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Ducati March 13, 2011 posted by Brian

Canadian Special: 3 Limited Edition Ducatis

Check out this group of 3 late model Ducati superbikes for sale from the same seller. Heck, throw in a Hailwood & 888 SPO and you’ll have a sweet chronology of Ducati Superbikes. These bikes all appear to be in great condition, so let’s look at them individually.

The 998s Bostrom is especially unique in the lack of miles it has accumulated through the years. Although we have seen a fair amount of Bostrom replicas on RSBFS (here), few have matched the low miles on this example – less than 1,000 miles! Although I love this model and the low mileage on it, the price at $25,000 U.S. dollars seems very optimistic to me.

Ah the forgotten Ducati, the Fila 999R. Most Ducatisti will fondly remember the 916/996 series and most will also admire the handsome 1098/1198, but few cherish the 999. In some ways this bike never had a chance; following the 916 is no easy task. This bike is especially remarkable in that it is brand new – only 8KM! The price is virtually identical to the Bostrom, but this one is NEW.

On to the crown jewel of this trio – the 1098R Bayliss Replica. This bike is also brand new and nothing short of stunning. The Bayliss bike has been crippled from the get go by a weak economy, weak US dollar and aggressive pricing by Ducati. This convergence of factors led to an abundance of new or like new Bayliss bikes, similar to this one, selling way below MSRP right off the showroom floor.

I hope someone goes big and picks up all three.

Check out the listings with contact information below:

2002 Ducati 998 Bostrom

2004 Ducati 999R Fila

2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss


Sport Bikes For Sale February 24, 2011 posted by Brian

2005 Barry Sheene GSXR750

2005 Suzuki GSX750R Barry Sheene Replica

8,749 KM

Middlesex, UK

This one is really fun because Barry Sheene Replicas never came to the states, so bear with me as I attempt to describe what sits here before us. I felt especially compelled on this one as I love racing history (Barry Sheene – ’76 & ’77 GP Champion) and my personal Suzuki (RM250 2 stroke) also shares the K5 designation.

Enough pretext, on to the bike! There were only 50 Barry Sheene Replicas produced in model year 2005, certainly qualifying this bike for rare status. I believe that the only difference between a production GSXR and this bike is the paint scheme. The variations from stock condition are apparent in the mirror gold headlight cover/windscreen, frame sliders and the Yoshimura exhaust. More from the seller:

Here we have a genuine Suzuki GSXR750 K5 Barry Sheene ltd production run bike, This particular example is a genuine UK supplied machine 2005 55 reg: but comes with a private personalised number plate which is ( THE 7 A ) Relating as no: 7 which was Barrys famous winning number, also fitted on this wonderfull bike is a Yoshimura Tri Oval high performance exhaust, adjustable Power Commander, yellow tinted double bubble screen and stone protector headlight cover, Colour coded rear seat cover + passenger seat, + std exhaust and screen still in the original box, Full Suzuki service history, Handbooks, both keys, HPI Checked, Alpha dot security, Datatool alarm with both key fobs, all service reciepts, etc etc etc Part exchange more than welcome, These Barry Sheene bikes will only go up in value and this particular bike is a lovely lovely lovely example to keep and cherish

The asking price is about $12,500.00 in US dollars, which seems about right had it been imported here. The trouble for us yanks is the expense of putting it on a container. Luckily, our UK and certain European readers will not have such concerns. to see the seller’s contact information and more photos.


Kawasaki January 31, 2011 posted by Brian

Second Chance: 1996 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7RR

1996 ZX750N ZX7RR

Location: Irving, TX

Bid Status: Active

Mileage: 20,959

In case you missed buying the recent ZX7RR posted, here’s your second chance. This ZX7RR is in Irving, TX and it has a lot more miles than the recent Ninja posted from California. Since we have 2 identical bikes posted so closely chronologically, I would like to play a little compare and contrast between the two, but more on that later.

The bike itself was towards the end of the limited edition homologation trend here in the U.S., and the ZX7RR model has racing significance as Doug Chandler won the AMA Superbike championship in 1996 on one. It’s funny how our standards have changed in that 120 HP and a 441 LB dry weight do not sound very impressive these days, but back in ’96 this bike was a ripper. The listing from the seller:

Up for bid is a clean running ZX7RR Homologation special.

A family member passed away, and this bike was found in his garage.

We brought her home and cleaned her up and did some basic service.

New pilot powers, valve adjustment, and carb adjustment.

Runs good, may need further tweaking (she IS a race inspired bike)

One owner bike

The 7RR from last week had low pro clear front turn signals, an integrated rear brake light & turn signals, the numbered plaque on the tank and the Ninja Turtle reservoir wrap – all of which I like. Oddly enough, I like the carbon air intake covers on this one. I am somewhat guarded about the ominous quote from the seller “runs good, may need further tweaking.” The Cali bike had about ¼ the amount of miles, all of the stock parts and was selling for $8,500.00. If you missed that 7RR from last week, here’s your chance – .


Honda January 30, 2011 posted by Brian

Collector or Rider – 1986 Honda NS400R

1986 Honda NS400R

Butler, PA

17,793 KM

Here we have a 1986 Honda NS400R – what a cool bike! As my colleague Mike indicated in his recent CBX post, Honda certainly did things their own way in the 80’s. This bike illustrates that point as well as any: 3 cylinders, V configuration, 2 stroke and 400cc? Not exactly conventional, but that’s good news in my book. Sporting a 54.5” wheelbase and 70 HP, this bike has got to be a blast to ride.

The NS400R Page website contains great information, although this site has not been updated in a long time. This is recommended reading for any potential buyer as it contains common modifications, original schematics, photos and road test reports from the day.

The bike appears to be a really clean and largely an original model. This particular NS sports the Fast Freddie Spencer paint scheme – classic Honda all the way. More information straight from the seller:


The best part about this bike – a clear title! Luckily, we have a fair amount of NS400R’s in the RSBFS archives, so you can do some comparative digging here. The bid has been climbing steadily since the listing was posted, and I expect a steady ascent to the end. Jump over to the auction to view the full listing, which includes the seller’s phone number should you have any questions.


MV Agusta January 18, 2011 posted by Brian

2006 MV Agusta F4 CC

2006 MV Agusta F4 CC

1 mile

Greenwood Village, CO

So you’re a motorcycle industry magnate, you spearheaded the revival of one of your country’s most famous motorcycle marques (Ducati) and then you take the helm at another national treasure (MV Agusta); what’s left to do after playing masters of the motorcycle universe for decades? Well, if you are Claudio Castiglioni, the answer is name an exclusive limited edition model after yourself, of course. Oh, sorry, the official story is that Massimo Tamburini (of 916 design fame) and Claudio’s own son had to talk him into a namesake model because he was reluctant at first, uh, yeah sure.

If you’re into marketing jargon, check out the MV site as it is filled with more hyperbole than you can shake a stick at (they talk about Claudio’s dreams, evening dresses and priceless paintings). Anyhow, for the real gear heads that frequent this site, let’s get on to the good stuff. Limited to 100 units worldwide, the factory claims 200 HP at the crank and a top speed of 195 MPH. Carbon fiber, titanium, magnesium, carbon nitride and even platinum are featured throughout (talk about rare air). About the only gripe I can make about this bike is the Sachs suspension front and rear. While I have not ridden this bike (shocker), my experience is that the high end Sachs components are equivalent to Ohlins’ entry level offerings. For a $120,000.00 new, I want a shock & fork straight off of Valentino’s ride.

This bike is rare even as compared to other MV Agusta models. Value is tough to assess as the $50k BIN is less than half of the original MSRP, however I would have a hard time assuring a potential buyer that this bike will actually appreciate in value. If you are a serious collector and this is the gem missing from your stable, .


KTM January 17, 2011 posted by Brian

2010 KTM RC8R LE Red Bull


7 miles

Louisville, KY

Those of us familiar with the off road scene are well versed regarding KTM’s offerings, but a KTM on RSBFS? YES! I would like to digress before I even really get on track; most of us lament the near extinction of two strokes, so let’s take a moment to pay tribute that to a manufacturer that has proudly and courageously flown the blue smoke banner almost single handily (albeit off road). My guess is that if two strokes ever make a comeback in street bikes (ie – clean burn technology), KTM will be the manufacturer to do it.

Now on to the bike – KTM has never been accused of lacking power and this bike is no exception pumping out 170 ponies from the 1195cc 75 degree twin – 15 hp more than the standard RC8. All the standard high componentry is there – Marchesini wheels, Brembo monoblocks, and adjustable ride height via eccentric adjustable frame pivot. For all of you techno junkies that can’t get enough stats, KTM offers an excellent brochure on their website. It doesn’t help team orange when their euro neighbors at BMW hit a home run with their own supersport offering, but this bike is hardcore nonetheless. The company mission statement is to offer race ready bikes to the masses, who can argue with that? From the seller:

This is one of 25 imported to the United States. This particular model is number 8 of 25. This bike comes with the Clubman Kit, which includes a full Akrapovic ti exhaust system (not installed). This bike is brand new, never titled or registered. We also have the Akrapovic limited edition model in stock (4 of 25), as well as two R models and two base models. Call if you are interested in these other models

Like most LE offerings these days, this bike will not sell at MSRP (the BIN is already $3k below). , and help support a motorcycle manufacturer that has a primary focus on MOTORCYCLES.


Ducati January 2, 2011 posted by Brian

2002 Ducati 998s Bostrom Replica

2002 Ducati 998s Bostrom Replica

2,950 miles

B.I.N. $13,000

Yardley, PA

Didn’t get that blazing red duc under the tree that you wanted? Well, here’s a chance to treat yourself!

This bike appears to be a really clean example of the 998s Bostrom replica. There are typical top line Ducati upgrades featured throughout: Ohlins front forks, rear shock and steering damper, CF rear hugger, airbox cover, and bodywork, along with Marchesini 5 spoke wheels. This model was produced in a limited number of… guessed it….155 units (a homage to Ben’s racing number). From the seller:

For Sale – AMAZING 2002 998s Ben Bostrom Replica with only ~2950 miles!

The bike is a dream and surely a collector item. #108 of 155 in the USA!

No issues or worries – just a beautiful low mileage Ducati that has been meticulously taken care of.

Totally stock except for these fine and very tasteful upgrades; Termigoni exhaust, clear tank pad, acculign rear sets(amazing amount of adjustments, upgraded clutch slave cyclinder, open red clutch basket and red pressure plates,

Comes with blue stand and cover as well LOT’s of fun Ben Bostrom memorabilia (clock, signed pictures, hat, etc.)

Reason for selling – simple, I am moving and can only take 1 bike as the wife says, so my loss is your GAIN!

Feel free to give me a call @ 610-710-1332 or email me: if you have any questions or would like to see it. Sorry no test drives.

Truly A GEM!

Like most LE ducs, this model has not realized an appreciated market value (new list price was $22,695). Well, that turns out to be the buyer’s gain in this case as the $13K B.I.N. is well in line with the past sales for other Bostrom bikes, check them out here. The busy paint work can be a polarizing element – the part of me that doesn’t hate it kind of likes it. The carbon termi pipes on this bike are a great mod, almost mandatory for this model (how did Bologna let this leave the factory with aluminum cans?!?). The seller’s wife pulled the old “you can only keep one bike” trick with him, yeah, I’ve heard that before. and pick yourself up a piece of Ducati history.


Honda December 15, 2010 posted by Brian

1990 Honda RC30 VFR750R

1990 Honda RC30 for sale

About $20,000

San Francisco, CA

The Honda RC30, sportbike royalty and this one appears to be in fine condition. Time seems to have treated this bike well as the high quality photos show. I wish the listing was as concise and pointed as the photos, the seller advises to “expect about $20K” for this bike with 8,500 miles. Jargon aside, this is one fine bike!

There is an issue with the fork surface, but even noting that fact, this ambiguous price is just about right. Check out the CL posting with contact details here. Enjoy.