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Yamaha June 12, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R for Sale

Update 6.13.2018: Unfortunately this bike sold while we were writing this post. Congratulations to buyer and seller! Check out the rest of Ted's inventory and thank you to Tad for the post. -dc

Yamaha threw their hat into the Grand Prix race replica ring with the… Well what this bike was called depended on where the thing was being sold. In Canada and Australia, it was an RZ500, which fits since it was like a bigger, faster RZ350. In Europe, it was the RD500LC, which also makes plenty of sense considering the RD series’ history, but with added Liquid Cooling! And in Japan, it was the RZV500R as seen in today’s Featured Listing, which sounds the most exotic to me.

And like Honda’s NS400R and Suzuki’s RG500, the RZ/RD/RZV was powered by a racing-inspired, two-stroke multi that was shared with no other bike in Yamaha's lineup. That made the bikes very exclusive, but not really cost-effective to produce. But really, what other sort of motorcycle would you power with a liquid-cooled 50° two-stroke V4 that featured twin cranks and a balance shaft displacing nearly 500cc? The rest of the package was likewise geared towards sportbike domination: a six-speed gearbox, a pair of YPVS power valves, Autolube oil-injection system, an underslung rear shock that was very exotic at the time, anti-dive forks, and 16” front and 18” wheels shod with typically skinny period tires.

Unfortunately, in spite of the racy looks and the inclusion of magnesium parts, the RZ500 still weighed in at a period-appropriate 450lbs dry. The problem was that rival Suzuki’s RG500 weighed significantly less while making more power than the RZ’s 88 claimed ponies. The RZ was designed from the start to be a civilized race-replica, but at the time the RG stole Yamaha's thunder with their much wilder ride.

But today, neither bike would be considered particularly fast on a racetrack and the appeal is a combination of nostalgia and the singularly exciting character of a big two-stroke, something the RZ still has in abundance and at a lower cost than an equivalent RG.  The RG has always been "the one to have," and steadily increasing values mean it's been priced out of reach for many fans. But although RZ prices have climbed to keep pace with the general increase of all 80s two-stroke sportbikes, they still lag behind the Gamma, making them the affordable choice.

This example is the Japanese-market RZV500R and featured an aluminum frame instead of the steel units on the other versions. Unfortunately, the aluminum frame wasn't something added to enhance performance, it was to offset the damage done by home market regulations that limited output to 64hp. Luckily, this example has supposedly been de-restricted and features a very sharp set of custom spannies that look far more upswept than the stock parts and should liberate more of the famous two-stroke crackle, along with FZR wheels, brakes, and front forks to match.

From the seller: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R for Sale

VIN#: 51X002446

Entering the world of RZ500’s has introduced me to several collectors who have shared some of their incredible knowledge of the Yamaha model. RZ500’s were built by Yamaha in model years 1984 and 1985. They were never sold new in the US and any that are currently here were brought in as Grey Market Vehicles. Yamaha Canada imported the RZ500 model which was also sold in Australia. The United Kingdom model was named the RD500 and came with a different color scheme than the RZ.

All of these models had steel frames and were delivered in what was considered unrestricted versions with higher horsepower than the domestic Japanese version of the motorcycle. The Japanese bikes with restricted horse power had smaller carburetors and exhaust systems to that end. In an attempt to balance the lost of power, the Japanese bikes were equipped with aluminum frames which were considerably lighter, but again, only for Japanese domestic consumption. That model of the RZ was called the RZV500, is model of bike being offered here. Our bike has the aluminum frame, different mirrors and decals identifying it as the RZV, the most desirable version of the bike if unrestricted. In this case that has been done with a set of Tommy Crawford Expansion Chamber Exhausts. The pipes are said to work well, are rare to find and are no longer made. A perfect storm so to speak.

This bike has been modified additionally with what we assume are a period FZR Front Forks and a set of matching wheels. There is also an Ohlin’s rear Shock Absorber in the back.

The owner of the bike was a huge enthusiast of Road Race bikes and at the time was doing some club racing. Being in the Service, when it was time to be stationed at another post, the Service took care of moving his personal property including his motorcycles. As per regulations, vehicles that were transported with personal property were to have all of their fuel removed, which was done with a tag hanging from the handle bar noting this. Unfortunately, medical issues evolved that prevented the bike from being recommissioned and it been in this state for over ten years. Sadly for the owner, he never was able to ride again and his family is selling the bike as part of his estate.

Collectors with an interest in the bikes have warned us about trying to start the bike without a serious inspection and reconditioning. Crank seals, carburetors and possibly other work may be needed and we are not in a position or capable of any of it. The bike, in running order, would most likely bring over $20,000 and is now priced accordingly to accommodate the possible needed work. It has an Oregon clear and clean title of ownership.

So this should pretty much be the highest-performing version of the RZ: the lighter aluminum frame combined with the full-power engine. More power, less weight, what's not to like? That is, once the bike is reconditioned, of course... The Seller is asking $15,295 for this one and, if you're handy with the wrenches and love to tune two-strokes, or have deep pockets and Lance Gamma's number on speed dial, this could be a good opportunity to pick up a clean RZV with more modern running gear that just needs some mechanical attention.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1984 Yamaha RZV500R for Sale
Honda May 28, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Collector quality 1995 Honda RVF400!

There's nothing like comfort food and family on Memorial Day, and in that spirit, we present this 1995 Honda RVF400. These little grey-market rippers and their ilk have been our bread and butter, our comfort food, here at RSBFS and this glistening example is particularly tasty. It has quite clearly spent its life indoors under the watchful eyes of a caring collector, and the attention shows.

1995 Honda RVF400 for sale on eBay

Though the bike is registered for road use in Arizona, it has only seen 2,100 miles over its life. Unlike the vast majority of grey market imports we feature, this one was brought here nearly 20 years ago. In a nod to US standards, the speedometer has been treated to a MPH sticker overlay, though we'd rather use the stock gauges and do mental math.

The RVF400 was famed for truly being a miniaturized RC45, blessed with jewel-like build quality, flawless handling and the attention to detail Hondas of the era were famous for. Road tests from the time not that they're a little heavier than some of their competitors, but more than make up for it when the going gets twisty.

From the eBay listing:

I purchased this bike from a friend of mine who got it from another friend of ours, over the last 15 plus years it has only been stored on display in a climate controlled living room or office. It came over from Japan in the late 90's so it displays none of the typical corrosion or wear as many of the bikes that have lived in Japan and been exposed to the climate there.

I have looked over many years in the States and in Japan and have never seen another NC35 with these miles in this condition. I truly believe this is one of the finest anywhere in the world, let alone in the U.S. I am sure there is a zero mile one out there, ( I did not see one at the Collection Hall in Motegi! ) but I think you will be hard pressed to find another in this condition with these miles...and yes it is titled.

Last week after deciding to sell the bike I pulled the carbs and gave them a quick cleaning (bike was previously stored without fuel) and the bike starts, runs and idles exactly how it should. I have not ridden it as I do not want to put any miles on it. I pulled the lowers and photographed the bike so you can see exactly what you are getting.

The bike has brand new tires but they are several years old...so if you intend to actually ride it, new rubber and a change of all the fluids would be a good idea, but the bike was stored with fresh oil, coolant, brake fluid. Will come with a brand new battery installed and a small amount of Avgas in tank / carbs so will be turn key.

The bike is currently titled, plated and 2018 tags in Arizona with original 11 digit Japanese VIN.

Both original keys, original owners manual, and tool kit.

Passenger foot rests are not installed or shown in photos but I have them and they go with the bike!

100% stock, original, there is a MPH overlay on the speedo that could be removed. Everything works as it should, all lighting, electrical, etc....as it should, it is basically a NEW bike!!

Two small scratches in left lower as shown in photos, tiny bit of touch up on the H on right side lower, no rash, cracks, broken tabs. Inside of fuel tank is like new.

If you could step back in time to the 90's and buy a nearly new RVF400 that had been babied and only had a couple thousand miles on it, this is what it would look like. It is probably the nicest bike out of all in my collection, and over the years of buying NC30's 35's and NSR's I have never really seen a grey bike this nice and original. One's like this really no longer exist in Japan, and if they did they would bring well over $10k as decent ones at auction are already over $6000 and climbing now. The NSR prices are already out of sight.

There are a LOT of pictures here, please take a moment to check them all out but do not hesitate to contact me if you need me or have a question about a certain part of the bike!

I can ship most anywhere in the lower 48 for $499, if you are within 500 miles of So. Cal I think I can ship it for under $400 with Haul Bike, the best (safest) shipper I have used. You are also welcome to pick it up and inspect in person. Happy to assist with a shipper of your choice as well...and I would be willing to ship overseas, please contact for a quote to your nearest port.

Thanks to its condition and legality, the seller has set the reserve above $5,000. For a bike this rare and special, that shouldn't phase the dedicated collector.

Featured Listing: Collector quality 1995 Honda RVF400!
Honda May 23, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1984 Honda VF500F with CBR wheels

The seller of this 1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor has taken phenomenal care of the bike over his ownership, but perhaps the best part of this bike was not available in 1984. It rolls on wheels from a CBR600F, which means it accepts modern 17-inch rubber, but doesn't lose space for useful amenities like a center stand.

1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor for sale on eBay

A damn sight trimmer than its 750cc stablemate, the Interceptor 500 made its name with sublime handling characteristics and its more-than-adequate 68 horsepower from the torquey V4. The seller further enhanced this bike's cornering talent with the shock from a CBR400 F4i, which no doubt keeps the rear more planted than the original piece.

There is a long list of spare and NOS parts available with the bike, though not all of them will be automatically included in the sale.

From the eBay listing:

Hi, I'm listing my '84 VF500F for sale.

It is super mint with very low mileage (5,894 miles) and a lot of interesting features including a pro CBR600F wheel conversion ($1,500) and a pro F4i shock upgrade ($400).

Both projects were posted in detail on VFRD (member 'InvisibleCities' since 2010) and on VFRW (member 'invisible cities' since 2009). I ran the bike for one summer and then did these upgrades. I am selling the bike as I live in NYC and store the bike in PA and simply don't have the space to bring it here. I honestly don't think you will find a nicer example of a VF500F out there. If you have ever had the opportunity to ride a 500 Interceptor they are super fun with a perfectly balanced engine and light nimble handling. I also have a lot of NOS and gently used VF500F parts which I would be happy to sell separately to the purchaser (oem head gasket kits, seals, valve springs, gently used cdi units, coils, complete engine heads with mint cams and one set of very clean carburetors - I even have a nos '84 gas tank if interested).

The tank on this bike has zero rust and was professionally sealed with an epoxy liner ($300). I purchased a NOS tailpiece for this bike from David Silver Spares ($250) as the original had surface scratches from removing/installing the seat - paint matches perfectly. Front fender is also NOS ($200).

The carbs were completely disassembled and pro rebuilt by Mike Nixon ($405). Carburetors have not been filled with gas after the rebuild so there is no risk of them being gummed up. They are ready to go and were benched synchronized by Mike. They also have the correct jets and needles installed. I would recommend syncing these with manometer to dial in 100% when you re-fuel and start up the bike.

Goodridge (made in the UK) stainless steel brake line upgrade ($120). Pro rear fender eliminator kit ($40). Pro modified sprocket cover ($200).

Top rated 140/80-17 Rear & 110/70-17 Front Avon Roadrunner tires with zero miles ($200). The bike maintains its original steering geometry with these tires & the CBR 17” wheel upgrade. Bike also keeps the centerstand which is not possible using the F2 wheelset upgrade offered by DMr. I felt it was important to keep this - the centerstand is very easy to use on the 500 and allows for easy maintenance as well as stable parking.

Honda GN4 oil & OEM filter installed with zero miles. New Honda air filter & Honda coolant. New Honda hydraulic fluid.

Bike needs nothing (except a battery - as it is not being stored with one). This is your opportunity to purchase a really fine example of this legendary bike.

Please send a message with any questions.

Bike is located in PA, 17033. Clear title. Original owners manual is included.

Gas flushed from system - no battery included. Bike is stored in a Carcoon Bike Bubble which will come with the sale ($535).

Happy to help coordinate shipping.

Thanks for looking!

At $4,500 buy-it-now, the seller is looking for KTM RC390 money for a well-sorted classic with acres of style and panache. He has applied new and new-old-stock parts to fabulous effect, and the bike's flawless paint and metal surfaces belie its 34 years.

Featured Listing: 1984 Honda VF500F with CBR wheels
Ducati March 3, 2018 posted by

Misplaced Priorities: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for Sale

I realize that I'm spoiled. I'm spoiled because my current riding group includes five or six MV Agustas that actually run, a pair of RSV4s, a few Ducatis, a couple Bimotas, and a KTM. I'm spoiled because I live in Southern California, and car and motorcycle exotica are everywhere: I've recently come across a few Arch Motorcycles, nearly every variety of 90s two-stroke, Confederate Fighters actually being ridden on the road, a slew of Bimotas, pretty much every vintage and modern sportbike you can possibly imagine, even a Gurney Alligator. Which is possibly why I'm surprisingly blase about the Ducati Desmosedici RR, one of the most exotic machines of the past twenty years.

It's not fair to the Desmo. I should be incredibly impressed by it, but it probably doesn't help that I've never really thought the Desmo was all that beautiful. It's no doubt a very aggressive machine, with a leering, hungry-catfish face and a wild exhaust that exits through the top of the tailpiece, at least in stock form: there's also a Ducati Performance system that vents two of the cylinders through the bellypan on the right side and the others through a more traditional underseat pipe. But although it lacks the slim-waisted purpose of a 916 or the sculptural elegance of an MV Agusta F4, the D16RR, meant to closely ape the look of Ducati's 990cc MotoGP racebike, has an air of ruthlessness about it and looks like nothing else on the road.

The original idea was to take Ducati's V4-powered MotoGP racebike and detune it, then sell a few to well-heeled enthusiasts to use at trackdays or as living room ornamentation. While other "race replicas" of the period generally consisted of race bike colors, graphics, and even sponsors splashed across otherwise stock bikes, Ducati went and made a bike that had almost nothing in common with any of their production motorcycles. It even used an annoyingly-authentic 16" rear wheel, something that must be pretty inconvenient when you're trying to get street tires to shoe this thing.

Of course, the D16RR is obviously no "homologation special" since MotoGP is a prototype series and the bikes need share nothing except a badge with a company's roadgoing offerings. Appearances and specifications to the contrary, the Desmo doesn't actually use a detuned MotoGP powerplant: race engines in the premier class don't factor longevity into the equation and, even detuned, don't make useable or practical road bike powerplants, considering they lack things like a charging system or a starter...

Instead, Ducati basically whipped up an entirely new V4 engine for the bike that very, very closely mirrors the specifications and layout of the racebike while at the same time sharing almost no parts... So you still get a 989cc 90° V4 with gear-driven cams, Desmodromic valve actuation, and a "twin-pulse" firing order that gives it a bit of Ducati flavor compared to a "screamer" or "big-bang" configuration, along with a beefed-up cassette-style gearbox.

Considering the price tag, you could be forgiven for being unimpressed with the 170hp output and 425lb wet weight, but the numbers alone fail to capture the wild, track-bred character. And the Desmo is littered with top-shelf parts that help reign in the power, like the Öhlins FG353P gas-pressurized forks up front that are truly "race spec" and normally cost as much as a new GSX-R600...

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for Sale

No compromise, Italian passion personified. The high water mark for street legal sportbikes.

#895 out of 1500.

1878 miles all street so far. May increase in the next few months I don’t think I can resist doing some track days on this bike as the weather improves.

Serviced by a Ducati Master Technician at 1814 miles.

Clean title in hand, all manuals, 2 keys, technical workshop DVD.

Here’s a good article detailing the specs and history of this bike: https://www.sportrider.com/sportbikes/ducati-desmosedici-rr-firebreather#page-4

The bike is in my living room right now, seems perfectly normal to me, but wife isn’t amused - please buy this so I can start sleeping in my bed again.

I'm willing to deliver or meet you within a 1000 mile radius of Salt Lake City for a small additional fee.  Please contact me for details.  Or haulbikes.com is a good option for shipping.

Bike is for sale locally also, I reserve the right to end this auction at any time.

This one appears to be nearly untouched, with under two thousand miles. Which makes sense because the seller claims it's currently being used in lieu of a big-screen television or a painting of a ship being tossed on stormy seas to liven up their home. They may have chosen to get rid of the Desmo, but is that the real problem here? New, the bike retailed for $72,000 and the 1,500 built were quickly snapped up by collectors, although anyone looking to quickly flip their purchase for profit were severely disappointed: these can often be found for well under that, and certainly much less than today's example with an $80,000 asking price. Have values jumped sharply, or is this seller simply ambitious?

-tad

Misplaced Priorities: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for Sale
Honda January 25, 2018 posted by

Fun Size: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

A recent influx of  Honda VFR400R NC30s means they're in danger of not being nearly such rare sportbikes as they used to be... But relatively few were made for all markets, so there's no real chance of them ever being a common sight, especially here in the US where they've only recently become legal to import. Basically, a smaller version of the Honda's homologation superbike RC30, the NC30 used the same formula, only with less weight and displacement.

The NC30 used stiff, lightweight aluminum beam frame to suspend the heart of the bike, a 399cc V4 with gear-driven cams and a six-speed gearbox. Fully-faired, endurance-racing style bodywork with twin round headlamps helped support the family resemblance, as does the distinctive, single-sided ProArm swingarm out back, something that wasn't all that much use in World Superbike competition, but was handy for endurance racing. Plus, it obviously looked cool enough that the nobody's-idea-of-a-long-distance-anything Ducati 916 used a single-sided swinger just because.

So why build a smaller RC30? Well the NC30 was intended to form the basis for machines that would be used to compete in the hotly-contested 400cc class that was pretty popular everywhere but, you guessed it, here in the USA. With just 59hp, it's obviously no powerhouse, but the bike's 313lb dry weight means a respectable 130mph top speed, more than enough for a road bike or a shorter, tighter track. It's a bike that obviously stressed handling over power, and the "big bang" V4 has a wide powerband, making it easy to be in the right gear, and makes a distinctive drone.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

Honda VFR400R NC30. NO RESERVE 11,035 Miles (17,758 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Mechanically Sorted. Cosmetically does have touchup paint and some cracks and scratches. Some pitting on the aluminum especially at the swingarm. Please see images. All fluids are fresh.  Shifts and revs to redline perfectly.  Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest OEM Bike.  Fuel tank is Rust Free. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title.  NC30-1101*** Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements. Imported into the States through all legal channels. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking.

As with many of Deftone Cycle's offerings, it isn't museum quality, but is complete, clean, and mechanically sound, with fresh fluids. In addition, a short video of the bike starting and running is included. Bidding is up to $4,500 with a couple days left on the auction, although I'd expect it will go higher. How much higher? Well recent examples of this mini-endurance racing replica have sold for somewhere between $7,000 and $8,000 so we'll see where this ends up.

-tad

Fun Size: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Ducati January 18, 2018 posted by

Pie in the Sky: $90k 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

To the average sportbike addict, the 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR stands alone among race replica bikes as the one that nailed all the details and defined the genre in a taught, carbon fiber-clad package. Honda saddled its RC213-VS with electronic nannies, a restrictive exhaust and a collectors-only asking price. Ducati engaged in no such silliness. They detuned, added lights, and slapped on a pricetag.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for sale on eBay

What's more, the Italians asked under $100k for their super-exclusive, experts-only racebike, and readily provided the few things you needed to truly go nuts. Despite their rarity, the bikes have depreciated since then, and nice examples regularly go for the same price as a BMW 3 Series. Most, that is, except this 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR.

While it is extremely low mileage, comes with all the factory extras, including the more business-minded exhaust system, $90,000 is a big ask, especially considering a brand-new Desmo was $72,500.

From the eBay listing:

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

1 of only 299 in the United States!

1 of 1500 Worldwide!

Owner never rode it.

Now is your chance to own one of the rarest motorycles produced by Ducati

Please Teddy With any questions 7278083284

The seller provides little in the way of description, but the pictures do a lot of the talking. Check out the gallery below and let us know what to make of the price in the comments.

Pie in the Sky: $90k 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR