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Harley Davidson February 28, 2022 posted by

Two Faced Twin: 1994 Harley-Davidson VR 1000

Harley Davison has a long and storied history of racing having participated in almost every form of two wheeled motorsports over the years.  In the 1990s Harley wanted to take the fight to the the Italians in SuperBike racing.  Every manufacture has come up with a clever plan to stretch the rules of homologating a bike for racing, but the VR1000 took it to a new level.  The rules stated that a specific number needed to be made, and those units needed to be street legal.  The Italians were famous for just slapping lights in VINs on race bikes, but that would not have worked for the Harley.  Sure some markets were harder to get away with that kind of thinking, but in the end it seemed to work.  This history has given us the Ducati SPS and R lines as well as a host of interesting bikes from Japan.  The rules did not stipulate where the bikes were road legal, so Harley exploited that loophole.  They found that the rules in Poland at the time were exceptionally laxed regarding what could and could not be registered for the road, so this was the only market the VR1000 was street legal in when new.

The bike shares nothing from the Harley parts bin, as this was a ground up attempt at a race bike.  A very modern fuel injected, 8 valve, liquid cooled V twin provided over 150 horsepower.  The bodywork was carbon fiber to reduce weight to around 390 pounds.  This all meant that the bike had the performance to take the fight to everyone else in the field.  Front brakes were six piston Wilwood units and the suspension was the best Ohlins had to offer.  In true race bike form the 5 speed transmission utilized a dry clutch.  All of this racing pedigree and performance came with a $50,000 price tag when new.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Vintage Motorcycle Collective
Dealer # MC1463
FOR THE REAL COLLECTOR OF HIGH END RARE BIKES
No Title – They Never Had Titles
Cost $49,626.00 in 1994
Just Out Of A Museum
Ridden 231 Miles in 1994 – In Museum Since
Has The Big Box of Parts & Tools You Could Buy With The Bike – Almost No One Did
200 Made – 50 Made For Street Use – This Is #6
Only Street Legal in Poland
Porsche Designed Motor

1994 Harley-Davidson VR 1000 Motorcycle, only 231 miles, already offered 20K for the box of parts & tools made for this motor only, will be throwing the box in with the bike, a steal of a deal . Sold as is-no warranty. Buyer responsible for shipping.

The $90,000 asking price is in line with what some other VR1000s have sold for in the last couple of years.  The extremely low mileage is appealing, but truth be told most of these bikes were stored in collections so not many have real street mileage.  What really sets this example apart is the extensive collection of spare parts and tools that are included.  This addition to the package means the new owner would have a substantial leg up if they wanted to keep the bike running and usable, even if only used sparingly.

Two Faced Twin: 1994 Harley-Davidson VR 1000
Kawasaki February 27, 2022 posted by

Soul Survivor – 1990 Kawasaki KR-1S in England

Auction ended due to an error in the listing, but still worth a look – push “See original listing”…  Donn

Maybe because so much of the Kawasaki KR-1S came from the racey end of the gene pool, very few of them have made it to the new millennium.  This example has some miles but shows beautifully, and was on display before the seller decided to find it a new home.

1990 Kawasaki KR-1S ( England ) for sale on eBay

Kawasaki stuck with their parallel twin engine after most others had gone to Vees, maybe since their home market power limit of 45 hp was easy to attain.  In select other countries their tuning and KIPS power valve made 59 hp available, with more certainly possible.  Norms for the race-derived class are here, with extruded alloy chassis and six speeds to help keep the engine above 7,000 rpm.  Plenty of braking from twin disks and 4-piston calipers, and the wheel size is looking toward the end of the staggered era with a 17-inch front and 18-inch rear.  The KR-1S also had one of the lightest dry weights in the class, swapping ounces with Suzuki and staying under 290 lbs.

This central England owner states they’re number four, a fairly low number of caretakers for 32 years.  Looks great in the alternate green and black livery, and the Nikkon exhausts look purposeful if not as showy as a rarer metal.  Comments from the eBay auction:

First registered 14 August 1990
12k Mileage
4 Previous owners 
This has been in my house as a show piece and not used for a year, I put some premix fuel in and it fired straight up and sounded sweet (as all fluids have been drained for indoor storage)
These are the fastest street production 250 2-strokes ever produced
and not many are still here to tell the tale
Fitted with Nikkon race pipes give it that well known 90’s 2-stroke sound
Upgraded Fuel Tap
New Chain and sprockets 
Overhauled the calipers new pads and seals 
Original Kawasaki key fits all locks

Perhaps because Kawasaki wasn’t active in Moto GP then ( busy winning AMA Superbike and World Endurance Championships ), they seem to have barely pursued the segment and sold only 10,000 or so KR copies over the four years.  Add in the wide repute for quick steering and over-damped forks, and the few that were exported had little hope of a long life.  This one looks worth finding an agent to handle shipping and import, or plan on using some free time to chase paperwork.

-donn

Soul Survivor – 1990 Kawasaki KR-1S in England
Yamaha February 25, 2022 posted by

Inflation: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

The collector world is on a tear. After years of pandemic caution, the floodgates are open and trading has resumed with gusto. With that activity comes excitement, renewed interest in classic models, and the commensurate rise in pricing. Yes, values are going up; and that is not just conjecture. As Blair, Tootie, Jo and Natalie will tell you, it’s the facts of life. At the sharp end of the market shift is the RZ350. Always popular with readers and riders, the RZ350 highlights the post-pandemic collecting frenzy with $20k + auction results as proof. As a result, we are seeing more and more RZs on the market, with all sellers looking to ride the pricing wave.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Rather than regurgitate the same details and specs of the RZ, let’s highlight some model differences and what makes a collector bike a collector bike. We have seen a TON of lesser quality examples in the past, and even these are enjoying a pricing boost. But the $20k and above examples need to be clean, low mileage and *original* specimens. With the RZ350, the opening performance surgery to be done was to drop the heavy and restrictive catalytic converter mufflers and replace them with a lightweight set of performance expansion chambers. This required some upstream changes in the form of air filter and jetting. Often the oil pump was disengaged or completely removed, reducing parasitic mechanical drag and forcing the bike to run on pre-mix. Heads could be milled for greater compression, ports could be massaged, bores could be increased. All of this boosts HP, and all have a serious impact on long-term values for collectors.

From the seller:
This is my 1985 Yamaha RZ 350 that is unrestored and original right down to its Yokohama tires that it rolled out of the showroom on! Seriously a quality Museum motorcycle, It has 2694 miles on it and has not been ridden since 1987! Original unused tool kit in tail section, I have the two original keys one on a Kenny Roberts key fob from Modesto, CA. It also has a Kenny Roberts license plate frame! This RZ was purchased at Kenny Roberts Yamaha in Modesto, Ca.! I have the original manuals and a Brochure.. I have a clean California title in my name, It has been non-popped since 1990… Very Collectable and definitely a quality addition to someones Man cave….

Perhaps the most rare of the RZs are the California models. CA requires additional evaporative canisters and fuel tank plumbing to minimize the environmental impacts of any internal combustion petrol engine. (Say what you want about the complexity and power-robbing functionality – but Los Angeles air is noticeably cleaner since the California Air Resource Board mandates). The CA-required pieces are often the first to cast off the bike. That raises the stakes for a CA bike that claims to be 100% original. And THAT is what makes today’s bike so interesting. A very clean 1985 model, this CA bike looks to be complete as if from the showroom, including all CA emissions equipment and stock exhaust. And with just 2,694 miles on the clock, the seller claims the tires are original as well!

A great looking, original condition California bike, I expect this particular example to pique the interest of those looking for this model in preserved condition. The seller notes that this bike has been sitting since 1987, which is echoed by the overall condition. The obvious caveat for those who want to ride the rails off of this thing is that it may require some re-commissioning in the form of a leak-down test (for crank seal condition) and tires as a starter. But that is minor work that would surely be worthwhile for an RZ in this stunning condition. Pricing is directly in line with condition, along with the 2022 premium based on past auctions and high aspirations. If the near $30k Buy It Now ask seems too high, the seller is open to offers. Check out all the details here, and then let’s sit back and watch how far the market has moved upwards on clean and pristine RZs. Good Luck!!

MI

Inflation: 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Ducati February 25, 2022 posted by

Low Mileage Copycat: Ducati 999R Xerox

At this point the tides are turning on the 999 range of Ducati.  No longer is every article covering the bike obligated to make a derogatory comment about the looks.  Those comments are old hat as many agree the 999 has aged very well over the years.  One could say confidently that it was far ahead of the times when launched.  Now the focus is on the amazing performance these bikes offer.

As collectors start looking to add a 999 to the garage, they obviously flock to the R and special edition models.  The hunt is on for the rarest, lowest mileage and cleanest examples.  This example is number 299 of 300 released in the Xerox livery.   Underneath the stickers is the ultra desirable 999R.  With liberal use of carbon fiber and magnesium there is a lot to like.

With any limited edition bike it is important to look at the details.  This bike appears to be correct with the addition of a few choice upgrades.  At some point a few extra stickers were added to the livery, but the exposed carbon sections confirm the fairings to be OEM.  Can see that in aftermarket fairings the stickers are ever so slightly different, and the material is not carbon.  Front rotors are upgraded over stock, as are the rearsets.  The clutch cover looks like a Ducati Performance vented option and the grips are rental.  The next owner will have to decide if they want to keep these parts as is and enjoy the bike on the road, or to source the correct replacements.

From The Seller’s Listing:

Estate sale, clear title, one owner, purchased new for $33,000, never tracked, garage kept and serviced annually. Service order from January 2022 listed an estimated total of $2500.00 in needed servicing to include hydraulic service, hose kit, fork and shock rebuild, tire and battery replacement. The service was not performed as the owner passed away.

The bike is listed as part of an estate sale, and details are limited.  The seller does make mention of regular service and it sounds like the bike was recently inspected for needs.  One can assume that the $2500 estimate covers almost anything the bike could need to be put back on the road.  A decent DIY mechanic should not fear doing the service themselves for about half the cost.

Having only covered 652 miles since 2006 this bike offers a great opportunity for a collector buy one of the most desirable versions of the 999 for an asking price of $19,000

Low Mileage Copycat:  Ducati 999R Xerox
Bimota February 24, 2022 posted by

Whitehouse Custom: Bimota Tesi 1D Forgore Bianca

The rampant excess of the 1990s is a glorious time period to look back on.  For those with the available funds, the sky was the limit.  Nothing seemed out of reach and few places embodied that ethos like Japan.  There were many shops offering custom upgrades to rare and exotic motorcycles.  Tuning companies  were more then willing to help customers spend their money and create unique and wonderful machines.  One such creation that is sure to be at the top of the heap is the WhiteHouse Bimota Tesi 1D Forgore Bianca, or White Lighting.

For the time, many viewed the Tesi 1D as about as outlandish and unique as one could get in two wheeled form, but WhiteHouse offered a laundry list of upgrades, changes and modifications to let buyers take things to the next level.  WhiteHouse already had a history of offering similar services on other more standard motorcycles for the local market.  They still offer parts and services to this day.

Customers could choose almost anything they wanted.  They got to pick the materials the custom bodywork was created from, the paint colors and even got to offer some feedback on the overall look.  The changes were more then just skin deep as well.  Options like FCR racing carbs to replace the weber fuel injection, high flow exhausts, and uprated suspension were also available.  None of this came cheap, with rumors of $50,000 builds are common.  Data is limited, but most agree only a handful of the 417 Tesi 1D got the treatment.

From The Seller’s Listing:

Regarding the vehicle you referred to, the engine has been confirmed to be movable at present, and although there are small scratches and small rust due to normal use (see detailed photo), it will be a base vehicle in good condition.

295 Km

Small oil leak

This bike was for a very specific type of owner when new, and that has remained constant.  Currently offered in Japan with a price tag of $49,500.  Listing is lacking details on exactly what specifications it was built to, or what options were selected.  No indication of service history, but some mention of needed tires and other small jobs.

The market is very strong for period correct high end modified vehicles.  A couple of weeks ago a RUF 911 from the early 00s sold for the better part of a million dollars.  Many view the $30-50,000 price mark as the end of the earth for motorcycles, but when viewed through the lens of cars it is an amazing bargain.  You get all of the experience, style and history for a fraction of the buy in cost.

If you have ever dreamed of creating a custom motorcycle with something like a Bimota Tesi 1D as a base but lack the funds of fortitude to dive into a project like that, maybe it best to dip a toe in the water with a model instead.

Whitehouse Custom: Bimota Tesi 1D Forgore Bianca
Buell February 24, 2022 posted by

Ice Storm – 1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt with 4,050 Miles !

Buell’s first production machine with Harley-Davidson’s backing started their relationship off on the right foot, selling more than four times what planners had thought.  This collector-ready example was parked for a score of years but has been rejuvenated without turning it into a budget buster.

1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt for sale on eBay

Buell had their tuners breathe a little more life into the H-D 1203cc pushrod twin, and wound up with a conservative 76 hp and 66 ft.-lbs. torque.  Some references say the tube frames were hand welded, and made room for the two 40mm carburetors to look to the right.  Harley’s low maintenance belt drive was adapted, and Showa supplied adjustable forks and pull shock.  An early take on the signature single front brake is used, with a 340mm rotor and 6-piston caliper.  Shapely fairings are finished in a multi-stage pearlescent paint and the airbox and belt drive covers are carbon fiber.

Clearly a knowledgeable fan, the seller found a gem that had been in storage, and went over it with a fine tooth comb.  A few parts had dried up in storage but are now refreshed, with niceties like the shock cover and plenty loud stock exhaust.  Wishing the seller had taken a photo of the S2 with the lowers installed, and maybe the numbered side cover.  Original tires should be replaced but saved in case Mr. Barber needs another S2.  Some of the comments in the eBay auction:

This is the nicest original S2 I have seen since I picked up my first back in June of 1994!

I purchased this bike from the original owner in March of 2021 where it spent the last 21 years on stands in storage with just 3,950 miles on the odometer. This is a 49 state bike #382 of 1399.

It is in very nice shape; original Ice White Pearl paint, never dropped, with extras such as OEM factory paint matched fairing lowers, touring bars and the originals, foot peg lowering brackets and the originals, and fairing bags along with an under-seat bag. It also has all the original dealer invoice and Signature Series documentation. All the original Buell correspondence, sales brochures, factory service manual, and parts book for this bike are included with the purchase.

It is still rolling on the original tires and there have been only 3 recalls performed on the bike that includes the fairing stabilizer, front brake line, and rear shock.

The original owner replaced the primary chain adjuster with a M-6 unit and the ignition was swapped out for a Dyna single fire cone unit and dyna coils. I replaced the M-6 unit with an NOS OEM unit. The M-6 adjuster, and original OEM ignition components go with the bike. An additional D & D muffler that came with the bike is included in the purchase.

Maybe not destined for the astronomical auction circuit like some sportier models, the S2 might be better choice when the spaces are wide open.  More of a riding collector than the higher revving and lighter in weight, Buell’s choice of powerplant will always have its fans.

-donn

Ice Storm – 1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt with 4,050 Miles !
Honda February 23, 2022 posted by

1989 Honda NT650 Hawk GT For Sale on eBay!

1989 Honda NT650 Hawk GT For Sale on eBay!

Location: Plainfield, Illinois
Make: Honda
Model: Hawk NT650
Mileage: 5,285
Price: $6,000 B.I.N.

From the seller:
1989 Honda Hawk GT 650
1 owner
In storage since 1995 brought out in 2021
Runs and drives
Clean body not one ounce of rust

Pretty darned spiffy- don’t you agree?

Honda Hawk’s are always a crowd pleaser and this one shouldn’t disappoint the fan boys and fan girls. Even though the seller is vague on details, the less than adequate photos can tell us a little bit more. The seller states it was in storage for roughly 25 years (ouch!), but was recently (assumed) brought back to life for the “headlight on” photo op.

Since the seller didn’t say- all potential buyers must assume a whole lot of rubber bits will need replaced like tires, radiator hoses and fork seals just to name a few, as well as a few metal bits such as a chain, perhaps some cables and bearings? Of course we’d like to see the inside of the fuel tank and perhaps a little more info on how it was stored because you know . . . Lacquer and all that yucky stuff.

However, the seller does state “Not one ounce of rust!” and the photos (when zoomed in) support that comment. You *may have to spend a few pennies, some time and a few beers bringing it up to road worthiness, but it appears you would have an amazing base to start with. The frame is oxidation free, the paint still shines and I don’t see any body damage.

While standing around the corporate offices yesterday one of our more distinguished employees made the comment “Better pictures would be worth one thousand more on the B.I.N. price!”

What do you all think?
-Buy it and ride it?
-Buy it and sit on it while making vroom, vroom noises?
-Buy it, fix it and sell it?

Where ever your thoughts land you can Make the jump here-

Cheers,

Doug

1989 Honda NT650 Hawk GT  For Sale on eBay!
Triumph February 22, 2022 posted by

Track Bike Tuesday – 2006 Triumph Daytona 675

Here’s a first year Daytona 675 that was converted to track use but turned only 1,738 miles.  A past “learning experience” is indicated here and there, but the bodywork is fresh and ready for a new decal set.

2006 Triumph Daytona 675 Track Bike for sale on eBay

The 675 was Hinckley’s third try at the middleweight formula, this time with a torquey three cylinder engine.  The triple provides some unique sounds and 123 hp at a relatively low 12,500 rpm.  Multipoint fuel injection and an all stainless exhaust help make that performance a long term affair.  Triumph’s rock solid alloy chassis might not be the lightest, but provide a stable platform for the increased spring and damping rates on the track.  Brakes are thoroughly modern with 308 mm rotors and four puck calipers with radial mountings.  The light-less fairings are a great dub of the factory bodywork and dispense with the pillion.

Presented by the auction side of a Chicago Triumph dealer, this 675 shows nicely, seeming almost unused with a GPR steering damper, Marvic wheels and CF rearsets.  An Öhlins shock and prepared forks are worthwhile upgrades.  A few chips, scratches and scrapes are all part of a track bike’s life, but it still looks quite tidy.  Guessing the factory bodywork is long gone ( how many track bike projects get started ).  Comments from the eBay auction:

Daytona 675 track bike, street legal title, very nice, 1,738 miles.  This bike hasn’t seen the track for a while so it might need some freshening up but it is nicely set up and has only 1,738 miles on it !  It has an Ohlins rear shock, Marvic cast wheels, GPR steering stabilizer, CFM rearsets, and Woodcraft frame sliders.  It has a clean, street legal title, so it could also be converted back to street use.  It runs and rides well.  It is set up with GP shifting, which is the opposite of the normal shifting pattern.  It is 1 up, 5 down, instead of 1 down, 5 up.  The shifter linkage is a bit stiff so shifting gears requires a little more force than normal, and finding neutral is a bit tricky.

Beside a snatchy gearbox, there weren’t many negative comments on the 675, and it was as the best of Triumph’s mid-size efforts.  Not exactly a featherweight, Daytona’s are at least built tough.  This one might be one of the most under-used track bikes seen here, and though there might be a little work left to bring it back from storage, there’s still time.

-donn

Track Bike Tuesday – 2006 Triumph Daytona 675

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