Monthly Archives: November 2015

Aprilia November 30, 2015 posted by

CA Titled Reggiani Replica: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani R Side

The last Aprilia I saw in these colors for sale was listed as a “Rossi Replica,” but this particular paintjob in fact marked the Loris Reggiani replica RS250. Reggiani raced for Aprilia from 1985 through 1995 in the 250 and 500cc classes, the latter on a bored-out 380cc v-twin intended to compete based on its exceptionally light weight. It wasn’t completely successful, but Loris was still able to place 10th the year he retired, not a bad result against 500cc machines.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani L Side

The roadgoing RS250 was, of course, powered by a 249cc liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin that was originally found in Suzuki’s RGV250. With just 300lbs dry for it’s 60hp to push around, the bike was very quick for its displacement, with plenty of racing-inspired touches: a beautiful beam frame and assymetrical swingarm that allowed for serious lean, the same gold-line Brembo brakes used on Ducatis of the period, bikes that weighed 100lbs more, meaning these bikes have some serious stopping power to go with their superlative handling.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani Triple

As Lotus founder Colin Chapman knew, to go faster, “Simplify, then add lightness. Adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.” Light weight means you can go faster, turn harder, stop quicker using less power when your machine has less mass to lug around.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

1995 Loris Reggiani Replica #499 out of only 500 made in the world, bike is in excellent condition starts first kick, all fluids changed and topped off, bike is in original unmolested condition, everything on the bike works the way it should, bike is oil injected and it currently runs Motul 710. Clear California title in my name with current registration, comes with extra rear passenger pegs, grab handle, and British Pipercross air filter. If you live nearby you are more than welcome to come check it out in person. I can assist with out of state shipping , I accept PayPal but will not release motorcycle until funds clear my bank account. Prefer cash upon pickup.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani Dash

With a valid CA title just making the deal sweeter, I expect that those of you looking for a budget RS250 to thrash on track are going to be out of luck on this one: bidding is up over $3,500 with five days to go. This is actually my favorite version of this bike: earlier bodywork and dash with the classic race-rep paintwork that is very 90s, but still manages to look classy.


1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani R Side Rear

CA Titled Reggiani Replica: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Laverda November 30, 2015 posted by

Red, Rare, and Italian:
1999 Laverda 750S in Alabama (relisted)

Update 11.29.2015 – This one originally sold back in June of last year in Alabama. Since then it has been listed multiple times on eBay but now the seller has decided to price is right about where it was last year (sold in June 2014 for $3,334.99, current bid is $3,444.00). Only 20 hours left so if this one interests you, move fast! – Marty

The last generation Laverdas aren’t commanding prices anywhere near the 70’s/Breganze era bikes but that could begin to change pretty quick. Often referred to as Zane era bikes (due to the the factory moving to the town of Zane), the last generation Laverda bikes had a Nico Bakker designed frame, Marchesini wheels, Brembo brakes, Paoli forks and shocks, and a cool letterbox fuel tank system that caused the center of gravity to improve as the fuel level went down. Overall they were well designed and were strong performance competitors to the 750 Ducati of the same era.

1999 Laverda 750S for sale one eBay

1999 Laverda 750S for sale

For 1999-2000, there were 4 different 750cc based models offered; the the 750 Strike (a standard style) in mother of pearl blue or orange, the 750 formula in black, the 750S with half-fairings in silver or black, and the 750s Carenata (which means fairing in Italian) in yellow or red. This example is a 99 750s Carenata model with the red bodywork and has very low mileage.

The seller back in 2014 indicated this was part of a collection, and didn’t  include a lot of information.  The pics below are from the previous post while the new seller has provided many more pics from what I can see, the current seller has only replaced the rear tire and possibly done other regular maintenance (such as a battery)…

from the June 2014 seller:

1999 LAVERDA 750 CARENATA in great condition. Never wrecked and clear title! Only two owners and very low mileage! In great condition – only defect is a flat tire (which can easily be replaced for minimal expense). I am an owner selling off my motorcycle collection. I am a motivated seller! Bid now!

This particular bike auction has been listed before on ebay and here on RSBFS with the seller asking for about $6500 usd.  Click here to see that post and related links to the auction but as noted in the post header, the market price for the 750s carenta model seems to be more about $3,500 USD right now.

As regular readers of RSBFS know, I am a big fan of these bikes and I have to admit I personally hope these appreciate in the future.  But given the evidence of this postings history, I don’t know if that’s likely.   I guess this one will appeal to the rider who wants a late 90’s italian sportbike that isn’t a Ducati…


Red, Rare, and Italian:  </BR> 1999 Laverda 750S in Alabama (relisted)
Honda November 28, 2015 posted by

Honda NR750 For Sale in Virginia

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As rare as the Honda NR750 is, if one was in the market to buy, there are usually a couple to choose from at any given time somewhere in the world. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen one for sale in the U.S. And it’s the second bike this week that was reportedly owned previously by Nicholas Cage. Sporting just under 2,500 miles, this NR750 is currently bidding at just over $50k with reserve not yet met and 5 days remaining.


Honda NR750 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

If you are looking at this motorycycle, you know what it is. Once owned by Nicholas Cage. New tires and just tuned. Ready to ride or show. Beautiful condition. Thinning the collection.

The Honda NR (New Racing) is a v-four motorcycle engine series started by Honda in 1979 with the 500cc NR500 Grand Prix racer that used oval pistons. This road going NR750 uses elliptical piston with curved long sides. The bike was originally sold in Austria and is the highest performance version of the NR750. These bikes are rarely for sale. Will not go cheap.

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Honda NR750 For Sale in Virginia
Ducati November 27, 2015 posted by

More Miles by Plane – 1984 Ducati DM900 Mike Hailwood

One of very few riders to be honored by Ducati with two different commemoratives, Mike Hailwood returned to racing after 11 years in cars, winning the Isle on Man in 1978, and Ducati released a similarly painted 1979 900 Super Sport.  Sadly, he was killed in a traffic accident in 1981, and Ducati produced a 1984 S2 model as a commemorative.

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1984 Ducati DM900 Mike Hailwood for sale on eBay

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20151125 1984 ducati 900 s2 mike hailwood binnacle

One of the later bevel-drive engines, the 864cc desmodue with gear driven cams generates almost as much torque as its 80 hp.  Fuel is metered by twin 40mm Dell’Orto carburetors.  Marzocchi provided 38mm forks and dual rear shocks.  Familiar Brembo brakes are dual 280mm front and 260mm rear.  The beautifully bodied biposto has a nicely designed mono seat fairing.

20151125 1984 ducati 900 s2 mike hailwood left grip

20151125 1984 ducati 900 s2 mike hailwood left fairing

Having turned a little over 10,000 miles, this MHR has undergone “light restoration”, though the auction doesn’t provide details, it looks great.  Front calipers have been upgraded to four piston, and Conti two-into-one exhaust might be an upgrade also, though it was standard in some markets.  The warning light part of the dash has been replaced by an LED box, which detracts from the overall factory looks.  From the eBay auction:

Nice original Ducati 900 MHR which we imported from New Zealand but was originally delivered new in Japan – frame number DM900R1905587. 
The motorcycle has traveled a mere 10,037 miles or 16,000 kilometers since new and is a later electric start model, which was only in production for one year before being superseded by the final bevel 1000 Mille model.
The fairings have been refinished and look nice, with no obvious cracks or blemishes. The only non-original items on the motorcycle are the later model dual piston Brembo front caliper upgrade (which is nice and if anything vastly improves braking performance over the original single piston setup). The warning lamp cluster in the instrument panel has been replaced with a simple LED setup. There is a nice two into one Conti silencer fitted, which sounds great and is in excellent condition.

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20151125 1984 ducati 900 s2 mike hailwood right engine

Having travelled further from NZ to TX than it ever did on the road, this Mike Hailwood could be the start of a nice collection.  By now a legend, the DM900 reviewed as a great bike on the road, long and stable with good wind protection.  Major developments for cam drive and suspension ( and 1000cc ) were right around the corner, but the carbureted bevel is one of the greats.  This MHR is a rare tribute to a great champion.


More Miles by Plane – 1984 Ducati DM900 Mike Hailwood
Honda November 26, 2015 posted by

Have Prices Peaked? Very Clean 1990 Honda NSR250 MC21 for Sale

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 R Side

Although the Honda NSR two-stroke sportbikes were by no means “starter bikes” and were very high-performing motorcycles, they were still relatively affordable and often bought by riders not flush enough to afford the taxes on bigger bikes. Basically: young hooligans bought them. Because of this, nice examples are pretty thin on the ground in their home markets.

The recent flood of affordable “grey market” Japanese two-strokes here in the US offers up our first real opportunity to sample bikes that still get the British motorcycle press all dewy-eyed and nostalgic. Unfortunately, caveat emptor is the order of the day, since many of these little nippers were thoroughly thrashed when new.

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 L Side

The NSR250R featured a 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin backed up by a six-speed cassette gearbox and, from the factory, these were limited to 45hp by Japanese regulations. But there is plenty of additional power waiting to be unleashed by a US owner and, with a sub-300 lb dry weight, this could certainly embarrass many bigger sportbikes in anything but a straight-line race.

This MC21 wasn’t just a continuation of the earlier MC18, it was a ground-up redesign and featured a banana or “gull-arm” swingarm, PGMIII electronically-controlled carburetors, and 17″ wheels at both ends, making tire choice a bit easier today. Although the bike used carburetors, the PGM system created a three-dimensional ignition map for each cylinder, based on throttle-position, revs, and gear.

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 Gauges

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 for Sale

I am selling my 1990 Honda NSR 250R MC-21 two stroke motorcycle. For those unfamiliar with this bike, it is the street version of Honda’s legendary 250cc Moto GP race bike, the NSR250. Despite it’s small displacement, this is not a beginner’s motorcycle! The two stroke engine is very powerful for its size and the bike weighs in at less than 300lbs. On a twisty road, it will leave larger displacement bikes in the rear view mirror. Plus the sound, feel, and power delivery of the two  stroke engine is unlike any four stroke motorcycle. The MC-21 model was brand new in 1990, and was a huge step up from the earlier MC-16 and MC-18 models. In addition to new body work and the super sexy gull-arm swingarm design, the MC-21 utilized the PGMIII ECU from the RC30 superbike, giving it true 3D ignition. Suspension was upgraded and the rear wheel diameter was decreased from 18″ to 17″ to fit the most advanced tires. The bike is in overall great condition, with 11,117km (<7,000 miles) on the clock. There are a few minor scratches on the bodywork (see pictures) but no other significant damage. The bike kick starts from cold on the first try and runs/revs very smoothly.

Honda never sold this bike in the U.S. as the EPA banned most two stroke powered road vehicles in the ’70’s. As such, they are extremely rare. There are a handful of these bikes in the U.S., some here legally, and others illegally. In general, two strokes less than 25 years old are still banned by the EPA, so use caution if you are looking at a similar bike that is newer than 1990. This bike was imported legally by myself directly from Japan, and I have all the US Customs paperwork to verify its legality. I also have a clean and clear Virginia title in my name, which has an 11 digit VIN that matches the bike’s frame number.

Photos: The first seven photos show the bike from various angles, front & rear tires, the speedo/odometer in km. The remaining photos show the following marks & scratches: left front fairing, right lower fairing, right upper fairing, left lower fairing, right seat fairing, left seat fairing, and right handle bar.

1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 Front Fairing

This bike isn’t in showroom condition, but looks very clean and appears to start easily and run well from the included video. There’s a bit of surface rust on some of the fasteners and some scuffs at the edges of the bodywork, but nothing jumps out that should scare off potential buyers.

There are just four days left on this auction, with no takers yet at the starting bid of $5,000. Considering these were virtually unobtainable just a few years ago, has the market been flooded?


1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 Rear

Have Prices Peaked? Very Clean 1990 Honda NSR250 MC21 for Sale
Ducati November 25, 2015 posted by

We should all age so well:
Fresh 1995 Ducati 916 with 7850 miles

Has it really has been over 20 years since the 916 debuted?  Back in 1995 the blood beauty from Bologna Italy appeared in the USA and was a sensation, a bike that tempted with a form that couldn’t possibly match the function…but it did.  The shape became a signature for Cagiva (who owned Ducati at the time) and was replicated in the lineup via the 748/Cagiva Mito and continued on in the 996 and 998.

The Tamborini penned design was so iconic that it still appears in 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?”

Note: The 916 was introduced in 1994 but didn’t become available for sale in the USA until 1995, so even though this is 1995 model it is a first year edition in the USA – Marty


1995 Ducati 916 (Cagiva stamped) for sale on eBay

This lovely survivor appears to be a basic 916 edition, which is also referred to as the “Strada”.  It isn’t as exotic as the SP or SPS versions that followed it so it probably won’t appreciate in value dramatically and it lacks the refinements of the 996 and 998, including most significantly the better riding position.  Also even though it has some Cagiva stampings on it, the VIN# leads me to believe this is not an early Varese produced model.

On the plus side condition looks to be quite good, it has under 8,000 miles and I am pretty sure there is a Bimota in the background so it seems safe to say this one is owned by an Italian bike fan and possibly a collector.

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According to the seller has had some recent services.   However I don’t see any mention of fresh tires/rubber or the all important belt maintenance so some additional monies would probably be needed to get this one back on the road.

Here is what the seller has to say;

  • First-year-in-the-USA unmolested Ducati 916 in excellent, low mileage condition.
  • Almost completely stock
  • Starts immediately and runs perfectly.  Brand new lightweight Lithium-Fe battery just installed
  • Oil & filter changed, forks serviced 30 miles ago.
  • Sargent seat
  • Termi mufflers (stock Ducati mufflers included in sale)
  • Evoluzione clutch slave cyl and braided steel brake lines are the only mods done to this survivor bike.
  • Some very small flaws- typical scrapes on the wheels due to tire changes, a small and barely noticeable ding on tank, very small chip on the tank about 2″ in front of the gas filler.


Is this clean early edition 916 worth the $7,000 USD asking price?  Well the last one of these we had on RSBFS looks like it went for about $6,900 USD so the price is right in line with that one. However right now prices for these seem to be a bit all over the place; I found the following current listings with a range from $4,000 to $16,000 for a couple of SPS editions.

I know some would make a case that the 916/916SP/916SPS and later 996 amd 998 appear here on RSBFS so often that they aren’t really rare sportbikes.  This one looks to be in very good shape but it isn’t completely stock, the seller indicates a few minor blemishes and it is the Strada model which does not seem to be highly sought after by collectors.  But the 916 was probably THE bike that took Ducati from being a still struggling mid-level manufacturer to object of lust for a generation.   I think this one might appeal to someone who originally lusted after one and couldn’t afford it at the time…perhaps good for weekend rides and then life as a living room object d’art the rest of the week.


We should all age so well:  </br> Fresh 1995 Ducati 916 with 7850 miles
BMW November 23, 2015 posted by

Cloaking Device – 2007 BMW R1200S

Made in relatively low quantities and just in 2006-07, BMW’s R1200S was their lightest, most powerful sport-oriented bike to date.  Hidden in the standard silver or black ( yellow and silver/red stripes were available ) the able performer disappeared into the background of the track days and canyon runs, but held their own and were often ridden home afterward.

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2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

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Using a single overhead cam to actuate four valves per side, the R1200S used 12.5:1 compression and a lot of forged internal parts to come up with 122 hp and a whopping 83 ft-lbs. torque.  In a departure from the R1100S that preceded, the 1200 had a steel trellis frame, using the engine as a stressed member.  The stainless two-into-one exhaust winds it way underneath and eventually to an underseat muffler.  BMW’s Telelever is hung out front, with great anti-dive and suppleness mid-turn.  Their shaft drive and single-sided Paralever are at the rear, both with Ohlin’s dampers. Front brakes are 310mm, and 265mm rear.  Though it was available, I don’t see the wheel speed sensors, indicating ABS is not on this bike.  The angular upper-only fairing blends nicely into the fuel tank, and the seat fairing is very sporty, with a little afterthought for the pillion.

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With only 2,100 miles, this bike should and does look pretty mint.  No rash on the lower valve covers, a common tipover indication, only a small scuff on the right.  The sole upgrade appears to be Heli-bars which move the heated grips up and back a couple of inches.  From the eBay auction:

Beautiful 2007 R1200S in garage kept mint condition. 122 HP, very fast,agile and light. All recalls done by dealer. Heli bars installed for a more comfortable ride, original clipons included.

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20151122 2007 bmw r1200s right rear wheel

After 90-odd years of development, the 1170cc twin is thoroughly modern, but recalls the brand’s beginnings.  Though it was succeeded by the DOHC HP2 Sport and now the R1200RS, the S is still a rider’s machine, and is actually little lighter than the RS.  Though the heritage is more sport touring, there’s plenty of sport in the R1200S.  The buy-it-now seems optimistic, but you could make an offer.  No race decals or loud paint, but nothing looks better than black, at least for the first hour after you wash it…


Cloaking Device – 2007 BMW R1200S
Triumph November 21, 2015 posted by

From the Jaws of Victory – 2000 Triumph TT600

Built in 2000-03, the Triumph TT600 hoped to compete directly with the fleet of 600cc sportbikes from the east, and for a renewed effort from a legacy manufacturer, was an amazing endeavor.  Though a combination of small detractions limited its success in the showroom, the strides made with the TT600 led to the more successful Daytona.

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2000 Triumph TT600 for sale on eBay

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Though fuel injection programming woes left the 599cc inline four was labeled as an uneven performer, it has pretty good power at 108 hp.  A very well designed alloy perimeter chassis and light weight made the bike a nice handler.  Kayaba suspension is found fore and aft, 43mm forks and monoshock rear, both fully adjustable.  Nissin brakes are 310 front and 220mm rear.  The fairing is well done but along with the handlebar and seating position, was too generous for the market segment and belied its development by styling committee rather than race engineers.

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Purchased early on and adding only a few hundred miles each year, the owner has taken great care of this TT600.  The extra fast yellow paint is in great shape.  Not much mentioned about the maintenance history but at 5,800 miles that would be ideal.  From the eBay auction:

Rare bike, always garage kept, never exposed to weather.  I am the second owner, I purchased it in 2003 when it had about 3500 miles on it, and I rode it only 100 to 200 miles per year. Excellent+ condition (it has one small scratch on the lower part of fairing, as shown in photo).  Over $1000 worth of extras included — two seats, shop manual on CD, seat cowl, cloth bike cover, leather/kevlar official matching racing jacket.  You will not find one in this condition!  $4000 firm, cash only. Buyer will arrange pickup only, will not ship. If interested, I can email you a youtube video of the bike running.

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A distinctive brand in a commodity market, this Triumph 600 appears in great shape and ready for more riding.  Named for the Tourist Trophy week-long motorcycle event on the Isle of Man, the TT600 marks an interesting period for Triumph fans, introducing the brand in the US after being revived from bankruptcy in the 1980’s, and before the offshoring of production in 2002.  Unmolested and with a few nice accessories, the Triumph presented here might be a good choice for an aficionado of the marque or just a rider looking for an offbeat middleweight…


From the Jaws of Victory – 2000 Triumph TT600

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