Monthly Archives: December 2013

Yamaha December 31, 2013 posted by

Fogarty Connection? 1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 for sale

Today Dennis from Denmark forwards us this modern sportbike legend, the the Yamaha OW01 homogolation special. Produced in limited numbers it featured a very peaky 5 valve 750cc engine that breathed through huge flat-slide carbs and was mated to a close ratio gearbox. Ohlins rear shock and fully adjustable suspension up front made it one of the best on the track. Power output stock was a claimed 119bhp and it weighed just over 400lbs.

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01


This particular example was recently treated to a restoration and featured in the November issue of Practical Sportbikes. The seller goes on to describe a story associated with this particular bike and that it may have originally been given to Carl Fogarty by Yamaha. While the seller notes he has not been able to credibly verify this information, it’s seems plausible. What I do know is that offered for £11,995 (~$20k USD), this sounds like a great buy even if shipping is required.


from the seller:

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 following a 2 year fastidious detailed restoration which is fully detailed in Practical Sportsbikes’ magazine article and ride test of issue 37, November 2013. One of an original run of only 500 bikes produced worldwide to homologate it for the new World Superbikes series, this example is really stunning.

The bike has had an extensive and detailed restoration over the past two years costing thousands of pounds and taking many hundreds of hours. It’s now complete and has a current MoT for UK riding, long road tax and comes with the elusive genuine toolkit and owners manual.

The work done has replaced every seal, bush, bearing and consumable on the chassis and those requiring replacement in the engine. This includes chain, sprockets, all caliper pistons and seals, wheel bearings, brake lines, Ohlins shock rebuild, hard chroming and fork rebuilds, brake disks, you name it, it’s been done and the bike is immaculate as can be seen in the PS magazine article and the photos here.

In addition, when I bought the bike I was told it has history relating to Carl Fogarty although as I haven’t yet been able to substantiate these claims, treat the information as “interesting” for the time being. Having said that there are some changes on the bike from standard that are very intriguing and may lend more weight to the story of brief ownership by Foggy.

The story has it that before the 1992 TT, Yamaha gave Fogarty a road based OW01 to familiarise himself with. Carl at that stage of his career would sell everything a sponsor gave to him, and so the OW01 was alleged to have been sold on to a member of his 1992 pit crew.

Fogarty Connection?  1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01
Honda December 29, 2013 posted by

A Honda RC45 To Be Ridden

Honda RC45 For Sale

I haven’t seen an RVF750 available in a while and as usual when looking for exotics, delivers. This one looks very tidy and has actually seen road use with 20k miles on the clock. The description is thin but the pictures show a bike that has been kept pretty original except for the frame sliders. While most prefer the near-racebike-for-the-street RC30, when I was getting turned on to sportbikes it was the RC45 that got me excited. At £18k ($29,600) this one is priced a bit on the high side from what we’ve seen recently but not by much.


Honda RC45 for sale on eBay UK

A Honda RC45 To Be Ridden
Ducati December 28, 2013 posted by

2 Ducs with a Combined 46k Miles: 999R + DD16!

Ducati DD16 for sale

Nope, that is not a misprint. The 999R has 27,548 miles and the Desmosidici has an astounding 18,879! For once we can report on limited edition Ducati’s that weren’t living room displays but rather ridden as they should be, and often. Plus they’ve been maintained so there is some piece of mind that they are sorted and ready to go. Cosmetically they could both use attention, especially the 999R, but I expect the reserve is adjusted accordingly. The seller states that these are being sold as a pair to fund a Panigale 1199R, and my guess is that it won’t be a display queen!


2005 Ducati 999R and 2008 Desmosedici for sale on eBay


from the seller:

I’ve owned both bikes since new and neither bike has been crashed or abused. I have ridden both bikes exclusively on northern California twisty highways and a few track days. They have never been raced. The roads I ride on exposes the bikes to granite road gravel hence the front end paint chips. The 999r has been painted twice, suspension rebuilt by Kyle racing earlier this year, all chassis and wheel bearings replaced at 20k miles, all major and minor services by Ducati, and interim services by me. The Desmo is completely stock and had the suspension rebuilt last year. All major and minor services by Ducati and interim services by me. The Desmo had a completely new motor installed at 8,200 miles by Ducati due to cam gear failure. The new motor came with updated valve springs, cam gears, and other parts as Ducati experienced engine failures. Both bikes have had chain and sprockets replaced within the last two years and during their last services the compression was within specification. Both bikes have all original carbon fiber panels, tails, cowls, and belly pans. Regardless of the milage, the bikes are ridden regularly by an experienced rider and will continue to bring enjoyment for years to come. Both bikes will come with all original paperwork, red and spare keys, and service manuals. Bikes will be sold with “new” tires. Bikes are being sold as a pair only to make room in my stable for an Panigale 1199r. Please contact me with any questions you may have. Bikes could be parted out for the 1.5x the starting bid price alone.


2 Ducs with a Combined 46k Miles:  999R + DD16!
Ducati December 26, 2013 posted by

Black over White 1992 Ducati 900SS

Black Ducati 900SS for sale

Today we have a sharp and well sorted Ducati Supersport. This one has covered just over 10k miles and wears the black bodywork over the white frame. These aren’t special editions just uncommon as everyone wanted a red one at the time. It has an open clutch cover and Staintune exhaust, ensuring this one sounds as it should. It also breathes through FCR carbs which increase power substantially but you lose the choke. Starting bid is $6k and there are no takers at the moment with 2 days remaining.


1992 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay


from the seller:

Rare white frame/wheel model. Equipped with Staintune exhaust, Sudco FCR 39mm carbs, hi-perf cylinder/head studs. No damage whatsoever just normal wear,overall condition 8 to 9.

Black over White 1992 Ducati 900SS
Suzuki December 23, 2013 posted by

Time Capsule 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 with 4500 Miles

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for sale

Readers of this website are no doubt familiar with the game changing 86 Suzuki GSX-R 1100. What we don’t normally see is a bike this original and clean. It still has the original tires, warning decals, and is overall so clean you could swear it was still the late 80’s. The seller details the repair of a slow low-side but as you can tell from the pictures it was a solid effort to correct. Many sellers probably wouldn’t even reveal the repair until after the money had changed hands but this listing is worth seeing in it’s entirety with dozens of close up pictures and a full page testimonial.


1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for sale on eBay


excerpt from the seller:

This bike has been returned to its former glory and it as close to show ready as it can be. This is not a restored bike but a repaired bike. That is very important as originality is where the value lies. This bike is a very high standard bike and deserves a look. As stated above there are not many left in there original condition as it is, never mind one this nice. The bike is completely dry – no gas, no oil, clutch, or brake fluid. The motor has fogging oil sprayed in the cylinders and in the spark plug holes. There was fogging oil sprayed in the exhaust (both ends) as well.



Time Capsule 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 with 4500 Miles
Ducati December 22, 2013 posted by

How Much Would You Pay for a New Paul Smart 1000 LE?

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE For Sale

Ducati Sport Classics are seemingly already beyond the bottom of their depreciation curve, and in many cases on the upswing for very well kept examples. And no wonder, they’re great looking modern retro rides. I still recall the Ducati demo day and riding one. If memory serves prices ranged from $12-16k ish? Yet hit up eBay Motors today and browse what’s available. Prices are back where they were — and higher in many cases!


But what if you had the chance to buy a brand new, just un-crated Sport Classic? And what if it were a Paul Smart 1000 LE, arguably the best looking of the series. This seller in Texas recons the price is $30k. I’m sure that price is to weed out the tire kickers and dreamers, but what do you think a fair price for this opportunity is? Hat tip to Matthew H. on Facebook for the link.



How Much Would You Pay for a New Paul Smart 1000 LE?
Aprilia December 21, 2013 posted by

280lb Featherweight Flyer: 2009 Aprilia RS125

2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale

I remember sitting on one of these at the Seattle motorcycle show when they debuted. While obviously small, the total lack of weight is really what I recall the most. That and the beautifully sculpted swingarm and frame. Like most I was disappointed that although it looked street legal, it wasn’t. It was delivered with head and tail lights, but no signals or switch. However this example has received some aftermarket blinkers and has found it’s way through the DMV. With under 400km’s, a full set of track fairings, and the metal plate on the back, you’re ready to assault suburban streets or suit up for track days. Listed with under 400km’s for just $5100 on Seattle Craigslist.


280lb Featherweight Flyer:  2009 Aprilia RS125
Sport Bikes For Sale December 20, 2013 posted by

1994 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 in Florida

1994 Suzuki RGV250 for sale

We haven’t had the pleasure of a 250 smoker in a little while and this 94 VJ22 should fit the bill. It’s advertised as never down and the bodywork, signals, mud guards, etc. are still in place too. And of course the best piece of all, the small metal plate just below the stop lights. At $7500 this looks like a very fair deal in my opinion. See it here on Tampa Craigslist.


1994 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 in Florida

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