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Honda January 25, 2011 posted by Alex

2003 Honda CBR150R With 250 Miles On eBay

This is a low mileage example of a very nice looking CBR150R.

Bike:  2003 Honda CBR150R

Mileage:  250mi

Price:  $1,000 Starting bid with reserve

Location:  Hillsboro, Oregon

This CBR150R has exceptionally low miles and looks to be in very good condition.  However, the reason for the mileage is more obvious when the seller mentions that the bike only has a Thai title with no U.S. title or registration.  We’ve only featured two other 150R’s in our history with one being registered in California and another being unregistered and living in Idaho.  This bike looks to be in fantastic condition with no major defects as one would expect from a 250 mile bike.  With the CBR250 becoming an official import to the U.S. for 2011, this bike finds itself in an interesting position of only being a collector bike.  If you have an affinity for Honda’s or the CBR line in particular, this could be a great addition to the collection.  Being as there really hasn’t been a huge number of these for sale, I would say that this bike will probably go for around $2,000–Let’s see if eBay proves me wrong!  See the bike on eBay .

AG

Honda January 23, 2011 posted by Alex

Honda NSR250 MC28 On O’ahu

A MC28 NSR250 at a decent price!

Bike:  Honda NSR250 MC28

Location:  Honolulu, Hawaii

Miles:  Unknown

Price:  $5,500

The details in the listing for this bike is very sparse, obviously though if you’re a two-stroke fan and living in Hawaii, you’ll give the seller a call anyway!  The bike is fitted with aftermarket bodywork and paint but looks to be in decent condition.  I haven’t seen this fairing before on a NSR, it looks to be a combination of Tyga bodywork with a YZF750 headlight, if anyone has any information on what it is please share.  Most the MC28’s we’ve seen have been priced well above this bike’s asking price of $5.5k so it’s worth a look–especially if you’re living on one of the islands!  See the previous MC28’s here.  See this bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Honda January 23, 2011 posted by Alex

Honda NSR80 In Vegas For Cheap

This is a great looking NSR80 for not very much in Las Vegas!

Bike:  Honda NSR80

Location:  Las Vegas, Nevada

Mileage:  Not listed

Price:  $1,800 USD

This looks like the same NSR80 that Ian posted almost a year ago, which can be seen here.  The asking price in April of 2010 was an outlandish $3,975.  The seller of this current ad states that they paid $3,200 for the bike which may mean that they’ve only owned it since April of last year.  Either way, the seller is willing to take a serious hit on this bike or they’ve lowered their asking price more than half-price in the last eleven months.  This bike looks to be an undeniable deal at $1,800; if you agree, see this bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Ducati January 23, 2011 posted by Alex

2002 Ducati 998 Base: Better Outfitted Than A 998S Or R!

A fantastic looking 998 with extensive aftermarket pieces!

Bike:  2002 Ducati 998

Mileage:  Not listed

Location:  Valencia, California

Price:  $16,500 or offer

This 998 has been completely gone through with almost everything on the bike being new.  If you’re looking for a modified 998, this would be the one to go with as it’s got all the pieces you could, probably, ever want on a 998!

Here is the laundry list from the seller:

Chassis/suspension

* Ohlins R&T forks/lower triple/steerer
* Ohlins rear shock
* Ohlins steering damper
* Billet SSR racing rearsets with CORSE carbon fiber heel guards
* Billet Gilles VarioBar clip-ons
* Billet Speedymoto triple clamp
* Aluminum rear subframe

Brakes/wheels

* Marvic Penta II magnesium wheels, 6 inch wide rear
* Bridgestone BT002 road/track tires, 190/55 rear
* Spiegler front brake radial master cylinder
* Front brake caliper pressure switch
* Brembo 4-pad front calipers
* Galfer brake pads
* Galfer stainless brake lines
* Brembo SBK full-floating ductile iron narrow band race rotors
* Nichols-drilled rear brake rotor
* NCR billet rear sprocket holder
* Titanium 12-point sprocket holder nuts
* Mad Duc 12-point rear axle/sprocket nuts
* Billet rear caliper holder
* Billet master cylinder caps
* Billet SSR rear brake lever

Clutch/Drivetrain

* Billet Spiegler clutch radial master cylinder
* Yoyodyne clutch slave cylinder
* Barnett Clutch
* Billet clutch pressure plate/stainless springs/ billet retainers/stainless bolts
* 520 chain/sprocket conversion
* DID ERV3 racing chain
* Drilled AFAM drive sprocket
* Billet master cylinder cap

Engine

* 998R cams
* Fast by Ferracci high-comp pistons
* Superbike internal air box air filter
* Dynojet Power Commander III USB
* Arrow 45/50 exhaust w/carbon cannisters and CORSE carbon fiber heat shield
* Nichols lightweight flywheel
* Nichols flywheel nuts
* Nichols clutch basket
* Nichols engine bolts
* Evoluzione low temp fan switch
* Billet oil breather
* Billet SSR reverse race pattern shift lever
* TransLogic LCD dash with custom carbon fiber dash mount
* Ignition bypass switch
* Battery Tender wired

Pretty stuff

* Black powder coated frame, sub-frame, swing arm
* Full carbon fiber/Kevlar CORSE bodywork: Nose, tail, sides, bellypan
* CORSE carbon fiber front fender
* Custom factory 998R style yellow paint. There are no decals. All details are painted or carbon fiber show through.
* Carbon fiber RS style vented cam belt covers
* Carbon fiber ram air tubes
* Carbon fiber airbox
* Carbon fiber water pump cover guard
* Carbon fiber chain guard
* Carbon fiber vented clutch cover
* Carbon fiber RS style “V” chin fairing
* Carbon fiber and billet quick-turn gas cap
* Carbon fiber swing arm protector
* Carbon fiber front sprocket case protector
* Carbon fiber undertray
* Casoli UK suede seat
* Zero Gravity windscreen
* OSRAM Silverstar H1/H3 headlight bulbs
* Ducati Euro OEM headlight switch (allows starting power for hi-comp motor)
* LED running lights
* LED license plate light
* LED integrated turn signals/brake light by Custom LED
* Evoluzione fender eliminator
* Integrated mirrors/turn signals
* Titanium hardware
* Billet seat lock knob

Miscellaneous

* Black Lockhart-Phillips Ducati Superbike rear stand
* Owner’s manual
* Factory shop manual
* Rear axle/wheel sockets with breaker bar
* Original gauges
* Ignition switch with key
* Replacement pegs
* Matching Italian Drudi Performance Design tribal yellow/black/white SUOMY R1 Ducati CORSE Helmet

The seller makes no mention of mileage or maintenance.  The asking price is over two-times what KBB is for a regular 998 base, but this bike is hardly close to stock.  Whether you find the asking price ridiculous or inline depends on if you’d prefer to have a mid-mileage 998R or a heavily modified 998.  The seller is asking 998R money for a 998 base with a ton of add-on’s–We’ll see if he can recoup some of those costs!

See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Honda January 21, 2011 posted by Alex

A Few, Very Rare, Race Bikes For Sale; Ex Roberts & Aoki

These three authentic race bikes are very special in their historical value, for winning and for not!

First Up:

Bike:  1999 Honda CBR900RR Erion Racing; Ex Kurtis Roberts

Location:  California

Price:  POR

The seller, RMD Motors, is sparse on the details, but it should be obvious what you’re looking at being that this bike is said to be authentic.  They do state that the bike produces 200hp at the rear wheel, comes with nothing other than what is in the photos (Read: No spares)–but that does include Kurtis’ actual leathers.

The AMA Formula Xtreme series is intended for production bikes, with some, but not many, rules on what parts of the bike you can exchange for aftermarket parts.  The intent of Formula Xtreme is to allow as many types of motorcycles to compete, anything from inline-fours to air-cooled V-twins.  Formula Xtreme racing is usually one of the more competitive and entertaining races of an AMA weekend; Many veterans such as Eric Bostrom, Jake Zemke, Josh Hayes, Nicky Hayden and Kurtis Roberts among others have cut their teeth in Formula Xtreme.

Erion Racing has continued to be a prominent name in Honda AMA racing with even a special Erion Racing edition CBR929RR released for the U.S. market by the manufacturer.  For 1999, Erion Racing was the winner of the Formula Xtreme championship with another title in 2000.  I’m not adept on the Formula Xtreme rules for 1999, but it’s obvious looking at the bike what some of it’s features are:  Race bodywork with mounts, analog tach’,  race fuel tank, larger radiator, Erion SS/Carbon full exhaust system, aftermarket triple clamps, Ohlins forks & rear shock, Brembo calipers, Marchesini wheels and I’m sure much more that I didn’t notice!  This is a chance to own a fantastic looking, legitimate, race bike with a championship under it’s belt.  I’m unaware how many races this particular bike won, I’m not sure about the 900 designation as this should be a 919 or 929 based on the year, but you still have a serious piece of AMA history regardless and I’m sure RMD would be happy to answer your questions.

See this Erion CBR900RR on RMD’s website here.

Next Up:

Bike:  2002 Kenny Roberts Proton KR3; Ex Nobuatsu Aoki

Location:  California

Price:  POR

As you may know, 2002 was the last year for two-strokes in MotoGP.  Two-strokes had their last hurrah in 2001, but couldn’t overcome the 490cc deficit they had to the four-strokes in 2002 and were finally obsolete–How you may feel about this is up for debate.  Regardless, Proton KR racing had a respectable finish in the 2001 championship with Nobuatsu Aoki & Jeremy Mcwilliams finishing 12th & 14th in the championship, respectively.  The disadvantages for the privateer team of Proton KR were immense and they didn’t receive much help from their V-3 format.  The four cylinder bikes of 500gp had the most tractable power delivery–If it’s possible to say that for a GP two-stroke–while also having the most power.  As an example, the NSR500v was a V-Twin example of Honda’s factory NSR500 designed for privateers and had nowhere near the power of the factory bike.  The theory was that the two and three cylinder machines had a lower weight and could out corner the larger bikes, in practice the two and three cylinder bikes hadn’t a chance but on a wet course or a very tight one.  The Proton KR3 debuted in 1997 and was a joint venture between legendary racer Kenny Roberts and Malaysian giant Proton.  While they may not have won any championships, or come close–and as frustrating as I imagine it was for KR–I’m sure “King” Roberts enjoyed it, I know I would have!

This example looks to be in fantastic condition.  The seller states that this bike will run and comes with a small selection of spares.  As I’m sure you can imagine, it would be no small feat to run this bike anywhere, especially when consumables are accounted for.  However, if you have the funds, ask yourself:  How many times does a 2001 500GP bike come up for sale?

See this bike on RMD’s website here.

Lastly:

Bike:  2004 Kenny Roberts Proton KRV5 XM2; Ex Kurtis Roberts

Location:  California

Price:  POR (Rumor has it $300,000)

The Proton KR KRV5 debuted in 2002 with the adoption of four-strokes.  The V5 in KRv5 denotes that this bike has a 60deg V5 arrangement and a displacement of 990cc, putting out 200hp @ 15,000rpm.  The bodywork appears to be the latter iteration of the KRV5, which is consistent with the Valencia technical inspection sticker.  For 2004, Kurtis Roberts was only able to finish twice in France and Brazil with 15th and 19th, respectively.  The bike for sale here shows a technical inspection sticker for Valencia in 2004, however Roberts never started the GP at Valencia in 2004.

So, what are you getting for your money?  As things stand right now, you’ll get a fully functioning seven year old, privateer, MotoGP bike with a minimal spares package.  This bike currently doesn’t hold the value that any of the factory bikes would and shouldn’t for a long, long time.  However, none of those factory bikes are currently available–that I’m aware of–and you’ll probably be waiting a very long time for one to pop up if you don’t already know someone who has one.

See the bike on RMD’s website here.

So, all of these bikes look to be from the same seller/collection, but which one is the one to have if you can only choose one?  Obviously, the most expensive will always be one of the Proton KR bikes, with a large gap back to the CBR.  My money says that the 2002 Proton KR3 will always be the most valuable bike of the three; The most important influence being that it is one of the last two-stroke 500GP/MotoGP bikes to ever be produced–privateer or otherwise.  The 2004 KRV5 will always be a interim MotoGP bike and if the rules are again revised to allow 1000cc bikes, it won’t even have a displacement draw.  The CBR is a National Championship bike, even if it’s only in Formula Xtreme, and that kind of provenance doesn’t come everyday.

There are two kinds of collectors these bikes are for:  One who has a decent amount of money to spend on a collector bike, and someone who has obscene amounts of money for a collector bike.  The Proton’s are obviously the expensive bikes with the Erion CBR checking the affordable box.  Both of the MotoGP bikes have parts that you’re never going to be able to purchase from any retailer, and I’m sure the CBR has some good HRC bits on it too.  I wouldn’t be ashamed to have any of these three bikes, but I’d absolutely love to have a final year Grand Prix two-stroke.  If nothing else, spend a little time to enjoy the photos!

AG

Ducati January 16, 2011 posted by Alex

2001 Ducati 996R With 135 Total Miles

Here is another low-mileage 996R in fantastic condition!

Bike:  2001 Ducati 996R

Mileage:  135mi

Location:  Lincoln, Nebraska

Price:  $20,000 in stock form or $22,000 with extras

We’ve had several 996R’s on RSBFS and most have been fantastic, low mileage, examples.  This example here doesn’t disappoint either with only 135 miles total.

Here is what the seller says about additional parts with the bike:

DP carbon rear sets
DP carbon sprocket cover
Bucci carbon swing arm protector
MW corse carbon heel gaurds
Billet anodized black clip ons
1098 brake and clutch master cylinders. painted to match frame
Billet race style gas cap. anodized black
Custom carbon v guard with vents
999R carbon belt covers
DP carbon mirrors

Parts that I have but not installed

LED tail light strip. To mount under the tail
LED turn signals
DP neoprene/carbon seat
Magnesium vertical cylinder covers
Catalyst Upper fairing with RS intakes
RS intakes that fit stock air box
Smoked wind screen
Headlight assembly

The additional pieces aren’t too major and the bike should easily be returned to stock.  The seller states that this bike has also been recently serviced.  I would think it’d be the prudent move to buy this bike, completely stock, and use the additional $2k for a nice pedestal.

The seller isn’t 100% on selling this bike, but I’m sure if there is a genuine cash offer, he can be persuaded.  See the previous 996R’s we’ve posted here;  If you regret missing out on those, don’t make the same mistake twice and see the ad on Ducati.ms here.

AG

Honda January 11, 2011 posted by Alex

1991 Honda VFR750F-M With 3,950 Original Miles Just Outside Of Seattle, Washington

A low mileage ’91 VFR750F in Washington state!

Bike:  1991 Honda VFR750F-M (RC36)

Location:  Bothell, Washington

Mileage:  3,950mi

Price:  $3,395USD

Honda marketing labeled the VFR as a “sportbike for all seasons” and “an entire garage full in one bike”.  These VFR’s were designed to be just as usable as a canyon carver, sport-tourer, and daily rider.  The bike retained race derived components such as the 16-valve V-4, Pro-Arm single sided swing-arm, twin piston brakes and a dual spar aluminum perimeter frame.

I find these earlier VFR’s–third and fourth generation–to be the best looking of the standard production VFR line.  The seller doesn’t state much other than that this bike is all original.  From the minuscule Craigslist photos, it looks to be in very good condition as I would expect for a bike of this mileage.  This bike does look to have bronze wheels.  While I’ve only seen these red examples with white wheels, this could be from the factory–anyone care to comment?  The price is higher than most for a second-gen’ VFR but considering mileage and condition, it isn’t too out of line.

See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale January 9, 2011 posted by Alex

1969 Honda CB750K Sandcast With Hardly Any Time Left On eBay

1969 Honda CB750 Sandcast

Location:  Appleton, Wisconsin

Mileage:  13,642 Miles

Price:  Currently $12,500USD with reserve not met.

“Just because something is rare, doesn’t make it valuable.”  This slogan is used by many to low-ball sellers, or to just tell sellers that what they have is actually pyrite, not the gold they believe it to be.  However, as the collectibility of Japanese motorcycles becomes more prevalent and focused, some bikes will become the most desirable and therefore the most valuable.  As far as the direction vintage, Japanese, street bikes appear to going in, the ’69 CB750 Sandcast appears to be one of the top performers.

The Honda CB750 was absolutely revolutionary when released in 1969.  As played out as it has become, the CB750 was a four-stroke race bike for the road, something the world had never seen, and also single-handedly ballooned the sales of cider in the West Midlands.  The CB750 of 1969 was revolutionary in it’s electric start, front disc, transverse mounted inline-four, and single overhead cam among other things.  Some of the most surprising attributes of the CB750 were it’s affordable price ($1469 USD in 1969) and the fact that it was actually dependable!  The last real CB750 was released in 1978, as that was the end of the SOHC, dry-sump, bikes that were what made it so special when released.  The bikes were relatively the same from ’69-78, but what makes the sandcast so special?

Speaking of Ferrari’s on a bike website isn’t the most popular move, but it’s going to be the easiest way to explain why the sandcast is the most expensive CB750.  In 1975, at the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari released the iconic 308; the 308GTB wasn’t released to the buying public until 1977 however and the first 712 cars feature fiberglass bodywork.  These ‘glass cars can easily be identified by the horizontal line at the top of the A-Pillar, which isn’t present on the steel bodied cars.  The fiberglass bodied 308GTB is the lightest of the 308 line, features a dry-sump oil system, least amount of government regulation items (bumpers, emissions), and is carbureted as opposed to fuel-injected.  Some of these features were carried on through the post ’77 cars but the most important feature of the first 712 is the fiberglass body.  It has been widely speculated why these early cars feature fiberglass bodywork as opposed to the steel of the cars only a year later.  The most widely accepted reason is that Scaglietti/Ferrari didn’t have the resources to immediately start production with the steel body tooling.  These fiberglass 308’s are generally valued in the $40-55k range, or more, dependent on condition while other carbureted 308s tend to lie within the $25-35k range.

What does this all mean for the CB750 shown here?  The sandcast CB750s were produced up to serial number 1007414, these bikes featured some identifiable features such as front fender, gas tank, chain guard, master cylinder, etc., and most importantly the sandcast engine.  The sandcast engine has no performance benefits over the later die-cast blocks.  Honda went with the sandcast motors early on simply because a cope & drag system is considerably cheaper and faster than fronting the money for a die-cast production line.  The sandcast CB’s routinely sell for $10-20k more than a later (pre-’79) CB750 of the same condition.  You don’t want to ask about RSC parts for a CB750…

I know, you’ve probably skipped the last few paragraphs and I’m fine with that; Here is the review of this particular CB for sale:  This bike is in very good condition for being forty-two years old.  This bike is supposedly original except for a missing side cover and having the top clap replaced at a Honda dealer in the 1980.  The SN of the engine does not match the SN of the frame.  I’m not versed well enough on sandcast CB750s to know if this is possibly the original engine or not.  If it is not however, whomever found the engine did a lot of leg work as the engine is only thirty-three numbers from the frame.  This bike is in very good, driver, condition and should be more than acceptable for a restorer or someone who wants to simply be the eccentric guy at bike nights who rides the “…sandcast ‘750!”.  This CB750 appears to be early production based on it’s left mounted horn which is in line with the early SN.  The mileage also appears to be consistent with the condition of the bike shown.

This bike is right for you if you have the money for a brand new CBR1000RR, but not the interest in one.  Or, if you prefer appreciation to depreciation…See the bike on eBay .  Learn more than you’ve ever wanted to at the Sandcast Only Owner’s Club here.  Find NOS parts or get your sandcast bike restored here.

AG