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Honda August 6, 2010 posted by Alex

1988 Ikuzawa-Honda (Harris Engineering) RS600DE

This is a Ikuzawa-Honda RS600DE in quite nice condition on eBay!

Bike:  1988 Ikuzawa-Honda (Harris Engineering) RS600DE

Location:  Boyne City, Michigan

Mileage:  TMU

The seller states that this RS600DE is a one-owner bike, with the seller purchasing it from Ikuzawa himself.  This bike has only been run four times on the track.  The bike looks to be in very good, original, condition.  However, brake fluid has been split by the front master and rear master causing some discoloration and paint peel.  The rear swing-arm pinch bolts have also cracked the swing-arm on both sides.  I imagine Harris Engineering could reproduce you a swing-arm if you were inclined to run the bike again.  The seller states that this bike has only been run four times on track but also lists the mileage at 2k miles.

From what I can gather, the RS600DE is a parts bin bike with one-off bits where nothing OEM would fit.  The frame is a Harris Engineering unit while the motor consists of a Honda XBR500 bottom end & head with a XL600R barrel and HRC cam.  The rest of the bike is surprisingly sourced from a Suzuki RGV250, primarily, with the rear wheel assembly, front forks (The example on eBay shows conventional forks instead of USD units), front wheel and fairing (modified).  See a data sheet here (This data looks to be based on a single while the bike in question is a twin).

We aren’t privileged with many Harris specials on the open-market here in the U.S.A. but this one doesn’t disappoint.  The only issues are the two small cosmetic ones and the cracks on the rear swing-arm.  The swing-arm issue could be resolved with a new one or, possibly, a repair depending on the integrity of those points.

Bid on this Ikuzawa-Honda on eBay .

AG

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale August 4, 2010 posted by Alex

2003 Honda Dream 50R, Japanese Market, In As-New Condition On eBay!

This is a Japanese delivery 2003 Honda Dream 50R with zero miles and all of the original shipping protection in place!

Bike:  2003 Honda Dream 50R

Location:  Lake Elsinore, California

Mileage:  Zero

Price:  $5,700USD

This Dream 50R was purchased in Japan in 2003 and subsequently shipped to the U.S.  This bike has zero miles and looks to have never been run, with the plastic covering for the seat, exhaust, and blue film still on the chrome bits.  The seller makes no mention of a title or maintenance history but, as you should know, this example is intended for display only.  This bike didn’t make it to the U.S. until the end of 2004, early 2005, and had an MSRP of $5,499–hence why you don’t see very many.

The Dream 50R isn’t just a scooter motor strapped into an old CB frame; here are some highlights:

…double-overhead-cam, HRC-built 50cc screamer that revs to 14,500 rpm…The new Dream uses lower-tech chains to drive its cams, yet it is able to rev 1000 rpm higher than the 13,500-rpm CR110. Power is directed through a 6-speed gearbox.  A lovely oil catch tank created out of aluminum contains crankcase blow-by, and aluminum fenders are used front and rear. Despite the use of a period-spec steel frame, Honda claims the lithe Dream weighs just 157 pounds dry. As with the NSR, the Dream is a product of HRC, and they’ve been kind enough to pre-drill the oil drain bolt to satisfy racing regulations for lockwiring critical fasteners.  Honda claims 7 horsepower at 13,500 from the 49cc engine, but it sounds like much more when the giant open velocity stack ravenously sucks in air for the open 20mm carb as the 40mm piston goes up and down 240 times each second.  The Dream handles like nothing else I’ve ridden. Honda didn’t provide rake and trail numbers, but it will suffice to say you’ve never ridden a motorcycle that turns with less effort…there’s actually enough room for a full-scale adult to fit.

If that paragraph hasn’t caused you to think owning a 50cc bike could be fun, probably nothing will.  Read the full period review from Motorcycle-USA here.  I’d venture to guess that this bike will not sell at $5.7k but, we’ve seen Dream 50R’s with zero miles but this is our first Japan market bike still in the wrapper.  See the other Dream 50R’s we’ve posted here.  See this example on eBay .

AG

Bimota July 22, 2010 posted by Alex

2006 Bimota SB8K Santa Monica With Less Than 1,000 Miles On eBay

Bimota SB8K Santa Monica available on eBay!

Bike:  2006 Bimtoa SB8K Santa Monica

Location:  North Palm Beach, Florida

Mileage:  1,000mi

This looks to be a very nice–as one would expect with a sub-1k mile bike–Santa Monica on eBay that looks to be 100% stock, excluding the tank protector, as the seller states.

As you may know, the SB8K uses a Suzuki TL1000R based 996cc V-Twin with Bimota’s own fuel-injection system that uses radial mount fuel injectors which ensures very good power distribution.  The SB8K also features a very smart ECU which can also be used to download up to an hour of historical data from the bike.  The bodywork, including the tank, is all made of carbon-fiber while the majority of the other items are from aluminum.

I have yet to ride a SB8K but, I do have some very good experience on a TL1000R and I can honestly say the engine is the best part of the equation.  The TLR is heavy at slow speeds and the suspension isn’t perfect, but everything is overall very good with the motor the standout piece.  As many of you Duc’ riders know, the low-end torque of a V-Twin is fantastic and this motor continues to shine as the rev’s climb to the red-line.  The shortcomings of the TLR are the same reasons Bimota originally opened it’s doors:  Because the Japanese could build fantastic motors but didn’t have the resources to build fantastic frames and suspension.  Don’t get me wrong, the TLR is a very good bike, but I don’t doubt that the SB8K is far superior to it.

As the seller states, this bike originally sold for $49,495.29 (The price list says 2007) and this auction has the reserve under the base price of a Ducati 1198 ($16,495).  Which means, this bike has depreciated $33k in just four years.  If this bike goes for just over $16.5k, I call it a deal because, like the seller states, that is 1198 base money and, in the long run, I’d rather have a SB8K over a 1198–especially as that 1198 still has all of it’s depreciation ahead of it.  See Phil’s review of the other SB8K currently on eBay .  See this SB8K on eBay .

AG

Ducati July 20, 2010 posted by Alex

2001 Ducati 748RS With Very Little Use On eBay

This is a very good looking 748RS with 400 total miles on eBay!

Bike:  2001 Ducati 748RS

Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah

Mileage:  400mi

The seller states that this 748RS has only been used ten times with four of those times being races.  This bike has always been owned by a dealership and is still on MSO.  This bike is stock except for the silver paint and decals.  The bike has recently been inspected and is said to need nothing.

This bike is a factory Ducati Corse item for use by privateers and as such requires a large amount of routine maintenance, parts replacement, and inspection.  A lot of this is inspection but there are major issues such as inspection and replacement of the cam items at very low mileage (compared to a street bike) intervals.  Don’t get me wrong, these are fantastic bike’s but, if you think maintenance schedules and parts costs are outrageous for the R series bike’s, this one’s probably not for you.  However, if you’re looking for your own piece of Ducati Corse history and either want to use it as art, or have the pocket’s to run it, this bike IS for you!  Supposedly only around 20 of these were brought into the U.S. making them very rare but, are a factory race item so it’s to be expected.  If you’d like to bid on this nice 748RS, see it on eBay .

AG

Quick Spot July 18, 2010 posted by Alex

1987 Yamaha FZR1000 With 6,000 Original Miles In California

This is a mint FZR1000 with 6k original miles!

Bike:  1987 Yamaha FZR1000 Genesis

Location:  Fremont, California

Mileage:  6,000mi

Price:  $2,800 USD

This was the Bike of the Year for 1987 and this bike is, supposedly, in mint condition with only 6k miles.  The seller states that this bike has new Bridgestone’s.  At $2,800; I call this a great price if the condition is accurate.  You’d be unlikely to find a decent example for less than $2,500 let alone a mint, 6k mile, one.  Give this seller a call!  See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Ducati July 8, 2010 posted by Alex

2000 Ducati 996R With 953 Miles In California

This is a very nice looking 996R with less than 1k miles in California!

Bike:  2000 Ducati 996R

Price:  $14,500 USD

Location:  South Lake Tahoe, California

Mileage:  953 Miles

This 996R looks to be completely stock as a bike with under 1k miles should be!  500 of these were made for 2000 and, as the seller states, came equipped with Ohlins suspension front & rear, Marchesini wheels, carbon bits galore, Brembo’s, and a trick Testastretta motor among other things.

We’ve seen these 996R’s and SPS’s go for varying amounts but, this one seems reasonably priced with less than 1k miles and an asking price of $14,500–See our other 996 content here.  If you’d rather have a real homologation/race replica bike over a stickered up, brand-new, R1; have a look at this 996R on Craigslist here.

AG

Ducati July 7, 2010 posted by Alex

2001 Ducati 996R With Two Original Miles In Texas

This is another 996R but this one is being sold as-new with only two miles on the odometer!

Bike:  2001 Ducati 996R

Price:  $22,000 USD

Location:  Austin, Texas

Mileage: 2 Miles

This bike is being sold as new with even the shipping covers and stickers remaining on the headlights and turn signals and license plate mount uninstalled.  The seller states that this bike has never been started–other than when it was at the factory–and has always been stored in a climate controlled office/home.  The bike was purchased through BCM Motorsports and includes uninstalled 102db Termignoni silencers but does not mention other items included with the bike when new–I’d expect they’re included but ask the seller.  The asking price of $22,000 doesn’t seem completely outrageous given what you’re buying (The self control of the seller).  If you missed out on these 996R’s in 2001 or foolishly rode the one you did get, have a look at this one on Ducati.ms here.

AG

Honda July 1, 2010 posted by Alex

Two 1994 Honda RS250’s From The Same Seller In West Virgina

These are two very nice looking Honda RS250’s in West Virgina!

Bike:  1994 Honda RS250

Price:  $5,000 USD

Location:  West Virgina

The seller states:

I have 2 Honda RS250 GP Race Motorcycles for sale. Both bikes are 1994 models with new tires fresh engines and ready to race. The Castrol Honda bike has many upgrades such as the carbon fiber airbox, after market race exhaust pipes, Brembo radial master cylinder, Ohlins shock, updated bodywork. The crank has approximately 300 miles on it, and the pistons have about 100 miles on them. The other bike is stock and in very nice original condition. The pistons have approximately 75 miles on them, and the crank has very low mileage as well. Everything is straight and in perfect working order, and there is no damage to the chassis of either bike. Both bikes have Dunlop slicks mounted, and they are as new condition. I have many spares to go with the bikes, such as gaskets, seals, reeds, clutch parts, cylinders, heads, levers and mounts, wheels, brakes, etc.

These bikes are priced at $5,000 each which includes spares and front & rear stands.  These RS250’s are very cool (I’d take the Castrol replica over the period scheme because I’m a boy racer…) and would be a nice addition to any garage–they aren’t terribly expensive either for what you get!  See these bikes on the WERA boards here.

AG