Monthly Archives: February 2013

Bimota February 28, 2013 posted by

2008 Bimota DB5R in New York

2008 Bimota DB5R For Sale

While better respected for it’s chassis and suspension rather than it’s Ducati 1100DS motor, everyone agrees it’s beautiful piece of Italian artwork. As with most Bimota’s that come up for sale, this one is practically brand new with just 91 miles. Original MSRP was $36k, but the buy-it-now on this example is set at “just” $21k. Bidding is up to $18k with about a day remaining, but reserve has not quite been met yet.

2008 Bimota DB5R For Sale on eBay


quote from seller:

Last of the DB5R’s brought to the U.S. Fairings are all carbon fiber (even the painted parts), CNC machined billet aluminum parts and Chrome alloy trellis frame. OZ racing wheels. Ducati 1100DS engine and drive train. Fast and light (417#’s wet). Suspension is everything you’ve heard on this hand built beauty.


Laverda February 28, 2013 posted by

Stunning 1999 Laverda 750S Formula $6000

1999 Laverda 750S Formula For Sale

While fantasy shopping on nearby Craigslist sites I happened upon this gorgeous 750 Sport Formula. This is the second one we’ve seen in just a couple of months, and also at $6000. But this one has just 1000 miles and from the pictures it sure looks it. It’s listed on both SF Craigslist and Medford Craigslist.


From the comments on the one we posted in December, “these bikes are awesome, and their so called “lack of power” wasn’t an issue due to the “inzane” handling characteristics. One of the first bikes I ever rode with a gravity gas tank/fake airbox cover. The handling improved as the gas level went down because the center of gravity kept reducing. Top it off with Termignoni exhausts, marchisini wheels and paoli shocks and beautiful paint, they are still just pure lust and awesomely cool. These formula versions were the hotted up versions of the 750s that were a bit flat below 4rpm but easily fixed with a chip upgrade. ”

Well said Martin!



from the seller:

Rare 1999 Laverda 750S formula. Only 75 imported. Showroom condition. Always kept indoors. Termignoni factory racing exhaust. Only alittle over 1000 miles. Complete shop manual. Great collectors bike. Asking $6000.00

Sport Bikes For Sale February 27, 2013 posted by

1987 Yamaha FZR750R Genesis For Sale

Metuchen, NJ – 5,769mi – $5,200 Reserve not met

87FZR750R_14 We all know that the Yamaha FZR750R (OW-01) is highly collectible and low production homologated special that doesn’t come up for sale often. Because of this, that bike is pure unobtanium for 99% of people. The precursor to the OW01, the FZR750R Genesis, is however more attainable and not quite as rare. Granted, you don’t see these popping up for sale with as much frequency as the rest of the FZR line, but they do present an opportunity to ride something rare, cool, and a fraction of the price of the OW01.


The FZR750R Genesis featured a 106hp engine and Yamaha’s DeltaBox frame which was advanced for street use at the time. The FZR750R was homologated for AMA racing and only 200 examples were made, which actually means less available than the OW01. The last digits of the VIN on this one shows “266”, so I am not exactly sure what implications that has as to production numbers. The bike for sale here is very clean with less than 6k on the clock. The only modification is the Yoshimura pipe and the original is included with the sale.



From the seller:

This auction is for a 1987 Yamaha FZR 750 RT. This motorcycle has some historical significance as it was the precursor to the phenomenal FZR750RR (OW01). To homologate the FZR 750 RT for AMA racing, Yamaha had to import 200 street-spec 750’s This is one of those 200 made for the US market. This machine has less than 6K miles on it and it is in immaculate condition. There are no notable scratches, scuffs, dents, dings, etc… It is as perfect as it can be; and I don’t hesitate to say it is truly in museum quality condition. Many of these motorcycles ended up on the racetrack, but this one has never been raced, crashed or abused in anyway. This machine has spent the vast majority of its life being stored in a showroom. After I purchased this machine, I rode it about once every two months on a 20 mile loop to go through the gears. There were absolutely no mechanical issues and it operated perfectly. I had no problems with the engine, transmission, clutch, brakes, exhaust, electrical system, etc… The bike has always been stored in a climate controlled environment and I’ve never ridden it in inclement weather. Given the number of motorcycles I had, I took the motorcycle to the local dealer and prepped it for long term storage about 2 ½ years ago. It’s been sitting in my den since. With the exception of the exhaust, the machine is 100% stock. I do however have the original exhaust and it is included in this auction; as are various other miscellaneous parts and documents. I believe I possibly have several oil filters, sparkplugs, handlebar grips, owner’s manual, etc.. I’d have to go into my storage area to get a complete list. While I consider this machine as very special, I’ve enjoyed owning it and believe it’s time to let someone else include it in their collection.

Asking prices for these bikes were around $5k a couple of years ago, but given that the market for clean vintage sport bikes is always on the rise combined with the fact that these really don’t show up often and in this condition, I would say that $6k-$7k isn’t unreasonable. I would be all over this bike if it was closer and I had the cash on hand. I got a feeling this is going to be one of those future collectibles that will become increasingly harder to come by. If you feel the same way, then jump over to the auction here and have a look.


Suzuki February 27, 2013 posted by

2002 Suzuki TL1000R: A Lot of Bike For the Money

Suzuki TL1000R For Sale

While not a very well respected machine, it’s hard to argue the value for money when one considers the TL1000R. Having only been produced for 5 years, and not a huge sales success at the showroom, these survivors will get more and more rare. This one has nearly 29k miles but the owner demonstrates that he is an enthusiast and mechanically capable with his description. With a current bid of $3050 and no reserve, this one is going to sell. Good luck to buyer and seller!


2002 Suzuki TL1000R For Sale on eBay




seller’s description:

You are bidding on a used 2002 Suzuki TL1000R. The bike starts right up every time and runs great. It is completely ready to ride and is in excellent condition. You won’t be disappointed when you see it.

I require a PayPal deposit of $500 within 48 hours of the sale and the balance in cash. It can be picked up in Montgomery IL, or I will deliver it within a 200 mile radius if you pay for the gas for my F150 4×4 which isn’t exactly cheap.

I don’t ride wheelies or anything like that (except on my pit bike) and I don’t take it on the track or drag strip. The bike has never been down. I am the second owner and I have had the bike since 2008. I change the oil and filter and perform the other required maintenance religiously.

There are very minor scuffs on the tail fairing near the cargo hooks. I always use masking tape if I bungee anything to it but they still happened. They are not noticeable. The tank is virtually flawless. The paint looks great with no swirl marks or oxidation. There are about two minor scratches on the right side fairing due to an errant piece of retread flying off a semi on the highway. See the pics – they are not noticeable. The heel guards show their age but they are easily replaceable or paintable back to the stock finish. The tail hump was knocked onto the ground when the bike was at rest and it has a few relatively minor scratches. You can still buy the tail hump new from Suzuki with matching paint and stickers already installed for around $200. Pictures don’t due this bike justice but I will be happy to email you more if you want.

I have been riding and wrenching on bikes since I was 10 and I worked as a motorcycle parts manager for five years. I currently work in the service department for a CAT dealership so at the risk of sounding arrogant I will say that I know my engines and vehicles. I do all my own work and I perform all the required maintenance per the schedule in the owner’s manual. Electronic copies of the service manual and the Suzuki competition service manual are included. So is the original owner’s manual and all of the stock parts I removed from it. I am the second owner and I bought it off of Ebay five years ago when it had about 8,100 miles. The first owner took great care of it and there are virtually no cosmetic defects with the bike at all. The motor has zero issues and it runs very strong.

I installed a set of Two Brothers Racing carbon fiber M4 slip-ons last summer and they are in as good as new condition. They don’t have the slightest scratch or anything on them. They are fairly loud but they sound great. Very deep and throaty. I get compliments from everyone from Harley riders to sportbike guys. They retail for $895. If you don’t want them I will reduce the total price by $400 after you win the auction and I’ll install the stockers. The stock exhaust is in great shape and it is included either way. I have the passenger seat and the matching tail hump. I have a TRE (Timing retard eliminator) switch installed on the bike because Suzuki decided that it had too much power at low rpm in the first three gears and they de-tuned it by retarding the ignition timing up to 6,000 rpm. The switch eliminates that by fooling the ECM into thinking the bike is always in sixth gear and allowing it to have full power. When it is in neutral the switch I have maintains the factory neutral ignition and fuel maps, which is a good thing. It also has the stock air box damper doors removed. They severely restricted the air flow to the airbox below 4,000 rpm. It runs and sounds much better and the slight flat spot at mid rpm is gone. I removed the PAIR valves which only serve to take fresh air from the airbox and inject it into the exhaust to allow the bike to pass federal emissions. It saved about 5 pounds and they can’t leak and cause it to backfire which can happen. The clutch pushrod seal is known to leak but I replaced it and the pushrod this spring with the SV1000 version which is better. It also got new plugs, new coolant, new brake and clutch fluid, and new brake pads this spring. I change the oil and filter every 3000 miles with high quality conventional oil. Every modification I did is easily reversible if you want and I’ll be happy to talk you through it or whatever. Other than that it is stock.

If you don’t know anything about this bike it is a high performance V-twin that was designed to compete with 750cc 4-cylinder bikes in the AMA roadracing class in the late nineties. The rules at the time allowed up to 1000cc’s for a V-twin while 4-cylinders were limited to 750cc’s. It has a cult following for good reason. Yes it is a little heavy and big and the suspension could be better, but it will ride circles around all but the best riders on newer bikes if you know what you are doing. The engine has the torque you would expect from a big V-twin but it also has a great top end rush unlike most V-twins. When I worked at the dealership I was able to sample all of the used bikes and I rode almost everything out there. This is still my favorite bike to ride even compared to newer Ducatis and stuff like that.


I am in a hurry to sell this bike or I would have addressed these issues. It could use new front brake pads. I installed standard EBC pads and I don’t like them. They are grabby but they will stop the bike as fast as you need them to. It will still stand up on the front wheel (I don’t ride like that) if you need it to. I’ve been riding it like this for a few months and I’m used to it but you will notice it. The bike has 28,500 miles on it and there are minor rock chips on the face of the front fairing. The rear Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tire is getting there but you can probably get another year out of it depending on how much you ride. The matching front is in great shape. The clutch switch is wearing out so you occasionally have to release the lever and pull it back in before it will let the motor turn over. This part is cheap and it is a 10 minute fix. It happens about once every 20 rides and it always starts.

Ducati February 26, 2013 posted by

Overdue Mailbag, End of February 2013 Edition [750SS, FZR600, RG500, VFR750]

Hey guys, thanks for your patience. Here are the latest from you via email and Facebook that are still active. Good luck to buyers and sellers!


Dan spotted this refreshed Ducati 750SS for just $4500. Not bad compared to the $7k+ 900SS we featured earlier.


Michael spots this 1990 Yamaha FZR600 For Sale in Ohio for just $2700 with no downs. The pink windscreen will be cheap to replace and awesome in the meantime!

1990 Yamaha FZR600 For Sale

Scott sends us this 1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale in Florida for $14350 on Craigslist.

1986 Suzuki RG500 For Sale

Brian shoots us this 94 Honda VFR750 with under a 1k miles. I think I’ve put that many miles on my buddy’s bike and I don’t even own it. $7500 is obviously on the high end but if I was in the market for a touring bike and was sick of seeing examples start in five figures I’d be all over this.

1994 Honda VFR750 For Sale

MV Agusta February 25, 2013 posted by

Precious Metal: MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro – New (in Germany)

After the Ducati 916 was launched it was very difficult to imagine another motorbike that could be as beautiful. A few years later though, Massimo Tamburini thought to combine the incredibly sexy lines of his previous creation with a 4 cylinder inline motor to re-launch one of the most iconic motorcycle brands in history: the MV Agusta. The return of the brand on the market had to be something spectacular and so in 1999 the F4 750 Serie Oro was born. Built to 300 examples it features the finest of raw materials: Magnesium was used for all cast parts (excluding the tubular steel frame), carbon fiber was used for all otherwise ABS made parts (fairing, seat cowl and even the fuel tank)

mvoro_003 mvoro_012

The bike featured also a number of innovations, some of them technical (like the radial valves) and some of them aesthetic (like the amazing organ pipes exhaust built by Arrow as a tier 1 to MV).


It was originally sold in Germany for 72000 DM (Deutsche Mark) about 36000 of modern days Euros. In this sense the fixed price set at 29000 Euro for this brand new Nr. 155/300 is almost cheap…



This bike is clearly coming from a collection and probably deserves to find another warm and comfortable heated room to be shown off. I mean loot at the tyres :



If you are into the carbon fetish you might want to check the gallery below as well:

I used to own a more standard EVO3 and boy what a beautiful sound it had. It was too heavy though, but I guess that all this magnesium and CFK will make the riding experience differnt.

Check out this sale on by clicking the link below:

MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro


Sport Bikes For Sale February 25, 2013 posted by

California Kat: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000


Quick – look at the pictures. Do you spot the rare bike? I’m beginning to doubt the rarity of these post-disco, pre-grunge “it came from the 80s” Suzuki Katanas. RSBFS went for ages without posting a single one, and then BANG! we suddenly find several. Such are the risks associated with bringing you the best of the rare bikes available on the internet; sometimes it is an HRC RC30, sometimes it is a Neiman Marcus “limited edition” offering, and sometimes it is something in between, like this 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000.


Designed by Hans Muth, the futuristic styling assured Suzuki of instant recognition and plenty of press. But the big Katana was perhaps too ahead of it’s time – and the bold angles and “big block” approach to power was already past; just around the corner the Ninja waited to change the game completely….


From the seller:
1982 Suzuki Katana 1000, all stock, 8476 original miles.
Clean title, original Tool kit, owners manual, all original keys. Original seat in photo, new seat from Suzuki also included.

New fork seals, progressive springs installed, anti-dive units replaced with block-off plates, anti-dive units included in sale.

Chrome and brightwork on engine is excellent. Everything works. No oil leaks.
Original exhaust. Black chrome in great condition, no pitting, very shiny. There are some scratches on the bottom right side exhaust shown in picture.

I replaced gas tank and fairing. Originals are included in sale. All work done by Suzuki dealer. engine #GS10X102258.

Bike looks, runs and rides excellent.


Whether you are buying to ride or buying to invest, you might want to take note. Complete Katanas in first year colors and complete with the stock seat, body panels and black chrome exhaust are becoming more and more rare. If unmolested is what grabs your eye, then you might wish to stare at this one for a while. It is certainly not perfect, but has seemed to survive the drag bike turned rat bike status of less fortunate machines.


Your chance to own this piece of stylistic history is now. This bike is located in the sunny State of California, and the auction has just begun. The opening ask is a bit high at $6,000, but Katanas in this condition will pass that mark at auction these days. There is a reserve in place as well, so time will tell us how high this seller hopes to go. Check out all of the info and pictures here. Good Luck!!


Sport Bikes For Sale February 25, 2013 posted by

Little Quickie: 1980 Yamaha TZ125 GP Racebike

Not too much available on this one in terms of pictures or spec. However given the interest show in the last few 125s we’ve posted this month, I thought this one deserved at least a quick glance. Looks to be a lot of fun for not much scratch if you fit, and if you don’t this thing is cheaper than building your own home gym; lose the weight and you get to race!


From the seller:
For Sale is a 1980 Yamaha TZ125. This is a very rare race bike as the 125cc class was not very popular, hence there are not alot of bikes out there. This is the first year of water cooling for Yamaha which was a huge stepping stone for the Yamaha two-stroke program. This engine is very similar to the YZ125 dirt bike. I have only ever seen one in the United States. I have what I believe is a realistic reserve based on the rarity of this item. Bike does not run at this time, it is bump start only and is in need of professional restoration. I cannot do this bike justice and have been searching for parts for years. I doo not have the resources that a professional would. Bike is not completely original as rider upgrades have been made. Bike originally came with spoke wheels and obviously they are not with the bike, other upgrades have been made as well. Bike does not come with a title as it is RACE ONLY. Bike comes with two owners manuals, one nice and one well thumbed, as well as an authentic Yamaha micro-fiche for part numbers.


Here is a fun video of a TZ125 (not this bike) playing around at at track day. Ten minutes of this hooligan foolishness was enough to make me want to buy one!

Located in Florida this bike has a BIN price of only $4,000. Depending on the condition of the rest of the components (age of motor, seals, gearbox, etc) that could be a pretty good deal. It could also turn into a complete redo. It’s great to see these 125 racers coming up on the market – let’s ensure that the two stroke sound continues to ring down pit lane for as long as we can! Click here to jump to the auction and check out the details.


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