Monthly Archives: March 2012

Aprilia March 31, 2012 posted by

Lost in the racing triangle? 1999 Aprilia RS125 in Bermuda

For Sale: 1999 Aprilia RS125

With apologies for the pun in the title (hey – it’s the weekend!), this little RS125 really looks like a fun track-day weapon – or an all-out assault on whatever local racing class will let you in. Yes, it is located in Bermuda. Do they even have a race track over there? Thanks to the fine folks over at the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club, I learned that the answer to the question is YES! They race at Bermuda Motorsports Park.

For the smaller or stature, this Ape is a nice alternative to the Honda 125s that are traditional fare in the smaller classes. Sure, it is not exactly right around the corner from anyone located in the U.S., but such a small package shouldn’t be THAT expensive to ship to the States… right? Any shipping experts out there ready to share some knowledge?

From the seller:
Here is a very good full race VERY FAST Aprilla RS 125 CC motorcycle for sale in very good condition, and ready to race , with Extras listed below:

3, sets extra farrings
1, tuned race power valve cylinder
2, new stock cylinders
3, race head cups
Extra rear sprockets 38 – 45
Extra front sprockets 18 – 23
Extra marchanizi race wheels wets
Extra front Brenbo break peds
Onboard computer with 3 ignition curves
Handheld computer for Curve setting
2, quick change onboard batterys
Battery Charger
Extra engine case with crank and rotary valve
Engine is in Race ready condition with all new seals and bearrings
5, new race pistons
Extra Racepipe x chamber

Back to the Bermuda connection. Check out this great video from the BMRC highlighting one of their race days. Looks like a fun small-bore motorcycle and kart track combo. Be sure and look for the foot-dragger amidst all of the 125s!

This auction is on right now and the price is relatively steep: a starting bid of $9k with reserve, and a BIN set at $15,000. Nobody ever said racing was cheap, but these Aprilias are known to be race winnners – since its debut in 1991 the RS125 (and rebranded derivatives of Gilera and Derbi) have won at least 10 championships. That is a pretty good pedigree!

For your chance to check out all the photos and info and place your own bid on this racetrack scalpel, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!!


Bimota March 30, 2012 posted by

Another one from the collection: 2000 Bimota DB4 ie

For Sale: 2000 Bimota DB4 ie

From THAT garage in Michgan comes another collectable bike with low miles. Ah, to have been able to tour through that collection before it was liquidated…. Be that as it may, today’s offering is a wonderful Bimota DB4 ie with only 1,638 miles on the clock. This bike is not as rare as some that we have seen offered out of this shop, but it is still a pretty cool ride from Rimini.

With a claimed 1,638 miles on the KM only speedometer/odometer (making this an imported bike – check for the paperwork), this DB4 is hardly broken in. Ducati air-cooled, two-valve twins have had a long history of reliability and are known for great torque. Don’t expect too much in the power department – stock these run in the 80-ish HP range – and fuel injection likely adds more convenience than performance. At least with fuel injection the carbs won’t flood the crankcase with gasoline when a needle valve sticks!

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 2000 Bimota DB4 ie (Fuel Injected). This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection.

This is one of the best driving Bimotas ever made. The fuel injection is spot on with no flat spots and the bike is very light and agile.

The condition of the bike is fantastic and is like new with only 1,638 Miles (2,637 Kilometers). It is upgraded with a Moto Corse Titanium exhaust and Moto Corse carbon fiber clutch cover. It has been stored properly in a heated and temperature controlled environment and has oil in the cylinders. It was fully serviced before going into storage mode.

The DB4 utilizes the same oval/eliptical tubing as found in the DB3 Mantra, but returned Bimota back to a serious sportbike offering (I’m really not sure how to classify the Mantra…). This is a classic shape that has all the artwork you would expect from Bimota, all of the great sounds you would expect from Ducati, all at a price that seems very un-Italian. If you are looking for either an air cooled Duc or a Bimota, this DB4 is a nice find.

Speaking of artwork, I just love the picture below. Check out the beautiful frame welds and the 17 digit VIN etched into the headstock. On most bikes this is pretty boring stuff. When you look at a Bimota, however, everything looks top notch.

This auction is going on right now, and bidders have been active. Bidding at the time of this writing is at $7,802, with reserve still in place. This seller has a history of non-sales due to high reserves in auctions, so this one will hinge on the reserve price. To check it out, including all of the great photos of this pretty bike, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!!


Honda March 29, 2012 posted by

Thirtysomething: 1990 Honda RC30

For Sale: 1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R

It must be springtime. Because besides the normal flowers and weeds that seem to spring up this time of year, drool-worthy homologation collectables are springing up in the market. We have seen more RC30s lately than normal, undoubtedly driven out by the improving weather and the improving financial promise of earlier sales.

This particular bike has traveled only 1,300 miles and change since leaving the factory. That is only 59 miles a year. Taken a different way, that could be a mere 325 laps of the famed Suzuka circuit in Japan – not that this bike appears to ever have touched a racetrack. While it has been ridden, it appears to be begging for more miles. Any wealthy volunteers?

From the seller:
1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R This bike is #3 of 300 unit production run for the American market. This bike has only 1300 miles and is in perfect, showroom condition. It is completely stock as delivered by Honda. Included are the factory stand, toolkit and manual. New battery, very recent oil and fluid service, runs perfectly.

Completely stock, low miles, great looking condition and all of the factory-supplied goodies…what more could you ask? I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that the prices on these classic racing machines has been on the rise lately. Nor do I need to tell you that these are rare, limited in numbers, and one of the most searched for bikes on the RSBFS site.

Your chance to own this Honda RC30 (serial number 3) is right now: Click the link to jump over to the auction. We caught this auction at the beginning, so we are still sitting at the opening ask of $20k with reserve in place. The last few years we have watched these bikes move from the $18-$22k range up to closer to $30k – it will be interesting to see where this one ends up. Good luck, and be sure and let us know what you think!


KTM March 29, 2012 posted by

All Austrian: 2010 KTM RC8R Red Bull Limited Edition

All Austrian:  2010 KTM RC8R Red Bull Limited Edition

If you buy strictly Austrian then this is the bike for you.  Austrian built and plastered with sponsor logos from an Austrian company.  You may or may not know but Red Bull was actually invented in Thailand and discovered by an Austrian business man who set the company and marketing in motion.  Well, the Thai founder who owned half the company just recently passed away.  Bikes and current events, what else can you ask for here on RSBFS?

If you are strictly into street bikes you may not be aware but KTM is on a serious tear in the dirt bike world.  They hired Roger Decoster and Ryan Dungey and are now serious players in Supercross (before his injury).  European motocross and enduro is their own personal playground and they have had a steady stream of innovative bikes hitting the showrooms.  Their presence in the street bike market is much more subdued with the RC8R.  They are racing the AMA series again this year but I think they are looking for top 10’s instead of podiums.  I don’t think these Red Bull limited editions exactly flew off the showroom floors,  even with their  exclusivity.  In fact,  this is the first one I can remember being sold by a private seller.

You sure as heck won’t mistake it for anything else, that is for sure.


The info:


Retail was 23,999.00 / NADA Lists this bike at 19,500.00 in average condition.

LC8 two-cylinder, enlarged oil cooler, optimised gears, displacement: 1195cc, power: 180 HP (132.4 kW) power output with optional club race kit
– 7.5 kg lightweight steel trellis frame with modified chassis geometry: caster raised by 6 mm, wheel base shortened
– WP suspension 43 millimetre upsidedown fork, TiAlNi-coated
– WP shock absorber, TiAlNi-coated piston rod
– Forged Marchesini light alloy wheels with a multi-spoke design
– Radially-mounted Brembo four-piston monoblock brake callipers with reinforced 320 millimetre brake discs
– Akrapovic Evo4 Full TI system installed.


And some video


There is obviously not a darn thing wrong with the bike.  I’m not even sure if there is a spec of dust on it.  The seller is asking $21,500 OBO.  Is he close considering the 381 miles on the bike?  I did see a couple for sale on the internets for similar prices.  Even with the low numbers produced, I have a sense the market and demand for them is a bit soft.  I’ve been wrong plenty of times though.

Click it and get your wings.





Uncategorized March 28, 2012 posted by

Where there’s smoke there’s fire: 2004 MTT Y2K Jet Turbine

For Sale: 2004 MTT Y2K Jet Turbine

Just for fun, here is a rare sport bike that will rip the headlights out of whatever you are riding enroute to its record-breaking top speed (reported to be in the 230 mph range). Go ahead and turbo charge your ‘Busa or Zx14 for all the good that it will do you. This ground missle is powered by a helicopter jet turbine. Good luck keeping up.

Besides the top speed number, everything else related to the Y2K is big. Check out that sewer pipe-sized exhaust! Forget your Termis, FBF, Leo Vince or Yoshimura slip ons. Got size envy? This Rolls Royce jet turbine needs some big pipes to breathe through on the way to its 320 shaft HP rating. Harnessing all that power is an innovative 2-speed automatic gearbox. Throttle lag is noted to be a problem at lower (i.e. street legal) speeds, but does anybody really buy one of these for the morning commute in stop and go traffic? Doubtful.

After the “push comes to shove” acceleration aspect of the MTT Y2K bike, we have pure and simple physics to deal with: a 500 pound motorcycle traveling over 2 bills requires some serious stopping power. The twin 320 mm discs and Brembo calipers look the part, but I think I would prefer some monoblocs clamping down on carbon-carbon rotors. Personally, I’m looking for the parachute release switch…..

From the seller:
MTT Y2K Jet Turbine Motorcycle – LOW MILES

World famous Y2K motorcycle in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the fastest and most expensive motorcycle in the world! One of 12 made in the world, here is your opportunity to actually own one. Mint condition, under 800 miles, polished in chrome chassis with carbon fiber wheels. Full carbon fiber body featuring a Rolls Royce c-18 helicopter jet engine equipped with full helicopter and motorcycle electronics. Easy to ride, and easy to start.

The front end of this thing has quite the bug-eyed look, but with 300+ HP on tap not too many folks will be witnessing that view. And since jet turbines are pretty versatile powerplants, they can be configured to run on a number of fuels: kerosene, diesel or even the Jet-A served by your local biz-jet accessible airport!

The Y2K bike always creates a sensation – all due to the wretched excess. That excess includes the price – new these were $175,000 – $195,000 purchases. Toys for the rich boys. The used market has helped some, as this bike is being offered for the relative bargain of $145,000 OBO (less than 1,000 miles on the odometer). Check out the auction here and then jump back and let us know what you think. If you had the cash would this be a bucket bike for you?


Ducati March 27, 2012 posted by

A Lovely Ducati 900SS in Switzerland

Our man in Switzerland is back with a new guest post for those who may be shopping in Europe. -dc

Here’s a beautiful Ducati Super Sport 900 otherwise known as the 900SS. The bike seems in great shape and this is not often the case for these models which sold quite well prior to the release of the Ducati myth model 916. As all the SS models, this has an air cooled 2 valves per cylinder engine. On the road these bikes are great fun enjoying good brakes, an excellent chassis and a torquey engine. Don’t expect much peak power (a “simple” Suzuki SV650 will have similar output) but with these Ducati’s the excitement comes from a mix of low frequency noise, smooth power delivery from low rpm and refined handling. In the right hands, driven smoothly and trying to keep momentum it will still earn its respect on a twisty road. Add to this a very reasonable comfort given by the high clip ons and there is fun and affordable Italian red.

The owner says that the aftermarket mufflers are Termignoni (as it should be on any Ducati). It has an open dry clutch cover for the pleasure of the rattle noise. The single seat is not original but I think it looks great together with the white frame….such a reminder of the much more exclusive and highly expensive at that time (1990) 851 model. The original seat, rear cowls and mufflers are obviously included in the package.


Bimota March 25, 2012 posted by

Monday Mailbag and What are You Shopping for this Spring?

Good morning! Here’s the latest submissions, Facebook spots, and reader rides to go with your morning coffee.

This week I’d like to hear what readers are shopping for this spring and see if we can’t find some good examples for the blog. Leave a comment below, no registration required.

Have a great week,


First up is a reader ride from Ayden with his 1989 Honda MC18 NSR250. Located in Santa Barbara, this bike has less thank 7k miles. Good luck with the sale!

Next up is this Bimota Tesi submitted from Peter. As with most Bimotas this one has hardly been touched with just 88 miles. Buy-it-now is at $36k.

Also in the nearly new category is this 1994 Ducati 916 with just 388 miles.

I know Rem will dig this one, a 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 with less than 10k miles. Thanks for the submission Ryan.

And here’s a complete looking Yamaha FZR400 spotted by Garrett on Craigslist for just $1850.


Yamaha March 23, 2012 posted by

Aussie Microlite: 1989 Yamaha 250 FZR-R

For Sale: 1989 Yamaha 250 FZR-R

Today’s pocket rocket comes to us courtesy of Australia. Yes, that is far, far away to procure a little bike like this. And the obvious irony is that these are not that rare Down Under, as these smaller bikes are regularly imported into the AUS/NZ region. For us North Americans looking on from afar, however, this looks like a pretty sweet piece of kit.

Despite never being officically imported into the US, RSBFS has seen quite a few of these Yammie 250s cross our pages (you can search for them here). For those of smaller stature or simply following the “less is more” mantra of sportbikes, these 250s can deliver a pretty fair punch in a small package. Nobody will confuse it with a literbike, but you also will not see yourself in the pub parking lot after a day’s ride in the twisties.

From the seller:

Here is a video of a FZR250 being ridden in anger on a track day at the Tsukuba circuit in Japan (1.27 miles long). While this is not the actual bike that is listed in the auction, it does show how a good rider can really work bigger bikes under braking:

Despite the $4,200 figure quoted by the seller above, the actual auction has a $4,300 opening ask (no takers as of yet) with a BIN of $4,600. All the numbers appear to be USD from what I can tell, making this a bit pricey compared to other 250 Fizzers we have seen. Still, its a good looking bike that is both street legal and track worthy. For more information or to contact the seller, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck and G’day!


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