Monthly Archives: March 2016

Yamaha March 21, 2016 posted by

Serious Unobtainum Alert:
Zero miles Yamaha OW01 in the UK

This post is going to be a bit short because we have posted about this model a fair number of times previous, including earlier this month.  Also this bike is listed as being in new condition so the service info isn’t an issue.



1990 Yamaha OW01 on ebay uk

The Yamaha FZR 750R OW01.   Only 500 built, a true homologation bike, a legend among fans of early 1990’s sportbikes…I could go on and on but instead, lets just make it so that anyone who isn’t familiar with this bike can check our previous posts by clicking here or check out the info included in the ebay listing.

Simply put, these are legendary bikes that are highly desired by collectors.  And this one is brand new/never been used…and its also the dual headlight model preferred by most collectors (especially those of us in the US).




Since condition isn’t really a concern, lets move on the final question – is this bike worth the $42,000 USD asking price?   My first instinct is no, especially when we had a VERY low mileage example in Switzerland posted earlier this month had an asking price of about $23,000 USD.  And both that bike and this one would also involve shipping costs and import taxes for anyone located in the states

However, this is a zero miles bike which is often considered by serious collectors as one of the top 3 collectible statuses (famous race bike and still in crate from factory/un-assembled being the higher ranked statuses).  Zero mile bikes do tend to invoke a premium over even gently ridden examples of about 20% so I think this one might be fairly priced between $26,500 – $32,000 USD.  Of course if this is a holy grail bike for your collection, you have to ask yourself – when do you really think you are going to see another zero miles 1990 Yamaha FZR750/OW01 again?


Serious Unobtainum Alert:  </br> Zero miles Yamaha OW01 in the UK
BMW March 20, 2016 posted by

Well-loved – 2007 BMW R1200S

Similar to Porsche’s flat-six engine, there will likely always be a horizontal twin BMW.  Before and well, during the development of the S1000RR sportbike, the company continued to enhance the big twin’s sporty prospects, and the R1200S is the penultimate boxer ( bowing only to the HP2 ).  This example has over 31,000 miles but is still capable of turning heads.

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2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

20160320 2007 bmw r1200s left rear

20160320 2007 bmw r1200s right front

Based on the 1170cc 4-valve boxer, the R1200S has 122 hp on tap.  The engine is an integral part of the chassis, which uses BMW’s Telelever front and Paralever shaft-drive rear, each with monoshock.  Brakes are 320mm front disks with 265mm rear, and appear to be ABS, though the owner doesn’t mention it.  Wheels are light-alloy 17’s.  Weight is the big ( or little ) story of the R1200S, coming in a little over 400 lbs. dry, the trellis seat frame and other enhancements made for a substantial reduction from the preceding R1100S.

20160320 2007 bmw r1200s right front wheel

20160320 2007 bmw r1200s right rear wheel

Save the windscreen there’s no evidence of modifications or damage, and for the mileage this R1200S looks super.  The Florida owner seems to be the original.  He says in the eBay auction:

2007 BMW R1200S only few imported and hard to find and especially in this particular color, google rare BMW boxers in USA and you will get the exact number sold in USA.
Bike is in very good condition and just serviced , new tires and not single scratch, double bubble windshield, luggage rack installed but I don’t have the boxes anymore, all stock and service up to date, new tires now I have around 32000 miles, next service at 36000.  Runs  perfect and not a problem with the bike, selling because I want to buy a R1200 GS.

20160320 2007 bmw r1200s left front

20160320 2007 bmw r1200s dash

Light as any Beemer but still hippy, the R1200S is more comfortable than the average sportbike, sport with a side order of touring.  The innovative suspension provides stability even on rough pavement.  Possibly a better choice for a rider than an HP2, the R1200S connecting rods don’t have  an expiration date.  Certainly track-day eligible, you could also pick up some bags and go another 30K – quickly…


Well-loved – 2007 BMW R1200S
Ducati March 18, 2016 posted by

New-In-Box: 2002 Ducati 998 with 1,700 Miles!

2002 Ducati 998 R Side
Built between 2002 and 2004, the Ducati 998 was the last hurrah for Tamburini’s masterpiece. It might look like Ducati simply bumped the displacement and changed the graphics, compared to the 916 and 996, but there was a subtle evolution that took place throughout production, with Ducati developing race specials with revised engines and frames that trickled down to production models.

2002 Ducati 998 R Side Naked

In this case the 998 got the updated frame from the 996R, allowing a larger, more efficient airbox and different injectors to be used for a significant increase in power compared to the 996: 123hp versus 112 from the earlier model. A good chunk of that performance can also be attributed to the use of the Testastretta narrow-head engine that was introduced in the 996R. That engine had more oversquare dimentions for a genuine 998cc of displacement, a rare moment of truth-in-advertising. Bodywork is also subtly different to wrap around the revised mechanicals.

2002 Ducati 998 Clocks

Today’s example isn’t quite “new in box” but it’s just about as close as you’re likely to get. Take a look at the shot of the underside of the tail, and note that the original tires are included!

From the original eBay listing: 2002 Ducati 998 for Sale
Regarded as one the most iconic motorcycle designs ever the Ducati 998 you see here is completely OEM just like it came off the showroom floor in 2002 with stock exhaust.  I have kept the OEM tires on the bike just in case anyone wants them for collector status.
Except for original tires this bike is turn key condition.  It starts, idles, accelerates, shifts and brakes perfectly.  All indicators work and no electrical problems what so ever.  All gas lines have been replaced including quick disconnects with metal vs original plastic prone to cracking/leaking.
All stock OEM stickers are in place including reflectors both front and rear
Originally sold by Fay Myers its a single owner bike!  Never left outside always stored in doors.  It is the definition of living a pampered life.
ONLY 1,754 miles!
We always use the words rare or limited but when’s the last time you saw a truly unmolested Ducati Superbike with no aftermarket anything?
I’ve tried to show every angle of the bike its engine and bodywork.  Nothing needs to be hidden the bike is in fantastic shape as would be expected with only 1,754 original miles.
– Both Keys
– Tool kit
– New filter
– Fresh oil
– New battery
– Clean & clear title

2002 Ducati 998 Tail Underside
Of the 916-era Ducati superbikes, the 998 is generally considered to be the most fully-developed, and I’m sure that bikes like this will command the kind of money the seller is asking in the not-too-distant future. The question is: is the seller just jumping the gun a bit in terms of pricing? Does the fact that the 998 is often considered the best rider of the bunch mean make the low mileage and pristine condition irrelevant? Is it just too yellow?

2002 Ducati 998 R Side Engine

There’s been no bidding activity yet so, although this bike is literally so clean you could eat off it and even includes the original tires, the $8,000 starting bid may just be a bit of a stretch.

Sometimes, a lack of interest simply means that a very niche machine hasn’t found the right audience, even though the price is appropriate. In this case, I think it indicates that the seller is aiming too high for the current market. It’s a very nice example and certainly valuable, just not yet $8,000-starting-bid valuable. Yet.


2002 Ducati 998 L Side

New-In-Box: 2002 Ducati 998 with 1,700 Miles!
Honda March 17, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992/1993 Honda CBR250RR for Sale

Update 3.18.2016: VIN confirms this is a MC22. -dc
Update 3.26.2016: Sold for full asking price. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc


Today’s CBR250RR is another one of those grey market oddities, a bike that’s extremely rare here in the USA, but not considered particularly exotic elsewhere. Built from 1990 through 1996 and nicknamed the “Baby Blade” for obvious reasons, it was a small-displacement stepping-stone bike for riders before they moved up to a larger bike like a 600. But unlike here, where learner bikes are quickly discarded or skipped entirely by riders who foolishly think of 600 supersports as “starter bikes,” these are high-quality, sophisticated machines, a far cry from the relatively crude CBR300 of today.


Instead of that bike’s simple and torquey single-cylinder engine, the CBR250RR used a 249cc liquid-cooled inline four that made 40hp and would rev safely to a shrieking 18,000rpm. Backed by a six-speed gearbox, the package was good for over 100mph. It wasn’t as light or as raw as an equivalent two-stroke, but it offered up a far more refined and durable experience. A 250 two-stroke is really its own thing, and the CBR was intended more as a high-quality learning tool before moving on to a larger CBR600 or 900.


Today’s featured listing is either a 1992 or 1993 model and looks like it’s in very good, mostly original condition.

From the seller:
Honda CBR250RR for Sale

It’s a CBR250RR.  It’s titled, but the year doesn’t coincide with what year it probably is.  I believe it’s a 1992 or 1993 model.  When I originally picked it up, I had my mechanic go through everything.  The only major thing was cleaning the carbs, adjusting the inlet and exhaust valves and spot welding the exhaust can where the springs latch.  We removed the heat-wrapping that was there also.

It’s essentially stock minus the full exhaust (stainless steel).  There doesn’t seem to be any distinct markings on the full system, so I am unsure which brand it is.

The front cowl is ABS, the side fairings are fiberglass and the rear tail is OEM.

I bought the bike with 8,1XX kilometers and it’s currently at 12,7XX kilometers.

It’s been a weekend street bike, I have several other bikes that I ride in my rotation, this one is the one I’m willing to let go for greener pastures.

I do have the manual for the bike, it’s in Japanese.

Bike is currently located at Speedwerks in Delaware.

Will pay for anyone who wants a pre purchase inspection done.

$Price: 4,700 or best offer SOLD.


These are difficult machines to put a price on. Their origins are relatively pedestrian, although they epitomize what Honda has always done, offering up engineering sophistication to buyers at all levels. And although they were always intended as entry-level bikes, they provide performance and handling not generally found in this type of machinery here in the US. For riders who subscribe to the “Slow Bike Fast” philosophy, these represent a pretty ideal balance of performance. A similar experience can be had on Honda’s CB1 for less money, but the 250RR is just that much cooler and more unusual: you’re definitely going to pay a premium for rarity with a bike like this, but for fans of small bikes with stratospheric redlines, it’s hard to beat a 250RR.



Featured Listing: 1992/1993 Honda CBR250RR for Sale
Sport Bikes For Sale March 15, 2016 posted by

Candygram – 2006 Ducati Sport 1000S

Conceptually based on the retro-styled 2000 MH900E, the SportClassic series helped Ducati weather the late 2000’s, and nice examples often bring more than MSRP.  Using the 992 cc air-cooled desmodue, theSportClassics had a vintage aura backed by modern mechanicals.  The introductory 2006 year has a couple of niceties that were value-engineered out of subsequent years, and this particular bike is in collectible condition.

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2006 Ducati Sport 1000S for sale on eBay

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20160315 2006 ducati sport 1000 right rear

Pierre Terblanche somehow peeked way over the horizon in the late 1990’s and saw the retro wave coming.  The SportClassics were powered by a 92 hp twin, with electronic fuel injection, six-speed transmission and wet clutch.  43mm Marzocchi forks were fitted, and Sachs fully adjustable monoshock.  Up-to-date braking was provided by Brembo, dual 320mm discs out front and 245 mm in back.  Naked as the day, so details are visible and nicely finished.  Peculiar to the 2006 model was the shaped rear swingarm, which allowed the rear header to cross under the bike higher.  The monoposto seat was almost a 2006-only feature, though the single-seat was occasionally available until 2010 ( and has been added to many after market ), most SportClassics had the pillion seat.

20160315 2006 ducati sport 1000 right engine

20160315 2006 ducati sport 1000 right rear wheel

Looking quite excellent with 6,100 miles, this Sport 1000 is in Arizona, likely never seen precip.  The owner has upgraded the rear shock to Ohlins and mufflers to Termignoni, not to mention ostrich ( -look, let’s hope ) pleather seat.  Recently in for service, the valve adjustment and belts are fresh, giving the new owner many miles of guilt-free riding.  From the eBay auction:

For sale a very nice low mileage 2006 Ducati Sport 1000 monoposto. 6100 miles and just completed the annual service which included belts. Has Termi Exhaust and Ohlins rear shock, otherwise pretty much stock. Runs great and 9/10 condition wise. Air/oil cooled, dry clutch, they don’t make Ducati’s like this anymore. If desired, I can have an inspection done by a local Ducati shop to show the ‘clean bill of health.’
Video can be seen here –

20160315 2006 ducati sport 1000 binnacle

20160315 2006 ducati sport 1000 seat

The Sport 1000 has charming good looks, and the air-cooled engine has good manners on the open road or in traffic.  And very well-detailed with bar-end mirrors and racing stripes on the Burnt Yellow bodywork.  Tires weren’t mentioned in the auction and are probably ready to be renewed, but then you’re off for a summer of back-to-basics feel-good riding…


20160315 2006 ducati sport 1000 overhead

Bimota March 15, 2016 posted by

Dual Nature: 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale

1998 Bimota SB6R R Side Front2

Although it’s nearly twenty years old now, it’s likely very few people would realize that this Bimota SB6R is anything other than a modern motorcycle: while many 90s designs have quickly become very awkward or dated at the very least, it’s clear Bimota knew what they were doing when they styled this thing.

1998 Bimota SB6R L Side

With Italian looks and the heart of a Japanese superbike, the SB6R epitomizes Bimota’s philosophy. Instead of reinventing the wheel, they used dead reliable powerplants from major manufacturers and wrapped them in lightweight bodywork and decked out the resulting motorcycles with the best suspension money could buy, creating bikes that were lighter than the donor bikes and generally easy to source parts for, if not exactly easy to work on.

1998 Bimota SB6R Front Wheel

The SB6 was powered by Suzuki’s GSX-R1100, so it wasn’t exactly difficult to build something ligher. Weighing in at 90lbs less than the Gixxer with a genuine 150hp the bike was a fierce performer then and now. The SB6R featured a fully adjustable Öhlins shock, huge Paioli forks, and a self-supporting carbon-fibre seat unit. Although the bike was a pretty big seller for Bimota, just 600 of the R models were made during their production run.

1998 Bimota SB6R Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale

This 1998 Bimota BS6R was Bimota’s most popular bike and is a fine example of a rare Japanese / Italian hybrid. The BS6R (upgraded BS6) features brutal power from a Japanese engine with the style of a a fine Italian chassis. As is typical with most Italian motorcycles, they cost 2x more than their Japanese counterparts…back in 1997, this Bimota would cost you $35,000 new. To help justify some of the price difference, unlike many Japanese sportbikes – the BS6R comes loaded with some of the best components available at the time – Paoli suspension, Brembo brakes, Marchesini wheels and more.

This Bimota SB6R has been well loved, rarely ridden and stored inside its entire life. A rare find indeed, with low mileage and pristine condition.

Features of this 1998 Bimota SB6R

– Frame & Engine Numbers Matching: ZESSB6009WR000010
– Only 2,505 Original Miles
– Original Red Paint and Bimota Badges & Decals
– Carbon Fiber Fairing Inserts and Wheel Covers (Front & Rear)
– 5-Speed Transmission with Chain Drive
– Electric Start with White Gauge Cluster (tachometer & speedometer)
– Liquid Cooled 1,074cc Engine
– Four Stroke, Transverse Four Cylinder w/DOHC (4 valves per cylinder)
– Paoli suspension, Brembo brakes, Marchesini wheels
– *156 bHP with 174 Top Speed (per Bimota)
– *29.7 Seat Height and 419 lbs Dry Weight (per Bimota)

All lights and electronics work perfectly. There are blinkers and a mirrors installed so it will easily pass vehicle inspection in Texas.

As you can see in the close up pictures, some of the carbon is slightly faded, although that seems nearly impossible to avoid on a bike of this age… And a bit of elbow grease or some new clearcoat might take care of that. The auction is currently sitting at $9,000 with one bid and plenty of time left on the auction.

1998 Bimota SB6R Rear Suspension

That’s certainly not chump change but nine large seems like a pretty small price to pay for a piece of Italian exotica. Performance certainly won’t be as eyeball-flattening as a modern literbike, but the performance on tap should be enough to keep things interesting for all but the fastest or most jaded riders… And if you’re feeling the urge and aren’t too worried about originality, the aftermarket makes plenty of go-fast bits for the venerable Gixxer motor that should give you all the power you can handle, confident that the chassis will deal with anything you throw at it.


1998 Bimota SB6R R Side

Dual Nature: 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale
Suzuki March 14, 2016 posted by

Springtime Slabbie: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

NOTE:  I have been informed that this one was posted previously, here is the link


A lot of people will say that modern sportbikes began with the launch of the Suzuki’s GSX-R lineup and I really can’t argue with that sentiment.  Prior to the GSX-R most “sportbikes” were actually large displacement bikes that had some sporting bodywork/pieces. It wasn’t until the launch of the GSX-R lineup that regular riders were able to get their hands on true sportbikes.

Suzuki introduced the 750cc model in 1984 and the 1100cc edition followed in 1986. While the bikes were developed in tandem/were visually similar, virtually no parts were interchangeable.  The engines, frame, swing arms, and steering geometry were all different and the resulting experience was different for each model; the 750 was sharp but peaky, the 1100 was more to handle but had more power.  I suppose it’s not surprising that the two models developed different core constituencies, with the 750cc bike was the object of lust for those who wanted to go to the track while the 1100 was more “all around”oriented (although some people did take the 1100cc onto the track).

NOTE: The very flat side panels and tall narrow frames gave rise to a nickname for the bikes as the “slab side” GSX-R models while the 2nd generation GSX-R’s are often referred to as the “slingshot” models due to a different engine and carb configuration.  For anyone who is curious, a really good comparison of the slabside and slingshot models was just done in the Feb 2016 edition of Practical Sportbikes.

Regardless of the model, lots of the GSX-R’s got what we sometimes call the “80’s treatment” of anodized bits, aftermarket exhausts, flush mounted turn signals/indicators, chopped down tail assemblies, smoked windscreens, etc, etc. This makes finding one with the major OEM parts still in place and in good condition a challenge that will only continue to increase in difficulty over time.


1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 on ebay

This particular GSX-R1100 looks to be in mostly OEM shape save an aftermarket exhaust system.  There does seem to be an odd white patch at the base of the rear plastic on the both sides, possibly decal residue from the SACS decals? The seller indicates there are some paint chips/small gas tank dings and the exhaust is aftermarket but overall the bike looks to be in really good shape/mostly OEM.  Mileage is only 9,962 (yes you read that right) and there are lots of fresh items including tires, battery and oil.


Here is a summary of what the seller has to say



Now we ask the question, is this low mileage, recently freshened but not 100% OEM 1987 Suzuki GSX-R worth the $7,200 Buy-It-Now ebay price?  That price seems a bit high; the average price we seem to be seeing for one of these seems to be about $5,800 USD.  But factor in transport cost and the fresh items listed as being included and I think a bid of around $6400 might make this one move to a new owner.  And values of these do seem to be creeping up…I’m just saying..



Springtime Slabbie:  1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100
Sport Bikes For Sale March 13, 2016 posted by

Rx for Boredom – 2014 EBR 1190 RX

Harley engineer Erik Buell has had one heck of a ride since leaving H-D in 1983 and starting his own company.  On the roller-coaster of race, road, and corporate financing, Buell Motorcycles and Erik Buell Racing has produced some memorable muscle bikes, mostly Harley-Davidson based, but more recently with Rotax power.  One of the final introductions before the company closed was the 1190RX, a 185 hp sportbike.  Assets bought by a corporate turnaround specialist, EBR is back in business and the 1190RX could be a future classic, but at the very least is the best ever American-made superbike.

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2014 EBR 1190RX for sale on eBay

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20160312 2014 ebr 1190rx left rear

Based on the 1190RS race bike, the RX was introduced in late 2013 with an aluminum perimeter frame and v-twin developed by Rotax.  The nicely oversquare engine has 13.4:1 compression, two port injectors and shower injectors, and lays down 101 ft-lbs torque.  Showa supplies the “big piston” forks and monoshock rear which rides the stamped and welded aluminum swingarm.  Signature Buell perimeter front brake is 386 mm and has a 8-piston caliper.  Slipper clutch and steering damper are standard equipment.  Theoretical biposto body has a neat cast seat subframe, and slick fairing with radiators visible in the side vents, and is a little reminiscent of a Ducati 999.  Full-featured digital dash has multiple timers and adjustable traction control.

20160312 2014 ebr 1190rx dash

20160312 2014 ebr 1190rx left engine

Listed by a Florida Harley dealer, it’s a new bike with 12 miles, and has a yellow twin at the dealer also.  The bike reviewed as fully competitive with the similarly-priced Panigale, that is to say a chore in town but a joy out in the open.  Weight is just over 400 lbs. wet, and chassis architecture short and steep, very flickable.  An acceleration monster, one of Cycle World’s only regrets was the lack of upshift lights to help them avoid the rev limiter.

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20160312 2014 ebr 1190rx left rear wheel

Sharing the runway with a Panigale, S1000RR, and RC8 is a pretty special event, and while one could quibble over refinements, it’s an amazing introduction.  Might end up the only American WSBK points-scorer, maybe just the first.  The buy-it-now is just 2/3 of the MSRP, and it’s an unused two year-old bike !  But support is a nagging concern, as EBR is back on their own ten yard-line looking for a big play.  A crap-shoot as with everything worth doing, you’ll have to weigh the risk and return in your own mind…


20160312 2014 ebr 1190rx cockpit

Rx for Boredom – 2014 EBR 1190 RX

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