Posts by tag: Two Stroke

Cagiva December 11, 2014 posted by

Small and Mighty: 1998 Cagiva Mito

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If you were hoping to park a 916 in your garage but don't have the stature - either physically or financially - this Cagiva Mito might just be for you. Highlighted in the past as a mini-916, the Mito is a 125cc single cylinder two stroke sport bike that resembles a much larger machine. That resemblance is far from accidental, as the famed Massimo Tamburini had a hand in restyling the bike after its initial introduction. Mk I machines were shipped from 1989 - 1993, while Tamburini's Evo I & II models started shipping in 1994. The three spoke wheels and 7 speed gearbox identify this as an Evolution I model.

1998 Cagiva Mito for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
This machine is virtually new as it only was ridden 399 km since its conversion from a stock 70mph (110 km) bike to one that will show 112 mph(180km) on the speedo.Its collectibility is enhanced by its 7 speed gearbox and of course the styling, which was done in the spirit of the Ducati 916.Being a 2 stroke machine,many states allow small displacement bikes plates for highway use or find a track site to enjoy this super handling lightweight. The mods we performed were not optimized for competition, but were done to keep the reliability and add to the enjoyment of the bike.Recently upgraded, cleaned fuel system,and new battery was fitted.

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If you live in a state with emissions laws, this might be a challenge to register and would best be a track-day only bike. If you are concerned with the Mito's tracking creds, you will note that Valentino Rossi's first championship race bike was a Cagiva Mito. He certainly has no issues with credibility; just look what the Mito did for him! If you *are* able to register this little gem in your state, please don't rub it in; we're jealous enough. Really.

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This bike is located in Syracuse, New York. Action has been moderate, with the latest bid sitting below $3k and a reserve in place. It's impossible to tell what the seller has the reserve set for, but it is unlikely to be met at the current rate with the time remaining. Check it out here and share your thoughts. What's a fair price on a unique Italian smoker here in the States?

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MI

Small and Mighty: 1998 Cagiva Mito
Honda November 30, 2014 posted by

Start Small: 1994 Honda RS125 Race Bike for Sale

1994 Honda RS125 L Side

While it's a hard pill to swallow for newly-minted track-day heroes with visions of tire-spinning corner exits, the best way to learn to be fast is by building good habits in an environment where every single pony counts. Hitting the track on a GSX-R1000 will allow a newer rider to lap at some mind-bending speeds, but you can be pretty lazy on a bike that powerful and still feel like you’re going fast. Then a rider who really knows what they're doing sails past you on a 600...

So it may be a blow to the ego, but riders who want to learn how to go fast should start small. How small? How about Honda RS125 small?

1994 Honda RS125 R Side

Racing a 125 is about managing momentum and making the most of what very little horsepower is available. Shepherding that power is an endless game of charts and graphs, gearing and air density to maximize power in the garage, and a constant battle with the wind on track, minimizing air-resistance to maximize efficiency and speed.

Then there’s the pack of other riders to contend with, all battling for the same space on track, drafting you for that extra bit of speed.

Although a rider’s physical size does make a difference, don’t think that if you’re not built with jockey-like proportions, you can’t ride a 125. Bigger guys do need to be very careful with weight placement: with bikes weighing in at 160lbs dry, many bigger racers will outweigh the machines they’re riding. But this has a nice side benefit, as 125’s tend to do less damage to themselves when they crash, skimming along the ground instead of digging in and tumbling, shedding bits as they go...

1994 Honda RS125 Dash

The RS125 was introduced in 1988 and went through several iterations during its life. It was a pure racing motorcycle available to professionals, amateurs, and privateers, an over-the-counter race bike. 125's are generally considered a "gateway drug," a stepping-stone to bigger bikes: learn to be fast on these, then move up to 250's and so on. Many World Champion Moto GP riders got their start on one of these little two-strokes, including Loris Capirossi and Dani Pedrosa, who each won the 125 World Championship on a 125 Honda.

Compared to the Yamaha TZ125, the Honda is generally thought of as being more user-friendly, better set up right out of the box. But while Honda’s 125 may be great for entry-level racers, don’t mistake “user-friendly” for “low-maintenance”: these are two-stroke GP bikes, pure racers, and pistons get replaced every 300 miles. Other parts last longer, but these bikes require more care and feeding than a modern four-stroke.

1994 Honda RS125 Carb Detail

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Honda RS125 for Sale

Very nice, clean and original Honda RS125 factory race bike. I bought this in the late 90's in Japan from the original owner/rider.  It was run at the famous Suzuka circuit track(see tech inspection stickers in photos)  just a few times before being garaged and has not been raced since.  I have fired it up a few times over the years and drove it around my industrial complex to keep it in running order but mostly it has sat on a shelf in my office as a display/conversation piece.  It is very rare to find one of these in clean unmolested condition.  Most race bikes for sale have been abused, crashed or pieced together with a patchwork of different parts and not suitable for a collection or track day event.  The Honda RS125's dominated the competition during this period winning 5 World Championship Titles from 1990-1996.  This bike has very minor scratches, a few track rock chips on the lower fairing and a 3" crack on the right side of the windscreen (see pictures),but shows incredibly well for a race bike of this age.  Unless you find one of these new in the crate, this may be your best opportunity to pick one of these up in this condition.   Race bikes don't have titles in California but will be sold with a bill of sale.

Buyer to pickup in Torrance, CA or I may be able to deliver to a local freight company (I will not crate or box due to fragility of fairing)

1994 Honda RS125 Cockpit

From the description, this is currently more of a display piece and is in very nice physical condition for a bike that was meant to be used hard, and it shouldn't take much work to get it back into fighting shape. Bidding on this is active but is currently only up to $2,500 and the reserve has not been met, but you'd better move quickly if you're interested: there are just a few hours left on this auction!

If you're an acolyte at the Temple of Lean, handy with a wrench, and want to experience the thrill of a genuine race bike that won't kill you if you look at it funny, this would be a great place to start.

-tad

1994 Honda RS125 L Side Front No Fairing

 

 

Start Small: 1994 Honda RS125 Race Bike for Sale
Suzuki November 24, 2014 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma available in Nova Scotia

1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale

With all the activity surrounding the recent Skoal/Lance Gamma RG500, we almost missed this offering in Canada. Though thin on details, it does note an engine rebuild within the last 300 miles and some mechanical reconditioning. While more investigation is required, it has met reserve with one bid for $14,500. Happy hunting,

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1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

All original 1986 Suzuki RG500. Very rare and exceptional condition. Bodywork is all original, as is tank. Other than bodywork, frame and swingarm, all parts were stripped and rebuilt. Engine rebuilt. Runs and rides like it did in 1986. Selling to move on to Superbike racing. Canadian bike. 30000 Km (18000 miles).

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1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma available in Nova Scotia
Aprilia November 23, 2014 posted by

Not Quite Stock: 2000 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 R Side

Aprilia's RS250 is well known to regular readers, and this particular bike, while not completely original, looks like it's in great shape and has relatively low miles on it. The RS250 was a lightweight machine with an aluminum frame, distinctive banana-shaped aluminum swingarm that allowed the bulging expansion chambers to tuck in for good ground-clearance, and basically the same brake set up as the much-heavier Ducati 916... Powered by a heavily-modified two-stroke v-twin from Suzuki's RGV250 that generated 60hp and required commitment to use effectively, the bike rewarded riding skill with sublime handling that is, for most riders, as close as they'll ever get to a true Moto GP experience, especially in a road-legal package...

2000 Aprilia RS250 R Side Front

Coming in at the very-tail end of the two-stroke sportbike era, road-legality of these does vary a bit by year and state. This particular example looks like it was originally a track-only bike, or had the standard fairing replaced with one intended for a trackbike. In the above picture, you can see the headlight tucked into the fairing. Very low-profile, but perhaps a bit too non-stock for the readers of this site...

2000 Aprilia RS250 R Side Rearset Detail

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 street legal bike, recently serviced, runs beautiful and has the look to match with very low miles, this bike is LIKE NEW. This very rare Italian bike has new JNL racing pipes, new marchesini magnesium rims, a big beautiful tank without any scraps or dents, gorgeous seat... lots of beautiful aluminum and carbon fiber fairings. Never been laid down, this bike looks even better than the pictures! Bike has been garaged it's life, and is still of course being garaged as you see in the photos.

As many motorcycle enthusiasts know, Aprilia is famous for winning 14 out of the 16 world championship races in 2003. No longer in production, this bike is admirable to look at with shiny, smooth fairings, the twin spar combo of aluminum, magnesium alloy frame and a swinging arm of the same material keep the bike solid but lighter than comparable bikes (can this bike even be compared?), and as anyone who's ever been lucky enough to ride one will tell you, its a dream drive! Sophisticated digital instrument panel and a chronometer that can remember up to 40 lap times will make this bike the envy of your friends!

2004 was the last production date for the Aprilia. This 2000 Aprilia model has a clear title and we can even arrange delivery within the west coast for $1.00 per mile. This is one of the most beautiful and rarest racing bikes we've be able to offer in our over 10 years of selling rare and vintage motorcycles and motorcycle parts on ebay.

There's plenty of time left on this auction and, at $2,100 the reserve is unsurprisingly not yet met. The seller mentions that this is street-legal, but the bodywork suggests that it may not have started out that way, so do a bit of homework if you live in draconian California and plan to register it for road use. While I do like the deceptively track-only look, I'm not sure that offset, blue-lensed headlight tucked into the fairing on the right side will be to everyone's taste. Luckily, that can be changed, although it would obviously be easier to go track-0nly, since sourcing an original headlight/fairing combo could be expensive... Those additional decals should probably go as well, but that is fairly easy to do.

2000 Aprilia RS250 Rear

While the Marchesini wheels do look to be wider than stock, that may just be the pics. Probably a question for the seller, since wider wheels and tires could make the RS250's famously nimble handling less so, and the extra rubber probably isn't necessary, considering the power on tap. They look pretty good and might be lighter than stock, but this bike is really about form following function.

-tad

2000 Aprilia RS250 L Side Front

Not Quite Stock: 2000 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Yamaha November 19, 2014 posted by

Smokes-Branded Smoker:1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale

1985 Yamaha Marlboro RZ500 L Side

A wild race-replica from the era of two-stroke Moto GP machines, Yamaha’s RZ500/RD500LC was a direct competitor to Suzuki’s RG500 Gamma. Never officially imported to the US because of emissions laws, many have found their way south across the Canadian border.

1985 Yamaha Marlboro RZ500 Tank

The bike was powered by a liquid-cooled 50° two-stroke V4 with twin cranks. Midrange torque was boosted by a pair of Yamaha’s YPVS power valves and lubrication was handled by Yamaha’s suggestively-named Autolube oil-injection. Interestingly, the engine featured a balance shaft to smooth out vibrations. This not only improved comfort for street riders, it also allowed the frame and other parts to be built lighter, since they didn’t have to endure as much shaking. Engine cases were magnesium, as you can tell by the fact that “MAGNESIUM” is cast into them.

1985 Yamaha Marlboro RZ500 Dash

A six speed box with a conventional wet clutch put 88hp to the 18” rear wheel. In most markets, the frame was steel, although Japan’s home-market RZV500R featured an aluminum version, with lighter weight offset by a detuned engine that produced 64hp. The rear shock was mounted horizontally under engine, clearing space for upper cylinders’ expansion chambers and the battery. The front end featured anti-dive and a 16” wheel.

1985 Yamaha Marlboro RZ500 Front Brakes

From the original eBay listing: 1985 RZ500 for Sale

Clean WI Title – Original Owner

Engine is stock with less than 100 miles since it was freshened up with NOS parts July 2013 18,650kms on the odometer @11,500 miles

Besides the standard bore original parts engine rebuild the bike was gone through in late 2013 with new parts everywhere else they were needed, wheel bearings, cables, brake calipers rebuilt, new brake pads, forks rebuilt w/ stiffer springs, oil pump & hoses replaced, new battery, new tires, etc. Starts, runs and rides great.

Non-original items listed: 
Brembo full floating front rotors – very rare (originally for FZ750)
Stainless brake hoses
Fiberglass solo tail section & seat
Rearsets have no provisions for passenger footrests
Samco coolant hoses & clamps
Shorai sealed battery
New O-ring chain & sprockets
Platinum Pearl white & Marlboro Racing red custom paint with UV stable clear coating. Stickers are on top of the paint.

1985 Yamaha Marlboro RZ500 Front

So, not completely bone-stock, but the upgrades are appropriate and should improve the functionality. I can personally vouch for the Shorai battery: I stuck one in my Ducati and the light weight and difference on starting compared to stock are pretty amazing. Although the Marlboro paint scheme might not be to everyone’s taste, I like it better than the factory style…

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There are 4 days left on this auction, with bidding up to $8,100 at the time of writing, so we'll see just how that vivid paint affects the price for this one!

-tad

1985 Yamaha Marlboro RZ500 R Side

Smokes-Branded Smoker:1985 Yamaha RZ500 for Sale
Suzuki November 14, 2014 posted by

The Right Snuff: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

If you are looking for the big dog of the two stroke world, few would argue that the 500 Gamma is the way to go. With a compact, twin crank, square four configuration (same as the GP racers), the RG is a favorite for modders and hot rodders alike. In this particular case, today's bike has been transformed from a stock RG into a Skoal Bandit GP replica with the creds of Rick Lance to back it up with performance. This thing looks very, very sweet and is certain to fetch a serious price.

1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale on eBay

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Looking at this paint job makes me wonder why Suzuki didn't churn out more than the reported 150 genuine replicas. I find the color striking, and very applicable on this smoker. While the seller does note the paint is all new, it is unclear if this bike started out life as a Skoal replica in the first place. The most telling item missing is the hideous green seat that is found on a genuine Skoal stocker, but given how much has been changed on this bike I wouldn't blame the seller for swapping that out for a better looking unit. As the Skoal bikes were simply a respray of the standard RG (with absolutely no performance differences), does it really matter what the starting point was? This bike could have started life as a Walter Wolf edition for all I care.

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From the seller:
Up for sale a 17 Digit VIN clear titled Rick Lance full performance built Skoal Bandit RG 500. Getting very difficult to find one as good as the claims?, Well, you have now found it!! Suzuki waited 11 years before releasing the square four RG500, a brilliant half-litre sports two stroke. The fact that the street version which has been properly modified in Rick Lance fashion is as potent as the 1976 World Championship winning RG is quite astonishing.

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN IT!!!!!
The outstanding features of this machine are as follows:
Rick Lance Big Bore motor which is inclusive of Rick's exclusive "O" ring machined heads.
Jim Lomas Torque Pipes.
Offset bored carburetors to 31.5 mm.
Rick Lance Supplemental Fuel petcocks.
Rick Lance Air Filter kit.
Rick Lance Clutch upgrade which yields outstanding performance vs. the issues of the past regarding the Gamma characteristic "drag".
Maranello Transmission upgrade.
Rick Lance Battery relocation.
Rick Lance Oil in frame, stock oil tank elimination modification.
SV 650 Black powder coated wheels mated to Michelin Power Pilot Radials
EBC wave rotors.
Front fork Gold Valve emulator kit/ with full Rick Lance fork tuning and Spring set.
Rick Lance specifically designed rear shock/ with Lance ride height adjuster.
Rick Lance braced and polished swing arm.
Lots and lots and lots again of polishing work as evidenced in the pictures.
AWESOME, Skoal Bandit paint scheme.

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You cannot look at this bike and tell me it doesn't appear completely awesome. Apparently most of the folks that stumbled across it on eBay agree, because the current bidding above $30k with a reserve still in place. Anyone care to guess what this one will go for? Check it out here, and then share your thoughts. It's not easy being green, but this one pulls it off with aplomb. Pardon the pun, but this one really does have all the right snuff!

MI