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Honda May 29, 2022

Market Rules – 1986 Honda NS400R

To have been in a 1986 showroom – Suzuki had the RG500 and Yamaha the RZ500, but Honda again went for a bit more lightness and made their GP replica a 400, which at least made sense in Japan.  This example from north of the border really shines considering its nearly 16K miles.

1986 Honda NS400R for sale on eBay

To keep up with the other race reps, Honda produced a fair likeness of  Freddie Spencer’s NS500 racer, with a peculiar V3 smoker, small pattern alloy chassis, and classic full fairing.  Three Keihin flat-slides are in the vee, making 72 hp available on an ATAC power valve-assisted torque curve.  Sleepy through 5,000 rpm, the screaming shortly starts and runs to 9,500 rpm and 125 mph.  Forks were air-assisted with TRAC anti-dive, and a Pro-Link monoshock was underneath.  Brake and tire sizes remind you that this a potent middleweight rather than a superbike.  Oil injection and all the street gear brought the fueled weight up to just over 400 lbs. wet, not bad though Spencer’s 500 weighed almost 100 lbs. less.

Offered by a private individual in Quebec, this excellent example looks complete and correct right down to the sidestand fairing.  Freddie’s signature is on the seat bottom, though present day etiquette would have it right on top of the tailcone.  A quick video is offered – here –.  We’ll let the comments from the eBay auction pick up the story –

1986 Canadian NS400R Freddie Spencer HRC EDITION with the signature – V3 cylinders – 2 stroke – very RARE: less than 400 sold in the whole America… never produced for USA market – 360 lbs dry weight (approx).  Includes current Quebec-CA Clean title/ownership at my name… Immaculate condition and excellent very rare example of a 36 years old collectable 2 stroke bike… only 25,330 km (15,740 miles)… a similar NS 400R like this one just sold for $25,300 this past January at Mecum auction in Vegas (You can see it on last picture).

Only imperfections I could see are a very small paint crack under right side mirror (professionally repaired)… you can see it on the zoomed picture with a green arrow. The brake hoses are not oem because the rubber was cracked in a few places on the previous ones… and it was hard to find an oem hose.

The rear top muffler guard are dismantled for a better look… but is in perfect condition like you can see in the picture.

Reviewers told of a street machine with clear racing lineage, though the power valve system civilized its manners more than most smokers.  None of the mid-size two strokes were offered in the USA, and though they’ve had some grey market presence here, all were retired by the end of 1987.  Maybe some hi-res pictures would help the puzzling lack of bids, but we’ll be watching.

-donn


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Honda May 28, 2022

A Sip a Cylinder – 1988 CBR250R

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1988 Honda CBR250R

In the modern era of sport bikes, it’s easy to visualize how much displacement is needed to propel you into the ditch of one of the two mildly curvy sections of blacktop in your sprawling suburb. Just think of all the times you got a 36oz Big Gulp. Our Harley brethren have the pleasure of visualizing the displacement of their engines right before they ride into a ditch via 60 oz of Miller Lite from the local watering hole. To visualize what the CBR250R needs, just think of when you’re cleaning up after a get together and you find that 2/3 full beer that someone told themselves they’d revisit at a later point. Divide that by 4 and now we’re talking a sip a cylinder.

In America, the reason we don’t like the 1/3 beer drinker is the same reason we didn’t like the CBR250R. You can’t get in trouble with them. Small displacement bikes are considered “beginner” bikes and have never scratched the itch for the US markets. Consequently, these bikes only end up in the states after collectors import them. Such is the case for this low-mile example today.

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The most intriguing things about a CBR250R are the looks and redline. Similar weight, suspension, and power are all easy to find today. The double headlights and classic Honda racing colors have aged so well. The seller hasn’t posted many pictures but the cosmetic condition is pretty good from what can be seen outside of some marks on the rims.

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The engine is other spectacle here. The picture of the cockpit teases the  18k redline which places the engine characteristics of this bike solidly in line with the engines found in premier class racing. High revs, gear-driven cams, light pistons, and an oversquare setup delivers minimal torque but 45 hp up top.

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From the seller:

For sale 1988 Honda CBR 4 cylinder  rare bike imported from Japan runs and rides amazing only 6447 original kilometers Clean title. If you have any question, please call or text me 843 9255097 thanks

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The seller seems to be a man of few words and pictures so there should be some more legwork done. However, we can assume he has good taste considering the MT-01 in the background.

Here’s an example that sold on BAT during COVID for $6,500 and can be used as a reference point if you choose to make an offer. Good luck and finish your beer.

-Norm


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Moto Morini May 28, 2022

Milan to Miami: 1982 Moto Morini 500 Strada

A bit off the beaten path and genuinely rare in the United States, this is a beautifully preserved Moto Morini 500. While not in the same performance league as the Ducati superbikes (or even Super Sports), and not in the high-speed transport business as Moto Guzzi, the other, other Italian V-Twin marque produced interesting – if not sporty – scoots predominantly in the 350cc and 500cc varieties. Built in low numbers overall, few were imported into North America – making this very clean 500 Strada (Italian for “street”) a rare gem to be admired and enjoyed. The seller has a lot of information about the marque and the bike, and I will let him pick up the story here:

1982 Moto Morini 500 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Extremely original, low-milage machine. The finish does have it’s imperfections, and a light patina that reminds you that this is truly a 40 year old classic. The inside of the gas tank was professionally sealed, and looks great inside. The original La Franconi pipes are in great shape, with no holes. The Marzocchi suspension still feels nice and firm. All of the paint is 100% original

More from the seller:
The 500 was an obvious early manifestation of the Morini modular concept, using a larger bore and stroke to up the capacity of the original 344cc engine to 478ccs, producing more power and a relaxed ride. The longer wheelbase (the result of an elongated swing arm) gave a stable ride, and the longer seat suited two up riding.

The machine was first shown in prototype form at Milan in November 1975, started production in 1977 and was imported in to the UK from 1978. Originally the machine was produced with a 5 speed gearbox, allegedly due to concerns over the original box being unable to cope with the extra power. However, from 1981 a six speed cluster was fitted, resulting in the ”Sei-V” model, which also saw the introduction of a plastic chain guard, painted mud guards and mechanical rev counter, all designed to reduce production costs. Prior to this a Sport version had been offered which, unlike the 3½ was produced purely through changes to handlebars and footrests plus the appropriate badge!

More from the seller:
The 500 was an excellent machine for the longer distance rider (journalist Dave Minton rode one from Alaska to Mexico down the Trans-American Highway in the 1980s) but lacked some of the rider appeal of the 350s. The engine continued to be developed, and the later 501 motor (actually 507cc) was arguably the best of the ”air-cooled” twins, revving freely and used in later off road machines together with the custom bikes that saw out Morini production at the old factory in the early 1990s following the take-over by Cagiva.

More from the seller:
This model is the most original, low-milage example I could possibly find. It has been living in our climate-controlled museum in downtown West Palm Beach since I acquired it. With only 1,520 ORIGINAL MILES, and the ORIGINAL MSO certificate, this is a survivor-quality machine.

The electric start still works (although they we known for being less-than-great), and fitted with a brand new battery. The charging system has been tested and works great. The brakes operate flawlessly, thank to the rebuilt brake hydraulics. The Pirelli Sport Demon tires are like new, only fitted a couple hundred miles ago.

The original La Franconi pipes are in great shape, with no holes. The Marzocchi suspension still feels nice and firm. All of the paint on this fabulous example is 100% original. The finish does have it’s nicks, scratches, and overall patina that remind you that this is truly a survivor. The inside of the gas tank was professionally sealed, and looks great.

Despite many ups and downs, the Moto Morini brand prevails – today it calls the Chinese motorcycle and bicycle manufacturer Zhongneng Vehicle Group (Znen) as home. This is a brand that has come a long way over an extended period of years, endured the Second World War, rebuilt and produced some memorable competitive and street models. The 3 1/2 and 500 twins must surely be listed up there as iconic models of Italian style, even though they may lack the sharp edge of the more sporting models from other Italian companies. This beautiful 1982 Moto Morini 500 has only 1,500 miles on the clocks, and looks as good as any unrestored example we have seen. Priced as $12,500, this seller has provided some great pictures and is open to offers. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI


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Suzuki May 27, 2022

1986 Suzuki RG500 with Lance Gamma Upgrades

The Suzuki RG500 needs no introduction on this website, especially when Lance Gamma has been involved in the updates. Rick Lance was the Jedi Knight of RG500 tuning and upgrades. A master of his craft.

This auction listing is currently bid to $16,100 and has a buy-it-now of $42,995. Somewhere in-between a buyer is going to score a straight up legend.

dc

1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale

from the seller:

If you are looking for a completely stock Suzuki RG500, look elsewhere! If you are looking for an RG that was built to be all that an RG can be, read on! I found this 1986 RG500 over a decade ago through Rick Lance of Lance Gamma fame. While Rick is no longer with us, he was the “GO TO GAMMA GUY” until his passing a few years ago. He had worked with the previous owner of this bike to help him build a bike with all the best parts and technology available for an RG at the time. The project started with an original stock Canadian import bike (Km speedometer) in good condition with approximately 11,000 miles on it. The bike was disassembled as required and all aspects of it built to the highest specifications for a super fun street racer.

The engine was gone through, cranks rebuilt and new stock bore pistons and rings installed. A new Dyson NOVA close ratio transmission along with their Nova straight cut primary gear set installed to address the well-known weaknesses of the stock RG transmission. In addition, a Lance Gamma clutch kit was installed to alleviate any clutch related issues. A shifter support was added as well to alleviate another well-known RG weakness. Carbs were rebuilt with a set of Lance Gamma float valves and Tripod air filters added to maximize fuel and air flow. Last, a set of TC expansion chambers added to handle exhaust duties.

To accommodate the TC chambers, a modified Lance Gamma battery/oil tank relocation kit was added along with a super lightweight Shorai lithium battery. And to make sure there were no overheating problems, an oversize aluminum radiator was added as well.

Handling was addressed next. Per Rick’s recommendation, stock wheels were exchanged for a set of freshly powder coated 17” GSX wheels front and rear with custom machined spacers. These wheels are wider than stock, convert the stock 16” front rim to 17” and allow a much larger selection of high performance tires to be used. Front brakes were upgraded with the addition of GSXR calipers, EBC discs, and Galfer steel braided brake lines. A new aluminum front fork brace was added as well. At the rear, an Ohlins shock with adjustable ride height adjuster was added along with another Galfer steel braided line.

Last, to deal with the cosmetic cracking issues that the stock plastic fairing, belly pan and seat cowl had, an Air Tech fairing and rear cowl was painted to match the paint scheme of the original paint tank. There are a few very minor touch ups on the right side of the front fairing nose where another bike from my collection fell into it, but they are minor at best (see pics). There are also a few very small stress cracks in the white paint on the rear cowl that even Air Tech wasn’t able to avoid with expansion chambers in such close proximity (again, see pics).

Mod Summary:

· Dyson Nova Close Ratio Transmission
· Dyson Nova Straight Cut Primary Gears
· Lance Gamma Clutch Kit
· Lance Gamma Float Valves
· Lance Gamma TriPod Air Filters
· TC Expansion Chambers
· Oversize Aluminum Radiator
· Lance Gamma Oil Tank/Battery Relocation Kit (modified)
· GSX 17” Powder Coated Wheels
· EBC Front Brake Discs
· GSXR Front Calipers
· Galfer Steel Braided Brake lines (F & R)
· Fork Brace
· Ohlins Adjustable Rear Shock
· Ride Height Adjuster
· Air Tech Fairing Painted in Original Paint Scheme w/Sticker Kit
· Zero Gravity Windscreen

The previous owner enjoyed the bike for a 1000 or so miles after it was built and then passed it on to me. I GREATLY enjoyed it for a several hundred more miles and promptly ruptured two discs in my lower back and haven’t ridden it in anger since! I finally “pickled” the bike about eight years ago, and it has been sitting in my indoor collection since. I have finally come to the realization that my age and health will prevent me from enjoying it as intended again so it is time to pass it on to the next caretaker. It is the third RG500 I have owned and by far the best and most fun one of the three!

I have just changed the transmission oil, refreshed the brake fluid in both front and rear brake systems and put in new coolant. I’ve included some pics of the bike with the body work off so you can see just how clean this bike is. I also included a pic of the plugs as they came out of the bike from the last time it was run and put into storage (1-2-3-4 R to L, jetting is spot on!).

I’ve since started and run the bike using a 30:1 premix to be sure all is well (I have not fully checked the automatic oiling system but it appeared to working correctly after start). Started on the fifth kick after eight years! Everything works as best I can tell, but I would suggest a thorough recommissioning to be sure all is in order. Oh, and new tires if you intend to ride it in anger as it is intended. The Metzler ME3’s that are on it are over a decade old now! The bike also comes with two original Suzuki keys, the original owner’s manual, an original Suzuki shop manual, a variety of mods information and documentation, and both an original parts micro-fiche and a hard copy print out of it. Last, I DO NOT have any of the original stock parts. What you see in the pics is what you get.

As an ex-AMA Pro Roadracer, this bike is as close as you are likely to get to the riding experience of the TZ250 and TZ700 I raced back in the day. It is a VERY NICE survivor and one which I’m sure I will regret selling, but age and medical issues say it’s got to go.

This is a very nice example, but it is a USED motorcycle that is almost 40 years old and it is NOT perfect. It is sold as is where is with NO warranty, NO guaranty or any other kind of ”–ty”. The motorcycle has a clear Arizona title in my name with no liens so no issues there. I am happy to arrange a pre-sale inspection if you care to see it before you bid.


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Ducati May 27, 2022

That Is – 1992 Ducati Paso 907IE

Ducati toughed it out with the original Paso, making small improvements until the fuel injected 907 I.E. was introduced in 1991.  Today’s has miles but a recent restoration and a couple of nicer add-ons.

1992 Ducati Paso 907IE for sale on eBay

With water cooling and Weber injection, the 907IE’s 904cc’s claim a robust 90 hp, and torque giving a wide range of 3,000 to 8,500 revs in the power band.  The square tube chassis is all but invisible under the full Tamburini bodywork, with Marzocchi suspension adapted from the 851 superbike.  300mm Brembo brakes and 120 front / 190 rear tires were more sport than touring.  Behind the body-color windshield, the cockpit reviewed as roomy and even a pillion wouldn’t look out of place. 

Parked in the lounge area of some kind of motoring workshop, this 907 I.E. looks great with pretty correct decals and white wheels.  Guessing those are period Staintune silencers, and the Corbin saddle appears to give a slightly lower and more supportive seat.  Looks and sounds like the restoration was substantially cosmetic, with just a couple of maintenance items discussed in the eBay auction –

This is an excellent running and looking 907.. No Problems .. Restored about 5 years ago .. Repainted, decals , had white rims powder coated . Corbin seat .. mechanically all I have done is a water pump, brakes and battery .. put less than 1000 miles in my ownership and less than 100 in the past 3 years .. Have many other bikes .. Plenty of parts availability on eBay if you need but a very reliable fun bike .. Amazingly comfortable ..

All the Paso variants were priced a little higher and had a quirk or two more than the competition, and sales never seemed to exceed 1,000 per year.  Still fans who liked the sound and the chassis ( and hung soft bags over the pillion ) lamented its early retirement.  These days it’s a sensible entrée into the red bike spectrum and this one has a very low starting bid.

-donn


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Suzuki May 26, 2022

Save the Bees – 2008 Suzuki B-King GSX1300BK

 

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2008 Suzuki B-KING GSX1300BK

A cool aspect about the motorcycle industry is that it’s driven largely by enthusiasts. When you have a bunch of enthusiasts who are ready to hand over cash or take out loans to buy things they really don’t need, well that’s when you get things like the B-King. Something that very few people asked for or needed but still exists because…motorcycles. But hey, I’m not complaining. Go big or go home. Why reuse a K5 GSXR motor for your naked bike when you can reuse a Hayabusa motor?

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The B-King is a bike bike. No two ways about it. It weighs in at 582 pounds wet and has a 60 inch wheelbase. A bit heavier and longer than a Hayabusa. However, Suzuki has never been one to make a bike with bad handling characteristics. A B-King-specific frame and suspension package are paired with twin 310mm floating discs to make the bike tamable for the right rider. It takes up a lot of visual space too. The absurdly wide tank/motor section and sharp angles give the eye a lot to look at.

Image 13 - 2008 Suzuki B-KING GSX1300BK

A couple scuffs are visible on the right side fuel tank cover from a drop which is mentioned by the seller in the listing. Body panels aren’t super easy to find but an NOS part out of Japan should do the trick.

Image 18 - 2008 Suzuki B-KING GSX1300BK

The scrape on the starter cover is more of a turn off to me than the scuffs on the plastic. Scuffs on the right side are mentioned in the listing but this would be worth inquiring about. That being said, the bike still shows decent and these are pretty easy fixes. You should be able to recoup your money and then some since these are becoming quite hard to find.

Image 15 - 2008 Suzuki B-KING GSX1300BK

The Yosh pipe is just one of many tasteful accessories the owner has installed. Overall, the bike looks stock which is the most important thing.

Image 17 - 2008 Suzuki B-KING GSX1300BK

From the seller:

“…I am the second owner of this beauty and I have had her for a few years. Original owner was another enthusiast in Texas, he took perfect care of it and so did I. The bike has been regularly serviced by me, and is in overall excellent condition. Only ~9,300 miles sitting on the odometer; she has so much life left to live. This was my dream bike and I am lucky enough to have had her for years, but it is time to say goodbye sadly. Bike is accident free. One driveway drop (before me) left her with a few scuffs/scratches on the right side perfectly visible in pictures. Local pickup is in Northern, NJ or you arrange shipping.”

“The modifications are valuable and professionally done. Nothing has been done to the motor, so you don’t need to worry about that. Below are two lists, one of installed modifications and accessories, the other uninstalled ones. I am including EVERYTHING below, even the uninstalled modifications and accessories. Take a gander at these long lists:
Installed Modifications/accessories
-Yoshimura Brake/Clutch Fluid reservoir covers, titanium purple
-Yoshimura Full Carbon true dual undertail exhaust system
-Yoshimura Exhaust Heat Shield with rear blinkers, titanium purple
-Yoshimura License plate mount tail kit w/led taillight, titanium purple
-Tekarbon Full Carbon Fiber vented side panels
-RG3 Rear Shock
-SportBikeLites High Intensity Headlight
-Progrip Carbon Tank Pad
-Contour Protaper Mini High Handlebars
-Contour Protaper Handlebar Risers
-*NEW* Avon Storm 3D X-M tires, 200mm rear, 120mm front. These tires were put on last year and have about 150mi on them. Just about broken in, grippy but great overall performance.
-Custom aluminum “B-King” milled aluminum Crank Case Cover
-Hayabusa Kanji custom aluminum powder coated Engine Clutch Cover
-Puig Pro Frame sliders
-OES Frame Sliders
-CRG Bar end mounted mirrors
-Suzuki OEM Single Rider Rear Nacelle

Uninstalled modifications/accessories

-National Cycle V-Stream Windshield (mounting bars are already installed)
-Teka SFI Pro Tuner (new in box)
-MGK Laser Iridium Spark Plugs (new in box)
-HealTech X-TRE Power Box (for defeating the speed limiter and increasing throttle response)
-ABBA Superbike Stand
-Trackside Front Paddock Stand
-Nelson Rigg Touring Saddlebags”

There probably isn’t a single rider out there who isn’t curious about how far back the B-King will push their eyeballs into their skull. If you survive the first few months of ownership and you still want more out of it you can kit it out with a turbo. After all, the B-King concept debuted with a turbo and the “B” in B-King does stand for boost.

-Norm


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Featured Listing May 25, 2022

Featured Listing – Rare Collection of Signed MotoGP Helmets!

May 2022 update: Seller Roscoe Holden informed us that while many helmets have been sold, there are still some classic, signed lids available. See below for more information. Thanks for continuing to support the site, Rosco!


So you’ve got yourself a man cave – or even a museum. Other than parking one or more bikes in there, what to do about decoration? This, my friends, is the ultimate answer. How about more than 30 authentic and replica race helmets and raced by some of the true greats in our sport? Wow! Did I mention that they are signed – some by the rider, and some by both the rider and crew chief or head mechanic? That’s right – get your favorite riders’ signatures on the best canvas available. This is an amazing collection that has taken years and years to accumulate, and is now available.


Valentino Rossi


This is a history of the dome protectors that runs across eras, seasons, sponsors and more. Here is a partial listing of the highlights (there are too many to show them all!):

Mike Hailwood (Ducati 1978)
Giacomo Agostini (MV Agusta 1971, 1972)
Phil Read (MV Agusta 1973, 1974)
Giacomo Agostini (Yamaha 1975)
Barry Sheene (Suzuki 1976, 1977)
Kenny Roberts (Yamaha 1979, 1980)
Marco Lucchinelli (Suzuki 1981)
Franco Uncini (Suzuki 1982)
Freddie Spencer (Honda 1983, 1985)
Eddie Lawson (Yamaha 1984, 1988, Honda 1989)
Wayne Gardner (Honda 1987)
Wayne Rainey (Honda 1990, 1992)
Mick Doohan (Honda 1996, 1997)
Kenny Roberts Jr. (Suzuki 2000)
Steve Martin (Foggy Petronas 2005)
Valentino Rossi (Honda 2002, Yamaha 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha 2012)
Marc Marquez (Honda 2013, 2014)


Wayne Rainey


Mick Doohan


Wayne Gardner


From the seller:
It has taken 27 years to accumulate, here is your chance to own this Rare and Unique Collection. The helmets have been all over the world, from Spain, Italy, UK, Europe, the USA to be signed, some have taken about 3 nervous years to returned.

Interested parties should contact Rosco Holden or +61 (0) 412 992 666


Kenny Roberts & Eddie Lawson – also signed by Kel Carruthers
Note: Kenny Roberts helmets have sold, Lawson still available!


Australian motorsports enthusiast Roscoe Holden knows a thing or two about collections. In fact, check out his Motocross, Enduro & Dakar Museum opening, as reported on by MCnews. The same drive and spirit spearheaded his decades-long signature helmet obsession. But after all this time, it’s time for him to let it go. The memorabilia market is gaining momentum, and a collection such as this that tracks across some of the most iconic and memorable racers and time periods in recent history is rare, to say the least. This top collection from top riders, and would look great in an office, a home, a man cave, or museum. Check out all of the pictures, and contact Rosco to make a deal. This is about the coolest thing we’ve seen that doesn’t have wheels! Good Luck, and G’day!


Marc Marquez

Jorge Lorenzo

MI

Aprilia May 25, 2022

RSBFS Featured Listing Summary

Here’s all the available Featured Listings from our readers in the last week of May 2022! -dc


Yamaha GTS1000 for sale

Mike has dropped the price of his GTS1000 listing to $6,750 CAD which is roughly $5,279 today.


Ducati 748 for sale

Michael’s 2002 Ducati 748 listing went live last week. He’s looking for an enthusiast to take over stewardship of this excellent and low mileage example.


BMW HP2 Sport for sale

Fred’s HP2 Sport is looking for a new home at a very reasonable $14,500. These are difficult to find and quickly becoming collectible.


Bimota SB6R

William is an RSBFS team member and his Bimota SB6R listing went live last week.


RSV4 Factory For sale

Dave lowered the price on his Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC to $11,000 last month!


Ducati Monster race bike for sale

Jonathon’s Monster 1100 Evo racebike is available for summer fun!


Ducati 848 for sale

Northwest European has this low mileage Ducati 848 available for just $8,950.

Triumph May 24, 2022

Queens Gambit – 2013 Triumph Daytona 675R

Triumph did a pretty much total refresh on the Daytona 675 for 2013, and presented a very equipped R-model as well.  This example has been tucked away in an NYC borough and looks well tended.

2013 Triumph Daytona 675R for sale on eBay

Hinckley started in the engine bay, increasing the triple’s bore and reducing stroke by a couple of mm, making a 14,500 rpm redline possible with peak 128 hp at 12,500 revs.  A separate cylinder casting has Nikasil bores, and two injectors for each cylinder keep the 13.0-to-1 compression ratio fueled.  The six-speed was updated and incorporates a slipper function in the ramped clutch, as well as a quick-shifter for the -R.   The alloy chassis uses less castings to achieve its combination of lightness and stable mounting points for all Öhlins suspension, with an adjustable swingarm pivot for track set-up.  The R-model gets the better Brembo monoblocks, and features ABS with a selectable “circuit” mode.  The exhaust stays under the engine to keep its weight centralized, and carbon fiber trim makes theirs disappear.

Looks like this Daytona is housed in a courtyard, but with 8,500 miles looks good enough that it must be covered as well.  Tank bumpers and grips are seen, but looks otherwise stock.  With new rubber and a spring service call, this Daytona looks ready for tomorrow’s ride.  Comments from the eBay auction –

  • Clean titled sport motorcycle that has never been dropped and well maintained.
  • Fully serviced by Triumph’s certified dealer at Nassau county, New York.
  • Most recent service: April 29, 2022
  • New Tires (Pirelli Diablo Rosso, 180 + MPH rated)
  • Front & Rear brake flushes and bleed
  • Radiator flush and new coolant
  • General inspection & 10,000 miles recommended service by Triumph

Except for ABS and the quick shifter, this fairly late model foregoes the current electronic wizardry, which might be a good long term strategy.  The update got high marks from the press for its light weight and moderate riding position, and didn’t misplace the earlier Daytona magic.  The R has all the good stuff and the starting bid is a little over half the price when new.

-donn

 


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Suzuki May 22, 2022

Clean Freak – 1985 Suzuki GS1150ES

Makers were working hard to stand out in the post-recessionary 1980’s, and Suzuki evolved their GS1150 into a GT that could pull a 10-1/2 second quarter mile.  Today’s GS looks excellent and has had some recent tune-up work.

1985 Suzuki GS1150ES for sale on eBay

Suzuki’s 1135cc mill was an incremental update from the 1100, air cooled with two cams and four valves.  114 hp were readily available, thanks to four 36mm Mikuni carbs.  A new square-tube chassis was commissioned, with air-adjustable Kayaba forks and a Full Floater monoshock.  Suzuki’s Positive Damping Force anti-dive system combines with a 16-inch front wheel to help in the twistier bits.  The distinctive fairing makes a generous hole in the windrush, helping win the 200-yard roll on contest with a 50-to-90 mph run.

Offered by a dealer that seems to pay the rent with a line of pressure-washing trailers, this GS shows under 8,000 miles and had me thinking re-paint, but the overall condition makes that more of a question.  Maybe the plastics had a rather liberal splash of protectant, but the metal finishes look like they haven’t spent much time in the hot Texas sun.  Love the black chrome mufflers.  The seller states they can broker the shipping and has a few comments in the eBay auction-

If you are old enough to remember the debut of the Suzuki GS1150 ES, you remember they were the King of the Hill.

These days these bikes are rare to find – especially in this condition!

This bike is an incredible, unmolested survivor with only 7,600 miles!

Complete recent service including ultrasonic carb cleaning. oil/filter change, new plugs and valve lash check.

Starts/run and stops like it should – everything works!

Beside external GPz/V65/FZR pressures, Suzuki had their own Katana and GSX-R1100 ready, and the GS1150ES was retired after 1986. Reviewers set the PDF forks on their lowest setting ( or disabled them entirely ), and squawked a mid-range vibration in the bars and pegs.  Drag racing success meant relatively few survived the long term in anything like the condition seen here.  Looking forward to seeing where the reserve is set !

-donn


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