Monthly Archives: March 2022

BMW March 31, 2022 posted by

Neo Classic: 2010 BMW S1000RR

In a world full of what can seem like constant change, there is one consistent entity:  Time.  It relentlessly marches forward.  Every now and again we get a jolt to remind ourselves of this fact.  Today that jolt is the realization that the BMW S1000RR is over a decade old.  For many with a passion for sport bikes there is a sweet spot around the 10-15 year mark when a motorcycle transitions from being just used, and starts to become a classic.  For some this is an interesting idea as it normally correlates to the bottom of the depreciation curve.

It might shock you to think that the asymmetrically styled BMW S1000RR is pushing 15 years old.  Some forget that we have been living with 190 horse power machines for that long.  When the S1000RR hit the market it was seen as a totally new take on the sport bike formula.  The four cylinder pushed more RPM and performance then the Japanese offerings all while packing more technology and style then some of the Italians.  It was fast, desirable and most importantly, usable on the street.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Up for sale is my Very Clean 2010 Acid Green Metallic BMW S1000RR with only 5,151 miles!
Runs and rides perfectly. No scratches dings or dents. Never dropped or Damages. Has a few Tasteful add-ons.

The S1000RR set the stage of Sportbike technology with it’s Traction Control, ABS and other telematics.

Brock’s Full Exhaust
ABS
Traction Control
Yoshimura Engine Sliders
Billet Bar Ends
Billet Radiator Gaurd
Adjustable Levers
Near New Tires

S1000R’s are hard to get, and Acid Green is a hard to find color – this bike is a true find with only 5,151 miles. Don’t miss it!

Clean Texas Title in Hand

These will absolutely be sought after collectables in a few short years.  Smart money will be looking to find the cleanest and stockest examples, but for right now a few modifications to enhance the experience can be forgiven.  This bike comes in a very iconic and eye catching color, and the Brocks exhaust is sure to announce you are in the area as well.  The $14,750 Buy It Now price might be slightly high, but not so high that an interested buyer should not reach out to the seller and see if a better deal can be had.  One can assume the price is inflated a bit due to the current climate in the market and the fact that spring is right around the corner.

The styling, color and technologies are an amazing representation of the era and have shaped the newest generations of bikes.

Neo Classic:  2010 BMW S1000RR
Honda March 31, 2022 posted by

In the Power* Band – 2004 Honda CB50R Dream

The 1962 Grand Prix season had a new class – 50cc, and Honda built a bike to compete, the RC110/111.  It’s been the subject of more than one commemorative, the most recent being in 2004.  Like most we’ve seen, today CB50R has been used only for display, and though it’s built for racing, will likely continue to live behind the velvet ropes.

2004 Honda CB50R Dream for sale on eBay

Unlike a gazillion Honda Cubs, the 1962 racer and CB50R are double overhead cam four-stroke twins, with the 2004 boasting 7 hp.  The 18-inch wheels are sized for the 156 lb. curb weight, and six close-ratio gears help keep the kettle boiling above 10,000 rpm.  The suspension looks impossibly light but are adjustable Showa bits.  Never intended for the road, it lacks lights, air cleaner, odometer – there’s not even a typical electrical system or kickstarter !

This example looks more like it’s been stored rather than fawned over, even if it hasn’t been ridden, a detailing would do wonders.  Only 440 were made, and they were reportedly built by HRC, with an elevated MSRP.  Just a few notes in the eBay auction:

A Dream Come True!
2004 Honda CB50R “The Dream”
Like new condition having being put into a collection then used for display since new.
Motorcycle is not street legal and is sold with the original Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin

In 1960 when Honda scored their first Grand Prix victories, the GP season was just seven races, all in Europe.  They won the 125 and 250cc championships in 1961, with Mike Hailwood aboard the 250.  The year after they took the 350 and 250cc crowns, with Jim Redman riding.  Bunch of racing history after that – this CB50R is a testament to Honda’s commitment.

-donn

In the Power* Band – 2004 Honda CB50R Dream
Honda March 30, 2022 posted by

In the Cups – 1982 Honda CB900 F2 Bol d’Or

Held in France since 1922, the 24 hour Bol d’Or might be more popular on the other side of the pond. But even there Honda’s 900cc commemorative is quite rare, and hasn’t been seen on RSBFS in a few years.

1982 Honda CB900 F2 Bol d’Or ( Britain ) for sale on eBay UK

Right from the start, the CB900 F2 was a little different, with a longer stroke than bore and 32mm Keihin carburetors laying down 95 hp and a progressive torque curve.  Though its twin downtube chassis looks familiar, something about the suspension set-up just worked, and reviewers took notice.  280mm disks seem undersized these days, and the F2 has a larger rear brake to cope with the 533 lbs. wet weight.  A frame-mounted fairing with leg guards gave the rider a quiet spot to consider the 130 mph top speed.

Offered by a small dealer northeast of London, this Bol d’Or looks very good with stock cosmetics and just about 35K miles.  Maybe those headers could be re-chromed or polished up a bit, but the Motad stainless mufflers look great.  Might ask about recent maintenance, since there’s no mention in the eBay auction:

CLASSIC COLLECTIBLE BOL D’OR MODEL ONLY MADE IN LIMITED NUMBERS, TOTALLY ORIGINAL OTHER THAN A NEW MOTAD STAINLESS STEEL ORIGINAL STYLE EXHAUST SYSTEM, SPEEDO IS KM SHOWING 55,746 KM WHICH IS 34,638 IN MILES, BIKE RUNS AND RIDES GOOD, WILL COME WITH A NEW MOT, CAST IRON INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

Honda had won the 1976-79 Bols likely on CB750’s, since the CB900 was a recent and worthwhile update.  The CB900F was superceded by the CB1100F in 1984 but the winning “almost a liter” formula returned in 2002 with the CBR900RR engine.  Can’t argue with the investment potential these days, and under the fairing it’s still a CB900F which should be readily repairable.  This one has less miles and asks for less £ than our last Bol d’Or, but there’s shipping and import to consider.

-donn

In the Cups – 1982 Honda CB900 F2 Bol d’Or
Honda March 27, 2022 posted by

In Round Numbers – 2001 Honda RVT1000R / RC51

For the year 2000 Honda dialed in WSBK and AMA success and showroom clients were a clear beneficiary.  Today’s RC51 was wheeled to the back of a the warehouse with a hair over 2,000 miles and shows just a few marks for all the years on vaca.

2001 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 for sale on eBay

Honda started with a fairly clean sheet of paper but a couple of Superbike rulebooks handy, and chose an L-twin in part for its inherent primary balance.  The big 100mm bore allowed four good-sized valves, and 40mm intakes with 34mm exhausts are controlled by gear-driven cams.  The resulting sound was rather unusual for a Honda, as were the side-rads and skinny missile shape.  HRC had plenty of input on the alloy chassis, with fresh air piped in around the headstock and Showa adjustable suspension.  A new gearbox reviewed as very smooth shifting, and 320mm Nissin brakes as some of the best ever fitted.

Just scrape here and a ding there differentiate this RC51 from a museum piece, and of course the missing front signals and mirrors.  The streamlined under-tail might suit – or if not, there are mountains of the factory parts someplace.  Can’t go wrong with CA title or informative notes from the eBay auction –

Only 2,007 original miles! Clean CA title – you will be the fourth person on the title.  Bike has had some modifications and very little use – here are a few things you should know:  1. The bike starts up and runs great. Recent fluid service.  2. Tires are original – therefore are not safe to ride on any longer.  3. Missing side mirrors  4. Missing turn signals – I have brand new OEM Honda orange turns signals if you want them.  5. There are marks on some areas of the bike. I have included pictures where there are marks but I could not get everything.  6. This bike is VERY clean.  7. I have video of the bike starting up that I can send to you if you are interested.  8. There are no other OEM parts available with the bike.  9. The underseat area and license plate are aftermarket – I do not have the original.

The RC51 was an instant success on the racetrack, and actually won the World and AMA Superbikes in 2002.  But as Honda often does, they proved their point and shortly HRC saw a four-cylinder light at the end of the WSBK tunnel.  The RC51 was supported but there wasn’t a factory team in 2003, and the model left the showroom after 2006.  However the legacy and fan base are well established, and there’s certainly always room at the pumps for a really nice example.  20-large might be beyond the top of the SP1 range – but even without the Make Offer button, a conversation is waiting to be started.

-donn

In Round Numbers – 2001 Honda RVT1000R / RC51
Ducati March 27, 2022 posted by

1995 Ducati 900SS/SP #559 For Sale!

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP #559 For Sale on eBay!

Make: Ducati
Model: 900 SS/SP
Badge: #559
Mileage: 30,311 or 31,100
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Price: $7,250 BIN


The auction ad states 31,100 miles and even though I don’t have my glasses on, I think that reads 30,311 . . . ?

From the seller of many words
Full Desmo service

That maybe the best “For Sale” description to ever grace our page! With that said, we’re on our own for the details-

#559 looks to have been enjoyed over the past 27 years, but also appears to have been spared the typical run through the Ducati parts catalog. Other than a few prominently placed go fast stickers, mirrors, windscreen, a set of Helibar type risers and an Ohlins shock it appears to be stock and well cared for.

Much like the description, the pictures leave me thirsting for a little more. But, maybe the seller figures it’s a numbered and badged, red Ducati and you can take it or leave it. Perhaps it could also be a forced sale and really isn’t interested in moving it?

I can’t speak from experience, but all signs point to these being awesome machines to ride. Plenty of torque, narrow, and red. What more could you ask for from a 27 year old motorcycle? Oh! Let’s not forget it has a recent “Full Desmo Service” . . . whatever that means.

Interested?

You can make the jump here and ask all the questions you’d like.

Ciao!

Doug

1995 Ducati 900SS/SP #559 For Sale!
Yamaha March 25, 2022 posted by

Quick Smoke Break: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

There seems to be a marked increase in available RZ350s as of late, a clear sign that Spring has officially sprung. Amongst the frenzy of activity with trading, selling and buying (not to mention how hot the collector market is these days), this is a quickie smoke break from the high dollar exotica and represents something that readers want to see and can likely afford. I will warn you that time is short and bidding strong on this one, but the price remains in the reasonable range and there is still a reserve at play.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

The 1985 Yamaha RZ350 differed only slightly from the 1984 model in the US. The biggest visual clue is that the Red/White bikes had King Kenny’s signature on the fairing; in the inaugural year this was only available on the bumblebee-colored models. Otherwise you are looking at the same liquid cooled, parallel twin with dual carbs, reed valve induction, oil injection and the novel YPVS computer controlled exhaust port.

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 350 from private collection excellent condition no issues runs great sorry do not have original pipes.

Today’s bike has seen some miles (but not many – only 5,000 on the clock!), and has the requisite performance upgrade of replacing the stock catalytic converter-equipped exhaust with proper expansion chambers. This is usually best accomplished with related jetting (and sometimes airbox) changes, but no background history if that was done. There is also no word on the type of expansion chambers fitted; perhaps our eagle-eyed readers can help out with that one. The bike looks undeniably clean, which is a real plus. I am somewhat perplexed by the lack of the black chrome finish on the left side of the engine, but not on the right. But this otherwise looks like something that could (and should) rattle to life in a cloud of smoke that brings smiles to all. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Quick Smoke Break: 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Bimota March 25, 2022 posted by

Tasty Exotic: TL1000R Powered Bimota SB8R

Exotic motorcycles can be polarizing.  For some the cost of admission when new is too high, others will fear service and maintenance woes.  But this Bimota SB8R offers an interesting mix of Italian flair, low production numbers and the reliability and support of an OEM Suzuki engine.

The engine is lifted from a TL1000R so service costs are very low, and an owner can sleep soundly knowing that should an unfortunate even befall the V-Twin, it can be sorted without having to hunt down rare parts.

This particular bike has upgraded lighter wheels, and Arrow exhaust system, a few minor period add ons and low miles.  There are a few questions that need to be raised though.  The seller lists it as a 5 speed, and that is assumed to be a simple clerical error.  The bigger question surrounds the turn signals.  Units installed on the bike are not correct, and two of them are damaged.  It looks like this likely happened while moving the bike around in storage, but it is worth confirming.  Strange that the selling dealer would not at least remove them before the pictures.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2000 Bimota SB8R Motorcycle

Limited-production track ready motorcycle
#3 of around 150 produced total
Aluminum & carbon fiber frame
1,000cc engine producing 135hp and 5 speed manual transmission
3,245 miles shown, but the title is mileage exempt
It’s not everyday that we get in a motorcycle as special as this one, a 2000 Bimota SB8R! MotoeXotica was Missouri’s sole Bimota dealership for many years until the unfortunate bankruptcy of Bimota, thus making this a very special bike for us.

The red paint of this SB8R is in fantastic shape, with only small imperfections, and the carbon fiber is still in tact. The gold wheels are a nice contrast, and are in good shape. The seat has no visible rips or tears. One of the rear turn signals is missing its cover.

Under the seat lies the 135 horsepower 1,000cc engine, mated to a 5 speed manual transmission, which truly makes this bike a rocket. Out back, it also features an Arrow performance exhaust, which gives this bike a truly one of a kind engine note.

This bike is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 3,245 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

VIN: ZESSB8R0XYR000003

RSBFS posted about his bike in June of 2019 here, and it does not seem that much has changed since that listing.  The $13,900 asking price is in line with what others have been listed for.  Unsure if the time on the market is starting to turn would be buyers off, or if the pool of Bimota buyers is just too small at the moment.  The upgraded wheels is a very expensive and desirable addition, and not really mentioned properly in the listing.

With the sharp rise in price of this era Japanese sport bike one can only wonder if something like this will demand a premium over a similar condition TL1000R.

Tasty Exotic:  TL1000R Powered Bimota SB8R
BMW March 24, 2022 posted by

Tail be Told – 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replica

Spring is in the air in eastern Tennessee, and here’s a Boxer Cup that’s apparently been used as intended.

2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replica for sale on eBay

BMW made some showroom hay from their single marque race series, and the Replica ( or Replika ) had the extended Telelever tubes and shorter torque arm from the race bikes, making a sharper lean angle possible, but raising the seat to an enduro-like 33.9 inches.  Not quite sure whether the 03’s had the dual-spark heads, but even with the dealer-installed Cup ECU chip, claimed power was the same 98 hp – with Euro-2 cleanliness.  R-bike paradigms like the Paralever shaft drive and single-plate clutch are there, and the BCR had niceties from Öhlins front and rear, plus a steering damper, carbon belly pan, and Laser exhaust system.

This R1100S lives pretty close to the Tail of the Dragon, and like so many BMW’s looks to have been ridden – carefully – but not home collecting cobwebs.  27,288 miles show on the clocks, and while the pictures need help, the bike looks stock and undamaged.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Special edition. number 163 of 200 produced. A ridden example with a few minor paint imperfections but very nice condition. As original except Stainless “cat” eliminator. Never down! Recent full dealer service including brake fluid flush, less than 1k on new Pilots, “Pit Bull” stand included.

Reviewers were undecided whether the Replica was worth all the extra Euros, but it did put a sharper edge on one of the best all-around sportbikes.  The Dragon calls for lighter and smaller, but the ride over would more fun on the big Beemer.  Even at 28K miles, this one will probably go double that before slowing down.  A back seat bag or backpack would hold enough for a weekend away, or leave it all home and go credit card camping.  Whichever way, but yeah – ride there.

-donn

 

Tail be Told – 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replica

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