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Aprilia July 22, 2021 posted by Donn

Comfort Zone – 2003 Aprilia SL1000 Falco

Not quite as cutting edge as the Mille, Aprilia’s Falco provided plenty of excitement for less Euros.  Just under 8,000 miles and of legal drinking age, this Falco has had a careful owner or two, and looks excellent.

2003 Aprilia SL1000 Falco for sale on eBay

Slightly less compression ( still 10.8-to-1 ) than its big brother RSV gives the Falco 118 hp to work with, and an alloy chassis plus adjustable suspension to carry it.  Aprilia component choices are typically upper crust, with USD Showa forks and Sachs monoshock.  Likewise the 320mm Brembo brakes.  Even the fairing is more than the typical supersport, with modified lowers and a rarely used pillion.  Lower seat height and pegs, with higher clip-ons, made for a friendlier experience.

Offered by a Florida specialty dealer, this SL1000 looks un-modified and ready to rumble, though those particular mufflers might be something new – or maybe the only stock set ever seen on a Falco.  The exuberant frame sliders don’t appear to have been used, and the sticker kit will come off easier than it went on.  Capitalization is by the seller in the eBay auction:

This Bike has a Great Running Water-Cooled Fuel Injected V-Twin Engine that Produces 111 Horsepower with just the twist of the throttle. This bike has a smooth Shifting 6-speed Transmission. The Factory Dual Exhaust on this Bike Sounds Like an Orchestra, there is nothing else that has the sound of an Italian V-twin Revving up to Speed through a pair of perfectly tuned mufflers. This Bike is Like the Lamborghini of Motorcycles. If you are Searching for a Beautiful Investment that you can ride and will only go up in value over time, this could be the one you have been waiting for. Truly a Gorgeous Modern Classic Italian Motorbike.

The Falco might be happy in its junior role, a good helping of performance without the expectation or quite the expense of the superbike.  Reviewers loved the power band, called for an upgraded rear shock, and praised the moderate riding position.  The buy-it-now is just about in RSV territory, but maybe bidders will find the reserve before time runs out.

-donn

Comfort Zone – 2003 Aprilia SL1000 Falco
BMW July 19, 2021 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

Update 7.19.2021: Scott’s BMW BCR is now on eBay or buy it from him directly for just Price reduced to $5,995. Call him at 503-302-7398 or email at sfrancis1435@gmail.com. -dc

The checkered flag is somewhere in the background of every sportbike worth the name, and BMW put their signature blue and white checker right on the R1100S Boxer Cup Replika fairings.  Owned by a veteran rider, this BCR doesn’t have a mark or needless farkle on it.

2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for sale

2004 was midway through the three year BCR reign, and the special edition had a host of updated components aboard.  Though the 98 hp flat twin was shared, it’s the latest dual-spark engine, with 6th gear was a bit lower, and the light titanium Z-Technik exhaust.  Suspension was also an area of interest, with longer fork tubes and shorter rear torque arm borrowed from the GS model, allowing more lean angle.  Special Cup components like Öhlins dampers, braided brake lines, wider rear wheel, and profiled carbon valve covers – all optimized cornering power.  The upper fairing / tank combo flows to the seat console which hides a small pillion, balanced by the painted carbon engine fairing.

Just from the pictures, it’s easy to see that RSBFS reader Scott is passionate about the BCR, showing beautifully in the Florida sun, without the slightest flaw.  It came with ABS, which might not be the choice for expert rider on a race course, but is worth it if it makes just one save over the life of the R1100S.  Scott picks up the story from here:

This is arguably the best looking BMW motorcycle ever produced – inarguably to me!  And I’m including the R69S and R90S.  Here’s my mint 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replica (BCR) one of 300 imported in 2004, in spectacular immaculate stock condition as it left the Munich factory in April 2003 per the VIN sticker.  This one has just 21.7K miles since new, or just 1,500 pampered miles per year.  It has been garaged since day one.  Unlike most of these, it also has factory ABS brakes which are always a nice safety addition if you plan to install some bags on it and tour.

NOTE:  BMW Boxer Cup Replicas (BCRs) were limited production versions of their popular boxer twin 1100cc 98 HP / 75 Ft. Lbs. torque sport machines with the cool Ducati-esque under-seat Titanium ZTechnik exhaust pipes.  They also had the sports options offered at the time of the higher suspension and beveled carbon fiber valve covers for added ground clearance in the turns, and therefore slightly taller seating position, with other carbon bits such as the front fender, a 5.5″ wide rear rim, and the lovely blue and white custom factory livery on body and wheels. Neither the rear fender has been chopped nor any other part of the bike modified that will detract from the intrinsic value this fine machine possesses.

The factory paint and finish on my BCR are a solid 9.5 out of 10.  You will be astonished at the condition of this bike both visually and technically.  It handles, starts, stops, shifts, and brakes as new.  There are zero issues or concerns with this fine machine, and I welcome anyone local to check it out or have it checked out professionally prior to bidding or purchase.  Of course it has NEVER been dropped or laid down at any stage in its life.

The bike is fitted with sticky Michelin Pilot Sport tires with lots of grippy meat left on them.  I also have the original passenger BMW footrests and mounts in mint condition.  I ride solo and prefer the cleaner looks without them installed – they are very easy to install back in their original positions – I can do it prior to your pickup.  The factory seat is in flawless condition, firm and supportive.  The factory handlebars are mounted above the top triple clamp and therefore provide a more relaxed riding position.  If you need more, the aftermarket can provide handlebar risers and rider footrest lowers to fine tune the fit.

These bikes are only getting harder and harder to find and will go up in value as time marches on.  I’m 63 years old and have been into bikes, mainly BMWs, since I was 11 years old.  I’ve owned over 40 BMW bikes and this is the best of the best that I’ve owned.  I guarantee you will NOT be disappointed with this fine machine.

Scott asks $6995 $5,995 for his R1100S BCR, and can be reached on 503-302-7398 cell or via email – here -.

The R1100S had a nice run 1998 through 2005, with Sport, BCR, and Boxer Cup Prep special editions.  The company took the model up-market with the R1200S, HP2 Sport, and the current R1250S.  With all things BMW, there is a very high engineering standard and baseline practicality to the BCR – as Scott says, his R1100S BCR could be very sporty tourer with its ABS and a set or bar risers.  It’s even ready to accept bag mounts and panniers if a longer trip is for you.  Asking $6995 $6,495, Scott welcomes your call on 503-302-7398 or email at sfrancis1435@gmail.com

-donn

 

 

Featured Listing – 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika
Ducati July 19, 2021 posted by Donn

All the Best – 1994 Ducati 900SS/SP

1990’s 900 SuperSports were already more than the sum of their parts, but this SP has been carefully farkled and looks to be ready to go across the valley or even the state.

1994 Ducati 900SS/SP for sale on eBay

Updating their 80’s multi-purpose machines, the 900SS made all the right moves toward a more modern Ducati sportbike – almost a liter in displacement, dry clutch, 6-speed transmission, 320mm brakes, and 17-inch wheels.  Easy desmodue valve train, Mikuni carburetors, adjustable suspension, and fairly relaxed ergonomics were icing on the cake.  The SP was a U.S. only model, and had the usual 80 hp but extra carbon accents, and the better Showa dampers.  Even fully-faired it was trim if not exactly lithe, and rated well in the handling department.

Not sure where this southwest Oregon owner fits in the parade of custodians almost every 1990’s bike has, but this one has some period upgrades, like flat-slide carbs and NLA Staintune mufflers, along with more readily available Öhlins, lower pegs and year-old Pilot Power 2’s.  Even with the right side scrape it presents very well, and props to the seller for detailing the heck out of it before taking pictures.  Notes from the eBay auction:

WELL TAKEN CARE OF, LOTS OF UPGRADES, STAINTUNE SLIP-ONS WITH DB KILLERS, OHLINS REAR SHOCK, OHLINS INTERNALS IN FORKS, RACE TECH SPRINGS SET UP FOR 200 LB RIDER, NEW MICHELIN PILOT POWER 2 CTS LAST SUMMER, SARGENT SEAT, OHLINS STEERING DAMPENER, LIGHTENED FLYWHEEL, FLAT SLIDE CARBS AND MOTION PRO THROTTLE KIT, NEWER MRA SCREEN, NEWER DUCATI MIRRORS, LOWER PEGS STOCK INCLUDED,RKA PERIOD SEAT BAG, TANK BAG FROM A MONSTER, LESS THAN A THOUSAND MILES SINCE LAST FULL SERVICE, BRAKE FLUSH LAST SUMMER, ONLY NON ETHANOL, STORED IN A WARM GARAGE WITH SMART CHARGER, SMALL ROW OF SCRATCHES LOWER RIGHT FAIRING, INSULATION HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE INSIDES OF THE FAIRING.

A regular subject of “best used bikes” reviews, the 900SS/SP is the bike that got away, from many early owners.  More the better for subsequent riders, who have the benefit of the air-cooled desmodue, in a Swiss Army Knife package that even ( well almost ) looks good with luggage.

-donn

 

All the Best – 1994 Ducati 900SS/SP
Yamaha July 16, 2021 posted by Donn

Fringe Benefit – 2006 Yamaha MT-01

Yamaha ventured out to the edges of feasibility with the MT-01, and presented the 1,670 muscular cc’s in select ( non-U.S. ) showrooms from 2005 to 2012.  This MT-01 spent an afternoon or two at the accessory counter and looks show-ready despite almost 10,000 miles.

2006 Yamaha MT-01 for sale on eBay

The MT-01 engine is rather a stroker, and boasts 111 ft.-lbs. of torque at just 3,750 rpm.  The four overhead actuators each push two valves and are tickled by long pushrods, resulting in 90 hp at a leisurely 4,750 rpm.  Engineers might have been thinking direct drive or a torque convertor, but cooler heads and a 5-speed prevailed.  The chassis is die-cast aluminum and incorporates a sub-frame to make engine removal possible if not easy.  The forks and exhaust pipes are big enough, but the mufflers look to be artillery-sized.  Plenty for the mission, 3.2 gallons of fuel are arranged around the air intakes.  It’s a monochromatic presentation in silver, black and grey, with a vaguely late Monster headlight.

No history is related by the Las Vegas dealer, but this MT-01 is ready for a close-up, with most of the brushed aluminum details replaced by carbon fiber,  and the full titanium exhaust lending a splash of lavender to the picture.  Sato foot controls, ASV levers, and Rizoma hydraulics are a nice fit to the design.  A few comments from the eBay auction:

Heavily-Customized MT-01, the only one of its kind. All Rizoma billet components and imported Carbon Fiber throughout the motorcycle. Show condition. Akrapovic Titanium full exhaust custom made for the MT-01 in Europe. Pushrod V-Twin with Akra system produces 100bhp with over 120lb.ft of torque.

Lucky that even if manufacturers elect not to send a machine here, it’s still possible to import if you have time for the homework.  This makes the MT-01 that much rarer, and as the classifieds say, you won’t see yourself going the other way.  Yamaha’s own V-Max is there in the MT-01’s family history, a ways down from Willy G. and Arthur, and it’s got a traffic light in the design specs, if not a dragstrip Xmas tree.  Not the only bike in the next owner’s garage, but a wild specimen for sure.

-donn

Fringe Benefit – 2006 Yamaha MT-01
Suzuki July 15, 2021 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S

7.15.2021: This bike has SOLD in just 5 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Suzuki was after some of that V-twin thunderbike love in the 1990’s, and developed the TL1000S which showed some innovative design solutions.  RSBFS reader Michael’s TL1000S has had numerous performance upgrades, only 16,565 miles, and just one owner.

1997 Suzuki TL1000S for sale

Suzuki’s 996 cc twin had a breakthrough cam drive, a chain-driven gear which spun both cams, making the engine more compact and pushing 125 hp.  Multi-port fuel injection reduced driveability issues normally expected in a big high compression twin.  Quite a bit was done to lighten and reduce the mass of the drivetrain, like staggering the transmission shafts and incorporating a compression relief system to allow a smaller starter.  The clutch size was reduced with a system of torque-sensitive ramps to increase clutch action under power, which also provided a slipper action on deceleration, smoothing downshifts.  Suzuki spec’d a rotary shock to help keep the wheelbase under control, but the proximity to the exhaust caused overheating, stiction, and often replacement with a more conventional damper.  The TL had a great-looking supersport fairing, revealing an oil cooler, upside-down forks and a small pillion above the two-into-two exhaust.

Michael has made a close study of all things TL1000S, and upgraded his bike carefully.  Also carefully ridden, it shows 16.5K miles, and looks great in the dark green.  The high points are the intake, exhaust, Power Commander, Racetech prepared forks, Öhlins shock and steering damper, cast iron rotors, Heli-Bars, and new Metzlers – but read through the list and see that just about everything has been improved and/or lightened –

The 1997 models were the most powerful of the TL1000S series. Suzuki later retuned them as sport tourers when they release the TL 1000R. I’m the original owner. The bike is dark green with 16,565 miles. There is one minor scuff on the lower right side of the fender* and right side mirror, due to a tumble when stopped. {edit: I meant “fairing”. In fact, looking more closely today, I think that it’s only the decal which is scratched.} Given the quality of components used, the thoroughness of preparation, this bike is a standout among TL1000’s. The bike has never been tracked but was tastefully modified with the best components available in the day which I will summarize below.

 

Performance –
Indigo Motorsports 50mm stainless steel full, equal length 2-1-2 spring mounted exhaust manufactured by Leo Vince, with carbon fiber oval cans. Front aluminum flange replaced with a welded SS flange to eliminate system droop. System now tucks in close to the engine.
K&N air filter
Airbox vacuum operated flapper valve removed and inlet enlarged to full ID of air filter. Side inlets from front scoops also enlarged. Work done in carbon fiber. I have step by step photos of the modification process and a side by side comparison of the current air box with the original
Original ECU, 32920-02F40 112100-0120 USA (original) replaced under warranty with 32920-02F41 112100-0123 USA (new, per Suzuki)
Dynojet Power Commander
Techtronics Quick Shifter
Suzuki uprated high performance clutch. Kit included springs, friction plates and steel plates
Valves Adjusted around 15,500 miles

Suspension –
Racetech prepared front fork w/Gold valves, uprated springs and Racetech synthetic Fork oil. Inner and out fork bushings, seals and oil changed 500 miles ago
Ohlins Rear shock
Ohlins steering damper mounted to a TL1000S (W) upper triple clamp (purchased new, the “W” means 1998 model year)
Vee Two adjustable rear link w/ increased rear ride height

Brakes –
Braking cast iron full floating rotors F&R. Front rotor carriers are aluminum.
6 piston GSXR-750 front calipers and master cylinders
Goodridge -2 teflon/SS brake lines F&R
Ti rotor and caliper bolts
Ferodo Ceramic metallic brake pads F&R

Controls/Steering –
Heli-bars with SS pinch bolts
Ti triple clamp pinch bolts
Euro right side switch gear with on/off headlight switch

Gearing –
Hard anodized AL rear sprocket w/ original number of teeth
1 tooth fewer countershaft sprocket

Carbon Fiber –
Airtech rear hugger/chain guard in CF
Yoshimura CF front fender
Carbon fiber heel guards and license plate frame



Miscellaneous –
Zero Gravity Windscreen
Zinc plated steel allen bolts replaced with SS cap screws
Fairing mount front turn signals w/o stalks
Twin Fiamm horns
Gel Cell Battery
Factory Suzuki gel seat covered with fabric.
Original saddle as well
Tail cowling included
Lightly stressed bolts (e.g. plastic side covers, fender and hugger) side replaced with AL screws
Front and rear tires (Metzler) replaced about 500 miles ago

Spares Package –
Factory Service Manual (paper binder, not fiche or CD)
2 oil filters
Hand and foot brake levers, clutch lever
1 pr throttle cables
Fuel pump gasket and bolts
Exhaust system springs
Clutch cover Gasket 11484-02F10
Spare Ferodo Brake pads F&R
1 front turn signal
Windshield rubber mounting nuts

Michael asks $4,000 for his TL1000S. Bike is located in Northern California, in Santa Cruz county, about half an hour south of Silicon Valley.

Suzuki saw SBK potential in the TL-S and developed a fully-faired TL1000R for 1998.  They returned to the undeniable GSX-R for racebikes in 2002, but the great-sounding twin lived on in Bimota and Cagiva bikes, and still powers the V-Strom.  The TL1000S might be seen as a V-twin supersport for fans of the brand or budget concious, but at this point has its own forum and book of knowledge.  Michael has made his TL-S very ready for the next owner,  who will be rewarded by the low mileage, single ownership, and extensive upgrades.  Michael asks $4,000 for his TL1000S.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S
Ducati July 6, 2021 posted by Donn

1982 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica

Though its specs didn’t look like much on paper, Ducati’s 1982 tribute to Mike Hailwood’s 1978 Isle of Man win turned into one their most exciting special editions.  Today’s example presents very well, and appears quite original.

1982 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica for sale on eBay

The engine in the MHR is a later development of the Taglioni-designed 750, with bevel-gear driven cams, pre-dating the desmodromic valve train and claiming 80 hp.  40mm Dell’Orto carburetors were protected with racey looking screens, and the 860’s had recently acquired electric starting.  Marzocchi supplied forks and shocks, and Brembo brought triple 280mm disks.  The wafer-thin fiberglass fairing was painted in a designer’s impression of Hailwood’s 1978 race livery, plenty of room on the seat fairing for race number 12, if the new owner is inclined.

Offered by a Miami specialty dealer, this MHR looks excellent, though no background information is supplied.  But for the holes in the fairing, the absent front signals wouldn’t be missed, and a single bar end mirror is installed.  Loving the glass bevel gear inspection window, and the basically perfect fairings, though it’s possible they’re spilling the beans about a past restoration.  Rather limited comments from the eBay auction:

Mike Hailwood replica in amazing original condition.  Rare low mile survivor.

Runs and drives as it should.  A great opportunity for a collector as they don’t come up often in this condition.

Mike Hailwood’s win is the stuff of such legend that several different commemoratives have been manufactured – the 1982-86 MHR, the not exactly authorized MH900E,  a one-one here and there, and a really faithful – replica – of the race bike.  But the original might be the most approachable and even at its level, affordable of the choices.  And the principals of Sports Motor Cycles Manchester have relocated to New Zealand, offering their smashing decal in a range of sizes.

-donn

 

 

 

1982 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica
Aprilia July 4, 2021 posted by Donn

Hidden Standout – 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory

This black and gold Factory found one of the few riders who thought 139 hp wasn’t quite enough, and had it updated with a 1100cc engine kit and Akrapovich exhaust.  Under 4,000 miles have passed beneath the unused sliders and unmarked fairings.

2007 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory for sale on eBay

The RSV1000R was Aprilia’s 2004 re-design of the Mille, using the Rotax-derived 60-degree twin.  Four valves and double overhead cams driven by gears, all make for as bomb-proof a liter as can be.  Triangulation has been added to the frame spars for stiffening, and likewise the gull-arm monoshock.  320mm Brembo brakes now have radial mountings, and the bodywork has also gotten the angular treatment.  The wide seat fairing has a masterful treatment of the lights and signals, but no pillion.

The engine kit likely ran into some bucks, but otherwise this RSV looks like it came from the Factory, which includes Öhlins – including steering damper, and forged O-Z wheels.  Even the area above the rear mudguard ( underneath the seat ) is clean.  The tank is missing its usual tiger, maybe the reason is the decal bubbling mentioned in the eBay auction:

1100cc big bore kit and Akrapovic Evo 6 full exhaust professionally installed and tuned by Amauri. The bike looks like new and considering it has less than 4,000 original miles you can tell why. Only notable flaws would be the usual problem these bikes have with air pockets forming under the Aprilia emblem on the gas tank and other typical minor road wear. The bike has had the same owner for about the last 10 years.

RSV Milles and 1000R’s have been winning the bang-for-the-buck index recently, and have proved the design beyond doubt.  With the engine work, the ask for this example is more in line with a superbike from that other Italian outfit, but still a lot of ride for the money.

-donn

Hidden Standout – 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory
Honda July 1, 2021 posted by Donn

No Replacement – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

Almost 30 years old and last seen on RSBFS ten years ago, the FireBlade was a revolution when new.  Updated with a 1000 cc engine and recent service, this CBR900RR is a classic sportbike with attitude.

1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Designer Tadao Baba’s path to superbike performance was more along the weight saving route than adding engine displacement.  The all-new 893cc four was nestled in an alloy chassis no larger than its 750cc stablemates.  122 hp were complemented by a lighter and easier to turn 16-inch front wheel, and lighter conventional forks that were finished to look like hipper upside-down jobs.  Brakes for a -90’s liter were generally over 300mm, but engineers and reviewers found 296mm adequate for the FireBlade’s middling weight.  Even the body moldings are perforated for air flow and less mass.

Seeming to be unchanged since our original – review – in 2011, this FireBlade has acquired only a few thousand more miles, and still looks excellent.  Evidently the engine kit, front suspension update, and brake lines were done circa 2003 but still have low miles.  Comments also mostly come from the earlier eBay auction:

The particular bike up for sale here is an interesting one. As if the 900RR in stock trim wasn’t fast enough, this bike has been fitted with a Wiseco R997 Big Bore forged piston kit which bumps the displacement up to 997cc and compression to 12:1 (up from 11:1). This engine also features re-sleeved cylinders, new crankshaft, and a ported and flow-benched cylinder head. This rebuilt engine has less than 3,000 miles on it. The bike also happens to be one of the first 100 of the 900RR’s produced with VIN ending in 00097 and a manufacture date of 01/92. It also has some updates to the triple clamp to alleviate some of the twitchiness due to its 16” front wheel.

This is one of the most desirable CBR’s in the collector bike market, and yes it’s a 93’, and yes its Red, White and Blue !

This is an early production number, one the first 100
produced, its Number 97.

Excellent condition, Runs Excellent, Very Clean, Very well maintained and serviced, garage kept, never crashed, clean FL title.

30,442 original miles, professionally built 1000cc motor with less than 3000 miles.

Wisceo R997 Big Bore forged piston kit, 1000cc [997cc], re-sleeved cylinders, 12:1 compression [runs on premium pump gas] 74mm bore,
spring steel head gasket. New crankshaft. Cylinder head ported and flow benched by Davis porting. ‘Factory’ shift kit.

Micron ‘Race’ stainless steel exhaust.

Stainless steel braided brake lines front and rear.

Updated triple clamps from 96’ to increase trail and fork stance 10mm, as you may know the pre 96’ bikes are known to be ‘twitchy’ – original clamps are included. New fuel pump, new front rotors, chain and sprockets with less than 5K. Just serviced including: oil and filter, cooling system flushed and refilled, brake fluid flushed and refilled.

From one of the sweet spots of sportbike history, a quieter exhaust could allow this CBR900RR to really surprise its next acquaintance.  Even though the FireBlade eventually grew to a full liter and a little more GT, the original concept of compactness and lighter weight, requiring less power to compete is still a winner.  The up-to-date ask might be challenged with an offer, this superbike-engined Blade in classic sportbike livery looks worth the effort.

-donn

 

No Replacement – 1993 Honda CBR900RR