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Kawasaki October 14, 2021 posted by

The First Hyper Bike: 2015 Kawasaki NINJA H2R

In 2014 Kawasaki announced that they would be bringing back the H2 name plate.  Many times these resurrections are simply marketing ploys and offer little in a way of a connection to the original.  Many were skeptical that any modern motorcycle could live up to the memorable 750cc two stroke triple that was often referred to as “The Widow Maker”.  Well Kawasaki shocked everyone with not one, but two versions of the new 1000cc supercharged monster.  One with a solid 200hp called the H2, the show stopper was the track only 326hp H2R offering.

While the numbers are awe inspiring, it was the press events Kawasaki staged that really took the world by storm.  It is one thing to claim on paper that the bike could top 240 mph, it was another to do just that across the Osman Gazi Bridge.  Within 26 seconds the stock H2R had covered the 8799 feet of the bridge and displayed 250mph on the dash.  The H2R also holds the record for highest top speed of a motorcycle in the Isle of Man at 206mph

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2015 Kawasaki Sportbike MotorcycleNINJA H2RThis bike is in perfect condition has 843 miles and so many upgrades. woolich racing ecu with quick shifter autoblipPower commander with ignition moduleCustom luggage for GP shiftCustom racing seatCustom foot pegsCustom carbon belly panSpiegler brake lines to bypass ABS with a Brembo Z04 race padsDetailsYear 2015Make KawasakiModel NINJA H2RCategory SportbikeType Motorcycle

All this performance and heritage did not come cheap.  The MSRP when new was $49,995.  This was a tough pill for many in the market for a track only vehicle, no matter how fast it was.  There are some rumors of a few examples ending up being made road legal somehow.  Some also claim that there are still a few H2R remaining unsold on dealer floors.

Bids are starting to come in, but no where near a reasonable selling point.  Data on production numbers and prior sales is spotty at best, so this listing might end up being a valuable data point on the current market

The pictures show a wild set of wings on a carbon fiber fairing.  The green frame is a nice pop of color and instantly tells you it is a Kawasaki.  Crazy to think of the how much fun the 850 of track time must have been, and that the owner was interested in turning the wick up with an ECU tune.


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Ducati October 14, 2021 posted by

Rules Do Not Apply: 2014 Ducati SUPERBIKE 1199 SUPERLEGGERA

For years the top Ducati specification has been their R model bikes.  These race bikes for the road were released to appease the governing bodies of different organizations.  The rules stipulate that in order to qualify for the race, a specific number need to be produced to homologate them for racing.  The idea was to keep manufactures from creating an ultra low volume full bore race bike, selling a few, and then claim it was the road bike offering.  But what if the manufacture did not care about the rules?  What if this manufacture wanted to push the performance envelope and see what was possible?   Enter the Ducati Superleggera.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

For Sale No stories title in hand 2014 DUCATI 1199 Superleggera with only 1550 miles in perfect condition. This is 32 of only 500 stamped.If you are a real Ducati enthusiast, you can’t live without this machine.the most exclusive and extreme Ducati ever made with an unprecedented 200+ horsepower in homologated configuration and a 166Kg weight ready-to-ride without gas give it the best, by far, power to weight ratio of any homologated motorcycle.EVO tech radiator guards top and bottom, installed when bike was new, paint and radiator guard are in mint condition. BlipBox Auto up and down quick shift, CRG bar end mirrors- custom OE bar ends used Ducati bus charger connection in tail, Ducati lithium charger, integrated rear lights, 2x keys and Ducati manuals, Front Ducati OE stand rear Pitbull.

The listing is full of hyperbole and seems to not know that in the following years Ducati made a 1299SL and a V4SL.  To be fair, both of those bikes wore much higher MSRPs.  Another nit pick would be that the photographs in the listing are more suited to gain Instagram likes then  show a potential buyers the condition of the bike.

The 1199 SL used a substantial amount of magnesium and carbon fiber to shave weight.  The use of these exotic materials meant that no matter how many Ducati built, it would never be allowed to race in World Superbike.  Some period reviews made claims that this road bike weighed less and had a better power to weight ratio then some of the factory race bikes.

With the current bid just topping $10k there should be no expectation of a sale at that number, but it will be interesting to see where bidding goes on this.  Many low mile examples hit the market with eye watering asking prices.  There should be no doubt that these Superleggera models will always be desirable and over an amazing ride to a lucky few.


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Benelli October 14, 2021 posted by

Into the Great Unknown: 2008 Benelli TRE-K 1130

The history of famed motorcycle marque Benelli goes back to Italy in early 1911. Throughout the years, through ups and downs, Benelli produced an incredible array of smaller bikes and highly technical smaller capacity racing machines (including a supercharged 250cc inline four), not to mention the famous models such as the Tornado and the ground-breaking six-cylinder SEI 750 and 900. Interrupted by WWII and a contributor to the rebuilding of post-war Italian manufacturing, Benelli changed hands several times over the decades, including fits and starts through the late 1990s. The turn of the century brought new owners, this time Qianjiang Motor Group from China, which was subsequently acquired by Geely Holding Group (which incidentally owns other brands such as Volvo). With offices still in Italy, Benelli soldiers on and continues to create some stunning models.

2008 Benelli TRE-K 1130 for sale on eBay

The Tre-K 1130 is pretty much the last of the big Benellis at heart. This uses the same 123 horsepower 1130 triple that had been used successfully in the Tornado Tre 1130 sport bike and the TNT 1130 (Tornado Naked Tre) muscle cruiser. The difference here is in the packaging – rather than a sport bike or naked, the “Kay” is another take on a Tiger or Multistrada. And while the adventure bike styling says “go anywhere” the reality is you are looking at a 450+ pound street bike with upright seating and moderate wind protection. All good things, but a BMW GS this is not.

From the seller:
Bought this Benelli 3/2012 from New Haven Powersports with 3K miles. So the last 9 years I put 16K miles on the odometer. I’m 62 and really just cruise it around CT, I don’t think I’ve gone over 6K rpm just to much power for me. Only walked home once when the stock battery died, I replaced it with a Shoria. Everything works, very reliable and well cared for. Last summer I pulled the gas tank and replaced the spark plugs. The old plugs looked the same as the new ones…but you know when the book says its time its time. This summer the kick stand bolt broke and the entire bike collapsed on my left ankle, the left mirror broke and the silver plastic body piece near the gas tank took a bad scratch. I’d have my autobody guy fix it but rather leave it to the new owner. Top bidders please contact me with pick up or ride away plan. If anyone would like to the see the bike or have any questions feel free to contact me

The Benelli Tre-K is definitely a unique offering from a not-so-well-known manufacturer. The three cylinder engine is a jewel, and by moving the radiator to a conventional location (unlike side mounts on the TNT, or in the rear in the case of the Tornado), cooling and reliability improved. With ergos to match the waves of low RPM torque and the promise that you will not see yourself on every street corner due to the rarity of the model, this is an exotic platform built to pile on the miles. And today’s example has done just that, showing nearly 19,000 on the clock. That is probably the best statement a seller can make, as little proves how good a bike is than the miles traveled.

Located in Connecticut, this super rare bird has only a few bids at time of writing, and sits just over $3k with a reserve firmly in place. There are days to go, so it will be interesting to see where this one ends up. And if you end up as high bidder, it will be interesting to see where this comfortable cruiser with a sport bike soul will take you. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI


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Honda October 13, 2021 posted by

1989 Honda Hawk NT650 w/ only 3,280 miles For Sale!

1989 Honda Hawk NT650 For Sale on eBay!

Yea, yea, I get it-
“It doesn’t have fairings”
“It’s only got 56hp!”
“It’s old AF!”

Pick yer panties out of your butt, sit down and read on . . .

These little bikes could and did! Check out the finishing order in the photo below from WERA D-Superbike Expert circa 2000-

That’s right- 10 years after they were introduced they were still Kick’n Ass on the track. Now, keep in mind, D-Super Bike consisted of FZR400’s, SV650’s, Aprilia RS250 and MZ 660’s so, the little bike that could WAS and was taking names along the way.

They did it with torque, low weight and a 5 speed. Wait . . a 5 speed? Yup, a 5 speed transmission. We all love FZR400’s and we get all giddy over the last of the 2 stroke RS250’s, but the proof is in the pudding so, don’t turn your nose up at my little buddy.

Let’s check it out-

I’m pretty sure you can flip that and make it 1 up and 4 down; removing the need for trick aftermarket rear sets. #RacerBoy Anyone confirm?
 

Ducati say what? Elf says “You’re welcome!”

From the seller:
Like new 1989 Honda Hawk GT. Originally sold in upstate New York, the second owner bought it in Sept. 1993 with 1,920 miles. The second owner sold it to me in April 2018 with 2,700 miles. I haven’t ridden it much, mostly enjoy looking at it in the garage. When I do ride it, it runs as smooth as butter, hard to believe twin carburetors can have that crisp throttle response you would expect only with fuel injection. The engine itself obviously benefits from counter rotating balancers, it’s electric motor smooth. Power is strong, it loves to rev, geared to be turning 4,000 rpm at 60 mph.
Tires have a manufacture date Nov. 2013. In preparation for sale, the oil and filter were changed, new brake pads installed front and rear, and a new air filter installed.

During my ownership, the color was changed from red to blue. Blue was only offered in 1988. The fuel tank and seat cowl were replaced with factory blue tank and cowl from a donor vehicle. The front fender was painted to match. Seat cowl has all tabs and brackets intact.

Engine starts and runs easily, battery was on a tender most of its life and holds a charge. Fuel tank is clean with minimal rust, gasoline is fresh.

Now that we’re clear on what was . . . How about what could be? With a little imagination, desire and a few Benjamin Franklin’s- this is what could be!

Or maybe . . . you could slap on some soft saddle bags, a tank bag and simply enjoy the little NT647 for what it is- a well thought out Honda.

Check out this NT650 here!

Cheers!

dd


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Featured Listing October 12, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Honda VFR750F!

The Honda VFR750F is an icon. Through 10+ years of constant production, evolution and improvement, the VFR gained notoriety for doing everything well. This is not a bike that just ticks one of the “most” buckets; it is not the cheapest, it is not the lightest, it is not the most powerful, it is not the most race-like, it is not the fastest. But for those that actually prefer to ride, the VFR has been a constant companion offering good looks, great performance and legendary reliability. From the clean sheet beginnings way back in 1986, the VFR steadily improved to what can only be considered as close to motorcycling perfection as possible.

Featured Listing – 1997 Honda VFR750F

The VF line was born around the V-4 engine configuration. And while the earliest of the VFs utilized a timing chain to invoke the 4 valves per cylinder, the evolution quickly moved to uber-reliable gear driven cams such as are found on the RC30 and RC45 racers. The same goes for the race-bred single-sided swingarm, as well as the aluminum, twin-spar frame. And if you cannot see a profile resemblance to the famous NR750 perhaps you need to check your pulse. But the VFR is not a racer – it has all of the DNA necessary to become so, but it knows its place in the world as an incredibly capable all-rounder. Devoid of the “character” flaws of other exotics that require the rider to make concessions, the VFR can commute, canyon carve, rip it up at a track day, and take you to points far and away as a sport tourer. I challenge you to name any other platform that has this breadth of capability.

From the seller:
Mint condition, close to museum quality, vfr 750. Brand new Dunlop tires. 18,250 miles. Oil changed 3 months ago with amsoil full synthetic 10/40. Oil has about 800/1k miles on it as do the tires. Bone stock not a single thing modified. Only things not original are tires, battery and gold chain. Bike starts up instantly, choke works perfectly. The bike idles perfect. Runs strong as new. It’s apparent to me by the condition of the bike that it was well maintained in every way since new. Turn key bike that needs nothing. I ride the bike casually on nice days, miles may increase a little. Bike comes with a cover. Stored in my garage and not ever driven in bad weather. Please call if interested 856-405-7830. I’m not answering emails. The towel under the center stand is there to protect my new garage floor from being scraped. The bike has no leaks at all.

Asking Price: $5,500
Contact: Kevin 856-405-7830

For just a touch over 8 grand the 1997 you could walk into a showroom and ride out on what is arguably the best motorcycle of all time (don’t take my word for it – check out how often the Interceptor has shown up on annual “best of” lists). But given its less rare status as a mass-marketed UJM, the market has yet to come back around to equalizing value for money. That makes the last era of the VFR750F – such as today’s Featured Listing – an outright bargain in the used bike market. This is really the pinnacle of Honda engineering and quality, at a price well below that of comparable bikes. With the capabilities of more modern bikes without the confusing and annoying electronic gadgetry, this is as pure as riding can get.

Today’s 1997 Honda VFR750F Featured Listing is a pristine example of the breed. Obviously well cared for, this bike has traveled fewer than 800 miles per year on average. And it looks the part. Check out how clean this bike appears, despite the 24 years that have passed since it first sat in a showroom. Stone stock the way Honda intended, the plastics look flawless. There is no corrosion on the wheels, the forks, or the brake/clutch master cylinder reservoirs (common areas to show weather-induced flaws). No fender hack here, no Pep Boys shorty turn signals, no superfluous stickers, no color-tinted windscreen, no flashy loud pipe – nothing that the engineers and assembly line personnel at Honda did not fit to the bike. That is clearly worth the price of admission, as finding these models in this sort of condition is not easy. If you are looking for a neo classic – a bike that will age gracefully, ride comfortably and last forever – give Kevin a shout (856-405-7830) and make a deal. Good Luck!!

MI

Ducati October 12, 2021 posted by

Bare Bones: 2002 Ducati 748RS For Sale!

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O,
And on his farm he had a Duc, 7-4-8-R-S
With a moo-moo here and a Duc-quack there
Here a Duc, there a Duc, everywhere Duc-Duc, Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

2002 Ducati 748 RS For Sale on eBay!

12 years stored and straight outta Old MacDonalds barn is this tasty 2002 Duc 748RS.

Caution: Track Use Only

That’s right boys and girls- The RS is bare bones and was delivered with only needed track essentials such as Ohlins, Brembo, 54mm Termi’s, radical cams, unpainted carbon body panels and a minimalist dashboard featuring a tach & temp gauge hooked up to a race only wiring loom. Not even a damn kickstand!

This particular RS has been punched out to 853cc’s and features a slipper clutch to help smooth out those hi-rev down shifts and to help stabilize the chassis at corner entry.

In Old MacDonald horse farm terms, I suspect a full on 748RS Bologna factory racer would be as high strung as a Thoroughbred in the gate at the Kentucky Derby whereas a standard 748 might be a trail horse. 🙂


 

From the sellers ad:
Ducati 748RS, 2002. Sold new by advanced motor sports in Alvarado Texas.All service and maintenance by ams Alvarado and Dallas.This bike has a STM slipper clutch,853 big bore kit and a replacement digital dash.Number boards have been painted on.bike has never been raced,trackday use only.no title,bill of sale only.These bikes were never painted from the factory.All original carbon fiber body work in perfect condition.Perfect for the collector,trackday use or race in the ARMHA race series.12 year old tires,bike has been unused for 12 years.

So, unless you’re a collector or have a white plate on your current track bike, I suspect this one might be better viewed from a distance.

To save you yellow plates some time I did some poking around in the RSBFS GoDuckYourself 748RS search motor and found a hand full of 748RS posts from days gone by. Check those out while you count your ducks eggs . . . but, not before they hatch.

Cheers!

dd


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Ducati October 11, 2021 posted by

Sounds Like – 2009 Ducati 848

Even at the bottom of Ducati’s sportbike range for 2009, the 848 had what would’ve been superbike performance just a few years back.  Without being an S or limited edition, this plain vanilla 848 seems like a stone-ground vanilla, hand churned into a beautiful sundae.

2009 Ducati 848 for sale on eBay

Even more than earlier supersports, the 848 shared so many part numbers with the 1098/1198 that one could debate whether it was gifted the leading edge engineering, or maybe subsidized the superbike development.  Weight was reduced right at the crankcase level, with a vacuum casting that saved 3 kg of engine weight.  Marelli EFI points down elliptical throttle bodies, controlling 134 hp and 70.8 ft.-lbs. torque.  Trading the dry clutch music for lightness and reliability, the wet clutch hooks up to a close-ratio 6 speed.  Showa dampers are in the supersport budget but still fully adjustable, and calipers have radial mounting points.  Overall the package tipped the scales at 370 lbs. dry, with aerodynamics allowing a 160 mph top speed.

Rather limited photos and history here, but the 848 does have low miles at 5,279, and likely needs the initial valve check and timing belt service.  Definitely overdue for tires.  Interested buyers will have to factor those into the buy-it-now and maybe get more photos and records before pushing Make Offer.  Just a couple of notes from the eBay listing-

2009 Ducati 848 is an original. The owner has had it for 2 years. The vehicle runs great and is not regularly ridden.
 
Original Ducati 848 with low mileage and no flaws or defects. Runs great and has a clean title.

The 848 benefited from the return to the classic side-by-side headlight design, as well as the testastretta engine with 7,500-mile service intervals.  More often seen on our pages in Nicky Hayden edition colors, the intro model is identical mechanically.  Without the superbike cachet and advanced electronics aboard the superbike, the 848 might remain reasonable even in this sellers market.

-donn


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Yamaha October 10, 2021 posted by

1991 Yamaha YSR 50 For Sale!

1991 Yamaha YSR 50 For Sale on eBay!

From the seller:
The bike has Tommy exhaust, Douglas wheels, she is all original, I’m also throwing in the black wheels, owners manual and also the original gauge, this bike is been kept in the indoors all her life, starts up first kick and she is damn fast, however because she’s been in the warehouse and I have not had the chance or the time to detail her for the past year / half or maybe two years, I just recently brought her back to the house so I would be able to take some new pictures and posted her up for sale, so I would highly recommend to whoever would be the lucky owner to just clean out the carburetor and give her some love and care before popping wheelies, I have owned over 50 of these bikes at one time, in the past year or so I have sold 33 of them,, unfortunately because of circumstances I’ve had to thin out the herd, I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to sell any more wheels, specially these babies ,, I’m not a dealer I’m simply a collector anything with wheels and I wasn’t planning to sell any more but it is what it is, my loss your gain, please look at that pictures even though the pictures don’t do her justice but she speaks for herself, she’s perfect with the Tommy exhaust and the Douglas wheels she is flawless

I truly could keep on going about this bike but I am sure if you’re out there looking for these Bad boys then you know what this bike is

First up: A Tasty Ta Ta Ta Toomey exhaust that looks to be in near perfect shape and pairs nicely with the Douglas “off road use only” polished wheels. How’s that work in Cali? Meaning, how can this pass “road worthy” inspection with those wheels? Me thinks you’d swap out . . . never mind.

If I’m not mistaken, she pumps out 7hp and tips the scales just under 170#’s. She makes use of those 7hp with a 5 speed box and can almost touch 40mph- in stock trim. Should you have a need to pump her up on power, you can reach out to Team Calimari in Salinas, CA. They do all things 50cc and have been flogging YSR’s since they originally appeared in 1987.

I usually get a lot of Ape Poo thrown at me when I post these and those pesky “It’s not a sport bike” or “It’s only 50cc” comments, but if it looks like a sport bike and sounds like a sport bike- it must be a sport bike. Right!?


 

I found this nice walk around YSR video for you. It showcases the YSR without the lower fairing. The audio is pretty bad and I recommend you turn the volume down. Enjoy!


 

YSR’s have only increased in value and with a BIN of $7,800 they don’t appear to be coming down anytime soon.

Are you interested in her? Is she showing signs of being interested in you?

Check her out here!

I wonder what “she” would say if “she” could talk? Maybe she would say “Why you ride me so hard?” Perhaps she would say “Why you try’n to hide all of my sexiness under those cheap ass stickers?” or would it be “I like the way you rev me up!”
Add yours in the comments below- Do not make me regret that! I’d hate to turn the comments off.

Cheers!

dd

But wait there’s more . . .

This same seller has another one listed with a BIN of $6,500.


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