Monthly Archives: February 2011

Cafe Racer February 9, 2011 posted by

1980 Moto Guzzi SP 1000

For Sale: 1980 Moto Guzzi SP 1000

Guzzi fans rejoice! It would appear that followers of the M/G brand are finally getting their due. People are coming around to the style, grace, and just plain “coolness” of the Moto Guzzi lineup. Collectors are driving prices higher, which makes bikes like this – a 1980 SP 1000 – more desireable and harder to find.

The SP 1000 model was intended to be the more “sport touring” variant of the Guzzi lineup. Think of it as the older brother to the upstart LeMans models. Under the covers, the two are very similar, and some riders really prefer the comfort and protection offered by the SP fairing.

From the seller:
I am selling my nice used 1980 Moto Guzzi SP with original powder blue paint, 35K miles, runs and rides excellent. It has Current California registration with insurance and title in my name. This is a nice reliable running street bike, and fun as hell to ride. I can add a one year unlimited miles warranty on the drive train for an extra fee. Brakes & clutches work excellent, new tires, all electrical works along with the Speedo and Tach. We just replaced the light switch with a new one, and did a full tune up. It has Electronic Ignition, and we set that up to work perfect with the proper advance rate. Great bike to convert into a Cafe Racer, since the motor is basically set up as a LMII. It hauls Ass!

The Bad:
Left front turn signal needs to be replaced, the original seat cover is splitting. Crack in lower fairing under right side sylinder, Needs fairing Mirrors, Front fender has badly faded paint. We can of course fix these things if a deal is worked out on doing the work.

While the LeMans models tend to be more desireable from a collector standpoint, the SP variants are well known for devouring mile after mile of ambling pavement. This particular bike is not perfect – which the seller clearly states – but appears to be a sound foundation for what will certainly be a long term investment.

This auction is live right now. The current bid is in the $1,500 range and there has been a number of interested parties. The reserve has not yet been met, but I would expect a reasonable reserve given the condition of the bike. For more info and to get in on the bidding, click the link to . Good Luck!


Honda February 8, 2011 posted by

Honda NSR250 MC21 For Sale

Honda NSR250 MC21 For Sale and ready to hit the street!

Location: Dover, DE
Mileage: 11,500km or 7,200 miles
Price: $7,000.00 OBO

Update 2.14.2011: Exclusively listed on, this bike sold in just 5 days! If you have a special bike for sale that could use this kind of exposure,email me for details on how $25/mo can get you a featured listing for your bike.

Ah yes, the boys at Speedwerks have been at it once again. This time they are offering a MC21 in Honda fighting colors and this one has been gone through with a fine tooth comb.

Looks like it was just taken off the showroom floor all over again and your ready to take it out on it’s maiden voyage doesn’t it?

With an asking price of $7,000 one would expect to get a lot right? Well, jump here to check out the photos documenting the complete rebuild of this bike. It’s simply amazing and a sight to behold.

Some of the highlights include:

– Brand new OEM crank
– Full engine rebuild
– New bearings through out
– New clutch
– New brake pads
– Tyga steel exhausts with aluminum canisters
– New Michelin Power One rubber
– Looks like brand new!

This bike has a clean Pa. title. No Brands,No Salvage History. $7000 obo.
As built, its a MC21R with an SE/SP rear shock, If the buyer wants to upgrade, we can offer SP forks and Trans, with dry clutch.(For an additional cost.) This bike has 11,500Km’s and as it it sits 0 on a complete rebuild.
As evident in the pic’s, we document the entire build with detailed hi-res images.
I feel this takes allot of the guess work out of the equation, The buyer can see exactly what he’s getting..
Most questions are easily answered by looking at the pics and reading the captions.
We are a roadrace shop in business for over 15 years,with a love for “rare” gray market stuff.
We start with the bare frame and “everything” from then on is either replaced,or refinished. The customer can see everything, so there is no wondering on our bikes. Like the last Rothmans we did and sold here everything is is fresh and top notch. We do have other bike’s available for restoration/sale and welcome any customers project bikes. Contact by phone (302)672-RACE or email References avail. upon request. Thanks Steve

If you’re interested in a super nice grey market you can hit up Steve, at Speedwerks, and tell him we sent you.

302.672.7223 or


dd – I can only wish my 21 looked this good!

Sport Bikes For Sale February 8, 2011 posted by

Cleared For Takeoff: 2001 MTT Turbine Superbike

Cleared For Takeoff: 2001 MTT Turbine Superbike

Ram air?  Please.  Fuel injection?  Old news.  Nitrus?  Childs play.  This is one for the straight line adrenaline junky crowd.  It’s probably not for the average RSBFS reader but you have to admit you could have some fun with this.  I would have a blast asking what class they’d like me in for a track day.  How about asking the guy parked next you to step back because you have to start your jet engine?  You could butt into a conversion about fuel injection mapping and ask if they could help you with your turbine lag.  That would be your Rolls Royce turbine lag.


You have to give credit where credit is due.  How many of you out there wondered what to do with turbine engines that had timed out in the eyes of the FAA?  Well someone did and created a nice little niche market.  The company that did was MTT.  Their website has an answer to any question you might have about the MTT Superbike.  Maybe your first question would be how much horsepower does the bike make:  320hp for your information.  Not enough for you?  Then step right up to their newest  creation,  the MTT Streetfighter.  It comes with an optional 420hp turbine engine.  And a 250cc two stroke is illegal for the streets?  Makes perfect  sense to me.

There are plenty of videos of this bike on Youtube.  I picked this one because it was kind of informative and featured guys wearing chains riding with no helmets.

Even if this isn’t your type of bike, you have to admit it is kind of wild hearing that jet sound.

The details on the bike for sale: 

This is the MTT Y2K Bike with 1900 miles on it, Serial number 3, Allison / Rolls Royce turbine starts and runs flawlessly, What a rush !!!!.   It has been modified by the MTT Factory with the new style computer system, Turbine oil and Transmission fluid modification has been preformed by the factory to house the fluids in the frame allowing larger coolers, this is standard design on the current builds. Bike is located in Iowa, MTT has done a tremendous job of engineering on this bike. Call with any questions, Ph 515-210-9400.

Not sold yet?  How about the fact you have a choice of fuels, diesel or kerosene.  What, no jet A?  Another novelty is a rear view camera.  Not sure what the rationale is for that but is anything really rational about this bike?   Retail price is $175,000 for a brand spakin new one.  This baby is listed as a classified ad with a take it home price of $99,000.  Speed has a price.  I know Jay Leno is a famous owner of one of these bikes.  Jay, if you are a RSBFS reader hook us up with a review of the bike.  .


Ducati February 8, 2011 posted by

TWO Rare ’86 Ducatis: 750F1 and Montjuich

For Sale: 1986 Ducati 750F1 and 750F1 Montjuich

The first bike in this ultra-desirable pair is a 1986 Ducati 750F1. Modeled after Ducati’s successful TT1 and TT2 racers, the F1 was a surprisingly compact package; riders accustomed to larger-sized 750 machines from competing vendors found the bike to be quite small. Times were tough for Ducati in the mid-80s, and limited numbers of these limited edition bikes were sold.

The narrow arrangement of the Ducati v-twin afforded a very cozy cockpit, and the wrap around bodywork ensured that full aerodynamic benefit could be realized.

From the seller:
86′ 750F1 – 2,851 Kilometers – Vin # ZPM3AA3L3GB751925

I have owned this motorcycle since 2004 and was purchased from its original owner. It is a perfect original example that is registered in my name. Needed will be a tuning, new tires and adjustment or replacement of the steering head bearings, something known to fail from lack of use. The photos speak for themselves and there is no surprises about this motorcycle.

The current auction is for both bikes, but you can jump over now by .

The second bike in this auction is perhaps one of the most collectible Ducatis of the modern (rubber band) era: 1986 750F1 Montjuich

Based as an exclusive offering and built off of the 750F1 foundation, the Montjuich was designed to be the ultimate 750F1. Changes to the standard 750F1 included updated cylinder heads with bigger valves, higher compression pistons, larger 40mm Dellorto carbs, and a free flowing exhaust system. The transmission was fitted with a lighter clutch assembly and straight cut gears. the tank was aluminum, as were the wheels (complete with magnesium alloy spokes). With only 200 copies created worldwide, these bikes are in very short supply.

The Montjuich is named after a street track which was located in Barcelona, Spain. This was a venue where Ducati enjoyed many victories. Note the aerodynamic additions to this bike, including the bubble windscreen to encourage top-speed running.

From the seller:
86′ MONTJUICH – 2,274 Kilometers – ZDM3EA3ROGB0001xx

Cycle World Magazine, August 1986 said (10) of the (200) Montjuich’s would come to the USA. The Montjuich is the rarest and most collectible Ducati made since the Green frame 1974 750 Super Sport.

Originally sold from Ghost Motorcycles this motorcycle has always been in the Northeast. Two years ago this motorcycle was bought from a collection in Long Island who’s owner had passed away. Last registered in 1998 this motorcycle has been off the road to my knowledge since and during my ownership has not been started. There is oxidation on some of the metal of this bike and a full detailing and some metal refinishing will be needed to bring this motorcycle to show detail (see photos). Expect to replace the tires and provide full servicing. The paint on the fairings, tank and seat are excellent for a 25 year old motorcycle.

Having the opportunity to purchase either one of these bikes would qualify as a RARE event, but to be able to snag BOTH of them in a single auction must certainly be a first. Here are two very well preserved bikes of the same year and lineage, both of them very collectible. The BIN on these beauties is not cheap, but neither of these bikes will ever be what you would call an “economy model” motorcycle.

For more details – or to add to your collection – please .


Bimota February 7, 2011 posted by

Cure For The Winter Time Blues: 2008 Bimota DB5R

Cure For The Winter Time Blues: 2008 Bimota DB5R

You know it has been a long winter in the ole USA when a guy stuck in Georgia (me) is sick of winter.  Nothing can brighten a gloomy February day though than a  red, white and green Bimota.  Add some carbon fiber, Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and a factory option Zard exhaust and you will be praying for a 75 degree Spring day.

I don’t think I need to write another thing, this photo pretty much sums up the DB5R or most any Bimota for that matter:  outside the box engineering, ahead of the curve lines/looks and like a chic with shoes, more carbon fiber than you need.


A little on the bike, most of the info was cut and past press material:


The factory option Zard pipes are installed and the stock silencers are included in the sale.

I have carefully broken in the bike, ALWAYS observing the rev limits and varying the rpms within the range on the highwway. Ask my mechanic, I won’t let anyone else ride the bike during that period so the break-in is perfect. You get to skip most of that as higher revs and full throttle can now be applied.

As is the case with most Bimota’s this one has been looked at more than ridden.  It shows just over a 1000 miles.  You will be the first to scratch it!

I”m into close ups today.  I know it  gets over used but these things really are art and I do understand how people buy them and end up putting them in their house.  Like any good piece of art though it isn’t cheap.  The bidding is starting at $20,500 with a reserve of course.  MSRP was almost $37,000 back in 08.  Is somewhere in the high $20’s a fair price?


The rest of the good stuff.


Honda February 6, 2011 posted by

1982 HONDA CB1100R

1982 HONDA CB1100R Homologation Superbike For Sale

Location: Camarillo, CA
Mileage: 15,710
Price: Active bid

All of our Honda fans can rejoice and thank their respective gods. CB1100R’s don’t come around very often for good reason. The big CB’s were only made available for 3 years and to my knowledge, where only offered in Europe and Australia.

In scouring the net for information on this bike I decided that it looks very large and the specs proved me correct. Weighing in at a stout 525# dry this air cooled beast sports an aluminum petrol tank, steel frame, solo tail section, 18″ hoops on both the front and rear and a claimed 115hp. Obviously, that is nothing stellar by today’s standards, but back when I was finding out girls didn’t have cooties those numbers warrant a ‘Homologation Special’ badge.

From the seller:


So, most of you will quickly point out that this one is not original and has a few mods. I say “So what!” because these are as rare as any stateside. I agree in that the PM calipers take away from the originality of the bike, but these were purpose built machines and that purpose lends itself to modifications.

You can find some information here and a little more here.



Ducati February 5, 2011 posted by

Incredible 2001 Ducati 996 Monoposto with 926 Miles!

Here’s your chance to buy a practically new Ducati 996 Mono. The MSRP on these in 2001 was around $17k from what I can find on the web. This one is significantly less with an asking price of $7k.

Check out this 2001 Ducati 996 for sale on

2001 Ducati 996 For Sale

quote from seller’s listing:

Completely showroom stock with the exception of a new set of Dunlop Q2s that I had installed last month because the factory stock tires were getting hard. Full Ducati dealer inspection and fresh fluids/ belts changed by Pro-Italia 50 miles ago. Pictures were taken yesterday.

It’s very hard to find a 996 in this original condition and with these low miles.

Includes both keys, manuals, cover, rear stand, tool kit & all records since day one.

Clean California title of course. Bike needs nothing but a new home.

If you have been looking for a really nice example of a 748-996 and appreciate the early model superbike lines & Ducati’s special era when elite bikes like this were elusive in most circles then this example is for you. I’m a 45 year old Aerospace Engineer that takes care of everything I own so there will be no disappointments with this next to new bike.

I was in the market for a 748-996 variant myself in 2010 and they are not easy to find unmolested. But this really takes the cake. For comparison, the 996 I went to look at this past fall had about 9k miles on the clock and the seller was firm at $6500. That bike was ridden hard and put away wet, so I walked. If I had rolled up on this example and it all checked out, I guarantee it would’ve been in my garage that same night! I would be shocked if this bike lasted more than a couple weeks and expect with the early spring fever kicking in for most, it will be gone in a few days.


Sport Bikes For Sale February 3, 2011 posted by

32hp of summertime fun

1987 Yamaha SRX 250

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Mileage: 3,975
Price: A scant $1,199.00

Looking to stay kewl this summer? What better way than to sport a bikini on a single cylinder Yamaha SRX250?

This thing looks like a ton of fun sporting 32hp and lipstick red rims. I know you’re thinking “32hp doesn’t equal fun”, but when you consider Honda’s highly anticipated CBR 250 (Blek!- it should have been called CB 250) has 25 ponies and will make your wallet lighter by 27 Ben Franklins this is killer!

Like most small bore cycles in the states the SRX suffered in sales and was laid to rest as fast as they could use up the pre-ordered parts. You can count on one hand how many single cylinder street bikes we have here in the states and I can tell you that nothing sounds like a Thumper. I know, it’s almost an oxymoron to say 250cc and Thumper in the same breath, but single cylinder street bikes are just cool- well… sans the CBR250.

There are plenty more pictures to be seen on ebay and this is a classified ad so you can have it today!



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