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Ducati September 11, 2015 posted by

RELIST: 1984 Ducati 750 TT1 Racer in the UK

Update 9.11.2015: Previously listed in March of this year, this 750 TT1 is back on eBay. Good luck to buyers and seller. -dc

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Here is a true legend, a Ducati TT1 race bike available for sale in the UK.  The Ducati TT1 was a 748cc race bike based on the hugely successful Ducati TT2.  While the TT2 was only 600cc it won the world championship multiple times. The TT1 didn’t produced quite the same success as it’s smaller brother and Ducati only built 60 TT1’s before focusing its efforts on its street legal version, the 750 F1.

Sadly the early edition 750 F1’s werent that good on the street and were described  as “uncomfortable, extremely unreliable, and slow”.  But the TT1 was none of those things and is still one of the most desirable and collectible Ducati’s ever made, largely due to their rarity and face-melting performance capabilities.

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1984 Ducati 750 TT1 for sale on eBay

According to the seller, this TT1 is an original Pablo Real race bike run by Team Leoni in the 1984 season.  For those of you too young to know about Real and Leoni, Reno Leoni was a former test rider for the Ducati factory who moved to America in 1965 and stayed for the next 35 years.  Leoni first made a name for himself with Moto Guzzis and then most famously with Ducatis and was instrumental in establishing the early Superbike series and then the emerging Battle of the Twins division.  Meanwhile Pablo Real was the AMA’s 1991 Pro Twins GP1 national champion and always ran well on the high banks at Daytona.

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According to the seller, this bike is basically un-restored and looks just as it did when it was last raced (with the exception of a depressurized rear shock).  Apparently the shock went down as the bike has spent the last several years as one of the centerpieces of the Silverman Museum Racing collection.

Here is some of the other info the seller provides:

  • A fantastic period built privateeer TT1
  • 750Cc engine tuned by Lenci of Rome
  • 41mm Malossi carbs, ported heads, race cams
  • M1R forks, floating Brembo discs with Gold line P08 calipers, Campagnolo magnesium wheels
  • Verlicchi frame, Verlicchi lightweight aluminium swinging arm t
  • his bike’s loaded with all the best bits so much of which is of course unobtainable today

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Of course now we come to the question of what it will take to put your hands on this lovely piece of Italian exotica?  Well hang on tight folks because when this bike was offered for sale by Bonhams last year the auction expected bid range was between $16,500 and $18,500 USD.   I think that makes it the most expensive bike we have ever posted here on RSBFS, although a few of the Ducati SuperMonos we have posted have been close.

Even with the recent movements in the dollar vs euro, the asking price for this bike is still likely to be equal to a decent 1st house or a full tuition at a US private university.   But if you are by some chance a RSBFS reader who can afford something like this and you bring it over here to the states, all I can say is….can I have a go?

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

RELIST: 1984 Ducati 750 TT1 Racer in the UK
Kawasaki September 10, 2015 posted by

My kind of basement: 1996 ZX7RR with only 477 miles

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Here we have a nice bit of near unobtainium in almost brand new condition, a 1996 Kawasaki ZX7RR N1 with only 477 miles.  The ZX7RR was a true homologation special and Kawasaki only imported 500 of the designated “N”/street legal models, the minimum required to meet requirements for use in Superbike racing.  Not only was the bike rare in and of itself, the ZX7RR was the last of the Kawasaki 750cc/3-quarters homologation bikes.

The ZX7RR was quite a different beast from the standard ZX7, coming with track oriented tech such as adjustable steering head with inserts, front forks with different internals that allowed more adjustments, larger/41mm flatside carburators, carbon fiber goodies (including an airbox), close-ratio gearbox, 6 piston Nissin brakes (instead of the standard Tokico), different rear shock, no passenger pegs or seat, and a trick muffler hanger.

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1996 Kawasaki ZX7rr for sale on ebay

From the pictures in the auction its clear this particular ZX7RR is owned by a Kawasaki ZX7 enthusiast and has led a pampered existence so far.  The seller states that it has been indoors for the last 15 years, that fuel was drained and battery was removed.   While technically you could do as the seller states and “add a battery, fill with fuel and ride away”, you would probably also want to spend a few bucks/pounds/euros and replace brake fluid and possibly rubber/tires.

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Engine bay looks pristine and goodness that exhaust looks perfect, no “it got scraped while moving the bike” marks.

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Is this almost new bit of near unobtainum worth the $20,000 USD asking price? Well this is an opportunity to acquire what is essentially a factory fresh ZX7RR which doesn’t come up often and bidding is already quite brisk at $13,000 USD.   As supplies of homologation specials like this dry up prices will go up. While you could have picked up a “bitsa” ZX7RR a few years ago for far less, one in this condition is quite rare.

Personally I think the current bid is already above value but if a ZX7RR is what you need to complete your 1990’s homologation collection, then you probably won’t find one much nicer than this.  It would certainly look great parked next to other homologation bikes such as the Honda RC30, Ducati Desmosedecci and/or Harley VR1000.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

My kind of basement:  1996 ZX7RR with only 477 miles
Moto Guzzi September 10, 2015 posted by

Berliner’s Request – 1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100

In the late 1970’s, longtime U.S. motorcycle importers Joseph and Michael Berliner requested a 1000cc Moto Guzzi to compete with the BMW R100RS, and while Guzzi had a more touring oriented 1000SP, they capitalized on the Le Man’s good name and introduced the CX100.  Built in 1979 and only 353 units, it’s quite rare to find a stock CX100 these days, most having undergone cosmetic surgery.  The distinctive fairing was honed in Guzzi’s wind tunnel and looks tough but provides stability at speed.

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1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100 for sale on eBay

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Using gear-driven overhead cams to actuate the 2-valve heads, the 949cc CX100 generates about 80 hp, but a healthy helping of torque.  With the good handling Le Mans frame, forks were up-sized and brake calipers moved behind.  The CX100 is equipped with Guzzi’s linked brake system, which generated many complaints but tested very well.  The colorful and fully equipped dash came over from the 1000SP, and the bars tuck in properly.  The fairing from the Mk. II Le Mans re-design shares the angularity between the handlebar and engine fairings, protecting the rider better than the original bikini.

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Stored for many years, this Le Mans has only 2,500 and change miles.  Part of its re-birth was a re-paint, but appears correct and well-detailed.  Hard to see anything that’s not stock here, though the owner states that the airbox is in storage – from the eBay auction:

The motorcycle was purchased from the original owner who had the bike stored in his garage until 3 years ago.
The bike is in fantastic condition , over the years the tank and fairings picked up some scratches from being in a packed garage so naturally I had the bodywork repainted to factory specs. Looks amazing.
The bike is Concours ready, you could ride this bike anywhere or display it in your home, it is that nice!
The mileage is extremely low, I have yet to find another CX100 anywhere that is this nice, or with this low of mileage.
Velocity stacks are running screens right now , but the stock air box is included along with the original owners manual.

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Evidently a collector with other Guzzis, this owner has done a smashing restoration of a particular moment in Moto Guzzi history.  Too long and heavy to be too sporty, this bike still cruises at 100 mph with surprising ability in the esses…

-donn

Berliner’s Request – 1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100
Suzuki September 9, 2015 posted by

Very Clean, Ex-Rick Lance 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side

Suzuki’s RG500Γ is a perennial favorite here at RSBFS, and this looks like a very clean example with some cool period brake upgrades. Built between 1985 and 1987, the Gamma was the race-rep to have, with 498cc of displacement and fierce power delivery. While its 94 or so horsepower seems unimpressive today, the bike’s dry weight was 50lbs less than Yamaha’s rival RZ500 and put that power through a bicycle-skinny 120 section rear tire.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Fairing Detail

The RG500 used an extremely compact square four that was really more like a pair of liquid-cooled parallel-twins, each with its own crank. The two cranks were geared together and drove a six-speed gearbox to create an extremely compact powertrain that allowed the designers to effectively package the bike’s weight for maximum handling.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Dash

Power is virtually nonexistent below 7,000rpm, but comes on in a wild rush before the 10,000rpm redline, meaning you need to dance on the gear lever to keep things moving quickly. But that’s part of the two-stroke appeal: a modern literbike and go quickly on a canyon road left in 4th gear, but bikes like the RG500 require constant involvement to ride quickly.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Front Brake

This example is claimed to have been owned by Rick Lance, a well-known Gamma tuner here in the US, which bodes well for the maintenance of the bike, although I’m not sure how long the seller has owned it…

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

Here we have a beautiful 1986 Suzuki RG500 with just 8400 km or 5300 miles … 

This bike is a true credit to its former owner who bought it in 1989 when it was first imported in to the US from Canada by Rick Lance of Lance Gamma, it was his pride and joy for last 26 years! 

The bike starts up on the first or second kick
It sounds awesome and runs excellent
Everything works as it should
It has no leaks
Recently replaced Air Filter and Fuel lines with shut off valve from Lance Gamma
New Battery, Spark Plugs and New Front Brake Pads
Stock Engine with Lance Gamma Jet Kit and Expansion Chambers
It has a rare Spondon Front Brake Upgrade with Lockheed Calipers
Clean California Title
Rear Seat and Handbooks included
Toolkit Untouched

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side Detail

In any case, the mileage is very low, and it looks to be in extremely original condition. While modern wheels and tires certainly improve handling, most owners want these things to be as close as possible to how they were when they rolled off the boat, with the possible exception of some nice expansion chambers, assuming the original pipes are included.

It appears to have the much-coveted California title as well, so all you well-heeled bike collectors in the Los Angeles area check this one out.

-tad

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Side

Very Clean, Ex-Rick Lance 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale
Ducati September 8, 2015 posted by

Nuanced – 1991 Ducati 907IE

Incremental improvements made over the years of production can often add up to make the final model year or two the ones to buy, and that is certainly the case with the Ducati Paso, made 1986-92.  Introduced as an air-cooled 750, the Paso evolved into a 900cc water-cooled, fuel-injected sportbike with a slippery fairing which covers all the mechanicals.

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1991 Ducati 907ie for sale on eBay

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The 907IE has a strong ( and rare for Ducati ) square tubing dual cradle frame, completely concealed by the fairing.  Water cooling was added to the 904cc engine in 1989, though the heads maintained some of their cooling fins, making the system work better overall.  Weber fuel injection gave the 90 hp engine a smooth power curve with good torque available from 3000 rpm.  Marzocchi supplied the 42mm forks and rear monoshock, which received excellent reviews.  Brembo made the 4-piston calipers for the dual 300mm front brakes, with two-piston 245mm rear.  One major update to the driveline was 17-inch tires front and rear, more important these days as 16-inch tires are not widely available.

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Offered by a St. Louis specialty car store, this 907IE looks great with under 5,500 miles.  Corbin seat and Termignoni carbon mufflers appear to be the only updates, and a missing turn signal lens the only squawk.  From the eBay auction:

  • Same Owner Since 1998!
  • Chassis & engine numbers matching
  • Used in Ellese Tennis Shoe commercial in Italy
  • 904cc SOHC “L” V-twin engine
  • 6-speed transmission
  • Termigoni exhaust
  • Weber Marelli fuel-injection
  • Brembo front & rear brakes
  • 3-piece Brembo wheels
  • Veglia instruments
  • Only 5,467 original miles

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20150907 1991 ducati 907ie right fairing detail  20150907 1991 ducati 907ie left seat detail

Reviewed as a great handler with nicely tuned fuel injection, the 907IE is the Paso to own.  The dry multi-plate but hydraulically activated clutch and six-speed trans also impressed the media.  Fairly low clip-ons make the country more fun than the city, though you could certainly add bar risers.  A love-it-or-hate-it affair, the all-inclusive bodywork looks even better in person than pictures.  A pair of cam belts might be in order unless some history is available, but that points out one of the reasons to consider the Desmodue, maintenance that won’t be a deal-breaker…

-donn

Nuanced – 1991 Ducati 907IE
Honda September 7, 2015 posted by

Gentlemen, start you collections: 1990 Honda RC30

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Always a favorite here on RSBFS, the RC30 is a bike that every serious collector wants.  Officially designated as the Honda VFR750R with different trim based on destination country, the RC30 was a true homologation bike and came with what was at the time unheard of specs for a street bike; titanium and magnesium parts,  gear-driven cams, track based “slipper” clutch, a first gear that could take you up to 80 mph, a single-sided swingarm, etc.  How special were they?  Let me put it this way – the RC30 was so epic even James May of Top Gear UK owns one.

The RC30’s 100 hp 749cc engine may seem tame today but what made the RC30 so special was the way it put everything together;  huge amounts of feedback, a massively broad powerband, lightest weight in its class, the Honda blew the 750cc competition away.  Of course all this race tech didn’t come cheap;  the RC30 was priced at an eye popping  $21,000 in 1990, which equals about $39,000 USD in today’s dollars.

A review of the RC30 can be read here.

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1990 Honda RC30 for sale on ebay

For this particular RC30, there seems to be both an upside and some potential downsides.  On the upside, the seller states the bike is 100% stock original except for some stainless steel braided front and rear brake lines.  Fluids look fresh and the engine area looks immaculate which shouldn’t be surprising since the seller appears to be a serious collector.  On the downside, the seller indicates they are the 3rd owner so true history of the bike will be something of an assumption.  Also the mileage is a bit higher than alot of RC30’s we see here on RSBFS but this is reflected in the price.

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Is this 1990 Honda RC30 worth its 23,500 starting bid?  Well we have seen recent posts range from $22,000  to over $28,000 USD so the asking price seems right in line with the current market.  Also these are true Rare Sportbikes with only 300 reported as coming into the USA so values will probably continue to rise over time.

Here at RSBFS we have some regular readers who will be able to offer better insight on the current fair price for this RC30 so if its time for you to add one to your collection, I suggest you check out the the comments on this post or the recent posts linked above but be quick if you are seriously interested as ebay auctions of these bikes often end early.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Gentlemen, start you collections:  1990 Honda RC30
Yamaha September 5, 2015 posted by

Thunder, Thunder, Thunderace! Sharp 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 for Sale

1997 Yamaha YZF1000 R Front

Yamaha’s YZF1000 wasn’t a big seller, and was available in the US for only one year, making this an extremely rare bike here. Five valves, five gears, and 1003cc’s should tell you pretty much all you need to know about this bike. Known as the “Thunderace” in many markets, the big YZF was a strange mix of high and low tech: it used Yamaha’s sophisticated five-valve inline four mated to a five-speed transmission. But the engine’s wide powerband means you really don’t need that sixth cog anyway.

1997 Yamaha YZF1000 L Front

This was really more a bike in the spirit of Kawasaki’s ZX-11 than one of today’s highly-strung, just barely under 1000cc machines. 147hp is still nothing to sneeze at today, especially when combined with a claimed 435lbs dry weight, and older literbikes like this were built for fast, two-up traveling, with midrange power undreamed of by today’s screaming twins and fours.

1997 Yamaha YZF1000 L Rear

And if those brakes look like they’ve been fitted fitted from a later R1, you’d be partly correct: the Thunderace was famous for its excellent brakes and was the first model to feature the one-piece, four-piston “blue spot” calipers that were later used on the R1.

This bike looks to be in excellent, well-maintained shape, considering its age. From the original eBay listing: 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 for Sale

This model, Yamaha YZF1000R  in USA for one year only, 1997.  Last all purpose supersport  (not RR) with carbs.  198 kg (437 lbs) dry. Genesis 5-valve motor145 hp (133rw hp), forged (not cast) pistons, drag coefficient .29, forged aluminum rims, steering damper.  Frame is 5kg less than YZF 750R, hence equivalent dry weight w/20+hp advantage and more robust 5spd transmission carried on from FZR 1000.  Runs, shifts, handles as new.  New tires, brake pads, battery, chain, filters, all fluids.  Billet aluminum swingarm, smoked windshield.  Always kept in dry garage under cover. 

Extremely well kept overall, but for one repairable chip on upper left fairing, and one very small (1.25″) stress crack on right lower fairing. Chip shows on photo, crack too small to easily show here. Small chip at rear of white fiberglass cowling cap also too small to easily show. D&D carbon fiber exhaust as new with original aluminum exhaust nearly mint condition. Flush mounted front signals with originals included and shown.

From MC Review (see masterfairings.com blog):  “The last breed of the classic old school superbikes that Yamaha aimed to produce on an international level … it’s just overall a brilliant bike.”

In a December 1996 Car & Driver Magazine comparison test of Yamaha YZF1000R with Dodge Viper the bike won all acceleration tests, top gear roll on, etc., but greasy dusty track at Willow Springs  favored Viper until its motor blew and it DNF.

Scarcity and and content quality make this one a collectible low cost supersport ride.  Bike is beautiful, fast and comfortable, but not for beginner.

It’s not in perfectly original condition, although the seller does have the original exhaust can and turn signals if you’d prefer a dead-stock look. That clutch lever does look a bit bent, but that could be the result of a simple tip-over, something to be expected in a bike of this age.

1997 Yamaha YZF1000 L Fairing

The simple white-and-red panels on this bike have aged extremely well and give it a more sophisticated style that stand out in a sea of wild, paint-splash neon zebra designs that were popular during the 1990’s. All-in-all, with just 17,000 miles on the clock and $3,400 Buy It Now price, this represents a killer deal for sportbike fans on a budget.

-tad

1997 Yamaha YZF1000 R Side

Thunder, Thunder, Thunderace! Sharp 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 for Sale
Ducati September 4, 2015 posted by

Nice Exhaust, Bike Included: 2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000SE for Sale

2007 Ducati Sport Classic Zard R Side

Look, I’d really buy this Ducati Sport 1000SE just for the insanely cool 2-into-2 high/low Zard exhaust and get a pretty nice bike thrown in for free. Because if I had the money and space to collect a bunch of bikes, the Sport 1000 would be on the list, and I’d want one with this exhaust. As a bonus, it even has beautiful vintage black and gold paint with the classic Ducati logo.

2007 Ducati Sport Classic Zard Front

It’s a perfect bike for the road, with good handling, reasonable weight, and an ideal powerplant: crazy horsepower numbers sell bikes and enhance the size of your “package” [note: not really], but a flexible, torquey motor that sounds and feels good at almost any road and engine speed is what you really need in the real world, and the belt-driven, two-valve 1000DS engine has those qualities in spades. This 992cc “DS” or “Dual Spark” version uses twin-plug heads for more efficient combustion across the big piston surface.

2007 Ducati Sport Classic Zard R Side Engine

So you don’t get the big horsepower bragging rights, but when your bike looks and sounds this good, who cares? Unfortunately, that solo-only tail means you won’t get to take your future ex-Miss or Mister along for the ride, but you do get that really slick asymmetrical swingarm on the monoposto versions of the early Sport Classics.

2007 Ducati Sport Classic Zard L Side

In typical Ducati fashion, this low-mileage example has been decked out in the best the aftermarket can supply, most of which is tasteful. Aside from the Zard exhaust, I’m also a fan of that slim LED taillight/signal unit: the stock bits are classic 70’s in all the wrong ways and will not be missed.

From the original eBay listing: 2007 Ducati Sport 1000 SE for Sale

Ducati North America announced the release of the 2007 Sport 1000 mono Special Edition, which is being produced exclusively for the North American market. Production of this model will be limited to 100 units (90 for the US and 10 for Canada). With only 100 units being produced, this will be one of the rarest Ducatis made in recent history. Combining modern technology and historic design, the Sport 1000 SE embodies the spirit of the legendary 1978 Ducati 900SS “Darmah” and features the timeless Black and Gold paint scheme. Each of the limited 100 monoposto (single seat) 2007 Sport 1000 SE models will be identified by a numbered plaque, located on the triple clamp. The motorcycle also features a twin muffler “shotgun” exhaust, spoke wire wheels and Brembo brakes. It is powered by the 992cc dual spark motor, which puts out impressive torque and horsepower figures for an air-cooled engine. #12 of 100 4047 miles  List of upgrades (all original parts included with sale) Zard Exhaust, Rizoma mirrors, FLEDA LED integrated brake lights and signals, EVR clutch, CRG adjustable levers, Speedy Moto open belt kit, Speedy Moto open clutch kit, Speedy Moto frame sliders, Carbon fiber sprocket cover, Carbon fiber rear hugger and integrated chain guard, FOBO Bluetooth tire pressure sensors.

With just 4,000 miles on the clock and all that vintage-styled goodness on tap, I’m surprised there are no bidders yet: the Paul Smart bikes regularly change hands for far more than the opening bid listed here, and I prefer the looks of the Sport. While that might seem like a lot of money for a nearly ten year old bike, I think these still provide a ton of bang for your buck, along with the possibility that it will appreciate in value down the road.

-tad

2007 Ducati Sport Classic Zard Rear

Nice Exhaust, Bike Included: 2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000SE for Sale

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