Monthly Archives: August 2011

Aprilia August 31, 2011 posted by

Craigslist Finds Spotted by Our Readers

Our mailbox is bursting at the seams this week with Craigslist finds! Some of these we may have posted before or on our Facebook page, but archived listings often don’t have fresh contact info or prices. Take a look:

From Victor, a 1987 Yamaha TZR250 in San Diego

From R.G., this 2008 Ducati Monster TriColore

and this 2007 Aprilia RSV Mille R 1000 Factory in Boston

And a Yamaha R7 in Cleveland from GD:

Hungry for more interesting finds? Check out our classifieds area where there have been some recent additions. Add your listing for only $5/mo!


Sport Bikes For Sale August 31, 2011 posted by

Springtime And Square Fours: 1986 Suzuki RG500

Springtime And Square Fours:  1986 Suzuki RG500

Update 8.31.2011: Back on eBay with one day left. Good catch Mike!

It looks like there will be one less two stroke marauding the hills of Kentucky this Spring.  Your neighbors might disagree but these cool Spring mornings and evenings need to filled with the sound of  rattling two strokes. 

Before you ask:  there was no mention of a title in the auction.  Doesn’t mean there isn’t one but you’ll have to ask the seller.  What you do have is a pretty nice RG500 in basically stock condition.  It has what might not be the most popular paint scheme but definitely one of the rarest.  Nothing major jumps out at me that has been changed.  Hopefully the solo seat was just laid on there for the photos and isn’t that ill fitting.  The lower looks like it isn’t fitting very well either.  Who doesn’t start to sag a bit when they get older though!

Is she a high mileage bike?  You’ll be happy to know she is one the lower mileage RG’s I’ve seen lately: 9,283 miles.  One thing that did catch my eye was the wheels.  I’m not sure they are the original color.  Every bike I saw on the net had black wheels with this paint scheme.  I’ve learned to never say never though.  Suzuki could have made 5 bikes for Luxembourg that had this paint with red wheels.  Most importantly you’ve got another bike here, well over 20 years old and it looks to have no major changes.  The front blinkers look to be after market and the mirrors looks a little different as well.  The gas cap might have been on the receiving end of some paint too.  A few stickers might be MIA.  Usually there is a “Suzuki” sticker on the lower and a “Full Floater Suspension” close to the rear passnenger pegs.  Minor stuff (unless it has been repainted)  but I’m sure the eagle eyed RG fanatics notice it.


There were some seriously sweet carbon cans on Ebay a few weeks ago that would look awfully good back there.  Maybe some Jolly Moto’s to go with them?

Here is what the seller has to say:

For Sale low mileage, 9282 miles-14,938 km . I have owned this bike since 2003. It has been in storage and garage kept. Bike has original paint and bike is mechanically and esthetically sound. This bike is very clean to be 25 years old. The color of this bike is the black, white orange and red, the most rare color that was available. Anyone who knows anything about the RG 500 Gamma know they are highly collectible.

Without knowing about the title I’m staying away from guessing a price.  The starting bid  was set low so I’m sure we are no where near the reserve as of this writing.  If it is titled I don’t see a reason why someone wouldn’t want it. You can place your bid here.


Sport Bikes For Sale August 31, 2011 posted by

Grey Market Minibike: 1986 Yamaha TZR125

For Sale: 1986 Yamaha TZR125

RSBFS readers know we love grey market import bikes – especially the two strokes. But those bikes are often prohibitively expensive and impossible to register in many states (such as CA). If you are not ready to pony up the big bucks for a Lance RG500 Gamma or RZV500 – or God forbid a RZ/RG hybrid – perhaps starting smaller is in order. Sure, you could go the NS250 route, but prices there are rising faster than ever. What’s a dedicated smoker fan to do? How about looking into some of the cool 125cc machines available?

Originally released for the Japanese home market as well as Europe, the TZR125 might seem somewhat familiar. Sporting a Deltabox frame, the TZR’s sporting intent is instantly recognizable. The 125cc two stroke single is liquid cooled, and power is enhanced via a Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) just like the RZ350 and RZ/RZV500. Braking duties are handled by a single disc in the front and a drum in the rear (later variants offered a rear disc). All in all, it is a lightweight, tidy package meant to bring out your inner Grand Prix daydreams on a bicycle budget.

From the seller:
Ultra rare, STREET LEGAL, Street bike, California registeration fees paid in full Two-Stroke Collector’s Dream Kilometer gauges ( 11,000 kilometers, only about 7000 miles) Just serviced new YUASA battery runs fantastic! one kick, every time! nice Power Pros exhaust NEW FORK SEALS! Steering Head bearings serviced/adjusted new chain fresh oil Yamaha mirrors very light weight super fun to ride very unique, i doubt you’ll ever see another one on the road!

The seller is correct – this is NOT a bike you will see often in the US. It appears to be in pretty good condition for its age, and is certainly a unique offering even by RSBFS standards! For those of you wondering about the fairing, these bikes did not come with one as standard. Given the markets in which this bike was meant to play, fairings add cost to both the purchase price as well as insurance. Keeping the bike naked makes it lighter, cheaper and more damage resistant.

Ask yourself: why do you ride what you ride? If your mount of choice was chosen to keep ahead of your buddies, show off at stoplight drag races or eclipse triple digit speeds on the street with regularity, then this is not the bike for you. If you revel in getting the most out of what you ride – if you value quality of experience over quantity – then this might just fit perfectly as a first step into grey market collectables. The best part? It’s relatively cheap!

This rare, unique and California titled buzzer is being offered at only $2,999! For more information, pictures and a chance to contact the seller, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck, and be sure and tell ’em you saw it on RSBFS!


Ducati August 31, 2011 posted by

2004 Ducati 749R For Sale in Canada

Our latest feature listing comes from Kenny in Calgary. He’s offering his thoroughly sorted Duacti 749R, #378. Take a gander at this beaut:

This is one of the early models that came stock with the carbon fiber fairings for those who know the 749R. For those not familiar with what sets the R apart from other models, it was a homologation special from the factory to compete against the 600cc inline 4 Japanese bikes in competition. Upgrades from the standard model included full Ohlins suspension, radial Brembo brakes, slipper clutch, larger fuel tank, forged Marchesini rims, magnesium head cover, larger titanium valves and rods, a shorter stroke and larger bore for quicker revving, and of course special badging and number plate.

From the seller:

I am selling my ’04 Ducati 749R Superbike. Asking $13,000 with stock pipe and ECU, or $18,000 with full Ti Leo Vince race pipe and Nemesis ECU with Lamda auto tune. It is the ’04 with carbon body panels, #378. 18,000k’s.

I built this bike for myself and did all the things I wanted to do to others’ bikes but no one would pay for. My background includes building motors and track tuning for Ducati Canada, Yamaha Canada, Suzuki Canada, and several very competitive private teams, also machining and building hotrod Harley engines

ALL stock parts plus the bike has recently been fully sorted with inspection and replacement of every shim in the suspension & chassis, bushings, seals, bearings repacked or replaced, new fluids, new brake pads, rebuilt calipers, Marchesisni forged and CNC’d wheels, new chain and sprockets, new wider and flatter black Driven clip-ons, carbon tail action, carbon rear wheel hugger, and more.

Motor has new factory slipper clutch with Barnett basket, new timing belts, 4 new trans gears (the rest are perfect), all shafts shimmed properly, crank pin polished, crank balanced, new rod bearings, new Pankl rod bolts, new rings, diamond bore deglaze, machined for more compression, ported heads, fresh (light) multi angle valve seat grind, new Ti exhaust valves, all valves shimmed within .01mm of factory minimum spec, cams degreed, new race air filters, aluminum cam drive pulleys, and more.

Someone will benefit from all this loving! I feel this is the finest street Ducati model.

I can be reached at:
phone: 403-324-4062

I live in Calgary at present, soon to be in Nelson BC, in Canada.

Sounds like an outstanding machine that has benefited from proper upgrades and recent maintenance. Good luck with the sale Kenny!


Honda August 31, 2011 posted by

Red, White and Bitchin’- 1990 Honda CBR1000F

Location: Saltville, Virginia

Mileage: 33,000

Price: Auction, BIN $4,000

In the 1990 liter-bike world the CBR1000F (or Hurricane until Honda pulled the name) wasn’t the most aggressive model on the market. The GSX-R 1100 and FZR 1000 were more track focused, edgy machines. However, the CBR brought a lot of things to the table that made it appealing to many riders. Honda build quality, still serious liter bike power and ergonomics that would’t pretzel you meant a pretty solid choice for many everyday riders. I also happen to think the bike looks good, even today. I stood in awe of many a CBR1000 as a younger man. That awe still sticks with me.

Only a few more picks of this one-

Info from the seller-


1990 HONDA CBR1000F ‘Hurricane’

33K miles

Red/White/Blue Color Code: NH193K

Excellent Condition – 9

Superb Build Quality, Fit, and Finish!

All Decals/Stickers as from factory.

PRICE: $4, 000


Corbin Gunfighter in Royal Blue Connelly Leather

Second Look Tank Bra


K&N Airbox Filter

Fresh Michelin Pilot Roads

New Sprockets/Gold Chain

Carbs Rebuilt/Synced

New Battery

All work done by Atlas Honda of Bristol, Virginia.  Sale includes original owners manual, tool kit, and navy blue seat.  More pictures available upon request.

Buyer responsible for shipping arrangements.

The seller highlights some modifications (the Corbin I’m sure is an upgrade from stock, but the original is included if desired). The rest looks to be good modifications and maintenance. The overall condition looks good too for a 21 year old bike, a testament to the quality Honda consistently puts out.

So, the question here is the price. The seller is looking for $4000 BIN. That’s quite a bit for this bike considering there’s 33,000 miles on the clock. Granted, clean versions of these bikes are not really around anymore. And this bike, if it has a solid maintenance history, should run for many, many more miles. I will also say again, I think this bike looks as good today as back when it was new.

But still, I think you should ask yourself if this bike is worth $4,000 to you. If you have decided it is, make the jump.


Sport Bikes For Sale August 30, 2011 posted by

1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 on Craigslist

For Sale: 1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01

Next to import two strokes, the WSB homologation 750 sportbikes are definitely a favorite around the RSBFS corporate office. And of those homologation bikes, the OW01 is quite possibly the most rare of the bunch. While not as successful as the Honda RC30 and RC45 on the track, the OW01 definitely held its own with numerous race wins with the likes of Eddie Lawson and Dave Sadowski (just to name two).

Because these bikes are a favorite of RSBFS staff, we have posted quite a few – sometimes the same bike as it trades hands. Staffer Alex points out what makes these bikes so special: “The short stroke motor breathes through four 38mm flat-side Mikuni’s, five valves, hand finished porting, lightweight pistons, titanium connecting rods mated to a close ratio transmission. This results in 108RWHP at 12,500RPM.”

From the seller:
EXTREMELY RARE 1990 Yamaha Factory Superbike FZR750R OW01 12,200 miles
1 of 500 produced – Serious Inquiries Only – More information available upon request for serious buyers. Part of a Private Collection

With relatively low miles (although somewhat high for such a rare collectable), the bike looks to be in great condition. As always, we strongly recommend contacting the seller for more details and information if you are serious about this particular bike. This is especially true of Craigslist bikes due to the limited pictures and text.

The seller is asking $17,500 for this rare beauty – and if all checks out it is certainly worth that kind of money. Note that the OW01 has not risen to the level of the RC30 (yet), and as such represents a good deal in the world of WSB homologation specials. To reach out to the seller, click the link and hop over to the Craigslist advert. Good luck!


Moto Morini August 29, 2011 posted by

Italian Alternative: 1980 Moto Morini 500 Sport

Italian Alternative: 1980 Moto Morini 500 Sport

No, the average guy looking for a Ducati 1098 is not going to also consider a 31 year old Moto Morini. A connoisseur of Italian motorcycles might take more than a casual glance. I must be getting old because it used a take a full fairing and the latest and greatest to get my attention. Now, the more unique the better.

I honestly can’t put my finger on what I like about this bike. Maybe it is just its’ simplicity and maybe that is what Moto Morini was after. After doing some reading about Moto Morini the word “simplicity” came up a lot. Features include a 72 degree tandem V twin, electric and kick starting, alloy wheels and discs all around.

Who the hell put that cheesy sticker on the bike? Turns out it is a pretty cool sticker.

From the seller:

Very rare decal of a Witch on rear cowl. The story is it’s the blond-haired daughter of the company’s original owner. I’m telling you this because I almost took it off, thinking at first that the bike’s first owner had put it on there.

The “Sport” badge is another indicator that this is the real deal and not a modified 500. Makes sense to me. In her 31 years she has only covered 13,200 miles.

The rest of the details:

1980 Moto Morini 500 Sport, as seen in Cycle World two years ago. (I don’t mean generally seen in CW, I mean this actual bike.) I love this bike, but I need some eggs. All original, 13k+ miles, three owners, maybe four, but me since 1989 with an interruption for a few years. (Sold it, bought it back.) Unrestored. Normal wear and some paint chips on frame, battery acid stains on frame under battery, exhaust canister on right side is a little flattened and scraped near the end by the original owner. He’s okay. Somewhat uneven pin-striping from the factory, giving it that special 1980s Italian flavor. Herm Baver (sp) actually saw this bike with me on it. For those who don’t know, he was the MM importer located in the hills of Central Southern PA (Port Clinton. I think Hermy’s (Herdan Motors) shop is still there, don’t know if Herm is. They still have parts, as does some guy in Canada whose name fails me right now.) So Herm imported this bike too. You can tell this is an authentic Sport, not converted 500, from Witch decal on rear and plaque on triple clamp. So clip-ons are factory. I bought it from a guy in Ithaca, New York.

New battery as of this week. New tires with six miles on them. Last registered in 2008. It runs. It has an electric and kick start. But it’s also 31-years old, so don’t make this your only bike and sole transportation to work. I haven’t ridden it for two years so it could use general oiling and prep, and brake fluid change if I don’t get to it. I think I have an extra oil filter or two. No promises. It’s surprisingly light steering for having heavy wheels. The bike is very rare, but nobody seems to care. You gotta be a Moto Morini lover to want this bike. I am and I hate that I’m selling it. I’ll probably buy it back in a few years. All stock, all there, nothing missing. And pretty damn clean. The bike has always been stored in doors, which is pretty cool for a bike this age to be so well taken care of its entire life

The red frame makes the bike. Without the red frame, some of the bikes I saw looked kind of dumpy. I caught this one late so if you are interested you better figure out your bid strategy. The seller has a BIN price of $6,200. I imagine that is quite optimistic unless he finds that one Moto Morini enthusiast that just has to have it at any cost. Lets hope the reserve isn’t set too high and someone can give it a little TLC and get it back out on the road. Here she is.

It is obviously not a 500 Sport but it sounded too good not to post.


Sport Bikes For Sale August 29, 2011 posted by

Seeing Double? Yep, another Yamaha FZR 750R

Location: Winchester, Virginia
Mileage: 31,143
Price: Auction, BIN $12,000

People have said many times that bikes pop up in bunches here at RSBFS and it seems to be true. Andrew posted a rare and interesting FZR 750R and I thought “wow, won’t see one of those again anytime soon.” Wrong. Here’s another one. Andrew’s post points out the details on this fine and rare machine. Production was 200 as a homologation special by Yamaha for AMA Superbike racing. Yamaha didn’t put out any other 750 in the FZR lineup at this point. The bike features well known Yamaha features of the time – the Delta Box frame and five valve per cylinder Genesis engine.

Here’s some more pics-

Here’s the description from the seller-

This 1987 Yamaha FZR 750R is a very rare superbike. this bike, as shown in the V.I.N. number, is #101 one of only 200 superbikes imported to the USA and was a factory AMA competition model. This is not the same production bike as the more common FZR 600 or 1000 street models.

It is my understanding that Yamaha VIN number sequential digits began with number xxxx101, therefore this bike is #1, the FIRST produced.

Whats it worth? I have no idea, but I have been told the range could be from $8,000. to the mid twenties, therefore I started the bid at $8k.

Here’s what I know:
These 200 superbikes were the pre-cursor to Yamaha’s famed OW01 FZR 750RR Homologation.
There were only 200 of them made to satisfy the AMA Homologation rules
There are very few left as most of them were raced just like any other LE Homologation production model.

This bike is #101 of only 200 made for the US market. To homologate the FZR for AMA racing, Yamaha had to bring 200 street-spec 750 into this country. This bike escaped the racetrack, instead becoming a garage queen. The bike is entirely stock. Never safety wired, never put on the track.

This bike has been in our family for many years, it has been in storage and it’s time for me to let it go. The bike has new tires and a new battery. I put some fuel in it and it started right up, it sounds good and everything appears to function properly, ie. clutch, brakes, etc. The bike has normal wear and some minor fairing cracks, paint chips, etc. I can send additional photos of any area if needed.

I have a clear Virginia title in hand for the successful bidder!

So it sounds like the bike runs and has been fairly well maintained. It does look to be missing a mirror. Might want to get some more detail on that. Never been raced but does have quite a few miles on it. Certainly, 1 of 200 (I don’t know if I buy that it’s the first one- maybe someone can weigh in) is also rare. But, does all of that add up to BIN of $12,000?

The seller admits not much knowledge of worth and seems to have just picked a starting point ($8k). While it’s a cool ride, it’s not an OW01 or 02. I would argue those are more impressive and important machines, so maybe not a fair comparison. The other one posted here by Andrew doesn’t list a BIN or reserve, so hard to immediatley compare.

Bottom line: I do think this bike is cool, I don’t know if it should command the price of say a GSXR750LE. You may certainly disagree.

So while there may be debate on value, I see little debate on cool. Decide for yourself by checking this bike out.


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