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Honda June 20, 2019 posted by

Sweet Little V4: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

Sold in 1987 and 1988, the NC24 version of Honda’s VFR400R could easily be overlooked for the gem that it is. Styling is subdued, although the single-sided Pro Arm swingarm hints at something special underneath. This was a V4 sportbike for the masses, instead of an expensive, difficult-to-obtain homologation bike, like the RC30.

As you’d expect, the engine was just a shade under 400cc and the bike made a claimed 59hp, although that lines up with a sort of gentleman’s agreement the Japanese manufacturers had regarding the 400cc class, so I’ve no idea what they really made. A bit of tuning could definitely unleash more! The bike was under 400lbs dry and had a top speed of around 130mph, accompanied by the distinctive whine of the gear-driven cams.

Interestingly, the NC24 had a conventional 180° crank, with evenly-spaced firing intervals instead of the RC30’s 360° “big bang” configuration, although the later NC30 adopted a 360° setup. They also wisely moved the exhaust to the other side for the NC30, to better show off that cool swingarm. The 18” rear wheel, held in place by four nuts instead of the RC30’s sexy single mounting point, is matched to a 16” front that compounds the challenge of finding good tires to shoe this little beast.

It looks like the seller just copy/pasted the bike’s description from an online source that refers to the VFR400R as a “sport touring bike,” which it really isn’t. Later VFR’s certainly became that, but the early Honda V4s were built to go racing. See: Honda’s VFR750R RC30, homologation bike.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

The Honda VFR400 NC24 model is a sport touring bike manufactured by Honda. In this version sold from the year 1987, the dry weight is 165.0 kg (363.8 pounds) and it is equipped with a V4, four-stroke motor. The engine produces a maximum peak output power of 59.00 HP (43.1 kW) @12800 RPM and a maximum torque of 39.00 Nm (4.0 kgf-m or 28.8 ft.lbs) @10000 RPM. With this drive-train, the Honda VFR400 NC24 is capable of reaching a maximum top speed of 210.0 km/h (130.5 mph). Regarding the chassis characteristics, responsible for road holding, handling behaviour and ride comfort, the Honda VFR 400 NC24 have a Aluminium Twin Spar frame frame with front suspension being 41mm Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, rebound damping force air adjustable (8psi-11psi) and in the rear suspension it is equipped with Pro-Arm Mono shock, fully adjustable. Stock tire sizes are 100/90-H16 on the front and 130/70-H18 on the rear. As for stopping power, the Honda VFR400 NC24 braking system includes double disc. Nissin 2 pot caliper size 296 mm (11.7 inches) at the front and Single disc. Nissin 1 pot caliper size 220 mm (8.7 inches) at the rear.

This un-restored and stock condition VFR400R is in an excellent running condition with only minor bodywork/paint defects/scratches. (Very rare for this vintage Japanese motorcycle)

Mileage: 20,229 KM (12,600 miles)

Vermont registration.

Starts and run perfectly.

Good battery, chain, sprockets, and tires.

This motorcycle was imported from Japan and is offered with original Japanese title, sales brochure and original Honda Factory Parts Manual.

The early NC24 VFR400 is pretty rare here in the USA. They were never officially imported and lack the “baby RC30” twin-lamp styling of the later NC30s that make them so appealing. But that just means prices are much lower, and the $4,995.00 Buy It Now price seen here seems like a pretty good deal, and the bike looks much more aggressive with the Rothmans graphics. It’s always worth doing your homework when considering a Rothmans Replica, since it’s popular to fit more common models with aftermarket bodywork from China. But from what I can see, the bike is in pretty excellent condition otherwise, so it could be the real deal. Experts should feel free to chime in in the comments!

-tad


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Aprilia June 19, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2003 Aprilia RSV-R Nori Haga Edition

By all accounts, Japanese superstar Noriyuki Haga has had an interesting career. Starting out in home market racing – including Japanese Superbike – Haga made the jump into WSBK in the late 1990s, initially as a wildcard entry. One of his earliest opportunities was substituting for an injured Colin Edwards, who would later become his teammate. Throughout the years he jumped back and forth from WSBK and 500cc GP, with an impressive record of three second place championships and as a four-time third place championship finisher. And while securing a championship eluded him, winning and finishing consistently did not. His record of 11 seasons with at least one win was only broken this year by Jonathan Rea. And he managed this across a wide range of machinery, including a one-year spell with Aprilia racing the RSV 1000 in a one-bike team. No wins were to be had that year, but Haga’s consistency paid off to the tune of 4th in the 2002 WSBK championship. And that is what this Nori Haga Edition Aprilia is all about: celebrating the accomplishments of both Aprilia and Haga.

Featured Listing: 2003 Aprilia RSV-R Nori Haga Edition

Aprilia is a company focused on racing, and this Haga replica is quite the proof. Outwardly, the bike shares the livery of Haga’s PlayStation-sponsored WSBK racer, including number. Underneath the skin the Haga Edition is pretty much all RSV 1000R, which is a pretty stout piece of kit. Based around a 60 degree, 998cc V-twin, expect nearly 140 horsepower to be at your beck and call. Suspension pieces are Ohlins, and brakes are the requisite Brembo units. And while the changes are mostly graphical in nature when compared to a stock RSV 1000R, the build itself receives a color-coded top clamp complete with Haga’s dashing signature and a number plate. Only 300 units were released world wide, and only 60 of those were earmarked for the United States. Additionally, as a nod to the racing heritage of the livery, the Haga Edition also came with dedicated race parts (not for street use), which included a full Akrapovic titanium exhaust system and a corresponding injection unit programming chip. Installation of the race kit drops nearly 7 lbs from the bike, while adding approximately 10 horsepower. Win!

From the seller:
The look, sound, and ride of this bike are amazing! Low mileage, two mature collectors have owned this bike. It was imported to Canada in 2018 from Tennessee. Always stored temperature regulated space, it has never been in an accident and is in perfect running order. If you are looking for an amazing classic V-Twin Italian race bike, this is a rare find. #107 of a 300 bike production run. The tires are only a year old, recent oil change, and head bearings replaced. This bike is in 100% stock form, passed import safety inspection without any issues and is ready to ride. I have multiple bikes and I am looking to sell this to make room for another. (4250 mi / 6800 kms)

Noriyuki Haga followed Aprilia into their fledgling MotoGP foray, teaming with Colin Edwards on the ill-fated RS Cube machine. One year of that was enough, and he returned to WSBK, riding for a number of different manufacturers. But none provided the fruits of victory, nor the fruits of a race replica offering. That makes this Aprilia race replica something special. Not only is it undeniably rare, it celebrates one of the best Superbike riders to never win a championship, and looks awesome to boot. With only 4,250 miles on the clock, this bike is clean and looks near new. Interested parties should jump over here quickly, as this Canadian-based example has a nearly-free opening ask, and needs a new home. Check it out, read up on the specs, and then bid to win (just like Haga). Good Luck!!

MI

Bimota June 19, 2019 posted by

10/10: 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci

This 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci is back on eBay after it didn’t sell a couple of months ago. We wrote about it then, but figured we’d take another crack at it now that it’s back. When the Dieci bowed, it represented the culmination of a 10-bike collaborative effort between the Rimini firm and Yamaha, a feat the Italians celebrated with a bike that was way more than the sum of its parts.

1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci for sale on eBay

By the early ‘90s, Bimota’s Japanese engine-bespoke chassis-classy suspension formula was well-established, and the Dieci employed it to textbook effect. The Yamaha FZR1000 engine was massaged by Bimota to knock on the door of 150 horsepower, and was cradled in a proprietary beam frame and suspended by fancy Marzocchi bits front and rear. It was slowed by 320mm front and 230mm rear discs. Dry weight was under 420 pounds.

Despite the terrifying numbers, the Dieci was known for being almost as comfortable and easy to live with as it was stupidly fast. For the pleasure, you had to be extremely well-heeled, as Bimota built just 225 over a three-year run and commanded the price of a nice car for the privilege.

This one sets itself apart as it has just 1.3 miles on the analog odometer, which likely means it has only been fired to move it around a parking lot. Past that, it has sat untouched in a collection. As you would expect, it is as close to flawless as a 28-year-old bike gets.

From the eBay listing:

Up for bid is a 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci – Rare 1 of only 224 made– Never Registered Zero Miles! This gorgeous Super-bike is part of a collection of fine motorcycles at Formula One Motor Sports in Oakdale New York.

Bimota’s are well known for their Italian style, class and over the top engineering. It has a one piece billet machined frame paired with a Yamaha FZR1000 motor,and seamless upper fairing it also comes with billet triple, classic style wheels!

The Bimota Dieci not offers Italian Style but you get the reliability of a Japanese Motorbike. Don’t miss out on a chance to bid on this museum quality bike it is a must have for any collector.

Also for sale 1948 Indian Chief, (2) 1942 WLA Army Bikes, 1987 XLCR, 1987 Moto Guzzi Lemans, Daytona Race Winner Ducati Bevel Head, 1995 Z1 Kawasaki, 1935 Royal Enfield, 1953 BSA-B33 and a brand new 1992 Harley Davidson Dyna Daytona Anniversary Edition 0 Miles,Ducati 851’s, F1’s, Troy Corsers (ferraci) winning 888 superbike, Superlites, Old Triumphs, Aprilla 1000’s + 50 Late model Harleys +200 Japanese Bikes, Scott Rusells 1992 Muzzy Super Bike (The one that won Daytona on 1992). Please come see it for yourself call Jack (917) 642-3152

The Buy-It-Now for this beast is set far below what even a ratty Honda RC30 commands these days, which is something of a steal, given how rare and special these bikes are.


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Yamaha June 18, 2019 posted by

Two Picture Tuesday: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

Here is a beloved model smoker that was actually available to riders in all 50 States – for a brief period of time. The last of the true factory two strokes, the Yamaha RZ was 350 cubic centimeters of power-valved, parallel-twin goodness. Competing against the contemporary likes of the GPz550, GS550E and FJ600, the little RZ held its own as it buzzed its way into the hearts and minds of American youth. Today these 35 year old motorcycles are collector items, and highly sought after. Prices have been holding strong – if not climbing slowly – and time, butchers and accidents make the dwindling supply even more scarce. This advert has a fair amount of text but only two scant pics of this red/white beauty:

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1984 Yamaha RZ 350
14,780 miles
Single seat rear cowl
Rear shock replaced
New Bridgestones

Spec 2 Research & Engineering work –
Stage 1 Porting
Cylinder Bored and Honed Oversized (estimating almost 400cc now)
Open Chambers 1.5 over
Open Head Gasket for 1.5 over
Kick starter seal replaced with Yamaha OEM seal
Setup Auto-lube oil pump
Installed new 45,000 volt ignition coil
Precision machined Lighten Flywheel
Rebuild YPVS Power Valve to SPEC II tolerances, new seals and o-rings
Dynojet Research Re-jetting carburetor richer and new needles
Professionally tuned carburetor induction system
Top end kit H, R, B Water inlet
New OEM Stock Reed Manifolds with High performance Fiberglass Reeds and Cages
All fluids changed including brake master cylinders
Installed new small end rod precision needle bearing
New battery
New Kick starter Lever
New Exhaust Gaskets
New Spark Plug Caps and Spark Plugs
K&N Air filter with “Two in One
Canadian Expansion Chambers – mellow tone compared to Spec Il pipes, but very volumetrically efficient

This US-based chainsaw shows nearly 15,000 miles on the odometer, and has been the recipient of numerous modifications and maintenance. There does appear to be some rash on the right side can, but hard to tell if that was a parking issue or a serious off. Back in 1984 the RZ350 was good for about 40-ish HP and retailed for $2,399. Today, this hot-rodded RZ is good for significantly more HP, and the price hike is nearly commensurate: the Buy It Now price is $8,000, or best offer. This is, unfortunately, pretty much in line with pricing for these models lately. We have seen higher dollar amounts for more original / lower mileage examples, but as a whole these models are getting harder to find and more expensive when you do. Check it out here. Serious tire kickers will want to request additional photos and details (or better yet, see it in person). Good Luck!!

MI


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Bimota June 16, 2019 posted by

Air Male – 2008 Bimota DB5R

Happy Father’s Day to all once and future Dads !

Emerging from the shadows of bankruptcy, Bimota introduced a supersport based on Ducati’s air cooled dual-spark engine, penned by Tamburrini disciple Sergio Robbiano.  This second generation DB5R has the 1078cc engine, premium appointments, and an exciting and award-winning design.

2008 Bimota DB5R for sale on eBay

The core of the DB5R is Ducati’s 1078cc L-twin, with Marelli fuel injection tuned for Bimota’s exhaust good for 95 hp and a nice 76 ft.-lbs. torque.  The lines of the chro-moly trellis frame echo through the seat sub-frame and fabricated swingarm.  Frame connectors show off Bimota’s CNC machining as the bodywork and accessories showcase their carbon fiber technique.  Premium Öhlins and Brembo components complete the luxurious but sporty picture.

Straight out of Silicon Valley, this DB5R is engaging even with the signs of a minor low side, the seat console more easily corrected than the scratched engine case.  Not many miles but the new owner might be in for belts and tires.  The aftermarket mirrors aren’t a bad match but stock would be my choice, plus a little reflector-ectomy.  The first order of business would be more pictures.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Original owner, bought from Scuderia West SF ( no longer sells Bimota but they can service it ) and original cost was around 40K.

It’s a beautiful and great winding road machine, but selling it as I don’t have much time to ride, and feel sorry for the machine.

Only rode casually around the Saratoga Mountain.

4046.8 Miles

Ducati 1100DS engine ( any Ducati shop can service it )

Updated with STM slipper clutch, Carbon mirrors ( so you can see the back )

‘DB5R’ number plate

Minor scratches on tail cover and engine cover. Repaired areas on edge of tail cover.

‘Service Required’ indicator always on ( the dealer could not figure out how to turn it off )

Comes with the owner’s manual, racing stand, and a battery tender.

The DB5R reviewed as a fine handler even if the dual-spark 1100 wasn’t too exotic.  A pair of tank pads might be in order, as the winged tank was maybe a little too skinny for a good grip.  Each Bimota model has its place on the peacock – rhinoceros spectrum, and the DB5R seems to be right in the middle, with a very together design built on a modern but uncomplicated powertrain.  With just a few hundred sprinkled over the globe each year, you won’t see yourself coming and going.  Just right to ride to the bike show, collect a ribbon, and ride home.

-donn


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