Monthly Archives: February 2010

Aprilia February 28, 2010 posted by

1999 Aprilia RS 250 track bike

1999 Aprilia RS 250 with a very nice looking paint job, priced at a mere $4,000.00 and located in Fairfield, CT. I must say that I am very impressed the quality paint work on this machine. Being an ex-racer I’d say the majority of regional race machines are spray bombed to match factory colors to be eligible for contingency money, but this one is different. From the looks of it this racer took a little bit of pride in his machine and actually had a plan before spraying it. It sort of reminds me of the Cabin Honda teams of the all Japan Super Bike Series.

We’ve had several RS’s up over the past few weeks that ranged from race bikes to street bikes. And of course, I like them all 🙂 . The seller doesn’t give much info about their bike other than it is reliable and starts with a couple of kicks. I typically like a little more history or information about bikes, but this time I’m out of luck.

The bike is in good condition,
The bike has all stock parts only . Bike is very reliable always starts with a couple of kicks.

Have a need for a super track day bike or a good base for a race bike? Click here to view the ad on the WERA BBS and give the owner a call.



Honda February 28, 2010 posted by

1991 Honda NR In The United Kingdom

A genuine Honda NR for sale in the U.K.! 

Located just outside of London, is a 1991 Honda NR with 1,360 miles.  This is an official U.K. import; it was originally used by Honda as a display item and wasn’t registered until the end of 2002.  The bike comes with all manuals, books, and cards originally supplied when new.  The asking price is £105,000 which as of 02/27/10 converts to $160,126.57 and 117,740.13€ respectively.  We have only posted one NR in the past, that bike had an asking price of 45,000€–making it seem like a deal in retrospect!  The NR is an amazing piece of machinery however, much newer machinery will walk away from it but this bike is the ultimate street bike tour de force.  There were only 700 NRs produced and they are very rarely traded in the public market so you can ask what you’d like–as in this case.  The NR came with an amazing eight valves per cylinder, oval piston 90° V4 (Essentially a V8 with the cylinder walls knocked out); a traditional twin spar aluminum frame, and the most up to date suspension Honda could fit. The NR influenced many bikes to follow as, it is purported, the original drawings of the 916 were changed following Honda’s release of the NR.  It is also interesting to note that the FIM rulebook for MotoGP specifically states that cylinders must be round, the original NR750 is the reason for this I suspect.  If you have the means, I would encourage you to pick up a NR at some point as it would be hard to top being able to plop the nickel, silver, and carbon fiber ignition key on the bar after an amazing ride. 

See the ad on eBay UK See a light review and some good photos/videos of the Honda NR here.


Ducati February 28, 2010 posted by

2001 Ducati MH900e on ebay

2001 Ducati MH900e #36 with low miles for sale on ebay.

The MH900e is one of my favourite Ducatis of all time, and this one – #36 0f 2000 ever made – for sale on ebay is a prime specimen with some tasteful and practical modifications done:

For sale #36 0f 2000 made for the world, most did not come to the USA.

The MH was stunning in stock form, but I felt there was room for improvement, and so I spent thousands of dollars, and countless hours to make it run and look even better….of course I saved all the original parts, even the sides of the crate as it had a graphic image of the MH painted on the side along with production number, unlike other Ducatis.

#36 has about 3500 careful miles, and is in excellent condition.

It has never been wet and always serviced by Ducati dealers in the Dallas Ft Worth area in the past where it was delivered, and spent most of its life.

I moved it last year to the pacific northwest as I completed our retirement house…I might be able to deliver it this spring to a buyer in the western half of the country, as I make one more trip to Texas for the last of our furniture, etc.

History of my mods, and why I did what I felt the factory should have.

One of the first things that bothered me after I unpacked the crate, and helped the dealer assemble, check and adjust things, was the stock exhaust and associated assembly…it was too quiet/restrictive/produced too much heat, and was way too heavy. (numerous owners have had cracking and breakage of the taillight/turn signal/license assembly attached to the exhaust) So I designed a lighter/stronger/better looking support bracket, had a friend weld it, and powder coated red to match the bike, along with tucking turn signals in the tailpiece with a smaller license plate bracket. This was made to hold the “conti-look” exhaust cans I sourced from BUB, as I liked the look and sound on my old beveldrives with original longer conti pipes.  There had to be small sections formed to mate the cans to the original header, and then I had the pieces, and black stock header “jet coated” and polished silver, which I think looks and transfers heat better.

The sound is glorious /more power/much less heat…mission accomplished, bike and rider are much happier (power on a dyno was within 1 hp of a full termi-factory optional system)

I added an Ohlins steering damper and rear shock…big improvement over stock, and at the same time a better chain , and new sprockets. The front turn signals and custom brake / clutch levers , and mirrors were Ducati optional items.  I also installed Ferracci clip-on bars for a little more comfort. The billet aluminum belt covers, and oil pressure sender cover were also sourced from a Ducati parts catalog. The little “winged-D” Ducati on the left case cover was machined by a Calif. Co.

The next change/mod was to get rid of the two batteries hanging below the tank shroud, and raise up the oil cooler from behind the front tire. To make this work required removal of the giant air box, and building a rack to hold a regular size bike battery (new Oddysey gel cell added this month) substituting two oiled foam filters, and k+n oil breather filter…like I said earlier, bike runs excellent with the new exhaust, and without the old airbox…at the same time I raised the oil cooler up to make it less vulnerable and look better, I had to have some longer braided stainless lines, and fittings made at the local airport.

This is one of the nicer MH900es that we have seen, so if you’ve been looking at one of these, .  For a list of MH900e that we have previously listed, click HERE.


Honda February 28, 2010 posted by

1994 Honda RVF750R RC45 #19 Of 50

A very nice looking RC45 has become available in Ohio!  Located in Canton, Ohio is a 1994 Honda RVF750R with less than 2,000 original miles.  The seller states that this bike has been meticulously maintained and is in perfect condition.  The seller states that this bike is number nineteen of the fifty RC45’s that were imported into the U.S to satisfy AMA requirements.  The bike has been fitted with a titanium full exhaust system by Yoshimura (A rare piece in and of itself), Zero Gravity windscreen, and a K&N air filter.  The seller states that “The PGMFi has also been wired to top secret HRC specs.”  I suspect this is a reference to the ECU that originally limited the power output to 85hp but could reach 148hp with serious HRC components–I doubt this bike has that much power but it would be curious to know what “top secret” things have been done to it.  Phil posted a UK RC45 with zero miles that was listed for $39,000, making this bikes price of $35,000 agreeable as it is actually in the U.S., has less than 2k miles, and is fitted with the titanium Yosh system.  The original MSRP for these bikes was $27,000.  The RC45 was the first production Honda to feature USD forks and is fitted with the sixteen inch front wheel that Honda preferred during the 1990s.  As with the majority of the bikes we post on RSBFS, this is one that I’d be happy to own.  See the bike on Craigslist here.


Suzuki February 27, 2010 posted by

1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on ebay

1991 Suzuki Gamma RGV 250 for sale in Red Bluff, CA

Listed on ebay is this 91 Suzuki RGV that looks to be in nice shape with 14,580 miles. Putting out somewhere in the neighborhood of 58HP, equipped with fully adjustable suspension on both ends, Suzuki’s “Banana” swingarm and weighing in at a scant 282 pounds I bet these things rail! Just don’t plan on using a the rear brake to “back it in”

It’s missing the rear brake calliper and one of the plastic mounts on the left side.

How in the hell do you lose a brake caliper? I’m sure there’s one out there available, but I’m still scratching my head on that one.

Maybe Rush should revamp there song “Spirit of the Radio” to “Spirit of Grand Prix”

All joking aside, this is a good looking motorcycle that, in my eyes, doesn’t show it’s age at all. It still looks good and the only thing that gives it away is it doesn’t have radial mount calipers. In the listing the seller states that he has been told it is worth $20,000, but obviously he didn’t believe those guys, because it has an opening bid of $7,000.00. That seems a little high to me, but if I’m wrong I know I’ll get blasted by some of our viewers. I got my flame suit out of the closet just in case 🙂 . So if you’re a Suzuki enthusiasts and want a piece of exotica to toy with here’s your chance.



Ducati February 27, 2010 posted by

2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom #155 edition with only 17 miles!

2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom #119 of 155 with only 17 miles on the clock.

Located in the heartland of America, also known as Elkhart, Indiana. Bob submitted his beautiful, un-molested, un-ridden bike to us for consideration and of course I couldn’t resist another opportunity to post a B Boz #155. It sometimes seems as though once we post particular bike for sale there are three or four more to follow and this one is no exception. We’ve had several up within the last month and I believe this is the lowest mileage I’ve posted. Bob’s has his Bostrom priced at $16,500 and I believe it is relative in comparison to the others we seen. I do know of one other Bostrom, located in Iowa that has 2 miles on it, but who’s counting anything below 50 right?

The 998S replica models received several upgrades from the base model that included Carbon bodywork, Ohlins forks, and the better four pad Brembo front calipers. Just to kick that dead horse one more time… The Bostroms replica’s are my favorite of them all and if I had the dough I’d travel a few hours north and take this off Bob’s hands, but I have a slight problem in that I’m about $16,499.00 short! Anyone want to spot me? I’m good for it, I swear!

Just for the fun of it here’s a video of Ben ripping it up on a qualifying run:

You can view the CL ad here.



Aprilia February 26, 2010 posted by

2000 Aprilia RS 250 for sale on ebay with no reserve!

2000 Aprilia RS 250 with only 2,551 on the clock and listed as a no reserve auction!!!

Current bid is $6,100.00 with 4 days left on the auction. I posted a RS last Saturday and it sold within 48 hours for around $8,000.00. So at $6,100.00 this one is a steal considering it has super low miles. This is an original owner Aprilia Cup bike that was never raced or tracked. There is an interesting story behind this bike in how it became street legal.

Here it is in the owners own words:

The bike was originally a cup bike but when I got the title back from DMV they had given me a street title by mistake. So, I put a set of brake lights on it, got a street cowl with headlights and mirrors and have been riding it that way ever since.

Now, I’m a little confused by what the seller says next.

Bike will come with street wiring, the original cowl and a street tail section.

I’m a little confused by the fact that there is a street wiring harness that isn’t installed on the bike nor is the OEM street tail section that is in included. The tail section on the bike appears to have turn signals, but no brake light. So in my mind this begs the question “do the lights actually work or are they just filling a need for the bike to be legal on the street?” Either way the bike looks to be in excellent shape and has all the stock parts. This is a dream come true for anyone looking at a RS. Why is that you may ask? Plain and simple this is a one owner, low mileage and streetable RS. The price is right and the owner has his phone number listed on the auction site for any questions that you have.

Here are the pictures with more on the auction for you to look at.

I like this one as much as any RS that we’ve posted on RSBFS. I think it has a lot to offer and for once it’s located on the right side of America 🙂 Like I mentioned before the last RS we posted sold in 48 hours so if your interested you better get in the mix sooner than later. You can check out more pictures and .



Honda February 26, 2010 posted by

1992 Honda CBR400RR NC29 In Florida!

This is a Rossi replica CBR400RR available in Florida!  Located in Clearwater, Florida is a 1992 Honda CBR400R BabyBlade with 37,000 miles.  That is this bikes biggest failing, it does have high mileage but as a Honda, it still should be very dependable for the extended future.  It does have replacement plastics but they look to be in very good condition and are in a very attractive replica scheme.  It has carbon exhaust, carbon air ducts and, annoyingly, it does have a polished frame.  The seller states that the bike runs perfectly and comes with a clean Florida title and registration (The photos show both a Maine and Florida license plate).  These 400’s weigh in at 163kg, have 53hp, and redline at  14,500rpm–a very fun sounding formula.  The asking price is $4,500.  This example isn’t without faults but it looks to be a descent, and usable, CBR400RR titled and registered in the U.S.  See this CBR on Craigslist here.  See a very nice photo collection of the bike here.


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