Monthly Archives: May 2010

Quick Spot May 31, 2010 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR 400 for sale from original owner!

1989 Yamaha FZR400 with only 7,200 miles!

Location: Burbank, CA
Price: $3,500.00
Mileage: 7,200

I don’t care what Dan “the man” says- I love my FZR400’s and this one gives me that funny feeling in my special area 🙂 . Opportunities like this one don’t come around very often and when they do they sometimes don’t make it on our site 😉 The last low mileage, one owner FZR400 I came across I purchased and it now resides in my shop. I’m just glad to see there are owners out there that love and appreciate 400’s as much as I do.

Have a look and don’t let this one pass you by if you’ve been lurking for a perfect FZR400 to come along. NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!

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FZR 400 FZR400 for sale



Ducati May 31, 2010 posted by

2006 Airwaves Ducati 999F06!!!!

2006 Airwaves Ducati Factory Race Bike 999F06!!!!

Location: Oslo, Norway
Price: $80,000
Mileage: N/A

Oh boy, if you are a true Ducatist it may be time to print out a few more Benjamins in the basement to afford this thing.  I’ll get the bad stuff out of the way quickly for us mortals:   the starting bid is $80,000.  The good stuff is easy, ITS A FREAKIN WORKS DUCATI!

Here is a little of what I have pieced together.  Back in 06 some of the factories were not too hip on the single tire rule in WSB.  As a result, British Superbike Racing become a haven for works machinery.  The Ducati’s in the BSB series that year were apparently identical to what they were racing in WSB.  This is one of those machines.  This bike was Gregorio Lavilla’s A bike in 2006, 1 of 8 F06’s produced that year.   If you are still on the fence (rolling my eyes)  how about this: the engine is a F07 unit.  Just in case you still aren’t feeling like Troy Bayliss the owner had the bike sprayed in Xerox replica colors.  To round things out the bike has some spares, telemetry equipment and travelling cases.  I don’t think you can ask for much else.  Well, how about a factory mechanic to look after things?

Feast your eyes below.  The two stock photos are for illustration of a FO6 and not the actual bike for sale.

Here are the details from the auction:

Did you ever dream about buying a genuine Ducati race bike? The best of the old breed before the plastic littered 1098 race bikes came along?

Well, here’s your chance because I am offering my very special Ducati 999F06 up for sale.

What is a Ducati 999F06?

Today, Haga and Fabrizio are riding Ducati 1098 type bikes (1098F10) in the World Superbke series but before the 1098 entered the scene the Ducati factory team racers were riding 999 type race bikes from 2003 to 2007 (999F03 to 999F07).

The 999 factory race bikes were raced by famous icons like Neil Hodgson, Ruben Xaus, Regis Laconi, James Toseland, Lorenzo Lanzi and Troy Bayliss.

In addition to this, the Airwaves Ducati team participating in the British Superbike series were given the rare opportunity to race geniuine factory race bikes during the 2006/2007 seasons. These were piloted by Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam, who were given two bikes each.

Please keep in mind the factory bikes (denoted by the F in 999F06) are not the same as the customer/privateer bikes called 999RS. All in all, only eight factory bikes were made in 2006 and my bike is one of them.

What is its history?

This bike used to be Greg Lavilla’s number one bike in the BSB series in 2006 and 2007 and I bought it directly from the team. A letter of authenticity comes with the bike to prove its origin.

The bike was upgraded with a new frame in 2007 and both engines are F07 (factory units from 2007, not 2006).

What’s included with the bike?

A decent package of spares and track duty accessories including a spare engine, several fairing sets, spare wheel sets, front and rear stands, engine starter, a flight case to be used when transporting the bike (used to be Steve Martin’s when he was with Foggy Petronas Racing), front and rear subframe etc. etc. etc.

In addition to this, the bike comes with all its telemetry equipment and some software.

Technical info and manuals on how to start and operate the bike is included


Now I haven’t bought a works bike this year so it may be hard for me to comment on price.  $80,000 is a lot of money but I hate to say this, it doesn’t seem that bad for a modern factory bike and all the extra goodies. speculates the bike could fetch close to $90,000.  In the high end collector market I guess the only knock against it could be that it wasn’t actually Troy Bayliss’s bike.  There, that is my reason not to bid on it!  While I’m waiting for Bayliss’s bike to go on the market you can bid on this beauty .


Kawasaki May 31, 2010 posted by

Project 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R K2 on Ebay

Project 1992 ZX-7R K2 Homologation Superbike on Ebay

Location: Gageslake, IL
Price: $2,200 B.I.N.
Mileage: 26,000 or 32,000

Hmmmm, something interesting here for the tinkerer.  This is not a garage queen by any means but might be a nice gem in the rough for the right person.  It is a fairly high mileage bike with 26,000 miles (for some reason the seller has listed the mileage at 32,000 in the auction) on the odometer.  It looks like it has had a  small slide as evidence by some rash.  I guess the big question mark is the countershaft.  It is apparently stripped where you mount the sprocket.  Good news is the seller is including the replacement part.  Bad news is what might have caused this.  Might be a simple fix, might not.  The bright spot here is the seller realizes the bike needs some work and has it listed at a very modest price.

From the seller:

Super rare 1992 Kawasaki ninja zx7r 750r only a few hundred ever brought to the states. This bike came with aluminum gas tank adjustable suspension 39mm flat slide carbs and much more . The bike is in very good shape with tons of new parts on it like a brand new stainless steel full muzzy exhaust system.There is a minor crack in the fairing and some scrapes and scratches but not real bad for a bike this age. The bike runs but will need some work the carbs probably could use a cleaning and The front fork seals will need to be replaced.the worst part about the bike is the shaft were the front sprocket goes on is stripped . I have a replacement shaft for the bike it just needs to be installed. The bike is in very good over all condition and road fine before the shaft stripped out

If  you have the tools and the time I’d jump over to the auction quickly.  Project bikes at reasonable prices seem to go pretty quickly and the seller has a buy it now price of just $2,200.  It’s not everyday you can pick up a rare bike for a modest price.  .


Bimota May 30, 2010 posted by

1997 Bimota SB6R rolling Sport Bike Art!

1997 Bimota SB6R

Location: Annapolis, MD
Price: $12,000
Mileage: 1400

Found this sweet SB6R today while trolling CL ads. This one looks to be in stellar shape and ready to display or properly flog on your favorite set of twisty roads. I know these have the GSXR 1100 motors and when you pair that with Bimota’s weight saving engineering it can only make this one rip!

Check it out and pick it up here

I haven’t ever seen one of these up for sale; likely because only 10 or so were brought into the US.

1997 Bimota SB6R with 1400 original miles. Kept as a show and display bike, maintained but seldom ridden.

Needs an appreciative rider, these bikes were hand built in Rimini, Italy by craftsmen, using only the finest components. Brembo brakes, Ohlins shocks, Paoli carbon-fiber forks in a hand-built chassis with scads of CF, alloy and Ti components stock. The SB6R has the water-cooler 1100 Suzuki GSXR motor that was tweaked to put out another 10% above stock, making this the fastest, quickest bike that Bimota has ever built; and it still handles like a dream.

This bike is stock and unmolested, making it very collector desireable.



Aprilia May 28, 2010 posted by

Announcement! RSBFS is now a Supporter of the Moto Forza Veloce Racing Aprilia Race Team!

Just a quick announcement before we hit the road for WSBK at Miller Motorsport Park: RSBFS is now a proud supporter of the Moto Forza Veloce Racing Aprilia Race Team! Jay is not only an author on our site, but is also a member of the team and was able to arrange for our partnership. The team is going to be competing this weekend at the Lucas Oil Superbike Challenge At Miller and we can’t wait to join them. Thank you Jay!

Moto Forza Team Veloce Aprilia 250

Here is the press release on RoadRacingWorld about the team at Miller:

Moto Forza, Southern California’s premier Italian motorcycle dealership, and renowned Aprilia racing outfit Veloce Racing of Portland, Oregon are joining forces to field 2007 and 2008 USGPRU champion Nobi Iso in the GTU class of the Superbike Challenge during the WSBK weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, May 28 – 31.

Nobi Iso will compete on an Aprilia RSV250, owned by Moto Forza and race prepped by Veloce Racing. Continuing Aprilia’s strong tradition of 2-stroke racing, this effort will most likely be the only 2-stroke entry in the entire field. While the altitude of Miller Motorsports Park may affect the power output of the small displacement engine, the lightness and superior handling of this Aprilia GP 250 machine should make up for the loss of power over the bigger 4-stroke machines.

Here is a quick overview of the USGPRU team and their recent 1-2 finish in the 125 races:

As I mentioned we are headed out bright and early this morning and will be there for all the qualifying and race action Sunday and Monday. The main event for the team will be the Supersport event where they’ll be fielding their 250 with the 600’s.

Image gallery of the bike being prepped for Miller:

Stop by if you’re at Miller or drop us a note on the RSBFS Facebook page, where we’ll be doing some live blogging. Have a great weekend everyone and cheer on the team!


Uncategorized May 28, 2010 posted by

Today We’re Celebrating’s Second Birthday!

Dan’s brain child,, was born two years ago today!  To celebrate, Doug and I are sharing our favorite feature bike’s and what we think are the best values we’ve had!  We’ve come a long way in the past two years and we would like to thank everyone for their support. We hope our site continues to provide you with helpful information and, hopefully, the bike of your dreams!  On to the picks!

Alex’s Best Deal:

1985 Yamaha RZ500 In California For $1,800

The value of RZ500’s fluctuate with mileage, condition, and originality but, this bike was a steal no matter which category you focus on.  I have no reason to doubt this ad was genuine; the photos haven’t been seen before, the ad was up for a very short time and the ad was never seen anywhere else or at any other time.  I’ve seen a lot of stuff on Craigslist for more than $1,800 that I wouldn’t dare own or ride–this bike isn’t one of those things.  Twenty-five years later, this bike won’t be the fastest thing around the track, or the most composed, but it would be a blast and cooler than anything else with it’s asking price.  Regardless if this bike had a title or it’s actual condition, it was a steal even if you chose to part it out–a better deal than even the $900, 750 LE.  This bike is proof of why all of us scrounge Craigslist everyday looking for that elusive deal.

Alex’s Favorite Bike Overall:

2000 Cagiva Mito Evo II With Very Low Miles In California For $4,000

Now, I know, this bike isn’t the biggest, baddest, two-stroke to be produced but, the majority of the bikes we post on here are pure sex so some personal preference is the only thing that seems to separate desirable from black-market-organ-sale-worthy.  These little Cagiva’s are beat to hell in the UK/Europe but, here in America, we (I) lust over them like they were built by God’s–for surely they were.  I had an opportunity to purchase one of these in very similar condition and I still beat myself up, daily, for not going through with it.  A lightweight, 125cc two-stroke, with the looks of a Ducati but the sound of pure, you-can’t-smoke-in-here-sir, pleasure!  This looked to be a fantastic, completely original, example with less thank 1k km and was/is titled and registered in California.  I realize that both of my posts are two-strokes but realize, I’m just gearing up for this weekend!  See you at Miller!



Doug’s point of view-

I remember the day exactly… I was using Google to search for Rare Sport Bikes For Sale and I kept changing the keywords around to locate as many FZR 400’s and Zx7r’s that I could. I started getting pissed because I kept getting the same site popping up in the search results. That site? You guessed it I told my wife “Hey, I just found this site that looks pretty cool, but some of the posts are old and the links broken.” Her response was half baked at best and she said “Just keep looking and you’ll find one.” Do you think she heard me? So back I went to searching and I found some pretty nice ones that day. My curiosity was getting the best of me so after searching on Google I went back to RSBFS and flipped through almost every page that was available. That was August 17th, 2009 and I submitted these to Dan for consideration.

Keep in mind at that time I wasn’t sure what or if any criteria existed for your submission to make the cut. So a few days pass and I was back on the prowl again for FZR 400’s. But, instead of 400’s I found a sweet, all original FZR 1000 and I thought “What the heck, I’ll submit it to that site again.” August 25th was the day that Dan posted the FZR1000 and August 27th was the day Dan gave me “his sales pitch”


You mentioned helping with the site the other day, but have not responded to my response.. But, my curiosity is up now. What did you have in mind?


There’s the first email – I must have taken my stupid drug that day…..

Here’s the second email.


Long story short, would you like to become a regular contributor to the site? I had been working on a plan to add 2-3 more authors when you went on your tear this week, so it seemed like maybe my first new author might be you! I’m looking for authors who are passionate about rare sporting motorcycles who can make a commitment.

Other obligations will include helping to grow traffic to the site, joining the blogging community by monitoring other sites for opportunities, social media, etc… Time commitments will vary. For instance, I can make a post in about 20 minutes, but it will probably take you twice as long as you get started. The other obligations will probably account for about an hour a week. But the good news is that we work together and I can assist getting you up to speed where needed.


Dan Crouch, owner of MotoringBlogs

Okay, let’s see
1. Passionate – Check!
2. Commitment – Check!
3. 20 minutes per post – Check!
4. 1 hour extra per week – Check!

So, from 8.27 to 8.31 I spent most of my waking hours stumbling through HTML code that I knew and still don’t know anything about 🙂 My first mock up post was of a 1992 ZX7r K2, but my first real post was a Ducati 916 And as they say “The rest is history!”

As for Dan’s criteria and quoted time allotments- well…. Yes, I’m passionate, I’m definitely committed (or you wouldn’t be reading this), 20 minutes per post.. HA!, 1 hour per week is more like 10 hours per week. But, I enjoy all them all…

I’ve been trying to think of my own personal favorite post and as best that I can remember it would be this one of a 1098R or of this K1 The K1 post was especially exciting for me since these are my favorite scooter and because this one pulled such a high bid. I now own one of these and it will be a sad, sad day when I have to sell it.

I would like to say that my favorite duty working for RSBFS is being site supervisor and getting the opportunity to chat with our viewers. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to and befriending people from all over the world. That’s right, if you were unaware or just never give it any thought, we have viewers from every continent on the planet and I now have friends in Australia, England, Hong Kong and Corvallis, OR. But the absolute best benefit from being involved with the site??? You get first dibs on the bikes we love and can’t get enough of. Below are my two favorites that I now own and found because of RSBFS 🙂

So my first 9 months authoring for RSBFS have been great and I’m glad to be a part of it. I appreciate Dan affording me the opportunity and I look forward to the future when our site can offer more information and be the only place to look for “Rare Sport Bikes For Sale”.



Honda May 28, 2010 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 in mint condition

1990 Honda RC30

**Update 6.13.10 – This bike is back on ebay

**Update 6.7.10 – This bike did not sell and didn’t receive any bids. The motorcycling world has truly hit rock bottom! But, the upside is now I may be able to afford one of these someday. 🙂

Location: Topsham, Vermont
Price: $24,000 B.I.N. (and that my friends is a no haggle deal!)
Mileage: 15,485

RC30 for sale

Forwarded to us by Jon, the owner, is his wonderfully preserved RC30. Since no one can tell a bikes history like the owner, I’ll let Jon tell you about his RC30.

This particular RC30 remains completely unmolested. It still has its distinctive 18″ rear wheel. Even the front brake rotors with the factory cuts are the originals (extremely hard to find). In the keyed compartment behind the seat rest is the original Honda canvas rolled toolkit. The original manual still exists. The bike has not been painted, nor does it show any sign of crash or “fall over” damage. The tell-tale sign of HRC original body work is using one’s fingers to feel the roll of the lip of the hand-laid fiberglass. That lip is present everywhere, as is the seemingly impossible-to-be-that-thin wall of the fiberglass panels. This is not an RC30 which has ever seen the ground.

An all original RC30 is indeed hard to come by. For me personally, “all original” is a million times better than “period correct modifications” any day of the week. We had one posted a few weeks back and the bidding stalled out at $21,100 and it was equally original with almost the exact same mileage. I’m not sure if it’s the down market or what, but to see a RC30 stall at $21,100 was a bit odd for me. If I had the extra $24,000 this one would not be going live today 🙂

Check out the Honda RC30 promotional video



Bimota May 28, 2010 posted by

1995 Bimota Tesi 1D EF With 2,689km In California

This is a Bimota Tesi 1D in California!  Located in Folsom, California is a 1995 Bimota Tesi 1D EF with 2,689km (1,670mi).  This bike is #3 of 25 and has all new rubber hoses and some small upgrades.  The seller is brief and doesn’t provide much information but, it is a Tesi and if you’re looking for one, you only need to know where to go.  This was the last year for the 1D with some stragglers still being sold into 1996.  The 1D features a Ducati sourced 904cc V-Twin, front swingarm with a, front & rear, Marzocchi shock.  I’ve included a stock photo to remind anyone who may have forgotten what a Tesi looks like.  See the ad on Craigslist here.


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