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Featured Listing August 4, 2022

Featured Listing – 1995 Triumph Speed Triple

Featured Listing – 1995 Triumph Speed Triple

Today, showroom floors, Facebook marketplace, bike shows, and twisty roads are all littered with 3 cylinders. It’s arguably the most desirable engine layout available today for your everyday rider but this wasn’t the case until the mid-2010s. For many years enthusiasts were drawn to big horsepower numbers and while the Japanese were spoon feeding them dumbed down supersport engines, Triumph was perfecting what has become the most balanced engine layout out there today. Today at RSBFS, we’re taking you all the way back to the beginning stages of Triumph’s 3 cylinder lineage with a 1995 Triumph Speed Triple.

After the 750 triple bolted to the Trident ran it’s course, the Hinckley-based outfit decided that stroking out the motor another 10mm is the kick in the ass that would take their streetfighter to the next level. However, when it comes to classic motorcycles, it’s never made sense to focus on technical specs. They’re all heavier and slower than the metal you can go out and buy today. What this engine improvement brought was more torque which ultimately made the bike a lot more streetable and punchy. Riders have loved triples because they pull smoothly to redline but still have a sporty feel. That is exactly the formula Triumph was dialing in but how can we be sure they were on the right path? If you have any doubt, I’m not sure this post or this bike can convince of you anything so head down to your Triumph dealer for the answer.

When people say naked bikes are a bit more streetable, they aren’t only referring to the engines but also the ergonomics. One of the intriguing aspects of the Speed Triple is that notion was completely ignored. The designers wanted this to literally be a naked version of their Daytona but with a cafe twist. You can see the pegs are relatively close to the seat but the clip-ons have been removed in pursuit of comfort by the seller. Fortunately, the clip-ons are included in the sale if you wish to experience this bike in it’s original form. The seller has also fitted a set of Micron slip-ons which are absolutely necessary for triples to deliver the Grammy-winning soundtracks they are known for.

From the seller:

36mm flat slide CV carbs. 5 speed gearbox. This bike is fast and sure-footed. And then there is the sound…. The bellow of this triple at speed through the Micron carbon fiber exhaust canisters is incredible! To make the overall riding experience a bit more comfortable, a set of Woodcraft clip-on risers was installed. Creates approximately 3″ of rise without detracting from the bike’s appearance. The original clip-ons are included in the sale. Also provided is the optional, color matching, rear seat cowl. Optional center stand is mounted on the bike.  All bodywork mounting pegs are intact and unbroken. This machine has received considerable attention on maintenance work. The carbs have been removed and rebuilt with all new seals, fuel lines, cables and intake boots. New air box and air filter. New battery, Dunlop tires, drive chain, speedo cable, etc. Rebuilt front forks with new seals. Fresh engine oil and a new oil filter. Shouldn’t need anything else except a very twisty road in front of it….  Comes with a comprehensive collection of factory literature including an owners manual, service manual, parts catalog, small and large sales brochures and a quite rare 1995 Triumph advertising campaign launch kit capturing the return of the Triumph brand back into the US that year.

A lot of enthusiasts complain that the Triumphs of this era were heavy. While that may be true, tip toeing around a track was never main the use case for the Speed Triple. However, Triumph didn’t shy away from the challenge that the track posed to their bikes. They hosted a single-make series around the UK where competitors would sling the Speed Triple through some of Britain’s most famous circuits such as Donnington and Caldwell. After watching these riders hustle the Triumph around Donnington you’ll realize that whole weight thing…well that’s only an issue if you haven’t got any muscle.

The Triumph Speed Triple is essentially the rookie card for many of the modern triples today. It was the blueprint for manufacturers who were looking to go put a street-oriented offering that can float around the city or carve up a b road. Our seller today has that rookie card and it’s great condition. Many of the items one would expect to address in an older bike have been sorted leaving you with no to-do list prior to startup. Nothing to complain about cosmetically as well. A true turnkey example with paint that will pop in any garage or on any road.

The seller is asking $5,900. Reach out at 336-408-9451 with any questions!

-Norm

Laverda August 4, 2022

Be the Speed – 1983 Laverda RGS1000 with 7,671 Miles !

In the moto business since 1949 ( and agricultural engines way before that ), Laverda saw the lights of the oncoming bullet train in the late 1960’s and set to developing a three-cylinder engine.  The RGS featured new developments all around and this example looks just about as delivered.

1983 Laverda RGS1000 for sale on eBay

Laverda’s air-cooled triple had been in the line-up since 1969, and the RGS had the latest double overhead cams and 120-degree crankshaft.  A conservative 83 hp were on rubber isolators, with 32mm Dell’Orto carbs and a 5-speed transmission.  Marzocchi dampers and 280mm Brembo brakes were premium components for the time, along with 18-inch alloys.  Innovative footpeg carriers and fuel filler were distinctive and complemented the bodywork which flowed from headlight to tailcone.

Offered by an eBay consigner, this Lav is reportedly in Illinois and looks pampered.  Might be ridden occasionally but at 39 years young, not very far.  Just the 3-into-1 exhaust, oil cooler, fork brace and what seems to be a Corsa brake upgrade catch the eye, besides the overall unrestored beauty.  Some of the detailed comment in the eBay auction –

The cosmetic condition of this machine is just as good as it looks in the photos. Every finish on the machine is original. No part of the bike has been re-finished. The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting immediately. This bike has been part of the owner’s collection for a while and is ridden on a regular basis. It runs and rides with absolutely no issues.

As you can also see from the photos, 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 have been a fan of Laverda for some time, and have had two of these RGS machines in the past as well as this one.

The paint on the tank, side covers, and cowl is, as far as I can tell, original, and have never had any type of paintwork or touchup. The bike has never been in any type of accident or been dropped at any time.

The machine has 7,671 original miles on it, and is in perfect running condition with a compression test having being recently performed. The cosmetic condition of the engine finishes, apart from some minor age freckling, is very nice, with the aluminum and cast parts being particularly beautiful for their age.

The seat is original and in perfect condition, and the rear cowl is easily removable, allowing for two up riding. The wheels are original to the machine, are the rarer and more desirable gold version, stamped Laverda, and are in very nice original condition. Please note the original specification smoked windscreen is present and in beautiful original condition.

The RGS 1000 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, which were recently serviced and adjusted.  The carbs were completely gone through this season and function perfectly, and there is a new battery installed.

Laverda had a long racing history and produced some beautifully equipped road bikes, but without a gazillion smaller bike sales to fund development, even their latest designs were a little quirky and relatively expensive.  But sometimes a fascinating, Euro-centric design with provenance is just the ticket, and if this era and continent strike a chord, it might be a while before a nicer example is available.

-donn


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spondon August 2, 2022

Track Bike Tuesday: Yamaha Powered Spondon

Spondon has been providing frames to some of the most lust worth motorcycles for decades.  They have built everything from championship winning race bikes to wild turbocharged street fighters for the road.  As with many small batch British manufactures, the company has a storied history and has gone through many ups and downs.  While never a common thing to see on the market, it is more likely to find one in Europe than on this side of the pond.  There is little chance it would be cost effective to build a motorcycle like this on your own.

As with the old Lotus adage of “Simplify and add lightness” these Spondon race bikes with a simple Yamaha single offer a refreshing change of pace to the multiple cylinder monsters that normally dominate the track day paddock.  Claimed 70 horsepower are more than capable of pushing the 275 pounds of motorcycle.  With something light and simple the cost would be kept down because the bike will not require tires and brakes at the rate of a larger bike.  This translates to only more fun, but more time learning, training and pushing on track.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Yamaha powered Spondon chassis, former Slipstream British championship bike.

It was featured in Performance bike, topping out at 148mph Silverstone.

-Championship-winning bike, ridden by Colin Sturgeon in the British, isle of man and world S.O.S series.

-Never run here in the states.

-Xt600 powered has been stored since then.

-I did refresh it back in 2008 (thinking I wanted to ride it )

Engine: Yamaha XT 600. Carillo rod. Fresh, top end, Webcam (214 grinds, 107/109

cam lobes). Falicon Stage 2 crank. Arias high compression piston, 12.5:1.

Ported head. New undercut tranny. Yamaha D

series cases. New valve guides. New clutch basket, plates,

springs. Twin Keihin Cr’s smoothbores

Chassis: Spondon twin spar frame with adjustable yokes, Tz front end, brakes, wheels, Ohlins.

275lbs (125kg) ,71bhp

It is not very often that a chance to buy a championship winning bike comes along, even less so with a Buy It Now price of $11,000.  Appears to have say in a large collection for quite a few years so a refresh would be in order if the new owner wanted to use the bike on track in anger.  But the process should be worthwhile and not only offering excitement on track, but also unique conversations off track.  These bikes should have a great cost to uniqueness ratio.  The Yamaha single should be easy to keep going and the Spondon frame should out handle almost any converted street bike.


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Suzuki August 1, 2022

Featured Listing – 1992 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Update 8.1.2022: This bike SOLD to an RSBFS reader in just 24 hours! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Featured Listing – 1992 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for $15,500 – RSBFS Exclusive

Some of the sharpest bikes that have sold on RSBFS come from Chris Perkins (gsxronly@aol.com). We’re glad when he reaches out since we don’t really have to do much. Immaculate photography and quality collector pieces always make for an easy sales pitch. However, we’re not the only benefactors. When Chris decides to sell, he’s really doing the rest of the world a favor by spreading some his survivors or restomods around for the community to enjoy. His most recent offering is what I like to refer to as an OEM+ 1992 Suzuki GSX-R1100 with 3,172 miles.

There is a strong argument to be made that the Suzukis and Hondas that rolled out of Japan in the 80s and 90s are the hottest collector motorcycles out there today. The combination of Jennifer Anniston-esque aging and now-wealthy prior owners is resulting in incredible values for a generation of bikes that were on death’s doorstep not too long ago. The feel that comes with a bike designed without heavy electronic influence is very hard to achieve today and therefore all the more valuable.

It all started with the GSX-R750. The 750 class of race bikes were very stout due to the sport bike development race that started in the 80s. Eventually, these bikes and their race technology ended up in the hands of enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies across the globe. While the 750 was popular amongst this group, the lust for power never really subsides. The desire for more power meant a need for more displacement. The role of the 1100 in Suzuki’s lineup was to provide time-warping speed with the sporty feel and technology that was present at the racetrack. The 1992 1100 added nearly 25 hp over its original model year and that was mainly due to a 10% bump in displacement and the addition of oil cooling. All that power could spin the GSX-R1100 up to nearly 170 mph. Nothing to scoff at for a bike that is 30 years old.

From the seller

-Up for offer is a Reconditioned, Slightly Modified 1992 SUZUKI GSX-R1100
-Purists need not apply
-Completely serviced and ready to ride, dry stored (no fuel)
-Perfect for shipping, display or fill it with fuel and ride it
-It takes quite a bit of time, capital and skill to resurrect these old bikes
-If you are thinking of restoring one of these, be prepared for lengthy delays in finding parts no   longer produced, shipping delays (6 weeks w/ DHL crate from Japan) when you do find the   parts, and the time to install all of them. As well as the expense of international shipping….
-CLEAN FLORIDA TITLE
-Mileage Exempt due to age of bike, arrived with 3172 miles on the clock
-Former Massachusetts bike stored for years
-All work not otherwise noted was performed by GSXRONLY in Clermont FL
-Bike is located in Clermont FL, shipping is the responsibility of the purchaser
-Assistance can be given with respect to coordinating with your shipper
-All receipts and work orders are available for review and copies can be included in sale

The entire build starts with the wheel bearings and continues from there:
-Stock GSX-R1100 (1127) engine
-New NGK plugs
-New Oil and OEM Suzuki filter
-Suzuki OEM Wheel Bearings
-1998 SUZUKI GSX-R1100 Front and Rear Straight Spoke Wheels Powder Coated by Metal   Finish Clermont FL
-Rebuilt Front Forks to OEM Spec (bushings, seals and fluid) by Seminole Power Sports North   Tavares FL USA
-Triple tree bearings serviced
-1998 GSX-R1100 Rear Swing arm
-NEW DUNLOP Q3 Tires Front and  Rear
-NEW EBC Wave Rotors, Front and Rear
-6 PISTON TOKICO Calipers, Fully Rebuilt with OEM Suzuki Parts, Powder Coated by Metal   Finish Clermont FL USA
-SPIEGLER Brake lines, Front and Rear  spieglerusa.com/
-SPIEGLER Clutch Line
-Titanium Banjo Bolts And Double Banjo Bleeder from Addiction MotorSports UK
-Rebuilt Front and Rear Brake masters  by Seminole Power Sports North Tavares FL USA
-Rebuilt Clutch Master
-EBC PADS
-RK 520 Gold Chain
-SUPERSPROX Chain Wheel set
-FOX TWIN CLICKER Rear Shock Fully Rebuilt By Blommel MotorSports Dade City FL USA
-YOSHIMURA Duplex Header
-YOSHIMURA  Carbon Fiber Silencer
-OEM SUZUKI Bodywork
-OEM Solo Tail with Suzuki Decals
-OEM Sub Fender
-OEM Turn Signals
-OEM reflectors
-Clean Original Tank with no Rust
-New OEM Suzuki Fuel Petcock
-ZERO GRAVITY Windscreen
-LOCKHART PHILLPS Carbon Look F1 Mirrors
-Carbon Look Bar Ends
-Carbon Fiber Exhaust Hanger By Smith and Sons Motorcycle UK
-Lithium battery
-SUZUKI OEM Air Box
-1991 Suzuki GSX-R750 Intake Boots
-38 MM Mikuni CV Carburetors fully rebuilt by LANIER RACING  Apopka, FL USA
-Front, Rear fairing stay and tail brackets powder coated by Metal Finish Clermont, FL USA
-K&N Filter
-“Mono Post”  Passenger delete option

Although these bikes were incredibly popular during their reign, they did fall on hard times until their recent resurgence. Recently, sky high hp and electronic gizmos has had buyers flocking to modern bikes and left many of these now-classics out to fend for themselves. A quick search on eBay can tell you all you need to know about parts availability and that can be used as a proxy for how many of these are left out there. If you’re interested in these bikes, it’s wise to jump on examples such as today’s featured listing. The seller has serviced many of the wear items and also has the OEM bodywork and a full Yosh pipe, which are extremely valuable pieces of kit on a classic Suzuki. Everything done here is so perfectly tasteful that 99% of enthusiasts would likely guess that this is a fully stock bike. Any additions such as the 1998 GSX-R1100 race-inspired swingarm, Fox rear shock, and steering damper are all quality parts that have a legitimate impact on performance.

Ride it or don’t. Either way you can easily anchor a collection on this bike. Big power. Good looks. Low miles. Road or track capable. It hits on all the right notes. I’m probably preaching to the choir here as most RSBFS readers understand the value proposition of this GSX-R! Opportunities like this don’t come often nowadays so if this is a bike you fancy, reach out to the seller: gsxronly@aol.com

-Norm

Suzuki July 30, 2022

1998 Suzuki GSX-R750 with Under 7,000 Miles !

Toward the end of the SRAD era, Suzuki wasn’t resting on their laurels and went to fuel injection for the GSX-R750.  Here’s a beauty with just a couple of oil changes’ worth of miles and lots of recent maintenance.

1998 GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

One might quibble over the value of Ram Air Direct tubes at anything but top speed, but the switch to EFI had a measurable effect with 134 hp.  The system samples manifold pressure as well as throttle position, resulting in better low-rpm running and less emissions.  Elsewhere the changes were incremental, slight improvements and weight reduction from the SRAD re-design in 1996.  Some were visible like the re-located steering damper and revised windscreen, but most were harder to detect – lightened crankcase bolts, brake disks 0.5mm thicker, and exhaust headers 20mm shorter.  Some changes weren’t intuitive together, like the lighter 525-series chain but a wider rear wheel and 190mm rear tire.  Unchanged were the aggressive good looks and domed cover for the pillion.

Almost camouflaged in the alternate livery, this GSX-R is easy to overlook but looks excellent in the few pictures provided.  Along with the hard miles it hasn’t done, there are a host of typical mods it doesn’t seem to have had, just easily reversible Micron exhaust, tail tidy, frame bobbins and faux carbon levers.  Knowledgeable readers might chime in with what they see.  The list of recent work is hard to argue with, looking to make this SRAD ready to resume its fun mission.  Notes from the eBay auction –

Mechanically 10 out of 10 , cosmetically 9 out of 10 for a 24 year old bike, a true head turning classic with rare low mileage – turn key bike.

-6,976 original miles, frame sliders, Micron exhaust

-new Michelins (5 miles on them)

-new battery

-new coolant Engine Ice

-new Amsoil oil and filter change

-new spark plugs

-new OMC air filter

-gas tank was taken off completely sandblasted and treated, new seals and new fuel lines

– new rear brake pads

-new stator

-clear title

Ready to ride !

The GSX-R750 designed its way into an epic period of 750cc superbike rules, and came away with every championship Suzuki put their minds to.  While not the ground breaking Slabbie, the SRAD’s had the advantage of a lot of new tech and kept the hits coming.  Rarity could be challenged but this paint, mileage and condition make a good case.  Three days to run on a quiet no-reserve auction but we’re predicting fireworks for the end !

-donn


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Ducati July 28, 2022

Featured Listing – 2002 Ducati 748 with 6,087 Miles!

One of Seattle Used Bikes’ service customers has a plan for a new ride, and SUB is repping the sale of this beautiful 748.  The upgrades to this single-seater are nice, but for the next rider, the comprehensive maintenance is even better.

2002 Ducati 748 for sale at Seattle Used Bikes asking $13,500

Ducati brought a companion to the showroom for its flagship 916, but in this case the desmoquattro had originally been designed for the supersport.  The smaller bore and stroke allow an 11,500 rpm redline, with 98 hp 500 revs before.  In most other ways the 748 borrows from its older brother, the chassis and geometry, ergonomics and bodywork.  Suspension is from Showa, fully adjustable, USD forks and remote reservoir shock.  Accompanied by 320mm Brembo brakes and a close ratio gearset, it reviewed as a better choice for the street.

This 748 has been a SUB client longer than its individual owners, and a recent valve train service should relieve any worries.  The chronically over-stressed coolant tank has been replaced by a robust aluminum unit, the fuel pump serviced and steering head bearings replaced.  The upgraded Marchesini wheels and Termignoni exhaust take this 748 very close to how an S was delivered.  That nick on the tailcone could be handled with a touch-up, and a repair to the inside of the front fender would be just about invisible.  Dave at Seattle Used Bike’s provided more detailed comments –

The current owner purchased the 748 April of 2018 from one or our former customers. Looking at our past records, we performed basic maintenance and tuning on this 748 starting in 2016. It started life as a base “E” model, not an “S” model, but has a few of the “S” upgrades like quick disconnect Dzus fasteners on the fairing, 5 spoke wheels and a Termignoni 3/4 exhaust system with a proper FBF eprom and a nice carbon SP style heel guard on the exhaust. The biggest upgrade is the early 5 spoke Marchesini magnesium wheels front and rear. These were some of the lightest wheels back in the day, with the rear weighing in at 8.7lbs vs stock 5 spoke wheels at 12.4lbs. Their condition looked perfect, no visible damage, no paint issues, rear was indexed properly and there is no wheel damage in mount points.

A few other items like the carbon open clutch cover and gold EVR pressure plate and springs. Chain and sprockets look in great condition, a nice carbon chain guard is in place, up front there is a carbon fender that has been matched to the red paint but leaving a peek of carbon. This 748 was originally sold from Ducati as a Mono seat model, that can be verified from the matching VIN under the seat. These did come with the steel biposto sub frame so it could be converted to a 2-seater if needed.

We got the go ahead to perform the recommended 6k desmo valve service, including timing belts, all fluids, fuel filter and coolant. To our delight we found our favorite reusable air filters in place from BMC. We also decided to pull the cams during the service to answer the question we often hear on this desmoquattro series, “how are the rockers”? All were in great shape, normal wear but no signs of the dreaded flaking. New OEM O-rings and gaskets were used to replace all items disturbed during the service. We included pictures of internals while disassembled. This 748 has healthy compression reading with 140psi Horz & 155psi on Vert, checking leak down, 5% H and 4% V, good numbers.

We replaced coolant reservoir tank in 2017 with a Corsa Dynamics aluminum unit. This time around we gave the entire chassis a thorough inspection, replaced the steering head bearings as they felt a little notchy, pulled the rear spindle, inspected, cleaned, greased and reassembled. The inside of the tank is also in great shape, the factory lining is still intact. We replaced fuel filter and hoses inside the tank. We then installed a fresh set of Pirelli Diablo Rosso’s as we buttoned things up. We did find some damage on the front fender where the brake lines cross over at the rear, it is fairly well hidden, most likely caused by oversized front tire it came in with. That is about the only damage worth noting on a 20 year old Italian beauty. We have our service records, 2 factory keys, tool kit, Pitbull rear stand and a clean WA title.

Seattle Used Bikes asks $13,500 for this 748, contact Dave on (206) 535-6812 or dave@seattleusedbikes.com

And here’s SUB’s video walkaround –

 

Dave also included this sharp analysis of the 748 –

The hot-blooded Italian middleweight was a mirror image of the bigger 916 but with a smaller, higher-revving motor. Handling was legendary and performance numbers registered mid 11’s in the quarter-mile and 150 MPH on the big end. If you can ignore the idiosyncrasies it’s a small slice of heaven. Ducati’s 916 deserves all its iconic status and then some. But for many people who were lucky enough to ride both, the smaller 748 was the better bike to ride. It’s a long-running Ducati trait – the 750SS was more enjoyable than the 900SS and the later 749 was almost the perfect early-noughties sports bike where the 999 was grumpy, difficult to ride and needed to be going a lot faster than we actually went for it to work properly. The 748 came out a year after the original 916. It’s easy to think of it as a sleeved-down 916, but the changes are much more than that. Bore and stroke are both different, the smaller capacity loses a bit of bottom-end power, but the lighter flywheels allow the 748 engine to rev much faster meaning the lack of bottom end doesn’t really matter. It feels like a very different bike and, bizarrely, while the 916 feels like a massive, powerful engine has been stuffed into the chassis of a 250, the 748 feels like it has exactly the right engine for the chassis.

Contact Dave for more info at dave@seattleusedbikes.com or on (206) 535-6812

-donn

Suzuki July 25, 2022

Built Like A Bull – 1993 Suzuki GSX1100E

Image 1 - 1993 Suzuki GS

1993 Suzuki GS1100E

Not much introduction needs to be made for motorcycling’s greatest auctioneer, Captain America aka Ken Kaplan. A staple in the collector community, Ken and Kaplan Cycles have been collecting and restoring bikes of all kinds in their New England Motorcycle Museum for a number of years. On the block today is a 1993 Suzuki GSX1100E coming from the private Heiss collection.

Image 2 - 1993 Suzuki GS

Just looking at the GSX1100 reveals what most people likely associate with this bike. Weight. The torque-tuned 1100 motor, black bodywork, and large seat all take up a lot of visual space and give the impression that this is a really big bike. In this case, your eye’s aren’t playing any tricks on you. Watch the video of Ken riding it and you can see that he fits the bike just right. The Bull comes in around 560 lbs wet and the shaft drive and tubular steel frame are some of the main culprits.

Image 9 - 1993 Suzuki GS

The highlight of the GSX1100E is definitely the motor. Derived from the GSX-R 1100 engine, the GSX1100E, like many other recipients of sport bike engines, took a retuned 1100 motor in it’s frame that developed less hp up top but more torque in the mid-range. To add to the street friendly characteristics, Suzuki added a counterbalancing shaft and rubber-mounted the engine to keep the ride as smooth as possible. The addition of a radiator to the engine is a departure from the GS1100 that roamed the streets a decade prior to the GSX as this engine utilized a combination of SACS and liquid-cooling.

Image 141 - 1993 Suzuki GS

Wide set bars and the big seat tell you exactly where Suzuki’s head was at during the design phase. They were looking to put out a muscle bike with a sporty flare that could crunch highway miles with ease. Considering the ~68 lb ft of torque and 9K redline, I would say they hit the nail on the head. You won’t be putting a knee down but you can use the wide bars to get this bike on the side of the tire and hold a line quite easily.

Considering the lack of activity in the current market, the $7,800 Buy-It-Now price may be a bit high. However, the right buyer could make the justification considering the bike’s showroom condition. Assume a bit of premium to say you purchased from Captain America himself. A little action on the bidding but the reserve has not been met quite yet.

-Norm


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Honda July 25, 2022

Never Simple – 1986 Honda NS400R

The story of Honda’s two-stroke GP championships is almost as complicated as their two stroke road bikes’ history.  This example looks to have been spared too many previous owner’s antics, with just over 7,000 miles and very good looks.

1986 Honda NS400R for sale on eBay

While some manufacturers developed “square” four-cylinder engines for Moto GP, Honda kept things to a single crankshaft and passed a lot of the NS500 developments to the NS400.  The littler V-3 was easier to license and still packed 72hp into a tidy package.   Like the racer, an automatic exhaust valve extended the torque spread and light alloy chassis put a sharp edge on the handling.  Drilled 256mm disk brakes get you down to corner entry speed, and the staggered 16-inch front and 17-inch rear Comstar wheels help keep the dry weight to 359 lbs.

The shorter riding season in western Mass. has helped keep the mileage on this NS400R low, with the Freddie Spencer era livery and except for conformal signals, stock appearance.  No word on how many links in the chain of custody, but a low speed low-side looks to have educated one of the previous owners.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The holy grail of Honda motorcycles. If you don’t know what you are looking at, this is a two-stroke race bike built for the street. This bike is the highest displacement road going two-stroke Honda ever produced. Also this bike has many firsts for Honda including a very potent W-3 400cc two stroke water cooled engine and also the first all aluminum lightweight box section frame.

This bike still has its original stock pistons and the fuel tank has no rust inside it whatsoever. To make this bike even more collectable this particular bike is the HRC version that was designed for North American markets only, but none of these were ever sold in United States. The EPA determined at the last minute that these bikes were polluters and violated the Clean Air Act, so none of these were sold as new in the US.

This bike has title originating in Canada and I have the clear title in my name transferred to Massachusetts.

The GP rule book favored two-strokes and as much as Honda wanted to race what they sold, the NS500 and NSR500 V-4 kept Honda in the championship running until the formula changed to a liter four stroke.  The CR500 single was on the other side of the showroom and had more power, but only on dirt.  Bidding is active on this no-reserve auction – take a look – !

-donn


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Aprilia July 24, 2022

Featured Listing – 1997 Aprilia RS250 with 3,400 Miles !

Update 7.24.2022: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Aprilia had a championship winner on their hands with the 1991 RSV250 road racer, and took it to the streets in 1995 in the RS250.  RSBFS reader Phil has been caretaker and occasional rider of this original and exquisite Mk. 1.

1997 Aprilia RS250 asking $12,500

Engineers put their sweat and tears into the RS250’s artful chassis, formed and welded alloy parts to make it rigid and light if not easy to understand.  Knowing that bringing their racing 249cc engine to the road would take some doing, Aprilia tapped Suzuki to supply their V-twin from the RGV250, and made their own intake, exhaust and ECU – resulting in 72 hp.  Suspension is leading edge with USD forks and asymmetrical magnesium swingarm, and the brake sizes would have been seen on a superbike just a few years before.  Ergonomics take no prisoners but make the rider ready for the next squiggly line on the map, and the peaky powerband coaches the left foot to keep 8,500 revs at a minimum.

Phil’s RS is a grey market import, and the metric odometer indicates 3,400 miles.  A friend owned it before him, and let it sit for an extended period, which Phil has reversed by a generous application of maintenance.  We’ll let him pick up the story –

My 1997 RS250 has a gray origin history, but the last 2 decades are clear. It is an Italian market bike, imported into the USA sometime in the early 2000s. It is a 17 digit VIN. It was purchased in 2004 by an acquaintance as a track day toy. He intended to ride it on occasion at the Autobahn country club. He had it prepped for use including tires, fluids, adjustments, etc. Not wired. It was stored in a garage awaiting that first ride. Time passed and it never turned a wheel – either on the street or track! I acquired the bike in April 2021 and had it shipped to me in UT. It showed 4,998 km on the clock. I went through a thorough reconditioning replacing the tires, fluids, hoses and fuel lines, complete carb rebuild, caliper rebuild, rear master replace, chain, air filter, and new battery. All with correct parts where available, sourced from APR and European suppliers. The engine was not disassembled. Oil pump, power valves, carb sync and choke cables were all adjusted to specification. New oil pump lines were installed. High altitude jetting was installed to complete evaluation rides in my locale and all was good!

The bike was trailered to Road America to participate in a 2 day trackday in July on stock jetting. The bike was awesome! The odo now shows 5,482 km which is where it will stay for the time being. Jetting remains at stock settings with the tank and carbs drained. Bike starts first kick every time.

The bike is cosmetically a 9/10+. No corrosion anywhere. The V-shaped portion of the belly fairing shows some stone damage. Two other minimal marks exist on the painted surfaces. A couple of rock chips on the nose fairing. No peeling or blistering anywhere. The frame is polished and shiny like it should be with no marks. The OEM key fob left a rub mark on the triple clamp so it has been removed from the key and placed with the original tool kit. The bike is stock save Jolly Moto expansion chambers with carbon silencers. Pillion seat and footrests are missing as are the stock exhausts. All lights and indicators are present and working. I have a clear UT title in my name. The bike can be registered in UT without restriction.

The unfaired pictures show this gem has been detailed even underneath it all.  The only bit showing any wear could be easily replaced and the next owner could show or go.  Phil is asking $12,500 for his RS250.

And here’s a short video-

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The next owner of this RS250 could go either way, hit the back roads and embarrass four-strokes with double the displacement, or get the safety wire pliers out and join the like-minded at the nearest track day.  Or in this case do either occasionally ( and carefully ), and show it off in between dates.  The original design still looks great 25 years on, and the basic black shows off the chassis beautifully.

-donn

Ducati July 23, 2022

Tall Dark & Handsome: 1982 Ducati Supersport Desmo

Looking absolutely stunning in black and gold, this 1982 Ducati Supersport is the epitome of old-school cool. Sure, it is rocking 1970s technology and appears positively stone age on paper when compared to another 1982 model – the Honda CX500 Turbo – but the bevel-drive Desmo had some speed tricks up it’s sleeve to help combat the ravages of time and tech. Lightweight and narrow with a wide powerband and centralized mass to provide good handling, the 900 Supersport was the ultimate evolution of the bevel drive Ducatis, and exhibited all of the characteristics that made the model great. Bad habits were few, the exotic element was high, and the Desmo twin was ready to lead all comers on a chase through the canyons at a moments notice. Today, these are pinging the interest of serious collectors. But don’t take my word for it: today’s example has numerous suitors on ebay – with 23 bids and counting.

1982 Ducati Supersport Desmo for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Knee surgery dictates selling my beautiful black/gold Ducati 900 super sport .Upgrades include
:Electronik Sachse digital ignition with 9 selectable advance curves.
:Dynatek DC10-1 5 ohm ignition coils.
:Surflex Alloy clutch kit from Bevel Heaven.
Have all the original parts including the CEV turn signals.

Original Conti Mufflers
Recently rebuilt Delorto PHM 40mm Carbs.
The bike starts first kick, idles perfectly.The handling and torque of these bikes is legendary and must be experienced to be believed.
This is the last year of the 900 SS bevel drive and benefits from 10 years of refinement.
There is a small dent in the right muffler.a small crack in the plastic dash below the speedo and 2 chips in the tank paint-all minor.

At time of writing the current bid was a touch over $20k. That is with a very clean, well presented, but 26,000 mile used bike. As a counterpoint, that same 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo – with all of its high tech and relative rarity (obscurity?) – would struggle to max out at half that much. Quality and DNA matter here, and the Ducati Supersport has the bones to be a long term contender on the collector market. These are rideable machines today. Sure, there is a bit more maintenance involved in keep such a classic, but this is a dark-haired beauty that will not fail to disappoint a willing rider. Check out all of the details on this auction here, and Good Luck!!

MI


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