Monthly Archives: June 2015

Aprilia June 27, 2015 posted by

Two-Stroke Race-Rep: 2000 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 L Side

While Europeans have always been neck-deep in the whole Moto GP-thing as embodied by bikes like the Aprilia RS250, here in the US where flat-track and drag-racing are king, fans of whippy two-stroke race-replicas had to work a bit harder to get their fix, at least before the advent of the internet... But even US motorcyclists are generally familiar with the RS250, even if they've never heard of the Suzuki RGV250 that donated it's engine and transmission.

2000 Aprilia RS250 Front

Introduced in 1995 and styled to mimic Aprilia's dominant 1993 race bike, the RS250 was kick-start-only and powered by a two-stroke 90° v-twin cribbed from the aforementioned Suzuki, but tuned to produce a claimed 60hp. The powerband is short and spiky, even with modern two-stroke technology to plump up the mid-range, meaning you have to work the gearbox to make fast progress.

For those new to these little snarly beasts, it's important to remember that, while 60hp sounds unimpressive, that's coming from a mere 249cc's and motivating a bike that weights just 309 pounds dry. And it's that light weight, not the power that really makes the RS250 so much fun.

2000 Aprilia RS250 Dash

While many four-stroke bikes will leave you for dead in a straight line, the RS250 can run rings around them in the corners in the hands of a skilled rider, giving them true giant-killing potential. Everything on the bike is optimized for cornering. Take a look at that famous, funky "banana" swingarm: it was designed to allow room for the bulky exhaust expansion chambers to tuck in close and give good cornering clearance on the exhaust side of the bike.

2000 Aprilia RS250 Rear

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

I have for sale a ultra rare 2000 Aprilia RS250 , this is not a Challenge Cup bike, this one came from the factory roadworthy, 17 digit VIN, and clean title, this bike came from Japan to the U.S in 05/06 I have some history paperwork on it , from Japan , it then went to a museum in Wisconsin and that's where I got it from, any questions u can email or text or call 919-413-5185

The bike has 10000km/6000miles on it, brand new tires and chain.

The seat has a little tear in it, and one exhaust can has a scratch on it, and that's the only thing wrong on this bike.

It's worth noting all the cool stuff this seller also has in their collection, judging from what you can see in the background... holy hell, this guy has a Magni Sfidia! I'll wait while you all Google that. Wow, that's a serious bit of exotica, right there.

Anyway, back to the Aprilia.

2000 Aprilia RS250 Front Wheel

The bike isn't perfect, but looks just slightly used, not crashed: that scrape on the exhaust looks more like a moving accident than a low-side. Also, I'd be looking to replace those stock bits with some little carbon tubes anyway. The original listing also includes a couple pictures of the Japanese documentation. Obviously, it's a really good idea to check with your local DMV before purchase, to make sure there won't be any hassles

As I've stated in the past, I much prefer the earlier RS250's. The dual seat on this era bike looks awkward to me, incorporated into the downward-sloping speed-hump, and an RS250 is a pretty unlikely passenger-carrying bike anyway.

-tad

2000 Aprilia RS250 R Side

Two-Stroke Race-Rep: 2000 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Ducati June 26, 2015 posted by

Some Tasty Mods – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR

On the air-cooled side of the 1995 Ducati showroom, possibly back in a corner, was the 900 SS/CR.  Not leading edge like the 916 or 748, not as racy as the 900 Superlight, not a new naked Monster, a nice bargain but not like the 600 or 750, the 900 SS/CR had its own gap to fill.

20150623 1995 ducati 900 ss cr right

1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR for sale on eBay

20150623 1995 ducati 900 ss cr left

A nice handler with 84 hp, the SS/CR was the basis for many owner upgrades.  The basics were there, reliable oversquare desmodue, dry clutch, 6-speed, 41 mm inverted forks, big triple disk brakes, monoshock, and sweet half-fairing showing off that neat engine.

20150623 1995 ducati 900 ss cr binnacle  20150623 1995 ducati 900 ss cr seat fairing

Subject to a recall, the frame on this machine was evidently replaced under warranty.  While apart, the owner of this machine had the frame and swingarm powder-coated black, as well as the distinctive side cases, all normally silver.

20150623 1995 ducati 900 ss cr front  20150623 1995 ducati 900 ss cr rear

Just getting started with the upgrades, the dampers were upgraded to fully adjustable, along with steering stabilizer and Staintune exhaust.  The engine was overhauled with Ferracci pistons, oversized valves in the ported and polished heads.  A nice list of recent maintenance as well.

20150623 1995 ducati 900 ss cr right rear wheel

From the eBay auction:

The time has come to part with my prized Ducati 900SS/CR. This 1995 Ducati 900SS/CR features SP adjustable forks, 2000 Super sport rear shock. Ferracci High Compression pistons, Ported and polished heads w 1 mm over sized valves, Khien 41 mm flat slide carbs, Dyna coils, Staintune stainless full high pipe system. LSL steering stabilizer Those are real Super light exhaust hangers sprayed gloss black. Exhaust sounds amazing and is no longer in production. Brand new Anti- gravity Lithium Ion battery, custom fabricated stainless steel fender eliminator (uses 996 signals), and light weight barnett clutch and a 999 clutch basket. Frame was replaced under warranty, infamous cracked neck. While the bike was down frame and swing arm were powder coated gloss black. Wheels and engine side cases are satin black. Clutch pressure plate high gloss red. Valve adjustment, new belts, fork seals, carbs rebuilt, new starter clutch all within the last 500 miles.

Nicely modified, this is a CR is name only, up to SP specs or better.  This SS/CR is likely to make the next owner very happy...

-donn

Some Tasty Mods – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Moto Guzzi June 25, 2015 posted by

Big Iron – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corse

Set the way-back machine for 1975 and attend EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori) in Milan, there you'll see the original bikini-faired Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans, the iconic basis for the long line of Le Mans-badged machines.  The torquey long-wheelbase heavyweights were ( and are ) the cornerstone of Guzzi's line-up.

20150622 2003 moto guzzi v11 le mans rosso corse right

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corse for sale on eBay

20150622 2003 moto guzzi v11 le mans rosso corse cockpit

The Racing Red model is part of the V11 series, the most recent to wear the LeMans name, and was produced until 2006.  Before that the 850 Le Mans went through three updates from 1976 - 84, and then the 1000 Le Mans was built until 1991.  All have been based on the 45-degree pushrod V-twin, pushing a single-plate dry clutch and shaft drive, the V11 displacing 1064cc and worthy of 91 hp.

20150622 2003 moto guzzi v11 le mans rosso corse binnacle  20150622 2003 moto guzzi v11 le mans rosso corse right front

20150622 2003 moto guzzi v11 le mans rosso corse  seat  20150622 2003 moto guzzi v11 le mans rosso corse right front wheel

Outstanding components set the more recent Guzzi's apart, Marelli ignition and injection, Ohlins forks and monoshock, Brembo brakes, La Francona exhaust.  All are a little bigger than you might expect but make sense for the long, heavy machine.  The handlebar fairing has grown into the upper part of a sportbike fairing, and complementary monoposto cover reveals a pillion seat.  Exotic red anodized valve covers and frame connectors work well with the fade-out checkered flag paint scheme.

20150622 2003 moto guzzi v11 le mans rosso corse valve cover  20150622 2003 moto guzzi v11 le mans rosso corse left detail

20150622 2003 moto guzzi v11 le mans rosso corse right detail

This particular Rosso Corse is basically new, with not even break-in miles.  Hard to pick up any deficiencies in the pictures.  From the eBay auction:

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corse  767 miles. Ohlins suspension. Limited production collector quality big twin. Bike was traded to Pro Italia on a new Moto Guzzi. No stories, it's near perfect. Anodized red parts are unfaded. Our shop only needed to fit a fresh battery to make ready for sale.

More of an exclusive cafe' racer than full-on sportbike, the V11 still handles well, shading toward stability more than maneuverability.  Likely to be the only Guzzi and almost certainly the only V11 on your next Sunday ride...

-donn

 

Big Iron – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corse
Honda June 24, 2015 posted by

Challenge Accepted! – 2002 Honda RC51 SP2

2002 Honda RC-51 SP2 on eBay

SP2_rightside

The 90s were a tough time for Honda on the racetrack.  World Superbike regulations allowed v-twins a displacement increase up to 999cc to make up for the horsepower "advantage" that the four cylinder motorcycles had.  The Ducati 916 used this to thoroughly dominate WSBK to the tune of five championships in just six years.  Unable to remain competitive with V-four platform that saw so much success in the RC30 and RC45, Honda decided to level the playing field with their own V-twin and the results were impressive.  Colin Edwards would win two WSBK Championships in three years on board the RC-51.  The SP2 had several improvements over the SP1 that resulted in less weight, more horsepower, thicker brake rotors, better suspension and a slightly longer swingarm that made the SP2 a great handling motorcycle.

SP2_leftside

This SP2 has a few very nice and very expensive mods, but also includes a number of stock parts should originality be your game.  You can read the description in the auction here: 2002 Honda RC-51 SP2 on eBay

19,250 miles.  I am the second owner.  I always use Rotella T6 at oil changes. Stock air filters, Flapper deleted.  Did not do the soft rev mod.  PC3R. Crankcase vented to exhaust. One fan deleted.  Galfer Front wave rotors and Galfer pads.  Zero Gravity double bubble windscreen.  Michelin Pilot Road 2s.  Scorpion alarm, and... Sato Racing Banzai mount carbon fiber slip-ons.  If you know RC51s, then you know Sato Racing made the best exhaust for this bike. Period. Hands down. Also, you know what they are worth now, and that they aren't in production anymore.  Also included, front and rear pit-bull stands, battery tender, and the stock cans.

SP2_front

While it may not have the raw sex appeal of Ducati's 916, there is still a great looking motorcycle that gets even better looking when you understand just how good it is.  It's still racy, it's still aggressive, but you can also live with it on a daily basis as it retains all of the bulletproof reliability that Hondas are renowned for.  The RC-51s have a dedicated following which you can see by the number of eBay watchers any time one comes up for sale.  The resale prices have remained high which proves that this motorcycle has all of the makings of a future classic.

Challenge Accepted! – 2002 Honda RC51 SP2
Yamaha June 23, 2015 posted by

Forgotten Favorite – 1997 Yamaha YZF-750R

1997 Yamaha YZF-750R on eBay

YZF750R_rightside

As a YZF-750R owner myself, I'm always looking for them and at them.  They don't turn up very often.  Unfortunately the YZF-750R will always be overlooked as it comes in between the legendary FZR-750 OW-01 and the drop dead sexy Yamaha R7 and also the revolutionary Yamaha R1.  However, it really is a great motorcycle that performed admirably on the track (in SP trim) having propelled the likes of Scott Russell, Noriyuki Haga and Colin Edwards to wins in both AMA Superbike and World Superbike races.  It was also a dominant force in British Superbike Racing, with Niall Mackenzie taking three straight BSB Championships on the YZF-750R.

YZF750R_leftside

This one looks like it's in pretty nice shape with only a few minor stress cracks in the plastics.  That might be an issues for somebody looking to restore it 100% though, as fairings are very hard to come by.  So, I guess the only solution would be to not worry about it ride the thing!  You might actually enjoy it!

Here's a few details from the seller and you can check out the auction and more pictures here: 1997 Yamaha YZF-750R on eBay

Here is a chance to get a rare and very low mileage classic sport bike.  Read up on the history of these bikes......they are really starting to go up in value.  It won the bike of the decade.........pretty impressive with the bikes that were being pumped out in the 90's.  You can easily push these to 160 HP with a few mods.  This one is 100% stock other than a Stage 1 jet kit that was installed by the dealer to help with a flat spot on the curve.

The bike does have a few small stress cracks in the fairings at the typical locations.  This bike has never been laid down and overall shows very well for its age.  Also I cracked the windshield last fall when I was putting the bike away for the winter putting the cover on.  The cover comes with the bike.

YZF750R_front

Forgotten Favorite – 1997 Yamaha YZF-750R
Ducati June 22, 2015 posted by

Retro Looks, Modern Handling: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 R Front

Just 500 of the classically-proportioned Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE bikes were imported to the US, with silver half-faired bodywork and a blue-green frame intended to recall the bike ridden to victory by Paul Smart at the Imola 200 in 1972, a win without which Ducati might not exist.

Modern retro-styled bikes often use their throwback looks to justify performance to match. Harley's Sportster is obviously the worst offender, but the Triumph Bonneville, while an all-around great motorcycle, is hardly a performer when the road gets twisty. The thing is, although the Ducati Sport Classics weren't cutting-edge sport bikes in terms of weight or power, they did feature top-shelf suspension and braking components so they are actually rewarding to ride quickly and use one of the most charismatic and long-serving engines of all time: Ducati's belt-driven, two-valve, air-cooled L-twin. In the Sport Classic, it displaces 992cc and uses twin-plug heads for more efficient combustion across the honking big piston surface.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 L Rear

For your consideration today is this very nice Paul Smart 1000LE that features the truly lust-worthy Zard dual exhaust. Seriously, I want one of the original solo-seat Sport Classics just so I can fit one of those exhausts. They look cool as all get-out and sound amazing as well. I also love that very slick LED taillamp that cleans up the look of the rear and is almost invisible, while providing you with all the "hey I'm stopping" and turn-indicator-y-ness of the original units, but with less overtly retro styling.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 R Engine

And let's not overlook those very trick Beringer front brakes, although I'm not sure the original Brembo units were actually lacking in stopping power...

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Front Brake

Feel free to check out the original eBay listing if you like itemized grocery lists of aftermarket part prices and boring copy-paste manufacturer's spec sheets with, let's face it, relatively unimpressive [on paper] specifications...

2006 Ducati Sport Classic Paul Smart 1000 for Sale

As much as Terblanche's Sport Classics didn't sell all that well when new, once the initial rush of Ducatisti purchases was finished, they've held their value very well: bidding on this bike is over $18,000 with the reserve not yet met. Since new examples rang in at $14,000, that means that, unlike buyers of, say the MV Agusta F4CC, the original owners of the Paul Smart are just about breaking even now...

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Seat

Most riders aren't actually capable of exploiting a 1299 or even an 899 Panigale, much as they might love the style and heritage. And you pay a pretty hefty price in terms of comfort, insurance, and maintenance if you choose the superbike style over the real-world performance of something like this.

A Sport Classic allows you to have your cake and eat it too, offering an effective blend of modern design and vintage styling cues, along with performance that is real-world fast, and enough handling to embarrass unsuspecting squids on a Sunday morning ride.

-tad

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 L Front

Retro Looks, Modern Handling: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

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