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Ducati July 31, 2021 posted by

Up and Coming: 2001 Ducati 748S Monoposto

Hot on the heels of the original Italian supermodel, the Ducati 916, came a smaller sibling: the 748. At the time there were a lot of writers who could not understand the exorbitant cost of a 750cc sport bike that could almost run with the 600s of the day. Think of this as a slightly quieter, a little less powerful, just marginally less expensive 916 – keeping in mind that all the rest of the 916 goodness is baked right in – and you might start to see the 748 in a different light. Every bit as capable as the milestone 916 in the corners, equal on the brakes, it is really when you whack the throttle open that the differences are clear. Otherwise, the 748 is the spitting image of the bigger bike, with advantages when it comes to ownership.

2001 Ducati 748S Monoposto for sale on eBay

Let’s get it out in the open: The L-twin powering the 748s as pictured was good for just shy of 100 HP when released. It tipped the scales at 430-ish pounds dry. Compare and contrast the same year Honda CBR600 inline four, and you will find 110 HP pushing a mere 370 pounds. It’s no wonder that many folks did not understand the 748. Even the “S” model as we see here did not receive a performance gain, but rather upgraded suspension, adjustable steering geometry and snazzy wheels. But what this bike does – and it does it all day long – is look damn good. And even if you’re not reeling in your buddy on the straights, there is simply no sound like a desmoquattro hammering out to redline. It’s the kind of soundtrack that sticks with you, the experience that you remember, and the feeling that you are always going fast, even if you are not.

From the seller:
DUCATI 2001 748S MONOPOSTO RARE YELLOW!

This is a gem of a motorcycle. Great opportunity to own a very good example of ducati heritage. Very low miles. Runs fantastic with no known issues. Never been raced. Minor cosmetic defects which are all to the best of my ability listed in the photos. This is a very eye clean motorcycle and shows gentle wear for its age. Considered in very good used condition. Selling to fund another project. Starts immediately and I’ve never had mechanical issue. NO LEAKS! Maintained by Ducati Corse Portland. New Diablo Rosso III tires with 50 miles use. New OEM hand grips. New OEM Front and Rear sprockets and chain installed. All lights and signals work. Very Low miles on this bike with plenty of miles left as a daily rider or an addition to your collection. Amazing sound of the duel carbon fiber TERMIGNONI Exhaust. Small fogging to the head light lenses, very common for these bikes. Your dealer can easily remove but it will re-accumulate slowly over time. Motorcycle is sold as is. You will not be disappointed with this motorcycle. The pictures speak for the bike. The Pitbull stand IS included in the sale. The ducati garage mat IS included in the sale. Happy to answer all reasonable questions. Very reasonable reserve price.

There are some drawbacks to 748 ownership, but these should not be deal killers. If you are a street rider with a lot of stop and go during your commute, you will find that the race ready cockpit stretches you out into a neat aero package that puts a ton of weight on your wrists at slower speeds. Maintenance is a bit more involved on the 748 than on 2-valve Supersports or Japanese machinery, as there are now four valves to adjust in each head, and getting to the belts means moving more stuff out of the way first. Still, these are not as fragile or temperamental as you might expect from an Italian exotic.

The early Tamburini-designed 916 models are starting to command big money these days. It is clear that this is where the collector world is going. The 748 – a little less loved and without the ultimate performance mantle – will take a little bit longer to get there. That is good news if you are looking for one today. Find it, ride it, enjoy it, and watch it appreciate in value in the wake of the 916/996/998 series. Today’s example has fewer than 14,000 miles on the clocks, has some minor farkles which are common to the model, and otherwise looks to be in fine shape. Best of all, bidding is still below $5k with only a couple of days remaining. More rare than the bigger bikes, these 748 models are a kick to ride. And we all know that yellow Ducatis are the fastest…. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Up and Coming: 2001 Ducati 748S Monoposto
Honda July 30, 2021 posted by

1991 Honda CBR 1000 Hurricane For Sale!

1991 Honda CBR 1000 Hurricane For Sale on Ebay

In 1991, I was rolling around listening to my Garth CD and thinking about scratching my itch for a new scooter. As previously mentioned, I was a Ninja guy. Yes, I’ll admit it had something to do with Kelly McGillis, the fighter pilot movie and that little “no bullshit” sticker on the tank of a Ninja.

Seriously, I wouldn’t bullshit y’all. 🙂

As I browsed the local dealers, the CBR 1000 Hurricane caught my eye. It had more power, fatter tires and more passenger seat than my Ninja 750. . . you know, just in case Kelly rang me up. To tease me out of my Ninja, Honda had some great marketing for their Hurricane line-up. I queued it up for you just in case you forgot about it or never saw it back in the day.

Even the Ninja is afraid of a Hurricane

Stepping off my memory lane and getting back to business at hand- This CBR is legit! A true time capsule and a very tidy one at that. One of my motorcycle pet peeves is a scuffed up top triple clamp. If a motorcycle has a beat up top triple I won’t buy it. It’s one of those tale tale signs of how well the owner or previous owners took care of their machine. If you have to have a key chain use a leather one or one of those cool “Remove Before Flight” tags, but for the love of God, please do not let your maintenance man key ring destroy your triple clamp! (See below example of how to properly maintain your motorcycle for the most resale value)

Seeing that makes me smile and my OCD very happy.

I’ve scoured these photos, zoomed in, zoomed out and zoomed back in. This Hurricane is super clean and has been well maintained. If you couldn’t tell- I LIKE IT A LOT!

From the seller:

1991 HONDA CBR1000F HURRICANE
Showroom condition, near museum quality level of clean
1000cc DOHC in-line 4, all stock, Factory Hondaline cover included, garage kept,
very clean 2-owner classic Superbike, Complete Tool Kit, 2 Keys

In 91′ the 1000cc Hurricanes were over weight, under powered and under exposed. They were near the end and getting ready to make room for our beloved CBR 900rr’s. But, looking at this one brings back all the feel goods of 1991 and window shopping for the latest greatest and fastest new kid on the block. However, as my luck would have it, I lost my job and wasn’t able to scratch my itch for a new scooter . . . that is, until 1993 😉

Look this one over and look it over well. I doubt you’ll be able to find a cleaner 30 year old motorcycle for $5,700. These are still very capable motorcycles and perfect for sporting around the back roads or for a weekend getaway. I also think they’ve aged very well. They may not be as pointy or have all of the aluminum bits exposed, but damn this thing looks good!

Make the jump here to park this one in your garage.

dd

1991 Honda CBR 1000 Hurricane For Sale!
Honda July 29, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda VTR250

Update 7.31.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

If you spend your free time scurrilously poring over our pages, chances are you are intimately familiar with Honda’s three-years-only VTR250 Interceptor. But in case you aren’t: The 1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor was Honda flexing its manufacturing might on an entry-level bike just because it could.

The littlest Interceptor was approachable, but packed enough punch to interest more seasoned riders, and enough weird details to keep collectors entertained 31 years later. The most striking oddity is its inboard front disc brake, an experiment that didn’t pan out for Big Red, but one that helps further separate the VTR250 from other small bikes. Couple that with a 90-degree liquid-cooled v-twin that made about 30 horsepower, deft handling from a featherweight chassis and a top speed approaching The Ton, and you have the makings of a cult classic.

This one wears a livery so garish and awesome that it could only have been produced in the decade of excess, and is in very nice preserved shape. The odometer, set into a very period set of square dials next to a 13,500 rpm redline tach, shows just over 13,000 miles.

From the seller:

This is a 1989 Honda VTR250 – Honda’s high tech pocket rocket. Released to the learner market, the VTR250 was way more advanced than most other 250cc bikes at the time – a liquid cooled 90 degree V Twin, with twin cam 4 valve heads and twin downdraught carbs, with a 6 speed transmission. It’s light, nimble and fast, and is a cult classic for lovers of small sport bikes. Producing a touch under 30 bhp, and coupled with light weight and a beam frame it matches bigger bikes in the corners, and revs out to 13,500rpm with useable power all the way off idle. To add to the fun, there is a second power band around 9000rpm and when you get there it takes off again. I’ve had plenty of riders on bigger bikes stop me after I have tailed them relentlessly on twisty roads and ask just what the heck the bike is that I am riding.

This example is very close to stock and has been lovingly maintained by the owner. It has a Goodridge front brake line and just had an oil and filter change in September. Coolant was exchanged last year. The reg/rectifiers on these are famous for failing, so this one has an upgraded one from a Honda VF500. Tires and brakes are in good shape with plenty of life left, and the inboard ventilated disc was serviced last year. Engine inlet rubbers were replaced in September with new ones from Japan, where the VT250 is still in production and spares are plentiful there.

It comes with the official Honda workshop manual, the owners manual, and spare front/rear brake pads/shoes.

Mileage is now 13,325, and I had the local Honda dealer supply and fit the optional genuine center stand.

For just $1,800, this awesome little 250 is begging to join a stable of bigger bikes and watch them turn green with envy as they get passed over for weekend jaunts and blasts around town.

Featured Listing: 1989 Honda VTR250
Triumph July 29, 2021 posted by

2000 Triumph Daytona 955i – with only 3858 miles!

This CL ad was removed before we could get it posted- dd

2000 Triumph Daytona 955i For Sale on Dayton Craigslist

It’s a little slow this week sourcing rare motorcycles from our normal stomping ground so, the CEO gave us little guys the green light to expand our searches. It took me all of 2 minutes to find this gem in Ohio and low and behold- the seller browses our site! Hey Seller and RSBFS.com reader! So, I figured I’d spread some Midwest love and help a brother or sister out and give them our global audience (Ssshhhh! Don’t tell the boss I’m doing this)

Single sided Swing-arm, gobs of torque, snazzy carbon canister and that Pretty Fly for a White Guy Triumph yellow paint.

From the seller-

A very nice, clean Triumph Daytona 955i with only 3858 miles. The bike has been garage kept and covered, and i’m selling it because I don’t get out and ride as much as the bike deserves… and she deserves a lot. The three cylinder engine produces great low and mid end torque which make the bike such a hoot to ride. This version of the 955i comes with a factory tuned and upgraded carbon slip-on exhaust. The timeless styling, Triumph badge, Ducati-like single sided swing-arm

“Hold on there fine gentlemen”

Everybody knows Ducati wasn’t the first to use a single sided swing arm- it was Honda . . . or was it Elf? Either way, I’d like to request a change please.

A very nice, clean Triumph Daytona 955i with only 3858 miles. The bike has been garage kept and covered, and i’m selling it because I don’t get out and ride as much as the bike deserves… and she deserves a lot. The three cylinder engine produces great low and mid end torque which make the bike such a hoot to ride. This version of the 955i comes with a factory tuned and upgraded carbon slip-on exhaust. The timeless styling, Triumph badge, Honda/Elf like single sided swing-arm

#Fixed

Like what you’re seeing? I do! Well, the Triumph headlights are a little wonky to me, but since I can’t see them while sitting in the saddle, I can live with them.

The specs on this 21 year old Brit are-
3858 miles on the clock
955cc’s under the hood . . er . . under the fuel tank
130hp @ 9900 rpm’s
73.8 lbft of torque at 7600 rpm’s
Wrapped up in a 436# package.

Oh, there is some light bubbling on the lower side of the fuel tank. NBD- just slap a sticker on it!

The seller so graciously referenced a 2019 post, written by Tad in their CL ad. Thank you!

Need more yellow in your garage? Make the jump to the original ad here for more information about the 955i.

Good luck with the sale!

dd

2000 Triumph Daytona 955i – with only 3858 miles!
Bimota July 28, 2021 posted by

A Ten on the RAD Scale: Bimota YB10 Dieci

With the recent rise in popularity of all things late 80s and early 90s, there has been a push to find the most RAD vehicle for your local Cars and Coffee.  This Bimota YB will surely turn some heads.

Bimota YB10 Deici on Craigslist Los Angeles

Only 224 of these machines were built, and substantially fewer delivered to the USA.  These were very expensive and exotic bikes when new.  With over 145hp and top tier suspension components this bike will undoubtedly put a smile on the rider’s face.  While some may shy away from an Italian exotic, Bimota deserves a closer look.  Yamaha supplied FZR1000 engine means reasonable and easy service costs as well as a solid parts network to keep the bike going.  Bimota themselves still offer support via their classics department.

This example appears to be well loved by a knowledgeable owner.  In the USA Bimota world, some of the best examples are known to have traded hands through Bimota Spirt in NC.  With fresh suspension and carburetor services, couple with a tank liner and overall clean presentation this bike will offer something that can be used and enjoyed day one.  Many Bimota live a static display life and take a fair bit of work to be returned to the road where they belong.

The $11,000 asking price is in line with other past data.  With the world of ultra rare bikes it is hard to know how wide the delta is between asking and selling prices are.  Either way with what some of the run of the mill superbikes from the Japanese big four have been selling for recently, this could be a chance to have something very unique with amazing styling for similar money.  A bike like this can be so much more then just a riding experience.  It can be a ticket to exclusive events.  This bike was on the lawn at Quail in 2018.

From the seller’s CraigsList add:

A quintessential 90’s Superbike with Italian styling & handling along with Japanese reliability. A rare hand built motorcycle with a total production of 224 units. 1991 was the first year for the Dieci. It’s an Italian market bike that I purchased from Bimota Spirit over 6 years ago with 8100 km (5000 miles) on the clock. Currently odometer shows 12500 km (7767 miles). Professionally maintained by Jett Tuning in Camarillo, comes with service records. Jett Tuning replaced fork seals and performed front fork service, Mikuni carburettors refurbished, clutch, did tune up, cooling system flush, oil and filter change, etc.

Fuel tank was lined at GTL in North Hollywood, upgraded tank coupling and fuel lines, fresh fuel filter and Acerbis pet cocks. There is no leaks or smoking of any sort, bike runs super strong. All lights and turn signals work great. Tach, speedometer and temp gauge all function. New Yuasa battery with batter tender connectors.

Bike is extremely fast and will hold its own against much newer bikes. FZR1000 motor and Yamaha electronics are very reliable. Engine puts out 145 hp and top speed is 278 km/hr. Carbon fiber 4 into 1 exhaust sounds amazing. Brembo brakes, Marzocchi upside-down forks, brand new Ohlins rear shock custom made for the YB10 and imported from Europe.

Any Bimota is a rolling sculpture of hand machined aluminium billet parts including frame, triple clamp, pull rods, pegs, etc. This YB10 has been maintained and ridden by mature rider. Never been down or dropped, raced or tracked. It’s not a museum example, has wear in line with a 30 year old motorcycle. Was a participant at 2018 Quail Moto Gathering.

California title and current registration good until 10/21. Rare owner’s manual and Bimota garage mat included in the sale. I have a lot invested in this bike, it’s been serviced and ready to ride for many more miles, the only reason this bike is on the market is due to relocation. Price is in line with a market on rarer Italian super bikes, it is firm.

A Ten on the RAD Scale: Bimota YB10 Dieci
Bimota July 27, 2021 posted by

Track Tuesday: Bimota DB5 Lapping Weapon

Longtime RSBFS readers have always indicated they prefer streetable sportbikes on these pages. We’re tipping our toe in the water on Tuesday’s with dedicated track bikes that aren’t streetable but of similar quality to our usual selections. Leave a comment and let us know what you think. -dc

Bimota have always been focused performance machines.  Not for the faint of heart, or wallet.  Many commanded eye watering MSRPs and few had the stomach to track such a rare and finely crafted machine.  Luckily not all heros wear capes, and some Bimota did find their way to the track.  One such example is this 2007 DB5.  It is powered by an air cooled Ducati twin that is said to have the capacity slightly enlarged to 1123cc  and on race fuel produces 116 hp.  Just enough power to provide thrilling performance in a light  package.  Quality Ohlins suspension, forged wheels and Brembo calipers round out the top tier specs.

Bimota DB5 Race Bike

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Track Tuesday:  Bimota DB5 Lapping Weapon
Honda July 26, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1989 Honda CBR600 Hurricane

Update 7.26.21: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

From the classics section of milestone motorcycles comes the wonderful Honda 600 Hurricane. Officially known as the CBR600F when introduced in 1987, the Hurricane was Honda’s wash and wear tuxedo for the ultra-competitive middleweight class; this was a bike that could do everything well. With a raspy liquid cooled inline four that was completely enclosed by bodywork, the Hurricane made a statement that set it apart from the rest of the crowd. During this time, full bodywork was an actual thing, with Bimota (DB1) and Ducati (Paso) leading the trend. Honda’s entry was vastly different than the other Japanese Big Four offerings and resulted in a runaway showroom success that spawned many variants. Up through 1990 these became known as the first series bikes (CBR-F1, if you will), and what followed were the F2, F3 and F4 models.

Featured Listing – 1989 Honda CBR600 Hurricane

As the magazine adverts at the time stated, even the Ninja fears the Hurricane. And that was not too far from the truth. The CBR pumped out 85 ponies at the crank – plenty of motive force to push what was described as the lightest and quickest middleweight of the time to the top of the timing sheets. With air-adjustable anti-dive forks and a rising rate rear linkage with preload settings, the Honda could handle with the best of them. Our seller Jim is an obvious fan of the model. He has provided a ton of detail on this bike, and I will let him pick up the story here:

From the seller:
Lordy, I hate selling my motorcycles. This 1989 Honda CBR 600 “Hurricane” caught my eye the minute I saw it on Ebay a few years back. All I’ve done in my ownership is to ride it, enjoy it, and maintain it (like my other bikes). I’m a collector but everything must be ridden! I’ve put a thousand miles on it (odo is now 26,517) and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. As far as I’m concerned the custom red/white/blue seat puts it over the top. It’s been stored properly and tendered during the entire time I’ve owned it. The bikes starts and runs smoothly and everything works! It’s also been freshly serviced.

When the “jelly mould” styling came out in 1987 everyone was a fan of the styling but I just simply loved that full enclosure bodywork back then. That full enclosure bodywork hides a steel frame, an inline four cylinder engine of 598cc with twin cam, 16 valves and 85Bhp. Did I mention it runs great? In 1989 this bike was the quickest and most powerful middleweight ever built, but it was it’s the complete user-friendly nature of the bike that make the bike what it is—-super, all day comfortable yet still la great handler.

More from the seller:
CBR stands for “City Bike Racing” and Honda’s idea was to create a bike that could take you to work and back five days a week and then win races on at the weekend. I get it—-30+ years later it still performs its mission well.

For the 1989 model year the hugely successful CBR600 got upgraded with minor tweeks. It looked the same jelly mould bike but underneath it got higher compression (11.3:1, up from 11:1), the cam timing was revised, bigger carbs fitted, new ignition and a beefed up clutch. It also got adjustable rebound damping. Power was increased from 85Bhp to 93Bhp and, apparently was a noticeable difference.

Performance
0-60mph 3.5 secs
0-100mph 7.7 secs
Top Speed 137mph
Fuel consumption 45mpg

More from the seller:
The CBR600F1 had a nice set of clocks that I still think look great today with their red details and markers. These clocks always looked great at night with their orange/red glow. There is just something about a set of needles, gently illuminated from below as you ride into the twilight. OK, maybe that’s a bit too poetic but you get the picture. This is a great vintage bike in very good condition.

Nit-pick items? One of the mirrors is a little faded so it’s a slight creamy white. It looks like one of the red decals is peeling up just a hair on the tank. The bike is not perfect but it’s in damn good condition and is surrounded by admirers wherever I ride. You won’t be disappointed. Be prepared to ride all day!

Price: $3,600 $3,300 USD

While never particularly rare in the day (this was a very popular model for Honda dealers), we do not often see these wonderful machines in such fantastic condition. Quite simply, most have been abused, dropped, stunted, raced, crashed and resold for scrap. This bike looks great, comes from a RSBFS enthusiast who has taken care of the beast, and is now offering up this example of a legendary model for a mere $3,600 $3,300. With typical Honda engineering and build quality, this is a bike that will last a lifetime of use when properly maintained. You are not likely to find anything that will turn heads – or put a bigger smile on your face – for that small of an outlay. It even has period correct F1 slip ons!

MI

Featured Listing – 1989 Honda CBR600 Hurricane
Buell July 25, 2021 posted by

The American Superbike: EBR 1190RX

So you are shopping for a 180 horsepower V Twin superbike, but you find the offerings from Ducati a little too……what is the word?….Italian.  You want something different, not a bike that you will see very often.  You love a good story and racing history.  Enter the EBR 1190RX.  Mr Buell has one of the most amazing stories in modern motorcycling.  No doubt will end up in the history books.

2014 EBR 1190RXfor sale on eBay

These bikes are dripping with interesting engineering.  Almost every review raves about how well they handle and how nice they are to live with.  Rotax supplied engines ensure power and reliability.  The styling can be mistaken for a brand new model.  Production data is limited, but it is safe to say EBR did not make thousands of these.  The owners groups are very loyal and provide a robust network of knowledgeable people to keep these on the road should an issue ever arise.

Listing is lacking some details, but appears to honestly list an faults.  The new owner should budget for a new set of tires and a basic service as with anything with low miles, tires age out.

From the seller’s eBay listing:

2014 Ebr 1190 Rx , origonal owner bought new in april 2014. Near perfect condition, small tear in rear seat and hairline crack in side fairing about an inch long. Completely stock other than super bright led tailights and rear turn signals. Come with original tailight bracket and turn signal and rear stand. Well maintained and hardly ridden.

The current Buy It Now price of $9,000 is roughly half what this bike would have sold for new.  With just 2353 miles on the clock this could appeal to either a collector or a rider.  A rider will be treated to amazing performance for the entry price.

The American Superbike: EBR 1190RX

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