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Honda May 13, 2021 posted by Donn

Operational – 2001 Honda RVT1000R / RC51

Honda studied the V-twin superbike rulebook carefully, and took the RC51 right to the podium.  Today’s example has seen under 1,000 miles per year, and looks excellent.

2001 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 for sale on eBay

The chassis department took quite a bit of the workload on the RC51, creating a massive-looking twin spar alloy affair, which used the V-twin as a stiffener and worked ram-air ports around the steering head.  The engine designers penned a 90-degree vee slightly more oversquare than the competition, and claimed thirteen more hp at 136.  PGM_FI electronics controlled two injectors per cylinder, and cams were gear driven.  Showa brought their best adjustable suspension to the program, and a steering damper was not required.  With classic dual exhausts cruising by the heavily braced swingarm, running gear was rounded out by Nissin brakes and 17-inch wheels.  The full fairing had the latest cat’s eye headlights and side radiators to reduce frontal area.

This Texan RC51 has some nice mods – conformal turn signals, well done frame sliders, Sargent seat, and an interesting 2-1-2 exhaust.  And the compulsory rear fender elimination.  Super clean with just short of 19,000 miles, decent tires and seemingly no paintwork.  Comments from the eBay auction:

A surviving example of the Honda’s racing heritage in the Superbike World Championship. It’s an absolute blast to ride with its V-Twin liquid cooled motor. While this bike has been enjoyed it is still in great shape and will remain a collectable item seen by many for years to come. This bike does have a few after market accessories. It has the under tail with led brake lights with integrated turn signals and a license plate light to pass your state’s inspection. While maintaining the factory look, a set of frame sliders were installed. The factory exhaust was replaced with a set of high rise exhaust on one side that was developed by Honda’s racing team. Bike has been recently detailed and is fully operational and ready to be enjoyed.

The red and even redder bikes traded championships until Honda, as they regularly do in competition situations, decided they’d proved their point and pooled their resources for the next conquest.  The RC51 stayed in production until 1996 and is quietly making its way toward legend.  Several bidders are interested in this one, though the reserve might be double the current bid.  Looking forward  to the last half hour !

-donn

 

Operational – 2001 Honda RVT1000R / RC51
Honda May 11, 2021 posted by Donn

Add Blue Here – 1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor

Honda introduced a V4 superbike just a year after the 750’s intro, but then made significant changes and didn’t refer to it as an Interceptor in 1985, making the ’84 a rarity.  Here’s an Ohio example which has low miles and looks quite good.

1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor for sale on eBay

Honda bored and stroked their 750cc engine, pressed steel liners in and claimed 122 hp.  The four overhead cams were chain-driven, and torque was such that a five-speed trans was considered a better choice than six lighter gears.  The double basket chassis was crafted of steel tubing, with selectable adjustments on the air forks and Pro-Link monoshock.  Triple 276mm disks seem undersized for a liter these days, but not in 1984.  The bodywork had a nice flow accented by a racy engine scoop.

This Interceptor looks very clean, and seems to have just a pair of SuperTrapps as mods.  The white fuel cap pretty much confirms a re-paint, but the striping is faithful to the original, and even the “1000” on the white! seat is accurate.  It wouldn’t take much to push this VF1000F over the goal line – add the blue field on the tank and sidecovers, find a better license plate bracket, refinish the forks and black out the mufflers.  Might have to sacrifice that bright seat for a stock cover.  Comments from the eBay auction:

With title and only 14,207 miles. This is one of the coolest and fun bikes Honda ever made. This 1000F Interceptor was made in only 1984 before it became the 1000R which makes it very rare. Bike runs and rides great and is fast. Anyone whoever rode one will tell tell you how fun and cool sounding they are. It has  very nice pearl paint on it. New rear tire and the front is like new. Everything works like it should.

The compact V4 could do just about anything, except repeal the law of gravity.  Quite a few of the early engines succumbed to a cam oiling design deficiency, and Honda re-designed the cam drive with gears in 1985.  But at this point a survivor is unlikely to be affected.  The succeeding VF1000R had an endurance racer’s full fairing, but hid the big V4 and was no longer an Interceptor.  This one should give a lot of capability for the buck, and marks an interesting page in Honda history.

-donn

Add Blue Here – 1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor
Aprilia May 6, 2021 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC

Aprilia designed a V-4 liter bike for 2009, and has steadily updated and improved the model.  RSBFS reader Dave has also made many upgrades to his 2012 RSV4 Factory APRC, and kept miles low.

2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC for sale

With R&D and racing departments sharing the workload, Aprilia created a thoroughly new machine, using a compact V-4, narrower than any in-line liter and the four intakes grouped in the 65-degree vee.  Thoroughly oversquare and using ride-by-wire engine management, 180 hp are claimed at 12,500 rpm.  The chassis is fabricated from aluminum stampings and castings, light and rigid with adjustable headstock and swing arm pivot.  Öhlins racing 43mm forks are up front, with their remote reservoir monoshock amidships, and adjustable steering damper up top.  Brembo supplied their monoblock calipers and 320mm rotors, matching the gold anodizing on the forged 17-inch rims.  As tantalizing as the specs are, Aprilia’s Performance Ride Control ( APRC ) is the big story, with selectable control of traction, launch, quick-shift, and wheelies.  With mid-size car horsepower in a 435-lbs package, it improves performance and safety.

Dave is in high dry Albuquerque, and though he started with a superbike that won a lot of magazine shoot-outs, found a lot of nicer components to replace the factory controls, brakes, exhaust and more.  With just 3,700 miles only minor maintenance would be expected.  Dave’s comments:

I am looking for someone who can appreciate my mods instead of blue book value and realize this is a pretty good deal. I enjoy building bikes as much as riding them. I am the second owner and the first was an old guy like me so no abuse. The bike has 3,700 original miles and a clean NM title. It has the race ECU. Bike is in Albuquerque and is worth the drive as this is the last year before all the ABS junk. Do the research and add up the retail prices to justify my asking price.

  • This bike is crying out for a gold chain but the OEM is in great shape with such low mileage.
  • The YZF-R125 mirrors offer a better view than any sport bike I’ve ever ridden. However they look like antennas! You can install the stock ones for a view of your chest even after you move your arm like you have to on most sport bikes.
  • Like new Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires not even scrubbed in yet.
  • The Brembo 19 RCS M/C and Ferodo XRAC pads will have you out braking Marc Marquez! Braided stainless lines are OEM on this bike. The Brembo folding levers have a great shape and don’t feel like grabbing a knife edge like the Rizomas.
  • The race ECU is necessary with a cat delete and open exhaust. A Bazzaz tune would even make it better.
  • The Sato rearsets are top quality, offer great feedback and do not get slippery when wet.
  • Digital volt meter mounted on dash.

The following parts have zero miles and are from my build:

  • Dark windscreen is by Zero Gravity stock contour.
  • Brembo 19RCS master cylinder with folding lever, matching clutch lever also.
  • Rizoma M/C cap.
  • Ferodo XRAC front pads and sintered grip rear.
  • Beautiful Sato gold rearsets with black pegs and silver collars.
  • Light Tech gold chain adjusters and spools.
  • Sato Racing gold bar ends.
  • GiaMoto 12 point titanium engraved axle nuts.
  • CBE top triple clamp and sprocket cover.
  • Competition Werkes integrated clear lens tail light with stainless fender eliminator.
  • 15/44 gearing.
  • Bike has red and black Rizoma gas cap, also stock cap included.
  • YZF-R125 carbon mirrors. Running light to turn signal conversion.
  • SC project CRT exhaust.
  • Sato racing rear master cylinder cap.
  • R&G exhaust hanger plates.
  • Battery Tender lithium battery.
  • Digital volt meter, putting out 14 volts at idle. Updated regulator/rectifier.
  • Extra 10 gauge wire from battery to start relay to cure hot start problem. (tip from the Aprilia forum)

Also included:

  • 2 programmed keys and owner’s manual.
  • Akrapovic carbon can and mid pipe if you care about your neighbors.
    R&G hanger bracket included.
  • Dark double bubble windscreen by Puig their racing windscreen. Taller than stock.
  • OEM front master cylinder with Rizoma lever, matching clutch lever also.
  • Have stock mirrors but wires were cut.
  • Stock rearsets and Rizoma rearsets.
  • Red Rizoma oil cap.
  • Stock bar ends.
  • Tail Tidy and turn signals.
  • Stock gearing.
  • Stock air filter.
  • Mr. Jay Leno, have you got one of these in your garage? The titanium axle nuts are stunning and even engraved! If you don’t want attention then purchase something else. The pics don’t do it justice. Also never leave it out of sight and invest in a good alarm system. This bike is so beautiful I am confident the first person that sees it will buy it. Even people who aren’t motorcyclists comment how pretty the bike is and the powerful exhaust note sounds more like an exotic sports car rather than a motorcycle. Please leave a message when you call and I will get back to you in a day or two. Repeat your number, state your time zone and the best time to call.


    Dave’s price is firm at $12,000.  Telephone him at (505) 463-6462

    The RSV4 put Aprilia into the thick of WSBK racing, with championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14.  The streetbike was expensive but very competitive with other European makers.  Value is built in with solid engineering and APRC features.  Dave’s RSV4 has almost too much to list, and too few miles to call it used.

    Call Dave on (505) 463-6462 to discuss !

    -donn

     

     

    Featured Listing – 2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC
    BMW May 6, 2021 posted by Donn

    Flying Brick – 1987 BMW K100RS with just 21,536 Miles !

    BMW wagered heavily on the future with the K-series, and took their water cooled four ( and triple ) into the sunset.  This RS variant is five years into the model’s run and has an understated magnificence.

    1987 BMW K100RS for sale on eBay

    Bayerischen had been considering the proper successor to its almost universal air cooled flat twin, and settled on the distinctive side-winding inline engine, with Bosch fuel injection.  With four valves per cylinder it made 90 hp for the RS and worked seamlessly with the factory’s shaft drive.  The chassis holds the engine from above, supported by right-side-up forks and the monolever rear end.  Brembo brought their triple slotted disk brakes, and even ABS was optional.  Always thinking longer haul, the Rennsport had a larger 18-inch front wheel, and an almost 6-gallon tank.

    This Canadian owner hasn’t owned his RS forever, but chose carefully and took great care with it.  It’s the top model in a premium color and rarely out in the weather.  BMW-specific maintenance is recent, with fuel injection pump and shaft drive taken care of.  New tires, brakes and fork seals, and a nice day-only leather seat.  If exportation paperwork is available then re-importing to USA should be a snap.  Comments from the eBay auction:

    Garage kept all its life, meticulously maintained by mature owner. In beautiful rare special order mother pearl white paint with hand painted red pin striping from the BMW factory, this was a substantial higher cost option. You can see gold in the paint when the sun or the light shines on it. 

    With 1000cc longitudinal DOHC inline flat 4 cylinder engine, liquid cooled, fuel injected which was very rare on motorcycles in the 1980’s. Super silky smooth, with triple Brembo drilled disk brakes and shaft drive.  New Bosch fuel pump, new fuel screen filter, new rubber mount/vibration damper for fuel pump, new fuel filter, new fuel lines, new fuel cap rubber seal. New spark plugs, new air filter. 

    New professionally reupholstered seat with real leather, not vinyl, with custom fitted gel pad in seat for driver for extra comfort and soft rubber grips on handlebars for extra comfort. New coolant, new thermostat, new radiator hose. New rear brake reservoir, new rear brake hose line from reservoir to master cylinder, new rear brake pads. New front and back Pirelli tires. Brake fluid flushed. Recent front fork seals and front brake pads. 

    The driveshaft spline was lubed at 16,000 miles. New Battery in July/2018. Oil and filter changed every year regardless of mileage and has now been changed again for the 2021 season. Only use high 94 octane fuel.  Inside the factory aluminum fuel tank looks like new. Comes with extra new fuel cap rubber seal, extra new gear shifter rubber, motorcycle cover, battery tender. 

    Also has all original manuals, plus Clymer shop manual, original BMW tire repair kit, original tool kit, also both original keys. 

    Like a lot of things BMW, the design and build were quite durable, and the successor K1100 took the RS through 1996.  Sporty for a tourer, the RS was quick but only a long-term threat to a lightweight sportbike.  And the flat twin survived, in oil-cooled then water cooled form, and may outlast all the four-bangers.  Hoping this RS will find the owner to extend its run many more seasons.

    -donn

    Flying Brick – 1987 BMW K100RS with just 21,536 Miles !
    MV Agusta May 3, 2021 posted by Donn

    Rhymes with Brutale – 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910S with just 856 miles !

    When the time came for MV Agusta’s naked superbike, design legend Massimo Tamburini lent his expertise, with gorgeous result.  Today’s Brutale is the quite super 910S, with outstanding cosmetics and miniscule miles.

    2008 MV Agusta 910s for sale on eBay

    The Brutale began its continuing run as a 750 in 2001, and the 909cc four was the tallest engine that would fit in the chassis without a more major re-design.  Agusta’s exotic valve head and 13-to-1 compression promised superbike power – 139 hp at 12,500 rpm.  A classic chrom-moly trellis frame held oversized Marzocchi forks and Sachs monoshock.  Nissin supplied their 6-piston calipers for the 310mm front brakes.  The moderate seat height, low bars, and 408 lbs dry weight made for a smaller-feeling and quick handling package.

    Evidently owned by a collector that picked up a more riderly MV, this Brutale has been kept with an eye on the future.  Finishes are new-bike clean, and no nits can really be picked.  The headers might be the only proof that  this bike was actually ridden.  Just a sampling of the detailed comments from the eBay auction :

    The metallic orange color looks spectacular in the sun and contrasts nicely against the black.  The paint was just freshly waxed.  My father was an automotive painter for 40 years and he and I have restored a couple cars together so am cursed with high standards for paint.  This MV Agusta’s finish is in spectacular condition, excellent quality, and a stunning color combo.  The motorcycle is in the condition as should be expected for having traveled only 856 miles and being kept covered in a garage.  It essentially looks like a new bike and is stunning.

    This Brutale has been kept in great care and been regularly maintained and ridden every year.  There are absolutely no leaks and no drips.  The forks are excellent and not leaking.  It received oil changes every year.  The battery is strong and starts the bike up easily.  The 910cc 4 cylinder engine idles smoothly, revs smoothly, and feels like it has all the 137 horsepower it should have.  The engine and exhaust sound excellent.  The intake induction sound is intoxicating !  The brakes are excellent and without issue.  The clutch is excellent and without issue.  The tires are in excellent shape.  This Brutale rides as it should.

    The Brutale 910S is such a fun and flickable machine!  They weigh only 407 lbs and have plenty of low down and midrange grunt while also pull at the top end too.  The seating position is very upright and very comfortable.  The styling, excellent fit and finish, and color combo make it the type of bike that one can just sit and admire in their garage… Or in their living room!

    The 910S got great reviews for every facet of its performance, with praise for the design and build quality as well.  Though the $14K MSRP was how they got there, it wasn’t a popular “feature”.  MV Agusta’s have always been over on the exclusive end of the spectrum, and the Brutale is no exception.  The exotic-ness of the ask for this Brutale could be debated, but the next owner will certainly be able to say they got something special in return.

    -donn

     

    Rhymes with Brutale – 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910S with just 856 miles !
    Ducati April 28, 2021 posted by Donn

    Lights and Mirrors – 2005 Ducati 999R

    With everything that wasn’t cast or welded made of carbon fiber, Ducati’s 999R was almost ready to race right out of the crate. Here’s a Sacramento example that has 6,000 miles and a fresh major service.

    2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

    Introduced in 2003, the 999 was a new design which has taken its share of lumps, but is more appreciated as time goes on.  The EVO testastretta aboard the 2005 R has incremental improvements with more titanium parts and revised Marelli fuel injection, and calls out 150 horses at 9,750 rpm.  The trellis chassis is visibly more robust at the transmission mounts, which hold the massive double-sided swingarm.  Headstock angle and Öhlins dampers are adjustable though a race tech and trackside data system might be part of the equation.  Even with the high compression twin, a slipper clutch isn’t factory installed, since they were “free” ( unrestricted ) under WSBK rules, it was assumed any race team would just install their favorite.  A slightly taller windscreen above the full carbon fairing and Termignoni canister muffler occupy the ends, above forged Marchesini alloys shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso gumballs.

    The close-ups show just how many carbon parts Ducati made for the -R, and how built everything is.  Not seeing much to quibble over.  Just wish the photos were as high resolution as the comments from the eBay auction:

    Only 200 of these bike were built in 2005. The R bike is almost identical to the factory prepped race bikes, save for the lights.  The motor is identical to the factory race bikes.  I’m assuming if you’re looking at this ad, you know what an R bike is and how rare they are. This is very much a collector / track enthusiast bike. I’ve never tracked this bike, and to my knowledge it has not been tracked.

    Designed by Pierre Terblanche, this bike was absolutely the cutting edge Super Bike from 2003-2006. The 2005-2006 bikes had many engine improvements, making them the ultimate of the 999R run.

    The R bikes have a larger bore and shorter stoke than the 999 or 999S. Therefore they rev much quicker than the standard 999 engine. Rated at 150 hp in stock trim, but add the Termi exhaust and race ECM that come in the crate with the bike, and it’s rated at 165 hp. All in a bike that officially weighs in at 399 lbs! 0-60 in less than 3 seconds.

    The R bike is absolutely dripping with carbon fiber.  All the body work, belt covers, clutch cover, exhaust shroud, heel guards…. almost everything.  The motor has titanium valves, titanium connecting rods, and sand cast cases, magnesium valve covers and headlight bucket.  All these super lightweight and technical parts are what add up to its amazing sub-400 lbs weight.

    I bought this bike in January 2013, and it’s lived in my home with my collection of bikes since then.  I just completed the extensive 6,500 mile maintenance on the bike when re-commissioning it. The bike is 100% and in amazing, like new condition. 

    We did all the standard maintenance and a more extensive tear down for the 6,500.  Obviously as part of the maintenance it got new belts, fuel pump, spark plugs, tires, battery, brake fluid, etc.  All engine internals looked great and are completely within specification. All Ducati parts purchased at a Ducati dealer.  All the work completed by a 30 year Ducati master tech. I’ve ridden this bike a few times since we completed the work, and it’s absolutely amazing.

    I’ve got the books and manuals that came with the bike as well as two keys, a cover and stand.  If you can arrange pickup I’ll be happy to include the stand.  I’ll help with shipping / pickup on my end, and can deliver to a forward air terminal within reason.

    Not part of Ducati’s plan, but the short run of the 999 design makes it almost a guaranteed rarity, particularly in -R form.  However in the four years of production, the 999 won three WSBK mantles.  Really wanting for track time and a knowledgeable team manager, a 999R adjusted mid-range would still be a blast on a good back road.  Carefully.

    -donn

    Lights and Mirrors – 2005 Ducati 999R
    Suzuki April 26, 2021 posted by Donn

    We ID – 1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23

    Suzuki saved their best 250 two-stroke for last, with many updates for the VJ23.  Today’s RGV250 recently became easier to import because of its age but sparkles like a much newer machine.

    1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 ( South Africa ) for sale on eBay

    A lot of interesting tidbits deep in the VJ23 specs, such as the narrower 70-degree vee, almost square bore and stroke, making almost all of the engine brand new.  The power valve and ignition are under electronic control, extending the mid-range powerband, and fresh air comes right through the frame.  41mm USD forks are fully adjustable, and brakes are actually 10mm smaller but still plenty for the under 300 lbs. dry weight.  Tire sizes are still staggered 17 front / 18 rear, and the ’96 came with electric start, somehow without increasing mass.

    Coming from way off shore a pre-purchase look see will be tough, but the owner may not have factored that into his starting bid.  Luckily the photos are all one could ask, and the condition is too.  Comments from the eBay auction:

    Thanks for taking the time to look at a unique rare piece of two stroke history.
    This authentic full power V model is one of only 119 units produced.
    The total number of VJ23,s ever produced is 2018 units (That includes the 119 V models).
    Some of the features that defines it from the regular JDM VJ23 are:
    • Large black identification plate on the right side of the frame’s headstock.
    • 240 kph speedometer instead of 180 kph item.
    • Four teeth smaller rear sprocket (42 tooth instead of 46 tooth)
    • Light grey rear master cylinder cap instead of black.
    • Different exhaust and silencer markings.
    • Revised airbox lid.
    She is in great mechanical and cosmetic condition. 
    Both front and rear tyres have been replaced recently with a sticky fresh matching set of Pirelli’s.
    Here’s what’s included in the sale:
    • Original full power factory exhaust pipes and silencers.
    • Pillion footrest hangers and pegs.
    • Pillion rear seat.
    • Tool kit.
    • Owners manual.

    Since few stateside riders knew what they didn’t know, the RGV would live on the track and an occasional grey market import, until the market recently warmed up with the end of the EPA blackout period.  Not sure about CA, but 49-state registration shouldn’t take heroic effort.  Small parts for a big rebuild though, could take some time.  Nothing the new owner of this RGV should have to worry about anytime soon.

    -donn

    We ID – 1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23
    Ducati April 22, 2021 posted by Donn

    On the Dotted Line – 2006 Ducati PS1000LE with 702 Miles !

    Always a very limited edition, Ducati’s Paul Smart 1000 celebrated a race win with a retro design.  Today’s example is barely broken in, has just a couple of farkles, and is signed in two places.

    2006 Ducati PS1000LE for sale on eBay

    Ducati’s entrant into the nostalgia sweepstakes used the new air-cooled dual spark engine, displacing 992cc’s and pushing 92 ponies.  Marelli fuel injection ensured smooth running under any conditions, and 320mm cross-drilled brakes guarantee stopping in short order.  The trellis frame is finished in a blue-green metallic, with the gold Öhlins suspension providing a gold accent.  The long tank stretches the rider from single seat to low clip-ons, calling for the open road rather than cross-town traffic.

    This Orlando PS1000 shows immaculate, with just a tank protector and exhaust megaphones that only look longer than the factory setup.  No word on maintenance, so belts and tires might want replacement, if you’re going to ride.  Notes from the eBay auction:

    #837 0f 2,000 Paul Smart motorcycles made worldwide.
    This motorcycle is factory original, except the exhaust.
    The motorcycle has been signed by Paul Smart on both the Gas Tank and Tail Section.
    This is a very clean bike, worthy of any collection.
    The bike has 702 original miles currently, may increase by 1 or 2 miles during sale.

    Always reviewed as somewhat more oriented toward the show than the ride, the PS1000LE may have passed out of riding-limited-edition to collector-only status, though any shopper smarting at the ask should follow the next 1974 750SS Paul Smart replica auction.  But if you’re pockets are the right depth for a nearly new, signed PS, this one fills that bill beautifully.

    -donn

    On the Dotted Line – 2006 Ducati PS1000LE with 702 Miles !