Posts by tag: Two Stroke

Aprilia May 27, 2016 posted by

Super Lite – 2006 Aprilia RS125 in Norway

Restyled to be a dead ringer for Aprilia's liter sportbike, the RS125 is designed and equipped like a larger track weapon.  From the lands of progressive licensing, it brought box-section frame and swingarm, upside-down forks, and four-piston calipers to aspiring riders.

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2006 Aprilia RS125 ( Norway ) for sale on eBay

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Aprilia's two-stroke single is a known quantity, winning Moto 3's since 1992, this time with Dell'orto carburetor and electronic ignition.  The resulting 28 hp is mostly available north of 7,000 rpm, though a computer-controlled exhaust valve aims to maximize lower rpm output.  40mm inverted forks and rising-rate rear monoshock are fully adjustable. Radially mounted front caliper is over a big 320mm rotor, but just one, with 220mm rear.  Expansion chamber exhaust is a must, and this bike has been treated to the Arrow titanium.  Wheels are y-web light alloy if not forged.

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Hard to complain about our locally short riding season when you read about a bike from Oslo, Norway, and with a little over 10,000 miles, this owner has spent some time riding and caring for this bike, as he relates in the eBay auction:

New restored and everything is working properly 100%. Trim setup is mounted is arrow power plant plus rave 2 valve, additionally dyset the carburetor so it gets more gas under higher engine speed of approximately 6000 rpm and upwards. Things that have been made and purchased new. polished frame, new flashing light that is led light in Carbon brake pads front and rear, rear gear, new chain and in addition, it has been the main service and changing engine oil, coolant, brake fluid and spark plugs. It has been laid right in the room temperature, and appears to be rare and exemplary.

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Out of production since 2012, when Moto GP changed their formula to a 250cc four stroke, the Aprilia was half-again as costly as its competitors, and this bike's ask is just about MSRP.  But if you had a track endeavor, this would be a dynamite starter or pit bike.  Plain vanilla compared to the many factory replicas, this RS125 appears undamaged, lightly updated and maintained.  Leaving it to you to coordinate with your summer fjord cruise line to carry this baby from Oslo back to Southampton, where it'll be as easy ship home...

-donn

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Super Lite – 2006 Aprilia RS125 in Norway
Honda May 25, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda NSR400R for Sale

1986 Honda NS400R L Side Front

If Honda’s history of brilliant technical innovation has a downside, it’s that it sometimes posits answers to questions no one actually asked. Some recent missteps like their sophisticated but overweight and expensive VFR sport-tourer suggest that they’ve just recently lost their way. However, it’s definitely not the first time they created a bike that had seemed to have no real built-in audience, and bikes like today’s very sharp-looking 1986 NS400R show that this is really nothing new for Honda.

1986 Honda NS400R R Side

Meant to capitalize on Freddie Spencer’s wins on a 500cc machine and pitched against exotic race-reps from Suzuki and Yamaha, Honda introduced… a 400cc motorcycle, although it at least did feature something approximating the race machine’s unusual 90° V3 layout: a bit like a Ducati “L” twin, one cylinder is nearly vertical, while the other two jut forward. Race bikes actually featured the opposite: two up and one down. Carburetors are nestled in the center of the vee, and the overall dimensions are very compact, allowing the engine to be ideally positioned in the chassis.

1986 Honda NS400R Cockpit

Producing 72hp and backed by a six-speed gearbox, the 400 is far less manic than a typical 250cc sportbike of the era. Sure, the wild top-end rush is still there, but sheer displacement makes a difference and Honda’s ATAC “automatically-controlled torque amplification chambers” on the front two-cylinders help bulk up the midrange, so the overall experience is far more civilized. It’s probably not sanitized to the level of the RZ500, but the middleweight NS400R surprised period reviewers with its level of refinement. It gets even better once the road turns twisty: thanks to the light dry weight of 360lbs and equipped with sophisticated suspension components and a whole raft of 80s acronyms, the NS400R is often thought to be one of the best-handling motorcycles of the era.

1986 Honda NS400R Engine

Today’s Featured Listing looks impressively clean, with enough miles to indicate regular use, but few enough that it should appeal to collectors who’d like to occasionally ride it. Shots with the fairing removed show that it wasn’t just quickly hosed down and buffed up prior to being photographed: the bike has clearly been well cared-for.

From the seller: 1986 Honda NSR400R for Sale

For sale, an immaculate 1986 Honda NSR400R with 13,150 kms (7,900 miles) on clock.  This is one of less than 450 NS400R’s originally imported to Canada (although nobody seems to know the exact number for sure) and is registered in Alberta.  The bike is complete, with original parts and fasteners, and unmodified with zero corrosion of the frame, exhaust or gas tank.  The top end of the engine was inspected and piston rings were replaced while it was apart.  Bodywork is original plastic with a fresh coat of paint and clear coated replica decals.  Wheels are in perfect original condition and new Bridgestone BT021 tires were installed. The carburetors still have original factory jetting (rich!).   Everything works exactly as delivered from the factory and is ready for the new owner to enjoy.

Included in the sale are the following hard to find items; solo cowl and two-up cowl(seat and strap), factory rear stand, factory service manual and sales binder, and period magazine articles.  Spare ATAC valves are available at extra cost if the new owner wishes to have them de-restricted (i.e. bored out).  Selling with a current Canadian title/registration and bill of sale.  The owner can assist in the export process and possibly transportation to a shipping depot in Montana.

Price $7,500 USD Interested parties can contact Evan by email.

1986 Honda NS400R R Side Rear

Too small to compete with size-queens who will scoff at the sub-500cc displacement and too big to compete with bantamweight 250s, the NS400R didn’t sell very well and was gone from Honda’s lineup after just two years. Unlike the 500cc fours from Suzuki and Yamaha, these have languished largely forgotten by collectors and the NS400R currently occupies that weird motorcycle middleground: they’re not especially valuable as yet but they’re obviously very rare, with interesting specifications and clear links to Honda’s race bikes. Largely overlooked by more mainstream buyers, they represent a pretty good value for riders looking to get into weird 1980s exotica or collectors who want to complete their two-stroke or race-rep stable. I'd expect these are undervalued at the moment and the NSR should appeal to both riders and collectors: the larger displacement and powervalve arrangement should make for real-world performance while the 16”/17” wheel combo means relatively modern rubber can be fitted.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1986 Honda NSR400R for Sale
Aprilia May 23, 2016 posted by

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: CA-Titled 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica for Sale

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Although for many, the second-generation Aprilia RS250 captures the essence of lightweight, two-stroke performance, I prefer the earlier versions, like this Chesterfield replica: the later bikes are just a little bit bulbous in the tail, and that techno-futuristic dash just look a little bit too “1980s Dodge Daytona” for me. Not that I’d pass up the opportunity to own one of course! But for me, the earlier bikes are just a bit more graceful, and while the dash looks a bit odd, that’s just because you’re supposed to yank that speedo and the associated idiot lights off for trackday shenanigans!

1995 Aprilia RS250 Dash

The 249cc, liquid-cooled two-stroke and six-speed gearbox combo was basically a heavily-modified Suzuki RGV unit, with the same Brembo Goldline brakes used to stop bikes weighing over 100lbs more, but the rest of the package was all Aprilia. The bodywork is very sleek and distinct from the Japanese competition, with a gorgeous aluminum frame and that classic “banana” swingarm designed to allow the expansion chambers to tuck in close to the bike for maximum lean angle.

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Aprilia claimed 60hp and, with just 300lbs to push around, the bike is a rocket. Straight line and top speed will suffer, even compared to a 600cc supersport machine, but the Aprilia’s light weight pays dividends in corners, so what you lose on the straights you’ll gain back in the corners and under braking.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Max Biaggi two-stroke race replica in Chesterfield Livery
California plated, insured and registered: clean title in hand.

I'm the fourth owner of this original Max Biaggi Chesterfield (not a sticker kit replica). I bought her from a good friend that needed a car for his growing family. This was THE bike I originally wanted when I first got into motorcycles. 18 years or so and a lot of bikes later, I was lucky enough to get my hands on this wonderful machine.

She has 13,060 on her currently, and runs flawlessly.
Top end rebuilt at 10,000 with Wiseco pistons and Boysen reeds. I just had her serviced and run through by Nichols Sportbikes in Milpitas. They went through the whole machine and have her running tip top! including; coolant and brake fluids flushed, new battery, gear oil change and had the forks re-sealed. The tires were replaced around 12,000 miles or so along with fresh brake pads. Plenty of life on all.

This bike is a beautiful Italian specimen that loves to flaunt her stuff. The decals are not in perfect shape, but are in great condition for the age. The bike decals came original on top of the clear coat, so after 21 years they have some sun fade, minor wrinkling and an occasional worn edge. The bike has never been put down, and the original fairings are in perfect shape. She is a street machine and I take it out regularly for the Italian tune-ups to keep her purring like the hot cougar she is.

She is original with the following exceptions;
Arrow full exhaust. You're welcome, future owner!
Toby steering damper. Again... you're welcome.
Aftermarket turn signals. They were on the bike when I got it, never changed them but I have 2 of 4 of the original signals which can still be found on AF1.

I have the owners manual, service record receipts, workshop manual and other parts: gaskets, screws, brackets, passenger pegs and passenger seat. I also have an OEM tank decal replacement kit if you're not a fan of the awesome, road pounding patina of the current tank decals.

Buyer is responsible for local pick up. Bike located in Bay Area, California.

As you can see from the images, the bike is in good condition overall, and the aftermarket signals and slightly faded stickers can be easily fixed with parts the seller is including with the sale. The headlight lens looks slightly cloudy in the pics, or maybe it’s just dirty, and the recent mechanical overhaul means miles of smiles for the next owner! This bike looks like the perfect machine for someone concerned more with riding than displaying, although the price will likely be out of reach for many enthusiasts…

1995 Aprilia RS250 R Rear

Bidding is up to $7,100 with the Reserve Not Met and several days left on the auction. That’s likely due to the fact that this bike has a clear California title, a bit of a Holy Grail for two-stroke enthusiasts. I’m not generally a huge fan of race-replica graphics, but this is my favorite version of the little thrilla from Aprilia, and that CA title means you can thrash the little quarter-liter machine on some of the amazing canyon roads we have here.

-tad

1995 Aprilia RS250 Fairing Detail

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: CA-Titled 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica for Sale
Suzuki May 22, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 Available From SpeedWerks

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Today's Featured Listing is this titled Suzuki RGV250 from Speedwerks in Delaware. We've had the pleasure of working with SpeedWerks for over 5 years and every time they roll out a new offering, it makes readers in the know take notice. They always great rare sportbikes available for restorations and custom builds.

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The VJ21 RGV250 is a pretty uncomplicated machine, though 1990 marks the first year for adjustable suspension not only up front but in back as well (though this example wears an upgraded GSXR unit). The brochure reads under 300lbs and nearly 60hp, which means featherweight handling and a big punch in power when the power valves hit.

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from the seller:

1990 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21, titled correctly with original VIN. This bike could be described as a 'good rider'. It has the original tank on bike and original bodywork included that needs to be restored. It is currently fitted with a decent after market body kit. Has Bridgestone 090 take-offs, new brake pads and steel braided lines front and rear. Upgraded GSXR shock. Stock carbs, airbox and oil injection. Motor was recently rebuilt (not by us) though we have inspected the cylinders, reeds, and pistons. It also has aftermarket power valves. New clutch and all fluids replaced. Standard exhaust fitted and we have Tyga Stainless side by side's in stock if you so choose. $7500 obo

Contact Steve by email (steve@speedwerks.com) or visit his website.

While many of the SpeedWerks bikes we have featured were fully restored show queens, this one strikes a nice balance for someone looking to actually ride and enjoy a great looking two stroke we never got in the states. Looking at the bike closely in the pictures you can spot some patina but the rest is so tidy and clean that this bike could really suit multiple roles as track day bike, bike night discussion piece, and after work therapy machine.

Many thanks to SpeedWerks for continuing to support the site. Good luck to buyers and seller!

dc

Featured Listing:  1990 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 Available From SpeedWerks
Yamaha May 18, 2016 posted by

Contraband: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R for Sale

1992 Yamaha TZR250R R Side Front

Today’s Yamaha TZR250R hails all the way from South Africa, although that shouldn’t surprise fans here in the US. The USA tragically never officially received any of these 250cc two-strokes that battled it out like tiny, raspy versions of the bikes that endlessly battled for sales in the 600cc and 750cc classes. Frames were trick, mass-centralization and  weight-reduction were buzzwords of the day, and the bikes were festooned with so many acronyms you barely needed any racy speed-block or tiger-stripe graphics: YPVS, PGM, SAPC…

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The quarter-liter sportbikes from Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki all started out with parallel-twin engines, but eventually moved to compact v-twins. Yamaha held out longer than most, even trying out an unusual “reversed-head” configuration that had the carburetors in front, allowing the exhaust a straight-shot out the back and freeing up space for expansion chambers without limiting cornering clearance. But by 1991, the TZR was using a 56mm x 50.7mm 90° v-twin that gave 249.7cc and the complete package weighed in at a claimed 278lbs dry.

1992 Yamaha TZR250R Dash

Some found their way to the US from our strangely tolerant northern neighbors while others entered the USA via other means… Sneaking over borders to the steal the jobs of hard-working supersport motorcycles. Registering them here can prove difficult, depending on your local laws and just how much you contributed to your local politician’s reelection campaign. But some collectors aren’t worried about that as they plan to display their bikes, or use them on-track.

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The seller doesn’t include much information about this particular example, with most of the listing just a copy/paste job from some print publication or other, most of which would be well-known by anyone actually considering a purchase. Shipping costs are listed however, which does help those of us working on a budget for our fantasy garages…

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R for Sale

Visually, the TZR is a spitting image of John Kocinski's 1990 world-championship-winning works Yamaha YZR250, save for its lights, turn signals, passenger perch and lack of sponsorship decals. In actual ancestry, the TZR is a close relative of Yamaha's TZ250D production racer, the two sharing the same crankcases, bore and stroke, displacement and 12,000-rpm redline.

Bloom provided us with a 1991 TZR to sample at Laguna Seca Raceway. Unfortunately, the only one he had available at the time was a Japanese-spec model limited by that country's strict home-market regulations to a claimed 45 horsepower-about one-third less than on non-restricted versions. But despite its reduced power output, it still impressed us with its overall performance.

For one thing, the engine possesses a surprisingly wide powerband, attributable to its computer-controlled engine-management system. An eight-bit microcomputer controls the advance curve of the electronic ignition, the actuation of the exhaust pow-ervalve, and the fuel mixture provided by the flat-slide 26mm Mikunis.

Braking is outstanding. The TZR's 39mm inverted fork is fitted with four-piston calipers pinching a pair of floating discs. Even under repeated abuse around Laguna's 11-turn circuit, the brakes consistently provided excellent feel and were resistant to fade.

Though our riding time on the Yamaha was limited, both fellow Associate Editor Don Canet and 1 came away with a strong appreciation for the TZR's phenomenal handling. No, the TZR250R will not break any speed records or set blazing quarter-mile times; but when it comes down to consuming corners, nothing currently in any manufacturer's U.S. lineup even comes close.

Matthew Miles 1992

Packing and shipping can be arranged by either buyer or seller depending on the buyer's preference.
Worldwide shipping available at affordable rates.
Shipping cost to the U.S. would be approximately $1480.
 
Thanks for taking the time to view my listing.

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With 10,000 miles on the odometer, there are no takers yet at the $4,700 opening bid. This example appears to be in excellent condition, a good sign since many were ridden hard and put away wet in their youth: all of the 250 two-strokes were serious machines, but they were starter sportbikes and often owned by less-than-caring riders who thrashed and crashed them accordingly. The seller has posted up a few bikes in the past, but has been adding much better photographs to their listings of late, making them a little more appealing for our purposes, which generally involves either drooling or the frustrated gnashing of teeth.

-tad

1992 Yamaha TZR250R L Side

Contraband: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R for Sale
Suzuki May 17, 2016 posted by

Gamma From Down Under: 1985 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

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Today’s very clean Suzuki RG500Γ "Gamma" hails from power-mad Australia, where it seems like there are a disproportionate number of these two-stroke terrors stashed away. With fewer than 10,000 produced for all markets during three years of production, the bike was a true race-replica and shared its wild liquid-cooled square-four engine with no other model in Suzuki’s lineup. Styling was distinctive as well, with a pair of low-mount pipes for the front cylinders and an additional pair of pipes running under the seat and exiting on either side of the tail-section.

1985 Suzuki RG500 Front Wheel

The approximately 100hp produced by that very compact powerplant obviously looks pretty limp by today’s sportbike standards, since even the weakest 600 makes well north of that figure with far less effort. But that’s exactly the point of the Gamma: the skill needed to get the most out of the bike and the lightswitch power delivery made the bike both feel faster than it was on paper and made handling that much more exciting. Hey, anyone can jump on a liter bike and go fast, but it takes talent and nerve to extract every last one of those two-stroke horses.

1985 Suzuki RG500 Cockpit

Both the RG500 and its rival, the Yamaha RZ500 are both surprisingly small in the flesh: that slab-sided 80s styling and bulky tail-section suggest that they’ll be huge, in spite of the design brief and claimed 340lb dry weight. This example is helped by a very handsome white-and-blue Suzuki color scheme.

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From the original eBay listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500Γ "Gamma" for Sale

FOR SALE - #00069 1985 SUZUKI RG500, 18,849 Kilometres VIN – JA1HM31A7G2100069

A rare find today - they’re not making any more of these!

This RG is damn near mint condition – nearly ! Showing 18,849 KMS – that’s about 9,000 miles - she presents very, very well. Tastefully upgraded with 17” wheels from a 1988 GSXR750 – 3.50 x 17” front and 4.50 x 17” rear, the STOCK wheels and discs are INCLUDED in the sale. In the sought after factory blue and white colour scheme.

Bike is currently located in Australia – we are a reputable Classic Bike Dealer and have USA references available if required. Price includes crating, Australian export charges and sea freight to the West Coast of the USA.

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Miles are low but, according to our readers, it has been common practice to disconnect the odometer cables on these increasingly valuable machines... With a $20,000 starting bid and no takers as yet, I’m curious as to why there’s been so little interest in the bike so far. Gammas have been blue-chip collectibles for a while now, with established demand and ever-increasing values. Have those values plateaued? Or is it just the Australian provenance that’s putting off buyers? The 17" wheels might offend some purists but should, at the very least, improve handling by allowing the fitment of modern, sticky rubber in widths the original designers could only dream of. And the seller includes the original wheels and brakes, if that's how you prefer to roll.

If it were my money, I’d keep the modern wheels and tires: I like the updated looks and having a bit more grip at the rear when that manic powerplant is “on the pipe” sounds like a good idea to me…

-tad

 

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Gamma From Down Under: 1985 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale
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