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Featured Listing November 7, 2018 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2003 Yamaha FZ1 with just 661 Miles !

Yamaha sent their 2nd generation R1 across the hall to the Naked department, where they transformed it into an all-rounder, with a tune, handling, and ergoes for an afternoon around town.  This FZ1 has been customized back toward the edge with choice accessories and mods, but hardly even break-in miles.

2003 Yamaha FZ1 for sale on eBay

A showcase for the R1's 998cc 5-valve engine, the FZ1 put it all on display, but with a few changes to enhance the various roles.  Carburetors are slightly smaller at 37mm, and internal changes make 143 hp available, and stretch out the band in which the 78 ft.-lbs. of torque is available.  The steel cradle frame holds a more raked steering head and fully adjustable suspension front and rear.  A classic 4-into-1 exhaust escapes below the generously sized radiator, making its way to the off-side.  Dual-piston front brakes are right-sized at 298mm, and the expected pillion required a 268mm rear disk.

 

The owner has made some choice updates to this FZ, professionally done with a focus on black.  The pillion is history, thanks to the neat monoposto seat and cover.  Signals have been reduced to a manageable size and reflectors removed.  The exhaust is now a 4-1-2, recalling a smokier era.  Looking entirely new and unused, it might have never spent a night outdoors !  From the eBay auction:

The list is as follows: 

Lower smoked windscreen. 

Rizoma billet bar end mirrors.

Misc. pieces from side of bike and motor sent out for additional powder coat and anodize for complete Murdered out look.

Rear taillight conversion/ all amber blinkers/ side reflectors stream lined and tightened into the bike.

Frog Specialties rear tail cover, painted black to match the bike, cleans up the rear section behind the seat.

Devil twin carbon, stainless mufflers, sound is unreal.  

All work performed by the original dealer plus Ducati of Seattle. 

Rizoma plate frame.

Black anodized bar risers. Black bars.

 

Up against its more 1200-ish competition, the FZ1 reviewed sportier and more engaging, but still capable of a weekend trip with a good tank bag.  The massaged superbike engine required more shifting, but could take the upright rider  ( ducking behind the windscreen ) to 150 mph.  This example presents as a new bike, blacked out except for the always appropriate yellow and black livery.  The owner asks $7,800 and requests offers and can be reached here: sennaducati79@gmail.com

-donn

Featured Listing – 2003 Yamaha FZ1 with just 661 Miles !
Honda November 6, 2018 posted by Donn

Spitting Image – 1987 Honda NSR250R

Honda's early NSR-250's were nicely templated on the winning RS250R race machine, in race livery almost hard to tell apart.  This one went from road to private collection and has been made ready for the new owner's choice.

1987 Honda NSR250R for sale on eBay

Honda's MC16 used a 249cc V-twin, with cylinders slightly turned to ease intake and exhaust routing.  Exhaust port sizes are adjusted, and torque band extended, by Honda's RC Valve.  Almost any frame could cope with the legislated 45 hp, but Honda built a twin spar from alloy extrusions welded to cast connectors and headstock.  In-house suspension used air adjustable forks and Pro-link monoshock, with the straight swingarm that pre-dates the banana.

Evidently this collector is more than proverbially thinning the herd, and has auctioned several over the past few months.  Not a virgin with over 15K miles, but still looks excellent.  Beside one cracked corner on the right fairing and a couple of paint chips, it appears complete and original.  A lot of new wear parts were installed when the NSR was taken off the road, though we don't know when that was, cables and pads should be ok to sit.  Here is the list of freshenings that were done to make it ready for sale, from the eBay auction:

New Battery & amp; Battery Tender Hookup - which can also be used to run Electric gear

New front and rear brake fluids flushed and replaced with Honda Pro DOT 4

Carbs were Digitally Synchronized

New Spark Plugs Installed

Perfect Mechanical and Great Cosmetic condition and needs nothing

Replaced the fork oil with 15W

New transmission oil

Oil Injection Tank filled up

Coolant flushed and replaced

New set of tires have 250+/- miles on them in 3 rides this last summer

Honda continued with the NSR250R for another ten years, so the early model is less collectible, but also doesn't have the harder to defeat PGM ignition controller.  Not the lightest small sport, but Honda build quality took sales away from Yamaha, who had been ruling the two-stroke market.  Not exactly museum quality, this NSR looks like it could be a great rider.  Interest in the auction is high with 5 days to run...

-donn

Spitting Image – 1987 Honda NSR250R
Ducati November 2, 2018 posted by Donn

Hero Worship – 1995 Ducati 916 Corsa

An order of magnitude rarer than any road-going Ducati, bona fide Corsa machines appear just every few years, while merely special 916's check in almost monthly.  Returned to its original as-delivered livery, this is a California privateer's Fast-by-Ferracci 916/955 racer.

1995 Ducati 916 Corsa for sale on eBay

Carl Fogarty had won the 1994 WSBK Championship ( and would repeat in 1995 ) and a basically 1994-spec Corsa was available to purchase for 1995.  The twin was bored to displace 955cc and forged pistons pushed the compression ratio to 12:1 and made 155 hp.  The all Öhlins suspension was also oversized, with 46mm forks and a 10mm longer swingarm than the road bike.  A 5.8 gallon fuel tank went race distance and the rear rim was 6 inches wide.  In a valiant effort to challenge the 320 lbs. minimum weight, fairings and covers were carbon fiber.

My usual yardsticks of mileage and maintenance are no use here.  The owner does offer a short monograph of the very bike by Ian Falloon - here -.  It's a never-titled racer which might turn a lap or two in the future, but more likely will be toward the end of an aisle of other red bikes.  From the eBay auction:

Bike built in February of 1995 and initially sold by Eraldo Ferracci.  This Corsa was retired from competitive racing in 1997.
Retrospeed of Belgium, Wisconsin was previously commissioned to fully repaint bike, install a new fuel pump, prove that the bike was mechanically sound, change fluids and set up for long term storage.
New slicks would need to be fit prior to track use.
The owner, an Italian collector, is thinning his motorcycle collection to make room for a car purchase.
The 955 Corsa is not titled-none were-as they were produced for the sole purpose of racing.

After a late season crash that saw him recovering in 1996, owner-rider Greg Prinze painted the 916 in Pro Italia's tricolore for 1997 and took the California-based American Federation of Motorcyclists 8-race championship that year.  Both retired after that, and the bike was at some point restored for display.  The starting bid set accordingly, the FBF provenance and race history serve this Corsa well.  Discussing the performance is like the occasional "how would you spend the Powerball ?" discussion, it sure would be nice to try...

-donn

Hero Worship – 1995 Ducati 916 Corsa
Yamaha October 31, 2018 posted by Donn

Un-mothballed – 1988 Yamaha TZR250

Without being over-spec'ed or blingy, Yamaha's entry into the 249cc learner-sports class was right-sized, nicely put together, and handled straight out of the box.  This one has been on display and recently returned to the land of the living.

1988 Yamaha TZR250 for sale on eBay

 

Like the RD350 whose success it was trying to copy, the TZR250 used a parallel twin engine, the twin Mikuni carburetors ( with bores not much much bigger than your thumb ) making 50 hp.  The alloy DeltaBox frame is as close to overdone as anything got on the TZR, but chassis rigidity pays double in predictable handling.  The forks were not adjustable and the monoshock for preload only, but reviewers said they got it right.  Front brake was a single 320mm disk, but with a four piston caliper.  Front and rear tires were 17 inchers.

In surprising condition for its age, this TZR has run just 5,700 miles.  No comment about whether this is a gray market import, but there is the KMH speedometer.  The previous owner's cosmetic restoration is mentioned in the - video -  and here are some of the comments from the eBay auction:

RECENTLY -

New Battery & amp; Battery Tender Hookup - which can also be used to run Electric gear

New front and rear brake fluids flushed and replaced with Honda Pro DOT 4

Carbs were Digitally Synchronized

OEM Air filter checked -  is as if new

Perfect Mechanical and Cosmetic condition and needs nothing

Replaced the fork oil with 15W

New transmission oil

Oil Injection Tank filled up

Coolant flushed and replaced

New set of tires have 300 miles on them in 4 rides this last year

Yamaha went on to a reversed cylinder twin ( carbs in front, exhausts in back ) in 1989 and finally joined the crowd with a V-twin in 1991.  But the original can often be the best.  A bit pricey for a 250, the TZR languished for their last couple of years here.  This early and seemingly correct example will go far, but probably not outdoors...

-donn

 

Un-mothballed – 1988 Yamaha TZR250
Ducati October 29, 2018 posted by Donn

Darkwing Duc – 1999 Ducati 900SS

Though the Supersport has been a Ducati staple through thick and thin, the late 90's re-design by Pierre Terblanche was met with either a cheer or a wrinkled nose.  Having mostly been riders, not many have been nicely modified and barely ridden like the one here.

1999 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Not just a facelift, the Supersport re-design brought a host of mechanical improvements, like fuel injection, an improved charging system, and a wider rear tire.  The 904cc desmodue has revised cam profiles to help bring 80 hp at 7,500 rpm, and mid-range has a healthy 57 ft.-lbs. torque.  As on Supersports past, the suspension was supplied by Showa, and brakes by Brembo, who also cast the hollow-spoke wheels for this generation.

This 900SS is owned by a N.J.-based parts re-seller, and has just 2,772 miles despite some premium upgrades.  An act of faith to tear down a factory new engine, the 944 upgrade is a piston and cylinder swap for 40 more cc's, but higher compression results in what should be 85-90 hp.  Seems only right to fit an Arrow "spaghetti" exhaust and re-flash the ECU.  Hard to argue with new cam belts and battery.  From the eBay auction:

Very nice low mileage injected Supersport.  944 kit and ecu flash by Certified Ducati Dealer when bike was brand new.  Full Stainless Arrow 45mm big tube exhaust, Ohlins rear shock, Yoyodyne clutch slave, Custom matched seat, Billet gas cap.

Bike is in very nice condition and it would cost you $4500 to build the motor, buy the exhaust and flash the ECU.  Ohlins shock is another $1200.  You are well over that price I am asking for just these few items.
New timing belts, New battery.

The revamped SS had slightly raised bars but the ergonomics were still unfriendly until you were moving well, and the love-it / hate-it design didn't help matters.  Sculpted fairings have since come back into fashion, and the upper-only set are few and far between.  I'm with the owner that the value is there, but since I'm not in the market, someone else will have to push Make Offer.  Not being very suitable for collateral duties like touring or commuting, the late Supersport is just for a nice weekend afternoon, but for that it is perfect...

-donn

Darkwing Duc – 1999 Ducati 900SS
Suzuki October 25, 2018 posted by Donn

2nd Life – 1983 Suzuki GSX1100S Katana

RSBFS normally shies away from buffed-up resto-mods, but this long term transformation is understated, very true to the original - and a looker.  This owner has polished where appropriate, but powder-coated in many cases, with a nice performance rebuild of the 1100cc four.

1983 Suzuki GSX1100S Katana for sale on eBay

 

On the radical side, the German firm Target Design penned their edgy 111 hp flagship, as the headlight fairing slashes its way toward 136 mph.  Suzuki's twin-swirl combustion chamber ( TSCC ) and forged engine internals made all that power more reliable.  Ergonomics are long and low, rake and trail numbers optimized for high speed  work.  Forks had anti-dive but were not adjustable, while dual rear shocks had five selections for preload and rebound.

 

Evidently restored by the original owner, this Kat has some serious mods in the engine and could be shown as a light custom.  Some normally bright parts have been powder coated black while forks and calipers ( and float bowls ! ) have been polished.  With stripes, the paint is celebratory compared to the original.  The owner says this in the eBay auction:

The bike starts and runs great, and has about 600 miles on it since being restored.
 
Engine assembled by Scott Horner / Heads Up Performance
 
Wiseco 1160 piston kit
Heads Up Performance ported and polished head
Yoshimura stage two cams
Crank rebuilt by Falicon
New OEM rods, oil pump
Vance & Hines Super Hub rebuilt by APE Performance
APE Billet clutch basket assy, Valve job w/ bronze valve guides, Undercut trans gears, Heavy duty cam chain,
Manual cam chain tensioner, Adjustable cam sprockets, cam chain guide
Vortex Overhead oiling kit
Dyna ignition, green coils, HT wires
Paint by AT. Markus
New GSXR front master cyl & OEM rear
Stainless brake lines/fittings
Powder coated frame and all brackets
Bolts stainless, new OEM or black oxide finish
EBC Pro-lite brake disks
Works shocks
Pirelli Sport Demon tires
Rizoma Blinkers and Grips
New seals/bearings
 
With four days to run, bidding is active and has almost reached the original MSRP, at a level now reserved for singles and scooters.  It's a lot of bike, with the forward riding position better for higher speeds.  The detailed restoration on this Katana shows well, and the engine upgrade backs the design up with plenty of oomph.
-donn
 
2nd Life – 1983 Suzuki GSX1100S Katana