Monthly Archives: June 2021

Sport Bikes For Sale June 30, 2021 posted by

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Honda June 29, 2021 posted by

Southern Belle – 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

Hot on the heels of this 1985 Honda VFR1000R (eBay shows that it sold for $7,652), the same seller has just listed a 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo in a similar, no reserve auction. And this is the way that we like to see bikes represented – decent pictures showing a neat, clean, indoor storage facility. The bikes are clean and presentable, and not still dripping wet from a quick hose-down like some other auctions. Given, the bikes themselves might not be of the uber-rarity set (I haven’t spied a NR750 or Supermono in the pictures yet, but I’m still looking) – but they are relatively rare and special machines worthy of collecting. Which brings us to the world’s first full factory turbo offering, the 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo.

1982 Honda CX500 Turbo for sale on eBay

Built around the basis of the CX platform, the CX500 Turbo was a sort of Moto Guzzi replica in that the engine configuration was a vee mounted across the bike, but the crankshaft rotation was inline with the wheels. The vee angle was 80 degrees, and the cylinder head intake and exhaust tracts were rotated slightly to allow for better legroom for the rider. If you’ve ever barked your shins on a BMW airhead intake or banged your knees on Guzzi carbs you know the value of this subtle piece of engineering. The Turbo used larger main bearings in the strengthened cases, and Honda bolted up an IHI turbo capable of 200,000 RPM and 19 PSI and topped the whole thing off with their first incarnation of programmable fuel injection. A stronger crank, clutch and connecting rods held the rest of the bottom end together, along with a pair of forged pistons. Suspension, electronics and bodywork were all bespoke Turbo fittings, making for a fast, powerful and unique offering.

From the seller:
1982 Honda CX500 Turbo SELLING @ NO RESERVE

This is an amazing all original and very rare bike that is coming out of a private collection that is perfect for anyones collection or for anyone to enjoy. The bike runs and drives just like it should and needs nothing to my knowledge. The bike has been very well maintained and shows great for an original bike, the only thing that I can see on the entire bike is that their is a small chip/nick on one side, and I have a picture of that to show you. The only thing to my knowledge that has been changed on the bike is a aftermarket windshield has been added which is a little larger then stock. Still a great bike for anyones collection or for anyone to enjoy that is just beautiful to look at in person. And remember this is SELLING @ NO RESERVE so high bidder takes it home.

Make no mistake, the Turbo is a big bike. Ready to ride this is a nearly 600 pound motorcycle, and not for the inseam challenged. Much of the weight is carried up high, thanks to the longitudinal nature of the vee configuration, the large radiator to cool of the turbocharged madness, and a 5.2 gallon fuel tank perched way up on top of everything. Far from a lithe sport bike, the Turbo revels in sport touring, where the strong midrange rush can be used at will. The 280mm front disks are decent, and the air-assist anti dive fork does a reasonable job of keeping everything in line. But those 600 pounds are hard to hide when the road gets narrow and twisty.

As referenced earlier, we have seen this seller before. There are a lot of bikes in the background shots for his auctions, so we know this is quite the collector. This bike appears to be mostly stock, with the noted exception of the windscreen. For a rider, that may not be a bad thing as the stock windscreen tends to create significant noise and buffeting at highway speed (different shapes of helmets can offer some help). Like the previous auction, this one has started low and there is no reserve. There are a good number of bids, and a much larger number of watchers which is the way these auctions should run. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Southern Belle – 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo
Suzuki June 27, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750

Update 6.27.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Already the stuff of legend, the GSX-R750 got a substantial revision in 1988, with a higher revving engine, “slingshot” carburetors, and 17-inch wheels.  RSBFS reader Jim’s GSX-R has a professional re-paint and several neat updates.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale asking $6,900

Beside the semi-flatside carburetors, the new 748cc engine had larger valves than it predecessor, and hotter cams to operate them.  112 hp at 11,000 rpm was the final result, with max torque of 55 ft.-lbs. of torque measured at a lofty 10,000 rpm.  The enhanced air-oil cooling system on the engine took an extra quart and ran it through a two-stage oil pump and oversize oil cooler.  The revised alloy chassis was substantially more rigid, and added some 15 lbs.  43mm cartridge forks replaced the air-adjustable models but lost their anti-dive circuit.  Brakes remained excellent with a 60-to-zero distance of 122 feet, and the full fairing had the dual headlight looks of an endurance racer.

Jim’s K-model has relatively low miles and looks to have been garaged consistently.  The full Yoshimura exhaust is complemented by a jet kit, and the wider rear wheel makes for a bigger contact patch.  Jim’s comments about his bike:

This is a very clean and unmolested 1989 GSX-R 750. I believe I am the 5th adult owner, previous owner was an engineer in Southern California, and by the previous owner the bike has always been garaged and well cared for. It survived the last 30 years without having its frame polished, being raced or otherwise abused. Low original miles (22,537) and in very nice shape. Few left like this anywhere, truly a classic. It pains me to sell this bike, but it’s time to thin the herd.

Prior to me purchasing it, the previous owner had the bike professionally painted and re-decaled. He said the original bodywork was un-crashed and in good shape physically but suffered from fading and the yellowing you will often seen on the decals. He left the tank and front fender original as they were nice – likewise the solo cowl is original Suzuki paint. They are in excellent shape. Mechanically solid with the carbs just cleaned a month ago, Pirelli Diablo’s are in great shape, almost new RK chain, fresh brake fluid flush and bleed front and rear and also has had a recent oil change. Bike is turn key and ready to ride. Everything works!

It’s very original with a few mods. Period correct Yoshimura Duplex header, a newer Yosh slip on exhaust, Factory Pro Jet Kit, has an 1100 rear shock as well as 1100 gauge surround. Rear wheel is from a 1990 to run a 180 rear tire.

Very hard to find unmolested GSX-R’s of this vintage anymore and prices are going up every year – and I do not think you will find one this nice cosmetically. The bike is located in Maryland near Washington DC and you are welcome to come inspect in person. Bike has a CLEAN and CLEAR Maryland title.

Jim is asking $6,900 for his GSX-R750.

The 2nd generation GSX-R750 weighed a bit more, but with the additional power, the pound/horsepower ratio improved a hair.  Though the model was well on its way to becoming a classic, the J and K years had a lot of nice improvements, and took the AMA SuperBike crown with Jamie James in ’89.  Jim and his previous owners have taken nice care of this GSX-R, and avoided the personalization pitfalls.

Jim is asking $6,900 for his GSX-R750.

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750
Moto Guzzi June 27, 2021 posted by

Oca Nera – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

Moto Guzzi has always incorporated their classic ideas into new models, and the 1100 Sport is a great mix of engineering and style.  This one has new batteries and tires and looks ready for a long summer trip.

1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for sale on eBay

Presenting a new machine at a certain price point is a series of compromises, in this case trading their V-twin four-valve engine for 100 more cc’s and pushrod actuated valves, giving the Sport 1100 90 hp and the usual plentiful ft.-lbs.  40mm Dell’Orto carburetors met emission regs with a catalyst, and the typical backbone chassis was enhanced with cast alloy side plates to mount the swingarm and footpegs.  The half-fairing has become a Guzzi classic and incorporated fresh air intakes.

This Wisconsin owner states he is the second rider, and it looks very good for its 23,000 miles, but with a little attention could be a star.  The NLA Staintune mufflers are a period upgrade and are well-suited to the carburetted engine.  And sound excellent in the owner’s – video –.  Durability has long been a Guzzi strong point and there’s no reason to thing this Sport wouldn’t want all the miles a new owner could throw at it.  From the eBay auction:

In overall stock condition and ready to be enjoyed.  It has the highly desired Staintune exhaust which sounds spectacular.  It has brand new proper sized Pirelli front and rear tires on it installed in May of 2021 that only have a couple hundred miles on them.  These bikes have two batteries mounted in the tail and BOTH batteries are new as of May 2021.  The oil was changed in spring of 2021 as well.  From the prior owner there is a receipt for some gear box seal work being performed.  This Guzzi runs great, shifts great, brakes great, and does not leak.  Hop on and enjoy the unique experience !

As stated, the cosmetics overall are very nice.  It is an extremely presentable and attractive machine.  It is the type of machine that draws quite a bit of attention and passion.  It is in nicer shape than would be expected for the age and mileage but it does have some typical minor nicks and light scratches here and there, but nothing that stands out or distracts from the motorcycle’s presentation.  The black finish is still the original Guzzi factory applied finish, is of impressive quality, is exceptionally smooth and glossy.  I have only lightly detailed it here and there.  With some more effort with polishing the finish and other areas on this bike would turn out even better.  Note:  In the photos/video it is shown without bar end weights.  I have since installed bar end weights.

I am essentially the second owner, and all owners have been adult motorcycling enthusiast owners.  The original owner had it until a couple years ago, until he passed away.  He resided in Wisconsin and put the majority of the miles on the Guzzi, and took excellent care of it.  One can tell it has been stored indoors, kept clean, and been well maintained.  A collector purchased the Guzzi from the original owner’s estate, owned it for  a couple of years, and I purchased it from the collector.  I have greatly enjoyed riding it and it offers up such a unique experience.  The 1100cc V-twin offers up such a sweet exhaust note and are known for being rock solid reliable.  This 1995 version is the carbureted model and as stated runs excellent, no tuning or adjustment needed.

In the Guzzi galaxy, the Sport 1100 is on the sportier side, with low clip-ons and seat’s backstop indicating great potential.  The realities of the big axial twin require smooth power additions in the corner, though it reviewed as a very stable handler.  With the Make Offer button, this might be a great addition to a Moto Guzzi collection, or a a perfect place to start.

-donn

 

Oca Nera – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100
Honda June 26, 2021 posted by

Going the Distance: 1985 Honda VF1000R

The Honda VF1000R is one of those interesting bikes that always evokes emotion and usually is well received here on the pages of Rare. Originally conceived as a homologation bike for racing, the VF1000R did inspire homologation race bikes and contribute to race efforts, even though the plans to homologate it fell through. Best known for endurance racing in Europe and the gear-driven cam arrangement that found its way into the vaunted RC30, the VFR1000R stands tall with livery reminiscent of Freddy Spencer, and a raft of clever features that speak to Honda’s “engineering-first” philosophy.

1985 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

While the basics of the VFR1000R motor come from the lower-spec “F” DNA, the R was developed specifically for the gear driven cam arrangement. The idea here is that geared cams can be indexed more accurately than the belt driven type, and this plays into the hands of highly-stressed, high RPM race motors. The cams themselves were nestled into an all new four-valve head, intended to increase air flow and raise compression over the F model. The result was an approximate 10 HP gain, and the potential for future development with an eye to building all-out race motors. The downside was that the added complexity added weight. The VFR1000R outweighs the commensurate 1000F by a figure similar to the HP gain, which for a race bike is not ideal.

From the seller:
1985 Honda VF1000R

Very Clean bike coming out of a private collection. The bike is just how you see it in the pictures, needing nothing other then a new battery to make it ready to go.

From the bulbous, all encompassing bodywork with the solo seat cowl, to the large, single headlight (only the 1986 year bikes received the Euro dual-headlamp look in the US), from the GP-inspired 16″ front wheel with quick change hardware to the adjustable Pro-link rear suspension, the modular ComStar wheels, the VF1000R was a quality piece of kit. That helped explain the nearly 50% price increase over the F model, ensuring exclusivity and dooming the R to relatively poor sales by comparison. Today these factors make this a rare model for a non-homologated, mass produced sport bike.

Today’s example is claimed to be a museum bike, and the pictures show a clean VFR1000R surrounded by Honda siblings (and a lone Suzuki XN85 Turbo). The odometer shows a low 11,0000-ish miles, and the seller claims that the bike needs nothing except a battery. The doubter in me wonders how one knows until a battery is actually installed and the bike started, but the pictures show a well-cared for example, and this era Honda has a rather bulletproof reputation overall – so I will overlook that. It might be just shadows, but I also detect possible scratches/rash on one of the fairing panels. There have been a fair number of bidders and a significant number of watchers on this one, however the auction is below $5k which is a good deal for someone if it closes like this. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Going the Distance: 1985 Honda VF1000R
Honda June 24, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR750F

Update 11.2.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

When you look back at the bikes you could have owned – or maybe did own, but let slip away – many will dream of the unobtainable collector machines built in small numbers and high prices. But when you look back on the bikes you could have owned to *ride*, then the list changes significantly. Gone are the torture racks, the rolling stock full of NOS parts never to be found again, or the odd and unique (but not very practical) imports. Instead you would look back at the best all around bikes in history – and come to a singular conclusion: the Honda VFR750F. Here is a bike that can do it ALL – from canyon riding and track days to touring, exploring and commuting. The VFR has long been a do everything exceptionally well type of mount. And while we can nostalgically look at some of the examples floating around the internet, the thought of somebody’s used up bike is not the stuff of dreams. Enter this stunning 1992 model VFR750F in the more rare darker VFR livery. What you are looking at is what Cycle World called “…the best all-around motorcycle in the business…” that has been refurbished to a very high specification.

Featured Listing: 1992 Honda VFR750F

The VFR series was a home run for Honda, and spawned many generations and a couple of truly interesting models. Based around a 90 degree V-4 with four valve heads, the VFR has been a constant winner in reviews, in showrooms, and at the racetrack. Even the mighty RC30 and RC45 models were derivatives of this family line, if that gives you any indication of the performance potential that was engineered into the basic bones. The 1992 model is an ideal representation of the second generation bikes, with aluminum frame and classic single sided swingarm. Expect an even 100 horsepower in stock configuration, enabling the VFR to go as well as it looks. There is enough there to keep up with all but the most berserker sport bikes in the canyons, and the best part is the cushy ride to-fro the happy sporting grounds. Pound for pound, it is difficult to imagine a bike better suited to everything we tend to do with a two wheeled device in our stables. If you could only have one bike for the rest of your riding days….

From the seller:
Since this is an unusual color for a VFR, I’ve started calling this one “Darth Viffer” 😊 Seems most VFR’s are red.

Up for sale is a 1992 Honda VFR750F with just over 25k miles on the clock. It is almost 100% stock and original, and includes two rare OEM accessories – the matching solo seat cowl and center stand. The bike has just undergone a thorough mechanical and cosmetic refresh, including the following that were completed before I bought it:
Fork seals/oil
Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires
New battery
New voltage regulator/rectifier

Brian considers this a complete OCD mechanical/cosmetic restoration – and I will let his words and pictures tell the story further. Obviously there is much, much more here than your average wash and wax!

More from the seller:
Over the winter, the following maintenance was performed:
Complete carburetor overhaul – ultrasonic cleaning, new float valves, and new viton o-rings/gaskets.
Carb synch performed with Vacuummate electronic synchronizer.
New carb intake boots.
Valve clearances were checked, all within tolerance.
Compression checked – 1) 188 2) 192 3) 198 4) 202.
New NGK spark plugs.
OEM Honda oil filter, Rotella T6 5W-40 synthetic oil.
OEM Honda Type 2 coolant.
Air filter cleaned (Uni filter replacement)
New OEM thermostat. Radiator and reserve tank completely cleaned and flushed.
Cleaned commutator and brushes on the radiator fan.
Verified output of charging system, cleaned and dielectric grease applied to critical connections.
Replaced two plug caps due to higher than spec resistance readings.
Steering head bearings replaced with tapered roller kit.
Rear suspension completely disassembled and cleaned, all bearings cleaned and greased.
Rear axle and bearings thoroughly cleaned and greased, replaced the double row ball bearing.
Replaced the chain and sprockets with OEM gearing. RK GXW chain and JT sprockets.
Complete disassembly and ultrasonic cleaning of all brake and clutch parts. Front and rear calipers, clutch slave cylinder and both brake and clutch master cylinders.
Replaced the fuel pump with a Facet electric pump (OEM pumps are obsolete). The replacement pump incorporates a check valve and shuts of fuel flow when not powered.
Rebuilt fuel petcock with a kit from NRP carbs in the UK.
All bodywork removed, cleaned and paint polished. Touched up where needed (mostly some nicks on the wheels and some scratches on the front fender).
All plastic and rubber parts treated with 303 aerospace protectant.
All fasteners removed were ultrasonically cleaned, and some polished.

More from the seller:
This is a true “no stone unturned” mechanical and cosmetic refresh, I was originally planning on keeping this one. Due to recent events and acquiring yet another VFR project I now have three 3rd gen VFR’s so I’ve decided to let this one go. I really want to find a decent home for this one, it’s taken a lot of work to get it up to its current mechanical state. There are still a few very minor imperfections on the bike and it’s not 100% original and OEM, but I guarantee you will not find a cleaner or more mechanically sorted VFR outside of the Barber Museum.

Some of the pictures show the bike with a Vance & Hines SS2R slip-on. Others have the stock exhaust can. The buyer will have the choice between the two, but both are not included (I need one for the other VFR I have in the works).

Price: Asking $5,500

Nobody here at RSBFS is going to tell you that a 1992 Honda VFR750F is the collector’s bucket list bike in terms of long term monetary value. But if you ride what you own – and ride a lot – you could scarcely do better than some of the under-appreciated models in the motorcycling spectrum. The VFR is definitely one of them, and I challenge you to find a better example of the breed than this beautiful specimen. It is completely stock, has all the OEM bits and is mechanically nearly new – making it an exceptional find in today’s market. If you’ve never had one – or if you did and miss what you had, Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR750F
Yamaha June 24, 2021 posted by

Little Fizz: 1986 Yamaha FZR 250

Bigger bore homologation machines may be where the money is at right now, but rare examples like this littlest of Fizzers is exactly what RSBFS is all about. Sure, you’ve heard about the FZR1000, not to mention the mighty OW01 – the FZR750RR – but some of the most unique bikes can be found at the lower end of the spectrum. And while Ninja 250s are a dime a dozen, the rest Big Four also dabbled with smaller four strokes which were much more performance based… and not imported to our shores. Which brings us to this very rare (in the US) 1986 Yamaha FZR250.

1986 Yamaha FZR 250 for sale on eBay

The FZR250 is an interesting mix of racing technology and basic transportation. It looks every bit the FZR400, right down to the dual headlamps. Reviewers reported that while some of the other four stroke 250 set appeared to be mini bikes, the FZR250 looks like an actual motorcycle. The Genesis-derived inline four is rev-happy, with the tach topping out at 18k. Max power of 45 ponies comes in down lower in the range – about 14,500 – but leaving enough headroom for the 112 MPH top speed. Aside from the gem of the motor, the hard bits are all a bit pedestrian: mild steel (not aluminum) frame and non-adjustable suspension. But the FZR250 is bigger and better than the sum of its parts – with a stronger midrange than the competition and unflappable handling (just like the FZR400), the smallest Fizz makes for some truly heroic cornering. All without the threat of losing your license.

From the seller:
Up for sale is a 1986 FZR250 VIN #2KR-210615. Clean & Clear title. Currently has 15,651 miles (25,188 KM) but that might climb slightly as I take it out a few times a week.

This bike is in great mechanical condition and not in need of any repairs. It starts right up and runs fantastic. Redlines at 17,000 RPM and makes 45 horsepower. It sounds like an F1 car. Very unique motorcycle that was never imported to the U.S. so they are quite rare here.

Recent work includes
Carb Clean
Fuel Pump
Oil
Battery

Quote from Motorcycle magazine
“The mere thought of initiating a turn on the FZR250 accomplishes the task, and the Yamaha’s scalpel-precise steering allows you to aim for any inch of tarmac in the turns. As you’d expect with the slightly longer stroke, the FZR starts its serious forward progress at the 13,000 mark, and signs off at 15,500 rpm, well short of its 17,000-rpm redline.”

Today’s rare example (qualification: rare in the US) comes to us from the great state of Massachusetts. It presents reasonably well, although the photos do show some wear and tear that we typically see plaguing smaller bikes. There is some corrosion which is common from outdoor usage in wetter climes – but nothing that is a deal killer. The blue tinted windscreen is not stock, but nicely rounds out the blue/white paintwork. Turn signals have been modified from stock, and it looks like a fender delete was performed at some point. The exhaust can is not stock, but should help improve the power (marginal) and sound (significant). This is a Buy It Now advert, with the seller asking $5,500. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Little Fizz: 1986 Yamaha FZR 250
Ducati June 23, 2021 posted by

Most Legendary – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000S in MHR Colors

Professionally executed customs often change hands without a word or in a charity auction, but here’s a beauty based on the dual-spark 992.

2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000S MHR for sale on eBay 

More often seen in the silver Paul Smart SE livery, the 1000S was a very rideable retro, with one of Ducati’s best air-cooled mills and 91 hp.  The long tank and trellis frame were punctuated with Marzocchi USD forks and dual Sachs shocks.  17-inch spoked wheels carried 320mm Brembo brakes, and could be had with single or dual seats.  Big dual mufflers were installed at the factory, but updated to a single exhaust here.

Evidently a cooperative effort between Ducati’s southern Conn. dealer and their North American sales office, this ’07 has the full fairing and a great impression of the 1979-81 MHR if not the 1978 Isle of Man winner.  With 480 miles it’s been on display or stored almost exclusively, and the auction shows several dealership scenes with the bike.  Fully serviced for the next collector, it’s still unlikely this MHR will be doing much more than a parade lap.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Built by Ducati NA to commemorate Mike’s 1978 IOM win on a Ducati model, and subsequent 1979 & 84 Ducati MHR Replicas. It has been only used as a show bike for local events, TV & Display since its inception in 2007, and only shows 480+/- miles, some more details included in attached photo showing further history and marketing. Upgrades also include a Shark performance exhaust and billet rear sets, besides the many other upgrades that can be seen in the attached photos. It just returned from a full inspection at Ducati NYC, where it received new belts, new brake fluid and all adjustments needed. While there, they also included it in their Instagram page, as you can see in the photos. As you can expect from any 14 year old bike, it has some minor imperfections from wear and usage, but overall a very clean bike.

This has to be much rarer than a Paul Smart or any other MHR bikes, because it is a one-off built by Ducati NA.

Hailwood had been most often a Honda rider, but after an eleven year retirement returned to endurance racing on Ducati’s.  IOM had been pulled from FIM schedules due to the unforgiving nature of the course, but continued to host their own special event each June.  The comeback win in 1978 deserves every commemorative it could get, and the Pierre Terblanche design carries the livery well.  Possibly the new owner will enjoy the easier to ride, fuel-injected liter, but more likely it will be trailered to a new venue, cleaned again, and the lights turned up bright.

-donn

 

Most Legendary – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000S in MHR Colors

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