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Honda April 20, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NC30 VFR400R for Sale

Update 5.2.2016: Seller has received a deposit. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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The 400cc Honda NC30 has long lived in the shadow of its bigger brother. Not particularly fast, but definitely expensive then and now, there’s certainly a lot to like about the VFR400, but outright speed isn’t really on the list. Instead, you’re looking at Honda’s famously sophisticated engineering: straight-cut gears when a common chain would do, a tiny V4 when any sane manufacturer would simply build an inline four and be done with it. An ELF-designed “Pro-Arm” single-sided swingarm that was cool enough to be aped by Ducati’s iconic 916 and aided fast rear wheel changes during endurance racing.

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It’s very light for a four-stroke at 350lbs dry, with adequate power from the 399cc V4: 59hp and 30ft-lbs of torque in a wide, forgiving powerband that extended all the way to a screaming 14,000rpm. Early V4s used an even-firing 180° crank, whereas later versions like the one here used a 360° “big bang” crank and firing order for improved traction and tire life, the theory being that the combustion events happening close together allowed the tire to “recover” during the gap in each revolution.

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Ridden in isolation, the NC30 a joy, a sweet-handling machine that rewards a skilled rider. Ridden against bikes that cost less new but offered more than twice the displacement, and the little V4 gets murdered in nearly any measurable test. That and the lack of real racing pedigree means that the NC30 may be slower, but it’s also much less expensive than the bigger RC30, making it a realistic prospect for folks who want the Honda V4 experience but are on a limited budget.

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Today’s featured listing isn’t perfect but, then again, the seller isn’t advertising it as such. It is titled in California currently and should be easily transferable.

From the seller: 1990 Honda NC30 VFR400R for Sale

Rare 1990 Honda NC-30, VFR 400 with a clean, clear NO BS California title and registration… It’s for the correct VIN, the correct year, no funny business like you will find on a lot of grey market bikes.

This bike was imported from Japan a little over a year ago, I’ve had it 6 or 7 months. I’ve put a 1000 or so miles it her, rode her to work for a month and we’ve visited the canyons a couple of times. I bought her because I’m a V4 junkie, I own 4 right now.

It shows 63,489 kilometers (39,450 miles). I can say it doesn’t look or feel like it has that many miles, maybe it had the gauges replaced… who knows. The bike is mostly stock, the only aftermarket parts I see are brake lines, horn and current bodywork. Judging by the original bodywork and muffler I’d say she has been down at slow is speeds a time or two, but nothing major. She rides straight, true, smooth and fast. Only bike I’ve ever gone faster than the speedo will go (180KPH only 11k RPM). This bike has no limiter or funny Japanese market speed controllers.

A bunch of time, effort and money have gone into cleaning this girl up.

All the fluids have been replaced, a few stock parts have been replace with OEM Honda (like levers, hardware, bar ends and such) the buyer gets all of the take off parts (original bodywork, hardware, levers and such), fresh brake pads, a bunch of stainless hardware, fresh looking chain and sprockets, fresh paint on the tank. I got her with low mileage Dunlops. I installed a Chinese bodywork kit from Ebay, it looks pretty good, I took my time installing it.

Is she perfect, NO (If she was the price would be over $10k), she is very good, needs nothing to be a daily rider. Are there things that could be done to make her better, sure… but that is up to you.

Asking price is $8000 obo, might trade up or down for something equally cool. You aren’t Richard Rawlings, this isn’t a Television show… Don’t make a crazy low offer or tell me the bike isn’t worth that much…

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The NC30 are very rare here in the US where they were never officially sold, although these are much less valuable than the bigger RC30 with which it shares style and specification, if not displacement.  One look at the dinged exhaust and the mileage will tell you this is no trailer queen! But the bike looks very clean and well-maintained, with none of the bolt-on frippery sometimes found on bikes of this vintage. It’s a rider, for Honda fans who might otherwise not be able to afford one of the more perfectly-preserved examples of Honda’s V4 homologation specials.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1990 Honda NC30 VFR400R for Sale
Ducati April 19, 2016 posted by

Carbon Copy – 2007 Ducati 1098S

Ducati Superbikes have been the subject, and sometimes the victim, of many different customizations over the years, sometimes making a substantial change to the bike, more often a fashion statement.  Starting with a fairly collectible 1098S, a Florida owner has done a full carbon makeover, a subtle statement from 30 feet but wild within arms length.

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2007 Ducati 1098S for sale on eBay

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Returning to a more recognizable Ducati look for 2007-08, the 1098 was styled in-house by Giandrea Fabbro.  Major improvements were under the fairing, where the EVO engine’s additional 100cc’s and revised valvetrain layout resulted in a more reliable 160 hp and 90 ft.-lbs. torque.  Elsewhere were more standard Ducati superbike features, trellis frame, Öhlins forks and monoshock, giant Brembo brakes this time radially mounted, and underseat exhaust but now with separate mufflers.  Nice touches on the S include forged Marchesini wheels and Öhlins steering damper, and all 1098’s got a great digital dash.

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Evidently the principal or now major investor in a carbon bodywork fabricator, the owner of this 1098S has re-imagined every fairing panel in large-weave carbon fiber, and smaller accessories in the tighter fabric.  The frame was powder-coated to match the wheels, appearing to be close to the factory gold but hard to tell.  Well-pictured in the auction, fit looks good and finish is to a powerful clarity.  The fuel tank might be the most complex piece, sealed and lined with fittings for filter and pump.  Other more routine upgrades have also been done, such as the seat, levers, and foot controls.

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And from the eBay auction:

2007 Ducati 1198S full carbon fiber. This bike has full exhaust, ECU, frame is powder coated, has rear sets, Ohlins forks, shock, damper, forged Marchesini.  This bike has many extras.  Just had it serviced.  SEE PICTURES.

  • Carbon mirrors
  • Carbon V
  • Carbon Solo Seat
  • Carbon Rear Section
  • Carbon Belly
  • Carbon Sides
  • Carbon Front Mask
  • Carbon Battery Cover
  • Triple Tree Powder Coated Black
  • Black Clip Ons
  • Carbon Tank Cover
  • Carbon Air Intakes
  • Carbon Front Fender
  • Carbon Rear Fender
  • Carbon Termignoni Full Exhaust 70mm

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The 1098 was a milestone for Ducati, their Superbikes now simply too much for street riding, and many picked the 848 for that purpose.  But it was brilliantly light and quick, and brought two WSBK championships home.  This lightly used 1098S shows off the factory’s design and the fabricator’s abilities, but doesn’t scream.  Eyebrows aren’t raised from across the street, the walk slows within ten feet, and the oohs and aahs start.  The reserve and buy-it-now don’t seem out of hand for an -S, and this might be a great collection starter or a unique bike for a super fan.

-donn

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Carbon Copy – 2007 Ducati 1098S
Yamaha April 18, 2016 posted by

Jewel-Like Race Bike: 1980 Yamaha TZ125G for Sale

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The Yamaha TZ125 was an evolution of the company’s TA125, a privateer GP machine in miniature. It might look like a glorified scooter but, although the TZ’s displacement was small, it came with sophisticated specification to match much bigger machines: liquid cooling, dry clutch, disc brakes, and a six-speed gearbox.

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The highly-strung engine made a claimed 30bhp at a screaming 12,000rpm and the entire package weighed in at a featherweight 159 lbs meaning that, if I bought one, I’d weigh more than the bike. With a power-to-weight ratio of something like a modern, air-cooled Ducati, the TZ125 could reach almost 130mph, no joke considering that some lawn mowers pack more displacement…

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Today’s example might present a bit of a dilemma to potential buyers: although it has been built to run, it’s almost too perfect to beat up in wheel-to-wheel competition.

From the original eBay listing: 1980 Yamaha TZ125G for Sale

I obtained this 125cc Yamaha production race bike about 12 years ago from a Suzuki factory team race mechanic who used it for track days. According to him, it had never been raced and by all appearances this was true. There was no evidence that it had ever been crashed, abused, or even tipped over. The brake rotors showed minimal wear. Much of the original factory spares kit was included.

Nevertheless, I did an extensive restoration to bring it up to like-new standards. I disassembled everything but the wheels and the engine/trans bottom end.  The frame, swing arm, triple clamp, and fairing mounts were powder coated. The fairing, seat, and tank were professionally painted to original, and a new Gustafson windscreen was installed. All of the polished aluminum parts were repolished. New Avon vintage-style racing tires were mounted (not yet balanced). The top end of the engine was rebuilt with new parts and the cooling system re-done. New clutch plates were installed. The brakes and master cylinders were rebuilt and now use silicone fluid. Most of the external rubber parts were replaced, as were the fork seals and fluid.

I started the bike and ran it briefly to make sure that it ran strongly and shifted properly. Everything was as it should be. I shut it off, drained its fuel and coolant, and have used it only for shows and display in my collection since then. Now it’s ready for its next owner, whether you want to race it in AHRMA vintage events, use it for track days, or display it proudly. It has won a number of show trophies.

Included are much of the NOS parts from the original factory spares kit (Yamaha packing list included) and many used parts in excellent condition. This comprises about 90 part numbers. I would guess that there is about $3,000 worth of these parts. Additional items include a custom-made rear axle stand, the original owners manual (sadly, missing its cover), the parts microfiche and a hard-copy printout of the parts list.

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Those spindly, bicycle-looking tires give the TZ125 a look that’s more “vintage” than the actual age would suggest. These are very rare bikes, but interestingly Airtech does produce replacement fairings if you happen to want to actually race it as God and Yamaha intended. 

Bidding is up north of $4,400 with the Reserve Not Met and just a couple days left on the auction, so fans of skinny little racebikes should move quickly if you want to add this to your garage!

-tad

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Jewel-Like Race Bike: 1980 Yamaha TZ125G for Sale
Honda April 18, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda VFR750R / RC30 with NL0B Engine and Chassis Kit

Update 3.14.2017: We have been informed that this bike is now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 4.18.2016: This seller has renewed his Featured Listing. Thank you to Shaun for supporting the site and good luck with the sale! -dc

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Before Honda released the homologation special VFR750R / RC30 road bikes, HRC built and raced the growling V4’s, and won the first two WSBK championships ridden by Fred Merkel.  The bike offered here has been Troy Corser’s second bike, who won the 1993 Australian Superbike Championship, and ridden by a young Anthony Gobert in 1994 until the RC45 was prepared.  Purchased from the race team later in 1994, its subsequent lives include track days, a long rest, and recent restoration.

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An evolution of the RVF750 endurance racer, the VFR750R uses a complex twin-tube diamond frame around the compact V4, with bespoke steering head bracing.  In the early 1990’s HRC offered the NL0B engine kit, with updated heads, crankshaft, and cam drive, resulting in around 130 hp, up from a stock 90hp, and for a cost equivalent to a Dodge Viper.  Right-side up Showa forks have HRC internals and single-sided swingarm is shortened and braced.  Brakes were Lockheed, specially built for the race machine, but have been replaced with Brembo calipers with cast iron disks due to seal availability.  The fairing was stored away when the bike was tracked and has original Winfield Honda ( Australia ) racing graphics.

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Shown at the 2014 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, a Cycle World diversion at the 2014 Moto GP in Austin, the bike had been through a 3-year restoration to its racing form.  The owner, a coach at California Superbike School and partner at a race preparation shop, learned CNC ( Computer Numerical Control ) machine tool programming to make missing and broken bits for the machine.

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The haunting sound of the V4 is result of the 360-degree crankshaft, with two closely spaced power pulses in each revolution.  The inherent balance of the V4 allowed engine speeds of 14,000 rpm, and though not a horsepower monster, the RC30 had a wide and rideable torque curve.  The restoration included new Carillo rods, and all new bearings, seals and gaskets.

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Regular readers of RSBFS will know the cachet and rarity of a road-going RC30, but this is an order of magnitude more exotic.  All RC30’s were built not at Honda but by small teams at HRC. And the NL0B racers were another, much smaller subset of machines built by world level teams from heavily customized parts with a production run counted in double digits. They were then tuned and modified at the track.  Only a few other complete race-prepared VFR750R’s survive, on display as this one is likely to be.

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-Donn

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda VFR750R / RC30 with NL0B Engine and Chassis Kit
Bimota April 17, 2016 posted by

Coming or Going – 2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D #023

In development and production since 1991 but still looking like the future, Bimota’s Tesi 3/D might be the ultimate attention-getter.  The 3/D improved Tesi handling and production techniques, and uses the Ducati 1100DS engine, light and good for 95 hp.  Number 23 of just 29 2008’s, this Tesi is light ridden with 2,250 miles and is in fine shape.

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2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D for sale on eBay

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Bimota’s hallmark chassis research led them to attempt to separate suspension and steering in the late 1980’s, and reduce the negative effects of braking on handling.  Rather more car-like, the Tesi front end uses a parallelogram layout and pull-damper mounted next to the engine.  Braking causes less compression of the suspension, and rake angle doesn’t change with suspension movement.  Hard to call it simpler than a conventional fork, but the compromises made between rake, trail, braking, spring rates, damping, and anti-dive aren’t easy either.

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The 3D uses the Ducati 1100DS engine, air/oil cooled with two spark plugs and valves per cylinder.  Fuel injection and ignition are Marelli electronic tuned by Bimota.  Brakes are 320mm Brembos, perfectly and weirdly mounted under the wheel hubs, front and rear, the rear using a 220mm disk.  The styling is dominated by the billet-machined frame elements, which are echoed by the seat sub-frame, angularity being the major theme.  The front and rear swingarms are steel trellis, painted red.  Livery is an exciting flight of highlights in white, red, black, carbon, and gold.

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Just occasional miles, as you’d expect from an exotic like this, and the bike does look undamaged and nicely detailed.  From the eBay auction:

You are bidding on a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D with hub-center steering and Ducati engine in excellent original condition. Purchased in 2010 with 876 miles from 2nd owner. Current mileage is less than 2250 miles. Clear GA title and registration in my name. Bike runs very strong, nothing needs attention, and its ready to go. New belts just fitted in March 2016. Tires are originals, need replacing sooner or later depending on intended use.

Included with bike are:

– 2 keys

– owners manual

– spare parts manual copy on CD

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The owner has taken care of major maintenance, so the 1100DS can be run without worry.  A premium-priced technological exercise, it was never really reviewed as a road bike, though it is certainly built to ride.  More likely to be resident of the dining room than series of long rides, the new owner could mount some new tires and take advantage of the spring weather…

-donn

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Coming or Going – 2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D #023
Honda April 16, 2016 posted by

1987 Honda NSR250R in Seattle, Washington

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This little smoker is freshly imported and titled. The seller states that it needs some elbow grease to get it to shine after years of sun exposure. With under 12k miles, the current winning bid is just $2,375. I doubt we’ll get to see the end of the auction but could be a great project for not much cash.

dc

1987 Honda NSR250R for sale on eBay

from the seller:

Just imported through US Customs this summer, this 1987 NSR250r comes with a US title ready to be transferred into your name in your state. Here’s the YouTube video of this bike showing running condition before it was shipped to the United States: youtube.com/watch?v=1v_1HhCDPMA
This NSR250 is showing just 11,146 original miles (17,937 kilometers) on the odometer so it is a clean, lower mileage bike but the sun has not been kind however as the bodywork is paint faded and the stickers, etc. faded too. A light color sanding or polishing compound will bring back the paint and plastic polish will restore the windshield so a little elbow grease will go along way with this NSR. The fairing bodywork is original and un-cracked and the seat is in good condition too. Newer tires front and back, triple drilled discs and a hidden dual seat option make for nice features on this bike. There are 2 small dings barely visible in the top of the tank (probably from a tank bag), I tried to get them to show up in the pictures but they are small so you really can’t see them. All in all a very clean used 250R, I have 5 more pictures that eBay won’t let me upload-send me your email address and I’ll get them to you.

I can get great shipping rates (anywhere in California for $300 as an example) so don’t let the cost of shipping keep you from owning this collectible Japanese two-stroke streetbike. This motorcycle is already USA titled and ready to be transferred into your name so US Customs documents and EPA documents are not needed but I will include them in the sale of this bike so you have documentation this NSR was legally imported. P.S. I also have a 1986 Suzuki RG250 for sale next month… Stay tuned. 198

1987 Honda NSR250R in Seattle, Washington
Ducati April 15, 2016 posted by

Reunion – 2007 Ducati Monster 800 S2R

Ran into an old friend recently who doesn’t seem to have aged in the several years since we saw each other.  Still a looker in red and white, without the wear and tear affecting most of us.  No longer a youngster, but still a nice package, well equipped from birth and spending time in the gym.  Sorry to disappoint as I’m talking about a bike, a 2007 that lived most of its life in a storage room, a choice model with recent maintenance, ready to go.

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2007 Ducati Monster 800 S2R for sale on eBay

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Though there were Superbike-engined Monsters available, Ducati continued to develop the air-cooled desmodues through the 2000’s with better electrical systems, fuel injection, and an innovative wet slipper clutch.  The nicely oversquare 803cc engine on the S2R brings in 77 hp at 8,250 rpm.  The Adler Power Torque Plate ( APTP ) clutch reduces lever effort and has a slipper function built in, increasing safety on the big twin.  Steel trellis frame is painted body color, with 42mm Showa forks and single-sided swingarm with Sachs damper.  Brembo brakes with 4-piston calipers up front riding 320mm discs, 245mm rear.  Classic Monster looks, but this time with dual exhaust and full-length racing stripe.

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This Monster looks super, undamaged and substantially stock, having spent life indoors.  Just handlebar risers, updated levers and frame sliders have been added.  Recent maintenance makes all that storage less worrisome, though new tires might be a thought.  The owner explains in the eBay auction:

This awesome bike has less than 20 miles on it.  It is the last year of the old style Monster with the side stacked exhaust and single swing arm.  A lot of people think this is the best looking of the Monsters.  It is the SR2 800.  I bought it new from the dealer at the end of 2007 at the time I was going through a divorce.  It has only be ridden up and down the driveway to exercise it.  It has been kept under a soft cover indoors of course.  You will not be disappointed with this bike.  I just had the bike at the dealer to replace the fluids and timing belt.  It is now ready for summer and its new owner just like the day it rolled off the showroom floor.

It is red with a white stripe.  I have kept it stock except for a small riser for the handle bars and upgraded brake and clutch levers.  I also added sliders to protect the sides.  The bike can be easily converted back to original.  You will not find a better condition version of this iconic bike anywhere.

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An excellent choice for a Monster fan, the S2R has all the factory upgrades for the air-cooled family, light weight, great design, and plenty of power for its un-faired mission.  Basically a new bike with 20 miles and new belts, it’s a great classic Ducati.  Though it seems pricey for a ten year-old machine, an apples to apples comparison to a brand new bike makes a lot more sense…

-donn

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Reunion – 2007 Ducati Monster 800 S2R
Bimota April 14, 2016 posted by

1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria available in North Carolina

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Bimota sportbikes tend to get a bad rap at RSBFS as they are inherently rare, but they’re always available for sale as well. This particular example isn’t your garden variety SB6R though. This is the YB9 which utilizes Yamaha’s FZR600 engine. The seller notes that only 145 examples were produced worldwide making it very rare indeed. We have only posted a YB9 one other time in 2009. This example has actually been ridden with nearly 17k miles but is reasonably priced at $7,950.

dc

1991 Bimota YB9 for sale on eBay

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from the seller’s listing:

The Bimota YB9 Bellaria was produced from 1990-93. Only 145 in total were made, making this an exceptionally rare motorcycle, even by Bimota standards. It’s unknown how many have been imported into the U.S., but I have seen no others listed by owners in recent years. Most Bimotas were not given a name, but in this case Bimota decided to call it the Bellaria, which means “beautiful air” in Italian. The YB9 uses Yamaha’s FZR600 engine, with a Bimota airbox and exhaust system boosting power to 95 hp. The frame is the crown jewel of the bike, a beautifully crafted twin-spar alloy frame with 42mm inverted forks and aluminum swingarm. Brembo four-piston calipers are up front, with Brembo two-piston in the rear. The YB9 is notable for its sporting but less extreme riding position and was the first Bimota with a two-passenger seat.

This 1991 YB9 is in excellent condition mechanically and cosmetically. The frame and running gear are in exceptional condition for a 25 year old motorcycle. The instruments were far ahead of their time, with digital readouts and backlighting on the tachometer, and are all still operating as designed. The original bodywork was repainted to a very high standard by the previous owner. The factory baby blue color was changed to classic Bimota red and white. It’s a matter of taste, but in my opinion the bike looks far better now than in its original color scheme.

This YB9 was serviced last year by Bimota Spirit, the leading Bimota service shop in the U.S. The Mikuni carburetors were completely disassembled and cleaned, new air and oil filters and battery were installed. New rear brake pads have also been fitted. The bike starts easily and the engine runs and performs as expected. An auxiliary fan switch can be activated at the rider’s discretion. The battery is wired for a Battery Tender, which is included in the sale.

This is a great bike to ride anywhere, but especially on backroads. It has remarkably stable but quick handling, combined with thrilling high-end power from its 600cc four-cylinder engine. If you don’t think 600cc is enough engine, you will change your mind after the first ride on this YB9! I recently displayed the bike at Charlotte’s Motori Italiano, where it received much attention and admiration.

Note: There is some slight weeping from one of the fork seals, new owner will need to address this at some point. Otherwise, a flawless Bimota.

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1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria available in North Carolina

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