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Bimota September 7, 2016 posted by

Framing the Superbike: 1988 Bimota YB4 Race Bike For Sale

1988 Bimota YB4 R Side

Although it's often the slinky bodywork that people remember about Bimotas, the frames are what really define them. The Bimota YB4 was designed around Bimota’s signature and unmistakable beam frame they used throughout the late 80s and 90s. No soft, moulded contours here: the spars look like girders that were extruded by some giant, industrial device, then cut and welded into place, with access to that five-valve Yamaha "Genesis" engine clearly an afterthought... The frame was amazingly stiff and, equipped with typically top-shelf suspension bits at both ends, the YB4 offered superlative handling.

1988 Bimota YB4 Front

Introduced in 1987, the YB4 started out as a pure racing machine, with no road-legal counterpart. But when rules were announced for the new World Superbike racing series, Bimota was forced to make a limited number of roadbikes for homologation purposes in order to compete. The bike was successful in both the earlier Formula 1 championship that predated the roadgoing YB4 as well as the later fledgling World Superbike series, where it successfully competed against Yamaha’s own highly-developed OW01, a testament to the YB4’s handling prowess.

1988 Bimota YB4 Dash

Of course, being a Bimota, the engine is far more pedestrian than the beautifully crafted frame and sleek bodywork. The YB4 was powered by a 749cc version of the five-valve Yamaha “Genesis” motor which, while not very exotic, packed plenty of performance, and that powerplant was backed by the standard Yamaha six-speed gearbox. The roadbike weighed in at a claimed 396lbs dry and used fuel injection, but the racing machines featured carburetors. Just over 300 were built and unusually, the YB4 is visually almost identical to the bigger-engined and more common YB6 that was stuffed full of 1000cc Genesis motor.

1988 Bimota YB4 Carbs

Today’s YB4 isn’t a road bike, or even a road bike converted into a track-only machine. This YB4 is actually the reason we have any roadgoing YB4s at all: it’s a genuine World Superbike racing bike as raced by Steve Parrish’s team with Keith Huewen at the controls.
From the original eBay listing: 1988 Bimota YB4 Race Bike for Sale

Bimota YB4 Racing WSBK - ex-Huewen/Parrish Team Yamaha Loctite UK

M.Y. 1988 VIN 000037

It is the 1988 Bimota YB4 WSBK Team Yamaha Loctite Parrish/Heuwen The bike was raced in 1988, ridden by Keith Huewen who is now a Moto GP commentator. It was ridden in the British Championship and also some World Championship events like the Hungaroring.

It has all the genuine parts with special quick release pipes magnesium sump etc. and very important it is exactly as it was raced. There were originally only 4 imported to the UK Team Loctite had problems with the fuel injection and converted them all back to carburettors.

Iconic bike of an iconic race era. Ride, parade and collect! Bulletproof investment.

1988 Bimota YB4 L Side Unfaired

According to the seller, the bike is currently in the UK, but that shouldn’t pose much of a problem for the well-heeled or seriously dedicated collectors considering a purchase of this machine. What's it worth? Well, it's basically a successful racing machine from an exotic Italian manufacturer that was campaigned by a famous rider for a famous team, making it a one-of-a-kind piece of motorcycle history.

-tad

1988 Bimota YB4 L Side

Framing the Superbike: 1988 Bimota YB4 Race Bike For Sale
Ducati September 5, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1994 Ducati 900 SS/SP with just 7,300 miles in Florida!

Update 9.15.2016: This bike is sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Today's Featured Listing is a personal favorite of mine, the Ducati 900SS/SP. While the Superlight is more collectable, the SP offers almost as much performance and character, but at a much lower price point. The SP was well loved during in it's day, as well as today, for being as sporting as needed yet comfortable enough to tour with. With it's chattering dry clutch, distinctive v-twin with dual exhaust, and that bright red paint, the 900SS/SP is all modern classic Ducati.

1994 Ducati 900SS/SP for sale on eBay

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The Sport Production (SP) model was a step up over the previous Supersport and CR models, featuring adjustable front and rear suspension, aluminum swingarm, wider rear wheel, full floating brakes, and nice carbon cosmetic upgrades for the fenders and clutch cover. These were only offered in the North American market and this is a very early one wearing the #012 number plate on the triple clamp.

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This particular example is on offer from Nick Anglada who runs the business Used Ducati Parts. He is a long time friend of RSBFS and is well known in the community for his expertise and large stock of parts to keep our bikes running and to bring some back from the dead. I have seen many of his posts on Facebook with his latest offerings and as the saying goes, no one wants to see how the sausage is made. Numerous bikes that looked good enough to be saved are routinely broken down as sold as parts. But even for Nick, this example is too original and shows too few miles -- it needs to be sold complete. It even still has all the warning stickers!

From the seller:

All original with warning decals in place. 7335 Original miles. This bike was drained a stored back in 2009. Just Serviced. Belts, battery, oil and filter, spark plugs etc. Also includes matching front tire that is not yet installed. All documentation is present including copies of the previous titles and owner's manual. Right lower fairing has scratches from transport as well as a small ding on the top of the tank also from transport. . Any questions or comments please feel free to call or text us at 407-347-3498. International shipping available. This will be Parted Out if it does not sell by the end of this listing. This bike will not be re-listed..

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At a mere $5,500 buy-it-now, this looks like a great example for anyone who's been curious about this model or has been waiting for a stock/uncut example to appear on the market. While it has a few blems, the pictures show a bike that is ready to enjoy the rest of the season and enjoy the view all winter in the garage.

Thanks for helping to support the site with a Featured Listing and good luck to buyers and seller!

dc

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Featured Listing:  1994 Ducati 900 SS/SP with just 7,300 miles in Florida!
Ducati September 5, 2016 posted by

Classic or Crock?: 1998 Ducati 900CR

The 900CR is a bit of a forgotten Ducati.  Offered as part of the late 1990's Ducati range, the 900CR and its sister 900SS weren't objects of lust like the Ducati 916/996/998 but also weren't the companies sales leader like the "standard" Monster series.  The 900 series was targeted towards non-hard core sport rider, a smaller market segment that wasnt as interested in having the latest tech or bolt ons. The result was that the 900 series bikes were never the most technologically advanced bikes in the Ducati lineup nor did they have the most aftermarket bits/offerings created for them.  Furthermore, most buyers at the time seemed to prefer the full fairing look of the 900SS so the CR is a bit of a rarity.

While the 900CR didn't enjoy huge sales success back in the 1990's, nowadays it is enjoying a bit of a resurgence in popularity.  This is probably due its exposed/cafe racer style aging better than the bulbus 900SS and the fact that CR's are a bit less common.

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1998 Ducati 900CR for sale on ebay

The genesis of the the CR is that back in 1989 Ducati engineering boss Massimo Bordi set up two separate production lines; one for the liquid-cooled, four-valve, fuel-injected 851 range and the other for air-cooled, 600/750/900cc two-valve carburetor twins. This was done because while the 851/888 range was the one that formed the basis of the companies racing efforts and future tech, the air-cooled twin powered bikes were actually what kept the coffers full/were the most popular selling Ducati's.

For 1998 the Ducati 900 SS/CR series came with a pair of 38mm Mikuni CV carbs, an aluminium swingarm to shorten the wheelbase, Showa shocks and forks and 320mm Brembo discs.  None of this technology was revolutionary at the time it was introduced nor was it discontinued after the bikes production run ended.  The benefit of this is that the 900SS/CR series are easier to live with than their liquid-cooled brethren.  Simply put, the 900 series are a way to have the Ducati experience without breaking the bank.

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This particular 900CR looks to be in good condition but isn't pristine.  There are some aftermarket parts (exhaust, seat, bar ends?) and the fluid reservoir caps look to be either replacements or have had the paint come off due to fluid leaks.  Mileage is approximately 18,000 and the maintenance info is very limited with the seller indicating only that "maintenance locally at an established Motorcycle Dealership here in Nashville, TN" so there might be some belt replacement costs for the desmo engine. The seller also indicates that the bike went down at 15mph which is perhaps why the pictures don't show the other side of the bike?

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So is this Ducati 900CR a future classic or a future crock? Sure the 900SS/CR series will never be as desirable as other Ducati's such as the Supermono, Desmosedici or even 916, but prices for the late 1990's 900 series bikes do seem to be creeping up in value. Bidding for this one is currently at $2500 USD with the reserve not met and previous listings of these on RSBFS have shown prices slightly under $5000 USD.

Perhaps if this one interests you an email and then phone discussion to the seller would be a logical next step.  Personally I think this one is a bit of a gamble; it might be a future "classic" or it might be a "crock"...perhaps some of our more experienced readers will share their opinions in the comments section.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Classic or Crock?:  1998 Ducati 900CR
Ducati September 4, 2016 posted by

One Owner, Low Mile -1988 Ducati 750F1

Pushing 30, the Ducati 750 F1B should almost be over on Classic Sport Bikes for Sale, but as such a quintessential desmodue, it belongs with its later sportbike progeny.  Built as a very racey road-going update of the championship-winning 600 TT2, the 750 F1 was also raced but enjoyed only occasional success.  With under 4,000 one-owner miles, this outstanding 750 F1 scores high for collectibility.

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1988 Ducati 750 F1 for sale on eBay

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With single overhead cams driven by new-fangled belts, the F1 looked toward the future, but its 76 hp had only a very minimal sportbike to push around.  The steel trellis frame supported the engine from above and the fuel tank rested on top, fuel flowing into 36mm Dell'Orto carburetors.  Right-side-up 40mm forks are up front, with single monoshock behind.  Brakes are single piston calipers with 300mm front disks, and 280 mm rear.  Super light before it was a trademark, the fiberglass endurance fairing and seat console are wrapped in the tricolore.

 

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Offered by an eBay store that has a few bikes but appears to concentrate on motoring collectibles, this 750 F1 looks the part.  It looks super-clean and substantially correct, though sharper eyes will find more than the missing side cover and modern grips and mirrors that caught my eye.  The seller doesn't offer much history but says this in the eBay auction:

We are delighted to offer this special Ducati 750 F1

Just ONE OWNER with 3972 miles!

Rare to begin with: Where on earth can you find a reference quality example like this?

Much more exotic and exclusive than any Japanese bike of this era.

The F1 series are now getting the recognition they deserve for the super bikes they are. They do represent a good value in today’s collector world….not yet, are they at the inflated prices of the 750 SS and 900 SS.

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Though Ducati was in the middle of a rough patch when the 750 F1 was designed, they pulled through and went on to bigger and better desmos.  Without anything not required for the sportbike mission ( fun ! ) on board, the limited horsepower, handling, and braking were plenty.  Though the company did inevitably get dragged into the features and specifications arms race, the 750 F1 is revered for its attention to the basics.  And while it might get to a surprisingly high price before the reserve is met, this example appears to stay on message perfectly...

-donn

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One Owner, Low Mile -1988 Ducati 750F1
BMW September 3, 2016 posted by

Candy Cane – 2007 BMW R1200S

Built for only two years as BMW approached the flat-twin summit, the R1200S was significantly lighter and more powerful than the R1100S.  This adult-ridden example has low miles, dealer service, and the nice factory option paint.

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2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

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Sporting a single overhead cam and four valves per cylinder, the R1200S uses electronic fuel injection to extract 122 hp from its 1170 cc's.  Almost expected from a BMW twin, torque is an outstanding 86 ft.-lbs.  The engine is an integral part of the new trellis frame, whose lighter weight helped bring the bike in under a theoretical 400 lbs.  Proprietary suspension designs front and rear, the Telelever leads the Paralever shaft drive using Öhlins adjustable dampers.  Brakes are 4-piston 310mm fronts with 265mm rear, and BMW commissioned a special version of its EVO braking system for the R1200S, unlinked and with more linear feel than usual.  ABS with a disable switch was an option, not sure it's on this bike though.  The half-fairing is nicely integrated with the tank and solo-plus-afterthought seat.

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Showing just break-in miles for a BMW, this R1200S looks good, though the limited photos invite a closer look.  It looks substantially stock with a Laser cat-back exhaust and new rubber.  The owner is a reluctant seller and says this in the eBay auction:

Previously listed but withdrawn because I thought I could not let it go but I have to move on. Beautiful and rare 2007 BMW R1200S "Candy Cane" in excellent condition. Always maintained with recent fluids change and complete inspection at MAX BMW in NH. Very recent Michelin PR4s. Beautiful bike with speed and stability. It has a titanium full Laser system ($1,200). Always gets attention. This is a fast sporty bike and not for novices. Low mileage at 13400 although I still occasionally ride it.

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Though bag racks are always available for a BMW, most -S's are seen without them, so someone's at least trying to extract the sport from the sport-touring.  The R1200S reviewed as very sporty for a BMW, which is about as high as the praise generally gets.  The bikes have to carry the remarkable suspension, reliable drivetrain, and servo-assisted ABS brakes, which for many road riders are worthy compromises for sport riding...

-donn

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Candy Cane – 2007 BMW R1200S
Honda September 2, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1994 Honda NSR250 SE for Sale

Update 9.4.2016: I've received word that this bike is now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This Featured Listing is part of a set from the sellers for a VFR400, TZR250, and an NSR250. They are available for purchase as a group or individually. The sellers are available this labor day weekend for personal inspections in Southern California. -dc

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1994 Honda NSR250 SE L Front

Competition may have been fierce in the 250cc two-stroke class, but it always seemed like it was Honda’s 800 pound gorilla that was setting the pace, with the others scrambling to keep up. Sure, there were plenty of fast bikes from Suzuki, Yamaha, and a couple years of krazy Kawasaki shenanigans, but the NSR250 seemed to define the class, and is certainly the most well-known bike. Today’s featured listing is the final iteration of the little sports Honda, and possibly the most desirable as well, the Honda NSR250 SE MC28.

1994 Honda NSR250 SE Front Wheel

Built between 1994 and 1998, the MC28 was actually the heaviest of the series, as that very trick-looking single-sided swingarm added noticeable weight compared to the more conventional item. This SE "Super Edition" has most of the even rarer “Sport Production” edition goodies, with the SP’s dry clutch and adjustable suspension at both ends. It only lacked the SP’s magnesium wheels.

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The NSR250 MC28’s electronics weren’t as flashy as those very trick hard parts, but contained some of the bike’s most exotic technology. Introduced on 1987's MC18, Honda’s PGM interpreted throttle position and rpm to simply adjust the RC “Revolutionary Controlled” Valve and air-correction circuit for improved midrange response. The Later PGM-II system added ignition timing to the magic box's repertoire and the bike ultimately could create a 3-D ignition map from the various sensor inputs, strange when you think of that technology combined with good old-fashioned carburetors.

1994 Honda NSR250 SE Dash

The MC28 version of the PGM-IV had the famous digital Smartcard in place of a key, and that card also stored ignition maps for the engine, along with a tiny gascap key that slotted into the corner! Want more performance for your racebike? Just get a real-deal HRC card and voila: 60hp! Unfortunately, that same technology means de-restricting the bike from the government-mandated 45hp can be devilishly difficult. Ideally, you’d just track down an original card, but that can be an expensive option or simply impossible.

1994 Honda NSR250 SE R Rear

So while the MC28 might not be the lightest, or the fastest two-stroke, it is arguably one of the best-looking sportbikes of the era and is absolutely dripping innovative technology and Honda refinement.

From the Seller: 1994 Honda NSR250 SE (MC28)

$9,000 with 34,938km

Purchased in 2011 from RSBFS listing, CA titled & current registration, this NSR has the Tyga 300cc big bore kit & expansion chambers, upper triple clamp, and rearsets, fresh Dunlop Sportmax tires, and new fork seals & front pads. Oil injection intact. A few very minor fairing scuffs and cracks, this bike needs nothing, ready to ride.

Spares & Extras: used OEM bodywork pieces (upper cowl, R side panels & tail section), cowl stay, stock upper triple clamp & more.

A bit of quick math indicates that the bike has 21,709 miles on the clock. As I mentioned in the TZR250 listing, parts availability can be difficult for these grey-market bikes, and plenty of owners have already begun hoarding critical maintenance parts for the rarer models. I haven't tried to run one of these, but poking around the internet, one of the real advantages, besides the obvious Honda innovation and quality, is the relative parts availability in terms of aftermarket support for the NSR. Certainly, the other bikes in the class have their charms, Honda is, well: Honda. $9,000 is a big number for a little two-stroke, but the MC28 version of the NSR250 SE represents the pinnacle of the class in terms of technology and rarity, especially here in the USA, and that CA title is worth its weight in gold.

-tad

1994 Honda NSR250 SE R Front

Featured Listing: 1994 Honda NSR250 SE for Sale

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