Monthly Archives: July 2012

Moto Morini July 31, 2012 posted by

Stumped Again: 1990 Moto Morini Dart 400

Stumped Again:  1990 Moto Morini Dart 400

I knew from the second I saw it, I had never seen one before or knew it existed for that matter.  Moto Morini isn’t exactly a household name and this bike comes from the Cagiva ownership era from the late eighties to early nineties.  By the way, if you thought Moto Morini was long dead, think again.


How about that for some picturesque scenery?  That isn’t Indiana, this is a French bike (Chamonix, France no less! You have to ski to be impressed) listed on Ebay UK. So what the heck is a Moto Morini Dart?  It apparently was a hastily produced model to fill a middle weight hole in the Cagiva conglomerate line up.  It shares a frame and suspension with a Cagiva Frecia 125 (think early Mito).  The engine is an air cooled Moto Morini V twin.  Earlier models were 350cc.



As cool as Cagiva’s grand prix bikes were I’ve never felt the machines they produced ranked very high on build quality.  The poor Dart has stress cracks in quite a few areas.


From the seller:

Only 900 of these bikes were made of which only 200 had the 400cc motor, so it is indeed very rare. This model is in France where only 17 were ever imported, but delivery can be arranged.
The bike has a few nicks and chips which you would expect for a bike of this age. I can send more photos of the minor flaws and also some much better quality images of the whole bike (I have to dig through an old computer to find them). 

The bike still runs really well, starts no problems, no knocks or vibrations. We have a lengthy service bill which was done by a Morini specialist in Germany.

I hate to admit it but the looks are growing on me.  I see details from several bikes in its’ styling.  It’s not perfect, it’s got some miles and you won’t win any races with it but I bet you won’t see another one; no matter where you ride.

Check it out.



Aprilia July 30, 2012 posted by

Parts Bin: 1997 Aprilia RS250 Titled Roller

Parts Bin:  1997 Aprilia RS250 Titled Roller


Who’s got an RG500 engine sitting in the garage awaiting a chassis for a conversion project?  If you do, here is your chance to snag a nice, titled rolling RS250 chassis to get your project to the next stage.




Now don’t go break the piggy bank open just yet.  Do your homework first.  Each builder or backyard engineer has their own take on how to stuff a RG500 engine in a 250cc chassis.   Some cut a little here, others weld a little there, so make sure it is something you can work with.


The info:

1997 Aprilia RS250 rolling chassis for sale. The chassis has an Oregon title and registration for street use. Comes with Ohlins shock, Maxton re-valved forks. This bike was modified to accept a Suzuki RG500 motor but would be suitable for other project motor swaps such as Banshee as done by TTS.



A have a feeling there will be a bit of a bidding war towards the end of this auction due to the title.  If a RSBFS reader wins the auction I want to see pictures of the project!

Jump on in here.




Aprilia July 28, 2012 posted by

Weekend Mailbag and Laguna Seca MotoGP 2012 (RC30, RS125, Jota 1000, 888 SP4,

Hey guys,

Here’s a quick post from California with all the best of picks, suggestions, and personal bikes for sale. Mike, Jared, Rem and Dan are all here and in addition to checking out all the action at Laguna we may troll the parking lot for interesting bikes for sale too! They’ll be posted first to our Facebook page out of convenience but we’ll try to pull them all together for the site later in the week as well. Look for us in with the RSBFS logo on our backs and say hey!


Lets get things started right: Honda RC30 for sale in Costa Mesa on eBay. Currently at about $20k reserve not met with over a week to go. Maybe your MotoGP souvenir for the way home?

Dan spotted this sharp looking RS125 on eBay, with a title and just under 14k miles.

Or how about this AMAZING 1978 Laverda 1000 on ADVRider (you need to make an account to view) with less than 1500 original miles. $13k. Thanks for the forward Joe!

Jamie send us this gorgeous 1992 Ducati 888 SP4 for sale in Australia for $45k AUD.

Jeremy keeps a sharp eye on the San Francisco area ads and this one caught our eye: 1986 Honda NS400R with a reported new from Honda motor! Asking $6200 with the lowers and spares.

Yamaha July 27, 2012 posted by

Performance never gets old: 1975 Yamaha TZ700/750

For Sale: 1975 Yamaha TZ700 T750

Regardless of age, high-performance never goes out of style. And while this is a 37 year old comparative dinosaur next to many of the modern machines posted on RSBFS, it still looks fast and purposeful – and ready to rip your arms out of their sockets when it hits the pipe!

The TZ series were Yamaha customer race bikes, allowing privateers access to *almost* the same machinery as “factory sponsored” riders. The factory boys probably sat on the same base motorcycle as the privateers, but were often assisted by trick parts and the latest developmental gadgets. Still, many a professional rider turned laps on TZ machines, and their contribution to motorcycle roadracing cannot be denied. Unfortunately, very few of the racebikes survive in any period correct semblance and prices are rising fast on quality hardware.

From the seller:
YAMAHA TZ750 TZ 750 700 TZ700
Serial number 409-100118

Rare and hard to find Yamaha TZ750
The serial number indicates this TZ750 is an early 1975 model,
still with the 700cc top end.

The 1975 production began with serial number 409-100101,
indicating this bike was in the first 20 bikes produced that year.
Possibly meaning that the bike was originally assigned to a factory-supported
team in the USA, Asia or Europe.

Perhaps this bike was originally assigned to Steve Baker,
Johnny Cecotto, Gaicomo Agostini, Gene Romero, Kenny Roberts
or another factory supported rider.

Almost impossible to find with the original top end.
The 34mm Mikuni carbs are properly marked with the “409” designation,
indicating the carbs were made for the early TZ750, A, B or C

Tank equipped with a quick-fill option. The tank conversion workmanship looks to be
either factory or a VERY professional conversion.

Wire spoke wheels appear original.

Attractive paint on tank, seat and fairing.

The cases have no serial number, not unusual for a factory bike.

The providence of any racebike is often a murky affair. The seller insinuates that this bike might have been ridden by one of the greats, but that is not a documented fact. The point is that documented race history turbocharges the price on any collectable racebike. Still, this is an undeniably clean example of one of the classic GP machines of the day.

I can’t decide if this super-sano example is a $34,500 find (as per the BIN) asked by the seller, or a $20k bike with a $15k detail job – I’m not sure the last meal I ate was served on a plate this clean! Two strokes are notorious for burping out schmutz on every possible surface – which is part of their charm – so to see this bike in such a restored state is really a nice treat. Other interested parties seem to agree, as spirited bidding has taken this bike over the $22k mark with reserve still in place. Do yourself a favor and check out the pics on this one: click here to jump over to the auction. Enjoy!


Sport Bikes For Sale July 26, 2012 posted by

OW-Oh’Bitchin! 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 (OW-02)

Location: Hollister, CA

Miles: 750

Price: $25,000

Well here is something you definitely don’t see for sale everyday. The OW-02 is the kind of bike that defines a Rare Sport Bike, and this one is For Sale. Yamaha had designed the R7 to compete in WSB and given it numerous improvements. Ohlins suspension, titanium valves and con-rods, forged pistons with nickel-plated tops, an extra layer of aluminum on the frame that made it twice as stiff as an R1, and carbon fiber airbox highlight these upgrades. Yamaha was not messing around when they made these things. The R7 meant business.

This lovely R7 up for sale here has only traveled a total of 750 miles during its life. It is not stock, but it does have a Stage 1 Race kit installed. I don’t know exactly was is included in the kit, but you can be sure that the power rating is well above the stock level of 100hp. All of the stock parts and manuals are included as well.

From the seller:

Yamaha YZF-R7 for sale by original owner.

I have owned this bike from new. It has very low mileage and has only been ridden at track days, never been raced or been on the road. In excellent original condition. R7 Stage I race kit professionally installed.

Only 1200 Km (750 miles) since new.

All unused kit parts, removed original parts and manuals included in sale.

The bike is in street-legal trim and CA registered (plate removed for pictures).

For full details on this model, see the Review of the 1999 R7

UPDATE: The bike will be on display at the eBay Motors booth at the Red BullU.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend, from Friday July 27 – Sunday July 29. The booth will be located by Turn 2, the Andretti Hairpin, in the vendors area.

Considering that these bikes were an unprecedented $30k when they were brand new, I would say that this bike is a steal. Well maybe not a steal, but at $25k with ultra low miles, a race kit installed, and all the stock parts included, it is a hell of a deal. And the best part? You can venture on down to the RedBull U.S. Gran Prix this weekend and see it in person at the eBay motors booth at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca! You can bet that I will be there as will most of the other RSBFS staff members. I you see me, feel free to say “Hi”, I’ll be the guy wearing a hat and shorts… You can check out the auction here and buy this awesome R7 today!

See you at the Corckscrew!


BMW July 25, 2012 posted by

Non Italian Twin: 2003 BMW BOXER CUP Replica!

For Sale: 2003 BMW BOXER CUP

So the word is that numbered and limited edition Ducatis are not rare. After all, they made some 700 of the 998R as posted here (Make sure to read the comments on the 998R to appreciate the rest of this post! -dc). So when I was trolling for something available in fewer numbers, I stumbled across this Boxer Cup bike – number 142 of only 200 produced. What is that – a 350% improvement in rarity? And to top it off, this baby is so NOT Italian that it prefers Wienerschnitzel to pizza!

What do you do when you are a manufacturer of sporty motorcycles and you want to make a name for yourself? You go racing. Better yet, you drop big bucks and start a one make class to ensure that no matter who wins, your brand is at the front. That is really what the Boxer Cup was all about – and while it was a good marketing exercise for BMW, the close racing was fantastic for the fans. It most certainly did not hurt when such names as Randy Mamola and Kevin Schwantz took part in the series!

From the seller:
Motor Co. Inc. is very proud to offer this very rare and collectible 2003 BMW R1100 Boxer Cup Replika to the public. #142 of only 200 produced this bike was a collector piece before it was assembled! We have serviced the bike and it is ready to go today. All of the documentation is included, the badges, certificate of authenticity, both keys, etc. Don’t miss this opportunity! Look at the pictures, come see it, this is the one you want! Bike has never been down and is exactly as it appears in the photos.

The Boxer Cup replica bikes were really just paint and styling excercises intended to cash in on the marketing offered by the Boxer Cup race series. There are the obvious Boxer Cup graphics, including Randy Mamola’s signature across the fairing. There are some nice touches such as the carbon valve covers, complete with sliders – but nothing really significant over and above the already strong R1100 Sport it was based upon.

If being more rare than the next guy is your thing, here is your way to get back at the Ducati snob-set. With 350% more rare-ness than a 998R and a bigger signature on the fairing than those puny RZ350s, this Boxer Cup replica is your ticket to the rare leagues! The best part is it probably won’t break the bank. For more information and pictures, click the link and check out the auction. Good Luck!


Sport Bikes For Sale July 24, 2012 posted by

Gamma Power! 1986 Suzuki RG500 For Sale

Location: Merritt, BC, Canada

Miles: 10,343mi (16,645km)

Price: Starting at $12,000 (No Reserve)

I don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing RG500’s for sale. With a 95hp two-stroke square four engine and a light weight package, what is not to love? The 500cc two-stroke represents something very cool and unique in my book and the Gamma would definitely be my weapon of choice.

I should be no surprise that this one hails from America’s Hat (Canada) as do a lot of the smoker’s we see for sale. Maple syrup and two-strokes? Where is my passport… I digress, this bike is not a minty fresh Gamma, as it has seen a low speed lay-down in its past. But the seller highlights that fairings have been replaced to bring it back to better condition. Miles aren’t super low either, but also not super high.

From the seller:

I’m regretfully selling my 86 RG500, time to move on. I am the 3rd owner. First owner sold it to my good friend in 87 with less than 1500 miles. My friend owned it till about 09 when he sold it to me. When I purchased it it had about 9200miles it now has 16645 km’s or 10343 miles. The bike has had a few paint touch ups over the years to fix flaws or minor wear, my friend was VERY anal.

I had a rt side lowside at about 25mph and damaged the upper and mid panel along with the rt mirror, muffler, turn signal and clutch lever. All where replaced with new OEM Suzuki parts with exception of the muffler which I found on Ebay. The muffler is in really nice shape.

The bike has always been stored indoors and all the black plastic is very nice with no oxidation or dryness. I do not have the rear seat for the bike, sorry,

This is a very clean original RG, NO modifications whatsoever, stock right down to the grips. When people see it they cannot believe it is almost 27 years old.

The deficiencies are as per the photos:

RT adjuster on fork, cracked.
Rear fender has a small broken piece.
Rt turn signal holder was cracker so it is epoxied to repair. I would carefully paint this but I want this revealed in the spirit of honesty.
Small scrape on rt side of belly pan, Otherwise, the belly pan is in overall good shape.

To me, this is one of those “just right” bikes. Not too pristine to ride. Not too thrashed to be a lost cause. The seller does disclose some imperfections and close-ups of such. Full disclosure is always appreciated. We have seen a decent amount of RG500’s for sale in the last year, and prices are only going up. The seller has set the opening bid at $12k, which is probably close to the max this bike would command. However, I would be surprised if it didn’t sell at this mark. You can check out the auction here and place your bid today!


Ducati July 23, 2012 posted by

Ducati 900 SS Superlight (in Germany)

Among the Ducati special editions, the Superlight also known as SL, was the name given to the 900 SS model of the early 90s.

In those years the 851-888 and the respective SP (Sport Production) models represented the cream of Ducati sport models. The 900 SS/SL was a more affordable model. It did share few components with the 851 but it was really a different motorbike. Yet, to give it a special flare, a few lighter bits were introduced like Marvic wheels, a front carbon fiber mudguard, a single seat unit (very similar in shape to those of the SPs) and upward exhaust.

It is actually not so common to come across an SL. Recently a yellow one and now it is the turn for this more classic red model spotted in Germany. The bike looks to be in pretty good condition. It was imported from Italy in 1998.

The power output of these bikes is not comparable to the 851-888 Superbike versions, but nevertheless the 900SS/SL are a fun tool on the everyday road. And they sound good too (here’s one from Japan with Termignoni mufflers):

The model found in Germany had 3 previous owners and apart form the tinted windscreen and the threaded steel clutch and brake cables, it is in original condition. With 41000 km on the clock it is on sale on eBay at the link below.

The current bid is 2300 Eur but expect this to go significantly higher.

Ducati 900 SS Superlight for sale on


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