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Honda September 18, 2020 posted by Donn

Come In For a Test Drive – 1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

A ( if not The ) classic superbike at this juncture, Honda’s RC30 has beauty and real-world capability.  This example is slightly under-documented but has collectible looks.

1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

The RC30 was designed and built for the Superbike World Championship, which it won with Fred Merkel aboard the two first years.  The version found at the showroom had 112 hp available, with just 400 or so pound to push.  Endurance racing aspirations dictated the single-sided swingarm and quick release front axle, and the era required staggered wheel sizes of 17 front and 18 rear.  The RC30 always seemed more than the sum of its parts, the alloy chassis and big-bang V-4 not quite accounting for its well-balanced presence.

Seller Eurocycle appears to be a new outfit, with locations in Sonoma, Reno, and Vegas.  No history is offered but the condition is excellent for its nearly 24K miles.  Finishes and tires look fresh.  Besides new and used bikes, Eurocycle’s website shows rentals ( no the RC30 wasn’t listed ) and some kind of club membership – maybe a knowledgeable reader could chime in.

Eminently collectible, an RC30 was reviewed as not hard to ride, and might be an inspiring occasional rider for a small stable.  More history or perhaps some catch-up maintenance might be expected before sending this V4 out on a mission.  The ask is a little shy of what might be expected for a nice example, but as with so many things this year, all bets are off.

-donn

Come In For a Test Drive – 1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30
Bimota September 16, 2020 posted by Donn

Once Bitten – 2000 Bimota SB8R-S Carbon

Last seen on RSBFS in 2015, Bimota’s SB8R-S brought Suzuki’s TL-1000 twin to the Rimini carrozzeria.  Out of Vegas with minimal pertinent information, the condition of this SB8RS is to drool for.

2000 Bimota SB8R-S Carbon for sale on eBay

As Bimota liked to do, they took a leading drivetrain and wrapped it in their innovative chassis.  In this case the aluminum twin-spars terminate in carbon frame connectors.  The lighter weight and Bimota’s intakes, bespoke fuel injection, and exhausts put 133 hp up against sub-400 lbs. dry weight.  Components from Paoli, Öhlins, and Brembo transform the lazy handling TL-1000 into a superbike worthy of the name.  Bimota showcased their carbon fab skills, with the big-weave fresh air tubes dominating the cockpit.

No maintenance or ownership history is mentioned by the selling dealer, but 1,500 miles and excellent condition tell their own story.  Though the black on black presentation is tricky, exquisite details abound.  While the interface between the seat sub-frame, frame connector and fairing is a futuristic landscape, the asymmetrical triple tree with off-center ignition switch greets the owner on every ride.  Gold Paoli accents are echoed at the pegs and brakes.

Though the SB8R was a winning model, the V-Due and Moto GP sponsor debacles forced the doors closed for a few years.  It’s a  pretty nice testament to the design that it was reinvigorated in 2005 as the SB8K.  This might be the same example auctioned at Iconic recently, if so it’s said to have a celebrity owner Nicholas Cage in its past.  An SB8R-S in this condition should be celebrity enough for any owner, though if it’s a short-term sale the reserve is probably up there.  Something to keep a close eye on !

-donn

Once Bitten – 2000 Bimota SB8R-S Carbon
Featured Listing September 15, 2020 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1982 Honda CB450T with 1,682 Miles !

Update 9.15.2020: The wrong phone number was posted on this listing. Please note the correct contact information. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. -dc

BILLGASH@COMCAST.NET
443.975.8864


Accompanying bigger silver and blue Freddie Spencer replicas to the showroom, Honda’s 1982 CB450T had nice performance for a mid-size, and brilliant looks.  RSBFS fan Bill has been around concours winners for a while now, and presents his just-about-perfect CB450T.


1982 Honda CB450T Collector For Sale

Since the Dream days, Honda has always made room for a middle-weight somewhere in their line-up.  The CB450T might be the ultimate parallel twin, with CB900F styling – a 9,500 rpm redline, SOHC and three valves per cylinder pushing 43 hp.  As Honda would do, engineers put some neat stuff in, 9.1:1 compression and a 6-speed transmission, while bean counters stipulated the rear drum brake and emissions-compliant 30mm Keihin carburetors.  Stylists carried the day with the Comstar wheels and stripes that flowed from tank to the upturned seat spoiler, and just needs a number plate to channel the number 19 CB750F AMA Superbike.

Bill has been following RSBFS since the early days, and knows his way around perfect, having placed Honda bikes in the AMA museum and cars in two leading Honda collections.  He wandered through many CB450T’s before finding his example, several years ago now.  But best to let Bill describe:

MINT condition

One year only model. Honda made the CB400T for 1980 & 1981…but ONLY the CB450T [for 1982] got the extra 50cc and the Silver Freddie Spencer paint scheme, with the uber rare rear spoiler…like the bigger…and matching…CB750F and CB900F.

Last year for Honda SOHC

Honda made about 4,600 total production for US market, about 3,100 were made in the black paint with red and orange strips….only about 1,500 were in the Freddie Spencer Replica AMA Superbike race colors (Pleiades silver with 2 tone blue stripes).

Mine has: 1,682 orig miles from new, ALL fluids new with less than 25 miles including  brakes/ you can literally remove the brake pads and lick them…they are cleaner than your dinner plate, bike always kept in climate controlled, carpeted garage as seen in pics. No stories, no excuses, no rips, tears, no BS…it is FLAWLESS period. Even the chain is immaculate. Bike stays on battery tender 100% ready to go.

Bike has 1 mile on brand new tires..yes ONE (1)

I am second owner from new, I’ve owned since 2012, I am 60 years old, prior owner was 60 when I bought it from him.

Only mods to bike are PERIOD CORRECT K&N gloss black 1.5” lower handle bars and short stem black mirrors. YES, YES I have the original high bars and long stem chrome mirrors and they are ‘as new’ too.

Bill asks $4,500 is open to offers, motivated to sell, and can be reached at: 443.975.8864, or via email – here -.

Freddie Spencer is certainly due a commemorative, having given the best part of his riding career to Honda.  Beside many AMA Superbike race wins, Spencer helped Honda develop the NR500, NS500, and NSR500, and took both the MotoGP 500cc and 250cc championships in 1985.  The ’82 CB450T is a single year special, partly a technology demonstrator for the SOHC drivetrain, and a great tribute in silver and blue.  Bill has a lot of expertise around the brand, and has curated his CB450T to museum level.

Bill has his CB450T in suburban D.C. and welcomes inquiries on 443.975.8864, or via email – here -.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1982 Honda CB450T with 1,682 Miles !
Featured Listing September 15, 2020 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1993 Kawasaki ZX-7 with under 9,000 miles !

Update 9.15.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

( In your best Rod Serling voice ) “Imagine if you will, riding a quintessential 90’s supersport around town, and attracting very little attention…”  This ZX-7 with rather low miles is dressed up in candy apple red, and is in lovely survivor condition.

     

1993 Kawasaki ZX-7 for sale Asking $4,950

The ZX-7 came ashore in 1989, with the usually green bikes’ eyes on the AMA Superbike series.  Some nice improvements were made in 1991, with a seriously oversquare engine layout ( 71mm bore x 47.3 mm stroke ), 38mm carbs, and upside-down forks.  The single air scoop was added in 1993, sending ram air to the newly-designed top end.  Steering was always a ZX-7 strong point, and incremental improvement was made to the rear suspension over the years.  The black painted alloy chassis complements the alternate color scheme perfectly.

 

RSBFS reader Rocco has tended his ZX-7 carefully, the brandywine red metallic still sparkling.  The Muzzy exhaust might be the only update, and tires look to have a lot of miles left.  Rocco’s notes on the ZX-7:

1993 ZX-7 (ZX750L) with 8,984 original miles.
Original plastics – All VIN tags in place.
Engine/Frame/etc. all very clean.
Runs and Rides great.
Light damage on right side lower gas tank from falling off lift while stationary
and small crack in upper cowl fairing.
Muzzy full system with correct jetting.
CLEAN OHIO TITLE IN HAND.

So what’s to like here? The low miles, the reasonable price, compared to a more exotic ZX-7RR, the period Muzzy pipe, and classic superbike looks. What’s not to like? The fact that it’s just a standard ZX-7 and the minor damage mentioned.

I doubt these will ever be worth crazy money, but it’s certainly a bike that should go up in value and you’ll be able to ride it in the meantime without worrying too much about either damaging an ultra-rare exotic or devaluing it by adding too many miles.

Extremely well preserved. Runs like it looks, INCREDIBLE. Items included in sale: original owner’s manual, tool kit, matching gloves and helmet, clear title. Rare was the factory brandywine red color but rarer here is a true survivor time capsule ready to take you back – don’t miss it.

Rocco asks $4,950 for his ZX-7

Kawasaki gave Team Muzzy a great platform to start, and they delivered four AMA titles with Doug Chandler and Scott Russell aboard.  Almost like a UCF fighter out for dinner in a suit, the brandywine ZX-7 blends in, giving off a more sport touring vibe.  What a surprise when the rider calls up the 118hp exiting the next corner !  Rocco’s ZX-7 carves out an interesting corner in the sport bike world – very sporty credentials, practically vintage at this point, hidden under the alternate livery and immaculate presentation. 

-donn

Featured Listing – 1993 Kawasaki ZX-7 with under 9,000 miles !
Ducati September 14, 2020 posted by Donn

In with Both Feet – 1979 Ducati 900SS

By the late 1970’s, Ducati’s 900 Supersport leaned heavily on its Taglioni heritage, but had several worthwhile updates.  This Connecticut example has a very original look but has been refreshed in some important areas.

1979 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Ducati’s Supersports have a markedly similar feel over the course of the decade, with the forward canted L-twin and very light fairing.  Gear shift and rear brake had been normalized for the previous generation, with shifter action greatly improved.  The square-case engine still sported a kick-starter, but made room for bigger crank journals, improving reliability along a with more modern ignition system.  The spare good looks continued for 1979, but with cast wheels and an optional dual seat.

Hard to argue with the previous owner’s removal if you’ve seen the factory blinkers, and hopefully they had the good sense to backdate the carburetors to the 40mm Dell’Orto’s as well.  Like a lady of a certain age, it’s not sporting to ask about a 40+ year-old motorcycle’s relationship history, but it appears there was a long-term owner early on, with service records.  Engine and paintwork were refreshed just 1,000 miles ago, but seemingly almost 20 years in the past.  For some of us, the fan’s bevel-drive window never gets old.  Notes from the eBay auction:

This particular 900SS is just about perfect for the vintage motorcycle enthusiast who prefers a motorcycle that has been enthusiastically kept, cared for and ridden.
 
It includes an Ownership/maintenance binder with it’s history from July of 1980 though May of 2003 (covering 26,123 miles).   
These records include an engine overhaul by Desmoto-Sport in California at the 25,435 mark and a paint refresh(with the exception of the tank) and front directional delete(owners preference) at 24,320 (~1998).  (according to previous owners records)
 
This bike is really nice as you can see from the photos.  I have the original directional for the front and rear. 
 
All of the fiberglass bodywork appears to be original. However the windscreen is Gustuvsons.
 
Contis are nice, as well as all the switches and gauges.
 
The last time I rode the motorcycle it ran very well and carbs were adjusted perfectly (that was a few years ago).
 
There is a slight “tick” when it warms up that I can hear only at idle (it may need a valve adjustment).
 
Comes with a dual seat.

Whereas most manufacturer’s street machines were the basis for their racers, the 900SS reviewed as the other way round, and they finagled the regs to put their race bikes in the showroom.  Either way you can’t see much on a 900SS that’s not required for a grand day out.  Maybe you are ready to take the plunge into waters that are somewhere between classic and vintage depth ?  This 1979 900SS looks like a great choice.

-donn

In with Both Feet – 1979 Ducati 900SS
Moto Guzzi September 12, 2020 posted by Donn

Red and Rare – 1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III

Back after a short break, Moto Guzzi’s Le Mans returned with a raft of updates from the Mk. II.  This Bay State native has been carefully kept in red, and has a couple of nice nods to reality.

1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III for sale on eBay

Though del Lario was never tempted by mere technology, the EPA cajoled Guzzi into a thorough re-design of the longitudinal V-twin, with an eye toward limiting intake noise as much as tailpipe emissions.  There was a lot new aboard the Le Mans III, right down to the Nikasil lining and outer shape of the cylinder heads, though the shaft drive and linked braking system kept it recognizable.  The fairing did a better job protecting the rider, having grown into almost a supersport affair.  Dry weight was in the mid-400’s but the big twin’s torque kept reviews positive.

Showing over 24,000 miles but looking much better, this Le Mans III has been lucky to have a fanatical owner.  Red fork legs are factory, though red head protectors are a little glitzy.  The handlebars look more relaxed than most Le Mans, but expert readers will have to weigh in.  Even the stock seat has an elevation change for the pillion, but the Corbin seems little too sculptural for the trim Guzzi lines.  Can’t argue with the spares or maintenance, however.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Always stored inside. Never seen rain. NO RUST. The bike is insanely clean. YOU WILL NOT FIND ANOTHER LIKE THIS.  All original (included oem seat). Runs and rides great!  Bought from an exotic motorcycle collector many years ago. This bike is beautiful and needs nothing! It is part of our family!  Always babied! Many parts included!!  This is the one! If you know what this bike is and what it represents, this is the ONE!  A beautiful, rare gem. Be part of the MOTO GUZZI LEGACY!! 

RECENT SERVICE/ PARTS INCLUDED-

  • Regularly serviced, Bridgestone Battlax tires, clean pipes, rebuilt carbs
  • Carb rebuild kits
  • Brembo rebuild kits
  • Battery straps
  • Many rubber parts – O Rings, clips, etc 
  • OEM hand grips
  • Original seat and Corbin seat 
  • Coils
  • Gaskets 
  • Badges
  • Brake lines
  • Switches
  • Piston rings and valves
  • OEM seat 
  • And many more parts included ! 

MAINTENANCE OVER PAST 2 Seasons-

  • Meticulous oil changes
  • Cleaned carbs
  • New tires
  • New battery

No fault of its own, the 850 Le Mans was shortly superseded by the 1000cc variant in 1984.  For every grinning twist of the wrist, there might be a wish that the bigger bike was just a little more nimble.  The Mk. III was a more modern ( in Guzzi’s way ) Le Mans, and helped keep the model in production until 1993.  Looking great in crimson, this 850 Le Mans is just in the middle of a long run.

-donn

Red and Rare – 1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III
Featured Listing September 7, 2020 posted by Donn

Sponsored Listing – 1993 Kawasaki ZX-7 from Speedwerks !

Long time RSBFS sponsor, Speedwerks, has trained their restorative techniques on a 1993 Kawi, and ensured that its outstanding looks are backed up by a healthy dose of attention from their service technicians.

1993 Kawasaki ZX-7 for sale at Speedwerks

Coming out in the heart of the sportbike era, the ZX-7 came with a warranty, but change was guaranteed every year, with manufacturers throwing their level best at the AMA and World Superbikes.  For ’93 an all new top end cooked up 118 hp for the 749cc four, using four 38mm Keihin carburetors and a new single intake for ram air.  Multi-adjustable USD forks and Uni-Trak monoshock, plus 17-inch wheels were found at either end, along with 320mm front disks.  The riding position got good marks and a theoretical passenger is possible on the biposto seat console.

Evidently being re-activated after some years in a collection, this ZX-7 has the full nineties treatment, right down to the orange-fade-to-purple logos.  Exterior condition is way better than excellent, with just an isolated rub visible.  The tail treatment leaves a clean surface under the seat, and the green windscreen shows the previous owner was a fan.  Steve’s comments about the ZX-7:

This is a good rider or bust out your parachute pants, comb back your mullet and become a collector.
We received this machine from a private collection, where it sat on display for years.
It is original sans the Zero Gravity windscreen and Targa undertail.
We preformed a complete service and it is 100% operational, as it would have been in 1993.
The tires are original/period correct Dunlop 208’s, in great shape but should be updated to ride daily.
There are a few scars in the paint work but overall it shows very well.

Speedwerks is asking $6,500 for this time capsule and Steve can be reached on (302)672-RACE or via email – here -.

As evidence of a winning design, with Rob Muzzy’s preparation, Scott Russell took his ZX-7R to the AMA Superbike championship in 1992, and claimed the World Superbike the next year.  Since they occupied the lower pricing tier with Suzuki, few have been babied or cared for like this example.  This might be a show bike for the next owner, but is also ready to provide the superbike experience from almost thirty years ago as well.

Contact Steve at Speedwerks for more information on this exceptional ZX-7, (302)672-RACE or via email – here -. 

-donn

Sponsored Listing – 1993 Kawasaki ZX-7 from Speedwerks !
Ducati September 3, 2020 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition

RSBFS regular Seattle Used Bikes has a customer’s 2006 Paul Smart LE available, with a moderate 11,812 miles on the clock.  Limited to 2,000 examples worldwide, this commemorative also has the factory fairing lowers with Paul Smart’s racing number.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE at Seattle Used Bikes

Paul Smart’s 1972 race machine boasted the desmodromic valve system, and though the 992cc air-cooled engine from 2006 uses belt-driven cams, it has a lot in common with Taglioni’s earlier design.  91 hp are available on the PS1000LE, along with Marelli fuel injection, and a sculptural trellis chassis painted in the blue-green of the 1972 750 Imola racer.  The rider tucks in behind the classic bullet fairing, and find themselves with the modern 6-speed transmission, adjustable Öhlins dampers, 320mm Brembo brakes, and 17-inch spoked alloy wheels.

Owned by a longtime SUB customer, this PS1000LE is immaculate with all the right updates.  New cam service, recent tires and factory updated fuel tank make it very ready for the new owner.  Photographs beautifully and likely rides even better !  Comments from Seattle Used Bikes: 

It is about as nice as they can be found these days, this one also has the very desirable Ducati Performance lower fairings, the Ducati Performance Termignoni 2-1 exhaust with the upgraded ECU, we also have all the original parts, paperwork, 2 black and red key, code card, manuals, welcome letter and brochures..  We have only had it into SUB once for service in April 2014, it had just over 8,600 miles at the time, we performed a minor service, replaced the fuel filter inside the tank and hoses that had gotten soft from ethanol.   When we had the bike in we did notice signs of tank swelling at the time and helped facilitate getting the dealer to replace the tank and made sure to have it sealed inside with Caswell to avoid further issues. It appears tires were updated as well. We do have additional records for 6k service and misc others.   We recently were able to gather all the paperwork and were given the go ahead to get it ready to sell.  Marty just completed the 12K Desmo service, he also made sure its running the way he likes them to.  He noted in the service order “165lbs of compression in both cylinders”.  We’ve gone through everything brought in and given the Paul Smart a thorough inspection, it is very obvious this special Ducati was loved and cherished, articles were kept, brochures, accessory install instructions etc. all archived.

Seattle Used Bikes offers this PS1000LE for $22,000, and they now have a – Deposit Button – to hold the bike while you contact them.

Most SportClassics were more popular after production ended, but the Paul Smart sold out early and stayed desirable.  The Terblanche design combines a reverential look over the shoulder with no-nonsense mechanicals.  SUB also offers this walkaround – video – and welcomes calls on (206) 535-6812.

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition