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Bimota November 16, 2017 posted by

Still Fuel Injected: 1998 Bimota V-Due

There were a lot of things that led to the Bimota V-Due's inauspicious fall from grace, mostly related to costs and hype that would ultimately spell disappointment when the bike finally broke cover. But by far the bike's worst flaw was its positively heinous fuel injection system, which was designed to keep the bike in compliance with emissions regulations while keeping a two-stroke's characteristic light weight and simplicity.

1998 Bimota V-Due for sale on eBay

The fuel delivery system was so poor that many of the bikes were retrofitted with carburetors at Bimota's expense, which not only sank the company, it rendered the bikes offroad-only toys for the well-heeled, and not the stylish, fancy street racers the factory had envisioned. Added to the injection problems were oiling issues that seized pistons, electrical gremlins and poor crankcase sealing as the result of badly-cast engine cases.

The 1998 Bimota V-Due shown here is one of the few that runs well, with both its fuel injection and street legality intact. The seller says this bike was one of a handful that were purchased out of the company's unsold stock by Piero Caronni, who set about fixing the promising-but-terrible machines. It has 417 kilometers on the clock from new, though the 500cc v-twin has zero miles on a rebuild that apparently fixed its original gremlins.

From the eBay listing:

Please see video (link below) and if you need more pics or information just let me know.

For most reading this you know all about the Bimota V-Due for those that don’t a quick google will tell you all you need to know. There were less than 500 Bimota V-Due’s built.

I’ve had this V-Due for 18 months and bought it from a UK V-Due collector with the intention of preparing it for trackday use. The reality is that its far too good to be used on track hence the reason for selling it.

What makes this bike rare, and the one to have, is that not only does it run, and run well but its one of what is believed to be less that 100 injection V-Due’s left in the world. On another point most of the V-Due’s seem to end up in private collections and never used and I’m hoping that this bike will find an owner wanting to take it on and develop it further. Obviously it’s not my concern once it’s sold.

When I bought the bike I knew it had electrical problems preventing the bike running for more than a few seconds. I’ve spent the past year diagnosing the problems and a combination of improving earth connections and other wiring, changing HT leads and fuel line connectors have solved the problem and the bike runs well and now just needs run in. The engine has Zero miles…..

This V-due would have a been an unsold stock bike when the Bimota business failed in 2001. Piero Caronni the then technical director for the V-Due at Bimota bought all the V Due stock when the Bimota factory closed. It was then first “sold” by him to Mr Sascha in 2005 in Germany. The German owner then sold it to the previous UK owner before me in 2016. In 2014 the previous owner sent the engine back to Piero to have it rebuilt. All the mechanical issues relating to the original engine was sorted and left perfect, Piero’s words, not mine. The previous owner then purchased new twin ECU’s, again a problem area in the original bike, bought new coils, and rather than refurbishing the original fuel injectors bought new improved ones from Piero.

The bike has a total of 417kms from new, with zero miles on the engine and it is in original condition and specification other than the rear indicators having been changed to something less obtrusive. Original indicators are still available new from Classic Bimota Parts in Italy. Also included in the sale are the original coils, HT leads, and twin ECU’s. I’ve also got the original owners handbook - with wiring diagram intact. The German transport documentation (from Mr Sascha) to allow a new V5 to be applied for in the UK. Also comes with a rare Bimota V-Due brochure and magazine pull out. Bike also has both keys.

The next owner may want to consider what to do next? Thankfully there is a keen and growing following of developers and riders and just recently released from promap-europe.com is a new improved “piggy back” ECU along with revised injectors that further improves ride-ability. Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BIMOTA500/?ref=br_rs this is the way to go if you want to ride this bike regularly.

There is a small pin head chip to at the front of the tank that could be dabbed in, personally i’d leave it. The right hand side of the fairing mid section has had a repair to a stress crack (known issue) that could be improved on at some stage. Other than that and a very few light scratches associated with being 20 years old the overall condition can only be described as “as new” certainly the bike with a little detailing could be presented as concours.

In summary this is a serious collectors bike that can be used and enjoyed, one of the last remaining fuel injected bikes, an appreciating asset. Only a change in my needs for a trackway bike mean this bike is for sale.

The bike is located in Lisburn just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland, just 10-20mins from all airports or ferry terminals. I can arrange transport to anywhere in the UK at cost if required. Viewing recommended.

While I have make an offer really the price is what I'm prepared to sell for, if you want to offer me your RC30 and a bucket of cash, well yes then i'd have to rethink. If you have something special then let me know.

Armed with new ECUs, wiring and fuel injectors, the bike should (emphasis on should) be ready to enjoy. For those in the EU or Britain, registration should be a relative breeze. The story will be different on this side of the pond, though that will change once the bike meets the 25-year mark.

To further make his point, the seller has included a video of the bike starting, idling and revving:

Even as a track or display-only machine, the Bimota V-Due is odd and interesting enough to warrant serious collector consideration.

 

Still Fuel Injected: 1998 Bimota V-Due
Kawasaki November 9, 2017 posted by

Shades of Lawson: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

The early '80s were a great time to be an enormous Japanese superbike, as Wes Cooley, Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer and Eddie Lawson were busy catapulting your fortunes into the stratosphere. The Kawasaki KZ series in particular was enjoying the fruits of Lawson's labor, as the flat tracker from Upland, California won the AMA Superbike Championship back-to-back in '81 and '82 aboard a lime green and electric blue KZ1000.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica for sale on eBay

The 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica sought to imitate Eddie's championship steeds for the street, complete with 4-to-1 Kerker headers, reservoir shocks, a GPz1100 head and the striking paint scheme that would become synonymous with the brand.

Kawi made fewer than 1,000 ELRs, which makes the real-deal bikes a very special find today. The example here appears to be flawless, with just 6,200 miles on the clock. It appears to have originated in Canada, but now lives in the collection of a bike mechanic out of Miami, Florida.

The seller says it has raft of new parts, freshly-cleaned carbs and is one of four in his collection.

From the eBay listing:

1983 KAWASAKI KZ1000R EDDIE LAWSON REPLICA IN AMAZING CONDITION HAS BEEN IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS FOR MANY YEARS I WENT THRU THE BIKE THIS YEAR, CARBURETORS CLEANED, NEW METZLER TIRES, BRAKES OVERHAULED, NEW FUEL PETCOCK, NEW SS BRAKE LINES, ALONG WITH OVER $8000 INVESTED BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER (10 YR MAINT HISTORY, LOTS OF NOS PARTS)

THIS IS A NO RESERVE AUCTION TO OWN AN AMAZING ORIGINAL 1983 KAWASAKI KZ1000R EDDIE LAWSON REPLICA WITH 6200 MILES (10900 KM THE BIKE LIVED IN CANADA ). THERE WERE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF SPECIAL EDITION ELR'S, AND ONLY A SMALL AMOUNT OF NORTH AMERICAN DEALERS RECEIVED THEM IN 1983.

THE BIKE HAS BEEN IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS FOR MANY YEARS AND IS ONE OF 4 ELR'S THAT ARE IN MY COLLECTION. SINCE I DON'T NEED 4 ELR'S I AM MAKING ONE AVAILABLE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.

SHOW IT OFF IN YOUR COLLECTION, MAN-CAVE, OR LIKE ME IN YOUR OFFICE NEXT TO A WES COOLEY REPLICA.

I HAVE BEEN A BIKE MECHANIC SINCE 1980 COLLECTING, RACING, AND RESTORING THEM FOR OVER 35 YEARS. THIS BIKE HAS RECENTLY BEEN SERVICED: CARBS, BRAKES, BRAKE MASTER CYLS, NEW ORING CHAIN, NEW METZLER TIRES, FUEL PETCOCK, PLUGS, OIL&FILTER, NEW BATTERY, AND OVER $8000 INVESTED BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER. LOTS OF HARD TO FIND AND NOS PARTS.

DONT MISS OUT ON YOUR CHANCE TO OWN A PART OF MOTORCYCLE HISTORY. PLEASE CALL ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS 954.816.0806 FLORIDA TITTLE IN MY NAME. I AM HAPPY TO WORK WITH YOUR SHIPPER AND CAN STORE THE BIKE IN MY SECURE CLIMATE CONTROLLED LOCATION FOR UP TO 30 DAYS. $1000 DEPOSIT BALANCE BY CASH OR WIRE TRANSFER WITHIN 3 DAYS.

As one of the first true race tribute bikes, and one of the earliest world-beating Japanese race bikes, ELRs should enjoy sustained value, and this example needs nothing to enter a collection or limited use.

Shades of Lawson: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR
Ducati November 8, 2017 posted by

Barely Ridden Race Replica: 2002 Ducati 998S Troy Bayliss Edition

By 2002, the evolution Ducati began with the 916 was nearing the end of its rope, as age and the need to advance took their toll on the range. That didn't stop Duc from taking one more stab at making the bikes faster and more competitive, though, and the year saw the release of the 998, which had the then-new Testastretta motor punched out to 998cc, and spitting out 123 horsepower, 11 more than the previous 996.

2002 Ducati 998S Troy Bayliss edition for sale on eBay

The work paid off, and the bike carried Aussie Troy Bayliss to the 2001 World Superbike Championship. This 2002 Ducati 998S is number 354 of the run of 400 special edition 998s that commemorated Bayliss' success. It recently was treated to a thorough going over at a dealership in Richmond, Va., likely to brush off the cobwebs accumulated from sitting.

The bike should now be perfect mechanically and cosmetically, having only covered 403 miles in its 15 years.

From the eBay listing:

We are pleased to offer arguably the finest low mileage (403miles) Bayliss Edition outside of a museum. The attached photos will tell the whole story. Since receiving the bike, we have thoroughly serviced and cleaned, Dyno tested and made ready for sale this impeccable example of the timeless Limited Edition Superbike; including the original plaque and cover . The bike is for sale at our store locally. All sales are FOB at our Richmond, Virginia location. We will assist in shipping. Shipping cost are at Buyers expense. Due to the local offering we reserve the right to end the auction at anytime.

Limited Edition - Number 354 of 400

All Sales are final!!!

Thank you!!!

It is being sold by the dealership that did the work, and they are asking a premium, given the bike's rarity and the fact that it has not been ridden in anger. Values on these have been working their way up, but $25k is still a big ask for a 15-year-old superbike.

Barely Ridden Race Replica: 2002 Ducati 998S Troy Bayliss Edition
Yamaha November 8, 2017 posted by

Tax Evader: 1987 Yamaha FZ700

The late '80s dawned with a series of ominous signs: The economy turned south, Full House debuted, I was born and the tariff on Japanese bikes over 750 cc shipped to the U.S. was in its full, dreadful swing. That meant that some of the decade's meanest street/track machines were prohibitively expensive to buyers on these shores, and Japanese factories needed to get a little creative.

The 1987 Yamaha FZ700 you see here is a direct result of the U.S. market's bow to Harley Davidson, a de-stroked, slightly neutered version of Yamaha's mighty FZ750. The 700 makes fewer ponies, but will feel torquier and is a little better suited to exclusive street use. It also wears skinnier forks and one-size-fits-all 267 mm discs at both ends.

This bike has covered more than 26,000 miles, though that should not be a concern if it has been looked after. It shows signs of a low-speed laydown, though it looks like the damage, while certainly ugly, is mostly cosmetic.

From the eBay listing:

This vintage rocket is a tremendous value. Other than minor easily repairable cracked fairing damage and side pipe scuffs this sport bike is beautiful, mechanically sound and ride ready. Recent service included a tune-up, brake line flush and coolant flush.

After riding and collecting motorcycles for many years I would like to give one piece of advice then I'll shut up. Whether it is my bike or anybody else's, do your self a favor, spend the money it takes to buy the best, most mechanically sound bike that has been well cared for and gone through, because it will be FAR less expensive in the end. Don't make the rookie mistake I have made in the past on "barn-finds" that A. needs a mechanic that knows what the hell they are doing at B. $100 bucks an hour to C. fix and replaces parts, tune etc. because it will C. cost thousands and hundreds in transportation D. for a bike that you will not ride in 8+ months.

Any honest offer is not an insult so if you like it message me.

Despite not having the fire-breathing reputation and pedigree of the racier stabelmate, the FZ700 is nonetheless a cool bike, and with its one-year-only status and interesting historic context, it remains collectible and desirable.

Tax Evader: 1987 Yamaha FZ700
BMW November 7, 2017 posted by

Carbon to the Core: 2018 BMW HP4 Race

With the exception of the swingarm, engine, chain and paint, basically everything about the 2018 BMW HP4 Race is made of carbon fiber. Bodywork? Check. Wheels? Yep. Frame? You bet.

2018 BMW HP4 Race for sale on eBay

That's right, the frame is made of the black stuff, molded using a special technique to increase rigidity and strength. The wheels, too, employ a special weaving method, lending strength to their lithe waist band. The result is a bike that tiptoes across the ground at 377 pounds with a full tank.

Just 750 of these bikes will be sold worldwide, with 215 horses and a full complement of World Superbike-worth suspension and electronics. This bike is number 240, and sits at BMW of Manhattan, where it will be on display until the 17th of November, after which it can be taken home.

From the (short) eBay listing:

Number 240 of 750 units worldwide.
For track use only.

Additional taxes and fees may apply. Contact dealership for additional information and details.

*Vehicle in stock and on showroom floor for display until Friday November 17th.*
*Vehicle cannot be delivered/picked-up before Saturday November 18th.*

It isn't likely that a bike this collectable will ever get ridden in true anger, but BMW said when it was launched that the oh-so-delicate carbon parts were designed such that the least expensive and important parts would fail first if you prang it, saving the frame and wheels. Don't ask us what that means.

Still, if you have $78k lying around, you could do much worse for your coin.

Carbon to the Core: 2018 BMW HP4 Race
Bimota October 27, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Beyond Sorted 2000-mile 2000 Bimota SB8R!

The Bimota SB8R is a special machine on a regular day,  but this featured listing takes the rarity and prestige up a couple notches, as it is bedecked with a list of mega-expensive, unobtanium parts that would make a World Superbike team blush.

The most obvious is the unpainted, full-carbon bodywork, which encapsulates Bimota's hand-built frame and the powerplant from a Suzuki TL-1000R. The tank is also a full-carbon fiber piece from an SB8K. We'll just let the seller list the rest of the $45,000 upgrade package in just a minute. Its length and breadth are truly astounding.

On top of the choice list of farkles, the bike has covered just 2,000 miles in the last 17 years, and has been with its original owner the whole time. It was purchased new at Bob Smith/MotoPoint in Pennsylvania. The only possible knock on this machine is that the current owner sold off all its factory pieces to fund the modifications. Be that as it may, you can find a factory original SB8R if you look, and you likely will never see another like this one.

From the seller:

2000 Bimota SB8R. Purchased new from Bob Smith/MotoPoint, the original USA importer in Pennsylvania. 2000 Original miles. Never down, never scratched. Over $45K into the bike. Beyond customized with thousands spent and many years of modifications. Replaced all original factory plastic panels with true carbon fiber including tank from an SB8K. All other replaced factory parts were sold to fund the modifications. All graphics including stripes and logos are decals and can be removed for different look. Pampered from day one. Always garaged and covered. No stories, just an honest, impeccably maintained bike. As with all Bimota’s, very fast, very agile. Sold with clear title in my name. Located in Colorado. $21,000.00 OBO

List of modifications:

DYMAG CARBON/MAGNESIUM 5 SPOKE WHEELS 17X3.5 FRONT 17X6 REAR

MOTO CORSE TITANIUM SLIP-ON EXHAUST

MOTO CORSE CARBON CLIPON BARS

DYNOJET POWER COMMANDER V

RIZOMA MASTER RESERVOIR

RIZOMA SLAVE RESERVOIR

RIZOMA CLUTCH RESERVOIR

RIZOMA GRIPS

RIZOMA BAR ENDS

RIZOMA FENDER ELIMINATOR KIT

RIZOMA TURN SIGNALS

ALTH ROTORS

MICHELIN PILOT POWER TIRES

MAGICAL RACING (JAPAN) CARBON MIRRORS

RACEBOLTS ANODIZED ALUMINUM FASTENERS

MARCHESINI ANODIZED RACE FUEL CAP

MOTO CORSE FUEL TRIMMER

STAINLESS STEEL BRAKE LINE KIT

CUSTOM WINDOW CLUTCH COVER

CUSTOM ANODIZED PRESSURE PLATE

PITBULL FRONT AND REAR STANDS

FACTORY BIMOTA COVER

FACTORY EURO SPEC SB8R HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLY

FACTORY SB8RS GOLD BILLET/CARBON FOOTPEG ASSEMBLIES

FACTORY SB8RS GOLD REAR SPROCKET

BREMBO RACE GOLD BRAKE AND CLUTCH LEVERS

FACTORY SB8K CARBON FUEL TANK

FACTORY UNPAINTED CARBON TAIL SECTION

GUSTAFSSON WINDSCREEN

CUSTOM CARBON SIDE PANELS

CUSTOM CARBON BELLY PANELS

GOLD ANODIZED FRAME CAPS

GOLD ANODIZED TAIL SECTION MOUNTING BOLTS

GOLD ANODIZED FRONT SPROCKET RETAINING BRACKET

MOTO CORSE CUSTOM SUEDE SEAT ASSEMBLY

MOTO CORSE CARBON SHIFT ROD

STM ANODIZED PRELOAD ADJUSTERS

Needless to say, copying this bike for the $21,000 asking price would be impossible, even if you could find the right pieces and parts. The bike is located in Colorado, and seller John Fankhauser can be reached at 720-427-9561.

Featured Listing: Beyond Sorted 2000-mile 2000 Bimota SB8R!