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Suzuki July 20, 2013 posted by claudio

Jolly Good:1989 Suzuki RGV 250 (Germany)

When I was a child in the mid 80s, I used to spend my summers in the sea resort of Santa Severa, just north of Rome (Italy). I still remember being totally captured by a guy who used to park his RG 500 along the sidewalk besides the beach. Quite a sporty ride to go to the beach don’t you think ? I thought the sea salt and the sand wouldn’t do any good to the 2 stroker. What was most special though, were 4 hand crafted “Jolly Moto” expansion exhaust pipes that made the bike look and sound like a race machine. What we have here is the little brother of the RG 500, the featherlight V powered RG 250.


1989 Suzuki RGV 250 with just 7000 km on eBay in Germany

This sample found in Germany was ridden between 1989 and 1995. It was then sent to sleep for a few years, until in 2010, when the owner gave it a fresh refurbish with some track ready components as described below (including those nostalgia inducing Jolly pipes):

Due to lack of time I am selling my Suzuki RGV 250 VJ21. The machine has hardly run, from 1989 to 1995 RGV was used on the road, then un-resigned and put to sleep until October 2010. As of 2010, was brought back to life, but since then only little driven.
Did the RGV converted into racing machine (professional), but can also be driven on the road, according to the. With a few simple steps (from turn signals, lights taping) the motorcycle is ready for the track, such as classical two-stroke Cup classic race.
The engine runs perfectly and has between 8000-12000 rpm right performance.
Vehicle accidents, garage car, Car Cover (2 entries) is available. The motorcycle can be sample hazards.
The following parts are included:
· Top racing exhaust system Jolly Moto, alone has cost more than 1,200 DM;
         converted to one-man operation;

· Both cylinders before about 100 km new Nikasil coated gehoht with new original flask equipped;

· Stainless steel brake lines;

· Racing air filter cover is installed, the closed air filter with this I give, so will the bike a little quieter;

· On 34-he tuned carburetor;

· Sachs Racing shock absorber, fully adjustable rear installed. The original I-strut with it;

· Racing cap;

· Tinted MRA Racing Screen with stamps and marks;

· Bobbins;

· Aluwinkelventile;

· ContiRaceAttack new tires mounted with CR2 rubber compound, 50 km ride.

· Rear fender is supplied.
  I have found a hairline fracture when taking to the rear bodywork. (see pictures).
Viewing is also possible. Please register yourself. More pictures, and phone number on request.
Collection requested, the shipping can be arranged. The costs are borne by the buyer.




The RGV has a very low mileage of just below 7000 km. The repainted rims always cause some suspicion, but the picture with the very clean and scratch less cockpit might re-assure you.


With about a week to go and no reserve in place, this could be a bargain. Considering that many Germans are on holidays in these days, the Suzuki might go unnoticed. That won’t be the case if you are a RSBFS reader 🙂

1989 Suzuki RGV 250 with just 7000 km on eBay in Germany


Jolly Good:1989 Suzuki RGV 250 (Germany)
Suzuki July 20, 2013 posted by claudio

Free (almost) Porn: 1991 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 (Switzerland)

This type of bike-deals is what some of our RSBFS readers like the most…and that is valid for me too. The 1991 edition of the brilliant GSX-R 1100 is among the large capacity oil cooled Gixxers, my absolute favorite. In its Suzuki official race colors, this model has for me the best looking graphics.


I also love the aerodynamic screen in front of the double headlights and the fact that the rear lights were also split in two (like on the RGVs), making the bike look more aggressive and completely symmetrical with the twin exhaust underneath.


If you look closely to the clocks, you will find race like instruments fitted within a high finish trim (no closed cell foam on this one). The sample found here also comes with a passenger seat cover, that transforms the looks of the 1100 into a single seater. That’s a very nice touch included in the package !


 You will also notice the clip-on handlebars mounted on top of the fork, for a more comfortable riding position. Yes this a a Superbike with more than 130 hp, it has all the looks of a proper Endurance race bike, but with its torquey engine, it also wants to be a good bike to travel long distance. Add the super reliable performance of the oil cooled Suzuki power plants and what more do you want ? This is a great classic machine, one that becomes more beautiful with time. On the Suzuki forum they often mention the word “porn” when it comes to hot GSX-Rs. Looking at this 1100 model in full standard trim, I can totally relate to that.


 These lines are among the hottest in motorcycle history and among the best to ever come from Japan.


Oooops…I forgot to mention a couple of details that might turn you on a little more:

mileage: 30.000 km
price: starting at 2650 $ with a BIN set at 3200 $

Are you with me now ?

1991 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 in Switzerland


Free (almost) Porn: 1991 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 (Switzerland)
Ducati July 19, 2013 posted by claudio

The Greatest 916: SPS Brand New in the UK

Undoubtedly one of the most important motorcycles in history, the Ducati 916 was, and will always be, a masterpiece. The fact the it sold like hot cakes, shouldn’t put anybody off the acquisition of such a magnificent motorbike. If exclusivity is want you search for, then the SPS is the 916 for you. This one, is even more special. With 6 km on the clocks, it is ready to move into a new home…literally. I mean, this bike deserves a warm an elegant room, with plenty of space around it so that it can be observed and appreciated by anybody who will visit.


Ducati 916 SPS brand new in the UK for sale on eBay

The Sport Production Special is a real “fluoriserie”. While it doesn’t have all the special parts like the later 996R and 998R models, it was an homologation special to participate at WSBK racing..


Looking at the current situation of Ducati on world race tracks, the 916 series has all the credential to become perhaps the most iconic Duc ever. The actual Desmosedici is fighting with the Aprilia RSV4 powered ART bike of Espargaro in MotoGP and the revolutionary Panigale seems not to work at all, or be far too young in its development.


The 999 was very successful on the WSBK tracks but it’s futuristic looks didn’t deliver a matching aesthetics. Anyone who owned a 748, 916 etc. is also aware of how the whole design of the bike was made to ease the changes and modifications that might be required to set the bike ready for a track or a race day. It wasn’t only damn sexy, it was practical for track days as well !


Let’s hear it from the seller himself:

When it comes to sport bikes, few are as iconic as the Ducati 916/996/998 series. Designed by Tamburini (who later went on to design the gorgeous MV Agusta F4 series) and sporting a 90 degree, liquid cooled, fuel injected, four valve per cylinder (with Desmo actuation) twin, this series of bikes was for more than just show.

The SPS – or Sports Production Special- edition was an evolution of the 916 (with a 996cc capacity it offered 20+ HP over the standard engine). The power plant remained largely unchanged from the previous generation bike, but with lighter weight components (such as the new Marchesini 5-spoke wheels) and more performance oriented suspension now completely sourced from Ohlins, the SPS was a higher-spec bike all around when compared to the standard 916.

With titanium conrods, larger frame tube diameter with thinner walls, wider frame/larger carbon airbox, P8 “big brain” ECU, higher compression heads, hotter in/out cams, lightened engine internals, full Termignoni with carbon cans, and Ohlins/steering damper, the SPS was the top of the Ducati line in its day.

This is a rare and beautiful specimen.

This Bologna built bike was intended for the European market but was imported for the seller by Moto Cinelli.

This bike has not been ridden or registered and is in near museum quality with any inspection/viewing welcome.

Any Questions happily answered.


Are these discs new enough for you ?

At 20.000 £ this classified ad might put some people off, especially in this period of Euro crises, but don’t be fooled, this bike will only appreciate itself in value if kept as is. And then, would you rather buy this or a Panigale S? Ducati 916 SPS brand new in the UK for sale on eBay


The Greatest 916: SPS Brand New in the UK
Bimota July 17, 2013 posted by claudio

K as in Kool: Bimota KB1 (Switzerland)

The Bimota KB1 is not only one of the sexiest Bimotas ever made, it is one of the hottest and most original sports bike. While production numbers reached an astonishing 827 samples between 1978 and 1982, it is very rare to come across one for sale.


Is it going to be affordable ? Well, at roughly 24.000 dollars, I guess not really, but then again, have you ever even seen one live? With time passing, the KB1 gets even more Kool.


I love that simple round light at the front coupled with the curved and aggressively shaped fully faired bodywork. Behind the red and silver colors, a mighty (at the time) Kawasaki 900cc power plant from the Z1 was fitted.


The Bimota also featured an adjustable steering head and a single shock at the rear swing arm. With more than 80 hp, this red Kawasaki powered bike can deliver the emotions from the dynamics in addition to the standstill “WOW” effect.


This sample found in Switzerland has just short of 36.000 km and by the looks of the garage in which it is accommodated, it probably belongs to a true motor enthusiast of the time.


That chrome exhaust, it must have looked quite futuristic at the time as it appears similar to some of the modern “shorties” fitted on current sport bikes. The shorter the exhaust, the closest it is to your ears and the stronger will be the music you will listen.


Whether you are a collector or simply want to have a truly original 4 cylinder Japitalian ultra sexy bike, check out the link below:

1979 Bimota KB1 in Switzerland


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.


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.



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



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 $…


Bimota DB5R in Switzerland




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.


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.


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.


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.


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




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.

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.


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.


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.


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 ?)


(picture of Sustenpass’ road)


(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


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


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.


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.


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).


Here’s a few words from the seller:

Bimota BB1 Supermono, BMW engined Bimota 376 world wide, 1 of only 3 in the uk, ( 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 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.


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 !


Bimota BB1 in UK just 3666 miles for 4250 GBP