factory Short Stroke Race Bike For Sale

Chris emailed to alert me that his very rare Kreidler race bike was for sale. You can see the listing on RaceBikeMart.com for 60,000 GBP (about $96000 as of 9/30/09):

1981 Kreidler Factory Short Stroke Race Bike For Sale

I asked Chris for some more detail and here is his reply:

Yes the old pic is from when the bike was raced as a Rudge in the 80s.

The bike was purchased from Herbert Rittberger (Kreidler team manager/tuner) in 1981. It has the factory short stroke engine which is 36mm. The frame was made by Bakker and the swing arm is alloy. It has a special Dellorto carb and this is angled back to improve the flow into the crank case. This means that the crank is blanked on the disc vale side and the ignition is now on the clutch side of the engine. It has two radiators, one in the nose-cone, and one in front of the engine. It has very few parts in common with the production bike.

After buying the bike in 81 the new owner decided to re paint and re badge the bike as a Rudge as he owned the rights to the name. This was raced with some success in and around Europe, and i have a few magazines and race reports to back this up. The bike is now back in its correct colours and is truly stunning with 22bhp on tap -- it goes like a missile!

A very cool looking bike and a nice bit of history. Good luck with the sale Chris,

dc