Monthly Archives: February 2015

Aprilia February 12, 2015 posted by

Road or Track: 1995 Aprilia RS250 with Clear Cali Title

1995 Aprilia RS250 L Side Front

Fans of Rare Sport Bikes for Sale are obviously familiar with Aprilia’s raucous two-stroke masterpiece, the RS250. Powered by a modified RGV250 engine and shaped to look like their winning GP250, the bike was introduced in 1995 and produced in road-going form until 2002.

1995 Aprilia RS250 L Side Rear

Here in the US, where GSX-R600’s are often referred to as “learner bikes, the RS250 was a bit unusual. With razor-sharp handling, light weight, and high-specification suspension components, it was an incredibly focused motorcycle designed to put handling and race track performance above all else. Beautiful details are found all over the bike, like the distinctive and racy “banana” swingarm that allowed the shotgun style exhaust pipes to stay as close as possible to the bike’s centerline, increasing cornering clearance.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Rear Suspension

This is an earlier example, which I prefer, with a simplified, more traditional dash compared to the later designs. And although the later bikes do look great in silver and black, I happen to like this garish, black/orange/purple scheme.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Cockpit

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale with Clear California Title

Clear California title, registration and pink slip. Impossible to find. This is reflected in the reserve price.
Runs well. Starts on first kick. Very powerful and screams when it hits the power band (9000-12000 RPMs).
No owner’s manual or literature.
Good rubber, new rear sprocket and mirrors, carbs recently cleaned and tuned and new power valve.
Selling because I have a NSR250SP and since I have a baby on the way, one of them has to go and it’s this one.
This is an excellent, extremely difficult to locate (titled, that is…) 2-stroke. It is, as listed, not perfect. However, if you want it to be perfect, parts are readily available and with a little wrenching you can have a mint bike. Or, enjoy riding it as is. Or, take it to track days.
Comes with a new (in box) Barnett Kevlar Clutch and 4 new spark plugs.

Flaws that I see: dent on left swing arm, looks like it was re-painted in areas, Some fairing bolts missing, slight (2 drip per week) leak from left shock, headlight cover missing, scratches on windscreen and fairings, left headlight doesn’t work, aftermarket blinkers (one of which is broken), seat faded, end of clutch lever broken off, choke cable pulled from mount, speedometer cable missing (I just took it off because frayed, planned on getting new one), crack in temperature display plastic, couple dents/scratches on exhaust, I only have one key. Check the photos, which show everything.

1995 Aprilia RS250 L Fairing Front

This is obviously pretty far from the nicest example we’ve featured on the site, but is honestly represented by the seller and does come with a pretty important accessory: a clear California title, which is something of a rarity in the Golden State, especially among smog-spewing two-strokes. Some scuffs and scrapes are clearly visible in the photos, but it doesn’t look like the bike’s had more than a minor low-side. The headlight lens is missing, and the funky projector-beam lamps poking out through the gap don’t look stock, but those minor flaws just mean you can use this bike hard, without worrying about destroying a pristine example.

And while it may not be perfect, that clear title makes this an excellent choice for racing fans who don’t ride on the track, or backroad heroes looking for a scalpel instead of a hatchet.


1995 Aprilia RS250 L Side

Road or Track: 1995 Aprilia RS250 with Clear Cali Title
Suzuki February 11, 2015 posted by

Unmellow Yellow Twins: 1998 and 2002 Suzuki TL1000R’s in AUS

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Happy Happy…here are two versions of one of my favorite bikes, the Sukuki TL 1000R.   The TL is a bike that even today reminds me of the “old” days of motorcycling; big, fast and something that didn’t suffer fools gladly. As noted in previous RSBFS posts, the Suzuki TL1000 series were V-Twins built in response to the enormous success of the Ducati 916/996.  Both the S/Street and R/Racing bikes were equipped with a 1000cc V-Twin torque monster engine that would let riders leave long marks off the starting line. However, the bikes were also equipped with a rotary rear shock system that was overwhelmed by the v-twin engine, which resulted in front end lift and for many riders, a different type of long black mark.

Sales of the TL1000R were also hampered by the fact that most riders were more focused on Suzukis big 4’s, such as the GSX-R750 and GSX-R1100. The V-Twin from Suzuki was a bit of an oddball and fell out of favor after a few years, finally leaving the Suzuki lineup in 2003.

1998 TL1000R on ebay Australia

1998 tl1000r1

Here is the first TL, a 1998 version located in Victoria.   This is probably my favorite looking TL1000R as it comes without the late 1990’s ey bleeding graphics that were so common at that time.  Also it isn’t in the traditional Blue and White Suzuki colors (some TL’s were offered with this package) and I think the all yellow look is the best of the TL schemes..

Note:  There is also a black and gray TL1000R version for sale on ebay australia right now that I think most people will agree looks a little dull in comparison

1998 tl1000r2

Mileage (40,000 kilometers) is higher than a lot of bikes featured on RSBFS but the bike looks pristine and the seller indicates lots of upgrades, include the all import rear shock being changed, as well as a full Yoshimura RS-3 exhaust system and new tires and wheels.

2002 TL1000R on ebay Australia

2002 tl1000r3

Here is the second one, a 2002 edition located in a different part of Victoria.   The graphics are a little more “robust” but the bike still looks great.    It has about the same mileage but I do see some evidence of scraping on the riders left side.

2002 tl1000r5

The asking price for these is between 6000 AUD for the first/1998 edition and 7000 AUD for the second/2002 edition, which is right in line with what we have seen these sell for previously.  Given that the weather will thankfully soon be turning a bit cooler in Victoria this might be a good opportunity for a AUS based RSBFS fan to pick one of these up.

Addendum:  While these will probably not be a high value bike for a collector, they would be a good get for someone who just wants to ride a big V-Twin sportbike and wants something other than the ones from Italy.  Also parts will probably be cheaper…I’m just saying..



Unmellow Yellow Twins:  1998 and 2002 Suzuki TL1000R’s in AUS
Yamaha February 10, 2015 posted by

Want!! 1977 Yamaha R400 Roberts Race Replica

king kenny 1

I think this is the coolest Kenny Roberts replica/tribute bike I have ever seen, to me much more desirable than the RZ350’s previously posted here on RSBFS.  It just looks right to me.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with Kenny R, here is a recap of the motorcycling legends career.

Kenny Roberts got his mother to lie about his age so he could go racing, went on national circuit in 1970 as a novice, and was picked up by the Yamaha factory while still a junior and won the AMA Grand National Championship in his second year as a ‘senior’ level rider (which back in those days mean riding in events including dirt racing on half-mile and mile ovals, TT racing (which was dirt-tracks with jumps), road-racing and short-track racing).

Roberts we won the AMA title again in 1974, but by a much bigger margin so it wasnt surprising he went GP racing full-time in 1978 with Yamaha. He won the top level 500cc GP title first time out and then won it again the next two seasons as well which made made him the first rider to win three back-to-back titles since Agostini.  Roberts career which included an amazing rivalry with Britian’s Barry Sheene, and a classic title battle with Freddie Spencer in 1983 which went down to the wire at Imola (Roberts lost the title to Spencer by just two points).

Summary of Roberts results 

1970: US National Novice Champion
1971: US National Junior Champion
1972: 4th place US National Expert Championship (Yamaha)
1973: US Grand National Champion (Yamaha)
1974: US Grand National Champion (Yamaha)
1975: 2nd US Grand National Championship (Yamaha)
1976: 3rd US Grand National Championship (Yamaha)
1977: 4th US Grand National Championship (Yamaha)
1978: 500 World Champion (Yamaha)
1979: 500 World Champion (Yamaha)
1980: 500 World Champion (Yamaha)
1981: 3rd place 500 World Championship (Yamaha)
1982: 4th place 500 World Championship (Yamaha)
1983: 2nd place 500 World Championship (Marlboro Yamaha)

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This replica looks like a nice blend of street functionality and racing components.   Here is what the seller has to say

  • Bike is NOT a trailer queen.
  • Rare Moto Carrera fairing and rearsets
  • Engine is clean, but not cosmetically a show piece. DG Heads but I do not have specifics on engine rebuild but I have to trust former seller that what he said was done to bike is correct.  I am not a dealer and I  did not do any work on the bike since I purchased it last year.
  •  Tank Paint is excellent, Faring paint is excellent.
  • Wheels excellent. Tires almost new. Drilled rotors, Steel braided lines.
  • Ball end Tips of the brake and clutch levers have been removed.
  • Bike does not have a center stand, or stock sidestand, instead  has a Custom aluminum arm that slides into the hollowed out – left rearset –very cool.
  • Mirrors, lights but no turn signals.

king kenny 3

Now this bike isn’t a perfect race replica….obvious by the rear shocks.  Also condition in some areas is a bit questionable…the engine area in particular looks a bit rough with what looks like some damage to one on the head fins and some lower scrape marks.  And of course, the exhaust doesn’t match the race bike….but damnnn this thing is sexy.  I think its an awesome tribute to King Kenny that could be enjoyed on a regular basis.

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Is this bike worth the $8000 USD asking price?   To be honest I don’t know…mileage is uncertain and the seller indicates they have owned for a short time (purchased last year) so details about maintenance might not be available.   It probably won’t appreciate in value a whole lot but it sure would look cool in the living room and to be honest, I would personally love to have it/am tempted to bid.


Want!! 1977 Yamaha R400 Roberts Race Replica
Bimota February 10, 2015 posted by

Honda-Powered Exotic: 1982 Bimota HB2 for Sale

1982 Bimota HB2 L Side

Built to follow the almost ridiculously rare HB1 of which only 10 were ever built, the Bimota HB2 wasn’t all that much more common, with only 193 made between 1982 and 1983. The H[onda]B[imota]2 followed Bimota tradition, fitting the air/oil cooled 901cc four-cylinder and five-speed from the CB900F, but slotted into a bike that weighed 70lbs less.

The resulting machine made almost identical power to the donor bike, and could hit 140mph. But the real story was handling.

1982 Bimota HB2 Engine

Much of the weight reduction can be attributed to Bimota’s signature one-piece tank-and-tail-section that attached to the frame using only four bolts for easy access to engine and suspension. The frame itself was a spiderweb of tubing that created a strong platform for the stiff monoshock and adjustable Ceriani fork up front, and the massive stick generated by the 16″ wheels and tires at both ends.

1982 Bimota HB2 Front Tire

Bimota was wise enough to use Honda’s original gauges on these early bikes, unlike their later models that used almost laughably unreliable bespoke parts. The HB2 wasn’t as swoopy or exotic as the SB2, but followed the same basic formula, and the devil is definitely in the details here, with beautifully machined billet frame side-plates and rear brake caliper bracket.

1982 Bimota HB2 Rear Wheel

From the original eBay listing: 1982 Bimota HB2 for Sale in the UK

BIMOTA HB2 900cc
model year 1982
VIN 00100

Coupling Honda’s CB900 engine to Bimotas legendry top spec chassis made one of the sweetest handling bikes available during the early 80’s due to the also legendry high price only 193 were ever produced this being number 100, this era of Bimota were beautifully built to the highest standards unlike some of the later models but they still don’t command the high prices of some other classics so buy now before the world wakes up and realises just how special they were this ones in really nice condition throughout and great value

Ride and collect! Bulletproof investment.
Bike is currently located in Stowmarket, England but i can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem.
We can supply US contact as reference.

1982 Bimota HB2 Dash

To modern eyes, the lines are a bit awkward, but this was state of the art in 1982, and represents a real piece of sportbike history. Many of the technical details seem pedestrian today because of bikes like this that showed the way forward: compared to the twin-shock, cradle-framed CB that donated its powertrain, this thing looks like a spaceship.


1982 Bimota HB2 R Side

Honda-Powered Exotic: 1982 Bimota HB2 for Sale
Yamaha February 8, 2015 posted by

The next contestant: 1990 Yamaha TZR 250

NOTE:  Previously listed back in September of last year, this TZR 250 sold for $7,7700 out of Florida.  It is now being offered in California with a Buy-It-Now of $8,800.   Links Updated – Marty/Dallaslavowner


1990 Yamaha TZR 250SP for sale on ebay

This is a 1990 Yamaha TZR250SP and according to the seller, the 1990 model year TZR250 is from the 3MA generation of TZRs which were unique with their reverse cylinder design/carburetors in the front and exhausts out of the rear of the cylinders. This is also the much rarer Sport Production version of the 3MA, which included USD forks and a dry clutch along with some other changes from the standard version.

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 The last time this was posted I asked the question whether this would be a good “starter” 250?   The standard TZR250 has a general reputation of being one of the easiest 1990’s 250 to “get the best from”. Chassis, brakes and power are all supposedly well balanced which will allow a rider to focus on the upcoming road.  I had also read that two of the main TZR competitors have some odd handling issues; the Suzuki RGV has a reputation for head shake under mid corner braking and the Kawasaki KR-1S is supposed to have weird front wheel feedback so the TZR seems like a good option.  Then again, this is the SP version so perhaps this a bit more temperamental?

Here were some of the quotes from reviewers of the TZR 250;

  • it’s the perfect mix of race technology and practical useability.’
  • I really don’t think you can fault it – you can slam it into corners with the brakes full on and it’ll still go round, with the only protest coming from the tyres’
  • ‘More friendly than the others’
  • ‘Starts first time, the mirrors are useable and the seat is comfortable up to the first tank refill’
  • easy to clean, good pillion seat, luggage can be carried, lasts for ages.
  • ‘Bought by sensible people.’

Based on the comments that were received at the time of the original posting, picking up this bike as a first 250cc seems like a bad idea.  General consesus was that someone like me who is new to the 250 cc experience would be better off with the Honda or the Aprilia.   Of course this means this little bike will be available to other types of buyers such as a collector or someone looking to relive their 250cc riding days.

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Overall this particular TZr250SP certainly looks to be in good condition and I think the bodywork is the best looking year for the TZR that I have seen.   The seller has posted a good number of hi-res pictures and it looks very clean, although some cosmetic defects are mentioned in the advert and I think I see some marks on the riders left mirror stalk.

– Marty/Dallaslavowner

The next contestant:  1990 Yamaha TZR 250
Bimota February 7, 2015 posted by

The real culprit: 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D SR (in the UK)


Regular readers of RSBFS have seen many posts regarding Bimota, their history, collapse and rebirth. The Bimota V-Due (or VDue) model is usually referred to as the bike that caused Bimota to go bankrupt but this isn’t the whole story. The VDue and the sudden disappearance of one of Bimota’s main sponsors during the 2000 World Superbike season finally pushed the company into receivership but the Tesi effort actually started Bimota downwards.

The Tesi series  was a design and production effort based on the idea of hub centered steering offering improved stability over conventional forks. The Tesi 1D appeared in 1991 and attracted attention for its hub-steering system. (Note: The ‘D’ in 1D signifies Ducati as power came from the engine designed for the Ducati 851). The Bimota was equipped with a fuel injection system Weber dual injector per cylinder and other modifications that produced 113 bhp.

The problem was that the Tesi 1D and following Tesi related models were big development efforts than never translated into huge sales for Bimota, and the Tesi effort put Bimota into a a restricted financial condition.  Perhaps without the Tesi effort Bimota would have been able to weather the storm caused by the VDue debacle…


1991 Bimota Tesi 1d for sale on ebay uk

While the Tesi 1D is already a rare bike, the seller indicates this particular Tesi 1D is one of the limited edit SR models.  The SR models were different in that the engine had larger displacement, weight was reduced, the tank was reduced to 4 liters and the suspension was switched to Öhlins.  Only  164 SR versions of the 1D were produced, and they can be recognized by the green lines on the bodywork.


Like a lot of the early 1990’s Bimotas’, this one appears to have been owned by a collector.  The seller states that it was previously in Italy but it is now for sale via a UK-based dealership.  It certainly looks to be pristine and even seems to have the stock mufflers/exhaust canisters.


Is this ultra-low mileage Tesi 1D worth the $35,000+ asking price?  Well prices for the previous ones we have posted here on RSBFS have gone from 15,000 USD back in 2011 to over 20,000 USD just a few years later and all the Bimota Tesi models seem to be moving to the front of collectors most wanted lists.  Personally I think this price is a bit high but given the trend, this may be one of those situations a potential buyer looks back on soon and regrets not acting on.


The real culprit: 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D SR (in the UK)
MV Agusta February 6, 2015 posted by

Bargain Exotic: 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 for Sale

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 L Side

This entry may reignite the endless “what exactly is a sportbike” debate, but I’d argue that the MV Agusta Brutale is far more of a legitimate sportbike than a Ducati Monster or some other built-to-a-price bike designed to trade on an exotic name with parts-bin engineering. The Brutale is a full-on sportbike, fairing removed. It’s far less extreme than the F4 on which it is based in terms of ergonomics, but isn’t watered-down much at all.

It was almost unavoidable, really: in the same way that Triumph’s Street Triple ended up being far more aggressive than competitors from Japan simply because Hinkley’s budget was too small to create an entirely new bike. Triumph and MV Agusta simply did what you or I might have done with a crashed Daytona or F4 and pulled the shattered fairing, fitted comfortable bars, moved rearsets to a less punishing position, and called it done.

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 Front

The suspension could perhaps have been tuned a bit better for the new weight distribution, but is undoubtedly high quality, with almost ridiculously beefy 50mm front forks. There isn’t much room to move around on the bike: the seat sort of wants you to stay where you are and won’t let you slide forwards or backwards much and the ride is stiff, but feels very well controlled at all times.

And, because of its exotic name and initially high costs, many have been absolutely babied, making them an excellent buy on the second-hand market.

From the original eBay listing: 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 for Sale

Here is an extremely clean and original Brutale for your consideration. 

3200 miles with light use by an older gent owner. Sensible modifications include CQ mid pipe (Cat removal), removal of license plate hanging apparatus and large turn signals (bike has LED taillight with integrated indicators) 

Ferracci adjustable billet rearsets. 

Light custom accents include: Suede seat, Tommaselli grips, powder coated and machined heel guards and frame guards, custom plate holder, Carbon fiber passenger seat cover. Omission of passenger pegs – all original parts available. 

Bike had recent spark plugs, correct AGIP oil and filter service, brake pads, front & rear, complete injector removal and service. 

Bike is in excellent condition, paint on body panels, trim, frame, wheels is all excellent. 

This is a blisteringly fast (135hp) bike that has a comfortable upright seating and handlebar position…fantastic for weekend rides or commuting. It’s not uncommon to find Brutale owners with 20k – even 30k + miles on these bikes. 

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 Rearset

Unfortunately, if you’re a fan of “moar noise” I’ve yet to see an end-can choice that really replicates the slash-cut style of the stock pipes, although a cat-delete mid-pipe like the one on this bike will free up a very expensive-sounding snarl from the radial-valved four. But you really don’t need to do much of anything to these: they’re pretty great right out of the box, with quality components, and plenty fast. Deleting the hideous stock mirrors is a great start, and even though it’s probably a little bit gauche, I actually like the suede seat. It might impede side-to-side movement if you like hanging off in corners, but I’m sure you could find a second-hand stock seat for days when you want to corner-carve instead of pose…

And this will definitely do both. It makes plenty of power for a naked bike and the suspension has the chops to keep it under control.

Brutales are available for a song right now and are virtually indistinguishable from new bikes to the average onlooker. They’re beautifully engineered and very well finished bikes: up close, the details impress. The hard parts are very robust, although some details can require attention: headlight lenses can, um… fall out, and you should make sure the rear hub has been updated, since earlier examples did sometimes fail.

So this may not make a great everyday bike, and you should plan to spend some money on upkeep, but when properly maintained, these are pretty spectacular bikes and should be able to embarrass more than a few sportbikes on road, track, or anywhere top speed isn’t an issue.


2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 Dash

Bargain Exotic: 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 for Sale
Suzuki February 5, 2015 posted by

Free Shipping! 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale in Japan

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side

Before you get too excited, this RGV250 is located in Japan, so if you want this one in your garage, you’ll have to navigate the requirements for getting it shipped to and then registered wherever you live.

Unless you’re in Japan…

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Front

The RGV250 Γ “Gamma” was introduced in 1988 to replace the two-stroke parallel-twin RG250 and was built until 1998. The new machine shared its liquid-cooled, 90° v-twin with the Aprilia RS250 and, with about 60hp and a 300lb claimed dry-weight, the RGV was in the hunt with competing motorcycles from Kawasaki and Yamaha, although Aprilia made some modifications to improve performance, including reworked heads.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 Dash

This second-generation “VJ22″ incorporated Suzuki’s power-valve technology and featured upside-down forks, a 17” rear wheel that should make tire choice a bit easier, and a very cool “banana” swingarm that was designed to allow the paired exhausts to tuck in close for improved cornering clearance. The new swingarm increased weight slightly, but was very stiff and looked trick as hell. If you’re looking at RGVs, this version is definitely more desirable than the earlier VJ21 model, but early VJ22s should have their power-valves checked to ensure they’re functioning correctly: they can stick in the “low-rpm” position and limit top-end power.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale

Very rare 2 stroke bike from Japan to you.
The shipping cost is including the price!!(From our place to your nearest port)
It has scratches at both side of lower cowling and silencers. And has a little cracks. Right rear seat cowling of mounting tab is broken.
It has No rust in the gas tank.
Front forks are full adjustable, it has No rust on the chrome and No oil leaks.
The main key cylinder, tank cap and seat lock can use 1 key. But the key is not original.
Front break disc of thickness 4.2 mm, Rear break disc of thickness 4.3 mm.
It can start by 1 kick!! And runs very well!!

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Rear

The RGV250 is extremely rare in North America, having never been officially imported. Although the $8,000 Buy It Now price seems a bit high, it supposedly does include shipping costs “to your nearest port,” so that should count for something. To me though, an Aprilia RS250 looks better and are available for much less.

This one is obviously not some pristine collector, with some obvious scuffs and scrapes. Honestly, these make pretty lousy roadbikes for the most part, and while many people are happy to put up with narrow powerbands and uncomfortable riding positions in the name of style or because they live in Topanga Canyon, bikes like this are best on track.

So store away the original bodywork and lights or sell them on eBay, fit some lightweight plastics with fresh blue-and-white graphics, and turn this into a terrific trackbike!


1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Front

Free Shipping! 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale in Japan

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