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Derbi April 13, 2016 posted by

Catalonian – 2003 Derbi GPR50 Malossi

The sight of any Derbi will bring a twinkle to the eye of the Spanish nationals among you, but this very racy Malossi replica, with title, gets these folks thinking rather impractical thoughts.  An historic Spanish company, Derbi was founded in 1922 near Barcelona, and made bicycles until 1950, then moved into motorcycles.  Concentrating on the smaller bikes, they also raced, winning Grand Prix championships in the 50, 80 and 125cc categories.

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2003 Derbi GPR50 Malossi for sale on eBay

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Doing a very passable impression of a larger machine, the GPR50 does it with a single cylinder and just 9 hp.  The 50 cc’s are fed by a 14mm Dell’Orto carburetor, and power is transferred by a 6-speed transmission.  Suspension is modern with 35mm upside-down forks and rear monoshock.  Brakes are single disks, 260mm front and 220mm rear.  Unlike most 50’s the Malossi is rideable by a 170 lb. adult, helped by the 17 inch wheels.  The full bodywork has a biposto seat and great graphics package.

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This GPR50 looks super in red with checkerboard and shows just about 600 miles.  The owner is a collector and seems very knowledgeable – from the eBay auction:

You are bidding on a rare Derbi GPR 50 Malossi Replica with only 592 miles on the odometer. The Derbi 50 GPR 50 was a joint effort between Cagiva and Derbi with Cagiva designing the frame and Derbi providing the high revving two stroke engine.

Below is a list of key aspects of the Derbi GPR 50:

1) It has a clear Colorado title with all the original paperwork. The Derbi is located in Denver, CO.

2) I purchased the motorcycle from the original owner to add to my collection. Unfortunately, I have unexpectedly bought two additional motorcycles and I am now out of room and one motorcycle has to go and the Derbi drew the short straw.

2) The Derbi literally looks like it just came from the dealer’s show room floor. It has always been properly stored in a heated garage its entire existence and maintenance has been performed based on time and not mileage. The battery is always on a trickle charger and is in perfect working condition.

3) The Derbi runs perfectly and absolutely everything works.

4) The original owner put two very small scratches on the bottom of the lower fairing as he was unloading the motorcycle from his truck. The scratches are covered up by a decal.

5) Despite its small 50cc two stroke engine, the 6 speed transmission will easily propel the Derbi to well over 60 MPH.

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Named for Malossi S.P.A., which makes racing and tuning parts for small bikes and scooters, the GPR  could be fitted out with engine and suspension to keep up with traffic on the freeway rather than just around town, with the known risk of shortening the life span.  Derbi survives today, having been purchased by Piaggio in 2001, and their line of smaller bikes now includes enduro and hypermotard bikes.  Since none are available here, the Derbi will continue to be a specialty, in this case an almost perfect and street legal rarity…

-donn

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Catalonian – 2003 Derbi GPR50 Malossi
Bimota April 11, 2016 posted by

1994 Bimota DB2 #001

It took Bimota 10 years to come home to Ducati for an engine, and after the DB1, nearly ten more for the DB2.  Worth waiting for, the 904cc desmodue was a great powerplant, good power and torque from a not overly complicated engine.  This 1994 model is a totally collectible serial number 001.

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1994 Bimota DB2 for sale on eBay

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The DB2 was penned by Pierluigi Marconi, who used chrome-moly tubing for the trellis frame and fabricated swingarm.  Handling was the strong suit, the 86 hp Ducati’s doing except for improvements in the exhaust.  41mm Paoli forks and Ohlins monoshock were specified.  Brakes are great for the time, dual 320mm disks with single 230mm rear.   The very well-resolved fairing uses a Yamaha headlight, monoposto seat, and beautiful maroon livery.

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Beckoning collectors with its first serial number and original tires, this DB2 has only 1,600 miles.  Already christened, it has a scrape on the left seat fairing, but looks fabulous otherwise.  From the eBay auction:

For serious collectors, the chance to get a sn # 001 bike.

Very low mileage, original tires.

You may want to replace tires if it’s to be ridden much,

or keep on for display and just maintenance runs.

Larger pictures can be e-mailed, direct if closer look for blemishes is desired.

Bike always stored indoors , and run every couple of months to keep healthy.

Have very large bike collection being thinned down to make more space.

Numerous pictures to show the good and the bad of it.

Overall, a pretty well preserved bike.

64 year old owner, former bike wrench and former shop owner.

Every effort has been made to show condition of bike with pictures and video.

Bike in good cond, though no warranty expressed or implied. Sold AS – IS .

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Reviewed with praise, the DB2 puts its handling out front but the years have proved the air-cooled Ducati powerplant to be willing and reliable.  Rarity assured with only a few hundred total production, this lovely DB2 being wheeled into a collector’s gallery and ridden only occasionally won’t be cause for celebration, unless it’s yours…

-donn

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1994 Bimota DB2 #001
Yamaha April 10, 2016 posted by

No Titles, No Problem: Pair of Race 1991 Yamaha TZ250Bs for Sale

1991 Yamaha TZ250B R Front

Looking to start your own vintage race team? Well today’s brace of 1991 Yamaha TZ250s and a whole raft of included spare parts is ready to help you do just that, just add trailer.

And talent.

Sports two-strokes from the 80s ands 90s are very rare and desirable these days, with fresh imports from Japan making their way here regularly. And as always, the issue of titling them comes up. In some states, it’s easy to get grey-market bikes titled. In others, particularly California, it’s very difficult without spending years gathering incriminating information about prominent politicians or spending a small fortune to bribe public officials.

Fortunately, today’s pair of TZ250Bs solves that problem for us nicely by being pure racebikes that never had titles in the first place. Obviously, there are some rough similarities between the TZR250 and TZ250, but the TZR was a sporty roadbike meant to ape the real-deal, “closed-course only” TZ.

1991 Yamaha TZ250B L Front

Powered by what was basically half of a V4 from the TZ500, the 1991 TZ250B was the first v-twin powered TZ250: earlier bikes used a parallel-twin configuration, long after competitors from Honda and Suzuki had switched to v-twin engines. The B also featured upside-down forks for the first time and a distinctive banana swingarm to clear the right-side expansion chambers, something that wasn’t required on the “reverse-head” parallel-twin TZs from 1988-1990.

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From the original eBay listing: Pair of 1991 Yamaha TZ250Bs for Sale

Rare opportunity: for sale two very nice Yamaha 250B’s, VIN#3YL000397 and 3YL000409. Both bikes are race ready and have two races on new top ends.

I do not know the miles on either bikes’ cranks but when I did the top ends they checked OK.

I have approximately $10,000 in spares, mostly new, not a bunch of junk. I will provide an inventory list upon request and I have included photos of them.

The bikes are sold on a BOS, there were no titles for these bikes. I had to put something in the eBay listing for title condition and miles.  

1991 Yamaha TZ250B Parts

These are very nice machines, I love the color scheme, and a big box of spares to keep a pair of obsolete racebikes running sounds like a peach of a deal… But at $30,000 Buy It Now for the pair, you’re looking at a lot of cheddar for this package.

-tad

1991 Yamaha TZ250B L Side

No Titles, No Problem: Pair of Race 1991 Yamaha TZ250Bs for Sale
MZ April 8, 2016 posted by

Budget Blaster: 1997 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup for Sale

1997 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup R Side

Not every exotic needs to try and tear your arms out as soon as you twist the throttle, and not every rare motorcycle needs to cost a packet to buy or run: sometimes our need to be just a little bit different clashes with life’s practical considerations. For riders in that particular situation, may I present the MZ Skorpion Sport Cup, a big, thumping single wrapped in sports bodywork and featuring a name virtually forgotten here in the Decadent West.

1997 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup R Side Front

MZ was originally an East German manufacturer of two-stroke motorcycles back when East Germany was actually a place. All you fans of sporting Japanese two-strokes should be familiar with them: they absolutely dominated two-stroke racing in the late 1950s until MuZ rider Ernst Degner defected and brought their Walter Kaaden-developed expansion-chamber tuning techniques to Suzuki where he helped develop their bikes and continued his racing career.

1997 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup Dash

But then in the mid-1990s, seemingly out of nowhere, an entire range of new machines sprouted up, all badged as MZs. The modular design recalls Triumphs of the same era, and the line of bikes included the dual-purpose Baghira, the supermoto Mastiff, sport-touring Traveller, and the various Skorpion variants. All were built around Yamaha’s 660cc five-valve single backed by a five-speed gearbox. 48hp and a weight not much over 400lbs with a tank of fuel means that the lightweight Skorpion was capable 110mph with excellent handling and good reliability.

1997 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup R Side Front Wheel

From the original eBay listing: 1997 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup for Sale

Conceived by the acclaimed UK design firm SeymourPowell, the MZ Skorpion represents a motorcycle design perfect storm of sorts. The elegantly simple, yet rigid chassis inspired by (some might say stolen from) the work of Tigcraft’s Dave Pierce contains an ultra simple and reliable XT660cc engine as well as electrics from Yamaha. The world class Grimeca and Paoli suspension and braking components come from Italy. All of this was designed and assembled by the German engineers at MZ – one of the oldest, most venerable marques in the history of  motorcycling.

The Skorpion didn’t sell in large numbers, but had a solid following in the racer community. It’s exceptional handling and simplicity spawned single model MZ Cup series all over Europe and the United States in the 90s and the beginning of the 21st century. This particular variant – the Sport Cup – came with a full fairing, and was made to compete in the US and UK MZ cup series as stock, with no modifications allowed. Because of the popularity of the class, few unraced, clean Sport Cups exist today.

The Skorp also appeals to every day riders. It is refreshingly small in size, light weight and has the broad power and bulletproof reliability inherent in the Yamaha dirtbike inspired power plant that is still being built today. Simple and reliable, it is an easy bike to maintain and, unlike many exotics, most of the wearing components interchange with various Yamahas of the period and are therefore quite available. Motorcycle News calls it “light, lithe, generally reliable, and reassuringly practical” and “one of the best singles of modern time”.

This particular bike is in truly excellent condition. It was garaged all of its 3,500 mile life and has been kept clean and well maintained. The only non-stock component is a center stand from its sister model, the Traveller. While not the norm on the club racer, it makes for easy wheel and chain maintenance, and is easily removed. It also comes with the full original toolkit, the factory solo seat cover to replace the rear seat, and the original owners manual.

1997 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup L Side Rear

These bikes are virtually forgotten now, and can be had for very small sums on the rare occasion you can actually find one. This example has almost insanely low mileage, considering the bike’s nature, and appears to be in very good condition. The Buy It Now is just $3,000 with very little interest so far. A one-make racing series was available for the bikes at the time, and they are very popular for use in single-cylinder racing classes today, but it’d be a shame to see one this nice get chopped into a track bike.

-tad

1997 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup L Side

Budget Blaster: 1997 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup for Sale
BMW April 7, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2010 BMW HP2 Sport

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When BMW stops developing the horizontal twin, likely they’ll stop putting the blue and white Rondel on the tank.  But as noise and emissions regulations compelled them to cool the heads with water in 2012, the pinnacle of the air/oil-cooled generation remains the HP2 Sport.  Dual overhead cams enable the 1170 cc engine to push 130 hp, and match that with 85 ft.-lbs. torque.  Accompanying the powerplant with chassis innovations and weight reductions resulted in the most track-oriented BMW ever.

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The HP2 Sport uses BMW’s Telelever front and Paralever rear suspension with fully adjustable Öhlins dampers, hanging from the blue trellis frame.  Weight is kept under 400 lbs. using a carbon-fiber seat console, as well the fairing, fender and chin scoop.  Brakes are topline Brembo, radially mounted Monobloc ( each caliper a single-piece casting ), appearing to be ABS equipped.

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Though most advice is not to sweat the small stuff, the HP2 Sport is beautifully detailed.  Controls positions are adjustable, as is the chassis geometry.  A full-featured race dash is included.  The stainless exhaust winds its way up under the seat, and a race-developed quick shifter halves the gear shift time.  Carbon appointments from tank cover to heel guards, my favorite detail being the sculpted valve covers.

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Offered by Harrison Eurosports just south of Salt Lake City, this HP2 looks just great and appears un-modified.  Locally owned, it has around 8,000 miles and all service records are available.  Asking $18,900, contact Troy Barnes at (435) 632-8031 for details.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2010 BMW HP2 Sport
MV Agusta April 6, 2016 posted by

Perfectly Collectible: 2009 MV Agusta F4 RR312 1078

2009 MV Agusta 312 RR R Side

With so many “paint and tape” special editions, it sometimes seems like there were very few standard MV Agusta F4s actually built… But the 1078 RR312 is more than just some flat-black paint with a famous name slapped on it. The RR312 throws any pretense at race-eligibility out the window with a big-bore motor and near 200mph performance. In a rare instance of honest alpha-numeric labeling, it packs a full 1078cc unit good for a claimed 190hp and a top speed of 312kph or over 190mph.

2009 MV Agusta 312 RR R Side Front

Introduced in 1998 as a 750, the exotic, radial-valved F4 found itself being compared to Japanese literbikes that blew it out of the water in terms of outright performance. The updated F4 1000 that followed addressed that perceived lack of power spectacularly. The F4 may offer minimal on-paper performance advantages over other literbikes, but the character is entirely different. Where bikes like the GSX-R1000 are famous for their near sport-touring versatility and flexible power, the F4 1078 is another animal, a highly-strung monster with handling that rewards commitment.

2009 MV Agusta 312 RR Tank

And so many F4s have been admired more than they’ve been ridden, but this RR312 one-ups other F4s in that regard as well: just 36 miles have rolled under the wheels from new.

From the original eBay listing: 2009 MV AGUSTA F4 RR312 for Sale

36 MILES FROM NEW

This 2009 MV AGUSTA F4 312RR 1078 was the most advanced MV to come out of the factory up to that point.  It has since held on to the title of one of the fastest and best handling motorcycles in the world.

The condition of this machine is virtually brand new.  There isn’t much more you can say besides this bike is in showroom condition.  Everything on it is basically as it was when it left the dealer in 2009. Please note this bike comes in with a clear title.  It has been in 2 private collections since new, is started on a regular basis, and ridden very short distances occasionally.

Don’t ask if there are any scratches on the bike.  There aren’t.  If you see something that looks like a scratch, it’s the light reflecting off the fairings.  The bike was purchased new and obviously ridden very sparingly since acquisition.  All of the major engine, transmission, and braking components have been recently checked for safety, and anything needing attention was serviced.  NOTHING needs to be done to the bike to ride it!

The tires on the front and rear are new. They are the original tires delivered with the bike.The paint is on the gas tank and fairings is original and again, in flawless condition, with no chips or scratches or scuffs evident anywhere on the machine. The battery was just replaced, and everything on the bike is working as it should.  The brakes were also checked to make sure they functioned perfectly as well.

I also have the ORIGINAL AND CORRECT rear stand for the bike as well as the original owner’s manual and spare parts catalog. Again, there is absolutely NOTHING that needs to be done to this machine to ride it occasionally and enjoy it as a showpiece.

2009 MV Agusta 312 RR L Side Fairing

It’s hard to imagine how someone could own a bike with this much performance and only ride it as far as my daily round-trip to the office… Of course, there are definitely concerns if you plan to add to those 36 miles: cars and bikes that sit definitely deteriorate in expensive ways. Seals and gaskets dry out and fail, rubber cracks and falls apart, meaning some of these low-mileage dream bikes can turn out to be more expensive than they look if you plan to do more than display them. Luckily, this one is still new enough that’s not likely to be much of a problem.

2009 MV Agusta 312 RR Clocks

Bidding is very active and up to almost $9,000 with several days left on the auction and the Reserve Not Met. If it stays anywhere near that price, you’re looking at pretty tremendous bang for your buck to go with those stunning, exotic looks. Obviously maintenance is a whole different story for an MV Agusta but I can’t imagine anyone using one as a daily rider, especially one with such low miles…

-tad

2009 MV Agusta 312 RR L Side

Perfectly Collectible: 2009 MV Agusta F4 RR312 1078
Sport Bikes For Sale April 5, 2016 posted by

rEVOlutionary 2006 Ducati 999R #0165

Superlative in so many ways, it’s important to remember that the Ducati 999R was a step ( or several ) towards today’s superbike.  And though  stylists can critique Pierre Terblanche’s design, the mechanical and handling improvements led to three WSBK Championships, 2006’s under Troy Bayliss in the Xerox livery offered as an option on the 999R.

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2006 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

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The revised testastretta heads on the 999R resulted in 150 hp for the showroom 999R, helped by titanium valves and collets, magnesium valve covers and carbon timing belt covers.  Very little of any of that is visible, though you can catch a glimpse through the vents in the carbon-fiber bodywork.  The main spar of the red trellis frame contrasts with the seat sub-frame and gold-anodized monoshock.  43mm Öhlins forks are finished in black on the -R, as is the numbered triple clamp.  Also in black is the beefy fabricated swingarm, as are the forged Marchesini wheels, and the rear mudguard and guard for the controversial canister muffler are carbon.

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This 999R has just under 2,100 miles and looks like they were cafe’ and not track miles.  One puzzling scrape under the left footpeg is pictured, but it’s a barely used bike with just a few mods.  Ten years on and with no maintenance history offered, it’s a safe assumption that belts and tires would be want a change before any substantial riding.  The owner states in the eBay auction:

This might be the most beautiful bike ever made by Ducati !  The Ducati 999r Xerox was the first and only bike to win the World Superbike Championship 3 years in a row. In celebration, Ducati built 300 street legal replicas. The 999r Xerox features the “R” spec motor which is a big performance improvement over the standard 999 motor. Also features a full Ohlins suspension front and rear, full carbon fiber body panels, carbon fiber cylinder covers, magnesium heads, the most beautiful paint job you can imagine, light weight Marchesini wheels, and a placard showing its production number of the 300 total units made. This particular bike has a slipper clutch, open clutch cover, Giles rear set, and aftermarket shift lever set for GP shift. Only 2061 miles on this collector bike! This is a living room bike that attracts attention wherever it is parked.  comes with custom factory plaque and case as well as owners manual. these bikes don’t come up often.  don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of motorcycle history !!!!

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Though the more upright fairing made life better for the WSBK riders, the showroom response compelled Ducati to return to side-by-side headlights for the 1098.  This makes the 999 a unique chapter in the Ducati history book, and a great champion in -R form.  As a seldom-ordered option for the final year of 999 production, the Xerox decal set is a standout and very collectible…

-Donn

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Bimota April 3, 2016 posted by

Classic Italian Performance: 1986 Ducati Bimota DB1 for Sale

1986 Bimota DB1 R Front

The DB1 was the quintessential Bimota, packaging a reliable Italian powerplant into a lightweight package with excellent handling… Wait, what? Actually, in spite of what you might expect, the belt-driven, SOHC Pantah engine is very reliable when properly maintained, and can be tuned to make good power. Sure, the 75 claimed horses don’t sound like much, but the twin is very flexible and the noise, oh the noise!

1986 Bimota DB1 L Rear2

Although Bimota made its name building lightweight, nimble bikes around reliable Japanese powerplants, it’s no surprise that, time and again, they’ve gone back to Ducati to supply engines for some of their best-selling and most popular machines. Ducati haven’t always made the most powerful engines, but they’re a great match for Bimota’s lightweight ethos and the bikes that result are beautiful.

1986 Bimota DB1 Dash

The seller indicates that this was originally a Japanese bike, but currently has a California title, which should allay fears of its legality, as California’s DMV is notoriously strict.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Bimota DB1 for Sale

Up for action is early 1986 Bimota DB1 This is a original clean motorcycle that I am selling my collection bike. The Bike is only 21000 KM (about 13000 mile). There is little scratch but never been drop or any accident.

This bike have been currently service and maintained (spend $900). All functions on the bike work properly. No oil leaks! Run perfect as new bike and It is stable at 240Km high speed. You will not be disappointed. 

The Bike was imported form Japan currently has California Title. It is a 1986 model but has been titled as a 1980 Bimota DB1. I purchased this bike in 2006 from a good friend who own Famous Bike shop in CA. The bike was stored at his bike shop and taken care of.

And this bike is for not a beginner, only for those who know the value of a Bimota and what it is capable of… I have a clear CA title in hand and I will be happy to answer any questions you have. The bike is sold “as is.”

1986 Bimota DB1 Front Wheel

Built between 1985 and 1990, the DB1 was one of the best-selling Bimotas, with almost 700 produced. There’s plenty of time left on the listing, and bidding is up to just $11,000 with the reserve not yet met. I’d expect this one has a long way to go before it finds a buyer.

-tad

1986 Bimota DB1 R Side

 

Classic Italian Performance: 1986 Ducati Bimota DB1 for Sale

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