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Honda October 13, 2019 posted by

Wild East – 1988 Honda CBR250R

During the 80’s heyday, Honda showed a graduated selection of displacements with two- or four-stroke engines in various configurations.  The early CBR250R was destined for an upscale beginner and came to the U.S. only via the grey market.  This 1988 four cylinder 250 looks good and its black/gold livery doesn’t stretch the truth with racey graphics.

1988 Honda CBR250R for sale on eBay

When introduced in 1986, the CBR250R was at the high end of sporty convention with alloy spar chassis, Pro-Link monoshock and big front disk brake.  The 1/4-liter inline was nicely oversquare, almost a requirement when pushing the 2-inch pistons to 18,000 rpm.  With gear-driven cams and 4-into-1 exhaust, no trouble putting together the legislated limit of 45 hp.  For 1988 there were twin headlights on the full fairing, and pillion accommodation for a JDM teen from thirty years back.

This NYC owner has several classic sportbikes at auction, none with hi-res photos however.  Showing just over 4,000 miles with no particular damage or corrosion.  Though it’s shown without plates, the owner states clear title and good running condition, and in the eBay auction can’t argue with pretty clean:

PRETTY CLEAN 1988 HONDA CBR 250  MC19 WITH ONLY 4,123 ORIGINAL MILES (6,636 KM).  THIS BIKE RUNS AND DRIVES GOOD.  EVERYTHING WORKS LIKE THEY SHOULD.  IN MY OPINION THE BIKE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION FOR A BIKE OF THIS AGE.  HOWEVER, THERE ARE IMPERFECTIONS DUE TO AGE.  GOT A BUY IT NOW PRICE OF $8,500 OR WILL CONSIDER THE NEAREST BEST OFFER.  GOT A CLEAN AND CLEAR TITLE IN HAND.

Different than fire-breathing superbikes or more powerful smokers, this early CBR still has rarity on its side plus the gem-like engine.  The dual headlight look is classic and this one might be a nice rolling resto as cosmetics are tuned up.  Not much to compare it to, but the buy-it-now might be a little rich for 249 cc’s – however the Make Offer button is lit.

-donn


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Aprilia October 12, 2019 posted by

Gold cup: 2007 Aprilia RSV Mille R Bol d’Or

If you’re into Italian superbikes with big, torquey twins, gorgeous styling, impeccable kit and a definite air of exclusivity, now is a phenomenal time to cast your eyes toward early-mid aughts Aprilia RSV Milles. Relative to the other Italian marque famed for its muscular twins, Aprilias can be had for a song, and since they sported Rotax mills until fairly recently, they’re as reliable as death and taxes.

2007 Aprilia RSV Mille R Bol d’Or for sale on eBay

Also like their Bolognese rivals, Aprilia wasn’t afraid of the odd special edition, and this 2007 Aprilia RSV Mille R Bol d’Or is a perfect example of that. One of 200 examples built between 2007 and 2008, it is simply a Mille R with a special paintjob that apes the bikes Aprilia ran in the superstock class at the 2006 Bol D’or 24 hour race. Underneath that odd-but-cool red, green, white and purple livery lurks a 143-horsepower beast held up on either end with Ohlins springy bits. It also rocks forged wheels, a carbon fiber fender and — sorry, friends — a solo tail section.

From the eBay listing:

I am liquidating my collection, please check out my other listings I will be posting

This is my Near Mint RSVR1000, Super Low Mileage

Bike was leaned over onto grass (right side), please see photo’s of miner blemishes / decals, Otherwise Perfect.

(I think with $500 of touch up the bike can be mint)

Only upgrade is Akropovic titanium slip on’s ($1,500), I still have the OEM cans

Bike rides amazing.

NO RESERVE AUCTION

Any questions?

Thanks

As the seller states, aside from some blemishes on one side, it is in beautiful condition. It has also been ridden sparingly, with just under 3,000 miles to show. An Akrapovic exhaust has been added to help it stand out from any others you might see — as if that would ever happen. Speaking of rarity, this is the second such bike we’ve run across in the last two weeks, which means if you missed out on the last one, all hope is not lost.


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Aprilia October 11, 2019 posted by

V-Twins for EVERYONE: 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale

Everything was coming up twins in the early 2000s. Ducati’s continued success on track and in showrooms inspired other manufacturers to throw their hats into the ring: Honda and Suzuki decided that, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” and built v-twin superbikes to compete against the 998. Obviously that’s oversimplifying things a bit, since Honda was apparently fed up with bias towards the Bolognese v-twins in WSBK and wanted to make a point by beating Ducati at their own game, which isn’t exactly the same thing. For Aprilia though, it just made sense to use a v-twin for their first superbike, and they managed to knock it out of the park with the RSV Mille R.

The bike was well-reviewed, had some success in World Superbike, and made for a real Italian alternative to Ducati, with wildly different looks but the same kind of v-twin grunt matched with better reliability. With their brand-new bike, Aprilia opted to avoid the kinds of mechanical nightmares experienced by Bimota, outsourcing powertrain development to Rotax in Austria. The resulting twin’s unusual 60° configuration meant a more compact design that allowed a longer swingarm for increased traction in a shorter wheelbase than is usual for a v-twin. Ergonomics and handling were closer to the Japanese inline fours than Ducati’s famously uncomfortable machines, and the R model seen here features plenty of go-fast goodies, including lightweight carbon bits, Öhlins suspension, an Öhlins steering damper, and forged aluminum wheels. The vacuum actuated “Pneumatic Power Clutch” mimicked the function of a slipper clutch to keep the rear wheel from skipping across the pavement during downshifts.

The frame and swingarm of the RSV Mille are utterly gorgeous, although they do get overshadowed by the rest of the package. The flat-black paint looks brutally functional and follows Aprilia’s habit of making unusual stylistic choices, as with the silver foil lettering on the RS250 or the purple and red Reggiani graphics. Small wings on the fairing predate the aero trend seen in WSBK and MotoGP, although the mesh vents on the flanks never really caught on… The “Mickey Mouse” headlamp may be a questionable choice, but should provide good illumination for evening rides and a Mille won’t ever be mistaken for anything else.

I hate to harp on the looks when I post these, because I really do like them. They’re a bit like the old Alfa Romeo Milano: not pretty by any means, but very striking. They’re especially appealing in flat, stealth-fighter black with red and white graphics seen here. The huge silencer looks very 2001, but somehow less dorky than the ones you find on Japanese bikes of the period. Maybe it’s the twin outlets? I’m sure it works fine, unless you want more noise. Because who doesn’t want more noise from their Italian sportbike?

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale

For sale a 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R with very low mileage and in almost new condition. I purchased the bike from the original and it was in a garage in the past 8 years. I changed all the fluids and the fuel pump. The bike runs and drives like a new bike. The bike has two small dent/scratches on the fuel tank (see attached picture).

With just 1,197 miles, this thing is tragically unused: the looks may be an acquired taste, but there’s no denying these RSVs are great to ride and very reliable, especially considering their Latin origins. If you’re looking for Italian v-twin music on a limited budget and don’t have time for mechanical drama, grab this one and ride it!

-tad


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Yamaha October 10, 2019 posted by

Cleaner than most: 1990 Yamaha FZR400

The Yamaha FZR400 is becoming a rare beast, as they were only sold here for three model years and were handily outsold by their bigger siblings. That’s a shame, because the little Yammy was really a higher-spec piece than its 600cc stablemate, with an aluminum chassis instead of the bigger bike’s much less graceful steel unit. Racers loved them for their accurate handling, minimal waistline and agility, so many never saw the road. For 1990, the FZR400 had a Deltabox swingarm and bigger brakes added to its bag of tricks, which meant it handled and stopped with arguably more aplomb than did the 600.

1990 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

That makes today’s immaculate 1990 Yamaha FZR400 a really cool piece of kit, as it has managed to escape the scourge of years, racetracks, squids and neglect. With the exception of a few scratches, it’s in gorgeous shape, and has covered just 12,876 miles. Its 400cc inline four has recently been awakened and refreshed after an extended dormant period, so mechanical condition shouldn’t be a worry. With a 14,000 RPM redline and about 60 horsepower on tap, the bikes need handfuls of throttle and momentum to stay on plane. But you know what they say about riding a slow bike fast …

From the eBay listing:

100% original 1990 Yamaha FZR400, low miles, original owner, clean title, NEVER DROPPED california bike non operation registration original title

400cc high revving 4 cylinder

ONLY 12874 miles

Has sat in the garage for many years and has recently been restored to proper running condition. carbs/battery/spark plugs valve adj. valve cover gasket/ brakes pads and master cylinders rebuild no rust on fuel/gas tank tires ok No problems, no leaks,never raced, all electronics work.i have a video i can text you from my cellphone.

All knew fluids, new brake piston seals, new radiator fluid engine ice. i have all the old parts for probe.

cosmetic: from 1 to 10 i personally believe solid #8 !!!!!30 years old bike!!!!!

some scratches on the upper/tail/side fairings!!! broken right side plastic upper fairing picture #14 the mechanic forgot to put the bolt nylon washer so it broke or crack the upper plastic fairing NO more broken plastics.

thanks.

For sale by its original owner, the bike is priced in the upper range of what we would expect a Fizzer to fetch. That said, they’re lovely bikes, and they will become increasingly difficult to find in this condition.


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Ducati October 9, 2019 posted by

Well Presented: 1983 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica

There is nothing quite like finding a rare and totally collection-worthy bike to post for RSBFS. This is made all the better when the seller actually takes the time to give a detailed account of the bike in question – in both words and photos. This is one such example which I think readers will enjoy. Originally released in 1979 as a commemoration of Mike Hailwood’s miracle win at the Isle of Man TT in 1978, the MHR would play to the tune of an estimated 7,000 units before production was shut down in early 1986. This beautiful 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica is the last and the best of the bevel-drive Ducatis of the era, and a wonderful collector piece. Read on!

1983 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1983 Ducati 900 Desmo Mike Hailwood Replica
Frame Number: 900R1 906468
Engine Number: 905728
905 Original Miles
DGM Homologation Number: 51147OM
Production: 687 MHR Electric Start Machines

When the great road racer Mike Hailwood came out of semi-retirement at the age of 38 to win the 1978 Isle of Man Formula One race on an NCR Ducati, Ducati was presented with another opportunity to market a race replica. Although it was more than 12 months before a production Mike Hailwood Replica appeared, when it did so, it was basically a cosmetic alteration of a 900 Super Sport. But the MHR had a certain appeal. It was very distinctive machine and was destined to become Ducati’s most popular model in the early 1980s.

More from the seller:
Everything on this motorcycle is original, with exception of the tires. The paint, finishes, and chrome are totally original, as is the seat, with all of the factory stitching intact.

As you can see from the photos in the photo section as well as the body of the description, the machine has had absolutely no restoration performed to any part of it. The condition is exactly what it looks like in the photos.

The fairings have no cracks or damage and have had no paint work. The bike has never been in any type of accident or been dropped at any time.

More from the seller:
The Hailwood 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. The carburetors have also been re-built and function perfectly.

If you’d like any additional photos of any particular part of the motorcycle, please let me know. I’m happy to email or text it to you. And if you would like to inspect the bike or ask any questions, please email or contact me by phone or text at 630-430-3855 anytime.

I have a motorcycle collection made up of Italian, American, German, and Japanese big bore motorcycles some of which I will be selling soon. If you have specific questions, just want to learn more, or are looking for something in particular, please let me know. I’m also always looking for other vintage motorcycles to add to my collection, so if you have something interesting to share, please contact me at 630-430-3855.

This bike is looking pretty nice for going on 36 years – and the design has certainly held up well. The bodywork looks to be in better than fair condition, and there are no wild mods or other tomfoolery going on here. There are fewer than 1,000 miles on the Nippon Denso speedo / odo (yes, that was a stock item on this Italian steed), and as a result damage is not really to be found in the photos. Speaking of photos, there are a ton of pics to drool over (even more in the advert), and they all pop with the vivid red color of the frame and fairing. There appears to be some oil or other fluid staining on the right side swing arm, but other than that everything looks as it should. This is a beautiful bevel, and if historic prices are correct, should fetch many times over the current bid of $6k. There is a reserve in place, so this one will be a fun one to watch. Check it out here, and let your inner bevel geek fly. Good Luck!!

MI


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Suzuki October 8, 2019 posted by

Spring has Sprung – 1982 Suzuki GSX-1100SXZ Katana

– At least in the seller’s Cape Town home.  This low-mile Katana is an excellent original and unusual -SXZ variant that was only offered south of the equator.

1982 Suzuki GSX-1100SXZ ( South Africa ) for sale on eBay

As 1980 approached, Suzuki was having its way on the track and in the showroom, and the SXZ was specified by the New Zealand importer to homologate the model for racing down that way.  Beside the radical look of the Hans Muth design, these Katanas came with spoked wheels ( 18-inch rear ), bigger brakes, carburettors and exhaust, and performance camshafts.  Actual tech for the time meant air cooling, right-side-up forks, and twin shocks.  Even with power bumped up from the usual -S’s 111 hp, the 500-plus pound dry weight was undeniable.  But it made for a great endurance racer and GT.

This owner has had some knowledge of the SXZ’s special lineage, and preserved it beautifully.  Some close-up details would be nice, but metals and finishes look close to faultless in what’s shown here.  Most bikes closing in on their 40th birthday have had some degree of customization, but this Katana is very original.

I am the second owner of this very special Katana for the past twenty-six years.
The mileage is low for the age of the vehicle.
In total, she has done just over 17,000 Km (10,493 miles) of which I have done about 7,500 Km (4,630 miles) during my 26 years of ownership.
She is in mint condition, well maintained and recently serviced.

The factory’s change to an 18-inch rear wheel is puzzling, maybe it was deemed the easiest way to increase ground clearance and decrease the rake angle, lending more quickness to the steering head.  The up-and-coming GSX-R put the kibosh on the Katana’s racing career, but the model has had a lasting impact on Suzuki’s stable, being revived this year as a 2020 model.  For a fan with the time and resources for an international purchase, this looks like a special opportunity.

-donn


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MV Agusta October 7, 2019 posted by

For the children: 2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna

The Senna branded Ducati and MV Agusta special editions are all about friendship. Claudio Castiglioni is the principal figure in this equation; close, personal friend of F1 legend Ayrton Senna, and the captain of the ship for both Ducati and MV Agusta when the commemorative editions were released. In total Ducati offered 3 Senna editions of the 916, while MV Agusta created a tribute edition for both the F4 750 as well as the F4 1000. All net proceeds from Senna-branded bikes profited the Instituto Ayrton Senna, Ayrton’s personal foundation to care for poor and needy children in his native Brazil. Today’s example of the rare Senna breed is a 2002 MV Agusta F4, the 750cc variant limited to just 300 units world wide.

2002 MV Augusta F4 Senna for sale on eBay

The base MV Agusta F4 750 was no slouch when introduced. As is often noted, the F4 engine was partially developed by the Ferrari Formula 1 engineering team, and featured an inline four with 16 radially splayed valves. The intake trumpets were computer controlled and adjustable for length, allowing for better control of the torque curve depending upon RPM and throttle settings. Good for 126 horsepower in base form, the Senna model utilized the EVO 2 spec motor (which was blueprinted), providing an additional 10 HP and a slightly higher redline. Other bits from the EVO 2 were utilized, including parts for the never released SPR model (note the tach). Bodywork was carbon (instead of ABS), the wheels were model specific and a number plaque was fitted to prove authenticity and exclusivity.

From the seller:
are 2002 MV Augusta F4 Senna 173/300 with 7600 miles. 1 of only 50 imported to the US and the most beautiful IMHO. Always garaged and dealer serviced. I am the second owner having purchased in 2004 and owned for 15 years. I put on 7k of those miles.

Has Senna RG3 exhaust and chip installed. Includes Senna package wheel stand, cover, extra sprockets, and owners documents. Clean history and title. Never wrecked. The bike has been enjoyed and has had a few rock dings I have treated with touch up paint.

Recently came from dealer service with new battery and all new fluids. The bike is running great and ready to be enjoyed. Tires have plenty of tread but are older, (recommend replacement) otherwise, no other flaws to report.

Senna models are rare and tick all of the right boxes: exclusivity, carbon fiber, star power, stunning looks and great go-fast parts. New these would retail at a substantial premium over the standard S model F4. Hit the fast forward selector some 17 years, and prices have dropped to a point where mere mortals can afford – but still significantly higher than base model F4s will pull in. This particular bike looks to be well cared for across the span of two owners, with service records and some great extras. The BIN on this on is $12,500, with an opening auction ask of $11,500. So that should make the price expectations pretty clear. Check it out here, as we all know the MV Agusta F4 was the design Ducati should have used for the 999. With rare Senna livery this will be a stand out bike for years to come. Good Luck!!

MI


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Ducati October 4, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – Early Production 1994 M900 Monster

Update 10.04.2019: This Monster is now on eBay. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Up for grabs is a tidy, near-stock 1993/4 Ducati Monster in classic Ducati Red.  The owner has traced the VIN to production in July of 1993, making this part of the first 6 months of Monster production.  Largely credited as the bike that saved Ducati, this Monster remains almost exactly as designer Miguel Galuzzi intended.

1994 M900 Monster with 7,600 Miles!

Even Ducati couldn’t have foreseen the long legs of the Monster, but all agree that this 1st generation Monster is a classic, as it represents the purest of the line. It was set up at the factory with off-the-shelf parts, but they built an honest, well appointed bike when Ducati needed it.

These early 900c “L-twin” (or a 90 degree V-Twin) breathe through a pair of Mikuni carburetors, and put out near 70hp at the rear wheel.  Even at the price point, they included inverted front forks, dual disks up front with 4-piston Brembos, and a lot of other nice touches that remain on this mostly stock example.  The same cost-saving mandate also dictated the now-iconic trellis frame, which defines the line of the bike.

While the Monster is the most numerous bike Ducati has ever produced, less than 2,000 of the first year were imported to the U.S., making this a very collectible motorcycle for the real Ducati lover.

This specific example looks very clean, with only 7,600 miles on the clock.  The bike is 100% stock, except for tasteful low-mount slip-ons.  The owner notes a small knick on the left side of the tank from a handlebar lock-up, but other than that things seem excellent all around.

Though it looks great without them, the stock mirrors will be included in the transaction. The owner states the bike has clean Illinois title. Bike will come with original manual, paperwork detailing 6,000 mile service completed in 2017. RSBFS reader Daniel is asking $9,499 for his chapter in Ducati history, and requests replies via text on (212) 256-8475. Shipping to the lower 48 states is included in the purchase price; bike is currently located in Central Florida.

If the spirit of the early Monsters moves you, it would make sense to act now, before scarcity and nostalgia for these now 25 year-old bikes kicks in and drives prices up.

-donn

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