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Bimota June 19, 2013 posted by claudio

Red Hot: Bimota DB5R (Switzerland)

This modern Ducati motored Bimota is all about lightweight and compact dimensions. The DB5 is my favorite modern Bimota. The Italian firm has put together a very focused street bike that emphasis handling more than power. Fitted with the air cooled power plant from Ducati’s Hypermotard, the 1100cc V twin is all about torque.

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The power is more around the 100 horses rather than the 180 of other liquid cooled twins, but it’s the combination of easy-to-manage power, always there for you and the compact dimensions with low weight that make this DB5 a proper fast and ultra fun bike to ride.

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A standard DB5 already delivers all of the above, but this is an R+ model. On top of the exotic materials and components that belong to the R, it also comes with a nice (and pricey) set of extras that we welcome very much. These include:

  • 1 full road fairing in fiberglass
  • 1 full track fairing in fiberglass (see picture)
  • 1 full road fairing in carbon fiber
  • 2 sets of forged OZ wheels including high spec disc brakes
  • 1 additional fuel tank
  • 1 Zard exhaust system
  • 1 set of new tyres

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The bike has covered 4000 km on the road and 500 km on the track.  At the price of about 30000 $ this is very good value, provided this range is in your budget. I would love to ride this on the road, I bet it will smoke many “bigger” bikes any time…and it looks fantastic…and it is unique…and…the price when new was above 50000 $…

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Bimota DB5R in Switzerland

Claudio

 

 

Yamaha June 15, 2013 posted by claudio

Choose 1 out of 4: Yamaha RD 350 (Germany)

It seems as the RD350s are having a second life among enthusiats all aorund the world. The seller of this excellent sample found in Germany, actually has four of them. He mentions that highest bidder will get to choose which model he brings home from the 4.

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The one pictured here would do for me.It is in beautiful conditions and with a BIN set at 2500 EUR, this is a no brainer, honestly! I mean, what are you waiting for. This is one of the most versatile and exciting 2 strokes ever made. It looks cool too. And that sound…mmmhh.

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Spares are easy to find, it is a 2 stroke but it is not a race 2 strokes. You can comfortably cruise around and when you want to go a bit faster, just keep the needle on the right side pinned anywhere between 7000 and 8000 rpm. That is the sweet spot for an original 31k model. This bike won’t scare you for power, but the super light weight combined with those wishy-washy stock suspension, will make the ride an exciting experience.

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I love it. It’s loud enough with the stock catalytic mufflers, fast enough, comfortable enough, rare enough, good looking enough, cheap enough, reliable enough (as long as you keep it stock), it is…everything enough ! it won’t even take much space in your garage, so don’t use that excuse.

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This bike had recently new  increased volume cylinders and new pistons fitted. The handlebar doesn’t look original like a few other small bits, but what the heck, this bike is made to be ridden more than looked at.

And here’s a video of this actual bike, for you to appreciated the sharp sound indicating a healthy engine condition:

Just get active on the web and take the opportunity while they come at this price.

Yamaha RD 350 YPVS (31K) in Germany

Claudio

 

 

Honda June 12, 2013 posted by claudio

So you Want a ’95 Blade ? Honda CBR 900 RR (Switzerland)

Here is a proposition for the adventurous Fireblade lover. Before getting to the figures, let’s remind ourselves why the CBR 900 RR is a ’must have’ sport bike. First of all, it is in my experience the most refined and do-it-all road bike ever made. It also has wonderful aggressive looks featuring: double headlights, beautiful exposed frame, analog clocks surrounded by simple and lightweight foam, stripped down fairing, many perforations on the front discs… and some on the front and lower fairing too :-). It doesn’t only look the business, it also means it. As one of the lightest Superbikes of the last 20 years, it was fitted with an extra 150cc of combustion volume to take it from the competitor’s 750cc capacity to the very original 900cc.

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The combination of all this didn’t deserve the logo ’R’ as for ’Racing’, it deserved the double ’R’, as in CBR 900 RR. I was lucky enough to purchase just last year an original ’92 model with less than 5000 km for..well, I won’t say, otherwise you will all hate me. I now ride this Blade everyday to work (weather and other major forces permitting) and…I love it! This is an amazing bike for the road, even today. I mean, I sold my S 1000 RR (hey, where did e Germans take this name from ?) because it was simply silly to ride that thing on public roads.

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The CBR is comfortable, really easy to flick around, you have power from 2000 rpm all the way, and even though it is coming from a 4 cylinder in line motor, it is so torquey. What more do you want for the streets.

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Ah, I almost forgot, you can use this in the city, country side, mountain passes, highway, you name it, it simply will never stop to please you…just don’t try moto cross…Did I mention that it is reliable ? Ask anybody who knows anything about motorbikes, about what is the most reliable engine ever made and, guess what ? I bet 9/10 will say it is the CBR 900 RR.

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Well, let’s get back now to the “adventurous proposition for the Fireblade lover.” I say you budget about 5000 $ and you get the following:

1) a beautiful low mileage 1995 CBR 900 RR (see pictures). This particular 100% stock sample found in Switzerland will knock you off about 3500 bucks
2) get an airplane ticket from wherever you are to Switzerand. Let’s say this will cost you up to 1000 bucks
3) If you can do math, you should be left with 500 green bills. Budget about 200 for gasoline to take you around some of the most scenic and great-to-ride routes in the country, like my two favorite Sustenpass and Fluelapass (again, see pictures).
4) Use the remaining 300 dollars for food, beer, ice creams and whatever you feel like picking up along the way. (just please, drink the beer after riding, ok ?)

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(picture of Sustenpass’ road)

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(picture of Fluelapass’ road)

Please notice that accommodation is not included in the “proposition for the adventurous Fireblade lover” , nor it is included an insurance against speeding tickets or a plan of how to return to your home country with the newly acquired double R. But what is included, is a memorable experience, a great simple adventure on the Swiss Alps with one of the best motorbikes ever made (they don’t make them like this anymore), an immense sense of freedom coupled with a time traveling feeling (you will still ride a 20 year old bike) and most of all, an idiotic expression on your face for the whole duration of the trip…with a big smile, see to side.

Honda CBR 900 RR in Switzerland

Claudio

Bimota June 11, 2013 posted by claudio

Bimota BB…Yes that’s right BB1! (UK)

This isn’t Big Brother, quite the opposite. This is a tiny Rotax mono engined Bimota. Apart from the single cylinder, everything else is classic Bimota. High level components, hand made frame, beautifully put together and endless attention to details. In terms of styling it is similar to the SB6 series, just scaled down. I am slowly getting more and more intrigued by smaller bikes. Am I getting old ? Maybe. The thing is, where I live there aren’t race tracks and so, I do all my riding on the twisty mountain roads.

Bimota BB1 in UK just 3666 miles for 4250 GBP

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As I still like using all the rpm range and as many gears as possible, I am recently looking for smaller bikes. This one-and-only BMW Bimota, is supposed to have quite a lazy engine. This was the same as fitted on the BMW F650, which means the same as fitted on the Aprilia Pegaso. It is a reliable engine  if kept in order.

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What is more exciting though, is the overall weight of just 145 kg and that beautiful frame. I reckon that despite the non glorious reviews this bike received at the time (much better appreciated was the even less powered Gilera Saturno mono), this could be great fun.

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It should be ridden hard, not to be the fastest, but simply to enjoy “pulling the neck of it” as we say in Italy…If interested, check out the eBay ad below. This very rare BB1 is available in Uk. It has a low mileage and the motor had a few tweaks for a bit better performance and a very nice sound (I bet).

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Here’s a few words from the seller:

Bimota BB1 Supermono, BMW engined Bimota 376 world wide, 1 of only 3 in the uk, (http://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/bimota_bb1_supermono) Mega rare bike that will turn heads and grab attention any wear you go. The engine on this is from a BMW 650 single and produced around 48 bhp standard, however this has had a full custom hand made exhaust system fitted by PDQ performance in 1996 and has a K&N air filter fitted, then has been set up on the rolling road, This would of cost around£1500.  The bike is exceptional quality with oval aluminium tubing frame and billet aluminium foot peg hangers, the bike has full magnesium maveric wheels and paioli adjustable suspension with brembo brakes. The bike weighs only 145 KG with the fuel tank in the belly pan to help lower the centre of gravity . It is obvious on viewing the bike it is built as a race bike as the quality of it is second to none. The sound of the bike is also a fantastic sound and will guarantee to turn heads were you go. The engine is a BMW/rotax dry sump 650 single, liquid cooled, with twin carbs and exhaust ports With this been 1 of only 3 in the Uk you will not see another one of the road as currently the other 2 are not registered, in 1996 this bike cost £9000. The extras on this bike would of made the bike to around £12000 as there is a full custom exhaust and there are many carbon fibre bits such as front and rear mud guard and many other bits. This bike is listed else were so it may be removed at any time. silly offers will be ignored and the bike is only been sold due to lack of space otherwise I would keep as this is a bullet proof investment and I am sure it will be worth a lot more in the future, for any more information or photos please email me at adamkwood@hotmail.co.uk or contact andrew on 07973319291 for more information, thank you for looking and please check out my other motocycles for sale as I am having a clear out. I will not ship this bike to africa so do not bother to ask, please see my other listings.

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What should you expect from a single cylinder ? Lots of torque and a very direct feel. Just be careful when downshifting, better let the clutch slip a bit on the way out after you pushed down the gear lever !

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Bimota BB1 in UK just 3666 miles for 4250 GBP


Claudio

Kawasaki June 10, 2013 posted by claudio

Green Tomatoes: 1990 Kawasaki ZXR 750 (Switzerland)

An unmolested Kawasaki ZXR H2 is becoming quite rare to find. Here we have a survivor. At about 5000 $ this isn’t cheap. But with just 35000 km and it this spectacular conditions I think it is worth it. Apart from the tinted screen, it’s all stock:

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I particularly appreciate the lack of scratches near the ignition key, typical of garage keys, house keys, idiotic metallic keychains…you name it,that some people used to attach to the only essential key you really want  to have attached on the motorbike.

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Also the paint of this ZXR doesn’t seem to have suffered from sun burns and all the stickers are in the right place. This is a nice sample indeed.

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Did you know that ZXRs mounted a slipper clutch ? Here’s how it worked:

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For more info check out this useful link: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/webzxr/zxr750r/Features/slipperclutch.html.

The rider could even tune the amount of clutch slip by selecting among the option discs to fine tune it, to its personal riding style. The ZXR were serious machines. In stock version, they were probably the most race ready bikes you could get on the market without having to invest in a small series race replica. I guess one could say that the ZXRs of the 90s were a bit like the GSX-Rs of the eighties. I hope nobody will get offended with this statement, but let’s face it, the liquid cooled, high revving ZXR 750 engine fitted to a fine frame was  pretty much top for a standard road bike.

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If green is your colour, this could be a great classic buy. It is on sale in Switzerland at the following address:

1990 Kawasaki ZXR 750

Claudio

Honda June 9, 2013 posted by claudio

Long Time No See: Honda RC 45 (UK)


We haven’t seen a RC45 for a while here. The evolution of the RC30 received a few changes. Apart from the styling, most notably it featured fuel injection, upside down forks and a different geometry: with a 17 inch rear wheel (as opposed to 18 on the RC30) and a 16 inch at the front (17 on the RC30). The same wheel choice was also used on the first generation of Fireblades.

Honda RC45 For Sale on eBay UK

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This sample available in UK was originally imported from France as the sellers describes here:

 We Are Selling This Used HONDA VFR750 RC45 On Behalf Of One  Customer .
This Machine Was 1st Registered In France And imported it to The UK Where The Speedo and Headlight Was Changed To UK Specification .
This RC45 Is Totally Standard Apart From The Devil Exhaust And Tinted Screen
Payment By Debit Card, Bacs Transfer Unfortunately We Cannot Accept PAYPAL.

Who knows what might be the real mileage of this bike. On the eBay  post it is indicated as being 14.500 miles. If so, the asking price of 16500 pounds is fairly inline with the market but for a non completely stock model it is a bit on the high side.

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The RVF is fitted with a loud looking aftermarket silencer and there is no mention of the original one being included in the package. Finding a stock RC45 silencer will require serious commitment on the web and quite a few bucks (read 3 zeros here).

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Replacing the black screen on the other hand, should be be straight forward. If you are looking for collectible sample, this might not be for you, but if you want an RC45 to ride it, then why not…

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Yes it is expensive, but exclusivity, HRC technology and amazing V4 exhaust note are what you pay for here. If interested click on the link below. This is a classified ad, so first come, first served.

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Honda RC45 For Sale on eBay UK

Claudio

MV Agusta June 7, 2013 posted by claudio

Montreux’s Finest Jazz: MV Agusta 750S America Magni and F4 1000 Tamburini (Switzerland)

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Some of you might know the famous Montreux Jazz Festival. If not, I can only recommend you to visit this once in your life. It is obviously about music, and among the finest live music you can get. Well, this little and posh town on lake Geneva in Switzerland seems to have even more to offer. Tonight’s special guests are Mr. Arturo Magni and Mr. Massimo Tamburini. They will sing together the following albums: the 750 America S from 1976 and the more recent F4 1000:

MV Agusta 750 America S and F4 1000 Tamburini in Montreux

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If you’d like to purchase these albums sold in block, check the French ebay link at the bottom of the page. What is the price, well don’t be rude, this needs to be discussed in private with the seller. Both bikes are visible in Montreux.

Let’s have a closer look at the the mouth watering Magni 750 first:

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Produced between 1975 and 1980 it actually had a capacity of 789cc. It featured gear driven double overhead cams, 4 Dell’Orto Carbs and had a 5 speed gearbox. Evaluations  can reach up to 60000 $. The purity in style of this sample coupled with the 4 megaphone exhaust pipes is simply fantastic !

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Originally, this model was available with a camshaft drive. Not really what you want to see on a race replica bike, right ? The legend goes that count Agusta didn’t want privateers to be competitive when racing his own creatures. More realistically, this type of final drive was chosen to give the bike touring characteristics for the sporty gentlemen. The model featured here is special, as it features the Magni upgrade that replaces the whole right side of the engine and wheel by using a way lighter and way better classic chain drive.

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What can we say, this is true BELLEZZA. Judging from the type of tires and that steering damper, this is also a bike to be ridden. I wish I had bought a ticket for this symphony…

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As mentioned, this is on sale couples with the F4 1000 Tamburini. I consider the F4 1000 as the best of the F4 series as it had a better engine than the 750, which lacked punch below 10000 rpm, but kept the original F4 styling. The Tamburini is a limited edition version and a real special one among the many “limited” MV. It featured for the first time the variable intake trumpet system, just like formula one cars at the time, full carbon fairing and the finest of chassis components. This bike dedicated to one of the greatest motorbike designer ever was not only a different colour scheme MV:

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What more can we say…if you are an MV fan and have the possibility to grab these two beautiful Made in Italy creations, good luck to you !

You will have all my envy especially for that Magni 🙂

MV Agusta 750 America S and F4 1000 Tamburini in Montreux

Claudio

Ducati May 30, 2013 posted by claudio

RC30 Contender: Ducati 888 SP4 (Italy)

Motorbike magazines of 20 years ago, often compared the Honda RC 30 and the Ducati 888 SP models. At the end, these bikes were the top of sport bikes. They represented the most exotic commercial bikes available and were also the most expensive. Both of them were real race replicas. When put at the test, the Honda didn’t deliver as much power as one would have thought and that’s why you could get plenty of HRC upgrades. Ducati on the other hand, packed really a lot into their Sport Production series. This SP4 is a great example.

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The bike has 25.000 km and the seller mentions that it was only ridden on the road. It features a couple of extras like the Arrow mufflers and aftermarket mirrors, but I assume all original parts are available and included in the price. In addition the seller also offers a spare SP4 spec engine, with just 8000 km. Let’s get to some figures now:

The Ducati 888 SP4 is on sale for 17.500 EUR

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This is inline with the cheapest RC30 you might find, but I guess, these won’t be in as beautiful conditions as the seller mentions.

The spare engine is on sale for 6000 EUR

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That is not cheap…

If you wish to have both, then you’ll get away with 22.000 EUR.

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I have an 888 myself, even though this is only a Strada.  I can only mention that these bikes still ride very nicely, they are more comfortable then the 916 series and way more exclusive. They are also very reliable. Mine hasn’t a high mileage and I have never had problems with it. More interestingly, from one of my trips in Japan, I collected a magazine dedicated to Ducati (you got the love how Japanese people can be so passionate about Italian bikes). On this magazine, there was an article about this guy who went twice through the speedometer mileage counter, and still loves his 888. Here’s a scan of that:

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Well, I guess you need to be able to read Japanese…

I was told that that’s what it says up there, if instead I was fooled and anybody has a different understanding, then please comment… 🙂

Well, obviously both the Honda RC 30 and the Ducati 888 SP are amazing bikes, they have their own objective advantages and disadvantages in addition to whatever might be your personal taste. Best is to have one of each. One thing is for sure, 888s valuations have not yet reached the status of RCs and given the current Ducati misfortunes in both MotoGP and WSBK, the glorious 888 might spring back in the next years…

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Ducati 888 SP 4 in Italy

Claudio

Bimota May 29, 2013 posted by claudio

The Most Classic Bimota: YB6 (Switzerland)

Produced in less than 1000 samples including EXUP models), the Yamaha FZR 1000 motored YB6 was among the most sold models from the Rimini based firm (the other most sold were the YB9 and the YB11 series). The YB6 built its image on the success on the race circuits in what was the ancestor of World Superbike. This was also a highly innovative motorcycle in terms of the technology it featured throughout. 22 years down the line, it is also still very beautiful to look at. Younger generations won’t know the brand of Bimota, but surely they will notice the amazing frame of this bike and if they look closely, they will also notice the highest of standards in build quality.

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Each Bimota is in fact, a hand built motorbike featuring a lot of “special” parts. The asking price close to 10.000 $ isn’t the cheapest you can find for this model, but that is still well worth for a motorbike with so much intrinsic value on top of its historical significance. The seller will also give you the original maintenance book, period brochures and magazines. I am sure that the potential buyer of a Bimota will sure appreciate.

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In its white and red colors, this is also among the most beautiful Bimotas. With just 25.000 km on the clock, this YB6 is in great conditions. The FZR engine is very reliable so nothing to worry there. The YB6 also features carbs as opposed to later models with fuel injection.

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Bimota was among the first companies to experiment with fuel injection. That meant that some bikes had a few early days issues and it is not un-common for some Bimota owners to dump the fuel injection and revert to reliable mechanical fueling given by the traditional Mikunis.

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This is # 428 out if 546 produced before the introduction of the EXUP model. These bikes can only become more and more desirable in the future. If interested, click on the link below.

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1991 Bimota YB6 in Switzerland

Claudio