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Bimota February 19, 2015 posted by

Real Special: ’00 Bimota Carbon SB8R-S

2.19.15: Posted first about a month ago, this tasty carbon fiber special is back on eBay and nearly $4k off at $26,400. Links updated. -dc


Does an acre of carbon fiber bodywork ever get old? Not in my book. And probably not in the mind of most of our readers. Carbon fiber is like oxygen to mouth breathers, cheerios to toddlers, or profanity to Gordon Ramsey. With its light weight and superior strength, carbon has become the wonder material of which (nearly) all things can be made. For everything else, there is of course aluminum alloy, titanium and magnesium. But I never get tired of carbon weave…


2000 Bimota Carbon SB8R-S with 26 miles


The Suzuki-Bimota 8 model utilizes a TL1000 twin in an aluminum wraparound style chassis. In typical Bimota fashion, somebody else provides the motor, trans and electrics, and the little Rimini firm hand crafts a work of art by supplying everything else. The TL motor is a torque monster to be sure, and can be serviced at your local Suzuki dealership as needed. And this particular bike should not need much servicing, given that it is being listed as essentially being brand new – only 26 factory test miles on the unit. Note that this bike might look familiar, as we have posted a similar example years before. So similar is that post that the pictures look the same, but the mileage is different. RSBFS recommendation: If you are serious about this bike, do your homework and ask lots of questions. Better yet, see the bike and seller in person if possible.


From the seller:
I am selling my New 2000 Bimota SB8R-S (Special). Very Very RARE. Only 150 of these built worldwide, and are very collectable. It has only 26 miles (only the test miles from Bimota Factory). This BIMOTA is just out of the crate and has been in my collection for years. I have 2 of these and only need 1. This is one of only a few new condition SB8RS bikes in the world. It is 100% stock with zero mods. This is a museum quality piece as well as a collectors dream bike.

Aftermarket parts that were put on by Bimota USA as a special order.
– Marchesini 5 spoke rims – $5200 (only produced for this bike as an addition)
I have everything that came with this bike. Manuals, Certificates, Extra keys, brochure, and leather key cover. This is truly a collectible and will be worth twice as much in no time.


The SB series Bimotas are quite popular – possibly the most popular examples in the storied history of Bimota. The SB8 with the TL motor is a very desirable machine, and the R-S model even more so: With miles of carbon tow and limited to just 150 units, the SB8R-S is a good showcase of making a rare bike even more rare. With next to no miles, this is basically a new bike. Does the name Bimota start a Pavlovian drool reflex? Does carbon shining in the sun make you weak in the knees? Looking for something rare and unique? Sign up here and check it out. $30k or the closest reasonable offer takes it. Good Luck!!


Real Special: ’00 Bimota Carbon SB8R-S
Aprilia February 18, 2015 posted by

Hen’s Tooth: 1989 Aprilia Project 108 Replica for Sale

1989 Aprilia Project 108 Replica L Side

Here’s something you don’t see every day: an Aprilia Project 108 Replica. You’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning to stump me, but this little beastie had me scratching my head: never heard or it. So a quick poke around the interwebs had me thinking this was very unlikely to have been imported to North America in anything resembling quantity: all of the sites dedicated to the bike are in Italian or clearly translated using “Google Translate” and make for a pretty confusing read if you’ve had a couple beers…

1989 Aprilia Project 108 Replica R Side Tank

At first glance, I actually thought this was a YSR50 someone had posted up under the wrong brand. Those little 16″ wheels do make it look vaguely scooter-ish, but that single-sided rear swingarm is pretty exotic, and the bike was actually powered by a 125cc two-stroke with an electric, instead of kick-start. With a slightly undersquare 54×54.5 bore and stroke, this “125” is actually 123cc’s, but who’s counting?

1989 Aprilia Project 108 Replica L Side Lower

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Aprilia Project 108 Replica for Sale

Up for auction is a 1989 Aprilia Project 108 Replica 125cc (VIN 07149) with only 6565 km (4079 miles) on the odometer. The bike is in awesome shape as I took this on a trade from a friend who always stored it in a climate-controlled room. As far as I can tell everything is original and in pristine shape except for the right mirror broke off a while back as my friend was moving the bike (mirror is included) and a few fairing screws are replaced with zip ties. I put a new battery and fresh gas in the bike and it fired right up! If you have any questions feel free to call me at 435-241-8960 or 435-830-5980. The bike is sold as is with no warranty but I think you will be very pleased with the condition after viewing the photos and YouTube videos. Bike is for sale locally so auction may end at anytime. Title in hand!

1989 Aprilia Project 108 Replica Speedo

I’ve no idea what this is actually worth, but bidding is currently just under $2,400 although the reserve has not been met and there are several days left on the auction. It’s obviously not in “pristine” shape, with a few zip ties and some surface rust, and paint chips and discoloration. But if you’re looking for an Aprilia Project 108 Replica, this might be your only shot!


1989 Aprilia Project 108 Replica R Side

Hen’s Tooth: 1989 Aprilia Project 108 Replica for Sale
Suzuki February 16, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: Very Original 1986 GSX-R750 for Sale

Update 3.19.2015: The seller has decided to hold on to this one. -dc

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 L Front

Today, we’ve got a very original and very clean first-generation GSX-R750 for sale. The point cannot be made strongly enough: the original GSX-R750 was ground zero for modern sportbikes. The underlying principles of light weight, mass-centralization and purpose-built focus on speed had combined previously in exotic bikes from niche manufacturers like Bimota, but those bikes often had single-digit production numbers and, while they served to demonstrate what could be done, they were a “what if” sideshow and had no real impact on mainstream production. Previous Japanese “sportbikes” were big, heavy inline fours with revised and reinforced suspensions, better brakes, and increased output, but they were fast in a sort of “hulking” way, something like a modern day Hayabusa: they were nothing to sneeze at, and did handle predictably, but didn’t have anything like the backroad focus of a modern 600 or 1000.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 R Side

Introduced in 1985, the GSX-R was powered by a 750cc inline four. Seemingly a step backwards, the engine was oil/air-cooled, although it was felt that the weight savings and simplicity versus liquid cooling would easily offset the power disadvantage.

Almost as importantly, while other bikes might have dabbled in middleweight performance and handling, the GSX-R set the tone in terms of look, with a slab-sided fairing that fully-enclosed the motorcycle, leaving engineers to focus on function instead of form, since the mechanical bits would be completely concealed. A distinctive aluminum beam frame, dual front discs, a monoshock rear suspension, and 18″ wheels front and rear helped set the standard as well, creating a basic look that still endures today, and likely continue into the future, until we adopt a practical replacement for the telescopic front fork.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 L Rear

From the seller: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

The bike has not been wrecked and no painting has been done. 100% original with 25,000 miles. The bike has been ridden and has normal wear and tear, but it is a crowd-pleaser, to say the least.

The bike is in perfect running condition and because I’m a little fanatical I recently had the bike fully serviced, prepped, and set up on the Dyno at Karns Performance Suzuki, in Mechanicsburg PA to get the carbs set up and the bike in tip top condition. These guys specialize in sport bikes and I knew I had the right shop when I went in and saw the GSXR-750 Limited up on a pedestal on display in their shop. Jason, one of the owners, took the bike in and made me feel good about leaving it with them. I was apprehensive about having all the work done but these guys are pros and it was right up their alley.

This complete service was almost $2,000 and included:

  • New fork seals and fluid.
  • New fuel petcock/valve.
  • Fresh oil and filter.
  • New OEM air cleaner.
  • New chain and sprockets.
  • New OEM Bridgestone radial tires.
  • Ultra sonic carb cleaning and balancing.
  • Dyno run/tune, to set up freshly cleaned carbs. Graph printout etc..
  • New battery.
  • New fuel lines.
  • Fresh front and rear brake fluid and flush.
  • Fresh clutch fluid and flush.
  • New flasher relay.

The paint is deep and lustrous, there are no visible scratches, the windshield is perfect and clear, the rear solo seat cowl cover is in place, all lights and electronics function as new, the inside of the tank is like new, the bike has been stored indoors its whole life and currently has fuel stabilizer run through it and is on a battery tender. The stock seat was recently put back on there is a Corbin Gunfighter that comes with the bike. The previous owner stored the stock seat and it is in brand new condition.

I purchased this bike from the original owner last summer who was a local State trooper. It was in near perfect condition with a couple very minor imperfections: a small dent on upper left edge of tank from a broom mishap that is barely noticeable. In fact I didn’t notice it when I bought it but got the story later from my friend. There is also a small section of gray epoxy on the inside upper left faring in a thin strip a couple inches long, presumably to stop a hairline crack. However no crack is visible from either side. I did not notice either of these things when I bought the bike as they are very subtle or out if view.

Neither of these imperfections detract from the pristine appearance of this rare and stock condition machine but in the interest of full disclosure I wanted to point them out.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Tank Detail



Featured Listing: Very Original 1986 GSX-R750 for Sale
MZ February 16, 2015 posted by

V-Twin Alternative: 2005 MZ 1000 Sport for Sale

2006 MZ1000 Sport L Side

If you’re in the market for a practical exotic that will turn heads and won’t break the bank to buy or to run, this virtually new MZ 1000S deserves a closer look. As much as we’d all probably love a garage full of weird exotica, for budgetary and space reasons, many riders are forced to buy a do-it-all machine.

2006 MZ1000 Sport Dash

So what do you buy if you want a bike that’s sporty and practical for daily use, but one that’s also good for riding to the twisties and not just in the twisties, something with a bit of “get out of town-iness”. And what if you want something a bit out of the ordinary? Well, the Ducati ST2, 3, and 4 represent a pretty great bang for your buck, but were introduced before Ducati adopted much longer service intervals, and the four-valve L-twin can be pricey to maintain. The BMW R1100S and the Triumph Sprint are also pretty good choices, but not really all that exotic…

2006 MZ1000 Sport Front

Introduced in 2005 and powered by a big parallel twin that provided packaging advantages and midrange punch at the expense of top-end performance, the 1000S engine was an ideal powerplant for the road. Unfortunately, the lack of a truly prestigious brand name worked against the 1000S and was at odds with MZ’s quirky, grassroots image and the bike was discontinued after just three years. These are extremely rare in the US, although the ones that do come up for sale tend to be in excellent condition, and this one has just 16 miles on the odometer from new.

2006 MZ1000 Sport R Side Fairing Detail

From the original eBay listing: 2005 MZ 1000S for Sale

The MZ 1000 Sport Touring bike is a museum quality motorcycle. Owned and sold by a former MZ Motorcycle dealer, this bike is one of a kind. It has only been ridden around the dealership to park it. It has been kept in a climate controlled environment on display in the owner’s various stores, from Michigan to Tennessee. This is truly a wonderful bike for the European motorcycle collector or for someone who is just looking to buy a piece of German history. 

Everything on it is original, everything is perfect like it would have been 20 years ago. Never titled, never tagged.

The bike listed for $11,000 in 2005.There were only 40 of these bikes imported into the USA. This bike is like new. Owned by the original dealer and sold by the original dealer. Fantastic bike.

Who ever is fortunate enough to become the new owner of this bike will become the proud owner of the last brand new MZ 1000 in the world.

It truly should be in a museum. 

2006 MZ1000 Sport Cockpit

In spite of the racy looks, the 1000S was really never intended as a pure sportbike, with handling biased towards the “comfort” end of the spectrum. But don’t let that fool you into thinking this bike can’t get a wiggle on when asked. It will function as a sporty, stylish everyday motorcycle that can munch miles and looks far less dated than many other bikes from the “straight edge” school of design.

2006 MZ1000 Sport Tank

If you really want a classy, competent machine that will leave onlookers scratching their heads or or nodding in sagely respect, something like the MZ 1000 Sport should do the job nicely, assuming you’re willing to take a bit of a chance on servicing and parts. These are reportedly very reliable, and easy to get serviced by non-MZ mechanics, but it’s still a bit of a leap of faith, buying an out-of-production sportbike that was never made in great numbers.


2006 MZ1000 Sport R Side Fairing

V-Twin Alternative: 2005 MZ 1000 Sport for Sale
Ducati February 15, 2015 posted by

Still Stock: 1995 Ducati 916 Strada with 8160 miles

Here is an opportunity for someone to get what looks like a nearly bone stock Ducati 916.  The most pristine versions of these bike only seem to come up for sale at this time of the year so if you want to obtain one of these, it might be now or wait till next year.

916 1

1995 Ducati 916 for sale on ebay

In case you have been living under a rock/in a cave, the 916 was probably “the” bike that introduced Ducati to an entire generation of motorcycle riders.   It won pretty much every magazine’s Bike of the Year award for 1994 and Ducati sold out its entire US production before any actually arrived in the country.

Even though its been 20 years since its introduction it still appears in the top lists of important designs in motorcycle history by authorities like the Guggenheim Museum.  In a retrospective on the 1990s, Motorcyclist magazine simply stated, “1994: Ducati 916 debuts. Did anything else happen that year?

916 3

According to the seller, this one was traded in by an older gentleman.   The 916 had a pretty aggressive riding position so if this one was owned by someone a bit more mature this may explain why the mileage is so low.  It would also help explain how the owner resisted the temptation to modify the bike (such as this example also for sale on ebay).

Here is what the seller has to say about the bike:

Acquired the bike last year from an older gentleman who decided it was time to sell as he was getting a bit to old to handle the sporting characteristics of the Motorcycle.

He had owned the bike for many years and had spent a lot of money on upgrades including a reverse shift pattern, different exhaust as well as suspension.

I had the bike fully serviced last summer with all fluids, plugs and the battery changed.

916 2

Aside from the sellers comments, this one looks to be pretty much stock except for the heat wrapping on the exhausts and a few pics of what looks like replaced parts (bonus points to the seller for including pics of the “extra bits”).

916 4

So whats this 916 worth?  Well this version was the base version (I think also known as the Strada but I’m not sure about that).  A lot of collectors prefer the SP/SPS or RS versions of the 916 or perhaps the later 996/998 which looked pretty much the same.  From what I was able to find out these “base” 916’s seem to be a little less desirable but still look stunning, a tribute to designers Massimo Tamburini and Sergio Robbiano and their team at the Cagiva Research Centre.

Prices for these seem to be hovering around the 7,000 USD mark so the asking price of 6900 USD is right on but it would likely need some new rubber and perhaps a belt service.  Perhaps this is an opportunity for someone who always wanted a 916 to pick one up and just enjoy it without having to worry about resale value.


Still Stock:  1995 Ducati 916 Strada with 8160 miles
Suzuki February 14, 2015 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma with Zero Frickin’ Miles for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side

If you’re looking for a truly collectable Suzuki RG500Γ, your unicorn has been spotted, so move quickly. No seriously: this thing has zero, nil, null, 0, nada miles on it. Absolutely none.

Race replicas from the 1980’s obviously needed appropriate powerplants to complete the illusion, and featured two-stroke engines like the machines racing in Moto GP. Suzuki’s 500cc four-cylinder featured an unusual, water-cooled square four that was basically two parallel twins geared to a common crank. At under 400lbs dry with 100bhp and a race-ready chassis, it was a serious machine.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Side Detail

When the listing mentions ” rare chance to find another” he may be underselling it a bit, although his $39,000 asking price certainly doesn’t… That’s a lotta dough, but this may be the lowest-mile Gamma available anywhere, and has a valid California title to boot!

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Grip

From the original Craigslist post: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for Sale with Zero Miles

Suzuki RG500 . I am original owner. Purchased brand new. kept well preserved. No acid in orig battery . no gas in tank. The bike is brand new and no leaks. Cylinder maintained with constantly Not a single scratch . CA titled in non-op status with blue plate the same year purchased and imported into USA. Has the orig clear screen. Rare chance to find another.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Close Up

But what goes through the mind of someone willing to buy a state of the art sporting machine, then pack it away, never to turn a wheel in anger, or spew fragrant two-stroke smoke in the face of riders on slower bikes?

For anyone who wants a basically brand new motorcycle to place in a hermetically-sealed display case, this does represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For the rest of us, it represents an absolute tragedy: a machine built for speed, in suspended animation.


1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Side Tail

Honda February 13, 2015 posted by

Two-For-One: 1992 Honda NSR250SP with Rothmans and Repsol Plastics

1992 Honda NSR250SP Repsol R Front High

If you’re a fan of two-stroke GP replicas, then this little Honda NSR250SP needs no introduction. Interestingly, it looks like there are two different bikes in the photos, but a quick read of the listing indicates that he’s got two complete sets of plastics, one Repsol and one Rothmans, although the headlight configuration is obviously different for the two. Which is sort of cool: bored some rainy weekend when you’d rather be out riding? Grab some tools and swap your bodywork!

1992 Honda NSR250SP Repsol R Front

The NSR250R was powered by a 249cc, liquid-cooled two-stroke 90° v-twin that featured Honda’s ATAC torque-boosting system to plump up the characteristically thin two-stroke midrange. The cassette-type six-speed gearbox is a nice feature, but probably not much use for anyone outside of a race team: designed for faster gearing changes trackside, it provides a nice talking point for the rest of us.

1992 Honda NSR250SP Repsol Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Honda NSR250SP for Sale

 This is a very rare chance to own a piece of motorcycle history.
I am selling my NSR250SP
This is a no doubt head turner. This list of options on this bike is endless. 

The bike is registered on a MC21 frame with a valid NEW YORK STATE title with its 11 digit VIN number.
The motor is a MC28 dry clutch, with a fresh top end (Cyl, Pist rings Heads)and clutch Tyga performance exhaust.
The ignition system is MC28 credit card style, modified to work with standard or HRC card.
I have two complete sets of plastic and gas tanks: one Rothmans set and one Repsol set.
MC28 single sided wing arm
The bike has Tyga rear sets.
Custom Alloy triple tree
Custom Alloy fork brace
Mag Tek wheels
Fresh Metzler Tires
JHA Carbon gauge cover
Oil injection block off
Carbon fiber reeds
HRC jet kit
Carbon rear tire hugger
Tyge sub frame
Tyga battery box
Fresh Brakes
It will need a new battery

1992 Honda NSR250SP Repsol R Side

Although it’s titled for road use in New York, with all the spare parts, this might make an excellent road and track machine, although you wouldn’t want to risk that Rothman’s bodywork. Or probably the Repsol! Fortunately, it looks like it comes with spare plastics as well…

Obviously, this thing’s a bit of a mongrel, although it looks like it combines the best of several generations of NSR250’s, so that’s not necessarily a bad thing, unless you’re a purist. Any experts want to weigh in on the choices the seller made in building this little monster?


1992 Honda NSR250SP Rothmans R Side

Two-For-One: 1992 Honda NSR250SP with Rothmans and Repsol Plastics
Sport Bikes For Sale February 12, 2015 posted by

Unicorn?: 1985 Yamaha RZ 500 with 17 miles


1985 Yamaha RZ 500 with 17 miles for sale on ebay

Wow…just wow.  Here is a 1985 Yamaha RZ500 with just 17 miles on it, located in Monterey California.  As posted previously on RSBFS, back in the early 1980’s sport bikes were just starting to become a major market segment and Yamaha decided to go into the market with an all-out performance machine.  The result (after several years of development) was the 1984 Yamaha RD500LC, also known as the RZ500.  The Yamaha RZ500 was powered by a 499-cc “vee” four two-stroke and was one of the first opportunities for everyday riders to own and ride something with basically the same equipment and power as professional racers.


Some of the pics on this bike are a bit odd, they almost look like they were cropped out a magazine on some of them.   I love the rear end with the Alice’s Restaurant plate holder but I am not sure if the bodywork is aftermarket.  The majority of the bike looks right, including the expansion chamber/exhausts and wheels but I am not  an expert on these so comments about anything that looks out of place would be welcome.

To me this bike looks like something that was just taken out of its crate but the seller indicates it was in a garage.  Here is what the seller has to say:

  • I recently found this bike sitting in a garage covered up.  
  • The owner bought the bike new but after he took it for a short ride he parked it covered it up and never drove it again.  He told me it scared him so never tried again.  
  • The bike has less then 20 miles on it.
  • I changed all the fluids ,new battery, spark plugs, fuel lines, updated cdi, new back tire.
  • Clear California title in hand 


The Buy-It-Now price for this bike is an eye-popping 28,000 USD which is far above the11-16k average price we have seen these going for on RSBFS.  The seller seems to be pricing it as if it was a ‘still-in-the-crate” bike.  While its not technically an in-the-crate bike, we will likely not see a YZ500 in this condition again for quite a while.  Personally I think the price for this will end up somewhere above the average range we have seen on RSBFS but below the Buy-It-Now.



Unicorn?:  1985 Yamaha RZ 500 with 17 miles

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