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Bimota September 30, 2010 posted by Alex

1998 Bimota DB3 Mantra S/N 000003 With 356 Original Miles

This is a very low mileage Bimota DB3 Mantra with a very low serial number!

Bike:  1998 Bimota DB3 Mantra

Location:  San Diego, California

Mileage:  356mi

The seller states this bike is completely original but doesn’t state much about any imperfections.  This comes to us from the same seller of the Bimota BB1 we just posted here.

This bike was Bimota’s first foray into the naked bike sector and, personally, doesn’t look so hot.  However, it is a true Bimota and features the power-plant from the Ducati 900SS.  There are very few changes throughout the production run and all of the later pieces are interchangeable with the earlier bikes.  The riding position, with low rear-sets and high clip-ons, is very similar to a standard riding position.  However, the bike is pretty light at 185kg (Wet), with a low CG thanks to the exhaust and dummy fuel tank.  The engine, suspension, braking, and general handling isn’t bad and this bike would be perfect for anyone who thinks a Duc’ Monster is too plain.  The imitation wood dash and carbon fiber should get some attention if the headlight surround doesn’t.  See the only Mantra we’ve ever posted on eBay .

AG

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale September 29, 2010 posted by Alex

1976 Yamaha TZ750C Project on eBay

A genuine TZ750 on eBay!

Bike:  1976 Yamaha TZ750C

Location:  Franklin, Michigan

Mileage:  TMU, engine is a later S/N replacement.

I’ll let the seller state the description so I don’t get anything wrong:

1976 Yamaha TZ750C Road Racer: Frame No. 409 – 100101, Engine No. 409 – 200224.HISTORY: I purchased the Yamaha in 1990. No other known history.

ORIGINALITY: The frame number is the first of the 1976 TZ750C production run. It is estimated that 40 machines were built. The engine number indicates that it is dated 1979. The left and right side cylinder barrels each have “347cc 40900” embossed at the rear. The fairing and screen are new Mead Speed parts. The swing arm has been reinforced, but has a very similar appearance to original. The wheel rims are stamped “Daido Japan”. The tires are Continental 3.25 H 18 RB2 (front) & Goodyear Eagle Drag Racer 25 x 7.0 x 18 (rear). The kill switch is missing, but the kill switch pigtail is original and attached to the CDI Controller Box. (2) tiny black tie wraps are used to mount the water temp gauge in place of the original clips. Some of the metric fasteners are not original Yamaha parts. All other parts are original Yamaha. Restoration has been carried out using the pages from the parts manual for reference.

CONDITION: The fairing and all black parts have been professionally painted. The screen to fairing attachment is adequate, but not excellent. The fuel tank, seat and front fender have the original paint. The tank has a tiny surface scratch on the left side and a ding and scratch mark on the right side, as shown in the pictures. These parts have been intentionally left unrestored to retain their originality. All other parts are excellent, but not all have a museum quality finish.

COMMENTS:
1) The mileage is unknown and the listed mileage is an approximation.
2) I have never had the engine running.
3) Engine compression, gear selection and clutch operation are normal. During storage, the cylinder bores were oiled and the transmission fluid was installed.
4) The transmission and brake fluids have recently been drained.
5) Many of the fasteners have not been correctly torqued and the machine is not suitable for immediate use.
6) The Yamaha does not have a title.

If you like sportbikes, and I assume you do, the TZ750 is pretty much a to-die-for bike and probably even more so than a Black Shadow depending on your generation.  The TZ750 debuted in 1975, following the TZ700, with cantilever rear suspension and put out near 140hp giving it a top speed of over 185mph.

If a TZ750 doesn’t get your blood flowing, this probably isn’t a hobby for you.  Read a fantastic write up of a, California, street titled TZ750 from 1979 here.

This example for sale has obviously been a display piece and would hold it’s value nicely if you decided to continue letting it sit in your living room.  However, this bike has enough influence to possibly make you make, perceived, rash decisions and cash out retirement funds just to be able to head out to the garage and listen to it.  Drool over it on eBay .

AG

Consider these other Yamaha’s:

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Bimota September 29, 2010 posted by Alex

1995 Bimota BB1, One of 148, on eBay

This is an ultra rare Bimota BB1 on eBay!

Bike:  1995 Bimota BB1

Location:  San Diego, California

Mileage:  6,321km (3927mi)

The seller states that this bike is completely original and has always been stored inside.  The title is from Germany and will probably be a pain–or impossible–to register here in the U.S.  The pictures/video do show nicks, scratches, and oxidation on many surfaces, but the bike appears to be in generally good condition.  We’ve seen this seller before with some rare bikes and his videos are always easy to remember because the bikes are always in the same alley and he always makes sure to show that the charging system works.

The original idea sounds fantastic:  145kg (Dry), 650cc single, 46rwhp, BMW-Rotax sourced power-plant with tubular frame and clever insights such as repositioning the fuel tank to achieve optimum CG.  However, I’ve read, the actual finished product turned out to be crap.  Supposedly the bike has ridiculous vibration–Relative to singles!–terrible ergonomics, underpowered brakes and poor handling.  Here is a quote from a period test by Performance Bikes:

‘I expected the Bimota to be hot shit, but it’s turned out to be more of a luke-warm, fudgey stool. It’s nervous, skittish and sounds like the chain is about to leap off the sprockets’

Ah, OK then.  Performance Bikes isn’t the only unfavorable review, the internet only seems to have stories of poor experiences.  While the Ducati Supermono is extremely rare and held to a mythical status, the BB1 is also just as rare but regarded as something you never want to experience other than looking at.

That being said, this is still a very, very, rare Bimota with only 148 ever being produced.  This example isn’t perfect, but it’s not too far off either and you’ll be one of the few to own one.  There are a bunch of little cosmetic issues that will add up but once completed this should be a very nice show piece and, based on reviews, the German title shouldn’t be an issue because you wouldn’t want to ride the thing even if you could.  Anyone have first hand experience they’d like to share?

Bid, or see what this bike goes for, on eBay .

AG

Update: This posting is pretty outdated. Check out some of these current listings on eBay for bikes and parts right now!

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Sport Bikes For Sale September 28, 2010 posted by Alex

1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance & Hines Edition #476 with 2,620 Original Miles

This a very nice, low mileage, Vance & Hines Edition FZR600.

Bike:  1992 Yamaha FZR600 V&H

Location:  Mountain Lakes, New Jersey

Mileage:  2,620mi

The seller states that this bike is “…perfect without a scratch.”  It was recently tuned and supposedly runs like a champ.  This bike looks to be perfectly stock (except for the windscreen) and in fantastic condition as the seller states.  We’ve had a few V&H Edition FZR’s in the past and none had this low of mileage or were in as original condition.  See the other FZR600s we’ve posted here.

The Vance & Hines Edition wasn’t special other than the commemorative scheme and V&H exhaust system.  1992 was also the last year for the square headlight design which only lasted for two years before Yamaha reverted back to the earlier, dual headlight, design that was so popular.  If you’re a Yamaha collector, you should have one of these and this is probably one of the best examples out there.  See the bike on eBay .

AG

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale September 21, 2010 posted by Alex

1987 Honda CBR600F Hurricane With 8K Original Miles

This is a nice looking, first year, CBR600F Hurricane about to end on eBay.

Bike:  1987 Honda CBR600F Hurricane

Location:  Bradley, Illinois

Mileage:  8,101mi

The seller states that this bike is a one owner example, in showroom new condition.  The bike has been modified with a K&N filter (And probably a drilled air-box cover), an F1 exhaust system, a larger rear sprocket and the passenger pegs have been modified.  The only claimed cosmetic imperfection is the small crack in the front fender.  The carb’s were gone through earlier this year and new, Pro-line, fuel lines were also installed.

The bike does look very good in the pictures.  I don’t doubt that it is fantastically clean in person but there may be some small issues the seller may have missed but, I’m pretty sure they know the bike quite well after 23 years.

Sadly, the only issue this bike may have is the price:  I don’t see this bike going for $3,500 and the seller has a reserve in place.  Heading into fall, I’d probably assume this bike would go in the $2.5k-2.8k range.  There are collectors for these early CBR’s but, they seem to not be willing to pay a premium because they know no one else will.

This was the first production 600cc bike to crack the quarter mile in under 12 seconds with a time of 11.7 @ 113mph.  These early CBR’s are quite fun if you realize they are 23yo technology.  Parts are prevalent and nothing is really difficult other than the valve service–just like any inline four within a confined frame.  The only major drawback is the rim widths.  While the rims are 17″ front & rear, they are quite narrow and were originally fitted with bias-ply’s leaving the current tire choices limited–but, still better than for an FZR.

Although I wouldn’t spring for this bike at this price, I believe these aren’t a bad choice if you’re looking for a budget collectible.  While the F2 & F3 bikes may have had more aftermarket parts during their time, the Hurricane will always be the first generation of the, ongoing, iconic CBR.  See this bike on eBay .

AG

Here are some other Honda Hurricane’s and parts for sale right now:

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Ducati September 12, 2010 posted by Alex

1995 Ducati 900SS/SP With 870 Original Miles On eBay

This is a low mileage 900SS on eBay!

Bike:  1995 Ducati 900SS/SP

Location:  Cincinnati, Ohio

Mileage:  870mi

Price:  $6,750USD OBO

This bike is fitted with a used FBF/Forza with some scratches, is re-jetted to match, and features a hideous fitting tank bra.  The left fairing does feature some scratches (Why no picture of the left side?) from the previous owner but is supposedly perfect, otherwise.  The seller states that they are the second owner of this 900SS.

I’ll admit, this bike sounds a bit interesting based on the sellers description; Namely, why would you purchase second hand FBF/Forza slip-ons for a 870 original mile bike?  Anyway, this is still a 870 mile bike that should be worth a look and buy barring and major mechanical/cosmetic or historical discrepancies–I would think that if you’re spending $6.7k on a bike, a $200 budget airline round-trip ticket isn’t too out of line.

No matter who you are, $6,750 is a lot of money for a 900SS/SP–and that’s including the lightweights and final editions.  The seller has ruined the fun by only offering a BIN; if/when this bike sells, we won’t know if it went for the BIN or a number considerably lower.  Regardless, make an offer that you’d feel comfortable via eBay but, I think it’d be best to view this bike in person and make an in person offer.

Would I like to have a full fairing 900SS with less than 1000 miles?  Absolutely, but not for $6,750.  See the bike on eBay .

AG

Sport Bikes For Sale September 11, 2010 posted by Alex

1989 Yamaha TZR250 3MA Titled & Registered In Missouri

This is a titled & plated TZR250 in Missouri!

Bike:  1989 Yamaha TZR250

Location:  St. Louis, Missouri

Mileage:  7,348mi

This bike has been recently serviced with items such as:

  • New floats, needle valves and seats
  • Carb tuning and plugs
  • New tires
  • Fresh wheel paint
  • New brake pads
  • New stainless steel brake lines
  • New fork tube seals and dust seals
  • New paint with original colors and graphic
  • Powder coated rear subframes
  • Power coated fairing stay

(Notice that in a couple of the pictures there are two different license plates, just something to note)

The seller states that the 3MA is the most desirable TZR250, and I’d have to agree.  There is nothing better than two tiny silencers sticking through the rear bodywork to get the blood flowing…  The 3MA has the look, smell, and sound of a big GP bike making you even forget to ask where the other two silencers are.  Yes, this is still a 250cc two-stroke (50hp @ 10,000rpm) and it won’t impress your extended swingarm Hayabusa friends but, you’re probably not that close to them anyway.

See the other 3MA bikes we’ve posted .

AG

Kawasaki September 10, 2010 posted by Alex

2003 Kawasaki ZX-6RR Completely Stock With 1,766 Original Miles On eBay

This is a very nice example of what I believe to be one of the next collector Kawasaki’s!

Bike:  2003 Kawasaki ZX-6RR

Location:  Windsor, Connecticut

Mileage:  1,766mi

The seller states that this bike is in mint condition and free of scratches or dents.  The bike has a new battery and fresh oil change.  This bike looks to be completely stock down to the rear fender and exhaust.

Now before you judge me, this isn’t the 636cc ZX6R, this is the Homologation 599cc ZX6RR.  What does that mean?  Well, the RR features a short stroke engine with forged pistons, fuel injection, close-ratio gear box, adjustable swingarm pivot, adjustable USD forks, adjustable rear shock, a 15,500rpm red-line and a digital dash with lap-timer.

Like many of the bikes on RSBFS, the RR was designed to compete in national (AMA) events and World SuperSport championships.  I see it being one of the future collectible Kawasaki’s especially as examples like these become increasingly rarer.  This was the first 600cc sport bike to feature USD forks and should be the first new Kawi in your collection.

See this low mileage example on eBay , before someone convinces their eighteen year old friend this would make a great first bike.

AG