Monthly Archives: February 2011

Ducati February 25, 2011 posted by

1985 Ducati Supersport Mike Hailwood Replica

For sale: 1985 Ducati Supersport Mike Hailwood replica MHR

Built to celebrate the accomplishments of Mike “the Bike” Hailwood, the Ducati Supersport Mike Hailwood Replica (MHR) featured the company’s traditional air-cooled v-twin, desmo valves (still with bevel drive), a stout but lightweight tube frame, and top-shelf componentry all wrapped up in an aerodynamic full fairing. The effect was certainly beautiful, and these MHR models continue to elicit interest from collectors around the world.

From the seller:
The Ducati MHR Mille is a racing legend. In 1978 a many times World Champion named Mike Hail-wood made a fairy-tale comeback aboard a beefed-up street bike and against all odds won one of the most prestigious races of all time – the gruelling, six lap, 226 mile Formula One TT on the Isle of Man. In 1984 however, a bike was launched to thrill every Ducati lover the world over – a 1000cc MHR, a bored and stroked version of the popular 900MHR, bigger and better than ever. The big V-twin’s calling card has always been massive torque. The bike has tall gears and long legs while the motor sports two of the biggest pistons in captivity. It is not a high-rewing engine but makes plenty of power low down, in a relaxed, unhurried manner. The new 1000 machine has been substantially updated and comes with revised bevel drive, Nickasil barrels, a hydraulically operated dry clutch and a new, one piece, nitrided crankshaft running in plain bearings. In perfect primary balance, the 90 degree V-twin still features Ducati’s original desmodromic valve operation with rockers that both open and close the valves. The frame is a delicate-looking but immensely strong and rigid open spine type cradle using the crankcase as a structural member. The large full fairing hides the skeletal, rather elemental profile of the bike though nothing can disguise its thunderous performance. There is nothing frantic about riding a Ducati even on an open road. The low frontal area and a very long wheelbase give excellent stability and roadholding. The Ducati is a pure, unadulterated thoroughbred; a lean and hungry racer, one of the last real motorcycles. Many have described the essential Ducati experience as being akin to riding God’s own motorcycle. Despite its considerable charisma and the myths and folklore that have sprung up around it, it is a fact that in the real world, a large Ducati is as fast on a tar road, point-to-point, as any comparable bike. Long may Ducati continue to flourish. Make Model Ducati 900MHR Mike Hailwood Replica Year 1985 Engine Air cooled, four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder. Capacity 864cm3 Bore x Stroke 86 x 74..4 mm Compression Ratio 9.5:1 Induction 2x 40mm Dell’Orto PHM carbs. Ignition / Starting Bosch electronic / kick Max Power 80 hp @ 7500 rpm Max Torque 63.5 ft-lb @! 5800 rpm Transmission / Drive 5 Speed / chain Front Suspension 38mm Marzocchi oil damped telescopic forks. Rear Suspension Marzocchi dual shocks 5-way spring preload. Front Brakes 2x 280mm discs 2 piston calipers Rear Brakes Single 260mm disc 1 piston caliper Front Tyre 100/90 V18 Rear Tyre 120/90 V18 Dry-Weight / 202 kg Fuel Capacity 18 Litres Consumption average 53.6 mp/g Standing ¼ Mile 12.5 sec / 109 mp/h Top Speed 133.5 mp/h Comes with Original Workshop Manual Original Paint Regular maintenance performs by certified Ducati Technisions. Garage Kept. for more info call 845 222 2111 steve ,BIKE RUNS AND DRIVES LIKE BRAND NEW TEST RIDES ARE WELCOME ANYTIME , MAY CONSIDER REASONABLE OFFER

The seller’s ad text does not make it clear if this is an MHR900 (the earlier, more common model), or an MHR1000 – both are mentioned, but I would make an educated guess that it is the latter due to the bike’s age (post-1984 MHRs featured the larger engine). There is no VIN supplied in the ad, so I was not able to look that up. It is also not clear who thought the aftermarket luggage rack on the rear was a good idea – although if you buy the bike you could be the quickest and most stylish pizza delivery person ever! Something to think about.

This is by all counts a rare, desireable and collectable motorcycle. Past MHRs featured by RSBFS have been bid up over $15,000, and I expect this one to be the same. Action on this auction has been modest up to this point, and the bid currently sits below the $10k mark. The reserve is still on, so there is much yet to play for on this bike.

To get in on the action (you know you want to!), or just to check out the beautiful pictures of this classic Ducati, click on the link and . Good Luck!


Honda February 24, 2011 posted by

Motor Madness: 1980 Honda CBX!

For Sale: 1980 Honda CBX with sport option

Update 3.9.2011: Sold!

When it comes to presence, nothing says it like a Honda CBX. Designed by Honda engineers to flex a little corporate muscle, this 1047cc, six cylinder, 24-valve air cooled rocket remains one of the most coveted bikes of the 1980s. When it comes to the “naked bike” genre – where the motor is everything – there is nothing like a CBX.

One of the upgrades on this bike is the slick DG exhaust. I can’t imagine what a 6-into-1 pipe sounds like, but it sure looks incredible. I also love the fact that the seller has taken these photos on an airport tarmac, which seems very fitting for this particular machine!

From the seller:
1980 Honda CBX supersport in nice condition

6 cylinder, 1047 cc, 24 valve engine.

Rare Sport option with lower handlebars

Bodywork is beautiful, as you can see. The tank, fenders & side cover were recently repainted by Tim’s CBX.

DG 6 into 1 exhaust

Everything works. The bike runs great and sounds amazing!

The engine cases are showing their age, they could probably use to be media blasted to bring them up to the standard of the rest of the bike.

Besides the DG exhaust, this bike features the sport package handlebars, and fresh paint on the tank and fenders. The mileage is quite reasonable for the year, and this owner appears to have taken good care of the bike. The collectability of this model is definitely on the rise, and we have seen prices hold firm over the past few years despite the economy.

This auction is on right now, and if you want to be the person sitting in the seat above when the auction is over, then this is the part you’ve been waiting for. The opening bid for this beauty is currently at $1.00. (!) There is a reserve on the bike, and a BIN option of $8,500. To get the details and kick the tires, and jump over to the auction. Good luck, RSBFS readers!


Ducati February 24, 2011 posted by

Forget about it! The 4th 1198s Corse Edition for sale!

2010 Ducati 1198s Corse Edition with 200 miles for sale in Rhode Island.

OK, I’m officially taking the 1198s Corse Edition off the list of rare sports bikes!  This is the 4th 1198s Corse Edition that we have listed within the span of 3 weeks…

2010 DUCATI 1198S CORSE SE Special Edition.  No reserve auction. This bike was bought locally at Razee Motorcycles.  New retail is $24,995. Never driven in the rain.. Always heated garage kept, on a battery tender. Has only 200 miles. Never taken to a track day. Never been laid down. Never even been dirty. The bike is in perfect shape, no scratches, No dents or any other defects noted. This bike is pristine shape.
The bike is Adult owned (I’m 51), is still in it’s break in period and hasn’t been over 5,000 rpm. . This is the Corse S with traction control and data logging. Oversize aluminum tank, Ohlins suspension, forged Marchisini wheels and factory Corse graphics. Comes from the factory with 2 ECU’s and two sets of pipes; the race (installed) as well as the factory exhaust and computer, passenger rear seat, and rear riding pegs. Included with the bike is the Ducati Rear stand that engages the hollow axle of the single sided swingarm.
The factory race computer runs open loop allowing full control with a power commander. There is a new Power commander V usb wired to the harness with a “zero” map installed. It’s functional but no calibrations have been loaded. I also have all the manuals, extra key and all paperwork. Included with the bike is an optional Ducati factory alarm system (which they no longer make) that has not yet been installed. I have the clear title (no loans or leans) in hand.
According to the seller, this bike is build # 240 (out of how many Ducati doesn’t say). We have already listed three of these before, so I’ll skip on in the introduction, but you can read about them here.  Instead, here’s a video of Cycle World giving the 1198s Corse Edition a good spanking at Motorland Aragon (sounds like a something out of Lord of The Rings):

The starting price of $18,000 sounds a bit high compared to others previously listed, but this one does have the lowest miles out of all of them (200 miles?!), but in any case, to drool over the nice pics (just make sure the keyboard is covered).


Sport Bikes For Sale February 24, 2011 posted by

2005 Barry Sheene GSXR750

2005 Suzuki GSX750R Barry Sheene Replica

8,749 KM

Middlesex, UK

This one is really fun because Barry Sheene Replicas never came to the states, so bear with me as I attempt to describe what sits here before us. I felt especially compelled on this one as I love racing history (Barry Sheene – ’76 & ’77 GP Champion) and my personal Suzuki (RM250 2 stroke) also shares the K5 designation.

Enough pretext, on to the bike! There were only 50 Barry Sheene Replicas produced in model year 2005, certainly qualifying this bike for rare status. I believe that the only difference between a production GSXR and this bike is the paint scheme. The variations from stock condition are apparent in the mirror gold headlight cover/windscreen, frame sliders and the Yoshimura exhaust. More from the seller:

Here we have a genuine Suzuki GSXR750 K5 Barry Sheene ltd production run bike, This particular example is a genuine UK supplied machine 2005 55 reg: but comes with a private personalised number plate which is ( THE 7 A ) Relating as no: 7 which was Barrys famous winning number, also fitted on this wonderfull bike is a Yoshimura Tri Oval high performance exhaust, adjustable Power Commander, yellow tinted double bubble screen and stone protector headlight cover, Colour coded rear seat cover + passenger seat, + std exhaust and screen still in the original box, Full Suzuki service history, Handbooks, both keys, HPI Checked, Alpha dot security, Datatool alarm with both key fobs, all service reciepts, etc etc etc Part exchange more than welcome, These Barry Sheene bikes will only go up in value and this particular bike is a lovely lovely lovely example to keep and cherish

The asking price is about $12,500.00 in US dollars, which seems about right had it been imported here. The trouble for us yanks is the expense of putting it on a container. Luckily, our UK and certain European readers will not have such concerns. to see the seller’s contact information and more photos.


Cafe Racer February 24, 2011 posted by

It’s raining Guzzis! 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans

For Sale: 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk I

There is no doubt, Guzzis are hot right now. This beautiful Mk I bike was pointed out to us by the lucky new owner of the last LeMans we covered (click here for details), who just so happens to also be a RSBFS reader. And as is common with the rare models we seek, you may not find a bike for months only to suddenly come across several; when it rains it pours.

This bike has very few miles, and appears to be in good condition. It certainly helps when a bike stays in one home for a long period of time, and that is certainly what has happened here – this is the original owner!

From the seller:
I bought this bike new in Geneva, IL. Original bill of sale and IL title. All paint and seat is factory. 120 miles ago (April 1995) Harpers went through the bike and did a full mechanical restoration at a cost of $5,247.22. Has DYNA III ignition, Bitubo fork springs, and oil sump extender. The exhaust was purchased from Reno Leoni in 1979 or ’80. The starter was replaced in 2007 but I saved the original. I have the ORIGINAL TIRES AND EXHAUST SYSTEM. Also have shocks somewhere and will include if found. FLAWS: a small ding on each side of the tank where the handle bars made contact. Also, a small piece broken off an upper fin on the right head BUT, there is a new right head included in the sale! The Guzzi has always been stored in my work area at the shop. I rode it once in 2008. Very reasonable reserve. For sale locally.

We don’t often see this quality of classic Guzzi, much less a low-miles, original owner example. If you have been on the hunt for one of these cafe racer bikes, I would consider this your opportunity. This auction is on now, and the current bid is at $6,600 with the reserve not yet met. Earlier Guzzis LM models have mostly crossed for $8k+, so this is still in bargain bin territory. The seller will even throw in a few extras!

Don’t miss out on this one, because who knows when we will find another one like this to post. . As always, good luck on this one, and tell ’em RSBFS sent you!


Cagiva February 23, 2011 posted by

Italian Teens Commuter Or U.S. Exotica? Titled 1995 Cagiva Mito

Italian Teens Commuter Or U.S. Exotica? Titled 1995 Cagiva Mito

It is kind of funny how something can be very ordinary in one place an exotic in another.  These little Mitos, in my opinion, are classic bikes.  Their design/look is timeless much like, say a Ducati 916.  Could it be because the same pen designed them?  Maybe but park this next to an Aprilia RS125 and tell me which is the newer bike.  What makes this impressive is that the Mito is considered a beginners bike and they usually look like, well:  beginners bikes.  Only the tiny exhaust and single disc give away its’ lack of cc’s.

You may recognize this garage, as it has been producing some extremely nice grey bikes for sale lately.  Lucky for us the seller has decided to thin out his herd.  Lets go down the checklist for the bike.  Title: check.  Low miles: check.  Extremely clean: check.  There really isn’t a whole lot to say.  If you’ve been waiting for a Mito to come up for sale here it is.  It has everything you could ask for.

Can you see the 916 now?  This one is just smaller and smokes.  I’d love to see some comments from owners about these bikes.  Do they motivate pretty good?  I think back to my RM125 dirt bike and remember that thing was pretty damn strong.  Did Cagiva plug it up with restrictions and if so, are they easy to remove?  What is the fit and finish like on a Cagiva as I’ve never seen one in person.

I think this is one of those bikes that if you got it in your garage you’d find yourself riding more than you thought you would.  I’d take in a heart beat if my wallet would only cooperate.  This one is another Ebay bike and it looks like it has attracted a few bidders although the price is still well below what I think the seller would let it go for.  .

Since I compared the two, here are the RS125 and the Mito together. In all honesty, they are both sharp looking bikes.


Sport Bikes For Sale February 22, 2011 posted by

ArianeTech Ariane2 Moto2 Racebike Developments

Just a quick heads up that we’re keeping a close eye on the ArianeTech Ariane2 Moto2 race bike developments as Phil, one of our own contributors here at RSBFS, is playing a role in it’s development! We have published a couple of their press releases now at and will be offering up as much behind the scenes coverage as we can when allowed to do so.

Check out all the pictures at on the Ariane2!


Bimota February 22, 2011 posted by

Right bike, wrong side of the road: Bimota Vdue in UK!

For Sale: 1997 Bimota Vdue with original fuel injection

It is not very often you see a Bimota Vdue up for sale. This, RSBFS readers, is the stuff of dreams. Conjured up by the folks at Bimota to be as close to a GP-spec racebike as possible, the Vdue was the first Bimota project to utilize an in-house designed and manufactured engine. Whereas every other Bimota has been a partnership, the Vdue was to be Bimota’s crowning achievement – one that would catapult them into the world of complete manufacturer.

Alas, it all went sadly wrong somehow. Although cutting edge by design, the 500cc two-stroke twin was perhaps a bit too ahead of its time. Featuring novel fuel injection in order to meet stringent emissions around the world, the Vdue was plauged by engine failures and reliability issues, eventually culminating in a complete recall.

The failure of the Vdue brought Bimota to the brink of disaster, only to be saved by government intervention. The remaining bikes were eventually sold, many into the hands of collectors. A small industry of Vdue customization shops stepped up, providing various modifications to make the bike more rideable and reliable. Some changes were simple (updating F.I. specs), while others were more severe, such as replacing the fuel injection with carbs. Many Vdues found a new life at the racetrack, as some of the major modifications made registering the bikes difficult.

From the seller:
BIMOTA 500 V-Due

Stunning original condition V-due. Fuel injection as standard but has modified injector position developed and fitted by THE V-due guru. This makes the bike more usable and reliable.

New tyres, new fuel pump, only known defect is some cracking to front of lower belly pan just behind front wheel. Fantastic condition in every other respect.

Selling due to lack of space. My Dad wants his garage back!

So here we have a nearly original Vdue – complete with the necessary changes to allow for better running – for sale on eBay UK. And what price for said glory? The auction currently sits with zero bids and an opening of £8,000.00 (approx $12,950 US). This is far below similar bikes featured here on RSBFS, which sold for between $15k and $19k.

If you are worried about modifications or want more info, there are plenty of sites to help you out. Both and are great places to start.

For your shot at this rare beauty, go ahead and . The seller has listed info and photos that are worth checking out. Tell ’em RSBFS sent you!


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