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Kawasaki June 29, 2022

I Want a Divorce – 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7J

1991 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7

1991 Kawasaki ZX-7 J For Sale on Bring A Trailer

Here at RSBFS, you know we love everything twin. Twin headlights, twin discs, twin exhausts, twin sist… You get the point. This ZX-7J today features a couple of those things but the timeless twin headlight design is certainly a huge selling point for many 90s sport bikes. Just screams classic. Kawasaki iterated on their 750 a couple of times over the years but the sweet spot for many collectors and riders of the generation is the 1991-92 ZX-7J. The 1989-1990 models had many criticism mainly regarding their weight, suspension, and looks which were all somewhat addressed for the 1991 ZX-7J. Most of the criticisms only became an issue when you put the Zx-7 next to some of its more costly competitors. If you isolate it and hop in the seat… an absolute peach of thing.

1991 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7

If you’ve ever seen any 1989-2003 ZX-7 in person, you know how much visual weight these bikes have. That combined with the excess of green can be too much for some but at this point the more green on your classic Kawi the better. 90s 90s 90s. The physical weight was also a common complaint and while the 1991 model lost 2o lbs over the 1989 model, the 1991 K1 model (homologation special) dropped another 10 lbs. With a full 4.8 gallon tank and a wide ergonomics, you’ll feel the weight but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone complaining.

1991 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7

The cockpit POV reveals one of the ZX-7s biggest quirks which are the air hoses that are reminiscent of the air hoses that fighter pilots use. While these can be easily be mistaken for intake tubes, they just provide cool air to the cylinder head.

1991 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7

While the 1991 ZX-7J made improvements over the 1990 model, one of the backwards steps Kawasaki had to take had to do with the motor. Euro regulations that limited bikes to 100hp were looming and that forced Kawi’s hand to drop 5-7 hp off the top end. The unrestricted K model engines of the same year pumped out 121 hp. While the restrictions never came to fruition, 100 hp was and still is more than enough power to hustle the ZX-7 around.

Not much you can do in the aftermarket due to the relatively short production runs and limited part crossover between models. However, an aftermarket slip-on from Viper is out there if you wish to hear a better soundtrack.

From the seller:

“…The bike was acquired by the selling dealer in November 2020, reportedly from its original owner, and subsequent service is said to have included cleaning the carburetors and fuel tank, changing the fluids, and replacing the battery and tires. This ZX750J is now offered with an owner’s manual, original warranty documents, a sales brochure, a period publication, a spare license plate bracket, and a clean California title.”

For collectors and enthusiasts, one of the biggest problems with 90s sportbikes is that they were really cheap at one point. If you search for Zx-7s on Facebook Marketplace, you’ll be met with examples that have been stretched, neglected, or dressed in Ebay fairings so any ZX-7 is not that easy to find anymore. While you shouldn’t expect these to command the premiums that a showroom Honda or Suzuki would bring, you should expect to have a conversation (maybe not a great one) with your wife if you choose to enter the bidding. One of the biggest downfalls of the ZX-7J is parts availability. The short production runs and age leave a lot to be desired in terms of aftermarket support so if you want to leave some rubber on the road, this may not be for you.

Best comp is the 1991 ZX-7J that sold on BAT in March 2022 for $16K. Might have to bump the budget past $16K to include something for the lady though.

-Norm


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Ducati June 28, 2022

Get ’em While The Gettin’s Good: 2005 Ducati 749

Not that long ago the 999/749 era was not looked on fondly.  People repeated an endless stream of disparaging comments, all revolving around aesthetics.  They literally were looking past a machine that was better in every functional way to the previous generations.  They failed to acknowledge the amazing racing success and usable road manors.  Today we have seen collectors turn their eyes to the 999/749, partly because of massive price increases to the 996/748 bikes but also because the newest collectors are at an age to have a stronger connection to the 999/749.  It was the bike they grew up lusting after.

As with most Ducati lines ups there is a “standard” bike, an upgraded S model and the range topping homologation specials with and R branding.  Obviously the higher specification bikes come with a premium both in appeal and pricing.   For many years enthusiasts quietly purchased and  enjoyed the 750cc versions of Ducati sport bikes.  The idea was that you got all the looks and curb appeal for a fraction of the cost.  Some were even opened an honest about riding style and skill so they admitted that for most the open class bikes were overkill.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Excellent condition cosmetically and mechanically. Bike needs nothing. Really rare and collectible with really low miles. Mint condition. 6700 miles. Recently serviced including belts, oil, oil filter, spark plugs etc…more pics and videos on demand. This is a classic Ducati only raising in value. Bike comes with Biposto seat and biposto frame. Past are the days that this model was considered ugly and only people started appreciating this a few years ago. Clean title on hand. Only cash. No trades. Thanks for watching

This standard 749 might not be a top tier version but that does not mean it should be dismissed.  The bike is listed as being well serviced and in nice shape.  Images show a desirable Tergi exhaust and a complete suite of books and keys.  As more and more people start looking to add a bike from this generation it will be come harder and harder to find a clean and well sorted example.  The $8,999 Buy It Now price might initially shock some, but that does appear to be reasonable pricing right now.  Worst one could say is it might be slightly “future pricing”.  These are well beyond the timeframe to be depreciating.


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Honda June 28, 2022

Honda Heavyweight: 1982 CB1100R

The Honda CB line of bikes has spanned decades and a wide range of offerings.  The CB label has been used on everything from small commuter bikes to all out powerhouses.  The original SOHC CB750 is often sited as one of the first true superbikes.  They latter evolved into the DOHC air cooled bikes of the mid 80s.  These bikes were successful on the race track and most notably with Freddie Spencer.  Towards the end of the line Honda decided it was time to make a true homologation special with the 1062cc engine.  Making 115hp Honda added a full fairing and tweaked just about everything when compared to a CB1100F.

Endurance racing is where the CB1100R saw the most race wins.  Details are limited on just how many road bikes were build, but it is safe to say these were not built in large numbers.  Rough counts indicate around 2500 units built across four production years.   Never officially sold in the USA, some have been imported over the years, but this remains a sought after model for most collectors.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

1982 Honda CB1100R. A low mile original one owner bike in almost perfect condition both mechanically and cosmetically. An extremely rare bike in the US and part of the holy grail of collector Hondas.
Absolutely no issues. Do not miss this opportunity, it will be a long wait for another like it whether you’re a collector or true aficionado. This bike is appreciating at an unbelievable rate and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s one of the bikes we will all eventually wished to have purchased when we could.
Immediate PayPal deposit of 1000$ required on purchase to XXX and please send your details so I can call and finalize.
Descriptions, viewpoints and opinions vary between people.
Please look at the photos and do your own evaluation.

DO NOT bid, make offers or press buttons if you’re not absolutely sure you’re buying it.

Your purchase is not subject to ANYTHING!!after you buy.

ANY questions, inspections, viewing, test drives etc are welcome BEFORE PURCHASE ONLY!!!! No warranties are implied or made. Sale as is.

Immediate deposit required. non refundable.

The Buy It Now price of $30,000 can only be described as aggressive based on other transaction data.  The seller unfortunately spends more time in the add laying out rules and making market claims than providing solid details on the bike.  These are relatively simple bikes from a mechanical point of view.  Honda is known for being very supportive with vintage parts availability to keep a machine like this serviced.


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Ducati June 28, 2022

Track Day Tuesday: 1983 Ducati TT Pantah

It’s time again for another of my favorite installments: Track Day Tuesday! And today’s gem is more than just a UJM with lights removed/taped over. Today’s track day bike actually belongs on a track. Built by Ducati to chase after supersport titles, the TT2 was a fantastic race bike utilizing the new Pantah engine. This was to be the replacement of the bevel drive street bikes and racers, and toothed rubber belts to drive the Desmo valve assembly proved to be quiet, reliable and much easier to build and set up. All in all, the TT was legendary for light weight, narrow profile, and fantastic handling; in the hands of someone like Tony Rutter this was a formidable racetrack weapon.

From the seller:
1983 Ducati TT Pantah Corsa Racer.

Full restored Ducati TT Pantah/ Corsa Racer red / yellow. To many new parts to list. For the TT Corsa Pantah Racer a Ducati frame # DMK8F00084 with added a 38 mm Marzoccchi racing suspension was used. Running on 16 inch front wheel with new 120-80-16 Battlax / rear 150-60-180 Battlex / FPS wheels.

More from the seller:
The engine # DM 650 612909 rebuild to original spec’s 650 cc SOHC Desmo V-twin new 38 mm Dellortos’s engine capable of producing 75 horsepower at 10,800 rpm and mated to a five-speed transmission with dry clutch. All engine internals replaced with OEM Pantah parts.

38 mm Marzocchi front forks, 280 mm Brembo brakes and adjustable rear shocks by Ohlins are also part of the bike’s overall package.

I will cast this out to the RSBFS experts out there, as I thought that the TT1 machines were 750cc, while the TT2 examples all displaced 600cc. I am not aware of a TT in 650cc, but happy to be schooled. Ducati DID homologate the Pantah-powered 650SL specifically for the TT1, but (and I’m going out on a limb here) it could be that what we are looking at here is a TT2-inspired racer based on a 650SL – and hence not a factory TT racer. There are several companies that offer bodywork kits to do just that. Regardless, this bike looks extremely clean and well presented. There are some high dollar components on this one, and I am itching to don my leathers just looking at it.

Check out all of the details here, and any of our sharp-eyed readers please feel free to comment on what you think about this one. It is a very sano build, and looks like a tremendous amount of fun without being priced in the stupidly expensive seats. Summer is here, tracks are open, and here is one track day monster that will really turn some heads. Good Luck!!

MI


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Ducati June 28, 2022

Forza Smussato – 1978 Ducati 900SS with 1,900 Miles !

Today’s Supersport is a vintage bevel still on the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin and presumably never registered.  Condition and ask are more stadium auction than eBay.  Just a couple of klicks down Rte. 7 from me if a reader would like a close-up inspection.

1978 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Ducati added 6mm to the bore of the 750SS and found 864cc’s and 67 hp.  Still an early adoption of the desmodromic valve gear, reviewers advised against ignoring the valve adjustment intervals.  The stout frame tubes cradle the squared-off engine cases, and spring rates could be kept relatively mild.  280mm brakes and 18-inch spoked wheels round out the running gear.  The single seat seems to have been optional for 1978 and joins the party started by the upper-only fairing.

Dealer plates might explain the 1,900 miles and MSO documentation, and likely all but a few happened more than a generation ago.  Recently the engine was evidently rebuilt, and factory blinkers are still mounted.  Finishes on the chrome, alloy, and paint ( sometimes all in the same picture ! ) are excellent without seeming overdone.  Details from the eBay auction –

Silver with Blue. 1,900 original miles, same owner since 1988 – still on Ducati Factory MSO. In 2019, the bike was totally gone thru, the brakes and the carburetors rebuilt, the engine was disassembled and refreshed after sitting for many years, this was all done by a Ducati Expert. Almost $15,000 was spent doing this work with receipts to verify the work done. The bike is in excellent condition exactly as you would expect for a super low mile example. It comes with an additional front fairing and owners manual. Ducati’s are the ultimate sport bike. If you are collector this is one you should have in your collection! It is a very low mile example that has just been mechanically gone thru.

Though not the first desmodromic valve engine, the bevel has a rabid – following – which capitalizes on the bikes’ vintage beauty.  They weren’t a racetrack challenge to Japan’s latest four cylinder bikes, but were only a tad slower on the road with better torque and lighter handling.  Almost all are collectible these days, occasional riders with close family ties to Imola and looks that always draw a crowd.

-donn


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Moto Guzzi June 26, 2022

Original Owner Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans

Advertised as original owner and garage kept for 44 years, this is a stunning MK1 Lemans — it looks restored but has somehow covered nearly 30k miles. While there are other iterations that came later with incremental improvements, the early MK1 with the round headlight is the best looking and archetypal for collectors.

1978 Moto Guzzi Lemans for sale on eBay

from the seller:

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans original one owner bike. Beautifully maintained and restored. Collector example.

Owner purchased bike new in November 1978 . Runs strong and has only 29,719 miles . Owner restored bike in the mid 1990’s .

Motorcycle has been garage kept for 44 years. Motorcycle has matching engine and frame numbers.

Motorcycle runs and idles great. Sounds fantastic especially when revved over 4k . Everything works. No electrical problems. Both front and rear brakes work great, has factory linked braking system.

Came from Moto Guzzi factory with velocity stacks on Del Orto pumper carbs . But owner has always ran the bike with K&N air filters fitted. Factory velocity stacks are included with bike.

Bike has the following upgrades, additions and modifications on it.

Alloy endurance timing gears

Bub Ent. Racing exhaust system

Rear Koni shocks (correct for time period)

Stainless steel brake hoses front and rear

VDO oil pressure gauge

Dyna III electronic ignition and 35kv Dyna coils

Telefix fork brace

Stainless steel oil lines

dc


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Triumph June 25, 2022

Big Boned – 1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

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1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

In the early 1990s and 2000s, the British were never really able to compete in the race to have the fastest or lightest bikes. The business had hit a bit of rough patch and had them playing catchup to other manufacturers but that didn’t stop them from finding their niche and creating faster and faster bikes. The Daytona 900 Super III is a good point of reference in their ascent as it illustrated their ability to make a good bike a even better and also the early stages of life for the now infamous Daytona.

Image 5 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

After Triumph opened it’s shiny Hinkley factory in 1990, they released released a number of models including the 750 triple and followed that up with the 900 triple. The Daytona 900 was a good bike at the time for Triumph. Its engine differentiated it from Japanese competitors and that certainly made it an interesting option for buyers but it was never on the same level of performance. To make the bike a bit more relevant on the international stage, Triumph iterated on the Daytona with the 900 Super III even if it only had 800 units to show for it.

Image 10 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

The Daytona 900 Super III certainly did not have an exotic redline or top speed but the original engine was reworked for the Super III with the help of Cosworth. Cosworth reworked the heads and used higher compression pistons along with a proper tune to pump out an extra 18 hp out of the 900 triple. With more power, you also need more brakes and Triumph addressed that by adding two more pots to each caliper.

Image 18 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

From the seller:

“1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111. Rare and highly collectable, this 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111 is one of only 800 produced between 1994 and 1996. Only 170 were imported into the U.S. The bike is completely stock, in mint condition and has only 13,405 miles showing on the clock. This motorcycle is a prime example of Triumph’s Superbike from 1995. Produced from 1994 through 1996 in very limited numbers, with engine tuning by Cosworth, this 885cc triple is rated at 115 horsepower, with an estimated top speed of nearly 150mph. This bike was just taken out of dry storage after 20 years. It is ready to roll, quick, and nimble…”

Image 2 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

The additional power and brakes made the Daytona a much more responsive motorcycle on the street where easy power is king. The biggest gripe with this bike was always the power to weight but that’s a problem most of us face ourselves at one one point or another. Triumph didn’t design this motorcycle exclusively for the track and the weight only added to its street competency on windy British B roads.

Overall, this bike seems to be in very good condition with virtually no cosmetic defects. The seller mentioned the bike has been in dry storage for quite some time so it may need some parts refreshed here and there. As far as price and value, the bikes were rare and the US only saw 170/800 examples. RSBFS had one up in 2021 so they still come up from time to time. $3-$5K seems to be the going range for past examples and the seller’s reserve is at the upper limit and has seen no bids.

-Norm

 


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Yamaha June 24, 2022

A Mild Thump – 1987 Yamaha SRX250

Yamaha wanted to extend the success of their singles and developed 600, 400, and more rarely 250 variants.  Though references to US imports are hard to find, this excellent example has an MPH speedometer.

1987 Yamaha SRX250 for sale on eBay

Even though there were similar Yamaha 250 singles, the SRX engine was its own animal with 10-to-1 compression and a four-valve head.  Its 32 hp were more than the dirtbike and quad engines, if not more than  enough.  Just about all the double downtube frame is visible, in red on the 80’s-era sports livery.  Even though it’s lightly built with a single front disc and economical with the drum rear brake, the sporting intent is evidenced by the staggered 16-inch front / 18-inch wheels.  A small frame-mounted fairing is accompanied by a chin scoop which hides the exhaust.

Evidently tucked away in Vermont garage for a while, this SRX has amassed 15,641 miles but looks like less.  Brake fluid has bubbled the paint on the reservoir and the owner’s keyring has scored the triple tree, but otherwise it looks a few years old and not 35.  Thinking the seat has been recovered but only because it looks that good.  Noted from the eBay auction –

This bike is very rare. This bike was only made for one year. This bike is in great condition for a 1987. See pictures, they will tell the story. Last fall I put on a new Petcock, rebuilt the carb, and disc brake caliper. Last week I had a professional mechanic tune it up and install a new Yuasa battery. The tank was sealed years ago. Everything works on the bike, lights, blinkers, horn. The speedometer is slightly foggy which I don’t understand because it’s always been kept in a heated cellar or heated garage.

Maybe not the thumpiest single out there, The SRX250 was more of a domestic market sport style for Yamaha fans who needed a 250.  For RSBFS readers, maybe a good starter or pit bike with impeccable taste.  Plenty of bids but hoping the reserve isn’t out of this world.

-donn


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Honda June 21, 2022

Habu – 2000 Honda CBR 1100 XX Blackbird

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2000 Honda CBR 1100XX Blackbird

The Blackbird holds a bit of a mythical legend status in the hyperbike category which is ironic because this bike was technically categorized as a sport tourer. Although it had a 9 year production run, there aren’t many clean, low-mile examples left today. Most have seen many miles of pavement or have been modded beyond the point of saving but a few still pop up here and there.

Image 2 - 2000 Honda CBR

The Blackbird focused more on the sport than the touring. The bars were set lower and further forward than you would expect which resulted in a much sportier riding position. With a 167hp at the crank, the engine was no slouch either and is liable to munch highway miles or dominate highway drag races. However, the touring wasn’t forgotten either as can be seen by the massive 6.3 gallon fuel tank which was the larger than both the ZX14’s and Hayabusa’s tank.

Image 10 - 2000 Honda CBR

Although Honda blends in a bit with the other manufacturers today, they used to separate themselves from the crowd by offering advanced technologies and making them very reliable. The Blackbird came with a linked braking system that is common on many touring motorcycles today. The Blackbird also came with a dual counterbalanced engine that resulted in minimal vibrations. A benefit of this is that you can bolt the engine directly to the frame and have a much stiffer chassis.

Image 15 - 2000 Honda CBR

The Blackbird could use almost of all of its speedometer. With a 178 mph top speed, this bike held the record for the fastest production motorcycle for a couple of years until it was dethroned by the Hayabusa.

Image 12 - 2000 Honda CBR

From the seller:

2000 Honda CBR 1100XX “Blackbird”. EXCELLENT condition with only 4,222 miles. Great price!! It is extremely hard to find one of these with original parts and very low miles. This bike has never spent the night outside. It has never been dropped. The few minor abrasions sadly come mostly from being in the garage. Photo of minor abrasion on lower left fairing included. All original parts. New Tires and battery!Two keys, Original paperwork, Cover, Tank Bra, Extra foot pegs. This bike lives in Terre Haute, Indiana and buyer is responsible for retrieving it.

It’s a shame Honda decided they didn’t want to participate in the top speed battles that occur at 1 AM on empty Mexican freeways. An attempt to bring the VFR1200 in as a replacement wasn’t super successful as it didn’t address the same market that the Hayabusa and ZX14 do.

Blackbirds are already becoming quite collectible and this example with very low miles would be a great addition to any collection. The homage to the SR-71 combined with top speed record make this bike historically significant and the limited availability should drive up prices of well-kept bikes over time. At $10K, this isn’t a bad deal considering the condition and upside.

-Norm


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BMW June 20, 2022

Lucky 13 – 1994 BMW R1100RS Battle of the Legends Racebike

Pro race bikes don’t often change hands, and with BMW’s only occasional presence on the grid, even rarer with the rondel.  Today’s single marque racer is an R1100RS which evidently used to have Dave Aldana’s race numbers and still has his signature

1994 BMW R1100RS Racebike for sale on BaT

AHMRA folks close to BMW proposed a support race series for 1992, starting during bike week in Daytona and visiting classic tracks like Loudon, Mid-Ohio and Sears Point.  The R1100RS was the second bike used in the series, with 90 hp ( in street trim ) and four valve heads.  Then-new Telelever front end reviewed better than the shaft drive and Paralever rear, but both became BMW standards.  The fairing folded over the adjustable clip-ons and provided the rider a healthy amount of personal space.  – Lowers – were available as a factory option but not to the Legends racers.

With the same custodian since 1995, this RS might still be on its first post-race owner.  Certain real-world changes have been made, with bar-end mirrors, luggage rack, bags, and Corbin seat.  These oilheads don’t need much but at least the fluids ( if not the tires ) were changed.  For a race-used 30 year-old, the condition is amazing.  Standardized descriptions get priority over owner comments on BaT, but check out more pictures – here -.

Organizers drew the -70’s riders back with all expenses paid and matching bikes, even race leathers.  Aldana was one of the top riders in the series, and won two of the three weekends at Daytona in 1994.  The series had a four year run, and showed the new Beemer in a sporty light.  The warm silver paint is distinctive even without the series graphics.  A great riding collectible for fans of the brand and Dave Aldana.

-donn


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