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Ducati November 25, 2009 posted by

1988 Ducati 851 Homologation Tri Color with B.I.N $25,000.00

This appears to be a super rare 851. I did a quick search and there is one for sale in Australia as well, so at the time of this posting, 2 are for sale at the same time! Pretty cool eh?

document.write(‘Super rare 851 on ebay‘);Super rare 851 on ebay


Quote from the seller:

This is one of the approximately 50 bikes imported into the U.S. “for racing use only”. it was titled and registered, and ridden (street only!) a bit more than 2800 miles by the original owner. The only deviations from stock are the modifications needed for street use. These include swapping the slicks for street tires, adding a mirror and turn signals (mid 60’s BMW bar end), a horn and a speedometer (digital bicycle speedo). In addition, an air filter element was fitted on top of the open airbox (in order to preserve internal organs!). The wheels were repainted (when the stock Marvic paint began to fall off!) with custom matched PPG Durathane. The brake and clutch fluids were changed 6 months ago, the oil and filter last week, and the timing belts were replaced last winter.

Vehicle Condition

The bike is in as close to new condition as can be expected for a 21 year old with 2800 miles. It has lived in a heated garage under a dust cover, and is mechanically and cosmetically excellent. There a few very minor defects consistent with it’s age and mileage, photos available on request.

I went to the Ducati site and looked in the Heritage section and it does show a bike just like this one, but doesn’t offer much information regarding a limited production kit bike. I’m sure some of our Ducati fans will set me straight and give us all of the 411 on this beauty. When produced Ducati outfitted these with Marvic wheels and racing exhaust. This one still has both and shows very well in the pictures. I am guessing this is a very desirable Ducati for any collector.


Update: Just as I suspected Mark Morrison would be able to tell us all about this super rare machine. Mark left the info as a comment, but it won’t show up for everyone to read so I thought I would edit the post to help.

Quote from Mark Morrison – Ducati Expert

Only 10 of these bikes were brought into the states in 1989. They had European VINs and were for race track use only. Street legal 851’s began to arrive in June 1990. This is a nice bike being the first model and is actually if I am correct, an 851 kit. These bikes were the homologation model with 120bhp and 17″ Marvic rims instead of 102 bhp and 16″ composite wheels. They were supplied new with slicks and a headlight and tail light but no mirrors or indicators.



Thanks for the info Mark!

Aprilia November 24, 2009 posted by

1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield in Santa Barbara for $7k

You know we’re big fans of the RS250, the Chesterfield replica in particular, and this one looks beautiful!

1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica For Sale

quote from seller’s listing:

Beautiful Aprilia RS250 for sale. This bike has NO TITLE, it was registered in Vermont where they issue registration only for vehicles under 300cc (they are considered scooters). Bike was shipped to me as parts years ago from overseas through a Pennsylvania dealership so it was never titled. Bike is in excellent running condition. I just removed the engine, replaced the top end, gave everything a good cleaning, and it is in better condition than when I got it years ago. Top end has about 15 miles on it max. Crank and bearings seemed OK by my inspection during the top end job. It has been sitting in my garage for the last two years with only occasional starts to keep the carbs clean. The odometer reads 12,000 miles, but it was swapped from the original which read 12,000km (which I will include with the sale), so the bike actually only has about 12,000 km on it. The condition of the bike is 8/10. There is an area of scraping on the bottom of one fork leg and the front wheel axle nut which inclines me to believe the bike had been down prior to me getting it, but I have no history on that. The bodywork and frame are not damaged. The bike is all stock except for some tasteful carbon fiber on the frame sides, top triple clamp, gauge panel, and brake reservoir bracket. The front and rear fenders are both carbon fiber. The bodywork has been clearcoated over some surface imperfections which are minor, but I will mention for the sake of full disclosure.

Maybe this will end up under your Christmas tree. Santa knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice!


Ducati November 24, 2009 posted by

Reader Submissions of the Week Past Two Weeks!

I’m going to have to figure out a new system for reader submissions with so many great finds hitting my inbox! I’ve started this posts twice already and haven’t been able to finish it!

First my apologies to those who sent auction items that have since passed. We really appreciate your submissions and always try hard to get them listed, but the entire RSBFS team has been swamped with real world job duties.

But enough of that, on to the bikes that are still available that have been sent in by readers.

Jim M. has sent in two bikes, and they’re both delicious in two very different ways. First is this . It has a supercharged Harley V-Rod engine!


His second submission is this very cool :


Andrew sent me this Ducati 999R for sale in Florida:


Will sent me this really well prepared FZR400 track bike:

Left Front

Finally, Mike L. forwarded this beaut on: It’s Aaron Gobert’s Formula Extreme Championship bike from 2002-2003 fitted with an R1 motor and CA title!

Graves FX left sideGraves FX right side

Many, many thanks to the readers who have picked up the slack while we’ve been away! I’ve got a couple more posts to crank out that I hope to have up soon: RS250, another great collection becomes available for sale, and the RSBFS Holiday store opens Wednesday night. Stay tuned!


Honda November 21, 2009 posted by

1989 Honda CBR600F

EDIT:  This bike has been sold!  Look for it to possibly be in a future Icon advertisement!

Have we lost our minds posting a twenty year old CBR?  To start off, yes, and secondly, this is one of my bikes (own a piece of RSBS history Woot, Woot!) which I guess is okay.  So, this CBR is rare in that it is in fantastic condition for a CBR F1 (it does have some minor scratches but nothing that detracts from the fantastic overall condition of the bike), most are now rattle canned black or have the usual defects from neglect.  The posting:

For sale is 1989 Honda CBR600F (F1) in amazing condition. This bike has 45,1XXmi however, it looks and runs as if it has less than 10k. It has a clean title, no issues and is adult/collector owned. It starts up right away and runs flawlessly. Never stored outside, always in a climate controlled garaged/building. The only modifications are a Vance & Hines full system and a K&N air filter.

Recent work (but not limited to) includes:

New JT steel sprockets front & rear (Stock gearing) with less than 3,000 miles.

New Regina Gold O-ring chain with less than 3,000 miles.

New Pirelli Sport Demon tires front & rear (110/70/17 & 140/70/17) with less than 500 miles.

Oil change using Honda filter and Motul oil with less than 300 miles.

Brake fluid flush & replacement.

All servicing up to date.

Call or email with questions or come see it–you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for looking,


Also available is an additional, NOS, fuel tank in unused condition, still in the Honda factory packaging; rear stand; rare mono-seat faring shown in the photos, front tire with 50-70% tread, and additional bits for an additional $200.  The bike is located in Eugene, Oregon but I have received several quotes for shipment to San Francisco & Los Angeles for under $400–That is enclosed transport.  My price is $1,800 for the bike alone and $2,000 for everything I have for it, especially the NOS fuel tank.  Feel free to shoot me an email or give me a call if you have any questions.



Yamaha November 21, 2009 posted by

2006 Yamaha R1 Limited Edition–Still in the crate

Again, I know R1s aren’t rare but, the LEs are and this one is still in the crate.  Located in Cedar Hills, Oregon is a 2006 Yamaha R1 Limited Edition in unused condition.  To quote the seller:

I have a 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition for sale. This is one of only 500 ever produced, and still in the original crate at my warehouse. It’s in pristine condition, has never turned a wheel except maybe after it rolled off the assembly line and into it’s shipping container.  This bike sold for $18,000 new, and I purchased it primarily as a collector’s item never intending to use it. A nice display piece for sure, but would be great for weekend rides, or track days for someone who wants one of the best all time sportbikes, unmatched for it’s speed, powerful engine and superb handling.  The bike is still in the crate, but I will be happy to assemble and service it for the new owner. I am a career Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki tech.  A factory service manual, owner’s manual, and Limited Edition R1 tool kit will be included with purchase.

The asking price is $12,995.  So, if you missed the Limited Editions around the first time or you’re a very serious collector, this might be the bike for you.  Sorry, no photos.  See the Craigslist ad here.


Bimota November 19, 2009 posted by

Must be Bimota Friday! Bimota DB2 for sale

There hasn’t been many Bimotas up for sale recently, so I’m pretty excited to see a clean red/white DB2 come up for sale on Craigslist:

 This is a 1994 Bimota DB2 Ducati powered motorcycle. It is one of 50 made. It only has 5000 miles on it. Was just serviced, new tires, has never been wet, custom made adjustable handlebars, heated grips, stock bars and everything pictured. This bike is in SHOW CONDITION. I am asking $14000 or trade for a drag car.

Not sure where the seller got his information from, but there were a total of 408 DB2’s made.  Nevertheless, it’s still a rare bird and a desirable one at that.  However, the asking price of $14,000 is WAY optimistic – there was a DB2 from an earlier posting with expensive mods such as a 944cc big bore kit, Brembo master cylinders, Dymags…etc. with an asking price of $10,000+. 

More concerning, however, is the seller’s wish to trade for a drag car (?!) – personally I haven’t heard of many (any) serious Bimotistis who are into drag cars.  It’s the first time I’ve seen “Bimota” and “drag car” mentioned in the same sentence!  I would make a first offer of $7000 and see what the seller has to say – $6800 will get him a very nice 1972 Buick Skylark “Rocket” drag car… 😉


Honda November 17, 2009 posted by

1998 Honda CBR600F3 SE Smokin’ Joe Edition

Now, I know, generally CBRs aren’t rare at all but a Smokin’ Joe Ed. is somewhat rare and this is supposedly the first ’98.  Located in Morgan Hill, California is a clean looking 1998 CBR600F3.  The seller only states that: “This bike is CLEAN. Low miles, new tires, upgraded exhaust…This bike was the FIRST Smokin Joe EVER made, VIN shows ..001”  This last part isn’t entirely true but it may be the first 1998 SE–with the probable VIN of JH2PC253*WM750001.  The seller is asking $5,000.  If you’re a collector or just looking for something different, this might be worth a look.  See the ad on Craigslist here.



Kawasaki November 17, 2009 posted by

1996 Kawasaki ZX7RR #665

1996 zx7rr on Toronto Kijiji


Here we have another Homologation Superbike for sale. This one isn’t in perfect, unmolested condition, but it is the real deal and is showing 12,100km or 7,500 miles which is pretty low considering the age.

Quotes from the seller:

OFFERING – In 1996 Kawasaki made a world superbike homologamation of 1500 worldwide & 500 of them to North America. I have #665 of 1500 worldwide. The bike is a race bike in street clothing. You will HEAR the flatside carbs, you will be in 1st gear for awhile so feather it when you take off, its made to run. I am 46 and was planning on racing it, (sold separetly from the bike )I have full race fairings & doublebubble, both brand new only installed to predrill holes.

It’s no secret that we love 90’s homologation sport bikes on this site. This RR obviously isn’t a garage queen and with a polishsed frame and swing arm it would be near impossible to restore to stock. It does offer low mileage and stock plastics, but with what appears to be some damage or tape on the fairing. This could make a great daily driver or weekend road warrior, but the owner seems to really like it with an asking price of $10,000.00 (assuming Canadian $). We’ve had a few zx7rr’s on RSBFS lately and one that was perfect with all the necessary goods to be in a museum that sold for $9,855.00. These still put a smile on my face when I see one for sale and let me remember the days of Scott Russell, Akira Yanagawa and Doug Chandler on board ripping it up on the race tracks.


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