Posts by tag: SuperBike

Ducati January 16, 2018 posted by

Palm Trees not Included – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore

With a great portion of the country below freezing ( so cold here yesterday I couldn't tell if my heated gear was even working ) the palm trees in this eBay offering got my attention - and the S4RS in the foreground isn't too shabby either.  The 1098-based flagship is a bona fide naked superbike.

2008 Ducati S4RS Tricolore for sale on eBay

Ducati's Monsters became the brand's best-seller shortly after their 1993 introduction.  Most often seen with an air-cooled desmodue, the model was treated to a parade of water-cooled desmoquattros in the 2000's.  The S4RS is the ultimate for testastretta fans, the 130hp L-twin completely visible.  In Tricolore trim, Öhlins are found at both ends, carrying gold-painted Marchesini Y-spoke alloys.  Carbon fiber is used for the cam belt covers and radiator guards, and in this case the Termignoni mufflers.

 

This San Diego owner has been sparing with the mods and the miles, beside the Termi's, just LED blinkers, shorty levers and the way-too-angular Rizoma mirrors.  Not sure if the Speedymoto water pump housing implies a past failure, but though it's a stressed part on the 1098, the Monsters had better cooling without the fairing.  From the eBay auction:

I'm the 2nd owner whom purchased from original owner. Bike has 4,350 original miles. All original paper work in hand. I wanted this bike for years and purchased as the last bike I'd ever own. This bike is immaculate with no issues. Minted #77/400 ever made with only 240 release into the US. 
 
 
 998 Testastretta water cooled engine, Ohlins suspension, Termignoni full exhaust, Brembo brakes, Rizoma mirrors, LED light, front and rear, Marchesini wheels. Bike rides and shifts perfectly. 380 lbs. dry with 131hp makes this and experienced riders dream.   Bike is covered, garage stored, near seen rain, and adult owned.
 
The S4RS was way over-equipped for it's all-purpose mission, unless you consider its real role to generate showroom excitement.  The bikini fairing got good marks but not for a longer trip at speeds the bike found easy.  The last flagship before the 2010 re-styling, the S4RS looks almost quaint today, voluptuous and rounded, understandable with everything out in the warm breeze.
-donn
Palm Trees not Included – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore
Bimota December 29, 2017 posted by

Race History: Ex-Anthony Gobert Bimota SB8K for Sale

Both a flamboyant racer and a cautionary tale, Anthony Gobert was a hugely talented rider who fell from grace after a failed drug test. Several times, actually. Racing today is obviously a far cry from the wild days of the 60s and 70s, where playboy racers partied with stewardesses well into the night before getting up the following morning to risk life and limb while nursing a hangover. Today's riders generally treat racing as the serious profession it has become, instead of as a way for daredevils to travel and booze it up on someone else's dime. I'm sure Gobert's missteps would have been laughed off in another era, but a failed test for marijuana, of all things, ended his MotoGP dreams in 1997, although he continued to race in Superbikes events in a variety of classes. Somewhere along Gobert's slow downward spiral, he got a ride on this Bimota SB8K and managed to make an underfunded machine from a tiny manufacturer briefly competitive, a testament to his talent.

Bimota's SB8 was really the TL1000R that Suzuki wasn't able to build, and one of their most successful models. There's no doubting the liquid-cooled, 996 v-twin engine's prowess: it's been used in various iterations by Suzuki since 1997 to power both sports and touring models. More importantly, both Cagiva and Bimota saw the potential for the engine to power some serious sporting hardware, and just needed to work around the layout challenges posed by the v-twin. As can be seen by the Ducati Panigale's side-mounted rear shock, a transverse 90° v-twin is very long, making it difficult to package efficiently in a compact sportbike while simultaneously maximizing swingarm length. Suzuki used an innovative rotary damper with roots in Formula 1 to support the rear of their TL1000S and TL1000R. Unfortunately, while the concept was sound in theory, it didn't work so well in practice, as the undersized unit tended to overheat and cause handling to go from "stable" to "exciting" without much warning.

Bimota took that throbbing, 138hp lump of an engine and put it into a machine that could much more fully exploit its obvious possibility. As with all Bimotas, the SB8's real party trick was a state-of-the-art frame. While I'm a sucker for Ducati's classic trellis unit, the SB8 used a wild composite design based around stiff, lightweight aluminum spars with carbon fiber side plates and a self-supporting carbon fiber tail section. You can see Bimota's solution to that rear suspension issue, peeking out on the right side of the bike from behind the main frame spar. Ultimately, the SB8 weighed in at nearly 50lbs less than the TL-R, although the bike is uncharacteristically broad and bulky for a v-twin, ironic considering the amazingly slim design of the Ducati 996. It's exotic for sure, but not especially pretty, and the carbon air tubes on the original SB8R also meant you'd better know where those hand controls are without looking, or you'd be craning your neck awkwardly trying to find the high-beam switch or cancel the turn signals. Best not to use them.

Of course, the locations of headlight and turn signal switches matter little in this particular case, since this is the updated SB8K version that did away with the massive carbon tubes in favor of a more conventional intake system. And this bike doesn't have signals or lights anyway, since it's the very World Superbike machine that Gobert used to win at Philip Island in 2000, reminding everyone of his talent, if not his self-control. Many who worked with him feel he could have been one of the all-time greats, and flashes of his brilliance can be seen in results he achieved on the SB8K.

From the original eBay listing: Ex-Anthony Gobert Bimota SB8K for Sale

ex-Anthony Gobert, winning in Philip Island April 2000.

VIN: 00071

This is a legendary bike in a WSBK history for who remembers the victory in april 2000 in Philip Island when Fogarty ended his career... also it is an ICON for the Italian racing motorcyles enthusiasts and the Bimota collectors. 

Only 2 FACTORY bikes were built for the 2000 WSBK, frame #71 and frame #73. This is the only of the 2 fully preserved, complete (with telemetry) and owned by BIMOTA FACTORY from year 2000 to 2017. Full history know, fully untouched since the 2000 season ended.

The bike is fitted with SUZUKI FACTORY TL1000R magnesium/dry clutch engine but tuned then for Bimota by one of the TOP mechanics in the Italian motorcycling history, Franco Farne'... yes the Ducati legend! The bike comes with some spares: engine cases, 2 heads, spare rear wheel, box with bits and pieces.

Letter of verification by the FACTORY present.

Parade, race and collect!

Be sure to check out the photos in the gallery above. The shot of the injectors and one of the high-capacity radiator with the cutout for the front cylinder are especially cool. This is yet another ex-race machine being offered by the same seller as the YB4 racebike from a couple weeks back and, a bit of expected racing wear and tear and some significant discoloration on the swingarm, appears to be in very nice condition. There are several days left on the auction, and bidding is up to just under $9,000 with the Reserve Not Met.

-tad

Race History: Ex-Anthony Gobert Bimota SB8K for Sale
Kawasaki December 16, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R for Sale

There are no points for second place. Unbeknownst to Kawasaki and Honda, both manufacturers were developing the Next Big Thing in the 1970s, an affordable, reliable, inline four-cylinder motorcycle displacing 750cc's. Unfortunately, Honda's CB750 was first to market by several months, leaving Kawasaki with the unenviable choice: be the also-ran, or delay their machine to come up with something special. The Z1 that followed may not have been first, but the 903cc engine meant its performance blew the CB750 into the weeds, and the Kawasaki Z1R seen here was an evolution of that muscular 70s machine.

Of course, by the time the Z1R was introduced, the overall package was pretty long-in-the-tooth, with a dual-shock rear suspension and spindly front forks. Most of the updates were cosmetic, with more modern, angular styling and cast wheels. Frame reinforcements and triple disc brakes improved handling and stopping, and a displacement bump to 1015cc took care of the straight-line performance enhancements. The 550lb wet weight and long wheelbase mean that it won't exactly carve corners, but that same long wheelbase should make it easy to blast away from stoplights in a howling cloud of tire and exhaust smoke.

While the Z1R may not have been cutting-edge when it was new, time has been kind to it and the crisp styling and classy silver-blue color look very sharp today. Like all 70s muscle bikes, the Z1R has definitely been increasing in value, perhaps as a result of its association with its even wilder sibling, the turbocharged Z1R TC. The seller refers to this as a "nut and bolt, frame-off restoration" and it certainly looks the part.

From the original eBay listing: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R for Sale

Coming out of my private collection (only because I just restored another 1978 Z1R) is my matching numbers 1978 Kawasaki Z1R with 9,300 original miles in pristine restored condition. This was a full nut and bolt, frame-off restoration with no expense spared, with over $20,000 in parts, labor, and paint refinishing.

The engine was completely disassembled and bead-blasted, then rebuilt to factory specifications with new: pistons, rings, camshafts, cam chain and adjuster, transmission undercut, multi-angle valve job, bearings, seals, carburetors were rebuilt and synchronized, all the hardware new old stock "NOS" or re-plated/zinced/re-chromed.

The frame was bead-blasted, treated, and powder-coated in a matching "OEM" black finish. The forks and brake calipers/master cylinders were completely rebuilt. The wheels were bead-blasted and powder-coated back to "OEM" standards with new tires, "NOS" cables, and wiring harness.

The bodywork was meticulously refinished using the "OEM" paint code and looks like it did when it sat on the Kawasaki showroom floor. The tank and side cover emblems are new old stock "NOS." The original Kawasaki 4-into-1 Z1R exhaust has been replaced with a very similar late 70s triple-chromed 4-into-1 exhaust that looks stock but sounds better. 

Every single part, nut, and bolt has either been replaced with new, rebuilt, or refinished to the highest "OCD" restoration standard. She looks, starts, and runs just like she did in 1978. Please don't hesitate to call or text me with any questions or concerns: 954-816-0806 Bob.

This immaculate, show-winning Z1R is worthy of any motorcycle museum, and will be your pride and joy, sitting in your private collection.

Don't miss out. Tell your wife these bikes are appreciating 15% or more each year and you can get it in time for Christmas.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Honestly, I haven't crunched the numbers, but I'd bet he's right about that rate of appreciation: the values of 1970s superbikes have been steadily climbing for years now, and with plenty of folks who owned these when they were new looking to relive a lost youth, I don't see that changing anytime soon. Plus, if you do need to sell the significant other on your intended purchase, keep in mind that long, flat 1970s seat should make it a viable date-night ride, compared to a more modern sportbike!

-tad

Featured Listing: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R for Sale
Yamaha November 23, 2017 posted by

Ready to Rip: 1989 Yamaha FZR750RR OW01

Yet another spotless machine from Gary's Utah collection, this 1989 Yamaha FZR750RR OW01 is the second of its kind from the collection that we have written about this year. Like the one before it, it is spotless, though it has a few more miles and is ready to ride, shod with a brand-new set of Michelin Pilots.

1989 Yamaha FZR750RR OW01 for sale on eBay

The bike is a Japanese-market example, and still shows the original home language stickers on its windshield. This example has been de-restricted, meaning it packs its full complement of 120-odd horses. The polished frame, red-white-blue bodywork and EXUP branded exhaust all show flawlessly, and the bike has traveled just north of 3,000 miles in its 28 years.

The fairings are the original pieces, though they have been resprayed in the stock colors along with the bike's wheels. The seller says it runs beautifully and contains all new fluids.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a 1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 with only 5047 kilometers (3136 miles). Bike is in mint condition with no issues. Wheels and fairings have been professionally resprayed with factory correct color codes. Bike is completely stock condition but has been de-restricted for full power. Fairings and components are 100% genuine factory Yamaha. New Michelin pilots have been installed front and rear. Not a scratch on the exhaust muffler or fuel tank. Bike looks showroom new condition. Bike runs fantastic. New battery and fluids throughout. This bike will not disappoint.

Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. 801-358-6537 for more pictures or questions. $200 deposit thru PayPal immeadiatly after sale. Balance due by check, bank wire or cash in person within 5 business days.

The bike is not the time capsule that Gary's last OW01 was, but it is in slightly better condition, and is priced at $26,500, about $3,000 over the last bike, commensurate with its shape.

Ready to Rip: 1989 Yamaha FZR750RR OW01
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
Kawasaki October 27, 2017 posted by

Icon: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R

In the American idiom, there is no substitution for cubic inches. Kawasaki understood the unmistakable allure of power and created what many regard as the iconic hot rod of the 1970s. And as hard as it may be to see, today's mega-hyper-super bikes can trace their lineage back to the Z1R. The recipe remains the same, even as ingredients evolve over time: start with (at least) two big scoops of power, spice it up with a stout chassis, mix in good suspension and brakes, and drizzle with a healthy dose of sporty touches such as rear-set pegs, short bars and aero bodywork bits. Today the power, chassis, suspension, brakes and aero are far superior to those of 40 years ago - but there is little that is truly new.

1978 Kawasaki Z1R for sale on eBay

The 1977-1978 model Z1R was the last of the era before new hardware released in the 1980s. As such, these are the most evolved of the line, and represent the best of this fantastic model. The engine remained the stalwart inline four, air-cooled of course, and breathed through carbs and 2-valve heads. The stock exhaust was a 4-into-1 design, which bordered on hooliganism. Electric push-button starting was the new order of the day, but early Z1s included a vestige of the past in the form of a removable kick start pedal located under the seat (yes, we really have come that far). On the chassis side, the Z1R included additional bracing around the steering head, and introduced triple disks that were drilled for performance and lighter weight. The finishing touch was the bikini fairing, hinting at a key design element for the next decade.

From the seller:
Here is a 1978 Z1R time capsule, I purchased from the original owner at 68yrs old. He purchased new when he was a young man. He rode the bike the bike less than a year. then parked it in his new house that he built. Drained the gas from it at sat until 2015 this was his pride and joy , I purchased the bike from him in 2015 , and brought it back to life. I recently put a new tire on the ,rear new oring chain and rebuilt carbs and syn them. also added kereker header for the 70s look. also have original header perfect shape, original BILL OF SALES! kind of yard to read writing but it there. Dont miss out on this 1 of a kind time capsule.

Long considered one of the first factory cafe racers, the Z1R was a 90 HP rocket that could turn and stop (nearly) as well as it could go fast. This was a sport bike that pushed the boundaries of power and performance; real men rode a Z1R. Today these are 40 year old geezers - there is simply no comparison to anything of the modern vintage. But there is an unmistakable draw, be it the striking stance, the visceral power of the huge four banger, or simply nostalgia. Clean Z1s are climbing in value, although as these were mass produced with no limits they do not benefit from the "Limited Edition" syndrome. However time takes care of that for us, making a great bike stand out today.

This 1978 Kawasaki Z1R looks fantastic; it has some modification (such as the period-correct Kerker pipe), but the auction includes the pricey stock exhaust. If you are a rider of a certain age, this one has to be tugging at your inner child. Even if you were not around or aware of motorcycles during this period of time, this Z1R should stand out. This was the original superbike, and holds its head proudly today. The internet seems to agree, as bidding has been strong on this bike. The auction is up to $11,600 at time of this writing, with reserve still in place. You don't get many opportunities to bid on a bike of this caliber - I recommend you check it out before it is gone. This is more than history; this is a collector model in collector condition. Good Luck!!

MI

Icon: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R