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Ducati October 24, 2020 posted by

Zero-Mile 1988 Ducati 851 Tricolore for Sale

The introduction of the 851 in 1987 was a watershed moment for Ducati. Their first liquid-cooled, four-valve engine displaced, naturally, 851cc and established a superbike formula that the company would follow until the introduction of their V4. The 851 didn’t need to rely on nostalgia to compete at the highest levels of racing and re-established Ducati as an object of lust among sportbike enthusiasts. The revised v-twin couldn’t generate the outright power of the inline fours produced by the Japanese manufacturers, but this Kit 851 Tricolore weighed in at around 363lbs dry and brought Ducati’s famed handling to the party, along with a fat wedge of midrange torque.

As is typical for Ducati, there were a couple different versions of the 851 available, a Strada or “street” version with 102hp, and the much higher specification Kit or Corsa version as seen here. With a claimed 120hp, the Kit bikes were intended to homologate the 851 for competition and were extremely rare, with just enough built to qualify them to race. At a glance, the two versions look almost identical but, as they say: the devil is in the details. The Kit version had a braced swingarm, close-ratio gearbox, race camshafts and ECU, magnesium wheels, and a number of other detail changes, including a dash with no speedometer. Because racebike.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Ducati 851 Tricolore for Sale

1988 Ducati Superbike Kit Tri Color Racer. Number 34 of 250. 250 per Homologation rules for World Superbike. Never been started since it was uncrated. The only tire wear is from factory shakedown. Absolutely in perfect (new) condition!

The $89,500 asking price is eye-wateringly high but, with 250 built and only 20 imported to the US, there can’t be that many 0-mile 851 Kits out there. If that’s your thing, I’m sure you’re prepared to spend outrageous sums for time-capsule Bolognese homologation specials like this one. The rest of us will just have to grouse in the comments about ridiculous asking prices…

-tad


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Suzuki October 22, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Suzuki GSXR-750 Skoal Bandit

Update 10.20.2020: The sale of this bike is now concluded to an RSBFS reader with a winning bid of $14,200. Congratulations to buyer and seller!

From the seller, “Just wanted to thank you for the support, your listing got a huge response and no doubt contributed to the amazing sale price at the end of the day.” Thank you for the kind words!

If you’ve got a special and rare sportbike that would benefit from being on the site, check out our Featured Listings! -dc


The first generation Suzuki GSX-R750 needs no introduction on these pages. A meteoric sport bike that turned the world on its ear, the slab-sided Gixxer redefined the concepts of light weight and handling. Today even non-LE models are appreciating quickly in price, for although these were mass produced motorcycles, the ravages of time and hard use have taken toll on the available supply. Today’s Featured Listing is the perfect example of a Gen I slabbie – with a twist. Faithfully recreated in the legendary “Skoal Bandit” livery as applied to a handful of new bikes sold in the UK, itself an homage to the Suzuki GP & production racer colors, this is a unique and ultra-rare opportunity to score some classic 1980s artwork.

Featured Listing: 1987 Suzuki GSXR-750 Skoal Bandit

Today’s seller has been as meticulous at documenting this restoration as he has been with the restoration itself. Therefore, I will turn it over to him:

From the seller:
Gorgeous showroom quality 86′ GSXR750 “Skoal Bandit” replica that has just been through a 3-year frame off, nut and bolt restoration. For those of you who don’t know the folklore behind the “Skoal Bandit” GSXR750, the story goes that Suzuki GB or one of the UK main dealers had stock of 86′ GSXR’s left over at the end of the sales year and as a special promotion had them painted in the “Skoal Bandit” race livery, one of the main sponsors for Suzuki racing at the time. There were supposedly 50 or so bikes painted in this scheme and at the time one of those was used in a magazine shootout article against the Ducati 750 F1. The photo shoot from that magazine article as well as several documented replicas in the UK provided the source material for my replica, which I’ve tried to recreate in painstaking detail, with just a couple of period correct modifications to improve handling. The base for this restoration was an early 87′ GSXR-750 with clean California title, but I converted it to an 86′ layout to be faithful to the original. The restoration is 99% OEM, with only a few fasteners that were remade due to lack of availability, and aftermarket screen/mirrors. The bike was stripped to the frame and every single component refurbished, painted or plated before reassembly. The engine only had 16K miles on it but was stripped to the cases and rebuilt with new components to ensure reliability and that new bike feel. My restorations are built to ride and this one has approximately 100 shake-down miles on it to date, the restoration was completed in June. The bike handles beautifully, and the engine pulls cleanly and strongly through the entire rev range. However, if you wish to just park it in your living room and admire it with your biking friends, I would understand.

More from the seller:
Some Restoration Details…..Chassis/Suspension: Frame fully stripped and modified with 86′ GSXR1100 steering damper, all new steering and swingarm bearings. 86′ Forks/Anti Dive fully stripped, new seals, coatings refurbished. Rear shock full rebuild using 86′ GSXR1100 shock body & remote reservoir for improved handling. Brake calipers stripped, refinished & rebuilt with new seals/pads, rotors refurbished/refinished. All brake/clutch masters/slaves rebuilt with new seals. Wheels fitted with new bearings and new rubber. All fasteners replaced with NOS or replated. Electrics: Wiring loom gone through and rewrapped, all electrical components in perfect working condition. Usual missing components such as clutch starter safety switch and side stand safety switch are fitted and operational (so pull clutch lever in to start). Fitted Japanese OEM turn signals with smoked lenses, because they look cool! Instrument cluster and switch gear refurbished. New battery.

More from the seller:
Engine: Stripped to the cases, all new mains, big end bearings, oil seals and gaskets. Cylinders honed and pistons fitted with new rings and wrist pins. Heads rebuilt with new valve oil seals and valve seats reground. New clutch. Carbs ultrasonic cleaned, rebuilt with new gaskets and fuel valves. Stage 1 jet kit fitted for smoother acceleration off idle. Hi-Flow air filter with stock airbox and stock OEM exhaust system. Fuel tank petcock rebuilt, tank in excellent condition, no liner. Fairings/Body Panels: All OEM fairings with the exception of the screen. No missing tabs, poppers or cracked mounting holes. “Skoal Bandit” base coat colors referenced from RS paints in the UK, and then matched by PPG. 6 Coats of clear, wet sanded flat and then polished to show quality. “Skoal Bandit” decals from classic reproduction decals in the UK.OEM solo seat unit, seat and butt pad recovered in matching green vinyl. Unobtanium trim panels are present, including front mid fairing inner covers, rear shock mud flap (remanufactured) and unmolested rear mudguard.

More from the seller:
I have seen some very nice GSXR1100 “Skoal Bandit’s” in the US but cannot recall seeing a GSXR750 as close to the original as this for many years. I hate to let this one go, but someone else will get to enjoy it and I have other projects waiting in the wings. I will be happy to answer any questions I can, and potential bidders are welcome to view the bike in person, I am located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Photographic documentation of the restoration can be found here.

The seller has also included a video of the bike with a walk around and proof as to how well it runs and idles. This is definitely worth a few minutes of your time:

Early GSX-R750 models are escalating in collector demand. Pristine examples of the breed are leading the charge. That’s what makes this ultra-rare Skoal Bandit recreation so unique: here is an opportunity to obtain a completely refurbished example of an iconic model, but in striking (and period correct) livery. You definitely need to check out all of the details, as the workmanship is fantastic. I challenge you to find another example that is this clean. Park it in your man cave as art, or put it on the street as rolling art – either way this 1987 Suzuki GSXR-750 in Skoal Bandit colors will have everyone green with envy. Good Luck!!

MI

Ducati October 22, 2020 posted by

Super Right: 1992 Ducati 900 Superlight #860

The Ducati Superlight is one of the bikes that defined the mystique of the Italian brand. An interesting – if not revolutionary – offshoot to the popular Supersport line, the Superlight added lightness to the package via some specially chosen components, and weight to the legend via a sequential number plaque that ensured exclusivity. The Superlight was reasonably rare in the US during this period of time, and did not need to fight in the showroom with too many other “Limited Edition” models. The best part was the Superlight was modified for performance, and not simply a branding exercise to make it unique. The seller has a good bit to say about this model and this bike, and I will let him take it over from here:

1992 Ducati 900 Superlight for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Ducati 900 Superlight 1992 – (Bike was originally owned by Hollywood photographer & collector Guy Webster )
Limited Edition #860 of #952
Mileage 19082
California Clear Title

The 900 Superlight was produced by Ducati from 1992 to 1996 but only 952 examples of the MKI version were sold Worldwide. Available in either the traditional Ducati Red or the Fabulous Superlight Yellow. Only 300 Mk1’s were imported into the US, all were yellow and 100/300 of the US allocation were sold in California.

The Superlight came with a number of weight saving components that reduced the bikes weight by 25lb compared to the std 900SS. Vented clutch cover, solo seat, Ltd edition number plaque, carbon front fender and rear hugger, (pretty high tech in 1992) and this bike has the sought after and very light, composite Marvic/Akront wheels. All of these important parts are present and correct on bike #860.

More from the seller:
Ownership:
This bike has an interesting history. The original owner was World renowned Hollywood photographer Guy Webster. (See Robb Report Guy Webster ) Guy was without doubt one of the early innovators of rock ‘n’ roll/celebrity photography and die-hard bike fan.
While shooting album covers and billboards for groups like The Rolling Stones, The Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel and Chicago, he also photographed film legends like Rita Hayworth, Dean Martin and Natalie Wood.
Guy built a huge personal collection of rare and exotic Italian bikes at his home in Ojai California, which was on occasion opened up to the public.

The Superlight then changed hands to well-known Ducati/Guzzi restorer Ted Henry and in 2011 the current and third owner took possession, with 13989 miles on the speedometer.

This example is well presented in the rarer of the two colorways – Superlight Yellow. It has been very well maintained. Overall the paintwork is in excellent condition, the bike has never been dropped or crashed, fit and finish of the panels is excellent. There is a small scratch on front fairing to the left of the headlight and three very small marks on the rear single seat hump, both areas have been highlighted in the listing’s last photo.

Warning labels often removed by owners are in place on the tank, fairing and frame rails, and it’s obvious when you see the bike in person it has enjoyed a pampered life, only covering an average of 509 miles per year since 2011.
Mileage today at time of sale is 19082 miles. The bikes battery was recently replaced with a Shorai Gel battery, the air filter is clean, oil was replaced in March and the timing belt was changed at 10000 miles. Tires were replaced at 17700 miles.

There are a number of maintenance records available from the current owner. The bike does have a couple of subtle nonstandard upgrades, including lightly smoked screen (same shape as the original) and gorgeous carbon Arrow silencers that can be heard if you follow the short YouTube video link below.

And if you cannot hear the wonderful sound of the air-cooled, 2-valve Ducati L-twin just from the pictures, then feast your ears on the enclosed video. Yes, that is this particular bike, sounding like a million bucks.

Today’s beautiful 1992 Ducati Superlight looks very clean, appears to have a nice record of ownership, some limited star power in the name of Guy Webster (certainly no Rossi, Stoner or some rock star, but certainly better than no history at all), and the exclusivity built into the Superlight series when they originally launched. The current bid on this beauty is a mere $8,500 with a reserve still in place. This is way underpriced for a clean Superlight, and I would expect this one to climb quickly in the few days remaining. Ducati continued with both the “less is more” as well as the “more is more” philosophies in the years and models to follow, but today the Superlight continues to strike a unique balance between sport and art. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI


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Honda October 21, 2020 posted by

Steam Train – 1990 Honda CBR1000F

Over on the GT end of the spectrum, Honda’s all-growed-up CBR looked and weighed like adult rider material, and had power to match.  This suburban Portland example is a lot of bike for the buy-it-now.

1990 Honda CBR1000F for sale on eBay

Everything about the 1000F is at the big end of the range – quite oversquare, the bores are 77mm across, fed by four 38mm Keihin carbs.  Power is superbike strong but more torquey at 132 hp and 77 ft.-lbs.  Brakes are ’90-sized at 296mm, but have Honda’s thoughtful take on linked braking, where the lever and pedal each operate both front and rear brakes, splitting the caliper pucks proportionally.  Creature comforts got raves, with the big seat, windscreen and full fairing make reeling off the miles a ( lack of ) breeze. 

Sounds like the owner also has an interest in a used bike parts outfit, and recently put all new fluids and rubber on this Honda.  Miles aren’t much at 8,462, but once you park a bike time picks up speed.  Apparently victim to a zero-speed character builder or two, this 1000F still looks very good and quite original.  Refinishing faux pas like the generator cover and clutch fluid spill should make a nice difference.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The condition is excellent. The bike has 8,462 miles on it. We just put new tires on it. Changed the engine oil and filter with Honda oil and a Honda filter. Changed the coolant with Honda coolant. Changed all of the brake fluid and clutch fluid. New battery. Cleaned the carburetors. New air filter. This bike is ready for the road. There is a couple of scuffs in the paint as seen in photos. There is one crack in the left side fairing seen in the photos. The seat has a small tear or rub spot as seen in photos. The bike is 100% stock with no modifications done. I am including the original invoice from when the bike was bought new in 1990. I am the second owner of the bike. I bought this from the original owner.

The owner also posted a 10-minute video for which offers some nice close-ups – here -.

Though it’s not a fire-breathing track machine, the CBR1000F still has the superbike pedigree and engineering to build up speed quickly.  Then the all-encompassing body makes a quiet, still, almost separate world for the rider.  This example is an advertisement for inside storage, with new looking finishes except where fate tripped up the previous owner.  Though an admitted flipper, the seller has recommissioned the big CBR properly, and left the Make Offer button lit.

-donn


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Benelli October 20, 2020 posted by

Bad to the Bone: 1982 Benelli 900 SEI

One of the most storied motorcycle brands in history is sadly no longer represented in the market. That means if you are interested in an Italian legend, the used market is the only way to go. For it is only on the used market can you find a classic beast such as this 900 SEI. This is a watershed, world-beater design, as Benelli was the first to bring a production six cylinder model to market with the 750cc variant. Let’s dive in!

1982 Benelli 900 SEI for sale on eBay

It is no secret that the SEI owes a great deal to the engineering brilliance of Soichiro Honda. For it was the CB500 four cylinder that was the foundation for the SEI, and the original 750cc model introduced in 1973 was simply a Honda CB500 with a pair of additional cylinders added on. The later bikes – such as today’s 1982 model – were punched out to 900cc, but kept the same basic arrangement. Automotive engineering giant Alejandro de Tomaso drove the project, and the original styling was provided by well-known coachbuilder Ghia. By relocating the bits Honda left handing off of the end of the crankshaft to behind the motor, de Tomaso was able to keep the big six relatively narrow; this is a trend that continues in motorcycle design to this day.

From the seller:
1982 Benelli 900SEI

> run, ride and stop
> new tires, brakes and master cylinders rebuild with new pistons and seals, new wheels bearings, battery, chrome covers and a lot more
> need few touches and finishing
> all parts are available (see photos)

This particular SEI is a bit of an outlier for RSBFS as it is more of a project than a stone-stock standard. That being said, it looks to be quite the beast. The seller has included a pair of videos of the bike in question here as well:

There is little doubt that the rarity of the model overall, the storied history of the manufacturer and the strong, continued collector interest in exotics will continue to drive the price of the SEI. Today’s seller is asking $16,500 for this project bike, a price that is lower than most of the clean SEI examples we have seen over the last couple of years. With the global pandemic showing no signs of abating and with winter coming, now is the perfect time to bring home something that might need a little finishing school. Perhaps this beauty has your name on it already. Check it out here, good luck, and stay safe!!

MI


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Featured Listing October 18, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda VTR250

If you spend your free time scurrilously poring over our pages, chances are you are intimately familiar with Honda’s three-years-only VTR250 Interceptor. But in case you aren’t: The 1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor was Honda flexing its manufacturing might on an entry-level bike just because it could.

The littlest Interceptor was approachable, but packed enough punch to interest more seasoned riders, and enough weird details to keep collectors entertained 31 years later. The most striking oddity is its inboard front disc brake, an experiment that didn’t pan out for Big Red, but one that helps further separate the VTR250 from other small bikes. Couple that with a 90-degree liquid-cooled v-twin that made about 30 horsepower, deft handling from a featherweight chassis and a top speed approaching The Ton, and you have the makings of a cult classic.

This one wears a livery so garish and awesome that it could only have been produced in the decade of excess, and is in very nice preserved shape. The odometer, set into a very period set of square dials next to a 13,500 rpm redline tach, shows just over 13,000 miles.

From the seller:

This is a 1989 Honda VTR250 – Honda’s high tech pocket rocket. Released to the learner market, the VTR250 was way more advanced than most other 250cc bikes at the time – a liquid cooled 90 degree V Twin, with twin cam 4 valve heads and twin downdraught carbs, with a 6 speed transmission. It’s light, nimble and fast, and is a cult classic for lovers of small sport bikes. Producing a touch under 30 bhp, and coupled with light weight and a beam frame it matches bigger bikes in the corners, and revs out to 13,500rpm with useable power all the way off idle. To add to the fun, there is a second power band around 9000rpm and when you get there it takes off again. I’ve had plenty of riders on bigger bikes stop me after I have tailed them relentlessly on twisty roads and ask just what the heck the bike is that I am riding.

This example is very close to stock and has been lovingly maintained by the owner. It has a Goodridge front brake line and just had an oil and filter change in September. Coolant was exchanged last year. The reg/rectifiers on these are famous for failing, so this one has an upgraded one from a Honda VF500. Tires and brakes are in good shape with plenty of life left, and the inboard ventilated disc was serviced last year. Engine inlet rubbers were replaced in September with new ones from Japan, where the VT250 is still in production and spares are plentiful there.

It comes with the official Honda workshop manual, the owners manual, and spare front/rear brake pads/shoes.

Mileage is now 13,325, and I had the local Honda dealer supply and fit the optional genuine center stand.

For just $1,800, this awesome little 250 is begging to join a stable of bigger bikes and watch them turn green with envy as they get passed over for weekend jaunts and blasts around town. Contact Simon with your interest.

Honda October 18, 2020 posted by

Rim Shot – 1989 Honda CBR250R

This mini-FireBlade has been a grey-market import twice, but still has just over 9,000 miles and looks very good.  Tipping the scales at 350 lbs. with half a tank of fuel, its 40hp are plenty to have a ball.

1989 Honda CBR250R for sale on eBay

Made since 1986, the four-cylinder had bores of around 2 inches and peak power was at 14,500 rpm.  The twin spars of the frame and swingarm were aluminum alloy, and single muffler and front disk kept the mass down.  Home-market rules stipulated the horsepower limitation, but the little CBR handled with abandon.  Set up for a pillion, but probably not two 90th-percentile adults.

This third owner is Chicago-based, and says it’s a long-term relationship.  It looks quite stock, with the natural exception of the rear fender-ectomy.  No particular damage, but corrosion never sleeps and is evident on many fasteners, maybe due to its western Pacific origins.  The flickering livery is pretty unusual and striking in red metallic.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The cosmetic condition of this machine is just as it looks in the photos. The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting immediately.

This bike has been part of my collection for many years, is actually ridden once in a while, and is a LOT of fun to ride. It runs and rides with absolutely no issues. And the 4 valve, 4-stroke, dual overhead cam engine revs up to 19,000 rpm, so you can imagine how much fun it is when it’s really wound up. I am the third owner from new. It was originally imported from Japan into Australia, then to the U.S. in the late 2000’s. It has a clear, valid title, so there will be no issues plating it in any state.  

 Everything on this motorcycle is original. Every one of the finishes are totally original, as is the seat. As you can see from the photos in the photo section, the machine has had absolutely no restoration performed to any part of it. The condition is exactly what it looks like in the photos. I looked at a quite a few of these bikes before I finally bought this one, and I’ve never seen a better original one before or since.

 The Honda runs and rides the way you expect a machine with this type of mileage to run. All of the mechanical components have been checked over to ensure they work properly including the clutch and brakes. 

 Oil has been recently changed, a new battery was installed, and the carbs completely gone through this season. Everything works. There is absolutely nothing you will have to do to this motorcycle to ride and enjoy it for the rest of this season and many more to come.  

The CBR250R not only had to compete against other domestic manufacturers, but in-house competition from the NSR250R, and wasn’t exported until 1996, then just to Oceana.  Yearly changes were incremental until 1990, when a new chassis was introduced.  Hopefully the reserve will leave a stainless fastener allowance for this rider, and bidding is active just one day in.  The next owner will have a rarity in the U.S., and in quite nice original shape.

-donn


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Aprilia October 16, 2020 posted by

Collector Alert – 1998 Aprilia RS250 with Zero Miles!

Twenty-plus years down the line, an unused RS250 has surfaced courtesy of EuroCycles Las Vegas.  What some collector or racer might give for a “new” RS250 might be challenged by this time machine.

1998 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

Aprilia introduced their road-going 250 a year after Max Biaggi won his first championship on their racer, though the street bike used a Suzuki V-twin engine.  For 1998 73 ponies were on tap, though a big twist of the wrist and active left foot were required to keep the engine at peak power.  Twin 34mm Mikuni carbs contribute smooth running and Aprilia’s own exhaust releases pent-up power.  The twin-spar chassis and swingarm are made of aluminum/magnesium alloy stampings, with cast connectors and a fairly conventional seat sub-frame.  The livery echoes Rossi’s rides from the era, though the similarity isn’t much thicker than the decal set.

Not much history in a never-ridden example sold on a bill of sale.  Plate and key fob are from a Parisian moto boutique.  Equipped for the road, some paperwork would await a new owner intending to ride.  EuroCycle’s comments from the eBay auction:

This is the grey-market RS250 that was street-legal, never sold in the US. Showroom Condition, sold on bill-of-sale. Serious Collectors only please.

The fairing decal states “Racing Department Technology” – which is true, though it might be a year or so before the Departo Corse’s ideas make it through production engineering.  Though this one doesn’t have livery commemorative of a championship or rider, it’s hard to stop looking at what the factory intended, especially a factory so close to the race circuit.

-donn


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