Monthly Archives: March 2013

Laverda March 30, 2013 posted by

Italian transport: 1983 Laverda RGS1000


I you tire of endless L-twin and V-twin pasta rockets, then check out this latest Italian find: a 1983 Laverda RGS 1000. The RGS was derived from the legendary Jota, but made to be more comfortable and more of an executive travel machine or a GT. Don’t let that fairing and those soft curves fool you, however. At the heart of this beast is the same 1000cc triple that dominated Europe before the rise of the Japanese machines.


Like most Laverdas, this one has been ridden. There is just over 21,000 miles on the clock, and the expected wear and tear of a 30 year old bike. But it looks like all of the pieces are there and with no significant damage this unmodified find might just be your ticket into Italian ownership.


From the seller:
Great Italian exotic superbike. Hard to find in this good running condition. Unmolested, clean, correct and complete. Buy for your collection or ride it like the makers intended.


This RGS is not the more desired Executive model (with higher handlebars, add on fairing bits and color coded hard bags), but it is still a great motorcycle. There has been nominal interest in this bike thus far, although at $4,350 the reserve has yet to be met. The BIN on this bike is set at $9,250 – perhaps a little high, but time will tell what the market thinks. For more info and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!


Yamaha March 29, 2013 posted by

Friday Megabag! [YZF750R, Wes Cooley, SB6R, Daytona 1000, CBR600 F2, RVF400, 86 GSX-R 750, 89 ZX7, 88 750 F1, ZX7RR N1, FZR400, VFR700]

Hey guys,

So much for new year resolutions, the mailbag has slipped pretty bad this time. But there are a lot of ads that are still active and here they are. Thanks for your submissions and have a good weekend,


1997 Yamaha YZF750R For Sale

Mark has this very complete 1997 Yamaha YZF750R with 4000km in Canada on Kijiji

1979 Suzuki GS1000S For Sale

Dan sends us this 1979 Suzuki GS1000S for sale on eBay with a current winning bid of $4350 with about a day to go.

Bimota SB6R For Sale

Adam spotted this Bimota SB6R for sale in Hartford for $11500.


Long time RSBFS friend Tony spotted this 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 at Pro Italia for $10.5k

1991 Honda CBR600 F2 For Sale

Dave shoots us this 1991 Honda CBR600 F2 that is shockingly together. A nice rider that might be worth restoring some day.

1995 Honda RVF400 For Sale

Scott spotted this beauty, a 1995 Honda RVF400 NC35 in California for $6750. I like the endurance look at the front!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale with 600 Miles

Paul and Jason saw this 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 with 620 miles for $7500. Thanks for the heads up guys!

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 For Sale

Anthony forwards us this Kawasaki ZX7 for $3500 in Scranton.

1988 Ducati 750 F1 For Sale

John forwards us this 1988 Ducati 750 F1 with 2200 miles on Cycletrader from Houston Superbikes.

1996 Kawasaki ZX7RR N1 For Sale

Tom spotted this 1996 Kawasaki ZX7RR N1 for $3500 in Canada. Has some issues, but not enough to deny $3500 is a good price here.

1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

Pete shoot us his 1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale in Chicago for $3500.

VFR700 For Sale

My good friend Blake spotted this 86 Honda VFR750 in Irrigon, Oregon for $2700. That’s the middle of no where so don’t bother these folks unless you really want it! That said, the ride home would be epic 🙂


KTM March 29, 2013 posted by

Mono Mashup! 1980 KTM custom racer

Can you take a pile of not so rare parts and assemble them into something very rare and special? I think the likes of Harris, Baker, Spondon and even earlier Bimotas prove that this can be the case. Careful selection of parts and a healthy exchange of sweat equity can create something truly special. In this case, a super mono style racebike consisting of a Honda Hawk GT 650 aluminum twin spar frame and a KTM 525 single. Toss a RGV swingarm on the back, mate up a smattering of Honda CBR600 and 900 pieces to complete the mix, and you are ready to roll down your driveway.


We don’t usually post unfinished custom builds on this site, but I took a chance on this one anyway. It is in far better nick than the GSX-R LE basket case recently posted by Ian, and it represents another type of spring project: sorting and finishing rather than a complete redo. The seller claims that this bike has seen a track day, although he has not ridden it on the track since he acquired it from the original builder. Is that a case of life getting too busy, or an indication of what lurks beneath? I’ll let you decide.


From the seller:
For auction is my unique KTM powered supermono. I purchased this machine from the builder. The gentleman was a professional machinist from Toronto. He bulit the machine for supermono/sound of singles racing. As fate often has it, he didn’t have as much free time as he thought (seems to be a recurrent theme). I negotiated the purchase of the machine and he brought it to me in an enclosed truck from Canada. The bike has one track day on it’s clock. I rode the bike up and down my street a few times per year and started it to heat cycle it a few times. It is made up of a “hybrid” of components: it is essentially the wonderful honda hawk GT aluminum frame coupled to a suzuki 250 2 stroke aluminum swingarm. I am listing the specific compononets below. I have many many bikes and cars and another baby on the way so I’m honest enough with myself to know that I’m not going to have the time to race this great little bike. I have listed it with what I feel is a very low reserve. Please don’t ask me the reserve however I do have it listed locally and am open to offers. Thus, I reserve the right to end the listing early. If you are interested in converting this to a street legal canyon carver, I have a nearly new duplicate hawk frame with a clear and open title that I will make available to the winner.


The seller has posted a brief spec sheet to go along with the pictures and text. Nothing terribly rare went into the bike, but what came out is a modern day super mono machine that has unmistakable potential. A little work may be needed to polish up the package, but it certainly looks to be a potent track day bike for anyone willing to try. Only a few bids thus far, with the auction up to $1,500 and reserve still in place. Somebody has already invested the dollars and sweat to get it to this stage; in the end this could be a real bargain. Click the link to jump over to the auction and check it out!


Suzuki March 29, 2013 posted by

First Year Icon: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750


The GSX-R is a milestone bike in the history of sportbikes. Alongside an original 900 Ninja or maybe a 916, the GSX-R created a moment in time that revolutionized the way the world looked at sportbikes. Like Kawasaki before, or Ducati later, Suzuki followed a simple concept: remove weight, add power. By painstakingly engineering every component to be as small and light as possible, Suzuki was able to blitz the competition both on the track as well as in the showroom.


While the R model LE bike with the dry clutch is the hot ticket, even the “garden variety” Gixxer of this era has the potential to wreck havoc in the canyons. The powerplant is impossibly small for the time period, as Suzuki tossed the liquid cooling and radiator in favor of air cooling (lighter) and enlarging the oil cooler to help cool the beast. Wrap that motor up in an aluminum frame and cover the whole thing with slab-sided bodywork that really sets the racebike tone, and a star is born.


From the seller:
1986 Suzuki GSX-R



While the 1986 GSX-R750 was indeed the first year this motorcycle was made available in the US, it was actually released in other parts of the world in 1985. That makes the GSX-R lineup some 28 years old – and still going strong. That is not a bad run for a model that continues to be at the front of the pack as far as competition is concerned (anyone check out AMA Superbike at Daytona?).


Regarding value and interest, the masses have spoken; there are a substantial number of bids on this bike. The current price sits at $4,051, and there is no reserve. Somebody will be riding home a piece of history when all is said and done. For your chance to check out the pictures and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. Compared to some of the crazy prices we have seen on bikes that you likely would not ride much, this one is setting up to be a bargain in the making!


Sport Bikes For Sale March 28, 2013 posted by

1992 Kawasaki ZX7R For $5000 in California

1992 Kawasaki ZX7R For Sale

Check out the pictures on this one and you’ll see a well kept 7R. And then when you go back for the details and learn that is has 38k miles, you have to imagine it has had some caring owners to survive this well. Hard to believe that it’s uncut and has most of the original parts. It does have some nice upgrades from stock but they’re all period correct. I like this one at $5k and wish buyers and seller good luck!


1992 Kawasaki ZX7R For Sale on eBay


quote from the seller:

1992 Kawasaki ZX7R ZX750K
Great condition
38k miles but doesn’t look it
This is the special race model so comes with alloy fuel tank, close ratio gearbox and Mikuni flatslide carbs as standard.

Ohlins shock
Muzzy full exhaust system
Braided brake lines
Forks just serviced
New tires – Dunlop Q2’s
New clutch, brake pads, chain, sprockets.
All fluids just changed.



Aprilia March 28, 2013 posted by

RS Spring: Titled 2000 Aprilia RS250

rs left rs right

It looks like the mainstay of  grey market bikes is back.  It seems like we had a good six months go by without any really nice, titled RS’s for sale.  Just this week, two nice examples have popped up for sale.  There is no mention in the auction but this looks like a converted cup bike.  I don’t see that as a detraction.  Just means you get the simpler paint scheme and give the wear and tear a good look to make sure it matches the mileage.  The photos seem to show a well cared for stroker.

rs cans

Speaking of wear and tear:   mileage is only 2100 miles.  You guys know the drill; Suzuki engine, Italian frame, blah, blah, blah.  All you need to know is it equals F U N.

rs front

What is there to to discuss? Absolutely nothing in my opinion. It has what most buyers are a looking for:  a title, low miles and near stock condition.  If you’ve been looking for an Aprilia it might be time to step up to the plate.

 Here is the auction.


Ducati March 28, 2013 posted by

Worth panting over: 1982 Ducati 600 SL Pantah


If badge-engineered “Limited Edition” Ducatis are not your thing, how about a rare Duc that earned the title the old fashioned way? Check out this gorgeous 1982 600 SL. Sure, it sports some miles and it needs some refurbishment. But for a LOT less than the turn-of-the-century MH900e internet bike we recently posted, you can have a classic Ducati that offers a different type of exclusivity.


This 600 SL sports the “new” Pantah motor, actuating the desmodromic valve train via rubber belts versus the earlier bevel drive motors. By going this route Ducati realized a huge jump in factory productivity; the belt drive motors required far fewer adjustments during assembly. Longevity of these units has been assured by the track record – change the belts and oil at required intervals, and they are relatively bulletproof.


From the seller:


A bike can only be new once, and it can only be original once. While this one is clearly not new, it does offer originality. Yes, it has some flaws that you might expect in a 30+ year old motorcycle, but it still looks pretty good from a reasonable distance. Consider this a rider today with restoration potential in the future.


Early Pantahs – like many interesting bikes – are headed upwards in terms of pricing. The 600SL was never a hyper sports bike, and was not intended to be track burners like the similar era Super Sports. This is a gentleman’s ride, with class and good looks. What those looks will cost you will be determined by the auction. Current bidding has been moderate, with the auction just over $4,000 and reserve still in place. Click the link to check out all the details. Good Luck!


Ducati March 27, 2013 posted by

Carbon Footprint: 2004 Ducati 749R For Sale

Johnson City, TN – 12,600mi – $12,000 BIN


You may be wondering what separates the 749R from the others. First off, the 90 degree L-Twin had been reworked with an increased bore and shortened stroke, allowing the engine to reach a higher rev. Titanium valves and connecting rods also help the engine achieve a bump to 121hp (up from 108hp on the standard version). To manage the new found power and offer better performance on the track, an Ohlins fully adjustable shock can be found out back as well as inverted ones up front in combination with four-piston Brembos. A slipper clutch was also utilized in the R version to prevent rear wheel lock upon downshifting and hard engine braking. If you are in the market for a 749R, make note that 2004 was the only year it was available with the carbon fiber bodywork.


If you’re OG, then you no doubt recognize this bike from being featured here in the past. It has since changed hands a couple times and its now up for sale with 1,100 more miles on the clock. I’m glad someone enjoyed it! It sounds like all the mods are present as well as additional maintenance has been done.


From the seller:

2004 Ducati 749R – 12,536 miles – Full Termignoni Race Exhaust, Race ECU, Blue Powder Coat Wheels, FLEDA integrated Tail light, Fender eliminator, Carbon Clutch Cover, Blue billet Levers, Ducati Performance mirrors, Lightweight Speedcell SBK battery, Billet gas cap, BCM rear sets, Cycle Cat clip-ons, Speedy Moto under body frame sliders, New Michelin Power Pure tires, New EBC brake pads front, Front Rotors replaced from bike with 900 miles. Right before I purchased the bike in September of last year (2012) with 12,314 miles, the previous owner just completely gone through and replaced belts, spark plugs, chain, slipper clutch plates and springs costing $1900. This bike runs and rides incredibly well. Very close to my 999R Xerox, just not the same power.

If you’re into the 749R, then you know that the 2004 was the only year to come with full carbon fiber fairings. I know I would prefer that because its awesome. If the $26K 999R we featured earlier this week is a little out of your price range, then consider its little brother up for sale here. You are going to have to be down with the blue wheels (or get them powder coated). Either way, you can check out the auction here and decide for yourself.


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