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Yamaha June 21, 2015 posted by

Buzzy Little Bee: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

1985 Yamaha RZ350 R Front

Yamaha made a name for itself in the US building giant-killing two-stroke parallel twins that powered the RD and later RZ models like this 1985 RZ350. The 347cc engine reatured liquid-cooling and made over 40hp stock, with plenty more available with careful tuning. While Honda largely focused on their heavy, but very sophisticated two and four-cylinder CB motorcycles, Yamaha's whippy little two-strokes terrorized backroads and race tracks all over American and Europe, creating a cult following that persists to this day.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 L Side

Two-strokes have never lacked top-end power, but their light-switch power delivery left something to be desired for street riders and, in th 1980's Acronym Wars, the "power valve" was born. Yamaha's version was, of course, known as the YPVS that used a computer to adjust the exhaust ports. The "Yamaha Power Valve System" plumped up the midrange of the raspy little two-stroke, meaning you could have your cake and eat it, too. Assuming you didn't mind a little blue smoke in your eyes...
1985 Yamaha RZ350 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

The 1985 Kenny Roberts Edition RZ350LC offered here is one of the quite rare leftover models with revised graphics that somewhat resembled the 1983 UK versions, but with gold rims and the Kenny Roberts signature, originally sold as an RZ350NC2 in California only from late 1985-6. It has been owned from new by only two enthusiasts and has been very tastefully modified with an original 1985 full fairing and Corbin Gunfighter single seat. Mechanically, the hugely desirable Pro-Design Cool Head was installed for increased cooling, and a Toomey exhaust.

The bike runs exceptionally well. It starts easily, idles well and has great power delivery. It shifts through all gears perfectly with a good clutch. Suspension feels taut and the brakes work very well, front and rear. Cosmetically the bike is in good condition with the usual scuffs of a bike with 17,000 miles, that is 32 years old.

The bike comes with a clean, clear California title and a substantial box of spare parts, including stock fairing, original exhaust pipes, turn signals, etc.

These are not bikes for the inexperienced or faint-hearted, with huge wheelie-popping performance on tap when the revs rise.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Pipe

This particular RZ350 features a very stylish full-fairing that I've seen on several bikes for sale recently. I'm not sure if it was a factory option or not but, painted to match, makes for a very nice machine with light weight and bike-bike style. Parts availability to keep an RZ running should be no problem, but the included spare parts is just icing on the cake.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Engine

 

A price of $6,900 means you're looking at the higher-end in terms of pricing for these, but it looks like you're getting a well cared-for, thoughtfully-improved, and very practical classic for your money.

-tad

1985 Yamaha RZ350 L Rear

Buzzy Little Bee: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale
Ducati June 20, 2015 posted by

Weapons-Grade: 2014 Ducati Superleggera for Sale

2014 Ducati Superleggera L SideUnless you have access to one of NCR's Desmosedici-based bikes, there is quite literally nothing on the road like the Ducati Superleggera. The idea is simple: take the Panigale 1199R and take a cost-no-object approach to making it perform better. Basically one-off every mass-produced component, un-cut every corner.

2014 Ducati Superleggera R Side Front

I wonder if there's even any steel left on this bike: literally everything possible has been replaced with magnesium, aluminum, titanium, or carbon-fiber to pare down weight to the absolute minimum: even that little vestigial bit of frame that forms the airbox/headstock and attaches to the front cylinder [with titanium bolts, naturally] is made from magnesium. And the engine saw the same sort of internal changes, with Pankl rods, titanium valves, and even a crankshaft with tungsten counterweights that allow a massive 12,500rpm redline for the huge v-twin. 2014 Ducati Superleggera Tank

And it obviously worked. With a full tank of gas and all necessary lubricants, the Superleggera weighs in under 400lbs, including lights and mirrors, supposedly 30lbs less than the R, while producing almost 190hp at the rear wheel.

With a factory warranty.

2014 Ducati Superleggera R Side RearFrom the original eBay listing: 2014 Ducati Superleggera for Sale

 The most technically advanced 200 horsepower motorcycle ever featuring an 1198cc L-twin with 4 valves per cylinder, magnesium semi-monocoque frame, adjustable Ohlins suspension, magnesium ally wheels mounted on Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires, selectable power and rider modes and weighing in at 341 pounds dry this is an incredible street legal race bike

I get annoyed by this kind of pointless hyperbole, mixed in with some random features chosen at random and used incorrectly. I mean, Ducati superbikes have had 4-valves per cylinder since the 851, and who cares about what tires you've got fitted? If you're trying to sell a $60,000 motorcycle, this is the kind of stuff to get right. Look guys, if you don't know that much about this stuff, just keep it simple and sexy:

This Superleggera is one seriously exclusive Ducati: just 500 made worldwide, and only 200 came to the US. It features the very best of everything and combines the most powerful, technically advanced v-twin engine ever with the lightest weight of any production superbike. Literally dripping with carbon fiber, magnesium, and titanium parts, this is the most exotic production motorcycle ever built. Throw your Rizoma catalog in the trash: you won't need it for this bike.

There, fixed it for you.

On the upside, the listing does include a bunch of very drool-worthy pictures and, since you've all probably read multiple articles on these anyway, that's probably what you really wanted anyway. 2014 Ducati Superleggera Rear ShockThis one has just 5 miles on the clock, but at least someone out there is riding these: walking home from the grocery store last week in Los Angeles, I got buzzed by one that was blasting down Santa Monica Boulevard. And if you were wondering, that red isn't really red, exactly. It's fluorescent red, like Dainese uses on some of their race suits. It's like half-way between regular Ducati red and the fluorescent orange you'd expect on a traffic worker's safety vest.

It's very striking, to say the least. It glows...

-tad 2014 Ducati Superleggera R Side

 

Weapons-Grade: 2014 Ducati Superleggera for Sale
Ducati June 20, 2015 posted by

Beauty revealed – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tri-Colore

This naked superbike appeared recently and expired without a bid.  When it was re-listed, it seemed worthy of a closer look.  An bikini-faired 998 Superbike, the numbered edition Tri-Colore was only available in 2008 and shares a lot of the go-fast engineering from the faired 998's.

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2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tri-Colore for sale on eBay

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With 130hp pushing a sub-400 lb machine, the S4RS has mountains of power.  With modern fuel injection and water cooling it's still rideable around town ( even more so if you add a tooth to the rear sprocket ).  Very easy on the eyes, the gold trellis frame complements the forks and exhaust, and makes the tri-colore tank sing.  All the beauty hidden on the Superbike is shown - the curved water and oil radiators with little carbon bumpers, the carbon cam belt covers, single-sided swingarm, and the spindly cast brackets for the radial disk calipers.

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Appearing on the lot of a powersports dealer in North Carolina, this S4RS looks excellent and has just a few mods, a slightly larger windscreen, Arrow mufflers, and left saddlebag.  From the eBay auction:

Some of the most sought after Ducati models are the striking ´Tricolore´ versions. Produced in limited quantities, this bike represents the best-of-the-best and can now enjoy legendary status!

This bike is pre-owned, with only 13,828 miles. Maturely owned, this bike also includes a record of service, owner’s manual as well as Service and Parts catalogue on CD. Both keys are included as well as the code card that has the electronic and mechanical codes needed for service. For added traveling convenience, a saddle bag is also included; genuine Ducati product!

20150619 2008 ducati monster s4rs tri-colore rear  20150619 2008 ducati monster s4rs tri-colore tank

20150619 2008 ducati monster s4rs tri-colore left rear wheel

Though the subsquent 1100 had more displacement, the S4RS was a very special Monster, one of two 4-valves and the most powerful naked bike in the Ducati line until the 1200 arrived last year.  Perhaps not as much cachet as the 2001 Carl Fogarty championship commemorative, but the tri-colores also have a special place in Ducati history...

-donn

 

Beauty revealed – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tri-Colore
Aprilia June 19, 2015 posted by

Road-Legal Two-Stroke: 2001 Aprilia RS250

2001 Aprilia RS250 L FrontBuilt between 1994 and 2004, the Aprilia RS250 has justifiably developed a cult following among dedicated corner-carvers and track rats. It's the quintessential "giant killer," wrapping an impossibly lightweight frame and sleek bodywork around a very compact, 250cc powerplant yanked straight out of Suzuki's RGV250, with brakes designed to stop a much heavier motorcycle. That means you get sexy Italian bodywork and handling in a sub-300lb dry weight package, with Suzuki's vast engineering knowhow and easy parts availability. Which is great, considering you'll be needing new pistions every 6,000 miles or so...

2001 Aprilia RS250 NoseIt wasn't all that long ago that Grand Prix motorcycle racing at all levels featured dirty, dirty two-stroke engines. But with those emissions-unfriendly powerplants rapidly falling out of favor all over the world in favor of durable, eco-friendly four-strokes, the two-stroke has seen a rapid decline. And although track days are more popular than ever, most people buying sportbikes will never see a race track, making two-strokes pointless for those motorcycle fans as well.

2001 Aprilia RS250 DashBut it's a shame: although the wider powerbands of four strokes have given rise to a whole range of tire-spinning riding styles in Moto GP, two-strokes are notoriously difficult to master, and their explosive, Jekyl/Hyde power delivery gives riders the satisfaction of achieving speed through skill, instead of a heavy right wrist.

2001 Aprilia RS250 L RearThis one looks to be in very good condition, with only minor cosmetic blemishes, and includes the very nice set of carbon-kevlar Arrow pipes, tucked in close under the stylish "banana" swingarm designed expressly to improve cornering clearance for the expansion chambers.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

For sale is a very nice factory street legal 2001 Aprilia RS250. 5500 Miles, Mototek 316cc kit, Barnett clutch, Arrow Exhaust system. Comes with manuals, touch up paint kit, tank, side fairings and front fairing OEM decal kit. Other spare parts as show in the photos. Motorcycle runs great.

Minor cosmetic blemishes…Championship decal on tank is missing a small section (comes with OEM replacement decal). Right hand lower fairing decal is not perfect (comes with OEM replacement decal). Scratch on top of tank. Gouge on left side of swingarm probably from swingarm stand. Some scratching on the frame near kick start and left side. See photos.

2001 Aprilia RS250 PipesMany RS250's in the US are untitled track bikes, so the fact that this example is road-legal is an added bonus. Although really, unless you live next to some really twisty roads, you're probably better off trailering your RS250 to trackdays, rather than riding it around town where its potential is completely wasted.

2001 Aprilia RS250 L FairingAs I've stated previously, I actually prefer the looks, graphics, and more traditional gauges of the earlier bikes, but you can't argue with the function of Aprilia's forward-looking dash seen here that includes a lap timer. The later design is a bit of an acquired taste: it looks like a retro-futuristic 1980's movie, and the kickstart only adds to the vintage two-stroke race-rep charm.

2001 Aprilia RS250 TailThe Aprilia RS250 is on my short list, although I want a pure track bike, which will hopefully keep prices below this one. With only a couple days left, there are zero bids at the starting price of $8,700. While that's on the higher side for RS250's, it doesn't seem out of line, especially for a road-legal bike.

What do you think?

-tad

2001 Aprilia RS250 R Front

Road-Legal Two-Stroke: 2001 Aprilia RS250
Honda June 18, 2015 posted by

Cult Classic – 1989 Honda Hawk GT

HawkGT_rightside

I'm sure you've heard it before... the term "cult classic" in reference to the Honda Hawk GT.  So what makes something a cult classic?  Well, usually it's something that went unnoticed at first and consequently didn't set any sales records, but as time passed, those willing to give it a chance soon discovered what a few already knew.  In this case, it's all about fun.  I have been looking for a nice Hawk GT for a few years (and naturally one shows up when I'm broke) after riding one on the racetrack.  It's sort of like a two wheeled version of the Mazda Miata.  It's not fast...  it's not particularly good looking.... and yet, you're smiling?  Why is that?  Well, what the Hawk GT lacked in power, it made up for in handling.  In fact, the first picture that I ever saw of somebody dragging an elbow on the ground happened to be onboard a Hawk GT.

HawkGT_cockpit

The Hawk GT was one of the first naked modern sportbikes and would soon be followed by the Yamaha SRX, Suzuki SV650 and Ducati Monster.  It's lack of a fairing made you feel like you were directly over the front wheel and made it feel like you were going faster than you really were.  There's something to be said for actually feeling the wind blasting back into your face and chest (stop me if I'm sounding too much like a Harley guy).  This example looks like it's been well cared for with low miles and a sparkling engine on display.

HawkGT_clean

The owner appears to be one of the loyal fans who understands it's appeal and shown it some love.  He provides some personal details as seen below or you can check out the eBay listing here: 1989 Honda Hawk GT

Honda’s GT647 chassis and suspension package is wonderful to ride. It turns on a dime and handle everything you can throw at it, whether in the city or when the road opens up, the Honda GT647 rewards its rider. The large front disc and means that the Honda bike won’t be out of place on a track day, and in fact many are modified for this purpose. A large community and network of aftermarket suppliers make the Honda GT647 a candidate for personalization.

This 1989 Hawk GT647 is an excellent example of a well cared for low mileage bike with a known 3 owner history. I purchased it from the second owner and know the first owner as well. The motorcycle is entirely stock with the exception of bar-ends, low profile mirrors and a Muzzy exhaust, which were common upgrade for Hondas of this period. The center stands was removed for a cleaner look and is included in the sale. The bike saw limited use for many years. It was lovingly care for and well preserved. 

Cult Classic – 1989 Honda Hawk GT
Suzuki June 17, 2015 posted by

First time on RSBFS: 1984 Suzuki GSX 750S3 Katana

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Here on RSBFS we occasionally see an early 1980's Suzuki Katana 1000 but today we are fortunate to be able to post the very rare "little brother" Katana, the Suzuki GS750SE Edition.  Suzuki created the 750cc version for people who liked the look of the larger edition but wanted something not as bulky.  An upgraded model was released in 1982 (the Mark II) and then in late 1984 came the final version, the Mark III.

While the Mark III still had the the overall design look from previous generations, the engine was a new 16-value unit taken from the forebearer of the GSXR, the GSX750E.  The new engine offered right around 84 bhp and the Mark III came with upgraded suspension both front and rear. The Mark III was also more comfortable due to a lower seat height and higher handlebars, which reduced the stretch to the grips and resulting knee bend. And last but not least (no pun intended) weight was also reduced by 16 kilos. All the changes resulted in a bike which was a big improvement over the previous version and also handled better than the UJM Suzuki GSX750.

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1984 Suzuki Katana 750SE on ebay

Of course the tech improvements weren't the only changes that put the 750se on a lot of wish lists.  The look of the bike caused a big reaction with a multi-toned paint scheme that was a big change from the all silver 1000 version.  And perhaps most noticeable of all was a new all black fairing which included a retractable/pop-up headlight.

As the folks as Two Wheels wrote, "the katana looks like it's going fast even when its barely moving but so do a lot of bikes.   The thing about the 750SE Katana is that it looks like its on its way to future while others are just treading water in the present."

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Based on the excellent amount of information in the ebay post, this particular 750SE seems to be up for sale by a serious owner. The seller lists a lot of good details about the bike, including clearly indicating the bike bodywork scuffs and wear. The seller even provides a youtube link of the bike, usually the hallmark of a good seller..

Read on for some additional pics and highlights of the info the seller includes in the ebay auction details:

THE GOOD

  • Fires up quickly and runs smoothly with no smoke, leaks or unusual noises.
  • Brakes and suspension work well and all lights and electrical systems work as they should.
  • Bike is fitted with a 'Big Crank' AGM battery and the charging system works properly.
  • Stock clip-ons have been replaced but originals are included in the sale.
  • Air box has been replaced with aftermarket pods but originals are included in the sale.
  • Instrument cluster gauges and warning lights all work as they should.
  • Also include NOS Suzuki OEM LH and RH side plastic covers

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THE NOT SO GOOD (BUT POINTS FOR HONESTY)

  • Cosmetically there is some work needed...the bike has 30+ years of scratches and marks on the bodywork and frame.
  • All of the paint is original, but every panel would need to be repaired and painted to be nice.
  • The tank is clean inside but it has a couple of shallow dents that will need to be repaired prior to painting.
  • Both side covers are cracked (common for this model) but a NOS set of OEM Suzuki covers are included in the sale.
  • Front fairing has numerous scratches and prior repairs but it will clean up fine with preparation and paint. 
  • The fairing mirrors are specific to this model and often missing or damaged - the ones on this bike are very nice.
  • No rips or tears in the seat and all of the helmet locks and seat removal locks work as they should.

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OTHER NOTES

  • Front brake lines have been replaced with aftermarket braided lines.
  • Rear mufflers have been replaced with mufflers from an unknown make and model bike - they are in good condition and sound fine but I would replace them with an OEM system or a nice aftermarket 4-1.
  • OEM LH and RH engine covers - will need painted or powder coated gold (used).
  • Replacement fairing screen with no cracks or breaks (used).

So now the question becomes, what is this Katana 750SE worth?   Well this one is the smaller 750cc model and needs some refurbishment by a new owner but it is a rare SE/3rd generation which according to the seller was never imported into the states.  Prices for the early 1980's Katana are definately on the rise lately;  the last early 1980's Katana we had on RSBFS went for over $8000 USD.

The condition and somewhat high mileage on this one should be taken into account but bidding is only at $1,500 USD and the auction is a no reserve listing.  Personally if I had room I would give serious consideration to picking this one up as a bit of an investment project and I think a smart collector might want to consider doing the same.

-Marty/Dallaslavownert

First time on RSBFS:  1984 Suzuki GSX 750S3 Katana

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