Monthly Archives: June 2011

Honda June 27, 2011 posted by

1990 Honda CBR 1000F (I still say Hurricane!)

Location: Boynton Beach, Florida
Mileage: 30,512
Price: $2,750 BIN

Up for auction here is a Honda CBR 1000F, or as I still like to call it, a Hurricane 1000. I’m sure you all remember the Hurricane (my first bike was a 600). It was a great comeback to the Ninja but by 1990 Honda had unfortunately dropped the name, I think due to image concerns. It’s too bad. I still remember the ad campaign with the tag line “Even a Ninja is afraid of a Hurricane.” Pure gold by my standards. But I digress.

Many may not consider the CBR 1000F “rare” or “sportbike” enough to be on RSBFS, but I am here to argue different. While not as aggressive as say the FZR 1000 listed here a few days ago, the Hurricane 1000 was a powerful, balanced, capable machine back in the day. A 135 bhp, 16 valve, in-line four with full fairing bodywork and a relatively comfortable riding position made this bike capable of sport riding or touring. Liter bikes weren’t a big part of the Honda lineup back then but this one represented the company well.

Here’s what the seller has to say-

1990 Honda CBR1000F Sport Tourer

All the power and handling of a liter bike with the comfort of a sport Tourer

Absolutley Mint Condidtion- Looks and runs Flawless – Clear Title
4 to 1 Kerker – silencer repacked with Jet Kit installed
Zero Gravity Sport Touring Windscreen
Fully Serviced within last 300 miles
– New Continental Motion Tires
– NGK Spark Plugs
– Air Cleaner – Filter
– Mobil 1 Synthetic 4T and Fram Filter
– Brake Pads all three sets

– New Battery on Tender
– Brake & Clutch Master Cylinder Fluid Flush – DOT 4

Will Consider Partial Trades – Bikes, Guns, Tools, Etc

Unfortunately, not a lot of  photos-

Although it has relatively high miles, this bike looks clean for its age. And if cared for it should continue to run well for many more miles. The only modifications I notice are the additions of the Kerker pipe and jetting and a Zero Gravity windscreen, both noted by the seller.

Although this may not be the most exotic sportbike, I think you could be getting a lot of bike for your money. I will also always have soft spot for anything Hurricane that came from Honda. My 600 was a great bike that, even though powerful, was well-mannered enough to help a new rider find his way.

To check out this Hurricane, make the jump!

-RN

Honda June 26, 2011 posted by

3 Honda Moriwaki MD250’s For Sale!

3 Honda Moriwaki MD250’s

Location: The OWB
Mileage: N/A
Price: $25,000.00

Following on the heels of my Peter Lenz Forever 45 post I thought it fitting to blog about a few Moriwaki MD250s that Peter raced against.

These are ex Nick McFadden Vesrah Bikes and there are 3 to choose from or if you have the means and desire- all 3 of them can be yours. Once again, I’m ashamed to say that I don’t know any racers so I have no affiliation with Mark Junge or Nick McFadden, but these are way cool machines and are for sale.

3- 2008 Honda Moriwaki MD 250’s for sale.

2 stock bikes
1 hot-rod with Graves exhaust ( built by Mark Junge from Vesrah Suzuki )
1 spare motor
2 spare sets of wheels ( 1-stock, 1- after market )
5 boxes of spares ranging from seals, sprockets, and exhaust to much much more )

3rd bike not pictured but can send pics at request. Will sale separate.

I had the pleasure of watching Nick rail around MotoGP Indy last year and I must say all of the up and coming young riders look fantastic out on the circuit. I don’t think were gonna have a shortage of representation in MotoGP anytime soon.

The little Honda powered Moriwaki’s, in stock trim, are said to put out 33hp and 18 lbft of torque. Seems pretty paltry, but considering it weighs in at about 200 pounds it should go like the wind. I know all of you liter bike guys are out there shaking your collective heads and calling it nasty names like ‘Chicken Chaser’, but for the little guys it plenty. Go ahead and laugh, but I’d rock one all day long at the track or as a commuter. Ooops, I forgot these are racers only.. dang it!

As I said before I had to opportunity to watch these very bikes in action at Indy and I had my trusty Nikon with me. A quick search through my photo archives turned up a decent shot of Nick on board the Vesrah sponsored 250.

I wish the owner all the luck in selling these because it would be a shame to have them sitting in some dark corner of the shop.

If you’re interested to own a purpose built racer.

Cheers!

dd

MV Agusta June 26, 2011 posted by

Race Prepped MV: 2008 MV Agusta F4 R 312

Race Prepped MV:  2008 MV Agusta F4 R 312

Ah, what could have been.  Remember when the MV’s were first relaunched and all the fanfare about their race heritage and how they were going to take on the world?  I think Benelli actually ended up making more of an effort that MV.  They dabbled in European super sport and endurance racing and there was that season or two with Ferraci here in the US but that was about it.  If there was a championship for good looking race bikes though,  they might have swept.  They were very easy on the eyes.

 

That lack of race prepped MV’s  is what made me check out this auction.  Very few people race the darn things.  Most are tucked away in climate controlled garages (or living rooms).  I’d love to know what is under the hood.  If I remember correctly, MV Agusta Corse had a nice array of performance parts for the bikes.  Nowadays, it looks more basic with exhausts and carbon fiber bits. 

It may or may not have MV Corse parts but the seller does state it is loaded with race parts from Fast By Ferracci.  The seller doesn’t provide a complete list but did add a nice video:

Looks like Ferracci ditches the 4 muffler set up of the stock MV.  The BIN is pretty hefty at almost $18,000.  The bids are much lower and the reserve has yet to be reached.  If you are interested head on over quickly as the auction only has a day or so remaining.  Here she is.

 Here is Luca Scassa on the Ferraci bike from Theworldofmotorcycles.com.

And here is Scassa’s  Team Union MV a year or so later from TopSpeed.com

Ian

Moto Guzzi June 24, 2011 posted by

Perfect for summer: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

For Sale: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

It’s officially summertime, and I can’t think of a better way to spend the days than loping over my favorite roads on something like this. This big, two valve twin is the Moto Guzzi equivalent of a Ducati Supersport – lots of torque and the relatively simplicity of air cooling. Sure, this isn’t a razor-sharp canyon carver like many wanna-be replica hypersportbikes, but a good rider can maintain a good pace in relative comfort and with relatively low effort. Not a bad way to go.

Regular RSBFS readers have seen a few other Guzzis come across these pages, including a nearly identical 1100 Sport as posted by Ian. While today’s bike does not sport quite the carbon fiber upgrades, it does appear to be in very good condition and has very low miles for the year. Note the fuel injection – this is the first year it was offered on the big twin.

From the seller:
This motorcycle was originally sold by “BMW Motorcycles of North Dallas” on 10th December 1996. The original sales price was $11,600 + $190 Freight. I purchased the bike from RPM Cycles also of Dallas on 15th August 2006. At that time the bike had accumulated a total of 2,289 miles from new. Today its total mileage is 4,967.1. This is the first year of the fuel injected Sports.

Since purchasing the bike I have installed a complete set of stainless steel “Stay In Tune” exhaust headers and mufflers at a cost of well over $1,000.00 and a new set of rear view mirrors. The header pipes have been treated to “Performance Coatings” (ceramic) which will insure that they never discolor.

Since owning the bike it has always been stored inside a climate controlled environment. Although it does have a rev limiter, to my knowledge it has never been near redline due to the low mileage. A new set of Pirelli tires front and rear were installed when I purchased the bike as well as all hydraulic lines were flushed. The bike uses an “Odyssey” dry cell battery.

This low mileage bike looks to have been well cared for over the years. There have been some minor mods (pipes and mirrors as per the seller, plus the WP shock looks to be an add-on), but nothing outrageous or likely to detract from the value of the bike. I bet those Staintune pipes boom out a sonorous note as this bike chugs along a winding two-lane road!

The current asking price for this bike is $4,625 with reserve not met. These are generally $6,000 – $8,000 machines depending upon condition. This bike looks to be a solid rider, and should fetch somewhere in the middle of that range. For more information and to check out all the pictures, . Tell ’em you saw it on RSBFS, and good luck!

MI

Ducati June 24, 2011 posted by

Special Indeed: 2000 Ducati 996SPS For Sale (#1290)

Location: Sante Fe, New Mexico
Miles: 19,305
Price: $11,500 BIN

If there is one thing that Ducati does well it’s the unlimited production of limited production bikes. While this leaves us here at RSBFS with a vast amount of rare Ducati’s to hunt for, it can get a little confusing when separating the facts between several special models. The 996SPS is no exception. Interestingly enough, the 996SPS (Sport Production Special) shares the same engine as its younger brother, the 916SPS. The 996SPS features an Ohlins rear shock and Ohlins forks in 2000, as well as an adjustable steering head. Lightweight Marchesinis five spoke wheels instead of the standard three-spokes are also part of the SPS package.

The particular 996SPS up for grabs here is a two-owner example and was purchased by a Ducati tech back in 2001 with less than 1,000 miles. Like most Ducati’s we see here, this one is not completely stock, but the modifications are tastefully done (see the seller’s ad for the complete list). The seller does state that lots of extra parts are included with the sale.

From the seller:

“UP FOR SALE IS THIS STUNNING 2000 996 SPS HOMOLOGATION EDITION DUCATI SUPERBIKE, #1290 IN A SERIES THAT BEGAN IN 1998. IT IS ONE OF ONLY 70 BROUGHT TO THE U.S. FOR 2000 AND THE LAST PRODUCTION YEAR OF THE SPS WITH ALL THE RIGHT PARTS INCLUDING LIGHTWEIGHT INTERNAL ENGINE COMPONENTS, DUAL INJECTORS PER CYLINDER, FULL FACTORY OHLINS SUSPENSION AND STEERING STABILIZER, TERMIGNONI CARBON EXHAUST, MARCHESINI WHEELS, BREMBO BRAKES…. IT HAS MANY UPGRADES INCLUDING FULL FLOATING ROTORS FRONT AND REAR, SATO MACHINED REAR SETS, CRG ADJUSTABLE BRAKE AND CLUTCH LEVERS, MEGACYCLE ROCKER ARMS, TWO PIECE ADJUSTABLE CAM PULLEYS, BRAND NEW CLUTCH, BRAND NEW BATTERY(MAINTENANCE FREE GEL CELL YUASA YT12B-BS), MOTOLECTRIC LOW RESISTANCE BATTERY/STARTER LEADS, FRESHLY PAINTED FRONT FAIRING (factory matching anniversary rosso red, ppg basecoat/clearcoat)AND NEW WINDSCREEN,  ITG AIR FILTER, FACTORY REAR STAND…….ALL ORIGINAL PARTS INCLUDED…..OWNED AND MAINTAINED BY A FACTORY CERTIFIED DUCATI TECHNICIAN. BIKE RUNS PERFECT AND ALWAYS HAS,  NEVER BEEN DOWN OR CRASHED. THE ONLY THING IT MAY NEED IS NEW CARBON AIR RUNNERS WHICH RUN $200.00, THE DUCATI PERFORMANCE RUNNERS ON IT ARE SUN  FADED, ALL THE REST OF THE CARBON LOOKS GREAT.  I AM SECOND OWNER AND HAVE HAD BIKE SINCE 2001,  PURCHASED WITH UNDER 1000 MILES. TRUE GEM TO OWN. CLEAR CALIFORNIA TITLE IN HAND. LOTS OF EXTRA PARTS INCLUDED.”

Lots more photos-

This bike does have its fair share of miles on it with just over 19k, but if it was in fact owned by a Ducati tech for the last ten years, then hopefully it should be well maintained. From the ample amount of photos, it looks like there isn’t much to hide. The bike seems to be priced appropriately if not a tad high. Check out the auction and place your bid here!

-RN

Rickman June 23, 2011 posted by

Restored And Wanted: 1974 Rickman CR900

 Restored And Wanted: 1974 Rickman CR900

It looks like there are some anxious bidders out there in cyberspace waiting for this auction to end.  This beautifully restored 1974 Rickman has generated quite a bit of  interest and why shouldn’t it? Just look at the pics.

I’m generally a latest and greatest sort of guy but I think I’m in love.  I know it’s the details that make a good restoration but the photos point in the right direction.  That is a good shot of the Rickman nickel plated frame.

We’ve listed a couple Rickman CR’s in the not too distant past (here and here) but neither were, shall we say, as bright as this one.   Lets get a little history:

1974 Rickman with Kawasaki Z1 motor.  What is the hottest trend in Motorcycling today?  Cafe Racers!  This beauty is the Mother of all Cafe Racers.  It just does not get any cooler!

This bike has ben completely restored.  Every single nut, bolt and other items are like new.  The gauges have been rebuilt by Z-Resto.  The engine (Z1E –2447) has a fresh top end.  Switch gear is NOS.  NOS cables.  New Progressive Shocks.  New K & N filter pods.  NOS Kawasaki exhaust system. 

Rickmans were hand built in England.  They were much lighter and better handling than factory bikes.  They kicked ass in road racing.  All body work is perfect and painted the correct green as it left the factory.  All Rickman bikes have chrome moly frames with bronze welds.  All Rickman bikes have nickel plated frames.  This frame is freshly nickel plated.  New windshield.  Very rare Borrani hubs and wheels.  New Pirelli Sport Demon tires.  Bike has only been run to insure no flaws or problems. 

There is not a single flaw on this bike.  It is not often you can say perfect but this bike is perfect!  10 plus condition.  Very rare and beautiful.  Draw a big crowd where ever you ride it or put it in the middle of your collection.  Includes many magazine articles from the era, Rickman assembly instructions and parts catalogue.  Also includes a complete and new set of chain adjuster discs.

Extra style points for the seller matching the color of his text to the bike.  Since the bike is obviously in mint condition, the only conern for a buyer is if the restoration if up to snuff.  When you get into high dollar bikes people will get picky and rightfully so.  Sometimes “restoration” means different things to different people.  My guess is some $$$ was spent on this one.

 

Pretty from front to back, top to bottom. 

 

Of course chicks dig Rickmans!  Check out this link for some nice pics of Rickmans from a thread on the Kawasaki Forum.  They are  quite a few lovingly cared for Rickmans out there.  This example is quickly approaching $10,000 with a few days remaining in the auction.   If the pictures won you over you can place a bid for this one here

Ian

Honda June 23, 2011 posted by

Peter Lenz Forever 45 1996 Honda RS125 racer for sale

1996 Honda RS125 Peter Lenz Forever 45 machine.

Location: Vancouver, Washington
Mileage: N/A
Price: $3,050.00 at time of writing

Time: Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010
Scene: Indianapolis Red Bull MotoGP- the warm-up lap for a USGPRU race

Dan and I were there soaking in all that is involved in a MotoGP weekend. The sights, sounds, autographs, pictures and the all important smell of spent high octane race fuel.

If I told you I knew about Peter Lenz passing I’d be lying. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know about it until I returned home Sunday evening and started flipping through my favorite motorcycling sites. It’s sad and I know it, but being the selfish “this is all about me and my long awaited weekend” I never stopped to inquire about anyone who had been involved in an accident. Heck, by the time Sunday morning rolled around I had already been witness to so many crashes I was pretty numb to them. They usually get up, wave to the crowd and jump on a scooter to head back to the pits. No big deal right? Not on this day….

On August 29, 2010 a fine young man lost his life doing something he loved to do. He had great support around him and that included his parents. As parents we don’t really want to tell our kids ‘no’ on anything that isn’t causing harm to anyone or anything. We know there are risks when we give our kids their first BB Gun, we know there are risks when we turn our kids loose for the first time driving by themselves. I know this because I have 3 kids and as a parent we can’t protect our kids from every evil. What we can do is support our kids in their chosen venture and give them life lessons along the way.

Peter was living every 13 year old racer’s dream. He was in the garage with the big boys at the big circuit. I commend his parents for allowing him the opportunity to do what he loved and was passionate about. I know, after the accident, there are always people who question why a 13 year old was being allowed to go 130 mph dragging knees. Bottom line is because he could do it and do it well! He enjoyed it and had the means to do it.

John Ulrich gives an excellent first hand account of how the accident unfolds and explains it better than I ever could. If you have a few minutes it’s an excellent read.

I didn’t know Peter and don’t know any other professional racers for that matter, but I get to live out my dreams watching them draft, rail through turns and control motorcycles in ways that us mere mortals can only dream about.

The Lenz family is donating this machine to help raise money for the Roadracing World Action Fund. If you’ve not heard of it or have heard of it please take a moment to click through the link and make a donation to help support the safety of your fellow riders. John Ulrich should be commended for starting this campaign and we at RSBFS.com send out our “Thank You!” to John and the crew at Roadracing World.

If you’d like 2 Forever 45 stickers, 2 Dynee (This was Peters pet Dinosaur’s name) stickers, an 11″ x 17″ poster of Peter in action and a RRWAF T-shirt simply donate a minimum of $50.00 by clicking here.

If you have a thing for 1996 Honda RS125’s and would like to help the RRWAF to boot please place your bids here.

This is a great cause and it needs your support to be successful. 100% of the sale price will go to support the Roadracing World Action Fund.

Our condolences go out to the Lenz family and we can’t imagine the pain they have gone through.

Godspeed Peter- Rest in Peace buddy….

dd

Honda June 22, 2011 posted by

’89 NSR250R MC18: Titled and Registered in CA

Location: San Jose, CA
Miles: 9,XXXkm
Price: $4,000

Here’s one for all you ‘smokers out there! Up for grabs we have a 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18. These angry sounding bikes crank out about 45hp and tip the scales at just less than 300lbs wet. Now that sounds like a recipe for good times to me. The MC18 was at the cutting edge of technology back in the day and included new PGM-II intake technology.

This particular bike is located in San Jose, CA and has a clean title and registration which is always a plus for a grey market two-stroke. Your neighbors might not be the biggest fan, but everyone else who knows what these bikes are will be! The seller doesn’t offer much info on the bike, but an email to me revealed that it had 9,xxx km. It’s also a little hard to tell from the photos what condition the bike is in as far as wear and tear and any possible corrosion. The seller also states that it has a set of air tech front fairings and from I can tell some after market pipes (anyone who can tell the make feel free to chime in). Also seems that the rear wheel has been painted black, but unfortunately no more details on any changes are mentioned.

From the seller:

” I have a registered 1989 Honda NSR 250 for sale. It currently runs and has a clean title with up to date registration. Bike has a few upgrades including a set of air tech front fairings. This Bike is very fun to ride.
Im asking $4000. Must have Cash on hand including M1 license for test ride.”

Here is a stock photo to give you a better idea of what the bike looks like:

It appears to be a relatively clean and low mileage example in Terra blue and white livery, although it doesn’t look to be bone stock. With the U.S. Gran Prix less than five weeks away (I’m counting the hours until I’m there), and this bike being titled and located roughly an hour’s ride from legendary Laguna Seca Raceway, it could be a fun way to roll into MotoGP. Take a look at the sale ad here and make the call if you think this is the bike for you.

-RN

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