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Honda February 10, 2013 posted by

Minty ’90 Honda CBR600F (Or Hurricane!)

Location: Youngstown, Ohio   Mileage: 17,000   Price: $2,500 BIN

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Here we have clean example of the first generation CBR600 from Honda. By 1990 Honda had unfortunately dropped the Hurricane name that came on previous 600’s, like my ’88 model. The Hurricane name is way cooler than the CBR designation and I keep waiting for Honda to pull collective heads out of their asses and bring it back. But I’m guessing I will continue to wait.

The current 600RR is a great six hundred and this thing doesn’t have near the performance as the current model, but back in the day the CBR600 was a groundbreaking machine. It helped open the door for today’s bikes and is a legend in the sportbike world.

Here’s the seller’s info-

1990 CBR 600F  OWNED SINCE 2007 , PAMPERED AND KEPT IN CLIMATE CONTROLLED STORAGE , RUNS EXCELLENT, NEW METZELER TIRES JUST INSTALLED, NEEDS NOTHING, 17000 MILES

EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF AN EARLY CBR THAT IS BOUND TO APPRECIATE IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS

It all began back in 1987, when the Honda Hurricane 600 swept across the sport bike landscape, blowing away every other machine in the middleweight class. This first CBR600, a truly revolutionary machine, instantly elevated class standards to unseen heights, establishing performance credentials so impressive they would remain firmly entrenched as bedrock benchmarks. 

How effective was this first CBR600F? In 1987 the 600 SuperSport class also made its debut on tracks all around America, and the CBR600F won all nine races that year—a clean sweep. The next quarter century would see ongoing technical innovations as the CBR600 evolved, and each successive iteration continued to garner impressive magazine reviews, sales figures and racing results the world over. 

CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS

And photos-

This thing looks pretty much bone stock outside of the exhaust. The mileage isn’t too bad and the seller claims it has been very well maintained. Obviously with the age you want to be sure it runs strong and there are no outstanding issues. But this looks to be a very clean, excellent example of the first generation CBR. Rare indeed.

The BIN on this bike is $2500 and I will say this: If the bike is as advertised, you would be crazy not to buy it. It’s just that simple.

If you got the cash, check this bike out!

-RN

Garelli February 8, 2013 posted by

Track Day Chicken Chaser: 1988 Garelli 125 cc Grand Prix

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What’s the point of chasing chickens if you can’t catch them? Garelli asked themselves the same question during the 1988 racing season. In fact, they asked a LOT of questions. Having won the 125 class from 1982 – 1987, the 1988 season was a bit of a disappointment. The much heralded – but very tempermental – monocoque chassis developed by Garelli failed to produce results. In an effort to salvage what they could, Garelli experimented with other chassis brands as well as copying and modifying chassis elements. This particular bike is actually a Honda RS125.

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From the seller:
Just like that of Garelli’s ill-starred 250, the 125’s rigid monocoque was the target of criticism. The team tried a stock Honda RS125 twin-spar chassis at Assen and also a Moretti frame that looked a lot like a Yamaha TZ250 Deltabox (see Lot 6). Carrying the Garelli frame number ‘AG 125M 002’, the machine offered here represents the Honda RS125 rolling chassis that was tried experimentally during the 1988 season.
Driver was Luis Miguel Reyes, Grand Prix moto 125 cm3 Assen 1988

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While searching for clues on this particular bike, I stumbled across the Bonhams auction site and discovered that this particular item had crossed the auction block earlier this month as part of a French auction of Garelli Grand Prix machines (see photos from Bonhams posted in the gallery below). I also discovered (if it was not made clear in the seller’s description) that this particular offering consists of the rolling chassis only.

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The lack of engine and trans might make it perfect for the collector who wishes to hoist this bike on a wall or park it in a living room, den or man cave. If you are intent on chasing – and beating – some chickens, however, you will have some work to do. Still, this is a pretty neat piece of history even if you can’t fold yourself in half and ride it.

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The seller has an opening ask of $5,000 USD, with a BIN of $10,000. At Bonhams this lot sold for approximately $6,500 USD. The bike is located in France, so be sure and factor in transportation costs if you are interested. And as always, make sure you do your homework beforehand so you know what is included in the sale. Good luck, and happy chicken chasing!

MI

Aprilia February 8, 2013 posted by

Street Legal Chicken Chaser: 2009 Aprilia RS125 in Florida

2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale

A certain RSBFS superfan dubbed these tiny 2 strokes as “Chicken Chasers” and the name has stuck for us. While all of us wanted one of these when they were finally available here in the U.S., not being street legal made them a track day fantasy for most. If you’re not a dedicated track junkie, it was hard to justify the price for a bike you couldn’t fool around on public roads every weekend. But this one is different as it is plated, and having only 170 miles, it’s a second chance to reconsider if this is a modern two stroke for you. I know it’s not for everyone, but for those who want to blast to the store for a six pack and on the way feel like you’ve worked the bike hard within legal limits, this is a really fun one to consider.


2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale on eBay

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From the seller (converted to lowercase for your reading pleasure):

YOU ARE LOOKING AT A STREET LEGAL, FLORIDA TITLED, FLORIDA TAGGED, 280 LB., APRILIA RS125 2 STROKE WITH 170 MILES. THIS BIKE IS ABSOLUTELY SHOWROOM NEW AND IS READY TO RIDE ON YOUR LOCAL TWISTYS THANKS TO AN OFFICIAL $1000 EUROPEAN WIRING HARNESS. ALL LIGHTS NOW WORK ( HIGH BEAM, HEAD LIGHT, BRAKE LIGHT, F&R TURN SIGNALS, LICENSE PLATE LIGHT AND HORN) YOU WILL NEED TO BUY 4 TURN SIGNALS AND MIRRORS IF YOU WANT THEM AS I THOUGHT IT TOOK AWAY FROM THE LOOKS OF THE BIKE SO I DIDN’T INSTALL ANY. THERE ARE CARBON FIBER BLANKING PLATES THAT ARE EASILY REMOVED FOR THE TURN SIGNAL AND MIRROR LOCATIONS PER THE PICTURES. THIS APRILIA RS125 ALSO COMES WITH SWING ARM BOBBINS, REAR STAND AND THE ORIGINAL WIRING HARNESS INCASE YOU WANT TO CONVERT IT BACK TO A COMPETITION ONLY BIKE. I ALSO INSTALLED AN ARROW CARBON/ KEVLAR PERFORMANCE EXHAUST WITH A LIGHT WEIGHT ALUMINUM HANGER. AS I HAVE SAID THIS BIKE IS BRAND NEW WITH 170 MILES ON IT AND READY FOR YOUR LOCAL ROADS, BE ONE OF THE FEW WITH A 2 STROKE IN YOUR AREA IF NOT THE ONLY ONE. YOU WON’T PASS ANOTHER ON YOUR STREET I CAN ALMOST GUARANTEE IT, MOST OF THESE BIKES WERE USED FOR RACING AND TRACK DAY EVENTS AS IT IS VERY COSTLY AND DIFFICULT TO FIND THESE STREET WIRING HARNESSES FROM EUROPE. I HAVE A BUY IT NOW OF $6,500 JUST TRYING TO COVER MY OVERALL INVESTMENT. REMEMBER THIS IS A 2009 STREET LEGAL 2 STROKE, ADD THIS BIKE TO YOUR STABLE AND HAVE SOME 2 STROKE FUN, YOU WON’T BE DISSAPOINTED. BUYER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING AND ARRANGING LOCAL PICK UP OR FREIGHT PICK UP. GOOD LUCK BIDDING AND PLEASE CHECK OUT MY POSITIVE FEEDBACK FOR CONFIDENT BUYING. THIS BIKE IS MINT. THANKS FOR LOOKING.

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Honda February 7, 2013 posted by

One of the Most Coveted Bikes in the Rare Sport Bike Universe: 1990 Honda RC30

 Englewood, CO – 7,102 miles – $20K opening bid

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It’s been a few minutes since the last time we saw an RC30 for sale here in the States, and this one comes to us from Colorado. In 1987, the VFR750R was only produced for the Japanese market and featured a restricted 77hp motor. 1,000 of these JDM units were produced and are distinguished by their smaller diameter headlights and black mirrors. The RC30 was produced for other markets around the world in 1988 and 1989 and had a claimed 112hp engine. These bikes featured the “VFR750R” branding on the tail as well as larger diameter headlamps and white mirrors. In 1990, the U.S. received the RC30 with about 86hp on tap for the 49-state model (which features a “0” in the 8th position of the VIN). The California model (which is identified by a “1” in the 8th position of the VIN) was more restricted and had a low lift cam and softer valve springs while redlining at 12,000 rpm (12,500 rpm redline for the rest of the U.S. models). The U.S. version is also distinguished by the “RC30” decal on the tail versus the “VFR750R” seen on non-U.S. models. It also appears that the U.S. version had the red Honda wing logo on the tank as opposed to the gold logo for foreign bikes. As a side note, there were some bikes made for the UK market in 1990, so the U.S. was not the only place to receive the 1990 model year.

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Now that we are refreshed on the RC30, we move onto the bike for sale here. The 8th spot on the VIN is a zero, so it would indicate that this is the 49-state model. Interestingly, the frame was apparently replaced by Honda under warranty and will come with the original frame. This was also a fairing-off professional resto. The bike looks great, however I would like to know more details as to what exactly was done and how in depth the restoration was. The seller does point out two small drilled holes in the side of the fairing that looked like they were used to mount something.

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From the seller:

Up for auction is a super rare and gorgeous 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30. This bike was a fairing off professional restore and looks great. Tank is original, it was not restored and has original paint. Only 7102 miles on the odometer. The pictures say it all. Only flaw that is seen is the two small holes that are in the fairing, this looks to have been a mounting point for something, but is not currently being used.

Bike has never been wrecked, but it does not have the original frame, the original frame was replaced by Honda under warranty. We do have the original frame that will go with the bike upon sale and all paperwork re-confirming the replacement.

Own a fine example and piece of history!

There you go. Another clean example of one of the most coveted bikes in the Rare Sport Bike Universe. These have been consistently pulling process in the mid $20k range and sometimes close to $30k. I would say that the opening bid for this bike is fair and will be interesting to see where it goes. You can take a look at the auction here and place your bid today!

-JS

Suzuki February 7, 2013 posted by

Old School: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

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When this first year, 1000cc Katana showed up on eBay, I knew it was perfect for the RSBFS faithful. Who doesn’t like a classic survivor like this? Built to be the baddest road rocket of the day, the Katana still turns heads with its knife-edge styling and purposeful looks.

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This particular bike does not appear to be a museum piece. With a claimed 3,325 miles on the clock the bike has certainly not been ridden much. The pictures show that all the right pieces are there, and it still sports the original (and getting hard to find) exhaust system. The best part for collectors is that it looks to be original and unrestored. In short, it appears to be used but otherwise in great condition for its age.

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From the seller:
WE HAVE HERE A 1982 SUZUKI KATANA 1000CC GSX100SZ, GS1000SZ. IN OVERALL PRETTY DECENT CONDITION. GUAGES WORK EXCELLENT AND HAVE NO BROKEN NEEDLES, ALL LIGHTS WORK, EVERY PART IS ORIGINAL THE AIRBOX,PIPES, HAVE NEVER BEEN MODIFIED IN ANYWAY. PIPES ARE IN AWESOME CONDITION WITH NO SCRATCHS ON THEM. JUST SERVICED VALVES AND CARBS. WITH A BIG CLEAN UP AND MINIMAL TIME THIS WOULD BE ONE OF THE NICEST KATANA 1000’S LEFT. TITLE IS CLEAR AND READY TO GO.

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This bad boy has the torque to spank most smokers in the real world, and does it the old fashioned way: with cubes. Although Suzuki would increase the capacity to 1,100cc in the next model year, the ’82 bike is still no slouch. The GS-derived motor with its Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers (TSCC: another great acronym from the 80s!) was the powerhouse of the day.

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Katanas are getting harder to find in reasonable condition. This one certainly fits that bill – and then some. This auction just opened and bidding was up to a scant $3,300 at the time of this writing. I would expect this one to go up quite a bit from there based on recent interest. For your chance to check it out, click the link and jump over to the auction. Who wouldn’t want to jump back to the 1980s for this one?

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale February 6, 2013 posted by

Big Bird: 1995 Triumph Daytona III

1995 Triumph Daytona III For Sale

Yep, she’s British, bright yellow, and a bit on the heavy side. Described as more hyper sports tourer than superbike, the Super III did get good reviews even if couldn’t really be compared to it’s competitors of the time. The Super III is an upgraded 900cc Daytona that is lighter, features better brakes, and somewhat revised cosmetics. While Triumph made more powerful models featuring 4 cylinder 1000’s and 1200’s, it was the 900 triple that felt like the best balance and set the Daytona apart.

1995 Triumph Datyona III For Sale on eBay

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This example has a little over 11k miles and looks really clean in the photos. With an asking of $4500 this looks like a cool pickup for not much cash.

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Ducati February 6, 2013 posted by

2002 Ducati Monster S4 Foggy #126 Available in New England

Here’s a reasonably affordable, limited edition Ducati S4 Foggy edition. With just 1168 miles, the buy-it-now of $7200 looks very attractive. The seller’s description accurately states the history and describes some minor modifications.

2002 Ducati Monster S4 Foggy #126 For Sale on eBay

Ducati S4 Foggy For Sale

from the seller:

This is a rare chance to own an extremely low production classic Ducati S4 916cc Monster naked standard in perfect condition. This bike has only 1168 miles. It is a commemorative edition from 2002 when Ducati recognized Carl Fogarty retiring from Superbike competition. There were 300 specially modified S4 Monsters (only 74 were sent to the U.S.) This bike could only be obtained by registering online direct at the factory in Italy. It is made with extra carbon fiber cosmetics all over the bike and special two colored seat. (See pictures) In addition, there was a specially designed fairing made with Foggy graphics to go along with the special ” Foggy Ducati” logos on the tank. This bike comes with standard lower mounted exhaust with aluminum cans as well as the Termignoni carbon fiber mufflers mounted up under the seat. Aluminum exhaust system is complete and unused. It was taken off the bike when new and is in a box. (I have included a picture of the bike at the dealer when new with the standard exhaust on it) The air intake under the tank comes modified slightly on a “Foggy” and the motor is specially tuned for this special edition bike. Output is 117 hp. Desmodromic 4 valves per cylinder. Marchesini alloy wheels. Brembo brakes. Removable bodywork behind seat for passenger. Bike is near perfect. Only blemish is a very slight scratch on one of the carbon fiber exhausts (see picture). Lolly pop mirrors were removed in favor of better bar-end mirrors. Small clock is bolted to the left handlebar. Bike comes with owners manual & complete paperwork that dealer provided plus a little research I did online at the time. You get 2 keys plus the special red programming key that is used to re-flash the computer. Bike was sold with 2 specially made stands (front and rear) and a special “Foggy Ducati” red cover. (See picture) Bike has just received a new timing belt, tune up, 2 new tires and an oil change and brake fluid change. It is ready to ride. Serious Ducati enthusiasts will love this bike. I did do a minor tail chop to remove the extra ugly plastic extention for the license plate. Everything else is stock from Italy.

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