Monthly Archives: October 2012

Sport Bikes For Sale October 4, 2012 posted by

1984 Yamaha RZ500/R6 Custom Hybrid WTF

Kutztown, PA – Currently $7,500 with No Reserve

In the world of RSBFS, we see all kinds of bike for sale, from homologated superbikes to grey market imports. What we don’t see too often is one-off custom bikes, especially ones that might be considered a Franken-bike. Normally I would shy away from a bike fitting that description, but this bike is different. Clearly the builder of this one had a vision and took the time to build that vision into something above and beyond.

Do you want RZ500 two-stroke awesomeness with modern R6 technology? Then look no further! Clearly the owner has spent some time on this build and it shows. I really can’t elaborate more on the build, so I will let the seller’s description do the talking:

Up for auction is my custom built legal 2 stroke sportbike. It is a marriage of the old school RZ500 and the high tech R6R Hybrid designed to provide modern handling and braking with the explosive power of the RZ500 engine.

I spent more than a year designing and constructing this motorcycle.

I am an automotive engineer and have been building (and rebuilding) street 2 strokes for more than 15 years. All work and modifications to this motorcycle have been performed by me. I built this so overall design and quality appear to be a factory OEM production bike. I have only ridden the bike enough to debug and fine tune jetting and ignition maps, approximately 50 – 100 miles.

It has spent the last several years living in my family room as a conversation piece. It is currently registered and includes PA T**le.

This is truly a one of a kind motorcycle that will attract attention and conversation wherever it goes. Below is a comprehensive list of features and modifications.

I have included many photos and a video showing all aspects of the motorcycle, please review them all, I’m sure you will not be disappointed.


  • Fully rebuilt with new (OEM Yamaha) seals, gaskets, and bearings
  • .5mm Over Bore
  • New Wiseco Pistons, rings, pins
  • New Carbon Tech reeds
  • New Mikuni TM28 Flat Slide carbs
  • New K&N Air Filters
  • New ZeelTronics Programable CDI and Power Valve Controller
  • StockPorts and heads
  • New Jim Lomas GP Style Expansion Chambers and Polished Silencers
  • Set up with functional Auto Lube


  • Modified 1984 RZ500 Frame
  • Custom built rear sub-frame
  • 2009 R6R upper fairing bracket
  • 2009 R6R Radiator
  • Oil tank under seat cowl and battery under upper fairing
  • PA TITLE!!


  • 2009 R6R Aluminum Swingarm
  • 2009 R6R Upside Down Front End
  • RZ500 Rear Shock
  • 2009 R6R Front and Rear Wheels
  • 2009 R6R Radial Front and Rear Brakes
  • New gold X-oring chain and sprockets


  • Stock RZ500 fuel tank modified with flush filler cap
  • 2009 R6R front and upper fairing
  • 209 R6R Tail section and seat
  • Koso digital instrument panel
  • Yamaha 50th Anniversary Graphics
  • Show quality PPG base and clearcoat paint – OEM 50th Anniversary “Reddish-Yellow Cocktail”

I am a pretty much perfectionist and would say this bike is perfect in every way. I have it jetted and ignition/PV maps for my riding style, but you may want to alter these based on individual preferences. There are a couple bubbles in the paint around the fuel fill, they are small and I tried to show them in the photos. I noticed the battery seemed a little weak today, but it just maybe that it hasn’t been ridden in many months.

Here’s a video of the bike as well

Bidding is already active and up to $7,500 and the reserve is gone. The bike is registered and comes with a PA title, which is always a plus for two-strokes. It’s hard to say where the price will or should go since I have nothing to compare the bike to. However, I can guess that this thing is a blast to ride and you won’t see anything else like it on the road. You can check out the full auction here and place your bid today.


Sport Bikes For Sale October 4, 2012 posted by

1991 Suzuki RGV250 (VJ22) For Sale!

Ellington, CT– 7,800mi – $3,450 with Reserve

If the NSR250 featured last week isn’t quite what you are looking for and you’re more of a Kevin Schwantz fan than a Freddy Spencer fan, then check out this quarter-liter smoker. The VJ22 features a set of upside-down forks and the always call banana style swing arm, while proving a light weight package which drives the flick-ability of these 250cc two-strokes.

This particular bike looks to be in good and semi-restored condition. The seller states that a new set of plastics have been recently added and that a set of Lucky Strike fairings come with the sale as well. It also sounds like some solid general maintenance has been done to this unit as well with fluids and brake pads to name a couple. The oil injection has been removed in favor or running a pre-mix, but should you wish to go back to injection, the setup is included. There are some blemishes and a missing spring for the kick-start, but nothing outstanding that would raise a red-flag.

More from the seller:

1991 Suzuki RGV250. Bid with confidence as this is a fine example of this rare bike. I have owned this bike for a few years and it has always performed top notch. I am selling it along with a few other rare bikes to make room for more restoration projects. Since owning it I have installed new plastics, front pads, and tires. The bike has just had a complete maintenance with new gear oil, coolant flush, brake fluids replacement,, new plugs, adjust and lube chain. Tires and brakes are in excellent condition also. It is ready to ride right now. The bike starts easily, shifts through all gears smoothly, brakes perfectly, and handles as it should, which is excellent. All lights, blinkers, and horn work. The oil injection has been disconnected and the bike runs on premix as I like the smell of Blendzall as well as preferring the dependability of premix . The original oil tanks comes with the bike and it can easily be converted back to injection. There are some minor chips on the tank that are in the photos. There is also some slight discoloration on the Suzuki tank emblems from age but hardly noticeable. One muffler has some scuff marks from a tie down while on a trailer that are shown in the photos. The kick starter fold out spring is missing and I have been using a rubber strap to hold it in place. This is NOT the spring in the engine but the tiny one on the lever itself. It can be replaced easily but I have always just used the rubber strap. The plastics are new this year and are in perfect shape. The bike shows about 12,900 Kilometers on the clock and if my math is right should be about 7,750 Miles. The bike comes with the wheel stand shown in the photos, the side stand works perfectly I just prefer the wheel stand for storage. The bike also comes with a complete brand new set of Lucky Strike plastics still in wrappers in the box. The front fairing has been taken out of it’s wrapper for the photos. I was going to do a Lucky Strike bike but never got around to it. The only thing that would be needed to make this a Lucky Strike bike is a tank repaint and emblems. This plastic set alone is a $500 value here in the States. Shipping is not included in this sale for the bike, but I will include shipping of the wheel stand and plastics to the lower 48. I will assist in shipping the bike, meaning that I will meet your shipper but will not crate or load.The bike is sold as is where is with a BILL OF SALE ONLY and a copy of myVermontregistration. For some reason Ebay won’t let me enter “Other” in the Title space so the bike does not have a title.Vermont does not title vehicles under 300CC.

This bike looks great and seems to be in proper working order. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t come with a title and only a bill of sale. But it is apparently registered inVermont. Recent maintenance is a plus and I am guessing that since the owner has had this bike for “a few years” that it isn’t a bike that was bought rough and cleaned up in order for a quick flip. You can check out the auction here and place your bid today!


Ducati October 3, 2012 posted by

September Month in Review [RC30, Dream 50, CB1, FZR600, Z1R Turbo, R65 LS, Walter Wolf, ZRX1200R, F4S, 888 SPO]

I’m a little behind here at RSBFS HQ but here are the final two weeks of review for September. You can check out the first and second week reviews as well. Take care guys,


This 1993 Ducati 888 with 992 miles failed to sell the first time with a high bid of $7700, then was relisted a 2nd time with an opening bid of $8500 and no action. It’s back on eBay now with a buy-it-now of $10k. [Live Auction | Our Post]

Ducati 888 For Sale

We had 3 Feature Listings in September and two of them sold exclusively via our website:

This 2003 Kawasaki ZRX1200R caused some raised eyebrows over it’s actual rarity, but it followed a real ELR that was posted earlier in that week. Nonetheless, it went home with a new owner for just a tick over $4k. [Closed Auction | Our Post]

ZRX1200R For Sale

In typical LanceGamma fashion, this auction reached an amazing $21k in bids before being ended early. I’m not clear on how eBay could possibly continue to tolerate this but we’ll try to keep watching these for high bids before the listing gets nerfed. [Closed Auction | Our Post]

Lance Gamma Walter Wolf For Sale

This 1984 BMW R65 LS with under 1000 miles sold for a surprising $6700. Congratulations to buyer and seller! [Closed Auction | Our Post]

BMW R65LS For Sale

This 1978 Kawasaki Z1R Turbo saw active bidding up to $17.4k and failed to sell the second time around with a buy-it-now of $18.5k. [Closed Auction | Our Post]

ZR1 For Sale

Here we have a nice and clearn 1989 Yamaha FZR600 survivor that sold for just $3k! [Closed Auction | Our Post]

1989 FZR 600 For Sale

This 89 Honda CB-1 also represents a great bargain on a survivor with a sale price of $3100. [Closed Auction | Our Post]

1989 Honda CB1 For Sale

This 1997 Honda Dream 50 also sold with a winning bid of $6600. [Closed Auction | Our Post]

Honda Dream for sale

This Honda RC30 failed to meet reserve in August with bidding reaching $26.6k. Relisted last month it failed to sell again at $28k. Of course it goes without saying that these are the crown jewel of any collection, but how much higher could it realistically sell for? I think only examples with less than 1000 miles have sold for more. [Closed Auction | Our Post]

Honda RC30 For Sale

This modified 85 Yamaha RZ500 sold for $7800. Strong money but a good deal for both buyer and seller. [Closed Auction | Our Post]

1985 Yamaha RZ500 For Sale


Morbidelli October 3, 2012 posted by

Morbid Curiosity: 1980 Morbidelli 125 VR

For Sale: 1980 Mordidelli 125 VR

Giancarlo Morbidelli is an iconic figure in motorcycle racing. Not to be confused with his son, Gianni Morbidelli (former Formula 1 driver), Giancarlo started his manufacturing concern building furniture and coach bodies for automobiles before turning to his passion: motorcycle racing. From the late 1960s through mid-1970s Morbidelli campaigned successful small-bore bikes, acquiring talent where he could (including Jorg Muller, who had designed the dominant Van Veen Kreidler machines such as this one).

In the late 1970s Morbidelli created a new factory to manufacture bikes. This time period is known as the Morbidelli-Benelli-Armi – or MBA – era, and it is during this time that customer bikes became available to accredited riders. It is from that era that this wonderful 125 VR was born and raced; it still looks quite aggressive today.

From the seller:
This is a bill of sale

This is my MBA (Morbidelli) 125 GP that I’ve owned since 1996.It was guaranteed to make 35hp, my bike was making 45hp on the dyno. The bike has an interesting history as it was previously raced in Japan. I bought this at Rick Cole auction in March 16, 1996. It was a Museum piece in Japan,that were all road racing machines. I have all of the sale info from the action (catalog, invoice, bill of sale, and more) I had Yoshinobu Kosakathe the owner of Garage Company prep the bike. I had raced it three times with American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association before they banned the bike. It was just too fast for anything on the track. On Hockenheim gearing this bike is said to be capable of 150mph! As you’re probably aware, in the hands of Pier Paulo Bianchi and some other notable riders these machines dominated the 125 GP class during the 70s and are superbly engineered, lightweight machines with many magnesium parts. If during the 70s, you wanted to ride one of these works bikes, then providing Morbidelli thought you were good enough (i.e. British Champion) they might let you buy one, it would cost you a cool £12,000 in the 70s if you weren’t a works rider. These machines very rarely surfaced for sale and no doubt I’ll regret selling. Please contact me on the numbers below if you need any other information.

I have an owner manual (Copy) new tank stickers. I am also selling the all spare parts that I have bought from around the world to keep it running. Piston, rings, needle bearings, cylinders, cylinder heads, crank, NOS clutch plates & used, hangers, jetting, NOS trans & shifting drum & forks, NOS tachometer, Gearing, NOS gasket O rings, NOS connecting rods, rotor valves and much more

I had bought all of Philippe DeLespinay parts and some of them where Factory Morbidelli. One set of cylinder, crank & Pistons are factory Morbidelli not MBA these are priceless.

Look at the photos carefully this is what goes with the bike. This will be the last time you will see one of these for sale for a long long time!

We do not see many Morbidelli models on RSBFS – and I expect this auction to go up in price very quickly. Morbidelli went on to some infamy with his 850cc V-8 motorcycle which was beautifully crafted, but it was deemed too expensive for production and ultimately is remembered as the most expensive motorcycle offered for sale according to Guinness (the record book, not the beer). That was in 2001. Today that record is held by tehe $185k MTT Turbine Superbike. Morbidelli has since created a massive museum to commemorate racing and his motorcycles; now that would be a cool vacation destination.

This auction is on right now and represents a fantastic way to get into vintage racing, vintage collectables AND a spare parts collection. The current bid is at a paltry $4,050 with reserve still in place. Check out this super-rare racer here, and let us know what you think. If it was priced right, would you give it a go?


Harley Davidson October 2, 2012 posted by

Ring A Ding HD: 1976 Harley Davidson 250RR (Aermacchi)

Ring A Ding HD:  1976 Harley Davidson 250RR (Aermacchi)


Volley balls and two strokes:  the 70’s were an interesting time for AMF Harley Davidson.  It is kind of easy to joke and poke fun but at least HD was dabbling in racing/sport bikes which is more than can be said nowadays.  Buell barely survived their fumbling and bumbling last year.  KTM should not be the only racing orange out there.  Looking through the secured and encrypted RSBFS files it looks like we’ve featured more 35o than 250 road racers from HD.


As you may know, these are HD’s with an asterisk.  There wasn’t a top secret HD two stroke development arm but instead they came off the design table at Aermacchi in Italy.  In fact, HD bought a 50 percent stake in the company.  I had trouble finding how many 250’s brought to the States; anyone know the actual number?


Mmm, naked is good.  I’ve seen several bikes come out of this work shop and they all have looked top notch.  Here is a little example.

Here is the story on his current listing:

This is a older rebuild I purchased 2 years ago for my collection. I have done the rebuild on some of the parts, such as all the hydraulics on the Scarab front calipers and master cyl. Also replaced the rear drum brake with the correct replica as the bike was missing the drum brake and was fitted with a Disc. The engine top end looks new, but I did not split the casses. All feels good and everything turns free.

Bike will come with Bill of Sale only. Please ask any question you may have and I will try and answer them.
The bike is very clean and shows well. A nice addition for a race collection, asssss only 20 of these 250`s were imported into the US.
I have the original Manual for this bike with all the settings as last raced.



That shock/swing arm setup almost looks dated for 1978.  It couldn’t have been too dated as works rider Walter Villa won three world championships on the 250.  Not that this bike needs it but it looks like Airtech makes replacement bodywork for this bike.  No end cans needed in those days.



Is the seller tempting us because the vintage festival is coming up at Barber Motorsports Park this month?  If not, I just gave you a reason to throw in a bid.


Here is the auction.





Harley Davidson October 1, 2012 posted by

What could have been: 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000

For Sale: 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000

Unless I am mistaken, RSBFS readers are pretty much a collection of homologation junkies: RC30, RC45, OW01/02, and the like. Well here is a homologation bike that we see even less frequently than the Japanese variety; a US-born bike that never make it to the top of the big league steps. This is high hopes and history all rolled up into one black and orange thundering monster. This is the H-D VR1000.

The original VR1000 concept started in 1988 between H-D and Roush racing, but it was not until late 1993 that the first racer turned a wheel in anger in competition. Despite the long gestation period, the VR1000 race bike was fraught with failure and generally underperformed. Despite being ridden by some of the best racers of the day – Miguel Duhamel, Doug Chandler, Chris Karr, Pascal Picotte, Tom Wilson and Scott Russell – the VR1000 never officially won a race. There were certainly bright spots in the program with Duhamel leading at Mid-Ohio, Carr on pole at Pomona, and Tom Wilson actually winning at Mid-Ohio (’96) before the red-flag finish reverted back to the last lap running order.

From the seller:
HD#25 VR1000

The VR1000 was the product of a Harley-Davidson skunkworks, which produced Harley’s first from-the-ground-up road-racer, using no existing Harley-Davidson parts and sourcing what it did use from outside parts suppliers, some that had no experience in racing. The project began at Roush Racing, but once a running engine was developed, it came back behind the walls at Harley.

Title will be an offroad title as this is a racebike

This bike is clearly one of the original 50 homologated streetbikes. Back in 1994 these carried an MSRP of $49,995. One sold in a Minnesota auction for $94k back in 2007, and another was on the block at a Las Vegas auction in 2011 when bidding stalled at $64k. Pound for pound these are every bit as rare and collectable as Japanese homologation material, although race victory bragging rights are generally not included.

This bike is avialable now with the current price up to $26,100 in very light bidding. The reserve is still in place (which I would expect it to be at double the current bid), so there is a long road to go for this one. For your chance to check out the pictures and the details, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Special thanks to RSBFS reader Martin who spotted this piece of Americana looking to go to a new home!


Sport Bikes For Sale October 1, 2012 posted by

Good Looking ’89 GSX-R 1100 For You!

Location: Newport Beach, California

Mileage: 45,800

Price: Auction

The GSX-R 1100 is one of the most iconic liter bikes ever built. The first generation bike generated an instant following cause, well, cause it was somewhat insane. A huge motor in a chassis that had some issues handling it. Suzuki addressed those issues and then you had a bike that just created huge power from a bullet proof motor that would live on in some form for years to come. Many people have many opinions about which versions of the 1100 were best, but I like them all.

Here’s a breakdown from the seller-

Up for sale is my 1989 Slingshot GSXR 1100 ( gsx-r 1100-k). See pictures below. This is the first the slingshots and would be a perfect for any collector or classic rider. I am hoping that any new owner of this bike will take care of  it like myself and the previous owners…there’s not a lot of these bike left in this shape.  This bike fires up faster than my Ducati and gets far more attention. When I pull up to a crowd other bikes there always a lot of questions. This bike looks like it does in the pictures and is one of the best color schemes Suzuki had on the gixxers (pearl white and blue).  

When I first purchased this bike I had spent a lot of time looking for the right gixxer 1100.  This one was well taken by it owner and had no signs of heavy abuse. The plastic and paint was in great shape (minor nicks a couple of hairlines, small scrapes and faded decals) and there were no external indications that this bike had ever been laid down while riding. I partially disassembled the bike and was surprised to see how well the original equipment had held up. The bike even has the original harness.  Even the original rubber grommets were soft and pliable…. these are usually the first to go. The plastics were all removed and minor repairs were made. The right rear seat cowling had some stress cracks and missing tabs(left as well) from where it come into contact with the relocated shock reservoir(i moved) ,the lower left cowling had a inch long crack on the inside from where it contacts the clutch cover with dechellis spacer. Other than that the few small scratches…..all repaired with marine grade epoxy. All factory colors(pearl,blue,blue) and layout were colored matched and sized exactly. Decals were then laid out and clear coated over with house of color cleared. Three stage paint job.Some of the aluminum was sandblasted and clearcoated. lots of missing or worn oem parts were replaced with stock suzuki parts.

The bike runs great and I have been using it the past couple weeks as a daily driver to work(70 miles). It has recently been service(about 500 miles ago) to dial it in(carbs,plugs,front pads,ect). Tires are new(800 d616, size 180 and 120). The bike is very stock minus a few items such as airbox,jet kit and old school yoshi pipe and rear pegs(ect). The clutch cover has a dechellis spacer(clutch upgrade)The bike pulls fast and rides well balanced down the road. It has been jetted and comes into its own after 3500rpm(its not a fan of the low rpms).  All lights and switches and electric work as they should(fuel light,neutral light,high ect) with the exception of horn, the neutral safety,kickstand has been bypassed.

Again this is a 23 year old bike and is not a fully restored museum piece…it is not perfect(Although I havnt seen a nicer old school slingshot on the road). There are a few small nicks here and there. The flaws most notable are(please see pict): One of the original left minor has some silver faking on the inside, there is a small color sanding burn on the upper fairing on the pearl but it is base is clearcoated(not real obvious unless your looking for it). there is a internal paint crack(I reinforced the back but no way to get around it with an upgraded clutch) on lower right fairing where it contacts dechellis spacer clutch cover. There is a small crack on chain cover. I have a good record on ebay and its important that there are no surprises. So please ask questions and I will answer and post them to the best of my ability. I am not a gixxer expert so if you have any comments or info on the bike I will post those as well. I reserve the right to end the auction early if the bike sell locally. Please note that the bike has a very reflective surface for photos so there are a a few of pictures that have reflections that may look like flaws such as a picture of the left side mid fairing that has a red circle marked small scuff. Only the flaw is circled….the white lines around it are only reflections… not scuffs. Thanks and good luck

Here’s only some of the many photos in the auction-

At a little over 45k, this bike has a lot of miles on it. But for all those miles, the bike looks to be in really good condition. The seller highlights some of the cosmetic issues in the photos and the bike is clearly not 100 percent stock. The pipe is a Yoshimura, which isn’t exactly a bad thing, and the chain guard isn’t stock. The seller also highlights all of the restoration work done to get the bike into this condition. It’s not a museum piece, but it’s still a good looking bike and rare to see in a mostly original and non-wrecked condition. The engines in these are known for their toughness but you’ll want to make sure the bike is solid in the maintenance department.

I love all GSX-R’s and this one is certainly good looking to me. If you want to own a classic sportbike that will turn heads, this one may be for you. To find out, check this auction!


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